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Wholly Wholesome Pie Shells Awarded Yoshon Certification

Wholly Wholesome, which provides natural and organic baked goods, has secured Yoshon certification on its Traditional, Wheat and Spelt Organic Pie Shells. This certification allows Wholly Wholesome Pie Shells to appeal and to satisfy a broader group of consumers with their products. The move to Yoshon certification further aids the brand in its quest to appeal to unique consumer niches with the best quality product—meeting family needs across a wide variety of dietary needs. Today, Wholly Wholesome also represents a growing number of products in the gluten-free, all-natural, kosher and allergy-specific categories.

What is the importance of being Yoshon certified? For situations such as a party where one wants to accommodate everyone, there is no difference in taste between Yoshon and non-Yoshon products. But more importantly, the kosher food industry is beginning to recognize that Yoshon observance is a new, growing trend among kosher consumers. Products marked with Yoshon certification contain only Yoshon grains, including wheat, oats, spelt, rye and barley and meet the requirements of being marked as kosher. Consumers that are Yoshon-only are becoming prominent in the New York and New Jersey areas, as well as other communities in the U.S. and internationally.

We are always looking to expand our focus on improving options for consumers with specific dietary needs” said Doon Wintz, President of Wholly Wholesome. “The number of kosher consumers is increasing in many parts of the United States, which is what inspired us to pursue this certification. We’ve been focusing on this niche category and are proud to be able to enhance our product line with a product that consumers, both kosher and non-kosher, will enjoy.”

Wholly Wholesome 9-inch Organic Pie Shells come in packs of two in Traditional, Wheat and Spelt varieties, with baking instructions included right on the package. Made naturally, Wholly Wholesome Pie Shells are suitable for any consumer looking for a healthier option. 

Spelt Right Foods Named Finalist in Next BIG Food Thing contest

Brooklyn-based Spelt Right Foods, with roots in the state of Maine, is a finalist in Fresh Direct’s Next BIG Food Thing contest, a crowd funding campaign created to “find the next food idea, product or innovation that could change the food world.”

Spelt Right Foods is at the forefront of creating healthy and delicious breads, bagels, pizza dough and snacks made with the ancient grain spelt. Spelt, once lost in obscurity, is experiencing a resurgence in popularity because of its depth of flavor, health benefits and ease of digestibility. Spelt Right was founded in a small mill in Maine in 2008 producing products for northern New England customers. In 2012, Spelt Right moved to Brooklyn, NY joining with partners seasoned in the food industry, to expand the product line and distribution network of this mission-based food company.

Spelt Right’s founder, Beth George, created the product line because of a need to fill a void for her young son who has significant food sensitivities, especially to common wheat and many artificial additives. “I soon realized that my son was not the only one who needs great tasting, healthy bread products that are made with alternative grains and real ingredients. There are legions of consumers seeking tasty breads that are made with good clean and easily digestible ingredients, not fillers and a list of chemicals so long we need a chemistry textbook to decipher them.”

Spelt Right products are made with organic spelt, and are complemented by simple, pure, Non-GMO certified ingredients. Spelt Right has won fans from across the country through its on-line store.  The products are distributed to cafes, colleges, Whole Foods Markets, specialty, health food, and kosher stores throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey.

With the intent to expand the reach of Spelt Right and make spelt a staple in most American kitchens, Beth George recognizes the need for more infrastructure and knowledge to increase spelt production in the United States.

Through funds raised in the RocketHub crowdfunding platform, Spelt Right plans to continue its collaboration with the University of Maine extension program for additional studies for the cultivation of spelt, particularly in regard to underutilized farmland in the northeast. These studies would be available to farms seeking a working knowledge of growing this alternative and viable crop. In addition to creating great tasting Spelt Right products and promoting the cultivation of spelt, Beth George promotes the sharing of information on the connection between diet and behavior, learning, and health, a topic closely aligned with the origins of Spelt Right. She volunteers for the Feingold Association providing outreach on this topic.

The Next BIG Food Thing contest winner will be chosen based on a range of criteria including – amount of funds raised, funder engagement, and overall quality of the idea. The business with the winning idea will receive $10,000 and the chance to partner with FreshDirect, a food supplier in metropolitan New York and Philadelphia. Two runners-up will receive $2,500 each to fund their businesses. The judges include David McInerney, the co-founder of FreshDirect; Geoff Bartakovics, the CEO of Tasting Table; Natasha Case, the CEO of Coolhaus; Sarah Copeland, the food director of Real Simple; and John Craven, the founder of BevNet.

Chobani Introduces First 100-Calorie Greek Yogurt Made With Only Natural Ingredients

Chobani, maker of America’s No. 1–selling Greek Yogurt brand, is poised to revolutionize the dairy aisle again with the launch of Chobani Simply 100™ Greek Yogurt, the first and only 100-calorie authentic strained Greek yogurt made with only natural ingredients.

Available in six flavors — blueberry, strawberry, pineapple, peach, black cherry and vanilla — Chobani Simply 100 yogurt gives calorie-conscious consumers what they’ve been craving — a wholesome, delicious 100-calorie Greek yogurt made without artificial sweeteners.

“Our food philosophy is essential to our brand and evident in everything we make, say and do. Anything with the Chobani name has to be delicious, nutritious, made with only natural ingredients and accessible to everyone,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani. “Until now, consumers looking for a 100-calorie Greek yogurt with natural ingredients haven’t had an option. For us, it’s about being best to market — and we think the time we’ve spent perfecting Chobani Simply 100 has resulted in a product worth the wait.”

As with all Chobani products, Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt is made with milk, real fruit, and live and active cultures. To achieve the best balance of taste, calories and nutrition, this innovation features a proprietary blend of three natural sweeteners — monk fruit, stevia leaf extract and evaporated cane juice.

Each delicious 100-calorie cup is an excellent source of protein (12 grams) and fiber (5 grams), is a good source of calcium, and contains 0 grams of fat.

Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt is available in 5.3-ounce single-serve cups, four-count multipacks and a 32-ounce size in vanilla. Chobani Simply 100 has a suggested retail price of $1.29 per cup and will be available nationwide starting this month.

McCormick Announces Top Flavors and Food Trends for 2014 and Beyond

Marking its 125th year as a food industry innovator, McCormick & Company, Incorporated kicked off a yearlong celebration of the tastes that bring us together with the unveiling of its McCormick® Flavor Forecast® 2014: 125th Anniversary Edition.

The report, developed annually by McCormick experts around the world, highlights five top food trends and more than a dozen emerging flavors predicted to impact the way we eat in the coming years. First launched in 2000, this anniversary edition explores how today’s unparalleled connectivity is driving faster-than-ever adoption of new trends and tastes around the globe.

One such trend is the growing obsession with chilies. “Everywhere we looked, people have a growing fascination with the delicious range of flavors and heat chile peppers deliver,” said McCormick Executive Chef Kevan Vetter. “In the U.S., cooks are embracing exciting new varieties like the aji amarillo from Peru, which is prized for its sizzling heat and surprisingly full-bodied, fruity notes.”

These emerging trends and flavors highlighted in the McCormick Flavor Forecast 2014 offer a taste of what’s next on the global menu:

Five Top Trends

Chilies Obsession: Food lovers everywhere are seeking out their next big chile thrill.
Modern Masala: Indian food is finally having its moment, breaking free of its traditional confines with modern interpretations.
Clever Compact Cooking: Proving that big flavors can come from small spaces, cooks in urban kitchens are making the most of what’s available.
Mexican World Tour: Mexican flavors are making their way around the globe, with people everywhere discovering new aspects of this bright, casual cuisine.
Charmed by Brazil: The world’s attraction to Brazilian cuisine is heating up, thanks to its seductive mix of global and native influences.

Five Top Flavors

Aji Amarillo: A hot Peruvian yellow chile with bold, fruity flavor.
Kashmiri Masala: An often homemade blend of spices from northern India featuring cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves and ginger.
Tea: Not just for sipping anymore, this natural ingredient is making its way into rubs, broths and marinades.
Chamoy Sauce: A unique Mexican condiment—made from apricot, lime, chilies and spices—just beginning to gain a following in the U.S.
Cassava Flour: Also known as manioc or tapioca flour, this gluten-free alternative is a Brazilian staple prized for its versatility.

Visit www.FlavorForecast.com for 12 more flavors to watch in 2014 and beyond.

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Partners With Charitybuzz To Auction Rare 1963 Whisky

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky has partnered with charity auction website Charitybuzz to auction a rare bottle of Glenmorangie 1963. Bidding is open through December 13 at https://www.charitybuzz.com/glenmorangie1963 with proceeds to benefit the American Forests conservation organization.

Fifty bottles of this iconic single malt, the world’s first extra-matured whisky, were recently discovered in a hidden corner of one of Glenmorangie’s warehouses.This pioneering expression was first distilled in 1963, extra-matured in Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks for almost two years before being released in 1987.

The re-release celebrates Glenmorangie’s use of wood finishing in the whisky development process and will be offered in a commemorative bottle fitting of its 1960s heritage. The labels, collar and cork are made of the purest .925 solid silver. Each of the bottles is engraved with a unique number and is presented in a metal “time capsule”-style box. The box has a polished oak wood interior, and contains a luxurious booklet customized with a hand-signed note of authenticity from Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s celebrated Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks.

Commenting on the auction, Dr. Lumsden said: “The majority of the wood we use does come from the Ozark Mountains in Missouri. We take our environmental credentials very seriously and recognizing that wood is the most important factor in determining the quality of our single malt, we are very keen to ensure that our casks are sourced in a sustainable way.”

Maxime Balay, Glenmorangie Brand Director, added “Glenmorangie 1963 clearly highlights our commitment to innovation as well as our unparalleled pursuit of perfection to craft unnecessarily well-made whiskies.”

Of the 50 remaining bottles, only 20 will be available in the United States, making the charity auction with Charitybuzz of keen interest to key whisky enthusiasts.

Sartori Cheese Places in Top-15 at World Cheese Awards

LE Pastorale WhlSartori Cheese has announced that its Pastorale Blend® and Cinnamon BellaVitano® received “Super Gold” medals  at the World Cheese Awards held in the UK last week.  With over 2,700 entries from 30 countries, Sartori’s Cinnamon BellaVitano and Pastorale Blend finished in the top 15 cheeses in the world.

Sartori’s Cinnamon BellaVitano is hand-crafted with the BellaVitano Gold base cheese, a well-known base to many other Sartori BellaVitano favorites.  “Creating this cheese was a lot of fun because there were many variations to experiment with,” states Sartori Master Cheesemaker, Mike Matucheski.  “The warmth of the cinnamon and the creamy cheese always reminds me of the holidays, so it was special to hear this cheese received a Super Gold around the Thanksgiving holiday.”

LE Pastorale BlendSartori’s Limited Edition Pastorale Blend also received a Super Gold and was a top 15 contender for the world’s best cheese.  This unique cheese is a blend of cow and sheep milk.  Hand dusted with smoked Spanish paprika, it delivers a “one of a kind” sweet and nutty flavor.  “The blend of the cow and sheep milk helps to balance the cheese.  It’s very creamy and has a smoky note to it from the paprika.  We say it’s a great sheep milk cheese for those who may not appreciate the full intensity of most typical sheep milk products,” states Matucheski.  In the past five years, Sartori’s Pastorale Blend cheese has received 20 awards including two Grand Champion titles.

Five additional medals were awarded to Sartori including a gold medal for BellaVitano Gold and silver medals for Espresso BellaVitano, Merlot BellaVitano and Mediterranean Fontina.  For additional information on these award-winning varieties and all of Sartori’s cheese, visit the website, sartoricheese.com.  For daily news and information, become a fan on Facebook and follow Sartori on Twitter @Sartori_Cheese.

Spread Chocolate Cheer This Holiday Season With A Gift From Ethel M Chocolates

 This holiday season, give everyone on your list an affordable luxury experience: Ethel M® Chocolates from www.EthelM.com. These exceptional gourmet confections — made without preservatives — hold true to the recipes that Ethel Mars once made in her own kitchen in the early 1900′s. Comprised of the finest ingredients and made in small batches -– some made by hand, Ethel M® Chocolates embody the ideal holiday gift for everyone on your list, from friends and family to party hosts and business associates.

Ethel M

Who is “Ethel M” and what makes her chocolate special?  She was the matriarch of the Mars family; her husband and son –-Frank C. Mars and Forrest Mars, Sr. -– founded world-renowned Mars, Incorporated, manufacturer of iconic brands like M&M’S® Brand Candies, SNICKERS® Bar and DOVE® Chocolate. In 1981 Forrest Mars, Sr., created Ethel M® Chocolates as a tribute to his mother, who taught him the art of making chocolate.

Cyber Monday shoppers seeking the perfect gift can unwrap a special deal at www.EthelM.com. Enter the code CYBERMONDAY13 to receive a 20 percent discount, with no minimum order, plus a $5 flat rate standard shipping fee for orders of $50 or more. This code is valid during the 24 hours of Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

“At Ethel M® Chocolates, we’re dedicated to offering uncompromising quality and unparalleled taste,” said Jessica Ruttman, Marketing Manager, Ethel M Chocolates. “This holiday season, we’ve prepared a special assortment of chocolates designed to bring tasteful good cheer to any occasion. A gift of premium chocolate offers a personal touch of luxury and never fails to please the recipient.”

Ruttman offers gift suggestions that will delight everyone on your list.

  • For girlfriends and party hosts: Say cheers to the holiday season with the new Holiday Cocktail Collection ($28). The 16 pieces include Champagne Cocktail and Mucha Margarita drenched in milk chocolate, and Lemon Drop and Chocopolitan enrobed in dark chocolate. Each piece is filled with holiday spirits combined in a crème center. Colorful retro designs atop each piece add festive fun to this gift. (Local state laws prohibit the shipment of alcoholic products directly to consumers in many states. See online ordering information for details.)
  • For business clients or hard-to-buy-for friends: Personalize a gift by including their favorite flavors inside a Design Your Own box ($37-$97). It’s simple: choose a box style, select the chocolates and place the order. From the caramel lover to the truffle fan to the Satin Cremes® connoisseur, you’ve got the holidays covered.
  • Treat yourself: Open the Holiday Deluxe Collection ($34) and start a tradition with a delicious variety of the best of Ethel M® Chocolates. Each 24-piece box includes new limited edition holiday flavors, each enrobed in rich chocolate: Peppermint Silk, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie and Egg Nog. The collection also features creamy caramels, Almond Crunch and Satin Cremes®.
  • For that special guy on the list: The sweet and savory Classic and Chocolate-covered Pecan Brittle ($35) offers a softer crunch, thanks to a secret recipe and hand-picked pecans. Ethel M® signature brittle has a delicious buttery taste, is created with just a few ingredients and is handcrafted in small batches.
  • For moms and mother-in-laws: They will appreciate this recipe handed down for generations, as the 16-piece Satin Cremes® Collection ($28) is made with real cream and stirred by hand. The buttery fillings are flavored with fresh raspberries, vanilla, chocolate and lemon, and then drenched in premium chocolate.
  • For friends celebrating Hanukkah: The new 16-piece Kosher Hanukkah Classic Collection ($28) features buttery caramels, milk and dark Satin Cremes® and an assortment of crunchy nut pieces. Or choose the Hanukkah Collection Bundle ($45), which includes the Classic Collection adorned with a Hanukkah bow, one Hanukkah Bar Set of three delectable chocolate bars, and one bag of 22 Chocolate Gelt Coins.

Ethel M.® Chocolates are sold online at www.EthelM.com, by phone at (800) 438-4356 and in five locations throughout Las Vegas.

Mars Chocolate North America Introduces Sweet Treats for the Holidays

This holiday season, whip up a colorful chocolate wonderland with a sleighful of new seasonal treats, plus a host of returning favorites, from Mars Chocolate North America.  Whether you’re decking the halls, prepping for parties, delighting with desserts or gifting with goodies, Mars Chocolate has the holiday season all wrapped up.

“Chocolate is a quintessential part of so many family celebrations, and Mars Chocolate brands have been integral to holiday traditions for generations,” said Roy Benin, Chief Consumer Officer, Mars Chocolate North America. “Each year, we develop a wide winter holiday assortment based on valuable input from consumers. This year, we’re introducing some exciting new products and, of course, we’re bringing back our perennial classics.”

Returning favorites include candy dish essentials like festive red and green M&M’S® Brand Candies and DOVE® Brand PROMISES® Milk and Dark Chocolate Snowflakes – which are each individually wrapped in silver and blue or red and silver foil with a snowflake design embedded on top.

Here’s a sample of some new items topping the Mars holiday list for 2013:

TwixThe classic Santa Claus shape and TWIX® Brand join forces to create new TWIX® Brand Santas — available as singles and in six-packs.  These clever confections add Christmas magic as stocking stuffers or tasty on-the-go treats.

Give the bakers on your list a keepsake they’ll use every holiday season: the M&M’S® Brand Recipe Box Tin, the newest collectible from M&M’S® Brand.  With its gingerbread house theme, this tin looks good enough to eat! Inside, red and green M&M’S® Brand Candies, recipes and a cookie cutter make holiday baking a joy.

Surprise family and friends with the new M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies for the Holidays Cane.  This year, the transparent candy cane offers a colorful view of the red and green chocolate candies inside, making it a winner for decorating, hanging on stockings, snacking and gifting.

Save time with no wrapping required!  You’ll love the new gift boxes and FUN SIZE® bags for M&M’S® Brand Candies. All decked out with the iconic M&M’S® Characters, these goodie bags and boxes feature “To/From” labels, making them instantly givable—and instantly appreciated.

Friends and family will flip their lids for the M&M’S® Brand MINIS Milk Chocolate Candies Tube.  The tubes are mighty little treats, so tuck them in stockings, share them as party favors, or enjoy them as an on-the-go treat.

Nothing says the holidays like the mouth-watering aroma of freshly baked cookies.  And nothing makes cookies merrier and brighter than the new M&M’S® Brand MINIS Milk Chocolate Candies in red and green. Recipes on the back of the bag make for easy and delicious holiday treats.

Deck the halls with bountiful bowls of chocolate, thanks to the MINIS MIXTM Chocolates for the Holidays variety bags. Showcasing cheerful illustrations of Christmas tree ornaments, each bag is filled with an assortment of family favorites -– SNICKERS®, TWIX®, 3 MUSKETEERS® and MILKY WAY® Brands. Variety bags are the definite “go-to” for holiday snacking and decorating.

‘Tis the season to make magical memories for the chocolate lovers in your life. With the sensational collection of chocolate treats from Mars, Holiday 2013 just got a whole lot brighter.

Chobani Names Dipak Golechha as Chief Financial Officer, Builds on Strong Leadership Appointments

Chobani, Inc. has named Dipak Golechha Chief Financial Officer. Golechha joins Chobani after 18 years at Procter & Gamble, where he held a variety of finance, operational and management positions, including CFO of the Global Snacks Division.

He will report directly to Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani’s Founder and CEO, and will oversee Chobani’s financial, accounting and IT functions. He replaces James McConeghy, who stepped down from his role in November.

“Dipak’s vast leadership and management experience, combined with our shared vision for Chobani, will support our continued growth and our future plans for expansion,” said Hamdi Ulukaya. “Dipak joins a strong leadership team and will play a critical role in ensuring Chobani maintains the financial strength and flexibility it needs to build on our momentum as we prepare for an even stronger year ahead.”

Golechha added: “Chobani is a fast growing, important and highly relevant brand in the world today. I’m very excited to join a world-class team to help take the business to the next level.”

Golechha is the latest of several executive appointments in recent months and joins David Denholm, Chief Operating Officer, and Peter McGuinness, Chief Marketing and Brand Officer, on the leadership team. Chobani also recently announced some additional key appointments in core areas – Andreas Sokollek, who brings more than 24 years of operations excellence and project management experience, as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Operations. In October, it named Dr. Alejandro Mazzotta as Vice President of Global Quality, Food Safety, and Regulatory Affairs, bringing to the team more than two decades of leadership at global packaged goods companies.

Safeway Announces Sale of 11 Dominick’s Stores

Safeway Inc. has announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell 11 of its Dominick’s stores in the Chicago metropolitan area in a cash and lease assumption transaction to Roundy’s, Inc.  Roundy’s will take possession of the stores during a transition period that will take place over the next two months.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. The eleven stores are:

  • Park Ridge: 1900 S. Cumberland Ave.
  • Western Springs: No. 14 Garden Market St.
  • Chicago: 3145 S. Ashland Ave.
  • Chicago: 2021 W. Chicago Ave.
  • Northfield: 1822 Willow Rd.
  • Westchester: 3020 S. Wolf Rd.
  • Buffalo Grove: 450 Half Day Rd.
  • Chicago: 5201 N. Sheridan Rd.
  • Gurnee: 6655 Grand Ave.
  • Aurora: 3025 E. New York St.
  • Shorewood: 950 Brook Forest Ave.

Earlier this year, Safeway announced its decision to exit the Chicago market and focus its efforts in other operating areas where its business is stronger. The company continues to be actively engaged in a process to identify purchasers for its remaining stores in the Chicago market, and make announcements as and when pending deals are finalized.  Safeway previously announced the sale of four stores in the greater Chicago area to New Albertsons, Inc., which operates Jewel-Osco grocery stores.