Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Ridgefield, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Ridgefield, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
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.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
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 is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' 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:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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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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