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The Chefs’ Warehouse Acquires Maryland-Based Euro Gourmet Inc.

The Chefs’ Warehouse, Inc.. a distributor of specialty food products in North America, today announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Euro Gourmet Inc., based in Beltsville, Maryland. Founded in 1999, Euro Gourmet is a wholesale specialty distributor of imported and domestic products along the East Coast.
“We are pleased to welcome Euro Gourmet to our growing family,” said Christopher Pappas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Chefs’ Warehouse, Inc. “The Chefs’ Warehouse entered the Mid‐Atlantic region in 2005 through the migration of top NY‐based chefs and restaurateurs into the area. We’ve continued to grow in the region organically and through the previous acquisition of American Gourmet Foods. The addition of Euro Gourmet both strengthens our existing employee base and complements our already extensive Mid‐Atlantic product selection.”
“Both The Chefs’ Warehouse and Euro Gourmet were founded on the idea that our customers deserve high quality products at an affordable price and we strive every day to make that happen. Joining forces will only help us further improve and thrive in this endeavor,” said Francesco Marra, President and CEO of Euro Gourmet Inc.
Euro Gourmet Inc. is expected to generate approximately $5.0 million in annualized net sales in 2014. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Pamela’s Products Earn Non-GMO Status

PamelasPamela’s Products is celebrating its versatile All-Purpose Flour – Artisan Blend and classic Biscuit & Scone Mix for earning Non-GMO Project Verified status.

Pamela’s high standards for creating delicious, gluten-free foods have always placed as much importance on what goes in its gluten-free baking mixes, cookies and snack bars, as what gets left out; pledging to consumers:

  • No artificial additives
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • No GMOs – the brand is working closely with its vendors to assure the quality and source of all its ingredients

In addition to the all-purpose flour and scone mix, the company has nine SKUS pending verification – many of which should be approved in the coming months.

Cluck ‘n Moo Burgers with Kale

ClucknmooThe Cluck ‘n Moo Burger with Kale is a new spin on the company’s original half-chicken, half-beef burger. The Cluck ‘n Moo Burger with Kale is infused with America’s favorite superfood, kale, in the already healthier burger alternative. The product retains the flavor and juiciness of the original Cluck ‘n Moo burger while incorporating the nutritional benefits of kale, providing consumers a healthy and satisfying alternative to a typical calorie-filled beef burger.

Dell’s Maraschino Cherries Rebrands Company, Unveils New Company Logo, Product Labels and Website

Dell’s Maraschino Cherries has unveiled its new corporate rebranding, including a new logo, product labels and website. The rebranding reflects the many recent changes the company has undergone as well as its vision for the future. Established in 1948, Dell’s Maraschino Cherries is a family-owned business and processes upwards of 19 million pounds of cherries a year in its 38,000 square foot SQF level 3 state-of-the art facility in Brooklyn, New York. The facility is also OU kosher certified and halal certified.

Dell’s Maraschino Cherries offers a variety of different sized cherries with or without stems that include medium, large, extra-large, colossal, crushed or halved. Dell’s Maraschino Cherries has seen explosive growth during 2014 increasing their market share among leading chain restaurants and through the mainstream supermarket channel.

“We wanted our new brand to reflect our leadership position within the industry and our commitment to be the very best at what we do for our customers,” said Arthur Mondella, CEO of Dell’s Maraschino Cherries.

As a cherry processor, Dell’s Maraschino Cherries never compromises on the quality and safety of its cherries. Dell’s Maraschino Cherries manufacturing facility is the most advanced in the industry and is automated by proprietary software to meet today’s manufacturing regulatory demands, quality control and product traceability to ensure years of future growth.

Dell’s Maraschino Cherries new logo was the first component of a new brand identity that captures the company’s brand heritage and conveys a strong visual image of the company. The new website at www.dellscherry.com incorporates the new look and feel of the new Dell’s Maraschino Cherries brand and serves as an informational resource that includes product information, recipes and company information. New product labels were designed to take full advantage of a new logo that proudly displays the logo front and center in customers’ minds.

“2014 has been an exciting year for Dell’s Maraschino Cherries. Our customers now realize that they can capitalize on the scope and depth of our capabilities, which in turn has increased the demand for our products. This has directly led us to make new hires, implement our new branding and positioned us for future growth,” said Mondella.

For over 76 years, Dell’s Maraschino Cherries has earned its reputation for delivering the finest best tasting maraschino cherries sourced from selected farms around the world. As a company, Dell’s Maraschino Cherries seeks to balance environmental and social concerns that will lead to a cleaner and better planet and by doing so, add value to their employees, customers and partners.

 

Yumbutter Organic Nut and Seed Butters Appeal to Health-Conscious Snackers

With organic, superfood-infused spreads and convenient, GO-Anywhere™ multi-serving pouches, Yumbutter, a brand of organic nut and seed butters, offers a “no-brainer” product to satisfy new health goals and completely renovate nut butter shelves.

YumbutterYumbutter offers powerful peanut, almond, and sunflower seed butters enhanced with wholesome superfoods: chia, hemp seeds, and Goji berries. Transforming traditional peanut butter into exciting, functional foods, Yumbutter caters to nearly half (47 percent) of Americans that prefer spreads with health claims over traditional varieties. Additionally, with the sales of organic products increasing from $28.5 billion to over $35 billion in the last two years, Yumbutter is fueling the growing number of Americans interested in organically-produced foods. Gluten-free, dairy-free, minimally-processed, and totally delicious, Yumbutter’s nutritious spreads can be incorporated into nearly any diet.

In addition to nutty nutrition, Yumbutter offers uniquely convenient packaging that is one-of-a-kind in the nut butter category. Yumbutter’s GO-Anywhere multi-serving, resealable pouches provide a fun, no-mess delivery system for quick and easy snacking. In contrast to traditional jars seen on nut butter shelves for decades, Yumbutter’s colorful pouches are playful, easy, and original.

Established in 2010, Yumbutter is currently available in over 40 Wisconsin conventional and natural stores including Willy’s Co-op – East & West, Jenny’s Market, HyVee and Whole Foods Market. Yumbutter is also available across the U.S. in Wegman’s, Earth Fare, New Seasons, Lassen’s Natural Foods, Erewhon Market, Mother’s Market, as well as several other natural and gourmet retail outlets across the United States. Produced in small batches, Yumbutter’s mouth-rockin’ taste and life-giving energy demonstrate a simple, wholesome approach to nutrition.

Natural Grocers Opens in Golden, Colorado

 Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. is opening its 32nd Colorado location in Golden on October 21. 

“Natural Grocers is honored to open a new location in the Golden community,” Kemper Isely, Co-president of Natural Grocers. “As a Colorado company approaching our 60th anniversary, we view every new Colorado store as a celebration of making healthy living more accessible and affordable for everyone.”

Shoppers in the Golden area may wonder how a grocery store can change people’s lives. “It’s because we provide the resources that people need to live a life of optimum health and vitality with natural products and honest labels,” Isely explained.

Golden’s new store takes over the location of the former Golden Bowl, which was also a Colorado-owned company that opened the same year as Natural Grocers in 1955. Many elements of the bowling alley will live through in the grocery store, including the lanes, which were refurbished into tables, and a garage door that will open to create an open air produce area.

Fairway Market Names Dorothy Carlow As CMO

Fairway Group Holdings Corp. has named Dorothy Carlow as its new Chief Merchandising Officer, effective Monday, November 3Carlow will lead the merchandising team and the company’s buying and sales strategies. She will also be working with the marketing department to amplify and develop programs and promotions that articulate and bring to life Fairway’s very unique value proposition.

“Dorothy has experience in building innovative business plans to propel improved efficiency and sales,” said Jack Murphy, Chief Executive Office of Fairway.  “Over her career, she has demonstrated talent for improving profitability through focused initiatives that standardize merchandising, purchasing, and ordering processes across a multi-state grocery store fleet.”

Carlow is extremely excited to join the Fairway team, noting that, “I look forward to working with all the people I have met.”  She added, “Fairway is an iconic New York brand with huge growth potential – one that I am excited to be a part of.  The food experience is very much like New York – it is memorable.”

Carlow comes to Fairway from her most recent position as Chief Merchandising Officer of Earth Fare, a North Carolina based specialty supermarket chain, where she led merchandising, marketing, transportation, and logistics.

At Fairway, she will report directly to Jack Murphy, Chief Executive Officer.

Spooky Gourmet Cocktail Mixes

Spooky Cocktail Mixers are made using high quality natural ingredients that deliver a truly extraordinary fresh, balanced taste with no high fructose corn syrup, no MSG, no allergens, and are gluten-free.

Spooky Gourmet Cocktail Mixes include a Horseradish Bloody Mary that will scare your taste buds and put your mouth into pure delight with its 30 natural ingredients. It is brimming with chunks of spice and the great taste of horseradish. Friendly Bloody Mary is made to delight your taste buds without the horseradish, but with 29 other ingredients providing an amazing and complex big bold flavor. Blue Agave Nectar Margarita delivers a unique and exceptional flavor, not too tart and not too sweet. It gives you smooth refreshing perfection in a glass. Mojito features a light minty flavor with real lime juice and sweetened with just the right amount of pure natural sugar making a balanced, refreshing flavor. Rum Runner  is a unique and fresh blend of natural tropical fruit flavors.

Sweet & Sour is a blend of high quality natural ingredients creating the ideal sweet and sour mix that is fresh tasting and perfectly balanced. Strawberry Daiquiri is a wonderful blend of natural ingredients that makes an excellent strawberry daiquiri, margarita or other creations. It delivers a freshly made taste and is made with real strawberries and naturally sweetened with real sugar. Pina Colada is a refreshing blend of natural flavors that is rich, creamy and perfectly balanced. It’s made with real pineapple, coconut and naturally sweetened. Spooky’s Lime Juice is naturally sweetened and the flavored lime juice delivers the fresh taste crucial to making a perfect cocktail. It’s also great for cooking.

Spooky Gourmet Cocktail Mixes come in 32-ounce bottles. 1.75 liter bottles, 1 gallon bottle and 3- and 5-gallon bag-in-box. They can be found at foodservice and beverage retailers and distributors, grocery and discount retailers, food and beverage catalogs, specialty retailers or online at www.spookybeverages.com

Feeding America Releases New Findings From Landmark Hunger Report

Feeding America, the nation’s largest provider of charitable food assistance to low-income Americans, today announced additional findings from its landmark report, Hunger in America 2014.

The study is the largest and most comprehensive study of people seeking charitable food assistance in the United States ever conducted.

Among the findings of the study:

  • 40 percent of households report that, in the past year, they have watered down food or drinks to make them last longer, in an effort to have enough food to feed everyone in the home. This rate rises to 45 percent among households with children in the home.
  •  Sixty-nine percent of households report choosing between paying for utilities and paying for food in the past year. Thirty-four percent report making this choice every month. This is a particularly tough choice to make in the midst of harsh, cold winters, especially in homes that include seniors and children.
  • Nearly 5 million households not currently enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) may qualify for the program based on their reported household income.
  • Among the nearly 55 percent of households who receive SNAP benefits, a fifth exhaust their full month’s benefit within a week.
  • Only 5 percent of the households served by Feeding America are homeless.
  • 57 percent of households report choosing between paying their housing costs and buying food in the past year. 27 percent report making this choice every month.
  • Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of agencies served by Feeding America report reductions in services in the past year, totaling 11,000 agencies that have needed to cut they hours they operate, lay off staff, or limit the area they can serve.
  • An estimated 28 percent of feeding programs (such as food pantries and meal programs) report having less food available than needed to meet client needs.

More than 60,000 people confidentially answered questions about their personal circumstances for the study.

The study represents findings from 200 Feeding America food banks, which annually provide more than 3 billion meals to people facing hunger through 58,000 food pantries, kitchens, and meal service programs.

Initial findings released in August reported that, at some point in the year, more than 46 million people are currently relying on food assistance from an agency served by Feeding America, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.

Party in a Box for a Fabulous Wine and Chocolate Tasting

The new tasting party gift set from Brix includes four varieties of chocolate in 3-ounce boxes: Extra Dark at 70 percent cacao, Medium Dark at 60 percent, Smooth Dark at 54 percent, and Milk Chocolate at 46 percent. The set includes a wooden cutting board and knife to break chocolate into bite size pieces and is packaged in a keepsake box with a special tasting guide.

Each chocolate pairs with different wine varietals or styles. Try Extra Dark with full bodied complex reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Barolo or Malbec; taste the Medium Dark with fruitier medium-bodied wines like Merlot, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Chianti, and Rhone; try Smooth Dark with Champagne, Riesling and softer reds as Pinot Noir, or vintage port.  Milk chocolate complements rose, Burgundy, port, sherry and dessert wines. Find pairings suggestions on all Brix packaging.

When Brix owners met up with Philip Goodband, Master of Wine, one of 300 of the highest level wine experts in the world, he tasted something very special in the pairings.

“It is the degree of bitterness combined with the other ingredients that is the key,” Goodband said. “Brix has a different set of textures, something in the formula that I’m not privy to but whatever it is, it works.” Goodband helped Brix to write the tasting guide in the gift set. An ideal gift for the wine enthusiast, the tasting set is available at gourmet retailers, wineries or at the Brix Online Store.

Brix is crafted from the finest single origin cacao beans from Ghana known for red fruit tones. Blended with the best confectionery chocolate, it’s the perfect companion to wine.  Brix is also available in 8-ounce bars, 3-ounce bars, or single-serve bites packages.  Created by Dr. Nick Proia in 2008, Brix is distributed in the US, and 14 other countries.

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