Ex-Baltimore Jewish Times owner now selling smoothies

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The former owner of the Baltimore Jewish Times is going into the yogurt business with his wife.

Earlier this month a bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Alter Communications, whose publications included the 93-year Baltimore Jewish Times.

Andrew Buerger has since joined the business he opened with his wife in 2010, B’More Organic, which manufactures smoothies using an Icelandic-style yogurt called sky. The smoothies are sold in organic shops in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. The Wegman’s Food Markets chain recently agreed to carry B’More Organic’s products in 50 of its shops.

"Going from printing to manufacturing food, it’s been a huge learning curve," Buerger told the Baltimore Sun. "But the basic skills — sales, marketing and promotion — are about the same."

The investors who purchased Alter Communications also own the Washington Jewish Week.

B’More donates 10 percent of its after-tax profits to Jodi’s Climb for Hope, which raises funds to research cures for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. The nonprofit is named for Buerger’s sister, who died of cancer. 

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