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Kerekes Helps Confectioners Make Tasty, Tempting Treats

Are your customers looking for a way to add some sparkle to their baked goods? Kerekes Bakery & Restaurant Equipment has you covered. The company’s dragees add the perfect note of elegance to decorated cakes, iced sugar cookies or any baked good or confection that needs a colorful metallic pop. Kerekes’ dragees are small decorative sugar balls. They are available in sizes from 2 millimeters to 8 millimeters and in a variety of colors, including silver, gold, metallic blue, metallic green, metallic pink and multicolor. The dragees are available in sizes as small as 8 ounces and as large as 11 pounds. The price ranges from $8.95 to $166.90.

Want to satisfy the chocoholics visiting your store? Kerekes offers a number of silicone molds that enable anyone to make beautiful, hand-crafted, homemade chocolate treats in their own kitchens. Confectioners will be excited to try silicone cone molds, lollipop molds, truffle molds and molds in the shapes of hearts, stars and cylinders. There are also seasonal molds for springtime and Easter as well as a “child’s play” mold that makes perfect treats for children. Try using the chocolate spoon mold to craft the perfect edible serving utensil. Kerekes’ silicone chocolate molds are available from $9.95.

For more information on Kerekes Bakery & Restaurant Equipment, visit www.bakedeco.com, or call 800.525.5556. Kerekes offers free ground shipping on all qualified orders over $75.

Produce Industry Focuses on Driving Demand at PMA’s Fresh Summit

Increasing the appeal of and demand for fresh produce was the focus when the world’s fresh produce industry gathered in New Orleans October 18-20 at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Convention and Expo.

“The produce industry is sharpening its marketing efforts to help encourage better eating habits for children and adults alike”

A major highlight of the event came when executives from the White House, the restaurant industry and a leading produce company joined PMA’s senior executive to call on the produce industry to focus its marketing efforts on creating more demand for fresh produce, particularly among children. Speaking to about 1,000 produce industry leaders, Let’s Move! Executive Director Sam Kass joined National Restaurant Association President Dawn Sweeney, Bolthouse Farms CEO Jeff Dunn and PMA President and CEO Bryan Silbermann to discuss how the produce industry can transform its efforts from fulfilling demand to creating demand.

During the discussion, Kass – speaking by a remote feed from Washington, D.C., to attendees in New Orleans – reiterated how the produce industry can support the call to action to use the power of marketing to promote healthier choices, particularly among kids.

“The produce industry is sharpening its marketing efforts to help encourage better eating habits for children and adults alike,” said Silbermann. “It’s a collaborative effort that has a variety of benefits like better health and better business.”

Meanwhile, the Fresh Summit trade show was a buffet of mouth-watering fresh produce colors, aromas and flavors. More than 1,000 companies displayed their wares across 250,000 square feet, showcasing products from traditional fruit and vegetable favorites to the latest exotic and specialty items.

A multitude of new products were unveiled at Fresh Summit, appealing to a consumer’s eye, palate and wallet. Some of those new products for kids included:

This year PMA’s Fresh Summit drew more than 18,000 produce and floral industry attendees from more than 60 countries. In addition to being the largest U.S. gathering of the global fresh produce and floral industries, Fresh Summit is also – one of the 100 largest trade shows held in the United States.

Total Nourish and Ideal Balance Oils from eSutras Naturals

eSutras-OVSeSutras Naturals has created a new range of gourmet finishing oils to fill a gap in the market for nutrient-rich salad topping or bread dipping oils.

Total Nourish and Ideal Balance feature a combination of delicious, unfiltered vegetable oils and exotic superfood plant oils. Pure and distinctive, these oils are full of flavor. Artisan-made in Chicago, each expertly formulated blend is filled with nutrients prized by health conscious consumers.

eSutras also offers an amazing range of culinary oils, uniquely pressed and packaged for the discerning culinary-minded customer. Offering a greater margin potential by cross-selling as well as gift and seasonal selling, this is a range of unique products your customers will not find anywhere else.

Available to purchase in small case sizes or in foodservice sizes, it is simple to place an order with eSutras Naturals. Visit www.eswholesale.com, or call 773.583.4850 to place your order today.

Dean Jacob’s Bread Dipping Seasonings

Xcell-OVSThe perfect complement to your olive oil, Dean Jacob’s Bread Dipping Seasonings feature distinct seasoning blends that capture the essence of Italy’s four regions, famous for their cuisine. The company’s Sicilian seasoning blend is spicy, featuring tomato, peppers and herbs. Parmesan seasoning contains roasted garlic and cheese. Dean Jacob’s Tuscany seasoning blend is robust in flavor, with sun-dried tomato and basil. Finally, Rosa Maria is a unique blend of rosemary and garlic.

What makes Dean Jacob’s seasoning blends so special is that the company custom blends the product. Your customers will not find anything else on the market like these. You can use these seasonings with your favorite olive oil for dipping as an appetizer or with dinner, or you can use them for grilling, sauces or dips.

Other products available from Dean Jacob’s include Extra Virgin Olive Oil imported from Greece, dipping dishes and cruets, as well as stacking jars and tins of individual seasoning blends to round out your store’s product assortment.

For more information and to peruse Dean Jacob’s full product line catalog, contact the company at 800.722.7751, or visit www.info@xcellint.com.

Olive Oils and Infused Vinegars from Bellindora and Delta Barrel

BellindoraVinegars-OVSBellindora & Delta Barrel products are produced on a family ranch located in the heart of California’s San Joaquin wine country. Bellindora’s fruit-infused vinegars blend the company’s California balsamic with the highest quality fruit sourced from local farms in California, Oregon and Washington. The rich, slightly sweet flavor readily lends itself to vinaigrette dressings, gourmet sauces and marinades, and it brings out the sweetness of fresh fruits.

The wonderful climate and rich land have given Bellindora access to the finest wine and agricultural products available. Developed through years of exploring new recipes ideas, Bellindora produces versatile vinegars for everyday cooking. The products add sophisticated flavor to cooked vegetables, savory sauces, stews, marinades and seasonal fruits.

Bellindora fruit-infused dark balsamic is available in retail size and bulk. Flavors offered include fig, apple, peach, pomegranate, cherry and champagne pear. Flavors offered only in bulk include blackberry balsamic, pumpkin spice, cinnamon pear and golden pineapple.

The company also offers Delta Barrel Wine Vinegars in retail size and bulk. Flavors include cabernet sauvignon, Champagne, California balsamic and California golden balsamic. The taste is like the fruits from which they came with a distinct varietal wine character.

Finally, Delta Barrel Olive Oil, is freshly pressed from California arbosana and frantoio olives. It is machine and hand-harvested and cold pressed within hours of harvest.

For more information, call 209.334.5544, email bellindora@att.net, reach the company by fax at 209.333.1588, or visit www.bellindora.com.

Salad Zinger Helps Users “Zing” Up Their Veggies

ZingAnything-OVSVeggie lovers can shake it up by “Zinging” tasty dressings with the Salad Zinger. Simply add your ingredients to the grind cup (garlic, onion, herbs, spices, fruit, etc.), pour in olive oil and vinegar, shake, and “voila!”—you have a healthy and delicious homemade dressing. With the Salad Zinger you can make the Italian dressing you always wanted, the orange vinaigrette that will have your guests asking for the recipe, a strawberry balsamic salad dressing that wows you every time or whatever else your healthy heart desires.

Keep the butter in the fridge. The Salad Zinger can make flavored oils and vinegars for dipping, marinating, sautéing or adding flavor to pasta, rice and potato dishes. The possibilities and healthy recipes are limited only by your creativity. “Zing!”

The cruet’s bottom-mounted grinder retains the ground ingredients, allowing the pure extracted flavors to travel through a stainless steel screen for maximum infusing capabilities. All that one needs is to add fresh ingredients, twist and shake.

For more information head to www.zinganything.com.

Fine Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegars from Wild Forest Products

WildForest-OVSOne of the goals at Wild Forest Products is to bring truffles into an everyday dining experience. Wild Forest Products imports the finest olive oil and truffle flavoring from Italy to create its highly regarded and sought-after truffle products. The Italian olive oil blended with truffle flavor from Italy creates Wild Forest’s signature Black & White Truffle Olive Oils.

Wild Forest proudly imports its Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Apulia. This is an exquisite olive oil, great for cooking and ideal when used as a finishing olive oil. For the porcini lovers, the company offers a wonderful Porcini Olive Oil with real porcini pieces. Then there is the Garlic Infused Pure Italian Olive Oil. Wild Forest is proud to say that its garlic oil is very strong and bold and tastes like garlic.

Wild Forest Products has also received high praise for its imported Balsamic Condimenti from Modena. The balsamic glazes are perfect for a dessert or end-of-dinner cheese plate.

For more information, visit www.truffleoilsandmore.com.

Add Flavor with Robert Rothschild Farm

RobertRothschild-OVSTo create a masterpiece out of your next meal, the finest ingredients must be selected. Often, the most basic ingredients make the biggest impact on flavor. This back-to-basics approach inspired the line of gourmet oils and vinegars from Robert Rothschild Farm.

The gourmet oils from Robert Rothschild Farm include Basil Oil, Garlic Oil and Habanero Oil. Each oil adds a unique and subtle flavor to any meal masterpiece that a consumer would want to create.

The dipping oils from Robert Rothschild Farm epitomize the company’s “open and serve” philosophy. Enjoy the flavors of their Herbes de Provence Dipping Oil, Italian Herb Dipping Oil or Wasabi Sesame Dipping Oil. All of them pair perfectly with a number of bread options and make elegant and easy appetizers.

Lastly, the rich vinegars from Robert Rothschild Farm are as versatile as they are unique. Cherry Balsamic Vinegar, Fig Balsamic Vinegar and Red Raspberry Vinegar all make delectable vinaigrettes for salads and can be substituted for ordinary vinegars in any number of recipes. By simply switching the oil or vinegar, consumers can make a large impact on the flavor profile of their next gourmet meal.

For more information about Robert Rothschild Farm products, call 800.356.8933, email info@robertrothschild.com, or visit www.robertrothschild.com. You can also find Robert Rothschild Farm on Facebook and Pinterest.

Benissimo Oils Taste as Good as They Look

Hongar Farms-Benissimo-OVSBenissimo is proud to feature its all-natural gourmet flavor-infused oils. The products’ signature look, unforgettable packaging and amazing flavors bring customers back to Benissimo time after time. Using only all-natural ingredients, Benissimo’s oils develop their exceptional flavors from fresh and naturally dried herb stems and a unique combination of herbs and spices. When the company combines these flavors with oil, it creates a wonderful flavor and appearance that “tastes as good as it looks.”

Benissimo offers nine flavor-infused oils, each of which has a range of uses from marinating and cooking, to crafting salad dressings and bread dippers. All of Benissimo’s flavor-infused oils are all-natural, cholesterol-free and are a healthy way for consumers to easily add great new flavors to their everyday meals.

For sales and distribution, contact Source Atlantique at 201.947.1000 ext. 139. For more information visit http://sourceatlantique.com/brand/benissimo.

Viola Imports: Authentic Foods, Uncompromising Quality

ViolaImports-OVSViola Imports takes pride in providing a selection of top quality extra virgin olive oils representing three of the most important olive oil producing regions: Tuscany, Puglia and Sicily. These olive oils are a true representation of the local fruit and the various characteristics of each region. All are from award-winning producers.

From Puglia, The De Carlo family has a long history of olive cultivation and olive oil production, dating back to the year 1600. Torre di Mossa was awarded 2013 Best Olive Oil in the world by Flos Olei. From the magnificent countryside of Tuscany, Giachi Duomo IGP was awarded “one of the world’s best extra virgin olive oils for 2013” by the New York International Olive Oil Competition. The company’s most recent addition is Frantoi Cutrera from Sicily, where the family carries on the profession with the “true love and dedication.” Also available are Primo, D.O.P., and monocultivars, Nocellara and Biancollilla.

For more information, contact Viola Imports at 847.690.0790, or visit www.violaimports.com.