Reily Foods Names Jim Kaloyanides As N.E. Coffee & Tea G.M.

Reily Foods has appointed Jim Kaloyanides as general manager of New England Tea & Coffee Company LLC, a subsidiary of Reily Foods. Following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great grandfather, Mr. Kaloyanides is the fourth generation family member to lead the company during its nearly 100-year history.

Under Mr. Kaloyanides’ leadership, New England Coffee will continue to roast and package its Arabica coffees for sale through supermarkets, donut and coffee shops, retail locations and food service establishments. New England Coffee roasts both branded and private-labeled coffees for more than 5,000 customers. To date, New England Coffee can be found in more than 10,000 retail stores across 40 percent of the U.S. “We are confident in Jim’s ability to lead New England Coffee and build on the growth it has achieved over the years,” said David Darragh, president and chief executive officer of Reily Foods. “Jim has been associated with New England Coffee his entire life and has worked in all aspects of the business. Jim is passionate about producing great coffees and providing our customers with great service and solutions. Jim enjoys the strong respect of his co-workers because of his collaborative and coaching leadership style. It is also fitting to have a Kaloyanides, a member of the founding family of New England Coffee, at the helm of this great company as it is set to mark its 100th anniversary in 2016,” said Mr. Darragh.

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Report Says Majority Of Female Restaurant Workers Experience Sexual Harassment

Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United and Forward Together released a new report—“The Glass Floor: Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry.” Key findings of the report include:

• Over half of the women who report experiencing sexual harassment experience it on at least a weekly basis.

• Women living off tips in states with a $2.13 an hour tipped minimum wage are twice as likely to experience sexually harassment than women in states that pay the full minimum wage to all workers. In fact, all workers in $2.13 states, including men, reported higher rates of sexual harassment, indicating that the sub-minimum wage perpetuates a culture of sexual harassment.

• Ninety percent of women surveyed report being bothered by customer harassment, a rate twice higher than that experienced by men. Women are also the most likely to be told by management to sexualize their behavior and/or appearance when dealing with customers, a demand that female tipped workers in states with a $2.13 subminimum wage are three times as likely to experience than women in states without a subminimum wage.

• A significant majority of women workers said they would experience negative consequences including job termination if they tried to report sexual harassment from management and customers. As a result of pressure to remain silent about experiencing harassment, many restaurant workers reported deterioration in their emotional well-being, including increased depression and anxiety.

The report examined the incidence of multiple sexual behaviors that workers were exposed to from restaurant owners, managers and supervisors (management), from co-workers and from customers, measured through nearly 700 surveys of people who are currently or recently worked in a restaurant, along with focus groups conducted in Houston, New York, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. Data were also compiled and analyzed from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey.

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Martha Stewart, Cake Boss Chef To Highlight Tri State Food Expo, Oct. 27-28

Martha Stewart, television show host, entrepreneur and best-selling author, will be the keynote speaker at the second edition of the Tri State Food Expo, a regional restaurant, foodservice and retail trade event on Oct. 28 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadows in Secaucus, N.J. The two-day expo, produced in partnership with the New Jersey Restaurant Association, serves restaurant, retail and foodservice buyers and professionals across New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. The expo will take place Monday, Oct. 27, and Tuesday, Oct. 28. The show is expected to attract nearly 3,000 qualified food industry trade buyers and industry professionals.

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The third annual AllergyEats Food Allergy Conference will be held Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Radisson Martinique in New York City. The Mass. Restaurant Assn. will host a Choke Saver Training Class Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the MRA office in Southborough, Mass. A data security breach seminar will also be held Thursday, Oct. 23, from 8 to 11 a.m., at McCladrey, 80 City Square, Boston.

• The New England Ice Cream Restaurant Assn. Fall Convention will be held Oct. 27-29 at the Inn at Mill Falls, Meredith, N.H.

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