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): (http://www.feriaexpoespeciales.com).

They have also published a short video, “Columbian Coffee Stories: Women and Coffee” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FrRW_kNw5bk

For more on why this is important, see the Gourmet News story on this issue herehttp://www.gourmetnews.com/non-profit-programs-help-women-grow-coffee/



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.

Nielsen-Massey Shares Recipe for Day of the Dead Celebrations

Food will no doubt be a focal point for families celebrating the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead this November 1 and 2. What has become one of the most popular holidays in Mexico­–and is becoming more common in the U.S.– is the custom of honoring and remembering deceased loved ones. Gathering with friends and family over delicious traditional dishes is sure to be a highlight of celebrations.

Mole sauce is one tradition in Mexican cuisine incorporated into many dishes, with each family and cook creating their own unique recipes. For a fresh twist on a classic mole, Fiesta Mole Sauce for Chicken Bake calls for a sauce infused with Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate and Pure Almond Extracts, which add a distinct depth and dimension to the sauce. The Pure Chocolate Extract brings the uninhibited depth of dark chocolate and complements the Pure Almond Extract, which is made from the purest of bitter almond to round out the sauce with richness and subtle distinction.

Using the mole sauce in dishes is as simple as topping grilled or baked chicken or turkey with the mole, or it can be used in the Fiesta Chicken Bake recipe.

“The beauty of our pure flavors is that they put an entirely new spin on an old favorite in just a few drops,” said Craig Nielsen, CEO, Nielsen-Massey Vanilla, Inc. “Mole sauce is extraordinary in that it can be made so many different ways–each recipe with its own story. Our chocolate and almond flavors bring a complexity to the sauce, helping it to stand out on an important occasion.”

Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate and Pure Almond Extracts are two of many pure flavors in the company’s high quality line of products. Not only are they made from superior ingredients but they also offer convenience, quality and consistency for home cooks and bakers. A small amount of pure flavor extract adds a boost to a dish without having to take the time to chop, zest or juice–let alone find the more exotic ingredients.
Fiesta Mole Sauce for Chicken Bake

Fiesta Mole Sauce
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 poblano chile, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Almond Extract
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
scant 1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 tablespoons raisins
1 cup crushed tomatoes

Heat the oil in a medium-sized frying pan and add the chile, garlic and onion. Saute until the mixture is fragrant and the onion is translucent. Cool slightly and add to a blender. Blend until smooth. Return the mixture to the pan and add the remaining ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally 30 minutes.

Use the mixture to top grilled or baked chicken or turkey. Or, use in this casserole:

Fiesta Chicken Bake
3 corn tortillas, torn into pieces
2 chicken breasts, sliced into 3/4 inch slices
1 recipe Fiesta Sauce (above)
1/2 cup Monterey Jack or Chihuahua cheese, shredded

In a casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray, layer the tortillas and chicken breast slices. Top with the sauce, cover and bake until the chicken is done, about 45 minutes. Remove cover, and sprinkle with the cheese. Continue to bake until the cheese is melted, about another 15 minutes.

Serves four.

Chile Lime and Sea Salt Caramel Flavors Join the Barefruit Line

BARE has announced two new flavors, Chile Lime and Sea Salt Caramel, for its line of Barefruit® All Natural Apple Chips.  The new flavors are made from 100 percent real fruit that is baked not fried, and are gluten free, non-GMO, kosher, vegan, and fat free with no artificial ingredients.

Crunchy Sea Salt Caramel Apple Chips_100% Natural“Our new Chile Lime and Sea Salt Caramel Apple Chips stimulate the taste buds with unique and unexpected flavor combinations that typically draw families and kids to calorie-laden snacks and desserts,” said Brad Oberwager, Chief Executive Officer of BARE. “We’re on a mission to bring simplicity back to snacking with real food, and ingredients we can pronounce that still taste delicious. Our new mouthwatering offerings make it easier than ever to experience the goodness of nature while satiating a sweet or savory craving.”

Crunchy Chile Lime Apple Chips_100% NaturalThe new Chile Lime Apple Chips combine the zesty kick of chiles with the cooling tang of lime, while Sea Salt Caramel Apple Chips feature a harmonious blend of rich, melt-in-your-mouth caramel with a sprinkle of sea salt. The new snacks are baked using the same exclusive process as the company’s original Apple Chips, which caramelizes the natural sugars of the apple on the outside of every chip, creating a satisfying crunch without adding refined sugar or preservatives. Like all other BARE snacks, the new flavors are gluten-free, fat-free, non-GMO, kosher, vegan and a good source of dietary fiber.

In addition to its All Natural Apple Chips, BARE offers Barefruit Organic Apple Chips and Barefruit Organic Bake-Dried Fruit. Barefruit Organic Apple Chips are certified USDA organic and available in four flavors: Cinnamon, Fuji Red, Granny Smith and Medley.

Barefruit Apple Chips are available at grocery and natural retailers nationwide in the dried fruit section, including Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Sprouts, Target, TJ Maxx, Publix, Fred Meyer, Walgreens, Walmart, and online at Amazon.com and www.BareSnacks.com. Suggested retail prices are $1.99-$2.49 for a 1.69-ounce bag and $0.99-$1.49 for a .53-ounce bag.

Blue Monkey Goes Mango

Blue MonkeysFamily-owned Blue Monkey™ Coconut Collection is introducing mango juice to its lineup of beverages. Not-from-concentrate, certified kosher, all-natural, and containing no added sulphites, preservatives or sugar, Blue Monkey’s Mango Juice is 100 percent pure with nothing added. While many juices on the market are part juice, part concentrate, and contain juice-fillers to save on cost, Blue Monkey’s Mango Juice is completely unadulterated.

Mangos are rich in antioxidants found to protect against cancer and contain high levels of fiber, pectin, vitamin C and vitamin A, which can lower cholesterol and promote good eye and skin health. Mangos also provide a good source of calcium and iron. Plus, none of the calories found in mangos come from fat, making the juice an easily digestible, energy-providing drink.

Tetley Responds to Customer Tastes with Black & Green Blend

Tetley heard from consumers that they want to include green tea in their diet for health purposes, but many do not like the taste, which can be bitter. Most people prefer the taste of black tea to green. Tetley B&G Left

Tetley responded to this consumer feedback with a tea that offers a full flavored black tea taste profile, but with the goodness of green tea: the Black & Green Blend. Black & Green presents tea drinkers with the opportunity to get the best of both in one cup – full flavored black tea with the goodness of green tea, but without the bitter taste.

Tetley Black & Green will be available in retailers nationwide as well as on TetleyUSA.com. It’s available online now and should start appearing on store shelves in the coming weeks. Tetley Black & Green is available in a 72-count box for a suggested retail price of $4.39.  

Plugrá European-Style Butter Introduces 8-Ounce Tub

Plugrá European-Style Butter, the butter of choice for chefs and food enthusiasts across the country is now available in a new table-friendly tub. Traditionally known for baking due to its exceptional flavor and lower moisture content, Plugrá Butter can now be enjoyed directly at the table.

Foodies have long understood the importance of using quality ingredients when cooking and baking. Now bakers and non-bakers alike have an easy way to upgrade everyday items such as toast and bagels with the great taste and creamy texture of Plugrá Butter.

“We wanted food lovers to have a convenient way to enjoy the extraordinary flavor that Plugrá European-Style Butter can add to any food,” said Ashley Campbell, Plugrá Senior Associate Brand Manager. “From an everyday breakfast to an elegant dinner, Plugrá Butter adds that extra special touch.”

2013 also marks the second year for the Plugrá Gourmet Club to travel to culinary hot spots around the country taking readers inside the kitchens and minds of some of the best chefs in America. The chefs create complete dinner menus and share tips, techniques, trends and insights. Each feature of the Plugrá Gourmet Club includes everything from main dishes to drink pairings to décor, all recommended by these culinary masters.

Raw Foods International Debuts it Tastes RAAW Juice

Strawberry Purple Carrot 2Raw Foods International has created an all-natural it Tastes RAAW® Juice; a delicious line of premium quality fruit and vegetable juice blends. Paul Gregg, Executive Vice President of Raw Foods International, LLC explains the mission behind the company’s innovative brand of healthy juices: “We were really looking to bring a product to the health-conscious consumer shopping for a natural juice at a modest price point,” he says. “We think we’ve hit the mark with our line of RAAW juices that boast unique flavor profiles like Strawberry Purple Carrot, Raspberry Lemongrass and Pineapple Cucumber. Each juice tastes fresh-pressed and is truly a sensory explosion of flavors.”

12 oz Bottle Full Line upIn addition, it Tastes RAAW prides itself on truth in labeling and boasts products that are verified by the independent Non-GMO Project, gluten free, vegan certified, kosher certified and contain no added sugars, no preservatives and no artificial flavoring or dyes. Each juice is flash pasteurized to ensure quality and preserve the crisp flavor quality, during which the vitamins and nutrients are retained. The innovative line of juices includes something for everyone, like the Mango Guarana for a natural energy boost, Better Beets to kick start your cardiovascular health, or Cranberry Ginger to cleanse and protect your immune and digestive systems.

“Our juices provide a natural alternative to sodas, energy drinks and artificial juices,” continues Gregg. “We’re dedicated to giving shoppers the best quality product, and it doesn’t get much better than 100 percent natural fruit and vegetable juice.”

Davidovich Bakery Opens First Retail Store in New York City

After an exhaustive search to identify the perfect location to open their first retail location, Davidovich Bakery announced the grand opening of its first retail bagel shop in New York’s historic Essex Market, 120 Essex Street, NY, NY 10002. In response to overwhelming demand, the company embarked on a two-year search to identify the appropriate location to launch the first in a series of nationwide retail locations.

Company spokesperson, Kate Knizhina, said “Our company prides itself on being identified with the time honored and traditional bagel making roots; therefore, we felt what better place than the Lower East Side of Manhattan to break ground for our first store. This neighborhood is synonymous with the historic introduction of bagels to NYC. This is the ideal marriage of today’s most prominent bagel maker with yesterday’s bagel pioneers.”

In addition to offering the world’s most famous bagels directly to consumers, Davidovich NYC will be offering the finest baked goods, gourmet pastries, muffins, cookies, salads and refreshments.

Davidovich NYC is open every Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thanasi Foods Introduces BIGS Lightly Salted Pumpkin Seeds

Thanasi Foods LLC has announced the addition of all-natural BIGS® Lightly Salted Pumpkin Seeds to its product line of roasted seeds and will be available to distributors and retailers in mid-October.

BigsLike other BIGS seeds, the all-natural BIGS® Lightly Salted Pumpkin Seeds are 100 percent grown in the U.S. The BIGS Brothers’ passion to find the plumpest, sweetest pumpkin seeds, led them the Willamette Valley, in western Oregon where the rich soils are known for being the best to grow the finest confection pumpkin seeds available.

“After much experimentation, we found a truly remarkable combination of lightly salting and home-style roasting to bring out the real, delicious flavor of the pumpkin in every seed,” said Justin Havlick, President and Founder of THANASI Foods and one of the “BIGS Brothers”. “Our primary goal was to deliver home-roasted pumpkin seed taste every day of the year that consumers normally only get to enjoy in the fall.”

Pumpkin seeds are loaded with a variety of vitamins and minerals. A half cup of pumpkin seeds supplies 92 percent of the recommended necessary daily intake of magnesium plus an assortment of other vitamins and minerals such as zinc, iron, B vitamins, copper, vitamin K and manganese. Eating pumpkin seeds also adds fiber to the diet and can help improve cholesterol levels and lower any inflammation by providing high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids.

“Our BIGS pumpkin and sunflower seeds offer consumers two very different snack options,” explained Havlick. “Both taste great as a hold-over snack, but since you can eat the entire pumpkin seed it makes them a perfect healthy and satisfying alternative to chips.”

The launch of the all-natural BIGS® Lightly Salted Pumpkin Seeds marks the company’s first non-sunflower seed in the BIGS product line. Launched in March 2009, BIGS offers fire roasted, jumbo-size sunflower seeds in a variety of exciting flavors including: Original Salted & Roasted; Heinz® Salt & Vinegar; Vlasic® Dill Pickle; Bacon Salt® Sizzlin’ Bacon; FRANK’S REDHOT® Buffalo Wing; Sea Salt & Black Pepper; Hidden Valley® Ranch; and Old Bay® Catch Of The Day.