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And finally, here’s some news I’ve been waiting for…..Hostess Brands LLC, a new company and employer under new ownership, plans to re-launch its state-of-the-art bakery in Columbus, GA. The company will initially add 200 jobs to the economy there and plans to create a total of more than 300 jobs in the community within the next several years. The baking facility will resume operations this summer and will produce a full assortment of Hostess snack products, including Twinkies, Cup Cakes, Ho-Hos and Ding Dongs.

Baltimore-based Santoni’s Supermarket launched East Baltimore’s first-ever “Grocery Store Shuttle Service,” dedicated to providing free transportation for residents in communities with low-vehicle ownership and little access to healthy foods.

The service has been praised by local food advocates including community groups, non-profit partners and City officials. Santoni’s is a full-service independent grocery store servicing the East and South East Baltimore communities for over 82 years.

Giant/Landover is making sure shoppers know that the Ahold USA-owned grocery chain is doing its bit for the environment. “Making efforts to reduce our impact – and encouraging our customers to do the same – is crucial to protecting and preserving the communities in which we live and work,” said Jamie Miller, public and community relations manager for Giant/Landover.

To that end Giant has launched a “Sustainable Choice” program to aid customers in selecting products that are sustainable, safe and responsibly produced. In the seafood department, a “Sustainable Choice” icon will shows customers which seafood items have been responsibly farmed or fished and are certified by a qualifying eco-label.

Regan Lund has joined the Network of Executive Women in the new role of national development manager. NEW is the consumer products and retail industry’s largest women’s leadership community, with more than 7,000 members in 19 regions across the U.S. and Canada. It hosts dozens of local events and two national conferences each year. For more information visit www.newonline.org.

Lund will be key to supporting NEW’s rapidly growing roster of sponsors, according to Nancy Krawczyk, vice president of sales and marketing. NEW has more than 86 national sponsors, including Foundations sponsors The Coca Cola Company, Kraft Foods Group, Mondelez International, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club.

Lund was development director of Enactus United States (formerly SIFE), and previously served as business development manager for Echo Global Logistics. Earlier in her career, she was a national account executive for IRH Capital LLC and was a student brand manager for Red Bull North America. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

On a personal note, last month Kathy and I enjoyed April in Paris and the French countryside. Our guide on that trip was an awesome young man named Vincent Lauferon (who is fluent in seven languages) who gave an excellent overview of French history and culture. (If you are ever in the market for a knowledgeable French guide check out his website, www.awesome-guide.com.). Personally, one of the most moving experiences for me was our visit to Normandy where American and Allied troops landed to begin the final defeat of Hitler and almost 10,000 Americans are buried in the American cemetery. We celebrated our last Paris evening with a memorable dinner and GREAT wine at Restaurant Chez Eugene in Montmartre.

Birthday wishes go out this month to: Lee Chadwick, mother of Lancaster Food’s Jerry Chadwick and to Food World’s Lou Rosenthal (retired), his 91st!

Celebrating anniversaries are: Jeremy and Helen Diamond Food-A-Rama, their 11th , and Kathy’s and my daughter, Cyndi, Coca-Cola Refreshments, and son-in-law Bill Ireland, Clyde’s Restaurant Group, their 9th!

We are always happy to publish anniversary and birthday dates. Just call (410-730-5013) or mail them to: In and Around Food World, 5537 Twin Knolls Rd.; Columbia, MD 21045. Or, drop Dick an email at rbestany@best-met.com.