An icy, bubbly beverage is just what everybody needs to perk up on a warm day or a hot night. But it probably doesn’t occur to many of us that we can actually make our own at home–with or without a store bought machine – we’re talking from scratch.
Believe it or not, crafting a delicious carbonated beverage is easy, according to the author of a new book, Making Soda at Home. Author Jeremy Butler breaks down the science of carbonation which will enable readers discover recipes that are easily adapted for each of the three methods for carbonation. It even walks readers through how to make a soda bar, complete with “kegerator.” Offering resources like homebrew forums, shopping guides, and industrial suppliers, the book provides a resourceful guide for everything soda. Inside readers will find:
Coconut-lime or peach sodas for a hot summer day
Tonics like root beer, sassafras, sarsaparilla and ginger ale
Instructions on how to brew expert clones of beloved favorite dews, peppers, pops, and colas
There’s even a recipe for butter beer
In addition, the book offers a comprehensive approach to the craft of soda making with a section on the three major carbonation methods–something that does not exist in other soda making books.
Making Soda at home is published by Quarry Books. Retail price is $24.99, $27.99 in Canada. The book is also available as an e-book.
Grandpa’s Kitchen is owned and operated by the Shrock family in Ogden, Utah. When they were diagnosed with celiac disease in 2004 they did not know how many other people struggled with the same disease. What they did know is that they felt better living a gluten-free lifestyle and wanted to share what they found with others. At first, the family tried a variety of gluten-free products, but found it an unsatisfactory experience because of the lack luster taste, texture and consistency. They began to experiment with home-made recipes and gluten-free flour mixtures and were able to create a blend of flours which produced an edible, delicious, moist bread. This inspired them to launch Grandpa’s Kitchen in 2007, with the first product being a gluten-free bread mix.
Today Grandpa’s Kitchen continues to manufacture the bread mix, which is now a bread/pizza crust mix. The family also publishes their “Family Favorites” gluten-free cookbook to help others realize how easy cooking gluten-free really is and how good it can taste. They are very excited about their gluten-free baking flour which is a perfect combination of flours and starches blended to give delicious results as a cup-for-cup wheat flour replacement.
Customers continually send emails telling Grandpa’s Kitchen how long it has been since they had a good piece of bread and how much they love Grandpa’s Kitchen gluten-free baking mixes. The Shrock family hear stories every week about the benefits others have found by living a gluten-free diet.
Grandpa’s Kitchen gluten-free mixes are available at leading grocery retailers, food services, organic and natural food retailers, food catalogs and online. Find a store at www.grandpas-kitchen.com. Grandpa’s Kitchen loves to get emails (firstname.lastname@example.org) and will respond to questions anyone has about celiac disease, living a gluten-free lifestyle or about their products.
Mooney Farms has launched a healthy and bold snack line that delivers. The BBQ variety offers a double-dose of sweet and spicy, or choose the Smokey flavor, slow roasted over an open flame just long enough to infuse a rich aroma and taste. This one-of-a-kind snack line combines premium California sun dried tomatoes and select spices to bring you a fat-free, lycopene-rich snack that is full of flavor.
The launch of the new Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomato Snacks makes it easier for anyone who has ever faced the dilemma of choosing between a healthy and delicious convenient snack.
“The new Bella Sun Luci snack bags unites the much-loved barbecue spice and smoky flavors with our premium sun dried tomatoes, and packs layers of great flavor in every bite,” said Mary Mooney. “We found that fans of one flavor are often fans of the other — so we made it easier to enjoy them together as the ultimate savory and sweet snack combination.”
The suggested retail price is $2.99 for a 3.5-ounce bag. The Bella Sun Luci snack bags are available at Safeway banner stores nationwide.
Super-premium French olive oil producer Chateau d’Estoublon has signed with leading specialty food importer and distributor, New Jersey-based Epicure Foods, which will distribute the fine extra virgin olive oil through its new “Chef’s Mandala” division, which is dedicated to importing only a few exceptional, super-premium European products each year. Chef’s Mandala only selects one fine product per regional category, and Chateau d’Estoublon is the brand that made the cut for French premium olive oil.
“We’ve looked for a long time for a French olive oil with a flavor profile that is consistently high quality over a period of several harvests, which is extremely difficult to do with mono-varietals,” notes Epicure principal, Stephen Drezga. “We’ve finally found it with Chateau d’Estoublon, whose exceptional oils are also available in single varietals, which we don’t find from France,” he adds.
Epicure, which has built a reputation as one of the most respected gatekeepers of specialty food since 1971, will be rolling out Estoublon to specialty food as well as premium restaurants nation-wide. “We’ve been hearing overwhelmingly positive feedback on the products, whose exceptionally beautiful packaging and presentation offer retailers great opportunities for eye-catching merchandising, as well as positioning as both food and gift items,” adds Drezga.
Absolutely Gluten Free Foods is introducing a flourless, cauliflower crust gluten-free pizza, which will be hitting supermarket shelves in August.
Absolutely Gluten Free pizzas are available in two varieties: Mozzarella and Non Dairy Mozzarella Style topping. Individual pizzas are just 57 calories each and contain only 1.7 grams of fat or 2.0 grams of fat.
According to Mordy Dicker of Absolutely Gluten Free, “The cauliflower pizzas not only address the fast-growing gluten free-market, but the low-calorie, low-fat and lactose-free market as well. This will be the first nationally available cauliflower crusted gluten-free pizza. Being able to fulfill the needs of these rapidly growing markets with America’s favorite food is a win-win for the retailer and the consumer. Absolutely Gluten Free cauliflower pizzas, which were first introduced to the trade at Expo West earlier this year, received an overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic response.”
“Absolutely Gluten Free Pizza provides the health benefits of cruciferous rich cauliflower and antioxidants which help to protect the body,” states nutritional expert Ellen Piernick. “In addition, Absolutely Gluten Free Pizza offers healthy levels of fiber and protein making it a great choice for an after school snack for children.”
Absolutely Gluten Free pizzas are packaged and shipped frozen, three pizzas to a box, and will retail for approximately $4.99. They are certified gluten free, non-GMO and certified kosher by the Orthodox Union (OU). United Natural Foods International (UNFI), a leading national, natural food distributor will be the first to begin shipping the product in August 2014, in time for back-to- school.
Absolutely Gluten Free is headquartered in Bayonne, New Jersey, and currently has a line of flatbreads and crackers available in stores nationwide. Follow on Facebook and Twitter @AbsolutelyGF and online at www.absolutelygf.com.
Mark Zoske, CEO of SaltWorks® was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Pacific Northwest in the distribution and manufacturing category. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
SaltWorks was the first and remains the largest gourmet salt company in the world. Mark Zoske has worked for 13 years to alter the public perception of salt from basic commodity to 2-cent luxury per pinch. Zoske’s inherent commitment to perfection and his perseverance differentiate SaltWorks salt from any other salts on the market. Beyond making all-natural gourmet salts more accessible to consumers, he has completely revolutionized the way the masses approach everyday salt use.
At the company’s inception, salt was enemy number one, low-sodium diets were the doctor’s orders, and few people made any distinction between refined and unrefined salt. Rather than being intimidated by the misinformed public, Zoske seized the opportunity to promote change.
SaltWorks has always been about the integrity of the product and appreciating the nuances of all-natural salt. Mark Zoske earned the trust of his customers since day one based on this simple premise: a better option at a competitive price.
For this reason, Mark Zoske spends countless hours dreaming up innovative ways to ensure an unmatched quality and variety of the unadulterated salts that SaltWorks both imports and manufactures, while also promoting the benefits of using these unrefined salts over refined options.
“I’m genuinely honored by the accolade. I’ve just always believed in our product and our ability to manufacture and distribute it at a standard that speaks for itself,” Zoske explains.
Currently, SaltWorks has more than 60 employees and operates out of a 130,000 square foot manufacturing facility. It has been honored on the Inc. 5000 list every consecutive year since 2007 and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
As a Pacific Northwest award winner, Zoske is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014.
Eco-Products, which makes foodservice products from renewable resources and recycled content, offers ZERO by Eco-Products, a line of hot cups and cold cups whose carbon impacts have been measured and fully offset through a partnership with leading carbon offset provider Renewable Choice Energy.
The carbon offsets for the ZERO line are informed by two years of product life cycle analysis work done by Eco-Products in an effort to better understand the cradle-to-grave environmental impacts associated with their complete product portfolio.
“As for many companies that undertake LCA work, it has been eye-opening to see where in the supply chain our carbon impacts are the largest,” said Claudia Capitini, Sustainability Maven for Eco-Products. “Now the really exciting work begins as we search for creative ways to reduce our carbon footprint across the entire business and empower our customers to use this information in their own efforts to quantify the impact their businesses have on the planet.”
“Eco-Products has long been a national leader in sustainability,” said Quayle Hodek, CEO of Renewable Choice Energy. “By measuring and offsetting the carbon impacts of their new Zero line of cups, Eco-Products is setting an even higher bar for environmental responsibility.”
Eco-Products is now offering customers the ability to receive customized reports detailing the life cycle impacts of their purchases, enabling universities, hospitals, corporate campuses and others to understand the true environmental impacts associated with their foodservice packaging. For more information on these reports and all things related to the impact assessment at Eco-Products, please visit:http://www.ecoproducts.com/impact_assessment.html
The Zero Line is another addition to the company’s GreenStripe family of products made from 100 renewable resources; both the hot cup and cold cup meet ASTM standards for compostability.
Ricky’s Lucky Nuts is all about creating a unique snacking experience and they don’t do just any nut. They do peanuts because they think they do peanuts better than anybody.
Most people think that gourmet nuts don’t include peanuts. They think of cashews and almonds as gourmet, but peanuts are the most popular nut in America.
Ricky’s has a nut like no other because their process is truly unique. They take the world’s best flavors: chipotle, coffee, curry, chai and coarse black pepper, the sweet, salty and spicy tastes that people love, and dry roast them in their own secret way. The flavors bind directly onto the nut. Instead of candied or dusty, the roasted-on process creates an amazing little, flavor packed Lucky Nugget. The taste sensation is a bang, not a whimper.
These roasted nuts are all natural and healthy with no artificial ingredients of any kind and create a memorable taste experience from honest, unadulterated ingredients. Plus, the sweet and salty nuts are GMO free. Ricky’s Lucky Nuts work with local and regional businesses to source many of their goods and services. That supports local economics and reduces their carbon foot print through reduced transportation cost. Ricky’s nuts are grown in Texas and all the packaging is made in the USA and is recyclable.
Ricky’s Lucky Nuts flavors include Black Pepper and Sea Salt that has a little bit of heat with a satisfying taste. Real Coffee will perk up your senses and is made with real coffee. Thai Red Curry is all natural red curry that features a bold and exotic flavor. It is the perfect afternoon and late night snack. Sweet Chai has a hint of cane sugar with a whole lot of flavor. Other favorites include Sweet and Smoky BBQ, a sweet smoky nut with a tangy taste of BBQ. Spicy Chile Chipotle has a touch of chipotle seasoning and a bold flavor of delicious heat.
Ricky’s Lucky Nuts make the ideal individual or corporate gift box. They are available at grocery and convenience stores, gift and gift basket companies, food catalogs, gourmet and specialty retailers or online at www.rickysluckynuts.com.
If you don’t already sing to tomatoes, you may soon find yourself rethinking your salsa. Known for its freshly flavorful dips and spreads, Sabra® Dipping Company has relaunchedits eightrefrigerated salsas to the sweet sound of farmer serenades. To underscore the loving process with which Sabra prepares its line of salsas, the brand is featuring in-field farmers singing to vine-ripening tomatoes in its first salsa advertising campaign. Salsa fans are invited to join the fun by sending sweet nothings by way of social media with the hashtag #SalsaLove
“The commercials are a fun take on nurturing growing tomatoes for a delicious product that is filled with love,” said Eric Greifenberger, Director of Marketing at Sabra. “From our ripe red tomatoes to our crisp onions and peppers, our farmers and chefs are meticulous in their care and selection of vegetables for a fresher-tasting salsa. Believe it or not, research has shown singing to plants makes them grow better. We certainly don’t see any harm in that.”
Sabra’s line of refrigerated salsas includes Homestyle Medium, Homestyle Mild, Mango Peach, Restaurant Style, Roasted Garlic, Pico de Gallo, Southwestern and Garden Style. The newly relaunched recipes feature more crisp vegetables for a fresher, chunkier salsa bursting with flavor. The company uses only vine-ripened tomatoes, handpicked by Sabra’s farmers. The nature of the process inspired Sabra’s campaign theme of “Made with Love” developed with creative agency strawberryfrog.
“Sabra goes over and above to create a better tasting salsa. We were inspired by the passion Sabra has for their salsa,” said Ant White, strawberryfrog’s creative director on Sabra. “Known as the brand behind America’s favorite hummus, we wanted to help Sabra share its salsa story in an engaging way. Getting farmers to sing REO Speedwagon’s I’m Gonna Keep on Loving You is just the beginning.”
Sabra Salsa’s integrated campaign kicked off on June 23. It will run in the Northeast and include ads on Hulu and other video-hosting sites as well as radio ads, banner ads, social media and in-store activities. Sabra will also have four trucks crisscrossing the Northeast to share the Salsa Love with free samples.
The entire campaign directs consumer to the microsite SabraSalsaLove.com. Consumers can share their own love by posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Vine pages with the hashtag #SalsaLove. The best fan submissions will be shared on the site and may even make it into the next Sabra Salsa ad.
SabraSalsaLove.com is also the host to a summer sweepstakes. One winner will receive a four-day beachside culinary getaway in Southern California, and ten winners each week will receive other great prizes. On Pinterest, fans pinning their favorite recipes featuring salsa will be entered to win additional prizes.