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Fusion Gourmet Introduces Mandy’s Butter Cookies

Mandy'sFusion Gourmet extends its line of Old Fashioned Confections with its new Mandy’s Butter Cookies. Artisan baked with sweet butter cream and classic wholesome ingredients, these cookies will satisfy cookie and chocolate lovers alike with the perfect combination of rich aroma, softly crisp texture, and the decadent taste of real butter. Pair Mandy’s Butter Cookies with coffee, tea or milk, or bask in this delightful snack as an anytime treat. Available in three delicious recipes: Select Classics, Chocolate Chip, and Double Chocolate.

The suggested retail price is $3.99.

Absolutely Gluten Free Introduces Tahini Snack

Absolutely Gluten Free is entering the energy bar category with the launch of TahiniBAR, a grab-and-go sesame snack offered in three flavors. Each is certified OU kosher and dairy free and has only 100 calories.

TahiniBarThe introduction is intended to capitalize on hot trends for the food market, including demand for Mediterranean food, healthy portable snacks and the gluten-free movement.

TahiniBAR is made from roasted sesame seeds for a bar that helps boost energy levels and is a good source of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, calcium, iron, zinc and potassium. Sesame seeds are thought to offer a variety of health benefits, including cholesterol control, heart health, improved blood pressure and hormone balance. Sesame is also thought to boost nutrient absorption and energy levels.

The three flavors for the bars are Cocoa Nibs, Pistachio and Vanilla. They’re sold in packs of seven 4.4-ounce bars, with the suggested retail price for a box of seven bars at $2.49 to $2.99.

Chuao Chocolatier Expands Fair Trade Offering

Chuao Chocolatier is expanding its fair trade-certified product offering across the brand’s entire chocolate portfolio. Since the brand’s foundation in 2002, Chuao Chocolatier has consciously partnered with purveyors who share the brand’s interest in sustainable practices. By supporting fair trade cocoa farmers through all of its chocolate confections, Chuao Chocolatier fortifies its brand promise to spread joy, not only among its consumers, but also for the individuals who help produce it.

According to Fair Trade USA reports, there have been over 1,200 companies committed to fair trade selling as of 2015. This movement is a reflection of consumers’ growing awareness of where and how their food is sourced. Through development premiums, brands that support fair trade certification, such as Chuao Chocolatier, empower farmers and their communities via educational stipends, environmental training, healthcare services and productivity investments.

“We have had a long-standing commitment to produce our chocolates with the utmost respect to our planet and have implemented various sustainability practices at our factory. From reduced packaging and organic certified cleaning solutions, to upgrading our facility to be energy efficient, we are doing our part to protect the environment,” said Chef Michael Antonorsi, Chuao’s co-Founder and Master Chocolatier. “By becoming fair trade-certified across our entire portfolio, we are also ensuring that our farmers, communities, women and children are receiving the support they need to lead happier and healthier lives.”

“Chuao has made an extensive commitment to fair trade cocoa farmers,” adds Ken Redding, Chief Commercial Officer at Fair Trade USA. “We’re proud to work with them to deliver life-changing impact to cocoa-farming communities.”

Chuao’s signature line of ultra-premium chocolate bars and mini bars, bonbons and truffles, drinking chocolates and seasonal confections are crafted with a proprietary blend of chocolate. Additionally, the Enamored Collection is crafted with a decadent blend of organic, 72 percent dark chocolate, while the recently launched California Collective is comprised of a premium blend of chocolate. Shoppers’ purchase of these products empowers fair trade cocoa farmers to invest in building healthier, more sustainable communities.

The brand’s entire line of chocolate bars can be found online at www.chuaochocolatier.com, and in Chuao Chocolatier’ southern California boutique. A curated selection of the brand’s signature line of bars can also be found at fine grocery and specialty retailers nationwide. To find out more information about the brand’s fair trade certification, visit https://chuaochocolatier.com/fair-trade-certified-chocolate.

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