Synergy Flavors, Inc., which supplies flavors, extracts and essences for the global food and beverage industry, has announced the completion of two new primary schools in Antohomaro and Farahalana, Madagascar. The two facilities mark the second pair of schools Synergy Flavors has funded in Madagascar. The first two schools were built near Sambava, Madagascar in 2016. This initiative is a way for the company to give back to the underserved community of growers and processors who have been at the heart of Synergy Flavors’ success for decades.
Synergy Flavors once again worked with the Madagascar Development Fund (MDF) to build the two schools. The schools were built to replace two others that were destroyed by Cyclone Enowa early in 2017, a cyclone that destroyed much of the region’s infrastructure.
“One of MDF’s main objectives is to reduce poverty by providing communities with self-sustaining tools, such as education and schools,” said Brian Donaldson, past British ambassador to Madagascar and patron of the Madagascar Development Fund. “Thanks to Synergy Flavors’ funding, we are able to provide two more towns with access to educational resources and skill development tools that will improve the lives of children, who will one day become leaders in their communities.”
Madagascar has a historically challenged economy, where more than 80 percent of the population has an income of less than one dollar per day, according to MDF. Antohomaro and Farahalana are located in the SAVA region, which produces nearly 80 percent of the world’s vanilla beans. As a major producer of vanilla extracts and flavors, Synergy Flavors chose to invest in the future of a region that has provided so much to the flavor and ingredient industry.
“Synergy Flavors believes the key to innovation and success is starting with the right foundation,” said Rod Sowders, President and Chief Executive Officer of Synergy Flavors. “Education is a significant portion of that foundation. By building schools in areas that lack a direct avenue to education, we are creating a strong foundation for Malagasy children and driving transformative change throughout the entire community.”
With construction completed, the two schools will now begin to accept children for classes. These schools will put young children on the right path to a more promising future and will provide many of them with access to education for the first time in their lives. The inauguration of the schools is expected to take place later this year.
Savortree™ Ginger Crystals are the newest flavor in the Herb Crystals® line by Fresh Origins, a San Diego-based company. Made from real ginger, these Crystals have a refreshing and authentic ginger taste and they are the hottest new ingredient for spicing up cooking at home. These Crystals are zesty and crunchy with just the right amount of ginger spice. Ginger Crystals to can be added to salads, meats, seafood, pastries, fresh fruit, gelato, chocolate and even cocktails.
Savortree Crystals are available in the following flavors: Herb Crystals Basil, Cilantro, Ginger, Habanero, Flower Crystals Mint, Fennel, Rose, Hibiscus, and Fruit Crystals Cranberry and Pumpkin Spice. They are shelf-stable and best used before six months, but can be frozen for a longer shelf-life.
Nonni’s Foods, North America’s leading artisan baker, is introducing an all-new lineup of Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies to retailers nationwide. Taking into account consumers’ evolving interests in snacks that are made with real premium ingredients, the newest addition to the Nonni’s offerings is a thin chocolate chip cookie that both tastes great and provides a better-for-you snack option.
Unlike the typical chocolate chip cookie, Nonni’s Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies are low in sugar, fat and carbohydrates. They’re also dairy-free and contain at least two grams of protein per serving.
Each box of Nonni’s Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies contains six convenient portion-packs for guaranteed freshness. The packs are filled with three chocolate chip thin cookies averaging only 100 calories total – making it the perfect on-the-go treat consumers can feel good about enjoying.
“We are beyond thrilled to be able to offer these delicious new snacks to our consumers. They are the chocolate chip cookie you know and love but with better-for-you ingredients like real dark chocolate, crunchy California almonds and coconut oil,” said Patricia Wong Bridges, Senior Brand Marketing Manager for Nonni’s.
Nonni’s new chocolate chip thin cookie lineup is available in Almond Chocolate, Double Chocolate and Toasted Coconut flavors for a tasty guilt-free snack with wholesome ingredients baked into every bite. Whether paired with morning coffee or tea, packed in a lunch box for a busy day at the office or tossed in a purse with the day’s essentials, Nonni’s new handcrafted treats satisfy cravings with a delicately sweet taste and crunchy texture.
Nonni’s Almond Chocolate Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies are filled with crunchy California almonds which can be a great source of protein and energy. Nonni’s Double Chocolate Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies are made with 55 percent cacao dark chocolate, which has the benefit of less sugar than many other chocolate snack choices and antioxidants. Nonni’s Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies offer the sweet and natural taste of Sri Lankan coconut and just like the other flavors, are made with coconut oil.
The superior combination of taste and real, quality ingredients makes Nonni’s new chocolate chip thin cookies a healthier snack option that doesn’t sacrifice on flavor. Nonni’s Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies will be available at select retailers across the nation and retail for $3.50.