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Sprouts Farmers Market Makes Public Offering of Shares

Sprouts Farmers Market,Inc. today announced the commencement of an underwritten public offering of 15,000,000 shares of its common
stock by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC , and certain other stockholders of the company (collectively known here as the Selling Stockholders). The underwriters of the offering will have the option to purchase up to an additional 2,250,000 shares of common stock from the Selling Stockholders. The Selling Stockholders will receive all of the proceeds from the offering.

The offering is being made through an underwriting group led by Goldman, Sachs & Co., Credit Suisse, BofA Merrill Lynch, Apollo Global
Securities, Barclays, Deutsche Bank Securities, UBS Investment Bank, Guggenheim Securities and Wolfe Research Securities. Goldman, Sachs & Co., Credit Suisse and BofA Merrill Lynch are acting as joint book-running managers of the offering and the representatives of the  underwriters.

This offering will be made only by means of a prospectus.  A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.

Among Friends Releases Three New Baking Mixes

Among Friends, makers of delicious, all-natural, easy-to-make baking mixes is premiering three new hand-crafted baking mixes this year. In a world filled with snacks and treats lacking redeeming nutritional value or great taste, Among Friend’s gourmet quality, whole grain, non-GMO baking mixes are a welcome, healthy and tasty addition to the $21 billion baking mix and prepared food production industry.

Among Friends’ new hand-crafted baking mixes include:

Francie’s Brownie Mix: Created for co-founder Suzie’s daughter, these whole grain brownies are described as a sweet deep brunette, fudgy and friendly treat, appealing to all brownie-lovers.

Among FriendsGerry’s Jam Bar Mix: Co-founder Lizann’s husband grew up with classic homemade desserts, one of his favorites being jam bars. These vintage treats, marry hearty whole grains with sweet jam for a healthy, yet delicious dessert.

‘Liv It Up Devilishly Chocolate Cake: When Suzie’s picky daughter, who believes ketchup counts as a vegetable, insisted her name only be on the most perfect chocolate cake, it resulted in a flavorful, soft, creamy, gluten-free and devilishly chocolate treat.

These new mixes join Among Friends’ line of easy-to-prepare baking mixes: Suzie Q’s, Evan’s Heavenly, Trish The Dish, CJ’s, Phil ‘em Up, and Shane’s Sweet-n-Spicy.

“Our goal is simple: we want to help people fill their kitchens with fresh-from-the-oven baked goods made from the best ingredients,” says Suzie Miller, co-founder of Among Friends.

About Among Friends®

Among Friends was created by two friends and mothers, Suzie Miller and Lizann Anderson, who founded the company in 2006.  Among Friends currently creates five cookie baking mixes and one fruit crisp mix, four of which are gluten-free and all of which are made with non-GMO ingredients.  Suggested retail price for each product is $5.99 per 13-ounce to 16-ounce bag.  Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Among Friends produces its mixes in their new 10,000-square-foot facility with its own gluten-free certified production section.  Among Friends products are available for purchase at Safeway, Albertsons, Meijer, select Whole Foods stores, Lunds/Byerly’s, Kings Markets, Plum Markets, New Seasons, New Frontiers and a number of other specialty food retailers, natural grocery stores, and supermarkets around the country.  Among Friends is now distributed nationwide through KeHE, Nature’s Best and United Natural Foods, Inc. For online ordering and information about Among Friends visit www.amongfriendsbakingmixes.com.

Rooibee Red Tea Launches Ready-to-Drink Option for Kids

Rooibee Red Tea announced the launch of Rooibee Roo at Natural Products Expo West. Developed just for kids, the bottled tea offers the same health benefits and similar great taste of its parent line in three fruity flavors: cherry, mango and orange. A certified USDA organic rooibos tea that is naturally caffeine free, only 12 grams of organic cane sugar and less than 60 calories per eight ounce BPA free bottle, this is a tea parents can feel confident giving their children. For more information go to www.RooibeeRedTea.com.

When Rooibee Red Tea Chief Tea Officer Heather Howell joined the company four years ago, she noticed how much kids enjoyed the drink and knew they deserved their own. “I’m happy to fulfill the need of a healthier drink option for children by offering a tea with kid-friendly flavors, filled with unique minerals and antioxidants that also fall in line with school nutrition standards,” said Howell. “As a parent I know how important it is to feel confident about what your children put in their bodies.”

Rooibee Roo is currently production ready and will be available to consumers in select stores and online in late spring as a six-pack or individual bottles. It will cost an average price of about $1.00 per bottle.

Spooning Chocolate, the Espresso of Hot Chocolate for Consenting Adults

Cocoa Canard’s new Spooning Chocolate is the first dairy and gluten-free pure non-bitter dark chocolate to instantly melt in a cup of hot water with such a richness that you will never miss the milk. It’s a silky refined version of the pure melted hot chocolate drinks originally served in old world chocolate houses. Now you can enjoy a satisfying demitasse of velvety hot chocolate as a wonderful afternoon delight or the perfect end to any meal.

To enhance the ritual chocolate making experience, each elegantly packaged can comes with a wooden mini-molinillo (South American whisk) to whip up a slight cocoa crema which releases the intoxicating deep chocolate aroma. Cocoa Canard uses the finest selection of beans including the costly flavorful Criollo. The beans are artfully aged and then slow roasted and blended in small batches using real vanilla, not an extract, to create a rich complex range of flavors.

Spooning Chocolate is not just a seasonal product. Unlike a big mug of hand-warming hot chocolate, this is a smaller amount of liquid at a lower temperature, like an espresso. A small amount of warm, melted dark chocolate after a meal or anytime is perfect year-round, not just for cold winters. You can even put a few chocolate pastilles in a cup of coffee for a wonderful Cafe Mocha.

Sartori Receives “Best of Class” at World Championship Cheese Contest

Sartori Cheese received two “Best of Class” awards at this year’s World Championship Cheese Contest held in Madison, Wisc. The competition was host to over 2,600 entries from a total of 22 countries. Sartori’s Extra-Aged Asiago was named “Best Asiago” while SarVecchio® Parmesan received a “Best of Class” in the shredded cheese open class.

Two years ago at this biennial competition, Sartori’s Extra-Aged Asiago took home a “Best of Class” in the Open Class Hard Cheeses and Sartori’s SarVecchio Parmesan received a “Best of Class” in the shredded class, making it the best shredded cheese in the world four years running. “This competition is very technical. The judges look for up to 50 defects in a cheese and judge in tenths of a point up to 100 points. Their standards of quality are set high,” states Sartori Research & Development Vice President Pat Mugan.

“The incredibly high quality milk provided by our patron farms is a vital first step in making great cheese. When out visiting with the farms, you can see these patron producers have a true love for the land and their animals. They know that the milk they are providing to Sartori is helping to make award-winning cheese and they’re proud of that,” states third generation Owner and CEO Jim Sartori.

Sartori’s Extra-Aged Asiago and SarVecchio Parmesan cheeses are hand-crafted in Antigo, Wisc. Each cheese wheel is carefully handled by Sartori’s team members. “We have high quality standards not just at the farm, but also at our cheese making facilities. It’s important for us to follow through with a level of quality that we are proud of. If we all continue with high quality standards, we’ll see the results, such as a ‘Best of Class’ win at one of the most prestigious cheese competitions in the United States,” Jim Sartori says.

Sartori received one additional award for  its Merlot BellaVitano®, a second place finish right behind the SarVecchio Parmesan in the shredded cheese open class. For additional information about Sartori, visit the website at sartoricheese.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter @Sartori_Cheese for daily news and updates.

Omaha Steaks Introduces New Rib Crown Steak

Omaha Steaks today introduced the Private Reserve Rib Crown Steak into its complete line of premium beef and gourmet foods. The Rib Crown Steak, known for superior marbling, flavor and tenderness, joins the company’s extensive line of steak cuts including the filet mignon, boneless strip, top sirloin, ribeye and flat iron. Long regarded as a favorite among steak lovers, the rib crown steak combines the best of the rich, juicy flavor of a ribeye with the tenderness of a filet mignon.

“We are proud to introduce our customers to the rib crown steak –the crown jewel of the ribeye,” said President and fifth-generation family owner Bruce Simon. “This coveted cap steak is perfectly trimmed from the most prized part of the ribeye and is known for exceptional tenderness. Our new rib crown will soon be one of your all-time favorite steaks.”

Chefs who recently sampled the new Omaha Steaks Rib Crown Steaks agreed with the “crown jewel” status, sharing a multitude of mouth-watering comments:

“The steak is very well marbled and delicious grilled with a simple salt and pepper rub.”
Chef Bobby Mekiney
M’s Pub/Vivace
Omaha, Nebraska

“The rib crown steaks have great flavor and texture.”
Executive Chef Chip Hawkins
Hilton Omaha

“The rib crown steaks are amazingly tender. I did a simple beef dry rub with some olive oil, grilled it to medium rare and finished it with a chimichurri butter.  Delicious.”
Clint Cantwell
Editor – Grilling.com

For more information about the Private Reserve Rib Crown Steak visit www.OmahaSteaks.com.

Flavorings Add Fun to Milk

MilkSplash™, a new milk flavoring designed for kids, is launching this week in select Target stores, and nationally at Walmart and other retailers in April.

Created and marketed by North Carolina-based S&D Beverage Innovations, MilkSplash has a variety of great-tasting flavors, fun colors and engaging characters such as Cocoa Loco, Sir Strawberry Swirl™, Orange Cream Dream, Cookies ‘N Cream and Jammin’ Banana – with more to come.

“We created MilkSplash to give kids lots of wonderful options to flavor their milk because research shows nearly seven in 10 kids drink more milk when it’s flavored – and we know that kids need to drink more milk,” said Dr. Maya Zuniga, Director of Product Innovation at S&D. “With milk consumption declining for decades, many children miss out on the recommended amount of milk and its essential nutrients, including three that are of most concern – calcium, vitamin D and potassium.”

“Moms are also concerned about the amount of sugar in the beverages their children drink according to a recent nationwide survey, so they’ll be pleased to know that MilkSplash is zero calorie,” adds Dr. Zuniga.

Following in the footsteps of liquid water enhancers and the positive impact they have had on water consumption, MilkSplash milk flavoring is doing the same for kids and milk.
MilkSplash Offers More Milk Flavoring Choices
“We’re defining a new category of highly concentrated liquid milk flavorings, and offering more choices than kids have ever had before,” said John Buckner, Vice President of Marketing at S&D, who is overseeing the MilkSplash launch. “Chocolate and strawberry syrups and powders have been among the limited options for adults and kids alike – until now. MilkSplash is launching with five flavors, but there are many more in the pipeline, as well as all-natural versions of MilkSplash in development.”

Every small bottle of MilkSplash makes at least 24 servings, requiring just a gentle squeeze and simple stir to turn white milk into a delicious treat kids love that lets them enjoy milk on their own terms.

“Moms love MilkSplash because it encourages kids to make healthier beverage choices,” said Dr. Zuniga. “They also appreciate that it’s not messy like powder or syrup flavorings, and can be taken to school in a backpack or lunchbox – or dropped in a bag for a trip to the mall or the park.”

“It’s time to shake things up and add variety, delicious flavors and cute characters that will get kids excited about milk and flavoring it their way,” said Buckner. “Our dream is to have kids say to moms, ‘May I have some more milk please?’”

For more information about MilkSplash, including where to buy it, visit www.milksplash.com or call 1-855-MILKPLZ.

Emmi Roth Announces Grand Cru Recipe Contest Winners

Emmi Roth USA, an award-winning producer of specialty cheeses, has announced the winner of its Grand Cru® Recipe Contest for Postsecondary Culinary Students. Caroline Ausman of Burlington, Wis., took top honors with her recipe for Manicotti en Croûte with Brandied Fig Sauce.

The contest, presented in conjunction with the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ), challenged postsecondary culinary students to create a flavorful and creative pasta recipe highlighting Roth Grand Cru, a washed rind Alpine-style cheese crafted in Wisconsin.

Ausman is currently enrolled as a student at the Art Institute of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Baking and Pastry. She attributes her culinary and pastry passion to working alongside her mother in the family kitchen while growing up.

“I truly feel at home in the kitchen, working with my hands and creating from scratch. This contest was an amazing opportunity for me to showcase what I love doing,” said Ausman. “Although developing the recipe was a tremendous, and sometimes challenging, process, I really learned a lot!”

The panel of Emmi Roth USA contest judges were impressed with the flavor and versatility of the recipe, remarking that the application “takes pasta in a whole new direction” and could be served as an appetizer or a savory dessert.

“We received so many fantastic recipes and were inspired by the passion and creativity shown by all of the entrants. Ms. Ausman’s recipe impressed us for its flavor, sophistication and elegance,” said Regi Hise, Director of Culinary Development at Emmi Roth USA. “We’re always looking for innovative ways to feature our cheeses in culinary applications, and manicotti wrapped in phyllo is a creative and delicious concept. The sweet flavors of the brandied fig sauce balance wonderfully with the savory Grand Cru manicotti filling, and the phyllo adds great texture – the recipe was a clear winner.”

Ausman’s first place finish, out of more than 35 entries from across the country, earned her $2,000 and registration and lodging accommodations at the upcoming National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show, May 17-20, in Chicago. Ausman’s winning recipe will be served at the Emmi Roth USA Cheese 4 Chefs table during the NRA Show.

The winning recipe and photo are available on the Emmi Roth Foodservice website. For additional information about Ausman’s culinary pursuits, visit her blog.

Bolder Beans for a Bloody Mary

Bolder Beans produces crunchy, pickled green beans and other pickled vegetables that are a healthy snack, a perfect addition to a Bloody Mary, or even a great gift. Pickle people enjoy Bolder Beans right out of the jar as a good, healthy snack. In fact, Bolder Beans are sugar-free, fat-free and even gluten-free. There are less than 100 calories in the entire jar and each serving has only 1 carb. In addition, there is nothing artificial added and all ingredients can be pronounced. Simply open up a jar and start snacking on these crunchy, tasty treats that are full of flavor and won’t make you feel guilty if you happen to eat the whole jar.

Bolder Beans started as a wonderful addition to a Bloody Mary. Just add a couple pickled green beans instead of a piece of celery, and your Bloody Mary is transformed. These spicy, pickled beans add a lot of flavor and kick up the zip in any Bloody Mary. Owner of Bolder Beans, Rogue Edwards, stated, “I first tried a pickled green bean in a Bloody Mary in New Orleans. When we returned home to Colorado, we couldn’t find anything we liked, so I decided to make my own!”

Whether for a healthy eater or a Bloody Mary lover, Bolder Beans make a great gift. A single jar is perfect for a hostess gift, a teacher appreciation item, a pot luck dinner, or just a simple thank you. Purchase a jar online at www.bolderbeans.com or custom order a gift box that will really stand out. Multiple jars can be selected and added to a gift box complete with a bean fork and a ribbon for that special touch. Prices range from $8 a jar to $30 a gift box depending upon the items selected.

For the Bloody Mary lover, a Bolder Beans Bloody Mary gift set is really unique. This special gift box includes a jar of Bolder Beans, Bloody Mary concentrate mix, rim salt, a bean fork and even a pack of beef straws! Just add the vodka, and it is a complete set that will make any Bloody Mary lover smile. All gift boxes can be ordered online at www.bolderbeans.com or call 720-578-BEAN for more details.

Bolder Beans come if three tasty flavors: mild, medium and hot. The mild beans have a big, bold, dill pickle taste that are crunchy and zesty without the added heat. For the medium flavor, a jalapeño is added to the jar to give it a big, bold kick with a peppery jalapeño taste. A habañero is added to the hot and gives the bean a sweet heat. Enjoy all three of these flavors for a different taste with just the right amount of heat. Whether they are chopped up in a salad, added to a Bloody Mary, or eaten right out of the jar as a good snack or an easy appetizer, they are sure to please any pickle person.

In addition, Bolder Mushrooms, Bolder Garlic and Bolder Mix-Up are tasty treats for those who love pickled foods. Bolder Mushrooms are mild with an earthy mushroom taste that complement the pickling flavor to produce the perfect texture, tenderness and taste. Add Bolder Mushrooms to omelets, pizzas, salads or even a martini for a zip that will awaken your tastebuds.

Bolder Garlic is the perfect treat for the garlic lover. Each jar is filled to the top with individual garlic cloves that have been pickled to perfection giving each bite a mellow garlic flavor with a punch of pickle flavor and the heat of a jalapeño. Use them wherever you use garlic, or eat them right out of the jar. Just make sure that others eat them with you!
Finally, Bolder Mix-Up is an easy “appetizer in a jar.” This combination of pickled veggies includes green beans, carrots, cauliflower and mushrooms. It is the perfect addition to a relish tray and each veggie has a bold, pickle taste that is available in mild for everyone to enjoy!

 

Mr. Cheese O’s Snacks Set to Roll Out this Summer

Orange tongues and fingers, grease stains, high fructose corn syrup, saturated fat, high calorie counts are the telltale signs of cheese-flavored chips, crisps and crackers.
Until now. Mr. Cheese O’s an all-natural, crunchy, delicious, and fun O-shaped cheese snack has announced its launch at Natural Foods Expo West. Mr. Cheese O’s comes from Sonoma Creamery, an artisan cheese company based in California’s wine country, that makes hormone free, 100-percent natural, gluten-free cheeses. The new healthier, wheat-free, corn-free snack comes in four indulgent varieties, — Original, Cheddar, Tuscan Herb and Sweet Chili — with 10-grams of protein per 1-ounce bag, using organic quinoa and other ancient grains.
Mr. Cheese O’s is a snack every kid will crave and every parent will feel good about serving – not to mention adults craving it themselves! Mr. Cheese O’s will be available in the deli section of national grocery and convenience store chains starting this June.
Mr. CheeseOsSONY DSCMr. Cheese O’s handcrafted all-natural cheese and O-shaped bites that contain no artificial ingredients or artificial hormones. They’re gluten-free, preservative-free, corn-free and wheat-free. Made from organic quinoa and other ancient grains, they contain just 75 calories per serving and 150 calories for the 1-ounce pack. There are 10 grams of protein and 25 percent of the daily value of calcium in each pack, with no trans fat, 0 grams of sugar and 6 grams of carbohydrates. The list of ingredients is short, clear and pronounceable.
“As parents, how can we trust snack products that use ingredients with names we can’t even pronounce?” said Sonoma Creamery’s CEO, John Crean. “In a space that’s dominated by not-so-good-for-you products, and being a dad myself, I’m proud that our new Mr. Cheese O’s product is an extra tasty, crunchy real cheese snack with a clean label and all natural ingredients that parents can feel good about giving their kids – and maybe saving a few for themselves, as well.”
Mr. Cheese O’s is set to roll out nationwide in all four varieties early this summer. One-ounce packs of Mr. Cheese O’s will retail for $2.99. Learn more at http://mrcheeseos.com and like Mr. Cheese O’s on Facebook at http://facebook.com/mrcheesesos.