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Inventure Foods to Present at Wedbush California Dreamin’ Consumer Management Access Conference

 Inventure Foods, Inc. has announced that Terry McDaniel, President and CEO, and Steve Weinberger, CFO, will present at the Wedbush California Dreamin’ Consumer Management Access Conference on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9:45 a.m. EST.  The conference will be held at the Le Parker Meridien Hotel in New York City.

The presentation and related materials will be available to all interested parties through a live audio webcast accessible in the investor relations section of Inventure Foods’ website at, where it will be archived for 90 days following the presentation.

About Inventure Foods, Inc.
With manufacturing facilities in Arizona, Indiana, Washington, Oregon and Georgia, Inventure Foods, Inc. is a marketer and manufacturer of specialty food brands in better-for-you and indulgent categories under a variety of company-owned and licensed brand names, including Boulder Canyon Natural Foods®, Jamba®, Seattle’s Best Coffee®, Rader Farms®, T.G.I. Friday’s®, Nathan’s Famous®, Vidalia Brands®, Poore Brothers®, Tato Skins®, Willamette Valley Fruit Company, Fresh Frozen and Bob’s Texas Style®.

Holiday Pasta Recipe from Cat Cora

Residence Inn sent us over this recipe by Residence Inn by Marriott’s Resident Mom of the Year, Cat Cora.

With four hungry boys to feed over the holidays, Celebrity Chef and lifestyle entrepreneur Cat Cora knows a thing or two about sizzling up festive dishes that are sure to please! Please see below for the unique holiday dish she created exclusively for Residence Inn that incorporates seasonal ingredients such as pumpkin, sage and cinnamon. This recipe is easily prepared at home or on the road for family holiday travel, while staying at a Residence Inn! All rooms feature fully-stocked kitchens, and the brand offers complimentary grocery delivery service so you can have all of the ingredients delivered right to your room.

IMG_9494Very Merry Holiday Pasta

Serves 4-6

3 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces turkey or chicken sausage, diced
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 pound orecchiette
1 cup of white wine
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and pepper, to taste
½ cup parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh sage, thin sliced

Boil water for pasta in a pasta pot, fitted with a strainer. Add the fresh orecchiette pasta to boiling water, cook until al dente, about 5 minutes.  Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add turkey or chicken sausage and saute for 3-4 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add garlic into the pan, and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring continuously.  Add white wine and reduce heat by half.  Add in chicken stock, canned pumpkin, heavy cream and cinnamon. Stir until well mixed.  Add the turkey or chicken sausage to the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the cooked orecchiette pasta and toss. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Transfer to a warm platter or bowls, top with parmesan cheese and fresh sage.

Snikiddy Launches New Soy Ginger Eat Your Vegetables Flavor Exclusively at Kroger

Snikiddy®, a line of all-natural snacks made from simple, real-food ingredients, today announced it is introducing Soy Ginger Eat Your Vegetables® as an exclusive to Kroger stores nationwide. The Asian-inspired, veggie-packed variety will be available in more than 730 Kroger stores from coast-to-coast beginning at the end of October.

“The combination of soy and ginger deliver that umami (sweet, sour, bitter, salty, taste) all of our taste buds crave.  These flavor contrasts all packed in one is quickly becoming more and more popular in many of our favorite entrees, but finding this Far East combination in the snack aisle is very unique,” said Mary Schulman, Founder and Executive Vice President of Marketing for Snikiddy. “We left no stone unturned to perfect our new flavor and are excited to debut this completely unique snack to Kroger shoppers!”

Like all other Eat Your Vegetables varieties, the new Soy Ginger crisps are made with eight vegetables including kale, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, navy beans, carrots and shitake mushrooms, and provide a full serving of vegetables per ounce. Snikiddy Eat Your Vegetables are a good source of vitamin A, C, E, B1, B6 and antioxidants. The chips also provide 3 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein per serving from a proprietary blend of beans and brown rice. All Snikiddy snacks are all-natural, certified gluten and wheat free, made with non-GMO ingredients, and are completely peanut and tree nut free. Snikiddy Eat Your Vegetables are available in other fun, family-friendly flavors including: Sea Salt, Sour Cream & Onion, Jalapeno Ranch, Italian Herb & Olive Oil and Sea Salt & Lime.

The entire line of Snikiddy snacks are available at grocery, natural, specialty and family retailers nationwide, including select Target locations, Sprouts Farmers Market, The Fresh Market, Whole Foods Market, Toys ‘R’ Us, and Babies ‘R’ Us as well as online at

Babo Botanicals Products Help Keep Baby Clean, Safe and Comfortable

by Lorrie Baumann

Winter weather can be particularly tough on babies, whose skin is 70 percent thinner than adult skin and very susceptible to dehydration. Baby’s skin needs to be moisturized frequently with products that do not strip natural oils from the skin. Products should allow the skin to breathe easily and be free of irritants that can cause allergic reactions.

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The Babo Botanicals products meet these requirements and are also all-natural, free of parabens, phthalates, gluten, synthetic fragrances and colors as well as nuts. “These are things that more and more kids and adults appear to have sensitivities to,” says Babo Botanicals owner and CEO Kate Solomon. “We wanted to make the most hypoallergenic products on the market.” The products are all dermatologist-tested, allergy-tested and tear-free.

Oatmilk Group 8041-8040-8042-9606Each of the product lines within the brand are formulated to provide specific solutions to problems that babies and their parents commonly experience. For dry skin or eczema, Babo Botanicals’ oatmeal and calendula shampoo, diaper cream, moisturizing lotion and body wash are the solution. For calming the fussy baby, Lavender Meadowsweet bubble bath and shampoo is great. Berry Primrose shampoo and detangler spray are the solution for tangled locks. The products are all made on a farm in upstate New York from pure flower and plant extracts.

They come from a mom with a background in working with farmers and who began her career with the Peace Corps by developing a beekeeping program for farmers in the Paraguayan village of San Antonio Guazu. Solomon had applied for the beekeeping program after raising bees with her father at the family home in Connecticut. “Paraguay was one of the few countries that had beekeeping as part of their agriculture program,” she says. With a grant from the World Bank, she was able to develop a very solid beekeeping program there before the end of her two-and-a-half-year assignment.

Home from the Peace Corps, she went to work for Avon Products. I was attracted to Avon because I wanted to go into a global personal care business, and I loved the Avon philosophy of women making extra money with their own personal care products businesses,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to have my own business, always. I come from a line of entrepreneurs in my family.”

While at Avon, she realized that she had a knack for developing brands and products, and she continued her career doing that for other companies, including, most recently, almost a decade with L’Oreal developing products for the professional market.

I realized I had a knack for developing brands and products, and I continued my career doing that for other companies. “I saw a real need for very high quality products using the power of botanicals for the kids that could be used by the entire family. The botanicals are important because plants and flowers can produce amazing results in a natural way. That’s better than depending on chemicals that may irritate the skin.”

She began developing the Babo Botanicals products after leaving L’Oreal in 2007 and launched the business in 2010. Babo Botanicals, named after Solomon’s son’s security bunny, was immediately successful in the marketplace. “It’s doubled every year, and we expect it to continue to double,” Solomon says.

The Babo Botanicals products retail from $12 to $14.95. For more information, visit



Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods Introduces Three New Harvest Season Veggie Pancakes

This year, the first day of Hannukah coincides with Thanksgiving Day — the first and only time this will happen. This rare occurrence has inspired Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods to celebrate with the launch of three new seasonally inspired veggie pancakes: Roasted Corn, Root Vegetable and Zucchini & Carrot. All three varieties will be available exclusively at Whole Foods.

Each all-natural, kosher certified pancake incorporates the finest, recognizable ingredients with an assortment of harvest flavors, making them a convenient option for customers looking to create tasty and sensible holiday dishes.

The first of the new flavors, Root Vegetable Pancakes, are like a better-for-you version of cranberry stuffing in the shape of a pancake. This variety features a mix of beets, cranberries, and quinoa with rutabaga, potatoes, celery and sweet potatoes. It is vegan and gluten-free.

Roasted Corn Cakes combine roasted corn with roasted garlic, leeks, cilantro and chipotle, making these cakes a nutritious and delicious addition to a traditional holiday vegetable side. They are vegetarian.

Finally, Zucchini & Carrot Pancakes feature two harvest favorites. This variety delivers the ultimate taste of fall in a convenient to prepare pancake! This variety is vegetarian and gluten-free.

“Given our family and company heritage, we thought this was a fun opportunity to celebrate and create some seasonal offerings,” said Larry Praeger, vice president of Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods. “These pancakes incorporate a lot of the harvest vegetables and tastes associated with traditional holiday meals. We’re excited to offer a tasty, healthy and convenient twist on these seasonal dishes.”

The new pancakes have an SRP of $4.99 per box of six, individually wrapped patties. In addition to these new products, Dr. Praeger’s offers a broad assortment of veggie burgers, veggie pancakes, fish sticks, and an entire line-up just for kids. With no artificial flavors or colors, and low saturated fat and cholesterol, Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods products appeal to a wide range of consumers – from those looking for a sensible meat alternative to those looking for a healthier snack options.

Saffron Road Awarded Best Halal Food Company at the Global Islamic Economy Summit 2013

Saffron Road, the packaged food brand of American Halal Co., was awarded Best Halal Food Company in the World at the prestigious Global Islamic Economy Summit (GIES) in Dubai, U.A.E. yesterday. The GIES is the equivalent of the Global Economic Forum of the Middle East and is facilitated by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Thomson Reuters as the world’s leading Islamic economy conference. The award was bestowed on American Halal’s Chief Executive Officer, Adnan Durrani, by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, before 3,500 registrants in attendance at the Jumeirah Arena Ballroom in Dubai. The Award celebrates global emerging companies that have demonstrated significant social and business impact and have inspired a new generation of leaders. Saffron Road was selected from a competitive list of applicants from more than 30 countries.

Adnan Durrani commented by saying, “We are so honored at American Halal to achieve the utmost level of global accolades by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum and the Global Islamic Economy Summit. I am so proud of our team at Saffron Road for our dedication to Halal values that not only meet the needs of the wider Muslim community, but are also being applauded around the world for our steadfast purity and excellence.  On the heels of Saffron Road winning Best Halal Product in the World at the World Halal Forum in 2011, in just a short period of time our impact on the global stage has been remarkable.”

The American Vegetarian Association Awards Eggland’s Best Certification

 For the tenth year in a row the American Vegetarian Association (AVA) has awarded its certification to Eggland’s Best.

The AVA certification acknowledges Eggland’s Best as a part of the American Vegetarian Association’s Global Certification program, which recognizes the standards of vegetarian assurance and enables vegetarian-minded people to make the best food choices. Eggland’s Best’s 2014 AVA certification assures vegetarians that by selecting Eggland’s Best products, they are receiving the very best vegetarian foods.

“We are honored that Eggland’s Best’s eggs are the only eggs to be certified and recommended by the American Vegetarian Association,” says Charles Lanktree, President and CEO of Eggland’s Best, LLC. “We are proud to be a part of AVA’s growing family of quality certified products, which allows consumers to trust our product with the highest vegetarian certification.”

The Eggland’s Best hen feed consists of a proprietary all-vegetarian feed of healthy grains, which gives EB eggs significantly better nutrition compared to ordinary eggs. As a result, Eggland’s Best eggs contain 10 times the vitamin E, four times the vitamin D and twice the amount of omega-3 fatty acids than ordinary eggs.  Eggland’s Best eggs also contain 25 percent less saturated fat and only 70 calories per egg.

For more information on Eggland’s Best eggs, please visit

America’s Best Organics Unveils New Gift Box

Just in time for the holidays, America’s Best Organics, provider of hand-curated, eco-conscious organic gift baskets, has introduced a newly designed, American-made gift box in which to present and ship its all-organic and earth-friendly gift box collections. Produced and printed in a zero waste facility in Denver, CO, the new keepsake gift box design was inspired by an original illustration from Colorado artist Matthue DeYarus.

America’s Best Organics is one of 19 Certified B Corporations participating in the launch of “B the Change,” a new consumer facing campaign from the community of Certified B Corporations, that celebrates and rewards people using business as a force for good. America’s Best Organics included the B the Change red logo on the side of the newly designed gift box as a demonstration of their commitment to raising consumer awareness of products produced by fellow B Corporations.

Additionally, the company unveiled a new look and functionality to its website,, to help ease and expedite the shopper’s experience in ordering and shipping gift box collections to any location in the U.S. New features to the website include a quick buy section on the homepage, updated graphics and images, and messaging to alert shoppers that ground shipping in the US is now included in the list price.

Holiday Baking Tips from Chef Tony Schmidt

shutterstock_157172630We asked Christie Cookies Corporate Chef Tony Schmidt to give us some tips for holiday baking to pass on to Gourmet News readers. Here’s his list of things to remember while you’re baking those holiday cookies and cakes:

1. Use high-quality ingredients whenever possible such as real butter and real vanilla. You’ll be able to taste the difference in your finished product.

2. Follow the recipe order and instructions. If it states to use softened butter, plan ahead to make sure you have softened butter ready.

3. Don’t overbake. Pay attention to the temps and the recommended bake time with every recipe. Even a minute too long in the oven can compromise the quality of the finished product.

4. Have fun. Yes, you might make a mess with the flour and drop an egg or two. It’s worth it!

5. The holiday season is a great time to get the whole family in the kitchen to prepare something. Baking is a great way to get the kids involved and make them a part of the fun and excitement of food!

Christie Cookie Hires Industry Veteran as Corporate Chef/Regional Sales Manager

Tony_Schmidt_ChristieCookiesChristie Cookie has hired Tony Schmidt for a newly created position as the company’s Corporate Chef and Southeast Regional Sales Manager. Schmidt is a 2002 graduate of the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. With almost 10 years of business and chef experience, as well as a degree in Hospitality Management and Masters in Business Administration, Schmidt will assist the company in growing its regional and national presence.

“Tony will play a key role in providing and implementing quality recipes and ideas,” said Jay McKnight, Director of Food Services at Christie Cookie. “His wealth of experience and industry knowledge is invaluable and he will be a crucial part of the decision making process at Christie Cookie. We are thrilled Tony has joined our team.”

Prior to working at Christie Cookie, Schmidt served as a Southeast Corporate Regional Chef with US Foods as well as Culinary Specialist Manager in their Atlanta branch where he managed the brands portfolio, the ten-member product specialist team as well as equipment and supplies buyers. Schmidt began his career as Assistant Sous Chef with Marriott International and continued with Marriott in various culinary and food and beverage leadership roles. As an active chef of the culinary community, Schmidt was a guest chef at the 2010 and 2011 Masters Tournament as well as being a mentor and judge for Georgia high school culinary teams. Schmidt is also very involved in the Atlanta Chapter of the American Culinary Federation and a ten-year supporter of the Hospitality Education foundation of Georgia.

As Corporate Chef, Schmidt’s responsibilities will include developing new recipes, oversight of research and development, and panel testing. In his Southeast Regional Sales Manager role, his focus will include recruiting, hiring, training, managing and motivating foodservice brokers.

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