Mediterra, the first company to introduce truly savory-flavored nutrition bars based on the Mediterranean Diet, has been named one of Grocery Headquarters “2015 Selling Trailblazers,” an annual award competition that recognizes innovation in grocery.
This is the third product award for the company since its launch six months ago at the Summer Fancy Food Show. Other accolades include a 2014 The Lempert Report Innovator award, and a 2014 BSC Bestie Kids Award.
“The positive response to the Mediterra Nutrition Bars from the media, retail buyers and consumers alike has been incredible and exceeds our expectations,” says Mediterra Founder Telemaque Lavidas. “We’re ready for 2015 and winning the Grocery Headquarters award is an honor and a great way to kick off the New Year.”
Since its launch, Mediterra Nutrition Bars already can be found at national retailers including Sprouts Farmers Markets, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, more than 365 U.S.-based Target stores, and others.
Inspired by the Mediterranean Diet, considered by experts as one of the healthiest lifestyles in the world, Mediterra bars offer six unique flavors that feature various fruits, vegetables, seeds and grains, providing distinct options for different snacking occasions throughout the day. The bars are all-natural, non-GMO and gluten-free.
The six bar flavors come in three specific varieties that provide ancient nutrition in a modern and convenient way:
The first-ever Savory Bars: These bars are rich in vegetable content but low in calories, sodium and sugar, and contain protein-rich pea crisps and a touch of olive oil. Each Savory Bar is 1.4 ounces and contains 6 grams each of protein and fiber. They are certified kosher and dairy free. The Savory Bars serve as an alternative to sweet snacks, providing superfoods and amaranth, an ancient grain. Flavors include: Tomato/Basil/Capers and Olive/Walnut/Chives.
Sesame Honey Energy Bars: Traditionally known as “Pasteli,” these bars are dairy-free and contain only a few ingredients – roasted sesame seeds, Greek honey, and pistachios from Aegina Island or orange peel, respectively. The combination provides natural and long lasting energy. Each bar is 1.3 ounces, contains up to 6 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber. Flavors include Sesame Seed/Pistachio/Greek Honey and Sesame Seed/Orange/Greek Honey.
Yogurt and Oat Bars: Bottom covered with yogurt-style coating, these bars are 1.6 ounces, certified kosher and contain 7 grams of protein. The bars also feature fig paste, sunflower seeds and raisins. Flavors include Yogurt/Oat/Cherry Pistachio and Yogurt/Oat/Apricot Pistachio.
For more information, visit www.MediterraNutrition.com.
The days of two different breakfasts for gluten-free households are over with the launch of Nicole’s Naturals Gluten-Free Waffle & Pancake Mix. Nicole’s Naturals is made with the highest quality, all-natural ingredients and spices usually only found in homemade mixes, making the waffles and pancakes taste like a family recipe.
Called “delicious” and a “waffle you want to eat” by the Los Angeles Times, Nicole’s Naturals Mix is made without artificial ingredients, preservatives or refined grains. Nicole’s Naturals’ products have been independently tested at less than five parts per million, far below the FDA regulation of 20 parts per million for products labeled gluten-free.
Raised in North Carolina, Nicole’s Naturals’ Founder Nicole Washington grew up in the kitchen and was responsible for cooking dinner for her family by the age of 10. Homemade breakfasts were a favorite dish of her Southern family, and while she ultimately became an industrial engineer, cooking and entertaining continued to be a source of love and enjoyment in Nicole’s life. But it was her engineering mindset that drove her to find a culinary solution once she was diagnosed with gluten intolerance in 2003. After much trial and error, she developed a gluten-free recipe to replace her family’s beloved waffles and they didn’t even notice when she swapped the new gluten-free recipe for her tried-and-true dish. After revealing her secret, Nicole’s husband encouraged her to package her product, and Nicole’s Naturals was born.
Nicole’s Naturals Waffles & Pancakes take just minutes to prepare, and caregivers can rest easy knowing their children are starting the day with a healthy meal. Nicole’s Naturals have significantly less added sugar and more fiber than many other waffles while tasting even more delicious. The prepared waffles can even be frozen allowing kids to help out by popping one in the toaster themselves for breakfast or an easy snack.
“In gluten-free families those with allergies are often singled-out with a separate meal and not able to eat what the rest of the family is enjoying,” said Nicole’s Naturals Founder Nicole Washington. “Our mix is a real solution for waffle- and pancake-loving families as the cook only has to make one breakfast.”
Roughly 40 million consumers purchase gluten-free products, four million of whom suffer from celiac disease, which requires that they avoid eating gluten. Gluten-free sales are expected to reach more than $15 billion by 2016, according to Mintel.
INGREDIENTS: Brown Rice Flour, Corn Meal, Turbinado Sugar, Gluten-Free Oatmeal, Potato Starch, Tapioca Flour, Aluminum-Free Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Gluten-Free Vanilla Flavoring, Gluten Free Xanthan Gum and Salt.
Nicole’s Naturals Gluten-Free Waffle & Pancake Mix is available at www.nicolesnaturals.com, Amazon.com and The Hood Market in Costa Mesa, California.
MSRP: $8.99 for a 22-ounce container
Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps® has unveiled a redesigned PretzelCrisps.com website to celebrate the brand’s 10 year history. The highly visual, design-forward site provides consumers and loyal fans with an easy-to-navigate interactive destination full of recipes, snack ideas and product information.
“This is an exciting time for Pretzel Crisps,” said Valerie Traynor, vice president of marketing at Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps. “After 10 years of steady expansion across our product portfolio, we felt it was time to update our website to mirror the dynamic and enthusiastic nature of our loyal fan base. The redesigned site will serve as the ideal resource for several exciting new announcements we have in store for the upcoming year and beyond.”
The new PretzelCrisps.com integrates cutting edge design with useful functionality, allowing visitors to explore recipes and entertaining like never before. The website hosts more than 100 recipes conveniently categorized by occasion, from birthday parties to game night or even a wine and dine night. Users may also filter recipes by the length of preparation time, making it simple to find a recipe to suit every need.
Another new addition to the Pretzel Crisps website is a convenient nationwide store locator that enables users to search for stores geographically by zip code or by specific retailer name.
Developed by Boston-based digital agency Convertiv, the new Pretzel Crisps website features parallax scrolling effects and a responsive design that seamlessly adjusts to mobile, tablet and desktop formats.
The redesigned website follows the recent launch of four new Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps products in 2014—deli flavors Honey Mustard & Onion and Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper; and new format Pretzel Crisps Minis in Original and Cheddar. With only 110 calories per serving, Pretzel Crisps are made with high-quality, all-natural ingredients, without saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, preservatives, artificial flavorings or colors. Pretzel Crisps may be found in the deli section or snack aisle of retailers nationwide.
The new West Coast Kale and Quinoa Vegetable Soup Mix from Frontier Soups is a vegetarian and certified gluten-free soup that’s part of Frontier Soups’ Homemade-In-Minutes™ line. The soup has a hearty mix of white quinoa and flakes of kale and butternut squash that are freeze-dried to preserve nutrition. Home cooks add canned tomatoes, cubed butternut squash and chicken or vegetable broth and simmer for 25 minutes to make soup for the family. Everything else is in the soup mix, including onions and carrots and a savory seasoning that combines garlic, thyme, oregano, rosemary and a peppercorn blend.
This soup mix answers consumer requests for more vegetarian options and for soups that offer an easy way to incorporate popular superfoods into their diet. West Coast Kale and Quinoa Vegetable Soup Mix is available in 4.5-ounce clear cellophane packages that display the colorful ingredients at a suggested retail price of $5.95 to $6.49. Frontier Soups’ 34 varieties are all natural with no added salt, preservatives or MSG.
Celebrate the joy of the holiday season surrounded by friends and family with The Invisible Chef’s Holiday Collection. The collection features flavors steeped in tradition in products that are designed to save time while creating new family memories. While the fire is roaring and the snow is falling, just add a few ingredients to The Invisible Chef’s mixes, and your holiday baking is complete. The mixes make a perfect gift and are sure to delight everyone, making the holidays sparkle with love!
Featured flavors from The Invisible Chef include Chocolate Peppermint Coffee & Tea Cakes, Cranberry Spice Scones, Red Velvet Cupcake Kit and Macaroon Chocolate Chip Blondies. Each mix is blended with all-natural ingredients and needs just a few items from your kitchen to bake and enjoy.
Other favorites from The Invisible Chef product line include the company’s Coffee & Tea Cakes, Blondies & Brownies, Frosted & Fabulous Cupcake Kits, Bake It Quick Breads, Simple Sweet & Savory Muffins, Bed & Breakfast Favorites (including scones, pancakes and waffles) and Cookie Jar Classics. With so many categories and flavors to choose from, you’re sure to find a favorite.
Flavor Bombs are a line of all-natural, fresh-frozen, gluten-free, low-sodium cooking bases that ignite an explosion of flavors when preparing memorable meals for family or friends. Flavor Bombs come in five explosive flavors that include basil, sage, rosemary, mirepoix and soffritto, turning everyday dishes into gourmet meals. The products are the creation of Giovannina Bellino, a long-time entrepreneur and the owner of Goddess Gourmet, a Long Island-based natural foods company.
Flavor Bombs provide consumers with an arsenal of ingredients making preparation times shorter and cooking more enjoyable, flavorful and affordable. The products are concentrated blends of caramelized aromatics and fresh herbs in an extra virgin olive oil base that offers consumers a burst of flavors and aromas that works perfectly in their favorite recipes. Flavor Bombs are pre-cooked so consumers have the flexibility of using them to start or finish a dish.
Flavor Bombs are now available nationwide at chain supermarkets, independent supermarkets, gourmet food stores, club stores and foodservice operations.
The Mustard Seed Sauce & Dressing Company has been crafting unique Asian-inspired sauces and dressings and serving them in the company’s eponymous restaurants for over 35 years. Now, consumers have access to these sauces in their local grocery stores with the recent launch of the company’s retail product line.
The Mustard Seed Sauce & Dressing Company product line includes Asian Oil & Vinegar, a delightful Asian twist on the classic vinaigrette; Osaka Sauce, the company’s signature sauce, delicious on chicken; Teriyaki Grill Sauce, a finishing sauce for proteins; and Ginger Dressing, a signature dressing that doubles as a finishing sauce for meat or seafood. The four sauces and dressings are also available in a variety pack.
All Mustard Seed sauces and dressings are all-natural, and they contain no MSG, trans fats or preservatives. The products are made in small batches from the highest quality ingredients.
For more information, visit www.mustardseedsauce.com.
Two new syrups have been added to Blackberry Patch’s sofi-Award-nominated product line. Like other Blackberry Patch products, the new Pumpkin Spice and Apple Butter syrups are full of all-natural, old-fashioned goodness.
Pumpkin Spice syrup tastes just like a pumpkin pie. Add it to coffee with hot milk for a pumpkin pie latte treat. Apple Butter reminds one of apple cobbler fresh from the oven. Consumers love to start their day with Apple Butter Syrup mixed into a wholesome bowl of oatmeal.
Blackberry Patch was founded in 1988. It is owned and operated by two farmers seeking to provide unique, high-quality, handmade fruit and sugar-free syrups, toppings and salsas to the specialty food market. Today, Blackberry Patch offers five premium, all-natural, pure cane sugar syrups: Blackberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Pumpkin Spice and Apple Butter. For more information, call 800.853.5598, or visit the company online at www.blackberrypatch.com.
Taking its cue from the farm-to-table dining philosophy, Pure Epicurean Seasonings has conceived and launched a new gourmet product for the hospitality and foodservice industries: pre-portioned packets of natural Himalayan salt and organic black pepper. Pure’s single-serving all-natural salt and pepper packages are the first of their kind.
The attractively packaged, easy-to-tear-open salt and pepper packets are meant to replace the glass shakers found on full-service tables and fast-casual counters. Glass shakers break, can be tampered with and, in some cases are unhygienic. And when done correctly, sanitizing glass shakers – which should be done daily – is a time-consuming and inefficient process.
Each all-natural salt and USDA-certified organic pepper packet is packaged with fresh ingredients acquired from regional and global sources. Packets are sold in quantities of 500 and 1,000 that can be used on self-service counters or for take-out. Refillable bamboo presentation boxes that hold 10 salts and 10 peppers are also available for dining tables.
For more information on Pure Epicurean Seasonings, visit www.pureepicurean.com.
Kane Candy offers a line of chocolate dessert and shooter cups, giving party hosts an opportunity to make a splash with a gourmet treat for their guests that does not require a lot of time and effort to put together.
The Kane Candy brand launched in 2012. According to Joe Kane, President of Kane Food Group, the product line drew attention immediately, because it offered the high-end quality that had been missing from competitive products. “The whole concept of the brand is the at-home entertaining,” said Kane. “It’s for the consumer who wants to prepare pastries and desserts just like a world-class pastry chef would make.”
Kane Candy products are all made with real chocolate with a high cocoa content. They are also gluten-free, certified kosher (dairy) and made in the USA. None of the company’s products include high fructose corn syrup. “We’re a firm believer in all-natural,” Kane said.
The chocolate dessert cups are easy to turn into gourmet treats. One simply fills them with a flavored mousse, sorbet or mascarpone cheese and tops them with a few chocolate curls, a couple of raspberries, a puff of whipped cream or even edible flowers. “The whole concept is for people to have fun with these and to be able to create,” Kane said. “We get emails all the time from people who say that these were the most popular dessert at their party.”
Kane also offers Cordial & Toasting Cups in white and dark chocolate, ideal for an after-dinner sweet of a more alcoholic kind. Fill them with port or a dessert wine or maybe a sip of amaretto or Bailey’s Irish Cream for elegance without effort. Home entertaining columnist, blogger and occasional talk show guest Cheryl Najafi filled the Kane Cordial & Toasting Cups with marshmallow fluff for an elevated version of s’mores. And TammyJo Eckhart, who styles herself a “Chocolate Priestess” in her blog The Chocolate Cult, noted that the Kane Chocolate Dessert Cups ranked among the best chocolate she tasted in all of 2013.
When Kane Candy first burst onto the scene, retailers embraced the company’s products during the holiday season. However, since then, they have become a year-round item, sought out for weddings and graduation parties as well as dinner parties at home. “We don’t try to seasonalize the product,” said Kane. “We have one holiday variety only.” The Kane Candy brand sales volume has grown as the products have found new fans, and sales for 2014 have more than doubled 2013 sales. “We’re very, very happy,” Kane said.
The company is expanding the product line this fall with chocolate baking bricks and chocolate disks for melting into candy, both made of premium-quality chocolate. “There’s lots of premium chocolate on the market, but that upgrade has not happened in the baking aisle,” Kane said. “Our goal is to upgrade that aisle with a premium product line.”
This story was originally published in the October 2014 issue of Gourmet News, a publication of Oser Communications Group.