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Industry News: SuperSeedz® Receives ChefsBest® Quality in Craft Award for New Line of Organic Gourmet Pumpkin Seed Snacks


The new product line will be showcased at the Sweets & Snacks show in Chicago

NORTH HAVEN, Conn., May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Less than two months after introducing its new organic line of gourmet pumpkin seeds, SuperSeedz announced it has received the ChefsBest® Quality in Craft Award, an award presented to brands that surpass quality standards established by independent professional chefs.

"I am very excited to receive such a prestigious award for our new organic products," says Kathie Pelliccio, founder of SuperSeedz. "We put a lot of thought and love into developing these new organic flavors and it is a great honor to receive such recognition."

The new organic SuperSeedz products were subjected to ChefsBest's rigorous Sensory Attribute Quality Analysis (SAQA®) process, which was developed by leading sensory experts to evaluate taste and quality in terms of appearance, aroma, basic tastes, flavor and texture.

"The award is designed to recognize unique, high-quality products, and based on our evaluation, the new organic line from SuperSeedz was a clear winner," says Lisa Liguori, CEO of ChefsBest. "ChefsBest has been awarding America's best tasting foods for more than 16 years, and we're proud to honor SuperSeedz with the Quality in Craft Award."

The three new SuperSeedz organic flavors, Pink Himalayan Salt, Garlicky Dill and an indulgent Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt item, were introduced earlier in the year. Each is Organic certified, Non-GMO Project verified, vegan, allergy-friendly and will feature up to eight grams of complete, plant-based protein.

The new line is the latest innovation from the company that has been the number one premium pumpkin seed brand and the fastest growing for the last two years. "Consumers have definitely responded to our concept," said founder Kathie Pelliccio. "And because SuperSeedz has consistently added incremental growth to the snacking nut and seed category, we're really becoming an integral part of retailers' product mix. We think our organic offering will be even bigger."

About SuperSeedz
SuperSeedz is the no-shell gourmet pumpkin seed snack founded by Kathie Pelliccio, a mother of five, chef and entrepreneur. The idea was cooked up when Kathie was experimenting with dry-roasted pumpkin seeds as a healthy snack for her family. Years later, the business has since grown from a small seedling into the number one premium pumpkin seed brand, encouraging consumers to eat pumpkin seed snacks in a fun flavorful way. SuperSeedz are sold at grocery, health food and gourmet food retailers across the U.S., including Whole Foods, Sprouts and Safeway/Albertsons Inc. stores. For more information, visit the SuperSeedz booth at the Sweets & Snack show (#1790) or contact Joe Lupica at joe.lupica@superseedz.com, (760) 473-9209, superseedz.com

About ChefsBest
ChefsBest identifies and honors the best tasting grocery products in order to support the companies that make them and the people who choose to select them. Through its headquarters in San Diego and the Center for Taste in San Francisco, the organization has judged thousands of grocery products and bestowed its Best Taste and Excellence awards on the highest-quality products since 2000. Through ChefsBest, brands can unlock coveted ad claims and consumers can garner insight they need to purchase the best-tasting and highest-quality ingredients. ChefsBest awards are a nationally recognized trust mark used by numerous brands, both in and out of the grocery aisle. For more information, visit ChefsBest.com.





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Snack Spotlight: SuperSeedz® Introduces Line of Organic Gourmet Pumpkin Seed Snacks





Continues to bring flavor, innovation and growth to the Snacking Nuts and Seeds category

NORTH HAVEN, Conn., March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SuperSeedz, the gourmet pumpkin seed brand from Kathie's Kitchen, announced the introduction of a new line of organic snacking seeds. The new items, which will be unveiled at Expo West, will be available in three flavors -- Pink Himalayan Salt, Garlicky Dill and Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt--and are expected to retail for $4.49 to $5.49 for a 4-ounce pouch.

The new line is the latest innovation from the company that has been the number one premium pumpkin seed brand and the fastest growing for the last two years. "Consumers have definitely responded to our concept," said founder Kathie Pelliccio. "And because SuperSeedz has consistently added incremental growth to the snacking nut and seed category, we're really becoming an integral part of retailers' product mix. We think our organic offering will be even bigger."

SuperSeedz grew nearly 80% in 2016 according to SPINS, and is poised to continue in 2017. The brand has been one that has benefited from the widespread adoption of plant-based foods and the dramatic increase in snacking. According to a 2016 IRI report, approximately 46% of US consumers now snack three or more times per day.

Beyond the latest consumption trends, SuperSeedz indicates that attracting a traditionally underserved female millennial consumer to the seed sub category has proven to be pivotal. According to Pelliccio, "other women like SuperSeedz for the same reasons I do. They like the clean, simple, organic ingredients; they like that they are allergy friendly and an inherently nutritious snack for their families; and most off all they love that SuperSeedz have no shells and are dry roasted with yummy flavors."

With flavor as a focal point, the new SuperSeedz Organic packaging continues with the brand's established premium theme which utilizes colorful, artistic representations of a pumpkin on the white backdrop of a standup pouch. Each pumpkin indicates a different flavor, which according to Pelliccio, also represents the fun brand personality and the artistic inspiration that drives the development of the SuperSeedz flavors. "Making delicious, nutritious snacks is an art. If you don't approach it that way consumers just won't buy them again."

All three of the organic flavors are Organic Certified, Non-GMO Project verified, vegan, allergy friendly and will feature up to eight grams of complete, plant-based protein. SuperSeedz expects to begin shipping the new line in April 2017.

For more information visit the SuperSeedz booth (#5494) at Expo West or contact their media representative, Joe Lupica at 760-473-9209 for interviews, images and additional information.

About SuperSeedz

Rooted in homegrown beginnings, the idea for SuperSeedz was cooked up by founder Kathie Pelliccio in her own kitchen. Kathie, a mother of five, chef and entrepreneur, was experimenting with dry-roasted pumpkin seeds as a healthy snack for her family. Years later, the business has since grown from a small seedling into the number one premium pumpkin seed brand, encouraging and empowering consumers to not have to sacrifice flavor for nutrition. With the addition of the new Organic line, SuperSeedz is now available in 11 mouthwatering flavors. Each is dry-roasted in small batches without shells, using a proprietary, artisanal pan-roasting technique that bakes the seasoning right in to each seed. The result is an enhanced snacking experience with unparalleled taste and a delightfully addicting crunch. SuperSeedz are sold at grocery, health food and gourmet food retailers across the U.S., including Whole Foods, Sprouts and Safeway/Albertsons Inc. stores. They can also be purchased online at superseedz.com.














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Food News: Garden Fresh Gourmet Launches New Line Of Fresh Refrigerated Soups That Brings Small- Batch Production And More Variety To The Category



Free of Artificial Flavors, Sweeteners and Preservatives, the New Line of Refrigerated Soup is Crafted with Recognizable Ingredients like Garden Vegetables, Herbs, White Meat Chicken, Beans, and Grains


FERNDALE, Mich., Oct. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Garden Fresh Gourmet, the No. 1 refrigerated salsa brand and maker of chips, hummus, and dips, introduces a new line of fresh refrigerated soups in four everyday favorite flavors with a modern, exciting twist. Available in the refrigerated deli section of the grocery store, the new line of soups pushes Garden Fresh Gourmet® into a new category and offers consumers a new option that aligns with their demand for more delicious, ingredient-rich fresh packaged foods.

"Americans eat more than 10 billion bowls of soup each year, and the fresh refrigerated soup category is growing rapidly as consumers seek products that taste great, but have fewer, high-quality ingredients," explained, Todd Putman, General Manager, C-Fresh CPG. 1   "Our new Garden Fresh Gourmet® soups mark the first category expansion for the brand since acquisition, and as we built this new line of soups, we were careful to adhere to the simple recipe instilled by the founders: gather the best ingredients, combine them in the perfect way, and sell them at a reasonable price."


The new Garden Fresh Gourmet soups are crafted using garden vegetables and herbs that are paired with recognizable ingredients like white meat chicken, beans and grains and on-trend foods like kale, roasted chiles, and ancient grains.

Available beginning October 2016, the four new Garden Fresh Gourmet soups include:

  • Chicken Noodle with Kale
  • Chicken Tortilla with Roasted Chilies
  • Broccoli Cheddar with Parmesan
  • Tomato with Parmesan

Garden Fresh Gourmet soups are crafted in small batches with no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives, and are free of bleached flour, MSG, partially hydrogenated oils, hydrolyzed soy protein, and HFCS. The new product line is sold at grocery stores nationwide and start at $5.99 for a 24 oz. container.

Garden Fresh Gourmet, founded in 1998 by Jack and Annette Aronson and headquartered in Ferndale, Mich., is the No.1 refrigerated salsa brand in the U.S and is also known for high-quality consumer products including premium refrigerated soups, salsas, stone-ground tortilla chips, hummus, and dips.  Garden Fresh Gourmet uses high-quality and easily recognizable ingredients to craft products that feature familiar flavors with a culinary twist and sold at an affordable price. The Company was acquired by Campbell Soup Company on June 29, 2015. To learn more about the Company's story, mission and entire line of products, visit www.GardenFreshGourmet.com and join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/GardenFreshGourmet and Twitter @GFsalsa.

1 The NPD Group / National Eating Trends Combined, May 2014 , Mintel Soup November 2015, Technomic2016 – The Left Side of the Menu








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Dairy Spotlight: The Collective Dairy Choccy Orange Gourmet Live Yogurt


Lordy, lordy, melt-in-your-mouth Belgian dark chocolate infused with orange, two flavours made to be together! Now encase them around our thick ‘n’ creamy signature yoghurt and you’ve got yourself a tub of pure culinary heaven. Our chefs note: addictive!
Ingredients: Live yoghurt* (milk) (84%), sugar, Belgian dark chocolate (2.2%) (contains cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier (soya lecithin), vanilla extract), honey, orange puree(1.1%), golden syrup, sweetened condensed skimmed milk, cornflour, butter (milk), natural flavouring, acidity regulator (lactic acid), gelling agent (fruit pectin). *Contains cultures: S. thermophilus, L. acidophilus, Bifidobacterium, L. casei.

Allergy advice: For allergens see ingredients in bold
Our choccy orange yoghurt contains pasteurised cow’s milk and is packed in a dairy that handles nuts.





About the company

The Collective was started in New Zealand by two clever entrepreneurial chefs, Ofer Shenhav and Angus Allan. Their quest was simple… create an extraordinary yoghurt with an unbeatable taste.

Being well travelled lads with a couple of successful businesses already notched on their belts, Ofer and Angus were not shy of the hard yakka ahead. Their sheer determination to achieve the unthinkable helped provide the fuel, their passion provided the key, their tenacity and skill delivered the answer.

Kiwis caught on fast and the resulting yoghurt rapidly found new homes across the land. In fact, within 10 months of its conception The Collective was New Zealand’s best selling gourmet yoghurt. Overnight sensation? You betcha!

Now not being ones to keep a good thing to themselves, it soon dawned on Ofer and Angus that actually the whole world deserved The Collective in their fridges so why not make it in the UK too. Really, just how hard could it be? As it turned out darn hard! Until they joined forces with Mike Hodgson and Amelia Harvey, a couple of savy ‘Brits’ who knew a thing or two about the food industry in the UK.

So here we are now, sitting in fridges across the globe, all thanks to the peeps out there that’ve shared The Collective’s vision and helped make us a ‘happening thing’ in your home… no bull!




Company: The Collective Dairy
Brand:  The Collective Dairy
Slogan:  Gourmet Live Yogurt
Origin: UK
Category: Yogurt
Packaging:  450g
Claims:  Gluten free, gelatine free, suitable for vegetarians, natural ingredients.
Variants: View product range here
Price:  Coming soon
Where to Buy: UK, Store Locator
Website:  http://www.thecollectivedairy.com/uk/











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Dairy Spotlight: International Delight Frosted Sugar Cookie Gourmet Coffee Creamer










About the company

International Delight was launched in the 1980s and was the first flavored, liquid, non-dairy creamer. It originally came in three flavors and was available only in individual creamer singles. The product line has since expanded to more than 20 selections—including fat-free and sugar-free varieties—available in creamer singles, pints, quarts, 1.5 quarts and half gallons at grocery stores, convenience stores, mass merchandisers and food service outlets across the country. In 2013, we added our very popular Iced Coffee to the mix.



Company: International Delight
Brand:  International Delight
Slogan:  International Delight
Origin: US
Category: Dairy Drink
Packaging:  Quart
Claims:  8g protein per serving, made with real milk.
Variants: View product range here
Price:  Coming soon
Where to Buy: US, Store Locator
Website: https://www.internationaldelight.com/







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Food Spotlight: Casa Adelita Gourmet Mole Almendrado





Almond Mole
A very Mexican tradition is our exquisite Gourmet Almond Mole, made with the traditional recipe that mixes 101 chiles, toasted almonds and cocoa with a unique touch. You will be pleasantly surprised by its taste.


About the Company
CASA ADELITA GOURMET originated to retake the Traditional Mexican Hauté Confectionery by selecting candies and digestif beverages, preserving and rescuing the original recipes of the most vintage and renowned houses of Mexico, transforming them into Gourmet products of the highest quality.



Company: Casa Adelita Gourmet
Brand: Casa Adelita Gourmet
Origin: Mexico
Category: Cooking Sauces
Packaging: Pouch
Claims: Natural
Variants: View Range Here
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Mexico (Superama)
Website: casaadelitagourmet.com





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Snack Spotlight: SuperSeedz Sea Salt Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds



You don't have to travel the seven seas for the perfect snack. Pumpkin seeds with all-natural sea salt. Simple, but believe it or not, it took years to perfect the crunch and juuuust the right amount of sea salt. Yo ho WHOA!


8g of complete protein
Peanut Free
Tree Nut Free
Gluten Free



About the Company
SuperSeedz is dedicated to providing healthy yet tasty snack foods. Snacks that are fun to eat yet good for you.

Our founder, Kathie Pelliccio, first started making seasoned pumpkin seeds in a cast iron pan on her kitchen stove, to add a healthy crunch to salads. Next came cinnamon & sugar seeds to add to yogurt and oatmeal. Friends loved them. Kids loved them. So she created more and more flavors and started selling them at local fairs and farmers markets. Soon a company was born: Kathie's Kitchen.

Then Kathie met Joe Pelliccio, a man as passionate about SuperSeedz as she was. Soon he became the Seed King/President of the company, and husband to Kathie! Now, they travel the country together introducing SuperSeedz to people everywhere.

Today, SuperSeedz is growing into a national brand, with "seedlings" from coast to coast. Whether you're new to SuperSeedz, or a long-time fan, thank you for helping us grow our company from, well, a seed!



Company: Kathie's Kitchen LLC
Brand: SuperSeeds
Slogan: Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds
Origin: USA
Category:  Healthy Snacks
Packaging:  1oz, 5oz pouch
Claims: No Shells, All Natural, Dry Roasted
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $4.99
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Finder
Website: superseedz.com
















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Company Spotlight: Hnina Healthy Gourmet Raw Dark Chocolate and Nuts Truffles




HNINA, is a line of gourmet vegan chocolates created with high quality raw ingredients to make delicious guilt-free dark chocolate truffles. These artisanal treats offer a variety of gluten-free flavors mixed with sprouted seeds and nuts.


HNINA gourmet chocolates are mouthwatering indulgences for those who crave sweets but want to be health conscious. These wholesome truffles are non-GMO, dairy free, contain unpasteurized ingredients and are suitable for paleo diets. To further ensure exceptional quality, the nuts and seeds are sourced from organic farms throughout the world. HNINA is available in flavors such as Almonds + Hazelnuts, Macadamias + Pistachios, Brazilian nuts + Almonds + Coconut, Walnuts + Cashews, Seeds, Pecans + Pine Nuts, and Pistachios + Hazelnuts. These delicious gourmet truffles are high in protein, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and nutrients. As HNINA’s motto goes, they are guaranteed to make you NUTS ABOUT CHOCOLATE!


HNINA truffles are available in a variety of sizes such as pebbles (small), rocks (medium), boulders (large) and bricks (logs) sold individually and in assortment boxes and will retail from $2.99 to $49.99.



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Founded in 2013, HNINA offers guilt-free raw and vegan dark chocolates made with the highest quality ingredients on the market. Using sprouted nuts and seeds that are sourced from the best organic farms throughout the world, HNINA prides itself on creating a delicious treat that is high in protein, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and nutrients. HNINA’s dark chocolate offerings include: Almonds + Hazelnuts, Macadamias + Pistachios, Brazilian nuts + Almonds + Coconut, Walnuts + Cashews, Seeds, Pecans + Pine Nuts, and Pistachios + Hazelnuts. All ingredients are unprocessed, not pasteurized or fumigated. Read More



Company: Hnina
Brand: Hnina
Slogan: Nuts About Chocolate
Origin: USA
Category: Chocolate
Packaging: View Range Here
Claims: Raw. Gluten Free. Vegan. Dairy Free. GMO Free. Zero Trans Fat
Variants: View Here
Price: View Range Here
Where to Buy: Shop Online
Website: www.hninagourmet.com




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Food Spotlight: Pereg Gourmet Quinoa Pasta – Curvo Rigate



100% Quinoa Pasta
8 ounce box
Gluten-Free (Made with only quinoa flour, no rice or corn)
6 Minute Cook Time
All Natural Ingredients: 100% Quinoa Flour, Starch - Mono Glycerides, Pasteurized Egg Whites.
High in Protein & Fiber



About the Company
PEREG GOURMET Company, established in 1906,
is a family business, which encompasses many years of history, expertise, professionalism and know-how that were passed on through the generations as an inheritance from father to son.

PEREG GOURMET produces more than 60 varieties of spices, spice blends and herbs. The spices are pure, fresh and natural with no additives, no preservatives, no added volume and no food coloring.
PEREG GOURMET, a leading spice manufacturer, offers the consumer a cornucopia of spice options from the traditional to the exotic, a spice for every taste and palette.




Company: Pereg Gourmet Spices
Brand: Pereg Gourmet Spices
Slogan: Natural Gourmet Food
Origin: USA
Category: Pasta
Packaging: 100g
Claims: All Natural, Gluten Free, GMO Free.
Variants: Curvo Rigati, Fusilli, Spaghetti
Price: $5.99
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: pereg-spices.com










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Cheese Spotlight: Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Fiesta Blend Shreds



Finally, a non-dairy cheese with real cheese taste, melt, and texture! Use it as you would any dairy cheese for a healthier indulgence.


INGREDIENTS : (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-gmo, soy-free) filtered water, organic palm fruit oil, modified food starch, natural flavours (plant sources), less than 2% of: pea fibre, pea starch, bamboo fibre, nutritional yeast, jalapeño peppers, red bell peppers, calcium phosphate, rice flour, vegetable palm glycerin, sunflower lecithin, sea salt, sunflower oil, lactic acid (from beets), carrageenan (from seaweed), calcium sulfate, citric acid, microbial enzymes, annatto (for colour), xanthan gum, disodium phosphate, sodium citrate.





About the company:

In 1970, four friends got together and created the Follow Your Heart® Market and Restaurant in Canoga Park, California. From these small quarters, we served vegetarian soups, sandwiches, and salads to a growing vegetarian community. Eventually, the ever-increasing need for new vegetarian products led us to put our energy and ingenuity into creating our own line of all natural foods. Read More



Company: Follow Your Heart
Brand: Follow Your Heart
Origin: USA
Category: Cheese Alternative
Packaging: 8 oz
Claims: Dairy Free. Gluten Free. Soy Free
Variants: View Full Range Here
Price: $4.99
Where to Buy: Buy Onine, Store Locator
Website: followyourheart.com





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