MOM’s Organic Market Launches Sales of Insects

MOM ProteinsFamily owned and operated MOM’s Organic Market has introduced a wide selection of sustainable insect proteins to its Ivy City, DC location. The retailer’s interest in entomophagy was spurred by a trip to Mexico’s La Merced Market. There, MOM’s VP of Produce & Grocery and VP of Wellness, Lisa de Lima and Steve Geest, respectively, were astonished by the developed flavor of the vendors’ escamoles (ant larvae). They left knowing these versatile and varied proteins had to be featured on MOM’s shelves.

After successfully launching Sustainable Protein sections at MOM’s locations in Baltimore, MD, Cherry Hill, NJ, and White Marsh, MD, the Ivy City store has added items such as:

  • Cricket or mealworm Bolognese sauce
  • Cricket cookies, snack bars, and chips
  • Whole, flavored mealworms and crickets – available to purchase in bulk!
  • Cricket or mealworm protein powder

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Ben & Jerry’s® Unveils Three New Products with Everything…but the Cow!

Attention, frozen dessert fans unable – or choosing not to – consume dairy; your long wait is over! Now is the time to raise spoons in celebration of an all-new, Non-Dairy line up from Ben & Jerry’s. At last fans can dive deep into a decadent pint and experience all the chunks and swirls Ben & Jerry’s is known for, but this time in a Certified Vegan, almond base indulgence. The new lineup includes three flavours ready for spooning, including:

Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Chocolate with Fudge Brownies from Greyston Bakery

P.B. Cookies, Vanilla with Chocolate Sandwich Cookies & Crunchy Peanut Butter Swirls

Coffee Caramel Fudge, Coffee with Fudge Chunks & Caramel Swirls

For years, Non-Dairy fans have been forced to watch ice cream consumers with envy and were unable to participate in a truly indulgent frozen dessert experience. Now the tables have turned. Non-Dairy and vegan consumers can enjoy a classic Ben & Jerry’s flavour as well as a two Non-Dairy exclusive flavours all to satisfy their indulgence cravings.

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Sundance Cocktail Recipe by Ethiopian Chef Marcus Samuelsson & Stella Artois

At the Sundance Film Festival last month, Stella Artois hosted an exclusive event, “From Tap to Table: the Global Water Crisis through the Lens of Culture and Cuisine,” international culinary star and water advocate Marcus Samuelsson, and with co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White in support of the brand’s Buy A Lady A Drinkcampaign dedicated to helping end the global water crisis.

Attendees were treated to a thought-provoking discussion and international tasting menu, curated by Chef Samuelsson, inspired by countries affected by the global water crisis, including the stand-out cocktail by Marcus Samuelsson, Stella Artois Cidre Banana Spritz, which featured a banana, guava juice, lemongrass syrup and basil leaf. Enjoy the recipe below.

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A First Lady Forges a Local Food Legacy

Originally published in Smart Brief

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama emerged as a leader in the local produce movement during the past eight years as part of her efforts to fight childhood obesity, and the mission is likely to remain an important one for the self-proclaimed “mom in chief” in her post-White House years. Her passion for the cause inspired chefs, urban gardeners and families around the country, and it’s a legacy that appears destined to continue into the future.

Last week, new First Lady Melania Trump said she plans to keep the White House gardens as is, including the high-profile Kitchen Garden created by her predecessor. The garden grows fresh fruits and vegetables that go into meals at the White House as well as a local food bank, and it has served as an outdoor classroom for local school children since its inception.

Obama broke ground on the garden on March 20, 2009 on the South Lawn of the White House, two months after her family had moved in. She planted the first veggies even before she launched the Let’s Move! campaign, and the plot that would come to be associated with her and her passion for helping kids get healthy was her first-ever attempt at a garden, as she details in her 2012 book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.

Obama and 23 fifth graders from a Washington, D.C., school planted the first crops and then waited. “We put in lettuce and peas, spinach and broccoli, kale and collard greens. And for days after that, I would look at the freshly turned soil and wonder to myself, is anything growing?” she writes in the book.

As it turned out, there was no need to worry. The garden produced bountiful crops of local produce and gave area schoolchildren a place to till the soil and learn about where their food comes from. The plot grew with the help of White House chefs, experienced gardeners from the National Park Service and volunteers.

Last fall, just weeks before the election, Obama unveiled an expanded version of the garden that includes a stone-paved seating area, an archway cemented into the ground and wood and steel features with historic significance, Politico reported. The new elements were chosen because they’re sturdy and durable, highlighting the soon-to-be-former first lady’s hopes that the garden and its mission would remain intact in future administrations.

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Grocers Must Engage Multicultural Shoppers at Perimeter According to Niesen

Originally published in Progressive Grocer

Segment represents $2.2B opportunity for retailers

Multicultural ConsumersA new comprehensive report from Nielsen provides strategic insights for retailers seeking to leverage new growth opportunities across the perimeter, over the next several decades, by engaging multicultural consumers, the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population and the growth engine for the supermarket perimeter, encompassing meat, produce, seafood, deli and bakery.

According to “A Fresh Look at Multicultural Consumers,” multicultural households spend a higher share on fresh foods as a percentage of their total food spend, versus non-Hispanic white households. In fact, multicultural consumer shoppers make 3 percent more trips to stores with fresh items and spend 4 percent more annually on fresh items, leading to a $2.2 billion opportunity for retailers.

The reason for this is that fresh foods are, for many multicultural families, a dietary mainstay, embedded in the cultures of African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Hispanics, among others. Additionally, the appeal of multicultural flavors and demand for fresh food are influencing a wider range of shoppers, and becoming a key driving force for fresh food category growth.

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Sargento Expands Recall of Select Cheeses, Terminates Relationship with Supplier

sargento cheesesSargento Foods Inc. of Plymouth, Wis. is voluntarily expanding the recall of cheese supplied by Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes that originated from the supplier’s facility. There have been no confirmed illnesses.

Out of concern for the health and well-being of Sargento consumers, the company has also terminated its relationship with Deutsch Kase Haus, which supplied Sargento with the affected Longhorn Colby cheese.

Out of an abundance of caution, in addition to the products recalled on February 10, 2017, we are also voluntarily recalling the following products which were packaged on the same lines:

Sargento Sliced Colby, 8 oz., UPC 4610000105, Sell By date 15MAY17F

Sargento Sliced Muenster, 8oz., UPC 4610000107, Sell By dates 05MAR17F, 06MAR17F, 16APR17F, 17APR17F and 15APR17F

Sargento Sliced Pepper Jack, 7.5 oz., UPC 4610000122, Sell By date 03MAY17B

Sargento Sliced Tomato & Basil Jack, 6.67 oz., UPC 4610000279, Sell By date 03MAR17B

Sargento Shredded Reduced Fat Colby-Jack, 8 oz., UPC 4610041018, Sell By date H07APR17

Sargento Shredded Chef Blends 4 Cheese Pizzeria, 8 oz., UPC 4610041105, Sell By date H10APR17

Sargento Artisan Blends Double Cheddar Shredded Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040094, Sell By date H09JUN17 and H08JUN17

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Buenos Aires Tourism Authority Launches Free Gastro-Tours

downloadBuenos Aires is this year’s Ibero-American Capital of Gastronomic Culture. As a result, the Tourism Authority (ENTUR) is organizing free monthly visits to discover the secrets and highlights of Buenos Aires’ unique an ever-evolving culinary art scene.

The city of Buenos Aires is enjoying a special year with its designation as Ibero-American Capital of Gastronomic Culture. Tourists will now be able to join free tours alongside locals and get an insider’s view of the city’s restaurants and eateries, including perennial favourites and hot new discoveries.

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BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. to Honor Unsung Heroes on Random Acts of Kindness Day with Lunch

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.  announced that team members from its 188 BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® locations nationwide will deliver a special “thank you” lunch to first responders on National Random Acts of Kindness Day this Friday.

On Feb. 17, BJ’s team members will deliver menu favorites to nearby police stations, firehouses and emergency dispatch centers. The coordinated nationwide effort represents the company’s ongoing commitment to honor first responders who serve our communities every day.

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