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Feb. 10 - Georgia Barbecue Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 10, 2020 - The Georgia Barbecue Hall of Fame is now accepting public nominations for its inaugural 2020 class.

The Georgia Barbecue Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor a distinguished and select group of innovators, visionaries, leaders, and luminaries who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the art, science, business, or sport of barbecue in the State of Georgia.

Hall of Fame co-founder and Executive Director, Greg Sebastian, explained, “Most people are familiar with the barbecue traditions and history of places like Memphis, Kansas City, Texas, and even the Carolinas, but they might be surprised by the achievements and contributions made by those with connections to Georgia.”

Anyone can submit two nominations per year.  Nominees can include individuals, groups, teams, organizations, businesses, restaurants, or any other entity, including themselves.  “It is time we started to publicly acknowledge those who made barbecue better by cooking, selling, competing, promoting, making equipment, or in numerous other ways,” said Sebastian.

Nomination forms and instructions are available on the organization’s website at gabbqhof.org.  Nominations can be made directly online or forms downloaded and submitted by mail or email.  Nominations received by May 1 are eligible for consideration for induction at the annual ceremony to be held in Macon, Georgia in August.

A Nomination Committee, comprised of a group of individuals selected for their diverse geography, experiences, and knowledge of barbecue will review and evaluate all nominations and present a list of finalist to a Selection Committee for final consideration.

The Georgia Barbecue Hall of Fame is formally recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.

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Feb. 6 - Georgia Power to issue credit on February bills

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

Februayr 6, 2020 - The third of three bill credits associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will be applied directly to Georgia Power customers’ bills in February 2020. These credits are a result of the reduction in Georgia Power’s federal corporate tax rate from 35% down to 21%.

Georgia Power customers will receive the February credit totaling $106 million based upon energy consumption from May through December 2019. The typical residential customer using an average of 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month would receive a credit of approximately $22 on their February Georgia Power bill. The actual amount of the individual credit will vary based on a customer’s specific energy usage. 

“Over the past two years Georgia Power has passed on the benefits from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act through direct credits on customers’ bills, and this final bill credit fulfills that commitment,” said Kevin Kastner, vice president of customer services for Georgia Power. “These bill credits are just one way we work to provide the best value to our customers, while continuing to provide the clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy they expect and deserve at rates below the national average.”

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act customer benefits were first approved in March 2018 as part of an agreement with Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) Staff. When complete, Georgia Power will have provided three separate credits to customers totaling $330 million. The first credit was issued in October 2018, the second credit was applied in June 2019 and this third credit will appear on customer bills this month.

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Jan. 30 - Local Business Takes Action Against Plastic Pollution Crisis

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 30, 2020 - The beauty industry has a plastic packaging problem. Zero Waste Week reports the global industry creates 120 billion units of packaging every year, most of which isn’t conventionally recyclable. Salacia Salts, a high quality collection of skin care and home fragrance products made with natural ingredients, has teamed up with TerraCycle to combat the beauty industry’s massive output of plastic products and packaging waste through the Zero Waste Box program. 

“We care deeply about this beautiful planet that we get to call home,” says Salacia Salts CEO, Cari Clark Phelps. “We want to do what we can to restore our land.”

By placing the Beauty Products & Packaging Zero Waste Box inside their studio, Salacia Salts helps customers and Chatham County community members conveniently recycle their beauty empties and reduce their environmental impact. The zero-waste initiative aligns with the brand’s focus on sustainability and the conservation of Earth’s natural resources.  

Salacia Salts uses post-consumer recycled packaging whenever possible with the goal of eliminating plastic from the product line. The first product developed for the company was a salt soak packaged in a reclaimed, “upcycled” wine bottle. 

Like most plastic packaging, this conventionally unrecyclable beauty waste would have otherwise been landfilled, incinerated, or may have even contributed to the pollution of marine habitats. The collected beauty and skin care packaging will now be sorted, shredded and recycled into a variety of new products such as park benches, bike racks, shipping pallets and recycling bins. 

TerraCycle, the world’s leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams, created the Zero Waste Box program to provide solutions for difficult-to-recycle waste that cannot be recycled through TerraCycle’s brand-sponsored, national recycling programs or via standard municipal recycling.  Salacia Salts hopes to become a well-known spot for locals to recycle empty beauty products in an appropriate manner. 

“The foundation of the company was built on my love and passion for sustainability,” says Phelps. “By recycling products appropriately, we are helping to alleviate waste in our water systems which leads to an overall happy and healthier lifestyle.” 

More information regarding Salacia Salts can be found by visiting their website, https://salaciasalts.com/. All collected materials from the Zero Waste Box program are sent to TerraCycle for recycling, where they undergo a series of treatments before getting turned into new items. For more information on TerraCycle, please visit www.TerraCycle.com.

TerraCycle offers Zero Waste Boxes for nearly every category of waste. By purchasing Zero Waste Boxes, companies and consumers save trash from landfills and help reach TerraCycle’s goal of creating a waste-free world.

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Feb. 6 - Sullivan’s Brewing Company Announces Savannah Launch

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 6, 2020 - The 300-year-old Sullivan’s Brewing Company arrives this week in Savannah, straight from Ireland – just in time for Savannah’s legendary St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Sullivan’s evokes two legendary Irish brewing families, the Sullivans and the Smithwicks, the scions of this legendary brand. It will be available on draft and in cans at bars, restaurants and stores throughout greater Savannah.

Founded in 1702, in Kilkenny, Ireland — a town known as “The Home of Irish Craft Brewing” — Sullivan’s Brewing selected Savannah as one of its first U.S. launch markets due to its deep Irish heritage and vibrant culinary and bar community. The citrusy Irish Gold (5.2% ABV); the classic Black Marble Stout (5.1% ABV), a dark and deep Nitro-Stout with a rich foam, generous malt and coffee notes; and Sullivan’s flagship, Maltings Irish Ale (5% ABV) will be available in the Hostess City. The Maltings Irish Red Ale was named “the best ale on the planet” at the International Brewing Awards, making Sullivan’s the first Irish Brewery to win an International Brewing Award since the competition’s inception over 130 years ago. It is a smooth, ruby and balanced, classic Irish Red Ale, hard to find in the United States. Maltings Irish Ale offers deep flavors from the malt with notes of rich biscuit and caramel.

The brewing team is led by a world-renowned master brewer Ian Hamilton, who prides himself on craftsmanship, quality and innovation. His passion is working to perfect each recipe while adding creative twists that surprise drinkers’ palates. 

“The beer we craft is inspired by traditional Kilkenny recipes and brewed the way the family has always brewed — the way real Irish beer should be brewed — by hand, in small batches, with enormous heart and the best locally-sourced ingredients from Ireland,” Hamilton said. 

The beers are brewed using water filtered through Kilkenny’s limestone foundations for thousands of years, barley grown in Kilkenny’s mineral-rich soil, and a fermentation process that is four times longer than that of large-scale, industrially brewed beers. 

 

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Jan. 24 - Parker’s Donates $2,500 to Susan G. Komen® Coastal Georgia to Help Fight Breast Cancer

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 24, 2020 - Parker’s recently donated $2,500 to Susan G. Komen® Coastal Georgia, helping the nonprofit organization offer breast cancer screenings, support services and ongoing education to area residents. Every year, Parker’s donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of pink Breast Cancer Awareness refillable cups to Susan G. Komen® Coastal Georgia. 

“We are deeply honored to support the exceptional work that Susan G. Komen® Coastal Georgia does right here in our community,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker. “At Parker’s, we’re committed to fighting breast cancer and raising awareness about this devastating disease.” 

The Susan G. Komen® Foundation’s mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. The Coastal Georgia affiliate was founded in 2006 by a group of passionate breast cancer advocates.

Susan G. Komen® Coastal Georgia serves residents of Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh Counties. The affiliate has invested more than $3.1 million into local programs to give vulnerable populations access to breast cancer education, screening, diagnostic, and support services. Over the past five years, Susan G. Komen® Coastal Georgia has provided 8,000 screenings and 2,500 diagnostic services. 

“This generous donation from Parker’s employees and customers will allow Komen Coastal Georgia to continue offering screening and diagnostic breast health services for the medically underserved in this area,” said Julie Schwartz, Community Engagement Manager for Susan G. Komen® Coastal Georgia. “We are extremely grateful for this partnership and ongoing support offered by Parker’s and their customers.”

Parker’s gives back to every community where stores are located through its Fueling the Community Program, which donates a portion of the profit of every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of the month to area schools. In addition, the company endows the Parker’s Emergency and Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah and spearheads an anti-litter campaign in Savannah.

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