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Bellucci’s Sicilia PGI Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

One of the world’s most prized liquid treasures is Sicilian extra virgin olive oil. Sicily is an island woven from a fusion of cultures that has resulted in a rich and varied genetic legacy. With its dry summers, lashed by the Sirocco Saharan winds, as well as its balmy winter, the temperate climate influences the spirit of the organic olive trees that have been part of the fertile island since its inception.

bellucci editphoto1To get closer to this island’s treasure groves and fully appreciate the fruits of human toil, Bellucci unveiled at the Winter Fancy Food Show its freshly harvested Sicilia PGI Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil as the newest addition to its Legendary Series. True to its cultivars and origin, Sicilia PGI Organic coats the palate with hints of almond and savory undertones of artichoke, coupled with green tomato. It’s unlike any other extra virgin olive oil – a truly authentic gem.

Why is its PGI certification so important? In 2016, the European Commission approved the Protected Geographical Indication PGI ‘Sicilia’ (Sicily) for extra virgin olive oil produced on the island. Such certifications (PGI) by the European Union promote the development of specific rural regions and populations, which are related to agricultural products with special quality characteristics and protect the interests of both growers and consumers. It is transparency at its best in the greater fight against food fraud.

Consumers seeking greater on-label visibility into the origins of the food in their shopping basket are on the rise. Shoppers seek new depths of information across the market, including organic, responsible production and authenticity. At Bellucci, the mission is to bring “Trust Through Traceability” to the market.

Massive Product Launch by Stonewall Kitchen

Award-winning specialty food manufacturer, Stonewall Kitchen, announces the launch of over 20 new products for January 2018, including a new Ghost Pepper Jelly, Ghost Pepper Aioli and Ghost Pepper Queso as a well as a new savory Bacon Bourbon Jam and Bacon Ketchup.

“We will continue to turn up the heat heading into 2018,” said Janine Somers, Director of Marketing. “Hotter than hot, following in the footsteps of our tremendously successful Ghost Pepper Salsa, our three new ghost pepper products are going to be a huge hit. These products are for people who truly love extreme heat! There will even be a heat indicator on the jar for those wanting to warn their taste buds.” Somers continues, “That’s not all, our quest to create amazing bacon products continues with the unveiling of two new products; Bourbon Bacon Jam and Bacon Ketchup!

Additional Products for January 2018 include:

 Jams: Raspberry Mango Jam; Bourbon Bacon Jam
 Ghost Pepper Products: Ghost Pepper Jelly; Ghost Pepper Queso; Ghost Pepper Aioli
 Grille Sauce: Mediterranean Grille Sauce
 Drink Mixer: Moscow Mule Mixer
 Salad Dressing: Apple Cider Vinaigrette
 Condiments: Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce; Bacon Ketchup; Sun-Dried Tomato Olive Tapenade
 Sauces: Garlic Pesto Pizza Sauce; Portobello Mushroom Sauce
 Breakfast Mixes: Dill & Chive Crepe Mix
 Snacks, Sides, Desserts & Coffee: Sriracha Cheddar Cheese Sticks; Saffron Risotto Mix; Waffle Cookies (Maple Brown Butter and Cocoa Sea Salt Caramel), French Vanilla Single Serve Coffee
 Fine Home Keeping: Citrus Bloom Fine Home Keeping Collection; Dish Soap, Hand Lotion, Hand Soap, Soy Candle

California Olive Ranch Secures $35 Million in Equity Funding

California Olive Ranch has received commitments for an equity investment of $35 million led by a major US-based institutional investor and existing investors. As the largest equity investment funding ever in the domestic extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) industry, California Olive Ranch sets its sights on making U.S. olive oil a significant player on the global stage.

On the basis of the tremendous success of California Olive Ranch over the past five years, this investment enables future expansion to support the insatiable consumer demand for premium California EVOO.  This contribution is an investment in the future of U.S. olive oil.

  • This funding will allow California Olive Ranch to more than double its acreage.
  • California Olive Ranch is able to create more jobs in the harvesting, production and administrative divisions of the business as well as expand the milling infrastructure throughout California.
  • Additionally, this boost in financial support will provide family farms with the resources to plant more olive trees and as a result, grow their businesses.
  • With the help of investors, California Olive Ranch will also expand its presence by producing organic extra virgin olive oil.
  • California Olive Ranch has been researching and developing a scalable method to eliminate its carbon footprint by an initiative called, regenerative agriculture. The newly purchased plots of land will be fully sustainable, making the operation the first large scale implementation of regenerative agriculture for permanent plantings.

“With the support of our investors, this round of funding supports the planting of new acreage for California Olive Ranch, but is also an investment in the future of olive oil,” says President Gregg Kelley. “This investment will accelerate the future of the American olive oil movement, innovate our sustainable harvesting methods and revolutionize our production technology.”

To learn more about California Olive Ranch, where to buy California Olive Ranch products, and all things extra virgin olive oil, visit www.californiaoliveranch.com, or follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest.

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