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#SFFS17 Wild Garden Serves Community with Social Kitchen Tour

Last spring, Wild Garden® Foods hit the road to share the love by giving back to the community with free hot Mediterranean meals. It was all part of an epic week-long food truck tour through Chicago to help the homeless and hungry population. The truck received open arms and a very warm welcome at each of the lunch spots, shelters and places in need it visited.

Stop by booth #4916

ziyad editphoto1The success of the truck wouldn’t have been possible without the astounding support from social media users coming together. Facebook “likes” powered the Social Kitchen Tour, so for every new “like” on the company’s page, a free lunch or dinner was served to people in need. Four local celebrities and dozens of volunteers were thrilled to be onboard to hand out free meals and exciting giveaways to the thousands of grateful visitors dining at the truck.

“We came up with the idea of a mobile kitchen so we could literally drive up to places in need and serve our community with hot meals like Chicken Shawarma & Rice and Lentils. We couldn’t have ever predicted the truly extraordinary response the Wild Garden Social Kitchen movement received from people all over the world to help us feed people in our own backyard. Some people we fed couldn’t believe that the food was actually made for them; receiving a delicious meal was a very uplifting experience. We’re hoping the Social Kitchen can be a catalyst for positive change in communities across the world,” comments co-Founder of Wild Garden, Nezar Ziyad.

Wild Garden served thousands of free hot Mediterranean meals to the needy and consumers made with the company’s foods, including the Taste of the Mediterranean line of marinades and pilafs. The first 50 people in line also received a tote bag full of Wild Garden goodies. One lucky winner even won Wild Garden food for a whole year!

Members of the Wild Garden team along with local celebrities served Chicagoans during two busy shifts each day. During the lunch shift, the truck parked in busy lunch areas like the Loop, University of Chicago and a food truck festival, while the evening shift focused on shelters and places in need.

For more information on Wild Garden and the company’s food truck tour in Chicago and future endeavors, visit the Wild Garden website or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @WildGardenFoods using hashtag #WGSocialKitchen.

About Wild Garden
Wild Garden prides itself on bringing the authentic flavors of the Mediterranean right to your kitchen table through its popular snack boxes, hummus and new marinades and pilafs. Thanks to the Ziyad family, which has spent 50 years servicing the ethnic community through food, and Culinary Director, Chef Maher Chebaro, indulging in the finest flavors and spices of the Mediterranean has never been easier and healthier. The Wild Garden products can be found at an affordable cost at various grocery stores around the country as well as on the company’s website.

 

#SFFS17 Royal is America’s No. 1 Best-Selling Basmati Rice

A trusted household brand for 25 years, Royal® is the No. 1 best-selling Basmati Rice in America. To understand why, it’s important to realize that all Basmati is not created equal. Similar to what champagne is to France, truly authentic Basmati Rice can only come from the foothills of the Himalayas.

Stop by booth #750.

Under the attentive care of India’s finest farmers, Royal Basmati Rice grows within the perfect harmony of climate, fertile soil and pure mountain spring water. After harvesting, the company then ages the rice in temperature-controlled silos for a minimum of 12 months. The result is a non-sticky, fluffy long-grain rice that is distinctively rich in aroma and delicately flavored.

To guarantee that its rice meets the highest standards, Royal has rigorous QC measures in place that test each batch for purity, length, consistency and density. It also uses state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that every Royal bag is packed with only the finest rice grains.

Royal’s Basmati Rice is uniquely versatile: it’s at home in curry recipes, is delectable as a pilaf or gratin main dish, is delicious when tossed as a salad and even fits in dessert recipes as a pudding or garnish. The culinary possibilities are endless!
Royal offers a wide assortment of non-GMO white and brown Basmati Rice in a full range of pack sizes, from 2-pound trial-size pouches to foodservice-friendly 20-pound and 40-pound bags.

#SFFS17 White Coffee’s Gift Packs Perfect the Art of Giving

When the December shopping season has arrived and stressed holiday shoppers are stumped for last minute gift ideas, White Coffee is offering an array of gift packs and canisters that coffee lovers are sure to enjoy.

Visit White Coffee at booth #2136.

Four new gift packs have been created to satisfy holiday shoppers and their loved ones:

Joy – A collection of six 1.5 ounce medium roasted ground coffees including Salted Caramel, Toasted Almond, Vanilla Hazelnut, Coconut Cream, Toffee Nut and Egg Nog in a soft brick format with a silver and gold retro decorated gift box.

Christmas – Six medium roasted ground coffees highlighting flavors of the season including Hazelnut, Vanilla, Peppermint Bark, Ginger Bread, Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate Fudge, also in a 1.5-ounce soft brick format with an old fashioned gold and black presentation.

Jim Beam® – A collection of the latest licensed coffee introduction featuring the taste of the No. 1 selling bourbon with flavors including Original, with its subtle caramel and oaky vanilla flavor, Bourbon Vanilla, Spiced Honey, Signature Dark Roast and Cinnamon Stick in a mild, sweet flavorful coffee.

Spirited Coffee Sampler – A collection of six flavored “spirited” coffees licensed by White Coffee, including two varieties each of Jim Beam, Tortuga® and Kahlua®, in a handy gift pack.

whitecoffee editphoto2Two additional winter gift-giving options include White’s French Roast Coffee in a decorative canister, as well as the Medallion canister – both gourmet coffees and both come in 6-ounce sizes. Other gift options include Everyday, another 6-pack soft brick set of flavored coffees as well as a spring-decorated gift box.

 

La Terra Fina Expands Dip Offerings with Two New Contemporary Flavors

In response to an increasing demand for convenient, flavorful dips and spreads made with real ingredients, La Terra Fina is expanding its already-robust line of dips and spreads to include two new offerings, led by bold flavors like zesty lemon and spicy green chilies.

Crafted in small batches using only clean ingredients, the new gourmet flavors are tasty when served hot or cold, for a quick snack or as the core ingredient for simple recipes. They include:

  • Lemon Pepper & Asiago Dip & Spread, a contemporary medley of classic flavors featuring freshly-cracked pepper paired with lemon and rich Asiago; perfect as a pizza topper or as a snack with zing!
  • Spicy Green Chile & Cheese Dip & Spread, an indulgent mix of spicy Chile and jalapeño peppers blended with sharp cheddar cheese; inspired by jalapeño poppers, perfect when used as a salad dressing, ingredient in Mexican food or just as a snack.

“We wanted to capture classic flavors in a new way for consumers to enjoy,” said Stephanie Robbins, La Terra Fina Director of Brand Development. “Our passion is making gourmet foods more convenient and accessible using nutrient-rich combinations – something we’re hearing from our consumers that they’re looking for – and these new flavors do just that.”

Available now for a suggested retail price of $4.99 per 10-ounce package, these new dips are made with real, clean ingredients, are certified gluten-free and contain no nuts or trans-fats. As an effort to minimize environmental impact, the packaging is made from 35 percent recycled PET materials.

Brännland Cider Wins Double Trophies at International Cider Challenge

Brännland Cider won two trophies and were announced class winners in two competition categories, as well as winning gold medals for its remaining entries at the International Cider Challenge.

Brännland Cider Barrique 2014 was announced category winner in the Specialty Cider category. Brännland Iscider x 3, multipack, was announced the winner in the design Innovation category. Brännland Iscider 34 Brix 2014 and 35 Brix 2015 won gold medals in the Specialty Cider category.

“We’re once again pleased to have shown that our ciders hold their own in an international setting. The fact that we managed to win categories that underline both the quality of the cider itself as well as how we approach the presentation of the product is fantastic. We’ve been working with Pernilla Sundgren Graniti at Congenial advertising from the beginning and are very happy to have confirmed by an independent judging panel that our packaging communicates the premium product that we produce,” said Andreas Sundgren Graniti, Brännland Cider.

“Out of this year’s entries the Scandinavian entries stood out a bit more than those from the other countries and they seem to have taken the category a bit more seriously,” said Chairman of the Design Judges Paul Foulkes-Arellano on the Design and Innovation award. “One of these was the clear winner: Brännland Cider’s Iscider from Sweden. What was really interesting was that it had a really stripped back design and it was understated but elegant and it looked a million dollars. It really reflected that Scandi design feel. As an ice cider going up against ice wine the producer wants it to be paired with food, and this really came across in the design. It stood head and shoulders about everything else; a great design and not overloaded with stuff.”

Brännland Cider produces cider using 100 percent Swedish apples for a national and international market. The company’s first vintage, an ice cider produced in the Swedish county of Västerbotten, not far from the arctic circle, using Swedish apples in adherence to the denomination set in the country of origin of ice cider, Canada, was released in 2012.

Executive Leadership Forum Challenges Roles of CIO and CTO

Executive leaders from key retail, insight and technology companies — including The Kroger Co., Nielsen, Cisco, SAP America, Brookshire Grocery Company and RangeMe – will delve into prioritizing digital strategies and why and how these companies have put their chief information officers (CIO) and chief technology officers (CTO) at the center of enterprise-wide digital initiatives at the Food Marketing Institute’s Executive Leadership Forum on June 13.

FMI Chief Collaboration Officer, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, Mark Baum offered, “Our forum presenters will make the case that the position of the CIO/CTO has transformed into a strategic enabler in today’s retail landscape, a departure from their traditional role as the interpreter of techno-talk or the head of a capital-hungry cost center. The developments will further challenge CEOs and other C-suite executives to co-lead technology discussion and decision in the board room, and subsequently better meet the changing needs of today’s digitally engaged consumer.”

Contributors to the forum include:

  • John D’Anna, Executive Vice President Chief Strategic Officer, Brookshire Grocery Company
  • Annette Franke, Vice President, Kroger Technology (Moderator)
  • Glo Gordon, Vice President, IOT Cloud, Cisco
  • Nicky Jackson, President & Co-Founder, RangeMe
  • Lori Mitchell-Keller, Global General Manager Consumer Industries, SAP
  • Laurie Rains, Group Vice President, U.S. Retail Consumer & Shopper Analytics, Nielsen

A supporting corporate partner for the event, SAP’s Mitchell-Keller noted, “The CIO is the new strategic innovation and information officer – aligned to the CEO, and the enabler of new business processes – because the digital transformation of grocery is the future and is something the entire organization must embark on together.”

SAP will also host roundtable discussions that focus on critical omnichannel infrastructure areas: digital store operations and commerce; digital supply chain; digital marketing and merchandising; and digital fresh. C-level industry participants from major grocery, regional, independent operators and wholesalers will participate and represent companies such as Brookshire Grocery Company, Meijer, Inc., Price Chopper Supermarkets, Publix Super Markets, Inc. and The Kroger Co.

“The industry has changed, retail has changed, and we’ve turned to technology leaders to take us into a new era of intelligence and scalability,” RangeMe’s Jackson said. “I cannot think of a more forward-thinking and appropriate group of leaders to address our new digital reality for the food retail industry.”

Kings Food Markets And Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market Select KeHE

Kings Food Markets and Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market selected KeHE Distributors as a specialty distributor for natural & organic, specialty, and private label items. The agreement is effective immediately. The transition is scheduled to be complete this summer.

“Across the KeHE community, we are energized to put our compelling service, pricing and promotions model to work for Kings and Balducci’s,” said Brandon Barnholt, president and CEO, KeHE. “We are honored to be a part of their distribution network and to help achieve their future growth plans.”

An upscale gourmet food market, Kings is recognized as a pioneer within the specialty food industry. Kings began in 1936 with the humble purpose of finding the freshest available produce, and today Kings provides a unique shopping experience paired with the highest quality foods. Its founders identified the best local farmers and established long-lasting relationships that have grown. Today, it has 25 stores in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut that sell local, national and international specialty food products. Specialty food retailer Balducci’s was started in Brooklyn in 1916 by “Pop” Balducci and has grown to become a gourmet powerhouse, specializing in hand-selected meats and cheeses, restaurant-quality prepared foods, and fresh baked goods with 10 store locations in Maryland, Virginia, New York and Connecticut. Both companies were acquired by KB Holding, Inc. in 2016.

“By choosing KeHE, we have selected a specialty supplier that shares our collective passion for food, which continues to be the enduring foundation of our success,” said Judith Spires, Chairman and CEO, Kings and Balducci’s. “This partnership will continue to grow our business while enhancing our ability to deliver an expertly curated selection of offerings to the communities we serve.”

Color It, Texture It, Shape It, Taste It

Formulated with professional chefs in mind, Mona Lisa’s premium rolled fondant makes it a breeze to create colorful masterpieces. Made with high-quality, flavorful ingredients, the fondant complements and enhances the flavors in your desserts while adding visual pizzazz. It can be transformed into a wide variety of shapes and sizes, in original white or chocolate, or even tinted to make your own signature colors.
 
Extended Workability
Premium ingredients and unique formulation keep the rolled fondant pliable longer, allowing for extended working time with no cracking or tearing, even on shaped cakes.

Bright and Colorful
Quality ingredients deliver bright white color without the use of the food color additive titanium dioxide, and the chocolate fondant is deep, rich brown.

Stands Up to the Elements
When exposed to excessively humid or dry conditions, the fondant stands its ground and does not become sticky, tacky or dry.

Protective Packaging
Vacuum-sealed protection prevents the fondant from drying out on the edges and top, making the fondant 100 percent usable with no waste from unopened pails.

Rigoni di Asiago’s Skiro the Squirrel Spreads Nocciolata Love in NYC

This month, Skiro the Squirrel, Rigoni di Asiago’s beloved mascot, is spreading the love of his favorite hazelnut-chocolate treat, Nocciolata, in New York City with a spin wheel of prizes including delicious product samples and coupons. At over six feet tall, it’ll be hard to miss this larger-than-life squirrel who enjoys taking selfies almost as much as he loves to eat Nocciolata. He’s making appearances during June in Bryant Park, Chelsea, Tribeca, Brooklyn and Union Square.

 

SquirrelThe origin of Skiro is the fairy tale of how Nocciolata came to be. As the story goes, a gnome named Birgale invented and discovered Nocciolata. Skiro is Birgale’s best friend who lives in the woods in the Altopiano di Asiago, loves hazelnuts, and is a helper to the magical gnomes of the forest. His name comes from the word “Skirat,” which means “squirrel” in the old German dialect that was spoken in the Asiago region of Italy until the 1900s.

Nocciolata is a chocolate-hazelnut spread with an undeniably superior flavor and smooth texture. Each batch takes 36 hours of artisanal preparation, which combines top-quality hazelnuts, fair trade cocoa and cocoa butter, environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil, natural vanilla extract, raw cane sugar, and skimmed milk. Unlike other chocolate-hazelnut spreads, Nocciolata contains no palm oil, hydrogenated fats, artificial colors, aromas or additives. Nocciolata Dairy Free is a certified vegan version of the original perfect for those who follow a vegan lifestyle or are lactose intolerant.

Those not in the Big Apple can still participate in the fun by heading over to Rigoni di Asiago’s Facebook Page on Fridays in June to spin a virtual wheel for the chance to win prizes! Rigoni di Asiago will also select five Instagram winners to win amazing Nocciolata goodies. To enter, simply post a photo of your Nocciolata jar or recipe on Instagram and use the hashtag #NutsforNocciolata.

Rigoni di Asiago products are available in stores nationwide and online.

Abdallah Candies’ New Caramel Creations Satisfies the Rise in Category Popularity

Abdallah Candies, a Minnesota-based candy company, has introduced new varieties to its highly popular “Old Fashioned Caramels” category. Known particularly for the premium caramel, Abdallah Candies’ individually twist-wrapped butter caramel morsels now have companions that are every bit as mouthwatering. New flavors such as chocolate-vanilla-sea-salt-twist, roasted-almond-coconut and toffee-almond caramel now accompany the best-selling plain butter caramels.

Available packaged in 7 ounce bags or in bulk, the new varieties extend the line with unique flavor combinations that perfectly complement the ultra-soft creamy caramel the company is famous for. For those who manufacture and desire the famous caramel flavor and want a caramel that is soft, creamy and won’t flow off their product, 12 pound blocks are available.

Abdallah Candies is a fourth generation, Minnesota family-owned gourmet confectioner which manufactures more than 200 varieties of specialty chocolates, including 24 flavors and two sizes of fresh cream truffles, tender toffees, caramels, stemmed cherries, fruits, clusters, creams, nougats and sugar free chocolates. Products are available packaged for everyday and seasonal sales and are also available in bulk.

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