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Visionary Vinegars from Bakto Flavors

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Bakto Flavors recently introduced Visionary Vinegars, six delicious balsamic vinegars blended with perfectly matched natural flavors. Choose from blood orange, vanilla, raspberry, strawberry, chocolate and peach, with more flavor variations on the way. All Bakto Flavors’ vinegars are all-natural, kosher, non-GMO, gluten-free and contain no added color or sugar.

Visionary Vinegars are made from the best available kosher balsamic vinegar around. Historically made in Italy from white grapes, Bakto takes an old tradition and puts a new spin on it by introducing a variety of excellent flavors. Finally, your salad dressing is healthy, low in calories and tastier than ever.
Visionary Vinegars from Bakto Flavors are available in 375-milliliter attractive glass bottles for retailers and in 1-gallon bottles for foodservice. The vinegars are sold in boxes of 12 with the option of custom flavor choices. A bottle of Visionary Vinegar is great as a gift on its own, or present someone with a set of all six. Perfect as a dip, marinade, dressing or sauce, this is sure to be a new essential in your kitchen.
Learn more about Bakto Flavors at www.BaktoFlavors.com. Retailers may contact the company for free samples at info@baktoflavors.com, or call 732.354.4492.

Natural Products Expo East Tackles Conscious Capitalism

By Kristina Harris

The 2013 Natural Products Expo East is quickly approaching. The event will be held September 25-28 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland. This event is always highly anticipated by retailers and buyers alike, as it is the largest natural, organic and healthy products trade show on the East Coast.
“Unlike its West Coast counterpart, the Expo East is a more intimate experience for both buyers and sellers,” says Adam Andersen, Natural Products Group Show Director. “We are a great place for regional brands to get exposure, but we also have larger companies here. It’s ideal for networking.”
The main theme of this year’s show is conscious capitalism, a movement that calls for businesses to be driven by values based on social and personal responsibility in addition to the goal of becoming financially profitable. Raj Sisodia, Ph.D., author, businessman and a local and global leader of the conscious capitalism movement, will be speaking as the Expo’s keynote speaker on Friday, September 27.
Sisodia believes that his message is extremely pertinent to natural product companies. “In today’s rapidly evolving world, it matters greatly not only what we produce, but also how we run our businesses,” he says. “Conscious businesses are driven by a higher purpose, built on love and care rather than fear and stress.”
Expo East organizers hope to cultivate an intimate setting within which show attendees can discuss Sisodia’s message and exchange ideas about how their own companies can adopt strategies to not only succeed, but also build conscious business practices at the same time.
An exciting event planned for this year’s Expo East will be the unveiling of the NEXT Accelerator program, previously soft-launched at the Natural Products Expo West earlier this year. The NEXT Natural Products Industry Accelerator gives entrepreneurial brands searchable access to the information, tools, service providers and networking contacts they need to launch and grow their natural products businesses.
“Basically, it’s an online portal where members of the industry can connect with each other,” says Andersen. This is the only “product-to-shelf workshop” program of its type in the natural market. It features fundraising, manufacturing, distribution, branding, sales and marketing topics.
There are also a number of highly valuable informational sessions planned for this year’s show that attendees will certainly want to take advantage of. According to Andersen, the planned retailer workshops are definitely educational, and are sure to be worth the time and money spent on them.
Finally, Anderson also urges those present at the show to attend one other special event: “Join us for our Community Celebration Event that precedes the Orioles Game on the 26th, from 5-7 p.m. at Camden Terrace. It’s going to be a tailgate theme that will officially kick off the Expo East.”

From Humble Beginnings, Harney & Sons Has Grown into a National Presence

By Hannah Hollins

HarneyandSons-smallerThirty years ago, John Harney decided to take his 13 years of experience with tea and start a business of his own. After starting the business in the basement of the family home, Harney & Sons eventually moved into the garage of a 19th century house and then into a remodeled auto repair garage. Ten years ago, Harney & Sons expanded into a 90,000 square foot factory, where company operations currently stand.
Today, Harney & Sons continues to be a family affair. John Harney comes to work every day to work alongside his sons, Paul and Mike, who have divided up the major tasks of the business. Mike heads business and finance and travels around the world sourcing quality teas, and Paul manages the factory production and sales. Mike’s wife Brigitte is the head of retail. Michael’s sons Alex and Emeric are also very active in the company. Alex runs the cafe at the Millerton Shop and Emeric runs the SoHo shop, and they are also involved in the marketing and branding for the company.
Mike’s work sourcing the teas takes him around the world. “We go over to Asia to establish contacts, and we bring back lots of samples,” he says. After the tea is ordered, it is shipped from abroad in 60-pound boxes to the Harney & Sons factory, located in Millerton, NY. There, it is processed and repackaged into tea bags for Harney & Sons’ distinctive tins and boxes.
Harney & Sons recently announced its latest product, The Ambessa Tea Collection, a unique custom tea line created with celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson. The four teas of the Ambessa collection represent the four different phases in Samuelsson’s life. The Safari Breakfast tea reflects his Ethiopian roots: it is made from Kenyan black teas, sourced from the tea-growing country near his birthplace. The second tea, Lingonberry Green, is reminiscent of his Scandinavian upbringing. The third tea, Choco Nut Blend, is a black tea blend with warm chocolate notes, representing Samuelsson’s culinary training in Switzerland. The fourth and final tea of the Ambessa tea collection is the Earl of Harlem, nodding to Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Harlem restaurant.
Harney & Sons teas and products are available for purchase at its shops in SoHo and Millerton, as well as online and at a number of retailers nationwide, including Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods, Williams-Sonoma, Hannaford and A Southern Season in Charleston, S.C. The teas can also be found on Delta Airlines in first class, business class and international cabins, as well as at the Hilton hotels, the Waldorf-Astoria and many restaurants.
For more information, contact Harney & Sons on the web at www.harney.com/, on facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Harney-Sons-Fine-Teas/49697304292, or on twitter at @HarneyTea.

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