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NCA Coffee Summit Explores Single-Cup Segment, Sustainability, Risk Management

The 2013 NCA Coffee Summit will explore developments in the single-cup segment, the challenges of a sustainable supply chain, and techniques for managing business risk, along with topics brought to the table by participants. By design, the Summit combines traditional professional development with open-space, collaborative learning to yield practical solutions to real-time business challenges.

In a professionally facilitated, interactive setting, the Summit integrates the knowledge of presenters with the experience and perspective of attendees from diverse industry and supply chain functions. In this way, NCA offers a program that channels learning through the realities of business applications to deliver practical, deployable solutions.

“In the final analysis, the true value of professional development lies in the solutions it creates for your business,” said Robert F. Nelson, NCA President and CEO. “Only by putting facts and figures through the prism of experience and application can they spark the practical approaches and strategies that will solve real-time challenges and propel the bottom line.”

The 2013 NCA Coffee Summit takes place on October 2 – 4 at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. Registration is now open.


Dietz & Watson Distribution Center Struck by Fire

Fire struck one of Dietz & Watson’s distribution facilities in Delanco, N.J. during the Labor Day weekend, but this fire had no effect on the company’s manufacturing plants in Philadelphia, Baltimore or Corfu, NY, and all other distribution points are still up and running normally.

The company released a statement to the press this weekend and the fire has since been extinguished. While the supply chain should be a little tight in the next few weeks, Dietz & Watson customers can feel confident that all items are being manufactured and that things will be up and running to capacity very soon.

Here is the statement from Dietz & Watson CEO Louis Eni from this weekend: “It has been an unexpectedly challenging Labor Day weekend for the Dietz & Watson Family, as fire struck one of our distribution centers, in Delanco, N.J. Sunday afternoon. New Jersey emergency responders continued to battle the fire Monday.

“Thankfully, all Dietz & Watson employees are safe,” he continued. “Right now, our efforts are focused on supporting the New Jersey firefighters and emergency officials who are battling the fire and ensuring that all are kept safe. These brave first-responders are our friends and neighbors. We are humbled by their efforts.

“Our production facilities continue to manufacture our premium meats and cheeses. Other distribution arrangements will be made as we assess the fire’s damage.

“The Dietz & Watson Family deeply appreciates the outpouring of support and encouragement we have received from our friends and customers. It means so much that so many have taken time from their holiday weekends to wish us well. Thank you.”

Convenient and Healthy Back to School Options from Mediterranean Snacks

As the fall season approaches, the back-to-school timeframe is an ideal opportunity for consumers to instill new eating habits and try more wholesome snack options when packing lunches or going on the road for after school activities. Plus, with allergy-related food restrictions enforced in many schools, it is now more important than ever for parents to find healthier, safe alternatives when shopping.

Mediterranean Snacks recognizes the need for better-for-you snacking alternatives to fried potato chips or other high calorie snacks, whether due to a desire for low-fat, protein-rich options or an interest in following a gluten-free diet. Making nutritious, tasty, calorically smart snacks available to consumers is the company’s mission. This mission is reflected in Mediterranean Snacks’ latest product for busy, health-conscious consumers: tapaz2go™. This innovative offering, a convenient, gluten-free-certified, mini-meal solution, combines a single-serve pouch of protein-rich Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Crackers along with a substantial portion of hummus in one portable package for healthy on-the-go snacking.
Made from all-natural ingredients with 250 calories or less per serving and 7 grams of protein, tapaz2go addresses the consumer desire for natural, high protein, satiating snacks. Another benefit to shoppers is that tapaz2go is shelf stable and can be stored at room temperature, so it is a perfect on-the-go snack solution for parents who want to fit healthy, smart snacking into their families’ active lifestyle. The product can be a convenient between-meal snack for those out doing errands, or it can be an easy, nutritious office lunch.
Available in three popular hummus flavors, roasted garlic, red pepper or classic, the individual package size for tapaz2go is 3.6 ounces. The product has a suggested retail price of $2.99, with a shelf life of 300 days.
For more information on Mediterranean Snacks, contact the company by phone at 973.402.2644 or by email at Visit the company online at

Attractive, All-Natural Mixes from Sierra Soups

Sierra Soups are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free, and they taste fabulous. The mixes are simple to make and come complete with vegetables (dehydrated) and a flavorful spice packet. They will serve a large family, and recipes are on the back of each package, along with additional options to enhance the meal.
Sierra Soups mixes come in clear cello packaging, showcasing their colorful, all-natural ingredients. Display trays are available for shelf presentation. The company offers eight different soup mixes and a Middle-Eastern Grain & Lentil Salad mix, all of which are inexpensive and easy for the average cook to prepare. Its current bestseller, Fresno Fog Split Pea soup, only requires the addition of water and a cooking time of approximately one hour. The company supplies distributors, brokers, gourmet/specialty food shops, health food stores and upscale grocery stores/chains.
Marketing research shows that the household cook does not mind a slow-cooking product such as beans. However, he or she wants some leftovers. With this in mind, Sierra Soups developed recipes that serve from eight to twelve servings and which can then be frozen for later meals and still retain their marvelous flavor and nutrition.
For the team at Sierra Soups, the overall mission is to provide a wholesome product, with exceptional food value and a heap of flavor, but which is easy for the average cook to put together. With the spices and vegetables already included in the soup bag, you will not have to make a trip to the grocery store. The hardest thing you may need to do is sauté an onion (and sometimes not even that). In addition, once prepared, the company’s soups can be frozen for future meals.
For more information about Sierra Soups, Inc., or to order the company’s soup mixes, visit, or call 800.397.6887, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies from Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies

Only the freshest natural ingredients go into Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies’ Lemon Ricotta Cookie. The team at Vanilla Bean prides themselves on creating cookies that are a combination of creativity, uniqueness and amazing flavor profiles, and the Lemon Ricotta Cookie is no exception! Vanilla Bean has taken the classic Italian Ricotta Cookie and added its signature twist to create an amazing cookie. The Lemon Ricotta Cookie is made with real butter, fresh eggs, lemon zest, tart lemon juice, pure vanilla and creamy ricotta cheese. The resulting cookie is soft with a cake like texture, garnished with the company’s signature lemon glaze. With its creamy texture, the glaze has just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of tart lemon to create a great finish to an amazing cookie.
Vanilla Bean’s cookies are fresh baked with no synthetic preservatives. However, the fresh lemon adds a natural element to help preserve the cookie without giving up the company’s high standard for quality. Because of the fresh nature of the Lemon Ricotta Cookie, it is a great fit for online retail companies, corporate gifts and gourmet gift baskets.
Your customers will appreciate Vanilla Bean’s attention to detail as the company’s cookies are packaged in a classic natural pinstripe box. Each box contains 12 cookies, and each cookie is individually packaged in cellophane and sealed to ensure freshness. While some companies seek products with long a shelf life, Vanilla Bean knows its customers appreciate the pure quality of its cookies as will yours.
For wholesale information regarding Vanilla Bean cookies, contact Debbie Smith at 260.415.4652 or 888.498.4502.

Bella Lucia Gluten-Free Italian Pizzelle

Bella Lucia Gluten Free Italian Pizzelle has an amazing line of delicious handmade cookies for all your customers’ needs. Bella Lucia is the largest producer of gluten-free pizzelle in the United States. The company has been able to combine the traditional taste of Italian cookies, with a new twist for all your specialty needs.

Bella Lucia still laboriously bakes its pizzelle two at a time, a claim not many other companies could make. Choose between the company’s top four flavors: anise, vanilla, Saigon cinnamon, and the company’s newest flavor, Lemon Love, the perfect mix of tangy and sweet. These pizzelle are just the thing to tempt the pallet.
Bella Lucia never adds any artificial flavors or colors. The company’s pizzelle are always natural and always great! “Be Authentic. Be Unique,” and include Bella Lucia Gluten Free Pizzelle in your product lineup.
For more information, check out Bella Lucia online at, or call 814.201.2222.

Cholent—Kosher Meals Made Easy

Cholent is another creative series of salt-free dinner kits from Purely American Foods. What exactly is Cholent? It is a traditional Jewish meal that, for generations, has been prepared on Friday before the Sabbath begins. Slow cooked all night, this savory stew is the main course at Saturday’s noonday meal.

Now, busy, health-conscious consumers of all faiths can enjoy these time saving, salt-free meals any day of the week. Gluten-free, all-natural, kosher, and free of salt and MSG, the Cholent kits from Purely American are a delicious and good-for-you heat and serve option for your retail customers.
The Cholent kits are just one among many delicious and healthy meal solutions offered from Purely American. The company’s healthy dinner kits are all salt and gluten-free, kosher certified and all-natural with no MSG and high fiber.
Check out the company online at, or contact Ray Leard at 740.592.3800 for information and orders.

Cheese Lovers Seeking Out Authentic Le Gruyère AOP

When you want the “real” Gruyère AOP, there are a few things you can look for to guarantee that you have found the one cheese that can deliver the signature taste and consistency you expect from Gruyère AOP. In order to find this authentic cheese, you need to know where to look, and what it means.

meule_fleche2_petitDuring production, each wheel of Gruyère AOP is systematically marked with the number of the mold and code of the cheese dairy that is producing it. The day and month of production are also noted. These black markings are made with casein, the milk protein (even here, there are no additives involved). From this point on, the name “Gruyère AOP,” and the code of the production facility appear on the heel of each wheel. This is an effective way of preventing fakes and guaranteeing authenticity. However, you can take it a step further. Using the cheese dairy’s unique code, you can go to and enter the cheese dairy number to see who produced the cheese you are eating!
For more information, recipes and photos of the only region that can produce Le Gruyère AOP, visit

‘Ohana Harbor Bringing Kona Coffee to the Mainland

Nothing is quite as exotic as Hawaii, but forget springing for a plane ticket to find the real taste of paradise. More and more specialty retailers are offering ‘Ohana Harbor Coffee to satisfy their customers’ cravings. ‘Ohana Harbor Coffee Company offers a variety of Hawaiian Island-inspired Kona Coffees that will provide you and your customers a vacation for your palates.

‘Ohana Harbor Coffee Company’s 100 percent Kona coffee is grown exclusively in the Kailua-Kona region on the Big Island of Hawaii, where rich volcanic soil and an ideal climate produce a unique and robust coffee cherry. Harvested from September through February, ‘Ohana’s 100 percent Kona coffee is award winning. It has earned the “Cream of the Crop” designation for six consecutive years.
A favorite among coffee aficionados for its low acidity and full-bodied flavor, ‘Ohana’s 100 percent Kona coffee is offered in medium and dark roasts. The company’s most popular Kona coffee is Ali’i Premium, a hand-picked, sun-dried, single-origin Kona coffee that is small batch roasted to bring out its sugars while preserving the nutty flavors for which Kona coffees are traditionally known.
While ‘Ohana Harbor specializes in 100 percent Kona Coffee, the company also offers small batch-roasted, hand-crafted Kona blends that fit into any budget. Whether a seasonal product or a faithful stand by, ‘Ohana Harbor offers island-inspired packaging and taste that is guaranteed to be fresh and smooth.
Founded on traditional values and sustainability, ‘Ohana Harbor is a family-owned operation emphasizing traditional Hawaiian culture, fairness and environmentally mindful practices. ‘Ohana does this by staying involved with its coffee “from tree to cup.” ‘Ohana Harbor is honored to offer the great-tasting coffee from the company’s ‘Ohana to yours. ‘Ohana means “family,” and ‘Ohana Harbor invites you to make its coffee part of yours.
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Sarabeth’s Takes Home sofi Gold Award for Velvety Cream of Tomato Soup

Sarabeth’s recently took home the 2013 sofi Gold Award, presented by the Specialty Food Association at the Summer Fancy Food Show. Sarabeth’s Velvety Cream of Tomato Soup won the honor in the Soup, Stew, Bean and Chili category. Over the years, Sarabeth’s has been awarded multiple sofi Awards ranging from the gold award in the Outstanding Classic category for the company’s Blood Orange Marmalade to the gold award in the Hot Beverage category for Hot Chocolate Parisienne.

Sarabeth and Bill Levine still remain the driving force behind the success and outstanding reputation of the Sarabeth’s brand. Sarabeth is a James Beard Award Winning Pastry Chef as well as an author. Together Bill and Sarabeth are also successful restaurateurs with multiple locations in New York City, Key West and Tokyo.
Charlie Apt, former owner of Ciao Bella Gelato Company, joined with the Levines in 2011 as a Partner. Charlie is currently working alongside the founders to develop new products and expand the brand’s distribution nationally and internationally. Sarabeth’s is now available at a number of retailers, including Sur La Table, King’s, Open Sky, A&P, Gelson’s, RueLaLa, Citerella, Soft Surroundings, Loblaw’s and Whole Foods.
In 2013, Sarabeth’s is introducing a new line of pancake, waffle and biscuit mixes. The mixes will be available for distribution on October 1. This is a unique tasting, all-natural product line that reflects the home cooking found in Sarabeth’s restaurants. Thousands of loyal customers enjoy Sarabeth’s breakfast, brunch and lunch in her restaurants every year. Taking home Sarabeth’s preserves, syrups, mixes, granola and hot chocolate provide consumers with an “at home” experience otherwise only found in Sarabeth’s much adored restaurants and cafes.
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