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Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery Recognized as Environmental Leader

Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery has achieved recognition as a Sonoma County Green Business environmental leader. The Sonoma Green Business Program, part of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, is a partnership of government agencies and utilities that assists, recognizes and promotes local organizations, focusing on small to medium-sized consumer-oriented businesses that voluntarily operate in environmentally responsible ways. Certified participants must be in compliance with all environmental regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste while demonstrating goodwill in the community.

It became evident very early on in the certification process that Redwood Hill Farm takes sustainability and the welfare of our environment very seriously,” said Green Business Coordinator Kevin Kumataka. “They are a shining example that green business is smart business here in Sonoma and throughout the state.”

This is not the first time the company has been recognized as a responsible business owner. In 2009, it received a Best Practices Award for its use of environmentally sound business practices from the Business Environmental Alliance of Sonoma County. Redwood Hill Farm also holds the distinction of being the first goat dairy in the United States to be Certified Humane®, which is considered the ‘gold standard’ in third-party certification for humane animal treatment.

We are proud to display our Green Business Sonoma County Certification,” said Owner Jennifer Bice. “Sustainability has been a core part of our family business since my parents first founded Redwood Hill Farm here 45 years ago. We continually look for ways to implement green practices from farm to finished product for the benefit of the animals, the land and people.”

In addition to using solar power to provide energy for both the family farm and creamery where its award-winning products are made, Redwood Hill Farm employs the following green practices:

  • Rewards employees for new re-use and recycle ideas that keep everyone on the alert for new ways to protect our environment, such as changing and reducing the amount of plastic in each yogurt cup and lid by about half, switching to foil lids rather than plastic, and upgrading to more energy efficient, motion sensor lighting at the creamery,
  • Recycles extensively at both the farm and creamery, using only recycled paper and biodegradable serving cups and utensils at sampling events,
  • Reclaims water to clean areas where it is acceptable,
  • Composts manure and straw/hay stems from smaller barns that is used for the farm’s organic vegetable gardens, olive grove and apple orchard; uses manure and straw/hay stems as mulch around fruit trees and in the ground to provide nutrients for the trees,
  • Provides solar-powered electric vehicle recharging stations at the creamery and uses two hybrid company vehicles,
  • Uses only organic fruits in both its Redwood Hill Farm goat milk yogurts as well as in sister brand Green Valley Organics Lactose Free yogurts and kefirs, which the company introduced in 2010.

 

Dietz & Watson Makes Holiday Hosting Easy

DW_SpiralCutHam_final_1rThe folks from Dietz & Watson are out and about during this holiday season to offer tips, recipes and samples of Dietz & Watson meats, cheeses and condiments to shoppers who are making their own lists and checking them twice as they prepare for holiday entertaining. Find them at the Frog Pond at Boston Commons on December 20-23. Visitors can skate and meet with Dietz & Watson from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Courtesy hand warmers will be made available, and free samples of Dietz & Watson spiral cut glazed dinner hams, roast beef crostinis and more will be served. Recipe cards, coupons and free mustards and ham glazes will also be given away.

If you’re in Chicago, look for Dietz and Watson every day through December 24 at Daley Plaza. Dietz & Watson will be there from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday for the Christkindlemarket. On the menu will be Dietz & Watson simple-to-prepare recipes like Crostinis with Beef Tenderloin and Horseradish. Delicious artisan cheeses and other delicacies will be sampled as well.

Take it from us at Gourmet News that if you can make it to one of these events, you do not want to miss stopping by to visit with Dietz & Watson. Whenever we’re at a venue where Dietz & Watson is offering samples, we’re there with our hands out and wistful smiles on our upturned faces as we try our utmost to look like pitiful wretches who deserve an extra-large serving if anybody ever did.

Numi Organic Tea Announces New Indulgent Teas

Numi Indulgent TeaNumi Organic Tea has announced the imminent arrival of a new product line: Indulgent Tea.  A new collection of chocolate teas, Numi’s Indulgent Tea line celebrates the blending of two favorite flavors: tea and cacao.

While food trends come and go, chocolate has been an object of cravings and affection since the first cacao plant originated in the Amazon in 2000 BC.  Today, chocolate is getting its due for being more than delicious, and is heralded for its health benefits and mood-boosting properties.  Numi’s Indulgent Teas provide a guilt-free way for chocolate lovers to satisfy cravings for sweetness and enjoy the good-for-you qualities of cacao.

The Numi Indulgent Teas will retail for $7.99 for a box of 12 tea bags. Each cup of the tea contains only five calories. The tea blends can be enjoyed any time of day with milk or honey or on their own.

“Since we launched our Chocolate Pu-erh Tea in 2008, it has increased in its popularity every year,” says Ahmed Rahim, CEO and Chief Alchemist for Numi Organic Tea.  “Now we are pleased to introduce our Indulgent Teas, combining some of our top-selling tea blends with cacao to offer unique tastes for every palate within the ever-growing chocolate tea category.”

Numi Indulgent Teas are certified organic, verified non-GMO, Fair Trade Certified, and made with 100 percent real ingredients, including real cacao powder.  Consumers can choose from four flavors, each available in boxes containing 12 tea bags each:

Chocolate Rooibos: Smooth South African rooibos is enveloped by creamy real vanilla beans, sweet honeybush and rich cacao. This sensual treat is a delightful, soothing beverage you can melt into. Chocolate Rooibos is blended with 45 percent cacao.

Chocolate Mint: This blend of Numi’s Moroccan Mint, cacao and orange peel has a sweet balance. The spearmint flavor adds a bit of spice while orange peel adds a hint of citrus. Chocolate Mint is blended with 55 percent cacao.

Chocolate Earl Grey: Numi’s delicious Aged Earl Grey™ tea blends perfectly with cacao and real vanilla beans. Sweet bergamot orange notes harmonize with creamy vanilla and chocolate for a captivating treat. Chocolate Earl Grey is blended with 50 percent cacao.

Chocolate Spice: This melt-in-your-mouth chocolate spice tea blends rich cacao with a host of colorful chai spices. Ginger and allspice are warming, while cardamom adds kick and cinnamon rounds off this exotic treat. Chocolate Spice is blended with 45 percent cacao.

Numi Organic Tea

Indulgent Teas

Suggested Retail Price:  $7.99

Available to ship beginning April 2014

Nocciolata From Rigoni di Asiago Is A Must-Have

Rigoni Di Asiago USANocciolata organic chocolate hazelnut spread with cocoa and milk by Rigoni di Asiago is a must-have. Creamy and natural, with carefully selected organic ingredients, Nocciolata is produced by combining all natural ingredients with care and an artisan’s devotion of time.

It is not processed with chemical ingredients and does not contain additives or colorings. There are no artificial flavorings either. West Indian cocoa, Italian hazelnuts and Madagascar vanilla are the three main ingredients, and they’re made even creamier with the addition of cocoa butter. All fats are completely natural and no palm oil or hydrogenated oils are used. And of course Nicciolata is gluten-free!

Founded in 1923, Rigoni di Asiago is located on the Asiago plateau, 90 miles north of Venice, where the Rigoni family has always lived and worked surrounded only by nature. Rigoni di Asiago is the producer of Nocciolata, Fiordifrutta organic fruit spread and Mielbio organic honey.

For more information, visit www.nocciolatausa.com or www.rigonidiasiago-usa.com.

Rubschlager’s Rye-Ola Breads Put New Spin on Pumpernickel

Rubschlager BakingRubschlager BakingRubschlager Baking Corporation’s Rye-Ola® Breads, made with 100 percent whole rye, provide a flavorful source of whole grains. Rye-Ola breads contain no added wheat, fat, or sweetening, and have the true taste of Northern European breads, but are baked in Chicago by the company best-known for its cocktail breads.

All varieties are based on the Pumpernickel formula. A generous amount of sunflower kernels are added for Rye-Ola Sunflower; brown flax seeds to make Rye-Ola Flax, and black-strap molasses adds color and tang to the Rye-Ola Black Rye. Each 1-pound package contains 11 thin but hearty slices. Use them for small hors d’oeuvres by cutting first in half, then each half into three or four wedges. Rye-Olas lend themselves to both open-face and closed sandwiches, which can be served hot or cold.

For more information on Rubschlager Baking Corporation, located at 3220 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60651, head to www.rubschlagerbaking.com, call 773-826-1245 or email sales@rubschlagerbaking.com.

 

Salty Wahine Brings Hawaiian Flavor to the World

SaltyWahine-FPAward-winning Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salts is a new Hawaiian company that specializes in Hawaiian Sea Salts, flavored seasonings and Hawaii-grown cane sugars infused with fruits, like guava, mango, passion fruit, lychee, coconut and pineapple. Busy customers love the unique colors, tropical flavors and convenience of cooking a gourmet meal with Salty Wahine products.

Salty Wahine’s emphasis is on eating healthy. Coupled with tropical flavors, Salty Wahine products make eating healthy fun.

Salty Wahine started in 2008 and has since grown into an international company. Salty Wahine salts, seasonings and sugars are sold at craft fairs, farmers markets and high-end retail stores in Hawaii, Alaska, the continental United States, Canada, Germany and Saipan.

Contact Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salts by mail at P.O. Box 828, Hanapepe, Hawaii, 96716, by phone at 808.346.2942, by fax at 808.442.1230 or by email at info@saltywahine.com. Also visit the company online at www.saltywahine.com.

Saratoga Chips: The Second Coming of ‘America’s First Potato Chip’

Saratoga ChipsDid you know America’s first potato chip was called a “Saratoga Chip”? It’s true.

Saratoga Chips date back to 1853, when the potato chip was first created at Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs. In fact, from 1853 to 1920 all the potato chips in the country were called Saratoga Chips.

Saratoga Chips are the gold standard by which all other kettle chips should be measured. The company produces the finest tasting handmade kettle chip using only all-natural, non-GMO ingredients, then rigorously tests them to ensure that the chips achieve industry leading health claims. Saratoga Chips are all-natural, non-GMO, zero trans fats or cholesterol, gluten-free, and kosher certified.

Saratoga Chips are available in 8-ounce family size and 1.5-ounce snack sizes and come in the following delicious unique flavors: Balsamic Vinegar and Sea Salt, Honey BBQ, Rosemary Garlic, Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt, and of course the Original Saratoga Chips.

For more information head to www.originalsaratogachips.com.

Scandic Foods’ Specialty Jam Line Packs More Fruit into Every Jar

Streamline All Natural Jam is a new and delicious specialty jam line focused on putting more fruit in every bite. The Scandic Foods’ recipe uses less sugar so that there is more fruit jammed into every jar, and that is why Streamline Jams taste so great. Made with no high fructose corn syrup and 30 percent less sugar than standard jams, the Scandic Foods process means that jams are expertly prepared to retain the natural flavors of the fruit.

Streamline Jams are heat-treated (pasteurized) and contain no preservatives, additives, artificial colors or artificial sweeteners. The all-natural jam line is also non-GMO. Streamline All Natural is a perfect choice for consumers who are conscious about healthy eating while still demanding great taste and the highest quality.

For information, call 281.348.2161, email USA@scandic-food.com, or visit www.scandicfood.com.

RiceSelect Introduces Three Exciting New Rice Blend Options

Rice SelectConsumers are constantly looking for alternatives to the same old side dishes. RiceSelect™, producers of well-known Texmati® rice, has introduced three new options – Royal Blend® with Chia, RiceSelect Arborio with Jalapeño and RiceSelect Arborio with Mushrooms.

These hearty, all natural, nutritious side dishes have distinctive flavors that will appeal to today’s savvy and health-conscious consumers. Delicious and easy to prepare, these tasty rice blends can be turned into entrée dishes simply by adding chicken, beef or another protein of choice. They are packed in the consumer-friendly signature RiceSelect resealable, recyclable, reusable plastic jars.

For more information on Rice Select head to www.riceselect.com.

Star Kay White’s Vanilla and Chocolate Extracts Represent Five Generations of Flavor

Star Kay WhiteVanilla and chocolate are a classic combination. World-renowned ice cream flavor manufacturer Star Kay White has been making vanilla extract and chocolate extract for five generations, since 1890. Gold Star Vanilla Extract® and Pure Chocolate Extract #18® are simply world class.

Gold Star Vanilla Extract is guaranteed to be two-fold (twice the concentration), made from 100 percent Grade 1 Madagascan beans, cold processed, non-GMO and with no sugar added. No one else in the retail marketplace makes this combined guarantee.

Pure Chocolate Extract #18 captures the botanical notes of chocolate that are lost in the high-heat and pressures required in processing of chocolate and cocoa. It is the worldwide standard by which all other chocolate extracts are judged.

Compare these extracts in quality and price to any other in the marketplace and decide for yourself. Use these separately or together to make your creation superlative.

For more information, visit www.starkaywhite.com.