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Cork ReHarvest, Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group

May 28, 2010


 SALEM, OR -- Cork ReHarvest is proud to announce its partnership with the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group. Beginning this month, the group's 14 Certified Green Restaurants in New York City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, will be collecting their natural wine corks for the Cork ReHarvest recycling program. Batali and Bastianich's Restaurants serve anywhere from 1,500 to 5,000 bottles of wine a month each, making their contribution a sizeable one.

"We are very proud to be partnered with such an amazing group of individuals, whose commitment to sustainability, reduce, reuse and recycle are not just buzz words to gain attention, but are at the core of their restaurant group's mission," stated Patrick Spencer, Director of Cork ReHarvest. "The strides this group has made with the Green Restaurant Association and other sustainability and environmental efforts made this the perfect partnership for us."

"This was a no-brainer; natural corks are recyclable and we have a lot of them. In addition, Cork ReHarvest collects and transfers the corks in a way that does not increase their carbon footprint, making this an easy way to do the right thing," maintains Chef/Owner Batali.

The cork recycling program is just one way that Cork ReHarvest is bringing attention to the environmental importance of saving the Mediterranean cork forests, and keeping a reusable resources out of landfills. These 6.6 million acres support one of the world's highest levels of forest biodiversity and are second only to the Amazon rainforest's in their importance to our planet's biosphere. By supporting the Batali & Bastianich restaurants, the public is helping to save one of the world's most important ecological regions. To learn more you can visit our website at www.corkreharvest.org.

For more information on this partnership, please contact Elizabeth Meltz - Director of Food Safety & Sustainability for the B&B Hospitality Group- ermeltz@bandbhg.com / 646-572-6359.

Cork ReHarvest is the leading cork recycling organization in North America. For further information visit our website at www.corkreharvest.org.


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