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Lee Kum Kee Spices Up Meal Time with Introduction of Sriracha Mayo Sauce

Lee Kum Kee today announced the availability of its newly launched Sriracha Mayo exclusively at well-known retailers throughout Hawaii. Joining its line of more than 200 authentic Asian sauces and condiments, Lee Kum Kee’s Sriracha Mayo is a must-have pantry essential, offering a unique flavor profile that adds a hint of heat to a much-beloved condiment.

“For 125 years Lee Kum Kee has been committed to offering great-tasting sauces that enable at-home cooks to make Chinese meals easily in their own kitchen, and the introduction of Sriracha Mayo is no different,” said Elaine Thai, Director of Marketing at Lee Kum Kee. “Building off the long-standing success of our Sriracha Chili Sauce, Sriracha Mayo combines traditional flavors of sriracha with the cool and creamy texture of mayo, to create a spicy yet versatile condiment that is sure to become a staple, especially in Hawaii.”

Taking the culinary trend of sriracha to new heights, Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo can be used as a complementary ingredient or standalone sauce to enhance the flavor of many of your favorite dishes—from sandwiches, to wraps, spreads and more. It’s also gluten-free, catering to the growing population of those with food allergies and sensitivities.

For a quick and easy way to incorporate Sriracha Mayo into your cooking, try this recipe for poke:


  • Mixing Sauce:
    • 1 cup Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo
    • 2 tsp. soy sauce
    • 2 tsp. sesame oil
    • 2 tbsp. lime juice
    • 4 green onion stalks
    • 1 tsp. black and white sesame seeds, toasted
  • Poke:
    • 1 lb. tuna (sashimi grade)
    • ¼ tsp. Kosher salt
    • 3 tbsp. sauce


  • Dice tuna into ½ inch cubes, season with salt, set aside
  • Cut green onions into thin rings, reserve half for garnishing
  • Combine remaining green onions, Sriracha Mayo, sesame oil and lime juice in a blender; puree until smooth
  • Combine tuna with sauce in a large bowl and mix well
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions

Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo ($4.99 SRP, 18-ounce) is available at retailers throughout Hawaii, including Don Quijote, Foodland and Times stores. For additional information and recipes, please visit For questions about distribution, please call 1-800-654-5082.

UrthBox Launches Monthly Subscription Service

 UrthBox, a monthly subscription service that helps consumers discover healthy foods and beverages, today announced its official launch. Each month, UrthBox members will be shipped a box of up to 20 hand-picked food and beverage products available in standard, gluten-free, diet, vegan or snacker options. Members may purchase more of what they love in local stores or in the UrthBox shop at special discounts.

“Longevity of life has a direct correlation to eating healthy and UrthBox is all about the ongoing discovery of healthy new foods and beverages,” said Ben Behrouzi, CEO of UrthBox.  “UrthBox is unique in that the service is not about monthly trail-mix type snacks but rather real foods, beverages and snacks that busy folks would love to discover and make a part of their lives.”

Each month, UrthBox members will receive hand-curated healthy products from existing and up-and-coming brands with an emphasis on organic, all natural and non-GMO products.  Each product undergoes a panel review of ingredients, sources, calories and nutritional benefits prior to selection.  Shipments are accompanied by a product summary that highlights each product’s benefits and notes specific local stores that carry the products.

For at home, on-the-go or at the office, UrthBox currently offers five box options including standard, gluten-free, vegan, diet and snacker.  Boxes start at just $19 a month and members do not pay a shipping fee. Subscribers can also purchase more of what they love at the UrthBox Shop or local stores with big member-only discounts.

“We’re truly excited at the opportunity to surprise members every month with innovative new products that keep health a priority in their daily lives,” said Behrouzi.

For November only, early bird customers will receive discounted pricing that UrthBox will grandfather in for the life of their membership.

To learn more or become a member, visit

Gourmet Popcorn from 479° Hits the Shelves at Kroger Stores Nationwide

 479° today announced that its delectable, low-calorie popcorn will soon be available in more than 1,200 Kroger stores nationwide, including Kroger-owned banners such as Fred Meyer, QFC, King Soopers, and Ralphs. Starting in November 2013, store shelves will be stocked with big, beautiful snack bags containing the mouthwatering flavors 479° is known for, making the Kroger family of stores the first major retailer in the grocery channel to bring 479° to market.

To celebrate the partnership, Kroger will be the first to carry 479°’s newest flavor: Toasted Seaweed + Sesame. This on-trend snack features 479°’s signature light and fluffy organic heirloom popcorn, tossed with nutty sesame and flakes of lightly toasted seaweed.

In addition to Toasted Seaweed + Sesame, Kroger stores will offer the rest of 479°’s new product line: Sea Salt, White Cheddar + Black Truffle, Creamery Butter, and Sea Salt Caramel. All 479° products are made with organic heirloom popcorn, are gluten-free, non-GMO, and low in calories.

479° is dedicated to mindful business practices, quality products, and hand-picked ingredients. The company is committed to producing a sustainable product everyone can feel good about eating, while Kroger is innovating their chip aisle with snacks that taste better, and are better for you.

“We chose to partner with Kroger because their values align with ours,” says Jean Arnold, Founder of 479°. “It’s a perfect match. I’m so excited to bring our snacks to people around the country in partnership with Kroger.”

Saffron Road Introduces First-of-its-Kind All Natural Lamb Broth

Saffron Road, the packaged food brand of American Halal Co., is launching a premium all-natural, Halal-certified, gluten free lamb broth nationally at Whole Foods Market stores this month. Saffron Road’s Classic Culinary Lamb Broth celebrates the chef’s tradition of using culinary ingredients and kettle cooking – in particular, by incorporating pasture raised 100 percent vegetarian-fed lamb with hearty vegetables and rich, flavorful herbs, providing three grams of protein per serving. Saffron Road currently has three other broths in distribution, but the new lamb broth would not exist without the support and guidance of Whole Foods Market. The first-of-its-kind lamb broth will join the three other Saffron Road broths: Artisan Roasted Chicken Broth, Traditional Low Sodium Chicken Broth, and Classic Culinary Vegetable Broth.

Whether used with vegetables, in making homemade stews, soups and sauces, or to liven up leftovers, these culinary inspired broths enable consumers to add rich flavor to their own recipes. In addition to being a delicious time-saver, studies by the Weston Price Foundation show that Saffron Road’s broths can promote good digestion, strengthen joints and increase respiratory health.

“Saffron Road just set another unprecedented milestone – we are the first Halal lamb broth to be sold in the high-end Tetra package, which we believe is healthier than the mainstream soup can containers or stock cubes,” says Adnan Durrani, CEO of Saffron Road. “With the guidance of the Global Grocery Team at Whole Foods Market, we took that innovation up a notch further in culinary excellence; all of our broths also use a very delicate brew of pure Halal antibiotic-free gelatin and naturally vitamin-infused herbs and roasted vegetables, bringing an unmatched robust flavor and quality to our broths that home chefs can really celebrate. Our consumers have been eagerly requesting a Saffron Road Lamb Broth, so we are thrilled to be able to meet this need.”

“The popularity of our broths has been growing over time, as they have won awards and grown in consumer acceptance. Being able to partner with Whole Foods Market on such a unique and delicious item has been a great partnership – and just in time for the busy holiday cooking season,” added Jack Acree, Executive Vice President of Saffron Road.

The new lamb broth is currently available exclusively at select Whole Foods Markets.

Yummy Yammy Reinvents the Salsa Market with Sweet Potato Salsas

Vermont-based Yummy Yammy introduces the world’s first sweet potato salsa, redefining the concept of salsa by replacing the typical tomato base with flame-roasted sweet potatoes! Founder and Yambassador, Lisa Johnson spent years perfecting the recipes for her line of 100 percent sweet potato-based salsas after brainstorming ways to incorporate more sweet potatoes into her family’s diet.

“Flame-roasted and U.S.-grown sweet potato provides a scrumptious, naturally sweet and highly nutritious base for my fun, new salsas,” Johnson says. “Most importantly, customers repeatedly rate the delicious flavor as the most important feature of the salsas, even though they also happen to be powerful and natural nutritional boosts!”

Roasting brings out the natural sweetness, rich mouth feel and phenomenal nutrition of yams in a way that commercial microwaving and steaming just can’t match. Additional ingredients like balsamic vinegar, wholesome beans and non-GMO corn enhance the flavors further.

Each jar of salsa has only 250 calories, and the salsas come in three flavors: Mexican Sweet Potato Salsa (in Mild, Medium and Hot) with Black Beans, Corn and Chipotle, Moroccan Sweet Potato Salsa with Curry, Lentil & Kale and Tuscan Sweet Potato Salsa with Roasted Red Pepper, White Bean & Basil.



Yummy Yammy’s artisanal crafted Sweet Potato Salsas are naturally fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, full of powerful antioxidants (50 percent RDA of Vitamin A per serving), 250 calories or less in each jar, and the list goes on. Plus, these salsas were created by someone who knows and cares where her ingredients come from. Johnson’s extensive 25-year farm to plate background includes organic farming, work in restaurants, 12 years managing and aggressively expanding natural food coops, and a decade of non-profit farm fresh initiatives designed to bring everyone closer to farmers and their wholesome produce.

Yummy Yammy’s Delicious Salsas are available at through Amazon for $9.99 per jar. 

Wild Sweets Wins Silver at International Chocolate Awards

Wild SweetsWild Sweets® By Dominique & Cindy Duby won a silver medal for its certified organic Walnut, Fig & Fennel Seeds chocolate bar at the 2013 International Chocolate Awards competition, which took place in London, England earlier this month. The competition judged the best of the best – gold and silver winners and finalist nominations from more than 800 products entered into the European and Americas semi-finals and the Israeli, Italian and Canadian national competitions.

The International Chocolate Awards was set up to recognize the best fine quality chocolate from around the world. The awards are designed to reflect international tastes and offer a level playing field for international entries. The judging panel is made up of experts, food journalists and pastry chefs from the host country, overseen by a grand jury who travel to each competition. More than 13,500 judging forms were completed in all competitions in 2013, by more than 300 judges worldwide.

This is not the first award for Wild Sweets. In the fall of 2012 it won several gold medals as well as the Best Overall Chocolate Bar (cocoa bean-to-bar) competition. Wild Sweets was also a recipient of the 2013 Best Chocolatiers & Confectioners in America Awards from TasteTV and the International Chocolate Salon. This spring, Wild Sweets won a bronze medal at the 2013 Academy of Chocolate competition in London, England. Wild Sweets also won several gold medals as well as the Best Overall Chocolate Bar and Best Caramels at the 2013 Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon in May 2013. This fall, Wild Sweets won several gold and silver medals as well as overall ‘Top Chocolate Bar’ Award at the 2013 International Chocolate Salon in San Francisco, USA.

Wild Sweets By Dominique & Cindy Duby is Canada’s only science-based artisan cocoa bean-to-bar chocolate-maker. It evolved from a three-year research and development project in collaboration with the University of British Columbia and is scheduled to culminate in the opening of a brand new virtual chocolate boutique concept next month (more details will follow soon). For more information on the cocoa bean-to-bar process at Wild Sweets® By Dominique & Cindy Duby, visit The Process page on the company’s website.

Tartufo Caciocavallo

Forever Cheese is now offering the new Tartufo Caciocavallo – a 2.5-pound stretched curd caciocavallo with black truffles. The cheese has arrived just in time for the holidays and its beautiful and delicious.

Cheesemaker and owner Remo has been making cheese since 1989 but cheesemaking has been in the family bloodline since 1976. Remo loves seeing the results of what he makes with his own hands; he said it is the ultimate satisfaction for him. He loves also that he can make a difference in such an ailing economy, especially in Southern Italy, offering his employees not just a job but a family in which all of them are passionate about the cheese they make.

A specialty of Forever Cheese inc, LIC, NY

Fireside Coffee Launches 1554 Whole Bean Coffee

We all sing along to that popular Prince song about celebrating 1999, but a Michigan company has a different year to celebrate. Inspired by the legend of one of the world’s first coffee shops, which opened in the year 1554, Fireside Coffee Company has launched its new 1554 Whole Bean Coffee.

“When we decided to introduce a line of whole bean coffee, we set out to come up with the best, smoothest cup of coffee out there. Searching for inspiration, we stumbled upon the story of the world’s first coffee house in Constantinople and we knew that was it. Our coffees are artisan roasted to honor the history of this wonderful beverage,” said Angie Root of Fireside Coffee Co.

Fireside has long been known for their line of gourmet instant coffee blends, like Caramel Mochaccino and Pumpkin Pie Mocha. “Our customers are the best,” stated Carol Davis, President of Fireside Coffee Co. “And when they talk, we listen. We found that our customers were looking for a truly exceptional cup of brewed coffee, in addition to our instant blends. That’s what really kick-started our new line.”

Fireside’s 1554 Coffees are roasted in small batches, so that their customers always receive incredibly fresh roasted beans. According to the National Coffee Association, fresh roasted coffee is essential to a superb cup of coffee. The NCA recommends purchasing your coffee fresh every one to two weeks. Because of the artisan roasting process, the flavor of each 1554 roast is smooth and full-bodied.

Fireside has introduced a light Brazilian roast, medium Guatemalan roast, dark Sumatra roast, and a seasonal limited-time-only flavored roast, Bourbon Bluster. “Even though it’s new, the Bourbon Bluster is proving itself as a favorite of our customers. We’ll be roasting this flavor through the winter months only. Its blend of bourbon, almond and cream flavors is the perfect ‘comfort-flavor’ during cold weather. It’s really wonderful,” said Angie Root.

Fireside’s 1554 Whole Bean Coffee can be purchased at the company store at 3239 Elms Road in Swartz Creek, Mich., at the new Fireside Café inside the Country Sampler Store in Saginaw, Mich., online at, or from many independent retailers across the United States, which can be found on Fireside’s online store locator.

Coach Farm Adds Blackberry Flavor to Drinkable Yogurt Line

Coach Farm adds Blackberry to its rapidly growing product line of drinkable yogurt, Yo‐Goat®. With the explosion of the yogurt industry in recent years, Coach Farm remains one of the few producers to nationally produce goat milk yogurt and drinkable yogurt, both great alternatives to cow’s milk products.

Yo‐Goat is made on the farm using only Coach Farm’s fresh Grade A pasteurized goats milk and active yogurt cultures. Without additives or preservatives of any kind, Yo‐Goat is an easily digestible, healthy breakfast or snack option for both children and adults.

The new Blackberry flavor joins the current line‐up of Plain, Blueberry, Strawberry, and Mango‐Peach for an SRP of $1.99. Blackberry is set to hit shelves November of 2013.


NestFresh Awarded First Non-GMO Project Verified Seal for Full Line of Nationally Distributed Egg Products


NF_Non-GMO_Brown_1NestFresh cage-free eggs is the first nationally distributed egg line to receive the Non-GMO Project Verified seal from the Non-GMO Project, a third party certification program that assures a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO (genetically modified organism) avoidance. NestFresh (a division of Hidden Villa Ranch) is also the only egg brand to offer liquid and dry egg products that are also Non-GMO Project Verified.

To achieve non-GMO egg status, NestFresh chickens are fed non-GMO feed consisting of corn and soybeans, which are the most at risk for GMOs. The non-GMO corn and soybean feed is costly due to the limited amounts available. There is a routine schedule for the non-GMO feed to be tested and approved by the Non-GMO Project. On the non-GMO diet the chickens produce non-GMO eggs.

This unprecedented commitment to non-GMO verification by NestFresh is currently impacting approximately 400 acres of non-GMO corn and 380 acres of non-GMO soybeans. NestFresh is looking to expand its non-GMO impact by attracting more retailers, manufacturers and food service customers to the brand.

NestFresh works with multiple small farms across the country in a co-op system, providing more opportunities for family farmers so they can be competitive with larger companies.

“Non-GMO farming has a major environmental impact not only on the eggs we produce for NestFresh but also for my family that lives on the farm and for our entire community,” says Joseph Kropf, who is part of a Mennonite group of farmers in Tampico, Ill. “We grow and mill the corn in our community so low pesticide usage is important to us.”

This year, Whole Foods Market honored Hidden Villa Ranch for its private label version of NestFresh’s Non-GMO Project Verified eggs called Nature Fed (that are sold to Whole Foods Market exclusively), calling their commitment to non-GMO verification and supply chain development “groundbreaking.” For Whole Foods Market the non-GMO Nature Fed cage free eggs are helping them reach their self-proclaimed 2018 goal of becoming the first national grocery chain with total GMO transparency.

According to a recent report by Packaged Facts called, “Non-GMO Foods: U.S. Market Perspective,” products that do not contain GMOs will account for 30 percent of U.S. food and beverage sales by 2017.

The Non-GMO Project third-party verification program was launched in 2008 as an initiative of independent natural foods retailers who were interested in providing their customers with more information regarding the GMO risk of their products. For details on the Non-GMO Project Verified seal, visit:

NestFresh cage-free and free-range eggs are Non-GMO Project Verified and available nationwide (MSRP: $3.49-$4.99). For distribution information call 877-241-8385; for more on the NestFresh brand visit: