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For Immediate Release Guilde Internationale des Fromagers Confrerie de Saint-Uguzon Paris, France Recognizes United States Cheese Professionals in San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 23, 2017) - Roland Barthelemy, President of Guilde Internationale des Fromagers traveled from France to recognize and induct twelve cheese professionals from the U.S. on January 23, 2017 in San Francisco, CA during the 519th Chapter Induction during the International Fancy Food Show. The individuals inducted are considered not only experts in the making of cheese, but also experts in the production and preservation of standards, quality and education of fine cheese.


Included are some of the United States’ finest cheese makers, cheese mongers and food writers, all part of a group of dedicated culinary experts receiving the high honor. Twelve individuals were recognized at the first level of Garde et Jure of the Guilde Internationale de Fromagers. Inductees of the Garde et Jure level included: Jennifer Bice – Redwood Hill Farms CA, Lydia Burns – Pastoral Cheese IL, Seana Doughty –Bleating Heart Cheese CA, Gordon Edgar –Rainbow Grocery CA, Cindy Callahan – Bellwether Farms CA, Liam Callahan – Bellwether Farms CA, Judy Creighton – Lavendar Ridge Vineyards CA, Jeannine Creighton – McKenna Marketing CA, Stephane Plessis –Isigny Sainte Mere France, Gayle DeCaro – Gelsons Market CA, CA and Sam Studd – Will Studd Collection, Australia.


The ceremony was held in San Francisco following a forty-six year tradition of pomp complete with robes and a presentation of medals and certificates. Internationally renowned cheese expert and Prevot of the International Guilde, Mr. Roland Barthélemy, mastered the ceremonies and Cathy Strange, Whole Foods Market Executive Coordinator, presented further remarks. The ceremony celebrated the New World Chapter of the Guilde and the recognition of the New World Chapter Board composed of President and Ambassador Cathy Strange, Global Cheese Buyer, Ambassador and Vice-Presidents/Ambassadors David Gremmels, Owner/Cheese Maker, Rogue Creamery, OR, and Dominique Huth, CEO and President, Alouette Cheese, USA, PA. The organization members represent Mexico, the United States, Canada and Australia.


Mr. Pierre Androuët, a cheese maker, created the Guilde des Fromagers and Confrerie of Saint-Uguzon in 1969 in Dijon, France epicurean and intellectual with a degree in fine arts. The Guilde, for dairy professionals who were dedicated to preserving standards in cheese making throughout the world, and the Confrerie, for cheese aficionados and experts such as chefs, restaurateurs, food scientists and food journalists whose objective was to share their knowledge and the knowledge of the cheese makers.


We invite all cheesemongers around the world to celebrate International Raw Milk Cheese Day on April 15, 2017. For further information Oldways Cheese Raw Milk Day info


To access photos from the event, please visit New World Guilde website




Cathy Strange, Global Cheese Buyer, Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas Ambassador Guilde Internationale des Fromagers T. +1.512.542.0848


David Gremmels, President and Cheese Maker, Rogue Creamery, Central Point, Oregon Ambassador Guilde Internationale des Fromagers T. +1.541.601.7758


Louis Aird, Fine Cheese Marketing, Import-Export, Saputo, St-Laurent, Quebec, Canada Ambassador Guilde Internationale de Fromagers T. +1.514.386.2299


Will Studd, International Cheese Specialist and media commentator, Australia Ambassador Guilde Internationale de Fromagers T. +61 418.548005


Dominique Huth, CEO President, Alouette Cheese USA, New Holland, PA Maitre Fromager Guilde Internationale des Fromagers T. +1.717.355.8592

About Gelson’s

Founded in 1951, Gelson’s currently operates 25 full-service specialty grocery stores in Southern California. Each Gelson’s Market features the full amenities of a traditional supermarket, with the local flavor of a neighborhood market. Their high standards – for quality, value and freshness; unsurpassed service; and attention to detail – define the ultimate grocery shopping experience. With over 60 years of experience, Gelson’s in-house experts know Southern California’s lifestyle and are driven to find only the best foods and exclusive values for their customers. Gelson’s is particularly known for flavorful, hand-selected produce, the best and freshest cuts of meat and seafood, and Chef-prepared signature recipes. This experience is rounded out by professionally designed floral arrangements, and a convenient selection of the highest quality grocery items. For more information about Gelson’s, please visit


Gelson’s Markets has teamed up with Instacart in select areas to offer delivery grocery service to your front door!


Instacart is a grocery delivery service that connects you with Personal Shoppers in your area who pick up and deliver your groceries from your favorite local stores in as little as an hour. Products can be ordered online or through the Instacart app on iOS and Android. This delivery method is available around select Gelson’s locations, with delivery to Santa Monica, Hollywood, West LA/Culver City, Downtown LA, parts of the San Fernando Valley, Glendale, and Pasadena.

“Partnering with Instacart enables our loyal customers to shop with us whenever it’s convenient for them – and that means even when they can’t physically make it into the store” said Yvonne Manganaro, senior director of Marketing at Gelson’s.


Stay tuned to for updates on this new service and visit to try it out for yourself.


LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arden Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:ARDNA) (“Arden Group” or the “Company”), parent of Gelson’s Markets, an operator of 17 distinctive, full service specialty grocery stores in Southern California, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by TPG, the global private investment firm, in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $394 million.


Under the terms of the agreement, Arden Group’s shareholders will receive $126.50 per share in cash for each share of Arden Group’s common stock they hold, representing premiums of approximately 26% and 14% to the Company’s average closing stock prices for the periods ended six months and one day, respectively, prior to the announcement on July 15, 2013 that Arden Group was evaluating strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of the Company.


Today’s announcement is the result of a comprehensive process in which Arden Group, with the assistance of its financial advisor, solicited interest in a potential acquisition of the Company. The merger agreement was approved by all members of the Company’s Board of Directors that were present and voting at the meeting.


Bernard Briskin, Chairman, President and CEO of Arden Group, said, “I am pleased to announce this agreement as it delivers significant value to our shareholders. In addition, it is a clear endorsement of Gelson’s Markets and of the hard work and commitment of our employees with whom I have had the privilege to work with for more than 40 years.”


Rob McDougall, President of Gelson’s Markets, said, “TPG is a world-class private investment firm and has a strong understanding and appreciation for our brand and our dedication to superior customer service. We are pleased to partner with TPG and look forward to the next phase of the Company’s growth. Gelson’s will continue to provide the highest levels of service to our customers at our same current locations, while looking to offer a remarkable shopping experience in other areas of Southern California.”


“Gelson’s Markets is an iconic Southern California supermarket chain that prides itself on offering quality and unmatched customer service,” said Carrie Wheeler, partner at TPG. “We look forward to working with the team to further expand Gelson’s footprint of premier supermarkets.”


The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including, among other things, expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. There is no financing contingency.


Stockholders representing approximately 56% of the outstanding Arden Group Class A common stock are expected to execute a written consent approving the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014.


Moelis & Company LLC is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Arden Group. Reed Smith LLP served as the Company’s outside counsel. BMO Capital Markets acted as financial advisor to TPG. Ropes & Gray LLP served as TPG’s outside counsel.


About Arden Group


Arden Group, Inc. is the parent company of Gelson’s Markets, founded in 1951, which now operates 17 full-service specialty grocery stores in Southern California. For more information about Gelson’s Markets, visit


About TPG


TPG is a leading global private investment firm founded in 1992 with $55.7 billion of assets under management and offices in San Francisco, Fort Worth, Austin, Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. The firm has extensive experience with public and private investments around the world. TPG has invested in a number of leading retail franchises including Burger King, Daphne, China Grand Auto, J. Crew, Myer, Neiman Marcus Group, Petco, and Savers, among others. For more information visit


Forward-Looking Statements


The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company. Certain statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current plans and expectations and are based on information currently known to the Company. The Company cautions readers that any forward-looking statements contained in this press release involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements.



November 18, 2013


On Thursday October 24th, representatives from Gelson’s Markets 

visited Palisades Charter Elementary School to celebrate their new high durability salad bar. Lockable wheels allow it to be moved in and out of the eating  more...




October 04, 2013


A new Gelson’s Market is coming to La Cañada Flintridge!

Gelson’s has entered into a lease for a location on Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge. While the development and actual opening of the location is subject to (among other things) necessary  more...




May 28, 2013

A new Gelson’s Market is coming to La Cañada Flintridge!


It is with sadness we inform you that on Saturday, June 15, 2013, our Pasadena location will be closing its doors after almost 12 years of serving the Pasadena community. We would like to extend to you, our customers and friends, our sincerest gratitude for your support and patronage over the years.

Please know that there are other Gelson’s locations to assist with your everyday and holiday needs at three nearby locations in the communities of Silver Lake, Hollywood, and Valley Village.

All of our valuable associates will continue to retain their employment with Gelson’s and will be placed in another location within the Gelson’s family.

It has been a pleasure and honor to serve you. We hope to see you again soon!

Rob McDougall, President, Gelson's Markets






March 18, 2013


A new Gelson’s Market is coming to La Cañada Flintridge!


Since making our announcement to close Gelson's Pasadena, we have received many kind letters asking that we reconsider. To clarify our decision to close, please know this has been based purely on economic and business reasons.

While we are always looking for new store locations, we will not be able to consider staying in the Paseo location. We deeply regret saying "goodbye" to the neighborhood.

While an exact closing date is unknown, we do expect it to occur sometime in July.

All of our Gelson's Pasadena employees will be reassigned to alternate Gelson's locations; no employee will be involuntarily displaced due to this store closure.

It's been an honor serving our loyal Pasadena shoppers and the surrounding community-we genuinely appreciate your years of support. We hope to continue to serve you in one of our 16 other locations.

Rob McDougall, Gelson's President





September 12, 2012

It’s official: A new Gelson’s Market is coming to Long Beach, California!

Gelson’s has entered into a lease for a location at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and East 2nd Street in Long Beach. While the development and actual opening of the location is subject to (among other things) necessary governmental approvals, Gelson’s is scheduled to take possession of the property on March 1, 2013. After an extensive remodel, the anticipated opening is in late 2013.

“We are very eager to expand into Long Beach, it’s a natural fit for Gelson’s and we are excited to be a part of the community there,” says Rob McDougall, Gelson’s President.

Stay tuned to for updates on this exciting expansion.





February 29, 2012

What a pleasure it's been for Gelson's to have had the opportunity to operate a store in the Northridge community for 15 years. We've met many wonderful people and it's been an absolute pleasure serving you all. Due to pure economic reasons, it is necessary for us to discontinue our Northridge operation. We would be honored if we could maintain the valued relationships with you, our shoppers, and continue to serve you in one of our other local Gelson's Markets (we have six in the San Fernando Valley). All of our active Northridge team members are reassigned to other Gelson's locations and look forward to seeing their Northridge customers, so please stop in and say hello.

Rob McDougall, Gelson's President






January 11, 2012

Meet legendary Chef Wolfgang Puck at Gelson’s West Hollywood on Wednesday, January 18 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Wolfgang will be signing copies of his limited edition cookbook, “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Easy.” Books will be available for purchase on the day of the event.

Make plans to stop by Gelson’s West Hollywood and meet the one and only, esteemed Chef Wolfgang Puck! Gelson’s West Hollywood is located at 8330 West Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069.




December 30, 2011


Robert Stiles, President of Gelson’s Markets, has announced his retirement, effective January 4, 2012, after more than 51 years of service.

A San Fernando Valley native, Bob began his career with Gelson’s as a grocery clerk at the company’s Burbank location in 1960. He worked his way up to assistant manager, grocery manager and store director of the Tarzana and North Hollywood stores. Bob moved to the company’s corporate office to become the director of grocery merchandising, followed by a promotion to vice president of marketing. In 1996, Bob was appointed President of Gelson’s Markets.

As President of Gelson’s for the past 15 years, Bob is credited with solidifying Gelson’s superior reputation for quality, service and unique product selection. His influence is evident in Gelson’s expanded and extensive selection of organic and locally-grown foods; and the modern and environmentally-friendly design elements incorporated into each Gelson’s Market. Bob created award-winning spaces that welcome customers with soaring ceilings and skylights; and encouraged customers to relax in seating areas with fireplaces. He is also credited with leading the trend of providing disposable sanitizing wipes for shopping carts to reinforce Gelson’s emphasis on cleanliness, quality, service and selection.

Bob was instrumental in nearly doubling the Gelson’s scholarship fund and championed the company’s ongoing support of community schools, places of worship and charitable organizations. He served on the California Grocers Association board for six years before being elected chairman of the board for 2004-2005. In 2007, Bob was inducted into the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation Hall of Achievement. Bob was elected to the Unified Grocers board of directors in 1999, where he will continue to serve.

“Bob’s success was due to an open leadership style and keeping his finger on the pulse of customer needs and wants,” says Rob McDougall, Gelson’s incoming President. “We sincerely thank Bob for his dedication to our company and our industry and wish him health and happiness in his retirement, we will miss him.”




April 13, 2011 (would be your date)

(Encino, CA) To bring more sustainable items to shoppers and to help reduce the impact on the natural environment, Gelson’s is making changes for grocery shopping to be more eco-friendly.

• A new in-store program just launched: look for “Earth Friendly” tags next to items that are better choices for sustainability, use of recycled packaging, and no use of toxic ingredients.

• Last year, Gelson’s started using Hippo-Sak, a sturdier plastic bag made of 30% recycled materials. Hippo-Saks have reduced plastic bag usage at Gelson’s by over 16%.

• Gelson’s distributes, free of charge, 15-20,000 reusable bags per year and sells another 30,000 reusable bags per year. Last year, cardboard picnic meal boxes were replaced with reusable picnic meal bags, saving over 2,500 boxes per year.

• Berries are sold in quart and pint containers made of corn kernel starch. Wolfgang Puck is packaging their Wolfgang Puck To Go foods in Bottle Boxes, where each container shows how many plastic bottles were recycled to create it. Brown paper “to go” boxes are in place at the self-serve hot bar.

• Over 100 pounds of cork (from wine bottles) collected at stores in Encino, Valley Village/North Hollywood, Century City, Tarzana, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara and Dana Point have been donated for recycling.

• The Irvine and Dana Point stores recently installed energy-efficient equipment: energy-saving LED lights in the frozen cases and energy-saving fans in the refrigerated/cold cases.

• A collection bin is located at an entrance/exit of every store for recycling plastic and paper shopping bags.

• To encourage awareness, local school children grades K - 3 are invited to submit their earth friendly art in the Third Annual Environmental Drawing Contest. Four winning artists will have their designs displayed in Gelson’s Markets and win $500 each in Gelson’s gift cards.

• Electronics recycling events are held at the Hollywood Gelson’s from 11am to 2pm on the second Saturday of every month. Hosted by California Recycles.

Next time you’re in a Gelson’s Market, take a moment to notice the eco-friendliness around you.

Since opening in 1951, Gelson’s has provided the premier shopping experience, with 18 Southern California locations.



September 27, 2010

(Encino, CA) Robert E. Stiles, President of Gelson’s Markets, celebrated half a century with the locally owned and managed independent grocery store chain this week.

A surprise party was held to commemorate the milestone, where coworkers shared stories and memories about working alongside the famously good-natured leader.

Bob began his storied career with Gelson’s in 1960 and in that time, he has served in many roles, including: Courtesy Clerk, Assistant Manager, Grocery Manager, Store Director, Director of Grocery Merchandising, Vice President of Marketing and since 1996, President.

The 50-year relationship between Bob and Gelson’s is built on a commitment to uphold the reputation of superior quality and customer service. “Whether it’s 1951 or 2010, the message remains the same: exceed expectations,” says Bob.

Since opening in 1951, Gelson’s has proven to be the premier shopping experience, with 18 Southern California locations.



Wednesday, July 07, 2010


A new Gelson’s Market is coming to La Cañada Flintridge!

(Encino, CA) Gelson’s Market in Encino is marking its golden anniversary. 50 years of service in Encino and that’s reason to thank the community! The celebration begins on Friday, August 13th with special prices throughout the Encino store. On Saturday, August 14th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, please join Gelson’s for free food samples, an outdoor BBQ, live music, special commemorative items, prizes and more. Sale prices will end on Sunday, August 15th. Gelson’s Encino is located at 16450 Ventura Boulevard, at the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Hayvenhurst Avenue. For store details, please call (818) 906-5780. Since opening in 1951, Gelson’s has proven to be the premier shopping experience, with 18 Southern California locations.more...

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