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Flavor Meets Feeling: Jelly Belly Mixed Emotions is a Rollercoaster of Emotions

Whether you’re having a happy day or a grumpy one, there’s a Jelly Belly® jelly bean for everyone in the new Mixed Emotions Collection. Favorite flavors of Jelly Belly beans are paired with an emotion, and finished with the imprint of a corresponding face to show off those feelings. Five flavors in all will be available this spring, giving candy lovers everywhere a new way to express themselves.

“We’ve toyed with connecting feelings and flavors in various ways in the past,” explained Rob Swaigen, Vice President of Global Marketing for Jelly Belly. “Emojis are a big part of how we communicate with each other through text, social media and in email, and their popularity gave new life to this idea.”

Traditionally, Jelly Belly jelly beans are stamped with the Jelly Belly name in white food coloring. In the Mixed Emotions Collection, instead of the logo, the Jelly Belly beans are stamped with a matching face to represent one of five feelings:

  • Happy tastes like refreshing lemon on a sunny day.
  • Playful teases the taste buds with sour apple.
  • Grumpy sears like sizzling cinnamon.
  • Sad envelopes you in berry blue.
  • Love warms the soul with Orange Crush®.

In keeping with the Jelly Belly tradition of thoughtful flavor experiences, enjoy each flavor individually, or combine to create your own delicious mix of emotions.

The Mixed Emotions Collection launches with a variety of packages, including snackable and shareable bags and a gift box.

Sparkling Ice Named 2017 Product of the Year in United Kingdom

Talking Rain Beverage Company®, the maker of Sparkling Ice® flavored sparkling waters, has been recognized as a winner in the U.K. by the country’s largest consumer-driven award for product innovation, Product of the Year. Nearly 12,000 U.K. households responded to the survey designed to identify the top CPG products on the market, naming Sparkling Ice the winner in the “No Added Sugar” Drinks category.

Following the brand’s expansion to the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2016, Sparkling Ice has seen significant success in the marketplace, with presence in more than 15,000 stores.  First year sales success has shown that the beverage market in the U.K. and Ireland present a wealth of opportunity as consumers shift away from full-calorie CSDs to healthier alternatives like Sparkling Ice.

“Since our launch in the U.K. and Ireland this past spring, we have been energized by the excitement surrounding our brand,” said Kevin Klock, President and CEO of Talking Rain Beverage Co. “This award is a special honor as it has been voted on by the U.K. consumer, and we are proud to offer a beverage free of added sugar, that delivers the bold flavor, fizz and refreshment that the marketplace demands.”

Having hit shelves in April 2016 at major grocery and drug store retailers, Sparkling Ice is now available in four flavors in the UK and Ireland: Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Peach Nectarine, and most recently, Strawberry Kiwi.

 

Kantar TNS, one of the world’s leading research agencies conducted the research, offering an industry sector understanding and collating the survey from more than 11,600 people in the UK and Ireland.

For more information about Sparkling Ice, visit www.sparklingice.com.

Le Roule Spreadable Cheese Launches with 3 Flavors

Recognizable by its distinct swirl, Le Roulé is a fresh spreadable cheese that is sprinkled with either savory or sweet ingredients, and then hand-rolled to form a log before being sliced, revealing its ingredients in the form of its unmistakable spiral. The line-up of flavors for this new product includes: Garlic & Herb, Savory & Sweet Peppers, and Cranberry.

Le Roulé, which means ‘roll’ in French, is handcrafted in France’s northeast mountain region of Les Vosges, in the village of Neufchâteau. Made from locally sourced fresh cow’s milk, this specialty cheese is creamy and smooth, with a remarkably clean, fresh taste.

Unlike other spreadable cheeses, which are mass-produced, Le Roulé continues to be made just the way it was from the beginning, almost 40 years ago, with fresh curd spread atop a layer of spicy, tart or sweet ingredients, then rolled to form a log, sliced and individually hand-packaged.

  • Garlic & Herb: The fresh taste of herbs and mild garlic flavor are beautifully balanced by the refreshing taste of the cheese. A standout on any cheese platter, this flavor can also be used to enhance recipes such as pasta, soup, or atop a bagel with smoked salmon. The pillar of the Le Roulé line, Garlic & Herb is available in a 5.3-ounce package.
  • Savory & Sweet Peppers: The mild taste of red peppers is harmoniously combined with green peppers as well as spices and herbs such as chili pepper, paprika, cumin, and coriander, making for a complex yet perfect balance of flavors. Le Roulé Savory & Sweet Peppers is available in a 4.4-ounce package.
  • Cranberry: The characteristically tart yet sweet cranberry blends naturally with the fresh taste of the luscious cheese. The creamy texture makes this cheese ideal for spreading on a cracker or even on a bagel for an indulgent breakfast or snack. Le Roulé Cranberry is available in a 4.4-ounce package.

Le Roulé will be exhibiting at the Winter Fancy Food Show.

Poco Dolce Packaging to Feature Fine Art

San Francisco based chocolate company, Poco Dolce Confections, is announcing an upcoming collaboration with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. In addition, Poco Dolce will be revealing new packaging for its line of bittersweet chocolate bars, including a new milk chocolate bar – Poco Dolce’s first milk chocolate product.

Poco Dolce’s partnership with the Fine Arts Museums will feature three exemplary products, including the addition of the new 37 percent cacao milk chocolate bar, to add to its selection of award winning artisanal confections. The new, limited bar packaging will showcase artwork celebrating the special exhibition galleries at the de Young Museum as well as the Legion of
Honor. The first, Monet: The early years, debuts February of 2017.

The new bars and bar packaging are featured in Poco Loco’s booth at the Winter Fancy Food Show. In addition to the collaboration bars, new and improved packaging for Poco Dolce’s bittersweet bar line will also be featured, which will include cacao percentage as well as a vivid color scheme to highlight each variety.

Packaging that Performs: SaltWorks Launches New Look for Artisan Salt Co.

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SaltWorks, Inc. has beautifully reimagined its specialty sea salt brand Artisan® Salt Company with the launch of three exclusive new packaging styles benefiting retailers and consumers alike, now available for wholesale case purchase on the company’s website.

SaltWorks-New-Artisan-PackagingThe most trusted name in gourmet salt, SaltWorks is known for its superior quality and unmatched selection of all-natural gourmet and specialty sea salts. SaltWorks first revolutionized the spice aisle when it launched the Artisan brand in 2005. The first full line of gourmet sea salts ever offered, Artisan is comprised of an expansive variety of traditional sea salts, artisanal finishing salts and handcrafted smoked salts.

The three exclusive container styles feature eye-catching artwork with on-trend metallic accents, and include several new salt varieties. Designed from scratch by SaltWorks in-house, the innovating patent pending packaging includes thoughtfully redesigned new boutique glass jars with stunning American black walnut wood lids, ergonomically designed square salt shakers, and infinitely adjustable ceramic salt grinders— all with airtight caps.

The new Artisan packaging offers grocery stores, gourmet and specialty retailers a cohesive line and attractive shelf presence across multiple merchandising points: from attractive, enticing boutique jars on shelves or specialty endcap displays, to salt shakers and grinders that can easily be stocked in existing display spice racks. Available in convenient case box quantities of six units, SaltWorks’ wide selection of the highest quality all-natural unique, rare and popular salt varieties will attract and satisfy shoppers.

SaltWorks focused on sustainability during the packaging invention process, making each container type easy to refill and continually reuse. This taps into the increasing consumer desire to reduce waste and purchase long-lasting, reusable products.

The American black walnut wood used for the lids of the new boutique jars is sustainably harvested in the Northeastern United States. The salt shakers are made of high-quality BPA-free polycarbonate. Mimicking the look and feel of glass, these containers are highly durable for everyday use. SaltWorks’ engineers redesigned the injection-molded caps on the shakers and new grinders to ensure the tops close even when salt sticks to the surface or in the hinge. This keeps the containers airtight, protecting the salt when not in use. Unlike others on the market, SaltWorks’ exclusive new salt grinder features an entirely ceramic adjustable grinding mechanism that will not dull, rust or break. This construction, coupled with the same high-quality BPA-free polycarbonate container, ensures the grinder can be easily refilled and reused to grind more salt or even whole spices.

Beginning with SaltWorks’ most popular Artisan varieties, the new packaging styles are now available for wholesale case purchase through the company’s online Salt Portal at www.seasalt.com/wholesale. For more information, contact the salt experts at 800.353.7258.

Tillen Farms Rebrands Entire Product Line

Tillen Farms, the brand behind the leading range of Northwest grown vegetables and cherries, has a whole new look. Tillen Farms® has rebranded the vegetables to showcase their uniform quality while simplifying key selling points. In addition, the entire line of pickled vegetables is now non-GMO certified.

The new look will make its official debut at the Winter Fancy Food Show. It is the first major label redesign since Tim Metzger purchased the brand more than 14 years ago.

Tillen FarmsThe rebranding includes new, clear labels that showcase the products’ uniform quality and list on the front of the jar pertinent attributes such as vegan, gluten free, kosher certified and low sodium. The new non-GMO-certified seal is front and center. The lids now boast “Northwest Fresh,” and the blue lids and blue scalloped banding will make the product instantly recognizable on shelf. The new tagline for Tillen Farms pickled vegetables is “We’ve got nothing to hide.”

“Perfectly picked, perfectly presented, that is what we are all about,” says Tim Metzger, Owner of Tillen Farms. “This is a revolutionary change for us.”

Before, the labels partially obscured the contents and did not include the product attributes in front. “The idea is to appeal to a new generation of specialty food consumers who are looking for those key call outs on the front panel,” Metzger says.

In addition, the company is launching a new trade theme line, “Every great meal begins and ends with Tillen Farms.” The line includes eight crispy vegetables to liven up cocktails and appetizer time, and three cherries to add a sweet touch to cocktails and spark up dessert. Tillen Farms’ award-winning Bada Bings®, Merry Maraschinos and Rainier Reserve are hand-packed and sourced from the Pacific Northwest. The cherries are all pitted, with stems on and are made with no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or corn syrup.

Tillen Farm products are available in all 50 states at select supermarket chains, liquor supercenters, specialty food and natural food stores, and online at Tillenfarms.com and Amazon.

JOLLY TIME Pop Corn Goes Gourmet

JOLLY TIME Pop Corn and premium snack food producer Cosmos Creations have joined forces to bring new popcorn flavors to consumers. The four new ready-to-eat popcorn varieties – Sea Salted Caramel, Confetti Cake, Belgian Waffle and Snickerdoodle – will be showcased at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco from January 22-24 at the Moscone Center.

The new collaboration brings together two family-owned, independent companies, pairing JOLLY TIME’s more than 100 years of popcorn heritage and with Cosmos Creations’ modern flavor profiles. The four new popcorn flavors are certified gluten free and made with non-GMO popcorn kernels and natural ingredients.

“We see this as the perfect opportunity for a mutually beneficial partnership with Cosmos Creations, a company that aligns with our mission and values, as well as allows us to extend our product line into an increasingly popular, opportune space,” said Garrett Smith, fourth generation President of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn. “The new ready-to-eat products will satisfy consumers’ desire for a convenient, sweet and indulgent twist on a traditional snack they already know and love.”

Cosmos Creations was founded in 2011 with a commitment of using natural ingredients to create premium snacks with an indulgent, artisan taste. The new collaboration allows the company to expand from its corn puff line to ready-to-eat popcorn.

“We’ve found an ideal partnership – from our similar company cultures and values to our mutual willingness to explore new flavors and trends – this collaboration has exciting potential to strengthen our reach,” said Jerid Strasheim, Cosmos Creations Vice President of Sales.

The four new flavor profiles – Sea Salted Caramel, Confetti Cake, Belgian Waffle and Snickerdoodle – will be available in 1-ounce bags with a suggested retail price of $0.99 and 5.5-ounce bags holding more than eight cups of popcorn with a suggested retail price of $2.49. The ready-to-eat popcorn line will be available at grocery retailers nationwide and online in February 2017.

Sold-Out International Home + Housewares Show Offers a Wealth of Experience

he 2017 International Home + Housewares Show sold out in late December, more than 11 weeks before opening day, according to the International Housewares Association, the show’s owner and operator. The show begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 18 and closes at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21.

“We have exceeded last year’s exhibit space square footage, a continued sign of how important this world-class marketplace is to IHA member suppliers,” said Phil Brandl, IHA President and CEO. “We look forward to bringing the industry together at the premier housewares trade event.”

The show will host more than 2,200 exhibitors from around the world, including 400 new companies exhibiting for the first time.

Read more at Kitchenware News.

New Program Will Ease Farmers’ Transition to Organic Certification

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help guide farmers transitioning into certified organic agricultural production.

Using standards developed by OTA, the National Certified Transitional Program (NCTP) will provide oversight to approved Accredited Organic Certifying Agents offering transitional certification to producers. This will help ease the transition process to organic, allow farmers to sell their products as certified transitional at a premium price and help encourage more organic production.

This announcement is an important step in helping to expand certified organic acreage in the United States. OTA designed the certified transitional program to create a consistent mechanism for certifying agencies to document operations’ adherence to organic regulations on land in transition to organic status. The new program provides certification and oversight to producers who are in transition to organic. It does not provide standards or criteria for labeling products certified under the program.

“The transitional certification program developed by OTA reflects perspectives from across the supply chain, and will provide an on-ramp to producers while safeguarding organic as the gold standard of food label claims,” said Nate Lewis, Farm Policy Director for OTA.

“USDA is excited to work with the Organic Trade Association on the National Certified Transitional Program, providing producers with a consistent transitional standard to market their products,” said USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Elanor Starmer. “This program will help those transitioning to organic agriculture, encourage domestic production of organic products, and ultimately support the continued growth of organic agriculture in the United States.”

In a “Notice to the Trade” published by USDA, the department said the new program “will facilitate the investment in transitional agriculture through a consistent set of rules.”

Farmers must undergo a rigorous and sometimes challenging transition period of 36 months before they can gain organic certification and market their products as certified organic. This newly created program at USDA will harmonize existing transitional certification programs currently operated by Accredited Certifying Agents and provide a mechanism for additional certifiers to offer this service to new clients. The program is recognized by the USDA Quality Systems Assessment Program, housed within the Agricultural Marketing Service branch. USDA will accredit organic certification agencies that comply with the National Certified Transitional Program criteria, enabling those agencies to conduct certification of producers operating in accordance with the OTA-developed standards.

Demand for organic products has continued to grow by double digits every year, far exceeding the domestic supply of organic ingredients. OTA has been engaged in multiple efforts to boost the growth of domestic organic acreage and sees a harmonized transitional certification program overseen by USDA as a critical piece of this complicated puzzle.

OTA submitted an application to USDA in May 2016–after over a year of work on behalf of its members through a Transitional task force–to create the transitional certification program, thereby building the foundation for a potential market for transitional products. A transitional product market can offer premiums to farmers in transition and assist in the financial barriers that transition poses.

The oversight provided by USDA to certifying agents offering transitional certification to producers will consist of certifier audits and a uniform transitional production standard for both crop and livestock producers. Farmers will need to prove their land has been free of prohibited substances (synthetic pesticides and fertilizers) for a minimum of 12 months and must follow all other organic production standards to achieve transitional certification, including crop rotation, the fostering and conserving of biodiversity, and the avoidance of the use of genetic engineering. Once eligible for organic certification, land can only enter into the transitional certification program one more time. This provision, unique to the standards developed by OTA, will ensure that transitional certification acts as an effective on-ramp to organic production rather than a mechanism to create an “organic-light” marketing term.

The new program does not include certification of products labeled as “transitional” in the marketplace and is limited only to producers working towards their own organic certification. OTA anticipates working with certifiers, food manufacturers, and retailers to develop appropriate market-driven guidelines for proper use of the term “transitional” on consumer packaged goods.

To streamline roll-out of this new program, USDA will accept applications for the first round from Accredited Certifying Agents through February 28 to gain oversight for the transitional program, and on-site reviews of these certifying agents will occur at their next organic accreditation audit. Further applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

This program dovetails with USDA’s announcement in December of last year that it would expand the reach of the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program to include transitional certification fees. USDA’s recent initiatives will bring more opportunity to farmers and handlers across the country, and they represent additional elements of solid federal support for the growth of the organic sector.

Saffron Road’s New Plant-Based Protein Snacks & Frozen Bowls

Saffron Road, the fastest growing brand of premium frozen entrees, will introduce its newly expanded plant-based protein snacks line, which includes innovative ChickBean Crisps, in addition to a new frozen meals line, at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco from January 2-24.

Like all Saffron Road products, the new snacks and frozen bowls were created with the utmost commitment to authenticity, quality, transparency and culinary excellence to capitalize on the growing popularity of clean label better-for-you products in the U.S.

The ChickBean Crisps come in three flavors, Sea Salt, White Cheddar, Zesty Ranch, and all are certified halal, OU kosher, and gluten free. Since they’re primarily made from legumes, each one-ounce serving of Saffron Road ChickBean Crisps contains four grams of protein, two grams of fiber and only a few grams of fat – making them a nutritious and unique find in the snack aisle.

Saffron Road’s new World Cuisine meals, in an on-trend bowl format, come in eight delicious flavors:  Sesame Ginger Salmon with White Rice, Lemongrass Basil Fish with Rice Noodles, Thai Red Curry Fish with Rice Noodles, Masala Curry Fish with White Rice, Grilled Vegetable Tortilla Bake, Verde Tortilla Bake with Chicken, Thai-Style Mango Chicken, and Korean-Style Sweet Chile Chicken. All of the fish sourced is wild Alaskan caught and packed with Omega-3s, and the chicken is antibiotic free. All of the ingredients are authentic – to keep in line with the high culinary excellence all Saffron Road products must adhere to.

While the four fish bowl meals are already on shelf at Whole Foods Market®, the ChickBean Crisps and the remaining four new bowls will launch this January and April respectively.

For more information about Saffron Road’s new snack products, visit saffronroadfood.com. You can also follow the brand on Facebook at facebook.com/saffronroadfood, on Twitter at twitter.com/saffronroadfood, on Pinterest at pinterest.com/saffronroadfood or on Instagram at Instagram.com/saffronroadfood.

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