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Roasted Poblano Peach Spread Debuts from The Gracious Gourmet

Sweet and spicy lovers take note: A delicious combination of roasted poblano peppers and peaches create unforgettable flavor in the latest spread from The Gracious Gourmet. Roasted Poblano Peach Spread is the most recent addition to the award-winning line of spreads, chutneys, pestos and tapenades. Taste it at the Summer Fancy Food Show.

Roasted Poblano Peach Spread: The sweet flavor of luscious peaches is balanced with roasted poblano chile peppers and an accent of cilantro. This innovative and mildly spiced spread is sure to please a wide audience, especially when paired with cheese, or accompanying shellfish, chicken and pork. It can also be tossed in a salad with a lemon and oil dressing.

“Smoky and sweet flavors continue to rise among the latest food trends,” says Nancy Wekselbaum, founder of The Gracious Gourmet. “Roasted Poblano Peach Spread is a versatile condiment that can add excitement to a variety of meals. The spread isn’t hot in flavor, but does add a lot of spice and flavor to fish, pork or even a salad. I love to use it on a cheese plates with Spanish-style cheese like Manchego.”

Other New Products
Date Apricot Spread is packed with dates combined with apricots, spices and orange juice. It is great paired with cheeses like ricotta, fresh goat, brie and cheddar and is delicious served with chicken, duck or turkey and mixed into basmati rice. Also perfect for yogurt parfaits or as a topper for vanilla or caramel ice creams.

Sautéed Mixed Mushrooms contains white, crimini and shiitake mushrooms cooked with onions in olive oil and finished with a dash of lemon juice. It provides “essential” rich mushroom flavor to a variety of dishes, including risottos, pasta dishes, soups, omelets and savory pancakes.

Sweet Caramelized Onions includes the equivalent of 1 pound of raw sweet onions in every -ounce container. The fresh onions are cooked in olive oil with a hint of brown sugar to boost the onions’ natural sweetness — the taste is so good you can eat them straight from the jar! Use them to top all kinds of meat and fish as well as in salad dressings, soups, pasta and rice dishes.

The Gracious Gourmet’s all-natural products enliven countless menus with a wide variety of foodservice options for restaurateurs, chefs, cafes, caterers, event planners and wine bars. All three of the new products are available in 76-ounce  foodservice containers. These affordable and time-saving accompaniments can be used for cheese plates, as sandwich spreads, in salad dressings and much more.

World Finer Foods Adds Premium Valor Chocolates to Award-Winning Family of Products

Liberty Richter, a division of World Finer Foods, has added Valor Chocolates to the company’s comprehensive assortment of premium products. For more than 130 years (since 1881), Valor Chocolates, based in Spain, has crafted some of the most exquisite chocolates and bonbons, using the finest cocoa beans from various parts of the globe including Ecuador, Panama and Ghana. The master chocolatier has been honored with accolades such as the “2011 European Candy Kettle Award,” one of the most prestigious awards in this sector.

Produced with the very purest raw materials, specially selected from the best harvests, and by a unique, traditional manufacturing method, Valor Chocolates offers indulgent, “pleasure-igniting” flavors. Valor also offers more health-conscious yet equally delightful no sugar added, lactose-free and gluten-free versions. Among the artful chocolate treats now available in the U.S. exclusively through World Finer Foods and its Liberty Richter division are:

  • Dark and Milk Chocolate bars featuring Whole Marcona Almonds
  • No Sugar Added 70% Dark Chocolate bars featuring a variety of flavors including Truffle, Orange and Hazelnut
  • No Sugar Added Milk and Dark Chocolate bars with Marcona Almonds and Hazelnuts
  • 70%  Dark Chocolate bars with a variety of flavors including Orange, Mint, Forest Fruits, Toffee and Mediterranean Sea Salt
  • Cocoa Powders
  • Seasonal Gift Packs

“We continue to focus on growing our portfolio of premium brands and Valor Chocolates is the perfect addition to our mix,” stated Susan Guerin, CEO of World Finer Foods.  “The quality of their products, innovative recipes and unparalleled manufacturing capabilities deliver a premium range of chocolates. We look forward to raising awareness and expanding distribution of the Valor brand. We’re especially excited to promote the no sugar added assortment which offers consumers not only a healthier option but also the same great taste as the traditional line of chocolates.”

As a premier confectioner, Valor has adopted the quality strategy and focuses on continual innovation to bring the highest quality of chocolate goods to the customer.  The Company’s latest creation of a range of no sugar added chocolates, blends an exclusive recipe developed by Valor’s Master Chocolatiers which preserves the richness and unique taste of its traditional chocolate products.  Valor’s All Natural range is free of artificial flavoring and preservatives and is made with the finest cocoa grown, guaranteeing the full “from bean to bar” confectionary process.  These all natural products have been specifically developed for the U.S. market where 100 percent natural products are increasingly appreciated and demanded by consumers.

Gonzalo Sanchez, Export Director of Valor Chocolates stated, “Valor Chocolates has been successfully marketed in the U.S. for the past 15 years and has a strong and loyal consumer following.  We believe now is the time for expansion and in order to take our brand to the next level, we needed a partner that understands our heritage and offering, as well as one with an extensive nationwide reach.  Liberty Richter, with their distribution capabilities, customer relationships, and sales and marketing support services is the perfect partner, and we look forward to working with them to bring our assortment of specialty chocolates to those consumers who demand and crave the very best.”

“As the pioneer in specialty products, we have extensive relationships nationwide across all retail channels and see tremendous opportunities to bring Valor Chocolates to consumers who demand the very best,” said Guerin.  Our team is committed to delivering an unparalleled customer experience to both our brand and distribution partners, and the combination of Liberty Richter and Valor will be a powerful recipe for success in the premium chocolate market. We look forward to showcasing the product line at the Summer Fancy Food Show and meeting with our customers and partners to further drive innovation.”

 

Former Trader Joe’s President Doug Rauch to Speak at Summer Fancy Food Show

Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s, and CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. will speak about his latest venture, Daily Table, at the Summer Fancy Food Show.

Daily Table is a pioneering retail venture designed to provide healthy, ready-to-eat meals at fast-food prices, fresh produce and other items to individuals dealing with hunger. The first location opened last month in Dorcester, Massachusetts.

Rauch’s session, “How to Do Good While Doing Well in the Marketplace,” is part of a full menu of seminars and workshops at the show, North America’s largest trade event for the specialty food industry. Owned and produced by the Specialty Food Association, the show takes place June 28 – 30 at Javits Center in New York. The session is 10 – 11 a.m. Monday, June 29.

Also in the line-up is trend expert Suzy Badaracco who will discuss food and flavor trends across generations and examine the difference in consumer behavior between the generations.

“Thought leadership has become a growing part of our show and our culture,” said Ann Daw, President of the Specialty Food Association, owner and producer of the Fancy Food Show. “Every year we strive to present speakers who provide new insights into what drives our industry, which is constantly evolving.”

Show seminars are designed for all levels of the specialty food trade, from newcomers curious about turning their favorite recipe into a business venture, to veterans who are looking to create a succession plan. Highlights include:

  • The Basics – The Business of Specialty Food – full-day workshop for beginners
  • How to Succeed in the U.S. Specialty Food Market for International Companies
  • Finance Your Business – four-hour workshop
  • Price it Right: Using Costs to Create Real World Price Sheets
  • The Theater of Retail: Understanding the Consumer Experience with Kevin Kelley
  • Non-GMO: Go or No Go? A Roundtable Discussion

Finalists for sofi Award for Best Specialty Foods of 2015 Announced

Vegan Hot Fudge from Massachusetts, Wagyu Beef Jerky from New Mexico, and Grilled Olives from central Italy are among 125 finalists for the Specialty Food Association’s sofi™ Awards for the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of 2015. The list of finalists is here.

Winners will be announced June 29, 2015, by Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s Chopped, at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. A sofi Award is the highest honor in the $109 billion specialty food industry. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation. The contest, now in its 43rd year, is open to members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs.

There were 2,715 entries across 32 awards categories, including outstanding chocolate, cheese, and savory snack. The finalists were selected by a national panel of specialty food experts. The contenders will go on to the last round of judging, which takes place during the Summer Fancy Food Show. “A sofi means a product, and the people behind it, have arrived,” says Ann Daw, President of the Specialty Food Association. This year’s finalists represent a devotion to excellence and innovation in specialty food that continues to fuel our industry.”

This year’s judges included top buyers from Whole Foods Market, Bristol Farms, Brooklyn Larder, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants, Food52 Shop, Kroger, Mouth.com, Williams-Sonoma, Fresh Direct, Brooklyn Larder, Citarella, DPI, Eataly, Formaggio Kitchen, HelloFresh, Chelsea Market Baskets, The Fresh Market and UNFI. The panel also included a food historian, and chefs Sara Moulton of Sara’s Weeknight Meals on PBS and Nick Anderer, Executive Chef and Partner, Maialino and Marta restaurants. Journalists on the panel were from Food & Wine, Rodale, The Village Voice, New York Daily News and Fox 5 News.

White Coffee’s BioCup Reduces Plastic Waste

 

White Coffee Corporation has an innovative new product to be featured at this summer’s Fancy Food Show.  White Coffee’s latest development, BioCup™, is a single serving coffee pod that is biodegradable. Coffee pods from single serve coffee present a growing recycling problem facing many households. BioCup is both compostable and biodegradable with 90% degradation after six months.

With single cup packaging on the rise, buyers are starting to consider the ecological consequences of single use waste in their coffee consumption.  “Our goal is to be the leader in the coffee industry in minimizing its environmental footprint,” says Jonathan White, Executive Vice President of White Coffee Corporation.biocup

BioCup bio-degradable and compostable organic single serve coffee is available in 11 flavors: Colombian, Breakfast Blend, French Roast, Full City Roast, Mexican High Grown, Peruvian, Rainforest Blend, Hazelnut, French Vanilla, Sea Salt Caramel and Chocolate Morsel. Single origin, non-organic BioCup is available in Colombian Decaffeinated, Colombian Supremo, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Honduras Marcala, Kenya AA Ruiri and Sumatra Mandheling varieties.

The Fancy Food show, a hub for manufacturers and buyers alike, celebrates innovation in the industry. The largest specialty food trade event in North America is held at the Javits Center in New York City from June 28-30th.

White Coffee’s “BioCup™” is available in retail outlets nationwide and will be offered in 10-count and 80-count boxes. The 10-count box has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $7.99. The cups produced will be 2.0 compatible, for use with the Keurig® system and similar coffeemakers.

Let Them Eat Cake: Robert Rothschild Farm Celebrates 30th Anniversary

 

RobertRothschildFarm2-SBRobert Rothschild Farm celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Summer Fancy Food Show with a cake, as well as with the introduction of a new certified organic product line.

We are extremely excited to launch our new organic product line,” said Jim Gordon, President and CEO of Robert Rothschild Farm. “During our extensive research, we determined that great-tasting organic sauces are challenging to find. Consumers are seeking healthy choices, and we felt compelled to create outstanding sauces with on-trend flavors. Our sauces are an easy way to add distinct flavor to organic proteins or vegetables.”

The Robert Rothschild Farm product line now includes several new organic sauces, including Blueberry Balsamic Sauce, Citrus Chardonnay Sauce, Pineapple Habanero BBQ Sauce, Sriracha Teriyaki Sauce, Whiskey Pepper Cream Sauce and White Wine Creole Sauce.

In Robert Rothschild Farm’s Blueberry Balsamic Sauce, sweet blueberries are complemented by balsamic vinegar with flavorful notes from shallots, basil and black pepper. The organic Citrus Chardonnay Sauce pairs fennel with the sweetness of honey and bursts of flavor from oranges and chardonnay. The popular Roasted Pineapple & Habanero Dip inspired the company’s organic Pineapple Habanero BBQ Sauce. Sweet pineapples, honey, spicy habanero peppers and ginger make this sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. Classic teriyaki sauce with sriracha and a hint of orange are blended to create the company’s new organic Sriracha Teriyaki Sauce. The company’s organic Whiskey Pepper Cream Sauce has a medley of flavors, including Dijon mustard, rich cream, garlic and black pepper – all accented by a touch of whiskey and white miso to create a creamy sauce with a kick of heat. Finally, the organic White Wine Creole Sauce is started with a spicy tomato base, adding a splash of white wine to the classic trinity of celery, bell peppers, and onions to create a Southern-inspired sauce.

All of Robert Rothschild Farm’s new sauces are packaged in bottles that resemble old-timey milk bottles for a retro look that underscores the tradition behind them.

Chef Steve Constantine showcased the company’s new Citrus Chardonnay Sauce during the Summer Fancy Food Show by incorporating it into a citrus slaw that he used to top shrimp tacos. The tacos were served to an eager crowd at the Robert Rothschild Farm booth.

Robert Rothschild Farm is also reintroducing its Raspberry Thunder Sauce, back by popular demand. “Our consumers continually asked if we could make the Raspberry Thunder Sauce,” said Jim Gordon. “We listened to our consumers and are relaunching the spicy hot sauce with a new look but the same great taste.”

 

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.

 

sofi Award Winners Announced at Summer Fancy Food Show

The winners of the 2014 sofi™ Awards for the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year were announced this evening at a red-carpet ceremony at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.

The awards, considered the top honor in the $88.3 billion specialty food industry, were presented by acclaimed pastry chef Dominique Ansel, creator of the Cronut®, a croissant-doughnut hybrid. The Awards are open to members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. “sofi” stands for specialty outstanding food innovation.

This year’s contest was the largest in its 42-year history, with specialty food makers submitting 2,737 products across all 32 awards categories. The sofi Award for Outstanding New Product went to East Hampton Gourmet Food’s Lentil Rice Crispbread with Sesame and Pink Salt.

See the 2014 Winners.

“The creativity and passion our members bring to their foods and beverages was evident in the variety and quality of the contest entries this year,” says Specialty Food Association President Ann Daw. “The winners clearly reflect our brand for the industry, “Specialty Food. Craft. Care. Joy.”

This spring, a national panel of specialty food professionals convened over eight days to taste and evaluate all entries and select 125 finalists. To determine the winners, 275 buyers at the Summer Fancy Food Show sampled the finalist products and cast votes for their favorite in each category. The results were tabulated by an outside accounting firm this afternoon.

The Summer Fancy Food show is the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty food in North America. The show ends tomorrow, July 1, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Learn more at fancyfoodshows.com.

nibmor Offering Ethically-Sourced Chocolate at #SFFS14

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By Lorrie Baumann

Jessie Osias is serving Mint and 6 Spice Drinking Chocolates at nibmor’s booth #4475 at the Summer Fancy Food Show. This is nibmor’s debut at the Fancy Food Show, although the company, headquartered in New York, has been around for five years now. Both of the drinking chocolates that are being served in the booth are made with cashew milk. “Everything is vegan, so we stick to a nondairy milk,” Osias commented.

All of nibmor’s chocolate products are ethically sources, certified either by Rainforest Alliance or Fair Trade. The company is currently planning for a fall release of a 6 Spice bar, which is dark chocolate with 72 percent cacao. The 2.2-ounce bar will retail for about $3.99. At the same time, nibmor will release a Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bar with 80 percent cacao. This will also be a 2.2-ounce bar to retail for $3.99.

nibmor is also planning a new All-Natural Superfruit line of chocolate bars intended to offer a healthier confection option to the mainstream grocery market. “We’re trying to meet the consumer where they are,” Osias says. The line is tentatively scheduled to launch at the end of this year. “At this point, it’s still being discussed,” says Osias.

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.”

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