Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Certifies SeQuential Biodiesel Plant

Audit Confirms Plants Commitment to Sustainably Produced Renewable Fuel

SALEM, OREGON, UNITED STATES, March 16, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance has announced the certification of SeQuential, the longest-running commercial biodiesel producer on the west coast, for its innovative and nearly zero-waste production of renewable fuel.

The SBA has developed and implemented an objective certification standard for measuring the sustainability of biodiesel production and use. SeQuential has been awarded via independent third-party audit score, the Gold level standard for biodiesel production.

SeQuential is dedicated to building a better energy model focused around regionally sourced biodiesel. All of the fuel SeQuential produces is made from used cooking oil recycled from restaurants and businesses within a roughly 500-mile radius of its Salem, Oregon, plant. Additionally, the company fuels its collection and delivery vehicles with high blends of its own biodiesel and offsets its energy consumption by using solar panels and setting regular energy conservation targets.

“The Gold Certified level is currently the highest standard achieved for sustainable biodiesel production,” said Jeff Plowman Vice-Chair of the SBA and Certification Committee Chair.

The audit checklist for biodiesel production is based on the SBA’s Baseline Practices for Sustainability, and evaluates the following:

• Air Emissions
• Water Resources
• Waste Handling
• Plant Energy
• Sustainable Sourcing
• Community Benefit
• Plant/Worker Benefit
• Quality

“We’re thrilled to be receiving SBA Gold Certification,” said Tyson Keever, CEO at SeQuential. “It’s rewarding to see our team’s commitment to sustainability recognized. We look forward to continuing to strengthen our sustainability practices through ongoing partnership with the SBA.”

This audit of SeQuential biodiesel production, the second of its kind, has given the SBA Certification Committee some valuable insight to the success of the audit procedure. The Committee is dedicated to an ongoing analysis of sustainable practices in biodiesel production, distribution and use of biodiesel and is looking forward to a procedural review this year.

About the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance:

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization created to promote sustainable biodiesel practices, including the harvesting, production and distribution of biodiesel fuels. These efforts include Environmental, Social and Economic sustainability. When biodiesel advocates Kelly King, Annie Nelson and Daryl Hannah formed the alliance in 2006, their ultimate goal was to create a certification system for verifying that all points in the production and distribution of the fuel are sustainable. This certification system, officially launched in 2016, will not only provide transparency for the consumer but also build extra value for a sustainable product. Since its creation, the Alliance has grown to include family farmers and farm organizations such as the Institute for Agriculture Trade and Policy (IATP), members of the 25 x 25 coalition, environmental organizations, renewable energy experts and a wide array of NGO’s. 


About SeQuential:
Commercially operating since 2005, SeQuential is the longest-running biodiesel producer on the West Coast, and one of only a few domestic manufacturers that handle the entire production process from beginning to end: collecting used cooking oil, refining it into biodiesel and distributing it back into the local community. More information on SeQuential is available at www.chooseSQ.com.

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Anthony Scaramucci to be honored by NIAF at New York Gala on March 22, Cipriani's 42nd Street

The NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION to honor best and brightest in business, sports, entertainment, politics at New York Gala

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, March 15, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — ANNOUNCING and UPDATED: Mr. Scaramucci is a successful businessman and former host of the television program, Wall Street Week. A frequent contributor to the FOX NEWS Channel, he served on the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee following the 2016 election. He is currently under consideration for a position installing him as Advisor to President Donald Trump.

The National Italian American Foundation will hosts it’s yearly New York Gala, honoring New York State Superintendent of DFS, Maria T. Vullo; Founder, SkyBridge Capital, Anthony Scaramucci; Chairman, Jackson Lewis P.C., Vincent A. Cino, Cooking with Nonna host, Rossella Rago and others at Cipriani, 42nd Street, March 22, 2017.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will host its annual New York Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 22, 2017. This distinguished event, held at this world-famous, historical, New York City venue will highlight the very best in Italian food, beverage and cultural experiences – along with celebrate some of the most notable and impactful luminaries of the Italian American community.

NIAF is the largest and most faithful representative of over 25 million Italian Americans living in the United States.
The two most important objectives that the NIAF aims are to ensure that Italian Americans continue to keep alive and present the rich heritage of their values and cultural traditions, and to make sure that the Italian American community preserves and remembers the great contribution Italians have made to the history and progress of the United States.

The 2017 honorees demonstrate the diverse impact members of the Italian American community have here in the USA – they include Shirley and Vernon W. Hill, II, founders of InterArch and Metro Bank respectively; Founder and Co-Managing Partner, SkyBridge Capital, Anthony Scaramucci; Jackson Lewis P.C., Vincent A. Cino; Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, Anthony Cammarata Jr. and Cooking with Nonna host, Rossella Rago.

Of notable interest to New Yorkers is the awarding of the third annual Mario M. Cuomo Award in Public Service to Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), Maria T. Vullo. Ms. Vullo was appointed to her post by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo – the Award is named for his father. Governor Cuomo has been invited to confer this honor upon Ms. Vullo.

Since this event was brought back to the beautiful Cipriani 42nd Street five years ago, it has consistently sold out and become a much anticipated staple of the New York City Italian community’s calendar. Past honorees and invited guests include: Martin Scorsese, Sophia Loren, Al Pacino, Danny DeVito, Alan Alda, Maria Bartiromo, Tony May, Mike Piazza, Tony Reali (ESPN Host “Around the Horn”), Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Joe Piscopo and other notables in business, sports, entertainment and politics.

Arrivals for the Gala begin at 6:30 pm. Attendees will move into the principal hall at 7:30 pm for Dinner and the Awards Program, featuring entertainment by Italian Singer-Songwriter, ALFIO, by way of Sydney Australia, along with the legendary Sicilian Tenors. Attire for the evening is Cocktail. Tickets: $500 (Gold Ticket); $1,000 (Platinum Ticket). Gala Tables and Sponsorships are available through the organization by visiting:
http://www.niaf.org/nyc

NIAF’s New York Gala is chaired by Gerard S. LaRocca, a member of NIAF’s Board of Directors and chief administrative officer, Americas, Barclays Capital.
Proceeds from NIAF’s New York Gala will benefit the Foundation’s philanthropic and educational programs.
All attendees listed above are subject to change before the Gala date

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TGTE’s Response to Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s Address to UN Human Rights Council

Sri Lanka’s Nation-Building has failed due to the rigid Sinhala Ethnocratic nature of the Sri Lankan State

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 14, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ —

Office of the Prime Minister
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)
March 2017

SALIENT POINTS:

• Opposition to the participation of foreign judges not political but racial
• Neither international nor domestic remedy available for the aggrieved parties by Sri Lanka’s accession to the Convention on enforced disappearance
• PTA targets Tamils and created de-facto partition of Sri Lanka
• Abuse of UN Resolution on Terrorism
• Plain clothes Security Personnel carrying pistols – Second phase of military governance
• Admonition by UN Official
• Constitutional mirage
• Winning election on a pledge of power sharing between Sinhalese and Tamils has now resulted in power sharing among Sinhala elite
• Sinhala militarization of Tamil land
• Disregard to recommendations by Government-appointed Consultation Task Force
• Rape Camps

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

The TGTE’s response to the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister’s address to the 34th Session of the HRC states that the reason for the failure of the nation building acknowledged by the Foreign Minister was the rigid ethnocratic nature of the Sri Lanka state.

The Response cites the failure of previous accords between the Tamils and successive Sri Lankan Governments and the opposition to or non-implementation of various commissions to inhibit impunity of the Sri Lankan armed forces as examples of this truism.

The Response also gives the full picture of the matters referred to by the Foreign Minister as “achievements”. With respect to OMP – lack of consultation of the victims, rejection by the GOSL of the demands of the survivors for international involvement and the failure to make OMP operational are pointed out. Regarding the GOSL accession to the International convention on Enforced Disappearance, the absence of domestic legislation to give effect to the Convention and the non-declaration under Article 31 of the Convention that allows the aggrieved party to seek international remedy have been pointed out. While pointing out enforced disappearance as a continuing crime, the issuance of the certificate of “absence” for missing persons is shown as a ploy to bury the issue.

The Response points out the abuse of UN Security Council’s Resolution by GOSL in labelling entities and individuals engaged in peaceful advocacy for an independent state as terrorists. It contends that such listing was a violation of freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and the Eelam Tamils’ right to self-determination. The Response points out the observation by the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues that the almost entirely Singhalese Sri Lankan army and its disproportionally heavy presence in the Northern province amounted to it being seen as an occupying force. The Response while pointing out the recent replacement of new military personal carrying AK47 by security personal in plain clothes carrying pistols contends that this was the second phase of military governance in Tamil areas. It also points out that the military presence constitutes not only a threat to Tamils’ physical security but also inhibits international creativity and economic activity in the community.

The Response points out that the Constitutional Reform process was a mirage in the way that it failed to recognize Tamils as a distinct nation or the NorthEast as Tamil inhabited areas, a historical and political reality recognized by the 1987 Indo-Sri Lankan Accord. The proposed Constitutional drafts are in effect a retreat and not progress. The Response also noted Sri Lanka’s failure to implement the recommendations proposed by WGEID, CAT and CEDAW and pointed CERD’s observation that the strength of anti- Tamil racism made these abuses possible. Finally, the Response showed how the Minister remained completely silent on matters such as the existence of “rape camps” brought out by the International Truth and Justice Project. Such camps maintained by the security forces of a country today would become a rare and documented case since the Japanese Imperial Army held such camps during the Second World War.

SRI LANKA'S NATION-BUILDING HAS FAILED DUE TO THE RIGID SINHALA ETHNOCRATIC NATURE OF THE SRI LANKA STATE:

The acknowledgement by the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, Mr Mangala Samaraweera, in his address to the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council that Sri Lanka has failed in its 69 year-old experiment in nation-building acquires immense significance. Yet, the dismal failure of the Foreign Minister to even hazard a guess as to the root causes of that failure is even more significant. The fundamental reason for why nation-building failed in Sri Lanka from the time of independence in 1948 is the rigid Sinhala ethnocratic nature of the Sri Lankan State. Sinhalese make up 74.9% of the population and they believe that they are the ‘chosen people’ to control society and the State in the island for the benefit of their people without the need to share power with other nations and minorities. The UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues stated in her January 2017 Report:

"The sense that minorities are generally excluded from most areas of decision making and power structures was pervasive. Among the many challenges and issues raised, one underlying root cause of all grievances was the inadequate levels of minority participation and representation in major institutions and decision making bodies and the resultant frustration with systemic social and political marginalization. The dominance of the Sinhalese and Sinhala as the de facto sole language in these bodies were cited as a major hindrance to minority participation."

Due to their inability to realize the benefits of a plural society, successive governments have failed to abide by their own commitments to build a more just, democratic and inclusive Sri Lanka in which Tamils and Muslims had equal rights as the Sinhalese. “Long term political settlements” through quasi power-sharing agreements such as the Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam Pact, and Dudley Senanayake-Chelvanayakam Pact did not materialize due to strong opposition from the Sinhala constituency which in turn has been the dominant hegemonic feature of the Sinhala ethnocratic state of Sri Lanka. Notably, the 13thAmendment of 1987 to allow for power sharing within a unitary constitutional structure was not implemented due to the opposition from the Sinhala population. Recommendations of various commissions of inquiry including the 1977 Sansoni Commission, the 1991 Inquiry into the Attack on Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), the 1991 Kokkaddicholai Commission of Inquiry, the 1991-1993 Presidential Commission, the 1994 Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances, the 1998 All Island Disappearance Commission, the Presidential Truth Commission on Ethnic Violence, the 1981-1984 Bindunuwewa Commission, and the 2006 International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) did not lead to any remedial actions due to the fierce opposition from the Sinhala constituency. It has resulted in the failure to develop a judicial system trusted by victims in Sri Lanka.

Even today, the Sri Lankan Government has failed the international community and the Tamils over the last 18 months through its failure to implement the UNHRC Resolution 30/1, in which it made a series of commitments to the Tamils as well as to the international community. The salient feature of the transitional justice mechanism proposed by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) through Resolution 30/1– the one which allowed the victims to repose trust in a process based in the ethnically biased Sri Lankan judicial system – is the “participation of Commonwealth and foreign judges”. However, the Sri Lankan President and the Prime Minister have repeatedly said that there will not be any foreign judges involved in the legal processes to come. They cite various reasons ranging from protecting the “honor of the nation”, safeguarding “war heroes”,” political opposition”, etc. It should be noted that not a single Tamil leader, a Tamil political party, a Tamil Civil Society Organization or the victims has voiced opposition to the inclusion of foreign judges. The provision is only opposed by the Sinhala constituency. Thus, there is no “political opposition” for the inclusion of foreign judges, but only ethnically oriented opposition- a feature of the rigid ethnocratic Sri Lankan State.

ABSENCE OF REAL REMEDY ON 'SUCCESSES' – OMP:

Even the matters listed as “achievements” by the Foreign Minister in his address to the UNHRC are at best only half fulfilled or not exactly at all as they seemed. The establishment of the Office of Missing Person (OMP) should be viewed in the context of the comments by the country’s Prime Minister, Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe in 2015 that ‘most of the disappeared are dead’, and again in 2016 that most of the disappeared have ‘gone abroad’. The question arises, therefore, what purpose is served by the establishment of the OMP? It should be noted that the legislation to set up the OMP was made without consulting the victims adequately. What is more, despite early demands by survivors for a robust involvement of international experts in the OMP, the Sri Lankan Government only agreed to have technical support in the legislation it originally passed in August. Then, recently, the Prime Minister initiated amendments to prevent OMP members having the discretion to ask for even foreign technical support. These shortcomings, and the failure to make the OMP operational, have survivors of war and their supporters agitating in the towns of Vavuniya and Kilinochchi right now. Meanwhile, families of the disappeared in the town of Batticaloa who tried to use the newly promulgated Right to Information Act say that they found government officials unresponsive.

NEITHER DOMESTIC NOR INTERNATIONAL REMEDY AVAILABLE FOR VICTIMS UNDER THE CONVENTION ON ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE:

With respect to the legislation to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance, the Honorable Minister has acknowledged that domestic legislation has not been enacted to give effect to the Convention. It should be taken into account that Sri Lanka has not made the declaration under Article 31 of the Convention which allows an aggrieved party to bring individual complaints directly to the Committee on Enforced Disappearances. Thus, as it stands today, the accession to the Convention on Enforced Disappearance is meaningless as far as the victims are concerned.

PROPOSED COUNTERTERRORISM LEGISLATION MORE DRACONIAN THAN THE PTA:

The TGTE in its material submitted the HRC in 2015 entitled “Escalation of Persecution on Account of Tamil Ethnicity” noted that, while the PTA on its face value appeared neutral, it in effect targeted the Tamils. The High Commissioner for Human Rights in his advance copy of the Report on Sri Lanka released last week has corroborated the above. In his Report the Commissioner noted that “The Prevention of Terrorism Act had been notoriously used during the conflict to suppress dissent and target minority groups”. The PTA, since its enactment on October 31st, 1979, has imposed a form of martial law in the Tamil areas. The PTA in effect created a de facto partition of the Island of Sri Lanka into Tamil areas and Sinhala areas.

The Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues in her report stated:

"While the government has committed to repeal of the Act, it appears that the latest draft of the new antiterrorism legislation that would replace the Act falls significantly short of international standards, raising new concerns among the Tamil community that they will continue to be arbitrarily targeted by whatever new security framework comes into force."

With respect to the proposed Counterterrorism Act, as attorney Ms. Subajini Kisho Anton, a civil society leader from Sri Lanka, has observed to the media in Geneva, the proposed Act contains more draconian provisions than the existing Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

"CERTIFICATE OF ABSENCE" COVER UP OF DISAPPEARANCE:

The Foreign Minister applauded the issuance of certificates of absence. However, survivors have repeatedly asserted that they are neither interested in death certificates nor certificates of absence even as a temporary measure, because they believe it is an act to pull the wool over their eyes. They insist that the Government tells them the whereabouts of their loved ones who have disappeared.

Under basic rules of international criminal law, enforced disappearances are an ongoing international crime unless and until the whereabouts of the individual subject to enforced disappearance has been accounted. The crime against humanity of the Sri Lankan state, enforced disappearance of Tamils, continues as of today.

ABUSE OF SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1331:

The Foreign Minister also said that the list of designated persons under Regulation 4 (7) of the UN Resolution no. 1 of 2012 was amended. However, the Minister failed to state that the rationale for designating persons under UN Security Council Resolution 1331 by the previous regime as well as by the present regime was their supposed claim for an independent state. The peaceful claim for an independent state is premised on freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the legal right of self- determination of the Eelam Tamil people. Exploiting UN Security Council Resolution 1331 to designate individuals and entities calling for an independent state through non-violent means is an abuse of the Security Council Resolution and an act of ideocracy.

ADMONITION BY UN OFFICIALS:

The Foreign Minister noted the visit of the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, in 2016 and Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Aita Izsak-Ndiaye, at the invitation of the government. While the above is commendable, it would be beneficial in reality had the GOSL taken to heart the recommendations made by the above visitors. The Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues observed the following, among others: “with the army’s ethnic make-up being almost entirely Sinhalese and its disproportionally heavy presence in the Northern Province, the military is seen as an occupying force’. The new Sri Lankan regime has removed some checkpoints at certain places. However, these checkpoints were merely taken out of Tamil land and rather put instead into existing army camps. It is similar to a turtle hiding in its shell. Some of the military personnel carrying AK47s are now being replaced by security personnel in plain clothes carrying pistols. This is the second phase of a Military Governance, and it is a very dangerous one. The military presence constitutes not only a threat to Tamils’ physical security but also inhibits intellectual creativity and economic activity in the Tamil community.

CONSTITUTIONAL MIRAGE:

The Honorable Foreign Minister Mr Samaraweera talked about the completion of reports by the six Sub-Committees on Constitutional Reform. The Sub Committee’s Report on relation between center-periphery, which is the heart of any reconciliation effort, did not recognize the Tamils as a distinct nation or the NorthEast as historically Tamil-inhabited areas, a historical and political reality recognized by the 1987 Indo-Sri Lankan Accord. Thus, the proposed constitutional drafts are in effect a retreat and not progress forward. The new regime came into power with the support of the Tamils promising them power sharing. However, what we witness today is not power sharing among the Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims, but power sharing among the Sinhala elite, President Maithripala Sirisena (SLFP), Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe (UNP), and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

SINHALA MILITARIZATION OF TAMIL LAND:

Honorable Mangala Samaraweera stated that 5,515.98 acres of state land and 2,090.03 acres of private land were released in 2016 and a further 1,383.51 acres of state land and 30.54 acres of private land were released in January 2017. According to the well detailed study conducted by the British Tamils Forum, as of April 2016, the Sri Lankan Military was occupying more than 96% of the land belonging to the Tamil people with a staggering 67,427 acres being occupied. THE Government of Sri Lanka remains belligerent occupant of Tamil owned land under and subject to the international laws of war.

DISREGARD OF THE RECOMENDATIONS OF THE CONSULTATION TASK FORCE:

The Honorable Foreign Minister noted that over 7,000 written submissions were received by the Consultation Task Force (CTF) on Reconciliation Mechanisms. However, he failed to mention that – as the CTF and Special Rapporteurs observed – due to ongoing human rights violation in the Northern and Eastern parts of the country, including abductions, intimidations and harassment by Security Forces, consultations in the Northern Tamil area recorded the lowest number of submissions to the CTF. The Foreign Minister speaks about the success of the public consultations on transitional justice. However, there have been public expressions of misgivings coming from civil society – including members of the CTF – on the coldness with which the Sri Lankan Government received its report and recommendations. Not only did the President and PM not attend the handing over ceremony, the Minister of Justice dismissed the report as one produced by NGOs. The Foreign Minister also failed to mention that the CTF recommended a hybrid court and international participation in the Office of the Special Council of Investigation and Prosecution. The Honorable Minister failed to mention the comment made by the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Chairperson of the Office National Unity and Reconciliation, that if a new constitution was promulgated, there would be no need for any accountability mechanisms.

FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT RECOMENDATIONS OF UN COMMITTEES:

The Foreign Minister said that Sri Lankan periodic reports were considered by various committees. However, he failed to mention the withering criticisms against the prevalence of torture and discrimination against women and a lack of a path forward for accountability for disappearances, especially in the post-war NorthEast, by WGEID, CAT and CEDAW. CERD noted the strength of anti-Tamil racism which makes these abuses possible. The Foreign Minister promised progress on the recommendations of all those treaty bodies, but no actions to report on those recommendations.

RAPE CAMPS:

The Foreign Minister remained completely silent about the “Rape Camps” mentioned by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP). According to the ITJP, 48 of the victims had been detained under the Government of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and 7 of them under the new Government of President Maithripala Sirisena. This then becomes one of the rare documented cases of “ Rape Camps” maintained by Security Forces of a country since the Japanese Imperial Army held Korean and Chinese women as “comfort women” during the Second World War. The existence of Rape Camps also raises the question as to whether individuals who are on the list of disappeared are being detained in the said Camps. Earlier, it was rumored that surrendered LTTE female cadres were being used to do cooking and other chores by the Sinhala Army, along with other duties.

Tamils have a 5,000 years old culture and traditions and women have a distinct and important place within this culture. Targeting women in Sri Lanka is similar to the forced abortion of Muslim women by Serbs in the not so distant past with the aim of destroying the identity and integrity of their nation. Under International Criminal Law these rape camps constitute crimes against humanity that verge upon genocide against Tamil women.

CONCLUSION:

As demonstrated above, due to the rigid ethnocratic nature of the state, the Government of Sri Lanka will neither mete out transitional justice to the Tamil victims nor will it engage in the path of reconciliation under which both people can live in freedom, dignity and security in the island of Sri Lanka. It is our considered view that a two-year extension or even a twenty-year extension would not lead to any progress or change in Sri Lanka if the Human Rights Council decided to simply roll over the existing Resolution 30/1 passed in 2015. To us, the emptiness of the rhetoric in Foreign Minister Samaraweera’s address to the UN Human Rights Council was no more than a reflection of the pervasive ethnocracy and the interests of the he represents.

Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran
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Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)

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Executive Chef Filippo Sinisgalli Gives Oscar Winners Viola Davis and Barry Jenkins An Offer They Could Not Refuse

Academy Award Winner Viola Davis is delighted the desserts created by Executive Chef Filippo Sinisgalli

Academy Award Winner Director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Producer Adele Romanski experienced the spirit of Italian cooking.

Hidden Figures Actors Cullen Moss (center) and Kurt Krause (left rear) with girlfriend, Emily Catherine tasted all the food prepared by Chef Sinisgalli.

A “make-it-yourself” Authentic Italian Dinner Experience for Six with ingredients produced by IL Palato Italiano.

IL Palato Italiano brings Italian culture, taste and food to the world.

IL Palato Italiano Executive Chef Sinisgalli Brings Authentic Italian Flavors to Hollywood's Tastemakers During the 89th Annual Academy Awards Weekend

Good cooking makes people heart (and stomach) smile.”

— IL Palato Italiano Executive Chef Filippo Sinisgalli

HOLLYWOOD, CA, UNITED STATES, March 12, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — IL Palato Italiano Executive Chef Filippo Sinisgalli and his culinary brigade took over Hollywood at the Oscars GBK Gifting Suite with a presentation and tasting of a delicious menu of Italian creations prepared especially for the Oscar nominees, presenters, and Hollywood celebrities. Academy Award-Winners Viola Davis (Fences) and Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) were among the many celebrities who flashed huge smiles when tasting the array of gourmet food offered to them by Executive Chef Sinisgalli.

"This is just a taste of centuries -old traditions," said Executive Chef Sinisgalli. "I want every element to enter your mouth with all of its force and vitality.” Davis, Jenkins and all the celebrities who stopped by the IL Palato Italiano kitchen took home a deluxe culinary kit filled with special ingredients to make an authentic Italian dinner for 6.

"In celebration of the most creative and beautiful people who entertain the world, I personally created a "make-it-yourself" intimate dinner kit to delight the palate of family and friends," said Executive Chef Sinisgalli. A native of Potenza, Italy, this is Executive Chef Sinisgalli's first trip to Southern California. "I want to share recipes created and exclusively offered by IL Palato Italiano."

During the two-day upscale gifting suite held in a villa reminiscent of modern Italy, Executive Chef Sinisgalli served handmade Italian desserts: dark chocolate-dipped hazelnut candy, panettone with cream sauce, chocolate truffles and pasta with marinara sauce to a parade of some of Hollywood's affluent in the entertainment industry. “I have been cooking since I was 15. My grandmother was the one who shared her passion with me,” said Executive Chef Sinisgalli. “In terms of schooling and technique, well, I was taken and impressed with the style of Gualtiero Marchesi who taught me to have deep respect for every ingredient in a dish."

Taste buds and the passion for one of the most ancient and elaborate culinary arts in the world were awakened by everyone who sampled the delightful bites of Italy including Academy Award Winner Producer David Permut (Oscar nominated Hacksaw Ridge); Actors Aldis Hodge, Cullen Moss and Kurt Krause (Oscar nominated Hidden Figures) Music Producer Randy Jackson (American Idol), Actor Anthony Anderson (Golden Globe nominated Black-ish), Karina Smirnoff (Dancing with the Stars), Actor Richard Kind (Oscar winning Inside Out), and Russell Hornsby (Oscar nominated Fences); just to name of few.

"We work hard, because our reward is huge!" said Executive Chef Sinisgalli to his selected young talented brigade made of 10 under 35 professionals. The IL Palato Italiano team led by Executive Chef Sinisgalli will spend 20 days between New York and Los Angeles to produce a series of private, custom-designed Italian dinner celebrations at celebrities' home. "Good cooking makes people heart (and stomach) smile."

For an interview or to schedule a culinary experience with Executive Chef Sinisgalli, contact Raffles van Exel of Raffles Entertainment at 310-925-8448 or raffles@rafflesentertainment.com.

About Executive Chef Filippo Sinisgalli

Filippo Sinisgalli, born in Potenza, spent his early life as a chef working with one of his masters Luciano Tona and later shoulder to shoulder to his mentor Gualtiero Marchesi, the Italian Michelin Star, at the Albereta Restaurant. After his experience at the Zur Rose, Agli Amici and Esplanade Restaurants, he flew directly to Paris to work in one of the restaurants of famous Michelin Star Chef Monsieur Joël Robuchon where he learned the prestige and the secrets of french cuisine. The natural next step for Executive Chef Sinisgalli led him to Dubai and the Armani Hotel became his new house.

After four years away from his native country, he returned to Italy and fell in love with the project of entrepreneur Mr. Luciano Bertani, CEO of IL Palato Italiano. Executive Chef Sinisgalli accepted this new adventure and became the face of IL Palato Italiano. Executive Chef Sinisgalli has also recently become counselor of the renowned European Association Euro-Toques.

About Il Palato Italiano

Founded by Nadia and Luciano Bertani, IL Palato Italiano, located in Bolzano, Northern Italy, is an exclusive club for food aficionados. The venture is committed to the discovery, promotion and dissemination of Italian culinary arts through a range of experiential and cultural activities plus a painstaking selection of outstanding food and wine products.

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Gourmet Salts Market Trends 2017, Industry Growth, Forecast Report. 2024

Global Market Insights Inc.

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"U.S. gourmet salts to see highest gains owing rising consumption for international food coupled with distinguished taste compared to the regular counterpart."

Cargill, Saltworks, Inc., Infosa, San Francisco, Mortan, Murray River, Pyramid, Amagansett, Alaska, Maldon Crystal, and Devonshire are among the key gourmet salts industry players.”

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OCEAN VIEW, DELAWARE, UNITED STATES, March 12, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ —

Gourmet salts penetration in international culinary dishes is on a rise. Increasing international cuisine restaurants across the world will favor the gourmet salts industry growth. On the basis of product, himalayan, sel gris, coarse, flake, and fleur de sel are key popular products in the industry.

The product is also differing in terms of texture depending upon the source harvesting method, and processing techniques. In terms of application, the industry is segmented in to bakery & confectionary, seafood products, meat & poultry products, and sauces & savory. Seafood and meat industry are among the major revenue generating application owing to its attractive seasoning flavor. Soups and salads are among the other key potential application.

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Rising popularity for high quality salts to improve food flavor will drive the gourmet salts market size. These are sea salts obtained by natural handpicked methods and are rare in terms of color and taste due to which they are highly desirable in elite restaurants as replacements to table salt.

Increasing health consciousness along with change in lifestyle will positively influence the industry growth owing to its beneficiary properties. These salts are obtained through the sea water evaporation that is abundant in mineral content and possesses a low sodium content.

Himalayan salts are claimed to have a high potential in the industry due to its nutritive content and positive health effect on humans. Increasing bone strength, maintaining water content in the body, and aiding digestion are major health benefits offered by this product.

Fluer de sel is forecast to witness significant gains, the product is hand-harvested obtains by scraping top layer before it sinks to the bottom. The product has wide application scope in bakery and confectionery products for seasoning caramels, bread, and chocolates. It is a popular choice for seasoning on salads, sweets, sandwiches, and other finished dishes before serving. The product is not preferred for cooking as it will lose its flavor.

Global canned food spending is forecast to reach USD 105 billion by 2024. Increasing demand for canned foods and pickles will drive the gourmet salts demand owing to its qualities pertaining to moisture absorbance and long-term preservation. Frozen food industry is set to surpass USD 300 billion business by 2024 which will create new opportunities in this segment.

U.S. gourmet salts are expected to witness the highest gains owing rising consumption for international food coupled with distinguished taste as compared to the regular counterpart. High disposable income along with presence of multicultural population is another factor to drive regional industry growth.

Shifting trends towards the use of these products in traditional recipes will drive the Europe gourmet salts market growth. The region is expected to observe over 6% growth. Less processing coupled with additional health benefits over its commercial counterpart is another key lucrative factor fueling product demand particularly in UK, France, Spain, and Italy.

Innovations in food and beverage industry pertaining to dishes experiments along with increased consumer interest for multi-cultural food will stimulate the industry growth. Asia pacific gourmet salts market is expected to witness a significant growth owing to increasing changing dining habits and restaurants sector expansion.

In addition to this, international culinary television shows featuring these products will increase awareness among consumers and hence influencing gourmet salts demand. The product is also clubbed with other spices, herbs, onion, paprika, garlic, pepper, and chili to enhance the color and flavor of the dishes.

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Limited product availability owing to its rare production sources and techniques along with high cost will impact the overall gourmet salts market price trend. Governmental organizations’, such as the FDA’s, recommendations for the iodized usage in the daily food are to eradicate iodine deficiency may restrain the product usage for the primary consumption.

Global gourmet salts market share is fragmented in nature. Cargill, Saltworks, Inc., Infosa, San Francisco, Mortan, Murray River, Pyramid, Amagansett, Alaska, Maldon Crystal, and Devonshire are among the key industry players.

Companies are expected to expand the distribution network across Asia Pacific and North America to obtain brand recognition. Mergers & acquisitions, product portfolio expansion, and new entrants will make the market more competitive in the coming years.

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Wisdom Land: A Free Franchise Opportunity For Every Corner of the World.

We Need Brain Power Clubs To Make the World Wise.

Emotionally Healthy Brains Will Make the World Wise; Full of Health, Happiness, Prosperity and Peace.

Wisdom Education is Brain Health Education; Where Wisdom Land is a Start...

Our Education System Has Cutting Edge Mind Education While Brain Education Is Under the Radar Screen.

Wisdom Education is Brain Health Education; Where Wisdom Land is a Start...

Wisdom Springs From Emotional Health.

It will bring prosperity, improved mind and brain health; transforming messed up neighborhoods into areas of health, happiness, peace and prosperity.

By Creating A Whole New Wisdom Industry We Can Create A New World Full Of Happiness, Health, Prosperity and Peace.”

— Sajid Khan: Wisdom/EI Are the Smoke Where Emotional Health is the Fire.

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, March 9, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The world is suffering simply because our experts do not know the difference between brain and mind and as a result, they take the brain and mind as just the mind. So we have Mind education and Brain education lumped together as the single entity of Mind education. Not only is brain education ignored and neglected we miseducate the brain.

It is the quality of brain education that determines wisdom and emotional intelligence and it is brain education that is messed up! No wonder our whole society is messed up! From ancient times Human Nature has remained more or less as fundamentally animal in nature as ever because while mind education has improved by leaps and bounds brain education has remained as stagnant as ever. The time has come for our leaders and our experts to wake up to the clear path of a wise society by way of brain education.

Just imagine by taking up brain education we will be taking up wisdom education; as wisdom springs from emotional health that is generated by an emotionally healthy brain. In fact, there is this huge opportunity to not only introduce brain education our leaders can launch this whole newer Wisdom Industry. This wisdom industry will create a wise society along with the creation of new lines of jobs, prosperity, happiness, health and even peace. Can you even imagine two wise nations going to war against each other?

From crime, corruption, hatred, prejudice, fear, unhappiness, restlessness, sleeplessness, to drug addiction and poverty; it is all a byproduct of emotionally challenged brains.

I am suggesting Wisdom Lands be created in every corner of the world. This will not only bring a huge amount of jobs into every neighborhood due to newly minted Wisdom Industry related professions like Brain Cleaners, Happiness Seminar Leaders, Wise Parenting Inspectors cum Instructors etc. It will also bring prosperity and improved mind and brain health and as a result, it will transform messed up neighborhoods into areas of health, happiness, peace and prosperity

We can start with small scale Brain Power Clubs and Wisdom Restaurants popping up in every neighborhood around the world. I am making this franchise free. If you are interested please email me at sajidalikhan2@gmail.com for specific details.

Let me explain a 'Wisdom Resturant'.

In the center will be the kitchen surrounded by a glass wall. All around there will be tables for the customers. On the four sides of the seating area, there will be four giant screens. The four sides will be depicting life as generated by a -2, -1, +1, and +2 brain respectively. At different times there will be Ted Talk like lectures and seminars explaining, Wise Parenting, Wisdom, Happiness, Restlessness, Humility, Depression etc. For instance, Wisdom and Emotional Intelligence will be explained as Emotional Health and there will be lectures on how to enable Emotional Health. There will be shows in the kitchen on healthy cooking and healthy eating habits.

There can be other versions of restaurants. Four different restaurant formats as follows:

The kitchen in the center surrounded by glass walls with a different restaurant on each side where every customer can see every other customer in all four restaurants. One restaurant will be based on the means of -2 minds/brains (young students with failing grades or those who chose to experience -2 brain level life). Food will be served as in soup kitchens. People will be served standing in line; their choice of food will be limited. When they enter the restaurant they will have to stand in line and wait for a few minutes. They will even have to stand in line for the bathroom.

One restaurant will be a fast food restaurant that will be for -1 brain level; where the food again will be limited. They will again have to stand in line.

One restaurant will be for +1 brain level; where customers will be served by waiters. There will be a wide variety of food.

One restaurant will be for +2 brain level where customers will get to order custom food and every customer will have deluxe services served by 2 waiters.

In one version actual homeless people can be served free meals in the -2 level restaurant. In return for having their brains healed/cleaned. In the -1 restaurant the customers can be given free meals in return for part time work and for having their brains healed by attending seminars that will be shown on the giant screens.

Same with +1 customers.

In another version, all customers can be tested and given their brain level grades.

There is only one condition all those who come together to work on this will be shareholders. One person or a small group cannot own it all, though those who invest more can get a larger share. It has to be a crowd funded venture.

The possibilities for creating a wise society along with jobs and wealth are limitless. Are you up to it?

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Vegetable Oil 2017 Global Market Challenge, Driver, Trends & Forecast To 2020

Wiseguyreports.Com Added New Market Research Report On -“Global Vegetable Oil Market 2017 Manufacturers Analysis, Opportunities And Growth Forecast To 2020”.

PUNE, INDIA, March 8, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Global Vegetable Oil Market

Cooking oils consist of edible oils derived from oil seeds of plants or nuts. The process of extraction involves grinding and crushing of the plant, which gives out the oil. In the 19th century, solvents like benzene were pushed through the raw material and drained. The extraction process of oil involves cleaning, grinding, pressing, and extracting additional oil with solvents, and then removing solvent traces, and refining the oil. Refining involves heating at not more than 85 degrees Celsius.

The analysts forecast the global vegetable oil market to grow at a CAGR of 4.33% during the period 2016-2020.

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The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global vegetable oil market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the retail sales of vegetable oil.

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The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
• Americas
• APAC
• Europe
• MEA

The Global Vegetable Oil Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Key vendors
• Associated British Foods
• Bunge
• CHS
• Cargill
• Wilmar

Other prominent vendors
• ACH
• Adams Group
• ADM
• Beidahuang Group
• Carapelli Firenze
• Dow Agrosciences
• Savola Group
• Unilever

Market driver
• Growing demand for vegetable oils in processed foods.
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Market challenge
• Adulterated and mislabeled products.
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Market trend
• Boost in productivity of GM plants.
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Key questions answered in this report
• What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?
• What are the key market trends?
• What is driving this market?
• What are the challenges to market growth?
• Who are the key vendors in this market space?
• What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
• What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

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Table of Contents -Major Key Points

PART 01: Executive summary

PART 02: Scope of the report
• Market overview
• Top-vendor offerings

PART 03: Market research methodology
• Research methodology
• Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction
• Key market highlights

PART 05: Market landscape
• Market overview
• Global vegetable oil market by revenue
• Global vegetable oil market by volume
• Five forces analysis

PART 06: Market segmentation by product type
• Global vegetable oil market by product type
• Global palm oil market
• Global soybean oil market
• Global canola oil market
• Global sunflower oil market
• Global other oils market

PART 07: Geographical segmentation
• Global vegetable oil market by geography
• Vegetable oil market in APAC
• Vegetable oil market in Europe
• Vegetable oil market in Americas
• Vegetable oil market in MEA
• US
• China
• India
• Brazil

PART 08: Market segmentation by distribution channel

PART 09: Market drivers

PART 10: Impact of drivers

PART 11: Market challenges

PART 12: Market trends

PART 13: Vendor landscape
• Competitor landscape

PART 14: Key vendor analysis
• Associated British Foods
• Bunge
• CHS
• Cargill
• Wilmar
• Other prominent vendors

PART 15: Appendix
• List of abbreviations

………..CONTINUED

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Chef Filippo Sinisgalli Gives Oscar Winners Viola Davis and Barry Jenkins A Culinary Offer They Could Not Refuse

Academy Award Winner Viola Davis (Fences) is delighted by the desserts created by Executive Chef Filippo Sinisgalli.

Academy Award Winner Director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) experienced the spirit of Italian cooking by Chef Sinisgalli.

Hidden Figures Actors Cullen Moss (center) and Kurt Krause (left rear) with girlfriend, Emily Rodriquez tasted all the food prepared by Chef Sinisgalli.

A “make-it-yourself” Authentic Italian Dinner Experience for Six with ingredients produced by IL Palato Italiano.

IL Palato Italiano brings Italian culture, taste and food to the world.

Michelin Star Executive Chef Sinisgalli Brings Authentic Italian Flavors to Hollywood's Tastemakers During the 89th Annual Academy Awards Weekend

Good cooking makes people heart (and stomach) smile.”

— Executive Chef Filippo Sinisgalli for IL Palato Italiano

BEVERLY HILLS, CA, UNITED STATES, March 3, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — IL Palato Italiano Executive Chef Filippo Sinisgalli and his culinary brigade took over Hollywood at the Oscars GBK Gifting Suite with a presentation and tasting of a delicious menu of Italian creations prepared especially for the Oscar nominees, presenters, and Hollywood celebrities. Academy Award-Winners Viola Davis (Fences) and Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) were among the many celebrities who flashed huge smiles when tasting the various gourmet food options offered to them by Chef Sinisgalli.

"This is just a taste of centuries -old traditions," said Chef Sinisgalli. "I want every element to enter your mouth with all of its force and vitality.” Davis, Jenkins and all the celebrities who stopped by the IL Palato Italiano kitchen took home a deluxe culinary kit filled with special ingredients to make an authentic Italian dinner for 6.

"In celebration of the most creative and beautiful people who entertain the world, I personally created a "make-it-yourself" intimate dinner kit to delight the palate of family and friends," said Sinisgalli who earned a Michelin Star in Italy. A native of Potenza, Italy, this is Chef Sinisgalli's first trip to Southern California. "I want to share recipes created and exclusively offered by IL Palato Italiano."

During the two-day upscale gifting suite held in a villa reminiscent of modern Italy, Chef Sinisgalli served handmade Italian desserts: dark chocolate-dipped hazelnut candy, panettone with cream sauce, chocolate truffles and pasta with marinara sauce to a parade of some of Hollywood's affluent in the entertainment industry. “I have been cooking since I was 15. My grandmother was the one who shared her passion with me,” said Chef Sinisgalli. “In terms of schooling and technique, well, I was taken and impressed with the style of Gualtiero Marchesi who taught me to have deep respect for every ingredient in a dish."

Taste buds and the passion for one of the most ancient and elaborate culinary arts in the world were awakened by everyone who sampled the delightful bites of Italy including Academy Award Winner Producer David Permut (Oscar nominated Hacksaw Ridge); Actors Aldis Hodge, Cullen Moss and Kurt Krause (Oscar nominated Hidden Figures) Music Producer Randy Jackson (American Idol), Actor Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Karina Smirnoff (Dancing with the Stars), Actor Richard Kind (Inside Out), and Russell Hornsby (Oscar nominated Fences); just to name of few.

"We work hard, because our reward is huge!" said Chef Sinisgalli to his selected young talented brigade made of 10 under 35 professionals. The IL Palato Italiano team led by Chef Sinisgalli will spend 20 days between New York and Los Angeles to produce a series of private, custom-designed Italian dinner celebrations at celebrities' home. "Good cooking makes people heart (and stomach) smile."

For an interview or to schedule a culinary experience with Chef Sinisgalli, contact Raffles van Exel of Raffles Entertainment at 310-925-8448 or raffles@rafflesentertainment.com.

About Executive Chef Filippo Sinisgalli

Filippo Sinisgalli, born in Potenza, spent his early life as a chef working shoulder to shoulder to his mentor Gualtiero Marchesi, the Italian Michelin Star, at the Albereta Restaurant. After his experience at the Zur Rose, Agli Amici and Esplanade Restaurants, he flew directly to Paris to work for the worldwide famous Michelin Star Chef Monsieur Joël Robuchon where he learned the prestige and the secrets of one of the milestones of food, french cuisine. The natural next step for Sinisgalli led him to Dubai and the Armani Hotel became his new house.

After four years away from his native country, he returned to Italy and fell in love with the project of entrepreneur Mr. Luciano Bertani, CEO of IL Palato Italiano. Chef Sinisgalli accepted this new adventure and became the face of IL Palato Italiano.

About Il Palato Italiano

Founded by Nadia and Luciano Bertani, IL Palato Italiano, located in Bolzano, Northern Italy, is an exclusive club for food aficionados. The venture is committed to the discovery, promotion and dissemination of Italian culinary arts through a range of experiential and cultural activities plus a painstaking selection of outstanding food & wine products.

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Convenient Food and Drinks Consumption, Demand, Sales, Competitor and Forecast 2017 – 2022


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Convenient Food and Drinks Market 2017 Share, Trend, Segmentation and Forecast to 2020

PUNE, INDIA, March 3, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Summary
"Innovation Trends and Opportunities in Convenient Food and Drinks" is part of Consumer Insight research. It examines the top trends, innovation themes, and opportunities in convenient food and drinks affecting each FMCG market.

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Today's busy lifestyles affect perceptions of time, and hence consumers demand more convenient items. This report outlines consumer motivations driving the purchase of time-saving products and services. It also discusses key innovation trends in the food and drinks market by identifying five key trends, and explores future opportunities within this space.

Scope
– The senior "silver" consumer segment is growing worldwide, with unserved demand for convenience.
– Single male consumers have a proactive attitude towards cooking meals at home, but seek convenience.
– Convenience-oriented consumers do not want to compromise on quality.
– Time-saving consumers are more actively seeking out products that improve their health than average.

Reasons to buy
– Understand the relevant consumer trends and attitudes that drive and support innovation.
– Identify the opportunities to explore how convenience in packaging and products can be aligned to satisfy the needs of consumers.

Table of Content: Key Points
1. Introduction
2. Five trends in convenient food and drinks
3. Trend opportunities
Trend 1: Silver-friendly
Trend 2: Convenience for men
Trend 3: No compromises
Trend 4: Getting the right boost
Trend 5: Stay healthy
4. Conclusions
5. Appendix

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Clean Energy Trust Selects Finalists for 2017 Investment

Eight finalist startups announced for $1 million investment opportunity for high-potential, Midwestern cleantech entrepreneurs.

As a former mentor with CET, I have seen firsthand the huge impact the Challenge and the CET team have had on their finalists. Now as CEO of a startup, we are thrilled to be selected to participate.”

— Charlie Murray, CEO of Switched Source LLC, a 2017 finalist.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, March 2, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Clean Energy Trust (CET) has selected 8 cleantech startups from across the Midwest to participate as finalists in the annual CET Challenge investment program. The 2017 investments and the new cohort of Clean Energy Trust Portfolio Companies will be announced at the CET Challenge event in Chicago on May 9, 2017. Up to $1M in funding will be distributed in investment awards ranging from $50 – $500,000 – making this one of the largest cleantech funding events in the country.

Eight finalist companies were selected from over 70 applications throughout the region. A robust due diligence process utilizing expert, external evaluators supported the initial selection of finalists. Finalists will receive an estimated $15,000 worth of services, support and mentorship to prepare for the final investment showcase.

The final full-day pitch event will bring together over 400 industry leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and media in Chicago. CET’s appointed Investment Committee of cleantech industry experts and investors will determine the ultimate investment awards. The event is open to the public, and early-bird tickets are on sale now.

“As a former mentor with CET, I've been able to see firsthand the huge impact both the clean energy challenge program and the Clean Energy Trust team have had on their finalists. Now as CEO of a startup, me and my team are thrilled to be able to take advantage of this unique opportunity.” said Charlie Murray, CEO of Switched Source LLC, one of this year’s selected finalist startups.

“Every year, the CET Challenge strengthens the environment for Midwest cleantech startups by providing a platform for funding and exposure that is essential to commercialize early stage technology” said Erik G. Birkerts, CEO of Clean Energy Trust. “Moreover, for those companies that receive investment, the CET Challenge marks the beginning of a long-term partnership with Clean Energy Trust in which we work hard on their behalf to ensure market adoption and success.”

What began in 2010 as a simple business plan competition to jumpstart the local ecosystem with cash prizes totaling $140,00 has now grown into the most competitive and high profile investment opportunity for cleantech startups in the Midwest. Since the first competition, startups have received $4M in funding, raised an additional $96M in follow on funding, and created over 300 new jobs.

Meet the 2017 CET Challenge Class:

Aker – AgTech – Chicago, IL

Aker is an in-season crop monitoring and analytics platform for large farms. Aker enables proactive field observation to alert of adverse environmental conditions impacting crop health. Aker collects and analyze high-resolution aerial images and other field indications.

Applied Particle Technology – Air Filtration – St. Louis, MO

APT is developing world’s first intelligent air sterilization system. APT’s patented technology is based on photoionization enhanced electronic air purification system which can remove and inactivate all airborne pollutants, including pathogens, noxious fumes, ultrafine particles, and combustion emissions in a single integrated step. This technology has applications in automotive emissions, standby power generation, HVAC systems, aerospace, and industrial systems.

Idle Smart – Advanced Transportation – Kansas City, Kansas

Idle Smart provides fleet efficiency and real-time remote vehicle management solutions to Class 8 fleets in the US and Canada. They reduce vehicle idle time by at least 50% and provide fleets the ability to remotely manage vehicle and in cabin technology to maintain vehicle uptime.

Lotic Labs – Finance / Natural Resources – Chicago, IL

Lotic Labs develops financial products and risk management solutions for industrial and natural resource-intensive businesses facing the threat of volatile environmental conditions. The first product set is focused on helping water and wastewater utilities manage financial stresses due to droughts, extended wet periods, and unplanned maintenance.

PowerTech Water – Water Tech – Lexington, KY

PowerTech Water has developed a disruptive technology platform form to clean and purify the water we rely on for our everyday lives. The platform is based on inverted capacitive deionization technology that more effectively and reversibly removes salts, corrosive minerals, and toxic metals without the need for costly membranes, high pressure pumps, chemicals, or any consumables. The end result is up to a 60% reduction in water treatment costs.

Sun Buckets – Renewable Energy – Champaign, IL

Sun Buckets are portable, stored solar energy cookstoves that allow users to cook without fire, fuel, or emissions. Sun Buckets offers the 700 million energy impoverished households the opportunity to save some of the $100 billion they spend annually on cooking fuels. This technology helps maintain local cooking traditions by emulating the temperature of fire and allowing users to cook where and when they wish, even when the sun is not shining.

SurClean, Inc – Efficiency Technologies – Wixom, MI

SurClean manufactures laser coating removal and surface preparation machine tools. Leveraging the laser ablation process, SurClean systems remove surface coatings, debris and oxides in the most precise, safe, energy efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly way available today.

Switched Source LLC – MicroGrids – Chicago, IL

Switched Source has developed a suite of solutions that offer a new level of control over energy supply, enhancing the last mile of electricity delivery. This technology leverages the existing distribution infrastructure to provide a more efficient and reliable electrical grid. With this operational flexibility comes an unparalleled ability to tie more distributed renewable energy resources into the distribution system.

Tickets are now on sale for the 7th Annual CET Challenge at https://2017-clean-energy-trust-challenge.eventbrite.com. The full day competition will take place on Tuesday May 9, 2017 at Venue SIX10 at the Spertus Institute, 610 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

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