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Top Retailers, Distributors Recognized for Beef Excellence

From grilled steaks to burgers to delicious roasts, consumers seek top-quality beef cuts and rely on local grocers to help them serve their favorite family meals. At this year’s Certified Angus Beef ® Annual Conference, held in Tucson, Arizona, these retailers and distributors from around the globe were honored as beef leaders. The retailers and distributors gathered with family Angus cattle ranchers to nurture their focus on delivering premium beef.
“We are proud to partner with these companies and congratulate their ongoing successes,” says John Stika, the beef brand’s President. “Every time they recommend the Certified Angus Beef brand, they embrace our family ranching heritage and dedication to quality from farm to table.”

Giant Eagle, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earned the retailer of the year award. Through its focus on bringing top-quality beef to customers, Giant Eagle held a store-wide grilling event and featured roasts for the holidays. Promotions included social media, targeted e-mails and weekly recipes. Stores offer beef that’s cut fresh in-store, as well as specialty burgers, beef kabobs and Certified Angus Beef brand prime cuts. Circular features also included buy-one, get-one opportunities. Giant Eagle’s focus on premium beef earned loyal customers and the top retail sales volume increase award.

Price Chopper and Market 32, based in Schenectady, New York, earned the award for retail marketer of the year for a large chain. Creative promotions year-round feature the Certified Angus Beef brand, which anchors the meat case at all Price Chopper and Market 32 stores. For example, the summer grilling promotion included in-store, print, television and radio promotions leading customers to the meat case, where their beef can be cut to order. Collaboration between the meat team, marketing team and the brand’s staff also introduced top-quality ground beef, helping Price Chopper to also receive a top five sales volume large-chain retailer award.

Foodland Super Markets, in Hawaii, was named the retail marketer of the year for a small chain. The retailer developed comprehensive marketing programs that made the Certified Angus Beef brand the focal point of the meat case and front-page features. Meat department staff were trained to approach customers to discuss beef cuts and meal solutions, which aligned with a campaign inviting customers to meet Foodland’s in-house beef experts. Radio ads, coupons and social media also added sales, which led to a top five sales volume small-chain retailer award.

Meijer, Grand Rapids, Michigan, was named the retail value-added products marketer of the year. Meijer is an innovator in offering Certified Angus Beef brand products in all categories: fresh meats, convenience items, frozen foods and deli meats. The retailer regularly features them in the circular, store signage, advertising and social media. Training programs for meat department staff provide customers with meal solutions.

Reasor’s in Tulsa, Oklahoma, received the retail brand extension marketer of the year award. Stores offer a selection of premium fresh cuts, including Certified Angus Beef brand prime and some dry-aged steaks. Deli and convenience meats also give customers more options for mealtime. Informed meat staff help customers choose beef cuts. Videos with cooking tips and the semi-annual “fill your freezer” sales also help customers enjoy great-tasting beef year-round.

DeMoulas Market Basket, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was named the retail rising star. Custom marketing materials throughout stores and monthly cooking demonstrations with coupons and recipes lead customers to the meat case. DeMoulas has also been offering a wider selection of fresh beef cuts since introducing Certified Angus Beef brand products two years ago.

Hays Supermarkets, Wynne, Arkansas, received the retail rookie of the year award for its year-long focus on introducing Certified Angus Beef brand products to customers. Throughout the year, Hays stores featured the brand in promotions and focused on offering ground beef to shoppers as a quality advantage in the market.

Centro Cuesta Nacional in the Dominican Republic was recognized as the international retail marketer of the year. The single-store retailer uses a comprehensive marketing plan to offer a wide selection of Certified Angus Beef brand cuts. Billboards, print advertising in major publications, social media and in-store promotions explain beef quality and lead customers to the meat case.

 

New Bone Suckin’ Cajun Seasoning

bone-suckin-cajun-seasoning-smallThe new Bone Suckin’ Cajun Seasoning from Ford’s Gourmet Foods, the Bone Suckin’ Sauce folks, is the perfect blend of spices and herbs along with the right amount of heat. It makes your food taste great, gets friends talking and coming back for more! Use generously for Cajun food that’s “Bone Suckin’ Good!”

Bone Suckin’ Cajun Seasoning is a blend of spices, smoke paprika, dehydrated garlic and onion with salt and celery seed. It contains no MSG for GMOs. It’s all natural, gluten free and Paleo, and it’s good on seafood, poultry steaks, pork, pasta, french fries, rice, vegetables and gumbo.

Taste it in booth #2326 at Natural Products Expo East.

Celestial Seasonings Brings Back Iconic Packaging, Adds New Flavors

For nearly 50 years, the Celestial Seasonings® brand has brought the magic of tea to people around the world with its unique packaging.  Celestial Seasonings is now returning to its iconic artful packaging in response to consumer demand. Celestial Seasonings is also launching five new flavors and re-releasing a fan favorite.

celestial-seasonings“Last fall, we introduced refreshed packaging intended to modernize our look while maintaining our Celestial Seasonings heritage. Our passionate fans made it clear that our refreshed look was missing some of that special Celestial Seasonings magic,” said Irwin D. Simon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hain Celestial. “We’ve listened to our consumers and are excited to return to our classic, imaginative package design they feel passionate about, which has made Celestial Seasonings the leading specialty tea brand since 1969 and a key part of the Hain Celestial portfolio since 2000.”

In addition to reintroducing the iconic classic packaging, Celestial Seasonings has launched five delicious new varieties to its herbal and green tea portfolios. The new flavors include:

  • Sleepytime® Mint Herbal Tea: Peppermint leaves blended with the time-honored Sleepytime blend of calming herbs, including chamomile, spearmint and natural spearmint flavor.
  • Sangria Zinger® Herbal Tea: A vibrant blend that captures the true taste of sangria with tart and tangy hibiscus and natural pineapple, blood orange and lemon flavors.
  • Fireside Vanilla Spice™ Herbal Tea: The perfect balance of sweet and spicy featuring cinnamon, licorice, plus ginger, cardamom and natural vanilla flavor.
  • Matcha Green Tea: An invigorating combination of Japanese matcha powder with fine sencha-style green tea leaves.
    Ginger Green Tea: A nutty, balanced blend featuring both dried sencha-style green tea and pan-fired green tea, plus spicy, earthy ginger root.

Also due to consumer demand, the brand is re-releasing its popular Almond Sunset™ Herbal Tea. Available exclusively online, this treasured Celestial Seasonings tea is a toasty blend of roasted carob and barley enhanced with rich and mellow almond flavor, orange peel and a hint of sweet cinnamon. This beloved tea and the five new varieties are now shipping.

The Greek Gods Brand Introduces Chocolate Greek-Style Yogurt

The Greek Gods® brand has introduced three new flavors of Greek-Style Yogurt; all with a creamy, rich chocolate base. The new flavors include hints of mocha, strawberry and cherry for a unique and decadent experience. The new yogurts are available in 24 ounce tubs.

“Our customers have enjoyed our decadent, whole milk Greek-Style Yogurts for many years, and chocolate was a natural fit for our newest addition,” said Basel Nassar, Chief Operating Officer of the Hain Refrigerated Foods Division. “Customer feedback has been extremely positive. The creamy, thick texture and rich taste of chocolate make these new flavors truly unique.”

The Greek Gods Greek-Style Yogurt and Kefir
The Greek Gods Greek-Style Yogurt is a brand of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. The Greek Gods brand Greek-Style Yogurt and Kefir are gluten-free and contain live and active cultures. Plus, The Greek Gods brand Greek-Style Yogurt and Kefir are made with milk from cows that are not treated with growth hormones.

Carrington Farms Organic Coconut Flour

Carrington Farms has just launched Organic Coconut Flour. The naturally gluten-free flour is low in carbohydrates and high in fiber, and your Paleo customers will be interested in this alternative to wheat flour for breading their chicken tenders, ground turkey cutlets or their cauliflower steaks. Coconut flour can also be substituted for up to 20 percent of the wheat flour in many baked goods.

Carrignton Farms Organic Coconut Flour is packaged in a 64-ounce resealable pouch that retails for about $13.99. The wholesale case is six pouches. It’s available to ship now.

Over the next few weeks, Carrington Farms will also be launching Ghee, Coconut Oil & Ghee Blend and Coconut Avocado Oil. The Organic Ghee Clarified Butter is gluten-free and dairy-free containing no casein, whey or lactose. Ghee is an ancient heart-healthy food that contains significant levels of Vitamin A, D and E as well as linoleic acid to help balance cholesterol levels. The clarified butter is also known to reduce inflammation and increase energy. The suggested retail price will be $14.99.

The Organic Coconut Oil & Glee blend contains the same health benefits as the Organic Ghee Clarified Butter, with the addition of high levels of medium chain triglycerides (MCT) as a result of the coconut oil balance. The suggested retail price will be $12.99.

The Coconut Avocado Oil, a blend of two superfood oils, is a natural energy source, high in MCTs, and high in monosaturated fats, which are the beneficial and necessary fats needed in healthy diets. With a higher smoke point than most oils, the Coconut Avocado Oil remains liquid for convenience and is the tastier alternative to butter, canola, soybean, vegetable and olive oil. Its suggested retail price will be $10.99. See them all at Expo East.

Organic Valley Introduces Single-Serve Grassmilk Yogurt Cups

Organic Valley has introduced convenient 6-ounce Grassmilk® Yogurt™ Cups in four varieties: Strawberry, Wild Blueberry, Plain and Vanilla. The 100 percent grass-fed yogurt cups appeal to people looking for premium yogurt with extraordinary flavor, nutritional excellence and grab-and-go convenience.

Organic Valley’s Grassmilk Yogurt cups are exceptional in flavor and quality. They feature cream-on-top, whole milk yogurt crafted from 100 percent grass-fed, non-homogenized organic Grassmilk milk, along with organic strawberries, organic wild blueberries, organic fair trade vanilla and live probiotic cultures.

Good food enthusiasts understand that terroir can be a key factor for high-quality dairy, just as it is for vineyards and coffee estates. Grassmilk Yogurt’s taste profile is a result of where the cows live, seasonality, and what they eat.

Nutritionally, the co-op’s Grassmilk Yogurt flows with naturally-occurring calcium, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and omega-3s. Organic milk from 100 percent grass-fed cows has a more favorable fatty acid profile than milk from conventionally-fed cows. It is higher in omega-3 fatty acids and lower in omega-6 fatty acids. Minimally processed with nothing extra added and always organic there are no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Organic Valley never uses antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or GMOs.

“Feeding our cows organic grass 100 percent of the time produces the highest quality milk and ensures our dairy cows lead longer, healthier lives—all while improving the health of the land,” said Wisconsin Organic Valley Farmer-Owner Kevin Jahnke.

Starting in September, Organic Valley Grassmilk Yogurt cups will be available in natural food stores, food cooperatives and major grocery chains nationwide with a suggested retail price of $1.69.

Rogue Creamery Readies to Release 2016 Rogue River Blue

Rogue Creamery is releasing its 2016 Rogue River Blue cheese just in time for the autumnal equinox celebration on September 22. It is a fine year for Rogue River Blue, featuring excellent blue development in the creamy paste and a robust, meaty taste with exceptional elements of the blackberry fruit, toasted nut and hazelnut flavors for which this cheese is known, the company says. This year the Autumnal Equinox falls on September 22nd at exactly 7:21 am PDT. On this day and again in the spring the Earth’s axis makes the night time equal to the daytime which means approximately 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night.  For centuries cultures worldwide have celebrated this time of year by honoring abundance, balance, conservation and reflection.

This year’s cheese uses milk only from Rogue Creamery’s own dairy. Grape leaves wrapping the cheese were picked by the Rogue Creamery team and community at a local biodynamic organic vineyard called Cowhorn.

Rogue River Blue is produced at the turning of the season, made with late-season milk produced after the autumnal equinox.  At this time, the cows graze on grasses renewed by cooler temperatures and make milk that is richer and higher in butterfat. It is this special milk, reflective of the unique seasonal influences of the Rogue River Valley, which is the very essence of terroir. Each 5-pound wheel is aged from eight to 12 months.  Rogue River is planning to transition the cheese to organic production next year.

 

Record Numbers Expected at Macfrut Italian Produce Fair

MF_entryRecord numbers are expected at the 33rd edition of Macfrut, the international trade fair for the fruit and vegetable sector to be held from 14 to 16 September at the Rimini Expo Centre. It will feature an even larger exhibition area, with seven pavilions (one more than last year) covering an area of 40,000 square meters (20 percent more than in 2015). With more than 1,000 exhibitors, 139 new entries (including 26 from abroad) and exhibition spaces already sold out three months in advance, it is an increasingly international event, with one out of four exhibitors from abroad and the presence of 1,000 buyers. Leading innovations will be introduced, focusing especially on retail stores in the future and 35 absolute novelties for the entire supply chain. About 50 events including conferences, meetings and conventions will be arranged by exhibitors. Organized as always by Cesena Fiera, Macfrut will focus on two key aspects: internationalization and innovation.

Macfrut, Increasingly International
Macfrut continues to further consolidate its international appeal. It is a global event with delegations and traders from five continents, thanks to a wide range of activities aimed at promoting and introducing the trade fair worldwide. With 22 percent of exhibitors from abroad, Cesena Fiera has also invited 1,000 buyers (400 in 2015) interested in products, technologies, materials, services and the pre-harvest segment.

The companies who have confirmed their participation come from Egypt, Sudan, the Dominican Republic, China, Tunisia, Poland, Mexico, Ecuador, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, France and New Zealand, as well as many new companies from Albania, Argentina, Colombia, Kenya, Peru, France, Costa Rica and Paraguay.

A large number of delegations is expected from the Middle East, in particular from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and, especially, the presence of Carrefour Saudi Arabia, Al Jazeera and NRTC (Nassar Al Refaee Trading Company) of Dubai, one of the leading importers of fruit and vegetables in the Middle East. In addition, there will be delegations of professional traders from Iran (20 traders), India and Pakistan and, for the first time, a group of importers from Malaysia. Many participants are also expected from Africa, with two exhibiting countries (Sudan and Kenya), which will be present with 15 companies, as well as delegations from several countries.

This year’s special guest will be Peru, which will be Macfrut’s partner country: with 16 companies attending the event, Peru is one of the most dynamic states in South America and a major producer of fruit and vegetables. Macfrut will also be an opportunity to focus on the market, with show cooking and events to promote fruit and vegetable produce from Peru. This country is greatly interested in importing packaging solutions and innovative technologies from Italy, since the latter is a world leader in these fields.”

Innovation the Norm at Macfrut
The fruit and vegetable sector has always been one of the most innovative sectors in the agri-food business, and Macfrut is the ideal platform to showcase new projects: 35 novelties will be introduced during this three-day event.

To promote innovation in production and in technologies for the fruit and vegetable supply chain, the Macfrut Innovation Award will be assigned, once again, to the most important technical innovations in terms of environmental and economic sustainability and improvement in product quality.

Retail stores in the future will be the focus of the New Retail Solution, a space offering innovative solutions for bulk and packaged products complete with analog and digital tools.

“Less than 18 months ago, when presenting the relaunch of Macfrut, we announced five pavilions and the presence of 400 global buyers,” states Renzo Piraccini, President of Cesena Fiera, during a press conference in Rome. “Today, the pavilions have increased to seven and the buyers have become 1,000. What is more, almost one out of four exhibitors are from abroad. We can clearly see how this internationalization process has made considerable progress, and the same can also be said of the innovation process, another mainstay of the 33rd edition of Macfrut. A trade fair is successful if it is addressed to companies: Macfrut is becoming an international showcase for the Italian fruit and vegetable supply chain. This is just the beginning of a planned path to be shared with the main players in the sector.”

Angelic Bakehouse Debuts Bread Crisps

Milwaukee, Michigan’s, local sprouted grain bakery, Angelic Bakehouse, is bringing out its latest innovation and first specialty deli line, called Bread Crisps, which will be available in all Sendik’s Food Market locations. The crisps are also Angelic’s first product in the snack category.

Angelic BakehouseThis new snack line, which is made from Angelic’s sprouted baguettes, includes three SKUs of sprouted mash crisps: 7-grain with sea salt, rye with sea salt, and honey wheat with raisins and sea salt.

“The crisps were born out of a selfish desire,” says Jenny Marino, CEO and President of Angelic Bakehouse. “I couldn’t find any sprouted snacks to serve for seasonal parties and gatherings, so we created something better. The crisps aren’t your average sprouted cracker or crostini.”

Angelic previewed the 7-grain crisps at this year’s Natural Products Expo West– one of the largest natural products trade shows in the U.S. – in March. The other two SKUs will be making a debut in Sendik’s this week, and Angelic has plans to expand distribution for all SKUs to other local and national retailers in coming months.

Like all of Angelic Bakehouse’s sprouted products, the crisps are crafted from sprouted mash whole grains of red wheat berries, quinoa, oat groats, rye berries, barley, amaranth and millet. Angelic attributes the superior taste, texture and nutritionals of its bread to this proprietary process. The crisps are also:

  •  Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Certified kosher and Pas Yisroel by OK Kosher Certification
  • Free from dairy, egg, soy, peanuts, HFCS and other artificial sweeteners or preservatives

“It’s a happy coincidence that we’re launching the crisps in time for the holiday season,” says Marino. “They’re toasted to perfection and topped with sea salt, making them delicious straight from the bag or paired with your favorite wine and cheese.”

 

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