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Purveying the Milk of Human Kindness in an Urban Food Desert

By Lorrie Baumann

The Salvation Army has opened a 27,000-square foot neighborhood grocery store in a Baltimore neighborhood that had been a food desert. The new store, opened on March 7, has the aesthetics of a specialty grocery, but it’s designed as a non-profit enterprise with ambitions to serve the community in ways that go beyond purveying food. Continue reading.

Sweet New Look for Local Hive Honey

By Lorrie Baumann

Local HiveSometimes, it’s just true that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Rice’s Honey is proving that old saying even as the company departs from its long-standing brands in the marketplace, L.R. Rice and Rice Family Honey, in favor of a new brand that reflects another aspect of what the company has always stood for, Local Hive. The change was intended to communicate more immediately to shoppers the difference between this product and other honeys on the same grocery store shelf, said Tony Landretti, Rice’s Honey CEO. Continue reading.

Dallas Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards Call for Entries

Dallas Market Center is calling for entries for the nineth annual Dallas Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards to be held at Dallas Market Center during the Total Housewares and Gourmet Market, June 20-26. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Dallas Market Center’s Gourmet Market, in addition to milestone anniversaries of many of its exhibitors. Continue reading.

Creative Chill from Coolhaus

By Lorrie Baumann

CoolhausPremium ice cream brand Coolhaus is getting set for summer with the launch of seven new ice cream flavors and three new ice cream sandwich varieties this year at Natural Products Expo West. The new ice cream flavors will be available in pints and include Milkshake & Fries, Street Cart Churro Dough, Midnight Munchies, Farmers Market Strawberry Cheesecake, Buttered French Toast, Chocolate Love and Best of Both Worlds Vanilla.  Continue reading.

Willy Wonka Rides Again

By Lorrie Baumann

VJP_8107If you’ve ever wondered who’d be cast to play you if Hollywood ever decided to make a movie about your life, you certainly aren’t alone. Brent Davis doesn’t have to wonder: Hollywood already made “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and in the version of that movie that Davis prefers, Gene Wilder played the wildly whimsical and endlessly inventive master of the chocolate factory.  Continue reading.

Bobo’s Poised to Break out from Boulder

By Lorrie Baumann

Fueled by an $8 million round of capital in 2017 and this year’s launch of a new product line at Natural Products Expo West, Bobo’s is poised to break into the national mainstream with its range of oat bars, bites and, now, toaster pastries that offer solid nutrition as well as taste and texture that appeal to the entire family. Last year’s capital infusion paid for an expansion of the Boulder, Colorado, company’s capacity, resulting in top-line revenue growth of almost 70 percent in 2017 and an increase in the number of salaried employees to 29, says CEO T.J. McIntyre, who joined the company in 2016.  Continue reading.

Something New Under the Greek Sun

By Lorrie Baumann

It’s not often that a story about a food product for the American market begins with an ancient Greek philosopher, but this one does. That’s because a Greek philosopher, Theophrastus, who lived between 371 and 287 B.C. wrote a book in which he told us how the Greeks propagated olives. Which means that the Greeks have been taking olives seriously as a food crop for at least that long. That’s important today because a new entrant into the olive category, Alive & Well Olives, have introduced olives into the American market using the same traditional methods that might have been observed by Theophrastus. Continue reading.


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