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Borealis Foods Inc. to Go Public Through Business Combination with Oxus Acquisition Corp., Advancing the Mission to Develop Global Food Solutions

Borealis Food Inc

~Borealis Foods Inc. is a food technology company with a mission to address global food security challenges by developing highly nutritious and functional food products that are both affordable and sustainable. The company's focus on affordability and sustainability reflects its commitment to making a positive impact on both human life and the planet. With its unique approach, Borealis has a significant opportunity to create a meaningful and profound impact on the world. ~ ~Palmetto Gourmet Foods, Inc., a wholly owned US subsidiary of Borealis, is a world class food grade manufacturing facility with an annual capacity to produce 600 million highly nutritious, ready-to-eat ramen meals, sold in the US, Canada and soon Europe~ ~ Borealis’ Leadership will continue to lead the Newly Combined Company with Reza Soltanzadeh, MD as CEO and Barthelemy Helg as Chairman ~ ~ The Transaction values Borealis at an equity value of $150 million ~ ~ Transaction expected to close during the third quarter of 2023 ~ Borealis Foods Inc., an innovative food technology company (“Borealis”), and Oxus Acquisition Corp. (“Oxus”) (Nasdaq: OXUSU, OXUS, OXUSW), a special purpose acquisition company, today announced the signing of a definitive business combination agreement on February 23, 2023, that is expected to result in a newly-combined company (the “Company”) under the name Borealis Foods Inc. Upon closing of the proposed transaction, the Company will continue to be led by Borealis’ CEO and Co-Founder Reza Soltanzadeh, and Chairman and Co-Founder Barthelemy Helg. The boards of directors of Borealis and Oxus have each unanimously approved the proposed transaction. Borealis is a food technology company that has developed a high quality, affordable, sustainable and highly nutritious range of plant-based, ready-to-eat meals, which are sold in the US, Canada, and are expected to be soon sold in Europe. Borealis Foods has developed and launched the world’s first mass-produced plant-based ramen meal with 20 grams of complete protein per serving. This achievement in the plant-based protein industry underscores Borealis' commitment to developing cutting-edge solutions to tackle global food challenges. Through continuous research and development, and partnerships with other advanced food-tech companies, Borealis has created ramen meals that are organic, vegan, vegetarian, Halal, Kosher, plant-based, egg and dairy free, non-GMO, MSG free, and TBHQ free, and are manufactured with recyclable packaging. The ramen category represents an estimated $40 billion market and plays an essential role in feeding billions of people worldwide. Reza Soltanzadeh, CEO of Borealis, shared “We are thrilled about the next stage of Borealis and our alignment with Oxus on our shared vision of making healthy and sustainable food accessible to all. By closing a business combination with Oxus, we can fully realize our mission of developing food technology solutions to address global food challenges. This new company represents a significant step forward for us.” Kanat Mynzhanov, CEO of Oxus, said "We, at Oxus Acquisition Corp., have been looking for companies and technologies that have a positive, sustainable, environmental impact on a global basis. Our team has been working hard to find an optimal partner to join us in this quest; we have evaluated many potential candidates and we believe that we have found an excellent partner in Borealis, as a leading platform in food tech, and Palmetto as their first successful application of such innovation on a commercial scale. We believe Borealis is uniquely positioned to revolutionize the global basic food industry.” Oxus raised approximately $172,500,000 million in gross proceeds in its initial public offering, including the proceeds of the exercise of the over-allotment option. It was listed on the NASDAQ on September 21, 2021, to identify and consummate an initial business combination with a target that can benefit from the investment, operating, and innovating experience of Oxus’s management team and sponsor. Transaction Summary Under the proposed transaction terms, Borealis will combine with Oxus and become a publicly traded entity under its existing name. The transaction values Borealis at $150 million equity value. Oxus Capital PTE. Ltd., the sponsor of Oxus, invested $20 million into Borealis as a convertible note in December 2022. In addition, an additional $20 million convertible note from a third-party investor which is expected to fund in April 2023 has been secured. The Company’s board is expected to be comprised of seven directors, five of whom will be independent, consistent with the applicable NASDAQ listing rules. The proposed transaction will require approval of the shareholders of Oxus and is expected to close during the third quarter of 2023, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Advisors Oxus: Torys LLP (Canada), Travers Thorp Alberga (Cayman Islands), and Greenberg Traurig, LLP are acting as legal counsel to Oxus (US). EarlyBirdCapital, Inc. is serving as financial advisor and Scalar LLC provided a fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of Oxus. Borealis: Nixon Peabody LLP (US) and Bennett Jones LLP (Canada) are acting as legal counsel to Borealis. Additional Information and Where to Find It This communication relates to the proposed transaction but does not contain all the information that should be considered concerning the proposed transaction and is not intended to form the basis of any investment decision or any other decision in respect of the proposed transaction. Oxus intends to file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 relating to the proposed transaction that will include a proxy statement of Oxus and a prospectus of Oxus. When available, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials will be sent to all Oxus shareholders as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed transaction. Oxus also will file other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC. Before making any voting decision, investors and securities holders of Oxus are urged to read the registration statement, the proxy statement/prospectus and all other relevant documents filed or that will be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction as they become available because they will contain important information about Oxus, Borealis and the proposed transaction. Investors and securities holders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and all other relevant documents filed or that will be filed with the SEC by Oxus through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, the documents filed by Oxus may be obtained free of charge from Oxus’s website at https://www.oxusacquisition.com/or by written request to Oxus at Oxus Acquisition Corp., 300/26 Dostyk Avenue, Almaty, Kazakhstan 050020. Participants in Solicitation Oxus and Borealis and their respective directors and officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Oxus’s shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about Oxus’s directors and executive officers and their ownership of Oxus’s securities is set forth in Oxus’s filings with the SEC, including Oxus’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, which was filed with the SEC on March 31, 2022. To the extent that such persons’ holdings of Oxus’s securities have changed since the amounts disclosed in Oxus’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding the names and interests in the proposed transaction of Oxus’s and Borealis’ respective directors and officers and other persons who may be deemed participants in the proposed transaction may be obtained by reading the proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed transaction when it becomes available. You may obtain free copies of these documents as described in the preceding paragraph. Forward-Looking Statements This communication contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws with respect to the proposed transaction between Borealis and Oxus, including statements regarding the benefits of the proposed transaction, the anticipated timing of the completion of the proposed transaction, the products offered by Borealis and the markets in which it operates, the expected total addressable market for the products offered by Borealis, the sufficiency of the net proceeds of the proposed transaction to fund Borealis’ operations and business plan and Borealis’ projected future results. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “strategy,” “future,” “opportunity,” “plan,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are predictions, projections and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions and, as a result, are subject to material risks and uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Borealis. Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this document, including, but not limited to: (i) the risk that the proposed transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all; (ii) the risk that the proposed transaction may not be completed by Oxus’s business combination deadline and the potential failure to obtain an extension of the business combination deadline sought by Oxus; (iii) the failure to satisfy the conditions to the consummation of the proposed transaction, including the adoption of the business combination agreement by the shareholders of Oxus and Borealis, the satisfaction of the minimum trust account amount following redemptions by Oxus’s public shareholders and the receipt of certain governmental and regulatory approvals, among other closing conditions; (iv) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the business combination agreement; (vi) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the proposed transaction on Borealis’ business relationships, performance, and business generally; (vii) risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations of Borealis; (viii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Borealis, Oxus or others related to the business combination agreement or the proposed transaction; (ix) the ability to meet NASDAQ listing standards at or following the consummation of the proposed transaction; (x) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction, which may be affected by a variety of factors, including changes in the competitive and highly regulated industries in which Borealis operates, variations in performance across competitors and partners, changes in laws and regulations affecting Borealis’ business, the ability of Borealis and the post-combination company to retain its management and key employees and general economic and financial market trends, disruptions and risks; (xi) the ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations after the completion of the proposed transaction; (xii) the risk that Borealis will need to raise additional capital to execute its business plan, which may not be available on acceptable terms or at all; (xiii) the risk that the post-combination company experiences difficulties in managing its growth and expanding operations; (xiv) the risk of product liability or regulatory lawsuits or proceedings relating to Borealis’ business; (xv) the risk that Borealis is unable to secure or protect its intellectual property; (xvi) the effects of COVID-19 or other public health crises on Borealis’ business and results of operations and the global economy and geopolitical climate generally; and (xvii) costs related to the proposed transaction. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of Oxus’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, the registration statement on Form S-4 and proxy statement/prospectus discussed above and other documents filed by Oxus from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially adversely from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and Borealis and Oxus assume no obligation and do not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Neither Borealis nor Oxus gives or can give any assurance that either Borealis or Oxus will achieve its expectations. No Offer or Solicitation This communication is not a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the proposed transaction and shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities of Oxus or Borealis, nor shall there be any sale of any such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act, or exemptions therefrom. Contact Details Oxus Acquisition Corp. media@oxusacquisition.com VYOO Henry Wong henry@vyoobrand.com Company Website https://borealisfoods.ca/

February 24, 2023 05:23 PM Eastern Standard Time

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OYO Saw 20% Jump in Bookings on Presidents’ Day Weekend

OYO

Global travel technology company, OYO’s US operations saw a 23% increase in per available room (RevPar) for the 3-day long Presidents’ Day weekend (18 th – 20 th February 2023) vs Presidents’ Day weekend in 2022 (19 th – 21 st 2022). Nearly 20% more bookings were made for this weekend in OYO hotels across the country vs same period in 2022. Most bookings for this weekend came from New York, Chicago, Atlanta as well as from popular leisure markets like Nashville and Phoenix. Bookings from OYO’s own platform (website & app) grew by 41% as compared to popular OTAs (Online Travel Agents) vs 2022. Presidents Day is observed annually on the third Monday of February. It is a federal holiday celebrated in the honor of George Washington and all those who served as presidents of the United States. Talking about the weekend, Gautam Swaroop, CEO OYO International said, “Presidents’ Day weekend is a very popular mid-winter break across the United States. OYO witnessed a surge in online traffic by ~33% indicating a strong intent to travel. We have also seen a 15% jump in local travel during this period vs 2022. Travel and tourism across the country is on the road to revival and continued uplift in occupancy and RevPar are important indicators of its growth.” OYO offers hotels access to a large base of regular customers through its app and website, and also lists hotels on multiple Online Travel Agents (OTAs) to boost booking demand and, therefore, revenue. OYO’s best-in-class Artificial Intelligence-enabled pricing software automatically drives the best booking prices across all channels, based on room type, seasonality and other factors, therefore, enabling such doubling of revenues. The company also helps ensure great experience for customers, with ease of search and quick booking experience, highly competitive room prices, automated tools such as Artificial Intelligence powered chatbots to quickly resolve customer queries, loyalty programmes and easy refund, if needed. OYO’s USA operation had recently disclosed that it has outpaced the budget hotel segment’s growth in per available room revenue (RevPar) with an 18% rise in 2022 vs pre-COVID year, 2019. The budget hotel segment in the meanwhile, grew by only 6% in the US, according to STR reports. It also witnessed a 46% increase in per room revenue (RevPar) for its hotels since Covid (2020) with the strongest uplift at 64%, recorded during the peak season months of June, July, August vs the same period in 2020. Coastal Oregon, Miami, Myrtle beach, Houston and San Antonio emerged as the destinations with highest RevPar in 2022. Travel recovery was largely led by domestic travel in the US. Disclaimer: Oravel Stays Limited is proposing, subject to applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, receipt of requisite approvals, market conditions and other considerations, to make an initial public offering of its equity shares (the “Equity Shares”) and has filed the Draft Red Herring Prospectus (“DRHP”) with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”). The DRHP is available on the website of SEBI at www.sebi.gov.in, websites of the Stock Exchanges, i.e., BSE Limited and National Stock Exchange of India Limited at www.bseindia.com and www.nseindia.com, respectively, and is available on the websites of the Global Coordinators and Book Running Lead Managers, i.e., Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited, J.P. Morgan India Private Limited and Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited at www.investmentbank.kotak.com, www.jpmipl.com and www.online.citibank.co.in/rhtm/citigroupglobalscreen1.htm; the websites of the Book Running Lead Managers, i.e., ICICI Securities Limited, Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Private Limited, JM Financial Limited and Deutsche Equities India Private Limited at www.icicisecurities.com, www.nomuraholdings.com/company/group/asia/india/index.html, www.jmfl.com and www.db.com/India, respectively. Investors should note that investment in equity shares involves a high degree of risk and for details relating to the same, refer to the Red Herring Prospectus which may be filed with the Registrar of Companies in the future, including the section titled “Risk Factors”. Potential investors should not rely on the DRHP filed with SEBI for making any investment decision. The Equity Shares offered in the Fresh Issue (as defined in the DRHP) and the Offer for Sale (as defined in the DRHP) have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and, may not be offered or sold within the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. Accordingly, the Equity Shares are only being offered and sold (i) within the United States only to “qualified institutional buyers” (as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act) in transactions exempt from, or not subject to, the registration requirements under the Securities Act, and (ii) outside the United States in offshore transactions in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act and pursuant to the applicable laws of the jurisdictions where those offers and sales are made. There will be no public offering of the Equity Shares in the United States. Contact Details Anupriya +91 97911 63065 anupriya.d@oyorooms.com Company Website https://www.oyorooms.com/

February 24, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Freedom Holdings Gives Insight of the New Corporate Focus

FREEDOM HLDG INC.

MCapMediaWire -- Freedom Holdings, Inc. aka Freedom Acquisition Corp (OTC: FHLD ) (“FHLD” or the "Company”), is pleased to announce the new management’s long-term goal in the cannabis arena which completes our plan to re-structuring the company with a productive reorganization in the Cannabis arena. With MEDcann, Inc. as our new majority owned shareholder, the Company is a Medical Cannabis Company focusing on Beverage manufacturing under 420 Beverages which is partners with a 420 - 215 licensed company called the Medical Cannabis, Inc. a subsidiary of MedCann. We are focusing on Research, in medical beverages, overseeing product manufacturing and sales. Our divisions in the cannabis industry, along with their associated products in the medical and health industries plans to Grow, Cultivate, Research and Manufacture CBD and THC beer and soft drinks in the medical marijuana industry with products that help a variety of maladies. Our intent is to conduct and pass Clinical Trials pursuant to offer the credibility needed so we can obtain FDA and Patient Recognition. Since there are over 1000 chemicals in each strain of cannabis it maybe next to impossible to get approval, but we plan to set a precedence and mark the new beginning of history by opening the doors to recognition of the potential future for patient curiosity and satisfaction in treating cancer and the associated pain that accompanies the devastating condition. FDA approval will afford us the ability to pursue Insurance company acceptable to support patient access to our VCO (Visita Care Oil) a remake of the RSO (Rick Simpson Oil). RSO is a cannabis concentrate used for many different medical benefits, including relieving cancer symptoms. Press Release Contact: John Vivian CEO Freedom Holdings, Inc. 260-490-9990 Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains statements, which may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief, or current expectations of the Company, members of its management, and assumptions on which such statements are based. We caution prospective investors that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties and that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. Contact Details Freedom Holdings, Inc. +1 260-490-9990

February 24, 2023 08:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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RIPKEN BASEBALL TO DEBUT ALL-RIPKEN GAMES IN 2023

Ripken Baseball

Ripken Baseball today announced it will host the inaugural All-Ripken Games, a platform that will attract the top youth players from across the country to compete at The Ripken Experience® world-class facilities. Players must be nominated by their peers and coaches for the opportunity to train the Ripken Way, compete against elite young athletes, and receive the ultimate Big League Experience. Ripken Baseball is partnering with YTH Sports, a youth sports organization known for its Soccer Youth® brand and All-American Series, to launch the inaugural All-Ripken Games. “Cal and I started Ripken Baseball with a focus on player development,” said Ripken Baseball Co-Founder Bill Ripken. “Over the years, we saw an opportunity to provide a Big League Experience for teams to travel to our world-class facilities, and we’ll continue to excel in that area. With the All-Ripken Games, we are returning to our roots this summer. Our approach to player development is more than just skill. The Ripken Way also focuses on hard work, respect, and sportsmanship.” To be eligible, players must be in high school graduation classes between the Class of 2026 and the Class of 2033 and exhibit an elevated level of baseball knowledge, dedication, sportsmanship, and skill. Participating players will receive All-Ripken uniforms, compete in skills challenges, and play for the ultimate team goal - the All-Ripken Games Tournament Championship. Starting July 27 and continuing through Sept 3, the following complexes will host one series of All-Ripken Games in 2023: July 27-30: The Ripken Experience® Elizabethtown (Kentucky) Aug. 3-6: The Ripken Experience® Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) Aug. 10-13: The Ripken Experience® Pigeon Forge (Tennessee) Aug. 31 - Sept. 3:The Ripken Experience® Aberdeen (Maryland) To nominate and register a player for the All-Ripken Games, parents, coaches, and leagues can visit www.AllRipken.com or email questions to scout@allripken.com. Any participants of The Ripken Experience who are nominated will automatically be selected for the All-Ripken Games. Details about the All-Ripken Softball Games will be announced soon. Families, players, teams, and fans can follow @AllRipken on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest information. About Ripken Baseball Ripken Baseball brings teammates, coaches, and families together through its Big League Experiences while teaching children how to play sports the right way – the Ripken Way. Ripken Baseball continues to innovate the game through tournaments, camps, clinics, and spring training at their state-of-the-art baseball and softball facilities – The Ripken Experience® Aberdeen (Maryland), The Ripken Experience® Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), The Ripken Experience® Pigeon Forge (Tennessee), The Ripken Experience® Elizabethtown (Kentucky), and Cooperstown All Star Village (New York). Ripken Baseball also brings its youth sports experience to satellite locations through Ripken Select Tournaments. Learn more at ripkenbaseball.com. About YTH Sports YTH Sports is the leading marketing agency that focuses on developing new brands that help shape the youth sports industry. YTH Sports is the expert in event creation, branding, social media engagement, and activation. Global brands included on company’s portfolio are Soccer Youth®, All-American Series, All-American Golden Cup, All-American Super Cup, and Summer Nationals. Learn more at ythsports.com. Contact Details Eric Nemeth nemeth@ericpr.com Company Website https://ripkenbaseball.com/

February 23, 2023 09:34 AM Eastern Standard Time

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KOREA’S #1 SHEET MASK BRAND MEDIHEAL ANNOUNCES BRAND TRANSFORMATION

Mediheal

Mediheal announces the relaunch of two core sheet mask collections featuring new fabrics (including Bamboo-derived hypoallergenic biodegradable vegan sheets) and enhanced proprietary active ingredient complexes to boost efficacy. The brand’s Essential Mask Collection now features a new hypoallergenic fabric and treats skin concerns with a boost of new, more powerful active ingredients and the brand’s Ampoule Mask Collection combines scientific skin complexes with new tailored sheets. The new collections are currently available on MedihealUS.com and Amazon, for $2-$30 / 1-10 masks. Mediheal re-developed both legacy collections with consumer feedback as an integral part of the process, while staying true to the brand’s founding principles of dermocosmetics which fuses sophisticated active ingredients with skin health. “We have maintained our number one position in the sheet mask category, globally, since 2015, and are currently available in 25+ countries,” explains Jay Kim, Director of Overseas Business. “To reinforce our role as a global brand and establish our long-term vision, we renewed our brand identity and iconic mask collections to align with the rapidly changing world and to reflect what is most important to today’s beauty consumer. In fact, we engaged with our customers throughout the development process to ensure each collection exceeds expectations.” By optimizing the formulas with upgraded ingredients and sheet mask materials, Mediheal delivers more effective solutions to treat various skin concerns. The brand has also reworked its packaging design to reflect how each mask works for specific skin concerns and its key characteristics, making it easy to understand for the customer. The new collections include products with vegan and biodegradable fiber and packaging made with FSC certified paper and soy ink. The Ampoule Mask Collection comprises of masks that emphasize the functional aspects of scientific complexes: The N.M.F Ampoule Mask (Hydrating & Moisturizing – 8 types of Hyaluronic and 7 Amino Acids), The I.P.I Ampoule Mask (Brightening & Radiant – Niacinamide & Glutathione), The H.P.A Ampoule Mask (Exfoliating & Glowing – Hydra Peel Activator™) and The E.G.T Ampoule Mask (Nourishing & Tightening). The Essential Collection emphasizes ingredients and their efficacious properties, and is comprise of Tea Tree, Collagen, Phyto-Placenta, Vita, Watermide and Madecassoside masks. The new Mediheal relaunch is available on MedihealUS.com and Amazon. ABOUT MEDIHEAL MEDIHEAL, a brand founded on the principles of dermocosmetics, merges science and beauty to provide solutions for your skin concerns. With a legacy of exclusive ingredients and advanced technologies, our research backed treatments deliver effortless results. MEDIHEAL combines the best of beauty and science with convenience for skincare that fits into your daily life. Contact Details Linsey Tilbor Rubin +1 732-991-5294 ltilbor@rellmc.com Company Website https://medihealus.com/

February 23, 2023 09:02 AM Eastern Standard Time

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VLASIC PICKLES NAMED OFFICIAL PICKLE OF THE APP AND TITLE SPONSOR OF 2023 CINCINNATI TOURNAMENT

APP

The Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) has announced a title sponsorship with Vlasic Pickles, the leading American pickle brand 1, to become the Official Pickle of the APP. The agreement makes Vlasic® Pickles the first-ever pickle brand to sponsor an official pro pickleball tour. Pickleball is America’s fastest growing sport, now played by over 36.5 million people across America. As part of Vlasic’s title sponsorship of the 2023 APP tour, pickleball players will compete this season in The 2023 APP Vlasic Classic™. The event will take place on the beautiful riverfront at Sawyer Point in Cincinnati, Ohio, from May 9-14. The tournament will be televised on CBS Sports Network and livestreamed on APPTV. "We are thrilled to partner with the APP to support the pickleball community," says Lucy Brady, President, Grocery and Snacks at Conagra Brands. "Pickleball has grown significantly over the past few years, and we’re excited that Vlasic can be part of it.” The 2023 APP Vlasic Classic™ will be the third USA Pickleball Golden Ticket event of the 2023 APP Tour, granting winners direct passage to the 2023 USA Nationals. The 2023 APP Vlasic Classic™ will feature several of the best pro pickleball players in the world, competing alongside hundreds of amateurs, senior and super senior pros. “We are proud to welcome Vlasic Pickles into the APP family,” commented Tom Webb, APP Chief Marketing Officer. “This is a truly groundbreaking partnership. We are honored the team at Vlasic shares our vision for the sport’s growth and how it can benefit people across America. Not only is Vlasic investing in the APP Tour, it is helping us share our love for the sport with communities far and wide. Pickleball has so many positive attributes, from its fitness and community benefits, to its ability to be a platform for learning. We’re excited to have a partner like Vlasic Pickles to help us bring the sport to audiences across the country." To stay updated on the APP, visit apptour.org, follow the APP via APPTour.org, on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and YouTube. Explore the flavors and varieties of Vlasic Pickles at vlasic.com. 1 Source: IRI US Total MULO 2022 About Conagra Brands Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG), headquartered in Chicago, is one of North America's leading branded food companies. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, Conagra Brands combines a rich heritage of making great food with a sharpened focus on innovation. The company's portfolio is evolving to satisfy people's changing food preferences. Conagra's iconic brands, such as Birds Eye®, Marie Callender's®, Banquet®, Healthy Choice®, Slim Jim®, Reddi-wip®, and Vlasic®, as well as emerging brands, including Angie's® BOOMCHICKAPOP®, Duke's®, Earth Balance®, Gardein®, and Frontera®, offer choices for every occasion. For more information, visit www.conagrabrands.com. About the APP Founded in 2019, the Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) elevates the sport of pickleball by providing elite platforms for the best players in the world, right through to the millions of people picking up a paddle for the first time. Serving professional pickleball players, senior professionals, amateurs and recreational players in the fastest growing sport in the USA, the APP is the first and only tour officially sanctioned by USA Pickleball. The 2023 APP Tour slate has 16 tournament stops planned, in addition to International and Collegiate Series events. The APP also prides itself on developing the next generation of champions through its Next Gen Series and other youth initiatives. Follow the APP via APPTour.org, on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. Contact Details The APP Daniel Sagerman +1 847-800-8182 dsagerman@intersportnet.com Company Website https://apptour.org/

February 23, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Flagship Collector Brand Tamashii Nations Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary TAMASHII NATIONS WORLD TOUR -TAMASHII NATIONS 15th ANNIVERSARY-

BANDAI SPIRITS CO., LTD.

NEW YORK, US - Media OutReach - 22 February 2023 - Bandai Spirits Co., Ltd. (President and Chief Executive Officer: Nao Udagawa/ HQ: Tokyo Minato Ward) will commemorate its 15 th anniversary in 2023. To celebrate, it will take its flagship collector brand Tamashii Nations on a world tour: TAMASHII NATIONS WORLD TOUR -TAMASHII NATIONS 15 th ANNIVERSARY-. This event will visit five cities across the world, starting with New York (4/28 – 4/30). ▲New York Venue Key Visual Tamashii Nations was first established in 2008, and has produced many well-known brands such as the S.H.Figuarts and Chogokin series. With a rich lineup of high-quality figures, robots, and more, it quickly earned itself a dedicated worldwide following. April 2023 marks its 15 th birthday, and to both celebrate and show its appreciation for all of its passionate fans across the globe, it is launching a world tour. Tamashii Nations will kick off its world tour with its first location in New York, USA from Friday, April 28 th to Sunday, April 30 th. The second leg will be held from Friday, May 26 th to Tuesday, July 18 th in Tokyo, Japan (Akihabara), at its flagship store (Tamashii Nations Store Tokyo). It will be held to Mexico City, Mexico, Shanghai, China, and Paris, France. The New York event will be located in Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal (Vanderbilt Hall) and Times Square (Duffy Square). The latest figures and robot for popular series such as Dragon Ball series and Mobile Suit Gundam series will be on display. There will also be specially-crafted photo spots, and first-ever reveals of brand-new products. Special commemorative items will also be handed out to visitors, and limited-edition event items will be available for purchase.Lastly, unique content has been planned for each world tour location. We will continue to do our utmost to share the fun and joy of figures and robots with our customers all around the world, and to innovate and evolve. Event Summary ◆TAMASHII NATIONS WORLD TOUR -TAMASHII NATIONS 15th ANNIVERSARY- Commemorative Products *Details on how to purchase these are available on the official website: https://tamashiiweb.com/special/tour/?wovn=en *Prices shown are for Japan only. Actual prices will vary by location. For details, see our official website. ◆Event Attendee Special Gift (One of Several) Event visitors will receive a number of special gifts. Details will be available on our official website at a later date: https://tamashiiweb.com/special/tour/?wovn=en STAGE TAMASHII NATIONS WORLD TOUR -TAMASHII NATIONS 15th ANNIVERSARY- SPECIAL DESIGN A display stand for S.H.Figuarts and other series products. This stand features a special Tamashii Nations 15 th anniversary design. *Gifts and how to obtain them will vary by event location. *Stocks are limited, and distribution will end once stocks run out. Bandai Spirits Collector Brand: Tamashii Nations Overview Established in 2008, Tamashii Nations has produced many well-known product series, such as S.H.Figuarts and Chogokin. With a rich lineup of quality figures, robots, and more, it has earned itself a worldwide following. Today, it continues to expand its global outreach. Official website (Tamashii Web): https://tamashiiweb.com/ Tamashii Nations World Tour Official Site: https://tamashiiweb.com/special/tour/?wovn=en Tamashii Nations Official Site (Tamashii Web): https://tamashiiweb.com/ Bandai Spirits Corporate Home Page: https://www.bandaispirits.co.jp/ *Information contained in this press release is current as of February 22 nd, 2023, but may change without prior notice. *Images contained in this press release may differ from actual products. *This event and all products therein are intended for ages 15+. Contact Details Bandai Spirits Co., Ltd. Collectors Toy Department Sakuma c-sakuma@bandai-sp.jp

February 22, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Robotics Has Transformed Many Industries – Is The Food Industry Next?

Blendid

By Faith Ashmore, Benzinga Interested in investing in Blendid’s campaign? Click here to get started. It’s almost impossible to miss how food prices have been rising in the past year due to inflation. Fuel prices have soared, and the cost of common goods like eggs has risen by up to 60%. In addition, geopolitical conflicts like the war in Ukraine are increasing global instability and affecting food supply chains – impacting markets globally. One solution that industry leaders and analysts have identified lies in the expansion of the global food service robotics industry. Looking to technology during times of crisis is not a new trend. The automotive industry has been aided significantly by robotics teams to help automate assembly lines and cut down costs, especially amid recessions. Robots are found in almost every part of a car plant, and it’s estimated that by 2025 as much as 75% of vehicles will ride on robot production lines. Manufacturing in general has been absolutely transformed by robotics, helping manufacturers achieve peak efficiency and productivity. The food industry is no different, but it requires innovative approaches to fully leverage the advantages of robotics. Technology and innovation are crucial to the modern food service industry. Not only does technology help companies lower operating costs but it also expands access to fresh food in more locations. While robotics in food service is still in its relative infancy, the increasing ingredient and labor cost challenges are accelerating their growth to help transform the food service industry as it did manufacturing – and companies like Blendid are leading the charge. Blendid, a robotic and AI-enabled food automation solution company, has seen firsthand the success of a fully autonomous robotic kiosk for smoothies. Their kiosks operate in universities, travel centers, retail stores, and hospitals across the country. The kiosks can operate 24/7, which gives consumers access to healthy and affordable food around the clock while the company is able to maintain low operational costs. The company has seen a 267% revenue increase year-over-year which is unsurprising given the consumer demand for healthy and sustainable food. Not only is the kiosk model contactless, but being open 24/7 increases the accessibility of healthy food. For college students or late-night workers, who typically have limited access to healthier foods, Blendid is changing the landscape of food justice. If projections are to be believed, the food robotics industry is only going to continue to grow. The global market for food robotics was estimated at $2.1 billion in 2022, and the market is projected to reach $4B by 2026. Companies like Blendid will be instrumental in the industry by providing unique experiences and options for consumers on the go. Blendid is currently hosting a raise to further expand its ingenious concept. The company is currently working on expanding to 10 additional geographies in the near future and has 500+ kiosks in contract. Previously, they raised more than $26 million which translated into significant revenue growth. It is clear that the consumer demand is there for the smoothie kiosk model and it’ll be interesting to see how Blendid will continue to be an industry leader. Interested in investing and being a part of their growth story? Click here to read more about Blendid’s raise and how to invest! This article was originally published on Benzinga here. Sunnyvale-based Blendid is revolutionizing the future of food service with its proprietary food automation platform (foodOS™), which efficiently and safely prepares and serves a range of healthy, fresh, and delicious food. A pioneer of the future of food service, Blendid's first concept in the market is an autonomous, contactless kiosk that uses robotics, machine vision, artificial intelligence, and healthy ingredients to create delicious smoothies that are customized to meet the unique health and dietary preferences of each consumer. Founded in 2015 by seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Vipin Jain, Venki Avalur, and Vijay Dodd, Blendid is improving the consumer experience by offering safe, cost-effective, and personalized food on-demand, while also reducing complexities and costs for the operators. Blendid has raised more $20M to date from a mix of venture and crowdfunding investors and is currently raising its Series B investment round. Visit www.startengine.com/blendid for more information and to invest in the future of food service automation. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. 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February 22, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Minuteman Press Franchise in Tigard, Oregon Celebrates 35 Years and Transitions to Second-Generation Ownership

Minuteman Press International Inc

Bob and Ruth Davidson first opened their Minuteman Press franchise in Tigard, OR (a suburb of the Portland, OR greater metro area), in December of 1987. After 35+ years of hard work and dedication to their clients and their community, Bob and Ruth are ready for their next chapter and have made way for the next generation of owners. Bob and Ruth also just recently renewed their franchise agreement for the next 35 years. Their son Craig Davidson with his wife Carolyn and longtime manager Christopher Brown with his wife Lisa, have purchased the business as of February 1, 2023, and are continuing with Minuteman Press as a strong, viable and supportive franchise model, that has been one of the key components to the long-term success of this location. Minuteman Press in Tigard is located at 7555 S.W. Hermoso Way, Tigard, OR 97223. Bob reflects on 35 years of ownership, sharing his keys to success and longevity, growing the family business, and why the future is bright for Minuteman Press in Tigard. Congrats on your incredible 35 years in business! What does this milestone mean to you? Bob Davidson: “ Life is a series of changes and this is one of them. Frankly, it is time for the next generation to have their opportunity to build on, and create, their own success story. And, it is past time for Ruth and I to enjoy some of the rewards that we have been blessed with, by the success of our business.” What are 4 keys to your success and longevity? Bob Davidson: “FIRST: Ruth and I thank God for his blessing on us in this endeavor. My prayer at the time of starting the business was: ‘ God, I am not the smartest guy in the world, so please open the doors if it is in your will, or if not, hit me over the head with a brick to get my attention.’ SECOND: I would have to say without any qualification, my wife, Ruth. When we first started our business, we were 37 years-old and I left a nearly 20-year seniority position with a national trucking company as a Teamster employee truck driver. Which also meant that I gave up a union scale wage rate, with medical and retirement benefits. Ruth at that time, was a full-time homemaker to our two children. She has stood beside me as a full partner, and fully supported the decision to start our own business. But we honestly and freely admit, it was a decision and a concern to us both. She worked just as hard as I in the business every day. Her 51% ownership and my 49% ownership enable us to qualify as both a ‘Woman-owned’ and ‘Veteran-owned’ business due to my military service. So far, Ruth hasn’t fired me, although I am sure that the thought has come to her mind on occasion! Our primary roles in the business gradually formed over time, with Ruth managing the office and all that entails and also the bindery portion of our business. I was the salesman, customer service and vendor liaison for outside services and supplies. THIRD: Would be the advice, support and assistance of the Regional Minuteman Press staff and also the other local Minuteman Press owners in the area. Their advice, suggestions, guidance, experiences, help and information were of great value in our beginning years. FOURTH: This would of course be our customers. We obviously would not exist without them. While we have ‘busted our tails’ to serve them over the years, they have in turn been incredibly loyal. We still have customers today, that initially became customers in our first year of business. We are thankful for them. BONUS TIP: My advice on customer acquisition? Take anything that comes your way. But, know that your fellow, small, local businesses, will be your most loyal and long-term customers. They will be your most consistent support and strength through the years. It is ‘sexy’ to acquire a larger nationally known corporation as a client, but they typically do not last. A new purchasing agent will come in, some other shop beats your price by a percentage point or two, or they close the local office or HQ and move away. All of the above have been my experiences. Enjoy the large companies while they last, but don’t wrap your business around them.” You have just renewed your franchise agreement for the business transition. What does it mean to you, knowing the business will stay in the family and remain in great hands? Bob Davidson: “It means a great deal to us, to be able to see what my wife and I have built over the years, continue on into the next generation and chapter. We have been blessed, in having Craig and Christopher both with us for so long. That has allowed for a gradual and nearly seamless transition. For the past two years, Ruth and I have been gradually turning over more and more of the management and decision-making to ‘the boys’ as we call them. They have made all of the equipment purchases and hiring decisions for the past 2 years. They have also attended the past 2 Minuteman Press World Expo Conventions. Also, if Minuteman Press HQ was not the company that it has been, there would have been no reason for us to renew our franchise agreement. What do I mean by that, you might say? Our experience has been one of excellent, ongoing support in all aspects from Minuteman Regional & HQ. We truly appreciate their business franchise model; their ongoing support, the network of ‘Preferred Vendors’; and their early adoption of computerized pricing, which has evolved into the FLEX program that does so many functions today that were not even dreamed of 35 years ago. All these and more make a great package and a desirable business model to follow and continue with. And then there is the family aspect, not only mine, but also the Titus family. It had been my privilege to know the founder, Roy Titus. And then to also know his son Bob Titus and now Nick and Jackie Titus, as they have all ‘grown up’ in the business and taken on their leadership roles. What is most impressive to me is that they have all been ‘just folks’ … unpretentious and unassuming, kind and caring, and have become personal friends. They have never lost sight, now through three generations, that they are stewards of an amazing corporation, that while it first and foremost is a major business, it also at the same time cares for and treats everyone like extended family. Minuteman Press International also makes sure to recognize individual achievement. It is only human to be gratified, when our best efforts are recognized by others. Minuteman’s system of recognition for various sales levels, marketing, print quality, shop appearance and other awards, are all appreciated as tangible markers of various achievements. As a 25-year (now retired) veteran of the Army, I see many parallels to Minuteman’s system of such recognition, to the military’s awards of ribbons and service medals for exemplary service.” What does the transition mean for your customers? Bob Davidson: “I jokingly say that this transition means ‘ nothin g’ to our customers. That is because unless they ask, the vast majority of our clients won’t even know right away, that Ruth and I have stepped back. But it also means ‘ everything ’ to them with regards to their printing needs. I have every confidence that Craig and Christopher will continue in the same manner of excellent quality and service that we have provided up to this point. It means that between our production efforts and that of our vendors and everyone else behind the scenes, that our customers will continue to receive a top-quality product, that is consistent, timely, and fairly priced, every time. And if for some reason it isn’t, we make it right, no questions asked.” What are some of the key ways you’ve grown your business (products, marketing, networking, etc.)? Bob Davidson: “Well, the short answer is ‘ Yes ’ … all of the above. PRODUCTS: Through Minuteman HQ’s urging, guidance and vendor connections, we have branched out into many areas that we previously did not do, or consider. Mailing services, checks and deposit slips, signs and banners, promotional products, clothing / wearables. All of these are later additions to our original business model. MARKETING: When we initially began in 1987, marketing was almost exclusively ‘cold calls’ on local businesses. The follow-up was a 3” x 5” Index Card file that was sorted by ‘call back’ dates (which I still have). That and the Yellow Page ads were your two primary sources for getting your name out. Now, digital is the primary method and our Google Reviews rating of 4.9 stars along with the reviews posted there, are critical. A frequent response from new customers when we ask, ‘How did you hear about us?’, is almost always our high Google standing. Following that would be that they received a referral from another customer. NETWORKING: Do it! We have many, many customers that have come to us through our contacts in Rotary, our local Business Leads group (LeTip) and several local Chambers of Commerce. Some of those customers are among our largest accounts.” What are the high-demand products and services as well as growth areas? Bob Davidson: “Digital and offset printing are still the core tenants of our business. All other services are either in support of those, or a supplement to rounding out the main portion of that business. Our overall business mix is still approximately 1/3 offset, 1/3 digital and 1/3 outside services of all types. Digital printing is the fastest growing segment of our business.” How would you best describe your community? Bob Davidson: “Tigard is a bedroom community of the Portland Metro area. There is a good mix of local businesses of all types, small manufacturing, distribution and warehousing. It is a growing area, as many businesses are leaving the downtown core as the switch to ‘remote’ work continues. Tigard is both a residential and business community, with a healthy mix of both.” Why do you think printing remains so vital to businesses today? Bob Davidson: “People respond well to a tangible, physical piece that you can hold in your hand. It also has a tendency to be saved, whereas a digital ad piece is quickly passed by and forgotten.” What was your background before franchising and why did you choose Minuteman Press? Bob Davidson: “I was a local pickup and delivery driver for a national truck line for nearly 20 years. At the same time, I was also an Enlisted man and then Officer in the Oregon Army National Guard. I had 4 years of active duty and 21 years of National Guard service time as a reservist. Ruth was primarily a homemaker, with our two children. In the late 1980s, it was a time of great turmoil in the transportation industry – trucking, railroads and airlines, due to deregulation. Many of those businesses either merged or closed. That was cause for concern to me as I was in the trucking industry as my primary job. I and a friend of mine went to a local business fair in the summer of 1987. Of the many business ‘opportunities’ presented there, the one for Minuteman Press was the only one that seemed to have it ‘together’. Their presentation was easily understandable, well-organized and made sense. I then began to do the follow-up process of visiting existing shops. Minuteman Press also made it easy to go through all of the multitude of steps in opening a new business, such as the training, equipment, securing a location, and the initial opening and marketing phases.” What has the support from Minuteman Press International been like for you? Bob Davidson: “ TRAINING: Ruth and I went thru the 2-week training course at Minuteman HQ in New York. And when my son Craig first came to work for us, we sent him to the New York Minuteman School, so that he would also have that base training and experience. SUPPORT: As a ‘mature’ shop of 35+ years, we seldom have a need to call on either the Regional or National offices. But when we have, they have always been responsive and helpful. This would also be the appropriate time to extend our ‘ THANK YOUS!’ to Chris Jutt, Jason Kraus, Chris Multari, Mike Jutt, and Brendan Reilly for their ongoing support and responsiveness, anytime that we have had a question or an issue. When we have made major equipment purchases (recently high-speed Digital Printers, a new Challenge 30” Programable Cutter), we have received advice and support from HQ, as well as getting favorable Minuteman Press pricing. FLEX: A great program that does so very much. It is light years beyond the first computer program that we started with.” What are the biggest personal and professional rewards of owning your business? Bob Davidson: Having some control of your own future, but my joke is: ‘ I have no deadlines of my own, my customers provide them all.’ I also find it to be rewarding to be doing something that you enjoy or find satisfaction in. Every day is both the same, and yet different, as every job is unique in some way. The challenge of the coordination of a multitude of various aspects, personal, equipment and vendors, to bring a job to completion. I sometimes liken it to a conductor directing an orchestra, to bring a complete item out of many parts. When things ‘go south’ as they sometimes do, making a solution happen in some different way.” What advice would you give to other business owners or people looking to own a business? Bob Davidson: “If you never try, you will never know if you could have done it. Be bold. Join a service organization, business group and local chambers and PARTICIPATE. People do business (and refer others who they know) with those that they know and trust. Attend the regional meetings and learn from Minuteman Press and your fellow owners. Attend the World Expos and learn even more and be boosted up by your shared experiences. Follow the Minuteman Press program and advice as much as is possible. You paid for it, and it works, so use it.” Is there anything else you’d like to share? Bob Davidson: “I’d like to share a famous quote from Winston Churchill, which is also the attitude of those of us who have served in the military: ‘Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never – in nothing great or small, large or petty – never give in………’” Minuteman Press in Tigard is located at 7555 S.W. Hermoso Way, Tigard, OR 97223. For more information, visit their website: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/or/tigard/ Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities and read Minuteman Press franchise reviews at https://minutemanpressfranchise.com. Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

February 21, 2023 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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