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DAGOBA Organic Chocolate Announces the One for All Cacao Project

DAGOBA Organic Chocolate, an artisan chocolate brand that has been crafting organic chocolate from responsibly-sourced ingredients since 2001, is celebrating World Rainforest Day with a new look, new delicious flavors and a nonprofit initiative to empower women living in communities that source DAGOBA cacao beans.

Sixteen years after it was founded, DAGOBA chocolate remains true to its original mission to craft chocolate that both Tastes Good, Does Good. DAGOBA responsibly sources its ingredients and supports the cacao communities by using only USDA certified organic cacao beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms as well as Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients.

As the brand expands its presence nationally, DAGOBA chocolate has continued to embody its mission by supporting infrastructural, educational and women’s self-empowerment initiatives within cacao communities with the launch of the One for All Cacao Project.

“DAGOBA has always embraced the belief that chocolate has a deeper purpose, and we continue to explore the many ways we can support that purpose as we evolve,” says Susie Picken Burch, Senior Brand Manager for DAGOBA Organic Chocolate. “The One for All Cacao Project allows us to shine a light on the unique challenges and opportunities facing the women who grow and harvest our cacao and recognize their potential to transform their communities. DAGOBA will invest in grassroots programs to support these women, empower them to implement change within their community’s infrastructure and sustain the viability of their village resources.”

The One for All Cacao Project is a nonprofit fund that invests in infrastructure and education while continuing to drive women’s self-empowerment in cacao communities in Peru, Tanzania, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic that source DAGOBA chocolate’s cacao beans. In 2017, the fund will provide resources to the community of San Juan De Cheni, Peru for initiatives specifically identified by the women who live there.

“We’ve had the privilege of meeting with the women of San Juan de Cheni to better understand their challenges and hopes for their community,” says Katrina Briddell, Manager of Philanthropy and Community Engagement with DAGOBA Organic Chocolate. “As a continuation of those conversations, the One for All Cacao Project will invest in a community-led gender and development roadmap that identifies barriers to and opportunities for economic growth. The initiative will host workshops to identify potential solutions that will empower all community members in San Juan de Cheni – especially women – to thrive for generations to come.”

In addition to its commitment to sustainability and women’s empowerment, DAGOBA embraces its legacy as a pioneer of quality, organic chocolate that incorporates unique flavor infusions, blending combinations of fruits, herbs and flowers into rich chocolate to create delightful chocolate experiences.

Four new chocolate bars with crowd-pleasing flavor infusions are available only at Target stores nationwide: DAGOBA Organic Extra Dark Chocolate with 84% cacao, DAGOBA Organic Picante Chocolate with Chilies and Nibs with 74% cacao, DAGOBA Organic Ginger Lime Milk Chocolate with 37% cacao, and the brand’s first white chocolate, DAGOBA Organic Raspberry Mint White Chocolate.

“Our commitment to create strong cacao communities and empower the women who live in them inspired our partnership with Target stores,” said Picken Burch. “Shoppers are sure to find a favorite among these new bars. Even more importantly, they can indulge in each bite knowing that behind each DAGOBA Organic Chocolate bar, there’s a woman transforming her community and protecting cacao farming for future generations.”

La Panzanella Debuts Bites Snack Crackers

La Panzanella Artisanal Foods Co. will be showcasing its new Bites® snack crackers at the Summer Fancy Food Show. These new Bites snack crackers, in Italian Herb, Sundried Tomato Basil, and Spicy Olive flavors, are packaged in eye-catching, award-winning resealable 4.75-ounce bags to appeal to the current shopping generation, with its active, on-the-go lifestyles.

Also available for sampling will be La Panzanella’s sofi Award-winning Meyer Lemon Dolcetini, indulgent Chocolate Dolcetini, sweet Vanilla Dolcetini, and spicy-sweet Cinnamon Dolcetini. Inspired by traditional European wedding cookies, these shortbread-style Dolcetini are covered with a light dusting of confectionery sugar for a sweet treat that’s great any time of year.

Last, but certainly not least, are La Panzanella’s flagship Mini Croccantini, which are available in seven flavors in a 6-ounce package: Original, Rosemary, Cracked Pepper, Whole Wheat, Multigrain, Roasted Garlic, and Toasted Sesame. Mini Croccantini are also available in three flavors in a 3-ounce package: Original, Rosemary, and Roasted Garlic. Full-size Croccantini are available in 8-ounce packaging in five flavors: Original, Rosemary, Cracked Pepper, Roasted Garlic, and Toasted Sesame.

SuperSeedz Receives ChefsBest Quality in Craft Award

Less than two months after introducing its new organic line of gourmet pumpkin seeds, SuperSeedz®superseedz editphoto1 announced it has received the ChefsBest® Quality in Craft Award, an award presented to brands that surpass quality standards established by independent professional chefs.

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“I am very excited to receive such a prestigious award for our new organic products,” says Kathie Pelliccio, Founder of SuperSeedz. “We put a lot of thought and love into developing these new organic flavors and it is a great honor to receive such recognition.”

The new organic SuperSeedz products were subjected to ChefsBest’s rigorous Sensory Attribute Quality Analysis (SAQA®) process, which was developed by leading sensory experts to evaluate taste and quality in terms of appearance, aroma, basic tastes, flavor and texture.

“The award is designed to recognize unique, high-quality products and based on our evaluation, the new organic line from SuperSeedz was a clear winner,” says Lisa Liguori, Chief Executive Officer of ChefsBest. “ChefsBest has been awarding America’s best tasting foods for more than 16 years and we’re proud to honor SuperSeedz with the Quality in Craft Award.”

The three new SuperSeedz organic flavors – Pink Himalayan Salt, Garlicky Dill and an indulgent Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt item – were introduced earlier in the year. Each is organic certified, Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan, allergy friendly and will feature up to 8 grams of complete, plant-based protein.

The new line is the latest innovation from the company that has been the No. 1 premium pumpkin seed brand and the fastest growing for the last two years. “Consumers have definitely responded to our concept,” said Pelliccio. “Because SuperSeedz has consistently added incremental growth to the snacking nut and seed category, we’re really becoming an integral part of retailers’ product mix. We think our organic offering will be even bigger.”

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