Viki Sater of Viki’s Foods has figured out how to take her intensely granola granola and turn it into an indulgent snack with her new Granola Bark, which she’s offering in four scrumptious flavors: Banana Walnut Granola with Milk Chocolate; Blueberry Blast, which has white chocolate and blueberry granola; Orange Blast, which has semisweet chocolate and orange granola; and Original, which features dark chocolate with her Original Granola, which includes almonds, pecans and sunflower seeds.
“It’s a snack, and it’s granola, and everybody loves chocolate,” Sater said, after recommending that this is a treat that will make a perfect little break in the day along with a cup of coffee or tea. It’s a little better-for-you and a little indulgent, and Viki’s will be launching it in fall in time to head back to school in lunchboxes or to be served at holiday get-togethers.
Two package sizes will be offered. The single-serving size will retail for about $1.50 to $2, while the larger 4.5-ounce bag will retail for about $5.49. Depending on the retailer, this product can be merchandised in either the candy and chocolate aisle or with the packaged snacks.
A trusted household brand for 25 years, Royal® is the No. 1 best-selling Basmati Rice in America. To understand why, it’s important to realize that all Basmati is not created equal. Similar to what champagne is to France, truly authentic Basmati Rice can only come from the foothills of the Himalayas.
Under the attentive care of India’s finest farmers, Royal Basmati Rice grows within the perfect harmony of climate, fertile soil and pure mountain spring water. After harvesting, the company then ages the rice in temperature-controlled silos for a minimum of 12 months. The result is a non-sticky, fluffy long-grain rice that is distinctively rich in aroma and delicately flavored.
To guarantee that its rice meets the highest standards, Royal has rigorous QC measures in place that test each batch for purity, length, consistency and density. It also uses state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that every Royal bag is packed with only the finest rice grains.
Royal’s Basmati Rice is uniquely versatile: it’s at home in curry recipes, is delectable as a pilaf or gratin main dish, is delicious when tossed as a salad and even fits in dessert recipes as a pudding or garnish. The culinary possibilities are endless!
Royal offers a wide assortment of non-GMO white and brown Basmati Rice in a full range of pack sizes, from 2-pound trial-size pouches to foodservice-friendly 20-pound and 40-pound bags.
Royal Basmati Rice is launching a new line of gourmet side dishes in eight globally-inspired flavors. Royal Authentic Adventures™ dishes are made with Royal’s Premium Basmati Rice.
Royal Authentic Adventures is available now at nationwide grocers including Harris Teeter, Kings Supermarket Inc./Balducci’s, SpartanNash, Tops Friendly Markets, Walmart (Calif. locations) and Costco, and will hit shelves at Shaw’s and Wegmans stores in May, followed by Weis Markets and Randalls stores in June.
Each variety of Royal Authentic Adventures delivers a global, gourmet adventure in a delectable side dish that cooks in only 12 minutes. Royal Authentic Adventures takes taste buds through a journey across the world’s most celebrated culinary cultures, encompassing authentic flavors and ingredients native to each region. Blends include:
Abhinav Arora, President of LT Foods Americas, says, “Because rice is a celebrated staple in so many cultures worldwide, Royal is always looking for innovative ways to incorporate other traditions and backgrounds into our product lines. We are excited to offer our customers a tour of diverse flavors from around the globe with Royal Authentic Adventures. This line truly represents our brand values and commitment to diversity.”
Royal Authentic Adventures uses no artificial colors or preservatives and is made with basmati rice sourced from the foothills of the Himalayas. Overseeing the harvesting, milling, processing and distribution of its products, Royal Basmati Rice is dedicated to providing the highest quality of ingredients to its customers.
Pereg Natural Foods will introduce kañiwa – also known as baby quinoa, at the upcoming Kosherfest trade show, November 15-16, 2016 at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey.
Kañiwa is an excellent source of complete protein and amino acids, is exceptionally high in iron and is gluten-free. It’s dark reddish-brown in color and about half the size of a tiny quinoa seed. It cooks up quickly to resemble a smaller version of red quinoa.
Unlike regular quinoa, kañiwa doesn’t have saponins, the coating that gives quinoa a somewhat soapy, slightly bitter flavor if not rinsed properly, so it’s actually easier to process. (Note that all quinoa from Pereg is pre-rinsed and ready to cook from the package.) Another advantage kañiwa has over quinoa is that it’s an even better source of iron.
According to Gill Schneider, CEO of Pereg Natural Foods, “This mighty little ancient grain cooks up with a crunchy texture, and offers a nutrient rich food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are excited to bring consumers yet another healthy choice to serve to friends and family, from our family-owned Pereg Natural Foods business.”
Kañiwa from Pereg Natural Foods is all natural, gluten-free, Non-GMO Project verified, vegan, OU and CRC kosher-certified, and produced in the USA. It is available in 5-ounce boxes ($3.57) and re-sealable 16-ounce bags ($5.50).
Founded by an organic farmer 20 years ago, ecoLife® was established by passion to empower and improve the daily lives of farming families. ecoLife provides farming communities with assistance and free education in current social, economic and environmental best practices. It’s a relationship and a way of doing business that truly sets the company apart.
ecoLife offers over 20 items across four food categories, including aromatic basmati rice, high-protein quinoa, freekeh, chickpeas and many other nutrient-rich items. An exceptional item in the line is the Quick Cook Brown Basmati Rice. What differentiates this organic brown rice is its reduced cooking time of just 12 minutes, a convenient alternative to the 40 minutes normally required to prepare brown rice.
The full range of authentic rice, ancient grains, pulses, and beans – are all USDA organic and non-GMO verified products. With a farm to fork approach, ecoLife partners with more than 75,000 registered organic farming families to offer sustainably grown, cultivated and harvested products from their country of origin.
Intermountain Specialty Food Group, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a gourmet food and artisan pasta company comprised of several brands: Plentiful Pantry, Pasta Partners, Chidester Farms, and its latest brand, Zpasta.
In 1992, Debbie Chidester and her husband Jody transformed a passion for food into a business opportunity. Debbie had long loved entertaining friends with fabulous meals, and with her experience working in restaurants she knew what it took to consistently provide delicious food. Her friends wanted to eat gourmet but didn’t necessarily want to do all the work to get it.
Debbie took her own time-tested recipes, converted them into easy-to-prepare dishes, and voila. A new business was formed.
The business started as Pasta Partners (later to become Intermountain Specialty Food Group), focused on pasta sauce blends that would easily make dishes similar to those made by the chefs in gourmet restaurants. Wanting to kick it up a notch and provide unique flavored pastas, the search for a supplier who provided the reliability and quality they demanded was not found.
This did not stand in the Chidesters’ way; they purchased their first pasta machine and set up an artisan pasta production plant making traditional Italian style pastas with unique flavors and shapes. The pastas are made in small batches and dried over an extended period, hand crafted and packaged to provide a firm pasta with a pleasantly soft texture for an extraordinary experience.
The Pasta Partners brand features beautiful long pastas, hand tied with raffia bows and geared to gourmet retailers and gift basket companies. From the finest of angel hairs to the more substantial fettuccines, all contain wonderful flavors, making them perfect as side dishes or part of any gourmet meal.
The ZPasta brand is the most recent addition to the company’s product line. These are made in the Italian tradition with bronze dies, giving them a rough texture that helps the sauce cling to the pasta. They’re more shelf friendly for grocery stores and larger retail markets. Both brands offer vibrant colors, fanciful shapes and unique flavors such as kale, butternut squash, jalapeno, roasted red bell pepper and the latest, squid ink.
The Plentiful Pantry brand consists of a variety of soup mixes that are just-add-water or a few additional ingredients, making them easy to prepare. The dessert mixes, for the most part, are just-add-butter-and-water, and they take less than five minutes to prep. A full line of breads, cakes and dips is also available.
Intermountain Specialty Food Group currently provides private labeling services for grocery chains of all sizes. The company is very proud to offer wonderful tasting quality food that is easy to prepare. “The Easy Way to Gourmet,” Intermountain Specialty Foods is for customers who want to eat well but don’t always have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.
Intermountain Specialty Food Group
Interest in plants and grains is soaring as shoppers look for new ways to eat healthy. High in protein and fiber, nutty and with a striking visual appeal, wild rice is one of the healthiest grains available. It was a staple food of several Native American tribes, who called it “manoomin” or “precious grain.”
Fall River Wild Rice brings this culinary gem to your store shelf. This naturally cultivated wild rice is great in salads, soups and stir-fries. However, it also works well in mixes for pancakes and muffins and even in chocolate and desserts. Fall River’s Fully Cooked Wild Rice is high-protein goodness in seconds.
Fall River Wild Rice is a small grower-owned cooperative in the Fall River Valley, a rural mountain valley nestled between the Cascade and Sierra Nevada ranges.
Fall River Wild Rice
By Lorrie Baumann
The founders of Among Friends are unabashedly advocates for whole grains, as is today’s CEO Darcy Zbinovec, who joined the company in 2014. Among Friends, founded by Suzie Miller and Lizann Anderson, makes a whole line of gluten-free baking mixes based on whole grains. The company started several years ago as a local enterprise, but began expanding nationally in 2013 after the products had built a fan base.
The baking mixes are based on whole grains, but also include low added sugar and no added fillers or high-glycemic starches for a clean-label appeal that draws consumers who are seeking to eat foods made only with ingredients their grandmothers would have recognized. “We continue to see gluten free growing, and as it grows, we see consumers looking for better quality – not just that it’s gluten-free anymore, but that it’s got some positive aspects,” Zbinovec said. “Even people who aren’t looking for gluten free are looking for clean labels, and we’ve got really clean labels.”
High-glycemic starches like tapioca and potato starch as well as fillers like xanthan gum are often added to other gluten-free products to hold them together in place of gluten, which creates the structure in conventional baked goods, said Zbinovec. The result is an end product that doesn’t have the traditional texture associated with traditional home-baked goods. “The typical products that use these ingredients have a very fine crumb with a very smooth texture caused by the starches and the gum,” she said.
Among Friends, by contrast, has found ways to use whole grains and other clean ingredients to produce mixes that turn into baked goods whose texture more closely resembles that of the cookies and muffins that grandma might have turned out. “We’re using whole-grains oats, brown rice, sorghum. These whole ingredients rather than a processed starch give a more natural-tasting texture – more like the kind of texture that homemade products that are not gluten free have,” Zbinovec said. “We get a lot of consumers who write to us and tell us that they passed it off as their own. We love reading this because that’s kind of our intent.”
The Among Friends baking mixes are all certified gluten free, non GMO, and each package is labeled on the front of the package to let consumers know how much whole grain they’re getting per serving. “It’s really about nutrition,” Zbinovec said. “Whole grains contain both probiotics and prebiotics. They’re just better for the body.”
The baking mixes are designed to allow consumers either to bake them exactly according to the package directions or to customize them with add-ins that turn the end product into something that is customized to their taste. Among Friends helps with recipes and ideas on the company’s web site. A box of Shane’s Sweet n Spicy Molasses Ginger Cookie Mix, for instance, can turn into Bananas About Pie, a banana cream pie with a sassy ginger-molasses crust. Cora’s Honey Cornbread Mix might get a pop of heat with the addition of some jalapenos or show up for brunch with some blueberries stirred in. Blueberry Lemon Muffins might start with a box of Francie’s Make it Your Own Cinnamon Sugar Muffin Mix. “There’s a lot of different things you can do with the product. We just had a contest and someone made a bundt cake with the muffin mix, and it was delicious,” Zbinovec said. “People do like to try new things. It depends on how venturesome they are,” she added. “A lot of times what we’ll see is people tweaking the recipe a little bit – adding nuts, maybe a glaze. It gives the consumer a chance to play with it a little bit and make it the flavors that their family likes, whatever it might be.”
Among Friends baking mixes are distributed nationwide. They retail for $4.99 to $5.99.
Lotus Foods is extending its line of exceptional heirloom, organic and specialty rices with an authentic Indian basmati – Dehraduni basmati. Dehraduni’s famed flavor, fragrance and elongation are what elevated basmati rice to one of the world’s most recognized and best-loved rices. Dehraduni basmati is a long slender, aromatic grain that almost doubles in length when cooked. The word “basmati” comes from the Sanskrit word for fragrant.
Dehraduni basmati is recognized as the “mother of all basmati.” It is a landrace, which means it is a locally adapted variety with a distinct identity of historical origin and lacks any formal crop improvement. Landraces are often genetically diverse and associated with traditional farming systems. They are closely associated with traditional uses, knowledge, habits, dialects and celebrations of the people who developed and continue to grow them.
Dehraduni basmati gets its name from the city of Dehradun, capital of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where it has been grown for centuries on small family farms. However, in recent years, farmers have been abandoning the rice to get higher yields from hybrid rices. To counteract this trend, Lotus Foods is sourcing Dehraduni basmati from farmers who have adopted More Crop Per Drop™ (System of Rice Intensification) methods. With this method of organic rice intensification farmers can increase their yields 40-50 percent with 30-40 percent less water. And because they need 80-90 percent less seed than with conventional practices their actual yield is even higher and their production costs significantly lower. “Providing these innovative farmers with a market and organic premiums will make Dehraduni basmati production profitable,” says Ken Lee, Lotus Foods Co-Founder/Co-CEO. “We hope that consumers will join us in helping to preserve this traditional basmati and at the same time scale adoption and spread of More Crop Per Drop practices, which reduce women’s toil, conserve water and cut methane emissions.”
The company’s introduction of the Dehraduni basmati coincides with the launch of its “Do the Rice Thing” campaign, which will draw attention to the benefits of More Crop Per Drop growing methods for water and women. It will be available in bulk initially, and in both polished white and whole grain brown rice options.
Since 1995, Lotus Foods has been partnering in fair trade with small family farmers around the world who are growing rice more sustainably and preserving heirloom and specialty rices. Lotus Foods’ product line is unique in delivering consumers healthier, versatile rice and rice-based foods that respect their multiple concerns for the highest standards of taste together with social and environmental ethics.
JSL Foods has announced that it has gained organic certification from Quality Assurance International for products made in its Los Angeles, California, plant. This plant produces Asian noodles, rice, grain and Asian wrappers. Currently five noodle SKUs have been given the “Certified Organic” stamp.
“The word ‘organic’ should stand for something more than just a marketing hype to entice consumers,” said Teiji Kawana, company President. “At JSL Foods, it is a very personal commitment to quality – quality ingredients and quality manufacturing,” he added.
JSL’s two-step process of purchasing organic ingredients and then mixing the formulas goes beyond the processes used by many other organic manufacturing companies.
“We believe it is important that the manufacturing process be certified as well. Organic certification is the only way you can be sure a company’s product truly complies with organic standards,” said Wayne Nielsen, Vice President Sales & Marketing.
The company will continue to add more certified organic products to its line. JSL Foods is a third-generation family-owned business that markets to grocery retail, foodservice and industrial segments with its brands: Fortune, Twin Dragon and JSL Foods Professional Products.