opinion The Detroit News Published 10:21 PM EDT Oct 24, 2018 No fed help for cherry crop In 2012, Michigan fruit farmers endured the worst drought in some time. My firm during this time was serving as chief restructuring officer for a dried fruit processor in Frankfort, Michigan. About 250 families depended on the company’s existence for jobs in a community where they are one of the largest employers. This was a great company started by a co-op of cherry farmers to make dried fruit as an innovative way for the farmers to diversify their product offering away from roadside stands and pie fillings. That year, while I was knee deep in the turnaround effort, I paid $1,000 to attend a fundraiser for Debbie Stabenow to get some face time to discuss the cherry farmers’ plight during this drought and to address what subsidies were available to assist the many family-owned farms who supplied us cherries but had experienced crop devastation which impacted their welfare. Ms. … [Read more...] about Letters: Other views on cherries, elections
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Some hotels will do anything to attract the Instagram crowd, and that might include putting a 10-pound doughnut on the room-service menu. ByElaine Glusac Oct. 19, 2018 On a moody August morning in British Columbia, two humpback whales swam beside the floating Great Bear Lodge, exciting guests who watched them video of the exuberant wildlife encounter went viral and the lodge’s following grew from 600 to nearly 50,000. Booking inquiries jumped 1,350 percent that week. Such is the power of Instagram, the popular photo-driven social media platform, now with over one billion users. Harnessing it has become a quest in the travel industry, where pretty pictures are staple sales tools. It may be impossible to assemble whales on demand, but travel businesses are otherwise reconfiguring their look and the … [Read more...] about Instagram Offers Visual Allure, and the Travel Industry Wants In
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by To up their hip quotient, companies are offering snacks from small, local producers as an inexpensive way of breeding loyalty with passengers. ByShivani Vora Oct. 18, 2018 Pretzel Perfection was a little-known company producing 100,000 bags of gluten-free pretzels a month when it made its debut on Delta flights in 2017. Now, the brand, which Amy Holyk, then a stay-at-home mother, started out of her garage in Vancouver, Wa., turns out more than 8 million bags of pretzels and snack mixes a month and had $16 million in revenues last year. Brian Berry, Delta’s director of onboard services strategic planning, said that after passengers said in surveys in 2016 that they wanted better snacks in economy, the company branched out. “We wanted to be on trend with our snack choices, and we think … [Read more...] about Bigger Seats, Better Service? Nope. But Airlines Are Offering Cool Pretzels.
opinion The Detroit News Published 10:51 PM EDT Oct 4, 2018 In response to the Sept. 30 Detroit News editorial, "Cops should fight crime, not tow cars," the Michigan Towing Association would like to provide further reasons why the new Detroit towing proposal is flawed. The Detroit Police Department has spent the past week trying to convince the public that it has spent nearly a year developing this program. When pressed for details, none have been forthcoming. The city’s Facebook site pointed out that it examined towing operations of 23 cities, including Boston, Nashville, Phoenix and Los Angeles. The police department likes to use the terms “best practices” to explain why it decided to compete with private business. Yet none of the four cities cited operate their own tow trucks in a similar fashion as Detroit proposes. Each one relies on the private sector. Los Angeles’ towing program has been a model for many cities illustrating the losing … [Read more...] about Letter: Detroit should rethink towing
By Kevin McGill Published 2:12 pm PDT, Friday, September 28, 2018 Binoculars carried by President Abraham Lincoln when he was killed are displayed in New Orleans. Binoculars carried by President Abraham Lincoln when he was killed are displayed in New Orleans. Photo: Kevin McGill / Associated Press Photo: Kevin McGill / Associated Press Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Binoculars carried by President Abraham Lincoln when he was killed are displayed in New Orleans. Binoculars carried by President Abraham Lincoln when he was killed are displayed in New Orleans. Photo: Kevin McGill / Associated Press Opera glasses belonging to Lincoln offered for sale 1 / 1 Back to Gallery NEW ORLEANS — It’s not the … [Read more...] about Opera glasses belonging to Lincoln offered for sale