7 Fun Facts about Vinegar

In honor of National Vinegar Day and our recent acquisition of Fleischmann’s Vinegar, we have put together for you seven fun facts about vinegar!

1. Vinegar can be used as a substitute for fresh lemon juice.

2. White vinegar can help treat a sunburn. Simply put a tissue over the sunburned skin and lightly spray with white vinegar. It helps restore your skin to the correct acidity and gives a cooling effect. 

3. The term “vinegar” comes from the French word “vin aigre,” meaning sour wine.

4. Vinegar was discovered over 10,000 years ago.

5. You can use full strength white distilled vinegar to kill grass on sidewalks and driveways.

6. Vinegar can help soothe a queasy stomach! The queasy curing cocktail is made of apple cider vinegar, water and honey.

7. The shelf life for vinegar is almost indefinite due to its acidic nature. It is self-preserving and does not need refrigeration.

To learn more about vinegar, visit versatilevinegar.org.


DKMS Delete Blood Cancer Donor Drive: July 12

Every 3 minutes in the United States, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. For many patients, a bone marrow transplant is the best chance for survival. While 30% of patients can find a matching donor in their families, 70%—nearly 14,000 each year—must rely on a benevolent stranger to step up and donate.

On July 12, Green Plains will hold donor registration drives across all of our locations to help match blood cancer patients to potential donors. Our donor drives are in partnership with DKMS, an organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer.

Even with over 800,000 registrations, 7 out of 10 patients will not receive the lifesaving bone marrow transplant they need. And that’s why DKMS needs you — to help increase the number of donor matches by increasing the number of names on the national bone marrow registry.

Wondering if you’re eligible to be on the bone marrow registry? Finding out is easy and only takes 10 minutes! All that is required is filling out a form and swabbing the inside of your cheek. Check the listing to below to find out where your community’s donor registration drive will be held on July 12.


Thorntons to Offer E15 in Chicago

Great news for our friends in Chicago!

Thorntons, a Louisville-based fuel retailer with 184 stores in six states, announced that it will offer Unleaded15, Thorntons’ branded E15 fueling option, to its guests at all 43 Chicago-area stores beginning this March.

E15 contains up to 15 percent ethanol and up to 85 percent gasoline. The EPA has approved the use of E15 in model year 2001 or newer cars, light duty trucks, SUVs, and Flex Fuel vehicles. That’s more than 80 percent of the cars, trucks and SUVs on the road today! E15 typically costs less than regular unleaded fuel, offers improved engine performance and reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Unleaded15 offers a great value to our Chicago guests, and supports our desire to provide the best possible fuel options,” stated Jeff Gallic, Vice President of Fuel Supply.

By adding E15 to the fuel lineup, retailers like Thorntons are committing to consumer choice and supporting a homegrown, high-performance fuel.

This spring, Thorntons will join more than 175 retail stations already offering. In the nearly 20 cities rolling out E15, offering a cleaner gasoline may help reduce smog levels allowing Americans to breathe cleaner air. Additional E15 pumps are being added regularly — tell your local station you want to fill-up with E15, too!

Congressman Ashford Visits Green Plains' Omaha Office

U.S. Congressman Brad Ashford, who represents the 2nd Congressional District of Nebraska, visited the Omaha office on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 29.

During his visit to the Omaha office, Rep. Ashford met with Green Plains’ management team, including our CEO Todd Becker. Rep. Ashford expressed support for our growing Company and was happy to see that our growth will move the headquarters to a new Omaha location.

Rep. Ashford finished his visit by talking with Omaha employees about his passion for representing Nebraska’ 2nd District, his commitment to veterans and his work to ensure the growth of Nebraska businesses, including Green Plains.

In Congress, Rep. Ashford has been a staunch supporter of Nebraska’s ethanol industry and the RFS. Last September, he was awarded Growth Energy’s “Fueling Growth” award to recognize his ethanol leadership in Congress.

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