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Upfront Foods Granola Now Certified Made in USA

Upfront Foods® non-GMO, vegan and kosher certified granolas now will display the Made In USA Certified® seal.

UFF-Upfront-Nutty-Granola-FrontEMAll three granola flavors have achieved the certification designating that from 94 percent to 97 percent of their ingredients are verified as being sourced from U.S. producers, said Gigi Twist, company founder.  The granola itself is produced in Boca Raton for the specialty food, grocery and foodservice industries.

“Our company’s name is Upfront Foods, and we want to be upfront with consumers about all aspects of our product, including from where our ingredients are sourced,” Twist said.  “The certification was a rigorous process with third-party supply chain verification, including affidavits from all of our suppliers attesting to the country of origin of each ingredient.

Upfront Foods granolas have no artificial ingredients or preservatives.  They also have Non-GMO Project verification, are certified vegan by the Vegan Awareness Foundation, and are OK kosher certified.  All three granolas are designated 100 percent whole grain by the Whole Grains Council, and Straight Up Granola and Straight Up Granola with Cranberries meet USDA Smart Snack Standards for elementary, middle and high schools.

Upfront Foods’ three flavors include Straight Up Granola™ with organic whole grain oats and crunchy flaxseed (94 percent Made in USA-certified), Straight Up Granola with Cranberries, which adds sweet-tart cranberries to the mix (95 percent Made in USA certified), and Upfront Nutty™ Granola with almonds and pecans (97 percent Made in USA certified).

Upfront Foods granolas are available in 1.4-ounce pouches with a suggested retail price of $1.49.  Additional information is available at http://UpfrontFoods.com or by calling 1-561-886-0209.

Bella Sun Luci Offers Healthy Sun Dried Tomato Snack for Grocery

Mooney Farms has launched a healthy and bold snack line that delivers. The BBQ variety offers a double-dose of sweet and spicy, or choose the Smokey flavor, slow roasted over an open flame just long enough to infuse a rich aroma and taste. This one-of-a-kind snack line combines premium California sun dried tomatoes and select spices to bring you a fat-free, lycopene-rich snack that is full of flavor.

Bella Sun LuciThe launch of the new Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomato Snacks makes it easier for anyone who has ever faced the dilemma of choosing between a healthy and delicious convenient snack.

“The new Bella Sun Luci snack bags unites the much-loved barbecue spice and smoky flavors with our premium sun dried tomatoes, and packs layers of great flavor in every bite,” said Mary Mooney. “We found that fans of one flavor are often fans of the other — so we made it easier to enjoy them together as the ultimate savory and sweet snack combination.”
    


The suggested retail price is $2.99 for a 3.5-ounce bag. The Bella Sun Luci snack bags are available at Safeway banner stores nationwide.

 

 

 

Ricky’s Lucky Nuts: A Nut Like No Other

Ricky’s Lucky Nuts is all about creating a unique snacking experience and they don’t do just any nut. They do peanuts because they think they do peanuts better than anybody.

Most people think that gourmet nuts don’t include peanuts. They think of cashews and almonds as gourmet, but peanuts are the most popular nut in America.

Ricky’s has a nut like no other because their process is truly unique. They take the world’s best flavors: chipotle, coffee, curry, chai and coarse black pepper, the sweet, salty and spicy tastes that people love, and dry roast them in their own secret way. The flavors bind directly onto the nut. Instead of candied or dusty, the roasted-on process creates an amazing little, flavor packed Lucky Nugget. The taste sensation is a bang, not a whimper.

These roasted nuts are all natural and healthy with no artificial ingredients of any kind and create a memorable taste experience from honest, unadulterated ingredients. Plus, the sweet and salty nuts are GMO free. Ricky’s Lucky Nuts work with local and regional businesses to source many of their goods and services. That supports local economics and reduces their carbon foot print through reduced transportation cost. Ricky’s nuts are grown in Texas and all the packaging is made in the USA and is recyclable.

Ricky’s Lucky Nuts flavors include Black Pepper and Sea Salt that has a little bit of heat with a satisfying taste. Real Coffee will perk up your senses and is made with real coffee. Thai Red Curry is all natural red curry that features a bold and exotic flavor. It is the perfect afternoon and late night snack. Sweet Chai has a hint of cane sugar with a whole lot of flavor. Other favorites include Sweet and Smoky BBQ, a sweet smoky nut with a tangy taste of BBQ. Spicy Chile Chipotle has a touch of chipotle seasoning and a bold flavor of delicious heat.

Ricky’s Lucky Nuts make the ideal individual or corporate gift box. They are available at grocery and convenience stores, gift and gift basket companies, food catalogs, gourmet and specialty retailers or online at www.rickysluckynuts.com.

Castleton Crackers and Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company Celebrate sofi Gold

 

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Rick Woods, Head Cheesemaker at Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company (and maker of the cheese in the Govenor’s Cheddar crackers) and Whitney Lamy, Founder of Whitney’s Castleton Crackers with her gold sofi™ statue.

Castleton Crackers “Governor’s Cheddar” has won the 2014 sofi™ Award for Outstanding Cracker from the Specialty Food Association. A sofi is the top honor in the $88.3 billion specialty food industry. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.

Governor’s Cheddar Crackers was one of 125 finalists selected by a national panel of specialty food professionals from a record-setting 2,737 entries across 32 awards categories including Outstanding Chocolate, Cheese, and Snack Food. Winners were announced June 30, 2014 by internationally-acclaimed Chef Dominique Ansel at a red-carpet ceremony at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.

“I was honored that my Governor’s Cheddar Crackers were nominated, but when I saw the winning picture of my crackers on the big screen it was an amazing feeling,” said Whitney Lamy, founder of Castleton Crackers. “To know that retailers and food service buyers vote for the Gold winners right here at the Summer Fancy Food Show makes this award even more valuable. This is a delicious combination of Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company’s award-winning Governor’s Cheddar cheese and my artisan cracker recipe,” says Lamy. Lamy’s complete Castleton Cracker line is sold at grocery and specialty stores throughout the country and online at castletoncrackers.com.

 

Gluten-Free Lunchbox Treats at PARTNERS #SFFS14

By Lorrie Baumann

PARTNERS is just introducing at the Summer Fancy Food Show its Double Chocolate Gluten-Free Brownie Thins under the  Free For All Kitchen brand that signifies that they’re part of a product line that’s gluten-free as well as meeting all the other PARTNERS product standards for good taste and clean ingredients.

DSCN0476[1]These little squares are a sweet cross between a cookie and a cracker, and they’re made with ancient whole grains, naturally sweetened, and they’re absolutely gluten-free, although you wouldn’t think it when you taste them. They contain no rice, corn or soy ingredients. You can taste them for yourself, along with other products in the Free for All Kitchen line, by visiting PARTNERS in booth #4112 at the Fancy Food Show.

The Brownie Thins are offered in a 4-ounce package to retail for $3.99 to $4.29, and around the time school starts this fall, they’ll also be available in a 120-calorie single-serving package that will retail around 99 cents and that will be a great item to tuck into that school lunchbox. “Being able to have something to give your kids who are gluten-intolerant that’s a sweet treat,” says PARTNERS Vice President Cara Figgins, “There just aren’t sweet alternatives on the market in single serves…. It’s a sweet treat, but it’s all clean ingredients, and it’s way better than eating Oreos.”

Brittles are Hot at Hammond’s Candies #SFFS14

By Lorrie Baumann

The folks at Hammond’s Candies (in booth #3930 at the Summer Fancy Food Show) are delighted at the market’s reception of its new Cotton Candy, which launched in March and exceeded market projections for the entire year by the end of April, according to Hammond’s CEO Andrew Schuman.

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The Hammond’s Cotton Candy is the brainchild of Vice President Andrew Whisler.

The Hammond’s Cotton Candy is offered in Classic and Peppermint as well as a couple of other seasonal varieties, and Schuman is predicting that the peppermint flavor, which is made from crushed Hammond’s candy canes, is going to be a strong seller during this holiday season. Shipping of the product is in hiatus during the summer, but once the weather is a little cooler this fall, Hammond’s Cotton Candy will be available again. Schuman recommends ordering in September so you can offer it for sale to customers during the fall and holiday season.

The Hammond’s Cotton Candy is packaged in plastic bags to hang from a tree, and it retails for $2.99.

Also coming this fall is the Hammond’s Popcorn line, which will be relaunched in August, says Andrew Whisler, Hammond’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. It’s coming in a newly designed bag with a much more attractive retail price point that should appeal to customers. Flavors include Caramel, Chocolate Caramel, Cinnamon Toast, Mango Habanero and Honey Peanut, as well as Chicago-style, which Whisler says is half caramel and half cheese popcorn. “It is so good, especially in combination,” he says. The popcorn retails for $3.99 to $4.99.

And new in the Hammond’s booth at the Summer Fancy Food Show are the Hammond’s Brittle Crisps. These are nut brittle confections that are a little thinner and a little crispier than the traditional brittle, and they’re infused with adventurous new flavors like Jalapeno Lime. There’s a Cashew & Cayenne Brittle for the folks who like sweet heat and a Sea Salt & Caramel Brittle for the folks who are fond of the sweet and salty taste. They’re packaged in 9-ounce bags to retail for $3.99 to $4.99, and they’re available to ship.. “They’re going to do real well,” Whisler says. “The price point is really nice on them.”

Buddy Squirrel Offering All-Natural Honey Bite Samples at #SFFS14

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By Lorrie Baumann

Buddy Squirrel is introducing a new line of All-Natural Honey Bites in booth #1160 at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show. The line is made with real Wisconsin honey, which eliminates the need for any artificial preservatives, and no artificial flavors or additives are used. Each of the bite-size snacks comes in around 80 calories.

There are three varieties: Cinnamon Coconut Almond, Cranberry Peanut Butter, and Pistachio Cashew, all made with premium nuts and packaged in cups that will fit into car cupholders for snacks on the go. Each 3.6 ounce cup contains a single variety of the bites and retails for about $6, and there’s also a 7.2-ounce cup with a variety assortment that retails for about $10, says Buddy Squirrel Marketing Coordinator Emily Zager.

The cups are sealed to maintain freshness, which gives them a shelf life of about six to eight months, and the bite-size treats are individually wrapped as well, so they’d be great for school lunch boxes or for tucking into the kids’ bags for summer camp. “It’s really designed for people on the go,” Zager says.

 

G.H. Cretors to Sample New Organic Popcorn Line at #SFFS14

G.H. Cretors will be sampling its brand new organic line of popcorn at the Summer Fancy Food Show. Stop by for a taste of the brand new Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Organic Simply Salted varieties. You can find G.H. Cretors at the Cornfields, Inc. booth #2257.

G.H. Cretors  Organic Simply Salted Popped Corn is seasoned with just the right amount of sea salt for a clean, classic treat. The kernels are local, organic, and non-GMO. And like all G.H. Cretors products, these newest flavors  are completely free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives and certified gluten-free.

And if you haven’t ever tried G.H. Cretors famous Chicago Mix, you’re in for a treat. Chicago Mix combines caramel corn and cheese corn in the same bag for a perfect combination of salty, sweet, cheesy and crunchy. The caramel corn is made the old-fashioned way: by hand, in copper kettles. Cane sugar, brown rice syrup (a non-GMO alternative to corn syrup with a lower glycemic impact) and real butter is heated over a flame and then stirred slowly by hand to develop its rich complex flavor and crunch. For the cheese corn, real aged cheddar cheese is melted in special kettles and then gently mixed with locally-grown popcorn. Seriously addictive!

Roasted Chickpeas from Biena Foods at #SFFS14

Biena Foods is offering a new line of Roasted Chickpeas in booth #4472 at the Summer Fancy Food Show.
Erb PhotographyBiena Chickpeas are high in protein and fiber, but low in fat – the perfect combination for a delicious and filling (yet healthy!) snack.  They’re also naturally FREE of gluten, nuts, soy and more.
These Biena Roasted Chickpeas are different from others you may have had, says Poorvi Patodia, the Founder and CEO of Biena Foods: “They’re light and crunchy (almost flaky!) and truly delicious.  This is why many buyers and consumers tell us we have the best tasting Roasted Chickpeas on the market.”

 

Pasta Chips Celebrate Rich Tuscan Food History Through Flavor and Texture

On a romantic trip in the Tuscan countryside, gourmet food entrepreneur Jerry Bello sank his teeth into lightly baked, fresh pasta dough that was drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt.  So moved by the seductive texture and flavors, he was inspired to create Pasta Chips, the innovative and unique snack quickly winning over major grocery and club stores across the United States.  Taste this new snack in its East Coast debut at the Summer Fancy Food Show held June 29-July 1 at the Javits Center in New York City at booth 5148.

Pasta Chips is the very first company to recreate the traditional baked pasta from Italy into a snack food.  Pasta Chips are made with the same semolina flour, ancient grains, and Italian herbs that were celebrated over 800 years ago. The Tuscan-inspired chip is married with different seasonings based on regional Italian favorites that are steeped in hundreds of years of Italian culture and living.

In five delectable flavors inspired by the sauces and tastes of Italy, savor Pasta Chip’s delectable Marinara, Alfredo, Spicy Tomato Basil, Garlic Olive Oil, and Mediterranean Sea Salt flavors.

Outstanding in flavor and taste, Pasta Chips have 4g of protein, are cholesterol-free, and contain 60 percent less fat than potato chips and 20 percent less fat than pita chips. Additionally, Pasta Chips are kosher and GMO free.

“The initial reaction to our product has been incredible,” said Bello. “They’re unique and tasty which make for a combo that people love.”

Pasta Chips are now available at Roundy’s, Shoprite, Safeway, Big Y, Von’s, Mariano’s, Albertson’s, Harris Teeter, Winco, and Randall’s, Plaid Pantry, Quick Chek, Sheetz, select Target stores and other retailers across the country.

Visit www.pastachips.com for more information and or get social on Facebook.