By Lorrie Baumann
Seattle Artisan Foods offers a line of condiments, simmer sauces and seasonings all designed to enhance the seafood that has long helped define the culture of the Pacific Northwest. Ingredients for the products are sourced locally whenever possible, and the products are handmade in Seattle, Washington, and bear names reflective of that locale, said Seattle Artisan Foods Founder and Owner Beverly Rhodes. “We’re a company of three: myself, my chef and my son, who’s my accountant,” she said. “And my dog is the mascot.”
At present, the product range includes two simmer sauces, two condiment sauces and two seasoning mixes. The most popular in the line is Queen Anne Cioppino Simmer Sauce. Named for Seattle’s Queen Anne borough, where the company’s kitchen is located, this classic Italian American sauce is seasoned with a Pacific Northwest twist. Cioppino is traditionally made from whatever seafood the boats brought to the dock that day, and in Seattle, that means Dungeness crab, clams or mussels, shrimp, scallops, squid and white fish, including cod and halibut. The company’s chef recommends about a pound of mixed seafood with the sauce, and just a few minutes of cooking at home produces an entree that serves four. The 16-ounce jar retails for about $8.99.
Belltown BBQ Shrimp Simmer Sauce is another sauce named after one of Seattle’s boroughs, and it’s also a top seller for Seattle Artisan Foods. “It’s an acidified sauce with a sweet heat and a tang that’s outstanding,” Rhodes said. “Everyone loves the Belltown BBQ sauce. It goes with frozen or fresh shrimp. Steamed potatoes or rice, a little bread, a few minutes in the pan and you’re done – it’s like a pasta sauce for shrimp.” The 16-ounce jar retails for $8.99, and when prepared as directed, it serves four.
The two condiment sauces in the line are Flagship Tartar Sauce and Shoreline Cocktail Sauce. Flagship Tartar Sauce has a mayonnaise base with capers, sweet peppers, lemon juice and “just the right amount of dill, so it’s a good complement to a fried fish dish,” Rhodes said. It’s packaged in a 10-ounce jar that retails for $5.99. Shoreline Cocktail Sauce includes garlic and onions along with horseradish and some lemon juice to brighten the flavors. “Just grab a shot glass and throw in your shrimp or crab,” Rhodes said. The 10-ounce jar of this also retails for $5.99.
There are two seasonings: Lemon Herb Seasoning was designed especially for white fish like halibut, cod or rockfish, but it’s also good on chicken, while the Seattle Artisan Foods Salmon Rub combines some brown sugar and a little bit of heat for a sweet and spicy flavor that offers a true taste of Seattle.
All of the products are shelf-stable, and although distribution is currently limited to the Pacific Northwest, national distribution is on the horizon. For further information, call Seattle Artisan Foods at 877.337.0672 or visit www.seattleartisanfoods.com.
Rice’s® Honey, which has been producing high quality, U.S.-only raw and unfiltered honey since 1924, has changed the name and packaging of its flagship honey brand to Local Hive. In addition to raw and unfiltered Clover, Wildflower and Amber Honey sourced exclusively in the U.S., the company also bottles over 12 local varietals from around the country, which predicated the new direction.
The brand overhaul features the new name, new label design, new website, updated digital advertising and social media. The work was created by Dallas’ award-winning advertising agency Johnson & Sekin.
“Since Rice’s Honey was founded in 1924 by L.R. Rice, we have always remained committed to providing natural, delicious U.S.-only raw and unfiltered honey, while supporting local beekeepers all across the US,” said Tony Landretti, Chief Executive Officer of Rice’s Honey. “Our new Local Hive will support our local honey products that are an artisan blend of various floral types that are regionally sourced, packed in Greeley, Colorado, and delivered to participating grocery stores throughout the United States. The label will also stay true to our history and family heritage since 1924.”
“Over the last six months, we’ve spent a majority of our time on focus group research and concluded that the top two things honey consumers want are local, raw honey that tastes great,” said Cale Nelson, Chief Commercial Officer. “Our network of beekeepers across the U.S. allows us to offer a local variety in each market that helps fill that consumer need.”
Rice’s Honey was founded almost 100 years ago, with a mission to produce, package and sell only 100 percent pure, raw and unfiltered honey that is sourced exclusively from local bee farms within the US. Nothing is ever added to this natural honey, and all of the nutrients remain in the bottle. Rice’s Honey is offered at affordable prices across grocery retailers nationwide. The Local Hive branding will heavily reinforce this message.
The new label design change also coincides with Rice’s new alliance with PACE, Pollinator Awareness Through Conservation and Education, the Butterfly Pavilion’s non-profit global initiative to restore habitats, strengthen populations and reintroduce pollinators into native habitats around the world. This partnership and commitment will be communicated on the back of the new label and will highlight how a portion of proceeds from every bottle sold of Rice’s Honey will be donated to the PACE initiative to promote and protect the prosperity of pollinators worldwide. Rice’s Honey has a mission to help promote all pollinators and sustainable bee farms across the country.
Red Duck Foods, Inc., a premier sauce company committed to crafting superior organic products, is now a Certified B Corp. The nonprofit B Lab® awards its certification to companies that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance.
“Sourcing organic ingredients and ensuring the quality and integrity of our products has always been one of our highest priorities,” said co-Founder Shannon Oliver. “We believe in playing an active role in the communities we are a part of, and we hope to be part of a positive change and a healthier world.”
“We’re excited to welcome Red Duck Foods to our strong community of Certified B Corps in Portland,” said Karen Lickteig, Communications Chair for B Local PDX. “We recently added six new Oregon B Corps, including Red Duck, putting us over the milestone of more than 100 Certified B Corps in Oregon. Red Duck should be proud to count their company among others who aren’t just paying lip service to being ‘sustainable,’ but truly walking the talk.”
Red Duck specializes in unique twists on familiar favorites. With a keen eye for honest ingredients and nuanced flavors, Red Duck’s artisan products elevate any meal and help to cut time spent in the kitchen.