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The Invisible Chef Blondies and Brownies

The Invisible Chef’s blondies and brownies are as much fun to bake as they are to eat! The company’s collection of products includes best selling brownie flavors mocha chocolate chip and mint chocolate chip, as well as blondie flavor walnut chocolate chip. All are easy to prepare with only a few ingredients from your kitchen.

The Invisible Chef offers premium baking mixes blended using all-natural ingredients, so you always get the quality you have come to expect in every bite. Other products available from the company include Coffee & Tea Cakes, Frosted & Fabulous Cupcake Kits, Savory Muffin Cakes, Bake It Quick Breads, Sweet Muffin Cakes, Bed & Breakfast Favorites and Cookie Jar Classics.
The Invisible Chef’s collection of blondies and brownies are packaged in beautiful gift style boxes with product photography that sells itself. Each 20-ounce box retails for $9.95. The company’s blondies and brownies are now available, as of September 2013.
For order information or to receive the company’s product catalog, call 800.456.7115, or email contactus@theinvisiblechef.com. The Invisible Chef, fudgy, chocolatey and chewy: “Be Happy—Eat a Brownie!”

Conroy Foods Livening Up the Deli Counter

At Conroy Foods, sauce and seasoning is the company’s only business. The team at Conroy Foods is passionate about creating the highest quality, best tasting condiments. Beano’s Deli Condiments are made with only the finest ingredients. That is why Beano’s Deli Condiments is the No. 1 selling brand.

Every year, Conroy Foods works hard to come up with the next hot flavors. This year, the company is introducing Beano’s Pineapple Honey Mustard, Beano’s Peach Habanera Sauce, Beano’s Jalapeno Mustard and Beano’s Sandwich Shakers.
The team behind Beano’s Sandwich Shakers has not been this excited about a product release since the launch of Beano’s Submarine Dressing back in 1989. Beano’s Sandwich Shakers will add robust flavor without added fat, cholesterol or carbohydrates. They can also be used to liven up baked potatoes or pasta salads, or they can be used as a rub for chicken or pork.
Conroy Foods has created many unique and upscale sandwich recipes using the company’s sauces. The brand loves to work with its customers to create custom sandwich programs for grocery store deli departments. Many of Conroy Foods’ recipes are available online at www.conroyfoods.com. When grocers incorporate Beano’s into their sandwich program, they not only create incredible sandwiches but also a perfect sampling vehicle for all of the products that they sell in the deli, including Beano’s Deli Condiments.
All of Conroy Foods’ products and merchandizing tools can be seen on the company’s website. The website was recently updated with links for Twitter and Facebook, making it easy for fans to keep in touch. You can search for great ways to use the company’s products in the online recipe center.
As the team at Conroy Foods always likes to say: “No matter how you slice it, stack it, or spread it, Beano’s makes it better!”™ “Live, Love, Get Sauced!”™
Conroy Foods is located at 100 Chapel Harbor Drive in Pittsburgh, Pa., 15238. Contact the company by phone at 412.781.1446.

Kane Candy Chocolate Party Cups Now Available in Nine Award Winning Varieties

Kane Candy strives to offer only the very best in premium quality chocolate party cups, chocolate dessert cups, chocolate decorations and allied products to the specialty retail and gift class of trade. The company’s chef inspired products have taken the market by storm and continue to be best sellers at quality minded retailers, as well as within the premium gift basket segment. Kane Candy recently added four new varieties to their award winning line up of products, and the company now offers beautiful new packaging for all nine varieties.

Kane Candy Chocolate Party Cups offer a quick and easy solution for the novice baker, at home pastry chef or party planner who wants to offer exquisite desserts they can call their own. Get creative with Kane Candy’s chocolate cups by simply filling them with chocolate mousse, gelato, sorbet or whipped cream. Then, simply top the dessert with fresh berries or chocolate decorations and serve.

Kane Candy Chocolate Party Cups are now available in nine award winning retail varieties. They are great for culinary stores, gourmet shops, kitchenware stores, wine & cheese shops, quality gift baskets, candy stores, bridal shops, hostess gifts and holiday parties. For more information, email info@KaneCandy.com or visit the company’s website, www.KaneCandy.com. For wholesale orders, call 800.875.5557.

Holiday Shipper Displays Showcased by Tortuga Rum Cake Company

Designed especially for holiday sales, the Tortuga Rum Cake Company introduced a festive, seasonal version of its popular rum cake shipper displays at the 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show. Maximizing space and boosting retail sales, these free standing, sturdy cardboard floor displays hold either 60 4-ounce or 30 16-ounce original golden rum cakes or assorted flavors. Floor displays for Tortuga’s latest products, 100 percent Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee and award-winning Chocolate Rum Turtles with Sea Salt, each holding 36 units, will be available for fourth quarter shipments.

“Because our rum cakes are so popular at Christmas time, our retailers asked for a holiday version of our shipper displays,” says Monique Hamaty-Simmonds, Chief Marketing Officer for Tortuga. “The success of our rum cake shippers encouraged us to create similar displays for our 100 percent Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee and Tortuga Chocolate Rum Turtles with Sea Salt.”
Tortuga rum cakes are baked in the Cayman Islands, Barbados and Jamaica from a generations-old island family secret recipe. Each cake is hand-glazed with Tortuga Gold Rum and vacuum sealed to lock in the delicious freshness. The cakes are available in three sizes, 33-ounce, 16-ounce and 4-ounce, and in eight tropical flavors. Other products the company offers include hot and savory Caribbean sauces, gourmet coffees, chocolate rum treats and more.
Understanding the adage, “When they try it, they will buy it,” Tortuga reaches out to the thousands of tourists that visit its shops in the Caribbean with free samples of its products. As such, the company also offers sheet cakes to help retailers facilitate their own sampling programs. Point of purchase materials and colorful yellow and red eco-friendly cloth totes are also available.
For more information, contact Tortuga Rum Cake Company by phone at 305.378.6668 or 877.486.7884. Contact the company by email at sales@tortugaimports.com. Visit the company online at www.tortugarumcakes.com.

Innovative Seasonings Companies Shaking Up the Spice Rack

By Lucas Witman

In the world of specialty food, it is possible that no subcategory of the industry is as well-established as the spices and seasonings market. In fact, the centuries-old spice trade can be seen as an embryonic enterprise that would later develop into a global fascination with gourmet edibles. Today, while each kitchen pantry is unique in the groceries it contains, nearly every one contains a requisite spice rack, most often replete with the same standardized selection of herbs and seasonings. It can be a difficult task to break into and innovative an industry that has been so firmly established over its lengthy history.
For companies hoping to shake up the seasonings market and compel consumers to introduce something new to their spice racks, it is important to find a way to stand out from the crowd and catch shoppers’ attentions.
Perhaps the best way for a seasonings and spices company to mark its products as truly innovative is to offer something that is not available anywhere else. This is the strategy employed by The Spice Lab, which has more than 200 different salts in its product portfolio, in addition to 24 spices. The Spice Lab goes out of its way to source unique products from all over the world, some of which have never before been available commercially.
“All of the salts, we source them from artisanal producers around the world,” said Brett Kramer, owner of The Spice Lab. “A couple companies out there, they have a couple dozen salts and that’s it—the same couple dozen salts for five-six-seven-eight years. We go out there, and we find the guy literally in Nowhere, Africa or Nowhere, Japan or Nowhere, Kauai…By doing that, you end up with stuff that’s not cheap, but it’s…phenomenal.”
According to Kramer, it is important that The Spice Lab fosters an identity as a high-end brand within the larger seasonings market. “We go out and find the best stuff. We’re by no means the cheapest guy on the shelf. We’re probably up there with one of the more expensive bottles on the shelf. When people buy the product, they know that they get what they’re paying for,” he said.
The Spice Lab is also working to stay competitive in the industry through presenting its products in creative packaging. “The packaging is innovative,” Kramer said. “The way we do the kits and the practicality of what we’re doing—We’re making not just a great product, but a great looking product.”
For some companies, finding success in today’s specialty seasonings and spices industry can mean reaching out to a new market. Popular brand Kernel Seasons has done this by marketing its diverse portfolio of popcorn seasonings in movie theaters. Kernel Seasons offers its seasonings in an array of creative flavors, both sweet and savory. The seasonings are great on popcorn, but also serve as a terrific addition to pasta, pizza, potatoes, vegetables, eggs and more. Brian Taylor, founder of Kernel Seasons, attributes his company’s success to finding its niche.
“The thing that really sets us apart is our presence in the movie theaters and the fact that we really pin our seasonings to popcorn,” Taylor said. “I think we’re innovative in terms of the types of flavors that we offer, the quality that we offer, the look and feel of the packaging…It’s a really fun look and feel for a really fun type of seasoning.”
As in all facets of the larger specialty food industry, in the world of seasonings and spices, successful companies are always in touch with what is trending among consumers. This can mean paying particular attention to cuisines, flavors and cooking techniques, but also to trends in consumer lifestyles.
“To remain competitive, we need to have our hand on the pulse of the industry,” said Ron Ratz, Director of Protein Development for Wixon. Wixon is a technology-focused company that has developed more than 7,000 flavors that keep customers excited about food.
For Ratz, one of the main food trends to which Wixon is currently responding is the omnipresent consumer desire to go gluten-free. The company is also reaching out to globalized eaters with what he calls: “more adventurous frequent flyer palates.” This means developing more international seasonings and bold flavors.
Kernel Seasons also makes a concerted effort to stay in touch with what is trending.
“There’s a real trend toward playability with food. Kids love to create their own,” Taylor said. He argues that today’s consumer wants to have fun with his or her food, and Kernel Seasons is actively courting this type of eater.
“We have really fun flavors. We’re a fun brand. We’re probably the most fun brand of seasoning out there,” he said.
One trend cited by both Ratz and Taylor as influencing the way their companies do business is the growing move toward at-home food preparation and a back-to-basics lifestyle.
“Foodservice has been struggling. People are eating at home. When preparing meals at home, people want delicious meals but also value added meals,” Ratz said. “If they’re going to trade down in price they want to add value with flavor.”
“There’s been kind of a back-to-the-earth [trend],” Taylor said. “People like popcorn because it’s the only snack that you can really make yourself, and Kernel Seasons fits right into that family process, that family tradition of making popcorn at home.”

Salty Wahine Brings Hawaiian Flavor to the World

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Award-winning Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salts is a new Hawaiian company that specializes in Hawaiian Sea Salts, flavored seasonings and Hawaii-grown cane sugars infused with fruits, like guava, mango, passion fruit, lychee, coconut and pineapple. Busy customers love the unique colors, tropical flavors and convenience of cooking a gourmet meal with Salty Wahine products.
Salty Wahine’s emphasis is on eating healthy. The company stresses the positive medicinal values of Hawaiian Sea Salts. Coupled with tropical flavors, Salty Wahine products make eating healthy fun.
Salty Wahine started in 2008 and has since grown into an international company. The company’s products are used by five star chefs worldwide. Salty Wahine salts, seasonings and sugars are sold at craft fairs, farmers markets and high-end retail stores in Hawaii, Alaska, the continental United States, Canada, Germany and Saipan.
Contact Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salts by mail at P.O. Box 828, Hanapepe, Hawaii, 96716, by phone at 808.346.2942, by fax at 808.442.1230 or by email at info@saltywahine.com. Also visit the company online at www.saltywahine.com.

Herb and Flower Crystals from Fresh Origins Give Chefs a New Palette

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Fresh Origins, producer of microgreens and edible flowers, recently introduced Herb Crystals® and Flower Crystals® at the 2013 Summer Fancy Food show. With dazzling, all-natural colors and the flavors of fresh flowers and herbs, the crystals are perfect ingredients for adding a distinctive finishing touch to any culinary creation.
Carefully hand-harvested at the peak of flavor and color, fresh herbs and edible flowers are combined with pure cane sugar to create vibrant, flavorful crystals. Their crispy texture and concentrated flavor brighten up salads, pair well with savory dishes and add crunch to baked goods and desserts. The crystals can even be tossed into a cocktail for a surprise of color at the bottom of the glass, whose flavor will be savored in the last sip.
Herb Crystals are available in basil and mint, and flower crystals are available in fennel and rose. Mini Herb and Flower Crystals—available in the same flavors but with a finer grain—are also available, perfect for rimming the glasses of creative drinks and cocktails.
All Fresh Origins products are kosher certified and have no added flavorings or colors. For more information, visit the company online at www.freshorigins.com.

Cracked Pepper Parmesan Vegetable Dip from Rabbit Creek Products

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New from Rabbit Creek Products is the Cracked Pepper Parmesan Vegetable Dip. Evoking images of a cabin surrounded by serene mountains, a brook burbling in the background and horses tied up to the hitching post, Cracked Pepper Parmesan is perfect for any season. This dip is light enough for hot weather, hearty enough for chillier months and perfect for everything in between.
Rabbit Creek Products’ Cracked Pepper Parmesan Dip features the pungent familiarity of aged parmesan cheese finishing with a little black pepper bite. This dip is fantastic for the centerpiece of a party platter, or it can serve as a fantastic accompaniment to grilled vegetables. Try it on roasted ears of corn.
The minimum order is only 12 dips, and Rabbit Creek still continues to allow customers to mix and match flavors to make a full case. Drilled for ease of display, the dips from Rabbit Creek Products can be merchandised by hanging, or they can fit perfectly in berry baskets to be set on a shelf. Contact Rabbit Creek by phone at 800.837.3073 or by email at rcreek@mokancomm.net, or visit the company’s website at www.rabbitcreekgourmet.com.

Vanns Expands Its Range of Organic Spices

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Vanns Spices understands that the demand for organic products, including organic spices, is on the rise. That’s why they are constantly adding new varieties to their already sizable range of organic spices.
According to recent reports, sales of organic food sales have grown by 20 percent annually and represent more than 3.5 percent of total U.S. food sales. From a culinary perspective, and for retailers and manufacturers to keep up with the demand for new and engaging organic flavor experiences, a ready supply of high integrity and consistently flavorful organic spices and spice blends is essential.
“Retailers and home cooks are clamoring for reliable, high-quality organic flavor experiences from the spices they buy,” says Mick Whitlock, President of Vanns Spices. “Fortunately, we have great relationships with organic farmers around the world and have been able to maintain and expand the variety of organic spices in our inventory.”
Whether you are looking for specific organic spices, or wish to formulate organic spice blends from proprietary recipes, Vanns has everything you’ll need. Buyers are invited to visit Vanns Spices at the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Booth 646. Alternatively, contact Vanns by email: orders@vannsspices.com or phone: 800.583.1693.

Beano’s Sandwich Shakers: “Live, Love, Get Sauced”

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New from Conroy Foods, the producer of Beano’s Deli Condiments™ and Sauces comes Beano’s Sandwich Shakers with Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Cheese. Beano’s has not been this excited about launching a new product to America’s Delis since the introduction of Beano’s Original Submarine Dressing™ back in 1989.
Beano’s Sandwich Shakers™ introduces a totally new concept that will enhance the flavor of food without adding fat, cholesterol or carbohydrates. “Just Shake the Taste”™ onto your favorite creations.
In addition to sandwiches, Beano’s Sandwich Shakers can be added to oil to make a dipping oil, or they can be used as a rub for chicken or fish. The possibilities are endless. Other suggested uses include sprinkling on baked potatoes, garden salads, pasta salads, french fries, chicken, pizza, seafood, wings or soups. One can even mix Sandwich Shakers with cream cheese to make a delicious spread for a toasted bagel.
Beano’s website, www.conroyfoods.com, provides a quick and easy reference point to see all of the varieties of Beano’s condiments and sauces. You can also follow Beano’s on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and Twitter. For more information, contact Conroy Foods at 800.317.8316. Remember: “Beano’s Makes It Better!” “Live, Love, Get Sauced!” with Beano’s Deli Condiments.