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Get into the Spirit and Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with the Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween Campaign

Make a donation to the children’s nonprofit for a chance to win a limited-edition Halloween countdown calendar featuring your favorite Ferrero Halloween treats

The Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween campaign is back and this year it’s also giving back to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. Ferrero, the company known for Nutella® and Tic Tac®, created the Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween Countdown Calendar to help get families excited leading up to Halloween while raising money for children’s hospitals.

Consumers who make a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals now through September 10, 2021 at FerreroHalloween.com will get a chance to win a limited-edition Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween Countdown Calendar. Five hundred Halloween boxes, each with 31 compartments featuring Ferrero Halloween favorites, including Butterfinger®, CRUNCH®, Baby Ruth®, 100Grand®, Kinder Bueno®, Kinder Joy®, Tic Tac® and Nutella® &GO!, will be given away. Ferrero is kicking off the campaign with a $25,000 donation to the nonprofit.

“Halloween is a special time for kids and we know not all celebrations look the same. So, we are especially excited to partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help us create surprises and spark joy for as many kids as possible this Halloween,” said Mark Wakefield, Senior Vice President Marketing, Nutella and Chocolate Snacks, Ferrero North America.

The Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween Countdown Calendars will also help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raise money through the charity’s Extra Life platform on Tabletop Appreciation Weekend, August 21-22 and on Child Health Day on October 4.

“We know when we fund children’s hospitals, we can change kids’ health and change the future,” said Teri Nestel, President and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Ferrero has been a great partner finding creative ways to engage our supporters and raise critical funds that help provide programs and services for local member hospitals.”

This program builds upon the $350,000 recently raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the CRUNCH, Butterfinger and Baby Ruth “Raising the ‘Bar’ to Help Kids” campaign and the Final Fantasy streaming event for gamers that Butterfinger hosted with Extra Life.  

Additionally, the Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween Pinterest Board will be returning this year to inspire consumers to celebrate Halloween every day of the month. The board will include 31 fun and spooky ideas to generate excitement, including Halloween recipes, DIY demonstrations and family activities, along with links on where to buy Halloween essentials.

Recent research from the National Confectioners Association (NCA) found that 82% of people plan to celebrate Halloween this year, including 93% of Millennial parents. Families can find fun, creative, and safe ideas for how to enjoy the 2021 Halloween season at AlwaysATreat.com/Halloween.


About Ferrero
For over 70 years, Ferrero has created products loved by generations. We’ve grown from a bakery in Alba, Italy into the third largest confectionery company in the world. Ferrero entered the North American market in 1969 and continues to spread joy with Ferrero Rocher®, Nutella®, Kinder®, Tic Tac® and Fannie May® chocolates. Ferrero Group expanded its portfolio in 2018 with the addition of Butterfinger®, CRUNCH®, Baby Ruth®, 100Grand® and other legendary chocolate brands.

We’re proud to be a family-owned company with 3,000 employees in eight offices and ten plants and warehouses in North America, including a cocoa processing plant in Brantford, Ontario and a planned chocolate processing factory in Bloomington, Illinois. Instilled in every aspect of our business is the entrepreneurial spirit of our founders, and their passion for quality, creativity, and innovation.  Follow @FerreroNACorp on Twitter and @FerreroNACorp on Instagram. www.ferreronorthamerica.com


About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals that support the health of 10 million kids each year across the U.S. and Canada. Donations go to local hospitals to fund critical life-saving treatments and healthcare services, along with innovative research, vital pediatric medical equipment, child life services that put kids’ and families’ minds at ease during difficult hospital stays and financial assistance for families who could not otherwise afford these health services. When we improve the health of all children and allow them the opportunity to reach their full potential, we also improve our communities for years to come. Together, we can change kids’ health. Together, we can change the future. Visit cmnhospitals.org

Are you ready to join the psychedelic revolution?

Founder Keith Stein, Director of Marketing Ben Rogul, and CEO Pankaj Gogia are behind the “Summer of Psychedelics” that is a new herbal supplement unlike anything else with its unique mood-boosting experience.

These independent thinkers and creative pioneers launched Psychedelic Water to offer a psychoactive, lightly carbonated fruit-forward blend that is a calming mood-enhancer that makes you feel good without messing you up, slowing you down, or leaving you hungover. Psychedelic Water works because of its one-of-a-kind blend developed by the team to find a legal, natural, delicious, and effective combination of ingredients.

Psychedelic Water is the world’s first legal psychedelic blend of kava root, damiana leaf, and green tea leaf extract for an experience like no other.

Stay for the Q & A below.

So what’s in it and what do these ingredients do?

· KAVA ROOT EXTRACT: As Fiji’s national drink, South Pacific islanders have been drinking kava root for generations. Known as a natural source of relaxation, people have used this herb to melt away stress, leaving you with only warm, happy feelings.

· DAMIANA LEAF EXTRACT: This wild shrub has a bit of a raunchy history. It was originally used as an aphrodisiac and thought to increase sexual arousal. Nowadays, it’s primarily used for stress and discomfort. No matter what you use it for – it’s good.

· GREEN TEA LEAF EXTRACT: This antioxidant-rich, fat-burning power leaf is universally recognized for its health benefits. Green tea also has caffeine, which we use to help balance the effects of kava – and we believe life is all about balance.

The folks at Psychedelic water sent basil & salt a case for tasting and it is a game changer. For relaxation, I am more apt to reach for a can of psychedelic water than I am for a glass of wine. What was it like? A suble mood-altering experience, meaning complete relaxation, with zero side effects or hangover. My new go-to flavor? Blackberry.


Basil: How did the idea for this arise and how did you decide to bring it to market?

Psychedelic: Our founder, Keith Stein, noticed the growing interest in psychedelics. However, he recognized that no one had figured out a way to commercialize a psychedelic product because everyone was focused on psylocibin, LSD, ketamine, and other still illegal substances. We wanted to create a legal, commercially available product that could bring a broader awareness to the masses and act as a lightning rod to be an industry leader in the space.

Basil: Were you concerned about push back?

Psychedelic: We actually encourage any pushback as it opens up a larger conversation and awareness into psychedelics.

Basil: I love the name. It’s so simple. Are you surprised with how fast this has taken off?

Psychedelic: We are humbled at the response from the market. We launched in February 2021 and in just a few months, we did over $1M in sales and we continue to see growth.

Basil: What’s your target market? (I’m 54, I love this product)

Psychedelic: Our demographic spans from 18-45 years old with an even split (50/50) of male and female. But, we do see the highest response with 20-24 year old’s.

Basil: I drank the water (I am 54), my son drank the water (he is 25) and we had completely different reactions. It affected him mildly, I had a “buzz”, euphoria and then complete relaxation, with zero side effects. Do you find that people use this as a replacement for alcohol?

Psychedelic: Absolutely. Our customers love being able to “take the edge off” and socialize with Psychedelic Water while still feeling great the next day. With so many applications for our product though, we also have customers who will have one before work or to get in a creative mindset before painting or producing music.

Basil: I work in front a computer screen all day long and unfortunately have frequent migraines. I took a couple ibuprofen, drank a glass of psychedelic water and when I hit that total relax mode, the headache was gone. Do you hear things like that from people who drink your water?

Psychedelic Water ended up going viral on TikTok with 8.7 million views on our hashtag #psychedelicwater and it’s primarily because a lot of our customers did a review saying how it helps them boost their mood. So yes, we hear quite a bit how it helped people in various capacities.

Basil: Natural medicinal practices are on the rise, as they should be, do you find that people turn to Kava, Damiana, green tea in your products to calm anxiety?

We do – which is tremendous to hear as we’re advocates in mental health.

Basil: …the best part? They taste great! How did you settle on the flavors and are there more on the horizon?

We spent over 6 months in formulation to get these flavors just right. Kava on its own is quite bitter which posed a challenge but we set out to overcome that without using sugar and keeping the product as natural as possible. We exceeded our expectations by also keeping it vegan, gluten-free, and GMO-free.

Yes! Next month we are very excited to be releasing a new flavor that we think will be an absolute crowd pleaser.

Basil: Do you have other products on the table that might be coming out soon?

Yes! As we’re always looking for new ways to be innovative and push the envelope, we are in the final stages of finalizing our daily microdosing product that will be focused on functionality to enhance our customers cognitive abilities.

Basil: I look forward to being able to purchase this on the shelf! When will you begin shipping to store around the country?

We just launched in some retailers across the country and hope to be in over few thousand stores by year end. Once we conquer America, we plan on world domination. But seriously, we plan on global expansion by next year and owning the psychedelic trademark gives us a real strategic advantage to do so.

Want to know more? Ride the psychedelic wave over at TikTok #psychedelicwater, find it on at PsychedelicWater.com and soon, a store near you. (store locator) Read their blog here.

We love Bombay Sapphire Gin’s® new campaign, ‘Senses Stirred’

First Major Campaign for the Brand in the US Launches this Summer

Here at basil & salt we love all things beverage and culinary and when we spy imagery consistent with our theme, we love to share. Cocktail recipe below. Enjoy!

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin®, the world’s leading premium gin brand by volume and value, announces the debut of its first campaign film dedicated to the BOMBAY & Tonic cocktail. Titled “Senses Stirred”, the film was brought to life by renowned director Alan Masferrer and shows viewers that the perfect gin and tonic goes far beyond being a cocktail – it is an experience for the senses. All five senses are awakened, manifesting the bright, fresh, botanical flavor profile of the heralded, vapor-infused London Dry Gin from BOMBAY SAPPHIRE combined with the precise balance of premium tonic water. From the clink of the ice cubes swirling in a prismatic dance, to the botanical garden enveloped in vapor at sunset, and buoyant balloons rising to burst with botanicals, each element of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and its iconic serve, the BOMBAY & Tonic, is represented metaphorically through a collage of visually arresting, larger-than-life artistic installations.

As Director Alan Masferrar explains, “I have a particular affinity for the BOMBAY & Tonic as it was the drink my parents met over, so I was definitely excited to collaborate with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE on this campaign to illustrate this story of the ultimate sensory drink experience through our metaphorical installations of the bubbles, vapor mist, sparkling ice cube, citrus and botanical ingredients.”

For more information on BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and products please visit www.BombaySapphire.com. See cocktail recipe below.

G&Pea Cocktail courtesy BombaySapphire.com


Ingredients

  • 25ml Bombay Sapphire
  • 10ml St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 100ml Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic (chilled & freshly opened)
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of frozen garden peas
  • 3 large watercress sprigs

Tools

  • Large balloon or Burgundy red wine glass
  • Tablespoon
  • Measuring device
  • Bottle opener for the tonic water

Directions

  1. Add the frozen peas & 2 sprigs of watercress to a balloon glass
  2. Pour in the Bombay Sapphire & the elderflower liqueur
  3. Swirl well to infuse
  4. Fill the glass with cubed ice then top with elderflower tonic
  5. Gently fold/stir to mix then garnish with the third sprig of watercress

Bartender Notes

Watercress works really well with Bombay Sapphire because it amplifies the gentle spicy tones of our gin, but don’t let this limit you. Why not try adding rocket salad, micro cress, long peels of carrot, even thinly sliced yellow, orange or red pepper make an amazing, colourful flavour combination.

Reap the Healthy Goodness of What You SOW

Benexia Launches Seeds of Wellness: The Leading Line of High-Quality Sustainable Chia Seed Products in the World

Seeds of Wellness

Many have heard of chia seeds, but no other brand delivers high-quality, diverse, and sustainable chia products like Seeds of Wellness. Seeds of Wellness (SOW) is a new line from the largest producer of high-quality chia seeds in the world, Benexia, which harnesses the nutritional properties of chia in its seeds, oils, pastas, alternative milks, and flour. Benexia believes chia can be incorporated into every diet, which is why they are launching this new product lineup through SOW. While there’s a general awareness about the benefits of chia, SOW is amplifying the way they’re used as the only chia-based brand that covers the alternative milk, pasta and oil categories. These delicious products can be found at healthy markets nationwide such as Sprouts and Albertsons Market.

What are the powerful benefits of Chia Seeds?

Chia is the perfect food. It’s an ancient grain, nutrient-dense superfood, rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and good-for-you fats. Chia’s superpower is its high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, which helps with gut, immune, heart and brain health. These properties work together to make chia one of the most beneficial nutrition sources to improve your health, fight, and even prevent chronic disease.

“This tiny but mighty seed is packed with healthy fat, fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that impart quite a number of health benefits. And because of its neutral taste, you can add them to almost anything! Just two tablespoons of chia seeds provide 11g of fiber, which is almost a third of what we need in a day,” said Leigh-Anne Wooten, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, LSS BB.

Benexia Launches Seeds of Wellness: The Leading Line of High-Quality Sustainable Chia Seed Products in the World

Seeds of Wellness products provide healthy and versatile alternatives to replace wonderful products that can be used day-to-day. SOW products are vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, and sodium-free. SOW’s diverse range of chia-based products include:

  • Chia Beverage (Milk Alternative): SOW created the first non-dairy chia beverage made from the ancient grain, and the only milk alternative that has protein, fiber, and omegas. This new plant-based beverage is smooth, naturally creamy and satisfying. Delicious on its own, tasty poured into cereal, exquisite as a coffee creamer, and useful for adding to recipes as a milk alternative.
  • Chia Pasta: SOW gluten-free pastas are made from only three ingredients: Chia, corn, and rice flour. Together, they create the delicious consistency of regular pasta (and has a texture that no other pasta alternative has because of the gumminess of chia) with incredible nutrition. Chia Pasta is non-GMO and rich in omega-3 which is great for cardiovascular health. The line is available in Spaghetti, Penne, Elbows and Fusilli.
  • Chia Oil: Chia Oil is easy to love and easier to use. Just add it to your salads, rice, vegetables, dressings, vinaigrettes or any recipe as a finishing touch, to get its benefits. Seeds of Wellness Chia cold-pressed Oil is great for cardiovascular health as it reduces blood cholesterol concentrations and also attenuates inflammatory reactions. It contains 63% of omega-3, an ideal balance of omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids and it’s rich in important bioactive substances: tocopherols, polyphenols, and phytosterols.
  • Chia Seeds: SOW’s Chia Seeds line is available in White Chia Seeds, Black Chia Seeds, and Black Toasted Chia Seeds. They are ready to be included in all your recipes and are easy to add to every type of preparation; smoothies, salads, yogurt, egg, rice, muffins, cakes, pancakes, and oatmeal.

Good for you, Good for the Planet

SOW is a brand of the Benexia group, a company that was born in the fields of people passionate about chia seeds and concerned about nature, people and life. With a methodology “from the field to your plate,” SOW controls the entire process from the chia they plant to how it is cleaned, processed, and how the products are packaged and distributed. With a state-of-the-art extraction plant in South America, SOW produces high-quality ingredients – chia oil, powders and extracts – under the highest standards for the food and nutraceutical industries. Concerned about delivering a better world to future generations, they actively participate in the production and challenges of a sustainable supply of chia seeds in Latin America.

For more on Seeds of Wellness, visit sow.bio, and follow on Facebook and Instagram.

SOURCE Seeds of Wellness

Bel Brands USA Partners With Dairy Farmers Of America to Pilot Sustainable Milk Cooling Program

Information gained on energy-efficient milk cooling practices will help make dairies more sustainable

Bel Brands USA is pleased to announce a new program in partnership with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) – a national dairy cooperative of farm families – to implement and measure sustainable cooling practices designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by cutting on-farm energy usage.

Crop production and animal health are critical to the health of the people and the planet, and the changing climate can have impacts on both. Addressing these impacts requires investment in farm animal innovation to reduce the environmental footprint of each step of the production process.  

Bel and DFA, who joined forces to help improve on-farm practices, have identified an opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint on dairy farms by integrating more energy efficient and economically viable milk cooling systems in line with the Net Zero Initiative (NZI), an industry-wide effort led by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.

Throughout the 12-month pilot program, Bel and DFA will support the adoption of energy-efficient and cost-effective on-farm milk cooling methods, including natural well water cooling methods, by a dairy farm in Iowa that supplies milk to Bel Brands; with Bel co-financing the cooling mechanism. As a secondary benefit, the warm well water used to cool the milk will be fed to the cows at their preferred temperature.

The farm will work with DFA’s sustainability team to capture data on the energy and economic savings of the innovative sustainable milk cooling practices compared to the high-energy flash chillers, with the goal of replicating these practices on other U.S. dairy farms in the future, if proven successful.

“At Bel Brands, we are actively working to promote sustainable farming, including responsible dairy production – and have for over 15 years – to help drive a more sustainable and regenerative agriculture industry,” stated Bill Graham, CEO, Bel Brands USA.

The findings of the program will ultimately help inform future best practices for dairy farm sustainability throughout the supply chain, specifically management and mitigation practices to help address the seasonal spike in energy use without compromising cow care.

Jean Michel Dos Remedios, Sourcing & Supplier Develompent Senior Director, Bel Brands USA added, “we are committed to nourishing communities while reducing the impact our products and processes have on the environment. Our partnership with Dairy Farmers of America exemplifies that commitment and gives us an opportunity to partner with dairy farmers to make the industry more sustainable.”

“For our farm families, animal care and environment stewardship are a way of life,” stated David Darr, senior vice president and chief strategy and sustainability officer, Dairy Farmers of America. “We are proud to be part of a program that is aligned with those values and helps further support our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Follow this link for more details about Bel Brands USA and their commitment to sustainable farming


About Bel Brands USA: 
Bel Brands USA Inc., a subsidiary of Bel Group. Headquartered in Paris, Bel wants to promote healthier, responsible and accessible food for all consumers worldwide. Bel is a major player in the healthy snack market. Bel produces more than thirty local and international brands that are sold in more than 130 countries around the globe. In addition to The Laughing Cow®, other USA favorites include Boursin®, Babybel® and popular cheese spreads marketing under Kaukauna®, Merkts® and Price*s® labels. Bel Brands delivers fun snacks to over 400 million consumers globally. www.belbrandsusa.com

About Dairy Farmers of America:
Dairy Farmers of America is a national, farmer-owned dairy cooperative focusing on quality, innovation and the future of family dairies. While supporting and serving more than 13,000 family farm-owners, DFA manufactures a variety of dairy products, including fluid milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, dairy ingredients and more that connect our Cooperative’s family farms to family tables with regional brands such as Alta Dena, Meadow Gold, Friendly’s Ice Cream, Borden® Cheese, Plugra® Butter and Kemps® to name a few. On a global scale, we work with some of the world’s largest food companies to develop ingredients their customers are craving, while staying committed to social responsibility and ethical farming. For more information, please visit dfamilk.com

Consumer Appetites Shift Towards Plant Based Options

The move toward plant-based foods is in large part due to demographic shifts and easier access, as well as innovations in the food industry.

Plant-based diets are quickly becoming more and more popular. The move toward plant-based foods is in large part due to demographic shifts and easier access, as well as innovations in the food industry. For example, the emergence of plant-based meat, or vegan-meat, in recent years has proven that there is demand for meat alternatives. According to data published by Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) and the Good Food Institute (GFI), the growth rate for the U.S. plant-based food market more than doubled in 2020, as sales surged 27% to USD 7 billion. The plant-based meat segment is a major portion of that, as it had hit the USD 1.4 Billion mark in 2020, with sales growing 45%, up from USD 962 Million in 2019. The plant-based meat category grew twice as fast as conventional meat and now accounts for 2.7% of retail packaged meat sales. Zoglo’s Incredible Food Corp. (CSE: ZOG), Beyond Meat, Inc. (NASDAQ: BYND), Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), Hormel Foods Corp. (NYSE: HRL)

“The data tells us unequivocally that we are experiencing a fundamental shift, as an ever-growing number of consumers are choosing foods that taste good and boost their health by incorporating plant-based foods into their diet,” PBFA Senior Director of Retail Partnerships Julie Emmett said in a statement on the 2020 market performance. “As this industry surpasses the USD 7 Billion threshold, PBFA is excited to continue our work to help build a sustainable infrastructure, including domestic ingredients sourcing, for this growing demand to expand access to plant-based foods.”

Zoglo’s Incredible Food Corp. (CSE: ZOG) just announced breaking news that, “it has signed a non-binding letter of intent (“LOI”) to acquire a leading European-based developer and manufacturer of innovative plant-based food alternatives, Monday Swiss UK Ltd. (“Monday Swiss”). The proposed acquisition of Monday Swiss will enhance Zoglo’s competitive edge and growth opportunities.  Monday Swiss’ experience in new product development will ensure that Zoglo’s product portfolio continuously evolves to lead the category in Canada and globally.

Established in 2012, Monday Swiss is a leading producer of a wide variety of plant-based food products and technology, including the Veggie Day and Monday Swiss lines, with a dedicated state-of-the-art facility. Monday Swiss has invested over $3M in R&D over the past 5 years, servicing major customers such as Tesco, Holland & Barrett, Co-Op and leading on-line grocery retailer, Ocado, with leading edge whole-muscle plant-based technology.

The proposed acquisition will provide Zoglo’s the capacity to expand globally and provide its customers with the next generation of plant-based foods and increase annual sales by $6M CAD from Monday Swiss, resulting in Zoglo’s annual revenue increasing by 100%.  

“The proposed acquisition of Monday Swiss represents Zoglo’s commitment to sustainable global expansion and leading plant-based food innovation,” said Anthony Morello, CEO of Zoglo’s. “This acquisition creates a strong business for Zoglo’s in Europe and the U.K. in conjunction with its current evolving business in Canada and existing US business.”

Pursuant to the LOI, Monday Swiss founder, Alon Cahn, will also join Zoglo’s as Chief Executive Officer of its European Operations strengthening the Company’s positioning within the European market. Cahn is an experienced manager, having worked in key positions in leading companies such as Wrigley’s and Nestle and has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Cahn, a lifelong vegetarian and food enthusiast, founded Monday Swiss after difficulty finding quality plant-based meat alternatives that were high in protein, versatile and great tasting. Since inception, Monday Swiss has made significant advances in key product development areas such as Clean label, sustainability in production and sourcing and alternative plant-based proteins.

‘With a production capacity of over 500,000 kg. per month, and the ability to double our capacity by 2023, Zoglo’s is poised to become one of the leading plant-based meat alternative companies globally’, said Alon Cahn…”

Beyond Meat, Inc. (NASDAQ: BYND) launched on July 8th, its new, awarding-winning Beyond Chicken® Tenders. Crafted to look, cook and taste like traditional chicken tenders, the delicious plant-based Beyond Chicken Tenders are breaded to perfection for a crispy outside and irresistibly tender bite. Starting today, consumers can find the latest must-try product from Beyond Meat at select restaurants across the country. “We’re innovating the poultry market with the new Beyond Chicken Tenders—the result of our tireless pursuit for excellence and growth at Beyond Meat,” said Dariush Ajami, Chief Innovation Officer, Beyond Meat. “As with all our products, Beyond Chicken Tenders offer delicious taste and an exceptional culinary experience, along with strong nutritional benefits. Innovation is at the heart of Beyond Meat, and Beyond Chicken Tenders are the latest example of our mission to create groundbreaking, tasty options that are better for people and for our planet.”

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) brand, Raised & Rooted announced on June 21st, the launch of its new Plant Based Bites. The snackable bites meet the growing demand and desire for plant-based products with delicious taste and fan favorite flavors. “Our new plant-based bites deliver the taste that will wow taste-buds in a better-for-you alternative,” said David Ervin, vice president of marketing, Raised & Rooted. “We are excited to continue to grow our offerings and provide people with the alternative protein options they seek for meal or snack-time with beloved flavors.”

Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) announced launch of its new line of next-generation plant-based protein, Incogmeato™ by MorningStar Farms. The Burger Patties, Original Bratwurst and Italian Sausage are made with non-GMO soy and have 100% plant-based protein making them a must-have when that meat craving strikes. Take it from a cow with a bowler hat, mustache and monocle, Incogmeato™ is the most ingenious way to eat more plant-based protein, help the planet or just try something new. It’s no secret Americans are embracing eating less meat, and the new Incogmeato™ line from the plant-based category leader for more than 40 years delivers on the brand mission to make meatless eating more accessible for everyone. “Our great-tasting, ready-to-cook Incogmeato™ lineup offers the most meat-like experience yet. Our Burger Patties, Original Bratwurst and Italian Sausage are the first of many new plant-based foods coming this year from Incogmeato™ so that people who are looking to sneak more plants on their plate can do so deliciously,” said Sara Young, General Manager, Plant-Based Proteins at Kellogg Company.

Hormel Foods Corp. (NYSE: HRL) announced last year, the launch of its Happy Little Plants® pepperoni style topping at select Papa Murphy’s locations across the country. “Chefs and restaurateurs are very aware of today’s dynamic food landscape and consumers’ desire to add more plant-based foods to their diets, and we are very excited to bring this great-tasting, plant-based option to our partners at Papa Murphy’s,” said Anthony Panichelli, foodservice pizza toppings brand manager at Hormel Foods. “The new Happy Little Plants® brand pepperoni style topping was developed with foodservice operators to ensure pizzeria-level taste, convenience and quality, so much so, that many people may have a hard time tasting the difference between Happy Little Plants® brand pepperoni style topping and traditional pepperoni. Our team worked closely with pizzerias, chefs, foodservice operators and pizza experts to develop a plant-based pepperoni style topping that cooks and tastes exactly like traditional pepperoni.”  “We know our customers are looking for plant-based options to shake up their normal pizza routine and incorporating the benefits of plant-based foods into meals they’re familiar with,” said Kim McBee, senior vice president, customer experience and brand marketing at Papa Murphy’s. “The new Happy Little Plants® brand pepperoni style topping is perfect for our Cowboy pizza or as a switch to our traditional pepperoni pizzas.”


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Quick Bites: KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates Introduces New Sugar Free Chocolate

The new healthy creation features higher cacao content and incredible taste

KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates introduces its latest delectable creation, Sugar Free Chocolate – artistic healthful pieces that are handcrafted with enhanced cacao content and premier ingredients. The new and improved sugar-free variety is available now in two-piece, four-piece and nine-piece and complements the gourmet line of KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates with a health-conscious offering.

Sugar Free Chocolate is a testament to the artisanal chocolate brand’s dedication to flavor, quality and attention to detail. Every piece is artfully and individually crafted by melding a velvety ganache blend of KOHLER Original Recipe sugar-free chocolate and craft sugar-free vanilla syrup, enveloped in a shell of 65% cacao imported sugar-free chocolate. The team at KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates skillfully and artfully garnish each piece by hand with a cacao sugar-free chocolate drizzle, making each creation unique.

Coming off a challenging year when many consumers turned to comfort foods to cope with the pandemic, chocolate sales soared globally. “As more everyday occasions call for celebrations with chocolate and we snack more at home, we wanted to offer a more guilt-free and delicious option,” shares Crystal Thomas, KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates chocolatier and production manager at Destination Kohler. “We dedicated over a year to source the best chocolate from France with the highest content of cacao for optimal health benefits and flavor. Add a few premium ingredients and you get Sugar Free Chocolate.”

Kohler Original Chocolates-Sugar Free Chocolates

Where to buy Sugar Free Chocolates

Sugar Free Chocolate is available now at Kohler Chocolates at The Shops at Woodlake in Kohler, Woodlake Market in Kohler, and online at KohlerChocolates.com. KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates are skillfully created in the quaint Village of Kohler at the award-winning Destination Kohler.

History of KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates: The KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates story begins with turtles, and not just an ordinary turtle – a complex blend of chocolate; smoky, burnt caramel and finished with salted pecans hand-picked for their size and perfection. The turtle that went through rigorous testing, many recipe tweaks and extensive sampling was perfected by the renowned chefs at Destination Kohler and blessed by Kohler Co.

Today, the original Terrapins have become the foundation for a thriving chocolates business that refuses to clutter the marketplace, and seeks to explore limitless opportunity in taste with natural raw ingredients. The Terrapins have since been expanded into four delicious varieties and the company has continued to diversify its line of chocolates.

In 2016, Kohler Co. entered a new market with the launch of the KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates Brandy; the spirit is naturally infused with Kohler’s dark chocolate, providing an unmatched spirits taste and experience. 


KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates signature lines are available year-round at the Kohler Chocolates at The Shops at Woodlake at the award-winning Destination Kohler resort in Kohler, Wisconsin, and online at KohlerChocolates.com. The resort boasts four Championship golf courses at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, the new 10-hole, par-3 The Baths of Blackwolf Run, and a Forbes Five-Star Kohler Waters Spa.


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Wild Alaska Pollock Is Among the Most Climate-Friendly Proteins in the World

Life Cycle Assessment reveals Wild Alaska Pollock has a significantly lower carbon footprint than many other protein choices including beef, chicken and plant-based options

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers: WildAlaskaPollock.org

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) proudly announced today Wild Alaska Pollock is one of the most climate-friendly proteins in the world following the completion of a comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

Almost two years ago, GAPP began the LCA process in partnership with the sustainability consultancy Quantis, to prove what the association knew all along—Wild Alaska Pollock was a climate-friendly protein choice. As part of the LCA process, Wild Alaska Pollock was analyzed based on several key impact categories such as global warming potential, energy use, use of land and water resources and waste outputs.

Today, the association is pleased to share that a Wild Alaska Pollock fillet is 3.77 kg CO2-eq per kg of protein, significantly lower than comparative statistics reported for other protein sources.

  • Wild Alaska Pollock: 3.771
  • Chicken: 12.502
  • Pork: 19.652
  • Plant-Based meat: 20.833
  • Beef: 115.752

“One of the things that we can all do to ensure a healthy planet for generations to come is to choose proteins that are solutions to climate change—and there’s nothing better for you and for our planet than Wild Alaska Pollock,” said Craig Morris, GAPP Chief Executive Officer. “Seafood consumption in the United States is at an all-time high and Wild Alaska Pollock is the most consumed wild-caught whitefish thanks to its quality, affordability, versatility and nutrition. These LCA findings could not come at a better time, as our own research shows sustainable food options are increasingly important. Consumers can now be assured that their favorite fish is one of the most climate-friendly protein options available on earth.”

The Wild Alaska Pollock industry supports the work of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which are responsible for ensuring the science-based stewardship of the nation’s ocean resources and habitat. Wild Alaska Pollock follows NOAA’s ecosystem-based standards for sustainable fishing, including efforts to reduce bycatch, making it the largest certified sustainable fishery in the world, and recognized globally for its responsible fishery management.

“For over 40 years, the Wild Alaska Pollock industry has worked tirelessly to bring this delicious and amazing protein from the remote and pristine waters of Alaska to family dinner tables around the world. And, we have been doing so in a way that not only ensures the lasting sustainability of Wild Alaska Pollock; but also focuses on being environmentally responsible and ensuring that we have one of the lowest carbon footprints of all proteins. To accomplish this, the Wild Alaska Pollock industry has been laser focused on achieving efficiencies at every point in the supply chain, from boat to shore and ports around the world” said Bob Desautel, GAPP Board Member, Chair of the GAPP Sustainability Committee and Co-Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Global Seas. “We rely on decades of experience and science, and we continue to challenge ourselves to look for efficiencies. With use of the newest technologies and innovations, we will continue to find ways to optimize our carbon footprint for years to come.”

Carbon Impacts of Wild Alaska Pollock as Compared to Other Proteins

As a carbon-friendly protein choice, Wild Alaska Pollock is a highly nutritious food that also helps meet the challenges of the present to protect the environment for future generations.

“Protecting the future of Wild Alaska Pollock and the environment is our priority,” said Morris. “These results show a promising future for Wild Alaska Pollock, and we are thrilled to see the success in the steps the industry has taken to embrace sustainable practices. My hope is these results will further cement our place in the hearts and minds of consumers.”

For additional information, please visit www.alaskapollock.org/ourfishery.

About GAPP

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) is dedicated to the marketing of once-frozen pollock products, harvested and processed in Alaska. A non-profit Alaska corporation formed in 2003, GAPP is working to promote Genuine Alaska Pollock in major whitefish markets around the world, with a focus on Europe, North America and Japan. It is our goal to educate both seafood buyers and consumers about the superior benefits of Genuine Alaska Pollock®. www.alaskapollock.org

1Quantis International, Life Cycle Assessment of Wild Alaska Pollock: ISO LCA Report (2021) 
2Monterey Bay Aquarium/Dalhousie University Seafood Carbon Emissions Tool; measured as kg CO2-eq per kg of protein based on midpoints for reported range (as of July 14, 2021)
3Comparative environmental LCA of the Impossible Burger® with conventional ground beef burger, Quantis International (2019)

SOURCE The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers

A Basil & salt quick bite – No ordinary sheep, no ordinary cheeses – 3Pecorini

3Pecorini encapsulates three different yet equally tasty cheeses: Pecorino Romano PDO,Pecorino Sardo PDO and Fiore Sardo PDO.

Produced almost exclusively in Sardinia, these cheeses have been protected by the European PDO status since 1996, certifying their highest quality and guaranteeing their territory of origin. Having maintained the respectful farming method of having the sheep roam the island’s wild pastures gives the milk a high qualitative value and an undisputable fresh taste.


Learn more about these 3 extraordinary cheeses, the extraordinary sheep behind them, and the value of their PDO seal of guarantee and quality in the attached infographic. Download below.

DoorDash and Albertsons Companies Partner to Launch Unprecedented Access to On-Demand Grocery Delivery

New partnership offers convenient, fast and reliable grocery delivery within an hour from nearly 2,000 stores

DoorDash (NYSE: DASH), the nation’s leading last-mile logistics platform, and Albertsons Companies (NYSE: ACI), one of the nation’s top grocers, are announcing a new partnership to offer on-demand grocery delivery from nearly 2,000 well-known Albertsons banner stores across the country including Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, and more from the DoorDash marketplace app.

As expectations for convenience, speed and ease continue to grow, consumers can now order groceries and essentials on-demand for delivery within an hour through DoorDash’s top-rated marketplace with no time slot, queues or minimum order size required. Albertsons will offer more than 40,000 grocery items from stores for delivery via DoorDash, including fresh and prepared food, core grocery, floral and convenience items at select stores.


In celebration of the new partnership, starting today, June 21, 2021 through June 30, 2021, customers can get 40% off (up to $40 off) with code GROCERY on their first Albertsons grocery order.** See below


Whether shopping for a week’s worth of groceries, including dairy, eggs, bread, local produce, fresh meat and seafood, or grabbing a few fresh ingredients for the perfect weeknight meal, consumers can shop right on the DoorDash app to fulfill all of their grocery needs conveniently, quickly and affordably. In addition, in select markets, customers can order groceries through their local Albertsons Cos. store’s website for same-day delivery powered through DoorDash Drive, DoorDash’s white-label fulfillment platform that powers direct delivery for any business.

“Consumers’ desire to get everything in their neighborhood on-demand has increased dramatically. We are thrilled to partner with Albertsons, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the world, as they expand their already strong local footprint beyond their four walls to offer consumers convenient access to on-demand grocery delivery,” said Fuad Hannon, Head of New Verticals at DoorDash. “Leveraging our extensive logistics network and Albertsons wide selection of fresh groceries, we are creating a one-stop shop for customers to access any of the essentials they need, delivered to their doorstep within an hour.” 

“We are committed to expanding our delivery experience in order to meet our customers’ needs whenever, wherever and however they want,” said Chris Rupp, Chief Customer and Digital Officer, Albertsons Companies. “Our partnership with DoorDash is the next step in our digital transformation to help make our customers’ lives easier and help answer the perennial question, ‘What’s for dinner tonight?'”

The partnership includes both immediate and long-term initiatives, including supporting the expansion of Albertsons’ first-party grocery delivery business with DoorDash Drive, launching a custom loyalty program, expanding delivery hours, and offering a unique selection including specialty items, prepared meals, meal kits and new concepts.

In addition, DoorDash and Albertsons Cos. are offering a first-ever digital gaming experience, giving users the chance to play and score savings on future grocery orders. Users can now play “In The Bag“, an interactive and exciting digital video game that prompts users to place as many fresh grocery staples as possible—including apples, asparagus, milk, and avocados— into a virtual DoorDash grocery bag before reaching the top and running out of space. The more groceries you can fit into your grocery bag, the more you save with promotions per tiered score with a top scorer having the chance to win a $5,000 credit* toward purchases on DoorDash.

In celebration of the new partnership, starting today, June 21, 2021 through June 30, 2021, customers can get 40% off (up to $40 off) with code GROCERY on their first Albertsons grocery order.** See below.

All Albertsons stores will be available on DashPass, DoorDash’s membership program that offers members unlimited $0 delivery fees and reduced service fees from thousands of restaurants, grocery, and convenience stores nationwide. DashPass members can enjoy these benefits on all eligible orders of $25 or more from Albertsons Cos.*** 

Yesterday’s announcement builds upon DoorDash’s expansion into new categories beyond food, in service of helping local businesses extend beyond their four walls, while connecting consumers with all the best in their local neighborhood. DoorDash has partnered with local and national household names across industries including convenience, grocery, pets, retail and pharmacy delivery.

Albertsons Cos. has made numerous strides in digital transformation this past year, with digital sales growth up 258% in the last fiscal year. From refining and expanding microfulfillment operations, enhancing online delivery nationwide and offering DriveUp & Go™ in more than 1,400 store locations, the retailer is continuing to invest in ways that make shopping easier and more convenient.


Terms and conditions

*$5000 total in DoorDash gift cards will be sent to the single top-scoring eligible player (as set out in the Official Rules). The $5000 total in DoorDash gift cards will be distributed as ten (10) individual gift cards with a value of $500 each. Your Gift Card is redeemable towards eligible orders placed on www.doordash.com or in the DoorDash app in the United States. Gift Cards are not redeemable for cash except when required by applicable law. For more information on the Gift Card Terms and Conditions, please visit help.doordash.com/consumers/s/article/DoorDash-Gift-Cards-Terms. Fees, taxes, and gratuity still apply. All orders subject to availability. Must have or create a valid DoorDash account with a valid form of accepted payment on file. No cash value. Non-transferable. This offer may be amended or canceled at any time without notice and is only available for customers that receive the program invitation directly from DoorDash. See full terms and conditions at help.doordash.com/consumers/s/article/offer-terms-conditions.

**40% off your first Albertsons order, up to $40: Offer valid through 6/30/21 at only on the first order placed at one of participating Albertsons brand stores on DoorDash including: Safeway, ACME Markets, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Vons Grocery, Shaws, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Star Market, Pavilions, Carrs, United Supermarkets, Andronico’s Community Markets, Pak ‘N’ Save Foods and Market Street. Select promo code GROCERY in wallet to redeem. Maximum discount per order $40. Limit one code per person. One time use only. Fees, taxes, and gratuity still apply.  All orders subject to availability. Must have or create a valid DoorDash account with a valid form of accepted payment on file. No cash value. Non-transferable. This offer may be amended or canceled at any time without notice and is only available for customers that receive the program invitation directly from DoorDash. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. All orders subject to availability. See full terms and conditions at help.doordash.com/consumers/s/article/offer-terms-conditions.

***Starting 7/5/21, DashPass benefits are applicable only for DashPass members on Albertsons orders with a minimum subtotal of $25 or more, excluding taxes and fees. Other fees (including service fees), taxes, and gratuity still apply. Terms apply

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