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Omaha Steaks Introduces New Rib Crown Steak

Omaha Steaks today introduced the Private Reserve Rib Crown Steak into its complete line of premium beef and gourmet foods. The Rib Crown Steak, known for superior marbling, flavor and tenderness, joins the company’s extensive line of steak cuts including the filet mignon, boneless strip, top sirloin, ribeye and flat iron. Long regarded as a favorite among steak lovers, the rib crown steak combines the best of the rich, juicy flavor of a ribeye with the tenderness of a filet mignon.

“We are proud to introduce our customers to the rib crown steak –the crown jewel of the ribeye,” said President and fifth-generation family owner Bruce Simon. “This coveted cap steak is perfectly trimmed from the most prized part of the ribeye and is known for exceptional tenderness. Our new rib crown will soon be one of your all-time favorite steaks.”

Chefs who recently sampled the new Omaha Steaks Rib Crown Steaks agreed with the “crown jewel” status, sharing a multitude of mouth-watering comments:

“The steak is very well marbled and delicious grilled with a simple salt and pepper rub.”
Chef Bobby Mekiney
M’s Pub/Vivace
Omaha, Nebraska

“The rib crown steaks have great flavor and texture.”
Executive Chef Chip Hawkins
Hilton Omaha

“The rib crown steaks are amazingly tender. I did a simple beef dry rub with some olive oil, grilled it to medium rare and finished it with a chimichurri butter.  Delicious.”
Clint Cantwell
Editor – Grilling.com

For more information about the Private Reserve Rib Crown Steak visit www.OmahaSteaks.com.

Flavorings Add Fun to Milk

MilkSplash™, a new milk flavoring designed for kids, is launching this week in select Target stores, and nationally at Walmart and other retailers in April.

Created and marketed by North Carolina-based S&D Beverage Innovations, MilkSplash has a variety of great-tasting flavors, fun colors and engaging characters such as Cocoa Loco, Sir Strawberry Swirl™, Orange Cream Dream, Cookies ‘N Cream and Jammin’ Banana – with more to come.

“We created MilkSplash to give kids lots of wonderful options to flavor their milk because research shows nearly seven in 10 kids drink more milk when it’s flavored – and we know that kids need to drink more milk,” said Dr. Maya Zuniga, Director of Product Innovation at S&D. “With milk consumption declining for decades, many children miss out on the recommended amount of milk and its essential nutrients, including three that are of most concern – calcium, vitamin D and potassium.”

“Moms are also concerned about the amount of sugar in the beverages their children drink according to a recent nationwide survey, so they’ll be pleased to know that MilkSplash is zero calorie,” adds Dr. Zuniga.

Following in the footsteps of liquid water enhancers and the positive impact they have had on water consumption, MilkSplash milk flavoring is doing the same for kids and milk.
MilkSplash Offers More Milk Flavoring Choices
“We’re defining a new category of highly concentrated liquid milk flavorings, and offering more choices than kids have ever had before,” said John Buckner, Vice President of Marketing at S&D, who is overseeing the MilkSplash launch. “Chocolate and strawberry syrups and powders have been among the limited options for adults and kids alike – until now. MilkSplash is launching with five flavors, but there are many more in the pipeline, as well as all-natural versions of MilkSplash in development.”

Every small bottle of MilkSplash makes at least 24 servings, requiring just a gentle squeeze and simple stir to turn white milk into a delicious treat kids love that lets them enjoy milk on their own terms.

“Moms love MilkSplash because it encourages kids to make healthier beverage choices,” said Dr. Zuniga. “They also appreciate that it’s not messy like powder or syrup flavorings, and can be taken to school in a backpack or lunchbox – or dropped in a bag for a trip to the mall or the park.”

“It’s time to shake things up and add variety, delicious flavors and cute characters that will get kids excited about milk and flavoring it their way,” said Buckner. “Our dream is to have kids say to moms, ‘May I have some more milk please?’”

For more information about MilkSplash, including where to buy it, visit www.milksplash.com or call 1-855-MILKPLZ.

Emmi Roth Announces Grand Cru Recipe Contest Winners

Emmi Roth USA, an award-winning producer of specialty cheeses, has announced the winner of its Grand Cru® Recipe Contest for Postsecondary Culinary Students. Caroline Ausman of Burlington, Wis., took top honors with her recipe for Manicotti en Croûte with Brandied Fig Sauce.

The contest, presented in conjunction with the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ), challenged postsecondary culinary students to create a flavorful and creative pasta recipe highlighting Roth Grand Cru, a washed rind Alpine-style cheese crafted in Wisconsin.

Ausman is currently enrolled as a student at the Art Institute of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Baking and Pastry. She attributes her culinary and pastry passion to working alongside her mother in the family kitchen while growing up.

“I truly feel at home in the kitchen, working with my hands and creating from scratch. This contest was an amazing opportunity for me to showcase what I love doing,” said Ausman. “Although developing the recipe was a tremendous, and sometimes challenging, process, I really learned a lot!”

The panel of Emmi Roth USA contest judges were impressed with the flavor and versatility of the recipe, remarking that the application “takes pasta in a whole new direction” and could be served as an appetizer or a savory dessert.

“We received so many fantastic recipes and were inspired by the passion and creativity shown by all of the entrants. Ms. Ausman’s recipe impressed us for its flavor, sophistication and elegance,” said Regi Hise, Director of Culinary Development at Emmi Roth USA. “We’re always looking for innovative ways to feature our cheeses in culinary applications, and manicotti wrapped in phyllo is a creative and delicious concept. The sweet flavors of the brandied fig sauce balance wonderfully with the savory Grand Cru manicotti filling, and the phyllo adds great texture – the recipe was a clear winner.”

Ausman’s first place finish, out of more than 35 entries from across the country, earned her $2,000 and registration and lodging accommodations at the upcoming National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show, May 17-20, in Chicago. Ausman’s winning recipe will be served at the Emmi Roth USA Cheese 4 Chefs table during the NRA Show.

The winning recipe and photo are available on the Emmi Roth Foodservice website. For additional information about Ausman’s culinary pursuits, visit her blog.

Bolder Beans for a Bloody Mary

Bolder Beans produces crunchy, pickled green beans and other pickled vegetables that are a healthy snack, a perfect addition to a Bloody Mary, or even a great gift. Pickle people enjoy Bolder Beans right out of the jar as a good, healthy snack. In fact, Bolder Beans are sugar-free, fat-free and even gluten-free. There are less than 100 calories in the entire jar and each serving has only 1 carb. In addition, there is nothing artificial added and all ingredients can be pronounced. Simply open up a jar and start snacking on these crunchy, tasty treats that are full of flavor and won’t make you feel guilty if you happen to eat the whole jar.

Bolder Beans started as a wonderful addition to a Bloody Mary. Just add a couple pickled green beans instead of a piece of celery, and your Bloody Mary is transformed. These spicy, pickled beans add a lot of flavor and kick up the zip in any Bloody Mary. Owner of Bolder Beans, Rogue Edwards, stated, “I first tried a pickled green bean in a Bloody Mary in New Orleans. When we returned home to Colorado, we couldn’t find anything we liked, so I decided to make my own!”

Whether for a healthy eater or a Bloody Mary lover, Bolder Beans make a great gift. A single jar is perfect for a hostess gift, a teacher appreciation item, a pot luck dinner, or just a simple thank you. Purchase a jar online at www.bolderbeans.com or custom order a gift box that will really stand out. Multiple jars can be selected and added to a gift box complete with a bean fork and a ribbon for that special touch. Prices range from $8 a jar to $30 a gift box depending upon the items selected.

For the Bloody Mary lover, a Bolder Beans Bloody Mary gift set is really unique. This special gift box includes a jar of Bolder Beans, Bloody Mary concentrate mix, rim salt, a bean fork and even a pack of beef straws! Just add the vodka, and it is a complete set that will make any Bloody Mary lover smile. All gift boxes can be ordered online at www.bolderbeans.com or call 720-578-BEAN for more details.

Bolder Beans come if three tasty flavors: mild, medium and hot. The mild beans have a big, bold, dill pickle taste that are crunchy and zesty without the added heat. For the medium flavor, a jalapeño is added to the jar to give it a big, bold kick with a peppery jalapeño taste. A habañero is added to the hot and gives the bean a sweet heat. Enjoy all three of these flavors for a different taste with just the right amount of heat. Whether they are chopped up in a salad, added to a Bloody Mary, or eaten right out of the jar as a good snack or an easy appetizer, they are sure to please any pickle person.

In addition, Bolder Mushrooms, Bolder Garlic and Bolder Mix-Up are tasty treats for those who love pickled foods. Bolder Mushrooms are mild with an earthy mushroom taste that complement the pickling flavor to produce the perfect texture, tenderness and taste. Add Bolder Mushrooms to omelets, pizzas, salads or even a martini for a zip that will awaken your tastebuds.

Bolder Garlic is the perfect treat for the garlic lover. Each jar is filled to the top with individual garlic cloves that have been pickled to perfection giving each bite a mellow garlic flavor with a punch of pickle flavor and the heat of a jalapeño. Use them wherever you use garlic, or eat them right out of the jar. Just make sure that others eat them with you!
Finally, Bolder Mix-Up is an easy “appetizer in a jar.” This combination of pickled veggies includes green beans, carrots, cauliflower and mushrooms. It is the perfect addition to a relish tray and each veggie has a bold, pickle taste that is available in mild for everyone to enjoy!

 

Mr. Cheese O’s Snacks Set to Roll Out this Summer

Orange tongues and fingers, grease stains, high fructose corn syrup, saturated fat, high calorie counts are the telltale signs of cheese-flavored chips, crisps and crackers.
Until now. Mr. Cheese O’s an all-natural, crunchy, delicious, and fun O-shaped cheese snack has announced its launch at Natural Foods Expo West. Mr. Cheese O’s comes from Sonoma Creamery, an artisan cheese company based in California’s wine country, that makes hormone free, 100-percent natural, gluten-free cheeses. The new healthier, wheat-free, corn-free snack comes in four indulgent varieties, — Original, Cheddar, Tuscan Herb and Sweet Chili — with 10-grams of protein per 1-ounce bag, using organic quinoa and other ancient grains.
Mr. Cheese O’s is a snack every kid will crave and every parent will feel good about serving – not to mention adults craving it themselves! Mr. Cheese O’s will be available in the deli section of national grocery and convenience store chains starting this June.
Mr. CheeseOsSONY DSCMr. Cheese O’s handcrafted all-natural cheese and O-shaped bites that contain no artificial ingredients or artificial hormones. They’re gluten-free, preservative-free, corn-free and wheat-free. Made from organic quinoa and other ancient grains, they contain just 75 calories per serving and 150 calories for the 1-ounce pack. There are 10 grams of protein and 25 percent of the daily value of calcium in each pack, with no trans fat, 0 grams of sugar and 6 grams of carbohydrates. The list of ingredients is short, clear and pronounceable.
“As parents, how can we trust snack products that use ingredients with names we can’t even pronounce?” said Sonoma Creamery’s CEO, John Crean. “In a space that’s dominated by not-so-good-for-you products, and being a dad myself, I’m proud that our new Mr. Cheese O’s product is an extra tasty, crunchy real cheese snack with a clean label and all natural ingredients that parents can feel good about giving their kids – and maybe saving a few for themselves, as well.”
Mr. Cheese O’s is set to roll out nationwide in all four varieties early this summer. One-ounce packs of Mr. Cheese O’s will retail for $2.99. Learn more at http://mrcheeseos.com and like Mr. Cheese O’s on Facebook at http://facebook.com/mrcheesesos.

Brussel Bytes and Snip Chips from Wonderfully Raw

Wonderfully Raw’s latest product introductions are a line of great-tasting good-for-you snack chips called Brussel Bytes and Snip Chips. These are super healthy snacks that are certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan.

Brussel Bytes (MSRP $5.99), made from organic Brussels sprouts and pumpkin seeds, are just as nutritious as they are delicious! These tasty green machines are available in two fabulous flavors: Chili Pumpkin Seed Crunch and Tamarind Apple Crunch. These are a great alternative to kale chips

The second new offering, Snip Chips (MSRP $5.99), is a guiltless non-GMO way to indulge in potato chip cravings in tasty varieties like Cheesy Herb Truffle, Chipotle Lime Cilantro, and Dill Pickle. Snip Chip’s powerful combination of organic parsnips and coconut oil make them an excellent source of vitamins C, E, and K, fiber, Omega-3, and potassium.

Wonderfully Raw products are available at select Whole Foods Markets, Sprouts Farmers Markets and grocery and health foods stores throughout the country and can also be purchased online at www.mycocoroons.com.

Silver Service Refreshment Systems Enters Single Serve Coffee Market

Silver Service Refreshment Systems, Inc. has entered the single serve coffee market by introducing its Bel Etage Napoli dark roast coffee packed in a new, innovative single serve coffee filter. The filters are compatible with many popular home and office single serve or K-Cup(R) coffee systems and are recyclable.
“There is a demand for premium specialty coffee in the single serve market and we believe our product fills that growing need. The secret is the unique combination of premium specialty coffee imported from a world class roaster, and the innovative new coffee delivery system. The coffee is roasted by Illycafe AG of Thalwil, Switzerland and the filter, Upshot Solution(TM) made by LBP Manufacturing, changes the dynamic of the coffee extraction resulting in an unsurpassed quality in a single serve cup of coffee. In fact, you can see the coffee and smell the brew the moment you open the fresh seal,” says Baker Heard, CEO of Silver Service.
Silver Service is targeting home and work place coffee drinkers who desire a deep, rich, premium coffee delivered on-demand through the convenient single serve method.
The entire Bel Etage product line, including the single serve filters, is available right now to coffee lovers at home or office by ordering directly from the Cafe Bel Etage website. Bel Etage, Italian style coffee is available in three roasts; Napoli dark roast, Venezia medium roast and Milano dark roast decaf. The coffee is also available in whole bean, ground for espresso or drip, ESE pods for use in commercial espresso machines.
Bel Etage is a blend of Arabica full-bodied coffee harvested from small haciendas in the Central American highlands, South America, East Africa and along the Malabar Coast of India. Since 1933, the beans have been carefully selected, roasted and slowly air-cooled in centuries-old European tradition.
Illycafe AG is located on the shore of Lake Zurich in the city of Thalwil in Switzerland. It was founded in 1939 in Thalwil by Carlo Seitz, Roberto Hausbrandt and Francesco Illy.

Oregon Olive Mill Announces Record Sales, Plans for Continued Development

Oregon Olive Mill, premier purveyor of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and home to the only estate olioteca in the Pacific Northwest, is proud to announce record sales in 2013 and plans for continued development of its extra virgin olive oil operation. New initiatives include Frantoio, a just released extra virgin olive oil, development of the first annual conference on cool climate fine olive growing to be held April 26 and 27, and a re-envisioned oil tasting experience launching this summer.

According to Oregon Olive Mill Master Miller and fourth generation farmer, Paul Durant, “We saw unprecedented demand last year and sold out of our oils earlier than ever before. Our new initiatives support my family’s larger vision, which is to propel extra virgin olive oil to its rightful place in the North American food scene. Extra virgin olive oil can elevate cuisine in an almost ethereal manner; yet it remains largely under appreciated by the average American consumer.”

Frantoio, the new single Italian varietal, joins a portfolio of three extra virgin olive oils — Tuscan, Arbequina and Koroneiki. Durant sources olives from his family’s 17-acre grove and prime sites in northern California, then mills and bottles them at the property’s estate olioteca. The oils are sold online at www.redridgefarms.com and at Red Ridge Farms for $18.95 per 375 ml bottle; additional sizes and gourmet gift boxes are also available.

The first annual Pacific Northwest Cool Climate Extra Virgin Olive Oil Conference will be held at Oregon Olive Mill on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27. The weekend will feature a technically focused program on Saturday including sessions on agronomy, cool climate varieties, a round table discussion on cultivating quality and more. The Sunday sessions, aimed at a broader audience, will explore creating an olive oil culture in the Pacific Northwest, extra virgin olive oil origin and labeling, and tasting and sensory analysis.

Cronut Creator to Host sofi Award Ceremony

Dominique Ansel, an internationally-acclaimed pastry chef and creator of treat sensation the Cronut®, a croissant-doughnut hybrid, will host the 42nd sofi™ Awards at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

Ansel, owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York, was voted one of Business Insider’s “Most Innovative People Under 40” in 2013 and has been a James Beard Award finalist for “Outstanding Pastry Chef” in 2013 and 2014. He previously was executive pastry chef at Restaurant Daniel, and was part of the team that won a three-star Michelin rating and garnered a four-star New York Times review. A native of France, his first cookbook, “Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes” (working title), will be released this October.

The sofi Awards are the top honor in the $88 billion specialty food industry. They recognize creativity, innovation and excellence in 32 categories, including chocolate, cheese and baked goods. Ansel will serve as keynote speaker and present the awards at a red-carpet ceremony on June 30, 2014.

The awards are the must-attend event at the Summer Fancy Food Show, the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages in North America. Owned and produced by the Specialty Food Association, the show will take place June 29 – July 1, 2014, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

“Chef Ansel brings craft, care, and joy to the wonderful food he creates,” says Association President Ann Daw. “Those are the same qualities that our sofi Award honorees bring to their innovative products.”

A devoted supporter of anti-hunger initiatives, Ansel will donate his speaking fee from the Specialty Food Association to City Harvest, the Fancy Food Show’s anti-hunger charity for 25 years. The chef is a member of City Harvest’s Food Council.

“Using my passion for food to help fight hunger, what better win-win situation is there than this? I am honored to be part of the sofi Awards and celebrate creativity in food while supporting City Harvest’s efforts to provide meals to those in need,” says Ansel.

“City Harvest appreciates its 25-year relationship with the Specialty Food Association and we are proud to partner again on this significant food rescue opportunity,” says Jilly Stephens, Executive Director of City Harvest. “We have rescued more than 1.75 million pounds of food from the Fancy Food Show and delivered it to hungry New Yorkers, and we are grateful for the support of Chef Ansel who will generously donate his speaking fee to support our work.”

Rogers Family Co. Files Lawsuit Against Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. For Alleged Anti-Competitive Single Serve Coffee Market Conduct

The Rogers Family Company, a family-owned, Lincoln-Calif.-based roaster, packager, grower and seller of gourmet coffee products, has filed a lawsuit against Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., formerly known as  Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.  and successor to GMCR’s former wholly-owned subsidiary, Keurig, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California for violations of federal and California antitrust and unfair competition laws.

Rogers’ lawsuit follows its victory in a ruling March 12 by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  The Court of Appeals rejected Keurig’s appeal and affirmed the U.S. District Court’s 2013 decision (District of Massachusetts) that granted Rogers summary judgment that it did not infringe Keurig patents and that Rogers’ OneCup single serve product is unique.  The Rogers Family Company (www.rogersfamilyco.com) launched OneCup – which uses a mesh filter instead of a plastic brewing pod – in fall 2011. The Rogers family last year launched OneCup BIO which is 97 percent biodegradable.

“We filed this lawsuit to end Keurig’s anticompetitive practices which deny consumers access to our and other competitors’ products,” said Rogers Family Company President Jon B. Rogers. “Our goal is to ensure that consumers in the single-serve coffee market have access to a free and open marketplace, in which they are provided the opportunity to select a wide range of products based upon whatever factors are most important to them, such as price, quality, and commitment to social and environmental responsibility.  No single company should be permitted to control consumer choice or prices through illegal, anti-competitive conduct.”

In the suit which will seek damages as determined by the trial,  The Rogers family alleges that Keurig has used its monopoly power in the single-serve coffee brewer and coffee pod markets to require its distribution partners to enter into exclusive anticompetitive agreements designed to maintain Keurig’s monopoly power by excluding competition.  In addition, Keurig has announced plans to launch a new line in 2014 of Single-Serve Brewers – Keurig 2.0 – that Keurig has stated will contain lockout technology to prevent Keurig 2.0 brewers from functioning with competitors’ coffee pod products. According to Keurig, the Keurig 2.0 brewers would replace its existing lines of Keurig brewers that function with competing coffee pod products.  In addition, Rogers’ lawsuit alleges that Keurig has made false, disparaging comments about Rogers’ coffee pod products and has already begun to try to persuade distributors and retailers not to purchase Rogers’ and other competitors’ coffee pods based on representations that they will not function with the forthcoming Keurig 2.0 brewers.

The Rogers Family Company asserts that Keurig’s actions have harmed and will continue to harm consumers by restricting consumer choice and by allowing Keurig to impose supra competitive prices for its pod products.

The legal case – which involves a $4 billion coffee company approximately 25 times larger than the relatively small Rogers Family Co. – has been followed nationally because of the high stakes not only for the industry but also for consumers.  The single-serve market is the fastest-growing segment of the multi-billion dollar coffee industry which is second only to oil as a commodity.

Keurig filed its lawsuit against Rogers in 2011.  And on May 24, 2013, U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV of the District of Massachusetts ruled that Rogers did not infringe the three patents asserted by Keurig.  Keurig appealed to the Federal Circuit.

“When Keurig sued us they told our customers and the industry that our products infringed their patents, that we copied their design and that consumers should not use our products,” added Jon B. Rogers. “I said that the Keurig complaint was without merit and the court agreed with my assessment and granted judgment in our favor on all claims.  This is a great victory not only for our customers but for all coffee consumers.”

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