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Massive Product Launch by Stonewall Kitchen

Award-winning specialty food manufacturer, Stonewall Kitchen, announces the launch of over 20 new products for January 2018, including a new Ghost Pepper Jelly, Ghost Pepper Aioli and Ghost Pepper Queso as a well as a new savory Bacon Bourbon Jam and Bacon Ketchup.

“We will continue to turn up the heat heading into 2018,” said Janine Somers, Director of Marketing. “Hotter than hot, following in the footsteps of our tremendously successful Ghost Pepper Salsa, our three new ghost pepper products are going to be a huge hit. These products are for people who truly love extreme heat! There will even be a heat indicator on the jar for those wanting to warn their taste buds.” Somers continues, “That’s not all, our quest to create amazing bacon products continues with the unveiling of two new products; Bourbon Bacon Jam and Bacon Ketchup!

Additional Products for January 2018 include:

 Jams: Raspberry Mango Jam; Bourbon Bacon Jam
 Ghost Pepper Products: Ghost Pepper Jelly; Ghost Pepper Queso; Ghost Pepper Aioli
 Grille Sauce: Mediterranean Grille Sauce
 Drink Mixer: Moscow Mule Mixer
 Salad Dressing: Apple Cider Vinaigrette
 Condiments: Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce; Bacon Ketchup; Sun-Dried Tomato Olive Tapenade
 Sauces: Garlic Pesto Pizza Sauce; Portobello Mushroom Sauce
 Breakfast Mixes: Dill & Chive Crepe Mix
 Snacks, Sides, Desserts & Coffee: Sriracha Cheddar Cheese Sticks; Saffron Risotto Mix; Waffle Cookies (Maple Brown Butter and Cocoa Sea Salt Caramel), French Vanilla Single Serve Coffee
 Fine Home Keeping: Citrus Bloom Fine Home Keeping Collection; Dish Soap, Hand Lotion, Hand Soap, Soy Candle

Hammond’s Brands to Close Old Dominion Peanut Company Plant

Old Dominion Peanut Company is closing its manufacturing facility in Norfolk, Virginia. As a result of a six-month analysis of the company’s current operations and future needs of its customers, the decision comes in the wake of the neighborhood in transition from manufacturing and warehousing, to retail and upscale residential apartments, higher operating costs, and the lack of efficiencies operating out of multiple buildings.

“Business decisions that directly impact our employees are extremely difficult,” said Andrew Schuman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hammond’s Brands. “Old Dominion has operated in Norfolk for over 100 years, and we have employees that have been with us for nearly 40 years. The plant closure does not reflect the end of the Old Dominion Peanut Company;  rather it marks the beginning of the next chapter of our business operations for long-term health.”

The closing is expected to be completed by early summer of this year. Hammond’s Brands, owner of Old Dominion Peanut Company will relocate part of the ODP operations to its headquarters in Denver, Colorado, and transfer some of the production of its products to a third party under a long-term co-manufacturing agreement.

“This is a company restructuring initiative that will allow the company to intensify product scope and drive future profitability to our core businesses. Our response to this unfortunate solution is that we must combine a commitment to long-term investments in innovation and manufacturing. We believe this closure is crucial to our ability to increase efficiency and reduce the company’s cost structure. Today’s news will allow us to accelerate our growth strategy and drive long-term change, all to further Hammond’s success,” said Schuman.

The Norfolk facility currently employs approximately 70 wage and salaried employees and produces products such as peanut brittles, nut candies, and chocolate covered nuts. Recognizing that the ODP facility has been a significant part of the local economy in Norfolk, Hammond’s is enlisting the aid of the Virginia Employment Commission and communities to allow workers the maximum access to public services and ensure a seamless transition for its employees.

Schuman added, “I am overwhelmingly appreciative of the contributions each of our employees have made to our company, and am sorry we have not been able to find a solution that would allow us to continue operations in Norfolk. Norfolk remains a wonderful place to do business and we have greatly respected the many services over the years provided by the city. We wish nothing but the best for the Norfolk and Hampton Roads communities.”

daRosario Organics to Launch Truffle Products Line in Single-Serve Packaging

daRosariodaRosario Organics, the nation’s only producer of 100 percent USDA certified organic truffle products, announced today that the company will debut a new line of single-serve packaging in early 2018 for wholesale and retail food service distribution. Products will include individual packets of certified organic white and black truffle oil, white truffle acacia honey, white and black truffle mayonnaise, white and black truffle vegan mayonnaise, and extra virgin olive oil. The packets will enable food retailers to offer customers gourmet condiments made with 100 percent real truffles as an enhancement to their existing menu.

Responding to industry requests, daRosario Organics invested in the special equipment needed to provide these products in single-serve portions. “This is a game changer for food retailers,” said company Founder Rosario Safina. “It’s the first time that truffle products will be offered in such quantities en masse. The individual packets are easy to store and dispense, allowing retailers to upgrade their truffle offerings — on items such as pizzas, sandwiches, French fries, burgers and salads — that deliver the great taste of real truffles in a cost efficient manner while reducing overall product waste.”

Safina began importing fresh truffles weekly, in season, into the United States in 1984 and then introduced genuine truffle products in 1985. Safina created the first-ever organic truffle line, daRosario Organics, in 2004. In 2008, daRosario Organics became the world’s first 100 percent USDA-certified organic truffle production company. Products feature real truffles as opposed to synthetic chemical flavoring. daRosario products are available nationwide online, as well as via FreshDirect.com and Peapod.com. Grocers selling daRosario products regionally include Stop & Shop and Whole Foods, among others. To learn more, visit www.darosario.com or connect via social media @darosario_organics.

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