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Salt & Straw, Artisanal Chocolatiers Partner on Seasonal Gourmet Ice Cream Flavors

Salt & Straw has partnered with small, artisanal chocolatiers Sahagun ChocolatesXocolatl de DavidMissionary ChocolatesAlma Chocolate and Woodblock Chocolate, to show off each of their unique chocolate making styles, techniques and ingredients through scoops of ice cream. Gift pack of flavors will be available for nationwide shipping through www.saltandstraw.com  and at Portland area scoop shops beginning February 1.

Sahagun’s Oregon Kiss

Crafted in the form of a deep chocolate ice cream with cocoa-nutty gianduja truffles, this ice cream was created by Elizabeth Montes of Sahagun Chocolates, who helped pioneer Portland’s artisan chocolate scene in 2005.  Her meticulousness with flavor has earned her caramels a spot on New York Times’ “best in the box” list. 
Xocolatl de David’s Bacon Raleigh Bar Ice Cream 
Like a Snickers bar that’s been warped into something that’s just as satisfying yet fulfills the strict demand of “Portland Artisan.” Chocolatier and former chef, David Briggs, has spent the last eight years perfecting this chocolate bar recipe, which can be found on the shelves of even the trendiest of Portland shops. For the ice cream, Salt & Straw melted honey nougat into the base, added heavy ribbons of bacon infused caramel plus candied pecans.
 
Woodblock’s Peruvian Pisco & Chocolate 
An Intensely cocoa flavored, Single-origin Peruvian Chocolate ice cream mixed with a puckering and tangy pisco sour sorbet. Roasting single-origin cocoa beans in a 19th century, repurposed coffee roaster, Charley Wheelock’s “bean-to-bar” chocolates help to make this Frankenstein-like reincarnation of a traditional chocolate ice cream truly magical.
 
Missionary’s Blood Orange Chocolate Sorbet
A creamy vegan chocolate delight awaits you with a cup of this decisively bright, indulgently dense blood orange and chocolate sorbet.  Melissa Berry, a naturopathic physician, started her company based on the sheer passion of making delicious chocolates that her vegan mother could eat. Today, proceeds from her company are set aside with the goal of starting an in-patient naturopath hospital funded by chocolate! Similar to Missionary’s truffles, this sorbet doesn’t proclaim the fact that it’s dairy free, but if you’re asking…
 
Alma’s Boozy Bon Bon
A delicate combination of flavors that are married with precision, Alma’s Boozy Bon Bon  ice cream weaves together the assertive flavors of anise, lime zest, and an extra dark chocolate to create the ice cream base; then studs it with Madeira wine and House Spirits rum-soaked prunes. At Alma Chocolates, Sarah Hart has created a food culture and seasonal bon bon menu around the best ingredients and producers in Portland, creating one-bite beauties that shock and awe guests. 
 
About Salt & Straw Ice Cream
Salt & Straw Ice Cream is a small batch ice cream company that partners with local artisans, producers and farmers to create unique and gourmet flavors. The ice cream is handmade, using only all natural cream from local farms throughout the Willamette Valley. Flavors showcase the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients from Oregon farmers and artisans, such as Rogue Creamery, Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Olympic Provisions charcuterie, as well as imported flavors from small hand-picked farms from around the world. The company started serving eight flavors from an ice cream cart in May of 2011 and then moved to its first brick and mortar location on Aug. 12, 2011. All shops use 100 percent renewable energy as well as fully compostable serveware for all to-go items. Scoops of hand-made, small batch ice creams, sundaes, milkshakes and floats as well as pints to go are available at each shop and served with impeccable service. Favorites, seasonal and design your own variety packs are available for online purchase and can be shipped anywhere in the United States. Salt & Straw’s ice cream cart is available for catering parties and events. Find more information at www.saltandstraw.com  or call 971-271-8168. Follow on Facebook at Salt and Straw Ice Cream or Twitter @SaltandStraw.

Alaska King, Tanner, and Snow Crab Fishing Opens in Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Photographer: Chris Miller

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Photographer: Chris Miller

October 18, 2013 marks the start of the 2013-2014 harvest season for Bristol Bay red king crab, Bristol Bay tanner crab, and Alaska Bering Sea snow crab, three legendary and sought-after varieties of seafood. Collectively these fisheries represent the most significant numbers in terms of Alaska’s crab harvest.

The 2013 Total Allowable Catches (TACs), which are established yearly for each species to maintain maximum sustained yield and continued abundance, reflect the state’s commitment to responsible fisheries management and the willingness of Alaska’s managers to adjust their catch to align with the best scientific data available.

·      The 2013 TAC for Bristol Bay red king crab is set at 8.6 million pounds, representing a 9.5 percent increase from 2012.

·      The 2013 TAC for Bristol Bay Tanner crab is set at 3.1 million pounds. The fishery was closed in 2012 due to the mature female biomass falling below the required 21.9 million pounds.

·      The 2013 TAC for Alaska Bering Sea snow (opilio) crab is set at nearly 54 million pounds, representing a 19 percent decrease from 2012.

Smaller Alaska crab fisheries include Aleutian Island golden king crab, which opened on August 15 with a TAC of 6.29 million pounds, and Norton Sound red king crab, which ran from July 3 to September 14 and had a total harvest of 391,863 pounds.

Alaska crab stocks are jointly managed by state and federal organizations: the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) oversees conservation and management, while the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council (NPFMC) superintends allocation and policy.

Luxurious Alaska king crab is unmatched in size and is celebrated for its sweet flavor and rich, tender texture. Alaska snow crab is prized for its delicately sweet flavor, and tender, snow-white meat. For more information on wild, sustainable Alaska crab, including recipes and nutritional facts, please visit www.wildalaskaflavor.com.

Nut-Free Snack Brand Raises Awareness with Pinterest Contest

Skeeter contestSkeeter Snacks,which offers high-quality, indulgent snacks that are 100 percent safe for those with tree nut and peanut allergies (TPA), is launching its inaugural No Nuts About It. Pin It To Win It contest on Pinterest. This nationwide contest will take place from October 7 through December 16, and asks participants to vote for their favorite Skeeter Snacks tips and products on Pinterest for a weekly chance of winning Skeeter Snacks prize packs. Skeeter Snacks is hosting this contest to raise awareness about living with nut allergies, as well as healthy eating habits, creative snack ideas and reward consumers with and without nut allergies.

To participate in the contest, consumers are urged to follow Skeeter Snacks’ No Nuts About It board on Pinterest and interact regularly. The board will be updated daily with product images, healthy snacking tips and nut-free kids activities. All pins will reflect Skeeter Snacks and health tips for celebrating the holidays safely with a nut allergy.

Participants are asked to share the board with their followers daily during the three-month campaign. Points will be awarded for following, re-pinning, liking and commenting on Skeeter Snacks’ pins within the No Nuts About It board. To earn an additional five points, participants can tweet @SkeeterSnacks, tag @SkeeterSnacks on Instagram and post on Skeeter Snacks’ Facebook using an @ mention to say at what retailers they found their Skeeter Snacks, along with hashtag #NoNutsAboutIt.

This Pin It To Win It campaign is a great opportunity for us to interact with our consumers across the country,” says Laurie Witt, Director of Marketing of Skeeter Snacks. “We love sharing our love for Skeeter and helping draw attention to the rising issue of food allergies, especially tree nut and peanut allergies. Our snacks are a delicious treat for everyone with nut allergies, but also for people without nut allergies.”

Skeeter Snacks was founded by two fathers of children with TPAs as a solution to the lack of suitable snack options on store shelves. As the number of kids directly affected has more than tripled over the past 15 years, Skeeter Snacks’ product line of Chocolate Chip Minis, Cinnamon Grahams, Chocolate Chunk cookies, Chocolate Cubed cookies, Golden Oatmeal cookies and Skeeter Doodle cookies offer a treat for both TPA and allergy-free kids to enjoy. Skeeter Snacks targets consumers as well as schools and institutions that recognize the importance of creating nut-free zones. A brand that strives to be a steadfast resource for TPA families, Skeeter Snacks can be found in Toys “R” Us, Wal-Mart and CVS Pharmacies.

Keith McDaniel Named CEO of Wythe Will Tzetzo, LLC

Wythe Will Tzetzo, LLC, a packager and distributor of confections and specialty food, has announced that its board of directors has named Keith McDaniel to succeed Gordon Angles, who is retiring from his role as CEO at the end of 2013.

McDaniel has 22 years of experience in the confectionery industry serving in various capacities, most recently as President of Wythe Will Tzetzo. McDaniel joined Tzetzo Bros, a predecessor company, in 1991 as Vice President of Purchasing.

Gordon Angles said “Keith’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge, along with his passion and commitment to the business, make him the ideal person to lead Wythe Will Tzetzo going forward. Keith is dedicated to our customers in providing the best possible service and quality of products. His leadership and knowledge of the industry will be vitally important in guiding Wythe Will Tzetzo’s success into the future.”

Keith McDaniel commented “To succeed an industry statesman such as Gordon Angles in the role of CEO of Wythe Will Tzetzo is an honor. We have a lot of great projects on the table at Wythe Will Tzetzo that we feel will offer tremendous value to our customers, and I am very excited to lead the company through its next phase of growth.”

Wythe Will Tzetzo, LLC is a portfolio company of Slate Capital Group.

About Wythe Will Tzetzo, LLC
Wythe Will Tzetzo (WWT) is a leading provider of national branded, unbranded, and private label confectionery products and specialty foods sold to retailers throughout the United States. The company provides value added packaging as well as bulk distribution of chocolate, nonchocolate
confectionary, fruit & nut mixes and specialty products. With a history dating back to 1927, the company has grown steadily through both organic expansion and acquisitions to be one of the largest and most reputable players in specialty food and candy packaging and distribution, with expertise in worldwide sourcing, warehousing, and transportation logistics.

The company’s facilities are located in Buffalo, N.Y., Toano, Va. (near Williamsburg), Los Angeles, Calif., and Lebanon, Tenn. WWT maintains deep relationships with large national grocers, alternative retailers, convenience chains, as well as a large number of independent retailers. As a leading value-added single source, Wythe Will Tzetzo provides its products to these customers at multiple price points in a variety of formats and configurations. With products sold under the company’s trade names and private label, the company has breadth of product offering of more than 7,500 SKUs from over 450 domestic and international specialty food and confection companies.

About Slate Capital Group
Slate Capital Group is a leading private equity investment group based in Baltimore, Md. that partners with lower-middle market companies. With a focus on companies in the Mid-Atlantic region, Slate Capital provides liquidity to business owners as well as growth capital to businesses for further expansion. The principals of Slate Capital have significant experience in both running small-to-mid-sized companies and investing in venture capital and leveraged buyout transactions. Slate Capital’s primary areas of focus include business services, distribution, light manufacturing, direct marketing, food & beverage, for-profit education, consumer and retail investments. Additional information can be found at www.SlateCap.com.

Mom’s Pasta Sauce Earns Non-GMO Food Seal

 

Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. President and CEO Case D. Fischer and Chief Operating Officer Jenny Wieser, Ph.D., hold the first two of their Mom’s Pasta Sauces to receive verification for containing no genetically modified ingredients by the Non-GMO Project.

Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. President and CEO Case D. Fischer and Chief Operating Officer Jenny Wieser, Ph.D., hold the first two of their Mom’s Pasta Sauces to receive verification for containing no genetically modified ingredients by the Non-GMO Project.

The Non-GMO Project recently verified that Mom’s Organic Traditional Tomato & Basil Spaghetti Sauce and Mom’s Organic Roasted Pepper Spaghetti Sauce, made by Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. in Fredericksburg, are produced to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMO).

Fischer & Wieser’s CEO and President Case D. Fischer said the Non-GMO Project verification seal reflects the company’s dedication to creating natural products. “We produce all-natural products because we believe they are healthier, and we have always believed natural fruits, vegetables and seasonings taste better,” he said.

The Non-GMO Project third-party verification program was launched in 2008 as an initiative to provide consumers with more information regarding the risk of GMO products, and products that are verified are awarded the Non-GMO Project orange, blue and green seal.

Meeting Non-GMO standards requires food companies to go the extra mile for sourcing Non-GMO ingredients and verifying their authenticity each step of the way.” said Fischer & Wieser Chief Operating Officer Jenny Wieser, PhD. “We do it because it’s important to us, and it’s important to consumers.”

Dr. Wieser said Fischer & Wieser is also on track to verify other Mom’s products as Non-GMO. “We started the Non-GMO verification process with these two products, which have always been certified organic, and next we’ll present several of our other Mom’s Pasta Sauces for Non-GMO verification.”

A non-profit organization, the Non-GMO Verification Project lists criteria for Non-GMO verification on its website:

  • Ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients—any ingredient being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product.
  • Absence of all GMOs is the target for all Non-GMO Project Standard compliant products. Continuous improvement practices toward achieving this goal must be part of the Participant’s quality management systems.
  • After the test, rigorous traceability and segregation practices are required to be followed in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.
  • Verification is maintained through an annual audit, along with onsite inspections for high-risk products.

For more details on the Non-GMO Project Verified seal, visit: http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/understanding-our-seal. For more information about Mom’s and Fischer & Wieser, visit: jelly.com.

Safeway Announces Sale of Four Chicagoland Dominick’s Stores

Safeway Inc. announced today, as part of its plan to exit the Chicago market, it has sold four of its Dominick’s stores in the greater Chicago area to New Albertsons, Inc., which operates Jewel-Osco grocery stores. The four stores are:

  • 1340 S. Canal Street, Chicago, Ill.
  • 2550 N. Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
  • 14200 S. Bell Road (at 143rd), Homer Glen, Ill.
  • 1340 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview, Ill.

During a short transition period, the stores will continue to operate under the Dominick’s banner until Jewel-Osco can complete their conversion to Jewel-Osco stores. Dominick’s will be working with Jewel-Osco and the unions to ease the transition for store employees, and to facilitate continued employment for as many of them as possible.

Safeway has decided to exit the Chicago market and focus its efforts in other operating areas where its business is stronger.

Chilean Fruit Damaged by Frosts

Chile’s fresh fruit industry is currently assessing the impact of an unusual succession of frosts that has occurred in Chile, as well as other Southern Hemisphere countries since mid-September. Growers and technicians are urgently undertaking preliminary evaluations to assess the complete impact of the adverse climatic affects.

While occasional frosts are not uncommon, such a prolonged period of frost during such a concentrated time period is unprecedented in recent memory. Many fruit plantations, especially the early varieties, were in different early phonological stages, including the development of buds, flowers and new stems. It is expected that another 10-12 days of analysis will be required in order to arrive at an accurate assessment of the damage and reliable forecasts.

Chile’s fresh fruit growers and exporters are committed to providing the international fruit community with a clear and accurate perspective on the way the current fresh fruit season will progress. At this point, it is premature to offer an assessment of potential losses incurred by the industry, but it appears that the most affected crops are kiwifruit, plums, peaches, nectarines, almonds, nuts and cherries.

The Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) has presented to the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture and the Agricultural Commission of the Senate a series of proposals for immediate actions to address this issue. The document proposes a series of concrete actions designed to alleviate the impact on the growing sector as much as possible.

As always, the industry is committed to protecting the interests of our growers and exporters, and to ensuring that Chile’s loyal customers around the world continue to receive the highest quality fresh fruit in the volumes they require.

De Cecco to Commemorate World’s Fair Gold Medal

One hundred and twenty years after winning its first gold medal in the New World at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, De Cecco will commemorate that singular honor with a special event at the Chicago Field Museum’s new exhibition:  “Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World Fair,” which opens October 25.  Also known as the World’s Columbian Exposition, the retrospective exhibition takes a look at the fair that was a glittering showcase of architecture, culture, technology, and food, and attracted people from around the world.

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Setton Farms Shares Recipe for Pistachio Chewy Bites

Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites just partnered with L.A.-area, sister chefs, Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg of SporkFoods, who have created a delicious and healthy vegan dessert recipe incorporating Pistachio Chewy Bites.  These healthy treats are the perfect sweet treat for a dinner gathering, afternoon snack or holiday party dessert.
PistachioChocolateRecipe
See the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTJucJdiVTE, and get the recipe for Chocolate Covered     Pistachio Chewy Bites here.

 

With three main ingredients, Pistachio Chewy Bites provide healthy snack lovers the amazing benefits of pistachios, cranberries and agave nectar in a delicious and nutritious bite-size bar.  Pistachio Chewy Bites are heart-healthy, 100% all natural, gluten and dairy free, low in sodium, GMO free, vegan and a great on-the-go protein snack.  They also have no cholesterol, zero trans-fat and are a good source of dietary fiber.

Brownie Brittle Named a “Florida Fast 100”

Sheila G’s ™ Original Brownie Brittle ™ snacks creator Sheila G. Mains has experienced a vivid summer of winning! Mains was recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the most influential women in business in the state. Additionally, the Florida Business Journals as a collective named Brownie Brittle, LLC, (formerly Sheila G Brands, LLC) as the second-fastest growing company in the state of Florida at their “Florida Fast 100” Awards ceremony held September 26.

“I am truly blessed and humbled by the awards I have been honored with this summer. I know hard work pays off and it is deeply moving to be recognized for everything I have sacrificed to make this company a success,” said Mains.

The Business Journal’s selection process for both awards included the submission and verification of financial data and a look at the community and charitable works Mains and Brownie Brittle snacks have undertaken in the past year.

“I would be nothing without the very strong team of loyal staff and fans we have gained in the past three years. I am grateful each and every day,” said Mains.

With a distribution to over 10,000 retail stores nationwide and growing, Brownie Brittle is making a rich and chocolate-y impression on the snack food industry.

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