Monthly Archives: May 2013

Personnel Change at Transatlantic Foods

Cynthia Chovet has joined Transatlantic Foods as Sales Manager. Chovet was previously U.S. Wholesale & Retail Operations Manager for O&CO, a luxury brand of Mediterranean foods; Owner of Amuse Bouche, an upscale prepared foods retailer in Fairfield County, Conn.; and Vice President of Operations for Knipschildt Chocolatier, an artisanal chocolate company.

Transatlantic Foods is also in the process of certifying a new northern New Jersey facility for the production of more charcuterie, fresh sausage and bacon. Transatlantic currently produces artisanal cured meats, sausage, bacon and butters in the New York City metro region. Products are sold nationwide.

Zak’s New Garlic Peeler Improves on Classic Design

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Unless, of course, you can make it better. For years, Zak Designs E-Z Rol Garlic Peeler has been a kitchen staple for cooks across the country and around the world for the simple fact that it works without mess and without exception. Because of this, Zak has never tried to change the basic design of the garlic peeler. Until now.

Embossed Garlic Peeler_HiRes2Zak’s new Embossed Garlic Peeler carries all the functionality that made the traditional garlic peeler such a consumer favorite, with two new improvements. The Embossed Garlic Peeler is textured on the outside which not only gives it a fresh new design, it also allows for a more secure grip on the peeler as you’re rolling the clove inside the tube. And, to help it accommodate even larger garlic cloves, Zak also made the new peeler with a larger diameter.

The rest of the essential functionality remains unchanged. Simply put a garlic clove into the tube, roll it firmly on the countertop, and have a freshly peeled clove in seconds without any hassle. The silicone tube is dishwasher safe and available in red, kiwi, and grape. For even more convenience at retail, the garlic peelers are sold both open stock and in a handy countertop display unit.

Sometimes, even the best designs can be improved. Even if they aren’t broken.


Stöger Seed Oils Named Finalist for sofi™ Award

Stöger Seed Oils have been named as finalists in two sofi™ Awards categories this year. The Cherry Seed Oil is a finalist for the Outstanding Oil category, and the entire line was nominated for the Outstanding Product Line award in the sofi Awards from the Specialty Food Association.

A sofi Award is the top honor in the $86 billion specialty food industry. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.

The Stöger Seed Oils were one of 125 Finalists selected by a national panel of specialty food professionals from 2,573 entries across 32 Awards categories from Outstanding Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa and Dip to Outstanding Vinegar. Gold Winners will be announced by noted Chef Marcus Samuelsson at a red-carpet ceremony July 1, 2013, at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

“We feel incredibly honored to be in the running for these awards,” says Marietta DeAngelo, owner, alongside her husband, Alan DeAngelo. “The Stöger oils are truly unique because they are pressed from whole seeds, not carrier oils infused with flavors as most finishing oils are.”

The sofi Awards are open to members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs with more than 3,000 members in the U.S. and abroad. For more information on the association and its Fancy Food Shows, go to www.specialtyfood.comLearn more about the 2013 sofi Awards at

“Specialty food makers bring craft, care and joy to the foods they create. To be honored with a sofi Award nomination means the product truly stands out above the rest,” says Specialty Food Association President Ann Daw.

Lundberg Family Farms’ Award-Winning Package a Hit

Lundberg Family Farms, a U.S. producer of organic rice and rice products, is a Gold award winner in the flexible packaging category of the 2013 PAC Leadership Awards, the company announced today.
Presented by The Packaging Association (PAC), the trade group representing the Canadian packaging industry since 1950, the awards seek to recognize the role of strategic thinking, innovation, technical excellence and sustainability in all formats of packaging, branding and graphic design. The PAC Leadership Awards, launched in 2009, feature five Best of Show Awards, including the Flexible award category in which Lundberg took top honors.
The flexible pouch introduced by Lundberg in late 2012 was the first of its kind to be used for food products and features VELCRO® Industries’ PRESS-LOK™ closure system. The re-closable feature is a unique solution in the industry that offers consumers the ultimate in convenience. The package is easily opened without the use of tools and the proprietary hook-to-hook technology makes it easy to re-close to ensure clean and safe storage.
Lundberg’s award-winning package stands upright on the shelf, with a true flat bottom, and offers consumers an audible click when opening and re-closing. Other key features of the package include:
  • Premium shelf appearance
  • Excellent on-shelf stability with flat bottom
  • Five panels for ultimate product branding
  • Registered matte over lacquer to provide unique matte / gloss design opportunities
“It’s an honor to be awarded by one of the industry’s most prestigious presenters. It’s further confirmation of our commitment to innovation and to delivering the highest quality product to our customers and consumers,” said Grant Lundberg, CEO and a third-generation Lundberg family member to operate the family business. “The new stand-up package design is better for our retailers, who find it’s easier to shelve and display, and better for our consumers, who appreciate how easy the pouch is to open and close, even without precisely lining up the closure strips.”
More information about the 2013 PAC Leadership Awards and Competition Winners can be found on their website.  The re-closable pouch is manufactured by Peel Plastic Products Ltd. and designed by Anton Kimball Design.


Visit Les Trois Petits Cochons at Dairy-Deli-Bake

Les Trois Petit Cochons will be exhibiting next week at Dairy-Deli-Bake in Orlando from June 2-4 in booth 5269 and invites customers and friends to stop by for samples.

Les Trois Petits Cochons has produced award-winning, all natural pâté and charcuterie since 1975 by crafting small, handmade batches using high-quality ingredients.

One of the most awarded specialty food companies in North America, Les Trois Petits Cochons began as a small charcuterie in Greenwich Village, New York City. Today Les Trois Petits Cochons leads the pâté and charcuterie industry, offering a complete line of artisanal pâtés, mousses, terrines, sausages, saucissons, smoked meats and other French specialties.

New Branding Reflects Boyd’s Coffee Heritage

Boyd Coffee Company announces the launch of its comprehensive strategic rebrand featuring new brand identity, retail coffee packaging and foodservice merchandising for convenience stores, restaurants, hotels, hospitals and more. The grocery and foodservice launch is just the first development in a company-wide rebranding campaign undertaken by the 113-year old coffee company.

“We wanted brand imagery that connected Boyd’s rich history of innovation and passion in the coffee industry to today’s consumer expectations around coffee excellence, without being presumptuous or smug about the care and quality that goes into every bean. After all, enjoying your coffee and whole experience is really what it’s all about,” says CEO and President Jeffrey Newman.

Boyd's CoffeeThe rebrand draws on imagery and graphic elements from the extensive Boyd Coffee Company archives as well as vintage photographs from Ray Atkeson, Thomas Robinson and the University of Oregon archives. The black-and-white images featured on the retail coffee packaging and foodservice merchandising either reflect Boyd’s own history such as the original location at 423 ½ SW Morrison or iconic Oregon images including the historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, the Broadway Theater and the Streamliner train.

“With the design, we were hoping that consumers could experience Boyd’s rich heritage and the city and region that inspired the generations who grew up on Boyd’s Coffee. We also wanted the experience to reflect the company’s status as the longest-operating coffee roaster in the Pacific Northwest,” says Michael Connell, founder and chief creative at Commonwealth, the agency that collaborated with the Boyd’s team on the rebranding effort. “Boyd’s introduced espresso coffee drinks to the Northwest as early as 1965 and was the first to offer certified organic coffee in the late 1980s; we wanted to capture a sense of their history and innovation, connecting it with what’s relevant today with the rebrand.”

Coffee: Fuel. Not Fashion.

When rebranding the century-old company, Commonwealth asked the team to reflect on what makes them unique. “We found a company-wide authenticity that embraced Boyd’s mission of making a good cup of coffee for the ‘everyman’ coffee drinker,”  Connell said. With this simple premise at the core of the rebrand, the Commonwealth team created the tagline and positioning statement that Boyd’s Coffee is Fuel. Not Fashion.™ They also took a playful approach to designing new retail coffee bags and foodservice collateral. The coffee bags feature whimsical instructions for how to tie a common necktie along with more practical steps how to brew the best cup of coffee. There is also a timeline with milestones from Boyd’s 113-year history, as well as world and regional events. One such milestone for 1964 states, “A very fertile year for Boyd’s, they introduce Flav-R-Flo®, a cone and paper filter pour-over system for the home. And you thought pour-over was a recent craze.”

“Commonwealth did an amazing job making our brand resonate with not only our loyal, longtime customers but also Oregon transplants searching for a local company that reflects the entrepreneurial spirit found in the West,” says Michael Boyd, fourth-generation family member and Coffee Buyer. “Boyd’s has always put innovation first. We helped to invent the first airpot brewing system and were the first to have organic and Rainforest Alliance coffee certification. Our rebrand is a renaissance for our company and reminds us why we are proud to be Boyd’s.”
For information about Boyd Coffee Company’s products and services, call 800-545-4077 or visit

Jelly Belly Announces Front-of-Package Labeling

Jelly Belly Candy Company will start putting nutrition information for its most popular packaged products right on the front of the package. Packages will begin appearing on shelves in fall 2013. 

The new front label will highlight information such as calories and fat content. By providing the information up front, Jelly Belly joins the National Confectioners Association (NCA) and other manufacturers in support of adopting a method that helps consumers easily access information necessary to make decisions about their diets.

“Front-of-package labeling is the future of our industry, and Jelly Belly Candy Company is committed to being an early adopter of this movement,” said Bob Simpson, President and COO of Jelly Belly and Chairman of the National Confectioners Association. “Transparency and clear communication on the part of the manufacturer allow consumers to make informed choices when the moment for a sweet treat strikes.”

Jelly Belly beans are four calories per bean, with an average 40g serving size of approximately 140 calories. In addition to their low calorie count, Jelly Belly jelly beans are fat free, peanut free, dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and OU Kosher certified.

For more information about Jelly Belly jelly beans and Confections by Jelly Belly, retailers can call 800-323-9380. Find Jelly Belly online at, on YouTube at, Facebook at and on Pinterest at

PARTNERS to Launch Gluten-free Line at Fancy Food Show

Why settle for gluten-free, flavor-free, empty calorie snacks? It’s time to Free Your Taste Buds of those lackluster gluten-free alternatives and experience what gluten-free snacking can be: delicious for all to enjoy.

PARTNERS, A Tasteful Choice Company, maker of all-natural, wholesome, and delicious crackers, cookies and granola, is launching its first gluten-free line, Free for All Kitchen. Since 1992, founder Marian Harris has taken great care to create and perfect every one of her recipes, and the new gluten-free additions are no exception.

Three years ago, Marian and the PARTNERS family recognized the importance of producing a gluten-free line and have been diligently working ever since. Why so long? It takes time to develop a delicious gluten-free alternative that doesn’t compromise on taste, nutrition or quality.

While many companies push out products that are heavily processed or rely on empty calorie rice fillers to create gluten-free alternatives, Marian focused on finding high-quality, all-natural ingredients to create her crackers. Three years in the baking, Marian’s new gluten-free crackers are made from a five-ancient-grain blend of amaranth, quinoa, millet, sorghum, and teff.

These ancient grain crackers are available in three of PARTNERS most popular flavors: Roasted Garlic & Rosemary, Olive Oil & Sea Salt, and Olive Oil & Herb. The family recognized the need for a great entertaining style cracker in the gluten-free category and decided to release their new recipes in a hors d’oeuvres style cut. With Free for All Kitchen crackers, retailers now have an elegant, delicious, worry-free option to showcase their favorite cheeses, and consumers have an elegant, delicious, worry-free option to serve to all of their guests.

Look for Free for All Kitchen Gluten Free Crackers in five-ounce cartons and cellophane-wrapped deli trays. The PARTNERS team applied the same care and attention to creating elegant, attractive packaging that showcases the high quality taste and ingredients that everyone can enjoy.

Stop by booth #3307 at the Summer Fancy Food Show 2013 to taste and see for yourself how PARTNERS is revolutionizing gluten-free snacking one cracker at a time.

Shard Collection Bowls to be Shown at NY NOW

These Ambrosia Maple wooden bowls are handmade by the Stinson Studios family in rural Ontario Canada.  Each piece is hand buffed with bees wax and vegetable oil for a highly functional food safe finish.
StinsonStudios, Shard Collection
The Shard Collection modern designs were inspired by shattering and cutting traditional round style bowls into new forms with sharp angles and edges.  The final form reaches a harmonious balance between the rich soft warmth of wood and the angular modern shapes.  These pieces are perfect for adding the warm accent of wood to a kitchen or home with stone, stainless steel and concrete.

All the bowls are made from reclaimed or sustainably harvested Canadian Maple.

11″ / $96 Retail
14″ / $172 Retail

NY Now Booth: Designer Maker, 9426
Stinson Studios
P: 613-379-2177

Yaffbar Designed for People and Pets to Share

There’s a new lightweight snack on the market that’s turning heads left and right. It’s called the Yaffbar and these NEWtritious bars, created by Mudd + Wyeth, are the world’s first energy bars exclusively designed for people to enjoy on their own or with their dog!

M+W_yaffbar_bananapeanutbutterNamed after the Old English term Yaff, meaning “to bark,” Yaffbars are wholesome, hand-baked, lightweight and packed full of nutritional ingredients that aren’t only perfect for healthy, on-the-go snacking but that are completely safe for people and dogs. No pup? No problem. The Yaffbars make great snacks no matter where the day takes you.

M+W_yaffbar_bananapeanutbutterYaffbars are available in three delicious flavors, including Cranberry Almond, Banana Peanut Butter and Blueberry Carob.

SRP: $18.00 for a 6 Pack; $36.00 for a 12 Pack (flavors include Cranberry Almond, Banana Peanut Butter, Blueberry Carob).


Phone: 802.372.3160