Rogue Creamery is exhibiting its award winning raw milk, organic Rogue River Blue® and Smokey Blue® cheeses at the world’s largest cheese festival, Cheese, a biennial event held in the Northern Italy city of Bra.
This is the 20th Anniversary of Cheese; this Slow Food® event is expected to draw more than 270,000 visitors with its 300 plus exhibitors representing 23 nations. Rogue Creamery is exhibiting at Bra for the fifth time in a row; the creamery was the 1st American Cheesemaker to ship raw milk cheese to the European Union in 2007, leading the way for a select few other American cheesemakers.
Raw milk, organic Rogue River Blue has won more than a dozen national and international awards over the last 14 years including World’s Best Blue at the World Cheese Awards in London. It was recently recognized both as Best American Cheese and as one of the Top 16 Cheeses in the World at the 2012 World Cheese Awards. It also won Best in Show at the American Cheese Society Awards in both 2011 and 2009.
“Our organic, raw milk Rogue River Blue is wrapped in organic Syrah grape leaves that have been macerated in organic pear liqueur. Its forward, well-aged flavor tastes of brandy, fruit and burnt cream. The flavors of our signature terroir include hints of sweet pine, wild ripened berries, hazelnuts, morels and pears,” said David Gremmels, Cheesemaker and President.
Raw milk, organic Smokey Blue won first place at both the 2015 and 2009 American Cheese Society Competition, Best American Cheese at the World Cheese Awards, the Innovation Award at the 2006 SIAL Paris Awards and Outstanding New Product at the 2005 Summer Fancy Food Show. A long gentle cold-smoking, over Oregon hazelnuts shells infuse Smokey Blue with an added layer of rich ﬂavor and terroir. Sweet cream ﬂavors and caramel notes balance earthy ﬂavors of smoke and hints of roasted nuts. The result is a smooth blue cheese reminiscent of candied bacon.
Rogue Creamery’s international award winning handmade cheese is produced from USDA Certified Organic milk from its own organic dairy and made using sustainable practices. Earlier this month, Rogue Creamery celebrated its 2017 Best for the World recognition by meeting the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency and accountability as judged by the nonprofit B Lab. The Creamery’s cheese is carried in Whole Foods Market, Neal’s Yard Dairy, London and Fromagerie Laurent Dubois, Paris.
Due to Hurricane Irma and its direct hit on Naples and southwest Florida, Pyure Brands LLC headquartered in Naples, Florida, will not be attending Natural Products Expo East. Despite the storm, Pyure Brands remains operational and open for business. However, rather than attending the show, the team will remain in the area to help those in need and rebuild its community.
As a part of its efforts, Pyure will be donating $5000 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The Harry Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America and a United Way partner agency, is the leading hunger-relief organization in southwest Florida.
The organization has been setting up mobile pantry distributions throughout the devastated parts of the region. Just yesterday they fed over 700 families in Lehigh Acres, one of the hardest hit areas, and over 300 families in Immokalee, the poorest area of Collier County. These families stood on line for more than two hours in 100-degree heat to get food. Harry Chapin is trying to set up six mobile pantries a day over the next few weeks. However, much more supplies are needed.
“The food bank is in desperate need of protein bars, granola bars, water, ice, and any other non-perishable items,” said Benjamin Fleischer, Founder and CEO of Pyure Brands LLC. “Harry Chapin Food Bank needs supplies to help thousands of people.”
Pyure would appreciate any support the Natural Product Industry community would lend to provide for these families that have been without water, food, gas, and electricity for days.
“We are unaware of how long these conditions will last, but the impact will be lingering for weeks to come,” said Fleischer.
Brands looking for the best way to help those impacted by Hurricane Irma maycontact Melisa Tropeano, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The timing of the storm is unfortunate as Pyure is very excited to share new innovative products with the industry. Fleischer will be attending the NPEE and is available for meetings to discuss the brands’ new business developments. Call 347.573.2796 to set up a meeting.
Pyure Brands’ warehouses are safely located in California, Illinois, and New Jersey. Pyure Brands will continue to ship to all retail and commercial customers during the recovery period with no disruptions. Customer service and other business functions will be executed remotely.
Hurricane Irma was disastrous for the southwest Florida area. The recovery will be challenging, but not insurmountable. Pyure Brands is fortunate to have wonderful customers and amazing consumers and is very appreciative of all their support.
Wholesome, which makes fair trade, organic candy and sweeteners, is working hard to make sure that customers will continued to be supplied with its products in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. This, despite its locations in Texas and on Florida’s east coast. “We have been closely monitoring the storms and taking appropriate action,” Wholesome® CEO Olu Beck said. “Our dedicated team is working to develop distribution alternatives for our organic sugars, sweeteners, candies and frostings as needed. At this time, we believe our core distribution will not be affected for most of the country.”
“We want to thank all of the first responders and volunteers who have been working around the clock,” Beck said. “Our thoughts are with our employees, customers, suppliers – and their friends and families – who have been affected or may be impacted by these hurricanes.”
Hurricane Harvey Had Minimal Impact on Supply
Wholesome core business operations and product distribution services have been largely unaffected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding. However, the company’s Sugar Land, Texas administrative office was flooded. All local staff members are safe and accounted for and business operations will continue as normal from a temporary location until the office reopens. The effects of Irma’s impact on Florida are still being assessed but the company anticipates only minor delays, as business operations were largely unaffected.
As Wholesome’s raw materials are primarily sourced from fair trade, non-GMO, organic growers in Central and South America, the company does not expect supply to be impacted. The company has implemented business continuity plans to source distribution from its network of warehouses throughout the country.
Wholesome has donated $10,000 and more than 25,000 bags of candy to support Harvey recovery efforts coordinated by Feeding Texas. This organization – together with other relief agencies – has been instrumental in providing assistance to people in need. Contributions are being accepted at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/harvey-food-relief.