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Chilean Products Seek to Conquer American Palates

As a way to maintain their presence in the American market, 12 Chilean companies will gather under a country pavilion coordinated by ProChile at booth # 1320 at the 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show.

In 2012, Chilean exports of food and beverages to the world totaled USD 13,716 million, of which USD 3,111 million went to the United States, ranking as the leading destination of shipments of the sector, mainly led by salmon, grapes and berries.

“There is a tremendous potential for Chilean food and drinks in the US. Chile is currently developing new products with higher added value oriented to niche markets, among which include gourmet products such as olive oil, seafood delicatessen, and flavored mineral waters, jams, wine  jellies, dehydrated berries and native potato, some types of honey, premium wines, pisco and microbrews. All these products are quite successful with American consumers,” said Pedro Pablo Aresti, Trade Commissioner of Chile in New York.

The quality of the food supply produced in Chile has achieved remarkable recognition, according to the latest Global Food Security Index 2012 prepared by The Economist Intelligence Unit, which placed the country as the leader in Latin America.

During the three days in which the exhibition takes place, the Chile pavilion will have tastings of salmon, walnut pies and steaks with a glass of wine.

Foods from Chile. Source of Life

Chef Julius Russell, one of the owners of the restaurant “A Tale of Two Chefs” from Chicago and also one of the ambassadors of the “Foods From Chile. Source of Life” campaign which is currently being conducted in the United States, said that in his kitchen there is always Chilean food and generally the American consumer is becoming increasingly aware of the origin of the products.

“There is a more educated consumer as a result of increased food marketing”, assures Russell. “I have found from a knowledge level that many people know about the greatness of Chilean seafood and wine. Where I have seen a greater appreciation for are fruits and nuts. I have been able to mix Chilean fruits and nuts in desserts and savory dishes,” he said.

“Foods from Chile. Source of life” is an advocacy campaign that aims to position Chile as unique origin of food production for the final consumer. This campaign is in addition to other country brand campaigns that seek to position various Chilean foods, such as wine – “Wines of Chile” – olive oil – “Chile Olive Oil” – and fresh fruit – “Fruits from Chile,” which will also be present in the stands of Chilean companies at the exhibition.


Samuel Adams Celebrates Marriage with “Bride Ale” Release

Back by popular demand by grooms everywhere, the brewers at Samuel Adams announce the return of Samuel Adams Brewlywed Ale. The limited release, Belgian-style “bride ale” will be available for one day only – on June 26, 2013 – exclusively at the Boston Brewery. Created to celebrate the tradition of brewing for weddings, Brewlywed Ale is an alternative to the traditional bubbly – and the 2012 batch even inspired three beer-loving couples to tie the knot last year with Founder and Brewer Jim Koch serving as best man. Jim and the wedding experts from will be on hand again this year to celebrate the love of beer with a justice of the peace, food, music and another chance for beer lovers to tie the knot at Samuel Adam’s brewery hop garden.
A distinct and complex brew, Brewlywed Ale offers layers of flavor including tropical, floral aromas of Summer and Stella hops with subtle hints of spice. Just 300 cases of this specialty beer have been brewed for the big day, so individuals or couples who are recently engaged, married or celebrating an anniversary – or anyone looking for a unique, beyond-the-registry gift – can line up for the chance to get their hands on a bottle or case.
Brides and grooms today are more daring than they’ve ever been when it comes to embracing what some would consider non-traditional food and drink trends at their wedding. People are incorporating craft beer bars, beer tasting stations and beer and food pairings into their big day in lieu of standard wine and cocktail bars.
And they aren’t alone. Beer has played a key role in weddings throughout history. The medieval word “ale” is actually rooted in the word “bridal,” which refers to a festive occasion where much ale is drunk in celebration. The brewers at Samuel Adams have kept the bridal brewing tradition alive; Founder and Brewer Jim Koch brewed the first batch of Samuel Adams Noble Pils for his daughter’s wedding day and Brewer Bob Cannon (the brewer with the beard) brewed what came to be Samuel Adams Irish Red for his own wedding.
The day at the Brewery will include live music, beer pairing suggestions for wedding menus, local wedding vendors, on-site giveaways of Samuel Adams merchandise, a toast from Jim Koch and expert advice from, the #1 wedding destination. The first 50 people to line up at the Brewery will also have a chance to purchase a signed bottle of Brewlywed Ale from Jim (tip to the wise: be one of the first to arrive in bridal attire to jump the line and ensure a signed brew). And for those true beer fans who long for a destination wedding, it could also be their actual “big day.” A justice of the peace will be available to perform ceremonies in the brewery’s hop garden with Jim Koch serving as best man (don’t forget the completed wedding license).
What Founder and Brewer Jim Koch has to say about the beer: “At Samuel Adams, we know that craft beer can be the centerpiece of a great wedding. I brewed a special recipe for my own wedding and kept the tradition going by brewing the original batch of Samuel Adams Noble Pils for my daughter’s wedding day. Brewlywed Ale, which is floral, sweet and spicy, was brewed to be shared during special moments like these. It’s fun to see more and more brides and grooms incorporating craft beer into their big day.”
Anja Winikka, Site Director also recognizes the trend: “Our brides love beer! More and more we’ve been seeing couples go beyond the traditional bar and really personalizing the experience for their guests. Beer is huge – everything from beer flights and craft beer bars to beer tasting stations and beer and food pairings. Couples are even serving homebrews specially created for their events. That’s why we’re so excited about Brewlywed Ale – it gives all craft beer lovers a chance to enjoy the trend at their weddings. Plus, what could be better for personalizing your day than a specialty wedding beer?”

Spud Potato Vodka Imported from Poland Rolls Out Nationally in the US and Canada

 “Spud Potato Vodka, imported from Poland, is rolling out nationally in the U.S. and Canada after a successful regional launch during the fourth quarter of 2012,” said Norman Schwartz, Managing Partner of Spud Partners LLC.

Spud Vodka is 100 percent all-natural gluten-free potato vodka distilled five times for a clean, smooth taste with a soft vanilla note. Spud was awarded 93 points from Wilford Wong, Cellar Master at BevMo, and the Ultimate Beverage Challenge ranked Spud Ginger Lemongrass as one of the top three flavored vodkas in 2013.

“Spud is an elegant imported Polish vodka launching into a new flavor frontier at the high end of the vodka category, featuring Spud Ginger Lemongrass, Red Hot Chili Pepper, and Heirloom Tomato,” said Schwartz.