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WOATS Oatsnack Morsels Great for School Lunches

Not the typical granola, WOATS Oatsnack is a sweet modern day fusion of wholesome gently baked oats and premium ingredients that kids can enjoy and parents can feel good about. Their mouth-watering flavors and convenient size make them an easy on-the-go solution for when hunger strikes between classes or after school.

Each bag is filled with delicious clusters of healthy oats and tantalizing ingredients that satisfy cravings without preservatives or excess fat. Nuts About Berries pairs handfuls of Southern roasted praline pecans with tangy cranberries for a mix that will give students energy so they can focus on their goals. Cookies ‘n’ Dreams is a sweet treat any child will adore, filled with golden oats and savory chunks of chocolate vanilla cream sandwich cookies. Peanut Butter Graham Slam is the perfect snack for game day, with crisp honey graham crackers and sweet butter toffee peanuts that add protein to this healthy indulgence.

Founded in December 2003, Anderson Trail is a values-driven food company with the motto of “Humble Oats with Ambition.” This not only stands for their creative flavor combinations, but also represents founder Justin Anderson’s desire to help other kids and young adults dream big. Anderson set his sights on entrepreneurship at the age of 16, founding his first successful venture into the food market with Anderson Trail Premium Soft Granola. Driven by his learning experiences and the adversity he faced with breaking into the industry at such a young age, Anderson has implemented his own motivational system for inspiring kids today to find and succeed at their passions. WOATS is available in select stores, and can now be found in one of the new displays being featured in 47 Target locations across the nation.

 

Nancy’s Announces Non-GMO Project Verification

The family owned and operated Springfield Creamery announced today that its legacy brand of Nancy’s Organic Dairy products is now Non-GMO Project verified through the Non-GMO Project – making the Nancy’s brand one of the few Non-GMO Project verified organic yogurts with national distribution. Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Kefir and Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Cultured Cottage Cheese are the first Non-GMO Project verified kefir and cottage cheese currently on the market.

“Folks continue to be concerned about the possibility of GMOs in their foods and we share this concern, which is why we have taken the steps to verify that our cultured organic dairy products do not contain GMO ingredients. The Non-GMO Project verification gives us that extra level of transparency that our customers are looking for,” says Co-owner Sheryl Kesey Thompson, of the family-owned and operated Springfield Creamery. “Getting verified is a very thorough process, so we are pleased to be able to share this news with our customers.”
Verification by the Non-GMO Project is a rigorous program that includes traceability, segregation, and testing at critical control points. Securing Verified status confirms Nancy’s Organic Dairy products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard, meaning that ongoing testing of all GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and annual audits take place to ensure that the company is meeting standards for GMO avoidance.
The Non-GMO Project now verifies that the following Nancy’s products are Non-GMO Project Verified:
  • Nancy’s Organic Whole Milk Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Probiotic Blackberry Greek Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Probiotic Blueberry Greek Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Probiotic Raspberry Greek Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Probiotic Strawberry Greek Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Whole Milk Probiotic Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Cultured Cottage Cheese
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Cultured Cottage Cheese Fruit on Top-Strawberry
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Plain Kefir
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Blackberry Kefir
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Blueberry Kefir
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Peach Kefir
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Raspberry Kefir
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Strawberry Kefir
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Fruit on Top Yogurt- Blueberry
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Fruit on Top Yogurt-Strawberry
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Yogurt Maple
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Yogurt Vanilla
Nancy’s has additional products in the process of being verified; visit here for a full list of the current Nancy’s Non-GMO Project Verified Products.
With a line of more than 100 cultured dairy and soy products, Springfield Creamery is one of the few family owned and operated creameries in the US, currently spanning three generations of the Kesey family. Still committed to small batch production and doing things the old-fashioned way, all Nancy’s dairy and soy products are free of cane sugars, additives or anything artificial. It’s this commitment to providing the healthiest products to the largest number of people that has earned Springfield Creamery recognition, including Oregon Tilth’s “Organic Producer of The Year” award, Oregon Organic Coalition’s 2010 “Processor of The Year” award, Edible Portland’s 2012 Local Hero Award for Best “Food Artisan,” and Prevention Magazine’s 2014 “Cleanest Package Food Awards.”

Young Children Have Excess Saturated Fat And Sodium In Their Diets, New Research Finds

Specific foods consumed by young children are leading to excessive intake of saturated fat and sodium in their daily diets. New research presented today at the Experimental Biology 2014 conference shows cheese, hotdogs, whole and two percent milk are among the top foods and beverages contributing to saturated fat and sodium intakes of toddlers and preschoolers.

Since milk is key in children’s diets and a top contributor of many important nutrients including protein, calcium, vitamins A, D, B12; thiamin and riboflavin, the recommendation is not for parents to limit milk but instead to offer lower fat options such as 1 percent and skim. Other sources of saturated fat should be limited in the diets of young children.

The new findings are from a recent analysis of the 2008 Nestle Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS), the largest, most comprehensive dietary intake survey of parents and caregivers of young children. These insights may have implications for helping address childhood obesity among two- to four-year olds in the United States.

“The first years of a child’s life are a critical period of development. Instilling good eating habits during this time can help put a child on the path to a healthy future,” said Kathleen Reidy, DrPH, RD, and Head of Nutrition Science, Nestle Infant Nutrition. “Our findings indicate snacks are a significant portion of young children’s diets, and families can play an important role by planning nutritious snacks, especially when on-the-go.”

Data from the recent FITS analysis shows that while young children are snacking more frequently at home, snacks consumed outside the home add about 50 additional calories to their daily diets.

Drs. Reidy and Denise Deming of Nestle presented two abstracts on the recent analysis of FITS 2008 during the “Nutrition Education: Childhood Obesity Prevention I” symposium at the Experimental Biology 2014 conference.

Dr. Reidy, the lead author of an analysis examining top food sources contributing to energy (calories), saturated fat and sodium intake in the diets of toddlers (12-23 months) and preschoolers (24-47 months) found:

A few foods contribute almost 50 percent of daily calories – these include milk, cheese, bread and rolls, ready-to-eat cereals, poultry (chicken and turkey), butter, margarine or other fats.
Preschoolers are consuming nearly one-third, or about 400, of their total daily calories from solid fats and added sugars.
Top foods representing 70 percent of saturated fat intake include milk, cheese, butter, hot dogs/bacon, beef, poultry and cakes/cookies.
Top foods contributing almost 40 percent of young children’s sodium intake include milk, hot dogs and bacon, chicken/turkey, cheese, bread and rolls, crackers and ready-to-eat cereals. This intake equates to a child (24-47 months) consuming an average of 1,863 milligrams of sodium per day.
The new findings complement previously released research from FITS which showed 45 percent of toddlers and 78 percent of preschoolers consume more sodium than recommended.

Dr. Denise Deming analyzed dietary intake surveys for parents of 2,386 toddlers and preschoolers to lead an analysis on how snacking patterns among U.S. toddlers and preschoolers differ according to location. Dr. Deming found:

Many children consume milk, crackers and fresh fruits at snack time, but a variety of sweet snacks become the more popular choice when snacks are consumed away from home.
Snacks consumed away from home contributed about 50 more calories to the daily diet.
The FITS 2008 study evaluated the diets of 3,378 children from birth to four years of age. Study participants which included parents or primary caregivers of infants and young children completed twenty-four hour dietary recall surveys by telephone. For the study, parents or caregivers were allowed to define what foods children consumed as snacks and where these were consumed.

Indoor Aquaponics Farm Opens for Business in Minnesota

Urban Organics, a large-scale indoor aquaponics farm located in the historic Hamm’s Brewery building in East St. Paul, Minn. is now open for business. Urban Organics will offer immediate access to fresh, delicious and healthy foods for the Twin Cities community. Its first crops — hyperlocal, organic fresh greens — are on shelves at select Lunds and Byerly’s stores.

Aquaponics is the combined culture of fish and hydroponic vegetable crops in a closed-loop, recirculating aquaculture system (RAS). In aquaponics, fish provide the nutrients that plants need to grow, and the plants act as a filter to improve the water quality for the fish. Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, Inc. and its team of experts including engineers, horticulturists and biologists worked with Urban Organics to design, install and engineer the world-class system—one of the largest and most advanced aquaponics facilities in the nation.

“Our mission is to inspire a food system for the people, by the people,” says Fred Haberman, co-founder and CEO of Haberman and co-founder and partner in Urban Organics. “We are starting with a community-rooted, self-sustaining aquaponics facility in an area in need of economic revival — East St. Paul.  But this is a test for a movement that can be scaled nationally and internationally. This level of aquaponics could change the world of farming as we know it.”

At Urban Organics, kale, Swiss chard, Italian parsley and cilantro are the first crops, and tilapia will follow in mid-summer.  These fresh, organic local greens don’t depend on the weather or growing seasons and will be available year-round. The produce will be in stores within a day of when it is harvested — the freshest, most local produce available at grocery stores.

“The world’s population — and more specifically the middle class population — is growing, and with it, the demand for fish protein is quickly surpassing sustainable natural fish production. Aquaponics has the potential to help meet the demand, while reducing pressure on fish populations in the wild,” says Randall J. Hogan, Chairman and CEO of Pentair. “Our expertise in water systems and solutions allows us to re-imagine fish farming in a sustainable way that provides a real commercial option to help solve this growing food dilemma, and potentially support urban growth and renewal.”

“This remarkable transformation from stockhouse to aquaponics farm is a true testament to how these old brewery buildings can be revitalized,” says Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul, Minn. “The innovation and passion of the Urban Organics team is inspiring, and I’m proud to welcome them to Saint Paul.”

Urban Organics is an indoor aquaponics facility providing hyperlocal, sustainable, year-round fish and greens to the Twin Cities. To learn more, visit urbanorganics.com and facebook/uo.saintpaul.

Counter Culture Coffee Team Members to Compete in Coffee Championships

Two Counter Culture Coffee team members will compete in the United States Brewers Cup and Barista Championships this weekend (April 24–27) in Seattle. J. Park Brannen (2014 Northeast Regional Barista Champion), will participate in the U.S. Barista Championship using Counter Culture Coffee’s Buziraguhindwa Natural Sundried coffee, and Jonathan Bonchak (2014 Southeast Regional Brewers Cup Champion) will participate in the  U.S. Brewers Cup Championship. The competitions will serve as the national stage for some of the country’s most talented coffee people, who will prepare coffee beverages—including manual brewing in various formats, espressos, cappuccinos, and signature drinks—accompanied by intensive, personalized, and informative brewing presentations. The event is co-hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association of America and Barista Guild of America.
At the Brewers Cup, competitors are judged in two rounds by skilled coffee tasters. The first round is a blind tasting; the competitors will all brew the same coffee using their chosen brew methods. Those who advance to the second round will brew and present their chosen coffee to the judges’ panel. The winner of the U.S. Brewers Cup will represent the United States in the World Brewers Cup Championship June 1012 in Italy.
At the Barista Competition, baristas will prepare and serve espressos, cappuccinos, and a personally designed signature beverage for four sensory judges; all while being assessed on their preparation abilities by two technical judges. The winner will go on to represent the United States in the World Barista Championship June 912 in Italy.
Additional participants who will compete using Counter Culture Coffee include Dawn Shanks from Peregrine Espresso in Washington, D.C., who will brew Biloya Natural Sundried; Tim Jones of Jubala Village Coffee in Raleigh, N.C., who will compete with a blend of Idido washed processed coffee and Biloya Natural Sundried; Nathan Nerwsick of 5&10 in Athens, Ga., who will use the Baroida; Erika Vonie of Ultimo Coffee in Philadelphia, competing with Tairora Project; and Corey Reilly from Everyman Espresso in New York City.
Founded in 1995, Counter Culture Coffee is the much-loved coffee roaster dedicated to finding and bringing to market the most exciting and delicious coffees in the world. The company’s vision is to pursue coffee perfection by creating partnerships dedicated to environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability throughout the coffee chain, improving the natural environment and operating efficiently to minimize environmental impact. Counter Culture has eight training centers across the country including locations in New York; Chicago; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Asheville, N.C.; Atlanta; and Durham, N.C., with a new training center and roastery set to open in Emeryville, Calif., later this year. Served in more than 200 of the country’s top restaurants, Counter Culture Coffee is available in coffee shops, specialty grocers and online at counterculturecoffee.com.

Discovery Communications and Single Cup Coffee Launch New Cake Boss Coffee Line

Discovery Communications and Single Cup Coffee announced today an innovative new line of Keurig®-compatible single serve coffee cups inspired by the hit TLC series, Cake Boss. The line, debuting this month on TLCstore.com, starts with the smooth, medium roast Buddy’s Blend as the perfect complement to your favorite dessert.

Famous around the globe for the creativity he brings to the world of baking, the Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro, has infused this rich, smooth, Cake Boss coffee with the tastes of his favorite bakery creations to create seven flavored coffee originals, including Hazelnut Biscotti, Chocolate Cannoli, Italian Rum Cake and more.

“Whether at home, in my bakery or on the road, I don’t start my morning without a hot cup of coffee,” said Valastro. “I’ve been working with TLC and the coffee pros at Single Cup Coffee to create a variety of coffee flavors unique to Cake Boss that can satisfy both the sweet tooth and coffee craving.”

Now you can have your cake and drink it too with eight blends including:

  • Buddy’s Blend: This classic Italian Roast features East African coffees that are roasted extra dark to offer intense, bold flavor in a heavy-bodied cup.
  • Chocolate Cannoli: A caffeinated tribute to Buddy’s famous chocolate cannoli— a delectable mingling of creamy custard, chocolate drizzle and hints of buttery pastry.
  • Chocolate Fudge Cake: Fresh, creamytaste and dark cocoa flavors combine to create a deep, delicious chocolaty fudge flavored coffee.
  • Dulce de Leche: A bakery mainstay, Dulce de Leche is rich, creamy caramel flavor kissed with a hint of buttery sweetness.
  • Dulce de Leche Decaf: Dulce de Leche Decaf is rich, creamy caramel flavor kissed with a hint of buttery sweetness.
  • Vanilla Buttercream: Flavors of buttercream frosting and delicate vanilla come to life in this smooth flavored coffee.
  • Hazelnut Biscotti: Fill your cup with the flavor of freshly toasted hazelnuts and the rich, vanilla taste of freshly baked biscotti.
  • Raspberry Truffle: Taste the flavors of fresh raspberries smothered in milk chocolate ganache.
  • Italian Rum Cake: A flavored coffee inspired by the buttery sweetness and smooth rum syrup of Buddy’s signature sponge cake.

“Cake Boss coffees offer a fresh take on what we expect from our existing single serve coffee lines,” said Tim Cook, President of Single Cup Coffee. “The Cake Boss Coffee line is bringing in brand new flavors inspired by the delicious Italian pastries and cakes seen on the show. It’s a very exciting product line that you just have to taste for yourself.

Cake Boss Coffee will be supplied and distributed across North America by specialty coffee company Single Cup Coffee. Retailers across the US and Canada will begin stocking the product in spring 2014

New episodes of Buddy’s hit series NEXT GREAT BAKER and BAKERY BOSS will air this summer on TLC.” For more information on Cake Boss Coffee and Single Cup Coffee, visit SingleCC.com.

Vegan Cookies from Gourmet Treats

Gourmet Treats, a  manufacturer of soft-baked treats from all natural ingredients is introducing its new line of Vegan Cookies and Treats.  With no animal products, these baked goodies have complex flavors, rich in taste and texture, producing a deliciously soft and chewy experience.
Delicious Vegan Cookies From Gourmet Treats“Our soft baked cookies are made from scratch with deep, rich flavors, yet fit completely with the vegan lifestyle,” said Shaffin Jinnah, President of Gourmet Treats.  “Our moist and chewy vegan line of cookies includes Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, Oatmeal Raisin, and Peanut Butter ‘N Chocolate Chip,” added Jinnah.

Gourmet Treat’s mission is to deliver delicious, soft-baked treats from scratch with deep rich flavors from all natural ingredients for health-conscious people of all ages.

For more information about the new line of vegan cookies or other soft-baked cookies and treats, contact Shaffin Jinnah at 310.951.7367 or visit www.GourmetTreats.com.

Torie & Howard Names Chris Lockwood Inside Sales Manager

Torie & Howard, a producer of organic, Non GMO and kosher hard candy, has named Chris Lockwood as the company’s inside sales manager effective immediately.

Lockwood is responsible for in-house sales management, assisting National Sales Manager Rod Bambach, and handling independent accounts and Torie & Howard’s marketing and advertising programs, said Torie Burke, company Co-founder.  “His experience with food and supply sales, catering, hospitality, and foodservice along with his training as a chef give him an in-depth understanding of the needs of the specialty food and foodservice industries,” Burke said.  “We’re happy to have him on board as we continue to grow in those areas.”

Lockwood most recently was a territory manager for U.S. Foods of Norwich, Conn., for three years with responsibilities for managing customer accounts and new business development.  Previously, he was director of purchasing and handled accounts receivable for Embassy Suites Hotel for two years and also served as assistant purchasing manager for Myriad Restaurant Group, both in New York City.  Lockwood also has a Grand Diploma in Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute of New York and has worked as a chef for Riverbank Farm in Roxbury, Conn., as a cook for Match Catering & Event Styles in New York City, and completed an internship with Gramercy Tavern in New York City.  Lockwood has a master’s degree in food systems from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Torie & Howard organic hard candy is available in four flavors: California Pomegranate and Sweet Freestone Nectarine, Italian Tarocco Blood Orange & Wildflower Honey, D’Anjou Pear & Ceylon Cinnamon, and Pink Grapefruit & Tupelo Honey.  The candy is USDA organic and kosher certified and contains no GMOs, preservatives, artificial dyes, casein, soy or gluten, Burke said.  The 2-ounce recyclable steel tins have a suggested retail price of $3.99 to $4.99 and the handbag gift package is $7.99 to $8.99.  A new 10-ounce Halloween package of assorted, individually wrapped candy has a suggested retail price of $7.99 to $8.99.  The candy also is sold in bulk.  More information is available by calling 1-888-826-9554 or online at www.TorieAndHoward.com.

Brownie Brittle Creator Nominated for Palm Beach Business Award

Creating a brownie empire is no easy feat, but Sheila G. Mains, CEO and Founder of Brownie Brittle, LLC, has taken her celebrated brownie products from door-to-door to a multimillion-dollar brand. Her hard-won success hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The South Florida Business Journal has just announced that Sheila G (as she’s known in the food industry) will be honored at its 2014 Palm Beach Ultimate CEO Awards. The awards recognize the top 10 business leaders of Palm Beach County for their achievements, vision, and dedication to excellence. Sheila G and other nominees will be honored alongside top executives from Broward and Miami- Dade counties on October 23 at an awards ceremony held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood.

In the early ’90s, after losing her executive position with an industrial advertising agency, Sheila G refused to be another Friday afternoon casualty and embarked on her “Plan B for brownies.” After selling small batches of brownies to local stores, her notoriety as a brownie maven spread, and Walt Disney World’s parks and resorts began featuring Sheila G’s signature brownies.

Nibbling the rich chocolate drippings from the sides of the sheet pans while her brownies were cooling inspired Sheila G to come up with a recipe that would bring the “best part of the brownie” to market. The result: Brownie Brittle, a thin, crispy chocolate snack made from natural ingredients. In 2012, Sheila G partnered with Jerry Bello, founder and CEO of Keen Marketing, and in just 18 months, took Brownie Brittle from $500,000 in sales to over $38 million.

Sheila G has crafted specialty desserts featuring Brownie Brittle for Hollywood’s star-studded elite at The Weinstein Company’s Golden Globe Awards After-Parties in 2013 and 2014, and its 2013 Oscar Party. Brownie Brittle also received Fitness magazine’s 2013 Healthy Food Award, Self Magazine’s Healthy Food Award, the “Editor’s Pick” award from The Gourmet Retailer Magazine, and more.

At only 120 calories per ounce and in four award-winning flavors — Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel, and Toffee Crunch — Brownie Brittle is available at major retailers and online at BrownieBrittle.com.

Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Program Announces 2014 Graduates

With its 2014 graduating class, the Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® program celebrates 20 years of providing the nation’s only advanced training course of its kind for veteran cheesemakers. This year’s class includes four new Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers and three veteran Masters who repeated the program to earn certification in additional cheese varieties.

The four new Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers are:

  • Mike Brennenstuhl, Great Lakes Cheese Seymour, Inc., Seymour, Wis., certified for Blue and Gorgonzola
  • Pat Doell, Agropur, Inc., Luxemburg, certified for Mozzarella and Provolone
  • Brian Renard, Renard’s Rosewood Dairy/Renard’s Cheese, Algoma, Wis., certified for Cheddar and Colby
  • Chris Renard, Renard’s Rosewood Dairy/Renard’s Cheese, Algoma, Wis., certified for Cheddar and Mozzarella

Returning graduates in the 2014 class are:

  • Mark Gustafson, Sartori Company, Plymouth, Wis., now certified for Fontina and Romano, as well as Parmesan and Asiago
  • Paul Reigle, Maple Leaf Cheese, Monroe, now certified for Cheddar in addition to Yogurt Cheese and Monterey Jack
  • Bruce Workman, Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, now certified for Cheddar and Gouda in addition to Baby Swiss, Brick, Butterkäse, Emmental, Gruyère, Havarti, Muenster, Raclette and Specialty Swiss (low-sodium, low-fat lacy Swiss).

The graduates will be honored and presented with Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker medallions at a ceremony during the International Cheese Technology Exposition in Milwaukee on April 24.

“We congratulate the 2014 graduates and are proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this unique program. Those who have earned the title of Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker have such a dedication to their craft and pride in what they’ve achieved,” says James Robson, CEO of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB). “The impact of the program on them personally, as well as on their companies and the Wisconsin cheese industry has been immeasurable.”

Established in 1994 through a joint partnership of the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, UW-Extension and WMMB, the Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker program is the most formalized, advanced training program in the nation. Patterned after European programs, it is administered by the Center for Dairy Research and funded by Wisconsin dairy producers, through WMMB. Applicants to the program must be active, licensed Wisconsin cheesemakers with at least 10 years of experience. Cheesemakers can earn certification in up to two cheese varieties each time they enroll in the three-year program and must have been making those varieties as a licensed cheesemaker for a minimum of five years prior to entering the program. Once certified, they’re entitled to use the distinctive Master’s Mark® on their product labels and in other marketing materials.