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Johnsonville Sausage Expands Into Meatball Category

Johnsonville has developed an entirely new product line for the brand, bringing fully cooked and skillet-ready meatballs in three flavors – and sausage slices in two flavors – to the freezer section of grocers nationwide.

Johnsonville meatballs“Meatballs have been a family favorite but often are considered too time consuming to make. From the freezer to the oven, stove or even the microwave, our new meatballs and sausage slices offer our customers this popular protein in a flavorful and convenient option to enhance their pasta dishes, pizzas, sandwiches and appetizers,” said Johnsonville’s Valerie Zanchettin, Sr. Brand Manager.

Made with premium cuts of fresh pork and unique blends of herbs and spices, the new Johnsonville Meatballs and Sausage Slices are available in five delicious flavors and packaged in a re-sealable zipper bag that allows for multiple use while maintaining freshness and flavor. All five products are also free of MSG, artificial colors and flavors. The Johnsonville Sausage Slices are gluten free.

The new Johnsonville Meatballs (available in 24-ounce packages/28 meatballs to a package) and Johnsonville Sausage Slices (22-ounce package) retail for $7.99 and are being introduced to grocers nationwide over the next few months. Recipes are featured on the packages, as well as the company’s website: http://www.johnsonville.com/recipes.

The new product line includes:

Lee Kum Kee Spices Up Meal Time with Introduction of Sriracha Mayo Sauce

Lee Kum Kee today announced the availability of its newly launched Sriracha Mayo exclusively at well-known retailers throughout Hawaii. Joining its line of more than 200 authentic Asian sauces and condiments, Lee Kum Kee’s Sriracha Mayo is a must-have pantry essential, offering a unique flavor profile that adds a hint of heat to a much-beloved condiment.

“For 125 years Lee Kum Kee has been committed to offering great-tasting sauces that enable at-home cooks to make Chinese meals easily in their own kitchen, and the introduction of Sriracha Mayo is no different,” said Elaine Thai, Director of Marketing at Lee Kum Kee. “Building off the long-standing success of our Sriracha Chili Sauce, Sriracha Mayo combines traditional flavors of sriracha with the cool and creamy texture of mayo, to create a spicy yet versatile condiment that is sure to become a staple, especially in Hawaii.”

Taking the culinary trend of sriracha to new heights, Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo can be used as a complementary ingredient or standalone sauce to enhance the flavor of many of your favorite dishes—from sandwiches, to wraps, spreads and more. It’s also gluten-free, catering to the growing population of those with food allergies and sensitivities.

For a quick and easy way to incorporate Sriracha Mayo into your cooking, try this recipe for poke:

Ingredients:

  • Mixing Sauce:
    • 1 cup Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo
    • 2 tsp. soy sauce
    • 2 tsp. sesame oil
    • 2 tbsp. lime juice
    • 4 green onion stalks
    • 1 tsp. black and white sesame seeds, toasted
  • Poke:
    • 1 lb. tuna (sashimi grade)
    • ¼ tsp. Kosher salt
    • 3 tbsp. sauce

Directions:

  • Dice tuna into ½ inch cubes, season with salt, set aside
  • Cut green onions into thin rings, reserve half for garnishing
  • Combine remaining green onions, Sriracha Mayo, sesame oil and lime juice in a blender; puree until smooth
  • Combine tuna with sauce in a large bowl and mix well
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions

Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo ($4.99 SRP, 18-ounce) is available at retailers throughout Hawaii, including Don Quijote, Foodland and Times stores. For additional information and recipes, please visit www.LKK.com. For questions about distribution, please call 1-800-654-5082.

UrthBox Launches Monthly Subscription Service

 UrthBox, a monthly subscription service that helps consumers discover healthy foods and beverages, today announced its official launch. Each month, UrthBox members will be shipped a box of up to 20 hand-picked food and beverage products available in standard, gluten-free, diet, vegan or snacker options. Members may purchase more of what they love in local stores or in the UrthBox shop at special discounts.

“Longevity of life has a direct correlation to eating healthy and UrthBox is all about the ongoing discovery of healthy new foods and beverages,” said Ben Behrouzi, CEO of UrthBox.  “UrthBox is unique in that the service is not about monthly trail-mix type snacks but rather real foods, beverages and snacks that busy folks would love to discover and make a part of their lives.”

Each month, UrthBox members will receive hand-curated healthy products from existing and up-and-coming brands with an emphasis on organic, all natural and non-GMO products.  Each product undergoes a panel review of ingredients, sources, calories and nutritional benefits prior to selection.  Shipments are accompanied by a product summary that highlights each product’s benefits and notes specific local stores that carry the products.

For at home, on-the-go or at the office, UrthBox currently offers five box options including standard, gluten-free, vegan, diet and snacker.  Boxes start at just $19 a month and members do not pay a shipping fee. Subscribers can also purchase more of what they love at the UrthBox Shop or local stores with big member-only discounts.

“We’re truly excited at the opportunity to surprise members every month with innovative new products that keep health a priority in their daily lives,” said Behrouzi.

For November only, early bird customers will receive discounted pricing that UrthBox will grandfather in for the life of their membership.

To learn more or become a member, visit www.urthbox.com

Endangered Species Chocolate Welcomes New Director of Operations

Brent Robinson

Brent Robinson

Endangered Species Chocolate has announced that Brent Robinson has joined the company as its new Director of Operations.  Robinson will oversee all operations activities including production, sanitation and warehouse. He will be an integral part of the continued expansion of the company.

Robinson has worked in the food industry since graduating from Ball State University in 2002. He has extensive background in both quality and production and most recently served as an Operations Supervisor for Mead Johnson Nutrition in Zeeland, Mich.  He has received certifications from Barry Callebaut and AIB International, along with extensive training in LEAN manufacturing.  ESC feels confident that Robinson’s background will support the company’s growing product demand by increasing and improving operating efficiency.

“We are excited to add Robinson to our team,” says Curt Vander Meer, CEO of Endangered Species Chocolate.  “We feel confident that Robinson’s multi-layered experience in manufacturing will strongly support our company’s rapid growth strategy and launch of several new products in the upcoming year.”

Robinson is joining the company at a time when it’s experiencing continued growth in the natural food industry.  To keep up with this growth, the company is looking to extend its operations system with additional equipment and employees in the upcoming year. All these factors reflect the growing appeal of Endangered Species Chocolate.

“We’ve experienced more growth this year than we originally anticipated,” says Vander Meer. “We’re encouraged that this growth not only reflects that consumers love our product but also support our company’s core mission and 10 percent GiveBack.”

Gourmet Popcorn from 479° Hits the Shelves at Kroger Stores Nationwide

 479° today announced that its delectable, low-calorie popcorn will soon be available in more than 1,200 Kroger stores nationwide, including Kroger-owned banners such as Fred Meyer, QFC, King Soopers, and Ralphs. Starting in November 2013, store shelves will be stocked with big, beautiful snack bags containing the mouthwatering flavors 479° is known for, making the Kroger family of stores the first major retailer in the grocery channel to bring 479° to market.

To celebrate the partnership, Kroger will be the first to carry 479°’s newest flavor: Toasted Seaweed + Sesame. This on-trend snack features 479°’s signature light and fluffy organic heirloom popcorn, tossed with nutty sesame and flakes of lightly toasted seaweed.

In addition to Toasted Seaweed + Sesame, Kroger stores will offer the rest of 479°’s new product line: Sea Salt, White Cheddar + Black Truffle, Creamery Butter, and Sea Salt Caramel. All 479° products are made with organic heirloom popcorn, are gluten-free, non-GMO, and low in calories.

479° is dedicated to mindful business practices, quality products, and hand-picked ingredients. The company is committed to producing a sustainable product everyone can feel good about eating, while Kroger is innovating their chip aisle with snacks that taste better, and are better for you.

“We chose to partner with Kroger because their values align with ours,” says Jean Arnold, Founder of 479°. “It’s a perfect match. I’m so excited to bring our snacks to people around the country in partnership with Kroger.”

Saffron Road Introduces First-of-its-Kind All Natural Lamb Broth

Saffron Road, the packaged food brand of American Halal Co., is launching a premium all-natural, Halal-certified, gluten free lamb broth nationally at Whole Foods Market stores this month. Saffron Road’s Classic Culinary Lamb Broth celebrates the chef’s tradition of using culinary ingredients and kettle cooking – in particular, by incorporating pasture raised 100 percent vegetarian-fed lamb with hearty vegetables and rich, flavorful herbs, providing three grams of protein per serving. Saffron Road currently has three other broths in distribution, but the new lamb broth would not exist without the support and guidance of Whole Foods Market. The first-of-its-kind lamb broth will join the three other Saffron Road broths: Artisan Roasted Chicken Broth, Traditional Low Sodium Chicken Broth, and Classic Culinary Vegetable Broth.

Whether used with vegetables, in making homemade stews, soups and sauces, or to liven up leftovers, these culinary inspired broths enable consumers to add rich flavor to their own recipes. In addition to being a delicious time-saver, studies by the Weston Price Foundation show that Saffron Road’s broths can promote good digestion, strengthen joints and increase respiratory health.

“Saffron Road just set another unprecedented milestone – we are the first Halal lamb broth to be sold in the high-end Tetra package, which we believe is healthier than the mainstream soup can containers or stock cubes,” says Adnan Durrani, CEO of Saffron Road. “With the guidance of the Global Grocery Team at Whole Foods Market, we took that innovation up a notch further in culinary excellence; all of our broths also use a very delicate brew of pure Halal antibiotic-free gelatin and naturally vitamin-infused herbs and roasted vegetables, bringing an unmatched robust flavor and quality to our broths that home chefs can really celebrate. Our consumers have been eagerly requesting a Saffron Road Lamb Broth, so we are thrilled to be able to meet this need.”

“The popularity of our broths has been growing over time, as they have won awards and grown in consumer acceptance. Being able to partner with Whole Foods Market on such a unique and delicious item has been a great partnership – and just in time for the busy holiday cooking season,” added Jack Acree, Executive Vice President of Saffron Road.

The new lamb broth is currently available exclusively at select Whole Foods Markets.

Market Street to Host Entertaining Made Easy Expo

Market Street guests will get help making the holiday season stress-free at this weekend’s “Entertaining Made Easy” expo. The Saturday-Sunday (Nov. 9-10) event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at all 11 Market Street locations.

During the expo, guests will have the opportunity to taste a variety of holiday dishes at sampling stations set up throughout the store, as well as collect ideas for party trays, gift baskets and holiday meal menus. Additionally, floral and dish departments will exhibit ways to make the holidays more festive.

“Whether you’re entertaining others or celebrating with loved ones, our Market Street teams want to help guests prepare and enjoy the holidays by creating a one-stop shopping experience,” said Wes Jackson, chief merchandising officer for United Supermarkets, LLC, owner of Market Street. “We are excited to show guests how easy holiday planning can be.”

At the expo, guests can expect samplings of products such as:

  • Praline sweet potatoes,
  • Cornbread stuffing,
  • Herb giblet gravy,
  • Cranberry relish,
  • Cheese balls,
  • Sausage balls,
  • Hot glazed cocktail sandwiches,
  • Sourdough bread,
  • Charred onion dip,
  • Hot artichoke and sundried tomato spread,
  • Caramelized crème brulee,
  • Fruit cake loaf,
  • Sea salt and pepper smoked salmon and cream cheese snacks,
  • Pulled pork sliders.

For more information visit www.marketstreetunited.com.

Denali Flavors to Unveil Two New Ice Creams

West Michigan-based Denali Flavors, developers of the legendary Moose Tracks ice cream, will unveil two brand new flavors at the International Dairy Show, held at McCormick Place in Chicago on November 3-6.

Hazelnut Moose Tracks is a rich combination of hazelnut-flavored ice cream, hazelnut-filled mini chocolate cups and loads of world renowned Moose Tracks Fudge. Salty Caramel Caribou features salty toffee-flavored ice cream, with salty caramel-filled mini milk chocolate cups and luscious Denali Salty Caramel Fudge.

Both new flavors will be available for sampling by Dairy Show attendees at booth number 1931.

“Hazelnut Moose Tracks and Salty Caramel Caribou have come to life as a result of some distinct trends we’re seeing not so much in ice cream, but in the dessert category itself,” said Neal Glaeser, President of Denali Flavors. “Moose Tracks Fudge has always been a balance of sweet and salty, and now we’re seeing that trend emerge more widely in cupcakes and snacks. We also see hazelnut growing in popularity, perhaps as a result of the growing specialty coffee beverage trend.”

“We’ll have a prime audience of ice cream industry folks gathered at the International Dairy Show next month so it’s the perfect opportunity to gather some valuable feedback on these new flavors we’re excited to introduce,” added Glaeser,

The Original Moose Tracks ice cream flavor was introduced in the mid-80′s by husband and wife entrepreneurs Wally and June Blume. Since that time it has gone on to become one of the top-selling flavors of premium ice cream in the country. Denali Flavors subsequently developed more than 30 flavors including Bear Claw®, Bear Foot®, Mother Lode®, and Caramel Caribou Moose Tracks.

Celebrate the Holidays with Healthy Habits

There’s no need to forego favorite family recipes, even if following a diet. With the right ingredient substitutions, like House Foods Tofu, beloved holiday meals will make the transition flawlessly. House Foods Tofu is highly versatile, easy to cook with, and is ideal for many genres of food. High in protein and nutrient-packed, it’s a health conscious food choice to replace meats, mayonnaise, or cream cheese. Instead of the classically fattening macaroni and cheese side, replace it with House Foods Tofu Mac’n’Cheese. With only 7 grams of fat and 12 grams of protein, it’s an easy swap that the whole family will enjoy!

Tofu Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Ingredients

House Foods Tofu Mac 'n'Cheese½ package of House Foods Premium Tofu Firm or Organic Firm, strained
1 box elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons of onions
½ cup Greek yogurt
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon butter
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
dash paprika
pepper to taste

 

Directions

1. Cook and strain macaroni noodles and set aside.
2. Sauté onions in pan until golden brown.
3. Combine all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth.
4. Mix cheese sauce and macaroni noodles in a large pot over low heat until all noodles are coated with sauce and heated thoroughly. Serve warm.

 

Note:
Optional: Serve with parmesan cheese for extra flavor.

Serves 8.

Want something uncommon for the family table? Try the Soba Noodle Salad with Tofu, a vibrant and healthy vegan recipe with Asian flavors that complement tofu. House Foods Tofu is perfect to incorporate into a diet to feel satisfied and reap the benefits of soy.

Soba Noodle Salad with Tofu

House Foods Soba Noodle Salad with TofuIngredients

1 House Foods Premium Tofu or Organic Tofu, Extra Firm, patted dry and cut into ½ inch strips
8 oz. soba noodles, uncooked
1 medium cucumber, cut into 1/8-inch-thick julienne strips
1 medium bell peppers, julienned
Dressing:
1/3 cup sushi rice vinegar
¼ cup lime juice
2 ½ tbsp. sesame oil
2 tbsp. soy sauce
3 tsp. sugar
2 tbsp. ginger, minced
2 tbsp. scallions, minced
2 tbsp. roasted sesame seeds

 

Directions

1. Cook noodles in a large pot following package directions
2. Drain noodles and rinse well under cold water. Set aside and refrigerate.
3. Spray oil on a non-stick pan and grill tofu. Set aside and refrigerate.
4. Whisk all ingredients for dressing.
5. Toss together noodles, cucumber, and red bell pepper.
6. Add tofu strips and mix well.

Serves 6.

 

Auctions of Hostess Brands’ Assets Nationwide Begin

Rabin Worldwide Inc, a San Francisco industrial auction company, in conjunction with Capital Recovery Group, a Connecticut industrial auction and appraisal firm, will conduct multiple auctions for the remaining assets of former Hostess factories on behalf of Hackman Capital Partners. After Hostess Brands ceased operations in November 2012, many of its brands and factories, such as Twinkies and Wonder Bread, were immediately sold to competitive producers. Hostess Brands later won court approval to sell the rest of its assets at auction and Hackman Capital Partners purchased the remaining real estate, bakery equipment, and fleet assets located in 34 states.

In addition to seven complete Hostess factories that produced Twinkies, Cupcakes, and Wonder Bread, the auction will include more than 3000 trucks and trailers at over 90 additional locations. Many of these trucks were responsible for delivering Twinkies and other treats from the regional distribution centers to local convenience stores. A series of factory auctions will be held both online and live over the next 3 months beginning October 30 in Los Angeles. The remaining auctions will be held in St. Louis, Cincinnati, Oakland and Philadelphia.

“The amount of interest in these auctions is unprecedented,” said Richard Reese, President of Rabin Worldwide. “The nostalgia for Hostess Brands has attracted a lot of attention to the sales, and we hope it will strengthen bidding. Many of us Boomers who had brown bag lunches at school had our sandwiches made on Wonder Bread and our favorite Hostess treat for dessert,” Reese reminisced.

Rabin Worldwide and the Capital Recovery Group specialize in multiple location liquidations throughout North America. Similar auctions include Braniff Airlines, Montgomery Ward, and the Railway Express Agency. Complete listings and auction schedules can be found online at rabin.com.