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Improvements to the food and beverage industry yield big results (access required)

Meaghan Frank knows that most customers of Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery on Keuka Lake will open the bottles they purchase within 24 hours. But the vice president of the fourth-generation winery wants customers who choose to be able to age ...

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Revamped BayTowne Wine & Spirits offers customer-focused experience (access required)

BayTowne Wine & Spirits unveiled a new, larger store last weekend that is focused on customer experiences and education. The 10,000-square-foot wine and spirits’ superstore is still in BayTowne Plaza, which is owned by the DiMarco Group, but is in ...

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AeroSafe Global tops local firms on Inc. 5000 list (access required)

AeroSafe Global, whose cold-chain shipping expertise enabled a more rapid global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, heads the list of a dozen local firms named to the annual Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. Rochester-based AeroSafe Global ...

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Small businesses pivoted to e-commerce when shuttered during pandemic (access required)

Tanvi Asher admits to being somewhat naïve when her store had to temporarily close in mid-March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “At first I thought we may be closed two weeks,” says Asher, designer and owner of Peppermint ...

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New canned cocktails bring awareness to bee conservation (access required)

Black Button Distilling has launched a new brand of award-winning canned cocktails made with small-batch gin and simple ingredients. CanBee Cocktails aims to bring awareness to essential bee conservation efforts that preserve their vital presence within the ecosystem. CanBee Cocktails ...

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Iron Smoke Distillery music collaboration produces 120-proof bourbon whiskey (access required)

Fairport’s Iron Smoke Distillery has partnered with legendary Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci on a signature bourbon, Rock the Barrel. The 120 proof bourbon whiskey joins Iron Smoke’s collection of award-winning bourbon whiskeys created by Master Distiller Drew Westcott. In ...

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Fifth generation family members intend to continue Fee Brothers tradition (access required)

For 157 years, Fee Brothers has been a family business, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Brothers Jon and Benn Spacher are now fifth-generation owners of Fee Brothers, the Rochester-based maker of cocktail flavorings. Jon Spacher, 44, spent nearly ...

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Mercantile on Main open for business (access required)

Mercantile on Main, featuring five food operators and coffee brewer, has opened in the atrium of Sibley Square at 240 E. Main St. Palermo’s Market Nani’s Kitchen, Flour Kitchen, CUT and Broth are preparing food for takeout and delivery only ...

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Birdhouse Brewing creates mini weekend holiday market (access required)

Birdhouse Brewing Co. in Honeoye has created an open-air weekend public market featuring local vendors to accompany its own beverage and food menu. The public market runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon ...

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Pactiv Evergreen committed to green approach (access required)

Within the next decade, 100 percent of Pactiv Evergreen Inc.’s products will be made with recycled, recyclable or renewable materials. It is a lofty goal, but one that the leader in food packaging is committed to. “Consumers and brands are ...

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Genesee Brewery adding more than 50 jobs (access required)

The Genesee Brewery announced it is in the process of hiring for more than 50 new union and management positions in Rochester. Positions include plumbers, electricians, carpenters, masons, packaging operators, packaging mechanics, forklift drivers, sanitarians, apprentices in utilities and packaging ...

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Craft beer unsure of COVID’s long-term impact on the industry (access required)

The craft beer industry has so far weathered the challenges brought on by COVID-19, but industry experts and local brewers do not yet know what long-term effects may occur as a result of the virus. They do say, however, that ...

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Local food makers deal with manufacturing disruptions from pandemic (access required)

Before Paul “Pauly” Guglielmo closed on the purchase of his own manufacturing facility to make his marinara sauce in May, he was worried that the seller of Permac Enterprises was going to take him back to the negotiating table because ...

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COVID survival requires adapting business strategy for food and beverage (access required)

Coping with COVID-19 restrictions affecting all aspects of a food and beverage manufacturer’s business requires adapting business strategies to keep up with the challenges new laws, safety procedures and new practices require. The health of the workers and the business ...

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