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Snacking News February 2019

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Las Vegas Market Names 2019 Global Goodness Winners Greenington, Finatur, Solmate Socks and ME to WE are the winners of Las Vegas Market's eighth annual Global Goodness Awards. The awards recognize home fur- nishings and gift companies who create sustainable and socially responsible prod- ucts. The 2019 Global Goodness Awards were presented at the end of January dur- ing Winter 2019 Las Vegas Market. A panel of three industry sustainability and social responsibility experts – Colvin English of ByHand Consulting, Maud Obe of Aid to Artisans and Susan Inglis of Sus- tainable Furnishings Council – selected two home furnishings suppliers in Finatur (maker of home décor products crafted in Colombia) and Greenington (maker of sus- tainable furniture crafted in Seattle) and gift exhibitor Solmate Socks (handwoven, mismatched socks and other personal ac- cessories). People's Choice winner ME to WE (maker of artisanal and fair trade prod- ucts) was selected through popular vote on the Las Vegas Market Facebook page. Finatur Design is a Colombian-based company dedicated to the designing and manufacturing of decorative products, as well as accessories and jewelry. Finatur pairs pre-Colombian Zenú weaving tradi- tions with a contemporary minimalist de- sign. This company uses sustainable practices and a wide variety of environmen- tally-friendly resources, including bamboo wood, Tagua seeds and reusable plastic in its products. Finatur's goal is to provide a means for creating sustainable income for local artisans and their communities. Learn more at www.finaturdesign.com. Seattle-based Greenington is a sustain- able furniture company that creates high- quality furniture from bamboo. The company follows strict international stan- dard guidelines and has a zero waste man- ufacturing process. Greenington has been a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council since 2010. Learn more at www.greenington.com. Solmate Socks designs and creates mis- matched socks, hats, scarves and blankets. Founded in 2000, Solmate Socks is a made- in-America company that has a zero waste manufacturing goal by knitting all products with a Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and Global Recycle Standard certified pre-consumer recycled cotton yarn. Solmate Socks also has a dedicated giving program in which the company donates a pair of socks to someone in need for every pair sold. Learn more at www.solmatesocks.com. People's Choice Award winner ME to WE is a social enterprise that creates prod- ucts and experiences that allow people to do good through their everyday choices. Half of ME to WE's profits are donated to support WE Charity, while the other half goes toward growing the mission of the social enterprise. Its products are hand- made by ME to WE artisans. Learn more at www.metowe.com/about-us. The Global Goodness Awards program complements an ongoing partnership Las Vegas Market has with the Sustainable Fur- nishings Council (SFC) to create One Good World, a guide to sustainable furniture and home décor products to help connect legit- imate suppliers and retailers in this new era of sustainability and accountability. The ef- fort includes a sustainable products locator program showcasing relevant at-Market re- sources and expanded educational offerings addressing issues and opportunities con- nected with sustainability. Las Vegas Market is the leading home furnishings and gift market in the western U.S., presenting 4,000-plus gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unri- valed market destination. Las Vegas Mar- ket features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross- category commerce among these indus- tries. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com. 2 2 SNACKING NEWS February 2019 tradeshow calendar advertiser index March 5-7 International Pizza Expo Las Vegas, Nevada www.pizzaexpo.com March 6-9 Natural Products Expo West Anaheim, California www.expowest.com March 17-19 Seafood Expo North America Boston, Massachusetts www.seafoodexpo.com April 11-14 Specialty Coffee Association of American Boston, Massachusetts www.sca.coffee May 18-21 National Restaurant Show Chicago, Illinois www.show.restaurant.org May 21-23 Sweets & Snacks Expo Chicago, Illinois www.sweetsandsnacks.com Candy Mountain Sweets & Treats 19 www.tootarts.com Country Fresh Food & Confections 15 www.countryfreshfood.com Jasper Specialty Foods 19 www.jasperspecialtyfoods.com Nature's Bakery 3 www.naturesbakery.com Principe Foods 7 www.principefood.com Raymundos Food Group 23 www.raymundos.com Rudolph Foods 5 www.southernrecipesmallbatch.com Snak King 2 www.snakking.com Suzie's Good Fats Company 11 www.lovegoodfats.com 5280 Chocolates 24 www.goodhealthcocoa.com ADVERTISER PAGE WEBSITE Thousands Gather in San Francisco to Talk, Taste and Tout Food BY LORRIE BAUMANN More than 1,400 specialty food producers and thousands of retailers, foodservice buyers, chefs and food writers and social media influencers gathered in San Fran- cisco in January for the Specialty Food As- sociation's annual Winter Fancy Food Show. Among the highlights of the event was a celebration of the association's sev- enth annual Leadership Awards, which honor food industry leaders who create positive social, economic, and/or environ- mental impact through innovation and vi- sion while running successful businesses. This year's honorees were Miyoko Schinner of Miyoko's, which produces Miyoko's Kitchen vegan cheese-alterna- tive products, currently carried nation- wide in 6,000 outlets; Patrick Mateer, the Chief Executive Officer of Seal the Seasons, which produces frozen local blackberries, blueberries, peaches, ap- ples and cherries that are sold in more than 3,000 outlets across the U.S.; and Lisa Curtis, Chief Executive Officer of Kuli Kuli, which imports moringa from countries around the world into the American market, where it's sold in en- ergy bars, teas and shots in flavors like Register Now for Sweets & Snacks Expo The sweetest – and savoriest – show of the year is fast approaching. The 22nd annual Sweets & Snacks Expo, hosted by the Na- tional Confectioners Association, is the largest show in North America represent- ing the confectionery and snacking indus- tries. With more than 18,000 attendees and more than 800 exhibitors with products from around the world, this is a cannot- miss event for manufacturers, retailers, brokers, suppliers and buyers. The Sweets & Snacks Expo is the per- fect place to see innovation in action. The show has a long history of launching new products, and confectionery and snack buyers spend their days learning about the newest trends and innovations to stock their shelves for the rest of the year. The Most Innovative New Product Awards showcase allows companies to showcase their most innovative ideas, concepts and products across multiple segments in the candy and snack categories. With 90 percent of the candy buying market and 75 percent of the snack buying market represented at the show, the atten- dees can expect quality content both on and off of the show floor. From product showcases and awards presentations to ed- ucation sessions and networking opportu- nities, the Sweets & Snacks Expo is the best way to see the industry at its most vi- brant. The 2019 Sweets & Snacks Expo will take place from May 21 – 23, 2019 at Mc- Cormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Learn more and register at www.sweetsand snacks.com. n Coconut Lime, Raspberry, and Ginger Lemon. Education sessions for the show in- cluded a research roundtable in which Mintel Consulting's David Lockwood with key insights from annual consumer re- search by Mintel and the Specialty Food Association around key trends in con- sumer behavior and new possibilities in re- tail and foodservice. Other education sessions on the main stage included dis- cussions spanning a range of topics relat- ing to food, foodservice, food retailing and sustainability. The show's Incubator Village once again showcased the important role that incubator kitchens play in helping spe- cialty food producers scale their business up from a recipe idea into commercial production and entry into the market- place. Incubator Village featured seven incubators from around the U.S. that showcased more than 30 companies they have helped launch or grow. This year's lineup included Chobani Incubator, El Pajaro CDC, KitchenTown, La Cocina, LSU AgCenter Food Incubator, Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Food Center and the OSU Food Innovation Center. n

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