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daRosario Organics to Launch Truffle Products Line in Single-Serve Packaging

daRosariodaRosario Organics, the nation’s only producer of 100 percent USDA certified organic truffle products, announced today that the company will debut a new line of single-serve packaging in early 2018 for wholesale and retail food service distribution. Products will include individual packets of certified organic white and black truffle oil, white truffle acacia honey, white and black truffle mayonnaise, white and black truffle vegan mayonnaise, and extra virgin olive oil. The packets will enable food retailers to offer customers gourmet condiments made with 100 percent real truffles as an enhancement to their existing menu.

Responding to industry requests, daRosario Organics invested in the special equipment needed to provide these products in single-serve portions. “This is a game changer for food retailers,” said company Founder Rosario Safina. “It’s the first time that truffle products will be offered in such quantities en masse. The individual packets are easy to store and dispense, allowing retailers to upgrade their truffle offerings — on items such as pizzas, sandwiches, French fries, burgers and salads — that deliver the great taste of real truffles in a cost efficient manner while reducing overall product waste.”

Safina began importing fresh truffles weekly, in season, into the United States in 1984 and then introduced genuine truffle products in 1985. Safina created the first-ever organic truffle line, daRosario Organics, in 2004. In 2008, daRosario Organics became the world’s first 100 percent USDA-certified organic truffle production company. Products feature real truffles as opposed to synthetic chemical flavoring. daRosario products are available nationwide online, as well as via and Grocers selling daRosario products regionally include Stop & Shop and Whole Foods, among others. To learn more, visit or connect via social media @darosario_organics.

Walter Robb to Keynote Specialty Food Association 2018 Leadership Awards

Walter Robb will keynote the Specialty Food Association’s 2018 Leadership Awards, which honor food industry entrepreneurs in the categories of business leadership, citizenship, and vision. The choice of Robb as the keynote speaker is intended to be represent a celebration of positive social, economic and environmental impact.

With a long and varied entrepreneurial history in natural foods ranging from retailer to farmer to consultant, Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991. In 2010, he was named co-CEO along with John Mackey and joined the Whole Foods Market board of directors. In 2017, Robb transitioned his leadership focus to his role as Chairman of the Board for Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation. Robb also serves on the board of directors for Union Square Hospitality Group, The Container Store, FoodMaven and HeatGenie.

“The SFA Leadership Awards honor people who do social good through their businesses,” said Phil Kafarakis, President of the Specialty Food Association. “Through his leadership at Whole Foods Market and in his newest ventures, Robb exemplifies the goodness of the specialty food industry.”

The awards will be presented during the SFA’s Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco at a special ceremony on Sunday, January 21 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. A reception sponsored by the Association’s Natural & Organic Council will follow the awards ceremony.

Kalustyan Corporation Acquires CrossRoads Spice & Seasonings

Errol Karakash, Owner and CEO of Kalustyan Corporation, has acquired CrossRoads Spice & Seasonings and will be transitioning it under the global umbrella of Kalustyan Corporation.


Kalustyan Corporation, a global manufacturer of industrial herbs and spices, is assuming ownership of CrossRoads, which will now be known as CrossRoads Blends, LLC. The decision was made based on many factors, including the food industry shifting from a commodity mindset to a finished ingredient requirement. This acquisition is a valued addition to Kalustyan’s global manufacturing, and will allow the company to further service its global and multi-national partners, according to Kalustyan.

CrossRoads Blends, LLC is located in New Jersey.

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