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Contest to promote healthy eating to start Monday

Contest to promote healthy eating to start Monday

TURLOCK – The Stanislaus County Fair’s Kids Club Educational Program is teaming up with the Turlock Unified School District (TUSD) child nutritional program, Real.Fresh. to start a contest to help kids eat better.

The organizations will launch the 20/20 Fruit & Veggie Contest on Monday, April 20. The contest will reward students for their healthy choices by participating in the contest. ... Read More

Don't Toss That! Part II: Creative Uses for Everyday Food Scraps

Don't Toss That! Part II: Creative Uses for Everyday Food Scraps

Alice K. Thompson

Brunch Bread Pudding with Asparagus and Sausage

Over the last few years I’ve been challenging myself to use more and throw out less in the kitchen. And I’m in good company. Food waste is a hot topic, and I’m thrilled that home cooks are reconsidering what was once deemed “trash” and thinking up resourceful ways to get more out of what they buy... Read More

Still life: Do Good Distillery brings spirits to Modesto

Still life: Do Good Distillery brings spirits to Modesto

MODESTO —  How does this sound as a business proposition? Make a product that will take as much as five years before it’s ready for market; the equipment you’ll need is very expensive and some of it is in short supply; there will be myriad regulatory hoops to jump through; and when your product finally is ready, you won’t be allowed to sell it directly to your customers.

It sounded good enough to Jim Harrelson and Dano Brocchini to get them to quit their jobs as police officers in Stanislaus County and join Ryan Woods to start Do Good Distillery a year and a half ago.

“I quit and threw my razor away,” said Harrelson.

He and Brocchini now have Duck Dynasty-worthy beards and are partners making gin, whiskey and other spirits. The company’s first bottles of gin are expected to hit store shelves this month... Read More

Gallo finds employee buy-in key to water conservation success

Gallo finds employee buy-in key to water conservation success

MODESTO — This year may go down in history as the year California businesses were scared straight about the drought.

Prompted by new regulations and frightening statistics regarding California’s shrinking watershed, many businesses are scrambling to find ways to cut their water use.

E&J Gallo, however, has a head start. The winery started a company-wide focus on water conservation in 2012 and cut its water use by 20 percent in 2013, beating its goal of 15 percent water reduction a year early... Read More

Pacific Coast Producers acquires fruit processing facility

Pacific Coast Producers acquires fruit processing facility

MODESTO – Pacific Coast Producers will acquire Seneca Foods Corporation’s Modesto fruit processing facility, and its related business. The transaction is expected to close in the next 60-75 days after meeting customary closing conditions and does not involve any other fruit processing facilities owned by Seneca Foods.

Pacific Coast Producers is a grower owned agricultural cooperative headquartered in Lodi that processes and packages fruits and tomatoes for retail, foodservice and industrial markets under private label brands. 

The cooperative owns plants in Woodland, Lodi and Oroville for distribution to all of the major retail grocery stores and foodservice markets in the U.S... Read More

Gallo Winery will purchase J Vineyards & Winery

Gallo Winery  will purchase J Vineyards & Winery

MODESTO – E. & J. Gallo Winery will purchase J Vineyards & Winery. Gallo announced the purchase Tuesday and will take over the winery which produces sparkling wine from vineyards in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. ... Read More