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Victoria Fine Foods Puts Ingredients on Front of Label

Victoria Fine Foods has just launched new packaging for its Victoria premium brand of artisanal pasta sauces listing ingredients on the front of the label.

VictoriaExtensive consumer research was conducted among primary shoppers and meal preparers of pasta sauce that led to the revolutionary decision to place the ingredients on the front of the label. Consumers indicated that placing ingredients on the front was very positive and helped show that Victoria had all natural fresh ingredients without preservatives that were similar to ingredients they would use in their own pasta sauce. They also indicated it would make shopping easier.

This new label approach supports Victoria’s philosophy of Ingredients Come First™, making Victoria the only major pasta sauce brand to highlight the ingredients on the front of their package.

“We are proud to be first major brand in the pasta sauce category to declare our ingredients on the front of our package; It’s not just a location, it’s a philosophy” says Don Davide, Chief Strategy Officer, VFF. “We are committed to using only fresh ingredients and the most authentic slow kettle-cooking process for a true homemade taste, and by announcing this on the front of our new label, we believe our new package allows the consumer to make an informed decision about what they are feeding their families.”

Victoria maintains small-batch, home-style cooking methods on a larger scale by slow kettle cooking all of their sauces starting with freshly chopped ingredients. Unlike leading national brands, Victoria never adds water, paste (tomato byproducts), or dried ingredients and never compromises taste for processing alternatives like quick heating transfer tubes. Victoria maintains that life and food, like a gondola ride, is better when taken slowly.

Las Vegas Market Sells Out Temporary Booth Space

Las Vegas Market announced today a first ever sellout of temporary presentation space in the directional C-ONE cross category showcase for the upcoming Summer Market, Sunday, July 27, to Thursday, July 31, 2014.  This summer, Las Vegas Market will present the largest number of temporary exhibitors in its history, showcasing nearly 500 vendors in 16 temporary collections located on five floors in two buildings, including the sold out C-ONE presentation.

“We have experienced 41 percent growth in temporary exhibits since launching our gift and home strategic plan in July 2012, said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. “This record growth demonstrates the industry’s support and enthusiasm for our strategy to position Las Vegas Market as the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States.”

Eleven first-time exhibitors on C-ONE include Catstudio, Chehoma, Chive, Couleur Nature, Emporium Home, Flow Décor, Kristine Daniels, Mirror Image Home, Pekota Design Corporation, SABRE, and SIA Home Fashion. The newcomers join returning suppliers in temporary presentations: Ann Gish, Gold Leaf Design Group, IONdesign, Phylum Design, Public Lights, Roberta Schilling, SkLO, The Elizabeth Lucas Company, Tronk Design and Trowbridge Gallery.

Temporary exhibits in Building C continue to expand through more home décor suppliers on C5, gift resources on C11, and a sold-out collection of lifestyle micro-showrooms on C10.  Recently confirmed newcomers to C11 include: Anika Dali, Breeke and Company LLC, Broke Jewels, Chevalier Collection, Daisy Baby, EnV Bags, Forest Creations, Le Muse, Legend Design, LuLu KD Lifestyle, LuRay Collection, Mama’s Little Babies, Pamela Cassidy Designs, Patra’s Collection, RG Style, String Theory Jewelry, Twigs Jewels and Until There’s a Cure Foundation.  Most recent additions to temporary exhibitors on C5 include: AFT Glassware, Décor Fifty Five, Indigo Imports, Mastour Rugs, Nyaara, Petal and Plume, ToiletChic and Well Woven.

In Building B, an additional 80 temporary exhibitors on B2 will offer a wide selection of home furnishings, including furniture, upholstery, motion, bedding, juvenile, accessories and décor. New exhibitors debuting at the summer market include Archbold Furniture Company, Becker Designs, Cabinetbed Inc., Dogberry Collections, DownEast Home Collection, Flash Furniture, Maaya Home, Oasis Concepts, Pin Dynasty and Regis Patrick Collection.

To support and recognize the growth in temporary exhibits, Las Vegas Market will recognize exceptional design, creative merchandising, cohesive brand messaging and inspired visual merchandising with “Best Booth” awards. Exhibits will be judged by a panel of industry editors, including Crystal Palecek, founder and editor-in-chief of Rue Magazine; Dallas Shaw, style expert and blogger; and Becky Tyre, trends editor of GIFT SHOP Magazine.

As previously announced, a variety of special events are planned to build traffic for temporary exhibitors throughout Buildings B and C. On floors B2, C5 and C11, there will be complimentary happy hours Sunday to Wednesday, from 4 to 6 p.m. A daily Brunch Bar will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Sunday through Thursday on floors C5 and C11. Other special events in Building C include a Gourmet Demo Stage on floor C11 featuring daily presentations Monday through Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on new products and store displays, along with giveaways and other goodies; as well as daily free food and wine tastings Monday through Wednesday at 1 p.m. A Buyers’ Lounge and food vendors will be located on floor C10 near the Lifestyle Collection and the PLUSH juvenile pavilion. There also will be restaurants and food vendors on floors C5 and C11 for the convenience of market participants. All market-sponsored hospitality is free to attendees.

Las Vegas Market is the leading furniture, home decor and gift marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 2,000+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Summer 2014 Las Vegas Market runs July 27-31, 2014, at World Market Center Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

Rastelli Foods Group Opens Additional New Jersey Location

Rastelli Foods Group, based in Swedesboro, New Jersey, is opening a new specialty foods store in Marlton, New Jersey. The new Rastelli Market Fresh is located just a half mile away from the busy and popular Promenade at Sagemore, where over 602,000 people reside within a 10 mile radius.

“This new location will provide patrons with the ability to pick up fresh seafood and steaks from our butcher while having the chance to grab a bottle of wine or lunch from one of our made to order cuisine bars,” said General Manager Mike Wylie. “We know our guests just want one place where they can get everything they are looking for. Market Fresh Marlton is the perfect opportunity to really serve the community.”

SIPP eco beverage co. Expands Midwest Distribution

SIPP eco beverage co., Inc., creators of the sparkling organic beverage Sipp Sparkling Organics, has announced further expansion in the Midwest, specifically to the Chicagoland area, by partnering with Chicago Coffees & Teas as a distributor.

Chicago Coffees & Teas delivers specialty and gourmet coffee, tea, espresso and other specialty beverages to fine restaurants, hotels, and cafes in Chicago. This partnership will help to increase Sipp’s presence in both the Midwest and in high-end food service establishments and hotels.

  “We are very excited to be expanding in the Midwest as we have had much demand for Sipp in this region. Working with Chicago Coffee & Teas will allow us to not only grow in retail, but on-premise as well,” said Beth Parentice, CEO/Founder of Sipp.

“Our partnership with Sipp allows us to continue to add value to our customers with the highest quality specialty offerings. We provide only best in class products and have found few others that can hold a candle to not only Sipp’s quality ingredients, but unique flavors as well,” said Michael Klong, President of Chicago Coffee & Teas.

Sipp currently has distribution in retail stores and restaurants in northern California, Texas, and across the east coast. Retail stores include Whole Foods, Food Emporium, Central Market, Balducci’s, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, and Roche Bros.

SIPP is represented by Cascadia Managing Brands.

Goodie Girl Expands Distribution of Gluten-Free Cookies

On the heels of the Dairy-Deli-Bake show earlier this month, Tribeca-based Goodie Girl announced expanded distribution of its full line of cookies nationwide, initially focusing on the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern markets. The company, which specializes in creating gluten-free cookies that are just as good or better than the classics, will increase availability beyond specialty stores into major chains as demand for high-quality gluten-free goodies continues to rise.

“Goodie Girl cookies are for all cookie lovers, including those intolerant to gluten,” said Shira Berk, founder and owner of Goodie Girl. “The gluten-free category is experiencing double-digit growth annually and according to some sources, almost a quarter of consumers now have someone at home eating gluten-free. Those are big numbers, but we all know that the key driver of repeat purchase is great taste. We are truly proud of our products and excited to be increasing distribution so that we can share our cookies with more consumers.”

Known as the creators of gluten-free cookies that everyone can enjoy, Goodie Girl is thrilled the market for its cookies goes far beyond celiac or gluten-intolerant individuals. Known for her baking skills, Shira Berk founded Goodie Girl in 2010 after a friend requested she reconstruct cookies for a gluten-free child. To her delight, Berk baked her way to the discovery that she could make delicious gluten-free cookies with “just the right amount of wrong.” With flavors ranging from Mint Slims and Quinoa Choco-Chip to Midnight Brownie and Oatmeal Raisin, her mouthwatering cookies have been delighting consumers ever since.

GoodieGirlTo help make increased production and distribution goals a reality, Goodie Girl recently partnered with Toufayan Bakeries. As one of the largest family-run bakeries in the United States, Toufayan provides production and distribution expertise and has become well-known in the gluten-free market for its line of gluten-free wraps featuring flavors such as Spinach and Garden Tomato.

“The gluten-free food category continues to grow, but what are emerging are true innovators in baking. It is one thing to make a gluten-free item; but Goodie Girl has created incredible cookies, that happen to be gluten-free,” said Greg Toufayan, COO of Toufayan. “We take great pride in our line of gluten-free wraps and when I was introduced to the delicious tasting Goodie Girl line, I knew we wanted to help this business grow.”

“It’s a dream-come-true, to find a home for our very special cookie brand within a family-owned business recognized nationwide for their commitment to authentic, high-quality baked goods. We welcome the expertise that Toufayan brings and an enhanced ability to bring Goodie Girl cookies to both retailers and consumers,” said Berk.

 

Cooking with Stonewall Kitchens Maple Bacon Aioli

I first tasted Stonewall Kitchens Maple Bacon Aioli at the Summer Fancy Food Show this June, and my first thought was that this might be good to slather on some chicken breasts and bake. So when a couple of jars of the aioli arrived in the mail from Stonewall Kitchens today, there was no question but that I was going to race home and see what I could do with it.

I stopped first at Trader Joe’s, but the chicken breasts were expensive, so I got turkey cutlets instead. This is an experiment, after all, and we’re talking about $6 instead of about $11 for enough poultry to make dinner for two.

So, okay. I dipped out a few tablespoons of the Maple Bacon Aioli onto a saucer and dragged the 1/2-inch cutlets through it to coat them on both sides, then laid them onto the foil-lined baking pan that fits into the countertop oven. About 18 minutes at 400 degrees, and the cutlets were nicely browned and ready to serve.

OMG! Spectacular! Juicy, luxuriously unctuous, fantastic. You could totally serve this to all your pickiest gourmet friends without missing any of the conversation. I think that next time I’ll make it with some roasted Brussels sprouts and I’ll lay the baked cutlets over some mashed potatoes, so that the Maple Bacon Aioli will lend its bacony goodness to the potatoes. No reason to spend the extra money for chicken breasts unless you want to.

–Lorrie

New Line of Cold Beverages from Boyd’s Coffee

Boyd’s Coffee®, the oldest family-owned coffee company in the Pacific Northwest, is ready to chill with its new line of cold beverages, which includes Boyd’s Iced Tea, Boyd’s Ice Cap and Boyd’s Iced Coffee. This new line enhances and continues Boyd’s authentic, high-quality-for-the-everyman experience with compelling merchandising and easy-to-operate, energy-efficient equipment options.

Boyd’s Iced Tea

Backed by a 114-year history as a tea purveyor, Boyd’s emphasizes the fresh-brew experience with its rebranded line of Iced Tea with eight flavors including Original Brew (black tea), Green Tea, Tropical Tea and Raspberry Herbal. The addition of Torani® syrups such as Cane Sugar Sweetener, Raspberry, Peach and Blackberry create limitless options for operators. In addition, fresh-brewed iced tea is the number one purchased beverage in restaurants and is significantly more profitable for operators than the bag-in-box option.

Boyd’s Ice Cap

The whimsical and refreshing Ice Cap line captures the nostalgia of childhood summers, featuring an updated, fresh design and innovative flavor options. With frozen coffee drinks growing in popularity, especially with millennial consumers, Boyd’s offers a combination of coffee-based flavors, such as French Vanilla and Mocha, and fruit-based flavors, including Cherry Smart Bomb and Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

Boyd’s Iced Coffee

As iced coffee drinks continue to build a following among all consumers, and particularly among millennials, Boyd’s Coffee offers shelf-stable iced coffee beverages available in Kona Blend Mocha and Kona Blend French Vanilla. Iced coffee is a well-liked beverage in all dayparts as well as year-round.

The Iced Tea replaces the company’s former Island Mist® product, and the new Ice Cap was formerly Coffee House Freezers®.

Boyd’s Coffee provides everything operators need for a highly profitable beverage program, including reliable, space-saving, easy-to-operate, energy-efficient equipment as well as visually appealing merchandising from posters to equipment dressing and flavor labels. For information about Boyd Coffee Company’s products and services, call 800-545-4077 or visit www.boyds.com.

 

Mrs. Prindable’s Gourmet Caramel Apples

Mrs. Prindable’s hand-selects extra-fancy apples based on crispiness, juiciness, and size. The Gourmet Jumbo Apples are an impressive 4.5 inches tall and 1.5 pounds. These enormous apples are available in eleven flavors and serve up to 10 people. While smaller than the Jumbo Apples, the Petite Apples are still sizeable at 3.5 inches tall and half a pound. These beauties are available in seven flavors and serve one or two people.

applesEach orchard-fresh premium apple is dipped by hand in creamy, smooth caramel cooked that same day. Then, depending on the flavor chosen, the apple is hand-rolled in the finest nuts and toppings. Gourmet caramel apples ordered from Mrs. Prindable’s are made to order to ensure freshness and are delivered without delay.

Natural Caramels combine the creamy caramel Mrs. Prindable’s is famous for with exotic flavor combinations to deliver a uniquely delicious bite-size indulgence. Each decadent treat offers a sophisticated visual experience in addition to satisfying caramel and chocolate cravings.

Nielsen-Massey Offers Range of Flavors

Throughout its more than 100 year history, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has earned its reputation as a manufacturer of the finest extracts in the world. The full line of Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Vanilla products include: Vanilla Beans and Extracts from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico; sugar and alcohol-free Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar, Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Beans.

Nielsen-MasseyNielsen-Massey Vanillas also offers a full line of pure flavors: Pure Chocolate Extract, Pure Almond Extract, Pure Orange Extract, Pure Lemon Extract, Pure Coffee Extract, Pure Peppermint Extract, Orange Blossom Water and Rose Water. All Nielsen-Massey products are all-natural, allergen-free, and certified kosher and gluten-free.

The company is headquartered in Waukegan, Illinois, with production facilities in Waukegan and Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. 

New Cookbook Offers Soda Recipes

An icy, bubbly beverage is just what everybody needs to perk up on a warm day or a hot night. But it probably doesn’t occur to many of us that we can actually make our own at home–with or without a store bought machine – we’re talking from scratch.

soda bookBelieve it or not, crafting a delicious carbonated beverage is easy, according to the author of a new book, Making Soda at Home. Author Jeremy Butler breaks down the science of carbonation which will enable readers discover recipes that are easily adapted for each of the three methods for carbonation. It even walks readers through how to make a soda bar, complete with “kegerator.” Offering resources like homebrew forums, shopping guides, and industrial suppliers, the book provides a resourceful guide for everything soda. Inside readers will find:

  • Coconut-lime or peach sodas for a hot summer day
  • Tonics like root beer, sassafras, sarsaparilla and ginger ale
  • Instructions on how to brew expert clones of beloved favorite dews, peppers, pops, and colas
  • There’s even a recipe for butter beer

In addition, the book offers a comprehensive approach to the craft of soda making with a section on the three major carbonation methods–something that does not exist in other soda making books.

Making Soda at home is published by Quarry Books. Retail price is $24.99, $27.99 in Canada. The book is also available as an e-book.

 

 

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