Hood®, a leading dairy brand in New England, is welcoming spring in New England with the launch of two new flavor additions to the Hood Cottage Cheese family: Cucumber and Dill and Garden Vegetables. An excellent source of protein and a good source of calcium, Hood Cottage Cheese is a healthy and versatile food that can be enjoyed as a snack, a recipe ingredient, a topping or as a dip.
“We’re thrilled to add two delicious new cottage cheese flavors to the Hood family of products,” said Sarah Barow, Hood spokesperson. “Our new Cucumber Dill and Garden Vegetable flavors bring the fresh taste of spring to a healthy snack or meal.”
The new flavors, Cucumber and Dill and Garden Vegetables, are a good source of calcium, and contain 13 grams of protein per serving (26 percent of the recommended daily value).
“Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein, which plays a key role in eating satisfaction and may help with weight control,” said Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D. and the Hood Answer Mom™. “What I really love about cottage cheese is how easy it is to incorporate into regular meal planning. Hood’s savory cottage cheese is delicious on its own, and is a great ingredient in many different dishes.”
Hood Cottage Cheese with Cucumber and Dill and Hood Cottage Cheese with Garden Vegetables are now available at major grocery stores across New England. To learn more about Hood Cottage Cheese, visit Hood.com or become a fan at Facebook.com/HPHood.
Castleton Crackers has been named a Finalist in the Outstanding Cracker category for its Governor’s Cheddar cracker in the Specialty Food Association’s 2014 sofi™ Award competition.
A sofi is the top honor in the $88 billion specialty food industry. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation and represents the best of the best from members of the Specialty Food Association
The Governor’s Cheddar Crackers were one of 109 finalists selected by a national panel of specialty food professionals from 2,025 entries across 30 Award categories from Outstanding Appetizer to Outstanding Vinegar. Winners will be announced by noted chef Dominique Ansel at a red-carpet ceremony June 30, 2014, at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.
We are thrilled that the Governor’s Cheddar Crackers made it to the finals among such worthy competition,” says Whitney Lamy, Founder of Castleton Crackers. “This is a delicious combination of Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company’s award-winning Governor’s Cheddar cheese and my artisan cracker recipe,” says Lamy, who started working with VFCC in January of 2013. Whitney’s complete Castleton Cracker line is sold at grocery and specialty stores throughout the country and online at castletoncrackers.com.
“A sofi is the highest honor for products from our members, who bring craft, care and joy to the specialty food they create. The honor means the product is simply the best in its category,” says Specialty Food Association President Ann Daw.
The sofi Awards are open to members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs with more than 3,000 members in the U.S. and abroad. For more information on the association and its Fancy Food Shows, go to specialtyfood.com. Learn more about the 2014 sofi Awards at specialtyfood.com/sofi.
In the recent “Best of California Wine Competition 2013″ Hunt Cellars, a Paso Robles based boutique winery, was just notified that in this competition held by Food and Beverage World, Hunt Cellars won four out of the 11 categories.
Hunt Cellars won the following:
Arthur Schuman Inc., an importer and distributor of domestic hard cheeses, has partnered with the Greek Company Dodoni SA, establishing the company as the exclusive importer and distributor of Dodoni SA Products in the U.S. Dodoni is widely recognized around the world for its P.D.O. (Protected Destination of Origin) feta cheese and other Greek dairy products. The partnership between the two dairy companies provides the U.S. market with widespread access to these premium authentic Greek products.
“As a company that prides itself on importing the best cheeses and working with the strongest and most sustainable companies, Dodoni SA is a natural fit for us,” explained Neal Schuman, President and Owner of Arthur Schuman, a fourth generation family business. “We believe Dodoni, and particularly its P.D.O. feta cheese, will thrive in the US market.”
Dodoni cheese and dairy products are currently available for order from Arthur Schuman and requests from customers across retail, foodservice and industrial markets may be placed starting immediately. The products will be available at major club stores with national reach, with additional outlets to follow.
Arthur Shuman and its distribution network will be targeting all channels of distribution, in particular those customers who demand and appreciate the best quality cheeses.
For lovers of Bobo’s Oat Bars who want a smaller snack but can’t seem to eat only half of a full bar, the company has just launched Bobo’s Bites. This innovative add-on is about half the size of the original Bobo’s Oat Bars with all the same nutrition and flavor as the full size bars.
Bobo’s Bites features three flavors – Original, PB&J and Apple Pie – in a box of five Bites. As with the regular line of 14 Bobo’s Oat Bars, Bobo’s Bites are made with organic, non-GMO certified ingredients, and are all gluten-free.
This new line extension responds to a growing consumer demand for smaller sized snack foods. According to The Hartman Group’s “Modern Eating: Cultural Roots, Daily Behaviors,” consumers want: interesting, less processed foods, in smaller-sized packages, that can be eaten on the go. In addition, the report states that snacks represent half of eating occasions, almost belying the word “snack,” with food eaten alone and within an hour of purchase representing a large segment.
“We heard our loyal consumers and responded – they asked for Bobo’s Oat Bars but in a smaller size with fewer calories, “ says Bobo’s Founder Beryl Stafford. “With portion control and snack foods sales soaring, the timing was ideal for us to introduce the Bobo’s Bites.”
Bobo’s Bites are available in select grocery and natural foods stores, retailing for $5.69 per box.
The quest to find the perfect potato salad is a life-long journey that has been the source of friendly family rivalries for decades. To celebrate this timeless debate, Reser’s Fine Foods® decided to make things interesting and invite people to put their spuds on display for a national debate. Back for its third year, Reser’s Fine Foods is inviting the nation to participate in America’s Best Potato Salad Challenge, boasting more than $20,000 in prize money plus a trip to Las Vegas to compete for the national title at the World Food Championships.
The America’s Best Potato Salad Challenge is a two-tiered competition, inviting competition barbecue teams, as well as any chef or home cook with a tasty potato salad recipe, to take their chance at the national title. Five select Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned events will make up the BBQ Competitor Series, with the top two placing teams at each event receiving a cash prize and the first place winner receiving an additional $1,000 travel stipend to compete in the championship round in Las Vegas.
But the competitive barbecue teams won’t be having all the fun. In the Consumer Series portion of the challenge, home cooks are invited to submit their favorite recipe online. Reser’s will select the 10 best recipes and invite those finalists to pack their potato peelers, and their bags, for Las Vegas.
“Reser’s has been whipping up world famous potato salad for more than 60 years, so we know a winning recipe when we taste one,” said Teresa Carter, Category Manager at Reser’s. “We can’t wait to dig in to this year’s entries and name a new champion!”
The first contest of the Competitor Series will take place next Friday, on April 18 at the High on the Hog Festival in Winchester, Tenn. To register, view a schedule of events and official rules for participation, visit kcbs.us/potatosalad.
On Tuesday, April 15, Consumers are invited to submit their recipes for the Consumer Series at resers.com/potatosaladcontest.
Natural Grocers, Inc. has opened its fifth New Mexico location in Las Cruces at 3970 E. Lohman Avenue and is inviting customers to visit, sample new foods and products, and join the Grand Opening Week festivities.
“We are excited to offer the people of Las Cruces and the surrounding communities healthy food options at an affordable price and free nutrition resources,” said Kemper Isely, Co-president of Natural Grocers.
Shoppers in the Las Cruces 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 even when facing health challenges,” Isely explained.
The Las Cruces store opened on April 1.
About Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NGVC): Founded in Colorado by Margaret & Philip Isely in 1955, Natural Grocers was built on the premise that consumers should have access to affordable, high-quality foods and dietary supplements, along with nutrition knowledge to help them support their own health. The family-run store has since grown into a successful national chain with locations across Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, Montana, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska,Arizona and Oregon, and employs over 2000 people. The company went public in July 2012. Isely family members continue to manage the company, building on the foundation of their parents’ business.
Two Lucini® extra virgin olive oils were awarded gold medals at the second annual New York International Olive Oil Competition. Lucini Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil® and Founders Reserve Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil® were honored in the medium intensity and robust intensity categories respectively.
Considered to be one of the most elite olive oil competitions in the world, the NYIOOC boasted 651 extra virgin olive oils from 25 countries worldwide. The oils were rated by an international expert panel of esteemed judges in a double blind tasting who rated each oil’s fruitiness, pungency and bitterness while noting any defects that are not allowed in extra virgin olive oil by law.
The judges noted the “exceptional harmony” and “high complexity” of both Lucini oils, highlighting their aromatic and taste profiles. “We are extremely honored and proud of this recognition,” said David Neuman, President of Lucini Italia. “This is a testament to our mission that began over 17 years ago; producing only the best extra virgin olive oil and making it accessible to the American consumer. ”
Harvested near Bolgheri, Tuscany in early November to preserve the full flavor and peak health properties, the 100 percent handpicked olives used in Lucini Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil are handpicked and crushed within 24 hours. Renowned for its Tuscan taste profile, the oil is full-bodied and green, with hints of apple, herbs, almond and a peppery finish. A consumer and celebrity chef favorite, it is the best-selling extra virgin olive oil over $10 in the United States.
Founders Reserve Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil originates in Montenero d’Orcia, Tuscany, at the estate of the renowned and award-winning Frantoio Franci. Two estate-grown olive varieties, Frantoio and Olivastra Seggianese, are picked by hand and pressed within twelve hours, capturing the coveted flavor only found in the best, fresh olive fruit. The oil is abundantly green in both aroma and taste, with notes of spice and cinnamon and a strong peppery finish. Less than 5,000 bottles were produced of this very special oil.
This is the second NYIOOC win for Lucini. Lucini Limited Reserve® Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil® received a gold medal in the 2013 competition. For more information on the New York International Olive Oil Competition visit http://www.bestoliveoils.com/.
In 1989, Gerhard Latka and his wife Gabriele co-founded Crofter’s Organic in Parry Sound, Ontario, with the dream of creating organic fruit spreads that were nutritious and affordable – an ambitious goal since the organic food industry had not yet gained popularity in North America. Perseverance and belief in the value of Crofter’s low-sugar, organic fruit spreads sustained Crofter’s through the early years. Over the past 25 years, Crofter’s Organic has blended, jarred and sold antioxidant-rich fruit spreads to jam lovers across North America, fulfilling the original mission to bring the highest quality organic products, “from source to spread,” to consumers. Today, Crofter’s Organic remains family owned and is the largest organic jam manufacturer in North America and the leading brand in the natural channel in the United States.
“From the beginning, we were dedicated to making the best tasting, nutritious, organic fruit spreads, focusing on robust, fresh fruit flavor and an elegantly spreadable consistency but with less sugar than traditional preserves,” said Gerhard Latka, Co-Founder and President of Crofter’s Organic. “We wanted to create products that brought consumers what we like to call ‘accessible organic’; high-quality, low-sugar, non-GMO spreads at an affordable price.”
The demand for lower sugar, more nutrient-dense foods that still taste great is a pervading theme in food formulation these days, as consumers, healthcare providers and nutritionists have become increasingly aware of the negative impact of high-sugar, and nutritionally void foods made with artificial ingredients. As a result, Crofter’s minimally processed, low-sugar products provide shoppers a high-quality organic alternative to traditional jams and preserves, at only 30 calories a serving.
Crofter’s offers shoppers more than 20 certified organic, Non-GMO Project verified spreads, including the fair trade cane sugar sweetened Premium Spreads, the high antioxidant Superfruit TM spreads and the no added cane sugar Just FruitTM Spreads. Over the past 25 years, the company has established long-term relationships with suppliers and growers around the world, which means that Crofter’s Organic high-quality ingredients come from the best sources on earth.
Through continued commitment to innovation, Crofter’s aims to remain the benchmark for quality standards, resources, process and products in the fruit spread industry with the goal of making a positive impact on the health and well-being of generations to come.
“We want to be the best low calorie fruit spread,” adds Latka. “The best ingredients, crafted with the utmost attention to quality in our own manufacturing facility, results in a delicious fruit spread that is also healthy – not loaded with sugar or any unnecessary ingredients.”
TEA•RRIFIC! ICE CREAM® ice cream is now available at most Whole Foods Market locations throughout New England. The following flavors will be available – Chunky London Mist, Ginger Matcha, Masala Chai and Chamomile.
Mario Leite, President and Founder of TEA•RRIFIC! ICE CREAM stated, “We are very excited to extend our relationship with a partner such as Whole Foods Market which maintains such high standards in its product selection, and to have the opportunity to share our distinctly delicious ice cream with their customers throughout New England.”
To find a location near you, visit the company website at http://tearrificicecream.com/where-to-find/.