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QX Global Group Acquires Management Consulting & Advisory Services Firm Chazey Partners

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Together QX Global Group and Chazey Partners will provide end-to-end Business Transformation, Digital Services & Intelligent Automation, and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) for Fortune 1000 companies and public sector organizations, including higher education, across the globe. QX Global Group, a Top 100 Business Process Outsourcing company, announced the acquisition of an 80% stake in Austin, Texas-based Chazey Partners, a world-class management consulting and advisory firm specializing in business and digital transformation. The Chazey Partners team brings decades of experience in implementing and operating world-class business support and shared services organizations around the globe, with expertise in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Together, QX and Chazey Partners will work to deliver innovative solutions that cover transformative consulting, digital services, and business process outsourcing, customized to meet each client’s specific needs. “At QX, we have always focused on enabling transformation of our client’s businesses using our unique 3P approach of people, process, and platform, and we are thrilled that the addition of Chazey will allow us to help organizations solve their most significant barrier to growth – digital adoption and business transformation at scale, said Frank Robinson, Group CEO of QX Global Group. “Adding Chazey furthers our vision to provide integrated, end-to-end solutions to help our customers take advantage of the latest operating models and emerging technologies. I am also delighted to officially welcome Phil Searle onto QX Global Group’s Board as Chief Transformation Officer.” Chazey brings to the QX Global Group management consulting and advisory services with a global reach. Founded in 2006, Chazey Partners has demonstrated consistent and significant growth, with global representation in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ireland, Turkey, and India. Chazey’s consultants provide advice, support, and implementation expertise, covering strategy setting, business case production, program management, process optimization, technology enablement, training, and change management. “ Since founding the company, we have significantly expanded and evolved Chazey’s solutions to help numerous businesses and public sector organizations achieve operational excellence by transforming their business operations,’’ said Phil Searle, CEO and Founder of Chazey Partners. ‘’With QX, we have found a shared passion for empowering our clients to achieve world-class performance. By joining forces with QX, we will augment our near-shoring and offshoring capabilities by opening new Centers of Excellence (COEs) in India and Latin America. This is an exciting new chapter for Chazey Partners, our employees, and our customers.” The partnership of both trusted brands comes at a time when enterprises across the globe are adjusting to the post-pandemic world. In this environment, Chazey Partners is at the forefront of offering needed transformation solutions, helping enterprises optimize business operations and adopt the latest technologies for sustained growth. The QX-Chazey partnership will enable all clients to achieve a faster return on investment and add more value to their customers and employees. Barbara Hodge, Global Digital Editor at the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON), said, “This marks an exciting and timely development in the shared services and outsourcing space. SSON has collaborated with Chazey Partners for many years, and I am pleased to see such a highly respected group in the field of business transformation push forwards in extending its services to provide enterprise customers with the more holistic solutions they need right now. Adding Chazey Partners’ transformation capabilities to QX Global Groups’ BPO services, drives an end-to-end solution that connects consulting, digital and business process outsourcing. This aligns perfectly with the move to integrated business services, digitalization – driven by intelligent automation – and data analytics, that we are seeing across the shared services landscape. It’s also consistent with service providers moving to a ‘one-stop-shop’ solution for business transformation and digital needs. I am delighted at this news and look forward to engaging with the new partnership.” For QX Global Group: Corbett Keeling, London, and J. Sloan & Co, Dallas, Texas, provided corporate finance and transaction advice for QX Global Group; BDO LLP provided Due Diligence support across all entity geographies; legal support was provided by Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. For Chazey Partners: Sett & Lucas acted as transaction advisor, and Jackson Walker LLP provided legal support. About QX Global Group QX Global Group is a leading provider of business process management services. With over 17 years of accounting and recruitment process outsourcing experience, we help our clients unlock business value by improving process efficiencies and automation in the accounting and recruitment functions to enable business transformation. We have offices in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and India. About Chazey Partners Chazey Partners is a practitioner-led, global management consulting and advisory services firm. We bring real-life, practical, hands-on experience, empowering clients to strive for world-class performance, through Business Transformation, Shared Services, and Intelligent Automation. We help businesses and public sector organizations achieve operational excellence in the provision of mission-critical business services, including Finance, Human Resources, IT, Procurement, Contact Centers, Marketing, and Facilities Management. For over sixteen years, Chazey Partners has helped clients implement successful service delivery solutions; in the US & Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Oceania, and Asia. Contact Details QX Global Group Vishal Kurani +44 20 8146 0808 vishal.kurani@qxglobalgroup.com Chazey Partners Leigh Knowles +1 855-692-6229 LeighKnowles@chazeypartners.com Company Website https://qxglobalgroup.com/

February 14, 2022 09:55 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Playtech Launches Two New Live Casino Facilities in Multi-State Rollout

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Playtech’s official US launch comes in the form of two new cutting edge live casinos, the first located in New Jersey, and the second located in Michigan. The Southfield, Michigan location opens under the “ Play Gun Lake ” brand with newly partnered powerhouse Parx, while the Atlantic City, New Jersey location opens with longtime partner Bet365. This is the first single-day dual roll-out of live casino facilities in the history of US gambling. So what do these casinos offer? Both casinos feature live Roulette, Bacarrat and Blackjack, with some new twists on some old favorites. Playtech’s new live casinos both offer All Bets Blackjack, in which an unlimited number of players can participate. This is supposedly the “leading scalable variant” of Blackjack, according to industry leader Playtech. Both casinos have also included Quantum Roulette Arcade, the first American roulette variant containing a multiplier feature. With this feature, players can hit a multiplier up to 1000x! Specifically designed for the American market, this double-zero variant claims to be the highest potential payout for Roulette that has ever existed. Further planned launches in the coming months will feature games based on the most popular game shows, as well as a sports-focused section for players who love betting the sports book side of things. The dual launch continues Playtech’s aggressive US expansion plan, supporting the two communities by creating thousands of jobs and supporting philanthropic efforts in both cities. Further US expansion is all but guaranteed in the coming few years. Playtech is currently involved in a bidding war over who will take charge of these two new facilities. The leading player is Aristocrat, which entered a massive $3.7B bid. We’ll save you the conversion–that’s 3.2B euros, and 2.7B Pounds (Playtech is traded in London). However, a competing bid by rival gaming company JKO by January 26th has stalled the shareholder vote on which company will take over the facilities. How will the online gaming industry be affected? What affects will Playtech’s launch of two state-of-the-art live casinos have on the online gaming industry? How will online casinos be impacted by the simultaneous launch of two live casinos by the world’s leading gambling technology company? The short answer is… They won’t be affected. At all. Live casinos online have experienced a continuous rise in popularity in the last decade, with the pandemic and the growing use of cryptocurrencies spurring the annual increase in both number of players and gross revenue year over year. Online casinos are roughly 100x faster than live casinos, which is attractive to the Millenial and Gen-Z players who gravitate toward all things digital. Online gambling remains more secure, faster, and safer than live casinos, with the added bonus of being able to play anytime, anywhere, from the comfort of your own home. After all, why exchange chips, when your chips can be on your screen? CEO Edo Haitin released a statement regarding the launch: “This is a landmark moment for Playtech and our development in the U.S. and it is something we are all very excited about. We are humbly grateful for the warm welcome and support our teams have received from the Atlantic City and Southfield communities, and we are looking forward to becoming an integral part of these communities and contribute our part. The launch of the two facilities represents our core strategy of bringing our industry-leading studio standards to the U.S. whilst ensuring that Playtech Live’s most engaging and innovative products and technology are available to new markets and audiences. By partnering with Parx Interactive in Michigan and bet365 in New Jersey, we have been able to enter some of the fastest growing states in the U.S. and Playtech’s vision and drive for growth in these states has been well received by the local communities. Launching two state-of-the-art studios across two regulated states in one day is not something I have seen done before, but I am incredibly proud of the entire Playtech Live team for stepping up to the challenge and producing not one, but two best-in-class Live Casino studios. By developing specially customized gameplay experiences for the U.S. audience, we are confident we will deliver an exceptional online experience to players in Michigan and New Jersey, and we are excited to continue our journey with further strengthening our Playtech Live offering with more leading titles and content in the coming months.” Key Takeaways Playtech’s successful dual-launch of two live casinos in Michigan and New Jersey is the first in US history, and continues their US expansion plan. All Bets Blackjack and Quantum Roulette Arcade are the leading scalable variants, and potentially highest-paying versions of the standard games. Further launches will include sports betting and games based on the most popular gameshows. Either Aristocrat or JKO will take charge of the two new live casinos. Contact Details LegitimateCasino.com Camila Santellan +54 9 221 364-1138 camila@legitimatecasino.com

February 14, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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The Botanist Debuts First-Ever Tv Commercial, “The Spirit of Community,” at Super Bowl LVI In Support of Local Restaurants and Bars Nationwide

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The Botanist Islay Dry Gin introduces its first-ever television commercial, “The Spirit of Community,” debuting at the Super Bowl, to drive awareness for local bars and restaurants who continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC), the campaign urges all Americans to take action to help the IRC in its efforts to refill the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) and promote positive change for the industry. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/ud_lZY0ZiMA The Botanist hails from Bruichladdich Distillery on the Scottish Isle of Islay, one of the few distilleries in the world to be B Corp certified. The distillery believes in using business as a force for good, putting people and purpose in line with profit. The Botanist’s ongoing partnership with the IRC is rooted in its people-centric values, a demonstration of how its community extends far beyond Islay and into the bar and restaurant industry in the U.S. The goal of “The Spirit of Community” campaign is to raise awareness of the critical support still needed for the 500,000 independent restaurants and bars that remain at risk of closure – 90,000 of which initially closed during the first year of the pandemic. Through the campaign, The Botanist and the IRC are mobilizing Americans to show support for the bar and restaurant community in this continued time of hardship. “Local bars and restaurants across the U.S. have been supporting The Botanist since our first distillation on Islay over a decade ago,” said Ian McLernon, President and CEO at Rémy Cointreau Americas. “Thus it was natural for The Botanist, a brand that is an integral part of the community on the island of Islay, to leverage our first-ever TV commercial to help support the community of hospitality staff working at local bars and restaurants across the U.S. during their time of need. Now more than ever, we must do what we can to save the establishments we know and love. Our hope is that our campaign’s debut at the Super Bowl helps amplify the vital message of our partners at the Independent Restaurant Coalition.” The Botanist is proud to bring its community-focused spirit to life through its first-ever commercial debuting on the biggest night in television. The 30-second spot will urge Americans to take action and support their favorite local bars and restaurants. Created by documentary film production company Blacksmith & Jones, the commercial features real-life bar and restaurant staff, amplifying the continued need for support and encouraging viewers to get involved. “Local bars and restaurants are the fabric of our communities across the country. These beloved establishments are still facing potentially insurmountable hardships,” said Tom Colicchio, Founding Member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition. “Our industry is on life support right now, and the only way to avoid massive closures is for swift action to be taken by our elected officials. We are grateful to The Botanist for recognizing the spirit of our community and using their platform to help raise awareness of our industry’s struggles during a monumental event like the Super Bowl.” “Hospitality is at the heart of every independent restaurant and bar,” explained Erika Polmar, Executive Director of the Independent Restaurant Coalition. “While you will surely be welcomed with a warm smile as you’re seated in your favorite corner booth, beneath the surface restaurant owners continue to struggle with nearly two years of losses and little financial assistance. Hundreds of thousands of restaurants are at risk of closing permanently, threatening widespread job loss, a massive supply chain disruption, the loss of community gathering spots, and the destruction of family-owned businesses. It’s partners like The Botanist who are helping us fight to keep those businesses and dreams alive.” The Botanist’s “The Spirit of Community” creative will air in 18 TV markets nationwide and digitally across YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The Botanist chose to run the ad in some of the America’s most influential food and drink cities, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, and Miami. The campaign teaser is live now on YouTube. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVG15dSOCjY. To learn more about how to get involved to support your favorite local bars and restaurants visit saverestaurants.com. About Karen Grill: Karen Grill is The Botanist Islay Dry Gin Brand Ambassador. A beverage industry professional in Los Angeles for 12 years, Karen is originally from New Jersey, where she began her career in hospitality at 15. Karen has spent time behind some of Los Angeles' most notable bars and has competed in several bartending competitions throughout her bartending career, earning herself numerous national and global bartending titles. Named Zagat's '30 Under 30' Culinary Game Changer in 2016, Karen is committed to the education and support of the national bartending community in every capacity. About The Botanist: Founded in 2011, The Botanist Islay Dry Gin is distilled and hand-crafted at Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay, a remote island off the west coast of Scotland. It is the first and only Islay Dry Gin – a rare expression of the heart and soul of this wild Scottish isle. Hailing from one of the only B Corp certified distilleries in the world, The Botanist believes in using business as a force for good, putting people and planet in line with profit. The craft liquid is distilled with a unique combination of 22 wild Islay botanicals which are hand-foraged locally and sustainably on the island by The Botanist's professional forager, James Donaldson. The Islay botanicals are slow simmer distilled with pure Islay spring water in a unique Lomond Still, affectionately nicknamed Ugly Betty, by Head Distiller Adam Hannett. The result is a smooth yet complex gin that speaks of Islay. www.thebotanist.com | Instagram @TheBotanistGin_US |Twitter @TheBotanist_US About the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC): The Independent Restaurant Coalition was formed by chefs and independent restaurant owners across the country who have built a grassroots movement to secure vital protections for the nation’s 500,000 independent restaurants and the more than 11 million restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. About Blacksmith & Jones: Production company Blacksmith & Jones is a motion picture concern focused on story driven filmmaking. Founded by Trevor Jones and Greg Swartz, the company recently produced the documentary feature film The Water of Life. About Rémy Cointreau: All around the world, there are clients seeking exceptional experiences; clients for whom a wide range of terroirs means a variety of flavors. Their exacting standards are proportional to our expertise – the finely-honed skills that we pass down from generation to generation. The time these clients devote to drinking our products is a tribute to all those who have worked to develop them. It is for these men and women that Rémy Cointreau, a family-owned French Group, protects its terroirs, cultivates exceptional multi-centenary spirits and undertakes to preserve their eternal modernity. The Group's portfolio includes 13 unique brands: Rémy Martin and Louis XIII cognacs, Cointreau liqueur, Champagne Telmont, METAXA Greek spirit, Mount Gay rum, St-Rémy brandy, The Botanist gin, and our collection of single-malt whiskies (Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore from Islay, Westland from Seattle and Domaine des Hautes Glaces from the French Alps). Rémy Cointreau has a single ambition: becoming the world leader in exceptional spirits. To this end, it relies on the commitment and creativity of its 1,900 employees and on its distribution subsidiaries established in the Group's strategic markets. Rémy Cointreau is listed on Euronext Paris. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

February 11, 2022 06:26 PM Eastern Standard Time

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SwingJuice Offers a BIG Promotion for The Big Game

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SwingJuice Offers a BIG Promotion for The Big Game Pawtucket, RI – February 11, 2022- SwingJuice.com, a lifestyle clothing and apparel brand, will be Launching their Biggest Promotion to Date to Celebrate the Big Championship Game on Sunday. For the SwingJuice Big Game Promotion, the Final Score of the Game will Dictate what the Promotional Discount Code will be. For Example, if the Final Combined Score is 60 Points, then the Promotional Discount Code will be 60% Off your purchase at www.swingjuice.com. The Promotional Code will be Live as soon as the Big Game ends until Midnight on Valentines Day Monday 2/14/22. “This is our way of adding a little more Juice to the The Big Game and for our SwingJuice Community. Can’t Wait to See how it turns out! ” said Jon Mason, Founder and Creative Director at SwingJuice. “This is Going to be Fun! The Big Game always brings excitement, so hopefully we can make an already Great Day even better” says SwingJuice CEO Steve “Dakota” Happas. For More Details on the Promotion, Follow SwingJuice on All of their Social Media Handles: Instagram @swingjuice Twitter @swingjuice Facebook @swingjuice TikTok @swingjuice ABOUT SWINGJUICE: SwingJuice is a golf-inspired clothing and apparel brand that trailblazed the philosophy that molds were made to be broken and that clothing should be a conversation-starter. SwingJuice apparel allows consumers to display their passion for sports in a more fun, unique and approachable way. SwingJuice is also a community – established through the love of golf and expanded through the passion for all sports. The staff at SwingJuice are sports junkies just like the consumers they serve and they are always dreaming up new ways to bring unique personality to the products they design. For more information, please visit www.swingjuice.com. Keep up-to-date with all of the SwingJuice news on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/swingjuice/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/swingjuice YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/swingjuice TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@swingjuice # # # Media Contact: SwingJuice Media Contacts Jon Mason – Founder & Creative Director (781)-710-9374 jon@swingjuice.com About SwingJuice SwingJuice began as a golf-inspired clothing and apparel brand that trailblazed the philosophy that molds were made to be broken and that clothing should be a conversation-starter. SwingJuice apparel allows consumers to display their passion for sports in a more fun, unique and approachable way.SwingJuice is also a community – established through the love of golf and expanded through the passion for all sports. The staff at SwingJuice are sports junkies just like the consumers they serve and they are always dreaming up new ways to bring unique personality to the products they design.For more information, please visit www.swingjuice.com. Contact Details Jon Mason +1 781-710-9374 jon@swingjuice.com Company Website https://www.swingjuice.com

February 11, 2022 03:05 PM Eastern Standard Time

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2022 NFL Super Bowl Highlights: Date, Time, Halftime Show and Location

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The 2022 NFL Super Bowl will begin on Sunday, February 13, at 3:30 PM PST / 6:30 PM EST at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The indoor sports complex is a few miles away from the Los Angeles International Airport. Although the stadium is home to the Los Angeles Rams, the visiting Cincinnati Bengals are considered the official home team for the big game. (The “home” and “away” teams for the Super Bowl alternate between the AFC and NFC each year.) NBC will broadcast the matchup between the Bengals and Rams with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth as announcers. Viewers can also watch live streams of the Super Bowl via the NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com, or the premium tier of Peacock. A five-hour Super Bowl LVI Pregame Show will begin at 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST. Country singer Mickey Guyton will sing the National Anthem. Other acts include Mary Mary featuring Yola to perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. R&B artist Jhene Aiko will also sing “America the Beautiful.” Here are the current COVID-19 regulations for Los Angeles, according to the LA Times: *Masks are required for all ages 2 and up – regardless of vaccination status (KN95 masks will be handed out for free upon entry) *All entrants 5 and up will be required to show proof of vaccination (two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine), completed at least 14 days before entry *If not fully vaccinated, then proof of a negative test will be required (up to 24 hours prior with an antigen test or up to 48 hours prior with a PCR test at an official lab or clinic) *A testing clinic will be available at SoFi Stadium for $59 per test (results will be provided within 30 minutes the day before the game) Similar guidelines apply to L.A. County and the surrounding areas. 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show The NFL Super Bowl 2022 halftime show will consist of Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar. The five music artists have a combined total of more than 40 Grammy awards and nearly two dozen number one Billboard albums. Pepsi, the NFL, and Roc Nation will be sponsoring the Super Bowl halftime show. Roc Nation is an entertainment company founded by JAY-Z. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Lamar each have roots in Los Angeles, including Compton and Long Beach. A four-minute trailer for the Pepsi Halftime Show depicts each of the performers coming together for the big game. Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Rams The Bengals will take on the Rams in the 2022 Super Bowl at a venue where the Rams have won four of out of their last five matchups. The Rams are 2-0 in the playoffs at SoFi Stadium. Both teams won close games last week. The Bengals sealed their 27-24 AFC Championship victory on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime. They’d overcome an 18-point deficit throughout the game. Similarly, the Rams were down 17-7 at home against the San Francisco 49ers. Matthew Stafford capped off a 75-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp in the fourth quarter. The Rams scored two field goals in the final quarter, taking a 20-17 lead. A Jimmy Garoppolo interception on third and long with one minute remaining ended the season for the 49ers. The Rams won the NFC Championship on their home field. Los Angeles finished the longest regular season in NFL history in first place in the NFC West with a 12-5 record. Stafford amassed 4,886 passing yards (3rd) and 41 touchdown passes (2nd). Kupp totaled 1,947 receiving yards in the regular season (1st) with 16 touchdown receptions (1st). Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 4,611 yards (6th) with 34 touchdowns (8th) this season. He ended the regular season with a 108.3 quarterback rating. Rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase had 1,455 receiving yards (4th), and he also caught 13 touchdown passes (3rd). Burrow is the only quarterback in NFL history to be drafted as the number one overall pick and make it to the Super Bowl in his second season. The Bengals finished their regular season atop the AFC North with a 10-7 record. According to NFL online sportsbooks, the Rams are favored to win Super Bowl LVI. Here are the current odds from Bovada: Spread Rams -4.5 (-105) Bengals +4.5 (-115) Moneyline Rams (-200) Bengals (+170) Total O 48.5 (-110) U 48.5 (-110) Contact Details SafestBettingSites.com Gerardo Mejia +1 315-258-6249 gerardo@safestbettingsites.com Company Website https://www.safestbettingsites.com/

February 11, 2022 10:52 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Canadians projected to consume 76 million wings for Super Bowl LVI

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Every year, Chicken Farmers of Canada fields the same question: Will there be enough chicken wings in Canada for the Super Bowl? The answer – is yes. In fact, Canadians will consume 76 million wings during the game this year! Chicken continues to be the first choice of Canadians and has been for over a decade. Not much has changed, and chicken wings remain at the top of the list when it comes to Super Bowl food. “Wings are a great choice for the big game, whether you are making them at home or have the means to order them in from your favourite local restaurant,” said Benoît Fontaine, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Canada. “Canadians want Canadian chicken and we do everything in our power to make sure there is enough fresh, safe, high-quality chicken available.” Canadians care deeply about their food, about knowing where it comes from and that what they’re serving to their family is of the highest quality. Around 93% of Canadians seek out foods of Canadian origin, and over half will be doing that more than ever. 76 million wings is equal to: 2.4 years, if each wing is counted as one second Roughly 3,800 km if laid end-to-end, the distance to drive from Quebec City to Calgary About 27,142 wings per chicken farmer (there are 2,800 in Canada) Consumers are reminded to ask for the Raised by a Canadian Farmer logo at their favourite grocer or restaurant and buy the wings that are raised with care, quality, and freshness in mind. So, get your favourite Canadian wings, safe in the knowledge that there are plenty to go around. Enjoy the game! For great game day wing recipes and other appetizer to make your Super Bowl experience great, visit www.chicken.ca! Contact Details For more information, please contact Marty Brett, Senior Corporate Communications Officer +1 613-566-5926 mbrett@chicken.ca Company Website https://www.chicken.ca/

February 10, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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FreshEdge Launches New Website

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FreshEdge, a family of produce and specialty food companies, has launched a refreshed and expanded www.freshedgefoods.com. FreshEdge partnered with DMA Solutions (Dallas, Texas), a marketing agency dedicated to exclusively serving the fresh produce industry. The website creates opportunities for connecting with FreshEdge’s operating companies and engaging in what makes their family unique. FreshEdge now operates with 1,640 employees, approximately 700,250 square feet of warehouse space, with a fleet of more than 650 trucks, delivering fresh food to customers in 22 states. Through rapid growth and consistent execution, FreshEdge has quickly amassed a reputation for adding value throughout the fresh foods industry. “FreshEdge’s new website is a splash of freshness,” said Steve Grinstead, CEO of FreshEdge. “It also symbolizes who we are – a growing family of customer-obsessed fresh food companies who care.” Greg Corsaro, President and COO of FreshEdge, added, “The revamped website reflects FreshEdge’s value proposition of providing dependable, customized solutions with cutting-edge technology for consistent, reliable delivery of fresh food with a sense of family and trust.” “We’re excited about the unique space this new website delivers for connecting FreshEdge, its family, and our industry partners,” said Daniel Corsaro, President of Indianapolis Fruit (FreshEdge retail operating company) and participant in the development of the new site. About FreshEdge FreshEdge was formed in 2019 through the combination of Get Fresh Produce (Bartlett, IL, founded in 1982) and the IF&P Foods family of companies, primarily composed of Indianapolis Fruit (founded 1947) and Piazza Produce (founded 1970). McCartney Produce (Paris, TN) joined the FreshEdge family in November 2020 followed by Valley Produce (Knoxville, TN) in June 2021, Vine Line (Grand Rapids, MI) in October 2021, and Monteverde’s (Pittsburgh, PA) in November 2021. Collectively, these leading fresh food distribution companies have several hundred years’ combined experience serving the grocery and food service industries. In addition, FreshEdge includes two Garden Cut branded fresh-cut processing facilities, a tomato re-packer, a USDA fresh kitchen (CIBUS Fresh), and two transportation companies. Today, FreshEdge is a category leader in providing both the foodservice and retail industries with fruit, vegetables, fresh grab-n-go offerings, dairy, floral and specialty products. For more, visit www.freshedgefoods.com. Contact Details FreshEdge Greg Corsaro +1 317-981-3440 gcorsaro@freshedgefoods.com Company Website https://www.freshedgefoods.com/

February 10, 2022 07:43 AM Eastern Standard Time

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How to Bet podcast Super Bowl LVI extravaganza

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What a year it has been in the National Football League, and for the How to Bet podcast. But neither are done for the season just yet: if you have not heard, there is still one game left in the 2021 NFL season. Super Bowl LVI will pit the Los Angeles Rams, playing at home in their brand new state-of-the-art SoFi Stadium, against the upstart Cincinnati Bengals and their ice cold quarterback Joe Burrow. While Sean “The Genius” Miller was on the Rams at the very start of the 2021 campaign (you can go back and look in the How to Bet archives here ), neither he, nor How to Bet co-host Daryl Fein, thought the 125-1 Bengals were going to do anything this season until very late. But that is what dreams are made of, right? The bettors that backed the Bengals to win the AFC are now richer, and if they took Cincinnati to win the Super Bowl, they could be in for a huge windfall. Miller has multiple stories posted this week in the lead up to the game Sunday, including the best way to bet prop bets, the game picks, and a story about where bettors can find the best Super Bowl LVI offers from sportsbooks through How to Bet. With so much information out there for this contest, it is more important than ever to make sure you are getting the best advice. “We went over the Caesars Sportsbook prop bet sheet before our final NFL shows of the season–which you can see Wednesday, by the way–and tried to pick out the best ones for bettors,” Miller said. “Of course, I always take tails on the coin toss before the game to try to get up a few bucks early. But obviously, you cannot bet 30-40 prop bets on this contest: you will end up losing money. “Much like the regular season, you have to target a few that you think are going to come in, and take them. I like a few of them tied to Rams’ WR Cooper Kupp: I just think he is unstoppable. As for the game, you are going to have to tune in to How to Bet to see which way I go in this intriguing contest.” With so many new states legalizing online sports betting over the last year, sportsbooks are expected to see over $8 billion wagered on the Super Bowl: a staggering number that bodes well for upcoming events like March Madness and the World Cup. That means you are going to be able to get bonuses galore, which is always good for bettors. As always, the How to Bet website has you covered, with a whole page filled with great promotions from various sportsbooks. “This is the time for new bettors, and ones looking for a new sportsbook, to clean up with the promotions and free offers,” Miller said. “Books always do this around big events: you will see it next month when March Madness tips off, and once again for the 2022 World Cup in November, among others. “Just look at some of the great value plays you get. Caesars has a 100 percent deposit match and a $1,500 risk-free first bet. FanDuel and DraftKings have similar offers: bet $5 on the Super Bowl and get up to $280 in free bets. PointsBet is giving bettors up to $2,000 in risk-free wagers. This is the time to get in on the bonuses, for doing something that you would be doing anyway: betting on games.” So while there is the return of the USFL to look forward to as a football fan very soon (April 16!), this will be the final NFL game until September 8. Will it be the Cincinnati Bengals hosting the Thursday Night Football opener and raising the championship banner, or will it be the Los Angeles Rams? Tune in to the How to Bet podcast to see who Fein and Miller pick as the Super Bowl LVI winner, then watch the big game on Sunday. And stay tuned to How to Bet, because there will be some exciting announcements in the very near future (hint: are you ready for some football, as in UEFA Champions League, and make sure you have your dancing shoes on for March!) About HowToBet.com HowToBet.com offers one of the world’s most comprehensive betting guides that can be accessed via a user-friendly web app. Its mission is to help make online betting safe, fun and as easy as performing a search on the web. There are already more than 400+ how-to guides freely available, all written by seasoned betting professionals. More guides are being added on a weekly basis in a continued effort to educate anyone interested in what is now a $199 billion betting industry. For more details, visit: https://www.howtobet.com/about-us/. Contact Details How To Bet Cristian Campan +45 50 30 42 66 cristian.campan@raketech.com Company Website https://www.howtobet.com

February 09, 2022 07:45 AM Eastern Standard Time

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SIGMA Announces 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary, the 7th and Widest Lens in the All-Metal I series of Premium Compact Primes

SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA

SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the SIGMA 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary lens, part of SIGMA's I series. This new lens is the widest in the I series released to date. Equipped with a metal, knurled, petal-type lens hood, this ultra-wide prime is compatible with 62mm threaded front filters. It is also an addition to the fast F2 aperture group of I series lenses alongside the 24mm F2 DG DN | C, 35mm F2 DG DN | C, and 65mm F2 DG DN | C. All F2 I series lenses feature a distinctive arc-type AF/MF switch and stylized barrel design near the "Made in Japan" marking. The fast F2 maximum aperture and total optical performance makes this a natural choice for astrophotography, along with landscapes, cityscapes, street photography, low-light interiors, and other nighttime situations. Due to its wide focal length and compact size, this 20mm lens is also an ideal choice for handheld vlogging and video streaming. And the ability to mount front filters, such as neutral density filters, for video and long-exposure landscapes on such a fast-aperture ultra-wide will be appreciated by many content creators. The SIGMA 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary lens will be available in the U.S. at SIGMA Authorized Dealers for a retail price of $699 on February 25, 2022. Learn more about the SIGMA 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/20mm-f2-dg-dn-c Exclusively for mirrorless cameras | Compatible with full-frame cameras C | Contemporary SIGMA 20mm F2 DG DN Dynamism in the palm of your hand I series | Premium Compact Primes for mirrorless users New standards of optical performance for the Contemporary line Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor Supplied accessories: Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF62-01M), Petal-type lens hood (LH656-03), Front Cap (LCF-62III), Rear Cap (LCRII) Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount * The appearance and specifications of the product are subject to change. * This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation. * L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG. #SIGMA #SIGMA20mmF2Contemporary #SIGMAContemporary #SIGMAContemporaryPrime #SIGMADGDN #Iseries #SIGMAIseries Exceptional optical performance and superb build quality give photographers the joy of creating images – introducing the new ultra-wide SIGMA 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary This all-new full-frame premium compact prime for mirrorless systems is the latest addition to SIGMA's I series lineup, combining a bright maximum aperture of F2, an ultra-wide 20mm focal length and stunning optical performance. The lens boasts an exceptionally small form factor, weighing in at just 370g and measuring just 72.4mm in length*, which makes it a highly practical optic that is portable enough for everyday shooting. It's ideal for landscapes, wide-angle portraits, weddings and interiors, and is particularly well-suited to astrophotography owing to its very well-controlled sagittal coma flare. It is the fourth I series lens with an F2 aperture, joining a 24mm, 35mm and 65mm, which together make a well-matched lens set for L-Mount and Sony E-mount users. *Figures are for L-Mount Remarkably, the 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary is almost identical in size and weight to the very compact SIGMA 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary. A sleek, all-metal design, with a signature I series magnetic lens cap, a manual aperture ring and exceptional production quality means using this lens is a highly intuitive and satisfying experience, making the photo-taking process even more enjoyable. This sharp and beautifully built I series prime, the SIGMA 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary captures the essence of the I series, bringing a new level of user experience―the pleasure of owning and using a lens. [Key Features] 1. I series | "Premium Compact Primes" for mirrorless users The SIGMA I series features full-frame compatible lenses that offer new value to mirrorless systems. The combination of superb optical performance with a level of compactness that is perfectly suited to smaller and lighter modern mirrorless cameras will bring you new opportunities for a perfect shot. SIGMA is aware that in today's world we have a wide range of camera choices, especially with the increase in mobile phone ownership. But with many photographers looking for something more than something that simply captures images when they choose to own a camera and lens, I series lenses offer the ultimate combination of superb optical performance, outstanding usability and compact form-factor. SIGMA's excellence in development and production technologies has been built up since our founding in 1961 and became increasingly sophisticated with the introduction of the SIGMA Global Vision brand in 2012. With this as a base, SIGMA has given careful thought to the quality of the products, the feeling of using it and the pleasure of owning it. This is how the I series was born. 2. New standards of optical performance for the Contemporary line The 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary achieves the highest level of optical performance even at the widest aperture setting of F2 from the center of the image to the periphery. Based on the latest optical design technology, the lens construction includes three high-precision glass-molded aspherical lens elements, one SLD element, and one FLD element to suppress a range of optical aberrations. The result is clear and sharp images even in the extreme corners of the frame. By focusing on the suppression of sagittal coma flare, which is difficult to correct in post-processing, accurate reproduction of very bright points of light has been achieved. This also provides extremely detailed results across the entire image, especially important for night sky photography. The lens' optical design, as well as its Super Multi-Layer Coating and Nano Porous Coating (NPC), ensures very minimal flare and ghosting even when shooting into bright light sources. This makes it much easier to photograph backlit subjects and still achieve punchy, high contrast results. 3. Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor All I series lenses have an all-metal construction. The precision-cut aluminum parts not only give the barrel a sleek, stylish finish, but provide superb durability that improves the quality of the entire product. Metal materials are also used in internal structures that slide with the operation ring for added robustness. These high-precision components crafted with SIGMA's cutting-edge metalworking technology are also used in SIGMA's CINE LENS lineup for professional cinematographers and provide a tactile, ergonomic feel that make the lens a pleasure to use. The cover ring between the focus ring and the aperture ring has hairline processing that is also used for the rear cylinder of the Art line. This covering functions as a finger hold when attaching or detaching the lens. [Additional Features] Lens construction: 13 elements in 11 groups, with 1 FLD, 1 SLD and 3 aspherical lens elements Inner focus system Compatible with high-speed autofocus Stepping motor Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction *Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model. Supports DMF and AF+MF Nano Porous Coating Super Multi-Layer Coating Aperture ring Focus mode switch Petal-type lens hood (LH656-03) Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF62-01M) Mount with dust and splash resistant structure Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only) Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only) Designed to minimize flare and ghosting Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system 9-blade rounded diaphragm High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount "Made in Japan" craftsmanship Learn more about SIGMA's craftsmanship here: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/craftsmanship/ [Key Specifications] [Product Barcode] [Accessories: Supplied] [Accessories: Optional] [Contact] For further information, please contact your local authorized SIGMA Service Station listed here: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/world-network/ [Information] SIGMA Corporation: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/ Product information: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/c022_20_2/ SIGMA I series special page: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/special/i-series/ About SIGMA Corporation Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, SIGMA has been devoted to the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning still photo and cinema camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan. In 2012, the company introduced SIGMA Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sports. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and SIGMA, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, the SIGMA Cine lens lineup was launched, further cementing SIGMA as an innovator in imaging engineering. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the SIGMA benchmark of excellence, SIGMA Cine lenses meet the needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production. Forming the landmark L-Mount alliance alongside Leica and Panasonic in 2018, SIGMA continues its storied tradition of imaging excellence through groundbreaking innovations such as the native L-mount SIGMA fp and fp L full-frame mirrorless digital cameras, announced in July 2019 and March 2021 respectively. These products, along with nearly 30 award-winning SIGMA Global Vision lenses available in native L-Mount format, demonstrate SIGMA's continued commitment to the creative community through expanded product offerings. With the fp, fp L and these lenses, even more users can now leverage SIGMA's renowned optical formula to achieve their creative vision with ease. ### For information about SIGMA America, please visit sigmaphoto.com and SIGMA Blog for helpful information about our products. Follow SIGMA America on social media! SIGMA Photo: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram SIGMA Cine: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Contact Details SIGMA +1 631-585-1144 SIGMA.PR@Sigmaphoto.com

February 09, 2022 07:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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