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Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Brian Young, president and co-founder of Dayton’s Fifth Street Brewpub, has been working on a new coffee product that has boosted manufacturing locally and is being launched nationally.
The product is flavored latte foam. It’s basically a bottle of barista-style latte foam that anyone can put in their coffee at home.
Young lives in Dayton, but the company that created the product, international food and beverage products company Frutarom, has a facility in Butler County’s West Chester Twp., off Commerce Park Drive. Much of what the company makes, including flavorings, goes into other companies’ foods or products.
Young is national sales manager at Frutarom USA.
The flavored latte, Barista Café, is presented as a line from Sebastianos Brands.
The formulation was developed some three years back, but the company hadn’t been able to sell any of it, Young said in an interview Thursday.
The product needed marketing, a new look and a new approach. That’s where Young and Oregon District firm Folio Design came in.
Young said he and Folio Design “made a brand out of it basically.”
“I didn’t invent the formula, but I helped patent it,” Young said. “It had no patents on it when I got here. I put new packaging together along with putting it into a family (of brands).”
“It’s doing real well,” Young said. “It had not sold a package before I got here but then we put a new (production) line in because of it — a multi-million dollar line just to keep up with (demand).”
Frutarom — which has about 125 workers in Butler County — has invested more than $2 million into production of Barista Café. The company sold the product to Walmart, as well as some private-label iterations that can be found at Bed Bath & Beyond, Jordan’s Mixes, T.J. Maxx and elsewhere.
Unrolling the product meant new packaging and a new name. It also meant new flavors. Christmas flavors are on tap, including peppermint mocha, gingerbread and pumpkin spice.
“No one else in the world has this type of product; it’s only us,” Young said.
The idea is to pump one to three dollops into a cup of coffee and get an authentic latte coffeehouse experience, he said.
“To froth milk or to steam milk, no one has that kind of equipment, and even if you do, it’s very difficult to clean and to keep sanitary,” Young said. “I thought it would be kind of neat to make a coffee into a nice latte — and we’ll flavor it.”
This kind of thinking — seeing the potential in a neglected idea — helped make the Fifth Street Brewpub a reality, he agreed.
In 2010, Young and his fellow brewpub founders persuaded 32 neighbors in the St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood and beyond to get together to buy a house at 1600 E. Fifth Street. The neighbors formed an investment group, bought and improved the building.
“The brewpub started out as a neighborhood project,” Young recalled. “But you needed vision. You needed things that could help people see the final light.”
“It’s difficult to sell on concept all the time,” he added. “But we did a nice job of that.”
A video on the product can be found here.
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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:59 AM
No Macy’s stores will close in the Dayton region in the near future, but staff changes could occur, according to a company spokeswoman.
“We are fine-tuning our staffing needs in some of our smaller stores to better tailor our in-store resources with business needs and expectations, while providing the best possible customer service experience. This includes increasing associates in some areas of store operations and reducing associates in others. We have not provided a breakdown of these changes by store or region,” the Macy’s spokeswoman said.
Earlier this month, the company announced the closure of 11 Macy’s stores — including one in downtown Cincinnati. It’s part of the retailer’s plan to close approximately 100 stores, which was announced back in August 2016.
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The following Macy’s stores will be closing in early 2018. In most cases, clearance sales started Jan. 8 and run for approximately 8 to 12 weeks. Macy’s has closed a total of 124 stores since 2015.
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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:11 AM
— Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is reportedly cutting more than 1,000 corporate jobs.
The Wall Street Journal reported the retailer is cutting jobs at its headquarters, which comes as Walmart announced its store workers will receive raises and bonuses. Walmart employs more than 1.5 million people in the U.S., plans to cut more than 1,000 corporate jobs, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.
“We’ve been looking at our structure for some time as we explore ways to operate more effectively,” a Wal-Mart spokesman told the WSJ, without confirming that job cuts are planned this month.
Sam’s Club, which is owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., suddenly shuttered 63 stores across the U.S. late last week. Two Sam’s Club stores in Cincinnati have permanently closed without notice. The Loveland store on Fields-Ertel Road and the Oakley store on Marburg Avenue both permanently closed Thursday, WCPO reported. No locations in the Dayton region have been impacted. Sam’s Club has locations in Dayton, Beavercreek and Centerville.
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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:37 AM
— In the past six months, Dayton Foundation fund holders awarded 10,515 grants totaling $26.4 million to not-for-profit organizations locally and beyond.
That’s a seven percent increase compared to the same period last year, the foundation said in an announcement Tuesday.
Grant awards amounting to $398,250 were made in the areas of arts and culture, health, education, human services, philanthropy and other community-building endeavors, the foundation said.
Discretionary grants totaling $357,500 were awarded to an array of organizations, including $75,000 to the Greater Dayton Union Cooperative to assist in building a new cooperative grocery store in a designated food desert area, the foundation said.
Other recent grants have included:
CityWide Neighborhood Development Corp., $25,000, to help fund the final phase of the Lakeside Lake restoration project.
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., $50,000.
Agape for Youth, Inc., $7,000.
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, $22,000.
Omega Community Development Corp., $75,000, toward building a center that will host poverty reduction programs.
Partners in Hope, Inc., $25,000, to help build a new facility to expand relief, education and development services for families in need.
The foundation’s “Greenlight Grants” program is aimed at organizations seeking “quick, small grants for special projects, program expansions, capital improvements or capacity building,” the foundation said. Those grants went to the Crayons to Classrooms organization, the Beavercreek Wetlands Association, Daybreak and others.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:47 AM
— A sedan built by workers in Marysville was named the 2018 Car of the Year, the third year in a row a Honda model has received the award.
The 2018 Honda Accord, which began rolling off the assembly line in Marysville last year, beat out the Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry to claim the honor.
The Japanese automaker invested about $220 million in the Marysville facility as part of its redesign of the Accord, the company’s flagship sedan. About 1,400 workers from Clark and Champaign counties work for the manufacturer, and it employs about 14,500 Ohioans overall.
“We’re especially proud for the production associates in Ohio where Accord has been built to the highest quality standards for over 35 years,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the Automobile Division and general manager of Honda Sales in a news release.
Last year Honda’s Ridgeline won in the truck category in the car and truck awards. Honda’s Civic model won the car of the year honor in 2016.
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