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Making Cannoli an Everyday Snack Experience

Golden Cannoli is a 40-year old second generation family owned business and makers of premium cannoli shells, chips and fillings. It is continuing to expand with great success in all trade channels with the production of ‘The Original Cannoli Chip,’ a crispy snack chip. The company plans to make cannoli “an everyday snack experience.”

Golden has found great success in the bakery department with cannoli chips and dip over last three years, with sales growing over 100 percent per year. This item has created more cannoli awareness and offered opportunities for continued expansion into other market locations. With the launch of the cannoli chip, the entire cannoli category has improved across the country, with Golden leading the industry.

The snack chip is sold in 5-ounce and 14-ounce bags, and the chips contain no artificial ingredients, no trans fats, no preservatives and are nut-free. The product will be sold as a retail snack in supermarkets, delis and in specialty departments coast to coast. Golden Cannoli intends to launch “limited batch” flavors throughout the year and continue to innovate far beyond expectations.

Besides its quality cannoli products and packaging, the company has been recognized for impeccable customer service, commitment to quality and on-time deliveries. Golden plans to launch these snack chips coast to coast in the third quarter of 2016, and offers support in development, private label and creative solutions for point of sales.

For more information, email Owner and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Valerie Bono at

Columbus Eases the Charcuterie Board

Not only are charcuterie boards easy to prepare ,  they work for every season. Whether a spring brunch, a summer pool party, or the ever-busy winter holidays , they are always a great option for entertaining.

Sometimes building a charcuterie board can be a bit intimidating. Where do you start? Columbus makes it easier for you with its Charcuterie Sampler, which provides a variety of four delicious salami : Calabrese, Genoa, Italian Dry and Sopressata. These four styles give diverse flavor profiles that range from a slow mild heat to fresh garlic and even hints of fennel. Both the Italian Dry and Sopressata are a thicker cut, creating a mouth-feel akin to a hand-cut slice (without the work!). All you need to do is add some accompaniments .  The key is variety and balance with a focus on foods that complement each other without overwhelming the palate.

Calabrese is a zesty salame made with red bell peppers. Enjoy it with a hard cheese like Parmigiano Reggiano. Wash it down with an IPA or a Syrah.

Genoa is a mild salame seasoned with wine and garlic. Add a softer cheese, like fontina or fresh goat cheese for a different texture. They go well with a chilled Sauvignon Blanc or Pilsner.

Italian Dry is the company’s San Francisco classic salame that pairs well with a hard sheep-milk cheese like pecorino romano. This combination works well with Pinot Noirs, Pilsners and Pale Ales.

Sopressata brings flavors of sweet fennel and chili pepper. Combine with a harder cow cheese like grana padano. Savor it with a glass of Pinot Grigio.

You can also include other delicious cured meats like prosciutto or coppa to your board. Here are some other suggestions for your mouth-watering charcuterie platter:

  • Crunchy breads and crackers: These should be plain so as not to compete for the many flavors on the board. Favorites: Toasted plain baguette, pita bread, water crackers and bread sticks.
  • Spreads: Both creamy and seeded mustard versions are good choices. Sweet and savory jams with caramelized onion flavors or deep fruity notes are also welcome partners. Be sure to select flavors that aren’t overwhelming. Favorites: Fruit chutney, fig jam, hummus or a white bean dip.
  • Olives and pickled vegetables: Always great additions. Cornichons and pickled radishes work very well.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits are welcome too. In the winter, dried fruits including apricots and figs are great complements.

That’s it! Just start with the best craft meats, include complementary cheese, breads and spreads that provide different textures and flavors, pop open bottles of wine and beer, and enjoy the gathering.

Nestle Professional Applications Offered to Deli Operators

At the annual International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) Show in Houston, Texas, Nestlé Professional® featured four key culinary and insight driven categories in its booth, designed to help deli operators create a destination that competes with restaurants.

“People want to be wowed wherever they go, and at Nestlé, we are driven by this simple truth,” said Todd Muller, Business Development Manager at Nestlé Professional. “With culinary expertise and support plus extensive market knowledge and insights, we are equipped to help delis and bakeries provide restaurant-quality offerings that meet the evolving tastes — and expectations — of consumers.”

According to Datassential, 84 percent of consumers are interested in purchasing supermarket deli “meals at home” at least one day a week. To support deli operators cater to these customers and maximize margins by repurposing extra protein to cut down waste, Nestlé Professional launched Home Meal Solution Kits at the IDDBA show.

Varieties include: Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese, Stroganoff and Tuscan Style Cavatappi. Another new product line was showcased: Minor’s® Ready to Flavor™ bases, and sauces concentrates. These products are tested Ready-to-Eat, which means they are edible without any additional preparation to achieve food safety. Operators can now add the trusted Minor’s flavor to hot or cold applications without the added step of cooking or equipment restrictions.

The third corner featured Nestlé® Branded Dessert Ingredients customers know and enjoy. Nestlé’s consumer-loved dessert toppings make great additions to traditional and innovative bakery items that command premium price points. Operators can elevate bakery items and drive sales by adding variety and brand familiarity with quality ingredients, including: Butterfinger®, Nestlé® Crunch® and Toll House® Morsels.

For the final corner of the booth, Nestlé Professional worked with Datassential to provide one-on-one insights-based consultation with the Firefly tool. This tool indexes more than 1.3 million foodservice locations, and operators were able to enter their ZIP codes and see the top trending flavors in a given market. Nestlé representatives then take that data and create personalized Radius Reports to support customers in finding profitable opportunities.

Senate Passes GMO Labeling Bill

The U.S. Senate has passed  a new national standard for labeling food that contains ingredients from genetically modified crops (GMO). “The compromise bill passed by the Senate doesn’t make advocates of labeling genetically engineered foods particularly happy, but is a relief to food producers fearful of a patchwork of state labeling laws,” said Creighton R. Magid, a partner at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney and head of its Washington DC office. “The bill would prohibit states, counties and cities from enacting their own disclosure standards for genetically engineered food.  Vermont’s labeling statute, which went into effect July 1, would be preempted.”

NASDA President and Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach issued the following statement on the bill’s passage: “We are one step closer to staving off a fifty-state patchwork of GMO labeling laws. We urge the House to take swift action to finalize a national labeling system to provide consumers with information about these critical technologies. NASDA Members will be working with their delegations to get this bill across the finish line next week. While these provisions will allow for consumers to have access to additional information it is important to remember science has again and again proven the safety of genetic improvements to allow farmers to produce the safest food possible for consumers in our nation and around the globe.”

NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all 50 states and four U.S. territories.

The bill won the endorsement of the Organic Trade Association after it included language assuring that organic producers will be able to label their products as non-GMO, according to a letter from Laura Batcha, the OTA’s Executive Director, and Melissa Hughes, its board President.



Fiesta Mart Acquires Minyard Food Stores

Houston-based Fiesta Mart, L.L.C. is acquiring 11 Minyard Food Stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex from RLS Supermarkets, L.L.C. Fiesta is a specialty grocery retailer known for its international offerings that cater to the diverse communities served by their stores. With the Minyard Food Stores acquisition, Fiesta will now operate 70 stores across Texas.

“We are excited to welcome Minyard Food Stores to the Fiesta family. This action reinforces the strategic growth plan we put forth early last year,” stated Michael Byars, Fiesta CEO. “Our entire Fiesta team has worked together to move the brand forward organically, and now through acquisition we continue on our growth plan.”

Byars has personal ties to Minyard, working for the company from January 2005 through January 2009, ultimately serving as CEO and President of Minyard for more than three years. He joined Fiesta in 2015 and has focused the company on reinvigoration of its core consumer promise, “To provide consumers the freshest quality products and extensive assortment, at the value they need to celebrate food and family every day.”

In early 2015, Fiesta was purchased by ACON, an international private equity investment firm. “ACON is pleased to add Minyard Food Stores to the Fiesta team as part of our strategic vision to grow the Fiesta brand,” remarked Andre Bhatia, a Managing Partner of ACON. “Our prior supermarket investing experience and success will further strengthen Fiesta’s position in the markets we serve.”

The newly acquired Minyard store locations will continue to be supplied by current supplier AWG, along with Fiesta’s supplier, Grocery Supply. The Minyard stores will be transitioning to Fiesta over the next several months. Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Promotes Abby Despins to Director of National Product Communications

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) has named Abby Despins to the position of Director of National Product Communications, where she will spearhead national public relations and social media campaigns for WMMB.

Despins has been with WMMB since 2014, serving as Public Relations Manager. Despins brought nearly a decade of experience in public relations, social media and strategic marketing communications in a variety of agency, corporate and nonprofit roles. Since joining WMMB, she has worked with cheese companies, food bloggers and industry media to share WMMB’s message on a regional and national level through targeted social media and public relations efforts.

In her new position, Despins will manage national product communications for the Wisconsin cheese and dairy industry, including consumer social media and events as well as foodservice, retail and consumer media relations.


Dorval Trading Co., Ltd. announces its latest SOUR POWER® item in the 2-pound bag range: New SOUR POWER QUATTRO® DOUBLES.

A creative new spin on “assorted,” each mini-belt has two colors and two flavors, either strawberry/tutti frutti or blue raspberry/green apple. The DOUBLES concept is a variation on Dorval’s popular Sour Power Quattro, a four-color/four-flavor belt.

17557 Quattro Doubles bagSOUR POWER is now available in Straws and Belts, all in wrapped, unwrapped or in bulk format in a variety of package types and flavors. Packed in 9 x 2-pound cartons, these SOUR POWER QUATTRO DOUBLES bags are available to ship now.

Kroger’s Summer Celebration of Military Service Members Continues

The Kroger Company’s summer-long Honoring Our Heroes campaign continues in stores through July 19.

Customers can show their support and donate through register scan cards and coin boxes at stores or by donating online at All funds raised from customers will be additional to Kroger’s $1 million commitment. All gifts will help the USO continue its mission to keep service members connected to family, home and country throughout their service to our nation.

More than 2 million Americans serve on active duty or in the reserves today, including many Kroger family of stores associates. Kroger’s Honoring Our Heroes program is designed to show Kroger’s deep gratitude to our active duty service members and our nation’s 23 million veterans through the company’s partnership with the USO.

Wind & Willow Celebrates 25 Years with Original Bread Mixes

Wind & Willow, Inc has been a leader in the specialty food industry for years and this year it celebrates its 25th. The company’s first products introduced in 1991 were beer bread mixes. The bread mixes were retired several years ago as other lines such as cheeseball mixes and dip mixes exploded in sales. Since that time, impassioned customer requests to bring the breads back have continued and even increased over the last couple of years. The company felt it would be the perfect time to re-introduce this original customer favorite line as it celebrates its 25th year.

The bread mixes currently being produced use the same recipe used 25 years ago. All natural ingredients such as flour, cane sugar, cinnamon, dehydrated peppers and vegetable pieces and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Simple whole ingredients, ease of preparation and outstanding taste and aroma are some of the attributes that consumers love. Just add a can of beer and bake! Five minutes prep and 40 minutes to bake. The easiest way to fill your home with the aroma of bread baking in the oven and to experience the full rich taste of fresh baked bread.

There are currently three bread mix flavors available: Original, Cinnamon and Southern Corn. Directions for each flavor are the same. Mix with a 12-ounce can of beer and bake. As an alternative the consumer may use non-alcoholic beer or other carbonated beverage. There are also simple alternate recipes for each mix as well. Consumers love the easy corn fritters, cinnamon apple muffins and cheesy garlic bread recipes.

Over the years, one of the categories that has seen exponential growth for Wind & Willow is soup mixes. The prepared soups are so rich and creamy, it’s hard to believe you just add water and simmer for 10 minutes. Sales of the bread mixes are expected to rise during what the company refers to as “soup season” from the end of third quarter through fourth quarter. There are 10 different flavors of 6-cup soup mixes available, as well as four 1-cup mixes.

And what goes better with soup than hot homemade bread right out of the oven? Soup and hot bread out of the oven are perfect after a long day at work or any time you are longing for the ultimate in comfort food. The combo of soup and bread mixes makes a perfect gift choice for anyone on your list who doesn’t normally cook. As long as they have water and a can of beer, they can prepare a great meal like a pro!

Cheese Loves Its Bonne Maman

The Bonne Maman wide-mouth jars with their red gingham-print lids are familiar sights in center store jam aisles. Now they’re coming to the deli department, and they’re bringing their fans along with them.

This year at the Summer Fancy Food Show, Bonne Maman introduced Bonne Maman Spread for Cheese in three delicious flavors, all specially created to spread beautifully and to pair perfectly with all types of cheese. Black Cherry, Purple Fig and Quince Spreads for Cheese are all made with simple, high-quality ingredients from a homemade-style recipe.

Bonne Maman also introduced a new flavor in its regular fruit preserves line: Mango Peach, a unique flavor in the preserves category. Like the other fruit preserves in the line, Mango Peach is made with perfect fruit and natural sugars, carefully prepared with traditional expertise, to create the memorable taste of Bonne Maman, which is French for Grandma. Bonne Maman products do not contain high fructose corn syrup and have no additives or preservatives. They’re gluten-free, kosher and are Non-GMO Project Verified.

All Bonne Maman products bring along with them a heritage of quality and a true French appreciation in great cuisine. The company was started just after World War II as a family of fresh fruit wholesalers who’d been exporting walnuts and canned fruit around the world realized that an emerging market for store-bought products with homemade quality was growing up around them. At the time, almost 70 percent of the fruit preserves made in France were being made in someone’s home kitchen, but as women had begun to enter the work force during and after the war, they no longer had time to put up preserves at home.

Taking advantage of this demographic shift, the family behind the Bonne Maman brand made several attempts at producing a fruit spread that met their particular grandma’s high standards. Once they succeeded, they named the brand after her. Today, Bonne Maman is the single best-selling premium brand of fruit preserves in the U.S. and is a key driver of the category growth in the U.S. Bonne Maman is the No. 3 brand in the category and has the highest loyalty rate. Bonne Maman produces 16 flavors of preserves, including the Mango Peach introduced at the show, as well as four jelly flavors: Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Muscat Grape and Redcurrant, and now also Bonne Maman Spread for Cheese.

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