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Exciting Options for Today’s Home Cooks

By Lorrie Baumann

KeHE prides itself on offering products to help grocery retailers get out in front of emerging trends, so it was no surprise to see that many of the vendors who came to KeHE’s Holiday Show came prepared with options to help home cooks add a punch of flavor to a meal that’s easy and quick to prepare. The KeHE Holiday Show was held June 12-13 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Meal kit services have been making bank by providing consumers with a scratch-cook experience that doesn’t require a lot of last-minute thought, much time or advanced cooking skills. Grocers have watched aghast as these services have elbowed their way into this market with offerings of premeasured grocery products and a recipe card delivered to customers’ homes. Grocers have responded by finding ways to offer home delivery themselves, but Blue Apron in particular has turned the tables on grocers by marketing itself as a healthier alternative to the food that consumers might otherwise buy in their local supermarket. KeHE’s Holiday Show vendors brought the goods to help grocers ante their way back into that game, proving that there’s more than one way to appeal to a consumer with a sense of adventure and an urge to cook at home along with limited culinary skills and no set recipe repertoire.

The Spice Hunter, for instance, has some good ideas that make it easier for a home cook to roast a moist, flavorful holiday turkey with its Original and new Lemon, Garlic & Herb Turkey Brine & Bag. One 11-ounce pouch that retails for $7.99 to $9.99 provides the necessities for brining a turkey up to 25 pounds. The home cook stirs the brine mix into a gallon of boiling water to dissolve it, then chills the brine before submerging the turkey into it. After the turkey has brined for 12 to 24 hours, it’s ready to be patted dry and roasted, smoked or deep-fried.

KoreanBBQ ImageThe Spice Hunter is also launching this year its new Korean BBQ and Mango Habanero Global Fusion Rubs. These versatile rubs season grilled proteins and vegetables, but they can also be used as seasonings for dips or salad dressings or even as a popcorn topping. These rubs join a line that includes Mild Sriracha, Coriander Lime, Chipotle Cinnamon, Smoky Chile, Smoky Turmeric, Spicy Garlic and Tandoori. The Spice Hunter Global Fusion Rubs offer home cooks a convenient way to add a hit of flavor to everyday foods, and the range of spices has something to appeal to consumers with varying tolerances for heat.

Cook’s All-Natural Pantry offers pickled vegetables that provide an easy side dish, particularly for consumers who are following the trend to include more vegetables in their diets. A line of organic pickled vegetables packed on farms in the area around Krakow, Poland, will appeal to consumers looking for ethnic authenticity and includes Organic Whole Beets, Organic Sliced Beets, Organic Polish Dill Spears, Organic Polish Dill Slices, Organic Polish Dill Pickles (which are packaged whole), Organic Spicy Sauerkraut (spicy with red peppers and garlic), Organic Beet Sauerkraut and Organic Sauerkraut.
Cook’s Pantry also offers Organic Medium Red Enchilada Sauce, Mild Red Enchilada Sauce and Mild Green Enchilada Sauce. The enchilada sauces retail for $7.99 for a 16-ounce jar.

Tasty Bite is offering new hot and spicy Asian vegetarian dishes in pouches that serve two. The dishes are microwaved for just 60 seconds and retail for around $4.
Indian Coconut Vegetables is vegetables and sweet potatoes simmered in a spicy coconut yogurt sauce. Indian Vindaloo has vegetables and tomatoes in a spicy curry sauce. And Thai Vegetable Curry has potatoes and vegetables stewed in a spicy curry. All of them are GMO- and gluten-free.

Spice & Simmer Promo ShotTasty Bite is also launching out a line of Spice & Simmer entree kits that takes its inspiration directly from those boxed meal kits. Each Spice & Simmer peggable package includes whole spices, a marinade and a simmer sauce to make an Asian specialty entree by marinating vegetables or protein, heating spices in oil, adding the marinated vegetables and/or protein and then adding the simmer sauce and simmering. The line includes kits for Korma, Tikka Masala, Kashmir Curry, Thai Green Curry, Szechuan and Teriyaki. The kits are all vegan and have an 18-month shelf life. They contain no preservatives, additives or MSG, and they don’t require refrigeration.

GourmetJalapenoPicklesPickled Pink is a line of Southern-style pickles made according to old family recipes of friends and business partners Jim Lawlor and Charlie Stephenson, who both spent many years in the restaurant business. They launched their company in 2013 and pointed out at the KeHE Holiday Show that their pickles have been successful because they sell year-round and are popular for grilling and tailgating season as well as for the winter holidays. They work well as part of a charcuterie platter, as an accompaniment for a pork tenderloin or over vanilla ice cream, Stephenson said. “A lot of them taste like Christmas,” he added.
The line includes Sweet Heat Jalapenos, Spiced Watermelon Pickle, Gourmet Jalapeno Pickle, Smokin’ Okra, Perfectly Pickled Peaches and Vidalia Onion & Peach Relish. Coming later in 2017, we can expect to see Spicy Pickled Green Beans and Garlic Dill Pickles join the line.

Lemon & Vine, offered by Erotas Enterprises, a woman-owned family company in Napa, California, is a line of entrees and appetizers made from Greek family recipes given a modern twist. These will work well either for family meals or for a party. Vegetable Pastichio is pasta layered with savory vegetables and tomatoes and baked in a creamy custard – rather like an Italian lasagna with a custard instead of cheese. Packaged in a family size to serve four or in a one to two serving size. The family package retails for $15.99, and the smaller package retails for $9.99.

Meat Pastichio has pasta layered with beef, lamb and tomato baked in a custard. This is also offered in a family size or a single size. The family size, again serving four, retails for $19.99, while the one to two serving size retails for $11.99.
Lemon & Vine Keftethes are savory beef and lamb entree-size meatballs baked in a red wine tomato sauce. A package that serves four retails for $21.99.

For party appetizers, Lemon & Vine offers Lemon Chicken Triangles, Spanakopita, Cheese Tiropita and Eggplant Artichoke Triangles. Each is made from crisp, flaky fillo dough and a filling that includes feta cheese. A 12-ounce box contains 12 appetizers for each variety, and the retail price for these is about $8.99.

Simply Asia is launching Vietnamese-Inspired Pho Broth that requires only the addition of noodles, beef and vegetables to make an authentic pho and Japanese-Inspired Ramen Soy Ginger Chicken Broth that can be turned into an authentic ramen soup with noodles, chicken and vegetables.

To make home preparation easier, Simply Asia also offers the noodles: Japanese-style Soba, Ramen and Udon noodles and Chinese-style Lo Mein. The Pho and Ramen broths will retail for about $2.99 for a package that serves about three. The 14-ounce boxes of Soba, Udon and Lo Mein noodles and the 8-ounce boxes of Ramen noodles will retail for about $2.49.
Southeastern Mills is offering Louisiana Gold pepper sauces in red and green, both made with tabasco peppers. Bottles holding 5 fluid ounces will retail for $1.99, and 2-ounce bottles will retail for $1.49.

The company also offers Better Than Bouillon food bases, and is launching a new Roasted Garlic flavor. The paste can be used right out of the bottle as a seasoning for meats or for grilled vegetables. The website at www.betterthanbouillon.com offers hundreds of recipes for the products, including a whole section devoted to 30-minute meals.

Just Ryt Foods Adds Anchovies, Antipasto, Olives to Giusto Sapore Line

Expanding its Giusto Sapore line of imported Italian fine foods, Just Ryt Foods has added anchovies, antipasto, olives and bruschetta spreads. Each new category is carefully sourced to ensure excellent quality and authentic taste, as well as distinctive packaging for strong shelf appeal.

large anchoviesImported from Sicily, known for the excellent anchovies found in the Mediterranean Sea, Guisto Sapore Anchovies are firm and meaty fillets, lightly salted and packed in sunflower oil. The selection in 90g (3.17-ounce) glass jars includes Flat, Hot and rolled with Capers, each retailing for $7.99. The flat Giusto Sapore Sicilian Anchovies also come is a 230g (8.1-ounce) size, packaged in a large mouth, glass Le Parfait jar with swing top lid for $17.99.

The Giusto Sapore antipasto selection is a delicious assortment of spicy and savory condiments, packaged in 10.23-ounce Orcio glass jars and carefully curated to complement a meat and cheese antipasto platter. Choices include Pearl Onions in Vinegar, Caper Berries in Vinegar, Quartered Artichokes in Oil, Spicy Garlic in Oil and Peperoncino in Vinegar, each retailing for $11.99.

green olive spreadThe selection of olives includes “Nocellara” Castelvetrano, bright green olives from western Sicily (whole and pitted); Bella di Cerignola, extra large whole olives from southern Italy; pitted Greek Kalamata olives; and both a whole and pitted selection of Italian Style Mixed Olives.

Also packed in Orcio glass jars, Giusto Sapore Bruschetta Spreads include Black Olive, Green Olive, Garlic, Mushroom, Sundried Tomato and Eggplant Caponata (10.23 ounces for $11.99). These savory spreads are delicious on crackers, crostini and of course, bruschette. Or mix with mayonnaise to create aioli, with tomato sauce for pasta or as an accompaniment with grilled meats.

“We are excited to offer our customers this expanded selection of fine imported Italian foods,” says Justin Camparetto, President of Just Ryt Foods. “Each product is an authentic taste of Italy to be savored and enjoyed. As we like to say, from our family to yours ‘Buon Appetito’. ”

Giusto Sapore, (joos-stǒ sa-ṕo-ṝe), Italian for “Just the Right Flavor,” is the retail brand for Just Ryt Foods, Inc. The Florida-based company founded in 2010, specializes in importing Italian and Mediterranean fine foods.

Bellucci On-the-Go EVOO: The Great Flavor of Fresh

With Bellucci’s single-serving On-the-Go EVOO squeeze packs, the great flavor of fresh 100 percent Italian extra virgin olive oil is making a splash, one delicious drizzle at a time.

Consumers of olive oil will appreciate the convenience of having award-winning 100 percent Italian EVOO by the single serving, especially when they can pop it straight out of a purse, backpack or desk drawer.

belluccicynara editphoto2On-the-Go EVOO gives office and school lunches, picnics and campfire cooking the opportunity for a healthy boost of flavor, and even meals out on the town can get an upgrade. Salads and sandwiches no longer need be doused in inferior dressings made of myriad non-nutritional ingredients, when a simple, delicious drizzle of extra virgin olive oil is all they need. Meals for people leading active, health-conscious lifestyles just got infinitely easier to make, and EVOO lovers can indulge themselves outside home kitchens without lugging a full bottle, when nuanced flavor on the fly is what they seek.

Available in both 100% Organic Italian and 100% Classic Italian, Bellucci On-the-Go EVOO is milled cooperatively from olives grown on small family groves in rural Italy. Both blends have received awards at international tasting competitions. The company’s commitment to freshness and traditional cultivation and milling practices ensures a robust flavor profile, and the single-serving packs maintain the EVOO at its flavorful and nutritional best. All Bellucci EVOO, including On-the-Go squeeze packs, is fully traceable to its origin in the Italian countryside using the Bellucci App.

The perfect drizzle to bring a ray of sunshine to any meal, Bellucci On-the-Go EVOO brings more pleasure and tastiness to food as far flung as the great outdoors.

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