Sustainable Business

Top Mexican Buyers to Meet Healthy Products Companies in Puerto Vallarta, January 23-25, 2015

For Immediate Release:

Contact:

Steve Hoffman, Compass Natural Marketing, 303.807.1042

John Pagliaro, The Mexican Healthy Products Summit, 410.828.4637

Top Mexican Buyers to Meet Healthy Products Companies in Puerto Vallarta, January 23-25, 2015

The 2nd annual invitation-only The Mexican Healthy Products Summit will connect Mexico’s major retailers with North American based healthy products companies that seek or want to expand distribution in the Mexican Market.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (July 29, 2014) – The Mexican Healthy Products Summit seeks healthy product companies interested in beginning or expanding distribution in the Mexican retail marketplace. Over 60 buyers representing six sectors of Mexican retailers will attend. These six sectors include Supercenters such as Walmart and Costco;Supermarkets such as HEB Mexico, Chedraui, and Commercial Mexicana; Specialty Health Food Stores including The Green Corner and Origenes Organicos; Pharmaciesincluding Benavides and Guadalajara; Convenience Stores such as Oxxo and Super City; and Department Stores including Liverpool and El Palacio de Hierro. 

Building off the first show’s success, exhibitors and buyers will have the opportunity to establish and build relationships in an intimate, fun setting with one-on-one meetings and networking events. Also, expert speakers will present on topics ranging fromReaching the Mexican Consumer, The Latest Healthy Lifestyle Trends and Research, and Best Export Practices.     

A New Opportunity in an Evolving Mexican Landscape

Mexico’s burgeoning healthy products market reflects a growing middle class, the government’s campaign to fight obesity through education, new food nutrition laws, and increased access to healthier products. As Mexican consumers begin to change their lifestyle habits, a variety of retailers seek to meet the demand for healthier choices. Following the inaugural 2014 Summit one retailer commented, “We are grateful for the opportunity they gave us to participate in The Summit. Recently, we had a business meeting in Mexico with one of the suppliers we met at the show. I am happy to announce that we will now offer their products in our stores. Next week, we have an appointment with another vendor who we met at The Mexican Healthy Products Summit and I am sure we will come to a deal, as we are very interested in their products.”

John Pagliaro, President of The Mexican Healthy Product Summit, has partnered with Trade Show Consulting, LLC., a seasoned trade show event producer in the US and Mexico. According to Pagliaro, “The Mexican healthy products market is rapidly expanding as consumers become more aware of how they eat and what they place in their bodies affect their overall well-being. Healthy food and personal care products are leading the way and the Mexican retail sector is looking for new products to sell.”

Todd Kluger, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Lundberg Family Farms highlights the value of attending the Summit. "We had a great chance to meet retailers. In the past, we only had distribution going through distributors into Mexico, so we did not have contact with the retailers themselves. We had a real chance to sit down and talk to the retailers and discuss how we build our brand to the consumer and connect with the consumer that wants healthy and organic products."

Exhibitor Information

The Mexican Healthy Products Summit will take place January 23-25, 2015 at the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and Convention Center in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  For details and to exhibit, contact John Pagliaro at john@healthyproductssummit.com or 410.828.4637 and visit www.healthyproductssummit.com.

About Trade Show Consulting, LLC

For over 22 years Trade Show Consulting has produced consumer and trade shows in the United States and Mexico and specializes in launching new events. The company researches trends, markets and attendee interests to identify potential shows to bring buyer and seller together in a neutral forum.  ExpoNext awarded Trade Show Consulting the distinguished honor of producing one of the Top 25 Fastest Growing Shows of 2012, Fabtech Mexico. For more information visit www.tradeshowconsult.com.

Communications by Compass Natural Marketing

info@compassnatural.com 303.807.1042

2014 SOFI™ Award Finalist JJ’s Sweets® Features Cocomels®

For Immediate Release:

Contact:

Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural Marketing, steve@compassnatural.com, tel 303.807.1042

Saskia Cervantes, JJ's Sweets, saskia@cocomel.com, tel 303.800.6492

2014 SOFI™ Award Finalist JJ’s Sweets® Features Cocomels® Organic Coconut Milk Caramels at Summer Fancy Food Show

JJ’s Sweets®, maker of Cocomels®, will be launching nationally with its new Chocolate-Covered Cocomels® in a convenient two-pack size. Cocomels, the original coconut milk caramels™, are artisan crafted, smooth and creamy caramel confections that are gluten free, dairy free, non-GMO, vegan, and certified organic.

Visit Cocomels™ at Booth 5239 at the Summer Fancy Food Show, June 29 – July 1, 2014.

Boulder, CO (June 24, 2014) – Innovative confectioner JJ’s Sweets® is featuring its new Chocolate-Covered Cocomels® now available in a newly redesigned two-pack at the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. Chocolate-Covered Cocomels are artisan-made, smooth and creamy coconut milk caramels, enrobed in a silky layer of vegan dark chocolate. Available nationwide to retailers in July, this new package size is convenient and perfect for the everyday consumer to indulge in a delicious caramel confection, without any dairy or gluten.

“Our new Chocolate-Covered Cocomels two-pack is the perfect size and price point for customers on the go. They are presented in space saving, eye-catching display boxes - ideal for point of purchase displays and merchandising on the shelf,” said Saskia Cervantes, Director of Marketing at JJ’s Sweets.

The new product was made possible by the generous support of the Whole Foods Market Local Producer Loan Program in the Rocky Mountain Region. Chocolate-Covered Cocomels are available in Sea Salt, Vanilla and Espresso varieties.

“We are excited to feature our new Chocolate-Covered Cocomels at the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show along with our existing family of Cocomels® products. The Local Producer Loan program has allowed us to extend our product line and bring new Cocomels sizes to retailers and consumers looking for a delicious, luscious treat that is organic, gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO,” said JJ Rademaekers, Chief Candyman and Founder of JJ’s Sweets. “Our customers will be able to indulge just the right amount with this two-pack size, or if they’re feeling generous, share with a friend!” he said.

Sofi™ Award Finalist

Cocomels Sea Salt Coconut Milk Caramels, in the 3.75 oz. flagship box, has been chosen as a finalist for a 2014 Sofi™ Award in the Outstanding Confection category. The Sofi Award, which stands for “specialty outstanding food innovation,” is

known to carry great prestige in the gourmet and specialty food industry. “Our flagship boxes are our original product line. These Cocomels are presented in beautifully designed packaging. Adding a touch of tradition with modern design, the colorful and appealing boxes really stand out,” noted Rademaekers.

Retailers and foodservice buyers attending the Summer Fancy Food Show will select Sofi Award Gold Winners from the nominated Sofi Finalists.

Cocomels will exhibit at the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show, North America’s largest annual specialty food and beverage event, June 29 – July 1, 2014, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. The show, now celebrating its 60th year, features 180,000 products from 80 countries showcasing the world of specialty, gourmet, natural and organic foods.

Interested companies and attendees can visit Cocomelsat Booth #5239 at the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show or contact info@cocomel.com, tel 303.800.6492.

About Cocomels® and JJ’s Sweets®

JJ’s Sweets®, maker of Cocomels® – The Original Coconut Milk Caramel – is a Boulder, CO-based company that creates innovative, artisan-crafted candy confections using sustainable practices, premium ingredients and old-world inspiration. Award-winning Cocomels are batch-cooked in copper kettles with dairy-free ingredients to create delicious, smooth and creamy caramels, which are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and USDA certified organic. Inspiration, creativity and love go into each blissfully delicious treat! Cocomels are available in four delicious flavors: Original, Sea Salt, Vanilla, and Espresso, and come in 3 convenient sizes (Single piece tubs, 3.75 oz. Flagship boxes and 1.5 oz. pocket packs). Chocolate-Covered Cocomels are available in 1 oz. two-packs, including Vanilla, Sea Salt and Espresso varieties.

Cocomels can be found nationwide at select stores including Co-ops, Whole Foods Market, Fresh and Easy, The Fresh Market, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Sprouts, PCC, New Leaf Market, Erewon, Lassen’s, Mother’s Market, Dean and Deluca, MOMs, and many other leading retailers throughout the U.S.

Learn more at www.cocomels.com or facebook.com/JJsSweets or twitter.com/JJscocomels. Contact info@cocomel.com, tel 303.800.6492.

Communications by Compass Natural Marketing

info@compassnatural.com | 303.807.1042

Fancy Snacking: GoOrganic Candies’ New Non-GMO Organic Fruit Chews

For Immediate Release:

Contact:
Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural, steve@compassnatural.com, tel 303.807.1042
Sandy Gencarelli, Hillside Candy, sandy@hillsidecandy.com, tel 973.926.2300

Fancy Snacking: GoOrganic Candies’ New Non-GMO, Certified Organic
Fruit Chews Featured at 60th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York

GoOrganic Candies will exhibit its new Certified Organic, Non-GMO Fruit Chews at the 60th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, June 29 – July 1, 2014. Visit GoOrganic’s new booth and sample its entire line of delicious, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free and kosher candies at Booth #347.

Hillside, New Jersey (June 19, 2014) – Fresh off of receiving a nomination for the Most Innovative New Products Award in the non-chocolate category by the National Confectioners Association at the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, GoOrganic Candies will introduce its new USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified Fruit Chews to the specialty foods market at the upcoming 60th Summer Fancy Food Show, June 29 – July 1, 2014, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

Featuring authentic, mouth-watering flavors from Ginger to Pomegranate, all GoOrganic Candies are dairy-free, gluten-free and certified kosher. They contain noartificial flavors, preservatives or colors, and are made in the USA. A welcome addition to GoOrganic’s popular hard candy line, the Chews come in Ginger and Fruit flavors and are a great treat for adults and kids alike because of their chewy consistency.

GoOrganic Candies, a brand of Hillside Candy, recognizes the consumer’s desire for pure ingredients in its confectionery treats. Therefore, all GoOrganic Candies carry the USDA Certified Organic designation, using only organic or all natural ingredients and produced without the use of toxic, synthetic pesticides or genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients.

GoOrganic Hard Candies come in nine delicious flavors, including Ginger, Pomegranate, Cherry, Apple, Honey, Honey Lemon, Blood Orange, Iced Mint Mango, and Ginger Xtreme. With the addition of the new Organic Chews, including Ginger and Strawberry, Raspberry, Sour Apple and Lemon Fruit Chews, the entire GoOrganic Candies line is also Non-GMO Project Verified.

Commitment to Organic, Non-GMO Ingredients

“Obtaining Non-GMO Project Verification for our entire line of candies was important to us – and to our customers. GoOrganic is committed to providing health-conscious consumers and their families with tasty treats, and also the peace of mind that we are committed to sourcing the highest quality, cleanest ingredients available,” says Sandy Gencarelli, Director of Marketing and Export Sales for Hillside Candy, maker of GoOrganic Candies.

GoOrganic Candies’ new booth will be featured at the Summer Fancy Food Show. The new booth is bigger and better with lots of room for information, samples and meetings.

GoOrganic Candy will exhibit at the 60th annual Summer Fancy Food Show, North America’s largest specialty food and beverage exposition, June 29 – July 1, 2014. The show features 180,000 products including confections, cheese, coffee, snacks, spices, ethnic, natural and organic foods and more. Visitors will connect with 2,400 exhibitors from 80 countries and regions. Interested companies and attendees can visit GoOrganic Candies at Booth #347, and contact info@hillsidecandy.com, tel 973.926.2300.

About GoOrganic Candies

GoOrganic™ Candies are available in 3.5 oz. and 30 oz. family size gusseted pouches. Products are available in leading natural, organic and specialty food retailers including:  Whole Foods Market, Fresh Market, Natural Grocers, Fairway Market, Wakefern/Shoprite, Wegmans, Stop & Shop, Hannaford’s, Sweet Bay, Earth Fare, Lunds & Byerly's, Hy-Vee, Sprouts Farmers Market, QFC, Mollie Stone’s, New Seasons Market, and other leading stores, and online at www.hillsidecandy.com. For wholesalers and retailers, GoOrganic™ Candies are available through UNFI, Kehe and other leading distributors.

Upcoming Events
In addition, please visit GoOrganic Candies at these upcoming food industry events:

- Natural Products Expo East, Baltimore, MD, September 17 - 20, Booth 2918

- SIAL Paris, Paris, France, October 19 - 23, Organic Trade Association Pavilion

About Hillside Candy

Hillside Candy, a family-owned business based in Hillside, NJ, and first established in 1945, prides itself on producing premium products made from only the finest ingredients. Hillside Candy offers three very distinct product lines. Each product brand enjoys widespread distribution throughout the U.S. and internationally, including GoLightly Sugar Free Candy, Hillside Sweets, a line of sugar-based hard candy, and GoOrganic Candies, providing Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified Hard Candies and Fruit Chews. Hillside Candy is a member of the Organic Trade Association. For more information, visitwww.hillsidecandy.com, info@hillsidecandy.com, tel 800.524.1304.

Visit the Hillside Candy News Room, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Communications by Compass Natural Marketing

info@compassnatural.com | 303.807.1042

Snacking Organically: GoOrganic Fruit Chews

For Immediate Release:

Contact:
Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural, steve@compassnatural.com, tel 303.807.1042
Sandy Gencarelli, Hillside Candy, sandy@hillsidecandy.com, tel 973.926.2300

Snacking Organically: GoOrganic Adds Fruit Chews to Flavorful,

Certified Organic Confectionery Line – Now Non-GMO Project Verified!

GoOrganic Candies will showcase its full line of Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, premium Hard Candies and Fruit and Ginger Chews at the Sweets & Snacks Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago, May 20-22, 2014. Visit GoOrganic Candies at booth #1127.

Hillside, New Jersey (May 15, 2014) – GoOrganic Candies, hand made in the USA with no gluten or dairy, has added Organic Fruit Chews to the company’s Non-GMO Project Verified product offerings. The Chews come in Ginger and Fruit flavors and are a great snack for adults and kids alike because of their chewy consistency. All GoOrganic Candies are kosher and Certified Organic and contain no artificial flavors, preservatives or colors.

According to Mintel’s 2013 “Non-Chocolate Confectionery” report, the non-chocolate confectionery category has realized a 34 percent growth since 2007. It is estimated that the category will grow another 15 percent through 2017, as consumers enjoy creative products and continue to perceive many of these items as affordable indulgences. Additionally, there is a trend in this category to focus on pure ingredients. Claims such as kosher, all natural and no additives or preservatives are also popular in this category, reports Mintel.

GoOrganic Candies recognizes the consumer’s desire for pure ingredients in its confectionery treats. Therefore, all GoOrganic Candies carry the USDA Certified Organic designation, using only all natural ingredients and produced without the use of toxic, synthetic pesticides or genetically engineered or GMO ingredients.

GoOrganic Hard Candies come in nine delicious flavors, including Ginger, Pomegranate, Cherry, Apple, Honey, Honey Lemon, Blood Orange, Iced Mint Mango, and Ginger Xtreme. With the addition of the new Organic Chews, including Ginger and Strawberry, Raspberry, Sour Apple and Lemon Fruit Chews, the entire GoOrganic Candies line is also Non-GMO Project Verified.

“It was important for us to obtain non-GMO verification for our new Fruit Chews thus making our entire line Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. GoOrganic is committed to providing our customers with tasty treats but also the peace of mind that we are committed to sourcing the highest quality, cleanest ingredients available so consumers can feel good about sharing our treats with their kids. We can’t wait for attendees to sample our candies at the Sweets & Snacks Expo,” says Sandy Gencarelli, Director of Marketing and Export Sales for Hillside Candy, maker of GoOrganic Candies.

A Sweet New Booth for Sweets & Snacks Expo

Also debuting at the Sweets & Snacks Expo is GoOrganic’s newly designed and expanded exhibit booth. The new booth offers ample room for information, product samples, signage and meetings and can be reconfigured for any trade show or event.

GoOrganic Candies will exhibit at the Sweets & Snacks Expo, named one of the 50 fastest-growing trade shows in the country by Trade Show Executive, May 20-22, 2014. With more than 15,000 industry professional in attendance, the show will cover 162,000 square feet and is already sold out. Interested companies and attendees can visit GoOrganic Candies at booth #1127 and contact info@hillsidecandy.com, tel 973.926.2300.

In addition, please visit GoOrganic Candies at these upcoming events:

•    Summer Fancy Food Show - New York, NY, June 29 - July 1, Booth 347
•    Natural Products Expo East - Baltimore, MD, September 17 - 20, Booth 2918
•    SIAL Paris - Paris, France, October 19 - 23, Organic Trade Association Pavilion

GoOrganic™ Candies are available in 3.5 oz. and 30 oz. family size gusseted pouches. Products are available in leading natural, organic and specialty food retailers including:  Whole Foods Market, Fresh Market, Natural Grocers, Fairway Market, Wakefern/Shoprite, Wegmans, Stop & Shop, Hannaford’s, Sweet Bay, Earth Fare, Lunds & Byerly's, Hy-Vee, Sprouts, Sprouts Farmers Market, QFC, Mollie Stone’s, New Seasons Market, and other leading stores, and online at www.hillsidecandy.com. For wholesalers and retailers, GoOrganic™ Candy is available through UNFI, Kehe and other leading distributors.

About Hillside Candy and GoOrganic Candies

Hillside Candy, a family-owned business based in Hillside, NJ and first established in 1945, prides itself on producing premium products made from only the finest ingredients. Hillside Candy offers three very distinct product lines. Each product brand enjoys widespread distribution throughout the United States and Internationally, including GoLightly Sugar Free Candy, Hillside Sweets, a line of sugar-based hard candy, and GoOrganic Candies, providing Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified Hard Candies and Fruit Chews. Hillside Candy is a member of the Organic Trade Association. For more information, visitwww.hillsidecandy.com, info@hillsidecandy.com, tel 800.524.1304.

Visit the Hillside Candy News Room, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Communications by Compass Natural Marketing

info@compassnatural.com | 303.807.1042

Non-GMO Smart Balance® Spread Available Nationwide

For Immediate Release:

Healthier Buttery Spreads Innovator Implements National Distribution of New Non-GMO Flagship Product

BOULDER, Colo., May 14, 2014 – Consumers in search of non-GMO alternatives can now find delicious and flavorful Smart Balance non-GMO buttery spreads in grocery stores nationwide.

Smart Balance, an innovator in great tasting, heart healthier spreads, announced in March the planned transition of its entire product line to non-GMO – the first leading national spread to go non-GMO.  This week, Smart Balance is shipping millions of tubs of the new non-GMO buttery spreads to national and regional grocery stores across the country. Distribution will continue ramping up in May, with a complete transition this summer.

Smart Balance, owned by Colorado-based Boulder Brands, revamped its ingredients sourcing and manufacturing processes in response to growing consumer demand for non-GMO products. The new Smart Balance delivers the same delicious, buttery taste and nutritional benefits with no increase in price to customers. 

“We are delivering on our promise to make non-GMO Smart Balance widely available, and importantly, without raising the cost to retailers who sell our product,” said Duane Primozich, executive vice president of Smart Balance and Balance Brands. “We wholeheartedly agree with consumers and advocates who support greater transparency in food ingredients, and who want healthier, less processed foods with simpler ingredients.”

Grocery shoppers will find the new, distinctive Smart Balance square tubs bearing a prominent “non-GMO” label and pledge. The pledge outlines the commitment to make Smart Balance using only non-GMO ingredients, including expeller-pressed oils from non-GMO seeds. Smart Balance also has taken steps to reduce risk of contact with GMO-containing ingredients in its manufacturing facilities, including adding new processing equipment and storage.

“Getting our flagship spread product – now non-GMO – to consumers across the country is an important milestone on our journey to convert the entire Smart Balance product line,” said Primozich. “At Boulder Brands, we embrace and support the burgeoning consumer movement toward deeper understanding of what’s in – and importantly, what’s not in – the foods that we serve our families.”

Launched in 1997 Smart Balance was the first leading spread to eliminate partially hydrogenated oils, a major source of trans fat, which the FDA recently declared unsafe and has proposed banning from U.S. food products. Smart Balance uses a unique blend of non-GMO oils in its spreads that are clinically proven to help balance cholesterol ratios as part of the Smart Balance Food Plan.

Additional product facts and information are at www.SmartBalance.com/nonGMO.

About Boulder Brands, Inc.

Boulder Brands, Inc. (NasdaqGM: BDBD) is committed to offering food solutions that give consumers opportunities to improve their lives – one product at a time. The company’s health and wellness platform consists of brands that target specific health trends: the Glutino® and Udi’s Gluten Free® brands for gluten-free diets; the Earth Balance® brand for plant-based diets; the Level Life™ brand for diabetes-friendly diets, EVOL foods for consumers seeking simple and pure ingredients; and the Smart Balance® brand for heart healthier diets. For more information about Boulder Brands, Inc., please visitwww.boulderbrands.com.

Corporate Contact:

Director, Caroline Hughes, chughes@boulderbrands.com, 720-550-5018

Corporate Communications, Boulder Brands, Inc.

Communications by Compass Natural Marketing

info@compassnatural.com | 303.807.1042

Donatos® to Showcase New Gluten-Free Sonoma Flatbread Pizzas

For Immediate Release:

Contact:

Eric Drees, Marketing Coordinator, Jane’s Dough Foods, edrees@donatos.com, tel 614.416.6853

Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural Marketing, steve@compassnatural.com, tel 303.807.1042

Authentic Restaurant-style Pizza for the Gluten-free Consumer
Sonoma Flatbreads by Donatos® to Showcase its New Gluten-Free
Flatbread Pizzas at Chicago-area Gluten & Allergen Free Expo

Visit Jane’s Dough Foods and sample delicious, gluten-free Sonoma Flatbreads by Donatos®, made with “simply honest ingredients,” at the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, the largest gluten-free exposition in the United States, April 12-13, 2014, in Schaumburg, IL. Each person that likes Sonoma Flatbreads on Facebook at the Expo will be entered for a chance to win an iPad Mini; drawing will be held on April 14.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – (April 7, 2014) – Coming off a successful exposition of their newest gluten-free pizza at Natural Products Expo West in March, Sonoma Flatbreads by Donatos® is continuing to rise. The emerging new brand will exhibit at the Gluten & Allergen Free (GFAF) Expo in Schaumburg, IL, on April 12-13, 2014. The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, which attracts more than 20,000 gluten-free and allergen-free consumers each year, is hosting the first iteration of its six-city tour this year in the Chicago area. The Expo features presenters who are experts in the gluten and allergen free space and is touted to be the largest gluten free exposition in the United States.

Appealing to everyday and gourmet pizza lovers alike – and to those who like to personalize their pizza – the newest offering to join the Sonoma Flatbreads line of gluten-free pizzas is Chicken and Fire Roasted Peppers. This 12” pizza has a net weight of 18.88 ounces and includes a special Crushed Red Pepper spice packet.

Exhibiting at Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is timely for Jane’s Dough Foods, an independent, family-owned company celebrating more than 50 years of business, as the company is innovating the way consumers think about gluten-free pizza. “We are redefining gluten-free pizza by combining the flavors and ingredients that speak to today’s consumer with 50 years of restaurant industry know-how,” says Alan Hoover, General Manager of Jane’s Dough Foods, maker of Sonoma Flatbreads. The pizza features antibiotic-free chicken that was fed a vegetarian diet and is minimally processed. The pepper trio includes fire roasted green, red, and yellow bell peppers. A rich tomato sauce and lightly smoked provolone round out the offering. Made with “simply honest ingredients,” there are no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives in any of the Sonoma Flatbreads line. Each serving of the new pizza flavor provides 14 grams of protein. The suggested retail price is $8.99.

Get Your “Za” at GFAF
In addition to the new Sonoma Flatbreads Chicken and Fire Roasted Peppers variety, three existing gluten-free pizzas will be available for sampling.
They include:

  • Uncured Pepperoni that is nitrate and nitrite-free
  • Three Cheese featuring smoked Provolone with  Parmesan and Romano
  • Margherita featuring fresh pearl mozzarella and Roma tomatoes

The Sonoma Flatbreads by Donatos line was first introduced into the Kroger “Nature’s Market” set in their Columbus, Ohio division in January 2013. Within the first 12 months, the gluten-free pizzas had become the #1 and #2 best-selling gluten-free pizzas in that Kroger division. Sonoma Flatbreads by Donatos are also available at leading retailers including Giant Eagle, Meijer, Hy-Vee, Heinen’s, Roche Brothers, Raisin Rack and numerous independent retailers across the country have taken on the line. Distributors include Bozzuto’s, Lipari Foods, KeHe, Sherwood, Clover Mountain, and Merry Milk Maid.

In the Chicago area, Sonoma Flatbreads by Donatos can be found at Caputo’s, Mariano’s, and other leading supermarkets and specialty food stores.

Win an iPad Mini at GFAF

Each person that likes Sonoma Flatbreads on Facebook at the show will be entered for a chance to win an iPad Mini. The drawing will be held on Monday, April 14, at 5:00 pm EST, and the lucky winner will be notified on Facebook.

About Jane’s Dough Foods
“Jane” really is a person! Jane Grote-Abell is the founder and owner of Jane’s Dough Foods. Founded in 2008, the company is based in Columbus, Ohio, and manufactures dough, pizzas, and flatbreads for retail frozen and deli, foodservice, and convenience stores across the United States, Japan, and Puerto Rico. Jane’s gluten-free dough is certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.

Recently featured on “Undercover Boss,” Jane Grote-Abell is also the Chairwoman of Donatos Pizzeria LLC, an independent family-owned business consisting of 154 Donatos restaurants in six states. Established in 1963 by her father, Jim Grote, Donatos is now celebrating more than 50 years in business.

For more information, visit www.sonomaflatbreads.com or www.janesdoughfoods.com, telephone # 614.416.7700. Also, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Communications by Compass Natural Marketing

info@compassnatural.com | 303.807.1042

Vital Farms Partners with Hen Meadows Farm

For Immediate Release:

Contact:

Dan Brooks, Director of Marketing, Vital Farms, dan.brooks@vitalfarms.com, tel 646.468.5902

Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural, steve@compassnatural.com, tel 303.807.1042

Bringing the Pasture to Your Local Grocery: Vital Farms Partners with Hen Meadows Farm to Bring Regionally Produced Pasture-raised Organic Eggs to the Southern California Market

Vital Farms recently affiliated with Hen Meadows Farm, a small-acreage, fourth generation family farm with roots in both San Diego and Ventura Counties, California, to provide regionally produced, pasture-raised USDA certified organic eggs to Whole Foods Markets in the Southern California region. Vital Farms currently works with 49 family farms across the country, and the company will be exhibiting at Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural and organic products trade exposition, March 7-9, 2014. Visit Vital Farms at booth number 5437 in Hall E.

Austin, Texas (February 26, 2014)Vital Farms, the nation’s leading provider of pasture-raised eggs, has partnered with regional producer and fourth generation family-owned Hen Meadows Farm, with operations in Valley Center and Moorpark, California, to provide Certified Humane®, organic and locally produced eggs to the Southern California grocery market. Vital Farms eggs from Hen Meadows Farm are currently on the shelf in Whole Foods Markets in Southern California.

Pasture-raised organic eggs are gaining in popularity among those who want to ensure their food is ethically produced without the use of synthetic pesticides and genetically engineered or GMO ingredients. Pastured chickens graze outside all year long, and are also provided organic feed that is produced without toxic, synthetic pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or GMOs. These chickens flap their wings, eat bugs, and roll around in the dirt. In short, they act like chickens should.

Vital Farms pasture-raised eggs are now produced on 49 family-owned farms across the US, and, with this new relationship with Hen Meadows, Vital Farms is able to provide locally sourced, pasture-raised Organic eggs directly to the Southern California market.

With roots in San Diego and Ventura Counties, family-owned Hen Meadows Farm has been producing farm-fresh eggs in Southern California since 1941. The company has been producing cage free and organic eggs for more than 20 years, and now pasture-raised eggs in working with Vital Farms.

“We saw an opportunity to support a local business and regional food producer. By working with a small local farm, we are able to reduce the distance from the farm to the table which, in turn, produces a more sustainable, environmentally friendly and fresher product,” said Jason Jones, President and Co-owner of Vital Farms.

About Vital Farms

Vital Farms began on a 27-acre farm in southeast Austin, TX, with the goal of providing the best quality eggs while creating a place where the hens can “flap their wings, stretch their legs, move around, and act like chickens.” Vital Farms works with a network of 49 independent, family-owned farms to produce Certified Humane® pasture-raised eggs for the natural, organic and conventional food markets, and is the largest supplier of pasture-raised eggs in the nation.

For more information, visit www.vitalfarms.com, info@vitalfarms.com, tel 877.455.3063.

Visit Vital Farms at Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural and organic products trade exposition, March 7-9, 2014. Visit Vital Farms at booth number 5437 in Hall E.

For more information, visit the Vital Farms Blog, like us on Facebook, follow us on YouTube and Twitter.

Communications by Compass Natural Marketing

info@compassnatural.com | 303.807.1042

Egg-ceptional Variety

For Immediate Release:

Contact:

Dan Brooks, Director of Marketing, Vital Farms, dan.brooks@vitalfarms.com, 646.468.5902

Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural, steve@compassnatural.com, 303.807.1042

Egg-ceptional Variety: Increasing Consumer Awareness of the Benefits of Pasture-Raised Eggs Leads Vital Farms to Expand Offerings of Humane, Pasture Raised Eggs.

As demand soars for humane, pasture-raised eggs, Vital Farms is broadening its product offerings. In addition to its Vital Farms Certified Organic eggs, available exclusively at Whole Foods Market, it now also offers Pasture Verde and Alfresco Farms brands to serve retailers and consumers in the natural, organic and conventional food markets nationwide. The company has also recently introduced Backyard Eggs, a Non-GMO Project Verified brand, available exclusively at Whole Foods Market.

Vital Farms will be exhibiting at Natural Products Expo East, Sept 26-28, booth #8205

Austin, Texas (September 24, 2013) – One look at the egg set in your local grocer will tell you all you need to know about how much customers are embracing the benefits - both personal and ethical - of pasture-raising. Where before you might have had to shop at specialty stores to find eggs of this kind, increasingly you'll find them right alongside regular eggs, and the chances are they'll be one of Vital Farms' delicious offerings. Consumers are quickly learning to appreciate the benefits of pasture-raising, a farming method that centers on the highest standard or animal welfare – fresh air, salad and plenty of exercise if you will – that produces healthier, tastier eggs. The farming of the future rooted firmly in the past. People get it, and people love it.

"The public misunderstanding of the term ‘Free-range’ is a misconception that the egg industry does nothing to dispel," says Matt O’Hayer, co-founder and CEO of Vital Farms, the nation’s leading producer of Certified Humane®, pasture-raised eggs for natural, organic and, more recently, conventional food markets.

"Whenever you have up to 20,000 chickens crammed into an industrial-size barn that has only a very few tiny doors, or “pop holes” as the egg industry calls them, most of the birds inside the building never see the open doors, let alone the light of day. Yet, the mere existence of an access point permits the industry to call eggs from this process “free range” or “cage free,” " he explains. “Granted, it is an improvement over the squalor of caged production, but a small one at best.”

In reality, each “free range” hen lives practically its entire life indoors on about 1 square foot of total space. By comparison, pasture-raised birds, like those on Vital Farms’ properties, bask in a positively luxurious minimum of 108 square feet of outdoor space each. With access to fresh pasture, native grasses and sunshine, this makes for premium quality pasture-raised eggs that are lower in cholesterol and saturated fat and higher in omega-3s, vitamins A, D and E, and other key nutrients compared to their conventional, cage-produced counterparts, according to a study conducted by Mother Earth News.

Sales of humane and specialty eggs are outpacing the category overall, reports Progressive Grocer, and, as the leading supplier of Certified Organic and pasture-raised eggs to Whole Foods Market and other retailers, Vital Farms’ continued growth reflects this trend.

New Pasture Raised Egg Brands Positioned to Serve a Growing Market

To serve the growing demand for humanely produced, pasture-raised eggs, Vital Farms has launched new brands to serve different markets and consumer segments throughout the country. In addition to its Vital Farms branded Certified Organic eggs, which are, by the very definition of organic standards, non-GMO, the company also recently introduced Backyard Eggs, the first line of specifically Non-GMO Project Verified, pasture-raised eggs, in the nation. Both brands are available exclusively at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide.

For independent natural and organic retailers and conventional grocers across the country, the company recently launched the Pasture Verde brand, which are the very same certified organic, pasture raised eggs sold as Vital Farms Egg in Whole Foods. All their pasture-raised eggs are produced by a network of more than 40 independent family farms in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Georgia and California. These farmers are committed to humane, sustainable production, says Dan Brooks, Marketing and Communications Director for Vital Farms.

In addition to its Certified Organic and non-GMO Project Verified brands, Vital Farms also offers Alfresco Farms pasture-raised eggs, from chickens raised on conventional feed but with no added hormones or antibiotics, and no toxic, synthetic pesticides or herbicides used on their pastures. By mitigating the expense of the Organic or Non-GMO feeds, Alfresco Farms is able to offer customers an egg with all the benefits of pasture-raising at lower price point on the shelf, and sales of this category of product have contributed enormously to Vital Farms’ growing success. Shelved next to eggs that perpetuate the fallacies of industrial egg production, choosing affordable pasture-raised eggs is a no-brainer.

“Every time I have a chance to chat with customers at the egg shelves, and I explain pasture-raising to them, you can see the light bulb go off. It's basically the kind of egg that they think they've been buying all along, and the egg that they've wanted all along!” says O’Hayer. “The idea that the hens are happy clearly makes people feel good about what they are buying and eating.”

Vital Farms brands:

  • Pasture Verde – Pasture raised; Certified Humane®; USDA certified organic (non-GMO) vegetarian feed; available at independent natural and organic products retailers nationwide.
     
  • Vital Farms – Pasture raised; Certified Humane®; USDA certified organic (non-GMO) vegetarian feed; available at Whole Foods Market nationwide.
     
  • Backyard Eggs – Pasture raised; Certified Humane®; Non-GMO Project Verified vegetarian feed; produced without antibiotics, or toxic, synthetic pesticides and herbicides; available at Whole Foods Market nationwide.
     
  • Alfresco Farms – Pasture raised; Certified Humane®;
     non-organic, vegetarian feed; produced without antibiotics, or toxic, synthetic pesticides and herbicides; available at independent natural and conventional grocery stores nationwide.
     
  • Texas Chicken Ranch – Pasture raised, Certified Humane®; non-organic, vegetarian feed produced without antibiotics or toxic, synthetic pesticides and herbicides; available at H-E-B.

“Eggs classified as ‘pasture raised’ are laid by hens raised primarily outdoors,” says O’Hayer. “With lots of space and plenty of opportunity to perch, forage and behave just as they would in the wild, we believe that these happy hens lay the best eggs in the world. Frequently rotated onto fresh pastures, managed without the use of toxic, synthetic pesticides or fertilizers – and safely roosted at night in secure hen houses, pasture-raised hens naturally supplement their diet with fresh grasses, herbs and the sort of creep-crawly goodies that only a pecking hen could love! This combination of diet and healthy, outdoor living result in eggs that are unsurpassed in flavor, appearance, texture and nutritional content, loved by our customers and chefs alike.”

About Vital Farms

Matt O’Hayer and his wife Catherine Stewart started Vital Farms in 2007 with 20 Rhode Island Red hens on a 27-acre farm in southeast Austin, TX, in hopes of providing the best quality eggs while creating a place where the hens can “flap their wings, stretch their legs, move around, and act like chickens.” In 2009 they were joined by Jason Jones, who had recently tired of corporate life. “When Jason came along,” says O’Hayer, “we knew that we had a way to make this work on a much larger scale. The combination of experience, belief and passion has proven to be a powerful one!”

Currently, the company works with a network of more than 40 independent, family-owned farms to produce Certified Humane® pasture-raised eggs for the natural, organic and conventional food markets, and is the largest supplier of pasture-raised eggs in the nation. In August 2013, Vital Farms was awarded the #85 slot on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. The company strives to be environmentally sensitive in all aspects of its operation and uses 100% recycled pulp for its egg cartons. For more information, visit www.vitalfarms.cominfo@vitalfarms.com, tel 877.455.3063.

Communications by: Compass Natural Marketing

info@compassnatural.com tel. 303.807.1042

World’s First Pressed Organic Juice Directory Launches

For Immediate Release

Contact: Megan Shockney, Chloette PR, megan@chloettepr.com, (858) 442-3492.

World’s First Pressed Organic Juice Directory Launches

Organic Food Expert Max Goldberg Curates New Directory of Stores Across the Country Selling Pressed Organic Juice; Plus Comprehensive News on the Industry

April 30, 2013 – New York, NY – With the explosion in the popularity of pressed juice, one of the country’s most widely read organic food bloggers and experts, Max Goldberg of Living Maxwell, has debuted the Pressed Organic Juice Directory, the first-of-its-kind directory of locations around the world selling pressed organic juice.

“The Pressed Organic Juice Directory developed out of a need that was not being met in the marketplace,” said Goldberg. “As a huge pressed juice fan and someone who has been eating close to 100 percent organic since 2001, I wanted to know where I could get pressed organic juice whenever I traveled. Yet, after lots of online research, the results were very incomplete. Some locations were fully organic; some places used organic ‘whenever possible’; and some used a centrifugal juicer, while others used a Norwalk or similar type of hydraulic press. What I wanted was a site that would clear through all of the clutter and give me exactly what I was looking for – places that offered pressed organic juice.”

Pressed juice has exploded in popularity for two primary reasons. First, it is a superior extraction method. Independent tests show that a hydraulic press can extract three to five times more minerals and nutrients than a centrifugal juicer. Second, hydraulic press juicers do not oxidize nearly as fast. Centrifugal juicers use a tremendous amount of heat, which causes mineral, enzyme and vitamin degradation. Since the amount of heat used in a hydraulic juice press is very minimal, the oxidation is not nearly as severe.

Goldberg’s Pressed Organic Juice Directory only lists locations that sell pressed organic juice which offer a minimum of a green juice. Additionally, the juice must be either USDA certified organic or comprised of 95 percent organic ingredients, the same standard established by the USDA.

Key Attributes of the Pressed Organic Juice Directory

  • Comprehensive site covering pressed organic juice industry news, new products and store openings, store profiles and interviews with well-known industry figures.
  • Nearly 700 listings from five countries, with new locations added every day.
  • Curated by an expert with domain expertise in the organic field; every single entry is personally vetted by Goldberg.
  • Not just any juice bar is listed – there are clear requirements: organic, pressed, and must have a minimum of a pressed organic green juice.
  • Includes a directory of organic pressed juice companies that will ship juice via overnight delivery to any location in the U.S. Individual store profiles with commentary by Goldberg about the location and their juice, as well as a variety of photos of their juice and the individual store (available currently for select locations, more profiles to be added).
  • iPhone app is in development, and the site currently works on all mobile and tablet devices.

“Consumers continue to drink juice and eat foods that are conventionally-grown and sprayed with toxic pesticides. After extensive personal research and reading reports about the effects of these pesticides, I felt it was of paramount importance to eliminate non-organic foods from my own diet and that is why I chose to focus on organic juice for this directory.”

Goldberg has personally been eating organic for more than 10 years and focused on organic pressed juice because of the toxic pesticides used on non-organic foods. With 41% of Americans expected to get cancer, the President’s Cancer Panel recommends that people consume food grown, to the extent possible, “without the use of pesticides.” Organic regulations strictly prohibit the use of toxic chemicals – synthetic pesticides, insecticides and herbicides, while conventionally-grown food allows them.

“I developed the Pressed Organic Juice Directory because it was something that I wanted to have for myself, and I knew so many others that were looking for this kind of information as well,” continued Goldberg. “My main goal, however, is for the Directory to serve as a vehicle to increase awareness about the importance of organic – the healthiest food that we can be putting into our bodies.”

With the launch of the Pressed Organic Juice Directory, BluePrint has come on board as the site’s initial sponsor.

“Needless to say, I’m thrilled to have BluePrint affiliated with the Pressed Organic Juice Directory,” said Goldberg. “Not only is the company a true pioneer in the pressed organic juice world, but founders Erica Huss and Zoe Sakoutis have a serious commitment to organic, something of utmost importance to me. All of BluePrint’s pressed juices are USDA certified organic, and the company was a major sponsor of our New York City fundraiser last year for Proposition 37, California’s ballot initiative to label GMOs.”

About Max Goldberg

Founder of Living Maxwell (www.livingmaxwell.com) and described by The New York Times as an "organic sensation", Max Goldberg is one of the most widely read organic food bloggers in the country today.  He has been profiled in The New York TimesThe Huffington Post, CNN, Veria Living, and numerous other media outlets.

An organic food activist, partner of the Just Label It! campaign, and speaker at industry trade shows, Max runs the Organic Food Industry Group on LinkedIn, where his weekly curated email is read by thousands of organic food CEOs, founders and executives from all over the world.

Slow Money | Sustainable Economy: National Gathering in Boulder, April 29-30

“What a pleasure to be part of a gathering
that wasn't just talking about the future but bending it!
Slow Money is one of the keys to a healthy future.”
– Bill McKibben, Founder of 350.org

“One of the Top 5 Trends in Finance.”
– Entrepreneur.com

Slow Money Invests in Small Food Business

Since its inception in 2008, Slow Money has invested more than $21 million in 180 small food and sustainable farming enterprises. Learn what Slow Money can do for your business, and how your investment dollars can make a big difference.

Click here for more information and to register.

   Communications on behalf of Slow Money by Compass Natural Marketing, Boulder, CO               www.compassnaturalmarketing.com   |   info@compassnaturalmarketing.com

   Communications on behalf of Slow Money by Compass Natural Marketing, Boulder, CO

            www.compassnaturalmarketing.com  |  info@compassnaturalmarketing.com