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Kroger’s Summer Celebration of Military Service Members Continues

The Kroger Company’s summer-long Honoring Our Heroes campaign continues in stores through July 19.

Customers can show their support and donate through register scan cards and coin boxes at stores or by donating online at www.honoringourheroes.com. All funds raised from customers will be additional to Kroger’s $1 million commitment. All gifts will help the USO continue its mission to keep service members connected to family, home and country throughout their service to our nation.

More than 2 million Americans serve on active duty or in the reserves today, including many Kroger family of stores associates. Kroger’s Honoring Our Heroes program is designed to show Kroger’s deep gratitude to our active duty service members and our nation’s 23 million veterans through the company’s partnership with the USO.

Wind & Willow Celebrates 25 Years with Original Bread Mixes

Wind & Willow, Inc has been a leader in the specialty food industry for years and this year it celebrates its 25th. The company’s first products introduced in 1991 were beer bread mixes. The bread mixes were retired several years ago as other lines such as cheeseball mixes and dip mixes exploded in sales. Since that time, impassioned customer requests to bring the breads back have continued and even increased over the last couple of years. The company felt it would be the perfect time to re-introduce this original customer favorite line as it celebrates its 25th year.

The bread mixes currently being produced use the same recipe used 25 years ago. All natural ingredients such as flour, cane sugar, cinnamon, dehydrated peppers and vegetable pieces and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Simple whole ingredients, ease of preparation and outstanding taste and aroma are some of the attributes that consumers love. Just add a can of beer and bake! Five minutes prep and 40 minutes to bake. The easiest way to fill your home with the aroma of bread baking in the oven and to experience the full rich taste of fresh baked bread.

There are currently three bread mix flavors available: Original, Cinnamon and Southern Corn. Directions for each flavor are the same. Mix with a 12-ounce can of beer and bake. As an alternative the consumer may use non-alcoholic beer or other carbonated beverage. There are also simple alternate recipes for each mix as well. Consumers love the easy corn fritters, cinnamon apple muffins and cheesy garlic bread recipes.

Over the years, one of the categories that has seen exponential growth for Wind & Willow is soup mixes. The prepared soups are so rich and creamy, it’s hard to believe you just add water and simmer for 10 minutes. Sales of the bread mixes are expected to rise during what the company refers to as “soup season” from the end of third quarter through fourth quarter. There are 10 different flavors of 6-cup soup mixes available, as well as four 1-cup mixes.

And what goes better with soup than hot homemade bread right out of the oven? Soup and hot bread out of the oven are perfect after a long day at work or any time you are longing for the ultimate in comfort food. The combo of soup and bread mixes makes a perfect gift choice for anyone on your list who doesn’t normally cook. As long as they have water and a can of beer, they can prepare a great meal like a pro!

Cheese Loves Its Bonne Maman

The Bonne Maman wide-mouth jars with their red gingham-print lids are familiar sights in center store jam aisles. Now they’re coming to the deli department, and they’re bringing their fans along with them.

This year at the Summer Fancy Food Show, Bonne Maman introduced Bonne Maman Spread for Cheese in three delicious flavors, all specially created to spread beautifully and to pair perfectly with all types of cheese. Black Cherry, Purple Fig and Quince Spreads for Cheese are all made with simple, high-quality ingredients from a homemade-style recipe.

Bonne Maman also introduced a new flavor in its regular fruit preserves line: Mango Peach, a unique flavor in the preserves category. Like the other fruit preserves in the line, Mango Peach is made with perfect fruit and natural sugars, carefully prepared with traditional expertise, to create the memorable taste of Bonne Maman, which is French for Grandma. Bonne Maman products do not contain high fructose corn syrup and have no additives or preservatives. They’re gluten-free, kosher and are Non-GMO Project Verified.

All Bonne Maman products bring along with them a heritage of quality and a true French appreciation in great cuisine. The company was started just after World War II as a family of fresh fruit wholesalers who’d been exporting walnuts and canned fruit around the world realized that an emerging market for store-bought products with homemade quality was growing up around them. At the time, almost 70 percent of the fruit preserves made in France were being made in someone’s home kitchen, but as women had begun to enter the work force during and after the war, they no longer had time to put up preserves at home.

Taking advantage of this demographic shift, the family behind the Bonne Maman brand made several attempts at producing a fruit spread that met their particular grandma’s high standards. Once they succeeded, they named the brand after her. Today, Bonne Maman is the single best-selling premium brand of fruit preserves in the U.S. and is a key driver of the category growth in the U.S. Bonne Maman is the No. 3 brand in the category and has the highest loyalty rate. Bonne Maman produces 16 flavors of preserves, including the Mango Peach introduced at the show, as well as four jelly flavors: Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Muscat Grape and Redcurrant, and now also Bonne Maman Spread for Cheese.

Against the Grain: Plant-Based Without Compromise

For 10 years, Against The Grain has been going against the trend towards food industrialization. It combines the highest quality, whole ingredients in unique ways to produce naturally gluten-free, minimally-processed products. It doesn’t compromise in taste and texture either.

Plant-based products are a new departure for Against The Grain. Its best-selling gluten-free bread and pizza products have always relied on animal protein, but when faced with the opportunity to develop a new line of products, it asked, why not create a plant-based product that was both gluten-free and grain-free? The new 100 percent plant-based Ginger Cookies and Chocolate Chip Cookies are just that. They are rich and buttery-tasting, soft and chewy, and made with real ingredients and no gums, binders, emulsifiers or preservatives. What it offers is a very satisfying, responsible indulgence that is easier on the planet.

About Against The Grain Gourmet
Against The Grain Gourmet is a celiac family-owned wholesale manufacturer of frozen gluten-free bread, pizza and cookie products located in Brattleboro, Vermont. It is also the only national gluten-free and grain-free bakery. The company’s products are made with a minimal number of ingredients with no preservatives or additives in its dedicated gluten-free and nut-free facility. It prides itself on paying its production staff the highest wages and the best benefits package in the industry.

Bell Plantation Offers Alternative to Traditional Peanut Butters

Bell Plantation was born of one simple charge – to develop new and different products to deal with a large surplus of stored peanuts. From this charge a star was born: PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter. In removing 85 percent of the fat by pressing the roasted peanuts, Bell Plantation developed a tasty alternative to traditional peanut butters, and people have taken notice! PB2 is popular with athletes for its ability to add delicious flavor and additional protein to meals. Chefs appreciate the ease of use in recipes both savory and sweet, and anyone watching their calories or fat intake can appreciate the flavor of peanut butter without the guilt.

Following in the footsteps of PB2 is Chocolate PB2, which adds premium cocoa to the mix for a rich chocolate peanut flavor that is absolutely delectable. Chocolate PB2 only tastes sinful, though, as it is just as healthful as the original PB2.

Bell Plantation realized early on that the roasted peanut oil that had been pressed from the peanuts was too delicious to lose. The Extra Virgin Roasted Peanut Oil has a rich nutty flavor that tastes great on everything from vegetables to chicken or fish. It is a delicious addition to recipes, as a drizzle on vegetables or salads, or for sautéing to give foods a rich roasted peanut flavor. The possibilities are endless!

Bell Plantation recognizes that, while PB2 is the bees’ knees, not everyone is looking for an alternative to traditional peanut butters. That is why Bell Plantation also produces Plantation 1883 Peanut Butter in both smooth and crunchy. Plantation 1883 is all natural and sweetened with a touch of molasses for an unbeatable flavor. In 2015, Bell Plantation introduced Plantation 1883 Chocolate, peanut butter with premium chocolate. Decadent, delicious and decidedly delightful, Plantation 1883 Chocolate is destined to be your next peanut butter craving.

One day the Chief Executive Officer was putting Plantation 1883 on his crackers and thought, What if we could turn peanut butter into crackers? The result was Bell Plantation PBthins, a crunchy, slightly sweet and totally addictive cracker that packs the full creamy taste of peanut butter into 100 calories per all natural serving. Bell Plantation also produces PBthins in a gluten-free version that is just as tasty as the original.

As the Bell Plantation family of products continues to grow, you can count on the company’s promise that when you buy Bell Plantation products, you are choosing flavorful healthy foods that are good for you and your family.

John Wm. Macy’s Introduces New Look at Summer Fancy Food Show

Forty years from the development of his original CheeseSticks recipe and 30 years after the launch of John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks from a tiny storefront on New York’s Lower East Side, John Wm. Macy’s re-introduces its brand with a focus on the company’s history as a family-owned and family-run bakery and its dedication to making delicious baked snacks with simple, natural ingredients and expert craftsmanship.

The company is also introducing an addition to its line of cracker-shaped sourdough CheeseCrisps. Rosemary, the herb of love and remembrance, lends its magic to the company’s delicious new Cheddar Rosemary CheeseCrisps. With multiple layers of sourdough and aged Cheddar and Asiago cheeses, baked twice to crunchy perfection, they are simply unforgettable.

John Macy discovered his passion for food and entertaining as a teenager while catering clambakes during a summer on Martha’s Vineyard. In 1976, he developed his original CheeseSticks recipe for his small Northern California catering business. The twice-baked CheeseSticks, made with multiple layers of hand-mixed sourdough and aged sharp cheddar cheese, rolled into thin sheets and cut into strips and twisted by hand, soon became John’s signature appetizer at his catered events.

Following a move to the East Coast, John decided in the early 1980s to bake and sell CheeseSticks from his New York City loft apartment one day a week. He soon realized his tiny apartment kitchen and weekly batches of CheeseSticks were not enough to get the job done. In 1985, John opened a small shop on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and launched John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks.

Headquartered in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, John Wm. Macy’s family bakery employs a staff of 60 and produces a full line of specialty snacks for distribution in the U.S. and Canada. In 1990, John’s brother Tim joined him to help manage the family business. In January 2016, the two brothers were inducted into the Specialty Food Association Hall of Fame for “accomplishments, impact contributions, innovations and successes within the specialty food industry.” John’s enduring passion for good food and good times continues undiminished.

Girard’s New Chef Inspired Dressings

The Girard’s® brand had its beginning in 1939 with a recipe for Girard’s Original French Dressing created by Chef Pierre Girard at his San Francisco restaurant. The restaurant was located on the third floor above the historic John’s Grill (established 1908) located at 63 Ellis Street in San Francisco. This was the first three story restaurant in San Francisco. Over the years, the brand evolved into a retail dressing line, and added many unique chef-inspired varieties. In addition to the distinctive flavors, the brand is also known for its exclusive triangular bottle.

Girard’s premium dressings inspire the home chef to create delicious salads and more. Some of the delicious varieties in addition to the Original French include the ever popular Champagne and Light Champagne, Olde Venice Italian, Greek Feta Vinaigrette, Caesar, Spinach Salad Dressing and Chinese Chicken Salad. Two varieties, Raspberry and White Balsamic Vinaigrette, were recently improved by reducing the sweetness and removing artificial colors and preservatives.

The two new varieties, Vin Rouge (Red Wine) Vinaigrette and White French Dressing, were inspired by French cooking, and will take consumers to new heights. The Vin Rouge Red Wine Vinaigrette is rich and flavorful, with a blend of both Cabernet and Merlot wines. Garlic, onions and shallots round out the savory flavor profile. Versatility is the hallmark of the White French Dressing. It is a unique blend of buttermilk and white wine vinegar, with a touch of mustard and tarragon. It is great on leafy greens or pasta salad.

Girard’s Salad Dressings are part of the T. Marzetti Company, a subsidiary of Lancaster Colony Corporation. Other brands, in both the retail and foodservice markets, include Marzetti®, New York Bakery®, Sister Schubert’s®, Reames®, Cardini’s®, Chatham Village®, Romanoff®, Amish Kitchens®, Inn Maid® and Flatout®.

Enjoy Life Foods Launches Amazon Dash Button

Enjoy Life Foods is making it easier for consumers to reorder allergy-friendly foods with its launch of an Amazon Dash Button for Enjoy Life Foods. Available to Amazon Prime members, the Dash Button for Enjoy Life Foods allows customers to reorder their allergy-friendly Enjoy Life snack stash before running low. A battery-powered, Wi-Fi connected device, the Amazon Dash comes with a reusable adhesive and removable hook to hang, stick, or place right where you need it. The Dash Button includes a status light indicator that turns green once an order is placed, and customers also receive an order notification by email and on their smartphone (if enabled) after an order is placed.

“As a brand rooted in the food allergy community, we understand the everyday stresses of living with food allergies, and our Dash Button is designed to alleviate the stress of keeping the house stocked with safe, allergy-friendly options,” said Joel Warady, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Enjoy Life Foods. “The Dash Button for Enjoy Life Foods allows customers to reorder their supply of allergy-friendly cookies, snack bars, chocolate bars, baking chocolate, baking mixes, seed and fruit mixes and Plentils® expeditiously. We’re excited to offer a unique, time-saving option that skips the online research phase with this simple tool that fits conveniently into a home pantry.”

An easy-to-setup process, Amazon Dash Button for Enjoy Life Foods can be acquired by Amazon Prime members and configured in a few simple steps, including selecting desired Enjoy Life products for ordering. Once configured, users can order by simply pushing their Dash Button for Enjoy Life Foods and have the ability to cancel orders before shipping. The Amazon Dash Button is available for $4.99, and customers will receive a credit to their Amazon accounts for the full $4.99 following their first order.

Dash Button for Enjoy Life Foods joins other leading retail brands, including Bounty, Tide, L’Oreal and more, and follows recent news of Amazon more than tripling the number of Dash Button brands in March 2016.

All Enjoy Life products are certified gluten free and Non-GMO Project Verified and free-from the top eight most common food allergens, identified as wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish. For more information, visit www.enjoylifefoods.com.

Grassmilk Yogurt from Organic Valley

One of the most exciting trends in food today is 100 percent grass-fed dairy. And in the 12 months since Organic Valley introduced its Grassmilk Yogurt in multi-serve tubs, the farmer-owned cooperative has established itself as the number one brand for 100 percent grassfed dairy in the US.

Organic ValleyToday, Organic Valley added to its award-winning Grassmilk Yogurt line by introducing convenient 6- ounce single serve cups with two new flavors– Wild Blueberry and Strawberry, plus the original Plain and Vanilla varieties.

Organic Valley’s Grassmilk Yogurt has won accolades because it’s made from the exceptional organic milk that comes from cows that are 100 percent grass-fed — with no supplemental feed, grain or soybeans in their diet, just lush, fresh pasture and dried forages. The result is a delicate, premium, small-batch yogurt with the seasonal taste of grassmilk dairy. Nutritionally, Organic Valley Grassmilk Yogurt flows with naturally occurring calcium, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and omega-3s.

Why Organic Valley Grassmilk Yogurt cups are uniquely positioned to capitalize on the grass-fed trend:

  • Organic Valley is already the fastest growing 100 percent grass-fed yogurt brand, in an exploding category:
    Grass-fed yogurt is growing eight times faster than the overall organic yogurt category (mainstream and natural) – a $85.9 million segment.
  • Organic grass-fed yogurt is growing over five times faster than the overall organic yogurt — a $21.3 million segment.
  • Organic Valley Grassmilk yogurt has higher levels of naturally occurring omega-3s and CLA
  • Organic Valley is always organic, which means Organic Valley never uses antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or GMOs.

Organic Valley Grassmilk Yogurt cups will appeal to consumers who are looking for exceptional “beyond organic” taste in new fruit flavors and more convenient packaging.

Like the original tubs, Organic Valley’s Grassmilk Yogurt cups feature cream-on-top, whole milk yogurt crafted from 100 percent grass-fed, non-homogenized organic Grassmilk® milk, along with organic strawberries, organic wild blueberries, organic fair trade vanilla and live probiotic cultures.

Organic Valley Grassmilk Yogurt cups will be available September 2016 in natural food stores, food cooperatives and major grocery chains nationwide. Suggested retail price is $1.69.

Organic Prairie Releases Grass-fed Beef Jerky

Organic PrairieOrganic Prairie, the brand of organic meats produced by the same farmer-owned co-op as Organic Valley, has introduced Mighty Beef Jerky, made from organic, 100 percent grass-fed beef. Available in Teriyaki, Original and Peppered flavors, these organic beef snacks deliver big, ready-to-eat flavor without worrisome additives. Many consumers today are looking for a quick protein snack, and Mighty Jerky is a sophisticated, savory flavor choice with an ingredient list that’s simple and clean: Mighty snacks are always organic and never contain GMOs, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or artificial fillers.

Like Mighty Bar, launched in the summer of 2015, each paleo-friendly serving of Mighty Jerky contains 12 grams of gluten-free, nut-free, non-GMO, 100 percent grass-fed, organic protein. Mighty Jerky has a toothsome texture thanks to a touch of honey, which also improves shelf stability.

A Mighty opportunity for you!

  • Beef snack sales are exploding with 55 percent growth in the Natural Channel!
  • Consumer demand continues to soar for paleo-friendly products like Mighty Jerky.
  • Mighty Bar and Mighty Jerky are the only organic, 100 percent grass-fed meat snacks currently available in the United States.

Today, meat bars and jerky are no longer exclusively for the hunting and fishing crowd on a munchie run at the gas station. Next-generation meat snacks are for anyone seeking a healthy, protein-rich, low glycemic snack. Just so, a quality organic option was lacking—until the introduction of Mighty Bar and now Mighty Jerky.

“Having a busy lifestyle no longer means you have to sacrifice quality or nutrition when you want a quick snack,” says Eric Newman, Organic Prairie CEO. “Mighty Bar and Mighty Jerky are USDA Certified Organic, and they’re made with 100 percent grass-fed beef. So these snacks are delicious, nutritious, and simple the way nature intended.

The suggested retail price per two-ounce package of Mighty Jerky is $6.99.

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