Expert judges at the 2017 American Cheese Society Contest awarded La Bottega di BelGioioso Artigiano® cheese with two awards at a blind judging in Denver, Colorado, last month. Artigiano received both first and third place ribbons in the flavored cheeses category, while BelGioioso Crema di Mascarpone™ took home a first place best in class award in the mascarpone category. The contest drew a record number of 2,024 entries.
Artigiano is a new cheese from BelGioioso, marketed under the La Bottega di BelGioioso brand. The wheels are carefully aged under the supervision of BelGioioso’s Master Cheesemakers to develop their deep nutty flavor and delicate crystalline texture. The cheeses are then soaked in an aged balsamic and cipolline onion marinade or hearty red wine blend to create two different varieties. Artigiano is also available in a Classico offering, without a marinade.
“These awards from ACS are greatly appreciated by our cheesemakers and their teams. We are committed each and every day to crafting consistently high quality cheeses for our customers to enjoy, and this type of recognition affirms that our cheesemakers’ dedication to their craft, as well as their expertise, continues at a very high level,”said Gaetano Auricchio, BelGioioso Executive Vice President. “Gianni Toffolon, one of our original Master Cheesemakers who came from Italy with my father over 35 years ago, wanted to create an exceptional cheese, and after a few years in development, it appears he has done just that.”
BelGioioso cheesemakers were recognized with a total of six awards in the contest.
· 1st Place Best of Class – La Bottega di BelGioioso Artigiano Aged Balsamic & Cipolline Onion – Flavored Cheeses Category – This pleasantly nutty and sweet Artigiano cheese is accented with a tangy balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy and sweet onions from Calabria.
· 3rd Place – La Bottega di BelGioioso Artigiano Vino Rosso – Flavored Cheeses Category –This pleasantly nutty Artigiano cheese is soaked in a hearty red wine, adding a layer of sweetness.
· 1st Place Best of Class – BelGioioso Crema di Mascarpone– Mascarpone Category – This fresh, soft cheese has a sweet, creamy flavor and is versatile in both sweet and savory recipes.
· 2nd Place – BelGioioso Parmesan – Italian Cheeses Grating Category – Its teasingly sweet, nutty flavor is the result of a 10-month aging in special caves.
· 2nd Place – BelGioioso Pesto Fresh Mozzarella Braid – Marinated Cheeses Category – Award winning fresh mozzarella marinated with fresh basil pesto.
· 3rd Place – La Bottega di BelGioioso Crescenza-Stracchino® – Open Fresh Unripened Cheese Category – A mild, creamy cheese with a touch of tartness.
The coming Anuga from October 7 to 11 2017 in Cologne offers an overview of the global market offer of organic products. A concentrated spectrum of organic products will be on display in the Anuga Organic division of the Anuga trade show, where the only products allowed are those that carry an approved organic certification that is a standard on the market. Additional organic products will be listed in the exhibitor database under the keyword, “Organic Products.” By sorting with this filter, attendees can identify organic products on display anywhere throughout the Anuga show floor. The list of companies that present their products here has grown constantly over the course of the past years. In 2013, 1,796 companies presented organic products. That number grew to 2,030 in 2015, and further growth is expected at the 2017 show.
Several companies are placing their focus on the trend theme vegan food, for instance Das Eis, joy.foods, PureRaw, Purya!, Tofutown, Topas and Veganz. The Bulgarian supplier Roo’Bar, who already exhibited at ISM in Cologne is a further new exhibitor.
The special event “Anuga Organic Market” is also going to take place again in the scope of Anuga Organic. Here, theory becomes tangible practice when organic products that are ready to sell in supermarkets are presented in an attractive environment. The focus will be on fresh products this year, i.e. milk and dairy products as well as meat products, fruit and vegetables, including pre-cut salads and fruit and similar items. The topic of service counters and counter design will also be addressed. The wine shelf will also be well-stocked with around 30 wines from organic production. In total, between 1,500 and 2,000 products will be on display here.
The presentation “Anuga OliveOil Market” is a further special event with organic potential. It will once again be staged on the central trade fair boulevard of the Anuga grounds. Numerous olive oils of a wide range of origins will be offered for sampling here. Experts from the olive oil industry will support the format with background information on cultivation, varieties and production, and an olive oil congress will be held on 8 October 2017.
Giant Food of Landover, Maryland, is launching its Giant Private Brand “No Antibiotics Ever” line of pork products. In addition to containing zero antibiotics and hormones, Giant’s newest line of pork offerings is 100-percent vegetarian fed. Now available in all Giant stores, these select pork cuts continue Giant’s commitment to offering the highest quality products while helping customers save money and eat well.
“Giant Food is excited to continue developing products that taste great, are in step with consumer trends and offer customers our own line of Giant Private Brand ‘No Antibiotics Ever’ pork selections,” said Gordon Reid, President, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “With this addition, we further promote our commitment to providing customers with the highest quality fresh pork products that allow them to eat well while saving money.”
Customers interested in trying these cuts of pork can look for the Giant Food logo and the “No Antibiotics Ever” label in their meat cases. The following line of pork products is available under Giant’s Own Brand “No Antibiotics Ever” label:
The newest line of pork cuts is one of the many Giant Private Brands customers can purchase, ranging from household items to snacks and produce. Last Thanksgiving, Giant Food introduced Giant’s Nature’s Promise brand antibiotic and growth hormone-free turkeys. They will reintroduce this offer during the upcoming Thanksgiving season.