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Enjoy Life Foods Tantalizes Taste Buds with Three New Baked Chewy Bars

Enjoy Life Foods is launching three new flavors joining its line of Baked Chewy Bars: Caramel Blondie, Carrot Cake and Lemon Blueberry Poppy Seed. The launch follows Enjoy Life’s steadfast portfolio expansion across multiple aisles of the grocery store as it fuels the growth of the Free-From industry, which is projected to reach $20 billion by 2020.

“The foundation of our brand is to give the millions of people with food allergies quality products, but it’s equally as important that our offerings are delicious with knockout flavors that today’s shoppers will gravitate towards,” said Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Joel Warady. “Our new Baked Chewy Bars are crafted with innovative ingredients that are perfect for the health-conscious consumer, and the authentic flavors are great options for breakfast, a mid-day snack or a post-dinner indulgence. From bars to baking mixes, we’re taking over the center aisles so when people see our logo they know that they’re getting a superior product without the worry of what’s inside.”

The new Baked Chewy Bars are packed with pure and simple ingredients, featuring real inclusions and a proprietary Pure Life Balanced Dry Blend™ (hulled sunflower kernels, cassava flour, white pearled-grain sorghum flour, quinoa flakes). As with all Enjoy Life products, the new bars are made in a dedicated nut-free and gluten-free bakery, are certified gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified, kosher- and halal-certified, and are free-from the top eight common food allergens: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy.

They’re offered in three flavors. Caramel Blondie offers the sweet sensation of caramel bits and chocolate chips in every bite, while Carrot Cake brings sweet and spicy flavor notes derived from real shredded carrots, hull-roasted pumpkin seeds and California raisins. Lemon Blueberry Poppy Seed offers tangy and light lemon combined with bold blueberry,

The new Baked Chewy Bars will ship to natural and conventional retail stores in July with a retail price of $4.29 per carton. Each carton contains five 1.15-ounce bars, an increase from the original line’s 1-ounce sizes.

Retail Confectioners International Inducts Four New Members to Board

Retail Confectioners International (RCI) inducted four new members to its board of directors during RCI’s Annual Convention & Industry Expo in Lombard, Illinois.

Each June RCI inducts new board members and recognizes the years of service from members whose terms are expiring. Joining the ranks of confectionery leaders throughout the association’s 100-year anniversary, RCI welcomed the following members to its 2017-2018 board of directors:

  • Erika Dietsch Brokamp, Dietsch Brothers, Findlay, Ohio
  • Anna Dolle Bushnell, Dolle’s Candyland, Inc., Ocean City, Maryland
  • Pam Hartley, Joy Lyn’s Candies, Paradise, California
  • Kate McAleer, Bixby & Co., Rockland, Maine

Additionally, Steve Vande Walle of Vande Walle’s Candies in Appleton, Wisconsin, was inducted to serve as the 2017-2018 President of the board of directors, and Joe Reiser of Winans Fine Chocolates + Coffees was inducted as the Third Vice President.

“It is truly an exciting time to be RCI’s president of the board of directors,” says Vande Walle. “I look forward to welcoming the fresh ideas and perspectives of the new board members as we continue our mission of serving the needs of retail chocolate and candy makers.”


Chimay Introduces Chimay Grande Reserve Barrel Aged Rhum Edition

For the first time, Chimay has utilized its original Christmas brew, Chimay Grande Réserve, with triple fermentation and maturation in wooden barrels to create their latest addition to the Chimay Trappist family — Chimay Grande Réserve Barrel Aged Rhum Edition. The flavor profile of this brew not only embodies its original characteristics of Grande Réserve with a fresh yeast fragrance, slight notes of caramel and vanilla, but also builds the profile to include an incomparable rounded, oak flavor.

The unique triple fermentation process starts during the brewing process, then in the wood cask, and lastly in the bottle. For this specific batch, rhum-aged barrels were used to create the third round of Chimay Grande Réserve Barrel Aged Rhum Edition. This edition from February 2017 boasts an excellent blend of characters of Chimay Grande Réserve and Rum. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this Belgian strong ale is an exceptional ale with 10.5 percent alcohol by volume.

Chimay Grande Réserve Barrel Aged is available in the 75 cl (25.4 fl. oz.) bottle format only and is ideally served at cellar temperature (50 to 54°F). It is currently available in the United States (depending on geographic location), and is a rotating item which means it will not be available year-round.

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