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Former FDA Director Discusses Need for Foreign Supplier Verification Plan

Food importers have precious little time to design, test and implement a Foreign Supplier Verification Plan, warned the FDA’s former Director of Import Operations Domenic J. Veneziano. Speaking at a November 4, 2016, Town Hall Meeting sponsored by the Association of Food Industries (AFI) in Newark, New Jersey, Veneziano, who now serves as Independent FDA Regulatory and Strategic Consultant for global trade law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, explained that waiting to create a comprehensive FSVP could result in disruption of your supply chain, delays in entry processing, and in some cases, the exclusion of your products from the U.S. marketplace.

Veneziano offered several tips to help food industry professionals meet the May 2017 FSVP compliance deadline and avoid costly disruptions to their business operations.

First, Veneziano explained, know if your company or facility is covered by the FSVP requirements. “Many people are under the impression that only the U.S. Customs importer of record is required to comply, “Veneziano said. “But the definition of ‘importer’ under the Food Safety Modernization Act is much broader and can include the actual CBP importer, as well as the owner or consignee of food being offered for import, and even the U.S. agent of the importer. All are at risk if FSVP requirements are not met.”

Another common misconception is that only large food importers are required to create a foreign supplier verification program, but nothing could be further from the truth,” Veneziano said. “The statute does make some concessions for smaller companies, but there are still requirements to be met. So the rule is unless you meet a specific exemption, your company must create a foreign supplier plan.”

In order to create a plan that meets government requirements, it is important to understand the purpose of a FSVP. “Under the Food Safety Modernization Act, importers have explicit responsibility to ensure the safety of imported food,” Veneziano explains. “Foreign suppliers are expected to produce food using the same standards of processing and procedures required by domestic producers. What you want to show the FDA is that you are taking steps to ensure that foreign-produced food is safe and that the food entering the commerce of the United States is not adulterated or misbranded,” he said.

Veneziano also emphasized the importance of selecting a qualified individual to perform required FSVP activities.

“The individual creating the Foreign Supplier Verification Program must have the education, training and/or experience necessary to conduct a sophisticated review of all the records associated with an activity under review,” Veneziano said. “You need an expert who can not only develop the actual program, but conduct hazard analyses, evaluate risks specific to the food being imported, verify supplier activities, monitor corrective actions and maintain records,” he added. “It’s a major undertaking and requires a high level of expertise.”

Cucina Antica Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Cucina Antica won this year’s sofi Award in the Outstanding Pasta Sauce category with its Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce. The company’s signature Tuscany Pumpkin Sauce is a blend of peak-harvested pumpkin, flavorful imported Italian San Marzano tomatoes, and aromatic spices with a touch of cream.

Antica Foods Corp. offers a broad selection of wholesome sauces and condiments. Since 1998, the company has been providing families with artisan crafted cooking sauces and condiments. The cooking and pasta sauces are made with real whole tomatoes, never paste. The sauces contain no preservatives, no added sugar or added water, and they are lower in sodium for a healthy and wholesome meal. Cucina Antica Foods Corp. is built on a foundation of doing good for the common good and striving to make products that allow the home chef to prepare a true and honest homemade meal.

Cucina Antica Foods, Corp
salesteam@CucinaAnticaFoods.com
Cucina-Antica.com

It’s Almost Cheese Parade Time Again!

Peter Lovis, proprietor of the Concord Cheese Shop, announces the arrival of a 400-pound wheel of Crucolo cheese at his shop in ConcordAnnually on the first Thursday of December since 2010, The Cheese Shop of Concord has taken delivery of a gigantic wheel of Crucolo cheese, imported from a tiny hill town in northern Italy.

And each year, the festivities surrounding the cheese’s arrival in Concord, Massachusetts, have grown to include more and more segments of the town’s population. From students to selectmen; from merchants to the merely curious. But one thing is certain: No one can resist a cheese parade.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 1 at the intersection of Main and Walden streets in this historic town’s center, the colorful and boisterous parade provides Concord and its visitors with a half hour of old fashioned fun and unity.

A team of draft horses and a cart haul the cheese down the street, accompanied by the blare of brass instruments and scores of high-spirited dancers from nearby Concord Academy, while the crowd cheers and waves Italian flags.

After a brief round of speeches, echoed Occupy-Wall-Street style, the cheese is ceremoniously halved and quartered on a raised stage for all to watch, and is sampled among the crowd.

Amazingly, the cheese – a mild asiago fresco made from cow’s milk — is sold by the pound and generally sells out in less than 14 days.

NOTE: For 2016, Concord’s Colonial Inn is offering a Crucolo Day Package to anyone who’d care to expand their parade viewing experience into an overnight. It includes a great rate, some local beers, and a half pound of Crucolo cheese.

La Piana Romantica Happy Apple Condiment

Italian Foods Corporation is introducing La Piana® Romantica Happy Apple Condiment, a versatile apple cider vinegar-based product imported from the Emilia-Romagna region near Modena, Italy, for the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show, where it will be available for tasting in the Italian Foods Corp. booth.

The new Happy Apple Condiment melds sweet and tart notes with a combination of apple cider vinegar and concentrated apple juice for a range of culinary applications, according to General Manager Francesca Lapiana-Krause. Packaged in tall, slender 8.4-ounce glass bottles, Happy Apple Condiment has a suggested retail price of $14.99.

The new condiment may be used traditionally as a dressing for fruit or lettuce salads and slaws as well as a base for apple or stone fruit sauces or compotes for pork, and when slightly reduced, makes a savory glaze for poultry. The versatile Happy Apple Condiment also can be used as a sweet and savory topping for pancakes, she said. In addition to the new condiment, Italian Foods’ Romantica line includes Gran Reserva Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and Rosé Condiment. The La Piana line also includes Bronze, Silver and Gold Balsamic Vinegars of Modena.

More information is available online or by calling 1.888.516.7262.

Mount Franklin Foods Acquires Candy Plant in Sumter, SC

Mount Franklin Foods, LLC, is adding a fifth food manufacturing plant and its first candy making facility to be located in the U.S. Through an investment expected to total $10 million, the plant will be updated with state-of-the-art equipment, allowing the company to add vitamin gummies and other fortified products as well as organic and natural fruit snack items to its product portfolio.

The Sumter facility, which belonged to the former Au’some Candy Company, is on track to be operational by the end of the second quarter of 2017 and is expected to lead to the creation of at least 225 new jobs. Mount Franklin Foods has acquired all of the equipment and is now working on finalizing the real estate transaction.

“Everyone at Mount Franklin Foods is excited about our new operations in Sumter, South Carolina” said Gary Ricco, the company’s President and CEO. “The Palmetto state and Sumter are pro-business, and this new location will provide us with a strong platform for driving revenues by continuing to serve our customers with compelling product offerings.”

San Francisco Salt Company Carries Ireland’s Second PDO-Accredited Product

San Francisco Salt Company has partnered with Oriel Sea Salt, which is now accredited under the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), the most prestigious EU food quality register. Oriel Sea Salt is the second product from Ireland to be recognized under the PDO and is used to craft San Francisco Salt Company’s Whiskey Smoked Irish Sea Salt. The accreditation was received on August 31, 2016.

The PDO designates agricultural products or foodstuff that is exclusively determined by the geographical environment they are in. In order to receive the PDO certification, the product must be traditionally or entirely manufactured within the specific region. Preparing, processing, and producing a product in one region is rare and brings out unique properties in that product.

“The accreditation of the Oriel Salt being used in our salts is special because it allows us to create a gourmet salt blend that is high in quality and strong in taste,” says Lee Williamson, President and CEO of San Francisco Salt Company. “We are the only gourmet salt company in the U.S. to carry the Whiskey Smoked Salt and it’s exciting to see how much success we’ve had through the product.”

The production of the Whiskey Smoked Salt begins with smoking 90-year-old Nicaraguan oak kegs, which hold Teeling’s finest Irish whiskey during its last 10 years of aging. The smoking takes place just hours after the kegs are emptied. This process ensures retention of the rich whiskey and oak aromas, which are then subtly infused into Oriel Kiln-Dried Mineral Sea Salt. Oriel Sea Salt is known for its powerful taste that allows chefs to use less salt and achieve the same kick.

San Francisco Salt Company’s Whiskey Smoked Irish Sea Salt is available in bulk packages for restaurants, hotels, bars and other volume customers as well as three retail-sized package options: 4-ounce glass shaker bottles, 5-ounce stackable shakers, and 8-ounce glass chef’s jars with wooden scoop.

Fresh Roasted Pecans in Minutes with Wind & Willow

New from Wind & Willow and perfect for the holidays: Roasted Pecan Seasoning Mixes. Combine each mix with one egg white and pecans and bake for 22 minutes.

With the aroma that fills the kitchen, you’ll fall in love before you take the first bite. Once you pull them from the oven, the taste becomes the star of the show. Perfect on their own or in a salad, decorate a pumpkin pie, top ice cream, or make an over-the-top snack mix by adding dried fruit and candies.

Each re-usable and biodegradable burlap bag contains two packets so you can make two batches. After the first batch, you’ll be glad you have one left.

Flavors include Cinnamon & Sugar, Caramel Apple, and Cocoa & Cayenne. Each double-batch bag retails for $9.95.

Wind & Willow, Inc.
888.427.3235
www.windandwillow.com

Gaucho Ranch Chimichurri Sauces

Gaucho Ranch Chimichurri Sauces are the perfect condiment for you if you’re tired of sugary barbecue sauces and miss the natural flavors of steak, chicken, seafood or pork. Gaucho Ranch Chimichurri is made of a complex and delicious mix of herbs, spices, garlic, oil and vinegar which tenderize and enhance the natural flavors of your proteins. It’s also very low in sodium, has no cholesterol, no trans fats and low calories.

Vegetarian? Gaucho Ranch Chimichurri Sauces are also excellent served over roasted vegetables, rice, couscous or as a dipping sauce for fresh bread. Four unique flavors cater to every possible occasion, all featuring a different herbal profile ranging from Rosemary and Oregano to Basil and Thyme or Cilantro and Mint. Whether you want to offer your guests a new and exciting chimichurri burger, or chimichurri shrimp kabobs, your friends and family will love your creation.
Gaucho Ranch Chimichurri is shelf-stable and packaged in 12.5-ounce bottles.

Cordoba Foods
786.202.3144
sales@gauchoranchfoods.com
www.gauchoranchfoods.com

Sally Williams Fine Foods of South Africa Launches in U.S.

Sally Williams Fine Foods of South Africa, a premium purveyor of gourmet, hand-made soft textured nougat and related confections has opened offices in the U.S. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with plans to introduce and distribute to American consumers. Trevor P. Shevil has been named Chief Executive Officer, Sally Williams – U.S. Sally Williams, and will run its American operations.

In business for more than 20 years, the South African company currently sells its award-winning products at some of the most prestigious retailers throughout Europe

According to Trevor P. Shevil, “We chose Fort Lauderdale for the site of our U.S. headquarters because of the area’s easy access to the eastern corridor. Since we plan to launch Sally Williams on the East Coast first, the Florida area seemed a logical choice. We have also secured warehousing and distribution, outsourced to industry experts in strategic locations throughout the U.S.” Sally Williams opened its U.S. branch in September 2016 at 1234 NE 4th Ave, Suite B, Fort Lauderdale.

Sally Williams Fine Foods will make its debut in the U.S. at Kosherfest 2016. Kosherfest is the largest North American kosher food show, being held this year November 15-16, at the Meadowlands Expo Center, Secaucus, New Jersey.

Globally, Sally Williams is recognized as one of the most prestigious confectionery brands, particularly recognized as a purveyor of the finest honey nougat and chocolate offerings available today. It is a recipient of the International Great Taste Awards, acknowledged as the benchmark for fine food and drink and described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world in the United Kingdom. Currently, Sally Williams is distributed widely in more than 20 countries and is sold at many of the finest retailer food halls, including Harrods and Selfridges in the UK.

Line up of Sally Williams Products:

  • Luxury Almond, Macadamia, Cranberry and Almond Nougat combinations
  • Decadent Belgian Dark Chocolate Enrobed Almond Nougat
  • Decadent Belgian Milk Chocolate Enrobed Almond Nougat
  • Belgian Dark Chocolate Bars with Roasted Nougat
  • Belgian Milk Chocolate Bars with Roasted Nougat
  • Indulgent Crispy Nougat Treats in Belgium Milk or Dark Chocolate

Sally Williams Fine Foods products are manufactured using only the finest all natural ingredients, free of preservatives, colorants and gluten, and are certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. They are available in both non-dairy and dairy varieties. Sally Williams Fine Foods is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with offices in London, United Kingdom and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Subscription Delivery Service Targets Children

Nurture Life, the first and only subscription meal delivery service focused specifically on children, launches nationally this November. Created to serve time-pressed parents while meeting the evolving nutritional needs of growing kids, Nurture Life offers fresh, wholesome, organic, ready-to-eat meals delivered weekly, straight to the consumer’s door. The innovative service is designed for babies, toddlers and kids from six months to 18 years of age.

“Nurture Life fundamentally changes mealtime for busy families,” said Nurture Life Co-Founder Jennifer Chow. “Quick and easy often means compromises, especially when it comes to food. Nurture Life offers parents an alternative to hours spent cooking or tradeoffs in the quality and healthiness of frozen or takeout meals. We’re excited to offer parents time and peace of mind with our healthy, wholesome and convenient meals created for parents who want the best for their kids.”

Founded by tech-industry veterans and parents themselves, Steven Minisini and Jennifer Chow, Nurture Life was born out of their personal challenge to promote healthy eating for their kids while juggling busy schedules. With the guidance of the company’s culinary team and pediatric dietitian, the service incorporates the highest quality produce, proteins and ingredients into each meal. Organic and locally sourced, whenever possible, Nurture Life meals never include peanuts, tree nuts or shellfish and are free of artificial ingredients, refined sugars, trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. To eliminate cross-contamination on the most common allergies, meals are prepared, cooked and packaged on-site in Nurture Life’s state-of-the-art Chicago production facility.

Offering flexible plans that grow with families, Nurture Life’s unique subscription platform provides the convenience to configure and scale meal selections to fit a family’s needs over time. With multiple weekly plan options, including eight or 14 meals for babies and five or 10 meals for toddlers and kids, the service’s prices range from $45 to $119 per week. All meals are cooked and portioned based on the child’s age and nutritional needs, with weekly menu rotations featuring seasonal choices, as well as classic favorites so that kids can experience a variety of tastes and ingredients. Nurture Life delivers a week’s worth of meals tailored to the child’s feeding stage, such as Butternut Squash Puree for babies just starting solids, Pear, Apple, Quinoa & Cinnamon Puree for babies ready for combination purees and Salmon, English Peas, Golden Potato & Dill finger foods for babies learning to feed themselves. Toddlers and kids can enjoy Chicken Tenders, Mashed Yams & French Green Beans, Teriyaki Salmon over Brown Rice and Spinach Stuffed Gnocchi with Turkey Bolognese. Each order is packaged in an insulated box to maintain freshness. Meals are delivered cold, never frozen and simply need to be stored in the refrigerator until reheating.

A time and stress-saving solution for families of all shapes and sizes, Nurture Life takes the pressure and guesswork out of planning and cooking meals. Headquartered in Chicago, Nurture Life ships to the Midwest and East Coast, including major cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Dallas and Atlanta.

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