Archive for October, 2013

Tomball, TX  (Food News)  Funktional Beverages, Inc, a healthy liquid refreshment beverage provider, has added Texas Kroger store Deli’s to its DSD distribution network.

All flavors of the 16oz. and 8oz. Relaxation drinks are in 185 locations of Kroger stores with a Deli.

There are 235 Kroger stores in Texas, but not all stores have a Deli section.

Purple Stuff has been in select Texas Kroger Company stores since January of 2013.

Purple Stuff has been in the Kroger store owned Smith’s Chain for 5 years, and is an established top selling specialty soda in every area the brand is carried.

“We are pleased to have a DSD network for Texas Grocery stores,” says Darrell Duchesneau, CEO of Funktional Beverages, Inc.

“Purple Stuff’s long history with Kroger stores is validation of the brands popularity from the world’s most renowned and respected grocery retailer. We will roll out more Kroger owned stores as we grow our necessary DSD network.”

Tim Lucas, CMO at Funktional Beverages, Inc. says “Purple Stuff and its fans deserve a place amongst the largest specialty soda brands in the business. We are the top players per store in unit volumes and gross sales; but we are limited in growth by our DSD network. We are only now, after 5 years, getting the types of distributors that can handle state wide DSD to the Kroger stores. We are now able to hire sales reps and merchandisers in Texas to support our expanding Grocery store base.”

About The Kroger Company

Kroger the largest grocery chain in the United States. Kroger’s Family of Stores spans 31 states with store formats that include grocery and multi-department stores, discount, and convenience stores. Kroger operates under nearly two-dozen banners including Baker’s Supermarkets, City Market, Dillons Food Stores, Food 4 Less, Fry’s, Gerbes, Jay C, King Soopers, Kroger, Owen’s, Kwik Shop, Loaf ‘N Jug, Pay Less, QFC, Quick Stop, Ralphs, Scotts, Smith’s, Tom Thumb and Turkey Hill. Kroger operates more than 2,400 grocery stores and almost 800 convenience stores and had sales of over $96.8 Billion in 2012.

About Funktional Beverages, Inc.

Funktional Beverages, Inc. is the manufacturer of the best tasting CSD specialty sodas; and the brand that launched the Relaxation category in 2007 at NACS.The company is a debt free private enterprise in Texas.

Orrville, OH  (Food News)  The holiday season is all about enjoying memorable meals with family and friends. To make the most of this special time of year, Hungry Jack® is introducing NEW delicious waffle and pancake mix varieties to help families “Bring Back Breakfast” and wake up each holiday morning to a warm meal. The Hungry Jack Complete Belgian Waffle Mix and Hungry Jack seasonal pancake mix varieties – Complete Pumpkin Spice Flavored Pancake Mix, Complete Cinnamon Spice Flavored Pancake Mix and Easy Pack® Funfetti® Holiday Buttermilk Pancake Mix – are available nationwide.

“During the holiday season, breakfast is the perfect time to celebrate and share a family meal,” said Maribeth Burns, Vice President, Corporate Communications, The J.M. Smucker Company. “The new Hungry Jack waffle mix and seasonal pancake mix varieties help families create a warm and delicious breakfast in minutes, allowing for more time spent together around the table.”

Whether filling your home with the tastes and aromas of the holidays or adding a gourmet touch to your morning, Hungry Jack helps families create memorable meals and “Bring Back Breakfast” together.

Hungry Jack can help create a variety of seasonal favorites with these delicious recipes:

Look for the Hungry Jack Cinnamon Spice or Pumpkin Spice Flavored Pancake Mixes (24OZ, $2.39 SRP) and the Easy Pack Funfetti Holiday Buttermilk Pancake Mix (7OZ, $.99 SRP), available through the holiday season. The Complete Belgian Waffle Mix (28OZ, $2.39 SRP) is available all year round where you buy groceries.

For more breakfast recipes and tips on how to bring the family together, visit or follow us on Facebook (

About The J. M. Smucker Company

For more than 115 years, The J. M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments.  Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of fruit spreads, retail packaged coffee, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, sweetened condensed milk, and health and natural foods beverages in North America. Its family of brands includes Smucker’s®, Folgers®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Jif®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, Eagle Brand®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Cafe Bustelo®, Cafe Pilon®, White Lily® and Martha White® in the United States, along with Robin Hood®, Five Roses®, Carnation® and Bick’s® in Canada. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about the Company, visit

The J. M. Smucker Company is the owner of all trademarks referenced herein, except for the following, which are used under license: Pillsbury® is a trademark of The Pillsbury Company, LLC; Carnation® is a trademark of Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.; and Dunkin’ Donuts® is a registered trademark of DD IP Holder, LLC.

Dunkin’ Donuts® brand is licensed to The J. M. Smucker Company for packaged coffee products sold in retail channels such as grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, and drug stores.  This information does not pertain to Dunkin’ Donuts® coffee or other products for sale in Dunkin’ Donuts® restaurants.  K-Cup® and K-Cups® are trademarks of Keurig, Incorporated.

New York, NY  (Food News)  British period drama Downton Abbey® has fast become a global sensation, with around 120 million viewers glued to TV screens worldwide. Now, it’s possible for fans everywhere to bring a taste of Downton Abbey® home with a collection of wines inspired by the award-winning television series. The Downton Abbey Wine Collection features two enticing blends from the Bordeaux region of France: a “Blanc” white wine and a “Claret” red wine available in the United States on November 1, 2013 and in Europe and Australia later this year.

In creating this unique collection, Downton Abbey Wines looked to Grands Vins de Bordeaux, a family-owned Winery with more than 130 years of winemaking experience in the prized Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, France. Winemaker Jean-Marc Dulong enlisted time-honored winemaking practices as well as modern techniques to create a collection of finely balanced, elegant wines that are eminently drinkable: Downton Abbey Blanc is a light and crisp white blend, while Downton Abbey Claret is medium-bodied red with bright fruit and a silky finish.

“We are excited to launch the Downton Abbey Wine Collection, made in the finest Bordeaux winemaking tradition,” said William Zysblat, co-creator of the wines. “Our collaboration with the Dulong family made perfect sense, as we wanted the same vines, soil and region used to produce the wines from the Downton Era. Having Dulong as our winemaker allows us to create accessible wines that we truly believe the Crawley Family would have been proud to serve at their table.

Winemaker Jean-Marc Dulong added, “It is exciting for me to think about my Bordelaise ancestors crafting their clarets and blancs in the Downton Abbey® era. Their know-how, passed down to me through five generations, has inspired my own winemaking. With Downton Abbey Wines, I have strived to capture the essence of Bordeaux in this collection of delicious and approachable wines.”

Downton Abbey Wines are available online at and, and will also be available at specialty wine retailers and supermarkets nationwide including Cost Plus World Market beginning November 1, 2013 for $14.99 per 750-ml bottle.

For sales and distribution inquiries, please contact PL360 Beverage Partners at / (303) 949-9317.


The Downton Abbey Wine Collection is inspired by the critically acclaimed and award winning drama Downton Abbey®.  Downton Abbey Wines are produced from grapes grown in the famed region of Entre-Deux-Mers by The Dulong Grands Vins de Bordeaux, France. The family-owned vineyard has over 130 years of experience in creating the world’s best wines.

About PL360 Beverage Partners

PL360 Beverage Partners is both the Importer and Sales representative for the Downton Abbey Wine brand in the U.S. market.  Led by Bob Falvo, PL360 is the point of contact for all sales-related activities, including sales presentations, programming and distributor management. All sales and distributor inquires for Downton Abbey should be directed to Bob Falvo at or direct via phone at (303) 949-9317.

Miami, FL  (Food News)  Guy Fieri and his family take to the sea for fun, adventure and killer food aboard the Carnival Breeze in a new television special, Guy’s Family Cruise, premiering on Food Network Monday, October 28 at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT).

Guy’s Family Cruise follows the Fieris during their Caribbean adventure – making stops in Miami, the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos Islands, and Jamaica aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ largest and newest ship, Carnival Breeze.

In the hour-long Food Network special, Guy and his family experience many of the amazing attractions available on Carnival Breeze.  Guy, along with his two sons and nephew, work the line at his namesake eatery, Guy’s Burger Joint, a popular complimentary poolside dining spot featured on several Carnival ships that offers delicious hand-crafted burgers, along with fresh-cut fries and special recipes the chef created exclusively for Carnival.

The family dines together at the ship’s Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse and indulges in Italian family-style favorites at Cucina del Capitano.  While at sea, they have some fun at WaterWorks, slipping down the 312-foot Twister slide and getting soaked by the 300-gallon PowerDrencher splash bucket.  As the guys check out SkyCourse, a suspended ropes course with breathtaking views to the sea 150 feet below, Guy’s wife spends time at Cloud 9 Spa and enjoys some much-deserved “me” time at Serenity, an adults-only retreat. The ship ultimately docks at the picturesque Caribbean port of Ocho Rios, Jamaica where the family enjoys some sun-splashed activities and samples the local cuisine.

“Our family vacation on Carnival Breeze was awesome for the entire Fieri Krew,” said Fieri.  “I’m stoked that we brought the cameras along so that everyone can see all of the off-the-hook food and cool things you can do on board and in port on a Carnival cruise.”

“Guy has been such a great partner to Carnival and we were excited to host the Fieris’ first-ever family cruise on Carnival Breeze, just as we have done for millions of families over the past 41 years,” said Jim Berra, Carnival’s chief marketing officer. “Whether you’re new to cruising, a Carnival veteran or big fans of Guy, this new special provides television viewers an authentic look at how one family can enjoy a multitude of delicious dishes, fun activities and exciting entertainment on a Carnival cruise vacation.”

Beginning today, fans can get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look and learn more about the Fieris’ family cruise by clicking here.

Carnival carries some 4.5 million guests each year on approximately 1,500 voyages on board its 24 Fun Ships, including the 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze which offers year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean departures from Miami.

For additional information, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

About Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:  CUK), is “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line®” with 24 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe, Panama Canal, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.  The company’s 25th ship, the 135,000-ton Carnival Vista, is scheduled to enter service in 2016.

Carnival is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World’s Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations.  Visit us at

Chicago, IL  (Food News)  Despite the fact that typical American employees stay at the same job for a median of 4.6 years[1], Cap’n Horatio Magellan Crunch (commonly known as “Cap’n Crunch“) has far surpassed the average tenure and successfully achieved 50 years with his namesake cereal brand. Cap’n Crunch is nowhere near water-logged in his current role and continues to forge an impressive legacy.

Cap’n Crunch chalks his oceanic career up to his willingness to go beyond the cereal box. Through smooth sailing and choppy waters, his storied accomplishments include:

  • Deftly defending his ship with swift swordplay against the barefoot pirate, Jean LaFoote, and his gang of Soggies
  • Navigating labor disputes over employing a crew of young misfits aboard the S.S. Guppy
  • Seamlessly traversing international Milk Sea waters in the 1960’s under the pseudonyms “Capitaine Crouche” in Canada and “Katajn Knas” in Scandinavia
  • Adding Crunch Berries to the original cereal in 1967 for a fruity new taste that is still in high demand today. In 2012 alone, 34.9 billion Crunch Berries were consumed

“After half a century with the brand, my original 1963 tagline still holds true – ‘I stay crunchy, even in milk,'” says Cap’n Crunch about his relentless energy and enthusiasm for the gig. “The spotlight keeps me young…like a mustachioed baby.”

Cap’n Crunch is savoring his best year yet in 2013 and recently captivated the nation by:

  • Asserting his Cap’n naval rank amidst a national controversy over uniform stripes
  • Sharing his cereal bowl with Hollywood royals, Burt Reynolds and Tatyana Ali, on his brand new hit YouTube late night talk show, “The Cap’n Crunch Show”
  • Embarking on a cross-country press tour to rally his fans, #TeamCrunch, comprised of media, celebrities and everyday cereal fans alike
  • Publicly twerking upside down and shaking what his grandmother gave him

“Even though I’m kind of a ‘big deal’ these days, I’m still the Cap’n of curbing late night and breakfast cereal cravings,” assures Cap’n Crunch of his other roles outside of an esteemed seaman.

Cap’n Crunch plans on milking the job for all it’s worth and hopes to interview some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry in Season 2 of “The Cap’n Crunch Show,” slated for mid-2014.

“When crunch comes to shove, my job is one-of-a-kind. There’s endless cereal to snack on, and I’ve never had to shave my impressive facial hair,” says Cap’n Crunch, twirling his mustache for added effect. “I’m not retiring to Crunch Island anytime soon. Here’s to another half century of rapscallionry!”

This year, Cap’n Crunch wishes to personally thank his fans for their 50 years of support and showcase his bounty of nostalgia on the World Wide Web. Share your personal favorite Cap’n Crunch memories and see what happens next by:

About Cap’n Crunch

Cap’n Crunch has been a mainstay in the cereal aisle since it was first introduced in 1963. Owned by the Quaker Oats Company, a unit of PepsiCo, Inc., the ready-to-eat cereal brand features six varieties including Original, Crunch Berries, Peanut Butter Crunch, OOPS!  All Berries, Chocolatey Crunch and Cinnamon Roll Crunch. For more information, please visit, or @realcapncrunch.

About PepsiCo 

PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales.  Our main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola – make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world.  PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo.  We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo’s promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate.  For more information, please visit

[1] Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

Lancaster Soft Cremes Bring U.S. Caramel Lovers Sweet, New Experience

Hershey, PA  (Food News)  The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) announced it is launching a new confectionery brand in the United States called Lancaster™. The new brand will feature a line of caramel soft cremes that will roll out nationwide in January 2014.

The introduction of the Lancaster brand marks a significant milestone for The Hershey Company, as it’s the first time the company has launched a new brand that is not a brand extension or acquisition in the past 30 years. The new brand is rooted in Hershey’s heritage and is inspired by Milton Hershey’s original confection company, The Lancaster Caramel Company.

Lancaster Soft Cremes will offer a long-lasting and unique taste experience that is distinct from the typical caramels that dominate the category. The surprisingly soft, rich and creamy Lancaster Soft Cremes provide a modern caramel taste experience to meet a growing consumer demand. The soft cremes were inspired by similar candies that company founder, Milton Hershey, made more than 120 years ago in his original candy company located in Lancaster, Pa. As Mr. Hershey’s first successful candy company, The Lancaster Caramel Company established his reputation in the confectionery industry and provided the foundation for the launch of The Hershey Company which first produced sweet chocolate as a coating for the caramels before creating the iconic Hershey’s® Milk Chocolate bar.

“The launch of Lancaster Soft Cremes takes Hershey back to the early days of our founder Milton Hershey and his truly innovative spirit and desire to make great tasting, high-quality products for consumers,” said Steven Schiller, Senior Vice President Sweets and Refreshment, The Hershey Company. “The Lancaster brand will delight all consumers looking for a rich and indulgent experience as they savor our new soft cremes that are rooted in our company’s deep history.”

Earlier this year, Hershey successfully launched the Lancaster brand in China, which underscored the company’s deep commitment to China, as well as the importance of the market in Hershey’s global growth plans.  The launch of Lancaster brand in China marked the first time a brand launch originated outside of the United States. The initial launch in May included three cities – Wuhan, Hangzhou and Chengdu – and will be followed by a wider distribution in China in 2014.

Lancaster Soft Cremes will be available in the United States in three flavors, including Caramel, Vanilla and Caramel and Vanilla and Raspberry, and will be officially launched in the United States in January 2014.  Lancaster Soft Cremes will be widely available at Food, Mass, Drug and Convenience retail channels around the country and will be offered in 8oz bags that retail for $3.99 and 4oz bags that retail for $2.49. The new brand will be supported by a robust integrated marketing campaign that will begin in the first quarter of 2014.

About The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, Pa., The Hershey Company has operations throughout the world and approximately 14,000 employees.

With revenues of more than $6.6 billion, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 80 brand names, including such iconic brands as Hershey’s, Reese’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Hershey’s Bliss, Hershey’s Special Dark, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher and Ice Breakers. The company is focused on growing its presence in key international markets such as China, Mexico and Brazil while continuing to build its competitive advantage in the United States and Canada.

For more than 100 years, The Hershey Company has been a leader in making a positive difference in the communities where its employees live, work and do business. Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of the company’s global business strategy, which includes goals and priorities focused on fair and ethical business dealings, environmental stewardship, fostering a desirable workplace for employees, and positively impacting society and local communities. Milton Hershey School, established in 1909 by the company’s founder and funded by a trust administered by Hershey Trust Company, provides a quality education, housing, and medical care at no cost to children in social and financial need. Students of Milton Hershey School are direct beneficiaries of The Hershey Company’s success.

Seasonal favorites inform and inspire cocktails

Chicago, IL  (Food News)  Cranberry, caramel, apple and pumpkin are among the flavors showing up in flavored vodkas this fall, serving as inspiration for seasonal cocktails, according to the recent Seasonal Strategies micro-report on Technomic’s online DRINK database. Vodka suppliers and restaurant, bar and other on-premise operators are tapping into favorite and emerging fall flavors to stimulate specialty drink sales around Halloween, Thanksgiving and the fall season.

Flavored vodka accounts for nearly 30 percent of total vodka volume and continues to grow, according to DRINK. “Flavored vodka is a fast-growth spirits segment, and there are plenty of seasonal offerings coming to market that can inspire bartenders or at-home mixologists this fall,” says Donna Hood Crecca, Senior Director at Technomic.

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To assist adult-beverage suppliers, on-premise operators and retailers tap into seasonal trends and opportunities, Technomic’s online DRINK database hosts Seasonal Strategy micro-reports. DRINK includes extensive adult-beverage category and brand volume and sales data, as well as key industry metrics reports, news and other resources.

To purchase or learn more about the online DRINK database, Technomic’s Trends in Adult Beverage (TAB) series reporting on beer, wine and spirits, and other industry reports and services for adult beverage suppliers, please visit Technomic or contact one of the individuals listed below.


Press Inquiries: Donna Hood Crecca, 631-265-3839, or
Purchasing Details: Patrick Noone, 312-506-3852, or

About Technomic

Technomic provides clients with the facts, insights and consulting support they need to enhance their business strategies, decisions and results. Its services include numerous publications and digital products, as well as proprietary studies and ongoing research on all aspects of the food industry.

Stock Up on New Apple Pie and Other Seasonal Varieties for a Limited Time Only

Orrville, OH  (Food NewsDunkin’ Donuts® packaged coffee is celebrating the aromas of fall and winter with seasonal coffee flavors, including a new Apple Pie variety and returning favorites Pumpkin Spice and Mocha Mint. Savor the sippable holiday treats you look forward to most from the comfort of your home.

Check out these holiday entertaining tips featuring Dunkin’ Donuts seasonal coffees:

  • Hosting overnight guests? Set up a flavored coffee bar the next morning. Brew pots of each of the Dunkin’ Donuts seasonal varieties and organize them in individual carafes with chalk paint name plates noting each flavor.
  • Scored an invite to the holiday soirée of the year? Bring a holiday gift that is sure to please. Package all three Dunkin’ Donuts seasonal varieties and a festive coffee mug in a gift box. Tie the package with a ribbon, along with a silver coffee scoop for a special touch.
  • Have a taste for chocolate? Add an extra hint of chocolate to your Dunkin’ Donuts Mocha Mint coffee with a chocolate covered spoon. Melt your choice of chocolate, dip the spoon in the mixture and freeze overnight. Stir it in with your after dinner coffee.

Dunkin’ Donuts seasonal coffee flavors are available for a limited time. Browse the coffee aisle at your local grocer or find a store near you selling Dunkin’ Donuts packaged coffee at

About The J. M. Smucker Company

For more than 115 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of fruit spreads, retail packaged coffee, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, sweetened condensed milk, and health and natural foods beverages in North America. Its family of brands includes Smucker’s®, Folgers®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Jif®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, Eagle Brand®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Café Pilon®, White Lily® and Martha White® in the United States, along with Robin Hood®, Five Roses®, Carnation® and Bick’s® in Canada. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about the Company, visit

The J. M. Smucker Company is the owner of all trademarks referenced herein, except for the following, which are used under license: Pillsbury® is a trademark of The Pillsbury Company, LLC; Carnation® is a trademark of Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.; and Dunkin’ Donuts® is a registered trademark of DD IP Holder, LLC.

Dunkin’ Donuts® brand is licensed to The J. M. Smucker Company for packaged coffee products sold in retail channels such as grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, and drug stores. This information does not pertain to Dunkin’ Donuts® coffee or other products for sale in Dunkin’ Donuts® restaurants. K-Cup® and K-Cups® are trademarks of Keurig, Incorporated.

Miami, FL  (Food News)  The vibrant and diverse cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean take center stage at the World Trade Center Miami’s 17th Americas Food and Beverage Show ( Oct. 28 and 29, with more than 500 food producers from 22 countries, each showcasing their products, recipes and delicacies.

The 17th Americas Food and Beverage Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center is the largest specialty food trade event in the Western Hemisphere and is expected to generate more than $200 million in sales. The show generated $190 million in sales in 2012 and attracted 9,500 buyers.

“This will be the most successful event in show history. We expect more than 9,500 people to visit the show and pursue trade opportunities with local companies and businesses throughout the Americas,” said Charlotte Gallogly, president of the World Trade Center Miami.

The 17th Americas Food and Beverage Show will feature nearly 500 exhibitors from every corner of the globe, including country pavilions representing Algeria; Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada/Atlantic Canada; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru; South Korea; Thailand; Turkey; and the United States.

The show also features the VIII Annual Chefs Competition with international teams competing for cash prizes and the title of “Best Chef of the Americas.”

2012 Americas Food and Beverage Show Numbers to Date (2011 Stats)

  • 471 booths (388 booths)
  • 385 exhibitors (365 exhibitors: 246 U.S. companies, 139 foreign-based companies)
  • $192 million expected sales ($135 million in actual sales)
  • 9,530+ buyers or small business representatives (7,041, 28% from abroad)

The Americas Food and Beverage is a trade-only event. Visit

World Trade Center Miami

The World Trade Center Miami is a member of the World Trade Centers Association, a leading global trade organization promoting two-way trade. There are 335 World Trade Centers located in 110 countries with a total membership of 2 million corporate members and associates.

Americas Food & Beverage Show

More than 500 exhibitors will showcase products from the following: Algeria; Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada/Atlantic; Canada/Manitoba; China; Colombia; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; France; Honduras; Italy; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; Singapore; South Korea; Spain/Catalonia; Thailand; Turkey; and the United States. The 17th Americas Food and Beverage Show is sponsored by American Airlines, USDA, NASDA, and the World Trade Center Miami.

Chicago, IL  (Food News)  With the recent FDA ruling on gluten-free labeling standards, the popularity of gluten-free foods shows no signs of slowing down, and according to recent research from Mintel, it’s not just the gluten-intolerant who are filling their carts with wheat-free products. Indeed, 65% of consumers who eat or used to eat gluten-free foods do so because they think they are healthier, and 27% eat them because they feel they aid in their weight loss efforts.

“It’s really interesting to see that consumers think gluten-free foods are healthier and can help them lose weight because there’s been no research affirming these beliefs,” says Amanda Topper, food analyst at Mintel. “The view that these foods and beverages are healthier than their gluten-containing counterparts is a major driver for the market, as interest expands across both gluten-sensitive and health-conscious consumers.”

Sales in the gluten-free food and beverage market are estimated to reach $10.5 billion in 2013. From 2011-13, the market experienced growth of 44%. While the incidence of celiac disease affects only 1% of the U.S. population, Mintel’s research finds that there has been strong interest in gluten-free food and beverage for reasons other than gluten allergy.

Additionally, over a third (36%) of Americans who eat or used to eat gluten-free foods say they do so for reasons other than sensitivity. Meanwhile, 7% say they eat them for inflammation and 4% say they purchase them to combat depression.

“When looking at the top 10 gluten-free food product claims in Mintel’s Global New Products Database, after gluten-free and low/no/reduced allergen, there also are product claims associated with being natural and free of additives or preservatives,” adds Amanda Topper. “The positioning of gluten-free products as having multiple health benefits, such as low fat or no animal ingredients, may be leading to consumer perceptions that gluten-free products are healthier than products that contain gluten.”

About Mintel

Mintel is a leading global supplier of consumer, product and media intelligence. For more than 40 years, Mintel has provided insight into key worldwide trends, offering exclusive data and analysis that directly impacts client success. With offices in Chicago, New York, London, Sydney, Shanghai, Tokyo, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Sao Paulo, Mintel has forged a unique reputation as a world-renowned business brand. For more information on Mintel, please visit

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