Category Archives: Trade shows

Gourmet du Village Introduces Three Country-Style Hearty Soups

Gourmet du Village introduces its new homemade soups, the perfect comfort food for the upcoming winter season.

Three delicious flavors, Barley Vegetable, Split Pea and Lentil Curry, are each made with natural ingredients using easy to follow recipes and directions, resulting in traditional-tasting, county-style warming soups.

Gourmet du Village soup tureenEnhance your presentation at the table by serving the soups in the new Gourmet du Village classic-style soup tureen.

These new products along with the entire new collection of Gourmet du Village gifts can be seen at showrooms in Dallas, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.


Women and Coffee

The folks at Almana Harvest have sent along a note that Nancy Moore, CEO Almana Harvest Corp., will be a featured speaker at ExpoEspeciales 2013 Café de Colombia in Bogota, Colombia next week (October 14-18): (

They have also published a short video, “Columbian Coffee Stories: Women and Coffee” here:

For more on why this is important, see the Gourmet News story on this issue here


Nonprofit Tea Tibet Wowed the Crowd at Natural Products Expo East

awardTea Tibet, a recently launched and utterly new concept, won two industry awards at this years’ Natural Products Expo East: Most Innovative Product and Best of the Press. Launched in the spring of 2013 as a cause-related project of Portland-based Kombucha Wonder Drink, Tea Tibet’s sole mission is to produce the very best tea for the benefit of the Tibetan people.  All profits (100 percent) from Tea Tibet support Tibetan educational projects, schools and orphanages.

A Passionate Ideal… Steeped in Tibetan Tradition

Tea Tibet came to be when renowned Tibetan healer, Dr. Tashi Rabten approached veteran tea expert, Stephen Lee, Co-founder of five tea brands, including Stash & Tazo, and now Kombucha Wonder Drink, to spearhead this unprecedented project.

CompassionENG_3862Using the finest organic, fair traded teas from the Darjeeling region of India’s Himalayan foothills along with botanicals from around the world, Tea Tibet’s initial (and now award-winning) offering consists of five flavors: Compassion (Darjeeling), Peace (herbal infusion), Harmony (spiced tea), Kindness (green tea), and Happiness (Oolong tea).  The packaging pays tribute to the five primary colors of the Tibetan prayer flag, and consumers may request a free mini-prayer flag from the company.  Each unique blend has been carefully crafted under the stewardship of Lee and offers superior appearance, taste, and aroma.  Currently distributed through UNFI, these fine teas are available in over 400 stores nation-wide with that number expected to triple by year’s end.

“We are both humbled and overjoyed by this tremendous media recognition and by that of our peers,” says Tea Tibet co-founder, Stephen Lee.  “Tea Tibet is very special to all of us, and for our young project to be recognized and embraced immediately further reinforces the importance of the goals and the world’s commitment to the betterment of Tibet and its people. We are indeed leveraging change, one sip at a time.”

The Most Innovative New Product Award is determined by popular vote among the 22,000+ attendees at the Expo.  The Best of the Press Award is determined by popular vote among press attendees at the Expo.

Trend Topics Spotted at Anuga

The world’s largest food and beverage fair opened its doors on Saturday in Cologne for the 32nd time. Running through October 9, Cologne’s international trade fair center Kölnmesse is hosting 6,777 suppliers from 98 countries.

The exhibitors present their range of products and services to trade visitors from more than 180 countries in one of 10 specialized segments. They are: 1) Bread & Bakery, Hot Beverages, 2) Chilled & Fresh Foods, 3) Dairy, 4) Drinks, 5) Fine Food, 6) Foodservice, 7) Frozen Food, 8) Meat, 9) Organic and 10) RetailTec.

For 2013, Anuga organizers have identified 10 trend topics are highlighted throughout the 10 segments. They are: 1) Finger Food 2) Gourmet Products & Regional Specialties, 3) Halal Food, 4) Health & Functional Food, 5) Ingredients, 6) Kosher Products, 7) Organic Products, 8) Private Label, 9) Vegetarian Products and – new for 2013 – 10) Products Based on Fair Trade.

taste13 – the top innovations at Anuga

The trade fair focuses on new products, innovative trends and future-oriented concepts. Within the fair is the special exhibit “taste13,” which serves an important role as a trend barometer for the buyers and a source of momentum for the global food business. Here, the top new products at Anuga 2013, which have been selected by a panel of trade journalists, are on display. A total of more than 500 companies, representing more than 1,200 concepts, applied to take part in the special show. The best products are showcased in an attractive exhibition in the northern section of the Kölnmesse Boulevard.

The panel members selected a total of 53 products and concepts that were impressive by virtue of their underlying ideas, innovative character and creative implementation. The items were taken from all 10 of Anuga’s specialized trade shows. In addition to evaluating the quality and originality of the entries, the panel members took into account the criteria of packaging use, user-friendliness, recipe and, of course, visual appeal.

A detailed directory of all taste13 products can be found at

Anuga 2013 will stay open to visitors until Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

Products Especially for Kids at #ExpoEast


BioKinetics baby cereal is additive-free and organic. Quinoa and Brown Rice varieties are gluten-free, and the Wheat variety is made from sprouted whole grain. Suggested retail price for a 7-ounce package is around $5. The cereals will be available in retail packages around the end of the year or in January. For more information, visit

babo Botanicals makes a line of skin care products for children of all ages. 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 bubblebath and shampoo is great. Berry Primrose shampoo and detangler spray are the solution for tangled locks. Products have SRPs of $14 to $14.95. For more information, visit

Eco Vessel offers an extensive line of sporty drink bottles designed to appeal to kids, specializing in insulated products with TriMax technology that keep beverages cold for 36 hours or hot for eight. The complete line-up includes kids products, filtration products, double-walled glass bottles and Tritan bottles. The SmashBox line of collapsible food containers is microwave-safe, freezer-safe and dishwasher-safe. They collapse to about an inch thick after use or for storage, so that after lunch is gone, they can be stowed away in backpack and come home under the laptop and the text book without damage. Retail prices range from $9.95 to $19.95. For further information, visit

Sprout Organic Foods has a brand new line of kids products called Smash. The fruit and vegetable smoothies contain 50 percent vegetables, so they’re not as sugar-laden as many of the other fruit and vegetable smoothies on the market. Varieties include Butternut Squash & Grape, Carrot & Orange and Pumpkin & Strawberry. They’re great for afterschool snacks or for before and after soccer practice, says Kyle Baker, a sales manager for the company.

There are also three different Greek yogurt-based smoothies in the Smash line. Flavors for these include Blueberry & Blackcurrant, Acai & Berry and Strawberry & Cherry. Coconut milk smoothies are all 15 percent coconut milk by weight, and the flavors include Peach & Banana, Berry & Banana, and Cherry & Apple. The smoothies are sold individually and ship in cardboard trays of five pouches. Retail prices on the individual units range from $1.69 to $1.89.

For toddlers, Sprout offers Fruit & Veggie Crispy Chews and Fruity Yogurt Bites. The bite-size pieces of the Crispy Chews combine fruits and vegetables with a brown rice base to give a little crunch along with the sweet taste of the fruit. The Yogurt Bites are freeze-dried fruits and vegetables that crunch as they’re chewed and then melt away as the veggies reconstitute in the mouth. The five-count box retails for $3.99. For more information, visit

Little Duck Organics has introduced a brand new line of ancient grain first foods for babies that comes in 100 percent compostable packaging. A three-pack of Mighty Oats also contains a seed packet to grow vegetables along with the compostable packaging. Flavoring comes from freeze-dried fruits, so the product is all-natural, organic and non-GMO. “We never add any sugar or preservatives to our products,” says Camille Gardella, the company’s community relations manager. There are three flavors, Blueberry Cinnamon, Strawberry Vanilla, and Coconut Banana.

Little Duck Organics’ other product, Tiny Fruits, has been out for four years. They’re a freeze-dried fruit snack for toddlers (1 year and up) with organic fruit cut into bite-size pieces. Like the Mighty Oats, they’re all organic and non-GMO. They’re also kosher and gluten-free. Retail price for the Mighty Oats three-packs is $5.99 and for the Tiny Fruits, it’s $3.99. For more information, visit

Honey StingerHoney Stinger‘s new Kids’ Organic Waffles are now available across the country at grocers and specialty retailers.

“We often hear from our customers that it’s nearly impossible to keep a stock of Honey Stinger Waffles in the pantry because their kids are always eating them,” states Rich Hager, Chief Operating Officer at Honey Stinger. “With these parents in mind, we decided it was time to introduce our popular Organic Waffles in a smaller serving size that is ideal for everything from school lunches to snacks on a family hike.”

Honey Stinger Kids’ Organic Waffles will initially be available in Honey and Chocolate flavors and will be sold in boxes of six individually wrapped waffles. Each waffle is 80 calories and contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or trans fats. A box of six waffles will have an MSRP of $4.99 and retailers have the option to sell waffles packaged for individual sale for an MSRP of $0.89.

Housewares Products for the Eco-Conscious at #ExpoEast

LIVE_EEThe vendors at Natural Products Expo East introduced several products of interest to Kitchenware News & Housewares Review readers during the three-day show at the Baltimore Convention Center on September 26-28. The 22,000 attendees expected at the show kept the show floor lively, and vendors reported high levels of interest from retailers looking for products to stock their shelves during the winter holiday sales season.

Read more at Kitchenware News & Housewares Review.

Gluten-Free Sells at #ExpoEast

LIVE_EEMany of the retailers attending Natural Products Expo East are asking about gluten-free products in response to a trend that still gives no sign of fading away. “Allergy friendly” is another topic of fervent discussion, and many of the vendors here are offering products that respond to those concerns, and they’re all prepared to answer questions on the subject of how their products will meet the needs of customers with a variety of sensitivities.

Bunker Hill Cheese Company’s newest product is a creamy feta cheese made from the milk of cows raised on Amish family farms. Ezra’s Dairy Feta Cheese is part of a family of brands that includes Heini’s Greek Yogurt Cheese, which is a low-cholesterol, high-protein, lactose-free semi-soft cheese with a tart yogurt flavor and live cultures. For more information, visit

Pamela’s Products offers Figgies & Jammies gluten-free and wheat-free fig and fruit bars with a taste and texture that will please those who’d love a supermarket fig bar but don’t want the gluten. The bars come in four varieties: Mission Fig, Fig & Raspberry, Blueberry & Fig, and Fig & Strawberry, with an SRP around $4.99. The company also makes a variety of gluten-free baking mixes packaged for both retail and foodservice sale For more information, visit

Mountain High Organics’ quinoa pastas are gluten-free, taste like traditional wheat pastas and cook in slightly shorter times. The Mountain High pastas are more forgiving than many other quinoa pastas to cooks who aren’t watching the timer closely as they cook, according to Peter Glad, from Mountain High Organics. For more information, visit facebook/traceomeganutrition.

The Spice Lab, which offers gourmet salts and spice has some new gift kits that have retailers who are looking for holiday season gift ideas talking. The 12-fluid ounce jars hold five to 12 ounces of dried herbs, with the weight depending on how densely the leaves will pack naturally, and come with a bamboo serving spoon. The jars retail for around $8-$12, depending on the contents. For more information, visit

Simple Squares organic snack bars are infused with honey and herbs and made with five whole food ingredients. They’re gluten-free and contain no wheat, dairy, corn or soy, and they’re low in sodium and sugars. There are six varieties: Cinna-Clove, Coconut, Coffee, Ginger, Rosemary and Sage. For more information, visit

Sweet, Spicy and Soothing Flavors at #ExpoEast

LIVE_EEBraswell’s Wasabi Mustard is new for the show. It builds on the specialty mustards line previously exemplified by the sofi-award winning Smoky Chipotle Mustard. Both products are packaged in French juice glasses, in keeping with the Braswell’s tradition of packaging in reusable and collectible containers. Also packaged in the French juice glasses is a new line of preserves with cocoa added for rich chocolate-fruit flavors. There’s Chocolate Raspberry Preserves, Chocolate Strawberry, and Chocolate Tart Cherry. For more information, visit

Twinings of London served organic teas to an enthusiastic reception in its booth at Expo East. Among the varieties on offer for sampling were Organic & Fair Trade-certified Earl Grey, 100 percent Organic & Fair Trade-certified Breakfast Blend and 100 percent Organic & Fair Trade-certified Chamomile with Mint & Lemon.

Beanitos’ White Bean with Sea Salt restaurant-style chips were introduced to the market in March and are finding their way into stores across the country now. The chips are all wheat-free, soy-free and nut-free, and the brand has become the fastest growing snack chip brand in the country, according to a 2013 market survey of brands sold in natural and convenience supermarkets.

Simply Southern Gourmet has a line of mustards that President Jerry Novak says are all natural, gluten-free, low-salt, low sugar, and fat free. The company is based in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. “Our products are great brushed on seafood before grilling. The pineapple-cranberry is wonderful on pork tenderloin or turkey,” Novak says. “The Sweet Potato Mustard is very nice brushed on salmon, ham and turkey or spread on your favorite sandwiches.” There are four products in the line: Sweet Potato Pepper Mustard, Roasted Peach Mango Mustard, Balsamic Sweet Onion Pepper Mustard and Roasted Pineapple Cranberry Pepper Novak recommends any of them mixed with cream cheese for an easy appetizer. For more information visit Call 843.281.6070 or 800.281.3149.

Tasting the Goodness at #ExpoEast


Sustainably grown and ethically-produced caffeine is fueling a healthy buzz on the show floor at Natural Products Expo East this morning, and we’re finding lots of new products on the market from companies that have exercised their ingenuity with simple ingredients and careful processing. There’ll be more news on what we’re seeing and tasting in Tuesday’s Gourmet Newswire, of course, but for now, here are a few samples.

Louis Lombardi’s face smiles out from the labels on his just-released line of sauces, oils and pastas in the Madoro USA booth. Madoro is producing the line for Lombardi from ingredients imported from Italy. The website for the line is now live at

Chia is here and making lots of friends, even boasting, as it does, that it’s a superfood. Salba Chia even boasts that it’s “smarter than your average chia,” with a label on its deed packets that claims more than 3,000 milligrams of Omega-3s per serving. Chia is high in fiber and a good source of calcium, magnesium and copper. In addition to packets of the whole seeds, Salba is offering Salba Smart Organic Tortilla Chips in 100-calorie packs.

Blue Horizon Wild is offering four varieties of prepared seafood entrees steam-cooked en papillote and frozen to be microwaved in the paper pouch for a chef-crafted meal in minutes. All four varieties, Seafood Enchiladas, Sweet & Spicy Filet of Sole, Mediterranean Salmon and Seafood Cioppino, feature premium wild-caught seafood. More information is available at Blue Horizon Wild is a brand of Elevation Brands, which also produces Ian’s Natural Foods, which is introducing two new flavors of the kids line, Smokin’ Sweet breaded Chicken Nuggets, which are gluten-free and whole grain and Southwest breaded Chicken Tenders, also gluten-free and whole grain. Both exclude common allergies, including wheat, eggs, nuts and soy. More information on these products is available at

mysuperfoods has a line of granola bars targeted for children. Made with whole-grain oats, flaxseed for o-3 and low sugar content. Co-founder Kate Jesionowski and her bisiness partner Silvia Gianni have five kids between them and vouch for the fact that kids actually like these. The company launched at last year’s Expo East and its products are already being sold in more than 200 stores. More information is available at

Gold Mine Natural Food Co. had its silver sofi statuette in the booth behind samples of the Organic Kimchee that brought home the finalist award at this summer’s Fancy Food Show. The kimchee is riding that wave of success along with a trend for fermented foods that responds to an awareness of the value of probiotics for healthy intestinal flora, says Brad Bowers, wholesale sales representative for the company.

New Products Take a Bow Before the Curtain Rises at #ExpoEast

Live from Natural Products Expo EastAmong the new products making their debut at this year’s Natural Products Expo East are Quinoa & Brown Rice from Hodgson Mill in pre-seasoned packets for three or four servings. Cooks add water, heat and serve for a dish that’s ready in 15 minutes. Varieties include Lemon Pepper, Italian, Spicy and Garlic and Herb.

Domino Foods’ Florida Crystals brand introduced Tate Lyle Organic Pure Cane Sugar and Organic Turbinado Raw Cane Sugar. Both products carry Fair Trade certification and are packaged in 24-ounce packages for the supermarket shelf.

Several companies are offering new snack chips to the market. Those include Corn Pretzels from The Real Deal All-Natural Snacks, Super Food grain chips from Rhythm Superfoods in four flavors, Beanitos Restaurant-Style White Bean with Sea Salt Chips and Cassava Tortilla Chips from NoTatoes. Brad’s Raw Foods has added a Pina Kale-Ada flavor to its line of Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale snacks, and Ocean’s Halo is debuting The Seaweed Chip here.

Farmer Gene’s Tiny but Mighty Popcorn is packaged to be popped at home. This ancient heirloom popcorn is a native plant that grows into a bush that produces multiple small ears of popping corn whose kernels have thin hulls that virtually disintegrate when the corn is popped, so they don’t get stuck in teeth when the popcorn is eaten, the company says.