Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc,Everybody knows the outlandish combination of chunks and swirls that put Ben & Jerry’s on the map over 30 years ago but few people correctly guess the first flavor the two real guys ever churned out. Mint with chocolate cookies? Cherry Garcia? Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough? The answer may surprise you.Co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield knew there needed to be a creamy, delicious ice cream that could stand on its own before adding any chunks and swirls. Since 1978 the duo stirred up every imaginable flavor combination ‘ many that had never been tried before. Still, Greenfield and Cohen are quick to point out that the first flavor an ice cream maker must perfect is the one without any chunks or swirls whatsoever. That’s why their first flavor was: Vanilla.‘While Ben & Jerry’s is synonymous with funky and chunky concoctions like Phishfood, Chunky Monkey and Chubby Hubby, the company has been heralded for its Vanilla ice cream in national independent taste tests year after year,’ said Leo Acquino, Director of the Flavor Guru team. ‘Usually testers cite our flavor, texture and creaminess;’ added Acquino, ‘it’s that homemade quality that we’re most proud of.’Customers agree too. Vanilla is the best-selling flavor in Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops nationwide. As the holiday season approaches, and you need the tastiest vanilla beside that pie you’ve perfected, there are even more reasons for choosing Ben & Jerry’s vanilla than simply for its award-winning taste. Ben & Jerry’s believes that it’s what’s inside that counts. That means never missing out on an extra scoop! Ben & Jerry’s pint is still a pint (a full sixteen fluid ounces) versus the downsized 14 ounces of other competitors. While it is the ‘giving season’ you shouldn’t be paying full price for less than a full pint of super premium ice cream.Furthering the company’s belief that it’s what’s inside that counts, Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla ice cream always starts with fresh and wholesome cream and milk from Vermont family farmers who promise not to use recombinant bovine growth hormone. In addition Ben & Jerry’s uses Fair Trade vanilla beans, paying developing world farmers a guaranteed fair price for their harvest. The result is a sweet deal all around. The effort combines great taste plus good business decisions which results in Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla not only being the company’s first flavor, but also being the world’s best vanilla.For more information on Ben & Jerry’s or to find your local Scoop Shop, visit www.benjerry.com(link is external). For up-to-date information on the company, coupons, images and more, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/benjerry(link is external).About Ben & Jerry’sBen & Jerry’s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. The company states its position on rBGH* on its labels. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Contributions made via the employee led Ben & Jerry’s Foundation in 2009 totaled over $1.7 million. Additionally, the company makes significant product donations to community groups and nonprofits both in Vermont and across the nation. The purpose of Ben & Jerry’s philanthropy is to support the founding values of the company: economic and social justice, environmental restoration and peace through understanding, and to support our Vermont communities. For the full scoop on all Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop locations and fabulous flavors, visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).* The FDA has said no significant difference has been shown and no test can now distinguish between milk from rBGH treated cows and untreated cows. Not all the suppliers of our other ingredients can promise that the milk they use comes from untreated cows.
Press Association West Brom have announced they have cancelled the contract of striker Markus Rosenberg by mutual consent. “Markus Rosenberg has had his Albion contract cancelled by mutual consent and is now a free agent,” the club stated on their official website. Rosenberg wrote on Twitter: “Thanks to all staff and players at West Brom. And also a big thanks to all Baggies supporters.” The 31-year-old leaves the club having failed to score in 33 appearances. The Sweden international signed for West Brom on a free transfer in August 2012.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, in a discussion with Bob Rasmussen, dean of the Gould School of Law, spoke about his plans and achievements for the city on Tuesday.Villaraigosa said he intends to shift his focus for the remainder of his time in office to the city’s transportation system, the education system and building connections with the global community. Villaraigosa is ineligible to run for mayor in 2013 because of term limits.Future · Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke at the Gould School of Law on Monday about his plans to focus on education and transportation for the remainder of his term. – Priyanka Patel | Daily Trojan“We’re trying to accelerate the development of the transportation system from 30 years to 10,” Villaraigosa said.Los Angeles is looking for cleaner and more advanced technology and is also looking to foreign trade as a means of developing the city’s economy and attracting new businesses.“We are engaged in an effort to do what we can to bring foreign trade investment to [Los Angeles], and we’re leading the country in exports to China and Asia,” Villaraigosa said.Villaraigosa said he wished he had invested more time as mayor promoting Los Angeles abroad.“I would have spent more time traveling around the world,” Villaraigosa said. “L.A. is just starting to understand that it’s a global city, and our connections to India, Brazil, Mexico, Russia -— all of this is our future.”Villaraigosa also discussed the progress that has been made and strides that have yet to be taken in regard to education.“If you set high standards, these kids can learn, and I’ve learned that we make too many excuses about factors that make it difficult, but not impossible, for these kids to learn,” Villaraigosa said. “For a long time I challenged this district about the number of kids who were dropping out, and there have been studies done showing that this number is higher than 50 percent, but when I first got here, it was 75 percent.”Villaraigosa also said there is a need for more teachers, a more enhanced education system and greater investment into the Los Angeles education system.Other goals for the city include improving the system of overcrowding in California jails, reducing the levels of poverty that currently exist within the city and working on reducing the city’s carbon footprint.Villaraigosa said he will continue fighting for change, although his term as mayor ends in less than two years.“In the end, you can’t worry about the press cycle,” Villaraigosa said. “You just got to keep on plugging away and then folks can evaluate what you’ve done once it’s said and done.”
Usually on Tuesday afternoons, baseball starting pitcher and senior Kevin Couture would be the very last option for USC coach Chad Kreuter.Another shot · Senior starter Kevin Couture will get a chance to start a second game after his previous start lasted just two-thirds of an inning. – Avi Kushlan | Daily Trojan However, Couture also usually makes it through the first inning in his Sunday start. Since he didn’t last weekend, when USC faces the Pepperdine Waves today, Couture will get the rare opportunity to start consecutive games.“We want him to go ahead and get back on the horse,” Kreuter said. “He needs to rebound and give us six strong [innings] similar to his first start [of the season].”The Trojans (5-6) will take to the road to try to end their recent struggles, having lost five of the last seven games, including Sunday’s 16-7 blowout by New Mexico to give the Lobos the 2-1 series win.But Sunday’s game, in which Couture pitched only two thirds of an inning, allowing seven hits and four runs, was an anomaly this season, as the starting pitching has usually kept USC close only to have the bullpen falter.“We’ve not pitched well in spots, particularly the first couple of innings Sunday and throughout the year in the bullpen,” Kreuter said. “Our pitch selection has to be better; our location needs to improve, and our pitchers need to pitch around situations better.”Kreuter also said that when relievers enter the game they need to either succeed or learn how to make the adjustments when they are struggling.He noted junior Chris Mezger as a model of a pitcher that has learned from his mistakes in his first outing of the season (one-third of an inning, two hits, one run) to be productive since (seven innings, no earned runs).The Trojans pitching staff could find reprieve in facing a Waves’ (4-7) lineup that is in a funk itself. Pepperdine is batting only .275. Instead of big boppers, the lineup features four partial or full-time starters batting at or below .200.Joe Sever and Torrey Jacoby are the only two Waves that have produced consistently, batting .362 and .351, respectively.USC’s bats will try to build on their last week of play. The Trojans averaged more than six runs in their four games led by Alex Sherrod’s six RBI and the play of sophomore first baseman Ricky Oropesa, who appears to be escaping his early-season struggles.Oropesa scored seven runs last week and went 4-8 in Sunday’s doubleheader, knocking a pair of doubles and a line-drive home run that jetted out of the ballpark like a missile.Dealing with some key injuries, Kreuter said he plans to continue to experiment with lineups in an attempt to find one that will maximize Oropesa’s production.“When Mike Greco was hurt two days before the season started, it really changed the dynamics of the lineup,” Kreuter said. “We expected him to be a power bat that could protect Ricky in the middle of the lineup.”In addition to Greco, Kreuter is currently without the services of his most productive hitter this season after junior infielder Matt Hart had to leave Sunday’s first game with what Kreuter described as impingement in his throwing shoulder. Hart, who had been one of Oropesa’s protectors, was evaluated by team physicians on Monday.“I have to figure out some way to protect [Oropesa], whether that be with him leading off or batting third and us trying to stack the deck around him,” Kreuter said. “But the bottom line is that we need to pitch better. That’s the key to us winning.”