Introducing Cholent—another creative series of salt-free dinner kits from Purely American Foods. What exactly is Cholent? It is a traditional Jewish meal that, for generations, has been prepared on Friday before the Sabbath begins. Slow cooked all night, this savory stew is the main course at Saturday’s noonday meal.
Now, busy, health-conscious consumers of all faiths can enjoy these time saving, salt-free meals any day of the week. Gluten free, all-natural, kosher, and free of salt and MSG, the Cholent kits from Purely American are a delicious and good-for-you heat and serve option for your retail customers.
The Cholent kits are just one among many delicious and healthy meal solutions offered from Purely American. Check out the company online at www.purelyamerican.com, or contact Ray Leard at 740.592.3800 for information and orders.
All of the products in Among Friends’ line of six dessert baking mixes are made with whole grain ingredients, including spelt flour, flax seed and almond meal. These tasty and good-for-you ingredients are combined with sweet additions like coconut, chocolate chips, cranberries and raisins.
Four of Among Friends’ mixes are gluten-free, including an oat-based fruit crisp topping mix and three cookie mixes: molasses ginger, chocolate cranberry and double chocolate. The product line is rounded out by spelt oatmeal raisin and oatmeal chocolate chip cookie mixes. All of Among Friends’ mixes are made with non-GMO ingredients.
Among Friends was created by two friends and mothers, Suzie Miller and Lizann Anderson, who founded the company in 2006. They saw a need for nutritionally sound yet delicious baked goods, delivered in an easy-to-make way for busy families. Staying true to this mission, the cookie mixes require less than 10 minutes to bake. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Among Friends produces handcrafted batches of their baking mixes in a 10,000-square-foot facility.
Sierra Soups are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. The mixes are simple to make and come complete with dehydrated vegetables and a flavorful spice packet. They will serve a large family, with each soup yielding eight to 12 1-cup servings. Recipes are on the back of each package along with additional options to enhance the meal.
Sierra Soups’ mixes come in clear cello packaging to showcase the colorful, all-natural ingredients inside. Display trays are available for shelf presentation. The company offers eight different soup mixes and a Middle Eastern Grain & Lentil Salad mix, all of which are inexpensive and easy for the average cook to prepare. The company supplies distributors, brokers, gourmet/specialty food shops, health food stores and upscale grocery stores/chains.
The mission at Sierra Soups is to provide a wholesome product, with exceptional food value and a heap of flavor, yet something that is easy for the average cook to put together. With the spices and vegetables already included in the soup bag, you will not have to make a trip to the grocery store. The hardest thing you may need to do is sauté an onion and sometimes not even that! In addition, once prepared, the soups from Sierra Soups can be frozen for future meals and retain their marvelous flavor and nutrition.
For more information, contact Sierra Soups by mail at 3034 E. Sierra Ave., Fresno, Calif., 93710, by phone at 559.299.3052 or 800.397.6887 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cocoa Cravings is a gourmet collection of seven certified organic hot chocolates and hot cocoas. With eco-friendly, stylish packaging, Cocoa Cravings provides a premium fruit- and spice-enriched drinking cocoa experience.
There is an array of flavors to choose from in the Cocoa Cravings line, including curry spiced hot chocolate, real rich berry-infused dark cocoa, slimming hoodia, delicate vanilla enriched banana and fabulously zesty picante chili. These hot drinking chocolates fulfill the role of an ideal healthy drink or a snack time indulgence. Artisan-made in small batches to retain a unique quality and freshness, these blends are not artificial nor over-engineered. They are just top notch ingredients, prepared exactly the way they should be with care, style and dedication.
Cocoa Cravings is an independent family-owned and operated business started by Chicago natives with a passion for spreading their love for healthy cocoa in a unique and contemporary way. Nothing could be simpler than organic cocoa blended with pure wholesome fruit and botanicals. All your customers have to do is add hot milk or water with a dash of sweetener, relax and enjoy! The product is available to purchase in small case sizes.
For more information, go to www.eswholesale.com, www.cocoacravings.com or call 773.583.4850 to place an order.
Sticky Fingers Bakeries, dba SFB Specialty Foods, was founded by fraternity brothers Tom Owens and Ted Vogelman in 1987. Today they make 18 all natural mixes for English scones, in addition to mixes for muffins, brownies and Irish soda bread. Decadent and outrageously delicious, the line is the largest selection of nationally sold premium bakery mixes.
The latest additions will enliven any holiday retail shelf. “Holiday time constraints make it difficult to even think about baking from scratch. We offer the best of both worlds―homemade taste and incredible convenience,” said co-owner Tom Owens.
The latest holiday scone from Sticky Fingers Bakeries, Vanilla Chai, bursts with fragrant cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. It is perfect with tea. Other favorites include Spiced Eggnog, Peppermint Chocolate Chip (packed with semisweet chips and real peppermint pieces), Spiced Pumpkin, Pumpkin Cranberry and Cinnamon Raisin scones. Handcrafted English Curds, Northwest Jams, Pepper Jellies and Fruit Butters go perfectly with the scones.
Sticky Fingers also debuted its gluten-free scone mixes this year. Certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization and manufactured in a gluten-free facility, the scones are as delicate and crumbly as the originals. Choose from Original, Wild Blueberry, Apple Oat and Meyer Lemon, all naturally delectable and with no saturated or trans-fats, preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. The mixes are certified gluten-free and certifiably delicious.
For more information, visit www.stickyfingersbakeries.com, email email@example.com, or call 800.458.5826.
Household staples that are versatile, foolproof and delicious are the pillars of Pamela’s new line of gluten-free baking mixes. New Pizza Crust Mix and Biscuit & Scone Mix are already gaining a strong following of loyal consumers, hungry for gluten-free baked goods that suit the entire family.
Enjoy traditional, fragrant, gluten-free pizza crust with an easy mix that can be made without eggs or dairy, using just yeast, water and oil. One package of Pamela’s new Pizza Crust mix yields two 10-inch pizzas.
Perfect for tender and flaky biscuits, shortbread and scones, Pamela’s Biscuit & Scone Mix makes these once difficult-to-find gluten-free baked goods right at home.
These two new gluten-free mixes from Pamela’s join the company’s already expansive product line, which already included Baking and Pancake Mix, Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, Brownie Mix and Chocolate Cake Mix. Recently celebrating is 25th birthday, Pamela’s continues to break ground in the gluten-free category with innovative new products that align with the brand’s commitment to great tasting, convenient and healthful foods.
For more information head to www.pamelasproducts.com.
Sarabeth has been making great pancakes at her restaurants for more than 30 years. The lines of people waiting for breakfast each day are a tribute to the perfection of everything she creates. What makes Sarabeth’s Perfect Pancake & Waffles unique is that they are made from whole grain wheat and are lightly sweetened with pure maple sugar. Nutritious and delicious, these all-natural pancakes and waffles are sure to please.
Sarabeth’s Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits are exactly like the ones she serves at her restaurants and bakery. These tender and flaky all-natural biscuits are quick and easy to make. Great at breakfast, lunch or dinner (and don’t forget dessert), these biscuits are sue to please. Sarabeth’s family loves her pancakes, waffles and biscuits, and so will yours!
To learn more about Sarabeth’s head to www.sarabeth.com.
The Invisible Chef has scoured the favorite recipes from the nation’s best coffee houses, and it is now bringing the inspiration home with a new line of scone mixes. Just in time for holiday gatherings, customers can choose from five delicious mixes: Classic Crème, Figs & Chocolate, Ginger & Lemon, Praline Pecan and Walnuts & Raisins. Light and tender and not too sweet, the perfect scone is a delightful treat!
Also introduced this month is the new Blondies & Brownies Collection. The Invisible Chef’s brownies are as much fun to bake as they are to eat! Flavors include mocha chocolate chip, mint chocolate chip and walnut chocolate chip. Fudgy, chocolatey and chewy: “Be happy—Eat a Brownie!”
The Invisible Chef mixes are about as close to homemade as you can get, but go from the box, to the oven, to the table in just minutes. Making them even more attractive to retailers and consumers alike, The Invisible Chef mixes are beautifully packaged and make just the right gift for any occasion. Everything in The Invisible Chef’s spectacular line-up of mixes are blended with premium ingredients, so you know you are serving the very best to family and friends.
All of The Invisible Chef’s mixes retail for under $10. For more information about The Invisible Chef products, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.theinvisiblechef.com. “Happy Baking!”
Fall in love with Java Frost’s delightful Spring Collection: three seasonal gift canisters filled with gourmet drink mixes. Try one or try them all!
First, Chocolate Truffle is a creamy hot chocolate that is fit for royalty. With double the chocolate taste the decadent flavor is right from your childhood memories. Your customers will enjoy this rich and velvety cup. Second, White Chocolate will make you want to snuggle up with this creamy classic. Smooth and velvety, you can enjoy this drink either piping hot or frosty cold. Experience the delight and aroma with this rewarding treat. Finally, Caramel Crème is smooth and comforting and delivers melt-in-your-mouth caramel candy in every sip. A delicious and rich caramel blend, this ultimate indulgence is sure to please.
Each flavor from Java Frost is packaged in a case of eight enchanting 8-ounce gift canisters. These flavors are designed to delight. Java Frost gift canisters are the perfect items to display or tuck into gift baskets. All Java Frost products are carefully crafted with quality and value in mind.
Call Java Frost today for samples at 800.676.3661, or visit the company online at www.javafrost.com.
By Lucas Witman
Returning to New York City’s renovated Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this year after a two-year stint in Washington, D.C., the 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show exceeded all expectations, breaking records both for exhibit space and the number of attendees. The 59th Summer Fancy Food Show featured 2,500 exhibitors from the United States and around the world, presenting more than 180,000 specialty foods and beverages.
“It’s a great show for us,” said Lonnie Williard, Vice President of Marketing for Mediterranean Snacks. “I think that the amount of traffic was very strong. There was a solid flow of interested buyers and conversations throughout the couple days. It was a very productive show.”
At this year’s show, Mediterranean Snacks unveiled its new Tapaz 2 Go line, a collection of healthy, convenient, gluten-free, shelf stable and ready-to-eat mini meals in three varieties: classic hummus, roasted garlic and red pepper. Each Tapaz 2 Go package includes the company’s popular Lentil Crackers along with a substantial portion of hummus. Williard expressed her delight at how strongly the new product line was received at the show.
“We were just inundated with interest in Tapaz 2 Go mini meal solution. I think it’s because it’s shelf stable and doesn’t require the cost of a refrigerated supply chain,” Williard said. “The interest that we saw was from a very broad range.”
In addition to generally driving up interest in Tapaz 2 Go, the show and the conversations that took place during it were also productive for Mediterranean Snacks in helping the company think about how it will market the product line going forward. According to Williard, these conversations brought up marketing possibilities the company had not previously considered. She said, “[The show] definitely confirmed some of the ideas, and then on top of that it gave us some new ideas of where [Tapaz 2 Go] could be very well in demand—for instance in vending machines. We hadn’t thought of that. There’s a lot of entrepreneurial spirit here that takes it even further.”
Mary Waldner, founder of Mary’s Gone Crackers, expressed relief that the 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show was so well attended, apparently signaling a return to form after the brief economic downturn she has observed over the past few years. “I thought it was really good. I know last year things really picked up from the slump in the industry. I thought this year really maintained that same energy and certainly had a high attendance,” she said.
Mary’s Gone Crackers offers a wide range of crackers, cookies, pretzels and crumbs—all organic, vegan and gluten-free. At this year’s show, the company unveiled two new cracker varieties: Super Seed and Hot’n Spicy Jalapeño. Waldner said that when she founded her company over a decade ago it was difficult to draw interest in the product line, but at this year’s show she saw an unprecedented reaction to her company from buyers.
“When we first started, there wasn’t much interest in organic or certainly gluten-free but now both of those categories are really huge,” Waldner said.
With companies like Mary’s Gone Crackers and Mediterranean Snacks so pleased with the reaction they received from attendees at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show, it was inevitable that brands which did not exhibit might regret the decision. That was certainly the case for Bhakti Chai, maker of gourmet chai tea and chai tea concentrate. The team at Bhakti Chai has been experiencing unprecedented interest in their company since receiving a 2013 sofi Gold Award at this year’s show, despite making the decision not to exhibit.
“We were all really taken off guard about the award,” said Allison Salvati, Marketing and Sales Director for Bhakti Chai. “It’s been fantastic. From a foodservice standpoint, we have people calling and saying, ‘Hey, you won this award can we get some free samples…’ It’s a great feather in our cap.”
Salvati continued, “We think we have an award-winning product. This is a huge accolade. We know we have a worthy enough product for an award like this. It’s a huge acknowledgment from the industry. We’re really thrilled. It helps our distribution so much.”
Bhakti Chai is a regular exhibitor at Winter Fancy Food on the West Coast, but does not exhibit at Summer Fancy Food, because they are not yet distributed on the East Coast. That could change, however, as the company’s distribution continues to spread across the country.
For many of the exhibitors who were present at the 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, there is little time to rest, as many are likely already making preliminary preparations for the upcoming 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show, to be held January 19-21 in San Francisco. In addition, the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show has already been scheduled for June 29-July 1 in New York.