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Seminar Line-up for Philly Candy Show Announced

The Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia (RCAP) has announced the full seminar line-up for the 135th Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show, January 7-9, 2017, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pennsylvania. In addition to panel discussions with industry leaders, demos, sales, and branding sessions, retailers will also have the chance to enjoy special presentations and more from students of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Culinary Department.

As an added bonus, the 2017 edition will once again co-locate with the Philadelphia Gift Show (Jan. 6-9, 2017), increasing cross-over buying and selling opportunities for attendees and vendors alike.

Among the highlights is a new partnership between RCAP and the Pennsylvania College of Technology Culinary Department creating a “RCAP Scholarship Fund” for the students. As part of the program, “Chef Charles”, a.k.a. Charles R. Niedermyer II, Department Head | School of Business & Hospitality for the College, and his students will delight your senses with special presentations and tastings of chocolate products in the school’s booth on the show floor. Attendees and RCAP members are invited to stop by the booth on Saturday and Sunday, January 8-9, between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., to talk to the students, donate to the fund and learn more about internship and employment programs, too.

To help buyers make the most of their time at the show, the first educational sessions on Saturday and Sunday have a new, earlier 8:30 a.m. start time. In addition, admission to all programs is free and pre-registration is recommended. Visit www.phillycandyshows.com for details. The full schedule includes:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2017

  • Candy 101: For Beginners To All Levels Of Shops, Confectioners, & Startup Companies
    8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
    Open discussion by a panel of industry leaders
    Bring your questions for the candy industry leaders and learn from their experience. The value of this seminar is to bring challenging questions to the panel so all in attendance can learn and grow together.
  • Creating a Memorable Brand
    9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    Presented by Tammy Shapiro, President/Owner, Talk of the Town Gourmet Gifts And More
    Back by popular demand, Tammy Shapiro returns to our seminar schedule to share her branding insights with attending retailers. Calling upon 23-plus years running her own business and more than 16 years as a professional speaker at events around the country, including the Fancy Food Shows, gift shows and others, Tammy will help you answer this important question: Is the product walking out the front door of your store a true reflection of your brand? Standing out from your competition is so important, but often can be challenging. In this session we will explore the importance of a solid, yet consistent, brand and how to make the product you sell a true reflection of your company image. We will explore creative ways to get the client in the door and keep them coming back time and time again. Other highlights include the standard elevator speech, logo design, internet presence and determining who your targeted market is.
  • Art of Making Bows
    4 – 5 p.m.
    Presented by Kandy Hughes, Kelly’s Kandy
    How often you wondered how to make that perfect bow? Calling upon years of bow-making experience in her own shop, Hughes will demonstrate how you can take the frustration out of bow-making and show why and how bows can make the package complete.

SUNDAY JANUARY 8, 2017

  • Starting A Small Candy Business
    8:30 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.
    Presented by Joe Crevino, Consultant with Chocovision Corp. and Co-owner with wife Mary of Sweet Mary’s Chocolates
    Learn all about zoning and dealing with local government, space limitations, controlling temperature and humidity, neighborhood reaction, insurance issues, privacy, parking, delivery issues, board of health, safety and fire and much more.
  • Packaging 101: Why Packaging Finishes Your Presentation
    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Panel discussion presented by packaging industry leaders
    This seminar will focus on creative packaging techniques to best present your products in all aspects of your business. We will explore the “Evolution of Packaging” — how to change your packaging as your business grows and changes. Topics will include personalization, corporate gifts, and customization. From the new confectioner just starting in the industry to the seasoned veteran, there are creative solutions for all of your packaging needs. Bring your questions!
  • Chocolate Demo: Unique Perspective of the Future Creations of Chocolatiers
    4- 5 p.m.
    Presented by Frederic Loraschi, Master Chocolatier
    Come watch and taste the finished bonbons! In this demo, Loraschi, whose home base is at his shop in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, brings his unique perspective as world class chocolatier to the show floor. He was voted one of the “Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America” in 2011. Former ambassador for Barry Callebaut, and instructor at the chocolate academy in Chicago, he also did a demo of savory recipes at the Chicago Chocolate and Dessert Show and won Mexico City’s “Best Restaurant Dessert” recipe in 2014. He has appeared on TLC and the Food Network.

MONDAY JANUARY 9, 2017

  • Candy 101: For Beginners To All Levels Of Shops, Confectioners & Startups Companies
    9 – 10 a.m.
    Open discussion by a panel of industry leaders
    Bring your questions for the candy industry leaders and learn from their experience. The value of this seminar is to bring challenging questions to the panel so all in attendance can learn and grow together.

SPECIAL ONGOING PRESENTATION ON SHOW FLOOR

Presented by Dona Peters, Master Chocolatier & Confection Consultant
Booth TBA
Saturday/ Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1- 5 p.m.
Monday 10:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
See how Peters uses centers of pops, and other figures, plus pre-made products with crispy rice cereal bars and more to cut expenses and offer a product with less chocolate than a solid piece. Some parents do not want their children to eat a lot of chocolate, so this gives them another option. And, you don’t have to be an artist to be creative with this.

PHILADELPHIA NATIONAL CANDY GIFT & GOURMET SHOW FAST FACTS
WHEN: Saturday, January 7 – Monday, January 9
HOURS: Saturday- Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pennsylvania
MORE INFO: www.philllycandyshows.com | 800.318.2238

Home Meal Solution Kits from Stouffer’s

stouffersEighty-four percent of consumers are interested in purchasing supermarket deli “meals at home” at least one day per week. New Stouffer’s Home Meal Solution Kits cater to today’s busy lifestyles with simple, delicious take-and-bake meals. Operators can maximize margins by repurposing extra protein to cut down waste and create familiar, restaurant-quality favorites.

Home Meal Solution Kits include: Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese, Stroganoff and Tuscan Style Cavatappi. To cater to all customers, operators can choose to portion into single or family size meals. For more information, call 1.800.288.8682 or visit nestleprofessional.us/food/stouffers.

Empowering Farmers, Growing Sustainably & Staying True to Organic

Founded by an organic farmer 20 years ago, ecoLife® was established by passion to empower and improve the daily lives of farming families. ecoLife provides farming communities with assistance and free education in current social, economic and environmental best practices. It’s a relationship and a way of doing business that truly sets the company apart.

ecoLife offers over 20 items across four food categories, including aromatic basmati rice, high-protein quinoa, freekeh, chickpeas and many other nutrient-rich items. An exceptional item in the line is the Quick Cook Brown Basmati Rice. What differentiates this organic brown rice is its reduced cooking time of just 12 minutes, a convenient alternative to the 40 minutes normally required to prepare brown rice.

The full range of authentic rice, ancient grains, pulses, and beans – are all USDA organic and non-GMO verified products. With a farm to fork approach, ecoLife partners with more than 75,000 registered organic farming families to offer sustainably grown, cultivated and harvested products from their country of origin.

 

Dream Non-Dairy Yogurts Non-GMO Project Verified

All flavors of Dream® Non-Dairy Yogurt have earned verification from the Non-GMO Project. These products include Almond Dream® and Coconut Dream™ refrigerated non-dairy yogurts that contain live and active cultures. Available in a wide range of flavors including Vanilla, Strawberry and Mixed Berry, they provide a solution for consumers seeking a dairy-, gluten- and/or soy- free lifestyle or for those who just want to enjoy these delicious flavored yogurts.

“Dream Non-Dairy Yogurts have always been made with high quality ingredients, and the verification from the Non-GMO Project provides an additional level of assurance to our consumers and customers,” said Basel Nassar, Chief Operating Officer of Hain Refrigerated Foods Division. “The Non-GMO Project is such a trusted organization and provides a rigorous approval process from ingredient sourcing through manufacturing to ensure that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not intentionally added to products. We are proud to carry their seal on our products.”

Widmer’s Aged Brick Cheese

Brick cheese is an American original and is among the first washed rind cheeses produced in the U.S. It was developed in 1877 by John Jossi, a Swiss-born cheesemaker.

widmers-pfAs Jossi did, Joe Widmer uses real brick to press his cheese, the same bricks his grandfather used in 1922. After pressing, the cheese is placed in a salt brine for 11 hours, then moved to a warm, humid curing room where it is washed and turned daily for seven days. It is then packed in parchment paper and foil.

It reaches peak flavor at four to five months. This semi-soft cheese has a pleasant, earthy flavor that intensifies with age. Widmer’s Aged Brick is also available with caraway seeds.

Suggested retail price is $12.99 to $15.99/pound.

Widmer’s Cheese Cellars
888.878.1107
www.widmerscheese.com

Former FDA Director Discusses Need for Foreign Supplier Verification Plan

Food importers have precious little time to design, test and implement a Foreign Supplier Verification Plan, warned the FDA’s former Director of Import Operations Domenic J. Veneziano. Speaking at a November 4, 2016, Town Hall Meeting sponsored by the Association of Food Industries (AFI) in Newark, New Jersey, Veneziano, who now serves as Independent FDA Regulatory and Strategic Consultant for global trade law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, explained that waiting to create a comprehensive FSVP could result in disruption of your supply chain, delays in entry processing, and in some cases, the exclusion of your products from the U.S. marketplace.

Veneziano offered several tips to help food industry professionals meet the May 2017 FSVP compliance deadline and avoid costly disruptions to their business operations.

First, Veneziano explained, know if your company or facility is covered by the FSVP requirements. “Many people are under the impression that only the U.S. Customs importer of record is required to comply, “Veneziano said. “But the definition of ‘importer’ under the Food Safety Modernization Act is much broader and can include the actual CBP importer, as well as the owner or consignee of food being offered for import, and even the U.S. agent of the importer. All are at risk if FSVP requirements are not met.”

Another common misconception is that only large food importers are required to create a foreign supplier verification program, but nothing could be further from the truth,” Veneziano said. “The statute does make some concessions for smaller companies, but there are still requirements to be met. So the rule is unless you meet a specific exemption, your company must create a foreign supplier plan.”

In order to create a plan that meets government requirements, it is important to understand the purpose of a FSVP. “Under the Food Safety Modernization Act, importers have explicit responsibility to ensure the safety of imported food,” Veneziano explains. “Foreign suppliers are expected to produce food using the same standards of processing and procedures required by domestic producers. What you want to show the FDA is that you are taking steps to ensure that foreign-produced food is safe and that the food entering the commerce of the United States is not adulterated or misbranded,” he said.

Veneziano also emphasized the importance of selecting a qualified individual to perform required FSVP activities.

“The individual creating the Foreign Supplier Verification Program must have the education, training and/or experience necessary to conduct a sophisticated review of all the records associated with an activity under review,” Veneziano said. “You need an expert who can not only develop the actual program, but conduct hazard analyses, evaluate risks specific to the food being imported, verify supplier activities, monitor corrective actions and maintain records,” he added. “It’s a major undertaking and requires a high level of expertise.”

Cucina Antica Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Cucina Antica won this year’s sofi Award in the Outstanding Pasta Sauce category with its Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce. The company’s signature Tuscany Pumpkin Sauce is a blend of peak-harvested pumpkin, flavorful imported Italian San Marzano tomatoes, and aromatic spices with a touch of cream.

Antica Foods Corp. offers a broad selection of wholesome sauces and condiments. Since 1998, the company has been providing families with artisan crafted cooking sauces and condiments. The cooking and pasta sauces are made with real whole tomatoes, never paste. The sauces contain no preservatives, no added sugar or added water, and they are lower in sodium for a healthy and wholesome meal. Cucina Antica Foods Corp. is built on a foundation of doing good for the common good and striving to make products that allow the home chef to prepare a true and honest homemade meal.

Cucina Antica Foods, Corp
salesteam@CucinaAnticaFoods.com
Cucina-Antica.com

It’s Almost Cheese Parade Time Again!

Peter Lovis, proprietor of the Concord Cheese Shop, announces the arrival of a 400-pound wheel of Crucolo cheese at his shop in ConcordAnnually on the first Thursday of December since 2010, The Cheese Shop of Concord has taken delivery of a gigantic wheel of Crucolo cheese, imported from a tiny hill town in northern Italy.

And each year, the festivities surrounding the cheese’s arrival in Concord, Massachusetts, have grown to include more and more segments of the town’s population. From students to selectmen; from merchants to the merely curious. But one thing is certain: No one can resist a cheese parade.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 1 at the intersection of Main and Walden streets in this historic town’s center, the colorful and boisterous parade provides Concord and its visitors with a half hour of old fashioned fun and unity.

A team of draft horses and a cart haul the cheese down the street, accompanied by the blare of brass instruments and scores of high-spirited dancers from nearby Concord Academy, while the crowd cheers and waves Italian flags.

After a brief round of speeches, echoed Occupy-Wall-Street style, the cheese is ceremoniously halved and quartered on a raised stage for all to watch, and is sampled among the crowd.

Amazingly, the cheese – a mild asiago fresco made from cow’s milk — is sold by the pound and generally sells out in less than 14 days.

NOTE: For 2016, Concord’s Colonial Inn is offering a Crucolo Day Package to anyone who’d care to expand their parade viewing experience into an overnight. It includes a great rate, some local beers, and a half pound of Crucolo cheese.

La Piana Romantica Happy Apple Condiment

Italian Foods Corporation is introducing La Piana® Romantica Happy Apple Condiment, a versatile apple cider vinegar-based product imported from the Emilia-Romagna region near Modena, Italy, for the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show, where it will be available for tasting in the Italian Foods Corp. booth.

The new Happy Apple Condiment melds sweet and tart notes with a combination of apple cider vinegar and concentrated apple juice for a range of culinary applications, according to General Manager Francesca Lapiana-Krause. Packaged in tall, slender 8.4-ounce glass bottles, Happy Apple Condiment has a suggested retail price of $14.99.

The new condiment may be used traditionally as a dressing for fruit or lettuce salads and slaws as well as a base for apple or stone fruit sauces or compotes for pork, and when slightly reduced, makes a savory glaze for poultry. The versatile Happy Apple Condiment also can be used as a sweet and savory topping for pancakes, she said. In addition to the new condiment, Italian Foods’ Romantica line includes Gran Reserva Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and Rosé Condiment. The La Piana line also includes Bronze, Silver and Gold Balsamic Vinegars of Modena.

More information is available online or by calling 1.888.516.7262.

Mount Franklin Foods Acquires Candy Plant in Sumter, SC

Mount Franklin Foods, LLC, is adding a fifth food manufacturing plant and its first candy making facility to be located in the U.S. Through an investment expected to total $10 million, the plant will be updated with state-of-the-art equipment, allowing the company to add vitamin gummies and other fortified products as well as organic and natural fruit snack items to its product portfolio.

The Sumter facility, which belonged to the former Au’some Candy Company, is on track to be operational by the end of the second quarter of 2017 and is expected to lead to the creation of at least 225 new jobs. Mount Franklin Foods has acquired all of the equipment and is now working on finalizing the real estate transaction.

“Everyone at Mount Franklin Foods is excited about our new operations in Sumter, South Carolina” said Gary Ricco, the company’s President and CEO. “The Palmetto state and Sumter are pro-business, and this new location will provide us with a strong platform for driving revenues by continuing to serve our customers with compelling product offerings.”

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