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Product Roundup: The Spice is Right

Regional flavors are trending in the food world as consumers expand their palates and experiment with flavors from around the globe. Here is a roundup of the newest seasonings to hit store shelves that will take taste buds on a world tour to places like Jamaica, Italy, Morocco, and beyond. Borgo de’ Medici Porcini & Garlic Sea Salt. This salt is..

2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards: Tim Metzger, Metzger Specialty Brands/Tillen Farms

“What’s the new normal going to look like?” Tim Metzger wonders, sequestered in Lenox, Massachusetts, during the coronavirus shutdown. The founder of Tillen Farms brand of cocktail garnishes (which he sold to Stonewall Kitchen in 2018) thinks that changes in the specialty food industry will be felt for years to come. “There will be no more samplin..

2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards: Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins, The Silver Palate

Julee Rosso and the late Sheila Lukins changed the way Americans eat and cook. In 1977, they opened one of the first gourmet food shops in the country, The Silver Palate, and co-authored three seminal cookbooks that sold in the millions. The shop was on the Upper West Side of Manhattan near Lukins’ apartment in The Dakota where she did much of the ..

2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards: Dan Cohen, Clearbrook Farms

Dan Cohen’s ancestors in Eastern Europe were farmers who distilled high-quality potato vodka. Because of the Russian pogroms, they fled to western Ohio and in 1924 turned to making red raspberry filling for Dolly Madison Bakery’s jelly rolls. “My grandfather was the real entrepreneur, but I like to give my great-grandfather credit for helping his ..

2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards: Shawn McBride, Foah International, LLC

Growing up in Wisconsin the oldest of six children, Shawn McBride developed a strong work ethic from an early age, with jobs ranging from helping care for her siblings, to working at the family bakery, where she pulled all-night shifts on the weekends and in the summer during her high school years. “From age nine on, I had some kind of job and it ..

Maker Q&A: Pivoting Amid the Pandemic

Specialty Food News asked SFA members how they’re adapting to the current business environment. Q: What impact has the pandemic had on your sales and/or selling strategy? Michael Moss, President & CEO, Sweet Shop Candies, Inc. It’s had a monumental impact. The pivot our 49-year-old chocolate company, Sweet Shop USA, has taken in response to the ..

Business as Unusual: Navigating the New Normal

The pandemic has not just upended business but necessitated new strategies that may transform how specialty stakeholders do business. The coronavirus pandemic has propelled the retail grocery industry to the front lines of the crisis, as operators battle to keep their shelves stocked and feed their communities, while simultaneously implementing new..

Producer Profile: Woodside Cheese Wrights

By Julie Besonen Kris Lloyd had never made cheese in her life when she bought Woodside Cheese Wrights in 1998. The South Australian business was founded by a young couple who later sold it to a food distributor. “It was pretty terrible when I bought it,” Lloyd says, noting that she got it for a song. “There was no consistency.” As it happens, no..

Mergers & Acquisitions

A roundup of consolidations having an impact on the specialty food world. Lakeview Capital Acquires My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream Lakeview Capital, Inc. has acquired The Mochi Ice Cream Co., maker of My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream. Lakeview acquired the company from Century Park Capital Partners. Craig Berger, president and CEO of The Mochi Ice Cream Co., along wi..

Product Roundup: Nuts and Nut Butters

Nuts are portable and pack a nutritious punch, making them an ideal on-the-go snack. But if you’re looking for more cream and less crunch, nut butters offer the same protein-packed flavor with the bonus of being spreadable on anything from toast to fruit. Here is a sampling of innovative new nuts and nut butter varieties hitting store shelves. B..

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