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Summer Show News - 7/8/2011Date: 07/08/11 | Source: Fancy Food Show News | Author: Specialty Food News
Categories: Trends and Statistics; Market Trends | Tags: Event News; sffs
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
July 10-12, 2011
Two Days to Show Time; Tips on Efficiency; Vote for sofi Gold Awards; Exhibitor News
The Summer Fancy Food Show is two days away. Register by midnight tonight to get the pre-Show attendee discount price of $35. The price goes up to $60 on July 9. Registration continues online, and badges can also be purchased on-site. The Show is Sunday, July 10 - Tuesday, July 12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Exhibitors are already hard at work setting up their displays, and the education sessions have started for industry newcomers and veterans alike. The Summer Show is shaping up to be a successful event. Exhibit space has been sold out for weeks, and more than 18,000 buyers are expected, ranging from neighborhood and regional specialty stores and eateries to natural food stores to chains such as Whole Foods and Starbucks. This is the largest marketplace devoted to specialty foods and beverages in North America. Among the 180,000 products on display will be plenty of artisanal cheese from Oregon to France, unusual jams from all over the world including chunky papaya from Senegal, and new ideas like bacon croutons from Seattle. Learn more and register.
EXHIBITOR NEWS...Grafton Village Cheese is launching a new line of traditionally aged, handmade, raw milk cheddars, called Grafton Tavern Select. They are named for The Old Tavern at Grafton Inn, a country inn in Grafton Village, Vermont, since 1801. Read more. Booth 5854
EXHIBITOR NEWS...Sparrer Sausage is launching Lil’ Dudes Beef & Cheese and Big Bites meat snacks. Lil Dudes Beef & Cheese Snack Sticks are available in 18-count display jars while Big Bites come in 3.5-ounce to-go snack packs. Read more. Booth 4109
EXHIBITOR NEWS...O S and Company Inc. is introducing a line of healthy lifestyle products under the label Speciale, including a selection of gluten-free, organic gluten-free, lactose-free, sugar-free and low-protein products. Read more. Booth 3431
Smart cooking. Bring business sense to recipe costing with help from a Summer Show seminar, “The Importance of Accurate Recipe Costing and Menu Engineering.” Speaker Mark Kelnhofer of Return on Ingredients (pictured, left) will look at budget-sapping practices, and show how to overcome them. He will share his unique approach to account for accurate costs including food, labor and overhead. The session is Monday, July 11, 8 - 8:45 a.m., before the exhibit halls open. This is part of a full menu of seminars, tasting sessions and tours at the Show. Learn more and register.
EXHIBITOR NEWS...NewTree introduces Noir, a dark chocolate spread, and organic Soft Belgian Chocolate Waffle cookies to its line of Belgian chocolate products. These products join NewTree’s line of chocolate bars infused with healthful grains and fruits. Read more. Booth 5119
EXHIBITOR NEWS...To expand its U.S. presence, Parisian teamaker Le Palais de Thés will launch palaisdesthes.com in September to promote its signature flavored teas and single estate varieties. The company offers single estate white, green, black, oolong, smoky and Pu-erh teas. Read more. Booth 1958 French Pavilion
Your vote counts! Retailers and foodservice buyers attending the Summer Show are invited to a private on-site tasting to vote for Winners of the 39th sofi Awards for the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year. A national panel of specialty food experts has already selected 125 Finalists across 33 awards categories from a record 2,326 entries. The votes at the Show will determine which great products will take home the coveted sofi Gold. Voting is Sunday, July 10 and Monday, July 11 until 12:30 p.m., Street Level: Room 147 B. Winners will be announced Monday evening at a red-carpet ceremony hosted by celebrity chef Cat Cora. Tickets for the ceremony can be purchased at the Show or online.
EXHIBITOR NEWS...Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. is launching new package sizes for its Port Clyde Lobster Mac & Cheese, Linekin Bay Lobster Corn Chowder and York Harbor Lobster Risotto. The Lobster Mac & Cheese and the Lobster Risotto will be available in a single-serve 9-ounce container, and the Lobster Corn Chowder will be packaged in a 16-ounce container. Read more. Booth 5403
EXHIBITOR NEWS...Nielsen-Massey Vanillas is rolling out a new logo and updated labels. The update, the first since 2003, is designed to modernize the brand image and give meaning to the design seal, which will continue to be a central element, says Matt Nielsen, chief operating officer. All labels and the updated logo will feature a new seal and lettering. The new look will have a rolling introduction beginning in July/August. Read more. Booth 430
EXHIBITOR NEWS...American Roland will showcase Kaniwa, a super grain cousin to quinoa. Grown high in the Peruvian Andes, Kaniwa is prized for its nutritional content. Each Kaniwa grain is 1/3 the size of a quinoa grain, but with higher protein, fiber and antioxidant density. Kaniwa also has significant levels of calcium, zinc and iron. Read more. Booth 823
EXHIBITOR NEWS...My Cake Pops, a new dessert from A Sprinkle and a Dash, will debut at the Summer Show. The portable dessert has fewer calories than a traditional slice of cake, and comes with a line of sprinkles for holidays and special occasions such as Valentine's Day and Easter. Read more. Booth 6173
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