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Nicole Potenza Denis

Nicole Potenza Denis

contributor, Specialty Food Association

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Category Spotlight: America’s New Spicy Staple

Category Spotlight: America’s New Spicy Staple

Hot sauces are the new go-to condiment with ingredients like Korean gochujang, Thai Sriracha, Mexican Cholula, North African harissa, and Portuguese piri piri(...)
Buyers’ Picks: Sating Customers’ Salty Cravings

Buyers’ Picks: Sating Customers’ Salty Cravings

From grab-and-go, bite-size salami packs to flavored chocolate to traditional potato chips, consumers around the country are seeking both the familiar and unusual(...)
Co-Packer Confidence: What You Need to Know About Finding and Selecting a Contract Manufacturer

Co-Packer Confidence: What You Need to Know About Finding and Selecting a Contract Manufacturer

Fact: The specialty food industry could not exist without co-packers. According to the 2017 “State of the Specialty Food Industry” report (see p. 81), one-third(...)
Make Your Menu Work Harder

Make Your Menu Work Harder

Whether you’re considering a refresh or an entire overhaul, here are eight key trends to keep in mind. Traditional restaurants are experiencing new forms of(...)
Buyers’ Picks: Cookie Cravings

Buyers’ Picks: Cookie Cravings

Shortbread, macaroons, cream-filled options, and organic and gluten-free are just some of the cookie varieties flying off retailer shelves to satisfy customers’(...)
Category Spotlight: Coconut Products

Category Spotlight: Coconut Products

The tropical superfood has reached celebrity status, making appearances in everything from hummus to vinegar to butter to chips. Coconut has definitely made(...)
ConAgra's Acquisition of Frontera Foods: Industry Reaction

ConAgra's Acquisition of Frontera Foods: Industry Reaction

When Big Food buys the little guy, there’s often chatter amongst the specialty food community.  While consumers seldom know about these usurped brands (as(...)
The Spice Lab Opens Its First Retail Store in FL

The Spice Lab Opens Its First Retail Store in FL

Known for its extensive variety of salts, peppers, and spices from around the globe, The Spice Lab opened its first brick-and-mortar store last week in Fort(...)
Category Spotlight: Better Baking Out of the Box

Category Spotlight: Better Baking Out of the Box

While conventional baking mixes are on the decline, new offerings with alternative flours and improved packaging may help boost a category ripe for reinvention. It’(...)
Buyers’ Picks: New Year’s Eve Party Foods

Buyers’ Picks: New Year’s Eve Party Foods

From imported European cheeses to Southern Hoppin’ John, here are retailer favorites from around the country.  Tim Bucciarelli, Formaggio Kitchen, Cambridge,(...)
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