The European Union, together with Olives from Spain, and Michelin-starred chef and internationally-recognized culinary innovator, José Andrés, introduced their “Have an Olive Day” campaign to the Miami market as part of their nationwide initiative on Tuesday, November 14.
On the heels of a successful unveiling in New York City earlier this year, Andrés and Olives from Spain debuted the campaign in Miami and hosted an intimate tasting. The event took place at SAAM at SLS Brickell, home to Andrés’ second Miami outpost, Bazaar Mar, where he showcased how olives can be enjoyed in a variety of forms to 60 of Miami’s influential leaders in the culinary industry and media.
The goal of this new three-year collaboration between the Spanish Inter-Professional Table Olive Organization, INTERACEITUNA and the European Union with Andrés as the campaign ambassador is to raise awareness of the versatility, flavor, nutrition and rich history of olive production in Europe, where olives have been the heart of the culture and cuisine for more than 2,000 years.
“I am absolutely thrilled that we are able introduce the amazing and delicious olives from my home country to the Miami market,” said Andrés. “Miami is such a beautiful city and has an influential Spanish community that I feel they will truly love the flavors and variety.”
The temperate weather of southern Europe and rich, fertile soil are idyllic for growing table olives. Spain is the world leader in production and exports of table olives, accounting for 21 percent of world production and 30 percent of world exports. In 2016, more than 83 percent of the olives imported into the U.S. came from Europe.
The ‘Have an Olive Day’ campaign will run through the year 2019 and will seek to educate U.S. consumers on the different variations of European olives and their culinary uses. While the campaign will launch nationally, it will focus on regions with particularly heavy olive consumption, which include New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia.
Bare Snacks® is fueling shoppers’ seasonal-flavored snack obsession this fall with the limited edition launch of bare® Pie Spice Apple Chips. bare’s newest product offers a classic blend of apple pie spices in a simply baked real fruit snack for the ultimate guilt-free indulgence. Bare Pie Spice Apple Chips will be available in select grocers beginning in September with a retail price of $3.99 for a 3.4-ounce bag.
“Shoppers prove year-over-year that they crave the rich flavors of fall, and we’re thrilled to spice up the snack aisle with the flavors of a timeless fall comfort food in a better-for-you snack,” said Santosh Padki, CEO at Bare Snacks. “Our original baked crunchy apple chips have long been the leading choice for snackers who demand simple ingredients, and our new Pie Spice Apple Chips fulfill that ‘less is more’ promise by satisfying cravings for seasonal holiday flavors without the junk.”
Bare Pie Spice Apple Chips are made from fresh apples that are sliced thin and slow-baked with a fragrant blend of cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and a dash of sea salt for the perfect crunchy autumn snack. Containing only five simple ingredients, the new snack is Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten free, fat free and a good source of fiber. Shoppers can also snack happy knowing bare Pie Spice Apple Chips contain no oil, preservatives or added sugar.
Bare Pie Spice Apple Chips join the brand’s existing portfolio of baked crunchy fruit chips, including bare Apple Chips, Coconut Chips, Banana Chips, and new Chia Coconut Bites. Like all bare snacks, the new variety is baked, never fried, to deliver a crave-ably crunchy snack with the nutritious goodness of real fruit.
Record 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.”