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Naturally Healthy spring 2016

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NATURALLY HEALTHY www.gourmetnews.com n MARCH 2016 n GOURMET NEWS N H 4 6 New Product Excitement at American Flatbread American Flatbread (AFB), America's Pre- mium Frozen Pizza Company, is unveiling new "honestly delicious" products at the show this year. "The introduction of Frusta Melts, Dough Balls and Meat Pizzas make this an extremely exciting show for us," said Brad Sterl, President and Chief Exec- utive Officer of Ever Better Eating Inc., DBA American Flatbread. America Flat- bread Frozen Pizza is well known for its all-natural, non-GMO, handmade, wood- fired, premium frozen pizzas. AFB launches three meat, all natural piz- zas. These unique offerings are the first and only of their kind in the nation. Uncured Pepperoni Bacon (with uncured bacon), Pulled Pork & Pineapple, (with hand- pulled pork) and Pork, Pineapple & Jalapeno are only available from AFB. They come in 10- and 12-inch sizes and can be tasted at booth #3157. While you're visiting the booth, also try the delicious Pesto & Basil Pizza and the award-winning Gluten-free Cheese Trio and Gluten-free Pesto offerings. "The popularity of our new Dough Balls is exhilarating," said Sterl. "Customers ap- preciate making their own pizzas, bread, rolls, calzones and baguettes from our all- natural, non-GMO and organic preservative-free artisan American Flat- bread recipes." The dough balls come in Or- ganic Originale Artisanal Dough – two pack, and Sourdough Arti- sanal Dough – two pack. Frusta's anyone? AFB is introducing Americans to a very popular product sold in Italy – Frusta Melts. AFB's hand-held, all natural, artisan, hand-formed and wood- fired Frustas are great for lunches, appetiz- ers and light dinners. These premium, preservative-free, honestly delicious Frus- tas are AFB's first non-pizza offerings. AFB has two SKUs for the introduction: Caramelized Red Onion, Sliced Tomato & Basil, and a BBQ Pulled Pork Frusta Melt. "As the fastest grow- ing premium pizza com- pany in America, we are proud of our products. They are made from all-natural and organic ingredients, made by real people, here in America," Sterl said. "Please join my team and me at our booth to learn more about our 'honestly delicious' products and excit- ing new offerings. We are looking forward to seeing you in our booth #3157." For more information, contact Kathleen Carroll at kcarroll@rusticcrust.com or stop by booth #3157. Alpha Packaging Focuses on Sports Nutrition with PET Wide-Mouth Options By Marny Bielefeldt, Vice President of Mar- keting at Alpha Packaging Alpha Packaging has added new sizes, gram weights, manufacturing locations and bottle shapes to offer packaging options for sports nutrition products from 1500cc to two gal- lons. With the recent addition of 5000cc, 6250cc and 7,500cc (two-gallon) sizes, Alpha Packaging has once again extended its line of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) In- dented Large Packers, offering the most complete line of sizes ranging from 1/2-gal- lon to two gallons (including two styles of one-gallon Indented Packers). All of Alpha's PET Indented Large Packers are manufac- tured using a single-stage blow molding process. Standard colors are clear, white, cobalt blue, dark green, light amber and dark amber. Bottles are available with low mini- mums for standard colors; custom colors re- quire a minimum of 10,000 pieces with a $500 purge charge, or Alpha will waive the purge charge for orders of 50,000 pieces or more. In addition to the family of PET Indented Round Packers, Alpha also offers three sizes of square PET Plaza Jars with grip areas. The family includes a 32-ounce, 64-ounce and one- gallon size. The 32-ounce Plaza Jar features an 89mm neck, and the two larger sizes both have a 110mm neck large enough for scoops and spoons. However, with the convenient grip areas, they are also easy to hold in one hand while pouring out the contents. In ad- dition to sports nutrition powders, Alpha's Plaza Jars are ideal for dry food products and powders, including coffee, loose tea, herbs and spices, soup mixes, cereals, dried beans and legumes, can- dies, nuts and pretzels. And, if you prefer high den- sity polyethylene (HDPE) bot- tles for your sports nutrition powders and dry supplements, Alpha's line of straight-sided HDPE canisters offers 11 sizes and three neck finishes to accommodate different styles of closures. Samples can be ordered at www.alphap.com. For more information, visit www.alphap.com, call 800.421.4772 or email marketing@alphap.com. Gluten Intolerance Group Aims to Empower Gluten-Free Community An interview with Vaska Wunsche, Gluten- Free Food Service (GFFS) Certification Manager, Gluten Intolerance Group of North America. GN: Tell our Readers about your company. What's your line of business? VW: The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower the gluten-free community through consumer support, advocacy and education. I am involved primarily with the Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS) Accred- itation Program. GFFS conducts in-depth reviews and audits of a restaurant's standard operating procedures, kitchen layout and training practices as it relates to safely of- fering gluten-free options for their patrons. We utilize third party auditors to ensure every restaurant follows agreed upon processes and procedures to remove cross- contamination in the preparation of gluten- free meals. Patrons can feel comfortable or- dering gluten-free meals at any restaurant certified through GFFS. This is important not only for people with celiac disease but also for people with severe gluten sensitiv- ities. GN: Who are your target end-users? VW: I would say that there are two groups that we are currently targeting. The first, of course, is food service companies and restau- rants. We want to continue to work with these establishments to introduce them to procedures that they can take to assure a safe, gluten-free environment for their customers. I feel that our second targeted group is this same consumer. We want to know what they want, what restaurants they want to feel comfortable eating in and educate them on how when they see our logo on a menu, or in an establishment, they can have confi- dence that we are looking out for them. GN: Describe your company's current marketing strategy. VW: Our current marketing strategy is two-fold. Our parent organization, GIG, has become the leader in providing re- sources, education and outreach opportuni- ties to our gluten-free community. Consumers in this community recognize and trust our certification label on packaged products but may not be aware that we are putting similar standards in place when it comes to restaurants and food service estab- lishments. An emphasis for us in 2016 will be to bring this equal recognition to all of our programs. The second part of our marketing strategy will be to build upon the success of last year's certification of Pizza Hut restaurants. Putting processes in place with a company as large as Pizza Hut and having these pro- cedures implemented across thousands of locations opens the door for other large chain establishments. Before Pizza Hut's successful gluten-free options were intro- duced, there was still some concerns that our certification model would work for larger op- erations. 2015 brought notice to the industry that GFFS can work with facilities no matter the size, number or location and we look to expand upon that success in the year to come. GN: To what do you attribute your com- pany's success? VW: We attribute the success of GFFS and all programs of GIG to the intelligent and dedicated consumers that make up the gluten- free community. This consumer base is very educated and will perform their due-diligence when it comes to finding a safe place to eat outside of the home environment. We know this and that drives us to be our best. We rec- ognize that this community has come to trust the GIG name and we want to uphold that reputation by helping the consumer to expand their options when it comes to safe places for them to eat. For more information, visit www. gffoodservice.org, call 253.218.2956, email vaska.wunsche@gluten.org or stop by booth #4465. Cosmos Creations Offers Premium Puffed Corn Snacks When it comes to snack foods, just about anyone can pump out unhealthy products at a rapid clip. Oregon-based Cosmos Cre- ations is slowing things down, making the commitment and investment to use natural ingredients to create a line of premium puffed corn snacks with an indulgent, artisan taste. Every bag begins with pure, non-GMO corn meal baked in the oven for a taste that's out of this world. It's easy to brag about what's inside every bag, but what's excluded — gluten, trans fats, hulls, ker- nels, preservatives and additives — is even more im- portant. Cosmos Creations uses only ingredients you can pro- nounce with a taste that's almost heavenly. Cosmos Creations offers a variety of sweet and savory flavors, including Salted Caramel, Caramel Apple Crisp, Coconut Crunch, Spicy Sriracha, Sea Salt & Butter, Cheddar & Pepper and its newest seasonal favorite, Pumpkin Spice. For more information visit www. cosmoscreations.com, call 541.998.8883 or stop by booth #8620.

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