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Morningside Farmer’s Market to Host Harald Wusthof Demonstration

Mary S. Moore, Owner and CEO of The Cook’s Warehouse, will be the guest chef this Saturday morning, August 2, at the Morningside Farmer’s Market, the only all-organic farmers market in Atlanta, Georgia.

Her special sous chef will be Harald Wüsthof, scion of the German knife-making family and managing partner of the worldwide firm. This year is Wüsthof’s 200th anniversary. Chef Moore will be cooking with okra from Crystal Organic Farm. Her recipes will be available at the demonstration, which begins at 9 a.m.

An extra-special front-row guest is Lee Wiggins, who has attended the farmers market’s cooking demonstrations for many years. She will be celebrating her 95th birthday this weekend. Wüsthof will present Lee with a special autographed knife set commemorating the company’s 200th anniversary.

 

Bridor to Expand U.S. Bakery Plant

BridorBridor Inc., which makes authentic European breads and Viennese pastry for the retail and foodservice industry, is expanding its U.S. facility at Vineland, New Jersey. The plant will continue to produce Bridor’s broad line of baguettes, breads and rolls that reflect the company’s 30 years of European heritage and baking mastery. The $32 million expansion will enhance its laminated pastry dough and signature flaky croissant capacity. The enlarged facility will increase from 136,000 square feet to 183,000 square feet, and its employee count will grow from 132 to 177 employees.

“This expansion represents our deep commitment to our U.S. customers and significantly enhances what we can offer them,” said Jean-François Duquesne, CEO, Bridor Inc. and Bridor USA Inc. “We pride ourselves on being an industrial baking company that combines advanced manufacturing technology with traditional European baking techniques. This enables us to produce on a large scale the highest quality, authentic European pastry and breads in the world.”

The pastry line that Bridor will manufacture in its expanded Vineland facility will cater to the taste and other preferences of the U.S. customer. It will include a wide variety of croissants and Viennese pastries with distinctive homemade fillings that incorporate locally-sourced, high quality ingredients. Bridor’s research and development department of master bakers travels the world to stay ahead of consumer trends and baking innovations. The company continuously adapts and makes new bread and pastry products to meet its customers’ evolving needs.

Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar Line Receives Fair Choice Certification

 

Big Tree Farms’ unrefined, organic coconut sugar line has received Fair Choice certification from Control Union Certifications. The acquisition of this certification makes Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar the first and only fair trade coconut sugar on the market. As a pioneer in the fast-growing coconut sugar segment, Big Tree Farms’ certifications extend beyond Fair Trade, including USDA organic, non-GMO and low glycemic certifications. All certifications will be featured on Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar packaging going forward, allowing shoppers to see a clear difference in coconut sugars.

Control Union Certifications are awarded on an enterprise’s ability to commit to stringent social, environmental, and economic development principles. Dedicated to social and environmental responsibility, safe working conditions and fair trade practices, Big Tree Farms is the only vertically integrated brand of coconut sugar on the market. The company works with and supports more than 14,000 family farmers across the archipelagos of Indonesia. Every bag of Big Tree Farms Organic Coconut Sugar is harvested from partner farms and processed at Big Tree’s own factories in Indonesia.

Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar is made from pure flower blossom nectar of the coconut tree. Considered one of the most sustainable sweeteners on the planet, coconut sugar is an unrefined, high nutrient and low glycemic sweetener that can be used in place of anything that normally requires cane sugar. With a 1 to 1 replacement ratio, coconut sugar is an easier substitute compared to other popular alternatives like stevia or agave, which often have a different taste and substitution ratio. Big Tree Farms Organic Coconut Sugar is the only coconut sugar to obtain a low glycemic verification, consistently maintaining a glycemic index of under 40, which also verifies that it is not adulterated with cane sugar.

 

For more information visit www.bigtreefarms.com

 

Passage to Vietnam Lemongrass Chicken Stir-Fry Sauce

US-3DPack-Vietnam1Passage Foods offers lines of ready-to-use simmer sauces made from all natural ingredients to help home cooks create authentic restaurant-quality Asian dishes in 20 minutes or less. Newest to the brand is the Passage to Vietnam™ Lemongrass Chicken Stir-Fry Sauce, which draws together ingredients such as lemongrass, galangal and lime into a stir-fry with the traditional flavors of Vietnam. Just reading the list of ingredients is like stepping into a white tablecloth Vietnamese restaurant.

Vietnamese cuisine is one of the fastest growing segments in the food category, according to Mintel, and the growth of the Vietnamese population in the U.S. augurs for increasing acceptance and familiarity with Vietnamese flavors among the mainstream population, particularly as American palates become more adventurous and more Americans travel outside the country, where they have the opportunity to taste authentic examples of other culinary traditions.

“It is important to recognize the growth of cuisines from countries like Vietnam,” said Passage Foods’ Mark Mackenzie. “Currently, 80 percent of the Asian category sales originate from mainstream products designed for the U.S. palate, however, the category growth is being driven by authentic products and recipes. With our Lemongrass Chicken sauce, we tried to capture the most authentic and fresh recipe to satisfy the consumer looking for a true Vietnamese meal.”

Torie & Howard Expands National Distribution

Retail penetration of Torie & Howard’s organic, non GMO and kosher certified hard candy continues to expand nationally with placements in large specialty and other retail chains.

Torie & Howard JulyAll four flavors of Torie & Howard’s candy in 2-ounce recyclable steel tins now have been placed in Tony’s Finer Food and Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Market in Illinois, Acme Fresh Markets in Ohio, and Coborn’s in Minnesota through KeHE Distributors of Romeoville, Ill., said Torie Burke, company co-founder.  The tins also are in nine Roth’s Fresh Markets in Oregon through Crown Pacific Fine Foods of Kent, Wash.

In addition, the organic hard candy now is available in 200 Follett College Bookstores nationally, also through KeHE, and in Von Maur department stores in the Midwest as a direct sale, Burke said.

Torie & Howard organic hard candy flavors are California Pomegranate and Sweet Freestone Nectarine, Italian Tarocco Blood Orange & Wildflower Honey, D’Anjou Pear & Ceylon Cinnamon, and Pink Grapefruit & Tupelo Honey, which was named a sofi™ Award Finalist.  The company also recently introduced a new flavor, Meyer Lemon & Raspberry, which will be available for shipment in early fall.  All of the candy is USDA organic and kosher certified and contains no GMOs, preservatives, artificial dyes, casein, soy or gluten, Burke said.

The tins have a suggested retail price of $3.99 to $4.99 and are available eight per case with 12 cases to a master case.  The four original flavors also are sold in bulk and are available in a handbag gift package with a suggested retail price of $7.99 to $8.99.  More information is available by calling 1-888-826-9554 or online at www.TorieAndHoward.com.

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.