Sick & Tired of Being Stressed-out? A 130-Year-Old Herbal Drink May Be Your Ticket to Relaxation and Better Health

Lately you must hear people everywhere talking about “STRESS.” Indeed Yes, Nowadays the United States and even globally economies are dwindling; people are facing job instability, unemployment, and devaluation of their real estate property and stock portfolios, all of which contribute to the increasing amount of stress on people. According to the American Psychological Association (APA) report, there are nearly 113,000,000 people in the U.S. who have severe stress.

The problem with stress is it negatively affects health and can lead to trouble sleeping, headaches, constipation, diarrhea, irritability, lack of energy, lack of concentration, anger, depression, stomach problems, skin problems, anxiety, weight gain or loss, heart problems, high blood pressure, and more.

To help combat stress and its negative impact on health, Dr. G.L. Chao, a Ph.D. in Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with several other prominent Doctors of Chinese Herbal Medicine, began researching Dr. Chao’s 130-year-old family herbal formulas,was developed and first used by Dr. Chao’s great-great grandfather Dr. Baoyin Chao back in 1878 to help people relax and relieve the negative health problems caused by stress in China.

After intensive research, Dr. Chao and his research team were delighted to discover that his family’s herbal drink could be used to reduce the symptoms of stress by regulating the immune system and the brain’s central nervous system. The family’s herbal formula helped improve blood capillary circulation, thus regulating high blood pressure and reducing the feelings of depression, stress, and worries.

In 2008, under the guidance of the American National Food Laboratory, a healthy herbal drink “Dr. Chao Stress Reliever” has finally been made available in the USA.

Dr. Chao Stress Reliever is manufactured in the state of Wisconsin, U.S.A. and has been certified by the National Food Laboratory of America to be sugar-free, calorie-free, caffeine-free, and it contains no preservatives and no artificial sweeteners. This drink is a 100% all-natural herbal beverage that contains the true flavor of a unique blend of wild grown herbs, it comes in a can with an easy-open lid, tastes naturally sweet and has the scent of fresh mountain herbs,soothes thirst, and does not have side effects.

The top three traits of Dr. Chao stress Reliever are:

1. It is the only beverage that serves as a high-level nutritional supplement made with an all natural herbal formula.
2. It is the only canned supplement beverage named with “Doctor”.
3. It is the only beverage that contains no sugar, no calories, no caffeine, no preservatives and no artificial sweeteners.

Dr. Chao Stress Reliever is an all-natural, advanced nutrition supplement. It doesn’t only help to relieve stress; but more importantly it relieves the symptoms caused by stress both naturally and efficiently, such as headache, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, depression, constipation and many more.

Dr. Chao Stress Reliever is named with “Doctor” and “Doctor” means good reputation and credibility, it wins the trust of consumers. Currently, there are only a few products for stress relief, beverages and pills are rarely seen in the general market today, and herbal beverages created by an actual doctor, like Dr.Chao’s, is even rarer.

U.S. Panda Foods & Beverages Company devotes itself to provide all natural, green, and outstanding series of Dr. Chao healthy beverages. Currently they have the following beverages available: Panda Sober Drink, Dr. Chao Stress Reliever, Dr. Chao Adult Drink, Dr. Chao Lady Drink, and Dr. Chao Sober Drink. All of these are Dr. Chao’s very own-patented products. The company believes that Dr. Chao Healthy Beverages will become a staple in the daily American way of life due to the numerous health benefits the beverages can bring. The principles of this company are to bring the ancient and efficient herbal formulas to the U.S., and to manufacture their beverages by using the best production facility in the USA, to ensure quality and health, and at the same time, share their products with people all over America and the world as well.

In order to expand their service, U.S. Panda Foods & Beverages company is looking for a business partner who has the financial capability and sales experience in the beverage industry to join their management team.

For more information on all-natural Dr. Chao’s Stress Reliever herbal beverage, and to purchase it, please call U.S. Panda Foods & Beverages Inc. at 1-877-2DR CHAO (1-877-237-2426).

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Lighterlife Clients Shed Weight In 2008

LighterLife, the weight-loss and weight-management programme for people who are one stone or more overweight, has announced that it has helped the UK shed almost 94,000 stone in just one year.

Up and down the country, LighterLife clients have lost an amazing 93,719 stone – that is the equivalent weight to 30 of the 32 pods on the London Eye and one and a half Angel of the North bronze statues.

In just 12 months LighterLife has shown clients how to lose weight and change their lives beyond recognition and many have gone from struggling to walk or run to taking part in cycle rides, running marathons, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, taking up dance classes, holidaying abroad for the first time, changing careers or simply just playing with their children.

Sara Jamison, Sales and Marketing Director, LighterLife commented: “Every day we receive so many inspirational stories from clients who have a new lease of life after losing weight on the LighterLife Programme. All of our clients have their own unique weight-loss journey whether they have one stone or 15 stone to lose. Not only do our clients benefit physically from their weight loss but also emotionally and the counselling techniques we offer them show them the reason behind their overeating and teach them how they keep the weight off in the future.”

She continued, “With the introduction of the new LighterLife Lite Programme which is available to those people who are one stone or more overweight, we will be able to reach people before they tip into the obesity danger zone and help even more people across the country lose weight fast and manage their healthy weight in the future.”

About LighterLife:
LighterLife is a weight loss and weight management programme for people who are one stone or more overweight and with a body mass index of 25 or above. Over 100,000 people have successfully lost weight with LighterLife since 1996.

The unique LighterLife approach offers programmes specific to the obese and the overweight in the form of nutritionally complete soups, shakes and bars combined with specialised counselling using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and transactional analysis (TA) techniques. Clients benefit not only from rapid, safe weight loss but they also learn the behavioural changes needed to sustain it. Founded in 1996, the LighterLife Programme was developed by three of its directors – Jackie Cox, Bar Hewlett and Rebecca Hunter.

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Raw Desserts – the New Innovative Approach to Guilt-Free Indulgence

Raw Creations®, LLC – Raw Creations was established in 2007, and specializes in creating delicious, health conscious desserts, which accommodate people with food allergies and other dietary restrictions. Our energy-rich, Certified Organic, Raw/Vegan desserts are naturally delicious, primarily allergy-free (e.g. Gluten/Wheat, Soy, Dairy/Eggs), and sweetened with only natural sugars such as agave, and dates.

Raw Creations line of cakes, cookies, tarts and other products are a new and innovative approach to desserts. They are very different from your traditional variety, and consist of only Organic/Raw unprocessed ingredients. These ingredients consist mainly of nuts, coconut oil, dates, carob, cacao, and low-glycemic sweeteners such as agave.

Raw Creations focus is wholesale to retail stores, restaurants, and other venues.

About Raw Creations®, LLC
Jason Janiak a certified Raw Foods Chef and founder of Raw Creations, set out to launch his business after he successfully healed his own allergies on a Raw foods diet. “Overcoming cravings for sweets without aggravating my allergies, I created a line of innovative Raw desserts. Our desserts are indistinguishable in taste and appearance from their baked counterparts, and receive rave reviews. Finding myself inundated with requests to make my products commercially available, I established Raw Creations.” – Jason Janiak

“What make our desserts agreeable with most everybody is the ingredients that are absent, containing no Processed Sugars, Wheat/Gluten, Corn, Dairy/Eggs, added Sodium, or Soy. In addition, they are produced in a Certified Organic facility, which is free from any of these allergens as well. Also, we extend the purity of our products through all avenues of production by using only organic soaps, cleansers, and towels as well”Jason Janiak

Raw Creations focuses on environmental awareness, and uses corn-based/compostable packaging, as well as recycled materials. We continue to find new ways to reduce waste, and contribute to environmental consciousness.

Raw Creations products are currently carried in several Chicagoland Whole Foods stores, and currently several other outlets are in negotiations. To interview Jason Janiak please contact via phone (708) 212-8694 or E-mail info@raw-creations.com, visit www.raw-creations.com for more information. We have done several interviews in the past with NBC, 190 North, etc… and can be found at our website as well.

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Floridians to name an official Florida State Sandwich

Florida recording artists Robin And The Giant have begun an informal campaign to recommend that the State Of Florida embrace the idea of declaring an official “state sandwich.” The idea stemmed from a radio conversation on NewsTalk 1370 WOCA, in Ocala, FL, when the morning-drive duo read that legislation was introduced in Massachusetts to make the “Fluffernutter” the official sandwich of the commonwealth. For those of you from outside of New England, a “Fluffernutter” is a simple sandwich composed of 2 slices of bread, peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff.

Listeners called the radio program to offer their own suggestions for the official Florida sandwich which included the Gator Burger, the Cuban Sandwich, the Barbecue Pork Sandwich, and the Peanut Butter And Jelly sandwich because of the large number of peanut farms in the state. Robin And The Giant say if you’d like to suggest a sandwich you can log onto their website at www.RobinAndTheGiant.com and enter your suggestion onto their “Guest” page.

While not a serious issue, it wouldn’t be the first time an official food made it to the Tallahassee think-tanks. Back in 2006, the Florida Senate passed a bill making Key Lime Pie the official state pie. Earlier that year, there had been some discussion that pecan pie should be the state pie, given the large number of pecan farms in the state.

Robin And The Giant have been a Florida based musical duo since 1988. Last year the duo released the song “To Infinity” which told the story, in ballad form, of the miraculous story of survival of Walter Marino and his 13-year-old son Christopher who were rescued after treading water in open ocean off the coast of Florida without lifejackets for 12 hours.

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Chicago Steak Company Announces Free Shipping And Special Pricing For Holiday Specials

The Chicago Steak Company is very pleased to announce a great selection of gift specials for the holidays and a very special price on shipping, 100% free of charge! Special pricing along with free shipping will really help take some of the pain out of gift giving these holidays.

Holiday Greetings Gift Pack:

Bring home the Holidays this year with this generous combination of delicious gourmet steaks.

2 (6oz) Filet Mignons
2 (10 oz) Boneless Strips
2 (8 oz) Top Sirloins
2 (8 oz) Ribeyes

$89.99 and Includes Free Shipping

Seasons Greetings Gift Pack:

Welcome the Holidays this year with mouthwatering steaks and gourmet burgers.

4 (5 oz) Filet Mignons
4 (5 oz) Top Sirloins
8 (8 oz)) Gourmet Burgers

$84.00 and Includes free shipping

Santa’s Special Gift Pack:

Show someone you care with this collection of our most popular gourmet steaks.

6 (7 oz) Filet Mignons
6 (6 oz) Top Sirloins
6 (8 oz) Boneless Strips

$149.99 and Includes free Shipping  

To take advantage of these Best Steak specials visit the Chicago steak company page for Steak Specials

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Bite2Eat.com Makes Ordering Food a Social Experience

Social Media start-up Bite2Eat Corporation announced today the launch of Bite2Eat.com, a restaurant directory that makes it easy to order from restaurants using on-line menus. Whether a restaurant is looking for a free, no-hassle way to establish an on-line presence, or simply wants to supplement existing efforts, Bite2Eat.com is a quick and risk-free way to attract new on-line customers and encourage existing ones to continue ordering.

Restaurant owners have to focus on food quality, preparation and sales — they don’t want to spend the time or money figuring out how to manage getting orders on-line,” explained CEO Jay Bailey. “We make it painless to offer customers on-line menus — with no startup costs or ongoing fees — for absolutely any restaurant that takes delivery or pickup orders. It’s essentially free marketing with only a pay-for-performance cost.” Bite2Eat earns a small commission for each order sent by fax to a restaurant.

Co-founder and CTO Marc Fischman added, “The state of the economy means that ordering in is a great and inexpensive way to share an evening with friends. You can experience exotic world flavors without leaving your house. And it actually makes this the ideal time for us to offer owners a way to generate business without having to spend a lot on dubious marketing or cutting prices painfully.”

Bite2Eat.com complements the way a restaurant works without requiring equipment installations or dedicated computers. The Bite2Eat system can transmit orders by fax, by e-mail, or by an automated phone system that reads the order in a natural-sounding voice.

Bite2Eat.com Buddy Orders provide the ability for a customer to initiate an order and then invite colleagues, friends or family members to join that order. Each “Buddy” clicks on the menu’s items, and a single order is transmitted to the restaurant. “This is just the beginning,” explained Bailey. “We are planning a number of features that help foster the ‘social’ element of restaurant ordering. We hope to add an element of fun for the customer and, as a result, larger orders for our restaurants.”

Restaurant fans who would like the option of ordering from their favorite eateries can submit the restaurant information at http://www.bite2eat.com/restaurants/add or download, print and hand the restaurant owner a single-page, fax-ready form found at http://www.bite2eat.com/pages/spread_the_word. Restaurant owners can sign up at http://www.bite2eat.com/owners.  

About the Company
Privately-funded Bite2Eat.com was founded by Marc Fishman and Jay Bailey in the summer of 2008. The team at Bite2Eat.com aims to make interacting with restaurants across the country as convenient and natural as the on-line banking or shopping you’ve become accustomed to. Ordering on-line – especially using our Buddy Orders with a group of friends or colleagues – is easy, quick and more relaxing than ordering by phone using a paper take-out menu.

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A New, Home Delivered Weight Loss System Was Recently Launched By Freshology Inc, Who Partnered With New Jersey Based MM365, A Well Respected Contract Feeding Resource

Two dynamic entities within the fresh food diet/lifestyle direct-to-consumer sector of the food business have joined forces to deliver a superior quality weight loss program. FRESHOLOGY INC. (freshology.com), based in Burbank, California has launched their latest innovative gourmet nutrition home-delivered weight loss program, GET SLIM.

FRESHOLOGY has enlisted the fulfillment expertise of MM365 FOOD SOLUTIONS, an Edison, New Jersey-based enterprise bringing over 30 years of quality food capabilities to the booming ready-made meal sector of the food industry.

Partnering with FRESHOLOGY, along with a number of the most successful, high-end names in the fresh food diet/lifestyle direct-to-consumer sector, MM365 FOOD SOLUTIONS has already established itself as the gourmet nutrition M.A.P. and Contract Feeding resource based in the Northeastern USA.

MM365 FOOD SOLUTION’S implementation of state-of-the-art M.A.P. (Modified Atmospheric Packaging) equipment, technologies and logistics, coupled with the freshest food ingredients prepared in the most creative and tasteful manner provides for a happy & healthy repeat customer. The company’s motto is, ‘Where the diet ends, the lifestyle begins. Real food, really convenient.

For further information on MM365’s FOOD SOLUTIONS Modified Atmospheric Packaging (M.A.P.) capabilities, please contact:

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Merri-Makers Caterers Of New Jersey Hosted The First Wedding Event At The Newly Rennovated Berkely Carteret Hotel In Asbury New Jersey

M2 Caterers served gourmet cuisine at the first wedding reception of the newly renovated Berkeley Carteret Hotel in Asbury, New Jersey. The grand hotel is one of the newest venues for Merri-Makers catering which is on the preferred and recommended list at many of New Jersey’s premier wedding properties.

The wedding reception included 200 guests enjoying fine dining in the lavish ballroom which overlooks sandy beaches and the beautiful blue ocean in Asbury. M2, the high-end catering division of Merri-Makers, executed the flawless event.

Merri-Makers began their catering business in 1978 and have facilitated countless weddings and parties, both on-premise and off-premise, over the past 30 years. Today Merri-Makers Catering is the exclusive caterer on some of New Jersey’s premier wedding properties including: The Stateroom, Bonnet Island Estate and Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Somerset County. Merri-Makers Catering is also on the recommended catering list for top wedding destinations that include Grounds for Sculpture, Morris Museum, the Mallard Island Yacht Club properties on Long Beach Island, and most recently, The Berkeley Hotel.

More information on wedding reception catering by Merri-Makers is available athttp://www.merrimakers.com/locations/index.html

Merri-Makers Catering received awards as “Best Caterers” by The Knot magazine, a national bridal magazine, in both 2007 and 2008, and has earned its reputation as one of New Jersey’s most trusted and respected catering enterprises.

With their high-end catering division, M2 Caterers, coupled with their Food Solutions division, MM365, this multi-faceted catering and food service organization has established itself as New Jersey’s pre-eminent caterer providing quality food and service for all occasions including weddings, corporate events, social celebrations, and gourmet contract M.A.P. food preparation.

For more information about the company and their services, visithttp://www.merrimakerscatering.com .

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Lighterlife Has Conducted A Survey That Reveals The Shocking Scale Of Abuse Suffered By Overweight Britons

LighterLife, the UK weight loss specialist, has conducted a survey of 1000 adults that reveals the full scale of abuse suffered by overweight or obese Britons.

According to the survey, nine out of ten overweight people in Britain have been called a derogatory name about their weight, and yet many who insult others are overweight or obese themselves. While 46% of people admit to having called, referred to or thought of an overweight person by a derogatory name because of their weight, the percentage of bullies who are overweight themselves is surprisingly high, with 33% of obese or very obese respondents admitting to insulting other overweight people.

When it comes to insulting friends and relatives, men are the cruelest, with 28 per cent of men – nearly a third – admitting to insulting overweight friends, whereas many more women are restrained, with just 11% levelling abuse at overweight people they know. The problem reduces with age however; 29 per cent of 16-24-year-olds will call a friend or relative a derogatory name, whereas only 12 per cent of 55-64-year-olds will do this.

Where someone lives is likely to determine how much abuse they get too. For example, 30% of Londoners would call a friend or relative a derogatory name, while only 15% of Scots would do the same.

The survey from LighterLife has concerned many in the weight management industry, stressing that people need encouragement to go on weight loss diets, not abuse.

Mandy Cassidy, a psychotherapist with LighterLife, said: “It’s sad that adults now find such behaviour acceptable, and particularly so among the younger age groups, as they could well carry through these views as they get older, thus increasing the problem even further.”

People can appear to shrug off comments, she added, but inside, they can be devastated:“Often it is only through counselling that the full impact become clear – many of our clients have resorted to avoiding social occasions and decline invitations.

“Even some people who appear totally confident say that they become ‘really good liars’ and concoct a range of excuses for not attending events – which can drive them indoors, to eat as a way of dealing with their hurt and anger, which compounds the problem.

“Just because someone is overweight, it doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to insult them. This type of prejudice isn’t tolerated in any other walk of life – so we shouldn’t allow it here?”

Dr Ian W Campbell, Hon. Medical Director of charity Weight Concern, said: “These findings are very concerning. People who have a weight problem need support, encouragement and advice on how to lose weight, not ridicule.

“Many already have underlying psychological and self-esteem issues and this type of behaviour can only serve to make matters worse and cause a great deal of distress.

“Few people want to be very overweight and would love to be able to change. That process needs support, not criticism; it needs incentive, not punishment.”

About LighterLife:
LighterLife is a weight loss management programme for people who are clinically obese, equivalent to three stone or more overweight and with a body mass index greater than 29.

The unique LighterLife approach combines low-calorie diets in the form of nutritionally complete soups, shakes and bars, with specialised counselling using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and transactional analysis (TA) techniques. Clients benefit not only from safe, fast weight loss but they also learn the behavioural change needed to sustain it.

Founded in 1996, the LighterLife Programme was developed by three of its directors – Jackie Cox, Bar Hewlett and Rebecca Hunter.

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Acai Berry Facts, Testimonials, Latest News Articles

Purple has a whole new meaning and it comes the form a tiny berries called acai berries. With the launch of Acai Tabloid, a new site dedicated to providing information regarding these super berries, consumers can now look forward to getting more comprehensive information regarding the fruit, its benefits as well as scams concerning the berry. The website http://www.acai-tabloid.com states facts, testimonials, latest news articles concerning the berry as well as a free trial for the acai berry.

Acai berries are found in the thick forests of the Amazon that grow in clusters atop the acai palm tree. The Acai berry is likened to be a cross between raspberries and chocolate, thus giving a delicious and unique flavor. Their flavor makes them a good combination and ingredient for fruit smoothies, granola, fruit drinks, yogurts and ice cream. These small tiny berries pack a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates, omega fatty acids, vitamin E and minerals making it to the tops list of nutritional super foods.

Since media mogul Oprah Winfrey declared that the berry helped her in losing weight, the popularity of the acai berry has reached new heights and thus, it has also prompted scams to lure consumers into purchasing fake acai products. The Acai Tabloid seeks to help consumers from falling into this scam by providing valuable resources and guides, health benefits, as well as the most reliable places to buy acai berry products.

Consumers can also subscribe to the website’s RSS feeds to stay up to date concerning issues on the acai berry and other health and nutritional information. Not only that, the website encourages its visitors and acai berry consumers to relate and share their experiences from using the acai berry through its comments section.

The USDA Recommends that an average adult gets 3-5000 ORAC Units Daily. ORAC is the acronym for ‘Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity’ and most of us are getting less than 1000 a day. The Acai has very high ORAC values which are about 5500 ORAC value for just 100g.

For additional information or a sample copy, contact Jaime at jaime@acai-tabloid.com

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Waitrose Launches New Range Of Seasonal Fine Foods With An International Twist Which Has Something To Suit All Tastes And Budgets

Waitrose has announced the launch of their new range of seasonal fine foods with something to suit all tastes and budgets.

As the credit crunch drives the appeal for home entertaining and dining, those watching the pennies this festive period can still enjoy the finest foods with the fresh party collection from Waitrose.

The new range offers an exciting collection of 38 contemporary canapés, with something to suit all tastes.

This latest range includes bite-sized classics from around the world, such as traditional styled classics with British recipes like Mini Beef Wellingtons, and Mini Yorkshire Puddings filled with beef, onion relish and crème fraîche with horseradish and mustard.

The Mediterranean collection includes Scallop and Chorizo Skewers, which are hand-made with slices of spicy Spanish chorizo and succulent scallops, marinated with roasted peppers, Sunblush tomato paste and parsley. Other Mediterranean favourites include the ever popular Brie and Cranberry Parcels, as well as Mushroom and Mascarpone Cups, Mini Bruschettas and Lamb Koftas.

The Oriental flavours which are on offer include Mini Salmon Fishcakes with a garlic and ginger dip, Mini Duck Spring Rolls, Spiced Chicken and Cashew Cakes and Paper Prawns.

The new Christmas recipes party food collection will be available in Waitrose branches from November 17th ensuring anyone can lay on an impressive buffet spread for their New Year’s celebration with minimum effort.

All items are suitable for home-freezing too, so they can keep be kept in the freezer through Christmas and into the New Year, and of course all come with the assurance that they are made with the highest quality ingredients.

The new party food collection will be available in Waitrose branches from November 17th About Waitrose Waitrose has 191 branches in its estate including stores in Wales and Scotland and has just been named Britain’s Best High Street Retailer at the Which? Awards 2008 and Supermarket of the Year by the RSPCA at its Good Business Awards in 2008. The food shop has won more major wine awards than any other retailer and was named Supermarket of the Year 2007 at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Waitrose sells over 1,700 organic products, over 60 different types of fish and seafood and more than 100 different cheeses. The food shop also enjoys one of the best reputations for dealing with farmers and suppliers

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Highland Fayre Has Launched A New Range Of Luxury Hampers

Highland Fayre, the premier Scottish hamper company for luxury corporate gift hampers, has just released a brand new range of hampers.

The new Highland Fayre hamper range is set to offer a wide selection of goods, including the company’s Royal Banquet, which contains a selection of their finest wines and gourmet food. There is also variety of Scottish hampers, chocolate gift boxes and the traditional port and stilton selections, as well as cases of wine and champagne hampers.

Highland Fayre is also continuing to offer customers the bespoke hamper service, as well as the new range of hampers. The service offers clients the ability to specify the contents of their hamper, as well as the style of packaging and type of delivery service. A large selection of food is on offer and hampers can also be tailored to particular food and drink types.

Highland Fayre has also recently noticed an increase in business from abroad. A spokesperson for Highland Fayre commented on the increasing popularity of its hampers from British expats living overseas:

“Our hampers have always been popular with UK customers and now we’re seeing an increase in orders for our Christmas hampers from British expats currently residing in Australia, China, America and other countries. It can be difficult for those living aboard to arrange gifts for their friends and family back home, but the quick and easy nature of buying and sending a hamper through our website, is proving popular with many who reside abroad.”

The popularity of Highland Fayre hampers abroad can be attributed to the company’s ability to arrange delivery of their hampers throughout Europe, and its partner hamper companies in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

About Highland Fayre:
Highland Fayre Ltd is the premier Scottish hamper company for luxury corporate gift hampers. Highland Fayre was established in 1985 and has since developed a high quality reputation within the corporate gift market.

Highland Fayre extensive experience of supplying bespoke hampers and gifts allows their dedicated team to gauge instinctively which luxury items recipients most like to find in their hamper or gift box. Highland Fayre offers a selection of luxury gift hampers that includes wine gift boxes, themed hampers and luxury Christmas hampers for all ranges of budgets.

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Customers Willing To Wait For Their Orders While Gourmet Food Company Struggles To Find Working Capital

Eight years ago Susan Knapp began making Cinnamon Pear Jelly in her kitchen as a holiday treat. When she realized there was a demand for her healthy and delicious pear creations, she left her lucrative executive position to focus on building her own gourmet food company.

Knapp launched Aunt Sue’s in 1998 with four products, each one winning top awards at the Lake County and California State Fairs. As the company gained momentum, Knapp changed the name to A Perfect Pear from Napa Valley and introduced 15 new products. Now, major wholesale customers include Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, Disney, Luxor Hotel & Casino, and the United States Navy, in addition to hundreds of boutique retailers, wineries, restaurants, and caterers across the nation.

Knapp’s commitment to make healthy products that taste delicious, look beautiful, and are friendly to the environment has propelled her company to the brink of the big leagues. And yet, the business is struggling. “Our problem has never been sales,” Knapp says. “Our biggest challenge is undercapitalization.”

With product rapidly flying off the shelves, Knapp finds herself in a unique position: over $100,000 in pending holiday backorders and not enough cash in reserves to manufacture. The rising costs of raw goods and the current credit crunch had brought a rapid halt to production, and yet, the customers are willing to wait.

“Everyday I get calls from customers who tell me they can no longer find our products,” says customer service rep Kat Patterson. “I have to tell them that we are sold out and unfortunately, we don’t know when we will be able to make more. They always tell me they’ll wait. They love our products and don’t care how long it takes. But I know people are anxious to place their holiday orders.”

“Each time I go to production I am making more product, which is great!” Knapp says. “But that also means I always need more money to keep up with growing demand.”

With SBA and bank loans halted, Knapp is now seeking funding from private parties. In this economic crisis, we’re thinking outside of the box and we’re getting pretty creative.”

Knapp currently needs $200,000 to fill backorders and put inventory on the shelves for the busy holiday season. She could save money by using less expensive ingredients and materials, but refuses to cut corners on quality. “Our commitment is to make healthy, delicious products with all-natural, mostly organic and mostly local ingredients. Our customers expect that and are willing to wait. They know we’ll be back.”

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iNutrition.Com, Has Opened A Fission Power Bars Healthy Snack Web Site And A Metabolean All Natural Weight Loss Web Site

Natural Nutrition, Inc. (Stock Symbol: NTNI), www.naturalnutritioninc.com, announces the launch of 2 new product sites by subsidiary, iNutrition, Inc.

A major announcement regarding the structure and compensation program for the iNutrition affiliate business opportunity was postponed due to Hurricane Ike’s disruption of business at Natural Nutrition offices in Houston, Texas. Details on the affiliate program will be announced in October for all inutritionopportunity.com members. First Alert e-mail notices will be sent to anyone who has signed up at the site.

All natural, fast and easy weight loss formula,Metabolean, is the latest product to be offered online by iNutrition. The web site metaboleanweightloss.com features videos, full product information and secure, easy ordering specials.

iNutrition’s healthy snack and meal replacement product, Fission Power Energy Bars, are now being sold at fissionbars.com. Made with real fruit, soy protein, no corn syrup, no refined sugars and with only 150 calories Fission Power Bars represent “The Perfect Healthy Snack” and a popular school or office lunch addition.

Videos featuring Seinfeld Actor and Dancing With The Stars Champion, John O’Hurley, and other iNutrition spokesmen and women can be seen at all the iNutrition web sites.

About iNutrition.com – Dedicated to providing all natural nutrition secrets for a long healthy life, iNutrition.com offers anyone, anywhere easy and fast online access to the latest top weight loss, fitness and good health products. 

About Natural Nutrition Inc. – iNutrition.com and InterACTIVE Nutrition International Inc. (interactivenutrition.com) are wholly owned subsidiaries of Natural Nutrition, Inc. (Stock Symbol: NTNI). InterACTIVE Nutrition is a manufacturer and international leader in sports and nutritional supplements backed by over 12 years of research, development and sales of sports nutrition products in over twenty countries throughout the world.

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Venulum Reports That Its Venture Capital Lobster Farm Project Has Successfully Managed To Breed Caribbean Spiny Lobsters

Venulum, private wealth management firm based in the British Virgin Islands, has successfully managed to breed Caribbean Spiny Lobsters in commercial quantities in controlled conditions in the British Virgin Islands.

Significant recent catches of juvenile lobsters have been heartening. It is too early to say whether these numbers reflect the early season peak in numbers or the average settlement rate. When compared with previous research, the highly regular settlement rate matches that of the average settlement during a small-scale investigation between 2001-2003.

Giles Cadman, chairman of Venulum said: “It has taken us nearly two years of careful evolution of the collection process but we should now be capable of replicating it throughout the Caribbean, Australia and Asia to provide numerous business opportunities to fishers and young entrepreneurs.

“The numbers are very impressive, indicating that settlement is spatially uniform and that collection systems perform equally well at depth as on the surface and so the entire harvest can remain subsurface away from boat traffic.”

The lobster farm has been built at the Pockwood Pond site on Tortola, the largest island in the British Virgin Islands, and should be fully operational once hurricane protection has been completed on-site early next year.

The farm site is progressing with general finishing and fabrication work moving to completion. The Venulum management team has approved the construction of a mould for large-scale fabrication of tanks according to precise requirements. Experimental storage systems have been deployed in favourable deep water locations in the hope that these will be useful as holding accommodation for ‘post larvae’ while farm infrastructure is completed. If effective, Venulum hope these devices will prove vital in reducing the cost and time commitment of early culture operations.

The collection and breeding programme is based on knowledge gained from research undertaken by Rob Power, Director of Caribbean Sustainable Fisheries, who undertook his research in conjunction with the World Fish Centre. “I have been working on the principle of a sustainable business model for over ten years,” explains Rob “and we are continuing our ongoing research and development programme to finesse the process, with the emphasis on sustainability.”

He adds “Caribbean Sustainable Fisheries also intends working with local communities to build small scale lobster farming operations offering business opportunities to fishermen whose wild resource has been depleted to the point that it is no longer viable to continue fishing.

“Our aim is to produce consistent, high quality lobster that seafood purchasers can recognise as both sustainable and consistently good” explains Cadman. “Venulum has a large wine business and by working with many small wine producers, we have the experience and understanding to support them. The same principles apply to the fishing industry and we are using our experience to create a business model that can be easily replicated without the need for significant capital cost.”

With the steady progress to date, we can look forward to the first market sized lobsters in around 18 months from now.

About Venulum:
The Venulum Group is a multinational private wealth management firm headquartered in the British Virgin Islands. The Group manages the wealth of high net worth individuals, and specialises in alternative investments often not available to the general public. Venulum helps high net worth individuals balance their portfolios.

The Venulum Group was formed in 2002, and has expanded to include offices in four countries, with service offices in a further two. Since 2002 Venulum’s client base has expanded rapidly, and now has a substantial number of United States based clients.

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My Coffee Gourmet has added frozen cappuccino mix and Gatorade to its ever expanding lineup of great products

My Coffee Gourmet has added frozen cappuccino and Gatorade Instant Powder Mix to its ever expanding lineup of great products. President Chris Weaver said they wanted to offer some products for the summer months and these were some of the great values that they found. “Everyone loves a cold drink in the hot summer sun, so the frozen cappuccino mixes were a natural addition to add,” said Weaver on Wednesday.

“We wanted to offer Gatorade as well for all the kids who are playing their summer sports and need the Gatorade to stay hydrated,” Chris Weaver said.

The Gatorade is available in 12 packs that make 12 gallons and cases of 144 that makes 144 gallons of Gatorade. It is the best value and is enough to last the team for a whole season. A bonus with the case of 144 is 2 free Gatorade squeeze bottles for a limited time only. The Gatorade is available in Fierce Grape, Fruit Punch, Glacier Freeze, Lemon Lime, Orange and Riptide Rush. You can find it at mycoffeegourmet.com/gatorade.php.

The selection of frozen cappuccino mixes is great at My Coffee Gourmet. The California Freeze mixes are available in Double Mocha, French Vanilla, Mocha Supreme, NaturalSmoothie Base and Original Cappuccino flavors. It is only $7.99!

The Superior Frozen Cappuccino Mixes are available in Mocha or French Vanilla flavors and are only $7.49! Both can be found at mycoffeegourmet.com/frozen_cappuccino.php.

President Chris Weaver promises more exciting products are still to come as the summer gets hotter and hotter!

 

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