The Positive Effects of Fucoidan from Mekabu, Mozuku and Fucus in Reducing Osteoarthritis Symptoms by Dr Susana Trujillo

Osteoarthritis is the most predominant form of arthritis.1 At the same time, osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic health conditions among adults.

Supplementation with fucoidan decreased the leptin and IL-1β levels. These studies suggest that the oral administration of Fucoidan may improve meniscal/ligamentous injury-induced osteoarthritis. ”

— Dr. Susana Trujillo

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Osteoarthritis has an inflammatory element affecting the synovium (the soft tissue that lines the spaces of diarthrodial joints, tendon sheaths, and bursae) and cartilage, which leads to subchondral bone tissue breakdown, resulting in pain, stiffness, and joint failure.2 Several studies have suggested that osteoarthritis joint degeneration occurs from a combination of mechanical stresses and biochemical factors.3 Chondrocytes as well as synovial cells, in an elevated osteoarthritis condition, express inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-1β and the tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α. As a result, there is an increase in the matrix metalloproteinase (MMPs) and some pro-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-8, IL-6, prostaglandin E2, and nitric oxide.3

Osteoarthritis models can be classified into primary (spontaneous) and secondary (post-traumatic OA, including induced models) osteoarthritis.4 At the same time, obesity has long been recognized as a potential risk factor for osteoarthritis, especially in the knees. By increasing the mechanical forces across weight-bearing joints, obesity or the excess of body weight may lead to cartilage degeneration. Other causes such as inflammation and lipid metabolism disorder in obesity are also associated with osteoarthritis. Recent studies reported that inflammatory cytokines such as leptin, adiponectin, and IL-1β are involved in obesity-associated in osteoarthritis.2,4

Various approaches used to treat osteoarthritis include non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments. Pharmacological treatments include analgesics or anti-inflammatory agents such as acetaminophen, cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitors, glucosamine/chondroitin sulfates, non-selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and intra-articular (IA) corticosteroids. Still, these treatments have side effects, for example, NSAIDs are correlated with an increased risk of cardiovascular (CV), severe gastrointestinal (GI), and renal injuries. Based on the diverse and various side effects, various studies have focused on functional foods for the treatment and prevention of osteoarthritis, which may result in the promotion of cartilage health and safety, even after long-term use.1,3

A very interesting and helpful functional food is known as Fucoidan. Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide that contains L-fucose and sulfate groups and found in various species of brown seaweed such as Cladosipohon okamuranus (Mozuku), Undaria pinnatifida (Mekabu) and Fucus vesiculosus (Fucus). Because of their pharmacological properties such as the antioxidant,9 anti-tumor,9 anti-inflammation,10 anti-diabetic,10 and anti-obesity properties,7 Fucoidan has gained significant attraction. Recent studies indicated that Fucoidan has the potential to suppress inflammation in collagen-induced osteoarthritis. Furthermore, Fucoidan is potent as a therapeutic agent that provides hypolipidemic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Fucoidan obtained from brown seaweeds shows promise in taking on aspects of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.6 In another study, a team of researchers looked at the effect of Fucoidan on markers of rheumatoid arthritis in laboratory conditions and published their findings in Inflammation. Their findings concluded that: “Fucoidan may have therapeutic potential in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.”7 Additionally, a third study looked at the effects of fucoidan on symptoms and inflammatory cytokine activation in 40 rats with osteoarthritis. The scientists found “that administration of fucoidan prevents the progression of osteoarthritis” in the rats. These results were published in The Journal of Medicinal Food.6

Fucoidan extracted from Mekabu, Mozuku and Fucus showed anti-inflammatory effects on osteoarthritis induced inflammation. The hypolipidemic properties worked against fat accumulation and protected the joint and cartilage on osteoarthritis induced male rats. In addition, supplementation with fucoidan decreased the leptin and IL-1β levels. These studies suggest that the oral administration of Fucoidan may improve the obesity and meniscal/ligamentous injury-induced osteoarthritis. At the same time, Fucoidan also can enhance the immune system and to improve the Quality of Life in people with osteoarthritis.

References:
1. Cross, M.; Smith, E.; Hoy, D.; Nolte, S.; Ackerman, I.; Fransen, M.; Bridgett, L.; Williams, S.; Guillemin, F.; Hill, C.L.; et al. The global burden of hip and knee osteoarthritis: Estimates from the global burden of disease 2010 study. Ann. Rheum. Dis. 2014, 73, 1323–1330.
2. Allen, K.D.; Golightly, Y.M. Epidemiology of osteoarthritis: State of the evidence. Curr. Opin. Rheumatol. 2015, 27, 276–283.
3. Barve, R.A.; Minnerly, J.C.; Weiss, D.J.; Meyer, D.M.; Aguiar, D.J.; Sullivan, P.M.; Weinrich, S.L.; Head, R.D. Transcriptional profiling and pathway analysis of monosodium iodoacetate-induced experimental osteoarthritis in rats: Relevance to human disease. Osteoarthr. Cartil. 2007, 15, 1190–1198.
4. Henrotin, Y.; Kurz, B. Antioxidant to treat osteoarthritis: Dream or reality? Curr. Drug Targets 2007, 8, 347–357.
5. Krasnokutsky, S.; Attur, M.; Palmer, G.; Samuels, J.; Abramson, S.B. Current concepts in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthr. Cartil. 2008, 16, S1–S3.
6. Lee, D.-G.; Park, S.-Y.; Chung, W.-S.; Park, J.-H.; Hwang, E.; Mavlonov, G.T.; Kim, I.-H.; Kim, K.-Y.; Yi, T.-H. Fucoidan prevents the progression of osteoarthritis in rats. J. Med. Food 2015, 18, 1032–1041.
7. Kuyinu, E.L.; Narayanan, G.; Nair, L.S.; Laurencin, C.T. Animal models of osteoarthritis: Classification, update, and measurement of outcomes. J. Orthop. Surg. Res. 2016, 11.
8. Dobashi, K.; Nishino, T.; Fujihara, M.; Nagumo, T. Isolation and preliminary characterization of fucose-containing sulfated polysaccharides with blood-anticoagulant activity from the brown seaweed hizikia fusiforme. Carbohydr. Res. 1989, 194, 315–320.
9. Millet, J.; Jouault, S.C.; Vidal, B.; Sternberg, C.; Theveniaux, J.; Mauray, S.; Fischer, A.M. Antithrombotic and anticoagulant activities of a low molecular weight fucoidan by the subcutaneous route. Thromb. Haemost. 1999, 81, 391–395.
10. Park, H.Y.; Han, M.H.; Park, C.; Jin, C.-Y.; Kim, G.-Y.; Choi, I.-W.; Kim, N.D.; Nam, T.-J.; Kwon, T.K.; Choi, Y.H. Anti-inflammatory effects of fucoidan through inhibition of NF-κB, MAPK and AKT activation in lipopolysaccharide-induced BV2 microglia cells. Food Chem. Toxicol. 2011, 49, 1745–1752.

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PEREG NATURAL FOODS PUSHES THE (RESEALABLE) ENVELOPE AGAIN WITH 3 NEW VARIETIES OF CRISPY, ALL-NATURAL BREAD CRUMBS

Worried about the Chicken Nugget ReCall? Make Your Own with Panko & Breadcrumbs from Pereg Natural Foods in 3 new varieties-Thai Chili-Whole Wheat-Golden Crisp

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — What do you get when you combine extra crispy bread crumbs with crazy flavors? New options for every dish – and more ways to crunch than ever before.

Pereg’s seasoned bread crumb collection just got even bigger with the introduction of three delicious new styles: Thai Sweet Chili Panko Crumbs, Whole Wheat Panko, and Golden Crisp Bread Crumbs. They join a crunchy family that includes Classic, American, Viennese, Mexican, and Italian Fine Bread Crumbs and their Japanese cousins Spicy Panko, Coarse Panko, and Fine Panko.

Like all Pereg bread crumbs, these new varieties are made from fresh-baked loaves, not recycled from stale old bread. They are then combined with the top-quality spices that are the bread and butter, so to speak, of Pereg’s extensive line of all-natural seasonings from around the world.

These flavors aren’t the only thing that’s new about Pereg’s line of seasoned bread crumbs. Look for the new stay-fresh package with a resealable zip top – a little smaller to fit neatly on your shelf but containing the same amount of product as before.

All Pereg bread crumbs and panko products are all-natural, vegan, certified non-GMO, and OU and CRC kosher-pareve, so you can enjoy them with any meal. (MSRP: $4.85 for a 9 oz bag). Use them to add crunch and flavor to chicken, fish, pasta, and vegetables in recipes like these:

Sweet Chili Panko Salmon
Ingredients:
4 skinless salmon filets, about 6 ounces each
1¼ cup Pereg Sweet Thai Chili Panko
1 Tbsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. minced parsley
½ cup melted butter
Melted butter or olive oil as needed

Directions:
Pat salmon filets dry with a paper towel and arrange in a baking pan sprayed with non-stick spray. Brush each filet with butter or olive oil.

Combine panko, pepper, and parsley in a small bowl. Spoon mixture on top of filets and bake uncovered at 375 degrees about 12-15 minutes, until fish flakes easily. (Recipe adapted from The Food Channel.)

Easy Breaded Chicken

Ingredients:
6 chicken cutlets (or whole fryer cut up into pieces)
1 cup Miracle Whip or any other brand of mayonnaise
1 package of Pereg Natural Foods Spicy Panko or Golden Crisp Breadcrumbs

Directions:
Wash chicken pieces well. Roll chicken pieces in the Pereg Panko or Bread Crumbs. Spread mayonnaise over the coating crumbs. Roll the chicken in the crumb or panko coating again. Place on baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about one hour or until golden brown. (Recipe courtesy of The Set Table.)

ABOUT PEREG NATURAL FOODS
Pereg was established in 1906, and is based in Clifton, NJ. They first became known for their vast variety of pure and natural spices and spice blends, more than 60 in all, from traditional favorites to exotics from around the culinary world.

Today Pereg produces an array of all-natural products that includes ancient grains and ancient grain blends, gluten free pasta, couscous, rice, gluten-free cereal and much more. Pereg Natural Foods products are available at select retailers throughout the US and Canada, and on their website, www.pereg-gourmet.com.

Pereg manufactures all its products from start to finish, controlling the quality from the sourcing until the product is packed and ready for the consumer. All Pereg products are kosher certified by both the Orthodox Union (OU) and CRC, are dairy and lactose-free as well as all natural, with no additives or preservatives. Many products are also certified gluten-free and non-GMO. Follow Pereg Natural Foods on Facebook.com/peregnatural, Twitter @pereggourmet and Instagram @peregnatural.

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Eastover, Lenox Weekly 5 Day Scientific Fasting and Meditation Retreat – Reclaim Clarity and Rebuild Self Immune System

Reception hall, library, tea room, meditation room, board room and luxuries bedrooms

Totally renovated nostalgic Berkshire Summer Cottage

Expansive, Silent, Nostalgic

Expansive Views, Meadows, Forests, Wet land, Beaver pond

Sheng Zhen Meditation

Junfeng Li in Sheng Zhen Meditation

5 Day Low Cal, Fat, Protein Fasting – An Old Chinese Tradition Scientifically Proven to Rebuild Self Immune & Microbiome to Fight Chronical Disease & Depression

We come together to: “Make way for what we truly are in essence – infinitely free beings, embodiment of love on every level, sparks of the divine, perfect and full"”

— Formal National Martial Art Head Coach Junfeng Li

LENOX,, MA, US, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Can you get dramatic health benefits from a modest adjustment in how you eat? A clinically-proven regimen that mimics fasting with a low-calorie, low-protein and low-fat diet for 5 days every 3 months says yes. Over 20 years of research at USC has shown this simple, 3-times-a-year, regimen to be superior to ongoing calorie restriction, 1 or 2 day intermittent fasting, or extended fasts. Besides reduced waist size, the 5 day fasting mimic diet (FMD) activates longevity genes and regenerative cells, reduces inflammation, and improves a variety of bio-markers for both healthy individuals and those challenged by illness. The 5 day regimen is not austere. The meals are savory and satisfying. For the rest of the month, you can eat as usual. However, we strongly suggest a 6 month plant-based diet in addition to the FMD regimen, as meat protein is acidic and fish is unavoidably polluted.

While research is ongoing as to what makes this regemine so effective, it has been demonstrated to clear dampness in the body, reduce inflammation, balance probiotics and rebuild the essential microbiome system that has received so much attention from the health community recently.

For those struggling with acute health issues, here are some specific clinical results from the USC research led by Dr. Valter Longo:

https://prolonfmd.com/clinical-results/

Specially targeted foods are available through health practitioners if you are currently undergoing treatments, such as radiation therapy.

Fasting is a thousand year tradition in China. While qigong, taichi, and meditation are integral to its mental health practice, fasting is integral to its medicine practice. Some fasting can last many days or months, including water-only regimens, as well as restricted diet fasts, such as rice soup (porridge) and apples. Some Chinese masters use herb formulas to do more cleansing at the beginning of the fast. [And we will explore some of these as well.]

http://www.natureandhealth.com.au/health/therapeutic-fasting

Scientific verification of fasting benefits is not new. 150 years ago, German doctor and scientist Arnold Ehret did extensive research on fasting. His book Mucusless Diet Healing System: Scientific Method of Eating Your Way to Health encouraged people to use fasting as part of their maintenance for mental (clarity) and physical health.

At this year’s annual A4M anti-aging congress conference, attendance by doctors doubled compared to last year. Many of these doctors, who came from around the world, practice what is known as functional medicine, which is based on finding the underlying cause of a health problem, and focuses on lifestyle changes, such as diet, exercise, sleep and meditation. Research on fasting was one of the main topics of this year’s conference. Many of the doctors jumped on the Fasting Mimic Diet wagon, and will be implementing it with their patients.

Join this exciting revolution in personal health care, and learn how to prepare these delicious, nutrient-packed FMD meals at home.

Meditation and Fasting have been practiced together for thousands of years in Asia. This week, we shall do the same, practicing different forms of meditation as we set out on a healthy fasting journey.
Why Meditation with Fasting? Fasting is a physical cleansing. Meditation is a cleansing of the mind. From birth, we are conditioned by society along specific guidelines, whose limited perspectives can narrow and confuse the mind. Just as shown in this picture.
Meditation, as Paul Puddicombe said in his new book “The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness”, creates mindspace, enabling us to see with clarity from a wider perspective. While striving and achieving are inherent to our nature, meditation enables us to realize that our most lasting happiness and joy is not found in the goals we set for ourselves. This realization helps us to live a life of ease, confidence and freedom in the face of life’s obstacles, heartbreaks and inevitable setbacks.

Between meals morning and afternoon, we will practice the Standing Post Meditation. One of the most potent of all meditations, Standing Post not only calms our mind, it tones our muscles from head to toe, opens our chest, and strengthens our kidneys. With respect to just muscle toning alone, 15 minutes of Standing Post Meditation is the equivalent of one hour of Aerobic exercise.

Other meditations will include:
The Union of Three Hearts. Practiced sitting on mats on the floor, this key Sheng Zhen meditation, grounded in earth energy and accessing heart energy, enables us to connect to universal healing energy. In addition, as with all mat-sitting meditations, it keeps our spine and neck straight and stretches our pelvic floor, increasing both flexibility to our hips and blood circulation to our reproductive system.

Chair Meditation. A combination of mindfulness meditation and Sheng Zhen healing meditation. Sheng Zhen healing meditation is very age-friendly, with simple, graceful movements that activate healing energy throughout the body. Vipassana meditation is designed to allow the mind to escape its habitually chaotic, mindless, flow by training it to be fully present to each arising moment, beginning with the ever- arising movement of the breath throughout the otherwise stilled body. The practice has been compared to taming a wild elephant by tying it to a post. At first the elephant constantly fights against its restriction, but gradually it comes to accept it, so that even if the rope is untied from the post the elephant does not wander off. So too, as mindfulness develops, you do not feel yourself to be controlling the mind, so much as settling into a relaxed, but alert, awareness, called “bare awareness,” whether such bare awareness remains fully with the breath or on the thoughts or feelings that inevitably still arise. Done as a daily practice, Vipassana eases our worries and anxieties. Our heart becomes settled as our mind, habitually attuned to each arising moment, gains a liberating clarity.

Nine Turns Lying Down Meditation. This meditation came to Master Li Junfeng in a dream in which he felt himself being instructed by Lao Tzu. Most effective to people with insomnia or bed ridden.The meditation begins by tracing the energy coursing through the acupoint channels.

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Reuben’s Brews Announces 2019 Beer Release Calendar

SEATTLE, WA, USA, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Right on the heels of opening its new brewing facility, Seattle’s Reuben’s Brews unveils its 2019 Beer Release Calendar. The family-owned brewery plans to continue its extensive small batch and taproom-exclusive releases, while also canning and distributing everyday favorite brews.

The upcoming year’s release calendar includes favorites like Crikey IPA, Gose, and the return of Bits and Bobs along with innovative highlights like:

– New Year-Round Beer – Hazealicious: A perfectly balanced hazy IPA with just the right amount of juicy flavor, offset by a soft bitterness. Available in six-packs and on draft all year long!

– New Sour Series: A diverse lineup of light and refreshing fruited seasonal sours. 2019 kicks off with Tart Cherry Weisse (Jan – Mar); the brewery’s traditional Gose (Apr – Aug); Razzmatazz, a Raspberry Berliner Weisse-style ale (Sept – Oct); and Holiday Gose, a refreshing cranberry-orange Gose for the winter (Nov – Dec).

– New Small Batch Series: This popular – and prolific – series features no less than 12 beers in 2019, a new beer every month. The wide range of styles and flavors is augmented even further in 2019 with the addition of new brews Auspicious Sons, Extant IPA, Limoncello, and Day of the Dead Dark Lager. This series will alternate month by month with 22-ounce bottles and four 16-ounce can packages.

In addition to the published 2019 calendar, an overview of planned styles for the popular experimental Crush series, growing sour program, and Barrel-Aged beers will be published later this year.

You can view the calendar here: http://www.reubensbrews.com/blog/2019calendar

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Say “Ciao!” to the Taste of Italy – TUSCANINI INTRODUCES NEW LINE UP OF GOURMET ITALIAN PRODUCTS

From the Rolling Hills of Tuscany…to Your Table, Enjoy a Taste of Italy With Premium Gourmet Favorites from Tuscanini Foods

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — From the rolling hills of Italy, Tuscanini Foods is rolling out a new lineup of gourmet food products that bring the taste of Italy to your table for a truly authentic Italian dining experience.

This superior brand of foods is imported from Italy, famously identified for its traditions and age-old recipes. From the mountainous Dolomite region to the idyllic Sardinia Island, products are sourced from artisans that specialize in offering only the best quality ingredients.

The host of products from Tuscanini – from naturally sparkling cold pressed beverages to bronze cut Italian pasta – allow consumers to cook-up original homemade Italian favorites and provide delicious gourmet options for year-round cooking.

Distributed by NJ-based Kayco (www.kayco.com), a leader in specialty food products, Tuscanini (www.tuscaninifoods.com) products meet the highest standards of quality, craftsmanship and gourmet cuisine. All products are produced with natural ingredients, nothing artificial and are certified OU kosher.

The following authentic Italian imports are coming to grocery shelves in 2019:
Balsamic Vinegar (MRP $7.99 / 8.45 oz.)
This Balsamic Vinegar offers of ultimate Italian experience with its complex flavor and beautiful glass bottle and cork closure.

Balsamic Vinegar Glaze (MRP $7.99 / 8.5 oz.)
Rich and complex, these condiments hail from Modena, Italy, one of only two places in the world where true balsamic vinegar is produced under PDO classification. Tuscanini’s gourmet balsamic products are meticulously prepared from locally grown grapes and aged in traditional wood casks. Balanced with 6% acidity, they are superior for serious home cooks and restaurants.

Italian Pastas (MRP $3.99 / 16 oz.)
Dried pasta has been the mainstay of Italian cuisine for centuries. These 100% Durum Semolina pastas are bronze cut to create a porous, home-style texture that showcases the sauce in every bite. The high-end collection includes a variety of shapes: Gigli (ruffle-edged cones), Pennoni (a somewhat more substantial version of Penne), Trottole (“spinning top”), tricolor Conchiglie (seashells), and tricolor Fusilli (corkscrews).

Pasta Sauces (MRP $4.99 / 24.3 oz. jars)
These four authentic toppings evoke warm, sun-kissed Italian summers. Every jar of Tuscanini pasta sauce features 40 fresh tomatoes from the Parma region, harvested at the peak of ripeness. Traditional Pizza Sauce, Naopoletana Pasta Sauce, Classic Marinara Sauce, and Zesty Marinara Sauce pair perfectly with Tuscanini’s home-style Italian Pastas.
Tomato Paste (MRP $1.99 / 7.05 oz.)

Ripe, luscious tomatoes grown under the Tuscan sun are triple-concentrated for an intense burst of fresh flavor. Convenient, re-sealable tube lets you use only what you need with no waste. All-natural and non-GMO project certified.
Organic Sparkling Beverages (MRP $6.99 / 4-pack of 9.3 oz. bottles)

Tuscanini introduces two elegant new sparkling soft drinks inspired by leisurely Italian afternoons at an outdoor café. Made with only the choicest fruits hand-picked at peak harvest, these crisp Italian sodas are cold-pressed for maximum natural flavor. Available in Lemon and Blood Orange. Enjoy these all-natural refreshers straight from the bottle or over ice. USDA Organic certified.

Apple Cider Vinegar (MRP $5.99 / 16.9 oz.)
From the picturesque mountain region of Dolomite comes an unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar brewed with “the mother culture” – a beneficial mix of proteins, acids, and bacteria prized for their healthy properties. This ancient condiment has become extremely popular with consumers and chefs alike. Made with only organic Italian apples, it delivers a great, well-balanced acidity in glazes, dressings, marinades, and more.

Recipes courtesy of by Kosher.com

https://www.kosher.com/recipe/balsamic-roasted-potatoes-and-shallots-6348

https://www.kosher.com/recipe/tomato-soup-with-cheddar-matzah-balls-recipe-3601

https://www.kosher.com/recipe/peperonata-6398
https://www.kosher.com/recipe/grilled-vegetables-with-balsamic-vinegar-recipe-4588

https://www.kosher.com/recipe/balsamic-salmon-over-pomegranate-and-golden-kiwi-arugula-salad-6452

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2019 Bend Brewfest Sets Dates, Accepts Brewery Participant Applications

Annual Bend, Oregon beer festival scheduled for August 15-17; applications for brewery participation open on February 1

Every year, we are honored by the number of fantastic breweries from around our region – and beyond – that are interested in participating in Bend Brewfest”

— Marney Smith

BEND, OR, USA, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Les Schwab Amphitheater is getting ready to host the much-anticipated annual Bend Brewfest, slated for August 15-17, 2019. The popular outdoor venue in Bend, Oregon’s Old Mill District will be filled with a resounding number of “cheers!” as 70+ breweries share their unique creations with upwards of 40,000 patrons. The brewery application process begins on February 1 and closes on February 22; breweries that are interested in participating in the event should visit the Bend Brewfest website where they can find an application to submit for consideration.

“Every year, we are honored by the number of fantastic breweries from around our region – and beyond – that are interested in participating in Bend Brewfest,” said Marney Smith, director of the festival. “While we wish we could accommodate them all, our final lineup will hold 70 to 75 breweries. We will be announcing the participants in early March, so stay tuned.”

Last year’s event served up over 200 craft beverages, raising more than $15,000 for charity. The money was divided equally among four local nonprofit organizations to help them achieve their respective missions:

Bend Fire Department’s Community Assistance Program – identify crisis within our community and provide timely solutions with purpose and compassion.

Deschutes River Conservancy – to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon – to provide mentoring programs for area youth.

NeighborImpact – to help families access skills for success, family services, financial assistance, food, housing, heat and energy assistance.

Founded in 2002, the Bend Brewfest has raised more than $80,000 dollars for charity since its inception. Each year festival visitors can taste both incredibly rare and popular beers from nano-breweries to some of the most highly recognized craft breweries in the region, in addition to hand-crafted ciders and wine. Bend Brewfest has become known as an event where brewers showcase their specialty, hard-to-find brews on the festival’s X-Taps, and 2019 promises more of the same rare beers not available in stores or restaurants.

For more information, visit www.bendbrewfest.com.

About the Les Schwab Amphitheater
The Les Schwab Amphitheater is Central Oregon premier music venue, providing a beautiful outdoor riverfront space for concerts, festivals, sporting events and more. Opened in the historic Old Mill District in 2002, the Amphitheater was named in honor of a remarkable Central Oregonian, Leslie Schwab. The venue accommodates approximately 8,000 patrons for some of the biggest names in entertainment, the Bend Brewfest in August and other community events. www.bendconcerts.com

About the Old Mill District
One of the Pacific Northwest’s most distinctive and dynamic mixed-use developments, the Old Mill District is located on 270 acres that formerly housed one of the largest sawmill operations in the world. The rich history of the land is coupled with spectacular mountain views, scenic river vistas and an extensive trail system to enjoy the outdoors. More than 55 local, regional and national retailers and businesses call the Old Mill District home. The Old Mill District – Bend’s most unique shopping, dining, living, and entertainment experience. www.theoldmill.com

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#Feature Story: Konstant Ranked Among Top Full Stack Developers by ITFirms

Konstant Infosolutions - Top Web & Mobile App Development Company

Mobile App Development Services by Konstantinfo

Requirement to have an all-rounder who can handle every stage of the SDLC and can work at every step of the technology stack on-demand is persistent!

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — With rapid changes in technologies, there is a proportional increase in the demands of the customers (those who seek IT services). While it is still easy for a web developer (any technology) to enter into the system, but this scenario is soon drifting away as the competition increases, and population rises. People require one hand that can handle multiple tasks. It might not be a perfect solution for every problem, but a helping hand always helps fix crucial issues.
The dynamic nature of the whole IT industry makes requirements shift often to the most popular and the most popular tools and programming languages.

One programming language can no more be trusted for performing across devices or for various purposes. Simultaneously have to keep updating their skills in order to look good and be more useful for their organization.
Konstant bagged a position amongst top full stack developers by ITFirms. With a wholesome knowledge of databases, systems engineering, servers, clients, operating systems, queries, programming front end, various software development methodologies, testing and project management skills etc.

Mr. Vipin Jain, CEO and Co-founder, Konstant says henceforth, “We have been working around since last 15 years as primary care doctors, equally well with internal as well as external organs of every project, considering all phases of development life cycle. We have expert full-stack developers who act as perm fixtures during development lifecycle of each and every project that we undertake.”

He further states, “Being recognized by big-name research firm like ITFirms has beautified our portfolio and made us more confident about our efforts.”

About ITFirms

ITFirms is a globally acclaimed review and research firm that has extended its efforts in matching up service seekers with service providers and made them avail mutual benefits. Their ratings and rankings have helped IT companies to boost their market share, acquisition statistics, and brand awareness.

About Konstant Infosolutions

Konstant has grown up since the last 15 years, spread its arms across the US but is a global solution provider keeping its firm roots in India. Making solutions for almost every industry vertical, they have kept an eye on the latest technological advancements, have been upright with their communication with clients. They have always delivered projects within budget and time and have adjusted according to their time zones. Even if they cannot extend their development within their proximity, they have never made clients realize any difference. Their services have been impressive and effectively solved ongoing customer problems. Of the various industries, few of the major on-demand solutions have helped out major industries like: On-demand solutions for food, haircuts, teaching, taxi, pets etc., Real Estate and property, social networking solutions (chat messengers), Finance, Banking, business, insurance, Food delivery and ordering, education, transport and automotive, e-commerce, human resources, retail and B2B, healthcare and fitness, media and entertainment, travel and hospitality, gaming, leisure, directory, organization, event and ticketing etc.

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The ad that the Metal Packaging Industry doesn’t want you to see

Ditch The Can. Help The Planet.

TetraPak Cartons Vs Cans: The 5 Simple Truths

"The can was invented over 200 years ago, before the invention of the bra or the ballpoint pen! It has served us well, but it’s time we move to an environmentally friendly alternative".”

— Guy Blaksey, Founder of Pooch & Mutt

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The environment is the hot topic on everyone’s lips at the moment, and rightly so. For far too long big businesses have put profits ahead of the planet and we are all becoming increasingly aware of how unsustainable a lot of the products that we consume are. We’ve seen this hit the headlines with shoppers turning their back on big brands with unsustainable packaging including Walkers and Pringles.

Big businesses need to defend their position. They can do this by improving their offering, or by trying to silence those who challenge them. The latest effort to silence a brand comes from the MPMA (Metal Packaging Manufacturer’s Association), who are threatening the independent, ethical dog food brand, Pooch & Mutt.

Pooch & Mutt’s advert urges people to “Ditch the Can. Help the Planet”, as the TetraPak cartons that they use for their dog food have been proven in independent studies, such as the study by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU) to have 80% less global warming potential than cans.

The benefits are so great that the number of cartons sold in the first 6 months of launch, had the equivalent benefit to the environment of planting 200 trees! And this is from a company, who is a minnow in the pet world compared to the whales of Mars (Pedigree, Royal Canin, James Wellbeloved) and Nestle (Purina, Winalot, Tails.com).

The carton’s lower global warming potential comes down to 5 simple truths:
1. Raw materials: Cartons are primarily made from a renewable resource
2. Production: Energy used in production
3. Transport when empty: 1 lorry of empty cartons is the equivalent of 9 lorries of cans
4. Space when full: Cartons offer a 40% space saving Vs cans.
5. Weight: Cans are 3x heavier than cartons
To watch Pooch & Mutt’s video explaining the 5x truths go to bit.ly/ditch_the_can

Guy Blaskey, the founder of Pooch & Mutt says “The latest campaign for our wet food cartons urges customers to ‘Ditch the Can. Help the Planet’, as they are proven to have 80% less global warming potential than cans. It’s disappointing to get threats from MPMA. The can was invented over 200 years ago, before the invention of the bra or the ballpoint pen! It has served us well, but it’s time we move to an environmentally friendly alternative. The MPMA claim the environmental benefits of cans by quoting recycling rates, but that is a very tiny portion of the life cycle of a can and it’s associated emissions. It is true that recycling rates are lower for cartons, but 92% of UK local authorities offer carton recycling, we just need to get people to know this. When a customer is standing in front of a supermarket shelf, armed with the facts, there is no argument that if they want to do the best for the environment they should ‘Ditch the Can’ and pick up a carton.’

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Notes to editor

For further information contact laura@poochandmutt.com / 02030 111 567

Imagery to use along with this article can be downloaded from Google Drive here

Pooch & Mutt is one of the UK’s fastest-growing, most award-winning pet food companies, with accreditation from The Ethical Companies Organisation and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

Pooch & Mutt is leading The Pet Food Revolution, to get better quality, healthier food to more pets. Find out more at https://www.poochandmutt.co.uk/pages/the-pet-food-revolution

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New York Phenomenon, Burger Village, Expands to West Coast

Leading Organic Burger Franchise Goes Bi-Coastal with Five New CA Locations

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, January 29, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Burger Village, the New York-based chain with full-service restaurants in Great Neck and Hicksville, Long Island, and Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, and plans for QSR locations in Farmingdale, Long Island, and downtown Brooklyn, New York has just signed a multi-unit franchise agreement in California. Known for its healthy take on America’s favorite food: the hamburger, Burger Village, and its organic, all-natural, antibiotics and hormone free menu, will open a full-service restaurant in San Luis Obispo, California in Spring 2019. Four additional quick service locations are planned for Dublin, Sunnyvale, San Jose, and Palo Alto later in the year. Franchises are scalable and available as both full-service or quick service restaurant formats.

“California is a natural extension for the Burger Village brand,” says Nick Yadav, one four brothers who launched Burger Village in 2013. “The same healthy and busy lifestyle found in New York is exemplified in California. The Burger Village motto to “eat organic, live healthy” is also a mantra for the majority of west coast diners.”

The Burger Village menu offers USDA certified organic hamburgers and exotic meats (such as bison, elk and boar), salads, wraps, fresh cut fries, onion rings, organic milkshakes and sodas, organic beers and wines, desserts, gluten-free and vegan options, and other natural foods. The Brand Ambassador for the chain is football All-American, Prince Amukamara, cornerback of the Chicago Bears of the National Football league (NFL). Amukamara is both a fan and an investor, with plans to open his own Burger Village franchise in the coming year.

As a loyal customer in their Park Slope Brooklyn location, Amukamara was a fan of the food at Burger Village, but also admired the way the brothers did business and their strong family values. “At Burger Village, they believe in organic in a way that benefits the consumer and the planet.” The NFL star adds, “Burger Village products come from farms and dairies that are mostly family owned and operated. The livestock and produces are nourished and cared for naturally and humanely.” He adds, “Burger Village has taken an American staple, the burger, and made it guilt-free, good for you, and good for the environment.”

Burger Village has teamed with franchise industry expert, Gary Occhiogrosso, the founder of Franchise Growth Solutions, LLC, to expand the turnkey Burger Village fast casual QSR (quick service restaurant) business model from eleven (11) in 2019 to twenty-five (25) locations by 2021. Burger Village franchises are currently available in most territories nationwide.

Mr. Occhiogrosso has over 30 years’ experience in franchise development and sales and was integral to the success of nationally recognized brands including Ranch *1, Desert Moon Fresh Mexican Grille, and brands found under the multi-brand franchisor, TRUFOODS, LLC.

ABOUT BURGER VILLAGE
Burger Village is an all-natural, hormone-free burger concept that uses fresh and organic ingredients to create nutrition-rich meals for active consumers who want to eat well when dining out. From six locations in New York and five in California, Burger Village has grown into a recognized lifestyle brand that combines the growing trend toward clean and healthy dining with a socially responsible business model.

ABOUT FRANCHISE GROWTH SOLUTIONS, LLC
Franchise Growth Solutions, LLC is a strategic planning, franchise development and sales organization offering franchise sales, brand concept and development, strategic planning, real estate and architectural development, vendor management, lead generation, and advertising, marketing, and PR including social media. Franchise Growth Solutions’ proven "Coach, Mentor & Grow®" system puts both franchisors and potential franchisees on the fast track to growth. Membership in Franchise Growth Solutions’ client portfolio is by recommendation only.
For more information on the Burger Village fast-casual restaurant concept, please visit burgervillage.com.

For information on owning your own Burger Village franchise, please contact Gary Occhiogrosso at 917.991.2465 or via email at gary@frangrow.com

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The Allure of Auctions…For Jobs

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 29, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Job Auction has just passed the milestone of its 11 months birthday. It’s chief component and USP is the auction function, a utility that elevates it above its alternatives as a jobs board.

Much has been made of the phrase ‘unique selling point’ but often what makes a good one is the fact that it can be summarised succinctly and vividly. You’ll hear The Job Auction staff happily use the phrase ‘eBay for jobs’ to describe their employer and comparison to the e-commerce giant is enthusiastically accepted. At The Job Auction they do exactly what you would expect with a name like that: auctioning jobs.

The site operates as a regular jobs board but also has one distinct difference. Those using it can chose to advertise jobs or tasks that they need doing and then anyone who thinks that they might be a good fit can put themselves forward. This makes sure that the interested parties are constantly negotiating and they themselves are in total control of proceedings.

The Job Auction is inspired by auctions which act as physical proof that value is a fluid concept. Not one person will have the same opinion on how much a position or task is worth and the system The Job Auction has in place makes sure that everyone involved in the processes voice is heard.

They have a messaging system in place as well as the option to lock the price as the potential employer so that while everyone has their say, those who advertised the job have the final word. It’s a website that puts the power firmly into the hands of its users in a way that will enhance the business acumen of all of those who chose to be involved.

Options like ‘Skill Auction’ and ‘Tasks’ means that advertisement itself is interchangeable and the notion of what can and cannot be bid on is up for debate. If you can think of anything you’d like to do or have done for you, The Job Auction can facilitate that need.

Auctions have the prospect of bargain hunting and those in the know can utilise them to achieve things that wouldn’t be possible at a regular marketplace. The Job Auction aims to attract all people who are excited by the possibility of grafting for work. Negotiating salary in a traditional interview setting might see you out the door but on this site it is readily encouraged.

A trailblazing site with few businesses in the same headspace, the site’s clean and easy-to-use functionality should appeal to anyone looking to market themselves in a modern working world which more often than not limits your own possibilities. With the power in your hands, The Job Auction ensures that what you get is only limited by what you want.

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