Archive for June, 2010

HONOLULU  (Food-News.net)  On the eve of the State of Hawaii becoming the first jurisdiction to ban sales of shark fin soup, local and international conservation groups praised the ground-breaking move as a first step to halting the decimation of global shark stocks.

Fins from up to 70 million sharks a year are used for shark fin soup often with the bodies of the animal dumped overboard dead or alive. In a recent study the world’s top shark scientists (IUCN Shark Specialist Group) reported that of 64 species of open ocean sharks and rays 32% are “threatened with extinction,” primarily due to overfishing. In addition, 24% were “near threatened,” while another 25% could not be assessed due to lack of data. Yet only 3 species have any kind of international protection and the UN CITES convention recently declined to take any action due to opposition led by Japan.

Champion of the Bill Senator Clayton Hee stated, “Hawaii is proud to be at the forefront of the movement to save threatened sharks. For native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders sharks are revered, because we recognize their ecological importance, but we have been silent for too long on the decimation of shark stocks globally.”  

Stefanie Brendl of Shark Allies said, “Globally shark catches are unregulated and unsustainable. The shark fin trade is completely unregulated worldwide. This is a first step in giving sharks a future.”

“Sharks have been around for nearly 400 million years playing vital roles in marine ecosystems, but at the current rate of overfishing driven by the demand for shark fin soup they could be wiped out in a single human generation,” said WildAid director Peter Knights.

International conservation group WildAid released dramatic new evidence that proves that sharks are being finned alive for soup sold in the United States. Footage shot by WildAid shows a live tawny nurse shark dumped on an Indonesian reef with its fins removed. The film is being used in a new public service announcement for global broadcast from NBA player Yao Ming, China’s most popular star. Most Americans are unaware of the damage caused by the shark fin industry and that shark fin soup is widely available from Chinese restaurants in the U.S. WildAid’s recent survey found one third of Chinese restaurants in San Francisco serving the dish priced from $6.95 to $85 a bowl.

This unprecedented law makes it illegal to sell, possess or distribute shark fins without a permit issued by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources for shark research or educational purposes or the Hawaii Department of Health, for restaurants possessing fins prepared for consumption by July 1, 2010. Effective July 1, 2011, it will be illegal for these restaurants or retailers to sell or possess fins for shark-fin soup or other shark fin products.

The US Congress is considering the Shark Conservation Act of 2009 that would close a major enforcement loophole by requiring that the fins of sharks caught in federal waters remain naturally attached to the shark. Passage of the federal law would further strengthen and complement Hawaii’s new shark protection law.

In China, the largest market for shark fin soup there is a growing groundswell of opposition to shark fin. NBA star and China’s most popular figure, Yao Ming and other Chinese sporting and movie icons, as well as leading businessmen, are taking a stand by refusing to eat shark fin soup. Li Ning, who lit the Olympic torch and Liu Huan, who sang in the Beijing Opening ceremony, and a number of gold medal Olympians, including Americans Tara Kirk and Amanda Beard, have pledged not to eat shark fin soup and have recorded public service announcements, which have reached hundreds of millions of Chinese. The campaign has been featured on China’s CCTV networks featuring 20 Olympic gold medalists. Last month, 100 Chinese business leaders joined the pledge and Chinese eBay equivalent Alibaba stopped allowing sales of shark fin through their site.

Footage and stills available.



Two Samples Test Negative for Pathogens

HARRISBURG. Pa.  (Food-News.net)  The Department of Agriculture has informed Alvin J. Stoltzfus, of Paradise, Lancaster County, that his raw milk permit has been reinstated, and that he may once again sell raw milk after two samples taken on separate days from his dairy tested negative for Listeria monocytogenes.

The department discovered potentially harmful levels of the pathogen in milk samples taken from the farm on June 7. No illnesses were reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Stoltzfus agreed to stop selling raw milk for human consumption after the initial positive test.

Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized. Pennsylvania farms selling raw milk must have a permit from the Department of Agriculture and have samples of their milk lab-tested due to the health risks associated with consuming unpasteurized milk.

Symptoms of Listeriosis are fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal complications including nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsions. The symptoms can appear between four days and three weeks after infection.

For more information about food safety, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us.

NEW YORK  (Food-News.net)  The top five food trends for 2010 have been picked by a panel of food experts at the 56th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. The show, June 27-29, in the Javits Center, is the largest marketplace for specialty food and beverages in the U.S. filling all exhibit space in the Javits Center with 2,400 domestic and international exhibitors from more than 80 countries. As many as 180,000 products ranging from artisanal cheeses to savory snacks, frozen desserts, ethnic sauces and dark chocolate are on display.

The trends are:

  • Great Vinegars – Innovative flavors include: Hibiscus, Walnut Champagne, Peach Balsamic, Lime Rice, and Apple Ice Wine Vinegar.
  • Indian Products – Unexpected creations: Curry Ketchup, Cashews & Cream Cooking Sauce, Tandoori Chicken Naanwich, and Tikka Masala Marinara.
  • Grains, Nuts & Seeds – Sweet and savory items make up this category with Flax Seed Crackers, Oat and Corn Cakes, Pumpkin Palooza Nut Confections, and Lentil Chips.
  • Squash, Pumpkin and Sweet Potato – These fall favorites are showcased in Pumpkin Salsa, Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce, Sweet Potato Butter, Butternut Squash Tart, and Sweet Potato Chocolate.
  • Handcrafted Local Heritage Foods – Soups, pickles and sweets including Linekin Bay Lobster Corn Chowder, Brooklyn Pickles, Wild West Steak Rub and Sticky Toffee Pudding offer fresh takes on classics.

Other emerging trends identified are fig products, including a cabernet wine and fig preserve; unusual teas infused with turmeric and cardamom; and specialty flavored honeys such as chestnut, lime, pine and raspberry.

The trendspotters are: Fran Carpenter, Parade Magazine; Faith Durand, Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn; Nancy Wall Hopkins, Better Homes & Gardens; Sara Moulton, chef, cookbook author and Good Morning America food personality; Rachel Mount, O Magazine; Kara Nielsen, Center for Culinary Development; Denise Purcell, Specialty Food Magazine; Jenna Zimmerman, Food Network.

The NASFT is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 to foster commerce and interest in the specialty food industry. Today there are more than 2,900 members in the U.S. and abroad. For further information on the NASFT and its Fancy Food Shows, go to www.specialtyfood.com. The NASFT’s website for consumers, www.foodspring.com, provides an insider’s look at specialty foods and the companies, entrepreneurs and artisans behind them.

Federal and State Agencies Will Use a Joint Protocol for Reopening Closed Waters

NEW ORLEANS  (Food-News.net)  Gulf State health and fisheries officials joined with senior leaders from several federal agencies to affirm a shared commitment to ensuring the safety of seafood coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, through closures of affected waters, surveillance, and with an eye toward reopening closed waters as soon as possible, consistent with public health goals.

Representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) met last week in New Orleans with state health officers and state fisheries directors from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to coordinate implementation of a joint protocol for sampling and reopening that will apply to both state and federal waters.  

Together, they will implement a comprehensive, coordinated, multi-agency program to ensure that seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is safe to eat. This is important not only for consumers who need to know their food is safe to eat, but also for fishermen who need to be able to sell their products with confidence.

“No single agency could adequately ensure the safety of seafood coming from the Gulf following this tragedy, but in working together, we can be sure that tainted waters are closed as appropriate, contaminated seafood is not allowed to make it to market, and that closed waters can be reopened to fishing as soon as is safe,” said Eric Schwaab, Assistant Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service.

State and federal authorities reached a critical step toward reopening with their agreement on a shared protocol that will be applied as oil contamination abates in federal and state waters.  

State authorities in Louisiana are applying the protocol to consider the possible reopening of two areas and NOAA is applying the protocol to consider the reopening of two closed areas off the coasts of Louisiana and Florida.  

“We understand the devastating effects this spill has had on the Gulf states and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with state and federal partners to ensure that these important protocols are implemented efficiently, effectively, and in a way that makes sense for all involved, while maintaining the number one priority we all share – protecting the health of those in the Gulf Coast and across the country,” said Michael Taylor, FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods.

The first and most important preventive step in protecting the public from potentially contaminated seafood is to close fishing and shellfish harvesting areas in the Gulf that have been or are likely to be exposed to oil from the spill.  

In addition, NOAA and FDA are monitoring fish caught just outside of closed areas, and testing them for petroleum compounds, to ensure that the closed areas are sufficiently large so as to prevent the harvest of contaminated fish. So far, fish flesh tested from outside the closure areas have tested well below any level of concern for oil-based contamination.

For more information, visit:

NOAA’s BP Oil Spill Incident Response

http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/dwh.php?entry_id=809

FDA’s Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Update

http://www.fda.gov/Food/ucm210970.htm

Official Statement of Acceptance of Protocol

http://www.fda.gov/Food/ucm217600.htm

Summary of the Reopening Protocol

http://www.fda.gov/Food/ucm217598.htm

Even Though 58% Haven’t Curbed Consumption Compared With Two Years Ago, Certain Responses Reflect Small Strides in Slicing Sodium

CHICAGO  (Food-News.net)  It’s no secret that high sodium consumption can have detrimental health consequences, but Americans are still slow to table salt, a recent survey by Mrs. Dash® reveals.

Despite years of national discussion, 71% of Americans still don’t know the recommended daily amount of salt intake, the Mrs. Dash “Salt Reduction Survey” found. The average American consumes nearly 3,500 to 4,000 milligrams of sodium per day1, far more than the recommended daily intake of 2,300 milligrams (about one teaspoon). That’s an estimated 7.6 pounds of salt per year.2

And persistent health warnings haven’t fully inspired Americans to cut back on salt in their diets. In fact, of those surveyed, 58% are consuming the same if not more salt compared with two years ago. But there were some bright spots in the survey: Of those who have changed their eating habits for health reasons, a heartening 61% have cut back on their salt intake. In addition, 68% of Americans say they usually eat low sodium foods when cooking at home.

“Most people know that too much salt increases blood pressure and that this, in turn, increases the risk of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes,” said Robin Miller, M.S. “Even though the survey uncovered some positive data, the overall results reveal a large gap between what Americans know and what they choose to implement in their diets. Concerned cooks should consider using a salt-free seasoning blend such as Mrs. Dash as an option for adding flavor without all of the salt or MSG for a low sodium lifestyle.”

The survey also found that when attempting to eat healthier foods, more than half of adults (54%) consider the calorie count, but only 2 in 5 (39%) consider salt intake. In fact, Americans consider four other ingredients before salt: calories, saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol.

Americans are clearly unaware of the salt that already exists in their foods, with 70% of those surveyed usually adding salt while cooking or preparing a meal, and 55% usually adding salt without even looking at a recipe. Additionally, 55% usually add salt to already prepared food at the table, half automatically add salt to their food before even tasting it, and nearly a third (31%) say that salt is the most important ingredient in their food.

Go to www.MrsDash.com for easy, delicious low-sodium everyday meal ideas.

Methodological Notes:

The Mrs. Dash Salt Free Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.WakefieldResearch.com) among 1,000 nationally Representative Americans between March 30 and April 5, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18 and older. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

About Mrs. Dash®

Mrs. Dash® Seasoning Blends are available in 14 different varieties that add flavor to everything from seafood to salad and meat to mixed vegetables. Mrs. Dash® Marinades are the first fast-acting marinade sauces that are also salt-free and flavor-full. And like all seasonings from Mrs. Dash®, the Marinades are made with a blend of 14 herbs and spices and a touch of real fruit essence and contain no MSG. For more information about Mrs. Dash® and recipes, please visit www.mrsdash.com.

The Alberto-Culver Company (NYSE: ACV) is a global manufacturer, marketer and distributor of personal care products with sales worldwide in more than 100 countries. It includes such leading brands as Alberto VO5®, St. Ives®, TRESemmé® and Nexxus® Salon Hair Care. Its Pro-Line® International unit is the second-largest producer in the world of products for the ethnic hair care market with leading brands including Just For Me®, Motions® and Soft & Beautiful®. To learn more about Alberto-Culver and its brands, visit www.alberto.com.

1 Terwilliger, Healther. “Salt intake brings new levels of alarm.” USA Today, February 10, 2008.

2 American Heart Association

Executive Chairman of Board and Vice Chairman of Michael Foods to Retire; Thanked for Years of Service

MINNETONKA, Minn.  (Food-News.net)  Michael Foods, Inc. announced today that its parent, Michael Foods Group, Inc. (formerly M-Foods Holdings, Inc.) closed a previously announced transaction under which its owners, affiliates of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (“THL”) and certain current and former members of management, sold Michael Foods (“the Company”) to affiliates of GS Capital Partners.  The transaction values Michael Foods at approximately $1.7 billion.

Michael Foods is a multinational producer and distributor of food products to the foodservice, retail and food ingredient markets.  Its principal products are specialty egg products, refrigerated potato products, cheese and other dairy-case products.  THL, which acquired Michael Foods in 2003, will retain an ownership stake of approximately 20% as part of the transaction.

“We look forward to working with Jim Dwyer, the entire management team and THL to further build the Company’s strong product portfolio across all segments,” said Oliver Thym, Managing Director at GS Capital Partners. “We are excited to continue the Company’s demonstrated track record of finding profitable growth opportunities.”

James E. Dwyer, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and President of Michael Foods, said, “The Michael Foods team is excited about our next stage of growth and is looking forward to a great partnership with GS Capital Partners and THL.”

In addition to closing the transaction, Michael Foods is announcing the retirement of its Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, Gregg A. Ostrander, and its Vice Chairman, John D. Reedy.

Mr. Ostrander became Chairman of the Board in 2001 and has been Executive Chairman since 2008.  He joined Michael Foods in 1993 and has held several senior management positions, including President/Chief Executive Officer from 1994 – 2007.  Mr. Ostrander will remain an investor in and a non-management director of Michael Foods. Under Mr. Ostrander’s leadership, Michael Foods became the largest producer of egg products in North America as well as a leader in the food industry by introducing innovative, value-added food technology and customer solutions.

Mr. Reedy joined the Company in 1988.  He served as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Michael Foods from 2000 – 2007, and Chief Financial Officer and Vice President – Finance from 1988 – 2000, prior to becoming Vice Chairman in 2008.

Regarding the retirements, Mr. Dwyer added, “It’s been terrific working closely with Gregg on managing the business and the sale process.  I am delighted that he will continue to provide ongoing counsel to our team in his new role as a non-management director.  I also want to thank John for his invaluable counsel during the transaction process.  I speak for the entire Michael Foods family in wishing them the very best as they enter the next phase of their lives.”

Mr. Ostrander commented on Mr. Reedy’s retirement, noting, “John has been a valued partner, advisor and a key contributor to the success of Michael Foods in his over 22 years serving as our CFO and more recently as our Vice Chairman.”

“Both Gregg and John have been great partners over the past seven years and proven leaders at Michael Foods for many years prior.  Their contributions to the company’s success have been significant,” commented Anthony J. DiNovi, Co-President of Thomas H. Lee Partners and director of Michael Foods.  “They will be missed in retirement, but they have left their indelible mark on this strong, vibrant company and leave behind a superb management team. This legacy positions Michael Foods for continued success and is one of the reasons why we’re pleased to retain an ownership stake.”

BofA Merrill Lynch acted as financial advisor and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acted as legal advisor to Michael Foods and THL in connection with the transaction.  Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as a financial advisor and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP acted as legal advisor to GS Capital Partners.  Affiliates of Bank of America, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Barclays Capital provided commitments for the debt financing for the transaction.

About Michael Foods, Inc.

Michael Foods, Inc., based in Minnetonka, MN, is the largest producer of egg products in North America.  Its egg products include Papetti’s® precooked, frozen, liquid, hardcooked and dried products, Abbotsford Farms cage-free and organic egg products, and All Whites® and Better ‘n Eggs®, both sold at retail.  Michael Foods also owns the Simply Potatoes® line of refrigerated potato products, as well as Crystal Farms® branded cheese and refrigerated products.      

About GS Capital Partners

Since 1986, the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and its predecessor business areas have raised 16 private equity and principal debt investment funds aggregating over $82 billion of capital (including leverage).  GS Capital Partners VI is the current private equity vehicle through which Goldman Sachs conducts its large, privately negotiated, corporate equity investment activities.  A global leader in private corporate equity investing, GS Capital Partners is a family of funds with a focus on large, high quality companies with strong management and funding acquisition or expansion across a range of industries and geographies.  Founded in 1869, Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals.  For more information, please visit www.gs.com/pia.

About Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P.

THL is one of the oldest and most successful private equity investment firms in the United States. Since its establishment in 1974, THL has been the preeminent growth buyout firm, raising approximately $22 billion of equity capital, investing in more than 100 businesses with an aggregate purchase price of more than $125 billion, completing over 200 add-on transactions and generating superior returns for its investors.  THL focuses its high value-added strategy on growth businesses, partnering with the best managers in an industry to build great companies through strong organic growth and targeted add-on acquisitions.  Notable transactions sponsored by THL include Aramark, Ceridian, Dunkin’ Brands, Experian, Fidelity National Information Services, HomeSide Lending, Houghton Mifflin, Michael Foods, The Nielsen Company, ProSiebenSat.1, Snapple, Warner Chilcott, Warner Music Group and West Corporation.

Consumer-favorite, familiar flavors to meet demand for snacking occasions

OMAHA, Neb.  (Food-News.net)  ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) one of North America’s leading food makers, today announced new consumer-favorite flavors for the shelf-stable pudding category with the launch of Snack Pack pudding Blueberry Muffin, Cinnamon Roll and Sugar Free Caramel. Snack Pack pudding, a portion-controlled snack made with real nonfat milk, is launching new flavors with consumer appeal to fulfill demand for wholesome and convenient snack foods any time of day.

“Research showed the majority of our consumers enjoyed Snack Pack pudding as part of their lunch or as an afternoon snack,” said Jamel Richardson, brand manager, ConAgra Foods. “With the new Snack Pack flavors, such as Blueberry Muffin and Cinnamon Roll, we’re able to deliver a convenient, wholesome sweet treat appropriate for any time of day, including between breakfast and lunch and late night.”

Snack Pack leads the $210 million shelf-stable pudding and gels category with an 84 percent dollar share, an increase of 21 points since 2008(1). Sold at grocery stores nationwide for an average retail price of $1.24 for four pudding cups(2), Snack Pack pudding comes in a multitude of flavors including top-selling Chocolate, Vanilla, Tapioca, and Butterscotch. Snack Pack contains 10 percent daily value of calcium, no preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup and zero grams trans fat per serving.

ConAgra Foods is a recognized leader in the snacks category with more than $1 billion in annual net sales from several leading snack brands such as Orville Redenbacher’s®, Slim Jim®, Swiss Miss® , Snack Pack and DAVID® seeds.

Snack Pack is a brand of ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) one of North America’s leading food companies, with brands in 96 percent of America’s households. Consumers find Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt’s, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, PAM, Peter Pan, Reddi-wip and many ConAgra Foods brands in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise and club stores. ConAgra Foods also has a strong business-to-business presence, supplying frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice and grain products to a variety of well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.

1) As measured by Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) for total US FDMx, 52 weeks ending May 23, 2010.

2) As measured by Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) for total US FDMx, 52 weeks ending May 23, 2010.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  (Food-News.net)  Tropical Foods, a food manufacturer that specializes in raw and roasted nuts, dried fruit and snack mixes, has re-launched their popular organic line, Organic Acres, with new corn-based packaging.

Organic Acres contains five organic mixes, specially blended to provide a naturally nutritious snack. The line also contains dried fruits and both raw and roasted/salted nuts. Products are available in bulk or a new corn-based retail package. Tropical Foods has seen success with the line with the new packaging and the re-sealable, portable organic snacks.

“We are using corn-based containers as a way to serve our custom mixes in a more environmentally appealing manner. It has a smaller packaging footprint,” said Chad Hartman, Brand Manager for Tropical Foods.

With traditional plastic packaging using an estimated 200,000 barrels of oil a day in the United States, corn-based packaging has gained popularity with consumers for both environmental and political reasons. The packaging material will break down under certain conditions into harmless natural compounds. That could take pressure off the mounting landfills, since plastics already take up 25 percent of dumps by volume.

Seven out of ten consumers surveyed said that they’d be willing to pay up to 20% more for organics in environmentally friendly packaging.

“We pride ourselves on satisfying customers’ needs with organic fresh mixes and these containers allow us to extend that same freshness to our packaging,” Hartman said.

York’s Harvest, Organic Acres contains almonds, both raw and roasted/salted, cashews roasted and salted, diced pineapple and walnuts. The organic mixes consist of Awesome Antioxidant Mix, Fruitberry Basket, Fancy Mixed Nuts, Berry-ific, and Just Nutty.

About Tropical Foods

Tropical Foods specializes in premium snack mixes, raw and freshly roasted nuts and seeds, dried fruit, and hundreds of bulk and packaged candies, spices, grains and specialty foods. Tropical Foods has an extensive line of retail branded products, including Grabeez®, Buffalo Nuts® and Christille Bay®. The company was founded in 1977 with an original product line of 100 items which has grown to include more than 3000 today. Privately-owned, Tropical is headquartered in Charlotte, NC, with additional operating centers in Atlanta, Memphis, Washington DC and Dallas.

Bean Brand(R) Foods Introduces Two New Varieties of Beanitos at Fancy Foods NYC Show and Announces Partnership with Natural/Specialty Sales and Acosta

AUSTIN, Texas  (Food-News.net)  Beanitos, the first corn-free, certified low glycemic and gluten-free bean chip, has been on store shelves for less than six months, and has just announced two key milestones:  1. a strategic partnership with Acosta and Natural/Specialty Sales (NSS), the leaders in the supermarket and club sales industry, and the natural specialty food space respectively, and 2. the introduction of two new flavors, Cheddar Cheese and Chipotle BBQ.  These new flavors will be introduced to a national audience at the premier Fancy Foods Show in NYC June 27-29, 2010.  

Launched in January of 2010, Beanitos quickly won top placement in the competitive space for eye-level grocery store shelves at top retailers nationwide.  Recently, an executive at one of the largest grocery chains in the Southwest region had this to say, “I’ve been very impressed with the sell-through. The Beanitos brand has offered us a very healthy alternative…sales have continued at a very steady growth, and I’ve upped our supply chain forecast at least twice now to keep up with customer demand.”

The specialty snack space is fiercely competitive. And yet the Beanitos brand has garnered the attention of premier natural specialty foods distributor, Natural/Specialty Sales. According to Mike Anderson, NSS President, “Beanitos fits squarely in our sweet spot for natural specialty food brands. The unique consumer benefit of its high nutritionals, coupled with its executive team’s industry expertise, creates an incredible win for all.”

The additional partnership with Acosta provides greater market penetration for Beanitos into the large format, supermarket and club sales industry.   Combined, Acosta and NSS will accelerate Beanitos growth in both markets.  These partners, in their respective categories, excel at speed-to-shelf operations.  In the natural and specialty food markets (including supermarkets), speed-to-shelf enables Beanitos to get product into consumers’ hands quickly, keeping up with the demand generated widely through word of mouth and media endorsements.

In addition to this major sales and marketing partnership win, Beanitos will add to its current product line of Black Bean, and Pinto Bean with Flax Chips. At the June Fancy Foods Show in NYC, Beanitos will preview two new flavors: Pinto Bean Cheddar Cheese and Black Bean Chipotle BBQ. According to Doug Foreman, CEO of Bean Brand Foods, “A major nutritional achievement, we were able to add all natural cheese and barbecue versions of the black and pinto bean without sacrificing the health benefits that makes these chips so special. We’ve actually managed to improve the nutritionals by lowering the calorie and sodium counts even more!”

Bean Brand Foods was founded with one clear mission: develop healthy snacks based on simple, real ingredients such as beans and whole grain rice. Foreman explains, “We exceeded our initial sales estimates. Obviously we’re happy with our progress and owe our success to consumers. They are smarter and more health conscious than ever before. They read labels and want products that taste good, and are good for them. Our mission drives all decisions: offer snack chip lovers a tasty alternative to corn and potato chips that fills them up with real, healthy and nutritious ingredients – period.”    

Beanitos are available throughout the country at specialty retailers and grocers including, Akin’s & Chamberlin’s Natural Foods, Central Market, Cosentino’s Price Chopper, Crown Wine & Spirits, Earth Fare, Econofoods, H-E-B Grocery Company, Ingles Market, King Kullen, Longo’s, Lunds and Byerly’s, Nash Finch Company, Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market, Ric’s Food Center, Sendik’s Food Markets, Sprouts Farmers Market, United Supermarkets, and Whole Foods Markets.

Find out more about Beanitos superior taste and healthy snack experience, by watching the Beanitos story or visiting www.beanitos.com.

About Us

Bean Brand Foods is dedicated to the research and development of delicious and innovative all-natural healthful food products centered on the powerfully nutritious yet humble legume. Bean Brand Foods is an Austin, Texas, based company formed in 2009 by brothers Doug and Dave Foreman who, together, have more than 60 years of food industry expertise, primarily focused on the better-for-you and natural snacks space.