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Buddy Squirrel Offering All-Natural Honey Bite Samples at #SFFS14

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By Lorrie Baumann

Buddy Squirrel is introducing a new line of All-Natural Honey Bites in booth #1160 at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show. The line is made with real Wisconsin honey, which eliminates the need for any artificial preservatives, and no artificial flavors or additives are used. Each of the bite-size snacks comes in around 80 calories.

There are three varieties: Cinnamon Coconut Almond, Cranberry Peanut Butter, and Pistachio Cashew, all made with premium nuts and packaged in cups that will fit into car cupholders for snacks on the go. Each 3.6 ounce cup contains a single variety of the bites and retails for about $6, and there’s also a 7.2-ounce cup with a variety assortment that retails for about $10, says Buddy Squirrel Marketing Coordinator Emily Zager.

The cups are sealed to maintain freshness, which gives them a shelf life of about six to eight months, and the bite-size treats are individually wrapped as well, so they’d be great for school lunch boxes or for tucking into the kids’ bags for summer camp. “It’s really designed for people on the go,” Zager says.

 

British Food Producers Winning American Tastes #SFFS14

By Lorrie Baumann

The British government settled its own controversy about the sanitation of cheeses aged on wood a decade ago, and government regulators there have come down on the side of permitting cheese makers to age their cheeses as they think best, says the Right Honorable Owen Paterson, British Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. “It should be the cheese manufacturers who decide what to do. They’ve got a long history,” he said. “We believe very strongly that people should be responsible for their own production systems. What counts is the outcome.”

The outcomes that count should be that food should be safe to eat and it should taste good, and the British government has decided that the way to achieve that is to let the experts who are making the products decide how to get to that goal, and the government learned that through its own missteps in trying to regulate cheese production methods, he said. “Cheese is not suited to being produced on plastic. It sweats,” he said. “It’s a natural product, and it sweats.”

Paterson stopped in to promote British food at the Summer Fancy Food Show on his way to a meeting with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, with whom he’s negotiating a trade agreement that he says he’s “mad keen” to get through as a step in opening up the American market to more food imports from the European Union. He says that British food producers are well positioned to capitalize on access to the American market. Americans ar already enthusiastic about British products and are already purchasing $3.5 billion/year worth of British food products — about 10 percent of British food exports. British food production is a $170 billion/year industry that employs just under 4 million people. “It’s by far the most innovated food sector in Europe,” Paterson said. As an example of how fast British food production is growing, he points to Walkers, which has gone from a small family bakery with 16 employees baking shortbread cookies to a large enterprise that currently employs 1,600 people in a business that’s based primarily on exports. And shortbread isn’t the only Scottish product that’s enjoying the world’s good opinion, he said. “The French drink more Scotch whisky in a month than the French drink French cognac in a year,” he said. “We’ve got more varieties of cheese than the French have.”

The British dairy industry has been deregulated and is poised for growth at a time when world demand for dairy products is growing hugely, Paterson said. “We’re ideally placed to take advantage of it,” he said. “I opened the world’s largest fresh milk dairy inn Aylesbury last week.” Britain is home to the only USDA cheese producer in Europe, which introduced the Kingdom brand of cheddar cheese in the U.S. late last year. The milk in Kingdom Cheddar comes from a small group of organic family farmers in South-West England, where cheddar cheesemaking first began in the 12th century. “We use old-world artisan techniques, conducted under today’s exacting organic standards, which makes for an exceptional product,” said Nicola Turner, Export and Marketing Director at the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCo,) the largest organic dairy farmers’ co-operative in the UK. OMSCo manages the production of Kingdom Cheddar.

Paterson recommends the Kingdom Cheddar along with other British cheeses, which are made with a long history of cheese production, very modern plants with rigorous production standards and a great deal of innovation in presenting new varieties and flavors of cheeses onto the market, he said. “These guys are really motoring, and there’s potentially a huge market.”

Along with cheese, Paterson aims to provide new opportunities for British meat exports into the U.S. Americans are ready to eat British beef again, he said. “They love eating British beef when they come to London,” he said. Britain has the landscape and the beef breeds, including the Aberdeen Angus, to export high-quality grass-fed beef to an American public that will welcome it, he said. And after he’s gotten beef coming to America, his next step will be to follow up with lamb. “There are a lot of Americans of Scottish descent who are being prevented from exercising their ancestral right to eat haggis,” he said.

 

 

Shrimp Tacos at Robert Rothschild Farm Booth #SFFS14

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Chef Steve Constantine is making and serving shrimp tacos at the Robert Rothschild Farms booth #236 at the Summer Fancy Food Show. He’s just sauteing the shrimps and then laying them down on a warm corn tortilla and topping them with a citrus slaw made with the new Citrus Chardonnay Sauce that’s part of the brand-new line-up of organic sauces that are debuting at this show.

The other sauces in the line include Whiskey Pepper Cream, which has a little bit of a vinegary tang with mustard and onion and would be great in a potato salad. The Sriracha Teriyaki Sauce in the line is much more teriyaki than sriracha, but it has a long peppery finish that’s just spicy enough to be fun. There’s also a Blueberry Balsamic, a Pineapple Habanero and a White Wine Creole Sauce. They’re all packaged in bottles that resemble old-timey milk bottles for a retro look that underscores the tradition behind them.

Also in the booth, Chef Sean Robertson is sampling appetizers made with Robert Rothschild Farms Buffalo Bleu Cheese Dip. He just incorporated the dip with some chopped rotisserie chicken, celery and onion and spooned the mixture out into phyllo tart shells from the grocer’s freezer case. He says the mixture is also nice as the filling for a little tea sandwich, and I suppose that if you can’t find the phyllo tart shells at your grocer, nobody’s going to quibble if you put it on a nice cracker.

DSCN0434And if you’re at the Fancy Food Show, make sure you stop by booth #236 and take a look at the cake with which Robert Rothschild Farms is celebrating its 30th anniversary. And do say hello to the chefs when you sample the goodies.

Peacock Brand Exhibiting Healthy Noodles from Singapore at #SFFS14

Peacock Brand’s gluten-free, 100 percent fat free, cholesterol free and non-genetically modified rice-based vermicelli and spaghetti noodles from Singapore are wholesome and packed with natural goodness. Peacock products offer a healthy choice to consumers around the world. Since its founding, the company has dedicated its resources to creating products that are all natural, high quality, reasonably priced and delicious to the last strand

Peacock Brand will be showcasing its line of products at the Summer 2014 Fancy Food Show. Learn more about the delicious all-natural Peacock Brand noodles at booth #1150 during the Summer Fancy Food Show.

VitaEgg Flatbread Sandwich Contains Powerhouse Nutrients without Cholesterol

When eating only egg whites and discarding the egg yolks to avoid cholesterol, fat and calories, the beneficial nutrients contained in the yolks—lutein for eye health, choline for brain health and omega-3 DHA for heart health—are lost. Vitalicious solves this problem with the launch of its innovative VitaEgg Flatbread Sandwich, which contains all of these powerhouse nutrients without the cholesterol.

“The VitaEgg is perfectly aligned with our core mission at Vitalicious, as it tastes great and it has better nutrition for fewer calories,” comments Vitalicious Founder and Chairman Aryeh Hecht. “With the VitaEgg, you no longer have to compromise. It’s essentially everything you love about protein-rich egg whites, plus all of the vital, healthy nutrients your body needs from the whole egg. And it’s a difference you can actually taste in this delicious sandwich.”

Each VitaEgg Flatbread Sandwich contains a fluffy VitaEgg topped with flavorful cheese and veggies on whole-grain, high-fiber flatbread and is convenient to prepare in the microwave in just over one minute. As with all Vitalicious’ products, the VitaEgg Flatbread Sandwich is made without preservatives or artificial coloring. Each has:

•         No cholesterol
•         Perfect protein
•         Lutein for eye health
•         Choline for brain health
•         Omega-3 DHA
•         All 9 essential amino acids
•         Low in Fat (1.5g)
•         High in Fiber (7g)
•         Lower Calories (120)
•         Lower Sodium (325mg)
•         Made without preservatives

The VitaEgg Flatbread Sandwich is sold in a box of two, is currently available exclusively online at www.vitalicious.com and will also be launching nationally at retail stores in the near future. Visit booth #2042 at the Fancy Food Show.

G.H. Cretors to Sample New Organic Popcorn Line at #SFFS14

G.H. Cretors will be sampling its brand new organic line of popcorn at the Summer Fancy Food Show. Stop by for a taste of the brand new Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Organic Simply Salted varieties. You can find G.H. Cretors at the Cornfields, Inc. booth #2257.

G.H. Cretors  Organic Simply Salted Popped Corn is seasoned with just the right amount of sea salt for a clean, classic treat. The kernels are local, organic, and non-GMO. And like all G.H. Cretors products, these newest flavors  are completely free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives and certified gluten-free.

And if you haven’t ever tried G.H. Cretors famous Chicago Mix, you’re in for a treat. Chicago Mix combines caramel corn and cheese corn in the same bag for a perfect combination of salty, sweet, cheesy and crunchy. The caramel corn is made the old-fashioned way: by hand, in copper kettles. Cane sugar, brown rice syrup (a non-GMO alternative to corn syrup with a lower glycemic impact) and real butter is heated over a flame and then stirred slowly by hand to develop its rich complex flavor and crunch. For the cheese corn, real aged cheddar cheese is melted in special kettles and then gently mixed with locally-grown popcorn. Seriously addictive!

The Gracious Gourmet to Reveal 3 New Flavors at Summer Fancy Food Show #SFFS14

The Gracious Gourmet’s award-winning line of spreads, chutneys and pestos now includes a new fruit spread, Date Apricot Spread, and a new line of products called The Gracious Gourmet Essentials.

The Essentials line — which boasts quality and consistency for ingredients cooks often need in recipes — launches with two must-have products: Sautéed Mixed Mushrooms and Sweet Caramelized Onions. These essentials, which taste just prepared, save home cooks and chefs the time of shopping for ingredients, prepping them and cooking them to get  rich flavors before adding to a final dish. Taste them at the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC at booth #438.

Date Apricot Spread is packed with dates combined with apricots, spices and orange juice. It is great paired with cheeses like ricotta, fresh goat, brie and cheddar and is delicious served with chicken, duck or turkey and mixed into basmati rice. Also perfect for yogurt parfaits or as a topper for vanilla or caramel ice creams.

 

•  Sautéed Mixed Mushrooms contains white, crimini and shiitake mushrooms cooked with onions in olive oil and finished with a dash of lemon juice. It provides “essential” rich mushroom flavor to a variety of dishes, including risottos, pasta dishes, soups, omelets and savory pancakes.

Sweet Caramelized Onions includes the equivalent of 1 pound of raw sweet onions in every 7-ounce container! The fresh onions are cooked in olive oil with a hint of brown sugar to boost the onions’ natural sweetness — the taste is so good you can eat them straight from the jar. Use them to top all kinds of meat and fish as well as in salad dressings, soups, pasta and rice dishes.

Formosa Hot Sauce Attracts Health-Conscious Hot Sauce Lovers #SFFS14

Formosa Hot Sauce, in Habanero and Chipotle flavor, attracts the health conscious hot sauce lovers. Formosa Hot Sauce delivers a delightful combination of spicy and savory flavors to any food or recipe. Some healthy benefits are:

  • Only 15 calories per serving and being made of all natural ingredients with no preservatives
  • Formosa Hot Sauce is also gluten free and vegan
  • Unique flavor, creamy texture that delivers heat without overpowering taste.

 

For more information, visit www.FormosaSauce.com. Formosa Hot Sauce will be exhibiting in booth #1843 at the Summer Fancy Food Show.

Milton’s Craft Bakers to Offer Two New Gluten-free Product Lines at #SFFS14

At the Summer Fancy Food Show, Milton’s Craft Bakers is offering a sneak peek in booth 1049 of its two new delicious gluten-free product lines made from better-for-you, wholesome ingredients: Gluten-Free Baked Crackers and Gluten-Free Soft Baked Cookies.

With just 130 calories and 12 to 16 grams of whole grains per serving, Milton’s new gluten-free crackers are perfect for everyday snacking and are available in four savory flavor combinations with a crispy, crunchy texture – Multi-Grain, Everything, Cheddar Cheese and Crispy Sea Salt. Milton’s crackers are made from non-GMO verified and certified gluten-free ingredients and offer delicious flavors you can feel good about.

Also, made from the finest, certified gluten-free ingredients, Milton’s Craft Bakers gluten-free soft baked cookies are a sweet treat everyone can enjoy with soft, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth morsels of baked goodness. Available in three delicious flavor combinations, Snickerdoodle, Double Chocolate and Chocolate Chip, Milton’s new gluten-free cookies contain just 90 calories per serving and four whole grains in every bite. This makes enjoying these new cookies just that much more delightful.

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