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Food Service Focus: Trends to focus on this New Year

Posted on Wednesday Jan 31, 2018 at 04:46PM in General


What does 2018 mean for the food service industry? It means investing in your brand, emphasis on food presentation and utilizing meal service delivery! This may seem intimidating, but don’t worry- Hill & Markes can make it easy.

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Is Your Restaurant Ready for the Big Game?

Posted on Monday Jan 29, 2018 at 08:30AM in General


The day of the Super Bowl is the second largest food consumption day behind Thanksgiving and over 48 million people will be ordering take-out. Is your business prepared to meet the demand?

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Top Ten Toys in a Daycare (And how to clean them!)

Posted on Friday Jan 26, 2018 at 11:28AM in General


Daycares are a center of activity for children and the adults that care for them. Exploring the world through play is one of the most encouraging activities for engagement and learning in children – and that means lots of hands (and mouths!) on just about everything they interact with! Here at Hill & Markes we know play is essential – as is keeping that play as clean and healthy as possible. So we’ve compiled a list of our favorite time-tested toys for your daycare, and we’re sharing how to keep those toys clean and happy for years to come!

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A Day in the Life of a Hill & Markes Driver | Part Two

Posted on Thursday Jan 04, 2018 at 08:35AM in General


As we leave behind 2017, and roll headlong into 2018, a mass of downright arctic air has had us within its clutches for a significant period of time. All of us are now fully aware that winter is indeed here. Maybe you start your vehicle up five minutes sooner than normal, maybe you swing into Stewart's or the Dunkin' drive through for a nice hot cup of coffee on the way into the office. Just maybe… every morning… instead of just Thursday or Friday, but upon making it in to the office you shake off the chill and complain to your fellow employees about how gosh darn cold it is out. You collectively say, “ugh, I can't wait until spring,” but then fall into your normal routine behind your desk in a nice, warm office.

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Keeping Daycares Healthy: The Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

Posted on Wednesday Dec 20, 2017 at 02:43PM in General


Daycare facilities require specific needs based on size, location, and regulation requirements by the State of New York. Despite these differences, each facility has a core mission in mind- providing a safe and healthy environment for their employees and children. Daycares become a second home to children with the expectation they are being taught, supervised and cared for in a clean environment. The inherent trust parents demonstrate when they drop their children off each day demands that safety and health remain a top priority for each center.

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Meet Your Sales Rep: Angie Richards

Posted on Monday Dec 04, 2017 at 10:45AM in General


Is Angie Richards your Hill and Markes Sales Representative? Or are you just curious about the high caliber of Staff we have in Hill & Markes in general? Whatever your reason join us for a quick Q&A with one of our Reps as she explains some of the great projects she's done so far, what motivates her to excel every day, and how he got started.

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A Day in the Life of a Hill & Markes Driver

Posted on Monday Nov 27, 2017 at 10:10AM in General


Myself? I already know where the exit is, what lane I will need to be in to take it and how much time I have remaining to get in said lane. I’m not free of ridicule myself. It’s normal for backseat drivers to say, “Come on man!! Go! You could have pulled out and made it 10 times over already!" Driving a tractor trailer daily ingrains safe habits into your soul and they most definitely carry over to your everyday personal vehicle. Just an everyday occurrence in the life of a driver.

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Meet Your Sales Rep: Neil Deutschman

Posted on Friday Nov 17, 2017 at 04:55PM in General


Is Neil Deutschman your Hill and Markes Sales Representative? Or are you just curious about the high caliber of Staff we have in Hill & Markes in general? Whatever your reason join us for a quick Q&A with one of our Reps as he explains some of the great projects he's done so far, what motivates him to excel every day, and how he got started.

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Paper Towels vs Hand Dryers

Posted on Wednesday Nov 01, 2017 at 11:21AM in General


So what's the most effective way to dry those freshly clean hands? According to a recent efficacy study of different hand drying methods, it was declared that "from a hygiene viewpoint, paper towels are superior to electronic air dryers." The study surveyed more than 3,500 people and measured public opinion about hand drying in public bathrooms. A whopping 75% of the votes were in favor of paper towels.

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Meet Your Sales Rep: Jim Paige Jr.

Posted on Tuesday Oct 17, 2017 at 03:06PM in General


Is Jimmy Paige Jr. your Hill and Markes Sales Representative? Or are you just curious about the high caliber of Staff we have in Hill & Markes in general? Whatever your reason join us for a quick Q&A with one of our newest Reps as he explains some of the great projects he's done so far, what motivates him to excel every day, and how he got started.

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Why Customizing Your Consumables Makes a Difference

Posted on Monday Sep 25, 2017 at 04:53PM in General


As a part of Hill & Markes, Inc. core mission to provide our customers with the best innovation possible, we have worked with our product experts and our customers to devise a program that helps you put your brand in the spotlight. As part of this program, consumable customization is an easy way to get your business to be the talk of the town. Simply put, invest in your brand, invest in your business, and your customers will invest in you.

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What does it mean to be green?

Posted on Thursday Aug 17, 2017 at 04:10PM in General


Here at Hill & Markes we are dedicated to Sustainability practices. We have our own LEED Certified building, we carry a comprehensive line of Sustainable and Compostable products, and we love going green. So now that we have gone through all the growing pains of becoming a sustainable facility, we want to pass our knowledge on to our customers. To start, we have to define what sustainability means. What do we mean when we talk about IAQ, PET, and waste?

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How to Appeal to Millennials: Coffee Shops

Posted on Monday Aug 14, 2017 at 09:29AM in General


Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation's largest living generation, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Another fact about millennials is that they love coffee. In fact, they love coffee so much, research says millennials consume 44% of coffee in the United States . Quality coffee is important but so is the ambiance and environment millennials drink coffee in. Drinking good coffee in an inviting, eco-friendly environment has become a trend. It's the socially acceptable way of getting that extra oomph to get through your day, week, and year. As a millennial myself, I prefer coffee with my oxygen. It is necessary for survival! When Monday arrives and your Sunday "scaries" become reality- the only comfort is your beloved coffee giving you the superpower strength to get through the work day. If millennials are consuming all of what's left of the world?s coffee supply , then you need to appeal to that consumer. Hill & Markes, Inc. has the top 5 ways coffee shops can appeal to millennials.

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H&M 4.0

Posted on Thursday Sep 08, 2016 at 08:00PM in General


Hill & Markes is a story of constant reinvention.  And that constant state of change has been the secret sauce at Hill & Markes for the past 110 years.   A distributor you might ask as innovator and change agent?  Why? The answer is clear – we are and always have been customer-centric – and we are in a constant state of discovery for avenues to better please our customers.   Hill & Markes has transformed itself from ice cream producer and distributor using horse and buggy, to candy and tobacco peddler out of a station wagon, to current day distributor of cleaning supplies and foodservice products employing 30 delivering tractor trailers.    How does a small town distributor in Amsterdam NY make so many major strategic changes in direction and continue to stay in the leading edge?

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