Local business news in brief

Home-buyers event planned at FCFCU

GLOVERSVILLE – The Fulton County Federal Credit Union will host a Home Buying Seminar at 6 p.m. April 30 at the Fulton County Federal Credit Union location at 355 Hales Mills Road.

The seminar will help potential home buyers determine the right loan option. To make reservations for the event, register at the FCFCU’s Mortgage Department or call 725-3191 Ext. 124.

Seating is limited.

The event is sponsored by the credit union and CMK Realty.

Beech-Nut, Goya to launch new line

FLORIDA – Beech-Nut Nutrition and Latin-American food company Goya Foods recently partnered to launch a new line of baby foods that feature flavors native to hispanic and Latino areas of the world such as apple-guava and peach-mango.

The line is expected to hit stores throughout the nation by the end of June. It will include 22 flavors through the feeding cycle 19, according to the release.

It will includes everything from wheat, corn, oatmeal/bananas and rice/mango cereals, to Stage 1 beef and chicken with broth.

It also will include Stage 2 jarred baby food in the following flavors: Guava, Mango, Apple Mango, Banana Strawberry, Peach Mango, Squash, Banana Pear, Apple Guava, Banana Peach, Carrots & Peas, Carrots Corn, Pear Guava, and a Vegetable Medley with Sweet Potato, Carrots & Squash. In the Stage 2 category with increased texture, the offerings are banana/apple/plum, pear/apricot and rice pudding with raisins.

Officials from both companies said in a news release the line is made with Hispanic mothers in mind.

The joint announcement was made earlier this month by Beech-Nut President Jeff Boutelle and President of Goya Foods Bob Unanue.

“Our research shows that Hispanic moms have been waiting for just such an offering, which combines the authentic, traditional Latin flavors Goya is famous for with Beech-Nut’s nutritious, natural ingredients free of preservatives,” Boutelle said in a news release. “Our products are as close as possible to home-made, and that’s very important to Hispanic families.”

Unanue added this in the news release:

“Hispanic moms, influenced by their abuelitas, oftentimes believe that healthy, traditional baby food can only be made at home using fresh ingredients. Their challenge is that they simply don’t have the time to cook from scratch the way their grandmothers did, and that’s where Beech-Nut/Goya comes in: Our new line of baby food is the perfect union that bridges Hispanic mothers’ desire for healthy, traditional baby food with their need for convenience and nutrition in today’s hectic world.”

Boutelle said in the release 1/4 of births in the U.S. today are to Hispanics, so the company is hoping to take their traditional tastes into account.

Boutelle said Hispanic families tend to be larger than others, so their baby food purchases tend to be 15 percent higher than other demographics, according to the news release.

Also, according to a study by Beech-Nut, 2/3 of Hispanic mothers have not been satisfied with current baby food choices on the market.

Beech-Nut is held by the Lenzburg, Switzerland-based Hero Group, a family-owned company, and is headquartered in the Florida Business Park facility. Goya, founded in 1936 is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, according to the release.

Chamber plans student event

GLOVERSVILLE – The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its Student Recognition Breakfast on May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Perthshire Banquet Facility, 112 Perthshire Drive, off of Route 30 in Perth.

At the event the chamber will host more than 200 high school seniors from the two counties along with superintendents and educators. Six $1,000 academic scholarships to local teens for academic excellence will be awarded.

Gold Sponsorship for this event is provided by St. Mary’s Healthcare, Fulton County Federal Credit Union, and the Walmart Distribution Center. Underwriting for Johnstown High School student attendance is provided by McDonald’s of Johnstown. Ruggiero Realty is underwriting attendance for Gloversville students.

The academic scholarship winners are chosen by the chamber’s Scholarship Committee who reviews applicants’ qualifications in scholastic achievement, attendance, community involvement, school activities, economic need and a 500-word essay on what the scholarship would mean to them. Since its inception, the Chamber’s scholarship program has provided assistance to dozens of high school seniors with over $100,000 in scholarships. Funds for these scholarships are raised primarily through the chamber’s annual golf tournament, which is scheduled this year for Aug. 21.

Parents of the invited students are encouraged to attend this momentous event. Tickets for the breakfast are available to the public at a cost of $20 per person which includes hot breakfast buffet and sponsors one student breakfast.

Ribbon cutting set for new Patriot bank

GLOVERSVILLE – The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce announced a ribbon-cutting event is set for the new Patriot Federal Bank, 4781 Route 30, Amsterdam, on April 23 at 1 p.m.

According to a news release from the chamber, the bank also is planning a grand opening celebration for the summer.

The public is invited to the ribbon cutting, which will include chamber officials, local dignitaries, the release said.

Customers will find a newly added subsidiary this year, Patriot Asset Management, PAM, with its primary office in the building at this location, according to the release.

Patriot Federal Bank also is announcing new products and specials added to their portfolio to coordinate with the branch opening. For customer information, the new branch hours are as follows: Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (8:30-9 a.m.drive thru only); Thursday, 8:30-5 p.m. (8:30-9 a.m. drive thru only); Friday 8:30-6 p.m. (8:30-9 a.m. drive thru only); Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. For more information call 843-5841 or visit www.patriotfederalbank.com. For more information about this ribbon-cutting event, call the chamber at 725-0641 or email events@fultonmontgomeryny.org.

Don Brown’s to host business event

GLOVERSVILLE – The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a Business After Hours event hosted by Don Brown’s Bus Sales, Inc. at 703 County Highway 107 in Johnstown on April 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Don Brown’s Bus Sales invites chamber members, their employees and their guests to meet their directors and tour their facility, a news release from the chamber said.

The event is free for chamber members, their employees and guests. Others may attend for a $10 admission fee.

Gianna’s will prepare food for the networking event while Don Brown’s Bus Sales will talk about what motivates the company “to succeed in our community,” the release said.

Reservations are required. Call the chamber at 725-0641 or email events@fultonmontgomeryny.org to RSVP.