Mother’s Market is one of two Orange County, California, businesses to be honored by Youth Employment Service (YES) at An Evening of Excellence for their ongoing commitment to hire YES graduates and support young adults as they transition into the workforce.
“As we enter our 46th year, YES is proud to dedicate our annual fundraiser, An Evening of Excellence, to the employers who have provided life-changing opportunities to our YES graduates,” said YES Executive Director Wendy Weeks. Mother’s Market & Kitchen and Starbucks will be celebrated on Thursday, October 6, 2016. “They were chosen from our wide group of 200-plus employers with whom we partner, and who hire and foster our YES graduates.”
When notified of the selection, Mother’s Costa Mesa Store Manager Tina Nunes said, “Mother’s Market believes in giving back to the communities it serves. Though we are thrilled to be recognized by YES for our efforts, it is the YES staff who has created this amazing youth program that should be honored and that we are happy to support.” Nunes has hired six YES employees over the past 1-1/2 years because “YES grads come to us ready to take on the world. The training sets them apart from other candidates; they are well-spoken and understand the importance of customer service.“
As an example of the quality of YES candidates, Nunes cited one of her first YES employees, Ruth McLean: “I am grateful for Ruth every day. She has blossomed into one of our most reliable employees. I have no doubt that I will see Ruth and other YES grads do amazing things in their futures. And I will be right behind them, cheering them on along with the rest of the Mother’s family!”
An Evening of Excellence, held at The Promenade & Gardens, 1570 Scenic Avenue, Costa Mesa, Thursday, October 6, 6-10 PM, will also showcase success stories of YES graduates, silent auction, wine vault and dinner. The presenting sponsor is MasterCraft Residential. Other sponsors include Barney and Barney, C.J. Segerstrom & Sons, Mother’s Market, PIMCO and US Bank.
For additional information on sponsorships, auction item donations and the purchase of tables and tickets, contact the YES office at 949.642.0474.
This fall’s New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show will take place at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, on Sunday, September 11 and Monday, September 12, 2016. Admission is complimentary for qualified buyers of wholesale giftware, specialty food or home furnishings.
The New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show features unique, locally-made goods from more than 100 businesses from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. This fall’s Show offers specialty gift and gourmet food retailers an entree into the wide world of artisanal merchandise produced in the region, including everything from quality jewelry to stationery to fine chocolate to maple syrup to leather goods to organic beauty products.
“Buyers and retailers who attend our show are looking for new, unique items for their customers. They have discerning, quality-focused clientele and they’re seeking the kinds of handmade, rare products that are not available at big box retailers or shopping malls,” said NEM Show Producer Stefa Normantas. “Our Show gives them an opportunity to fill their shops with wonderful locally-produced merchandise – just what their customers are asking for in an age where ‘buying local’ and Made In America is favored.”
“At New England Made, I really like that I don’t have to question what country the products are made in. I’m usually meeting the owner of the exhibiting company and get to hear the story and inspiration behind each product,” said Joyce Dossett, Owner of Templeton, Massachusetts, country store The Kitchen Garden and a repeat NEM attendee. “This is important to me and my customers.”
An online retailer preview book featuring more than a hundred pages of stories and products by New England companies is now available at
Qualified buyers can register for the show at www.nemadeshows.com/.
Gabriel Perez-Krieb has been named the new Chairman of the Board for Chosen Foods. Based in San Diego, Chosen Foods is a consumer packaged goods company focused on non-GMO and organic superfoods. Chosen Foods is the #1 global market leader in the avocado oil category and is a trusted supplier of nutritious grains and healthy plant-based snacks. Chosen Foods is one of the fastest growing brands in the U.S., recently achieving #47 on the INC 500 list of fastest growing private companies in America, and #5 in the food and beverage category.
Gabriel Perez-Krieb succeeds Chosen Foods founder and previous Chairman, Carsten Hagen. Hagen will remain active on the board, especially as an inspiration to the product development team and in the area of clean ingredient sourcing from around the world.
“Gabriel is a well-rounded leader and has brought a winning culture and exponential growth wherever he has been,” said Steve Gallo, CEO of Chosen Foods. “He is the perfect facilitator for our board at this time, he is a true visionary and an expert at gaining consensus with diverse groups. We are focused on increased investment in the Chosen Foods brand and commercial expansion and his close working relationships with every member of the board and leadership team at Chosen Foods will be a tremendous asset,” said Gallo.
Perez-Krieb most recently served as a Chief Revenue Officer of Sesajal, and CEO of PIA Ingredients, a subsidiary of Sesajal. His previous experience includes serving as a board member and president of Sesajal, chairman of Kuantum Brands, trade commissioner of Mexico for the U.S., CEO of Intelogik and CEO of Image Technology Company. Perez-Krieb earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and his master’s in business administration from IPADE Business School.
“I have been working closely with Chosen Foods for the past several years as a member of the board, and I am extremely honored to be the new chairman,” said Perez-Krieb. I’m excited to help guide their record-breaking growth, while maintaining focus on our mission to be one of the most trusted brands in the world offering innovative and healthy products to our consumers.”
Lotus Foods is extending its line of exceptional heirloom, organic and specialty rices with an authentic Indian basmati – Dehraduni basmati. Dehraduni’s famed flavor, fragrance and elongation are what elevated basmati rice to one of the world’s most recognized and best-loved rices. Dehraduni basmati is a long slender, aromatic grain that almost doubles in length when cooked. The word “basmati” comes from the Sanskrit word for fragrant.
Dehraduni basmati is recognized as the “mother of all basmati.” It is a landrace, which means it is a locally adapted variety with a distinct identity of historical origin and lacks any formal crop improvement. Landraces are often genetically diverse and associated with traditional farming systems. They are closely associated with traditional uses, knowledge, habits, dialects and celebrations of the people who developed and continue to grow them.
Dehraduni basmati gets its name from the city of Dehradun, capital of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where it has been grown for centuries on small family farms. However, in recent years, farmers have been abandoning the rice to get higher yields from hybrid rices. To counteract this trend, Lotus Foods is sourcing Dehraduni basmati from farmers who have adopted More Crop Per Drop™ (System of Rice Intensification) methods. With this method of organic rice intensification farmers can increase their yields 40-50 percent with 30-40 percent less water. And because they need 80-90 percent less seed than with conventional practices their actual yield is even higher and their production costs significantly lower. “Providing these innovative farmers with a market and organic premiums will make Dehraduni basmati production profitable,” says Ken Lee, Lotus Foods Co-Founder/Co-CEO. “We hope that consumers will join us in helping to preserve this traditional basmati and at the same time scale adoption and spread of More Crop Per Drop practices, which reduce women’s toil, conserve water and cut methane emissions.”
The company’s introduction of the Dehraduni basmati coincides with the launch of its “Do the Rice Thing” campaign, which will draw attention to the benefits of More Crop Per Drop growing methods for water and women. It will be available in bulk initially, and in both polished white and whole grain brown rice options.
Since 1995, Lotus Foods has been partnering in fair trade with small family farmers around the world who are growing rice more sustainably and preserving heirloom and specialty rices. Lotus Foods’ product line is unique in delivering consumers healthier, versatile rice and rice-based foods that respect their multiple concerns for the highest standards of taste together with social and environmental ethics.
What originally began as a homebrew quest to develop an herbal beer instead led to the birth of Top Note Tonics. Mary Pellettieri, a chemist, botanist and craft beer veteran who spent a number of years in product development at Goose Island Brewery, was experimenting with botanicals when she produced an herbal concentrate that intrigued her. It was a flavor profile that paired bitter, sour and sweet and was reminiscent of the curative tonics used in Europe in the early 1800s.
Over the course of several years, Pellettieri and her partner, Noah Swanson, refined her original recipe and in 2014 debuted Top Note Tonics – a classic line of complex herbal concentrates that create an amaro soft beverage or sophisticated hard drink when mixed with seltzer water and spirits.
“There’s a certain elegance to assembling a cocktail that’s purposely built with refreshing flavors and not overpowered by sweet. Top Note Tonics are simple to use and provide flavor complexity without extra steps,” says Pellettieri.
The tonics are available in five concentrates – Bitter Orange, Bitter Lemon, Gentian Lime, Indian Tonic and Ginger Beer. Each is made from carefully sourced whole roots, barks, fruits, herbs, spices and real cane sugar. No artificial colors or preservatives are used and all varieties are gluten free, made with non-GMO ingredients and contain half the sugar of standard mixers.
Top Note Tonics are available in 10- and 25-ounce bottles. They retail for approximately $10 and $22 and can be purchased online attopnotetonic.com and Amazon or at select grocery and spirit stores.
As consumers seek ways to determine authentic extra virgin olive oil from the fake, Bellucci, headquartered in Grosseto, Italy, is offering a multi-pronged solution: traceability and sophisticated tasting skills. The company offers precise, detailed information to empower customers in choosing true EVOO products, while ensuring the authenticity of Bellucci EVOO at all levels of production.
Bellucci keeps digital track of each olive grower’s contribution throughout the cooperative milling and bottling process, so any bottle of Bellucci EVOO can be traced to its origin in rural Italy. In addition to its traceability function, the Bellucci App teaches users how to evaluate for freshness and taste for flavors unique to EVOO. Advanced instruction in discerning flavor nuances based on harvests, regions and olive cultivars offers an experience of EVOO as an expression of terroir.
The value of the Bellucci App in communicating with consumers was recognized at the 2015 Anuga International Food Show. Bellucci has also received several awards for its line of EVOO. The Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition awarded silver medals to both the 2016 Toscano PGI Organic and the 2015 100% Italian Organic, and the 2016 harvest of 100% Italian won a gold medal at this year’s New York International Olive Oil Competition. A brand less than three years old, Bellucci is already being widely recognized for its flavor and contribution to the industry.
CEO Gerard Jara said, “Our trace-to-source technology allows us to fulfill consumer demand for authentic, fresh, healthy, and honest EVOO at a time when integrity is what matters. The app enables us to connect our customers to the source of their EVOO in small family groves in rural Italy and gives users the skill they need to taste for freshness and flavors distinct to genuine EVOO. They’ll learn how to authenticate EVOO.”
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By Robert Boumis
Proper Meats + Provisions has burst on to food scene in Flagstaff, Arizona as a whole animal butcher shop and deli. The new butcher shop is distinguishing itself with a philosophy of sustainability and a connection to local farms.
According to Owner Paul Moir, Proper Meats + Provisions embraces the concept of a whole animal butcher shop. “It means we literally buy animals direct from the ranchers, bring them into the shop whole and push nose-to-tail utilization. We sell stock and broth, we sell bones, we sell tallow. We even make dog food out of the parts that aren’t necessarily not fit for human consumption, but people aren’t willing to buy, which has become quite popular–particularly with my dog,” jokes Moir.
In addition to using every bit of the cow that they can, Proper also works around locally-sourced meats. In fact, the idea of promoting the local meat industry was a big part of the impetus behind the founding of Proper Meats + Provisions. Before opening Proper, Moir’s company already owned several Arizona restaurants built around the local food movement. While Moir found plenty of locally-sourced vegetables, he had a hard time finding local meat, despite a thriving beef industry in the state that produces hundreds of thousands of heads of beef a year. “Arizona creates an amazing amount of meat, exports it out of the state, and then imports meat back in, which doesn’t make a lot of sense,” explained Moir. To remedy this, Moir created Proper in order to try and promote local use of Arizona meats.
Proper’s nose-to-tail philosophy extends to products like pork. “We know the ranchers, the owners of the ranches, the farmers,” Findach said. We know where we’re getting everything from and we have a personal relationship with the farmers and ranchers.”
KeHE is opening its newest distribution center in Aurora, Colorado, a Denver suburb, on August 31. The 270,000 square-foot LEED Gold-certified facility employs energy-efficient practices, including its HVAC system, lighting and 80,000-square-foot freezer and cooler space.
Following the ribbon-cutting and tours of the facility, guests will have an opportunity to participate in a “pick & pack” activity to help local families in need. One thousand boxes of food, including soup packets provided by Women’s Bean Project, will be distributed to Children’s Hunger Fund agencies and Food Bank of the Rockies.
Foster Farms’ board of directors has appointed Laura Flanagan President and Chief Executive Officer effective August 29, 2016.
Flanagan, 48, most recently served as president of the ConAgra Foods Snacks Division, one of North America’s leading suppliers of packaged foods. She will succeed Ron Foster, grandson of company founders Max and Verda Foster, as Foster Farms’ president and CEO. Foster previously announced his plans to step down. He will remain a Foster Farms Owner and Member of the board of directors.
“The board unanimously selected Laura Flanagan as the ideal executive to guide Foster Farms during a time of significant growth,” said Foster. “She has an impressive record of transforming and growing household consumer brands across an ever-shifting landscape. We are confident that her strategic approach will lead Foster Farms to new heights within the U.S. meat and poultry industry.”
Before taking leadership of the Snacks Division, Flanagan served as president of ConAgra’s Convenient Meals Division from 2008 to 2011, revitalizing and expanding key brands. She also led initiatives to promote diversity, develop internal talent, and build skills and capabilities throughout ConAgra.
“Foster Farms is a strong competitor in the national poultry landscape in large part because of its family-owned roots and its steadfast commitment to truly locally grown, fresh poultry,” said Flanagan. “I intend to honor the Foster family’s legacy for excellence while growing the business, guiding our dedicated employees and maintaining the trust of a new generation of consumers who care deeply about the food they feed their families, especially organic and antibiotic-free poultry choices.”
Before joining ConAgra, Flanagan served as vice president and chief marketing officer of Tropicana Shelf Stable Juices at PepsiCo and, from 1996 to 2005, held brand-management positions at General Mills and PepsiCo. Earlier, she was a manufacturing engineer at Saturn Corporation. She earned an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1996.
Flanagan currently serves on the board of directors at Core-Mark International, one of North America’s largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry.
Under Ron Foster’s leadership, the company grew by 70 percent and became the nation’s first major poultry producer to be certified by the American Humane Association. In June, Foster Farms was selected as the 2016 Processor of the Year by The National Provisioner for industry-leading achievements in food safety, water conservation and product diversity. While Ron Foster led the company, it raised the National Thanksgiving Turkey for the White House on two occasions, became the No. 1 brand of frozen cooked chicken in the western U.S., and became the largest producer of organic and antibiotic-free fresh chicken on the West Coast.