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NATURALLY HEALTHY www.gourmetnews.com n MARCH 2017 n GOURMET NEWS N H 1 2 0 Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes: Premium Ingredients with Zero Added Sugar and Salt Mooney Farms, producers of Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes, the original California Sun Dried Tomato Company, offer a product line full of flavor and nothing else. With no added sugars and no added salts, its sun- dried tomatoes are only ever coupled with Italian herbs, garlic, spices and olive oil, or simply herbs and spices as in the 3-ounce pouches of ready to eat sun dried tomatoes, making them an instant healthy addition to any meal. When the FDA announced upcoming changes to regulations for nutritional panels, Mooney Farms was delighted to showcase the fact that it adds zero sugars to its sun dried tomatoes. "Our recipe was designed to use the sweetest tomatoes in order to main- tain a delicious flavor in the final product," says Mooney Farms President, Mary Mooney. "We wouldn't want to compromise the natural flavor of the tomatoes by adding anything other than garlic, herbs, spices and olive oil to our products." Unlike other producers of sun-dried tomatoes, Mooney Farms only uses high quality olive oil in its jars of Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes. "This ensures that we are one of the healthiest options on the shelf, as opposed to our competitors who use less quality oils, such as canola oil." Mooney Farms' Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes are available in retail, gourmet and specialty, and foodservice sizes. About Bella Sun Luci Bella Sun Luci is a line of premium Mediter- ranean-inspired products created from au- thentic family recipes. The line includes a va- riety of deliciously sweet sun dried toma- toes, sun dried toma- toes in olive oil, pasta sauces, bruschetta spreads, estate grown olive oil, risottos and marinades. Bella Sun Luci is produced by Mooney Farms, a third generation, family-owned company based in Chico, California, that is rooted in quality, integrity and family values. Mooney Farms is a premier producer of sun-dried tomatoes in the United States. For more information, go to www.bella sunluci.com. Lettieri & Co. Enters 29th Successful Year in Specialty Food Industry Based in Brisbane, California, Lettieri & Co. is an importer and distributor of gourmet foods from around the world, with a focus on fine Italian specialties. It services retail stores, foodservice professionals and spe- cialty distributors across the country. Above all, its commitment is to provide companies superior quality products with exceptional packaging. A majority of its exclusive house brands, grocery, foodservice, wine and spirit products are sourced directly from the pro- ducer, ensuring low costs and maximized profitability. The founder of Lettieri & Co., Francesco Lettieri, has always had a pas- sion for food. Born in Calabria and raised in Chicago, Francesco was surrounded by homemade Italian food growing up, and always had the dream of entering the gour- met food business. He moved to San Fran- cisco in 1973 and opened a small sandwich shop, called Mr. Submarine, in the Marina neighborhood. Mr. Submarine was a suc- cess and the business quickly grew to seven locations. In 1986, he sold the chain, and in 1988 officially opened Lettieri & Co. Francesco's dream of importing finely crafted food and wine from Italy and around the world had been realized. Throughout the years, the company has grown in size and now car- ries more than 75 lines of imported goods. His pas- sion for food has not faded a bit. Francesco still travels the world, finding hidden culinary gems to bring to the shelves of your store or the kitchen of your restau- rant. Along the way, Francesco and his wife Nevenka had two sons, Antonio and Dino. Both sons have been learning the food im- porting and distribution business from an early age and are excited to continue to grow the family business. "To me, knowing our customers' needs and making sure we fulfill them is our top priority," said Dino, Director of Sales and Marketing at Lettieri & Co. Tony, the Chief Operating Officer, has the same attitude to- ward the products that Lettieri & Co. orders. "We always make sure that what we are ordering is what our cus- tomers want to see." With a solid base of well-established contacts around the world, and a new generation of Lettieris poised to grow the business, the future looks bright for Lettieri & Co! For more information, go to www.lettieri.com, call 415.657.3392 or email email@example.com. Reimagined, Reusable, Exclusive: SaltWorks Launches New Look for Artisan Salt Company Brand SaltWorks ® has boldly reimagined its gour- met and specialty sea salt brand, Artisan ® Salt Company, with three exclusive new packaging options to enhance the spice aisle, benefiting retailers and consumers alike. Designed by SaltWorks from scratch in- house, the innovative patent pending packag- ing includes stylish new boutique glass jars with American black walnut wood lids, salt shakers designed to fit in retailers' spice racks, and brand new adjustable ceramic salt grinders that won't dull, rust or break. The labels can be removed easily to encourage consumers to refill and reuse the jars, shakers and grinders. SaltWorks is known for its superior quality and unmatched selection of all-natural sea salts that are not chemically processed or re- fined. SaltWorks originally debuted the Arti- san brand in 2005, and it was the first full line of gourmet sea salts ever offered. The line in- cludes traditional sea salts sourced from around the globe, artisanal finishing salts and all-natural handcrafted smoked salts. "We wanted to design packaging and in- vent containers that are unique, attractive and highly functional," said SaltWorks Chief Ex- ecutive Officer Mark Zoske. "We are confi- dent that customers are going to love the beauty and versatility, and will be proud to display Artisan on their restaurant tables, kitchen counters or dining room tables. This is just the beginning." The boutique glass jars were redesigned to be short and wide, making it easy to grab a pinch of salt with your fingers or a spoon. SaltWorks chose black walnut grown in the Northeastern United States for the lid because it is durable and sustainable. The company then invented a food-grade silicone seal to make the container airtight. With the look and feel of glass, the new salt shakers are made of BPA-free polycar- bonate, highly durable for everyday use. SaltWorks' engineering team redesigned the lid to make refilling the shakers easy for con- sumers and to ensure that the caps close, keeping the container airtight. "Consumers use salt shakers over steam- ing hot food. When the lid gets moist, salt can stick to the surface, which makes them difficult to close," said Zoske. "We solved that problem in several ways. Our special hinge is impervi- ous to binding, and the lid re- mains airtight while still being extremely easy to snap open." Made of the same unbreak- able polycarbonate, the brand new, exclusive salt grinders feature a revolutionary ceramic grinding mechanism. From very fine powder-like consistency to coarse granulation, the grinder is infinitely adjustable and the easily refilled container allows consumers to repurpose and continually reuse the grinders. "Our engineers have a lot of experience with carefully granulating salt crystals to an exact size and shape," said Zoske. "We ap- plied that knowledge to invent an entirely new salt mill, from the ground up." The new packaging options are available to retailers in cases of six on SaltWorks' whole- sale website, www.seasalt.com/wholesale. House of Webster Introduces New Organic Fruit Spreads Line House of Webster has developed a new line of Organic Fruit Spreads available for wholesale. These delicious fruit blends pair flavors you will not soon forget. Featured flavors are Strawberry Guava, Cherry Vanilla and Raspberry Peach, and are all available in cases of 12 or six and are 10 ounces net weight. These products are blended with organic whole fruit pieces and are sweetened with organic cane sugar. House of Webster has been producing high quality specialty food products for more than 80 years. With classic recipes made in small batches, House of Webster offers a variety of products such as jams, jellies, fruit spreads, preserves, fruit butters, mustards, relishes, salsas, salad dressings, barbecue sauces and rubs, marinades and other condiments. House of Webster products are sold on a wholesale basis all over the country under the House of Webster or Lost Acres label. It also offers private label services, as cus- tomers provide custom art to create labels and build their brand aware- ness. Small grocery chains, specialty gro- cery stores, farm stores, gift shops, amuse- ment parks, hardware stores, museums and resorts offer House of Webster products be- cause of its reputation for quality and value. Gifts are a huge part of the House of Web- ster offering as well. Corporate, online and direct mail gifting have been a huge part of its business for many years. Giving holiday gifts from House of Webster will include de- licious smoked meats and bacon as well as fine cheeses and baking mixes to add to the already famous jams and jel- lies. House of Webster has been a reliable and innovative co- manufacturer to serve national and regional food brands. With a full pur- chasing and research and development team, it can bring new item ideas to market in its SQF Level 2 Certified facility. Known for its standards of quality and excellence in food manufacturing since 1934, House of Webster has expanded its capabilities in the fall of 2015 to become USDA Organic certified. For more information, visit www.house ofwebster.com.