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Cheese Lovers Seeking Out Authentic Le Gruyère AOP

When you want the “real” Gruyère AOP, there are a few things you can look for to guarantee that you have found the one cheese that can deliver the signature taste and consistency you expect from Gruyère AOP. In order to find this authentic cheese, you need to know where to look, and what it means.

meule_fleche2_petitDuring production, each wheel of Gruyère AOP is systematically marked with the number of the mold and code of the cheese dairy that is producing it. The day and month of production are also noted. These black markings are made with casein, the milk protein (even here, there are no additives involved). From this point on, the name “Gruyère AOP,” and the code of the production facility appear on the heel of each wheel. This is an effective way of preventing fakes and guaranteeing authenticity. However, you can take it a step further. Using the cheese dairy’s unique code, you can go to and enter the cheese dairy number to see who produced the cheese you are eating!
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‘Ohana Harbor Bringing Kona Coffee to the Mainland

Nothing is quite as exotic as Hawaii, but forget springing for a plane ticket to find the real taste of paradise. More and more specialty retailers are offering ‘Ohana Harbor Coffee to satisfy their customers’ cravings. ‘Ohana Harbor Coffee Company offers a variety of Hawaiian Island-inspired Kona Coffees that will provide you and your customers a vacation for your palates.

‘Ohana Harbor Coffee Company’s 100 percent Kona coffee is grown exclusively in the Kailua-Kona region on the Big Island of Hawaii, where rich volcanic soil and an ideal climate produce a unique and robust coffee cherry. Harvested from September through February, ‘Ohana’s 100 percent Kona coffee is award winning. It has earned the “Cream of the Crop” designation for six consecutive years.
A favorite among coffee aficionados for its low acidity and full-bodied flavor, ‘Ohana’s 100 percent Kona coffee is offered in medium and dark roasts. The company’s most popular Kona coffee is Ali’i Premium, a hand-picked, sun-dried, single-origin Kona coffee that is small batch roasted to bring out its sugars while preserving the nutty flavors for which Kona coffees are traditionally known.
While ‘Ohana Harbor specializes in 100 percent Kona Coffee, the company also offers small batch-roasted, hand-crafted Kona blends that fit into any budget. Whether a seasonal product or a faithful stand by, ‘Ohana Harbor offers island-inspired packaging and taste that is guaranteed to be fresh and smooth.
Founded on traditional values and sustainability, ‘Ohana Harbor is a family-owned operation emphasizing traditional Hawaiian culture, fairness and environmentally mindful practices. ‘Ohana does this by staying involved with its coffee “from tree to cup.” ‘Ohana Harbor is honored to offer the great-tasting coffee from the company’s ‘Ohana to yours. ‘Ohana means “family,” and ‘Ohana Harbor invites you to make its coffee part of yours.
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Sarabeth’s Takes Home sofi Gold Award for Velvety Cream of Tomato Soup

Sarabeth’s recently took home the 2013 sofi Gold Award, presented by the Specialty Food Association at the Summer Fancy Food Show. Sarabeth’s Velvety Cream of Tomato Soup won the honor in the Soup, Stew, Bean and Chili category. Over the years, Sarabeth’s has been awarded multiple sofi Awards ranging from the gold award in the Outstanding Classic category for the company’s Blood Orange Marmalade to the gold award in the Hot Beverage category for Hot Chocolate Parisienne.

Sarabeth and Bill Levine still remain the driving force behind the success and outstanding reputation of the Sarabeth’s brand. Sarabeth is a James Beard Award Winning Pastry Chef as well as an author. Together Bill and Sarabeth are also successful restaurateurs with multiple locations in New York City, Key West and Tokyo.
Charlie Apt, former owner of Ciao Bella Gelato Company, joined with the Levines in 2011 as a Partner. Charlie is currently working alongside the founders to develop new products and expand the brand’s distribution nationally and internationally. Sarabeth’s is now available at a number of retailers, including Sur La Table, King’s, Open Sky, A&P, Gelson’s, RueLaLa, Citerella, Soft Surroundings, Loblaw’s and Whole Foods.
In 2013, Sarabeth’s is introducing a new line of pancake, waffle and biscuit mixes. The mixes will be available for distribution on October 1. This is a unique tasting, all-natural product line that reflects the home cooking found in Sarabeth’s restaurants. Thousands of loyal customers enjoy Sarabeth’s breakfast, brunch and lunch in her restaurants every year. Taking home Sarabeth’s preserves, syrups, mixes, granola and hot chocolate provide consumers with an “at home” experience otherwise only found in Sarabeth’s much adored restaurants and cafes.
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