The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Ridgefield, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Ridgefield, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits. Some of those benefits include:
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Later this year, guitar wizard Joe Satriani will embark on the Earth tour, at long last resuming his live schedule after several postponements over the past handful of years.Satriani has released two albums since 2020, and both will be on display on this An Evening With … tour.The first, Shapeshifting, cam...
Later this year, guitar wizard Joe Satriani will embark on the Earth tour, at long last resuming his live schedule after several postponements over the past handful of years.
Satriani has released two albums since 2020, and both will be on display on this An Evening With … tour.
Making up for lost time, Satriani’s tour will pack in a ton of material, with a news release promising that, “the upcoming ‘An Evening With’ shows will feature 2½ hours of new music and classic fan favorites with an intermission in the middle of the set.”
Here’s the schedule for the Earth tour, with more shows coming in the future:
9/21/22 Fox Performing Arts Center / Riverside, CA 9/22/22 Balboa Theatre / San Diego, CA 9/23/22 Orpheum Theatre / Los Angeles, CA 9/24/22 Talking Stick Resort / Scottsdale, AZ 9/25/22 Grand Theatre @ Grand Sierra Resort / Reno, NV 9/26/22 Bob Hope Theater / Stockton, CA 9/28/22 The Moore Theatre / Seattle, WA 9/29/22 Bing Crosby Theater / Spokane, WA 9/30/22 Elsinore Theatre / Salem, OR 10/2/22 Fox Theater / Oakland, CA 10/4/22 Paramount Theatre / Denver, CO 10/6/22 Stiefel Theatre / Salina, KS 10/7/22 Hoyt Sherman Theatre / Des Moines, IA 10/8/22 The Pageant / St. Louis, MO 10/9/22 State Theatre / Minneapolis, MN 10/12/22 Chicago Theatre / Chicago, IL 10/13/22 Peoria Civic Center Theatre / Peoria, IL 10/14/22 Kalamazoo State Theatre / Kalamazoo, MI 10/15/22 Honeywell Center / Wabash, IN 10/16/22 Canton Palace Theatre / Canton, OH 10/17/22 Count Basie Center for the Arts / Red Bank, NJ 10/19/22 Carolina Theatre / Durham, NC 10/20/22 Palace Theatre / Greensburg, PA 10/21/22 MGM Northfield Park / Northfield, OH 10/22/22 Taft Theatre / Cincinnati, OH 10/23/22 Brown County Music Center / Nashville, IN 10/24/22 Ryman Auditorium / Nashville, TN 10/26/22 Warner Theatre / Washington, DC 10/27/22 Beacon Theatre / New York City, NY 10/29/22 Danforth Music Hall / Toronto, ON 11/2/22 & 11/3/22 Ridgefield Playhouse / Ridgefield, CT 11/4/22 Scottish Rite Auditorium / Collingswood, NJ 11/5/22 Orpheum Theatre / Boston, MA 11/7/22 Atlanta Symphony Hall / Atlanta, GA 11/9/22 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall / Ponte Vedra, FL 11/10/22 Hard Rock Live / Orlando, FL 11/11/22 The Parker Ft / Lauderdale, FL 11/12/22 Ruth Eckerd Hall / Clearwater, FL 11/14/22 Mars Music Hall / Huntsville, AL 11/16/22 Tobin Center for the Performing Arts / San Antonio, TX 11/17/22 Paramount Theatre / Austin, TX 11/18/22 House of Blues / Houston, TX 11/19/22 Majestic Theatre / Dallas, TX
Hi Larry, Hope you are doing well! Given your focus on electric vehicles, I wanted to give you the heads up about an advancement available to small businesses in New Jersey. Yesterday, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)<https://www.njeda.com/> announced the $45 million expansion of the New Jersey Zero Emission Incentive Program (NJ ZIP)<https://www.njeda.com/njzip>. The ...
Hi Larry, Hope you are doing well! Given your focus on electric vehicles, I wanted to give you the heads up about an advancement available to small businesses in New Jersey. Yesterday, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)<https://www.njeda.com/> announced the $45 million expansion of the New Jersey Zero Emission Incentive Program (NJ ZIP)<https://www.njeda.com/njzip>. The electric vehicle voucher program allows for small businesses to purchase zero-emission medium-duty electric vehicles at a discount, with NJEDA pledging to pay the remaining cost to the manufacturers. Yesterday, Vanessa and Luis Abad, who were among the first recipients to receive vehicles from the program, joined NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan to place "Powered by NJ ZIP" bumper stickers on their four electric vehicles. Later in the year, the program will move to Phase 2, which includes opening applications to businesses statewide and includes heavy-duty vehicle classes. The NJEDA anticipates the expansion of the program will allow 200-400 additional vouchers to be approved. We can coordinate for you to speak with Tim Sullivan, CEO of NJEDA and/or program recipients who can provide more information on the impact of the program on the N.J. community. Relevant images can be found here<https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wwuvc42qoa15ode/AACdM6yv2aLYj8EOC2sqiApOa?dl=0> (courtesy of Todd Plitt) and more details can be found in the press release below. Appreciate you considering it! Best, Sam Brancato Violet PR *** FOR RELEASE NJEDA To Expand Electric Vehicle Voucher Program Statewide NJ ZIP will make an additional $45 million available and widen eligibility to include heavy-duty vehicles later this year LYNDHURST, N.J. - July 19, 2022 -The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)<https://www.njeda.com/> announced the expansion of the New Jersey Zero Emission Incentive Program (NJ ZIP)<https://www.njeda.com/njzip> to support businesses and institutions statewide that are purchasing new, zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles operating in New Jersey. Last week, the NJEDA's Board approved the $45 million expansion, through its Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)<https://www.nj.gov/dep/aqes/rggi.html> allocation, doubling the amount of funding dedicated to the program. In addition to increased funding for the program, the NJEDA Board also approved two major eligibility changes from the earlier phase - expanding eligibility to include heavy-duty vehicle classes, and expanding statewide, beyond the four pilot communities in the first phase. NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan was joined by Vanessa and Luis Abad outside the offices of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ)<https://shccnj.org/>, which was instrumental in promoting the pilot to business owners, to announce the expansion of the program. The Abads' business, ENAT Transportation<https://enatdeliveriesllc.com/> & Logistics, located in Ridgefield Park, was one of the first businesses approved for support under the program. The Abads and Sullivan, together with GreenPower Motor Company<https://greenpowermotor.com/> Regional Sales Manager Larry Sharp, placed "Powered by NJ ZIP" bumper stickers on four of the zero-emission medium-duty electric vehicles funded by NJ ZIP. GreenPower Motor Company is an authorized vendor under NJ ZIP from which ENAT Transportation & Logistics procured their vehicles. As of last month, the NJEDA had approved 144 NJ ZIP applications totaling $32.2 million in vouchers for zero-emission medium-duty vehicles, with more applications still in process. The NJEDA anticipates the expansion of the program will allow 200-400 additional vouchers to be awarded. Over 90 percent of the entities approved to date are small businesses, and approximately 57 percent are minority- and/or woman-owned. The vehicles supported so far through the program are expected to result in the reduction of annual carbon emissions by more than 6,500 short tons<https://www.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/71e62ee3de2d4a6585bf4766881406c6> within the communities in which they operate. "Over 40 percent of New Jersey's carbon emissions are produced by vehicles, so helping small businesses make the transition to zero-emission technology is a key step toward accelerating Governor Phil Murphy's efforts to improve air quality, and create economic opportunity within the state," said Sullivan. "Small businesses participating in the program are poised to reap the benefits of electric vehicle ownership by modernizing their fleets with environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art vehicles that not only reduce fuel costs and require less maintenance but mitigate the harmful environmental impacts of transportation emissions in communities across New Jersey." ENAT Transportation & Logistics, one of the first NJ ZIP awardees to receive its vehicles, is on its way to transitioning its entire commercial fleet to electric vehicles within the next five years and is currently working with Bergen Community College to serve as a location to house their zero-emission vehicles as part of the Bergen Community College Business Accelerator<https://bergen.edu/ce/bergen-for-business/business-accelerator/>. "NJ ZIP is a fantastic resource for small businesses like mine to afford transitioning to an electric fleet as we strive to reduce our carbon footprint and the additional bonus it provides gives woman-owned minority businesses, like mine, the opportunity for progress," said Abad. "The additional $40,000 in bonuses we received for being a minority and women-owned small business has allowed us to compete with other transportation companies in an industry that has traditionally been operated by men." "NJ ZIP offers a clear and accessible path for businesses across New Jersey, especially those in underserved communities, to buy and drive electric vehicles," said Sharp. "GreenPower Motor will continue to deliver some of the first commercial electric vans and trucks to New Jersey businesses that are taking a bold step in addressing climate change by reducing their carbon footprint. We look forward to continuing to supply future recipients with zero-emission vehicles through the NJ ZIP program." Another small business that recently received support from the NJ ZIP is Camden County-based Juan Kelmy Productions, LLC<https://www.juankelmyproductions.com/>. Located in Sicklerville, this minority-owned small business is an event photography, marketing and web design company that serves the tri-state area. "Our company is honored to be a recipient of NJ ZIP's electric vehicle vouchers which will support our day-to-day business operations," said Juan Kelmy Productions Owner Juan Martinez. "The funding received from this program further advances our commitment to clean energy initiatives that contribute to our zero-emission goals to transition into new electric vehicles." "The NJDEP is pleased to partner with the NJEDA to further reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change in our state," said New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Commissioner Shawn LaTourette. "As New Jersey's transportation sector is the largest source of these emissions, the NJ ZIP expansion constitutes a significant step forward. These types of partnerships also demonstrate the power and strength of collaboration among State agencies. NJ ZIP supports small businesses with an eye toward transitioning their current vehicle fleet to zero emission alternatives, helping to protect the environment, improve public health, and advance our environmental justice and clean energy goals." In addition to expanding the program's funding capacity, the NJEDA will also work to identify a New Jersey university partner to provide technical assistance as part of the NJ ZIP program. This assistance will provide critical guidance to small businesses as they are applying for zero-emission vehicle vouchers. The NJEDA anticipates opening applications, including those for businesses in newly eligible parts of the state, in the coming months. Vouchers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information on NJ ZIP, including all eligibility requirements for vendors and purchasers, is available at https://www.njeda.com/njzip. About New Jersey's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) In 2020, the NJEDA, along with the NJDEP and NJBPU, released the State's first Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Strategic Funding Plan. The Plan identified the four initiatives the Agencies will invest the RGGI auction proceeds in for the years 2020 through 2022. NJ ZIP is funded by proceeds allocated to the NJEDA by the RGGI for the purposes of reducing harmful emissions, especially in communities disproportionately impacted by transportation emissions, and creating economic opportunity within the state. About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State's principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey's long-term economic competitiveness. To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses, call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit https://www.njeda.com<https://www.njeda.com/small_midsize_business> and follow @NewJerseyEDA on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/NewJerseyEDA/>, Twitter<http://twitter.com/NewJerseyEDA>, Instagram<https://www.instagram.com/newjerseyeda/>, and LinkedIn<https://www.linkedin.com/company/njeda/>. ###
The upcoming 'An Evening With' shows will feature 2½ hours of new music and classic fan favorites with an intermission in the middle of the set.After being forced to postpone numerous tour dates over the last two years JOE SATRIANI is more than ready to get back to live shows and playing for his legions of fans across the world.The U.S. leg of his worldwide "Earth Tour" will get things started with the tour launch on September 21 in Riverside, CA and continue through November 19 with a final date in the U.S. ...
After being forced to postpone numerous tour dates over the last two years JOE SATRIANI is more than ready to get back to live shows and playing for his legions of fans across the world.
The U.S. leg of his worldwide "Earth Tour" will get things started with the tour launch on September 21 in Riverside, CA and continue through November 19 with a final date in the U.S. to take place in Dallas, TX. Satriani will then head over to Europe for rescheduled shows in early 2023.
Satriani will have no shortage of new material to showcase for fans, playing songs live for the first time from not one, but TWO new albums. Satriani released his last album, Shapeshifting, at the start of the Pandemic lockdown in April 2020 while The Elephants of Mars, his 19th studio album, was released on April 8, 2022.
The upcoming 'An Evening With' shows will feature 2½ hours of new music and classic fan favorites with an intermission in the middle of the set.
The critical acclaim for the new album continues with Guitarist Magazine calling it, "A multi-layered delight from start to finish" and Guitar World exclaiming, "An undeniably cinematic new album..." Satrani fans agree - the video for first single, "Sahara now boasts over 1.6 million views since its April release!
In 2020 with all time constraints removed, The Elephants of Mars truly represents the album that Satriani himself hoped he could deliver with his band. "We did everything. We tried the craziest ideas. And we entertained every notion we had about turning something backwards, upside down, seeing what could happen."
For over three decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star "G3" guitar extravaganza. Satriani's studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them.
His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.
Satriani's touring band is Kenny Aronoff (drums), Bryan Beller (bass) and Rai Thistlethwayte (keyboards).
9/21/22 Fox Performing Arts Center / Riverside, CA9/22/22 Balboa Theatre / San Diego, CA9/23/22 Orpheum Theatre / Los Angeles, CA9/24/22 Talking Stick Resort / Scottsdale, AZ9/25/22 Grand Theatre @ Grand Sierra Resort / Reno, NV9/26/22 Bob Hope Theater / Stockton, CA9/28/22 The Moore Theatre / Seattle, WA9/29/22 Bing Crosby Theater / Spokane, WA9/30/22 Elsinore Theatre / Salem, OR10/2/22 Fox Theater / Oakland, CA10/4/22 Paramount Theatre / Denver, CO10/6/22 Stiefel Theatre / Salina, KS10/7/22 Hoyt Sherman Theatre / Des Moines, IA10/8/22 The Pageant / St. Louis, MO10/9/22 State Theatre / Minneapolis, MN10/12/22 Chicago Theatre / Chicago, IL10/13/22 Peoria Civic Center Theatre / Peoria, IL10/14/22 Kalamazoo State Theatre / Kalamazoo, MI10/15/22 Honeywell Center / Wabash, IN10/16/22 Canton Palace Theatre / Canton, OH10/17/22 Count Basie Center for the Arts / Red Bank, NJ10/19/22 Carolina Theatre / Durham, NC10/20/22 Palace Theatre / Greensburg, PA10/21/22 MGM Northfield Park / Northfield, OH10/22/22 Taft Theatre / Cincinnati, OH10/23/22 Brown County Music Center / Nashville, IN10/24/22 Ryman Auditorium / Nashville, TN10/26/22 Warner Theatre / Washington, DC10/27/22 Beacon Theatre / New York City, NY10/29/22 Danforth Music Hall / Toronto, ON11/2/22 & 11/3/22 Ridgefield Playhouse / Ridgefield, CT11/4/22 Scottish Rite Auditorium / Collingswood, NJ11/5/22 Orpheum Theatre / Boston, MA11/7/22 Atlanta Symphony Hall / Atlanta, GA11/9/22 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall / Ponte Vedra, FL11/10/22 Hard Rock Live / Orlando, FL11/11/22 The Parker Ft / Lauderdale, FL11/12/22 Ruth Eckerd Hall / Clearwater, FL11/14/22 Mars Music Hall / Huntsville, AL11/16/22 Tobin Center for the Performing Arts / San Antonio, TX11/17/22 Paramount Theatre / Austin, TX11/18/22 House of Blues / Houston, TX11/19/22 Majestic Theatre / Dallas, TX
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From naan and pita to lavash and focaccia, flatbreads are flourishing in popularity in the United States. The category’s dollar sales rose 4.8% to $365 million last year, according to IRI data for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 26, 2021, thanks in part to big players entering the space. Tortilla category leader Mission Foods, Irving, Texas, for example, introduced its popular Fresh Signature line of flatbreads to the United States last year after selling them globally for the past decade.“Our pita, naan, flatbread and roti signi...
From naan and pita to lavash and focaccia, flatbreads are flourishing in popularity in the United States. The category’s dollar sales rose 4.8% to $365 million last year, according to IRI data for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 26, 2021, thanks in part to big players entering the space. Tortilla category leader Mission Foods, Irving, Texas, for example, introduced its popular Fresh Signature line of flatbreads to the United States last year after selling them globally for the past decade.
“Our pita, naan, flatbread and roti signify an important expansion for the company, and I’m excited to help introduce US consumers to these new and already popular Mission flavors,” said company Chief Executive Officer Juan Gonzalez.
While many Americans are exploring the world of flatbreads for the first time, tortillas on the other hand have been a familiar staple of their diets for years. The category posted approximately $3 billion in sales last year, IRI reported, and there’s no shortage of innovation here either with bakeries introducing better-for-you (BFY) gluten- and grain-free options. Mission Foods debuted almond and cauliflower tortillas last year, becoming the largest tortilla manufacturer to introduce gluten-free alternatives. Ridgefield, NJ-based Toufayan Bakeries’ gluten-free tortilla wrap is its No. 1 seller online, and the bakery also offers a popular line of Smart Pockets, an American version of a pita bread made with sprouted grains.
Amid strong consumer demand and more varieties than ever before, many bakers may be looking to get in on tortillas and flatbreads. Established tortilla makers may also be looking to follow in the footsteps of other brands and diversify their product portfolio with flatbreads or healthier tortilla options. However, these breads pose unique processing challenges bakers must consider before leaping headfirst into the space.
Tortillas and flatbreads are often lumped together when discussing baked foods, but there are key differences in how they’re made. Most tortillas, for example, are rounded into dough balls that are then hot-pressed into shape.
“That’s the rule of thumb. I’d say probably 80% plus are producing dough ball hot press,” said Ken Hagedorn, vice president, bakery sector, Handtmann. “There are people that do sheeted tortillas as well, but a lot of them say the quality isn’t traditional enough. The hot press things are the real, honest-to-goodness thing.”
While the dough ball and hot press reign supreme, there are benefits to making tortillas on a sheeted line. Many burrito makers opt for die cut tortillas because the line can run at a higher speed than a dough ball press system. These lines provide better shape consistency as well.
“[A sheeted line] is a dedicated system where you’ve got either a straight sheeting line or possibly a two-section laminator that gives you some strength in that cross-directional part of the product,” said Nick Magistrelli, vice president of sales for Rademaker USA.
Flatbreads, on the other hand, encompass a more diverse range of products, often requiring greater flexibility on a line to accommodate different ingredients.
“There’s so many different styles of flatbread; the formulations are different, and the shapes are different,” Mr. Hagedorn explained. “Tortillas are basically a round circle, but you have some flatbreads that are rectangular or circular, it’s a more diverse product, so there’s more room to play with the formulation and how you’re going to produce it.”
Tortillas have been industrially produced for decades, but mass-producing many of these new flatbreads is uncharted territory for bakers, meaning additional research, development and testing is needed to find the most suitable process, said Alexander Weissbach, head of technology, product management and Rondo’s Dough-how Center. A big challenge is that flatbreads from different regions are made in different ways.
“Lavash or Lebanese breads are not the same everywhere in the world, and this is why we like bakers to visit our Dough-how Center to find the most suitable process,” Mr. Weissbach said.
Because flatbreads include a wider range of doughs and ingredients than tortillas, a sheeting line can provide the flexibility bakers need.
“The advantages [of a sheeting line] are the variety of shapes that can be made at a makeup table,” Mr. Magistrelli said. “It’s the same conversation you have when people start talking about processing traditional breads. On a sheeting line, you can do all kinds of interesting and creative molding, rounding, cutting.”
A dough ball press system could be modified for flatbreads, Mr. Hagedorn pointed out, but some sacrifices will have to be made.
“If you’re saying, ‘I have a traditional tortilla line, can I do other style flatbreads on it?’ The answer is yes, but you’re going to be limited,” he said. “Your basic expense is going to be having to change your style of oven.”
Tortillas are typically baked on a triple pass oven, while flatbreads are usually baked in a tunnel oven. Flatbreads may also require a proofing or resting period that varies based on the specific flatbread being made.
In addition to these processing differences, flatbreads have a shorter shelf life than tortillas, which may require additional packaging investments, noted John McIsaac, vice president of strategic development, Reiser.
“We have found that the use of modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) greatly extends shelf life,” Mr. McIsaac said. “MAP also allows producers to remove chemicals used to extend shelf life. The chemicals are no longer needed. Producers can extend not only the shelf life of the product, but also the geographical range where they can sell their product.”
This article is an excerpt from the July 2022 issue of Baking & Snack. To read the entire feature on Tortilla & Flatbread Processing, click here.
RIDGEFIELD PARK, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, July 24, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Academy of Greatness and Excellence (AGE) is pleased to announce that the School Board has completed the purchase of the largest real estate property to be owned by an Islamic educational organization in New Jersey. In less than one year after being approved for its potential campus in the Temple Emanuel- Paterson NJ, AGE has purchased the former Neumann Prep High School building in Wayne, ...
RIDGEFIELD PARK, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, July 24, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Academy of Greatness and Excellence (AGE) is pleased to announce that the School Board has completed the purchase of the largest real estate property to be owned by an Islamic educational organization in New Jersey. In less than one year after being approved for its potential campus in the Temple Emanuel- Paterson NJ, AGE has purchased the former Neumann Prep High School building in Wayne, NJ. The property is about 25 acres, with a 56,000 sq.ft. high school building, chapel, rectory, and athletic field.
The purchased property has been owned by the Diocese of Paterson since 1965. The rectory and athletic field are leased to TSF Academy until July 2023, with no renewal option. The high school building was leased to the Islamic Education Foundation (IEF) for the last 9 years with no option to renew.
The School Board of AGE was informed that the Diocese of Paterson was actively trying to sell the property and was no longer interested in any long-term leases. A few developers were interested in buying the property to turn it into an apartment building or a senior citizens facility. The AGE Board members believed that they were morally obligated to secure the building and maintain it as a school for future generations. The lack of proper educational facilities is the most challenging part of attracting parents and students to Islamic education. The scarcity of the real estate inventory and the difficult, costly, and long process of transforming a commercial building into a school due to the building codes and zoning ordinances represent an overwhelming and sometimes an impossible process.
“At this point, our main concern is to secure this beautiful building for educating our children in such an adequate facility regardless of which organization is running the operation. We are grateful to Allah (SWT) for being able to complete this large financial transaction without asking the community for help or resorting to fundraisers, which is something AGE has never done during its existence,” said Wahid Melook, the Chief Financial Officer of AGE and one of its founders.
“For the last few years, AGE has a cooperative and productive relationship with the IEF, which is a pillar of Islamic education in New Jersey. Unfortunately, due to the confidentiality agreement that was imposed on all parties involved in this transaction, we did not get the opportunity to discuss any future plans with the IEF. However, during the purchase process, we have worked diligently with the Diocese to secure the renewal of the IEF’s lease until the end of the 2022/2023 school year. Unless the IEF decides to move Al-Ghazaly High School back to its original building in Teaneck, which will be available for 2023/2024 school year, we anticipate that the IEF will continue leasing the Neumann Prep High School building, and hence AGE will ensure that the IEF’s lease is uninterrupted. If that will no longer be the case, AGE will expand its operation and utilize the purchased building as an additional AGE school campus. In all cases, and pending the Wayne Township approval, AGE plans to redevelop the rest of the property for recreational and community purposes,” Wahid Melook continued.
Dr. Hammad Choudhry, the Vice-Chairman of AGE stated, “Although this step seems reactionary, it is in line with the AGE vision, and it is necessary to avoid a situation that may negatively impact future generations of Muslim students. AGE’s vision is to provide affordable high quality Islamic education that combines the “Greatness of Character and Excellence of Knowledge” motto that the school holds so dearly. This vision was never limited to a certain city, county, state, or even a country.”
AGE is currently serving about 500 students, and for the last five years the enrollment closed within days of opening the process, with about 150 students on the waitlist. “It is very important to take advantage of any opportunity that comes our way to increase the ability of accommodating students who seek Islamic education, while strengthening the academic, character building, and athletic programs in Islamic Schools,” said Dr. Abdeslem El Idrissi, AGE Board member.
The Chairman of the AGE Board, Dr. Rashed Rashed, also added, “The unity of the AGE community, the support of the parents, and the dedication of the administration and staff are the major factors of the continuous success of AGE. Securing such a property to educate future Muslim generations is a dream come true. I have been involved with Islamic education for the last 35 years, my four children were all educated in Islamic schools. Having an adequate and proper school building was never attainable due to the limited resources and the financial burden. It is really phenomenal that AGE was able to acquire this property without overwhelming the parents and the community with fundraisers and donation requests despite being a not-for-profit organization.”
“Within a very short period, AGE has witnessed an exponential growth in student enrollment and facility expansion; nevertheless, what’s most remarkable is that within this time, we have gained the respect and trust of the AGE parents, students and staff as well as the surrounding community, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. At our Ridgefield Park campus, we’ve had a great relationship with St. Francis of Assisi (Archdiocese of Newark), and we anticipate having an equally wonderful experience with the Diocese of Paterson at our new location in Wayne. We look forward to building strong bonds with the local community and reaching out to all Neumann Prep alumni to build up much needed bridges in our society,” said Iman ElDessouky, the Principal of the Academy of Greatness & Excellence.
Academy of Greatness & Excellence has become the fastest growing and one of the most successful Islamic Schools in New Jersey during the last ten years. AGE will continue to honor its commitment to providing quality and affordable Islamic Education for current and future generations regardless of the time and place.
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