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nutpods Non-Dairy Creamer Secures Non-GMO Verification Prior to Launch

Green Grass Foods, Inc. recently secured Non-GMO Project Verification for its first product, nutpods. The clean label dairy-free creamer made from almonds and coconuts will launch in late spring of this year. The product also carries vegan, gluten-free, and OU kosher certifications.

Green Grass Foods founder, Madeline Haydon, launched the company in November 2013 with a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $30,000.  She has since won the Dream Big America competition and the Zenith Award for people’s choice for best investment opportunity at the Zino Society, an angel investment group in Seattle.

Madeline decided to produce nutpods after carrying a homemade concoction of almond and coconut milks in her purse for years to use in her coffee. “I kept looking for the perfect rich and creamy dairy-free coffee creamer at the grocery store and never found it. After waiting three years, I decided to explore the idea of launching my own brand.”

The product is part of a growing demand for milk alternatives; many coffee shops now offer both soy and almond milk for their customers. Industry-leaders Dunkin’ Donuts and Peet’s Coffee have recently introduced almond milk in their stores, and Starbucks now serves coconut milk at some locations. nutpods, unlike other alternative creamers, is unsweetened to let consumers “create their perfect cup” with their preferred sweetener at their own sweetness level. It also differs from the competition due to its richer, creamier texture and balanced taste.

Ancient Grains Sea Salt Chips Awarded for Cleanest Packaged Food

Boulder CanyonFor the second consecutive year,  Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods  has been named a recipient of  Prevention magazine’s Cleanest Packaged Food Awards. This year, the brand’s  Ancient Grains Sea Salt  snack chips received praise for its use of seven old-school grains, nutty flavor and boost of fiber.

The annual awards feature the best, healthiest, and cleanest boxed and bagged foods, with winning products meeting strict criteria, including that the product must not contain GMO ingredients, may contain no more than 10 grams of added sugar and must have less than 200 mg of sodium per serving (or 400 mg for meals). Award winners must also be delicious.

“The Boulder Canyon brand was founded on the notion that clean-eating and real food ingredients do, in fact, taste better than processed foods,” said  Steve Sklar, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Inventure Foods, Inc., which owns the Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods brand. “To be part of Prevention’s distinguished Cleanest Packaged Foods Awards for the second straight year provides proof of that concept and we’re thrilled by the honor.”

Ancient Grains  blends together quinoa, millet, chia, amaranth, brown rice, brown teff and sorghum to create a cracker-like chip that is thin, yet hearty. The chips are lightly seasoned with just a touch of sea salt so they are naturally low in sodium. In addition, they are cooked in better-for-you sunflower and safflower oils that are low in saturated fats and high in monounsaturated fats. The suggested retail price is  $3.49 – $3.99  per 5.5-ounce bag.

Boulder Canyon’s  Ancient Grains  are a source of 10 whole grains and feature zero trans fats, no cholesterol and just one gram of saturated fat. In addition, each serving provides two grams of fiber and protein as well as boosts of calcium and iron. The chips are certified gluten-free, kosher certified and contain no genetically modified organisms.


Heifer Awarded $750,000 From Starbucks Foundation to Support Coffee Farmers in Tanzania

Heifer International was awarded a Starbucks Foundation grant of$750,000 to help fund the Mbozi Farmer Livelihood Improvement Project in Tanzania, which will help improve livelihoods and quality of life for smallholder coffee growing communities in the East African country.

This grant is part of Starbucks comprehensive approach to ethical sourcing.  To date, Starbucks has contributed $15 million in social projects to support farming communities around the world. The project will be part of our East Africa Dairy Development Project in Tanzania and will assist at least 5,000 smallholder coffee farmers and their families.

Heifer and Starbucks have collaborated in the past. In 2009, after CEO Howard Schultz visited smallholder coffee farmers in Rwanda, he heard the heartfelt requests from farmers that, if they had cows, they would have milk, better nutrition and income for their families. Starbucks employees rallied together to provide the cows these farmers wanted so desperately. Watch the inspiring video here.

As much as 90 percent of the population in the Mbozi District is engaged in coffee farming. As global coffee prices fluctuate, farmers often experience a significant need for income throughout the year that coffee production alone cannot meet.

This project will provide some families with dairy heifers and bulls so that farmers can engage in dairy farming as a complementary activity that provides a diversified source of income for coffee farmers and evens out their year-round cash needs. Other families who already own cows will receive training on proper dairy management and cattle husbandry techniques to better position them for profitable enterprises, and the creation of a milk collection center will give larger dairy processors easier access to farmers’ milk.

“Adding dairy farming will ensure coffee farmers have a steady flow of income to reinvest into their coffee farms,” said Heifer’s President and Chief Executive Pierre Ferrari. “By introducing higher and steadier income levels from dairy, coffee farmers will actually have increased capital to invest in physical inputs and new technology to increase coffee production.”

The project also will increase access to water and improve sanitation, as well as increase use of alternative sources of renewable energy.

In 2014, the Starbucks Foundation granted more than $3.7 million to multiple organizations who help address relevant needs in specific communities. Each investment is targeted to create a sustained impact in a local community developing the necessary infrastructure to help support systemic, long term change.

Over the past 40 years, Starbucks has been dedicated to helping improve the lives of farmers and their families around the world who grow their coffee. Through a comprehensive approach to ethical sourcing Starbucks is paying equitable prices, providing access to farmer loans and technical assistance in order to help farmers to navigate the complexities of agriculture – a long-term process.  In total, Starbucks has invested more than $70 million in collaborative farmer programs and activities over the past 40 years. In 2015, Starbucks achieved the goal of 99 percent of its coffee being verified as ethically sourced. Additional details about Starbucks initiatives in coffee and tea communities are available at

Earthbound Farm To Buy 1,000 Shoppers’ “Green” Grocery Carts Nationwide In April

In honor of Earth Month, Earthbound Farm, a grower of organic produce, is launching its third annual “Every Cart Counts” campaign. From April 1-30, Earthbound’s Cart Searchers will be on the lookout for shoppers across America with earth-friendly products in their grocery carts, and rewarding 1,000 people by paying their entire grocery bill.

“Earthbound’s Every Cart Counts campaign is unique in that it focuses on the small choices we make every time we enter a grocery store that have the potential to add up to real, positive change,” said Stacy Baas, Earth Month advocate for Earthbound Farm. “For instance, we calculated that if every person used a reusable shopping bag just once a week, we’d keep 16 billion bags out of landfills each year. It’s not a sacrifice, it doesn’t require getting your hands dirty and it has the potential for a big, tangible impact.”

Earthbound is inviting shoppers to take the online quiz, “How Green is Your Cart?” Participants will receive a free product coupon and can enter for the chance to win a reusable grocery bag. Throughout the month, “Wisdom Tips” from Earthbound and its partners will be released to inspire easy Earth-friendly changes.

“From our very beginning as a backyard garden 30 years ago, Earthbound’s mission has always been to make the organic choice accessible to as many people as possible,” continued Baas. “Our organic produce is grown without toxic synthetic chemicals, GMOs and irradiation. In 2015 alone, we will keep 16.1 million pounds of synthetic fertilizers and toxic pesticides out of the environment.”

All Earthbound Farm produce is grown in accordance with the company’s industry-leading food safety and organic integrity programs packaged in sustainable packaging made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic. For more information, visit

Terlato Wines to Add Burgundy’s Chateau de Meursault and Chateau de Marsannay to Luxury Wine Portfolio

Terlato Wines will become the exclusive U.S. importer for the renowned and historic Burgundy Domaines of Chateau de Meursault and Chateau de Marsannay. The long-term agreement with owner Olivier Halley represents an expansion of Terlato’s Estate portfolio with some of the most respected wines of the Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits regions.

Each property produces hand-crafted wines made from 100 percent estate-grown fruit and reflects the distinctive vineyards and appellations from which they are made. Chateau de Meursault and Chateau de Marsannay were purchased by Olivier Halley in 2012 from the Boisseaux family, and today both Domaines are enjoying a renaissance under his thoughtful care and guidance.

“We are very pleased to have forged this partnership with Olivier Halley and to represent these two extraordinary and historic Domaines, said Terlato Wines Vice Chairman John Terlato. “The wines from Chateau de Meursault and Chateau de Marsannay are exceptional — hand-crafted with great attention to detail and quality.  We always look for long and lasting partnerships with families who share our values, and this is a fitting addition to the partnerships we have already established with other important Burgundian families.”

Terlato will import a collection of wines from each Domaine including Le Clos du Chateau and Meursault, Le Clos des Grands Charrons (Monopole) from Chateau de Meursault, and Marsannay and Marsannay Longeroies – Clos de Roy from Chateau de Marsannay, as well as Villages, Premiers and Grand Crus from their respective appellations.  These wines have been recognized as some of Burgundy’s best by key wine journalists and influencers, such as Revue des Vins de France, Bourgogne Aujourd’hui, Decanter and Allen Meadows of Burghound.

“We are very happy to be working with the Terlato family, because we share a passion for making the best, most important wines of the world available to people around the world,” said Stephane Follin-Arbelet, General Manager of Chateau de Meursault and Chateau de Marsannay.  “Terlato Wines has an international reputation as the top luxury wine importer in the U.S.  Their portfolio of wines is known as one of the best in the world, and they are an ideal partner for us.”

Chateau de Meursault and Chateau de Marsannay stand out for more than their exceptional wines, truly offering the Burgundian experience by welcoming visitors seven days week in their historic and beautiful cellars, in one of the world’s most iconic wine regions.  In addition, Chateau de Meursault has proudly hosted the almost century-old Burgundy event, “La Paulee de Meursault” since the early 1980s.  Each year hundreds of the world’s most avid Burgundy aficionados receive coveted invitations to this legendary lunch at Chateau de Meursault, which unites the top Burgundy producers of the region.

Terlato Wines has a global portfolio of more than 70 brands from world class wine producers in more than a dozen countries and controls a 20 percent market share of wines $20 and up in the U.S. Terlato Wines garners more 90+ ratings than any wine company in the world and is a division of the Terlato Wine Group, the parent company comprising several small businesses specializing in the marketing and production of exceptional wines. Owned and operated by the Terlato family for four generations, the Group also includes the family’s winery investments and partnerships in some of the world’s most esteemed wine regions including: Napa Valley;Sonoma County; Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara CountyVictoria, Australia; the Rhone Valley in France and; Montalcino, Italy.

The Terlato Wines portfolio of brands includes:Napa Valley: Chimney Rock, EPISODE, Galaxy, Jack Nicklaus WinesLuke Donald Collection, Markham Vineyards,  Rutherford HillTangley Oaks, Terlato Family Vineyards; Sonoma County: Giarrusso, Hanna, Rochioli, The Federalist, Terlato Family Vineyards; Santa Barbara County: Flor de Campo, Sanford; California Appellation: Glass Mountain, Greystone Cellars, Mike Ditka Wines, Seven Daughters;  Washington StateGrace LaneArgentina: Cuarto Dominio, Tamari; Australia: Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier, the Lucky Country, Twelftree, Two Hands; Austria: Kracher, Sohm & Kracher; Canada: Peller Estates; ChileLapostolle; France: Belleruche by M. Chapoutier, Champagne Bollinger, Champagne Duval-Leroy, Chapoutier, Chateau de Sancerre, Chateau Timberlay, Domaine Ramonet, Chateau de Meursault, Chateau de Marsannay, Langlois-Chateau, MARIUS, Mischief & Mayhem; Greece: Boutari, Elios; ItalyAnselmi, Berlucchi, Ca’Marcanda (GAJA Toscana), Cecchi, Colavita, Cusumano, Epsilon, Fizz 56, GAJA, Goretti, Il Poggione, Mazzoni (Toscana), Nino FrancoSanta MargheritaJapan: Shimizu-no-mai Sake; Mediterranean: Elios; New Zealand: Loveblock, Turning Heads, Wairau River; Portugal: M. Chapoutier; South Africa: Anthonij Rupert, Ernie Els, Guardian Peak, Protea, Rust en Vrede; SpainBodegas ValdemarMarco Abella.  Artisan Spirits: Adelphi Selections Scotch, Distillatorio Nonino (Amaro and Grappa), Don Pancho Origenes Rum, Heartland Gin, Langley’s No. 8 Gin; Marnier XO Cognac, Riazul Tequila, Tigre Blanc Vodka and Tiramisu Liqueur.

McCormick Rolls Out Spring Product Introductions

McCormick & Company  is introducing 21 new products inspired by the McCormick® Flavor Forecast® trend reports, which predict the future of flavor. Among the new product innovations are flavored sea salts, chili peppers and burger sauce mix-ins just in time for grilling season.

“Our new products enable consumers to explore bold, more intense flavors at home that they may have seen in restaurants, foods trucks and online,” said McCormick Executive Chef, Kevan Vetter. “Spicy, smoky and alcohol-infused offerings – from Grill Mates Smoky Ranchero Marinade to Gourmet Sriracha Seasoning – make it easy to add interesting flavors to favorite dishes, whether you’re grilling a burger or making a stir fry.”

Burger Sauce Mix-Ins

New sauce packets give grillmasters everything they need to make steakhouse burgers in the backyard. Offered in four bold varieties, Grill Mates Steakhouse Burgers Sauce Mix-Ins contain enough seasoning for four to six tastier, juicier patties – no measuring needed:

More Bold Flavors for the Grill

Flavored Sea Salt Grinders

Easy to use at the table or during cooking, McCormick’s new sea salt grinders wake up dishes with fresh, new flavors:

Gourmet Chili Peppers

From hot and tangy Sriracha seasoning to smoky crushed chipotle pepper, McCormick Gourmet’s three new chili pepper varieties offer a range of heat options:

Additional Products

Other new products from McCormick brands include:

Cocoa & Chocolate Industry and Ivorian Government Announce Agreement on Improved Cocoa Planting Material

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and Cote d’Ivoire’s Conseil du Café-Cacao have announced an agreement to improve cocoa planting material. The agreement is closely aligned with the Ivorian government’s 2QC national cocoa strategy and comes less than a year after WCF announced CocoaAction, the chocolate and cocoa industry’s strategy for sustainability in the cocoa sector.

As part of its efforts to improve planting material, WCF also announced its focus on new methods of propagation and addressing cocoa swollen shoot virus. These components are championed by WCF member companies Mars, Incorporated and Nestlé.

“WCF is pleased to be working with le Conseil du Café-Cacao to provide improved planting material to cocoa farmers in Cote d’Ivoire,” said WCF President, Bill Guyton. “CocoaAction supports the rehabilitation of cocoa farms to improve farmer livelihoods, and this partnership is a key step toward making that possible.”

“This agreement on access to planting material and the fight against cocoa swollen shoot virus is an important step toward carrying out concrete actions at the farm level,” said Massandjé Touré-Litse, Director-General, le Conseil du Café-Cacao.

To support the execution of the planting material strategy, WCF recently employed an Abidjan-based Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus expert, Dr. Mfegue Crescence Virginie. Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus is a disease that causes insufficient production of chlorophyll in cocoa trees, eventually resulting in death. Working in close coordination with le Conseil du Café-Cacao, Interprofessional Fund for Agricultural Research and Advisory Services (FIRCA) and the National Center for Agronomic Research (CNRA), Mfegue will support the identification and propagation of virus-resistant trees and developing in-field tests that allow for early detection of the disease.

Selected to participate in the Norman E. Borlaug Cocoa Fellowship program in cooperation with United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service and WCF, Kacou M’Bo of Cote d’Ivoire’s National Center for Agronomic Research is expected to provide research support on drought resistant varieties of cocoa trees. The fellowship provides fellows with skills and knowledge to help their countries become more competitive producers and exporters of cocoa and cocoa products.

In support of CocoaAction’s productivity component, WCF also announced the completion of a good agriculture practices guide that includes information on fertilizer use and soil fertility practices in Cote d’Ivoire. The guide, developed in partnership with the national agency supporting rural development (ANADER), Conseil du Café-Cacao, the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and WCF’s African Cocoa Initiative, will be used by public and private sector partners for training activities with cocoa farmers. The African Cocoa Initiative is a program supported by WCF member companies and the United States Agency for International Development.

David Sugarman Named CEO of The Manischewitz Company


The Manischewitz(R)Company, the world’s largest matzo manufacturer, has named specialty food industry veteran David Sugarman as President and Chief Executive Officer. Sugarman, who most recently served as President and CEO of The Allan Candy Company, a division of The Hershey Company, has already assumed his new responsibilities.

Sugarman will direct Manischewitz Company’s business strategy, develop and foster customer relationships, and oversee all daily operations. He brings over 20 years of experience with businesses in North America, including Sabra Dipping Company, where he served as Country Manager for Canada, and at Billy Bee Honey Products and Succession Capital Corporation. Sugarman led the sale of Allan Candy to Hershey Canada in 2014, and earlier in his career he was responsible for launching Sabra’s line of fresh foods items in Canada.

“We are delighted to have David on board as his experience as a food industry executive makes him a valuable leader to help execute the company’s growth plans,” said Brett L’Esperance, a member of Manischewitz’s board of directors. “David’s dynamic leadership and vision are great assets which will substantially benefit the company.”

“I am honored to be selected as the next leader of Manischewitz, a company with such strong brands and a rich history,” said Sugarman. “I look forward to working with the team and our customer partners to continue to produce the highest quality kosher products possible.”

Sugarman succeeds interim CEO Mark Weinsten, who served in the role until a successor was identified, as previously announced.

Sugarman holds an M.B.A. from The Schulich School of Business at York University (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), and a BS from The University of Toronto. He was awarded Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, is a member of Young Presidents Organization, and has served as a Board Member of Covenant House Toronto.




Newport Avenue Market Introduces Apple Pay

Newport Avenue Market, a single store independent grocer located in Bend, Oregon, has recently introduced Apple Pay to serve as a new, secure payment option for shoppers. The addition of Apple Pay is just the next step the market has taken in continuing to keep up with the latest technology trends in the grocery industry.

Apple Pay allows shoppers to pay for their purchases using breakthrough contactless payment technology and unique security features built right into Apple devices most people use daily. With a single touch, shoppers may now pay for their groceries at Newport Avenue Market using their iPhone 6, Apple Watch, or iPad to pay in a simple, secure, and private way. Newport Avenue Market is one of the only single independent stores in the country to offer this service.
“We’re always trying to keep up with the latest technology trends, think of innovative ways to keep our customers happy, and maintain that great shopping experience that Newport Avenue Market offers,” said Lauren G.R. Johnson, Leader of the Pack (vrrrooom!) & COO of Newport Avenue Market. “With the constant hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, Apple Pay offers shoppers a quick and easy way to pay, with peace of mind.”

Over the last few years, Newport Avenue Market has invested more than $2.5 million on new technologies, lessening the store’s carbon footprint and creating a carefree shopping experience for guests. In an effort to provide price confidence for customers and create ease at the check stands, the market introduced electronic shelf tags that sleep at night to conserve energy, making their batteries last just short of a decade. In addition to electronic shelf tags, the market has added new, state-of-the-art refrigeration cases that utilize 70 percent less energy, as well as self-checkout units. These moves not only follow suit with Newport Avenue Market’s intention of always looking towards cutting edge technology and keeping up to date with the latest trends, but also help to reduce waste and enhance the Oregon store’s shopping experience.

For more information about Newport Avenue Market and its efforts at being environmentally responsible, call 541.382.3940 or visit

Call for Submissions for June’s Gourmet News

The June issue of Gourmet News will feature a preview of the Summer Fancy Food Show. If you’re introducing a new product at the show that you’re ready to talk about between now and May 1, tell us about it so we can consider it for our coverage.

In addition, we’ll be talking about products that are designed to appeal to home cooks who want to produce a quality meal without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. If you have a product that you’d like to have considered for inclusion in the story, let us know.

In either case, drop us a line to with either “Fancy Food Show Preview” or “Good Food Fast” in the subject line. Please include the product name, a short description (no more than 50 words), the suggested retail price for the item and contact information for inquiries from retailers in the body of the email and attach a print-quality product shot to the email if you have one available.

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