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June 5, 2015 | BY PHILLIE PHOODIE (as told to Chuck Darrow), Daily News Staff Writer
LET'S FACE IT: Going to a Phillies game these days isn't quite as much phun as it used to be. OK, it's a bummer. But the Pharoah of Phillies Phood takes seriously the responsibility that comes with being the public taste buds of the Phillies Nation. Which is why I recently left Phood Phair, my palatial estate on the banks of Pennypack Creek, and spent some time at (a half-empty) Citizens Bank Park, taste-testing some of the new offerings for this season. While the Phools - er, the Phils - recently did a major hype job on the new offerings, El Phoodito wasn't impressed all that much.
NEWS
June 3, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
POPE FRANCIS may have taken a vow of celibacy, but that doesn't mean he can't cuddle. And with the release yesterday of the official - and officially adorable - plush Pope Francis doll for the World Meeting of Families, everyone now has a chance to cuddle with Catholicism's lovable leader. The pope doll, which will retail for $20, was just one of many official merchandise items unveiled yesterday at a City Hall news conference where Philadelphia-based Aramark was announced as the official retail vendor for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis' visit in September.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Wash Cycle Laundry, the Philadelphia-based pedal-powered laundry delivery service, has added another territory to its coverage area: George Washington University. Through an agreement with janitorial services provider Aramark, Wash Cycle Laundry will launder the university's reusable cleaning linens. The job will result in the employment of three full-time laundry staff and two full-time cyclists, doubling Wash Cycle Laundry's current staff in Washington, the company said.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2015
ApprenNet L.L.C. , a Philadelphia education-technology company, has named Rachel H. Jacobs chief executive officer. She replaces Karl Okamoto, ApprenNet's co-founder and founding CEO, who will continue to serve as a member of the board and senior management team. Jacobs formerly was vice president of strategy and business development at Ascend Learning and launched new businesses at the McGraw-Hill Cos., where she led expansion into career solutions in China, India, and the Middle East.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every day, Miss Anna comes to the Gallery - and on Tuesday, she was particularly elegant, in a long purple sweater, fashionable hairstyle, her eyebrows etched in darkly, perfectly arched. "Her brother died two years ago," said George Thomas, who owns the Creative Silver jewelry kiosk on the ground floor. "She was crushed. If I don't see Miss Anna for two days, I worry. I call her. " Who will worry about Anna Mazella, an Aramark retiree in her 80s, when Thomas closes his business - not by choice - at the end of the month?
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Alene Brennan kept a revolutionary New Year's resolution: to create the career of her dreams. "I made my decision on Jan. 2, 2014," recalls the Mount Laurel resident, 35, who had been a corporate communications professional for a dozen years. "I gave my notice and put my house on the market. I quit, sold, and enrolled at the Natural Gourmet Institute in Manhattan. I found an apartment in Union Square and lived there for six months. " The 2002 Rowan University graduate, health coach, yoga teacher, and freshly certified natural gourmet chef returned to South Jersey last summer.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the heels of the announcement that Joseph Neubauer will step down as chairman of Aramark Corp. in February, the Philadelphia company said Wednesday that existing shareholders intended to sell 22.5 million shares. The sellers are private equity firms that took Aramark private in 2007 and public again - for the third time in its history - one year ago, and still own 60 percent of the $15 billion food-services giant. The Securities and Exchange Commission filing did not say if Neubauer, who joined Aramark in 1979 and became chief executive in 1983, would sell any of his shares.
NEWS
December 4, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he came to America, alone, on a ship, as a boy of 14, Joseph Neubauer knew only the English he'd learned from watching John Wayne movies. He could say "Yep" and "Pardner" and "Yes, ma'am. " His American aunt and uncle gave him a job in their garden shop, where this son of Israel earned his keep selling lawn ornaments of the Virgin Mary. From that beginning, Neubauer rose to shape and run Aramark, the $15 billion, worldwide hospitality company based in Philadelphia. And on Tuesday evening, in a quiet announcement made after the stock market closed, he called it a career, saying he would step down after 30 years as chairman with plans to devote more time to the philanthropy that has improved cities, colleges, and lives from Philadelphia to Chicago.
NEWS
November 4, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
This year's World Series was a real nail-biter, with the Kansas City Royals losing a dramatic Game 7 to San Francisco. But for Eric Foss, 56, chief executive of Aramark Corp., the real baseball triumph happened Sept. 16, when the Royals' top minor-league franchise, the Omaha Storm Chasers, won the Class AAA title. Foss is a part-owner of the Storm Chasers. "Obviously I'm a big sports fan," Foss said in Aramark's box at Lincoln Financial Field, where the food service giant handles catering.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
CCMP Capital Advisors L.L.C., of New York City, said it had agreed to buy 47 percent of Malvern-based chemical maker PQ Corp. for an undisclosed payment. The deal leaves 53 percent of PQ still owned by the buyout giant Carlyle Group, PQ management, and chemical maker Ineos. CCMP helped fund an earlier management-led buyout of PQ, the onetime Philadelphia Quartz Corp., in 2005, and has since weighed various asset sales and other schemes to wring profit from the company's performance chemicals, catalysts, and glass-bead businesses and its energy, automotive, and industrial customers.
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