Fifth Street brewpub founder moves into coffee

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 6:00 AM


            A family photo of the Barista Cafe product. SUBMITTED.
A family photo of the Barista Cafe product. SUBMITTED.

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).”

The result?

“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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Pet store that makes slow-cooked food opens new location in Miamisburg

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 11:21 AM

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Pet Wants has opened a new store in Miamisburg.

The pet store, which is locally owned by Jackie and Ray Covington, has opened its new retial storefront at 38 Fiesta Lane and offers free, personal delivery to Franklin, Germantown, Miamisburg, West Carrollton, Moraine, Trotwood, Englewood, Vandalia, Clayton and the surrounding areas.

The store open on Sept. 2, and will host a grand-opening celebration on Oct. 4 at 10 a.m.

Pet Wants makes slow-cooked pet food in small batches with fresh ingredients every month, and the new store offers multiple blends of dog and cat foods. It also offers healing salve, calming balm, anti-itch spray and paw wax.

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300 DPL employees to be transfered to AES Ohio Generation

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
Updated: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 12:26 PM


            DP&L’s battery storage facility is at Tait Station, a combustion turbine and diesel generator facility located in Dayton.
DP&L’s battery storage facility is at Tait Station, a combustion turbine and diesel generator facility located in Dayton.

Dayton Power & Light has sent out about 300 letters to union-represented power plant employees informing them that they will be employees of AES Ohio Generation as of Oct. 1.

Members are concerned, said Greg Adams, president of Local 175 of the Utility Workers Union of America. The letters are being distributed in the midst of contract negotiations, according to Adams.

“It’s the unknown,” he said. “The company has made some statements out there that have not been defined … All our questions have not been answered.”

The company’s contract with the union expires Oct. 31, Adams said.

The letters are being sent in the wake of a federal regulatory body’s approval of the transfer of DP&L power generation assets to an offshoot of the company that owns DP&L.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the transfer of the facilities late last month from the Dayton utility to AES Ohio Generation LLC.

“They explain that upon receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals for the proposed transaction and implementation of the proposed transaction, Dayton Power’s existing portfolio of generation assets will be owned by AES Ohio. This includes Dayton Power’s interests in 13 coal, oil, and gas-fired generating units and one solar unit, totaling 2,510 megawatts,” the FERC wrote in a Aug. 29 decision.

A company spokeswoman said with the enactment of Ohio Senate Bill 3 in 2000, separation of generation assets from the distribution and transmission business is part of deregulation of Ohio’s electricity market. Ohio law requires that DP&L separate its generation assets from the regulated utility, according to the spokeswoman. Other Ohio utilities have already completed this generation separation process.

All employees will transfer to AES Ohio Generation and will continue their daily jobs as they do today, Mary Ann Kabel, a DPL spokeswoman said in an email.

The transfer of employee does not affect customer rates, Kabel said.

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Last year, a spokesman for the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, said the office is on guard against any attempt by DP&L to get consumers to “subsidize” the transfer to AES Ohio Generation. DP&L is owned by Arlington, Va.-based AES Corp.

In August 2016, DP&L filed at the FERC for approval to turn its mostly coal-fired power plants over to AES Ohio Generation.

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A message seeking comment was left with a spokesman for the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, a body which acts to represent Ohio utility customers.

Earlier this year, in a filing with the state, DP&L said it was committed to selling its ownership in three generation stations. The three stations are the Conesville station in Conesville, Ohio, Miami Fort in North Bend, Ohio and Zimmer in Moscow, Ohio. All three are coal-fired facilities.

And last week, DP&L acknowledged that it was sending about a dozen fiance and accounting jobs to Argentina.

“This is all stuff they have sprung on us in the past week as part of contract negotiations,” Adams said. “We have a ton of questions that they have failed to answer up to this point.”

DP&L has about 515,000 customers in 24 Western Ohio counties.

Death Wish coffee recalled over botulism concerns

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 12:17 PM



U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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Death Wish Coffee Company, a New York-based coffee producer that advertises itself as maker of the “world’s strongest coffee,” is recalling some of its products over concerns that it could become tainted with the deadly botulin toxin.

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Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a notice issued Tuesday that 11-ounce cans of Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew were being recalled after the company determined that the process used to make the drinks “could lead to the growth and production of the deadly toxin botulin.”

Botulism is a potentially fatal form of food poisoning that can cause dizziness, double-vision, difficulty breathing, weakness and constipation, among other symptoms.

Company officials said in a notice posted to the Death Wish Coffee website that the recall was issued as a precaution and that no illnesses have been reported in connection to the drinks.

“Our customers’ safety is of paramount importance,” Death Wish Coffee Co. owner Mike Brown said in a statement. He said the recall was a “proactive step to ensure that the highest quality, safest and, of course, strongest coffee products we produce are of industry-exceeding standards.”

The process used to make the canned coffee, which is infused with nitrogen, is relatively new and little regulated, according to company officials. Death Wish Coffee Co. tested its method for producing the drinks for nearly four months, with the help of an outside process authority, before it got a recommendation to tweak its manufacturing process to ensure no botulin toxins are produced.

According to company officials, “With any nitrogen-based products on the market there is a remote possibility of the risk of Clostridium botulinum, a serious pathogen that can lead to the growth and production of the deadly toxin botulin in low-acid foods commercialized in reduced oxygen packaging.”

Death Wish Coffee Co. has halted production of its Nitro Cold Brew drinks as it adjusts its manufacturing process. Officials noted that, despite the concerns, “the company has passed all FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and state inspections since its founding.”

Any customers who have cans of Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew are asked to dispose of the drink or return it for a full refund.

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Electronics retailer to open second location near Dayton Mall

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 6:45 AM

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An electronics retailer will open its second Dayton area location near the Dayton Mall.

FixAPhone, a wireless repair center that focuses on same-day device repair services, will open a new 1,800-square-foot location in the Southland 75 Shopping Centre across from the Dayton Mall. The store will also have a conference room to host educational sessions on a series of topics. It will also have a one-on-one meeting space for customers.

Southland 75 formerly housed the Cub Foods store before it closed down in 2012.

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The store will also buy old devices and sell quality pre-owned phones and tablets for customers looking to upgrade. The store currently has three staff members and eventually plan to hire more experienced wireless repair technicians and sales force as the business grows, according to a company statement.

This is the fifth FixAPhone location in Ohio and the second in the Dayton region.

“Our primary goal is to repair your cell phone, tablet or Apple watch the same day you bring it in and quite often, depending upon the repair, while you wait,” said owner Charlie Holdren.

The store will host a ribbon cutting on Sept. 22. The store is located at 8267 Springboro Pike.

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