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Mrs. Green’s Natural Market Celebrates Grand Openings with Community Donations

Chip Paillex, founder of America’s Grow a Row speaks at the West Windsor store.

Chip Paillex, founder of America’s Grow a Row, speaks at the West Windsor store.

Mrs. Green’s Natural Market announced today a series of donations totaling nearly $25,000 to community organizations that promote healthy, sustainable lifestyles. Several Mrs. Green’s locations across the U.S. and Canada committed to donating up to five percent of in-store proceeds from one week this spring in an effort to give back.

Mrs. Green’s, a rapidly expanding subsidiary of Natural Markets Food Group (NMFG), recently opened new locations in three high-profile markets: West Windsor, N.J.; New Canaan, Conn.; and Burlington, ON, Canada. Another store is planned to open in the West Village of Manhattan later this year.

“Mrs. Green’s believes that eating healthy, fresh, natural products is the best way to promote a sustainable lifestyle,” said Sherry Nolan-Schultz, NMFG Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “We wanted to give back to the communities that have welcomed us with open arms in a meaningful and positive way. We believe these donations continue our mutually beneficial partnerships – both with our workers, our customers, and our communities.”

The Mrs. Green’s donations include:

  • NEW JERSEY: West Windsor donated $10,000 to America’s Grow-A-Row, a non-profit dedicated to providing a positive impact through volunteer efforts of planting, picking, rescuing and delivering fresh produce to underprivileged communities.
  • ONTARIO: Burlington donated five percent of in-store proceeds – a total of more than $3,000 – to McMaster Children’s Hospital in nearby Hamilton.
  • CONNECTICUT: New Canaan donated almost $4,500 to the New Canaan Nature Center, a non-profit environmental education center and sanctuary that focuses on helping members of the community relate to nature.
  • ILLINOIS: Lincoln Park donated five percent of in-store proceeds – over $6,000 – made during the Spring Celebration Week the store hosted from March 27-April 3, 2014 to the Lincoln Public School “Eat What You Grow” Garden Club, which teaches children the benefits of growing and eating your own vegetables.
  • Each location used in-store proceeds from their Grand Opening Week celebrations to support their new communities. Both the West Windsor and Burlington locations celebrated their openings during the week of March 28 – April 3, 2014, and the New Canaan location opened the week of April 17, 2014.

“Mrs. Green’s Natural Market has proven that they are completely committed to providing fresh produce to not only their customers, but also those folks across New Jersey who are food insecure, through their recent and extremely generous donation to America’s Grow-a-Row,” said Chip Paillex, President and Founder, America’s Grow-a-Row. “Their contribution will ensure that thousands of pounds of free fruits and vegetables will make it onto the plates of those folks who are suffering from hunger across the state.”

“Always wonderful when new businesses in the community support McMaster Children’s Hospital and the children in our region.  We are delighted to be a part of the Mrs. Greens Natural Market’s success,” said Jennifer Laughton, Vice President of Development, McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation.

 

Terrapin Ridge Farms Debuts Tasty New Products at 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show

Terrapin Ridge Farms heats up the summer specialty food market with a delicious introduction of five brand new products and one new formulation of an existing product. These products will debut at the Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show to be held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from June 29-July 1 at booth 3927.

Terrapin Ridge Farms has amassed a cult following behind many of their specialty mustards and the new flavors being released this summer are sure to follow that trend.

pumpkin honey mustard005Pumpkin Honey Mustard (9 ounces with a suggested retail price of $7.30) combines the sweetness of pumpkin puree with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. When mixed with honey mustard the result is an incredible condiment that tastes like fall in a jar. pecan honey mustard004Pecan Honey Mustard (9 ounces with a suggested retail price of $7.30) marries the rich flavor of pecans with sweet and tangy honey mustard making for a perfect meat or vegetable glaze or simply as an accompaniment to cheeses, pretzels and crackers. Terrapin Ridge Farms’ Brown Sugar & Pecan Mustard (8.5 ounces with a suggested retail price of $6.70) has been reformulated and is even better tasting with notes of sweet brown sugar and roasted pecans. All three mustards are all-natural and vegan, the Pumpkin Honey Mustard and the Pecan Honey Mustard are also gluten free.

siracha horseradish sauce001 With the very popular emergence of its Sriracha Sauce last summer, Terrapin Ridge Farms is back with Sriracha Horseradish Sauce (8.5 ounces with suggested retail price of $6.70) that combines the popular spicy pepper with horseradish for a one-two punch of flavor and zip. This product is all-natural and gluten free.

Two new jams will debut this summer that combine sweet, savory and spicy. Cinnamon & Clove Tomato Jam (6 ounces with a suggested retail price of $8.00) is the perfect flavor combination of robust tomatoes, cloves, cinnamon and lemon zest. It makes for an excellent mashed sweet potato mix-in, on a crostini with goat cheese or on warm biscuits with butter. The Apple Horseradish Jam (6 ounces with a suggested retail price of $8.00) brings the sweetness of apple and a zing of horseradish together for a memorable journey for your taste buds. This jam pairs with strong cheeses like Manchego, or on sliced pork among other amazing applications. Both jams are all-natural, gluten free and vegan.

 

“We’re introducing some very unique flavors at this show and we’re confident consumers will adore these new products,” said Terrapin Ridge Farms’ CEO Mary O’Donnell.

Belcour Cookbook Launch Coincides with Fancy Food Show

Belcour cover imageBelcour Blue Mountain Preserves, makers of savory condiments, pepper sauces and fruit preserves, taps into its’ rich Jamaican, Chinese and French culinary heritage to release a beautiful 270 page storybook cookbook, “Belcour: Jamaican, French and Chinese Family Recipes for Entertaining,” available at www.belcourpreserves.com.

This unique cookbook features the most well-loved family recipes of chef and author, Robin Lim Lumsden paired with captivating stories of legendary entertaining among several family generations. From love stories and family gatherings to how her grandfather became co-founder of the iconic Red Stripe Beer company and more, this cookbook is an instant classic with its mouth watering imagery and effortless step-by step instructions.

“I’ve gathered an eclectic collection of recipes derived from my Jamaican, French and Chinese culinary heritage passed down from generation to generation, all using our preserves and condiments,” says Lumsden. This cookbook will expand and diversify your recipe repertoire and help you create new, delicious and cosmopolitan meals that your guests will both savor and remember.”

Belcour’s Blue Mountain Honey, which is produced on its own apiary, is home to more than 75 bee colonies and is the signature flavor that sweetens all of the delectable tropical preserves, hot sauces and condiments. Each bottle is full of ripe, flavorful, Jamaican fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices that are cooked slowly, crafted with love and sourced from local Jamaican farmers.

Belcour will exhibit in booth #2168 at the Fancy Food Show in New York City June 29-July 1, with nine of its versatile gourmet condiments, including pepper sauces, fruit preserves and savory condiments. Learn more about Belcour Blue Mountain Preserves at www.belcourpreserves.com.

Pirate Jonny’s Debuts Jerk Hot Sauce at Florida Festival

Pirate Jonny'sPirate Jonny’s Caribbean BBQ Rubs, Seasonings & Sauces has often been asked by consumers to produce a hot sauce to complement the line of barbecue sauces. A name selection for the hot sauce has finally been created, after having input from its customers on Pirate Jonny’s Facebook.

Pirate Jonny’s new Jerk hot sauce, Syrena’s Seduction, made its debut in the 8th annual Hot Pepper Festival contest June 7 and 8 in Pinellas Park, Fla.

Pirate Jonny’s product line consists of an array of award winning products, starting with its National BBQ Association Award winners, Caribbean BBQ Rub and Jamaican Jerk Seasoning. The product line of Caribbean barbecue rubs extends onward to seasonings, barbecue sauces, chili and crab boil mixes and now its own creation, Syrena’s Seduction.

Syrena’s Seduction will be available online this month at Pirate Jonny’s for consumers to purchase.

Introducing Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Chips

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Chips distill all the flavor and aroma of a classic cookie into crunchy, shatteringly delicious “thins.”   Equal parts nostalgic and new, the discs are designed to inspire love at first bite, and keep cookie lovers reaching into the bag for “just one more.”

Oatmeal raisin cookies rank among America’s favorite cookies of all time, and they’ve always been on the short list for Joanne Adirim, the creator of Cookie Chips and Founder/Pastry Chef at HannahMax Baking Company, their manufacturer.   “Our thin, crunchy renditions of other classics like chocolate chip and cinnamon sugar cookies have been so well received that we knew it was time to give lovers of the wholesome oatmeal cookie their due,” says Adirim,  “We started with an old family recipe, using whole rolled oats and juicy mini-raisins, and added extra spark with cinnamon and nutmeg.”

HannahMaxThe Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Chips ingredients label reads more like a passionate home baker’s shopping list than a typical supermarket shelf offering.  Like all Cookie Chips flavors, this new offering is made only with the finest milled cane sugar, rBST hormone-free butter, cage-free eggs and pure Bourbon vanilla. There are never any preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, trans fats, or GMOs.

All that flavor and texture in such a small space (each cookie is about 2 inches across and only 1/16 of an inch thick) is a winning proposition.   One serving of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Chips – five cookies — weighs in at just 120 calories.    They’re a perfect summer picnic dessert, after school snack, or coffee break treat.

Oatmeal Raisin launches late summer 2014 and joins five signature Cookie Chip flavors – Original Brown Sugar, Cinnamon Sugar, Chocolate Chip, Sea Salted Peanut Butter, and Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip.

Cookie Chips are available at Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Whole Foods, Jewel, Fresh Market, Earth Fare, Gelson’s, New York City’s iconic Zabars, and at specialty grocers and gourmet stores across the U.S. To find a location near you or to purchase online, visit www.crunchycookiechips.com.

Excitement Builds as Natural Products Expo East Prepares for More New Exhibitors and More New Products Than Ever Before

Boulder, CO, May 27, 2014 – Natural Products Expo East 2014, the East Coast’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event, is expecting continued growth with more new exhibitors and more new products than ever before. The event will take place September 17-20, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland and is open to trade only. Natural Products Expo East embraces the food and beverage, supplements, beauty, household and pet products categories. The event is produced by New Hope Natural Media.

“Following a record-breaking event in California last month, Natural Products Expo East will showcase more new exhibitors and more new products than ever before. The Expo show floor is nearly sold out and reception to our conference program is tremendous. With the focus on healthier lifestyles we are looking forward to celebrating the natural, organic and healthy products industry this fall,” said Adam Andersen, show director for Natural Products Expos.

The natural products industry is poised to grow to $226 billion by 2018 with an annual growth rate of 8.6 percent. Key trends driving the global natural products industry include:

  • The Health & Wellness Consumers. The healthy eating movement is spreading across all demographic groups. Five distinct consumer segments, differentiated by lifestyles, behaviors, attitudes and beliefs about health and wellness have been created for the industry.
  • Convenience & Accessibility: The importance of making nutritious, clean food more accessible and convenient across multi­dimensional demographics and how will it affect the health and wellness of all Americans.
  • Labeling Transparency: Consumers are asking for transparency with regard to food/product labels, claims and certifications, including non-GMO and organic.
  • Food Tribes: The growing gluten-free, vegan, paleo and other special diet communities are fueling the healthy eating movement and changing the way people view food and community.
  • The Future of Personalized Health: With nutrigenomic advances and the rise of food intolerances and autoimmune diseases, we are learning that one person’s “medicine” is another’s “poison.”

Event attendees will benefit from the talent and wisdom of the Natural Products Expo speakers. Doug Tompkins, Founder, The Foundation for Deep Ecology, will keynote the event. In 1964, he founded The North Face to make and sell outdoor equipment and later co-founded Esprit clothing company. Tompkins is an American environmentalist, prominent landowner, conservationist and entrepreneur.
The Natural Products Expo East education themes areBig Data, Digital Strategies, Retail Dietitians, Women in Leadership, Consumer Trends and Specialty Diets. Several education sessions include: .

  • Big Data: The Truth About the Health & Wellness Shopper
  • Retail Dietitians: Evolving the Retail Food Service Line
  • Special Diets: Gluten-free
  • Special Diets: Understand the Paleo Diet – What it is and Why It’s Trending

Natural Products Expo East will offer many learning and networking programs:

  • The Retailer Workshop offers retailers a complete day of education geared toward business and the natural products industry. .
  • The Retail Store Tour offers a guided tour of several of Maryland’s best natural products and specialty stores. In addition, industry experts provide tips on running a successful retail business.
  •  The NEXT Accelerator Entrepreneur Boot Camp is designed to inspire, educate and connect entrepreneurs with individuals who can help them grow their businesses. .
  • The Women in Naturals Networking event is dedicated to women in the natural products industry looking to network and learn From other professionals.
  • The Community Celebration brings industry veterans and colleagues together to network.
  •  The Harvest Festival features an array of products in a festival-style atmosphere. The event combines the lively appeal of a traditional farmers’ market, with the business-building power of an industry trade show.

For complete information on Natural Products Expo East, visit expoeast.com.
Follow @NatProdExpo on Twitter for ongoing conversations or connect on Facebook or LinkedIn groups to keep up on Natural Products Expo latest developments.

About New Hope Natural Media
New Hope Natural Media, a division of Penton, is the leading media resource and information provider for the natural, organic and healthy products industry, with print, in-person/event, and e-business products and services.
CONTACT:
Heather Smith New Hope Natural Media Phone: (303) 998-9232 Email: hsmith@newhope.com

 

Pacific Foods Introduces Shelf-Stable Hummus, Salsa con Queso

Pacific Foods, a company most known for its soups, broths and non-dairy beverages, is expanding into the snacking category this year with Organic Hummus and Salsa Con Queso. Both are packaged in the brand’s signature Tetra Recart BPA-free cartons, allowing the shelf-stable dips to be conveniently positioned near the chips and jarred salsas – a first for a nationally distributed hummus!

Pacific

Organic Hummus

Pacific’s Organic Hummus comes in three distinct flavors including Classic, Roasted Garlic and Roasted Red Pepper, and sets itself apart from the competition though the following characteristics:

  • Shelf-stable in BPA-free cartons for anytime, anywhere consumption
  • Contains one third fewer calories and 40 percent less fat than the leading refrigerated brand!
  • Made from high-quality organic ingredients – chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice and sea salt

Salsa Con Queso

Pacific’s gluten-free and vegetarian Salsa Con Queso leaves artificial flavors and preservatives at the door while still providing big cheese flavor by using real ingredients.

  • rBST-free, made with real sharp cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses, fresh chopped jalapeños, roma tomatoes, red bell peppers and crème fraiche from Pacific’s founder’s dairy
  • One third less sodium per serving than the leading brand!

Pacific’s Hummus is now on shelves at select Whole Foods Markets and other natural grocers nationwide and its Salsa Con Queso is available now exclusively at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, with distribution expanding throughout the year ($3.39-$4.99 for 12.75 ounces).

 

Sartori Released Limited Edition Goat Cheese

Sartori goatSartori Cheese will be releasing its Limited Edition Extra-Aged Goat cheese for June and July. Hand-crafted in small batches, this special cheese is only released twice a year and will be sold to specialty cheese shops throughout the U.S.

Numi Organic Tea Announces a New Line of Turmeric Teas

Numi Organic Tea is launching a new product line: Turmeric Tea.  Numi’s Turmeric Tea is the first full line of organic, fair trade, premium turmeric-focused blends on the market, and highlights its namesake ingredient’s earthy and robust flavor in a collection of four cleansing and refreshing herbal teasans.

An ancient root related to the ginger family, turmeric is native to Southeast Asia and is often found in curries, giving the food its brilliant, golden orange color.  Turmeric has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and has surged in popularity over recent years as scientists have discovered its many health benefits.

Curcumin, the medicinal compound in turmeric, has been associated with numerous health effects.  A powerful superfood, health experts such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Andrew Weil have written about turmeric’s positive effects on the mind and body.

The turmeric in Numi’s new blends is sourced from Madagascar, where Numi is the first brand to purchase Fair Trade certified ingredients from this specific farm group.  Dedicated to improving the lives of people involved in every step of their business, Numi has contributed incremental funds to support the farm group’s Fair Trade certification process and has provided new tools such as knives, brushes, cleaning pans and bags for transporting raw materials from the farms to the processing factory.  The first Fair Trade premiums are being invested in improved drinking water infrastructure there.

“Our love of tea, travel, and creativity has inspired us to blend unique ingredients and create new tea experiences,” says Ahmed Rahim, CEO, Co-founder, and chief alchemist for Numi Organic Tea.  “Turmeric Tea is rich in this vital root and blended with 100 percent real ingredients for tasty aromatic flavors.  This healthy tea tonic will revitalize, enrich and restore and can be enjoyed any time of day.”

Numi Turmeric Teas are certified organic, verified non-GMO, Fair Trade Certified, kosher and halal certified, and made with 100 percent real ingredients (not “natural” flavorings, or perfumes) including turmeric as the primary ingredient.  Like all of Numi Organic Tea’s products, the Turmeric Tea blends are expertly crafted to not only be healthy but also exceptionally delicious.  Consumers can choose from four enticing blends that are excellent served hot or iced:

Three Roots: Blending earthy turmeric, spicy ginger, and sweet licorice, Three Roots transports your senses to an exotic Indian Bazaar.

Golden Tonic: This uplifting blend of turmeric, lemon verbena and dried lime mingle for an exhilarating dance.  Golden hues of turmeric have an earthy sweetness as the zesty citrus notes soar and enliven the senses.

Fields of Gold: The mellow richness of turmeric, the sweet calming notes of chamomile, and the lively zest of lemon myrtle reside in Fields of Gold.

Amber Sun: With a radiating, smooth richness, this blend of turmeric, rooibos, vanilla beans and a hint of cinnamon offers mellow apple notes with a sweet peppery zest.

Numi Organic Tea Turmeric Teas will be available to ship in August, 2014 to retail for a suggested price of $7.99.

 

Panelist Line-up Announced for Chicago Integrity in Food Marketing Event

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® has announced the moderator and list of panelists participating in the upcoming Food Dialogues: Chicago. Integrity in Food Marketing event, on June 10 at the InterContinental Hotel. The event explores how companies use marketing efforts to respond to consumers’ increasing demand for transparency. Thirteen-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and Dr. OZ consumer and investigative correspondent, Elisabeth Leamy, will moderate.

The panel is comprised of farmers and ranchers, food industry executives, marketing ethics academia and consumer representatives, all well-known in their respective fields for their expertise in how food is marketed. Panelists include:

  • Dawn Caldwell, family farmer from Edgar, Neb.; Communications Manager for the Aurora Cooperative; Lady of Ag blogger
  • Clarke Caywood, Professor and tenured member of the Integrated Marketing Communications Department, Northwestern University
  • Michael Dimock, President of Roots of Change
  • Mike Donahue, former CCO of McDonald’s, now Owner and Brand Architect of LYFE Kitchen
  • Alan Moskowitz, Director, Communispace
  • Emily Paster, food writer, West of the Loop
  • Connie Tipton, CEO, International Dairy Foods Association
  • Chuck Wirtz, Iowa pork producer from Whittemore, Iowa

This dialogue is inspired by USFRA’s research suggesting that nearly 60 percent of people feel it’s extremely important for grocery stores and restaurants to provide information about how the food they sell is grown and raised. The Food Dialogues: Chicago. Integrity in Food Marketing will explore how food professionals – from farmers to food manufacturers, marketers to foodservice and retail executives – can share information on complex food-production issues while not confusing, misrepresenting or alarming consumers.

The June 10 event marks the return of the award-winning Food Dialogues panel series to Chicago. After the morning session, being held from 10-11:30 a.m., a closed lunch session will take place for food professionals only, featuring a more in-depth look at this and related topics. To sign up for updates and more information, visit the Food Dialogues: Chicago section on FoodDialogues.com. The morning panel will also stream live online.

“USFRA succeeds in bringing communities together to have important conversations about how food is grown and raised and marketed in the U.S. today, whether they’re easy conversations or not,” Stallman states. “The Food Dialogues: Chicago. Integrity in Food Marketing will be an important discussion for consumers and the entire food chain.”

For more information about USFRA or its signature event series, The Food Dialogues, visit www.fooddialogues.com. Follow USFRA on Twitter @USFRA using #FoodD.