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CideRoad Launches Organic Switchel Beverages

CideRoad LLC, has launched its Organic Switchel beverage in Original, Blueberry, and Cherry flavors.

Switchel is a refreshing beverage that can claim roots to the days of our forefathers, if not earlier, which is why CideRoad refers to it as “America’s Original Thirst Quencher.”

Kevin and Hilary Duffy, the married founders of CideRoad, got the idea to start the company after tasting switchel while literally driving down a side road in an old New England town. All CideRoad Organic Switchel products are certified organic by the USDA and made with only quality ingredients, including: organic Vermont maple syrup, organic apple cider vinegar, and organic ginger juice. CideRoad is currently available at select retail outlets in Northeast region and will soon be available nationwide.

CideRoad has appointed Phillip Tozzi and Associates as its natural food broker from Richmond, Virginia through Maine. Cascadia Managing Brands is assisting with the sales and distribution, and Mint Advertising is the company’s advertising agency.

 

CO YO Expands Distribution of Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative

CO YO’s dairy-free coconut milk yogurt alternative is newly available nationwide at natural food retailers including Sprouts Farmers Markets, Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, and Metropolitan Markets.  Sourced and packaged in the U.S., CO YO coconut cream yogurt is an all-natural, vegan alternative to dairy yogurt. Every container of CO YO’s natural flavor yogurt alternative is made from the cream of more than one full coconut – the natural flavor is made of 98 percent coconut cream. CO YO’s yogurt alternative is made completely from plant-based cultures, therefore can be enjoyed by vegetarians and vegans alike. Available in two re-sealable containers, 5.3 ounces  and 12 ounces, CO YO provides a convenient on-the-go snack or a supply of multiple servings.

Already popular in Australia and the U.K. and newly produced in New Mexico, CO YO offers nutritious, dairy-free coconut cream in four rich flavors: Natural, Mango, Berry, and Chocolate. Enjoy “Heaven in a Mouthful” with every bite!

 

Glee Gum Introduces the First 100 Percent Natural Gum Pops

Just in time for Halloween, Verve, Inc., the producer of Glee Gum and Make Your Own Candy Kits, debuts the first and only 100 percent natural gum pops—hard candy lollipops with bubblegum centers. The limited release, special edition pack of 10 Glee Gum Pops is a sweet alternative to conventional Halloween treats.

Each pack of Halloween Glee Gum Pops contains a mix of three tasty flavors: Sweet Strawberry, Crisp Green Apple, and Juicy Orange. In contrast to most Halloween candy, which is filled with spooky, synthetic ingredients, Glee Gum Pops are made without artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Gluten-free, allergy-friendly, and certified kosher, the pops come packaged in recyclable plastic.

“We love that there are options on the market today for customers seeking natural lollipops and natural chewing gum, including our Glee Gum line. But, until now, there hasn’t been an option for a natural gum-filled lollipop,” notes Deborah Schimberg, Founder and President of Verve, Inc. “We’re thrilled to offer the first. We hope that our Halloween Glee Gum Pops turn scores of trick-or-treaters into more natural eaters!”

Americans are expected to spend $2.2 billion on Halloween candy this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. While the vast majority of that candy won’t be natural, treats like Halloween Glee Gum Pops help to pave the way for a healthier, eek-o-friendlier holiday. Halloween Glee Gum Pops are sold in most Whole Foods Markets nationwide and online at GleeGum.com. The suggested retail price is $4.29.

VERVE, INC., maker of Glee Gum, is an independent, certified woman-owned business, dedicated to creating environmentally and socially responsible products. Verve produces Glee Gum, a natural chewing gum sold throughout the U.S. and Canada at stores like Whole Foods and Cost Plus World Market, as well as a line of natural, educational Make Your Own Candy Kits for kids. For more details, visit GleeGum.com.

Gary & Kit’s Napa Valley Rebrands as Clif Family Kitchen

CF Kitchen Fig Preserves copyClif Family has introduced Clif Family Kitchen, a rebranding of a line of specialty food items formerly known as Gary & Kit’s Napa Valley. The line includes nut mixes,  chocolates, preserves, marmalades, chutneys, dukkah, olive oil, vinegar and more.

Gary Erikson and Kit Crawford, co-CEOS of Clif Bar & Company are the husband and wife team behind Clif Family Kitchen. Gary and Kit are longtime Napa Valley residents and many Clif Family Kitchen products are made from fruits and vegetables grown on their CCOF-certified organic farm.

Coco Polo Offers Quality Chocolate Bars With No Added Sugar

Coconut Chia FrontCoco Polo offers healthy, natural, stevia-sweetened chocolates for consumers with a sweet-tooth. The high cocoa content in each bar (70 percent in Dark Chocolate and 39 percent in Milk Chocolate) adds to the rich cocoa taste that consumers savor. With new colorful packaging to pop off shelves, Coco Polo perpetuates chocolate’s popularity with a win-win of taste and health. Coco Polo’s 13 varieties of Dark and Milk chocolate are:

  • 70% Dark
  • 70% Dark Cherry
  • 70% Cocoa Nibs
  • 70% Dark Almond
  • 70% Dark Ginger
  • 70% Dark Mango
  • 70% Dark Toasted Coconut Chia
  • 39% Milk Chocolate
  • 39% Milk Almond
  • 39% Milk Cherry
  • 39% Milk Hazelnut
  • 39% Milk Elderberry
  • 39% Milk Mango

Hazelnut-JPG-CROPPEDCoco Polo’s premium chocolate and stevia formula using all natural ingredients yields an unbeatably luxurious, sugar-free product. The suggested retail price for a 2.5-ounce bar is $4.99.

Pacific Foods Introduces Ready-Made Sippable Bone Broths

bone brothThe more than seven out of 10 consumers who are looking to add more protein to their diets have a new, old option to consider – bone broth. Organic broth brand Pacific Foods is introducing a line of organic ready-made varieties, developed to increase accessibility to the traditional recipe, which takes up to 24 hours to make.

With high protein, low calories and a myriad of reported wellness benefits, it’s easy to see why health enthusiasts, Paleo diet practitioners and CrossFit-ers, have led the way in reviving the ancient – and time intensive – practice of making sippable bone broth from scratch.

“Our bone broth has more protein than a glass of milk, half the calories and a heck of a lot more flavor,” said Kevin Tisdale, Vice President of Marketing for Pacific Foods. “Now, consumers can simply pour, heat and enjoy in just minutes. 

Tradition Meets Innovation

Pacific’s organic bone broths are made by slowly simmering organic chicken and turkey bones, sourced from pasture-raised poultry, in a classic combination of apple cider vinegar, water, onion, fresh herbs and seasonings for a full 24 hours. The result is a broth that’s as rich in nutrition and flavor as homemade, with 9 grams of protein and only 40 calories per serving, and the additional benefits of being shelf-stable and available in convenient, resealable 32 and 8 ounce sizes. A glace-style organic bone stock is also available in chicken and turkey flavors, simmered for up to eight hours and boasting 14 grams of protein.

Sip by the Cup, Simmer and Sauté

Lightly seasoned with sea salt and fragrant herbs, consumers can warm and drink for a savory, protein-packed snack, or use in place of water when cooking grains and beans to add complex flavor and a boost of nutrition. The broths come in five distinct varieties:

  • Organic Chicken with Ginger, 8-ounce carton
  • Organic Chicken with Lemongrass, 8-ounce carton
  • Organic Chicken Original (Unsalted), 8-ounce and 32-ounce packages
  • Organic Turkey with Rosemary, Sage & Thyme, 8-ounce carton
  • Organic Turkey (Unsalted), 32-ounce carton

Both the 8 and 32 ounce bone broths are packaged in BPA-free aseptic cartons, and the 15.2 ounce bone stock is packed in BPA-free recart cartons. All are available nationwide at natural food stores and conventional grocers with sugggested retail pricing of $1.79 – $2.39, $4.89 – $5.89, and $4.59 – $5.59, respectively.

Emmi Roth Brown Bags it to Feed the Hungry

eating_screen_shot_03Emmi Roth USA and Fromagination, an artisan cheese shop in Madison, Wisconsin, partnered to sell nearly 400 bagged lunches as a part of their “Lunch-In to Help End Childhood Hunger” promotion, which raised money for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign.

wide_groupFor the fundraiser, local residents and companies had the opportunity to pre-order bagged lunch for pick up or free delivery on September 24.  Each bagged lunch included the customers’ choices of a ham or vegetarian sandwich featuring Roth® Grand Cru® and Roth® Fontiago cheese, chips – courtesy of Sysco of Baraboo – and a mini Cow Pie®. Volunteers from Emmi Roth USA helped prepare and deliver the sandwiches.

Three dollars from each lunch sold, totaling $1,200, were donated directly to the No Kid Hungry campaign, connecting kids in need with healthy food where they live, where they learn and where they play. Every dollar raised for the No Kid Hungry campaign helps connect a child in need with up to 10 nutritious meals.

As a national partner of the No Kid Hungry campaign, Emmi Roth USA is committed to helping ensure that every child gets the healthy food they need, not only in Wisconsin, but nationwide.

sandwich_prep_04“We are beyond grateful to everyone who purchased a lunch and helped spread the word about our fundraiser,” said Linda Duwve, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Emmi Roth USA.  “One in five children struggles with hunger, and we hope that the awareness we’ve raised, along with the funds, will encourage local businesses and residents to continue to support the No Kid Hungry campaign.”

For more information on Emmi Roth USA, visit www.emmirothusa.com.  Additional information about the No Kid Hungry campaign is available at www.nokidhungry.com.

La Piana Shelf-Stable Pastas Arrive on The Fresh Market Shelves

The Fresh Market has added two of Italian Foods Corporation’s La Piana® shelf stable stuffed pastas.

MezzalunabasilpestoEMFresh Market stores now are carrying La Piana Tortellini with Cheese and Mezzaluna with Basil Pesto, said Sales Director Francesca Lapiana-Krause.  The sale is being handled through Haddon House of Medford, New Jersey. All of the stuffed pastas are imported from the Lombardy region and are shelf stable for 15 months.

The La Piana stuffed pastas are packaged in 1-pound boxes with a suggested retail price of $6.19 to $7.19.  Other flavors in the line include Mezzaluna with Gorgonzola, Ravioli with Pecorino & Potato, and Tortellini with Sundried Tomato and Oregano, and Ravioli with Squash.

More information is available online at http://www.ItalianFoods.com and https://www.Facebook.com/LaPianaItalianFoods or by calling 1.888.516.7262.

Celebrate National Pasta Month

For hundreds of years, pasta has been an integral part of Americans’ diets and one of our most beloved foods.  Naturally low in sodium and cholesterol-free, nutritionists agree that pasta makes the perfect foundation for nutrient-dense food partners, such as fiber-filled vegetables and beans, heart-healthy fish and monounsaturated oils, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and protein-packed cheeses, poultry and lean meats.  It is also a convenient, cost-effective and wholesome solution to entertaining.  From popular pasta salads to decadent dinners, pasta is easy to prepare and can be incorporated into hundreds of different recipes and types of cuisines.

“I love to prepare pasta when I entertain because it doesn’t take much time and is always a crowd pleaser,” says Diane Welland, Registered Dietitian.  “You can incorporate lean proteins and almost any type of vegetable in most pasta recipes to create a healthy and delicious meal for your guests.”

According to Pasta Fits, the National Pasta Association’s digital culinary and nutritional resource which issues a new recipe each week, the most popular recipes of 2014 included pasta salads, vegetarian and vegan dishes, and new twists on classics, such as macaroni and cheese.

To celebrate National Pasta Month this October, Pasta Fits has launched a new video series offering insider cooking tips and ideas as well as a Facebook contest where visitors to the site simply vote on their favorite pasta party meal for a chance to win a cash prize!  To enter, simply visit www.facebook.com/PastaFits or www.pastafits.org.

African Coffee Association Promotes Issuance of Bonds for Development of Coffee Plantations

The purpose of bond issuances in 2014 is to raise capital for accelerating the process of development of coffee plantations in the Equateur province in the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There are several privately-owned firms that actively consolidate plantations and cultivate soft commodities, chiefly coffee beans (Arabica & Robusta) and cocoa. The primary revenue center for the business comes from the direct cultivation, harvesting and trading of coffee beans on a day to day basis. The companies, through their established relationships with commodity brokers and Futures Commission Merchants, effectively sell the harvested beans overseas through the port in the west of the country. The companies’ secondary stream of income is derived from active trading of coffee beans that are not to be shipped out of the country.

At this time, the group of companies is seeking to raise the necessary capital for improving the operations. The vast majority of the invested capital will be used for direct boosting of the land ownership. Briefly, the capital will be used as follows:

- Purchase of the land for coffee growing

- Transformation into coffee plantations where needed (consolidation and cultivation)

- Mainly purchase of the already-existing coffee plantations

- Harvesting

- Logistics

- General working capital

The mission is to develop the local companies into well-established coffee growing and trading firms that are aiming to become major players in the African region with the intent to realize sustainable growth of profit over the next years. Coffee growing has a very long history in the DRC, therefore through their expertise, the firms will be able to bring the operations of the businesses to substantial profitability. A strong rate of growth after having raised the necessary capital to expand the land ownership is widely expected. The land area cultivated for coffee will be expanded substantially given the prevailing land prices in 2014.

The impetus to raise funds through this public bond issue comes during the times of surging coffee prices. An unusual drought during the rainy season in Brazil sent coffee futures soaring earlier this year to their highest prices in more than two years. Vietnam, on the other hand, as the second largest coffee exporter, is facing a spread of fungus that is majorly detrimental to coffee beans. Africa and the DRC, as its former largest coffee exporter, are on their way to regain the market position damaged by its civil war a few years ago. Largest coffee growers include Ets. Kantuun, Ets. Assani, SAA, Tsibaka Hintes.

The said corporate bonds will yield attractive coupons over the next years and guarantees are expected to be issued in order to eliminate the possibility of default. This will be provided by an entity tied to the government of the DRC. The details are yet to come and will be specified in the subscription agreements.