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Fancy Food & Culinary Products Magazine


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hello colleagues and fellow foodies

     In 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

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19-22, Lisbon, Spain, Alimentaria Lisboa 2009, Fiera Internacional de Lisboa;
21-24, New York, NY, 7 W New York Tabletop Week, 7 W New York;
26-28, Columbus, OH, Columbus MarketPlace for Gift, Garden & Home, Columbus MarketPlace;

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

Coffee Bean International Expands Leadership Team

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 business.
     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

FungusAmongUs Launches Pacific Northwest Mushroom Line

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

Newman's Own To Support Volunteer Initiatives

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.
     "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 initiatives."
     For more information, visit

Gourmet/Housewares Center Returns To AmericasMart

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.
     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

Fire & Flavor's New Packaging Wins Awards

The new packaging for Fire & Flavor's line of gourmet grilling goods recently won an award. Object 9 (, 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 and website reinforce the brand's simplicity, approachability and homemade focus.
     "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

Coming in the May 2009 issue of Fancy Food:

• Candy = Comfort; A must-see guide to the NCA's All Candy Expo
• Summer Cocktails
• Best of Butter
• Silicone in the Kitchen
• Specialty Salts

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