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PS Seasoning & Spices Attains SQF 2 Certification

PS Seasoning & Spices announced that the company has recently received its SQF(Safe Quality Food) Level 2 certification. SQF is a comprehensive HACCP-based food safety and quality management certification system for all sectors of the food industry, from primary production to transport and distribution. As a Global Food Safety Initiative that is recognized world-wide, an SQF Certification demonstrates the supplier’s commitment to produce safe, quality food as well as to meet international food safety requirements and to comply with other applicable food legislation. The new certification attests to PS Seasoning & Spices’ ability to produce products that meet the highest level of food safety and quality standards.

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IDDBA to Offer Outstanding Educational Opportunities this June

The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association has a stellar group of speakers lined up for this year’s IDDBA 17 conference and trade show, which will be held June 4-6 in Anaheim, California. The General Session speaker line-up includes former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy, IDDBA President and CEO Mike Eardley, former Trader Joe’s CEO Doug Rauch, Celebrity Chef Giada De Laurentiis, former Starbucks CEO Jim Donald and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises.

And that’s not all. Eddie Yoon, the author of “Superconsumers;” Eric Chester, the author of “On Fire at Work” and Molly Fletcher, the author of “Fearless at Work,” will also be speaking. Jewel Hunt, IDDBA’s Chairman and the Group Vice President of Bakery for Albertsons Companies, is also on the schedule.

IDDBA’s Show and Sell Workshop line-up offers Steve Dragoo of Solutions Consulting, Yoon, De Laurentiis, Harold Lloyd of Harold Lloyd Presents and Rauch. The Show and Sell Workshops are 30-minute sessions that cover various industry-specific topics and frequently include live demonstrations in a smaller and less formal setting that allows for personal interaction with the experts.

This show also includes merchandising displays that provide examples of some of the best ideas in the industry – ideas that are designed for attendees to take home and replicate easily in their own stores. The concepts that will be demonstrated on the show floor this year include a breakfast bakery bar, a cheese pub with cheese pairings and tapas ideas, an in-store foodservice program and a cake design display intended to provide attendees with an engaging experience of creative and unique cake ideas for entertaining occasions.

And that’s not all – in keeping with this show’s focus on providing retailer attendees with real solutions to enhance profitability, IDDBA will offer its Expert Neighborhood for the first time this year. This is an area on the show floor where attendees can meet one-on-one with experts to discuss questions, industry challenges, and business problems. The association has an absolutely phenomenal line-up of industry stars who are prepared to discuss issues like engaging customers and employees, complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act and the evolving rules about product and menu labeling, and dealing with food waste, enhancing innovation and product profitability. Twenty-five minute appointments with these experts can be booked at the show starting on June 3.

Inglehoffer Mustards Gain Consecutive Gold Medals

Beaverton Foods, Oregon’s 88-year-old specialty condiment manufacturer, springs into the new year with eight awards, including three gold medals, from this year’s 22nd annual World-Wide Mustard Competition. More than 100 judges gathered at the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin, to evaluate 291 entries from as far away as Japan, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany and Canada.

Inglehoffer Sweet Hot Mustard won a gold medal for its third consecutive year, while Inglehoffer Ghost Pepper Mustard repeated last year’s gold medal win in the category for hot pepper mustards. Inglehoffer Hot Horseradish Mustard won a gold medal in the category for mustards whose heat is rooted in horseradish or wasabi, while Inglehoffer Horseradish Wasabi Mustard won a silver medal in the same category.

Napa Valley Orange Ginger won a silver award for fruit mustards, while Beaver Brand Extra Hot Russian Mustard took home a bronze award for a classic hot mustard, Inglehoffer Sriracha Mustard earned a bronze medal for a hot pepper mustard, and Inglehoffer Creamy Dill won a bronze medal in the category for mustards flavored with herbs or vegetables.

“It’s humbling to say we have won more than 150 medals at this annual competition,” said Domonic Biggi, CEO of Beaverton Foods. “We are especially pleased that our new Inglehoffer Ghost Pepper Mustard was selected for a Gold medal for a second consecutive year. Additionally, we’re grateful that culinary experts around the world like our products.”

The annual competition, held since 1995, is open to all commercial mustard producers and agents worldwide. There are 16 flavor categories in which gold, silver and bronze awards are presented. The contest is a blind tasting judged by chefs, food writers and mustard aficionados.

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