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Kitchenware News & Housewares Review Show Daily 6 7 Tuesday, March 17, 2020 New Options for Nutrition-Conscious Consumers By Lorrie Baumann Beach House Bowls offer a healthy breakfast option for consumers who've found that some mornings don't allow time enough to make a fresh smoothie before they have to dash out the door and get to work. The bowls are a ready-to-eat, vegan and gluten-free acai smoothie in a glass jar that's sold from the grocer's refrigerator case. "That was all about bringing the juice shop experience into the home and into the grocery store," said Harrison Fugman, Partner, Chief Executive Officer and co-Founder of The Naked Market, the company behind Beach House Bowls. Beach House Bowls are offered in two varieties: each with acai, apple, banana, raspberry and blackberry. One of the two versions also has a Paleo granola topping, and the other has a gluten-free granola topping. Beach House Bowls retail for $5.99 to $7.99 each. They meet a need for the busy Millennial consumer who's health- and diet-conscious but who's also among the 53 percent of Americans who are skipping breakfast now and then. "We're taking an experi- ence and a product that people love and delivering it to them in an easy-to-eat, ready-to-go and tasty format," Fugman said. He and his two partners, Alex Kost and Tim Marbach, founded their compa- ny in November, 2018 and launched their Beach House Bowls in the third quarter of 2019. They followed that up with FLOCK Chicken Chips, which are wok- fried strips of chicken skin first sold on the company's website as a keto-friendly snack. The FLOCK Chicken Chips will be launching in stores in the second quar- ter of this year. Delivering 12 grams of protein and no added sugar in a single serving, the Chicken Chips come in three flavors – Original, BBQ and Salt & Vinegar – and retail for about $3 per bag – less than a high-quality beef jerky, which appeals to the same health-con- scious demographic. Like beef jerky, Chicken Chips are high-protein, low-car- bohydrate and shelf stable – chicken chips retain their quality for about six months on the grocer's shelf. Each of the two product lines are associated with a charitable cause that benefits from their sales. In the case of the FLOCK Chicken Chips, a portion of revenues goes to Heifer International to donate flocks of chickens to farmers in the developing world. The Naked Market donates a portion of the sales from Beach House Bowls which goes to clean up beaches through an internally developed 1+1 program and assembles the product in a northern California facility that creates jobs for people with disabilities. "We'll continue launching highly innovative and healthy food brands and continue promoting a healthy, well-balanced and positive lifestyle, while also trying to make char- itable giving and giving back as habitual as healthy eating," Fugman said. For more information, visit www.flock foods.com and www.beachhousebowls.com. New Dairy-Free Collagen and Vegan Creamers Picnik, creator of the original grass-fed butter coffee creamer and Austin-based restaurants, now has two new dairy-free functional varieties in its growing family of creamers: Vegan and Collagen. Like Picnik's Original Creamer, the two new options are unsweetened, powered by MCT oil for an energy and brain boost, and have a similar flavor profile to half-and-half. Picnik Vegan Creamer is made with luscious coconut cream, cashew milk and MCT oil for a silky dairy-free creamer that features a plant-based honest-to-goodness recipe, while Picnik Collagen Creamer, featuring grass-fed collagen and rich cashew cream, offers an added boost for hair, skin, gut and joints. Both are paleo-friendly and keto certified. For more information, go to www.picnikaustin.com. Two sofi Awards for Proper's Pickle Products Proper's Pickle won the silver and bronze awards in the pickle/preserves category as part of the Specialty Food Association's 2019 sofi™ Awards. The Dill Pickle Spears (silver winner) and Pickled Cauliflower (bronze winner) were two of 148 winners selected by a national panel of specialty food experts from nearly 2,000 entries across 39 awards categories. Every eligible entry was care- fully assessed by passionate and knowl- edgeable food professionals including chefs, culinary experts, academics, food writers, and category buyers. Products were judged on taste, including flavor, appear- ance, texture and aroma, ingredient quality and innovation. All tastings were blind. "We couldn't be more excited and honored that the specialty food associa- tion recognized not one but two of our products this year for [the] 2019 sofi Awards" said Pejmon Noori, the compa- ny's Owner. "We now have three award- winning products in this category since last year and [are] so excited to see all our hard work paying off." Proper's Pickle was launched in 2014 by brothers Pejmon and Bijan Noori. The small-batch-made line of refrigerated pickled vegetables are certi- fied vegan and gluten free and contain no preservatives, no artificial flavors, no food coloring and no sugar. The Noori brothers' pickling style is an homage to their Iranian heritage and results in a pickle that delivers a satisfy- ing crunch with each bite. Other jarred pickle varieties from Proper's Pickle include Dill Pickle Spears with Habanero, Dill Pickle Slices with or without habanero, Pickled Carrots, Pickled Cauliflower, Pickled Green Beans and Pickled Serrano Peppers. Proper's Pickle also recently debuted its new Snack Packs – 3.5-ounce totable pouches that yield single servings of the company's signature pickled goods, includ- ing its Classic Dill Pickles and Pickled Carrot Sticks. The company has plans to develop additional snack packs featuring other pickled products in the future. For more information, visit www.propers pickle.com or call 562.257.6321. Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary Mix Why are chefs snapping up an award- winning craft cocktail mixer to kick up their recipes? It's the same fresh-tomato goodness that inspired one food-industry magazine editor to say, "It's the best Bloody Mary mix I've ever had…" Smokin' Mary, the medal-winning craft- cocktail mixer, is also winning food awards by infusing chilis, marinades, rubs – it has even medaled as a shrimp cocktail sauce straight from the bottle. Chefs love the sassy, saucy blend for kicking up seafood, beef, pork and chick- en. Of course, Smokin' Mary also lights up all kinds of liquor. From a classic, vodka-based Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary to a tequila-based Smokin' Mary Bloody Maria, the possibilities are vast. The rea- son it's so popular is because Smokin' Mary starts with only fresh, whole toma- toes – never reconstituted juice. Why? Because cocktails matter. Better cocktails mean more sales. And if Smokin' Mary can bring that same magic to the kitchen, even better. For more information, go to www .smokinmary.com/freshtomato. Country Fresh Food & Confections, Inc. Expands Packaged Fudge Line By Ed Stockton, President, Country Fresh Food & Confections, Inc. In a recent trade magazine article, it was stated that retailers were focusing on four key areas: grow revenue, reduce costs, improve customer experiences and improve products and features. With these goals in mind, Country Fresh Food & Confections, Inc. is expanding its highly successful 12-ounce Country Fresh Fudge Sweet Shoppe line to over 100 flavors in order to help retail- ers achieve those goals. The additional flavors will allow retailers to offer an exciting variety of gourmet fudge only previously found in stores that made their own. Country Fresh Fudge is made with premium ingredients such as cream, AA grade butter, Dutch cocoa, real fruits and Belgian chocolate, without adding expensive labor costs. New flavors to be offered include Banana Walnut, Blueberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Pistachio Nut. More flavors will also be added to the ever-popular sugar- free fudge selections which have seen tremen- dous growth due to their low carb properties which are very popular in keto diets. For retailers looking to improve their in-house brands, private labeling is also offered without the usual high devel- opment costs. Country Fresh Food & Confections, Inc. has invested in state-of- the-art printing equipment to meet its high demand for privately labeled, pre- mium fudge. With only being packed eight units per case, and a six-month shelf life, retailers can make a splash with their customers by offering a unique assortment of fla- vors at a very minimal cost. Country Fresh Food & Confections, Inc. also offers pre-made fudge in 6-pound loaves as well as convenient pre-cut 2- ounce pieces, individually wrapped pieces, and fudge mix for those who choose to make their own. Visit Country Fresh Food & Confections, Inc. For more information, email info@countryfreshfood.com.

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