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Pereg Natural Foods Introduces Kaniwa

Pereg Natural Foods will introduce kañiwa – also known as baby quinoa, at the upcoming Kosherfest trade show, November 15-16, 2016 at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Kañiwa is an excellent source of complete protein and amino acids, is exceptionally high in iron and is gluten-free. It’s dark reddish-brown in color and about half the size of a tiny quinoa seed. It cooks up quickly to resemble a smaller version of red quinoa.

Unlike regular quinoa, kañiwa doesn’t have saponins, the coating that gives quinoa a somewhat soapy, slightly bitter flavor if not rinsed properly, so it’s actually easier to process. (Note that all quinoa from Pereg is pre-rinsed and ready to cook from the package.) Another advantage kañiwa has over quinoa is that it’s an even better source of iron.

According to Gill Schneider, CEO of Pereg Natural Foods, “This mighty little ancient grain cooks up with a crunchy texture, and offers a nutrient rich food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are excited to bring consumers yet another healthy choice to serve to friends and family, from our family-owned Pereg Natural Foods business.”

Kañiwa from Pereg Natural Foods is all natural, gluten-free, Non-GMO Project verified, vegan, OU and CRC kosher-certified, and produced in the USA. It is available in 5-ounce boxes ($3.57) and re-sealable 16-ounce bags ($5.50).

Seminar Line-up for Philly Candy Show Announced

The Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia (RCAP) has announced the full seminar line-up for the 135th Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show, January 7-9, 2017, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pennsylvania. In addition to panel discussions with industry leaders, demos, sales, and branding sessions, retailers will also have the chance to enjoy special presentations and more from students of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Culinary Department.

As an added bonus, the 2017 edition will once again co-locate with the Philadelphia Gift Show (Jan. 6-9, 2017), increasing cross-over buying and selling opportunities for attendees and vendors alike.

Among the highlights is a new partnership between RCAP and the Pennsylvania College of Technology Culinary Department creating a “RCAP Scholarship Fund” for the students. As part of the program, “Chef Charles”, a.k.a. Charles R. Niedermyer II, Department Head | School of Business & Hospitality for the College, and his students will delight your senses with special presentations and tastings of chocolate products in the school’s booth on the show floor. Attendees and RCAP members are invited to stop by the booth on Saturday and Sunday, January 8-9, between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., to talk to the students, donate to the fund and learn more about internship and employment programs, too.

To help buyers make the most of their time at the show, the first educational sessions on Saturday and Sunday have a new, earlier 8:30 a.m. start time. In addition, admission to all programs is free and pre-registration is recommended. Visit for details. The full schedule includes:


  • Candy 101: For Beginners To All Levels Of Shops, Confectioners, & Startup Companies
    8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
    Open discussion by a panel of industry leaders
    Bring your questions for the candy industry leaders and learn from their experience. The value of this seminar is to bring challenging questions to the panel so all in attendance can learn and grow together.
  • Creating a Memorable Brand
    9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    Presented by Tammy Shapiro, President/Owner, Talk of the Town Gourmet Gifts And More
    Back by popular demand, Tammy Shapiro returns to our seminar schedule to share her branding insights with attending retailers. Calling upon 23-plus years running her own business and more than 16 years as a professional speaker at events around the country, including the Fancy Food Shows, gift shows and others, Tammy will help you answer this important question: Is the product walking out the front door of your store a true reflection of your brand? Standing out from your competition is so important, but often can be challenging. In this session we will explore the importance of a solid, yet consistent, brand and how to make the product you sell a true reflection of your company image. We will explore creative ways to get the client in the door and keep them coming back time and time again. Other highlights include the standard elevator speech, logo design, internet presence and determining who your targeted market is.
  • Art of Making Bows
    4 – 5 p.m.
    Presented by Kandy Hughes, Kelly’s Kandy
    How often you wondered how to make that perfect bow? Calling upon years of bow-making experience in her own shop, Hughes will demonstrate how you can take the frustration out of bow-making and show why and how bows can make the package complete.


  • Starting A Small Candy Business
    8:30 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.
    Presented by Joe Crevino, Consultant with Chocovision Corp. and Co-owner with wife Mary of Sweet Mary’s Chocolates
    Learn all about zoning and dealing with local government, space limitations, controlling temperature and humidity, neighborhood reaction, insurance issues, privacy, parking, delivery issues, board of health, safety and fire and much more.
  • Packaging 101: Why Packaging Finishes Your Presentation
    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Panel discussion presented by packaging industry leaders
    This seminar will focus on creative packaging techniques to best present your products in all aspects of your business. We will explore the “Evolution of Packaging” — how to change your packaging as your business grows and changes. Topics will include personalization, corporate gifts, and customization. From the new confectioner just starting in the industry to the seasoned veteran, there are creative solutions for all of your packaging needs. Bring your questions!
  • Chocolate Demo: Unique Perspective of the Future Creations of Chocolatiers
    4- 5 p.m.
    Presented by Frederic Loraschi, Master Chocolatier
    Come watch and taste the finished bonbons! In this demo, Loraschi, whose home base is at his shop in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, brings his unique perspective as world class chocolatier to the show floor. He was voted one of the “Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America” in 2011. Former ambassador for Barry Callebaut, and instructor at the chocolate academy in Chicago, he also did a demo of savory recipes at the Chicago Chocolate and Dessert Show and won Mexico City’s “Best Restaurant Dessert” recipe in 2014. He has appeared on TLC and the Food Network.


  • Candy 101: For Beginners To All Levels Of Shops, Confectioners & Startups Companies
    9 – 10 a.m.
    Open discussion by a panel of industry leaders
    Bring your questions for the candy industry leaders and learn from their experience. The value of this seminar is to bring challenging questions to the panel so all in attendance can learn and grow together.


Presented by Dona Peters, Master Chocolatier & Confection Consultant
Booth TBA
Saturday/ Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1- 5 p.m.
Monday 10:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
See how Peters uses centers of pops, and other figures, plus pre-made products with crispy rice cereal bars and more to cut expenses and offer a product with less chocolate than a solid piece. Some parents do not want their children to eat a lot of chocolate, so this gives them another option. And, you don’t have to be an artist to be creative with this.

WHEN: Saturday, January 7 – Monday, January 9
HOURS: Saturday- Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pennsylvania
MORE INFO: | 800.318.2238

Dream Non-Dairy Yogurts Non-GMO Project Verified

All flavors of Dream® Non-Dairy Yogurt have earned verification from the Non-GMO Project. These products include Almond Dream® and Coconut Dream™ refrigerated non-dairy yogurts that contain live and active cultures. Available in a wide range of flavors including Vanilla, Strawberry and Mixed Berry, they provide a solution for consumers seeking a dairy-, gluten- and/or soy- free lifestyle or for those who just want to enjoy these delicious flavored yogurts.

“Dream Non-Dairy Yogurts have always been made with high quality ingredients, and the verification from the Non-GMO Project provides an additional level of assurance to our consumers and customers,” said Basel Nassar, Chief Operating Officer of Hain Refrigerated Foods Division. “The Non-GMO Project is such a trusted organization and provides a rigorous approval process from ingredient sourcing through manufacturing to ensure that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not intentionally added to products. We are proud to carry their seal on our products.”

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