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Kona Mountain Wins First Place for Kona Coffee in Hawaii Coffee Association 2014 Cupping Competition

Kona Mountain Coffee, retailers of gourmet 100 percent Kona coffee from the company’s own farm in the official Kona Coffee District on the Big Island of Hawaii, is the winner of the Hawaii Coffee Association 2014 Cupping Competition for coffees from Kona, Hawaii. Kona Mountain had the top cupping score of all 42 entries from Kona’s finest coffee farms, once again earning a reputation as the ‘best of the best’ coffee from Kona.

KM_Estate_Kona_Coffee“We have always believed,” said Bill Dwyer, President of Kona Mountain Coffee, LLC in Hawaii, “that it is not enough just to have the best Kona coffee and chocolates in the state of Hawaii. We also need to show the true spirit of aloha each time a visitor steps through our doors. That has always been our highest priority. Winning this cupping competition for gourmet Kona coffees makes our work even more fulfilling because it shows that we are really offering coffee lovers the ‘best of the best.’”

Kona Mountain Coffee retails estate and private reserve 100 percent Kona coffee at a visitor center on the highway from the Kona airport into Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, where the coffee is roasted and many of the company’s Hawaii gourmet chocolates and other treats are handmade. There are also two Kona Mountain stores on Oahu in Waikiki at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Rainbow Bazaar, and the Hilton Grand Waikikian. Call toll free at 1.888.432.3276 for information and directions.

ChocMacNutBarkjpgAt each location, Kona Mountain Coffee offers its own line of gourmet Hawaii chocolates, real Hawaiian macadamia nuts, an ever-changing rainbow of Hawaiian taste treats, and a unique range of other Hawaiian products that make Kona Mountain Coffee shops a must-see destination for all visitors to Hawaii. Farm tours of the Kona farm are available. Call 808.329.5005 for details.

President Bill Dwyer credits the success of Kona Mountain, both in the cupping competition and in the retail market, to the spectacular talents and amazing Spirit of Aloha of his senior management team: wife Stephanie Dwyer, Farm Manager & Master Roaster Mark Santiago, and Retail Operations Manager Mary Frostad.

Foodservice Brands Bringing More Coffees to Retail

Though foodservice will account for roughly three-fourths of the projected $48 billion in sales for the U.S. coffee industry in 2014, the retail segment is finding new ways to reach consumers and compete with the restaurant industry for market share.  A driving trend in retail coffee innovation and marketing is bringing the coffee shop experience into the consumers’ homes, according to Coffee and Ready-to-Drink Coffee in the U.S.: Retail and Foodservice, 8th Edition, a report by market research publisher Packaged Facts.

A key factor in giving consumers a coffee shop experience at home involves bringing favorite coffeehouse and bakery brands into the retail sector. This type of co-branding is effective in garnering instant brand loyalty and recognition—a defining factor in a crowded market. For example, leading fast casual restaurant operator Panera Bread capitalized on its strong following with the brunch/lunch crowd to push its Panera Bread Bakery Blends brand, which offers a variety of flavored ground coffees and is positioned as a premium retail coffee product. Likewise, leading baked goods and coffee chain Dunkin Donuts has capitalized on its success in the coffee category to expand into the retail sector. Meanwhile, Caribou Coffee has made its signature brews available within the retail sector, in addition to providing products to foodservice providers such as hotels, entertainment venues, and e-commerce channels. Even fast food juggernaut McDonalds revealed plans to enter the fray through its McCafé-branded packaged coffees (in whole bean, ground coffee, and single-cup offerings).

On a grander scale, co-branding of retail coffee goes beyond coffee shop brands to align with other indulgent brand. The bold, rich flavor of coffee provides a natural balance to indulgent sweet notes—making partnerships with decadent, palette-pleasing brands a natural fit. Such partnerships create brand recognition and cross-merchandising opportunities, notes Packaged Facts research director David Sprinkle.  As recently as February 2014, major moves such as doughnut company Krispy Kreme’s launch of ready-to-drink coffee beverages at more than 900 Walmart locations rippled across the retail landscape. Other recognizable foodservice brands—Godiva, Entenmann’s, Cold Stone Creamery—have capitalized on their reputations to launch retail coffee products with flavor-rich, decadent, and even premium positioning.

Building off coffeehouse expectations for a wide variety of options, retail coffee manufacturers are also embracing variety. Limited edition offerings or seasonal flavors are an easy way to satisfy the need for variety and keep consumers engaged with the brand.

Gourmet Gift Collections with Selections of Salts, Spices, Seasonings and Tea

Building on the success of award-winning Gourmet Sea Salt Collections, The Spice Lab  has added sampling selections of spices, seasonings and now tea.

Spice Lab teaIntroducing at NY NOW, three Tea Collections of 11 or 12 tube sets of British Teas, Asian Teas or Infused Teas, showcased in a handcrafted wooden base of reclaimed Colorado pine or sustainable bamboo. Each tube holds enough for three pots of tea.

See them in booth # 3677 in the Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares Show at NY NOW, August 17-20 at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Hot & Spicy Infused Salts - Sriracha, Smoked Chipotle, Ghost Pepper and More

The Spice Lab blends its own infused salts using all natural unrefined sea salt and premium finely ground chili peppers from around the world. Each unique salt offers distinct flavor and heat, true to the peppers that season it. In 100 ml glass jars and 3-ounce stand-up foil pouches.The line includes:

  • spice lab pepper blends Sriracha Sea Salt
  • Scotch Bonnet Sea Salt
  • Ghost Pepper Sea Salt
  • Scorpion Pepper Salt
  • Smoked Ghost Pepper Sea Salt
  • Jalapeno Pepper Sea Salt
  • Smoked Chipotle Sea Salt
  • Cayenne Hot Sauce Sea Salt

Click here to read about what’s driving Americans’ renewed interest in spicy cuisines.

The Moose Lodge Collection from Gourmet du Village

 

gourmetduvillage mooseThis collection from Gourmet du Village brings back some of the company’s traditional, holiday best tastes, such as Creamy Eggnog, Cranberry Cider, or classic favorites such as Minty Humbugs or their Double Truffle Hot Chocolate. These tastes combined with the striking graphic appeal of traditional tartan for the holidays; with a bold moose design. This collection brings back memories of the mountain lodge, birch log decoration, the open stone fireplace, warm and inviting. Perfect for gifting or to enjoy after a refreshing winter walk in the snow or romantic sleigh ride.

This new product along with Gourmet du Village’s entire new collection of gourmet gifts can be seen at showrooms in Dallas, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.

 

MauiGrown Coffee Wins Cupping Awards

 

On July 18, 2014, MauiGrown Coffee reaffirmed its coveted place in the coffee world by capturing first place for its Maui Mokka® – Natural at Hawaii Coffee Association’s 6th Statewide Coffee Cupping Competition held in Kealakekua on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The 2014 field included 77 total entries. The Commercial Division included 22 entries, 12 of which came from the District of Maui. In the Commercial Division, MauiGrown Coffee’s Maui Mokka – Natural and Aloha Hills Kona Coffee tied for first place with a score of 87.3 out of 100. MauiGrown Coffee also took second place in the Maui District Division for Maui Mokka – Natural.

According to the Maui Coffee Association’s 2014 Cupping Committee, the quality of coffees entered in this year’s competition was of the highest level, and they commended the winners for being an accomplished group of farmers who raise great Hawaiian coffee.

“Great coffee doesn’t just happen,” said Kimo Falconer, President of MauiGrown Coffee. “It takes a dedicated team of farm workers to produce award-winning coffee, and I couldn’t be prouder of our Maui Mokka team.”

The Maui Mokka variety of coffee originated in Yemen and was planted on the Kaanapali Estate by Pioneer Mill 25 years ago. Today, it is one of four exceptional coffee varietals grown and harvested in West Maui.

Maui Mokka’s small, roundish chubby beans produce a cup delightfully fused with a range of subtle chocolate flavors. During this year’s cupping competition, judges described the Maui Mokka varietal as “a winey, sparkly coffee with good acidity, nice body and hints of a fruit and nut bar. It has notes of boysenberry and blackberry and tones of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate and finishes like a good port and a cigar.”

According to Falconer, the soil and nutrition, the water cycle and the sun are just part of the process of producing a sweet coffee cherry.

“We allow the coffee cherries to stay on the tree until they turn purple which produces the maximum amount of sugars concentrated into the fruit,” said Falconer. “After harvesting we let the coffee age for almost six months in the coffee pulp to bring out the various fruit flavors. The coffee bean is then milled, bagged and sent off to our customers worldwide.”

“Roasting is also critical to bringing out the maximum flavor of the coffee,” said Jeff Ferguson, Co-owner and Manager of the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store. “We invite the public to taste the fruits of our labor at our store in Lahaina. We offer a medium roast and a dark roast to please all palates.”

For information, visit www.MauiGrownGreenCoffee.com or contact Kimo Falconer at jkimof@msn.com or 808-357-1204. The MauiGrown Coffee Company Store is located at 277 Lahainaluna Road in Lahaina, Maui adjacent to the historic Pioneer Mill smokestack, call 808-661-2728 or visit www.MauiGrownCoffee.com for information and/or store hours or to order online.

 

Red Jacket Orchards Debuts New Look for Joe’s Summer Blend Lemonade

Joe's 12Long-time New York favorite, Red Jacket Orchards, is unleashing a new look and a new name for its famous Joe’s Summer Blend. This delicious blend of apple and lemon will now be called Joe’s NY Style Lemonade. Red Jacket assures avid fans that what’s in the bottle will stay the same.

Red Jacket Orchards has made a name for itself as a healthy line of cold-pressed juices. Born in the Finger Lakes in upstate New York, Red Jacket is a family-run business with strong roots in its community. Originally a cult favorite amongst farmer’s market dwellers, these invigorating drinks are now widely known across the country for their cloudy appearance and their impressive health benefits. Unlike their clear juice competitors, Red Jacket’s product is unfiltered and naturally contains a punch of insoluble and soluble fiber.

As in the other bright and refreshing flavors, Joe’s NY Style Lemonade also has only two very simple ingredients: lemon juice and apple juice. There are no added colors, flavors, water or sugar. Just as you have come to expect, Red Jacket Orchards creates a perfectly ripe sweetness with the help of the New York apple. Red Jacket Orchards juices taste just like the whole fruit they were made from.

 

SIPP eco beverage co. Expands Midwest Distribution

SIPP eco beverage co., Inc., creators of the sparkling organic beverage Sipp Sparkling Organics, has announced further expansion in the Midwest, specifically to the Chicagoland area, by partnering with Chicago Coffees & Teas as a distributor.

Chicago Coffees & Teas delivers specialty and gourmet coffee, tea, espresso and other specialty beverages to fine restaurants, hotels, and cafes in Chicago. This partnership will help to increase Sipp’s presence in both the Midwest and in high-end food service establishments and hotels.

  “We are very excited to be expanding in the Midwest as we have had much demand for Sipp in this region. Working with Chicago Coffee & Teas will allow us to not only grow in retail, but on-premise as well,” said Beth Parentice, CEO/Founder of Sipp.

“Our partnership with Sipp allows us to continue to add value to our customers with the highest quality specialty offerings. We provide only best in class products and have found few others that can hold a candle to not only Sipp’s quality ingredients, but unique flavors as well,” said Michael Klong, President of Chicago Coffee & Teas.

Sipp currently has distribution in retail stores and restaurants in northern California, Texas, and across the east coast. Retail stores include Whole Foods, Food Emporium, Central Market, Balducci’s, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, and Roche Bros.

SIPP is represented by Cascadia Managing Brands.

New Line of Cold Beverages from Boyd’s Coffee

Boyd’s Coffee®, the oldest family-owned coffee company in the Pacific Northwest, is ready to chill with its new line of cold beverages, which includes Boyd’s Iced Tea, Boyd’s Ice Cap and Boyd’s Iced Coffee. This new line enhances and continues Boyd’s authentic, high-quality-for-the-everyman experience with compelling merchandising and easy-to-operate, energy-efficient equipment options.

Boyd’s Iced Tea

Backed by a 114-year history as a tea purveyor, Boyd’s emphasizes the fresh-brew experience with its rebranded line of Iced Tea with eight flavors including Original Brew (black tea), Green Tea, Tropical Tea and Raspberry Herbal. The addition of Torani® syrups such as Cane Sugar Sweetener, Raspberry, Peach and Blackberry create limitless options for operators. In addition, fresh-brewed iced tea is the number one purchased beverage in restaurants and is significantly more profitable for operators than the bag-in-box option.

Boyd’s Ice Cap

The whimsical and refreshing Ice Cap line captures the nostalgia of childhood summers, featuring an updated, fresh design and innovative flavor options. With frozen coffee drinks growing in popularity, especially with millennial consumers, Boyd’s offers a combination of coffee-based flavors, such as French Vanilla and Mocha, and fruit-based flavors, including Cherry Smart Bomb and Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

Boyd’s Iced Coffee

As iced coffee drinks continue to build a following among all consumers, and particularly among millennials, Boyd’s Coffee offers shelf-stable iced coffee beverages available in Kona Blend Mocha and Kona Blend French Vanilla. Iced coffee is a well-liked beverage in all dayparts as well as year-round.

The Iced Tea replaces the company’s former Island Mist® product, and the new Ice Cap was formerly Coffee House Freezers®.

Boyd’s Coffee provides everything operators need for a highly profitable beverage program, including reliable, space-saving, easy-to-operate, energy-efficient equipment as well as visually appealing merchandising from posters to equipment dressing and flavor labels. For information about Boyd Coffee Company’s products and services, call 800-545-4077 or visit www.boyds.com.

 

Apple & Eve to be Acquired by Lassonde Industries

Apple & Eve LLC, together with its private equity investor ClearLight Partners, has agreed that the company will be acquired by Lassonde Industries Inc.

Apple & Eve LLC, based in Port Washington, New York, was founded by the Crane family 40 years ago with a focus on delivering healthy, natural juice products. The company offers more than 100 different juice products sold under its iconic flagship brand name, Apple & Eve, and includes a portfolio of sub brands including Organics, Fruitables, Quenchers, Waterfruits and Sesame Street. Additionally, it owns and markets juices under Northland, Seneca and The Switch brands.

Apple & Eve, a pioneer in the juice industry, has grown over the decades by anticipating consumer trends. Among its many innovations, the company introduced the first unfiltered, natural-sttyle apple juice in grocery stores in 1975; the first line of 100 percent juice cranberry blends in 1978; the first 100 percent juice box in 1982; and, Fruitables, the first fruit and vegetable juice box for kids, in 2009.

Gordon Crane, the Founder, President, and CEO of Apple & Eve, commented, “I am so proud of what we have built at Apple & Eve over the last 40 years, and as CEO I look forward to entering a new exciting chapter in our company’s history. By joining Lassonde Industries, I am confident that our combined entities will deliver strong growth behind the brands we have built. We will remain highly focused on creating innovative, on-trend products under the widely recognized Apple & Eve brand and our other strong brands. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with ClearLight over the past seven years.They proved to be a value-added partner in growing and improving our business.”

Michael Kaye, Founder and Managing Partner of ClearLight Partners, further noted, “Apple & Eve’s strong track record reflects the strength of the company’s brands, commitment to innovation, and quality of management and employees. We wish Gordon Crane and the entire Apple & Eve management and employees much continued success.”

Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. acted as financial advisor to Apple & Eve and ClearLight Partners, and Armstrong Teasdale served as company counsel on the transaction. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

THIRSTIE Launches In Miami

THIRSTIE, the New York based on-demand wine and spirits delivery marketplace, has extended its service to customers in Miami.

THIRSTIE now offers Miami customers the convenience of bottle service at their doors and eliminates the trips to the liquor store. THIRSTIE is the only app offering this service in Miami and is available on a number of platforms including online, iOS and Android. THIRSTIE provides a simple, intuitive user experience that makes liquors easy to find while also serving as a discovery tool for new products that might be out of the ordinary. THIRSTIE works with key retailers to curate the selections for an optimized shopping experience ensuring that the customer’s order is in stock. With all orders, THIRSTIE delivers purchases within the hour.

“We’ve seen some incredible success already in our initial launch markets, so choosing a city with this much vibrancy and excitement as Miami only made sense for our next launch,” said CEO Devaraj Southworth. “Miami sets the trends for the mixology and spirits community, so we wanted to offer THIRSTIE as the newest go-to service for having a good time.”

THIRSTIE is easy to use on any platform. After downloading and opening the app, the customer is instantly connected to participating liquor merchants closest to their desired delivery address. THIRSTIE provides users with information about each product such as the size, alcohol content and price. The customer can shop as long as they like, selecting options and adding them to their shopping cart. When ready to check out, the customer selects the shopping cart option where they can view everything that has been added. The customer then selects their payment method and completes the order. Once the order is confirmed, the customer receives an email verification and delivery of their wine or liquor purchase will arrive within the hour.

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