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Heartland Gourmet Offers ‘Gourmet Gluten Free’

Heartland Gourmet 1Heartland Gourmet has an amazingly complete line of gluten-free baking mixes and gourmet desserts. The company’s varieties are both unique and flavorful.

With a commitment to those who need to eat gluten-free, Heartland Gourmet spent four years developing its flour blend and mixes in order to provide high-quality products that those with Celiac’s disease, or who are gluten intolerant, can share with friends with pride.

Heartland Gourmet 2The baked off gluten-free line from Heartland Gourmet has expanded to include loaf breads, brownies, coffee cake, cornbread and cakes—and the cupcakes are available individually labeled and wrapped for colleges and coffee shops to serve without risk of contamination. Heartland Gourmet mixes now include a Beer Bread and Pumpkin Quickbread, another example of delicious goodness that will have your customers returning time after time.

To get a complete listing, pricing, or find a distributor near you, contact Heartland Gourmet at 402.423.1234 or email

Holland’s Family Cheese Offers Marieke Gouda Holiday Season Basket

Hollands Family CheeseGive the gift of award-winning Gouda with Holland’s Family Cheese’s Marieke Gouda Holiday Season Basket. This gift box features your choice of four 6-ounce wedges of hand-crafted, farmstead Marieke Gouda alongside a bottle of local wine, snack sticks, fine chocolate and specialty crackers.

Marieke Gouda was named Grand Champion at the U.S. Cheese Competition in 2013. This artisan cheese is made in the Holland’s creamery located in Thorp, Wisc., using whole cow’s milk pumped directly from the cow to the company’s cheese vat. Marieke Gouda is an authentic Dutch cheese proudly made in Wisconsin. Shipping is included with this gift box. Be sure to order before December 13 for guaranteed delivery before Christmas. Ice packs are not included in total price and wedge weight is approximate.

For more information on Holland’s Family Cheese, head online to or call 715-669-5230.

First European USDA-certified Organic Cheese Now Available in U.S.

Kingdom Cheddar, the first and only European cheese to be certified organic by the USDA, may be the newest entry into the U.S. cheese market, but every bite carries the unique authentic cheddar taste that comes from more than 800 years of English artisan craftsmanship. The milk in Kingdom Cheddar comes from a small group of organic family farmers in South-West England, where cheddar cheesemaking first began in the 12th century.

“We use old-world artisan techniques, conducted under today’s exacting organic standards, which makes for an exceptional product,” said Nicola Turner, Export and Marketing Director at the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCo,) the largest organic dairy farmers’ co-operative in the UK. OMSCo manages the production of Kingdom Cheddar.

In taste panels conducted in May 2013, consumers described Kingdom Cheddar, an extra-sharp mature cheese, as “clean and creamy, with a taste that carries notes of fresh grass.”

“The moist, temperate climate in South-West England produces pastures of lush grass,” said Turner. “Those grasses impart a unique flavor to the milk, and therefore the cheese. We then carefully age the cheddar in the climate-controlled chambers or caves, a time-honored tradition of cheese makers in this area. This brings out the unique, yet historical character of the cheese.”

“Its premium quality makes it the ideal choice for entertaining, or makes everyday eating—and cooking—a little extra-special,” she added.

The cooperative of family dairy farmers who produce Kingdom Cheddar have partnered with Wisconsin-based Organic Valley cooperative to distribute it in the U.S.  Kingdom Cheddar is now available in many Whole Foods Markets and other natural grocers.

ALDI Exclusive ‘SimplyNature’ Brand Emphasizes Affordability of Eating Well

ALDI has launched a new brand, ”SimplyNature,” which features simple foods made with only all-natural or organic ingredients. SimplyNature products range from cereal, honey, fruit bars and apple juice, to pasta sauce, pizza, salsa and various snacks. The new line of SimplyNature products is now available in all stores.

“At ALDI, we know that finding great-tasting, wholesome foods is important to our customers. With the new SimplyNature line of all-natural or organic products, customers can get high-quality, nutritious options at an affordable price,” said Chuck Youngstrom, President of ALDI. “We’re always striving to offer healthy options at prices that make it possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle – and that’s exactly what the SimplyNature brand offers.”

Beyond SimplyNature, ALDI continues to increase fresh produce offerings and currently carries nearly 70 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables, including several new organic produce items. Organic produce items currently featured include bananas, apples, tomatoes, baby carrots and salad mixes. To provide the freshest produce possible, ALDI teams up with top growers throughout the United States, including local growers, to guarantee freshness and sustain the lowest prices.

“I like that I can find so many healthy and fresh options at ALDI,” said Janice Stahl, food stylist and loyal ALDI shopper. “Shopping for all-natural or organic products can get expensive, but the SimplyNature products at ALDI provide shoppers a variety of great choices at fabulous prices.”

To ensure its exclusive brands – including SimplyNature – meet or exceed the national brands on taste and quality, ALDI conducts rigorous testing on all products. ALDI stands behind this commitment to quality with a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with a food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the customer’s money.

ALDI has been recognized as the nation’s low-price grocery leader for three consecutive years, according to a recent consumer survey conducted by Market Force Information, Inc., the world’s leading customer intelligence solutions company. When asked to rank the top eight grocers offering low prices, consumers ranked ALDI No. 1, ahead of competitors such as Walmart, Costco and Sam’s Club.

Midor AG Debuts Selection Suisse Cookie Assortment

Carl Brandt, Inc. will be introducing Midor’s Selection Suisse Cookie Assortment at the Winter Fancy Food Show. The Selection Suisse Gift Box is an assortment of the best-selling, irresistible cookies in the Swiss Delice line. Dating back to 1928, these famed cookies, crafted by Midor AG, are pure indulgence – honoring famed Swiss standards for excellence.

13 BR Swiss Delice Selection Suisse10001018BThe Selection Suisse Gift Box offers eight scrumptious varieties (6.17 ounces) enrobed in milk or dark chocolate. This collection of choice biscuits includes: wafers with hazelnut cream enrobed or dipped with Swiss chocolate, meringue sandwiches, or cookies with hazelnut filling.

GMO-free, Midor’s famed cookies combine all-natural, highest quality ingredients – no artificial colors or preservatives. Only free-range eggs are used. Midor’s Swiss Delice Selection Suisse Gift Box, with premium taste, is beautifully packaged for sure sales.

The Gift Box has a suggested retail price of $9.99. See it in booth #631 at the Winter Fancy Food Show. After the show, visit

Call 203.256.8133 to place a wholesale order. Minimum order is $300.



The Scoop on Salmon

By Lucas Witman

In the world of fresh seafood, few products are as classic as salmon. Shoppers hungry for this seafood staple know that their supermarket of choice is bound to have a selection salmon filets, sliced smoked salmon and lox. However, today’s consumers are also encountering a diverse selection of alternative salmon offerings in the seafood section.

Lovers of the fish are now topping their pizzas with salmon pepperoni, waking up to salmon breakfast sausages and celebrating summer with salmon burgers, hot off the grill. According to Leslie Harlow, co-founder of and spokesperson for Maine-based Sullivan Harbor Farm Smokehouse, the recent resurgence in popularity of salmon is due in part to advances in the salmon fishery and processing industry. Harlow refers to a “second generation of aquaculture,” which has occurred over the past few years, resulting in a healthier, more sustainable product.

“One of the things we have been able to promote is that salmon is a healthy protein alternative to meat,” said Harlow. “Salmon is the fish with the highest level of Omega-3s and the highest level of fat, and it’s the kind of fat that you want to eat.” According to Harlow, it is because the protein is tasty, healthful and versatile, that salmon has exploded in popularity in recent years.

Sullivan Harbor Farm Smokehouse offers a variety of salmon products as well as products made from other types of seafood. The company’s signature product is its cold-smoked sliced Atlantic salmon, but it also offers other unique items such as the Omega Burst, chunks of salmon taken from the loin of the fish, double smoked and mixed with Maine maple syrup and cracked black pepper.

Harlow argues that it is her company’s careful attention to ethically and sustainably sourcing the highest quality salmon in the North Atlantic that sets Sullivan Harbor Farm Smokehouse apart from other seafood companies. The salmon the company uses are harvested in the Bay of Fundy off the coast of New Brunswick. Fish from this area are known to be particularly healthful. In addition, because the company processes the fish it uses just 65 nautical miles from the salmon source, the end product is fresher and more eco-friendly. “Knowing where we source our fish from makes us more marketable,” said Harlow.

The growing popularity of salmon today can not be simply attributed to growing consumer awareness surrounding the healthfulness of the product, however. According to Wayne Strudwick, Sales Manager at MacKnight Food Group, salmon products are growing in popularity on the American culinary scene, simply because there is much more that food companies can do with salmon that they can not do with other types of fish.

“We’ve experimented with other kinds of fish, tilapia, trout. Trout is pretty close to the salmon family. But it’s the consistency of the salmon that makes it better,” said Strudwick. “It’s a very oily fish. It’s not a bad oil. It’s a good oil that is high in Omega-3s, high in protein.”Few companies have approached salmon with as much creativity as has MacKnight. The company offers a diverse bounty of products made from the protein. Whereas some seafood companies focus primarily on utilizing the filets of the fish, MacKnight uses every part of the animal in crafting its offerings.

“Over the years, what we have actually done is we’ve diverted a little bit. When you filet the salmon off the whole fish, you still have a lot of protein on the frame, so we started coming up with some creative ideas,” said Strudwick. “We used that protein, and we’re making salmon burgers. We’re making salmon sausages, salmon bacon, smoked salmon party slices.”

Why are consumers turning to salmon-based products and eschewing their pork and beef-based cousins? For Strudwick, when consumers choose salmon bacon or salmon sausage instead of the more mainstream alternative, they get a lot more for their money— both in terms of flavor and nutritional value.

“Our salmon bacon is 98 percent smoked salmon. You’re getting all the benefits of the highest form of protein, the highest form of Omega-3s,” he said. “If you purchase regular pork bacon, it’s almost all fat. Ours is more of a healthy alternative to bacon.”

Consumers may not yet be stopping at their favorite diner for a salmon bacon cheeseburger, but that situation may be close at hand,  Strudwick predicts. “As soon as people get it out there and people are acknowledging it, I think you are going to see it eventually,” he said “I make them and they’re great!”

Hot Sauce Harry’s: Your Hot Sauce Headquarters for Nearly Two Decades

HotSauceHarrys_Dec2013BuyersGuide_FeatureHot Sauce Harry’s is your hot sauce headquarters since 1994. Hot Sauce Harry’s is a third-generation, family-owned supplier of fine condiments. The Hot Sauce Harry’s team has won more than 40 major awards in the gourmet food industry having been featured on The Food Network, CNN and Comedy Central—and all of the Hot Sauce Harry’s products are made in America.

The company specializes in private and custom label. Build brand loyalty with gourmet hot sauces, salsas, grilling sauces, spices, dry rubs, marinades, as well as steak sauce, nacho cheese sauce and a championship chili mix.

Turn around time is typically two to three days after art approval on initial orders and within 24 hours on all reorders. Your customers will literally have your name on the tip of their tongues. And all it takes is just a 48-piece minimum. Private label is quick, easy and surprisingly affordable.

For more information on Hot Sauce Harry’s head online to or call 800.588.8979.


Fresh Fruit Vinegars From Mangé Brings Fresh Fruit Taste To Your Fingertips

MangéMangé brings the fresh taste of fruit to your fingertips with its full line of shelf stable, fresh fruit vinegars. Unlike infused or fruit syrup-based vinegars, Mangé’s are made using fruit that has been picked at its peak, puréed and preserved in vinegar. Light enough to drink from a spoon, yet strong enough to marinate a ceviche, each of Mangé’s 11 fresh fruit vinegars are ready for cooking or cocktails. Select one or more from a variety of current flavors ranging from Mango, Passion Fruit, Blood Orange, Raspberry, Blackberry, Cherry, Red Pepper, White Peach, Pear, Green Apple, and seasonal Fig.

Detailed recipes, ideas and gift packaging can be found on the company’s website or follow Mangé on your favorite social media site @MangeCuisine.
For more information on purchasing Mangé fresh fruit vinegars, call 917.880.2104 or visit

Escape to Italy Tonight with Carmelina

MangiaWhen it comes to quality, value and tradition, nothing compares to the simple goodness of Carmelina ‘e…San Marzano® Italian Tomatoes and Carmelina Brands® Italian Beans.

Produced and imported from southern Italy, Mangia, Inc.™ takes pride in producing superior ingredients that are all-natural and non-GMO Project Verified and contain no added salt, sugars or preservatives.

With one of the cleanest ingredient statements on the shelf, Carmelina ‘e…San Marzano Italian Tomatoes and Carmelina Brands Italian Beans offer chefs and families quality, flavorful ingredients that they can feel good about bringing to the table. Products are available in retail sizes (14.28 and 28 ounces), foodservice size (91 ounces) and industrial size (drums).

For more information, email, call 866.462.6442, or visit

Maruso Black Bean Soy Sauce: Thick Enough to Stick

Maruso SoySometimes you just need that go-to sauce that covers all the bases for taste and for versatility. Maruso Thick Black Bean Soy Sauce could be that sauce for your customers.

Maruso Soy Sauce is gluten-free, brewed from non-GMO black soy beans and naturally low in sodium. Its thick consistency and unique taste gives Maruso Soy Sauce added versatility as a cooking sauce and as a condiment. Plus that consistency means it clings to food, so you can brush it, dip it, or drizzle it on anything.

For more adventurous palates, the experience of Maruso Ghost Pepper Soy Sauce might add the little kick to food that those customers are searching for.

For more than a century, Taiwanese households have enjoyed one of Asia’s finest soy sauces. It has been produced using the same, all-natural process by the same family. Now it’s available in the United States as Maruso Soy Sauce.

Your customers will reach for Maruso time and time again as their gourmet alternative to traditional soy sauce in Asian and non-Asian cuisines. Visit or call 909-636-2152 for more information.

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