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Escape to Italy Tonight with Carmelina

MangiaWhen it comes to quality, value and tradition, nothing compares to the simple goodness of Carmelina ‘e…San Marzano® Italian Tomatoes and Carmelina Brands® Italian Beans.

Produced and imported from southern Italy, Mangia, Inc.™ takes pride in producing superior ingredients that are all-natural and non-GMO Project Verified and contain no added salt, sugars or preservatives.

With one of the cleanest ingredient statements on the shelf, Carmelina ‘e…San Marzano Italian Tomatoes and Carmelina Brands Italian Beans offer chefs and families quality, flavorful ingredients that they can feel good about bringing to the table. Products are available in retail sizes (14.28 and 28 ounces), foodservice size (91 ounces) and industrial size (drums).

For more information, email info@mangiainc.com, call 866.462.6442, or visit www.carmelinabrands.com.

Maruso Black Bean Soy Sauce: Thick Enough to Stick

Maruso SoySometimes you just need that go-to sauce that covers all the bases for taste and for versatility. Maruso Thick Black Bean Soy Sauce could be that sauce for your customers.

Maruso Soy Sauce is gluten-free, brewed from non-GMO black soy beans and naturally low in sodium. Its thick consistency and unique taste gives Maruso Soy Sauce added versatility as a cooking sauce and as a condiment. Plus that consistency means it clings to food, so you can brush it, dip it, or drizzle it on anything.

For more adventurous palates, the experience of Maruso Ghost Pepper Soy Sauce might add the little kick to food that those customers are searching for.

For more than a century, Taiwanese households have enjoyed one of Asia’s finest soy sauces. It has been produced using the same, all-natural process by the same family. Now it’s available in the United States as Maruso Soy Sauce.

Your customers will reach for Maruso time and time again as their gourmet alternative to traditional soy sauce in Asian and non-Asian cuisines. Visit www.marusoy.com or call 909-636-2152 for more information.

Free for All Kitchen: New Gluten-Free Crackers from Partners

PartnersProductFeatureSince 1992, Marian Harris, founder and creative spirit of all Partners products, has spent countless hours blending high quality, all natural ingredients to create delicious wholesome baked crackers, cookies and granola. Her new gluten-free crackers are no exception.

“I was looking for an alternative to the heavily processed gluten-free crackers in the marketplace that rely on rice fillers,” Harris said. “Our new gluten-free crackers are made from cassava root flour and a blend of five ancient grains: amaranth, quinoa, millet, sorghum, and teff. It’s a flavorful cracker that, by virtue of its ingredients, happens also to be gluten-free.”

These ancient grain crackers are available in three of Partners’ most popular flavors: Roasted Garlic & Rosemary, Olive Oil & Sea Salt, and Olive Oil & Herb; in 5.5-ounce deli trays, 5-ounce snack cartons, and 0.75 oz individual snack packs, all of which are non-GMO and certified kosher.

Visit www.partnerscrackers.com for more information.

Private Spring Water Bottles Your Business

Private Spring Water resavedPrivate Spring Water is here to bottle your business! The company’s mission is to increase the exposure of your brand by communicating and sending a message to your customers through your company’s logo, tag line or mission statement.

The company provides free warehousing, multiple FOB points, national distribution, complete in-house services including unmatched client services, as well as hotel and foodservice programs, state-of-the-art design solutions, customized label packages and also full wrap, semi-gloss and labels ranging from 3D to clear, foil and poly.

For more information visit www.privatespringwater.com.

Say Goodbye to Butter, Say Hello to Melt

Prosperity Organic FoodsButter lovers rejoice! There is now a rich, creamy and versatile improvement for those looking to make great tasting and healthy choices. Melt Organic is a luscious butter improvement. It is a new form of spread that is truly good for you. Melt Spreads sizzle, drizzle, sauté, and bake beautifully just like butter, but with half the saturated fat and fewer calories.

Melt Organics feature organic virgin coconut oil—the healthiest, unprocessed saturated fat—blended with organic flaxseed, palm fruit, canola and high-oleic sunflower oils. All the ingredients are ethically sourced to ensure optimal healthful qualities, social responsibility and sustainable farming practices. Melt Organic is made from all-natural and pure ingredients that are certified organic, non-GMO, kosher, and fair trade. Each Melt Organic variety is soy-free, gluten-free and dairy- or lactose-free. In addition, Melt Organics does not contain artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

For more information, visit www.meltbutteryspread.com.

Milkshake-Style Shooters Make a Memorable New Year’s Eve Party Drink

Looking for a festive new drink to wow your guests at this year’s New Year Eve party? Surprise them with scrumptious ice cream-based Vanilla Mocha Latte Shooters. Infused with Nielsen-Massey’s fine extracts and garnished with vanilla sugar this delicious drink packs a flavorful and festive punch in a single shot glass for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party.

“Most people know that our products add flavor and distinction to food and desserts, but using our extracts in drinks is an easy way to quickly add layers of flavor to beverages,” said Craig Nielsen, CEO of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. “These shooters are a fun and whimsical way to dazzle your guests with this delectable, creamy creation.”

Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate and Coffee Extracts as well as Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract are universally loved flavors that bring a new dimension not only to food but also to beverages. In Vanilla Mocha Latte Shooters, the extracts are added to vodka, then chilled in the freezer. Pure Chocolate Extract imparts dark chocolate flavor and subtle, cocoa distinction while Pure Coffee Extract enhances the drink with full-bodied flavor from fine coffee beans. Rounding out these stronger flavors is Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract, a delicate vanilla featuring floral, fruity, cherry-like notes.

Vanilla-Mocha-Latte Shooters

(Serves 8)

Ingredients

½ tsp Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract

½ tsp Nielsen-Massey Pure Coffee Extract

½ tsp Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract

½ cup chilled vodka

2 Tbsp Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar (for rimming glasses)

½ cup heavy cream

3 cups firmly packed vanilla ice cream (about 6 large scoops)

Directions

In a small bowl, combine chocolate, coffee and vanilla extracts and vodka; cover and place in freezer until chilled.

In a small shallow bowl, add just enough water to moisten glass rims. In an additional small shallow bowl, add vanilla sugar. Dip each shooter glass rim into water and then into sugar; set aside.

Add cream and ice cream to an electric blender container, cover and blend on high, about 10 seconds. Add chilled vodka-mixture, cover and blend until smooth. Pour milkshake mixture into a piping bag or a large glass measuring cup and carefully fill 8 (2.5-ounce) glasses. Serve.

Once chilled, the unique vodka and extract mixture is combined with heavy cream and ice cream for milkshake-like body and texture. To serve, shot glasses are rimmed with Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar, which is a flavorful blend of gourmet baker’s sugar and the most exquisite vanilla. Divide the milkshake mixture among eight shot glasses, and you have perfect potables to ring in the New Year.

Teatulia Organic Teas Partners with Top Mixologists to Capitalize on Cocktail Trend

 Tea cocktails are showing up more often on the drink menu, and Teatulia Organic Teas is helping to pioneer this trend.

According to the Sterling-Rice Group, a communications, strategy, and consultancy firm located in Boulder, Colo., a top food trend in 2014 is using tea outside of the cup and in dinner, dessert, and cocktail recipes. Chefs have found a hidden treasure that comes with using tea in cocktails. It adds depth and creates a unique flavor profile that cannot be recreated using traditional mixers, liquors or liqueurs. 

Recognizing the benefit of using teas in their cocktails, many fine dining restaurants have partnered with Teatulia to create award-winning recipes. “It’s exciting that top mixologists across the country have come to us to create such original drinks,” says CEO and Co-founder Linda Appel Lipsius.

One winter cocktail developed by Kevin Burke, one of Denver’s top mixologists working at Colt and Gray, is the Swedish Toddy featuring Teatulia’s Tulsi Infusion Tea, a full-bodied black tea with a rich, spicy finish. The Swedish Toddy incorporates a Scandinavian spirit called aquavit known for its distinct flavor derived from the spices and herbs used in it.

“I have seen a renewed interest in using tea in cocktails that coincides with the resurgence of serving old school punches,” says Burke. “I enjoy putting tea into cocktails because it is a chance to layer in new flavors and textures.  Teatulia Organic Teas, in general, aligns with my drink-making palate because of their precision in flavor and brightness of their profiles.”

Godiva Chocolate Maker Buys DeMet’s Candy Company

Brynwood Partners V L.P. announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell its investment in DeMet’s Candy Company for $221 million to Yildiz Holdings A.S., owner of the Godiva® chocolate brand. The transaction is expected to close in January 2014.

DeMet’s Candy, headquartered in Stamford, Conn., is a manufacturer and marketer of premium priced chocolate confection products under the Turtles®, Treasures®, and Flipz® brands. Since its formation in 2007 by Brynwood V, DeMet’s Candy has significantly expanded its sales, production, and profitability. All of the DeMet’s brands were acquired by Brynwood Partners from Nestlé USA in separate transactions. DeMet’s Candy employs approximately 200 people and operates two manufacturing facilities in the U.S. During Brynwood V’s ownership, the company built one of these plants, bringing approximately 150 jobs to Big Flats, N.Y. while significantly investing in and upgrading the other. After the closing, Peter Wilson, the company’s CEO, will be joining Brynwood Partners VII L.P., Brynwood Partners’ most recently raised fund. The rest of DeMet’s Candy’s management team will remain with the company.

“We are delighted to announce the divestiture of DeMet’s Candy,” said Hendrik J. Hartong III, Chairman, DeMet’s Candy and Senior Managing Partner, Brynwood Partners. “This investment highlights Brynwood Partners’ unique operational capabilities in the private equity sector. We originally formed DeMet’s Candy in 2007 to acquire the Turtles brand in the U.S. from NestléUSA and combined it with the Flipz brand, which we had acquired from Nestlé USA in 2004. After forming DeMet’s Candy we quickly hired a management team, with whom we have worked collaboratively, to create significant shareholder value. We are grateful to DeMet’s Candy’s management team and all of the hard working employees in the manufacturing plants for their tireless efforts under our ownership. We wish Yildiz success with this outstanding company.”

New Market Study Predicts Growth for Chocolate Industry

A new market study by Lucintel predicts that the U.S. chocolate industry will experience moderate growth and reach an estimated $19.3 billion in 2018. Innovation of new products in dark chocolate and milk chocolate segment with new flavors and low calorie (such as sugar-free) chocolates will increase the growth of retail chocolate industry. Occasion and celebration is a factor that impacts the selling and production of chocolate and ultimately leads the increased company revenue which boosts industry growth.

Among the challenges faced by the industry are rising prices for raw materials, expecially for cocoa beans, intermittent supply shortages and a lack of efficient distribution channels in emerging markets. Growth for the industry will come from increasing consumer expenditure for chocolates and improving per capita income. As per the study, 73.9 percent of total U.S. population, i.e., 234 million consumers, love to eat chocolates irrespective of gender. Hectic lifestyle of consumers and innovative chocolate products doubling as health supplement, chocolate for the diet conscious, low calorie chocolates etc. lead to significant market growth. Consumer awareness of brands, gifting in celebrations and various occasion, and increasing hectic lifestyle of consumers are all expected to drive industry growth.

The Lucintel study is titled, “US Chocolate Industry 2013-2018: Trend, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis,” and for more information, visit www.lucintel.com.

Cabot Creamery Rewards Volunteers with Cruise

On January 11, 50 volunteers will embark on the trip of a lifetime. They, along with a guest, will board the Celebrity Cruises® SUMMIT for an all-expense-paid, six-day, seven-night Caribbean Cruise organized in their honor, courtesy of the 1,200 farm families who own Cabot Creamery Cooperative. The farmer-owners of Cabot have presented the Cabot Community Celebrity Award program since 2010 to recognize individuals from across the nation who have made a difference in their communities.

“For the past four years, the Cabot Community Celebrity Awards have honored the powerful achievements and contributions of select volunteers,” says Rich Stammer, Cabot President and CEO. “Partnering with major market media and national organizations, we spotlight those who serve others with little thought of personal recognition, and reward them with the trip of a lifetime. Our Community Celebrity Awards seek to redefine what ‘true celebrity’ really means.”

In the eyes of the farm families of Cabot, true celebrities are folks like Sean Evans. Evans, a resident of Moore, Okla., founded Serve Moore after the horrific tornados that devastated the town in May. He developed a website to help coordinate relief efforts, connecting resources and thousands of volunteers to bring aid and comfort to the victims of the storm.

And people like Tawanda and Robert Jones from Camden, N.J., who founded the Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team to serve the children of one of America’s most consistently impoverished and crime-ridden cities. Since founding the group in 1986, the couple provided a constructive outlet that has helped guide the lives of more than 4,000 of the city’s children.

“There are so many stories here of everyday people doing remarkable things in their communities. Stories of people who spend their weekends building dream bedrooms for kids with cancer, who spend their nights collecting food and goods for the hungry and homeless, who spend their days mentoring a child growing up alone in poverty,” says Stammer. “They truly deserve this.”

The Cabot Community Celebrity Award Cruise departs San Juan, Puerto Rico and stops in Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas, before returning to San Juan. Round trip airfare for the Cabot Community Celebrities and their guests is also included.

“We want them to exhale and let their worries and pressures escape, to relax, recharge, and celebrate, so they can go back to their communities refreshed and ready to do more,” Stammer said. “And hopefully, inspire others to do the same.”

Cabot is able to spotlight those who serve their communities with little or no regard for personal recognition by partnering with AARP Create the GoodPoints of Light and working with an ever-growing list of highly conscious non-profit organizations like Habitat For HumanitySt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and  The DREAM Program. And once again this year, several of Cabot’s Community Celebrity Award recipients were selected from local radio stations that help Cabot spread the word on the valuable work volunteers do each day across the nation. Still others were selected from Cabot community relations programs, like the Reward Volunteers iPhone App, the mobile app a computer widget that enables volunteers to track their time serving non-profits, and to win great prizes and cash for themselves and the organizations they serve.

For more information on the Cabot Community Celebrity Award Cruise, or to learn more about true community celebrities, visit:www.cabotcelebritycruise.com

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