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Continuing the Battle against Obesity, Robard Corporation Announces the Launch of Salad Spray Dressings Aimed at Making Dieting Easier PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Larry Korte   
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 09:45

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ — Robard Corporation, a leading provider of weight loss programs and products, today announced the launch of two new Salad Spray Dressings. Balsamic Vinaigrette and Honey Mustard come in portable sprayer bottles and not a traditional pour bottle so they help aid in portion control and are a convenient addition to diet plans.

Balsamic Vinaigrette and Honey Mustard Spray Salad Dressings contain ingredients that support fat and carbohydrate metabolism, help burn more calories, assist in protecting cell functions, and support fat burning thermogenesis. With their simple delivery system and quality nutritional makeup, the new Salad Spray Dressings were designed to maintain dieter compliance and success throughout every phase of Robard’s diversified diet programs.

Robard Corporation has launched over 20 new products in form and flavor for its customers over the last year. Its Salad Spray Dressings are the latest in an extensive product line with a goal of expanding sales and dieter retention.

For more information on Robard and its services, please visit


Galena Wine Lovers’ Weekend set for March 23-25, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Althaus   
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 13:29
GALENA, Ill. – Tickets are available online now for Galena’s extremely popular Grand Tastings during Galena Wine Lovers’ Weekend. This year’s event is slated for March 23-25, with Grand Tastings being offered on Friday, March 23 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 24 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. at the Galena Convention Center, 900 Galena Square Drive, in Galena, Illinois.

“This year’s Galena Wine Lovers’ Weekend promises to be even more fun-filled,” said event sponsor Tim Althaus, owner, Family Beer & Liquor. “We do highly recommend early purchase for Grand Tasting tickets as we have sold out quickly in past years.”

After selling out three weeks before the event in 2009, the committee expanded to offering two Grand Tastings in 2010, both of which also sold out. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, subject to availability, and may be purchased online at

Why are the Grand Tastings so popular? They provide epicureans of all levels the opportunity to choose from more than 300 varieties of hand-picked wines and spirits to sample. Admission also provides you with a keepsake wine glass and an opportunity to win a wine-themed trip to San Francisco. Additional trip chances may be purchased for $15 each. The wine silent auction includes items such as vintage wines, artwork, large format wine bottles and related items of interest.

Now in its seventh year running, Galena Wine Lovers’ Weekend is a community-wide celebration of good wine, good food and good friends. Wine lovers of all sorts are invited to enjoy three event-filled days of fine wine, culinary delight, celebrity chefs, wine makers, pampering packages and all of the stops Galena can possibly pull out.

Galena Wine Lovers’ Weekend is a spirited way to warm the winter and add romance – whether it is for vino, gourmet cuisine or the love for a town with history and charm all of its own. Wine-inspired dinners, spirit tastings, spa experiences, history tours, cooking demonstrations and shopping welcome and enchant visitors.

Lodging specials and package deals fuel the passion. From dining packages to pampering in luxurious accommodations and the warmest of hospitality, Galena’s finest provide a variety of options to cater to every taste and budget.

Visit for a detailed listing of extended-weekend activities, links to lodging, and an opportunity to purchase tickets online. For information about room availability, shopping, dining, attractions, events and more, please go to, the Web site of the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, or call 877.464.2536 toll-free.

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Great River Brewery launches Root Beer in Honor of Chad Pregracke PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Larry McDonald   
Friday, 13 January 2012 14:20
Davenport, Iowa – Great River Brewery, where legendary craft brews are made has come up with a new product, and this one has gained its legendary status almost instantly. It is named in honor of environmentalist Chad Pregracke, Founder and President of Living Lands & Waters and recipient of countless awards. The product will be unveiled to the public in a tapping celebration on Wednesday January 18th at 5:00 pm at the Great River Brewery, 332 East 2nd Street, Davenport.

In announcing the new product, River Rat Root Beer, GRB Brewmaster Paul Krutzfeldt was quick to praise Pregracke. “I’m a recent transplant to the Quad Cities, but even in my landlocked former home in Iowa, I’d heard of him and the work he was doing. It’s impressive. When we opened the brewery here and Chad became a fan, it was like having a celebrity in attendance.”

Pregracke, who has been honored by Presidents and was chosen by Mitchum as “The Hardest Working Man in America,” couldn’t be more thrilled. ”When the idea for the River Rat Root Beer was first presented to me, I thought it was a fantastic idea… and an honor all in one. There are so many people who have, and continue to do great things for the Mississippi River. The Root Beer tastes awesome and promotes a great cause. I just want to thank GRB for choosing me to highlight.”

The product concept and package design was the work of longtime Quad Cities marketing strategist Larry McDonald. “Great River Brewery gave me a blank sheet of paper with this product, but I know that the brewery is very supportive of worthy causes. Living Lands & Waters naturally came to mind. After I roughed out a series of concepts, the idea of making a younger Chad the star of the package kept coming to the top. After all, he’s a heck of a role model and young people are known to drink root beer. I’m really glad that Paul chose a formulation that lives up to the standard.”

Product samples will be available and refreshments will be served. An official tapping event, open to the public, will be held that same day at 5:00 pm.

River Rat Root Beer is made with 100 per cent pure cane sugar using a traditional recipe. It is packaged in 16 ounce can four-packs and will be available in Quad Cities grocery stores within days. Great River Brewery products are currently distributed through a seven state area.

Country Style Now Served at Bettendorf Hy-Vee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jake Glimco   
Friday, 13 January 2012 14:09
Bettendorf, IA / January 13, 2011 – Quad-City dieters looking for a low-cal treat that won’t blow their diet can now enjoy Country Style Ice Cream at Bettendorf’s Hy-Vee cafeteria!  The first cones of the “Taste Like Homemade” soft-serve product were served up last month.  Country Style’s original rich vanilla and new dark chocolate flavors are being served separately and in twist cones or cups and are being very well received.

Hy-Vee Dietician Stacy Mitchell, a long-time fan of Country Style, was surprised to see how healthy a choice Country Style is, compared to other frozen confection.  “Talk about a really satisfying treat that can fool you!  I’ve even said to my family, ‘I don’t want to know how many calories are in this stuff.’”  Both Country Style flavors, even if consumed in a one-cup serving is 100 calories less and about half the fat of regular soft serve.  It also has 2-3 grams less of saturated fat.   Country style is also gluten-free, kosher and contains no high-fructose corn syrup.  According to Mitchell, even diabetics can enjoy Country Style, as a single carbohydrate exchange, if they savor a half-cup serving.  Customers at the Bettendorf Hy-Vee can now package quart-size containers to serve at home.  Country Style is also available in the Milan Hy-Vee.

Country Style Ice Cream was founded in 1947 when Wayne Lindgren and his brother Chester "Whitey" Lindgren collaborated to produce a quality soft serve mix and opened the first Country Style on 23rd Avenue and 43rd Street in Moline, Illinois. Wayne eventually bought out Whitey's share of the business. Committed to quality, Wayne and his wife, Desyl, set out to establish Country Style as the finest quality soft serve ice cream in the country. Kent Kindelsperger took on the Country Style tradition and purchased Country Style on February 8, 1988 and continues to head the company today.


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Written by Tammy R Wilson   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 12:55
Lisa L. Bierman and the Rock Island County Circuit Clerk’s Office held their annual holiday food drive during the month of December 2011. The food collected will benefit  the River Bend Foodbank. River Bend will be collecting the donations this Week.

Circuit Clerk staff were encouraged to bring in food donations and then were eligible to wear jeans for the day. The Circuit Clerk staff were divided into teams based on department and given another incentive of a pizza party for the team that collected the most items at the end. Our staff were also encouraged to solicit others in the Courthouse to donate to their teams to boost their numbers in an attempt to gather the largest numbers of donations. In the end the Traffic Division Won!

“Working with the public everyday makes you even more aware ofthe need for this kind of help, which is so important to our community,” says Circuit Clerk Lisa Bierman.

“We have Wonderful staff here and they are always eager to help participate with such a valuable resource for those in need. This is actually our 3rd food drive that We have conducted and plan to participate in many more in the future.”

For more information with how you can organize a food drive or help The River Bend foodbank, go to or call 309-764-7434.

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