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Food News: New Craft Apple Jelly Made From Last Johnny Appleseed Tree


Take a Bite Out of History

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- We've all heard of Johnny Appleseed; a barefoot American vagabond who travelled across the country planting orchards. Thanks to the hard work of an arborist named Jeffrey Meyer and his son Scott Meyer of Congaree and Penn Farm, Johnny Appleseed's legendary life work can now be experienced through a new craft apple jelly. This project is the result of a twenty-three-year journey to preserve and share Johnny Appleseed's legacy by propagating the last known and verified apple tree he planted.


The epic story of saving Johnny Appleseed's legacy started with Jeffrey Meyer. Meyer has dedicated his life to saving historic trees. He founded the American Forests' National Register of Historic Trees and his book, "America's Famous and Historic Trees" chronicles the famous trees he has saved throughout his career (think George Washington's Tulip Poplar or Elvis Presley's Pin Oak).

Twenty-three years ago, Meyer was sent news that the last known and verified apple tree planted by Johnny Appleseed was still living in Nova, Ohio but was reaching old age and would, in this generation, cease to produce fruit. You see, throughout history Johnny's orchards were often used for cider production. During prohibition, the FBI mercilessly cut down most of Johnny Appleseed's orchards in an attempt to prevent the production of homemade cider. The last living Johnny Appleseed tree had escaped prohibition's eradication, but old age had started to take its toll. In 1994 to preserve this legacy and Johnny's fruit, Meyer grafted several branches from Johnny's tree onto the rootstock of other apple trees. This grafting process has been used by apple growers for centuries because it is the only way to ensure that you will produce apples that are identical to those of the parent tree. For the past twenty-three years, Meyer and his son have cultivated an orchard in Grants Pass, OR growing exclusively Johnny Appleseed Authentic™ apple trees. Meyer has now passed the responsibility of carrying on Johnny Appleseed's legacy on to his son, the founder of Congaree and Penn Farm.

This fall, Congaree and Penn is excited to release the first Johnny Appleseed Authentic™ product: an artisan apple jelly made exclusively with Johnny Appleseed Authentic™ apples. Meyer remarks, "After years of working with these apple trees, this release is truly a labor of love. When we first started this project, we were very aware of the fact that we were planting history with each apple tree. Johnny Appleseed has always been a historic figure whom I have admired. Similar to myself and my son, Johnny Appleseed was an entrepreneur and I always respected him for escaping traditional norms. He was a frontiersman who owned and settled more than 1,200 acres of American land, he was an avid animal activist, a vegetarian, and was incredibly forward thinking for his time. In many ways, his values and the life that he led are still incredibly relevant in the 21st century. We are excited to carry on Johnny's legacy and reintroduce an apple variety that was so close to extinction."

The Johnny Appleseed Authentic™ Apples are considered to be closely related to Albamarle Pippins Apples, a common cider apple in Johnny's time. They have a tart flavor similar to a Granny Smith and make a delicious apple jelly. The Johnny Appleseed Authentic™ Jelly is vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO. Each jar of jelly retails for $12.00 and is available on Congaree and Penn's website here.

About Congaree and Penn:
Born in 2014, Congaree and Penn began as a tiny rice farm. Since then, they've grown from 4 acres of rice paddies into a thriving farm of orchards and animals. Congaree and Penn boasts the largest (and youngest) Mayhaw orchard in the world, after planting over 2000 trees throughout the past few years. Native to the South, this fruit bearing tree has inspired us to seek out and plant other native and hearty southern fruit bearing species on the farm. In 2016, Congaree and Penn began juicing seasonal fruit from local farms to produce shrubs, our nod to a Colonial era pastime. As they expand their orchards, pressing and milling operations, Congaree and Penn continues to innovate and introduce new produce and products. They also fancy the farm as a stunning destination for weddings, farm dinners, tours and workshops. To learn more visit them at: http://congareeandpenn.com/.


Take a Bite Out of History! Taste Johnny Appleseed’s legendary life work through Congaree and Penn’s new craft apple jelly. Learn more here: www.congareeandpenn.com/johnny-appleseed (PRNewsfoto/Congaree and Penn)

Take a Bite Out of History! Taste Johnny Appleseed’s legendary life work through Congaree and Penn’s new craft apple jelly. Learn more here: www.congareeandpenn.com/johnny-appleseed (PRNewsfoto/Congaree and Penn)



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Industry News: Heinz Partners with Top Pitmasters to Launch Five New Great-Tasting BBQ Sauces



PITTSBURGH, Pa. & CHICAGO, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--After a successful launch into yellow mustard last year, Heinz is once again heating up the grilling season by launching into another new category: BBQ! Heinz just released five new, great-tasting BBQ sauces, created in partnership with five of America’s top pitmasters. Heinz BBQ sauces are a collection of authentic regional sauces that taste even better than they look. Heinz worked with five Pitmaster Partners and used only 100% natural, locally-inspired ingredients and recipes to craft each delicious BBQ sauce - Kansas City Sweet & Smoky, Memphis Sweet & Spicy, Texas Bold & Spicy, Carolina Tangy Vinegar, and Heinz Classic Sweet & Thick – each with flavor as distinct as the regional barbecue taste it represents.

The launch of Heinz’s new BBQ Sauces is supported by a new campaign, “Pitmasters, not Spokespeople,” which features the Heinz Pitmaster Partners: Joe and Mike Pearce (Kansas City), Dan Brown (Memphis), Robert Sierra (Texas) and Sam Jones (Carolina). As part of the campaign, the TV commercial showcases the delicious new BBQ sauces alongside the real pitmasters who partnered with Heinz on each of them. In a funny, blooper-reel style spot, we see that while these pitmasters are masters at perfecting delicious-tasting, authentic BBQ sauces, they may not be masters of being traditional “spokespeople.” Heinz tapped DAVID Miami for the campaign. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S2ikMRT5xc&feature=youtu.be)

“As interest in BBQ continues to grow across the country, people are becoming more aware that different regions have different styles of sauce, but we know that a lot of consumers are reluctant to try a sauce from a brand they don’t know and trust,” said Jessica Ryan, Director of Marketing at The Kraft Heinz Company. “Our new line of BBQ sauces will make it easier for people to explore these flavors, because they combine the BBQ expertise and passion of top pitmasters with the trust and experience of Heinz.”

New Heinz BBQ Sauces include:

Kansas City Style Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce: Rooted in generations of barbeque tradition, great Kansas City style barbeque is a perfect balance of thick, sweet and tangy. Heinz teamed up with Kansas City natives and award-winning Pitmasters, Joe and Mike Pearce, to craft a Kansas City style sauce that is a mouthwatering blend of that sweet and smoky deliciousness that the region is known for.

Memphis Style Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce: From the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll, the tradition of Memphis barbeque is rich and sweet with a pop of spice. To create a truly great Memphis style barbeque sauce, Heinz teamed up with Dan Brown of Memphis’ own Leonard’s PIT Barbeque — a barbeque institution since 1922. With sweet brown sugar and the flavors of the region’s traditional dry rubs, this is a sweet and spicy sauce that’s sure to be a favorite.

Texas Style Bold & Spicy BBQ Sauce: In Texas, there’s nothing shy about barbeque, and a great Texas style sauce means bold flavors and big personality. That’s why Heinz teamed up with Robert Sierra, Pitmaster of the Texas State Grand Champion S&S Pit Crew competition BBQ team from San Marcos, Texas. This sauce captures the very best of Texas barbeque — combining spices like cumin and chili powder for a sauce that’s bold and flavorful with just the right kick.

Carolina Vinegar Style Tangy BBQ Sauce: Real Carolina barbeque is all about the deep-rooted traditions of whole-hog barbeque slow cooked over wood coals. Heinz teamed up with third-generation pitmaster Sam Jones, of the legendary Skylight Inn BBQ in Ayden, North Carolina to craft a true Carolina style sauce that blends the distinctive tang of apple cider with the just right bit of sweet and spice to make it the perfect addition to your favorite pulled pork.

Classic Sweet & Thick BBQ Sauce: The traditions of barbeque in America run deep - and a great sauce can make all the difference. That’s why the Heinz Barbeque team has traveled the country and done our homework with some of the nation’s top Pitmasters to bring you a sauce that captures the real flavors of American barbeque. This sauce is a true classic -sweet, thick, deliciously balanced, 100% natural, and sure to please!

All five of the New Heinz BBQ sauces come in Heinz’s iconic, upside-down squeezable bottle and are available at major retailers nationwide in 20oz bottles with a suggested retail price of $2.49. Heinz also offers a “Pitmaster Collection” Sampler 4-Pack that features 11oz sampler bottles of the Kansas City, Memphis, Texas and Carolina sauces.

For more information and to Meet the Masters, visit www.HeinzBBQ.com. #HeinzBBQ #MadeWithTheMasters.


The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) is the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands. A globally trusted producer of delicious foods, The Kraft Heinz Company provides high quality, great taste and nutrition for all eating occasions whether at home, in restaurants or on the go. The Company’s iconic brands include Kraft, Heinz, ABC, Capri Sun, Classico, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Ore-Ida, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters, Plasmon, Quero, Weight Watchers, Smart Ones and Velveeta. The Kraft Heinz Company is dedicated to the sustainable health of our people, our planet and our Company. For more information, visit www.kraftheinzcompany.com









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Drink Spotlight: Country Time Lemonade Starters



NORTHFIELD, Ill., -- Summer time is family time – it's all about slowing down and savoring special moments spent with family and friends. This upcoming season, beloved lemonade brand, Country Time, is helping America squeeze in more moments of togetherness with the introduction of an innovative product, new Country Time Lemonade Starter, a multi-serve liquid concentrate beverage mix that makes preparing lemonade easier than ever before.

Country Time Lemonade Starter features an easy-pour spout so users can simply "flip, pour and stir" the beverage mix into a pitcher or glass of water for a freshly-made drink, each and every time. Flavored with real lemon juice and available in three delicious varieties – Classic Lemonade, Berry Lemonade and Half Lemonade & Half Iced Tea – Country Time Lemonade Starter offers a quick and easy way to make lemonade this summer, perfect for busy families and entrepreneurial kids setting up their own neighborhood lemonade stands.

"As a well-known brand that has been a part of America's culture for more than 40 years, we know, without a doubt, that our fans love the authentic lemonade experience of Country Time," said Adam Grablick, Director, Country Time. "We also know they are looking for a flavorful, easy-to-make beverage that allows them more time to focus on what matters most – building family connections – and Country Time Lemonade Starter lets them to do just that."

A Major Reinvention of an Iconic Brand
After more than a decade off the air, Country Time is also refreshing its advertising with new creative which encourages America to "Take Time to Make Country Time." The campaign encourages meaningful connections, and is built around the notion that by stirring up some Country Time, families are making more than just lemonade, they are creating lifelong memories. The integrated campaign includes television, digital, social media, PR and in-store support, and also features the new Country Time Summer Mobile Porch Tour, which will give fans a firsthand experience with Country Time Lemonade Starter at grocery stores and other to-be-announced venues in key markets across the U.S.

All three Country Time Lemonade Starter options are now available in grocery stores for a suggested retail price of $3.99 per 18.2 fl. oz. bottle (yielding three pitchers or 24 8 fl. oz. glasses). For additional product news and updates, visit www.facebook.com/countrytime, www.twitter.com/countrytime or www.countrytime.com/.

Since 1975, Country Time Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix has been providing an authentic, fresh-made lemonade experience. Coined as "The Official Lemonade of Lemonade Stands," Country Time offers thirst-quenching refreshment with the perfect balance of sweet and tart, and is available in a variety of flavors and sizes, including on-the-go and multi-serve forms. Powdered beverage flavors include Lemonade, Half Lemonade & Half Iced Tea, Pink Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade and Black Cherry Lemonade. New Country Time Lemonade Starter, a multi-serve liquid concentrate beverage mix that is flavored with real lemon juice, is available in Classic Lemonade, Berry Lemonade and Half Lemonade & Half Iced Tea.

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRFT) is one of North America's largest consumer packaged food and beverage companies, with annual revenues of more than $18 billion. The company's iconic brands include Kraft, Capri Sun, JELL-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters and Velveeta. Kraft's 22,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada have a passion for making the foods and beverages people love. Kraft is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 and the NASDAQ-100 indices.  For more information about Kraft, visit www.kraftfoodsgroup.com and www.facebook.com/kraft. For delicious recipes, tips and information on Kraft products, visit www.kraftrecipes.com.













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Condiment Spotlght: A.1 Spicy Chipotle Steak Sauce








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About the Company

For more than 140 years, A.1. has brought bold, robust flavor to meals. Legend has it that A.1. Sauce was originally developed by Henderson William Brand, chef to England's King George IV, as a special sauce for the royal table. Today, A.1. offers a wide variety of sauces, dry rubs, liquid marinades and dry marinade mixes for beef, chicken and pork.




Company: Kraft
BrandL A.1.
Slogan: Coming soon
Origin: USA
Category: Sauces, condiments & dressings
Packaging: 10 OZ
Claims: A.1. is the bold, savory sauce that makes any food better.
Variants: View range here
Price: $3.99
Where to Buy: Store Locator
Website: a1sauce.com












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Condiment Review: Kraft Miracle Whip Olive Oil Dressing


Now, a Miracle Whip made with the goodness of olive oil and half the fat and calories of mayonnaise. Kraft Miracle Whip Dressing with Olive Oil contains 40 calories and 3.5 grams of fat per serving. Mayonnaise contains 90 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving.

Kraft Miracle Whip Dressing with Olive Oil
Half the fat and calories of mayonnaise
The tangy original with olive oil


Water, Vinegar, Sugar, Olive Oil, Soybean Oil, Canola Oil, Modified Food Starch, Egg Yolks, Salt, Contains Less Than 2% of Mustard Flour, Paprika, Spice, Natural Flavor, Dried Garlic, Potassium Sorbate And Calcium Disodium Edta (to Protect Flavor). Contains: Egg.








Company: Kraft
Brand: Miracle Whip
Origin: USA
Category: Condiment, Spreads
Packaging: 12fl oz
Claims: Low Calorie, Low Fat
Price: $2.62
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: kraftbrands.com




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Product Spotlight: Breakstone’s Greek Style Sour Cream & Nonfat Yogurt



NORTHFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--November 14, 2013--

Known for the finest dairy products made with fresh, wholesome ingredients, BREAKSTONE'S continues to innovate by offering the first-ever national brand of Greek Style Sour Cream. BREAKSTONE'S new Greek Style Sour Cream features the smooth, creamy texture and deliciously rich taste of traditional BREAKSTONE'S Sour Cream blended with authentic Greek strained yogurt. This Greek-style product provides consumers with a better-for-you option featuring 50% less fat, 40% less cholesterol, and twice the calcium and protein of regular sour cream (each 2 Tbsp. serving has 4% of the daily value for calcium and 2 grams of protein).

BREAKSTONE'S continues to innovate by offering the first-ever brand of Greek Style Sour Cream, which is blended with authentic Greek yogurt. (Photo: Business Wire)

"We are always looking to develop new foods that meet a variety of consumers' needs and nowadays consumers are seeking better-for-you alternatives," said Shannon Lester, BREAKSTONE'S brand manager. "Some consumers are already substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream, but sacrificing the creamy texture and delicious taste of traditional sour cream. However, with BREAKSTONE'S new Greek Style Sour Cream consumers can enjoy both."

Greek-style products are stocking today's grocery store shelves, as shoppers continue to gravitate toward products with improved nutrition and simpler ingredient lines. In 2012, Greek yogurt saw more than a 50% growth in retail sales -- and the numbers continue to climb(1) . Now, with BREAKSTONE'S Greek Style Sour Cream, consumers can introduce the perfect balance of flavor and nutrition into their favorite recipes and specialty dishes.

Currently available in the dairy aisle of retailers across the country, the new BREAKSTONE'S Greek Style Sour Cream is available in a 16oz container for a suggested retail price of $2.99. The innovative offering joins the other BREAKSTONE'S Sour Cream varieties including all natural, fat free and reduced fat ranging in sizes from 8oz to 48oz.

BREAKSTONE'S Greek Style Sour Cream can be substituted for traditional sour cream when making dips, side dishes, entrees and desserts. Like all of BREAKSTONE'S products, it can be used for cooking as it doesn't curdle when heated. For recipe ideas, visit the brand's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/breakstones.


Since the Breakstone brothers started their dairy business in 1882, BREAKSTONE'S has only used the highest quality, freshest, wholesome dairy products and the brand continues this heritage today. Check out more delicious recipes, entertaining tips and updates from the brand on Facebook, www.facebook.com/breakstones.




Company: Kraft Foods
Brand: Breakstone's
Origin: USA
Category: Dairy
Packaging: 16oz, 32oz tubs
Price: $2.99 (16oz)
Website: kraftbrands.com/breakstones


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Product Spotlight: Miracle Whip Dipping Sauce


We're a creamy blend of sweet and tangy that some people say they don't like without having tried it. That's bias and we will not let that stand. Or sit.

Hey. Thanks for stopping by.

A lot of people say they hate us without ever trying us. And that's wrong, like saying two plus two is 17B.

It's why we want you, and everyone, to keep an open mouth. Try us, then form your own opinion. And then let everyone else know.

With your help, and those you tell, we can end this prejudice. There's strength in numbers, ask any historian.

Let's rock this joint.


Company: Kraft
Brand: Miracle Whip
Category: Sauces
Origin: USA
Packaging:  12fl oz
Varieties: Smokin Bacon Ranch, Kickin Onion Blossom, Sassy Sweet Tomato
Price: $2.99
Website: kraftbrands.com











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Product Spotlight: Crystal Light Liquid Beverage Drops


Crystal Light, makers of powdered drinks, has launched a line of zero calorie liquid water enhancers. Zero calories and zero sacrifice, coupled with breakthrough flavor, equal a truly innovative drink: Crystal Light Liquid. The new, portable drink mix from Kraft Foods Group Inc., Northfield, Ill., makes it easier to indulge one's taste buds without the calories.

Available in six flavors--Blueberry Raspberry, Iced Tea, Mango Passionfruit, Peach Bellini, Pomtini and Strawberry Lemonade--Crystal Light Liquid serves up the classic flavors from Crystal Light with a modern twist. The re-sealable 24-serving bottles make it easy to enjoy a delicious drink anywhere, any time.

Crystal Light Liquid is sweetened with a blend of non-nutritive sweeteners and is caffeine free, gluten free and sugar free

A 1.62-fluid ounce bottle has a suggested retail price of $3.99


Company: Kraft
Brand: Crystal Light
Category: Concentrates & Drink Mixes
Origin: USA
Packaging: 1.62fl oz (24 servings)
Claims: Zero Calorie
Varieties: Blueberry Raspberry, Iced Tea, Mango Passionfruit, Peach Bellini, Pomtini and Strawberry Lemonade
Price: $3.99 USD

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