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Specialty Food Association Trendspotters Reveal Winter Fancy Food Show Trends
NEW YORK, NY (January 31, 2019) Doing good for the planet and its people led the trends as the Specialty Food Association’s Trendspotter Panel emerges from the 44th Annual Winter Fancy Food Show, held in San Francisco, CA, January 13-15. Armed with the 2019 Trends Preview, the Trendspotter Panel combed through over 90,000 products to identify the current and emerging trends within the $140 billion specialty food industry. “Sustainability and social good, through upcycling, ethical sourcing, diverse crops, and cause-related products, are growing ever more in popularity. We saw this emerging at the Summer Fancy Food Show this past June, and it’s ...
Point Reyes Farmstead Wins Two Good Food Awards
Point Reyes, CA (January 15, 2019) The first cheese made by Point Reyes Farmstead, the iconic Original Blue, along with the company’s newest cheese, traditional Gouda, both won prestigious Good Food Awards at this year’s gala event in  San Francisco on January 11th.   In fact, Point Reyes Farmstead, now in its 18th year, was the only recipient in the cheese category to garner two of the winning recognitions.    After receiving the awards, Point Reyes’ Head Cheese Maker, Kuba Hemmerling, enthusiastically thanked his team for their commitment and hard work.  “Everyone is so committed.  We continue to work hard to ...
9th Good Food Awards Recognizes 220 Food & Drink Crafters from 34 States & Washington, D.C. 
San Francisco, CA (January 11, 2019) – The nation’s leading food crafters, grocers, chefs, journalists and activists gathered tonight at a gala Awards Ceremony in San Francisco to honor the 220 Good Food Awards winners of 2019. An annual recognition program now in its ninth year, the Good Food Awards celebrates American food and drink crafters who demonstrate a commitment to creating tasty, authentic and responsible products and in doing so, bettering our nation’s food system. Each of the 2019 winners demonstrates both a mastery of their craft and a commitment to maintaining exceptionally high social and environmental standards in their work.   ...
Pacific Pickle Works Winner of the 2019 SFA Winter Fancy Food Show Front Burner Foodservice Pitch Competition
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Pickle Works and its Michelada Shrub triumphed at the Specialty Food Association's Front Burner Foodservice Pitch Competition on January 14th at the 44th Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The event was presented by the Foodservice Council of the Specialty Food Association and was hosted by Robert Irvine, world-class chef, fitness authority, and philanthropist. Three finalists picked from hundreds of entries pitched their products to foodservice professionals at the event. "Our Michelada Shrub is a unique product, and we're excited and proud to have it recognized by the Specialty Food Association through the Front Burner Foodservice Pitch Competition," said Victoria ...
Western Supermarkets Closes Doors
After 70 years, Western Supermarkets is discontinuing operations. “When I became involved in ownership in 1987”, owner Ken Hubbard said, “our goal was to maintain Western as Birmingham’s leading independent grocer. With the help of the loyal and talented people on the Western team, we’ve achieved that goal.  We’ve taken Western as far as we can.  It’s time to exit the business that has been my life’s work.” The Birmingham-area grocery chain currently operates 4 stores.  Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets, Inc. has agreed to buy the Lane Parke store in Mountain Brook and the Rocky Ridge store in Vestavia ...
FrieslandCampina Finalizes Second Acquisition in the USA
The Dutch Royal FrieslandCampina N.V., a global dairy company, acquires the activities of Best Cheese Corporation USA., importer and vendor of specialty cheeses in the United States. Together with the acquisition of Jana Foods, announced earlier this month, this agreement will further strengthen FrieslandCampina's position on the American consumer market. Headquartered in New York’s Westchester County, Best Cheese Corporation is an importer and vendor of fine quality specialty cheeses including well-known brands as Parrano, Robusto, Melkbus and different Gouda styles made from cow, goat or sheep milk. Roel van Neerbos, President FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy: “As a part of our transformative ...
Mahón-Menorca Awarded 14 Total Medals at the 2018-19 World Cheese® Awards in Bergan, Norway
Menorca, Spain – November 28, 2018 – The Board of Control of Mahón-Menorca Cheese is proud to announce that a variety of their cheeses won a total of 14 medals at this year’s World Cheese Awards in Bergan, Norway. Mahón-Menorca Cheese is crafted to the highest standards using a unique process handed down by centuries of meticulous care, time and knowledge. Over 3,400 cheeses from more than 41 different companies entered the competition for the world’s largest cheese only event. Judges from 30 countries tasted, nosed and graded cheeses from six continents, giving Bronze, Silver, Gold and Super Gold awards to ...
FrieslandCampina acquires cheese importer Jana Foods in the United States
Paramus, NJ – December 5th, 2018 --The Dutch Royal FrieslandCampina N.V., a global dairy company, today announced the acquisition of US based importer and distributor Jana Foods. The acquisition will further strengthen FrieslandCampina’s position in supplying Dutch specialty cheese to the US consumer.   “This acquisition supports our strategy of investing for growth. This investment is in line with our strategy to grow our cheese business and strengthens our position in The Americas. This deal will allow us to offer consumers a wider portfolio of innovative products for the US market”, explains Roel van Neerbos, President FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy.   Jana Foods imports and ...
Farmstead Now Making Bay-Area Grocery Deliveries Via Autonomous Vans
SAN FRANCISCO and SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- From Groceryshop 2018, Farmstead, the nation's first AI-powered digital grocer that sources and delivers fresh foods from farm to fridge in 60 minutes, announced that via a new partnership with Udelv, it's one of the first grocers in the country to make deliveries using autonomous delivery vehicles. Farmstead began a pilot with Udelv, the world-leading autonomous delivery van (ADV) company in September 2018, testing the customer experience of delivering via self-driving vans on select routes in the Bay Area. The process for customers is simple: Customers who have opted-in to autonomous delivery are ...
SIAL Paris 2018 Achieves Record Attendance
The Planet Food Commitment to Taste - True - Meaning! So now it's over… Well, not quite! Although SIAL Paris 2018 closed its doors on Thursday 25 October, the ideas, discoveries and inspirations proposed by this year's edition will continue to resonate for a long time to come on Planet Food. The Paris-Nord Villepinte exhibition venue, the stage for SIAL Paris, has been the scene of five truly action-packed days!  5 days bubbling over with ingredients, recipes and flavours, in a "Frenchy" atmosphere but with a distinctly international feel. 5 days to offer the world's biggest showcase to Planet Food, ...
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