The California Artisan Cheese Festival, California’s premier cheese event, announces the participants and details for the final events of the festival: Bubbles & Brunch and the Artisan Cheese Tasting and Marketplace on Sunday, March 25. The multi-course brunch features a cheese-centric cooking demonstration by Chef Sergio Monleón of La Marcha, a critically acclaimed Spanish tapas bar in Berkeley, bubbles by Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, and early admission into the main event of the day, the Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace.
Both events will take place at the Festival’s new, bigger location, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Santa Rosa. The popular weekend festival, taking place March 23-25, features an array of seminars, tours and tastings, and is expected to attract more than 2,500 guests. Tickets are now available at www.artisancheesefestival.com.
Divine Chocolate, the only chocolate company which is fair trade and co-owned by cocoa farmers, has redesigned its packaging for the first time in five years. The refresh is intended to make the company’s bars stand out on shelves and communicate their brand story more effectively.
The redesign includes a new embossed “Owned by Cocoa Farmers” seal on the bars. After extensive brand research, Divine Chocolate found that one in 10 consumers were more likely to buy Divine Chocolate because of its new seal. Troy Pearley, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Divine Chocolate North America says, “At the end of the day, the reason why people buy Divine Chocolate is because it’s seriously good chocolate. Additionally, with our new pack design, we have a strong opportunity to inspire consumers by highlighting the fact that the farmer ownership model is at the heart of our business.”
Other modifications to the front of pack design include changing the adinkra symbols to a uniform color so that customers can more easily navigate their range, switching chocolate bar’s descriptors’ color to white text for improved legibility, and placing cocoa percentages on the front of bars for consumers interested in cocoa content.
“High cocoa flavored bars have been growing fast as chocolate explorers discover new and exciting ways to enjoy the benefits of higher cocoa such as richer taste and lower sugar,” explains Senior Marketing Manager, Liz Miller, about the choice to include cocoa percentages on the front of the packaging.
The back of the bars also include new certifications from The Vegan Society and B Corporation as well as new placement of the Non-GMO Project seal. Additional markers include simplified product claims such as no artificial ingredients, all natural, 100 percent pure cocoa butter, and no palm oil or soy. A recent analysis of market researchers at Nielsen have found that products with non-GMO claims have seen a +18.2 percent boost in sales while products free from artificial colors and flavors have received a +16.2 percent increase in the last five years.
There’s something about the concept of protein-rich food bowls that brings out the best in our appetites. A hearty, steaming hot bowl – whether a sunny Mediterranean pasta, a comforting American stew or a spicy Asian curry – promises abundant flavors, an inviting variety of textures and a nourishing, satisfying balance of complete vegetables, carbohydrates and proteins.
Unfortunately, because food bowls are traditionally made with beef or chicken stock bases and almost always include meat, they’ve often been off-limits to vegetarians and vegans.
Over the last decade, as national culinary tastes have become more adventurous and schedules have become more demanding, Atlantic Natural Foods has responded with its signature innovation and creativity. Its new Loma Linda® Blue line features shelf-stable, ready to heat-and-eat pouches of vegan-friendly international bowl-style meals, made with clean, plant protein, and 100 percent non-GMO ingredients from around the world.
These Loma Linda Blue pouches are not only deliciously satisfying, they’re microwaveable and ready to eat in just 60 seconds. (They can also be made on the stovetop – just boil the unopened pouch in water for five minutes – perfect for camping!) Available in ten varieties – everything from exotic Thai Curry and Tikka Masala to elegant Italian Bolognese and Mediterranean Tomato & Olive, to the down-home comfort of good old American Hearty Stew – each recipe is made with an irresistible, nourishing balance of pasta or grain and vegetables, tossed in an authentically seasoned, flavor-forward sauce, and topped off with a signature plant-based meat alternative protein as the star of the dish.
Because they’re shelf-stable, they’re easy to keep on hand and even easier to take with you on-the-go. They’re perfect for everyone from busy families, hikers and college students to people looking for healthy, convenient and delicious meat-free lunches at the office.