Rustic Crust, a manufacturer of organic and all-natural pizza crust and sauce, today honored the New Hampshire Police, Fire & EMS Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to supporting firefighters, police officers and emergency medical service personnel, for its statewide contributions. The event coincided with the ground-breaking of a new Rustic Crust and American Flatbread frozen pizza facility soon to be erected on the site of its former factory in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, which burned to the ground earlier this year. The new two-story 27,000 square-foot facility, 30 percent larger than the original structure, will be in operation this fall. After the fire, Rustic Crust’s President and CEO Brad Sterl kept more than 100 workers on payroll while he began to rebuild the company.
Sterl and Governor Maggie Hassan recognized first responders as unsung heroes who risk their lives daily to protect the communities they serve, just as they did during the company’s devastating fire. The event marks the start of a national campaign, The Rustic Crust First Responders Recognition program, to support and acknowledge these service workers across the nation. In New Hampshire and in states across the U.S., Rustic Crust and American Flatbread frozen pizzas will donate product to state first responder organizations assisting with fundraisers and other events. The company will also continue to send its mobile pizza truck to natural disaster sites to feed fatigued workers.
“As a result of the fire at our production facility, we know firsthand the courage and sacrifice displayed by first responders,” Sterl said. “We are launching this national program to honor the extraordinary work of these brave men and women – fire, police, and emergency rescue people – in their times of need.”
Rustic Crust was founded in 1996 and is the number one U.S. national brand of natural prepared, ready-made pizza crusts. American Flatbread is a market leader in natural frozen flatbread pizzas which are available in supermarkets, health and gourmet stores nationwide. The company is Pittsfield, New Hampshire’s second largest employer.
Bauli, a creator of authentic Italian holiday cakes and pastries, is announcing its official launch in the United States. Bauli products are now available at retailers, including Fairway, Whole Foods and Duane Reade stores nationwide. Bauli’s line of products will introduce traditional Italian desserts to the U.S. market, guaranteeing the highest quality of natural ingredients to customers.
Rooted in Verona, Italy with history dating back to 1922, today, the Bauli family business maintains the same dedication to excellence that it started over 80 years ago. Bauli prides itself in having combined the skill of homemade recipes with high technology to bring authentic Italian baked goods and holiday products to consumers. With respect for traditions and ancient recipes, Bauli products are oven baked and made with no preservatives, no artificial colors or flavors and no genetically modified ingredients and are kosher certified. The Bauli family’s guiding principle has always been a desire for excellence.
Bauli’s core products include Il Panettone di Milano, the traditional and most famous Italian Christmas bread, loaded with candied citron, lemon zest and raisins; Il Pandoro di Verona, a pan d’oro or golden bread, which is a traditional Christmas bread from Verona that’s baked in a special star-shape mold, sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar and made with real eggs, which gives it the beautiful golden color; and its everyday croissant treats, which include chocolate cream, vanilla custard, and cherry jelly. In addition to these core products, Bauli is also offering its specialty Italian treats for the U.S., including Il Budino, a moist cake with delicate chocolate filling, exquisite chocolate icing and dark chocolate decorations, and La Bavarese, a soft pan d’oro dough with delicate custard cream and sugared cocoa filling. Bauli’s authentic products are the ultimate holiday hostess gift, arriving in a beautiful packaging, Il Panettone and Il Pandoro are an awaited Christmas tradition at many family tables throughout Italy, uniting the love of family, friends and food. Bauli products are a delicious Italian tradition that’s perfect for sharing with family and friends just like in Italy, and great for making delicious recipes, including panettone pudding and orange ricotta panettone ‘shortcake’.
Bridor Inc., which makes authentic European breads and Viennese pastry for the retail and foodservice industry, is expanding its U.S. facility at Vineland, New Jersey. The plant will continue to produce Bridor’s broad line of baguettes, breads and rolls that reflect the company’s 30 years of European heritage and baking mastery. The $32 million expansion will enhance its laminated pastry dough and signature flaky croissant capacity. The enlarged facility will increase from 136,000 square feet to 183,000 square feet, and its employee count will grow from 132 to 177 employees.
“This expansion represents our deep commitment to our U.S. customers and significantly enhances what we can offer them,” said Jean-François Duquesne, CEO, Bridor Inc. and Bridor USA Inc. “We pride ourselves on being an industrial baking company that combines advanced manufacturing technology with traditional European baking techniques. This enables us to produce on a large scale the highest quality, authentic European pastry and breads in the world.”
The pastry line that Bridor will manufacture in its expanded Vineland facility will cater to the taste and other preferences of the U.S. customer. It will include a wide variety of croissants and Viennese pastries with distinctive homemade fillings that incorporate locally-sourced, high quality ingredients. Bridor’s research and development department of master bakers travels the world to stay ahead of consumer trends and baking innovations. The company continuously adapts and makes new bread and pastry products to meet its customers’ evolving needs.
Ozery Bakery, the artisanal baker best known for Morning Rounds® Breakfast breads, today launches yet another bakery first: pre-sliced Soft Ciabatta Thins. Available in Multi Grain and Chia and authentic Sour Dough varieties, Ozery’s newest sandwich breads are non-GMO certified, vegan, low fat and cholesterol- and preservative-free. They are also the first true Italian ciabatta bread crafted to make the ultimate sandwich: perfectly square, soft, thin, pre-sliced and less bready than conventional ciabatta bread.
Putting the chia in chiabatta bread, Ozery’s Multi Grain variety brings chia seeds to the party along with cracked wheat, rye, barley, oats, crushed flax and sunflower seeds to elevate the Omega-3 content while providing a whopping 8 grams of fiber per serving. Similarly, the Sour Dough has the authentic tang you would expect and toasts up to a satisfying crackly crunch.
“We’ve had our eye on ciabatta bread for some time now. We tinkered with our recipe over the past two years until we got it right,” says Alon Ozery, who, along with his brother, Guy, is driving innovation in the baked goods industry. “Ours is the first soft ciabatta thin sandwich bread in the market. We hope you like it as much as we do!”
Ozery Soft Ciabatta thins are available at natural and specialty food stores in addition to other fine retailers across the country for a suggested retail price of $4.69 for each 16.9-ounce package containing six buns. Food service packaging and pricing is also available.
On the heels of the Dairy-Deli-Bake show earlier this month, Tribeca-based Goodie Girl announced expanded distribution of its full line of cookies nationwide, initially focusing on the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern markets. The company, which specializes in creating gluten-free cookies that are just as good or better than the classics, will increase availability beyond specialty stores into major chains as demand for high-quality gluten-free goodies continues to rise.
“Goodie Girl cookies are for all cookie lovers, including those intolerant to gluten,” said Shira Berk, founder and owner of Goodie Girl. “The gluten-free category is experiencing double-digit growth annually and according to some sources, almost a quarter of consumers now have someone at home eating gluten-free. Those are big numbers, but we all know that the key driver of repeat purchase is great taste. We are truly proud of our products and excited to be increasing distribution so that we can share our cookies with more consumers.”
Known as the creators of gluten-free cookies that everyone can enjoy, Goodie Girl is thrilled the market for its cookies goes far beyond celiac or gluten-intolerant individuals. Known for her baking skills, Shira Berk founded Goodie Girl in 2010 after a friend requested she reconstruct cookies for a gluten-free child. To her delight, Berk baked her way to the discovery that she could make delicious gluten-free cookies with “just the right amount of wrong.” With flavors ranging from Mint Slims and Quinoa Choco-Chip to Midnight Brownie and Oatmeal Raisin, her mouthwatering cookies have been delighting consumers ever since.
To help make increased production and distribution goals a reality, Goodie Girl recently partnered with Toufayan Bakeries. As one of the largest family-run bakeries in the United States, Toufayan provides production and distribution expertise and has become well-known in the gluten-free market for its line of gluten-free wraps featuring flavors such as Spinach and Garden Tomato.
“The gluten-free food category continues to grow, but what are emerging are true innovators in baking. It is one thing to make a gluten-free item; but Goodie Girl has created incredible cookies, that happen to be gluten-free,” said Greg Toufayan, COO of Toufayan. “We take great pride in our line of gluten-free wraps and when I was introduced to the delicious tasting Goodie Girl line, I knew we wanted to help this business grow.”
“It’s a dream-come-true, to find a home for our very special cookie brand within a family-owned business recognized nationwide for their commitment to authentic, high-quality baked goods. We welcome the expertise that Toufayan brings and an enhanced ability to bring Goodie Girl cookies to both retailers and consumers,” said Berk.
Absolutely Gluten Free Foods is introducing a flourless, cauliflower crust gluten-free pizza, which will be hitting supermarket shelves in August.
Absolutely Gluten Free pizzas are available in two varieties: Mozzarella and Non Dairy Mozzarella Style topping. Individual pizzas are just 57 calories each and contain only 1.7 grams of fat or 2.0 grams of fat.
According to Mordy Dicker of Absolutely Gluten Free, “The cauliflower pizzas not only address the fast-growing gluten free-market, but the low-calorie, low-fat and lactose-free market as well. This will be the first nationally available cauliflower crusted gluten-free pizza. Being able to fulfill the needs of these rapidly growing markets with America’s favorite food is a win-win for the retailer and the consumer. Absolutely Gluten Free cauliflower pizzas, which were first introduced to the trade at Expo West earlier this year, received an overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic response.”
“Absolutely Gluten Free Pizza provides the health benefits of cruciferous rich cauliflower and antioxidants which help to protect the body,” states nutritional expert Ellen Piernick. “In addition, Absolutely Gluten Free Pizza offers healthy levels of fiber and protein making it a great choice for an after school snack for children.”
Absolutely Gluten Free pizzas are packaged and shipped frozen, three pizzas to a box, and will retail for approximately $4.99. They are certified gluten free, non-GMO and certified kosher by the Orthodox Union (OU). United Natural Foods International (UNFI), a leading national, natural food distributor will be the first to begin shipping the product in August 2014, in time for back-to- school.
Absolutely Gluten Free is headquartered in Bayonne, New Jersey, and currently has a line of flatbreads and crackers available in stores nationwide. Follow on Facebook and Twitter @AbsolutelyGF and online at www.absolutelygf.com.
Castleton Crackers “Governor’s Cheddar” has won the 2014 sofi™ Award for Outstanding Cracker from the Specialty Food Association. A sofi is the top honor in the $88.3 billion specialty food industry. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.
Governor’s Cheddar Crackers was one of 125 finalists selected by a national panel of specialty food professionals from a record-setting 2,737 entries across 32 awards categories including Outstanding Chocolate, Cheese, and Snack Food. Winners were announced June 30, 2014 by internationally-acclaimed Chef Dominique Ansel at a red-carpet ceremony at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.
“I was honored that my Governor’s Cheddar Crackers were nominated, but when I saw the winning picture of my crackers on the big screen it was an amazing feeling,” said Whitney Lamy, founder of Castleton Crackers. “To know that retailers and food service buyers vote for the Gold winners right here at the Summer Fancy Food Show makes this award even more valuable. This is a delicious combination of Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company’s award-winning Governor’s Cheddar cheese and my artisan cracker recipe,” says Lamy. Lamy’s complete Castleton Cracker line is sold at grocery and specialty stores throughout the country and online at castletoncrackers.com.
By Lorrie Baumann
PARTNERS is just introducing at the Summer Fancy Food Show its Double Chocolate Gluten-Free Brownie Thins under the Free For All Kitchen brand that signifies that they’re part of a product line that’s gluten-free as well as meeting all the other PARTNERS product standards for good taste and clean ingredients.
These little squares are a sweet cross between a cookie and a cracker, and they’re made with ancient whole grains, naturally sweetened, and they’re absolutely gluten-free, although you wouldn’t think it when you taste them. They contain no rice, corn or soy ingredients. You can taste them for yourself, along with other products in the Free for All Kitchen line, by visiting PARTNERS in booth #4112 at the Fancy Food Show.
The Brownie Thins are offered in a 4-ounce package to retail for $3.99 to $4.29, and around the time school starts this fall, they’ll also be available in a 120-calorie single-serving package that will retail around 99 cents and that will be a great item to tuck into that school lunchbox. “Being able to have something to give your kids who are gluten-intolerant that’s a sweet treat,” says PARTNERS Vice President Cara Figgins, “There just aren’t sweet alternatives on the market in single serves…. It’s a sweet treat, but it’s all clean ingredients, and it’s way better than eating Oreos.”
At the Summer Fancy Food Show, Milton’s Craft Bakers is offering a sneak peek in booth 1049 of its two new delicious gluten-free product lines made from better-for-you, wholesome ingredients: Gluten-Free Baked Crackers and Gluten-Free Soft Baked Cookies.
With just 130 calories and 12 to 16 grams of whole grains per serving, Milton’s new gluten-free crackers are perfect for everyday snacking and are available in four savory flavor combinations with a crispy, crunchy texture – Multi-Grain, Everything, Cheddar Cheese and Crispy Sea Salt. Milton’s crackers are made from non-GMO verified and certified gluten-free ingredients and offer delicious flavors you can feel good about.
Also, made from the finest, certified gluten-free ingredients, Milton’s Craft Bakers gluten-free soft baked cookies are a sweet treat everyone can enjoy with soft, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth morsels of baked goodness. Available in three delicious flavor combinations, Snickerdoodle, Double Chocolate and Chocolate Chip, Milton’s new gluten-free cookies contain just 90 calories per serving and four whole grains in every bite. This makes enjoying these new cookies just that much more delightful.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Chips distill all the flavor and aroma of a classic cookie into crunchy, shatteringly delicious “thins.” Equal parts nostalgic and new, the discs are designed to inspire love at first bite, and keep cookie lovers reaching into the bag for “just one more.”
Oatmeal raisin cookies rank among America’s favorite cookies of all time, and they’ve always been on the short list for Joanne Adirim, the creator of Cookie Chips and Founder/Pastry Chef at HannahMax Baking Company, their manufacturer. “Our thin, crunchy renditions of other classics like chocolate chip and cinnamon sugar cookies have been so well received that we knew it was time to give lovers of the wholesome oatmeal cookie their due,” says Adirim, “We started with an old family recipe, using whole rolled oats and juicy mini-raisins, and added extra spark with cinnamon and nutmeg.”
The Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Chips ingredients label reads more like a passionate home baker’s shopping list than a typical supermarket shelf offering. Like all Cookie Chips flavors, this new offering is made only with the finest milled cane sugar, rBST hormone-free butter, cage-free eggs and pure Bourbon vanilla. There are never any preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, trans fats, or GMOs.
All that flavor and texture in such a small space (each cookie is about 2 inches across and only 1/16 of an inch thick) is a winning proposition. One serving of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Chips – five cookies — weighs in at just 120 calories. They’re a perfect summer picnic dessert, after school snack, or coffee break treat.
Oatmeal Raisin launches late summer 2014 and joins five signature Cookie Chip flavors – Original Brown Sugar, Cinnamon Sugar, Chocolate Chip, Sea Salted Peanut Butter, and Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip.
Cookie Chips are available at Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Whole Foods, Jewel, Fresh Market, Earth Fare, Gelson’s, New York City’s iconic Zabars, and at specialty grocers and gourmet stores across the U.S. To find a location near you or to purchase online, visit www.crunchycookiechips.com.