Food News Bytes
Weekly eNewsletter from the publishers of
Food & Culinary Products Magazine
April 15, 2009
Hello colleagues and fellow foodies
honor of Tax Day, a number of national restaurants are offering
freebies and discounts to customers. Seafood chain McCormick
& Schmick's as well as Asian chain P.F. Chang's are both offering
discounts. Freebies can be found at MaggieMoo's Ice Cream
and Treatery, Cinnabon, Taco Del Mar, and T.G.I. Friday's.
"In this environment, operators really
focus not only on cost management, but also stepped-up marketing
and promotions in an effort to compensate for consumers' tight
cash-on-hand," says Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of
research and information services at the National Restaurant
Association. Did your store have special Tax Day deals? Tell
us at www.fancyfoodmagazine.blogspot.com.
Shows and Events:
• 19-22, Lisbon, Spain, Alimentaria Lisboa 2009,
Fiera Internacional de Lisboa; www.alimentaria-lisboa.com
• 21-24, New York, NY, 7 W New York Tabletop Week,
7 W New York; www.7wnewyork.com
• 26-28, Columbus, OH, Columbus MarketPlace for
Gift, Garden & Home, Columbus MarketPlace; www.thecolumbusmarketplace.com
Barhyte Offers "Stimulus Package"
Barhyte Specialty Foods has launched its own "Barhyte Stimulus
Package" to help gourmet and specialty food retailers revitalize
their sales. The company's special offer gives wholesale retailers
a 15 percent discount between April 1 and May 15. Also, when
retailers order a dozen or more cases, they will receive one
extra jar for demo use.
"In this climate, homes and businesses
alike are at risk of suffering from a 'taste recession,'" says
vice president of sales and marketing Chris Barhyte. "We may
say this tongue-in-cheek, but we genuinely want to help retailers
spread the message that saving money can be done tastefully.
There are too many delicious and simple ways to finish homemade
meals with gourmet flair. Saucy Mama has always been intent
on creating rich, robust taste experiences, and this kind of
value is now more important than ever."
The "Barhyte Stimulus Package" can
be applied to any condiment in the company's consumer brands
line, including Saucy Mama, Bar by Tanqueray, NoHo's Hawaiian
Grill, Sturkey's Dressings, Lords of Salt Artisan Salts, and
Collegiate (NCAA-branded) Tailgate Mustards and Wing Sauces.
For more information, visit www.barhyte.com.
Portland, Oregon-based Coffee Bean International has added four
people to its executive team. Two of the positions will help
the company focus on the grocery chain segment for its private-label
Coffee Bean International Expands Leadership Team
Dave Cleveland has been appointed director
of national customer development. He has 20 years of consumer
packaged goods management experience. Steve Lehto is the new
director of business development. He has more than 40 years
of experience in the supermarket business. Carrie Carlson has
been appointed national account manager. Joe Prewett is the
new vice president of marketing.
For more information about Coffee Bean
International, visit www.coffeebeanintl.com.
FungusAmongUs's new Pacific Northwest dried mushroom line represents
the company's support of programs that encourage consumers to
buy locally and regionally. All mushrooms in the line are locally
grown and harvested in the Pacific Northwest. The line includes
Northwest Blend, Northwest Porcini, Chanterelle, Black Trumpet,
Lobster, Morel and Matsukai. The mushrooms come in 1-oz. packages.
For more information, visit www.fungusamongus.com.
FungusAmongUs Launches Pacific Northwest Mushroom Line
In honor of National Volunteer Week, which runs April 19-25,
Newman's Own Inc. will recognize 10 USA Weekend Magazine
Make A Difference Day volunteer initiatives with awards totaling
$100,000. The company and the Newman's Own Foundation have been
supporting Make A Difference Day programs since 1994.
Newman's Own To Support Volunteer Initiatives
"Now more than ever, we need Make A
Difference Day volunteers to continue their grassroots work
helping people in need in thousands of communities," says Mike
Havard, vice president of marketing at Newman's Own. "Newman's
Own is very proud to help expand the impact of these 10 outstanding
For more information, visit www.newmansown.com.
The Gourmet/Housewares Center that premiered in January at AmericasMart
Atlanta will return this July during the Atlanta International
Gift & Home Furnishings Market. The area, which features an
open-air layout including demonstration kitchens, is located
on floor 8 of the new Building 2 WestWing.
Gourmet/Housewares Center Returns To AmericasMart
More than 20 new exhibitors are already
set to debut in July. The show will again feature gourmet exhibitors,
celebrity chefs and special events. For more information, visit
The new packaging for Fire & Flavor's line of gourmet grilling
goods recently won an award. Object 9 (www.object9.com),
which re-branded Fire & Flavor with new packaging and a new
logo, won a 2009 AMY award for AMA Marketer of the Year: Visual
Branding and Identity B2C, an American Package Design award
and a ReBrand 100 award for excellence in design.
Fire & Flavor's New Packaging Wins Awards
Fire & Flavor's new packaging and website
reinforce the brand's simplicity, approachability and homemade
"Object 9 effectively conveyed Fire
& Flavor's 'Gourmet. Made Simple.' concept through their packaging
and website redesign, allowing the identity of the products
to match our long-term vision of bringing unique food products
to the at-home cook," says Gena Knox, the founder and CEO of
Fire & Flavor.
For more information, visit www.fireandflavor.com.
Coming in the May 2009 issue of Fancy
• Candy = Comfort; A must-see guide to the NCA's All
• Summer Cocktails
• Best of Butter
• Silicone in the Kitchen
• Specialty Salts
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