Tuesday, January 31, 2017

IHOP® RESTAURANTS EXTENDS ‘ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKES’ FOR GUESTS UNTIL FEBRUARY 12

For a Limited Time, Breakfast Lovers Can Enjoy As Many of the World’s Most Delicious, Fluffiest Buttermilk Pancakes They Want at an Incredible Value at IHOP Restaurants Nationwide (January 30, 2017 – Glendale, CA) – The anticipation has been building since fans took to social media last year to beg IHOP® Restaurants to bring back ‘All You Can Eat Pancakes.’ So, to thank loyal Breakfastarians everywhere, today IHOP announced the extension of this wildly popular promotion, which lets guests dig into unlimited orders of its freshly made, world-famous Buttermilk Pancakes for a great price* until February 12! Just in time to gather family and friends and celebrate the New Year, IHOP’s ‘All You Can Eat Pancakes’ offer features a great value on the fluffy, golden pancakes that set the breakfast standard almost six decades ago. After enjoying a full stack of five Buttermilk pancakes – or a short stack of two pancakes with a combo plate of eggs, golden hash browns and choice of sausage, ham or hickory-smoked bacon – guests can request additional short stacks of two Buttermilk pancakes until they’ve fulfilled their craving. ‘All You Can Eat Pancakes’ is available all day, every day for the month of January at participating IHOP restaurants nationwide. “The best way we know to kick off the New Year is to offer our guests’ favorite freshly made breakfast at IHOP’s best value. Almost six decades after serving our first stack of delicious, made-to-order Original Buttermilk Pancakes, IHOP continues to bring people together,” said Kirk Thompson, senior vice president, Marketing, IHOP. “Every year our guests look forward to IHOP’s ‘All You Can Eat Pancakes’ offer, asking for the return of a great value on our signature pancakes, to be enjoyed any time of day, every day, for the entire month.”

Beat Foodborne Illness this Super Bowl

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2017 — As excitement for this year's Super Bowl grows, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages consumers to use safe food handling practices at a championship level and avoid becoming one of the estimated 48 million Americans who gets sick from foodborne illnesses each year. The Super Bowl draws over 100 million television viewers who consume approximately 1.3 billion chicken wings during game day parties. With an average National Football League game taking more than 3 hours to play, Americans will be mixing plenty of football watching with food during Super Bowl parties. At these parties, it is vital to keep foods out of the "Danger Zone," which is the temperature range between 40 °F and 140 °F. When foods are left in the "Danger Zone," bacteria can multiply rapidly, causing a single bacterium to multiply to 17 million in 12 hours. Avoid serving Super Bowl favorites, such as pizza and chicken wings, at room temperature for the entire game. When serving food or ordering takeout food, use the following game plan: • If warm takeout foods are to be served immediately, keep them at 140 °F or above by placing in chafing dishes, preheated warming trays or slow cookers. • If take-out foods will not be served immediately, either keep them warm in a preheated oven, or divide the food into smaller portions or pieces, place in shallow containers, and refrigerate. At serving time, reheat to 165 °F. • Cold foods that are served should be kept at 40 °F or below, which can be done by nesting serving dishes in bowls of ice. Avoid storing food outside, where the sun can quickly warm foods in plastic storage containers and animals can get into. • Start a game day tradition by using a food thermometer to ensure foods being served to guests are not in the "Danger Zone." To ensure home prepared chicken wings are safe, follow these tips: • Do not wash raw chicken wings. Sixty-seven percent of respondents in a 2016 FDA food safety survey indicated they washed raw chicken parts; however washing will not destroy pathogens and may increase the risk of contaminating other foods and surfaces. • Ensure chicken wings are safe to eat by verifying they have reached an internal temperature of 165 °F. Take the temperature of multiple wings in the thickest part of the wing being careful to avoid the bone. If you need food safety coaching, call your personal coaches at the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food safety specialist at AskKaren.gov, available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, in English or Spanish. Learn more about key food safety practices at foodsafety.gov and on Twitter @USDAFoodSafety.

Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge Announce 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For

ALEXANDRIA, Va. and MARKHAM, Ont. – The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge are pleased to announce the 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For. These 20 for-hire trucking companies from across North America are being recognized for providing exemplary work environments for their professional truck drivers and employees. “These companies represent the best of the best in truckload. As industry innovators, they bring fresh ideas that not only create a desirable workplace for employees, but also propel trucking to exciting new terrains,” said TCA President John Lyboldt. To be considered for the Best Fleets program, companies operating ten or more trucks were required to receive a nomination from at least one of its company drivers or owner-operators. CarriersEdge then interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets regarding their corporate direction, policies, and programs, and evaluated the fleets against a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, such as total compensation package, health benefits, pension plans, professional development opportunities, and career path/advancement opportunities, among other criteria. Driver feedback from a selection of each fleet was then compared with management’s and incorporated into the final score, resulting in the selection of this year’s winners and honorable mentions. Fleets raised the bar for driver programs more dramatically this year than any previous year. Without further ado, here are the 2017 Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For: Bison Transport Winnipeg, MB Boyle Transportation Billerica, MA Central Oregon Trucking Company, Inc. Redmond, OR Challenger Motor Freight Inc. Cambridge, ON Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc. Fremont, NE FTC Transportation, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Garner Trucking, Inc. Findlay, OH Grand Island Express, Inc. Grand Island, NE Halvor Lines, Inc. Superior, WI Interstate Distributor Co. Tacoma, WA Kriska Holdings Ltd. Prescott, ON Landstar System, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Maverick Transportation, LLC North Little Rock, AR Motor Carrier Service, LLC Northwood, OH Nussbaum Transportation Hudson, IL ONE For Freight Milton, ON Prime Inc. Springfield, MO Smokey Point Distributing Arlington, WA TLD Logistics Services, Inc. Knoxville, TN TransPro Freight Systems Ltd. Milton, ON Two companies, FTC Transportation, Inc., and Halvor Lines, Inc., have achieved the milestone of five consecutive years on the Best Fleets list, while Motor Carrier Service, LLC, Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc., Landstar System, Inc., and Grand Island Express, Inc. have continued their streaks as Best Fleets, each appearing on the list for over the fifth time. Five companies have also been identified as “Fleets to Watch” honorable mentions for demonstrating innovation in their driver programs: Crete Carrier Corp. Lincoln, NE Hirschbach Motor Lines, Inc. Dubuque, IA Kroon Brothers Transport, LLC Hanover, PA Paper Transport, Inc. De Pere, WI Transport Corporation of America, Inc. Eagan, MN Phase two of the contest will divide the highest scoring fleets into small and large fleet categories, from which two overall winners will be selected. These awards will be sponsored by EpicVue of Salt Lake City, UT, and Bose Ride of Framingham, MA. The overall winners’ names will be announced during TCA’s Annual Convention, March 26-29, 2017, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Follow the hashtag #BestFleets2017 and TCA’s Twitter account (www.truckload.org/Twitter) and Facebook page (www.truckload.org/Facebook). For more details about Best Fleets to Drive For, visit www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com.