Oktoberfest Play List: 10 songs you'd hear in Munich beer tents
One thing has always taken me a bit by surprise at Munich’s Oktoberfest celebration — and no, I’m not talking about the humongous size of the beer steins. (Although, granted, they are something to behold.)I’m referring to the soundtrack I hear as I make my way through the Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner brewery tents.One might expect they’d be filled solely with traditional Bavarian music, but that’s far from the case. Sure, you’ll get plenty of German oompah during the world’s largest volksfest, but you’ll also get a lot of American radio hits and pop songs, which have b...
The Mercury News
Why Yuengling has partnered with Molson Coors for a big push out West
D.G. Yuengling & Son Brewing Co., the Pottsville, Pa.-based beer behemoth, has set its sights on becoming a national brand by forging a partnership with industry giant Molson Coors.Yuengling already is the “largest craft brewer” in the United States with two breweries in Pottsville and another suds factory at a former Stroh’s brewery in Tampa, Fla. The company’s sales are concentrated on the East Coast and the South.Yuengling’s recipes, including its flagship brand, Traditional Amber Lager, will be produced at Molson Coors breweries under the supervision of Yuengling brew masters.On Tuesday, Y...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Kraft Heinz will cut $2 billion in costs and will reinvest in its brands
CHICAGO — Kraft Heinz plans to cut $2 billion in costs over the next five years and put the savings into marketing brands with the highest potential for growth, part of a reorganization the legacy food maker hopes will make it more relevant to consumers.The strategy, announced Tuesday at the company’s investor day, is reminiscent of the deep cost-cutting that took place after the 2015 merger of Kraft Foods and H.J. Heinz, which led to the layoffs of thousands of employees.But CEO Miguel Patricio, who took the helm of the company in July 2019, said he is taking the company in a different direct...
How sweet it is: Minnesota couple lead the nation in bear bait trade
CAMBRIDGE, Minn. — Local bear hunters shoveled candy and nuts into their own 5-gallon buckets and 55-gallon drums this week in the center warehouse at Lucky 7 Bear Bait.As forklift operators unloaded 2,000-pound totes of jellied fruit snacks from a semitrailer, the do-it-yourself shoppers picked from pallets of circus peanuts, bagged marshmallows, trail mix and pails of cake frosting — strawberry or caramel.“Good luck. I hope you get one,” co-owner Jen Carlson said to a customer Tuesday, the opening day of Minnesota’s black bear season.Walk-up sales at the nation’s biggest provider of bulk bea...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Jelly Belly distances itself from a Willy Wonka-style contest with a candy factory as the grand prize
Jelly Belly Candy Company on Tuesday sought to distance itself from a Willy Wonka-style contest that promises to award a winner the keys to a candy factory.The nationwide “gold ticket” treasure hunt was launched by Jelly Belly jelly beans inventor David Klein, as a way to “give back” before his retirement. It gained so much interest from wannabe winners that within days its Facebook page gained 38,000 followers.Jelly Belly, based in Fairfield, Calif., issued a statement clarifying that it is not involved in the contest.“David Klein, the sponsor of the ‘treasure hunt’ contest gaining attention ...
COVID-19 is causing workers to reassess career choices: 'The pandemic has required people to do a lot of soul-searching'
SEATTLE — A layoff during a pandemic was something Alissa Berry was determined to turn into a positive.After more than 20 years in senior manager and director positions for mainly big technology firms, an unemployed Berry in April suddenly had loads of free time to reassess her career. For two months, she analyzed what she was passionate about before landing at a beverage company with fewer than 500 employees.“The biggest thing I did was that I allowed myself to take the time to really sit down and reflect,” the Seattle said. “For me, it was really reevaluating what I loved and the values I wa...
The Seattle Times
Chris Niskanen, newspaper columnist turned DNR official, is off to the next challenge
Chris Niskanen, 56, has been Department of Natural Resources communications director since February 2011, a position he is leaving Sept. 8. Previously, for 17 years he was the St. Paul Pioneer Press outdoors columnist. In the interview below, he offers a unique perspective as someone who has reported on the DNR and also worked at the agency alongside its leaders.———Q Was your career goal to be an outdoors writer?A Yes. While in college, I worked for Fins and Feathers magazine for about 6 months. That’s how I got my first newspaper job at the Quad City (Iowa) Times. They needed an outdoor write...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
National Rum Day: Sebastian couple travels the world for the love of rum
ORLANDO, Fla. — How did a pair of hockey fans from Maryland come to own one of the largest private collections of rum in Florida? It started with a single, cheap bottle. “It’s called Sunset Very Strong Rum,” said Joe Horstkamp, “but the locals just call it ‘strong rum.’”Horstkamp and his wife, Myssi Davis, were on their honeymoon to the Caribbean islands of St. Vincent. Fans of rum but only ever having what Horstkamp calls “starter rums” (“Your Bacardis, your Captain Morgans,” he explained), the couple decided to visit the St. Vincent distillery on their vacation. That’s where they first encou...
Artistic community refrigerators throughout Chicago offer free, healthy food
CHICAGO — The Love Fridge is a community refrigerator collective working to provide Chicago’s neighborhoods with free healthy foods through refrigerated items and pantry goods.The collective, which started about two months ago, has seven refrigerators throughout the city, with an eighth on the way, said Kate Taylor Battle, a core organizer.“We’ve been really, really, lucky to get so many fridges up in a short amount of time,” said Taylor Battle, who estimates the collective has put out approximately 30,000 pounds of food for people in Chicago’s communities.All fridges have a “host,” Taylor Bat...
Coca-Cola to cut thousands of jobs in major global reorganization
ATLANTA — Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Company announced Friday a major global reorganization of its workforce that will include job cuts, both voluntary and involuntary, for thousands of employees in the U.S. and elsewhere.The beverage giant said “to minimize the impact from these structural changes” it will offer voluntary separation packages to 4,000 employees in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico hired on or before Sept. 1, 2017. That covers nearly 40% of the company’s 10,800 employees in the U.S. and Canada.Similar packages are being offered to employees in other parts of the world, the company ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution