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JAB completes acquisition of Keurig Green Mountain

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Waterbury-based Keurig Green Mountain, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR) and JAB Holding Company today announced the successful completion of the acquisition of Keurig Green Mountain by a JAB-led investor group. The acquisition was announced on December 7, 2015, and the $13.9 billion transaction closed and became effective today. Under the terms of the transaction, Keurig Green Mountain stockholders will receive $92.00 per share in cash for each share they own.

Shumlin: Vermont’s right to know about GMOs under attack in Congress

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 5:19am -- tim

by Governor Peter Shumlin I’ll admit that I don’t understand how Washington D.C. and Congress work most of the time. For years, Republicans in Congress have thrust the institution into perpetual gridlock, so much so that it struggles to fulfill its most basic responsibilities. Even after the death of a Supreme Court Justice, Senate Republicans are refusing to even hold hearings on a replacement. So it is surprising to say the least that Congress is now looking like it might actually do something.

Blue Cross Vermont achieves Best-In-Nation Member Service for third year

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 4:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) is the number one Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan in America in overall service to its members. The independent, locally managed plan achieved the highest possible ranking in member satisfaction and efficiency metrics for the third year in a row, retaining its first-in-the-nation status among Blues plans. “The focus of our company is on creating positive member experiences, and our entire organization shares that commitment” Don George, BCBSVT President and CEO said.

Magic Hat adds new Low Key session IPA to its year-round playlist

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 3:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Magic Hat Brewing Company recently released Low Key – a new session IPA tuned to the key of ease with a tropical hop lead and a smooth malt bass. This easy-drinking session IPA is light in body, but packs a big hop flavor. With 4.5% ABV and 40 IBUs, Low Key is the perfect IPA to enjoy any time of day. Low Key is available on draft at some of the best beer bars across the country.

Amelia Gulkis creates success at EnSave

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 3:38am -- tim

by Erica Houskeeper A chance interaction changed the course of Amelia Gulkis’s career. The UVM alumna, who graduated in 2001 with a degree in history, is now the chief operating officer of EnSave, an agricultural energy-efficiency company in Richmond that helps clients from around the country. After earning her degree, Gulkis worked as a development researcher for UVM Medical Center before landing a job in 2004 at EnSave as a proposal writer.

Leahy introduces GMO food labeling legislation

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 6:02pm -- tim

Bill represents commonsense compromise to inform consumers with clear labels
while ensuring manufacturers aren’t burdened by a confusing patchwork of state regulations

Vermont Business Magazine Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Wednesday introduced legislation that would ensure that consumers can find GMO ingredient labeling on food packaging while ensuring that food producers are not subject to confusing or conflicting labeling requirements in different locations.

Five school districts support consolidation at Town Meeting

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 12:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine School districts in Orange, Addison, Rutland, and Franklin Counties voted to consolidate district governance on Town Meeting Day. The districts are Addison Northwest, Addison Central, Franklin Central, Orange Southwest, and Rutland South, all by comfortable margins. Governor Peter Shumlin has pushed for school district consolidation under Act 46 as a means to reduce educational costs and increase academic opportunity. Shumlin issued the following statement following the Town Meeting Day results.

Water tanks available for North Bennington residents

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin provided the following update Wednesday morning on the situation in North Bennington, where a number of private wells have tested positive for varying levels of a potentially harmful chemical called PFOA. The public water supply is not impacted. Water tanks have been moved to the intersection of River Road & Route 67 (Water Street). The tanks had to be moved to prevent them from freezing. Bottled water remains available for pickup at the North Bennington Variety (“Village Variety”) located at 9 Route 67 West.

Sanders takes four states, Trump wins Vermont

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 8:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won four states in the Super Tuesday presidential primary sweep, including Vermont with over 85 percent of the vote (see Democratic and Republican totals below). New York businessman Donald Trump edged Ohio Governor John Kasich in Vermont as well as gaining the lion-share of delegates across the country. Hillary Clinton won the majority of delegates nationally, where she was dominate in the South.