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Straight From The Root Brings Sous Vide into the Spotlight with Ready-to-Eat Vegetables

Straight From The Root is bringing the French style of sous vide cooking to American kitchens with USDA organic, cut and fully cooked vegetables. Unlike most cooking methods which require vegetables to be cooked at high temperatures causing them to lose up to 30 percent of their nutrients, Straight From The Root vegetables are cooked at a much lower temperature to preserve nutrients, taste and texture.

sousvideveggiesStraight From The Root’s sous vide cooking method involves submerging a BPA-free, vacuum-sealed bag of cut, organic vegetables in heated water to cook them completely. The bags are then blanched in an ice bath to stop the cooking process, resulting in tender, flavorful vegetables that are evenly cooked and never mushy.  The bag traps nutrients, vitamins and minerals and also allows the vegetables to stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 45 days after purchase. Even better — you’ll only find one ingredient in all Straight From The Root products: vegetables. Straight From The Root never adds oils, spices, salt, or anything else for that matter. With vegetables that taste this good, there’s no need.

“We aim to create the most convenient, cleanest way to get your vegetables every day,” says Founder and President Paul Lagudi. “We understand that people often shy away from buying, prepping and cooking vegetables, especially on busy weeknights. Great quality, healthy food doesn’t need to be a hassle or a mess. Straight From The Root offers preservative-free and organic produce that can be eaten straight from the bag, warmed over a stove or heated up in a microwave in under a minute.”

After relocating from Australia to Nevada, Lagudi started in the produce industry with a small vegetable company that rapidly grew into the largest supplier of cut vegetables in Las Vegas. On a trip to Europe, Paul was struck by the way European chefs used the sous vide method to make deliciously tender and flavorful meats and fish. Inspired, he teamed up with his daughter, Paulina Lagudi, and together they developed Straight From The Root to innovate the grocery store produce section and offer a better alternative for American consumers.

Straight From The Root’s current product lineup includes Baby Carrots, Red Beets, Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash and Honey Gold Potatoes. The product line is available in select Ralphs, Smith’s and Whole Foods stores.

Ethel M Chocolates Brings Back Original 1932 Mars Bar

Ethel M Chocolates, a Nevada-based subsidiary of Mars, Inc., has revived the beloved classic Mars Bar under its label.

Mars BarManufactured in 1932 by Frank C. Mars, the Mars Bar was known for its “honest to goodness” milk chocolate, creamy nougat, and whole toasted almonds. Until now, the Mars Bar has only been continuously available outside of the United States.

“The Mars Bar is a favorite among chocolate lovers everywhere,” said Oren Young, General Manager of Ethel M Chocolates. “That’s why we wanted to bring back this nostalgic treat in its original form, by using the unique, hand-crafted touch that only Ethel M can offer.”

On Sept. 7, 2017, Ethel M Chocolates partnered with Fremont Street Experience in classic Downtown Las Vegas for a product launch.  During the event, Ethel M Chocolates provided free samples of the candy bar and captured visitor’s reactions to the product. Patrons passing by showed their “Mars Bar Face,” paying homage to vintage Mars Bar ads. The world’s largest digital Mars Bar, measuring 1,500 feet in length, was also displayed on the prominent Fremont Street canopy.

“Downtown Las Vegas was the perfect place for us to relaunch the Mars Bar,” said Young. “This was the original Vegas Strip, and while it has a modern look, it still has that iconic feel, which is what we want to accomplish with the relaunch of the Mars Bar under the Ethel M brand.”

Folgers Launches Gourmet Coffee Line

The fall beverages that coffee enthusiasts long for year-round have officially made their way back onto menus. It may come as a surprise that many of these seasonal favorites do not contain the ingredients their names imply. Enter Folgers® Simply Gourmet™ Coffee, a new line that maintains the perfect balance of 100 percent Arabica coffee and real, natural flavors.

Folgers Simply Gourmet coffee gives coffee lovers the opportunity to enjoy delicious, natural flavored coffee, and to recreate their favorite fall coffee recipes with no artificial flavors. One hundred percent premium Arabica beans are perfectly paired and balanced with natural flavors to create the following flavored coffees – Natural Vanilla, Natural Cinnamon, Natural Chocolate, Natural Caramel, Natural Chocolate Raspberry and Natural Mint.

To help showcase the flavors of the six, new Folgers Simply Gourmet flavored coffees, the brand enlisted esteemed Celebrity Chef and Food Network Personality, Alex Guarnaschelli, to serve as the Folgers Simply Gourmet Real Barista. Guarnaschelli will use each flavor to purposefully recraft popular coffee drinks and inspire new recipes using flavors that taste delicious.

From Cinnamon Pumpkin Pie Spice Lattes and Caramel Horchatas to Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Parfaits and Vanilla Coffee Sweet Potato Puree, Guarnaschelli’s Folgers Simply Gourmet coffee-inspired recipes could woo any coffee-obsessed heart or foodie’s soul, available on Folgers.com.

“To earn a favorable rating from me as a judge, you must understand balance and be thoughtful when it comes to choosing and pairing recipe ingredients,” says Guarnaschelli. “Folgers Simply Gourmet coffee made the conceptualization and development of these fall recipes easy for me, given how the brand prioritized natural flavors above all else. Coffee has never been trendier than it is right now, so I think it’s important that Folgers has taken the initiative to create and provide coffee drinkers with six natural flavored coffees that have a decadent taste and aroma.”

Every fall there is a flurry of flavored coffee activity, and Folgers wanted to provide a natural flavored coffee option to satisfy consumers’ taste preferences without the use of artificial ingredients. Coffee drinkers have the opportunity to experience their favorite fall coffees in a more authentic, and balanced way with the new Folgers Simply Gourmet coffee.

Available in 10-ounce packages in select markets nationwide for an average retail price of $5.99, Folgers Simply Gourmet coffee can be enjoyed using various brewing methods including automatic drip, pour over and French press.

 

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