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United Family Stores to Host School Supply Drive for Abilene Kindergartners

The United Family®is partnering with United Way of Abilene to host the annual K Ready Kids School Supply Drive to benefit children entering kindergarten in the West Central Texas region. The initiative aims to provide kindergarten classrooms with two new, age-appropriate books per student in addition to school supplies needed for children to have a successful first year in school.

From July 30 through Aug.13, store guests at all five United locations in Abilene, including Albertsons Market, are encouraged to purchase school supplies and drop them into barrels located at the front of each store. Additionally, guests can deposit cash donations into Crayola banks – crayon shaped piggybanks – at checkout.

“School supplies are essential to a child’s success in the classroom, and the reality is that many families in our community are unable to purchase these items for their children,” said Shelby Crews, Community Relations Manager for The United Family. “The money and supplies we collect will help ensure all Abilene children have the proper tools to learn and develop in the classroom alongside their peers.”

Schools in the Abilene area will benefit from the supply drive.

Gourmet du Village Launches New Recipe Book

 

Gourmet du Village cookbook“Comfort Food” is a conveniently sized 48 page recipe book full of easy-to-prepare recipes. Each recipe offers two convenient ways to prepare; firstly the traditional way from scratch using store bought ingredients; the second, easier method, uses Gourmet du Village seasonings and mixes to simplify the whole process.

“We make the basics in your pantry or fridge taste great,” says Mike Tott, President. “This is the principle we have followed in creating this recipe book. Each of the recipes is for single serve or for a couple; great for couples or students. Recipes included are for breakfast, appetizers, main dishes and desserts. Many use Gourmet du Village Bakers.”

This new product along with the entire new collection of Gourmet du Village gifts can be seen at their showrooms in Dallas, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.

 

Isabel Ready to Make a Splash in the USA

What began in 1887 in a small fishing village in Spain is now available on a supermarket shelf near you. Not only is Isabel bringing its tuna, sardines, octopus and squid to the U.S. market, the company is also bringing its wildly popular Salad Bowls (shelf stable and ready-to-eat prepared salads) to the U.S.

naturtunaThe Salad Bowls have been a homerun in the European market for years. The healthy, ready-to-eat meals include everything anyone needs for a quick meal on the go in a single bowl.   All you have to do is open, mix, and enjoy. The bowls even come with a spoon included!  Isabel is introducing three Salad Bowl flavors here in the U.S.:

  • Vegetable Medley with chunk light tuna has an authentic Mediterranean flavor and is filled with vegetables that thrive in the Spanish climate. It’s light, flavorful and great for grab-and-go meal.
  • Tuna Salad with vegetables is inspired by Russian recipes and is a perfect combination of flavors. It’s packed with veggies and drizzled with a light, refreshing sauce.
  • Pasta Salad with chunk light tuna is light on calories but full on flavor and includes tuna, pasta, soybeans, corn and more.

 Isabel was the first to come out with the Salad Bowl product in Spain and is still the largest pre-packaged salad bowl producer in Europe. With the America desire for healthy eat on-the-go options, Isabel’s Salad Bowls are a perfect solution.  And this product is already winning American fans.

tunasaladFor the Isabel Tuna purists who have tried one of the Naturtuna products — solid light tuna packed in either extra virgin olive oil or water — you already know the difference that distinguishes Isabel Tuna. It’s actual sliced tuna loin. No vegetable broth. No mixed chunks. Just tuna.

“There’s a noticeable difference even before you taste it,” said Sean Crotty, Isabel North America Vice President and General Manager. “One of the things we like to do is open a can of our tuna and then open a competitor’s. We flip them upside down on a plate. The other comes out as a lump of tuna pieces and ours comes out as one big piece. The tuna looks different. It doesn’t have the smell that’s associated with canned tuna. It’s milder. The taste and texture is very moist and mild.”

Isabel will also bring its line of specialty products including sardines in olive oil, octopus (in garlic sauce or olive oil), squid pieces in ink sauce and mussels in pickle sauce.   These products appeal to the growing ethnic consumer base as well as the broadening American palate.

Already in Harris-Teeter stores (primarily along the East Coast) and other independent grocers from New York to Miami, Isabel products are expected to be in stores across the country soon.

“The heritage of our brand is important. We are a 125-year-old company. Although we’re new to the U.S., we’ve been a leader in the world market for many years.  We also have significant involvement in the sustainability side of the industry especially working with the World Wildlife Foundation,” said Crotty. “We’re looking forward to continuing that work, as we introduce our products to the American market.”

Red Jacket Orchards Debuts New Look for Joe’s Summer Blend Lemonade

Joe's 12Long-time New York favorite, Red Jacket Orchards, is unleashing a new look and a new name for its famous Joe’s Summer Blend. This delicious blend of apple and lemon will now be called Joe’s NY Style Lemonade. Red Jacket assures avid fans that what’s in the bottle will stay the same.

Red Jacket Orchards has made a name for itself as a healthy line of cold-pressed juices. Born in the Finger Lakes in upstate New York, Red Jacket is a family-run business with strong roots in its community. Originally a cult favorite amongst farmer’s market dwellers, these invigorating drinks are now widely known across the country for their cloudy appearance and their impressive health benefits. Unlike their clear juice competitors, Red Jacket’s product is unfiltered and naturally contains a punch of insoluble and soluble fiber.

As in the other bright and refreshing flavors, Joe’s NY Style Lemonade also has only two very simple ingredients: lemon juice and apple juice. There are no added colors, flavors, water or sugar. Just as you have come to expect, Red Jacket Orchards creates a perfectly ripe sweetness with the help of the New York apple. Red Jacket Orchards juices taste just like the whole fruit they were made from.

 

Upfront Foods Granola Now Certified Made in USA

Upfront Foods® non-GMO, vegan and kosher certified granolas now will display the Made In USA Certified® seal.

UFF-Upfront-Nutty-Granola-FrontEMAll three granola flavors have achieved the certification designating that from 94 percent to 97 percent of their ingredients are verified as being sourced from U.S. producers, said Gigi Twist, company founder.  The granola itself is produced in Boca Raton for the specialty food, grocery and foodservice industries.

“Our company’s name is Upfront Foods, and we want to be upfront with consumers about all aspects of our product, including from where our ingredients are sourced,” Twist said.  “The certification was a rigorous process with third-party supply chain verification, including affidavits from all of our suppliers attesting to the country of origin of each ingredient.

Upfront Foods granolas have no artificial ingredients or preservatives.  They also have Non-GMO Project verification, are certified vegan by the Vegan Awareness Foundation, and are OK kosher certified.  All three granolas are designated 100 percent whole grain by the Whole Grains Council, and Straight Up Granola and Straight Up Granola with Cranberries meet USDA Smart Snack Standards for elementary, middle and high schools.

Upfront Foods’ three flavors include Straight Up Granola™ with organic whole grain oats and crunchy flaxseed (94 percent Made in USA-certified), Straight Up Granola with Cranberries, which adds sweet-tart cranberries to the mix (95 percent Made in USA certified), and Upfront Nutty™ Granola with almonds and pecans (97 percent Made in USA certified).

Upfront Foods granolas are available in 1.4-ounce pouches with a suggested retail price of $1.49.  Additional information is available at http://UpfrontFoods.com or by calling 1-561-886-0209.

Ozery Bakery Launches Soft Ciabatta Thins

Ozery Bakery, the artisanal baker best known for Morning Rounds® Breakfast breads, today launches yet another bakery first:  pre-sliced Soft Ciabatta Thins. Available in Multi Grain and Chia and authentic Sour Dough varieties, Ozery’s newest sandwich breads are non-GMO certified, vegan, low fat and cholesterol- and preservative-free. They are also the first true Italian ciabatta bread crafted to make the ultimate sandwich: perfectly square, soft, thin, pre-sliced and less bready than conventional ciabatta bread.

OzeryPutting the chia in chiabatta bread, Ozery’s Multi Grain variety brings chia seeds to the party along with cracked wheat, rye, barley, oats, crushed flax and sunflower seeds to elevate the Omega-3 content while providing a whopping 8 grams of fiber per serving. Similarly, the Sour Dough has the authentic tang you would expect and toasts up to a satisfying crackly crunch.

“We’ve had our eye on ciabatta bread for some time now. We tinkered with our recipe over the past two years until we got it right,” says Alon Ozery, who, along with his brother, Guy, is driving innovation in the baked goods industry. “Ours is the first soft ciabatta thin sandwich bread in the market. We hope you like it as much as we do!”

Ozery Soft Ciabatta thins are available at natural and specialty food stores in addition to other fine retailers across the country for a suggested retail price of $4.69 for each 16.9-ounce package containing six buns. Food service packaging and pricing is also available.

Pereg Gourmet Offers Lineup of Beans and Grains

Pereg Gourmet, a family-owned company offering a wide array of all-natural and exotic pantry staples, is introducing a lineup of premium ancient grains, rice and beans that are easy to prepare and ideal for rounding out a meal.

One hundred percent pure and naturally rich in health benefits, the new products include: white quinoa, red quinoa, farro, wheat berries, chickpeas, basmati rice, pearl couscous, traditional couscous, bulgur, soup mix, black beans, French lentils, Texas chili beans, orange lentils, green lentils, an autumn lentil blend, yellow split peas, green split peas, red kidney beans, and white beans. Of these 20 different varieties, each are completely free of preservatives and OU kosher certified. Most of the new items are also gluten-free certified and non-GMO verified.

PeregPackaged in a stand-up, re-sealable pouch to maintain freshness, each bag measures in at one pound and features recipe ideas on the back. The new grain, rice and bean lineup is now rolling out at select retailers across the country and online. The suggested retail price is $2.99 to $3.99 for everything but the quinoa and $5.99 to $6.99 for the quinoa items. Visit www.pereg-gourmet.com for detail on the company.

Introducing Organic Sauces from Robert Rothschild Farm

Robert Rothschild Farm announces its first complete line of organic sauces after recently achieving organic certification of its manufacturing facility in Urbana, Ohio. Robert Rothschild Farm produces sauces, dips, preserves, mustards, spreads and other gourmet products that are all natural, gluten free and kosher.

Robert Rothschild Farm grows and manufactures all their food on the Ohio farm, but is the first certified organic line. This new line of organic products will launch the beginning of a movement to convert the majority of the Robert Rothschild Farm’s current product offering to be organic certified.

“We are conscientious of current healthy lifestyles and want to provide the consumer what they desire,” said Jim Gordon, President and CEO of Robert Rothschild Farm. “We felt compelled to provide organic products that tasted great. Taste should not be compromised when seeking organic products using Non-GMO ingredients.”
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The new organic line of sauces was announced at the Summer Fancy Food Show on July 1, 2014 and includes Blueberry Balsamic, Citrus Chardonnay, Pineapple Habanero BBQ, Sriracha Teriyaki, Whiskey Pepper Cream and White Wine Creole sauces.
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This year also celebrates Robert Rothschild Farm’s 30th Anniversary of producing specialty foods. Robert Rothschild Farm is continually recognized as one of the top gourmet food manufacturers in the United States and has been honored with numerous awards for its branded product line, but the company also produces gourmet products under many private labels. Robert Rothschild products are carried in over 5,000 grocery and specialty stores throughout the US.

“Creating organic products shows our commitment, not only to high-quality, flavorful products but taking our company to the next level,” said Gordon. “Organic foods are a growing market in which Robert Rothschild Farm is well positioned to produce and provide these essential products. We look forward to leading the specialty food industry and bringing our consumers the finest in organic, open and serve products that they have come to expect from us.”

Victoria Fine Foods Puts Ingredients on Front of Label

Victoria Fine Foods has just launched new packaging for its Victoria premium brand of artisanal pasta sauces listing ingredients on the front of the label.

VictoriaExtensive consumer research was conducted among primary shoppers and meal preparers of pasta sauce that led to the revolutionary decision to place the ingredients on the front of the label. Consumers indicated that placing ingredients on the front was very positive and helped show that Victoria had all natural fresh ingredients without preservatives that were similar to ingredients they would use in their own pasta sauce. They also indicated it would make shopping easier.

This new label approach supports Victoria’s philosophy of Ingredients Come First™, making Victoria the only major pasta sauce brand to highlight the ingredients on the front of their package.

“We are proud to be first major brand in the pasta sauce category to declare our ingredients on the front of our package; It’s not just a location, it’s a philosophy” says Don Davide, Chief Strategy Officer, VFF. “We are committed to using only fresh ingredients and the most authentic slow kettle-cooking process for a true homemade taste, and by announcing this on the front of our new label, we believe our new package allows the consumer to make an informed decision about what they are feeding their families.”

Victoria maintains small-batch, home-style cooking methods on a larger scale by slow kettle cooking all of their sauces starting with freshly chopped ingredients. Unlike leading national brands, Victoria never adds water, paste (tomato byproducts), or dried ingredients and never compromises taste for processing alternatives like quick heating transfer tubes. Victoria maintains that life and food, like a gondola ride, is better when taken slowly.