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MAXINE’S HEAVENLY NOW AVAILABLE AT SELECT COSTCO LOCATIONS

Low sugar cookie brand adds key club account to its growing list of partners

Los Angeles, CA, 2021-Aug-25 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — Maxine’s Heavenly, a Los Angeles-based company that makes decadent cookies for the sugar-conscious consumer, will be featured at select California and Hawaii Costco stores this August and September.

The healthy cookie brand’s club debut will feature a 20.8 oz pouch of their best-selling flavor: Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Soft-baked Cookies. Lightly sweetened with coconut sugar and dates, Maxine’s Heavenly cookies are proudly free of sugar alcohols, stevia, monk fruit, refined white sugar, and artificial sweeteners.

Maxine’s unique taste-first approach to the better-for-you market fits well with the core Costco customer: busy families who are looking to buy in larger quantities, but also want healthy, high-quality foods.

The brand’s relentlessly high standards for taste and ingredients has created a groundswell of support from consumers who are tired of their love/hate relationship with sugar.

⦁ “I feel good being able to satisfy my sweet tooth with great ingredients.” – Tamara

⦁ “I don’t feel guilty when I eat Maxine’s Heavenly cookies because of the natural goodness.” – El

⦁ “These cookies have a great taste and texture, plus none of those refined sugars that are so bad for you.” – Toby

⦁ “These are my kid’s favorite after-school snack, and I don’t feel bad letting them have a few because the ingredients are so good.” – Ernesto

⦁ “They taste great and are a great alternative when you want to be health conscious but still enjoy cookies. – Michelle

Maxine’s Heavenly can be found in 54 Los Angeles-area Costco clubs, 27 Bay area clubs, and 7 clubs in Hawaii. Customers can find participating Costcos by visiting the Maxine’s Heavenly store locator or by checking with their local club for availability. Customers are also encouraged to purchase while limited-supplies last.

About Maxine’s Heavenly: Maxine’s Heavenly makes decadent desserts with unrefined sugar and wholesome ingredients, so you can satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt. Using mom’s baking for inspiration, we go the extra mile to make sure our treats taste like home, not the store. Learn more at maxinesheavenly.com.

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Kentucky Pure® Mineral Water – A Proven Winner!

Greenup, Kentucky, U.S.A., 2021-Jan-13 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — 108 Kentucky Derby Winners were raised on water from the same aquifer Kentucky Pure Mineral Water is drawn from.

Giddyup! Enough said!

 

Look for Kentucky Pure Mineral Water on store shelves soon!

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River Rock Water LLC
16387 State Route 7
Greenup Ky 41144

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One Container of Healthy!

Greenup, Kentucky, U.S.A., 2021-Jan-08 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — Kentucky Pure Mineral Water comes naturally with all the minerals and elements needed to keep a body healthy and vital.

Sorry Doc, not today! Enough said!

 

Look for Kentucky Pure Mineral Water on store shelves soon!

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River Rock Water LLC
16387 State Route 7
Greenup Ky 41144

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Water Container Recycle Problem Solved

Greenup, Kentucky, U.S.A., 2021-Jan-05 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — Kentucky Pure Mineral Water comes in a 100% Biodegradable Container, so even if it DOESN’T get recycled properly, it won’t leave its mark on the earth forever the way typical plastic containers will.

Problem solved. Enough said!

 

Look for Kentucky Pure Mineral Water on store shelves soon!

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River Rock Water LLC
16387 State Route 7
Greenup Ky 41144

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Stuck for That Perfect Adult Stocking Stuffer? Need a Mommy’s Time Out After A Long Day At Home?

East Hanover, NJ, 2020-Dec-07 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — Mommy’s Time Out Wine is the perfect stocking stuffer, and can be enjoyed by just about anyone on your adult stocking stuffer list. Mommy’s Time Out features four varieties including Mommy’s Time Out Pinot Grigio, Mommy’s Time Out Moscato, Mommy’s Time Out Delicious Red, and Mommy’s Time Out Delicious Pink. All are made from grapes grown in Italy and have wonderful fruity undertones. All the wines are fresh, fruity and well balanced, and are delicious for sipping with snacks or to complement a meal.

Being at Home during the Holidays has changed. Hasn’t it? It used to be the place where we all relaxed after a hard day at work. Not now. We may be home monitoring the virtual learning of our children. We might be working longer hours, because work is now remote, and we still have to monitor the virtual learning of our children. We might have to make them lunch because our kitchen is now the school cafeteria. The producers of Mommy’s Time Out Wine understand and have offered the following thoughts to make the holidays the most enjoyable time of the year.

Keep the Holiday’s Simple; Celebrate at Home with Mommy’s Time Out wine. Being a parent is difficult enough. Make Some Memories that will Last a Lifetime. New Year’s Day is a great day to make some family memories. Try taking a family photo with someone holding up a sign with the year. It’s also a great day to measure everyone against the door jam, so they can look back at their growth in years to come. Remind each other and your children of all the good things that happened, and teach your family how to appreciate what they have. One way to do this is to ask each family member to write down three things they were thankful for in 2020 and share them over dinner during the Holidays or on New Year’s Eve.

“No matter what stage you’re at when it comes to being a Mommy, it’s one of the toughest and most rewarding jobs there is. That’s why we believe Mommy deserves something special for herself now and then, with Mommy’s Time Out Wine.” says Mike Cincotta President of Selective Wine Estates, Inc.

Adults over the age of 21 should enjoy Mommy’s Time Out responsibly.

For more information on Mommy’s Time Out please visit www.mommystimeoutwine.com.

*Mommy’s Time Out is a registered trademark of Selective Wine Estates, Inc.

** For editorial samples, please contact Mike Cincotta at (973) 722-3305 or email media@mommystimeout.net **

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Kentucky Pure lightly balanced mineral water soon to hit the shelves

VANCEBURG, KY, 2020-Oct-01 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — Some new kids on the block are emerging with a novel mineral water offering out of Kentucky, USA.

The company, River Rock Water LLC, is introducing its trademarked brand, Kentucky Pure Mineral Water. The brand offers exceptional taste and a unique, earth-friendly take on packaging. The company has been testing and developing this brand for five years to ensure the highest quality of “very light mineral” water available to consumers.

Kentucky Pure Mineral Water comes from an ancient aquifer that has been supplying the beautiful plains of Kentucky with its highly nutritional content for millions of years. As a testament to the water quality, 105 of the current 143 Kentucky Derby winners were raised on the nutritional grasses of Kentucky which were fed by these waters. Kentucky Pure lightly balanced mineral water is naturally packed with the optimum amount of minerals and trace elements required to promote biological health.

The founder, Tim LeMaster first drank from the well-head on a really hot day, sweating up a storm, and the water tasted so unique, the first words out of his mouth were, “Sweet Water”! As it turns out, farmers in the region had been saying that for centuries. Kentucky Pure Mineral Water has proven to be a real thirst quencher, satisfying the healthy need for refreshing hydration.

The entrepreneurial team behind Kentucky Pure are long time developers of new products. They have applied that product development experience to create a new development for water containers. Their design is 100% biodegradable, bypassing environmental concerns over the destruction and waste caused by traditional plastic water bottles.

Look for Kentucky Pure Mineral Water on store shelves soon.

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Kickstarter Project ‘Did Ya Wheatgrass’ Implements Food-Safety Lab Testing to Validate Quality and Integrity

Pearland, TX, USA, 2020-Sep-15 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — Did Ya Wheatgrass launches their Kickstarter project, on Sept. 22, 2020. Besides growing, harvesting and juicing their own wheatgrass, Did Ya Wheatgrass validates their juice quality and integrity by food-safety testing their wheatgrass juice at an approved Food Technology & Processing laboratory. This ensures the highest quality product to the consumer.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) states, “It is critical that the wheatgrass is grown from seeds that are processed and obtained from an approved source. The seeds need to be stored and handled to prevent the contamination with any pathogens.” The DSHS continues, “According to FDA, wheatgrass juice is a low acid juice and, under the proper conditions, the raw product is susceptible to the growth of Clostridium botulinum.”

Did Ya Wheatgrass founder Raquel Payan adds, “People don’t get to see the growing process that goes on behind the scenes. And the only way to validate the quality and integrity of the juice is by food-safety testing the wheatgrass juice at an approved Food Technology & Processing laboratory. We want to provide the consumer with the highest quality wheatgrass juice product.” People will ask Payan, ‘How do you get your wheatgrass so sweet tasting? How is it so green?’ Payan responds by saying that the secret is in the growing process. Did Ya Wheatgrass pays considerable attention to the growing process, since it is critical to the quality of juice produced. As a result, Did Ya Wheatgrass Juice Pops are E. Coli free, Salmonella free and Clostridium botulinum free.

The Kickstarter Project, ‘Did Ya Wheatgrass Juice Pops Food-Safety Lab Tested (Vegan Food)’, is scheduled to launch on Sept. 22, 2020. Take a peek and sign up for notifications to stay tuned. For additional information, visit their website: https://www.didyawheatgrass.com.

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MAXINE’S HEAVENLY EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH WHOLE FOODS MARKET ENTERING SOUTHWEST REGION

Rapidly growing cookie company adds a third Whole Foods region

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2020-Aug-05 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — Maxine’s Heavenly, a Los Angeles-based company that makes decadent but better-for-you cookies for the sugar conscious consumer, is now available in all Whole Foods Market locations in the Southwest region.

The expansion comes on the heels of recent growth into the Northern California Whole Foods region. Maxine’s partnership with Whole Foods initially began in 2018 through the local foraging program that saw an introduction into 10 stores. After much focus on building a strong consumer following, the brand was expanded to the full Southern Pacific region. The success of this region has instigated the further expansion into multiple additional regions.

“Whole Foods Market will always remain the dream account for emerging brands in the natural space, ” said CEO Robert Petrarca. “We’ve continued to be in awe of the attention and guidance the Whole Foods team has given our brand. We know our success is directly linked to the support we see from the Regional and Global teams and we admire the endless commitment they have to providing a platform for growing brands to reach receptive consumers.”

Maxine’s Heavenly contributes its success to the relevancy of their brand promise to consumers: decadent and delicious cookies that are made with better-for-you ingredients that serve a variety of dietary needs. No other cookie on the shelf can claim all of these unique qualities in one product:

  • Homemade taste inspired by Maxine’s original decadent recipe from the 1950’s.
  • Naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and dates for an unrefined, low sugar, and low glycemic cookie.
  • Made for more to enjoy – all flavors are certified gluten free, vegan, kosher, and non-GMO.

Whole Foods Market Southwest will carry three Maxine’s Heavenly SKUS: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk, Almond Chocolate Chunk, and Chocolate Chocolate Chunk.

About Maxine’s Heavenly: Maxine’s Heavenly homemade style, soft-baked cookies are mom’s recipe made so-much-better-for-you. Made for more to enjoy, Maxine’s Heavenly cookies are certified Gluten-Free, Vegan, Kosher, Non-GMO, and naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and dates. Maxine’s Heavenly cookies was voted Best Snack of 2018 in Health Magazine. Learn more at maxinesheavenly.com.

Media contact:

Rachel B. Carmichael
Maxine’s Heavenly
424-261-7625
rachel@maxinesheavenly.com

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El Elixir de Oro y sus Maravillosas Propiedades Energéticas

Eddie Mosler se inspira en el Universo para crear y ofrecer la mágica mezcla

MIAMI, FL, 2020-Aug-05 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — El artista plástico ecuatoriano Eddie Mosler, y altamente reconocido por realizar terapias medicinales con el oro, lanza al mercado internacional el “Elixir de Oro”, una mezcla de varios minerales coloidales con oro activado; lo cual, al ser mezclados generan ciertos componentes que ayudan a mejorar aspectos físicos y emocionales.

Mosler afirmó que su mayor inspiración para desarrollar este elixir es el universo, ya que le otorga el conocimiento y la creatividad para lograr conexiones de valor en el plano terrenal. Esa misma inspiración que le conduce a la creación de sus obras pictóricas le llevó a descubrir y elaborar el Elixir de Oro.

Recientemente el Elixir de Oro se ha consolidado como uno de los mejores productos dentro del mercado actual y, gracias a ello, se ha logrado una evolución exponencial en el ámbito físico, emocional y energético en las personas que lo han consumido.

Mosler, un artista que se denomina autodidacta explica “He diseñado varias terapias y productos para ayudar a las personas. De hecho, en la actualidad el Elixir se ha convertido en una herramienta fundamental para la elevación de la vibración ya que al tomarlo se amplifican los niveles energéticos. El Elixir de Oro es el resultado de la intensa exploración cromática, lumínica y energética de las dimensiones y de la estructura astral”,

La mezcla del Elixir de Oro está compuesta por ingredientes tales como el agua desmineralizada, oro comestible, plata, cobre y oro coloidal. Cada componente otorga por si solo beneficios extraordinarios dadas sus propiedades antibióticas, regeneradoras, antiparasitarias y desintoxicantes, los cuales en conjunto ayudan en casos de inestabilidad mental, estados emocionales como depresión, melancolía y ansiedad; incrementa el nivel de energía, mejora el sistema circulatorio, descalcifica la glándula pineal, reconfigura los campos áuricos, expande la conciencia, ayuda a equilibrar el sistema nervioso, ayuda con problemas digestivos, equilibra y armoniza cuerpo, mente y espíritu; favorece la concentración, ayuda a mejorar los estados de ánimo, ayuda con problemas circulatorios, alivia el estrés, mejora la condición de la piel, trabaja como agente rejuvenecedor, controla problemas de insomnio y estimula la producción de colágeno.

Mosler explicó que la magia del Oro radica en la autorización de su espíritu, el cual otorga la claridad sobre la utilización correcta de la energía y la evolución del alma. El Elixir de Oro pasa por un proceso de activación, el cual cuenta con una configuración que se basa en la estructura de polígonos de expansión cuántica y exponencial. “En entrevistas recientes he explicado que el Elixir no es tan solo un producto que ayuda a las personas, sino que su creación es algo que va más allá del plano terrenal, algo que logra elevar la energía sin necesidad de realizar grandes esfuerzos” añadió.

Por último, el creador del Elixir de Oro le aconsejó a la humanidad pensar acerca de sus acciones y consecuencias, en el cómo éstas pueden mejorar o hundir a sociedades enteras. A los nuevos artistas les aconsejó mantenerse conectados con el universo y siempre seguir sus principios e ideales.

Para más información, le pueden seguir en su página web www.eddiemosler.com y a través de sus redes sociales Instagram @eddiemosler, Facebook Eddie Mosler, Twitter @eddiemosler.

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NOW MORE THAN EVER YOU DESERVE A MOMMY’S TIME OUT!

East Hanover, NJ, USA, 2020-Jul-06 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — During these unprecedented times, all we can say is THANK YOU! Thank you for everything you have done, and continue to do. Thank you for keeping the home together and making the new normal feel safe. Even when vacation plans change and summer camp is cancelled, you make everything OK because you are a great MOMMY!

All great Mommy’s know when they need to take a break and recharge. Next time, take a break with Mommy’s Time Out because you deserve it!

Mommy’s Time Out’s 15th vintage is now in the market! Our newest bottling of Moscato from Sicily was just introduced as well. These wonderful, tasty wines come in four varieties: Mommy’s Time Out Pinot Grigio, Mommy’s Time Out Moscato, Mommy’s Time Out Delicious Red and Mommy’s Time Out Delicious Pink. All are made from grapes grown in Italy and have fruity undertones. All the wines are fresh, fruity and well balanced and are delicious for sipping with snacks or to complement a meal.

“Mommy’s Time Out is a delightful wine that MOMMY’S can enjoy when they want to kick back and relax,” said Mike Cincotta, President of Selective Wine Estates, Inc. importers and brand owners of Mommy’s Time Out Wine.

Mommy’s Time Out comes in 750-ml and 1.5-L sizes. The suggested retail price is $9.99 for the 750ml size and $16.99 for the 1.5L size (Mommy’s Time Out Trebbiano Pinot Grigio only).

Adults over the age of 21 should enjoy Mommy’s Time Out responsibly.

For more information on Mommy’s Time Out please visit www.mommystimeoutwine.com.

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MAXINE’S HEAVENLY EXPANDS PRESENCE IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGION WITH KEY RETAILERS PCC AND HUCKLEBERRY’S

Sugar conscious cookie brand now available in two new grocery chains

Los Angeles, CA, 2020-May-19 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — Maxine’s Heavenly, a Los Angeles-based company that makes decadent but better-for-you cookies for the sugar conscious consumer, added PCC Community Markets and Huckleberry’s Natural Markets to its growing list of stores in the Pacific Northwest Region that carry their brand.

PCC Community Market is a 14 store food cooperative based in Seattle, Washington. It’s the largest consumer-owned food cooperative in the United States. Huckleberry’s Natural Market is a “store within a store” concept with 15 locations inside Rosauers Supermarkets in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana. Both chains are a perfect match for the Maxine’s Heavenly core values.

This latest expansion into the region illustrates Maxine’s Heavenly’s concerted efforts to drive growth and build brand awareness in the region. The Pacific Northwest is a natural extension for the brand, which has already seen significant growth and category dominance in both Southern and Northern California.

“PCC and Huckleberry’s have long been idyllic partners for us and we couldn’t be more excited that the timing now makes sense to take our products firmly into the Pacific Northwest,” said Robert Petrarca, CEO of Maxine’s Heavenly. “We’re thrilled we’ve earned the trust and confidence of both of these retailers, and we’re excited to launch with the support of the Green Spoon team.”

“We’re incredibly excited to expand our partnership with Maxine’s Heavenly,” said Kari Pedriana, Co-Founder and CEO of Green Spoon Sales. “We love their product, stand behind what they offer their customers, and have seen first hand their extraordinary growth potential.” Green Spoon currently represents Maxine’s Heavenly in five domestic regions throughout the United States.

About Maxine’s Heavenly: Maxine’s Heavenly homemade style, soft-baked cookies are mom’s recipe made for today. They are half the sugar, sweetened naturally with coconut sugar and dates, and the first ingredient is oats. Made for more to enjoy, Maxine’s Heavenly cookies are certified gluten-free, vegan, kosher, and non-GMO. Maxine’s Heavenly was voted Best Snack of 2018 in Health Magazine. Learn more at maxinesheavenly.com.

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Rachel B. Carmichael
Maxine’s Heavenly
424-261-7625
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X2 Performance and Museum of Graffiti celebrate Super Bowl LIV with an epic mural to be unveiled by world-renowned graffiti artist CES

MIAMI, FL, 2020-Jan-29 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — On Friday, Jan. 31, X2 Performance® teams up with the Museum of Graffiti to commemorate Super Bowl LIV with a dynamic new mural to be unveiled by world-renowned graffiti artist CES.

X2 Performance®, a brand trusted and used by elite NFL, NBA, MLB and, NHL franchises is launching its new X2 Performance® Pre & Intra workout products now available to the general public. To celebrate Super Bowl LIV in Miami X2 Performance will host a networking breakfast that intertwines the sports industry community and the global graffiti community.

The invitation-only breakfast will be held on Friday, January 31st at 8:30 AM at the Museum of Graffiti located at 299 NW 25th St., Miami FL 33137. The event will be hosted by sports industry leaders and X2 board members Mike Tannenbaum and Mark French and principal investor L Catterton.

Guests include NFL Hall of Famers, current Pro-Bowl players, team owners, VIP’s in the sports, entertainment, and tech arenas, health and wellness influencers, and acclaimed graffiti artists.

Fans can join the #X2fuelsmiami conversations across social on Instagram (@X2Performance), Twitter (@X2Performance) and Facebook and LinkedIn (@X2Performance).

CES will live paint the mural commissioned by X2 Performance throughout the day on Wednesday, Jan 29th at 282 NW 25th Street, in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, directly across the street from the Museum of Graffiti. Multiple camera crews will be on-site documenting this unique mural creation honoring Super Bowl LIV.

For more information on the Museum of Graffiti, visit www.museumofgraffiti.com and follow on Instagram @museumofgraffit.com.

For more information on CES, visit www.cesism.com and follow @ces4wish

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MAXINE’S HEAVENLY EXPANDS WITH WHOLE FOODS MARKET ENTERING NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION

MAXINE’S HEAVENLY EXPANDS WITH WHOLE FOODS MARKET ENTERING NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION

Success in SoPac region opens up opportunity in Northern California

Los Angeles, CA, 2019-Dec-19 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — Maxine’s Heavenly, a Los Angeles-based company that makes decadent but better-for-you cookies for the sugar conscious consumer , is now available in all Whole Foods Market locations in the Northern California region.

The expansion into this new region comes after the extraordinary traction the brand is seeing in the Southern Pacific region of Whole Foods Market.

“We love our partnership with Whole Foods,” said CEO Robert Petrarca. “They continue to show tremendous support for local and emerging brands and we’re happy to partner with them in our
neighboring Northern California region. We’ve been thrilled with the performance of our products as they continue to lead the category in velocity turns. Clearly our brand promise — ultra clean label cookies that taste like you made them in your own kitchen — resonates with the Whole Foods consumer. We see this as validation for the vibrant potential of our products on a national level.”

Maxine’s Heavenly contributes the high velocity turns to their unique combination of qualities that are setting new standards in the cookie aisle:

  • Homemade taste that is calibrated to Maxine’s original, decadent recipe from the 1950’s.
  • Naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and dates for an unrefined, low sugar, and low glycemic cookie.
  • Made for more to enjoy – all flavors are certified gluten free, vegan, kosher, and non-GMO.

Whole Foods Market carries all four Maxine’s Heavenly SKUS: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk, Almond Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Chocolate Chunk, and Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin.

About Maxine’s Heavenly:
Maxine’s Heavenly homemade style, soft-baked cookies are mom’s recipe made so-much-better-for-you. Made for more to enjoy, Maxine’s Heavenly cookies are certified Gluten-Free, Vegan, Kosher, Non-GMO, and naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and dates. Maxine’s Heavenly cookies was voted Best Snack of 2018 in Health Magazine. Learn more at maxinesheavenly.com .

Contact:

Rachel B. Carmichael
Maxine’s Heavenly
424-261-7625
rachel@maxinesheavenly.com

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American Hemp Processing To Roll Out Mobile Extraction Units

Sacramento, California, 2019-Dec-10 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — American Hemp Processing (AHP) is excited to announce the design completion of their Mobile Hemp Extraction Unit (MEHU). This is a key step in AHP’s expansion to increase production to 400,000lbs of hemp per month that will be completed 1st quarter 2020. The mobility of the MEHU reduces overall processing costs, mitigates many of the risks associated to transportation, and increases transparency with farmers.

The MHEU units bring significant benefits to the farmer from both a financial and risk mitigation perspective. “Most hemp farms are not close to processing facilities. Transportation is a large cost and increases the risk of degradation and contamination. On top of that, farmers still have to deal with legal issues in states that aren’t familiar with hemp and mistake it for marijuana,” says Andrew Alvarez Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer “Additionally, it increases transparency with farmers and helps educate them along the way to build synergistic relationships”.

“The design of the MHEU was Phase 2 of our strategy,” says Shick Park Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer, “Phase 1 was developing a scalable extraction and remediation process enabling us to create high quality and compliant CBD oil, and Phase 3 is the roll-out of the mobile extraction units on to farms fall of 2020.”

“This caps off a 12 month design process by our engineers and now we go to the assembly phase. These units will take approximately 120 days each to build, and we plan to initially build 3,” says Co-Founder and CEO Tom Richardson. “This has been a very rewarding journey for us, from meeting farmers all over the country, to government legislators, to fine tuning the extraction process, to meeting other processors and sharing ideas, we feel very confident about the Cannabinoid Sector business.”

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MAXINE’S HEAVENLY RELEASES SEASONAL FAN FAVORITE PUMPKIN PECAN SPICE COOKIES

The clean label, low sugar treat is perfect for consumers looking for a permissible Fall indulgence

Los Angeles, CA, 30-Oct-2019 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — Maxine’s Heavenly, a Los Angeles-based company that makes decadent but better-for-you cookies for the sugar conscious consumer, has released it’s seasonal flavor, Pumpkin Pecan Spice.

Pumpkin spice products are ubiquitous this time of year, but Maxine’s Heavenly offers a clean label version that satisfies consumers’ desire for a sweet snack without packing in the sugar. These cookies are:

  • Low sugar. Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies only have 5 grams of sugar per serving. This is lower than almost every other cookie on the grocery shelf, with most brands averaging closer to 10g of sugar for the same serving size.
  • Sweetened by nature. Maxine’s Heavenly cookies are sweetened with coconut sugar and dates only. These natural sweeteners are unrefined and retain more vitamins and minerals than refined sugars.
  • Low glycemic. Because Maxine’s Heavenly cookies are sweetened with natural, low glycemic sugars, you can have a sweet treat without experiencing a sugar crash.

Beyond the better-for-you sugar promise, Maxine’s Heavenly is committed to raising the bar on the taste experience in the shelf stable cookie aisle. Inspired by a family recipe, Maxine’s Heavenly cookies feature generous portions of real ingredients, including whole grain oats, large pecan pieces, and 100% natural flavor profiles from real spices like nutmeg and cinnamon.

All Maxine’s Heavenly products are certified Gluten Free, Vegan, Kosher, and verified Non-GMO. This year, Maxine’s Heavenly Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies are proudly listed on PETA’s list of “Best Vegan Pumpkin Spice Products in 2019” and popular blogger Celiac and the Beast’s “Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Pecan Spice Products 2019”.

“We’re really proud of this flavor,” said Maxine’s Heavenly CEO, Robert Petrarca, “and we’ve gone out of our way to source the simplest, best ingredients. They’re decadent, spicy, and sweet, and all without the sugar bomb. Consumers don’t want to feel guilty every time they eat something delicious, and they don’t want unnatural, highly-refined ingredients either. This flavor is super clean and absolutely delicious.”

Pumpkin Pecan Spice can be purchased at Whole Foods Southern California, Gelson’s, Erewhon, Lassens, Down to Earth, Market of Choice, and online at ThriveMarket.com, Amazon.com, and MaxinesHeavenly.com.

About Maxine’s Heavenly: Maxine’s Heavenly homemade style, soft-baked cookies are mom’s recipe made so-much-better-for-you. Made for more to enjoy, Maxine’s Heavenly cookies are certified Gluten-Free, Vegan, Kosher, Non-GMO, and naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and dates. Maxine’s Heavenly cookies was voted Best Snack of 2018 in Health Magazine. Learn more at maxinesheavenly.com.

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Rachel B. Carmichael
Maxine’s Heavenly
424-261-7625
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Fruit processing machines and systems manufacturer ABL, S.p.A. acquired by Gulftech of Denver, CO

MODENA, Italy, 15-Jul-2019 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — Gulftech International, Inc. (“Gulftech”) based in Denver, Colorado, USA, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of ABL S.p.A. (“ABL” or the “Company”). The Gulftech family of companies are the world’s recognized leaders in the engineering, manufacture, lease, sale and service of industrial equipment and components serving many of the world’s most important food production and processing companies. ABL, headquartered in Cavezzo, Modena, Italy, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and servicing of fruit processing equipment.

Founded in 1978, by Carlo Ascari and with a minority participation of the private equity fund NEIP III (ITAGO), the Company has earned an outstanding reputation as a market leader in the fresh cut produce market. Committed to innovation and dedicated to customer relationships, ABL has a long history of providing high quality machinery with extraordinary customer service.

“ABL’s award-winning innovative designs, outstanding product quality and reputation as a family owned and operated business in the fruit processing industry made them a very attractive integration for Gulftech,” said Steven Ferrell, CEO of Gulftech. “The investment in ABL represents an important expansion of Gulftech’s capabilities, significantly growing our presence in the fresh cut market segment. We could not be more excited to partner with Carlo, Daniela, Luca and the entire ABL organization. Together, we will provide customers a broader portfolio of products and services, and deeper engineering capabilities for future product development.”

“Being a family-owned business, partnered with their extensive experience in the development, manufacture and service of food processing equipment, Gulftech is a perfect partner for ABL, my family, our management team, our employees and our customers,” said Carlo Ascari, Founder of ABL. “We are proud of what we have built over the last 40 years and are excited to be a part of Gulftech and its family of companies.”

The Ascari family and NEIP III (ITAGO) have been assisted by Corus Corporate Finance S.p.A. as financial advisor and Pavia & Ansaldo as legal advisor, while Gulftech has been advised by Jones Day and Deloitte.

Additional information on ABL can be found on its website at https://www.abl-fruit-machinery.com while further information on Gulftech and its family of companies can be found on its website at https://www.gulftech.com.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

AFPAK K Cup Filling Sealing Machines Uses the Nitrogen Flushing System

Wenzhou, China, 2019-Jan-30 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — Nitrogen is well-known to be an important element in the proper storage of coffee. Since AFPAK, one of the leading K Cup filling machine manufacturers, always makes sure that they are ahead in the industry, they have applied the nitrogen flushing system to their K Cup Filling Sealing Machines and their other coffee capsule packaging machines. This means that clients no longer have to worry about nitrogen issues as each machine will have 5-6 nitrogen flushing stations to keep more than 90% of nitrogen inside the coffee capsules and filled and sealed K cups.

“We always think of ways on how we can improve our machines so we can cater to our clients better. The nitrogen flushing system is another feature we offer our customers so they can be guaranteed that their coffee capsules are stored properly. We try to stand out among our competitors by realizing what our clients need even before asking them. This additional feature shows how we carefully think about what a coffee capsule packaging machine should be.” AFPAK Sales Manager, Monica, shares about their machines.

The company has developed a K Cup Filling Sealing Machine that is capable of flushing more than 95% of nitrogen inside the K Cups. The machine was designed automatically, which only requires one person to operate the machine properly. This promotes faster production that saves time and labor costs for the clients. AFPAK is so pleased with this development as it makes the production process efficient. Aside from the nitrogen flushing system, the K Cup Filling Sealing Machine is easy to use and maintain. It is also servo motor-driven, which ensures high accuracy and stability.

AFPAK offers four different types of K Cup packaging machines to meet different requirements of their customers:

AF-HK1 K Cup Coffee Capsule Filling Sealing Machine: This is the most basic machine that only operates one lane and can produce 30 K cups per minute. It comes with carrier plates that are pneumatically driven, a small footprint layout, and can handle various styles of capsules with easy size changeover.

AF-HK2 K Cup Coffee Capsule Filling Sealing Machine: This machine operates two lanes and can produce 100 K cups each minute. It is servo-driven and can easily be operated and maintained. One machine can use both separated and welded K Cups. It guarantees stability and high accuracy manufacturing process.

AF-HK4 K Cup Coffee Capsule Filling Sealing Machine: This is a four-lane machine that can produce 200 K cups per minute. Other features can be added depending on the client’s needs and the recommendations made by AFPAK engineers.

AF-RK1S K Cup Coffee Capsule Filling Sealing Machine: This machine only has 1 lane working and can produce 50 K cups per minute. However, it comes with fast speed, which makes the production process time-saving and cost-effective.

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La Paella Deploys Experiential ROI Driven Digital Menu Boards

Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A., 2019-Jan-30 — /EPR Network/ — Learn how and why La Paella decides on digital menu boards to enhance the visual appearance of their menu while improving the way they introduce new items and upsell high margin dishes, desserts, drinks and appetizers.

Background

La Paella is a contemporary fast-casual restaurant brand that offers a mesmerizing twist to traditional Spanish dining. From the fresh, made-to-order paella featuring your choice of fresh clams, shrimp, or Spanish sausage to Bocata sandwiches to full variety of tapas, La Paella offers an irresistible menu in a fun, casual setting. To top-off, the dining experience La Paella wanted to deploy a digital menu board solution that visually enhanced their branding while making it easier for customers to view their menu.

Upon meeting with Nextelix Connect (NoviSign Digital Signage partner) to discuss the installation time-frames of internet, phone and cloud computing solutions, La Paella expressed interest in digital menu boards.

Challenge

The original vendor that offered La Paella a digital menu board system was over-budget and difficult to implement. Also, La Paella wanted their branding creatively incorporated into the menu design, so it complimented their fresh in-store modern design and layout. In expectancy of new locations, they wanted the solution to be scalable, cost-effective and cloud-based.

When La Paella decided to make the switch to NoviSign’s Digital Menu Boards, they expected a reliable system that was beautifully designed, quickly installed and easy-to-use.

Requirements:
• Dependable cloud-based digital menu board software
• All-in-one display w/SoC media player for easy installation
• Professionally designed digital menu board
• A smooth deployment that was stress-free

Solution

NoviSign’s digital menu board software met each condition. Upon receiving the contract, Nextelix Connect immediately designed and deployed a total digital menu board system that consisted of four commercial-grade Android SoC displays with NoviSign preloaded.

Because the displays came with an integrated media player and WiFi, the screens were cleanly mounted flush against the wall eliminating the need for additional wiring. From the ordering counter, customers can easily view the menu items, descriptions pricing and food images.

Components used:
• NoviSign’s Cloud-Based Digital Menu Board Software
• Philips D-Line 49” Commercial Grade SoC Displays

Results

The move to NoviSign’s digital menu board solution was managed swiftly and professionally. The digital menu board layout was quickly designed, and all of the displays were delivered and installed before deadlines.

NoviSign’s menu board software allows for easy on-the-fly real-time updates of the menu from any computer at any time. Additionally, day-part scheduling is natively included enabling La Paella to preschedule specific menus, featured items and other promotions to automatically play on the digital menu boards on specific times set recurring schedules and or expiration dates. This ability to complete control over the menus ensures accurate pricing across all screens.

Benefits

• High menu visibility
• Easy-to-use and reliable
• Fast content updates
• Excellent support

Testimonial

“The entire NoviSign experience has been foolproof. Their digital menu board software is intuitive, reliable and supports any menu design option. Within minutes I was able to easily design my menu, add new items, changes prices and insert my food images. Whenever I need to make an update, I simply log-in to my account online and apply my changes. Within the seconds of applying my changes, my digital menu boards update. Thank you Nextelix and NoviSign! – Eddie Estevez, COO at La Paella

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Best Wine Critics of World: 2018 Most Voted Wines

Hill of Grace 2013

HELSINKI, 12-Dec-2018 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — BWW-The Best Wine of the World-competition is by far the toughest wine competition on this planet. Unlike any other industry competition, only 1% of the wines involved will be awarded.

The BWW competition was held in the world’s largest wine information service – tastingbook.com. 18,477 wines received in total 2,354,989 votes from 416,000 wine professionals and wine lovers from 116 countries during the three months voting period.

After the voting period, only 100 most voted wines in six different categories remained in the Finals, organized in January 2019. The six main categories included red wine, white wine, rose wine, sparkling wine, fortified wine, champagne and Wine Critic.

In BWW Competition 2018, the Best Wine Critic of the World -title was awarded to Jancis Robinson MW.

“I feel extremely honoured to have been recognised by so many wine professionals around the world, particularly when the competition is so extremely strong. And I’m thrilled to see that my JancisRobinson.com colleague Julia Harding MW is also highly valued. I think all of us who write about wine know that, however enviable our work seems, it is increasingly demanding, even if always rewarding. Here’s to wine! And of course, to the organisers of this poll.” Jancis Robinson MW

TOP 20 Best Wine Critics of the World are:

1. Jancis Robinson MW
2. Jeannie Cho Lee MW
3. James Suckling
4. Antonio Galloni
5. Neal Martin
6. Michel Bettane
7. Allen Meadows
8. Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
9. Tim Atkin MW
10. Richard Juhlin
11. Andrew Caillard MW
12. Eric Asimov
13. Julia Harding MW
14. Markus Del Monego MW
15. René Gabriel
16. Jeff Leve
17. José Peñin
18. Christer Byklum
19. Jeremy Oliver
20. Robert Parker

Most voted wines of the main categories are:

  • Most voted Red Wine of the World: Winner: Hill of Grace 2013, Henschke, Australia
  • Most voted White Wine of the World: Winner: Montrachet 2009, Ramonet, France
  • Most voted Champagne of the World: Winner: Dom Pérignon 2008, France
  • Most voted Sparkling Wine of the World: Winner: Original Sparkling Shiraz Seppelt, Australia
  • Most voted Fortified Wine of the World: Winner: Graham’s Vintage Port 2016, Portugal
  • Most voted Rosé Wine of the World: Winner: Boat Shed Nebbiolo Rosé, Longview, Australia
  • Most voted Sweet Wine of the World: Winner: Château d’ Yquem 2011, France

The TOP 50 Wine Critics and 1000 Most voted wines -lists can be found at www.tastingbook.com

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Teagasc won the 4th Farming by Satellite Prize with their idea for FODDERApp, a complete system and app for grass and grazing_management

LONDON, 07-Dec-2018 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — The 4th Farming by Satellite Prize, promoting the use of satellite technologies in agriculture, was decided on Wednesday 5th December at EU Space Week in Marseille. The overall winner of €5,000 was team Teagasc from Dublin, Ireland with their idea for FODDERApp, a complete system and mobile app for grass and grazing management.

Second and third prizes were awarded to team TREASURE, a pan-European team and team Space Junk from University of Padova, Italy.

They beat stiff competition from 42 other young people across 17 European countries. Judges selected six teams to take forward to the final ‘live’ judging round. Finalists were from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and, for the first time in the competition, Ireland and Finland.

Farming by Satellite Prize is an initiative of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Environment Agency (EEA). It is sponsored by CLAAS, a leading manufacturer of agricultural engineering equipment. Reviewing the winning entries this year, GSA judge Reinhard Blasi said: “The outcome of this year´s Farming by Satellite Prize once again showed there is no better way for innovation than investing in and rewarding the next generation of farmers. The amount and quality of the entries we received indicate that we have interesting times ahead in the area of smart farming.”

Commenting on the environmental aspect of entries, Hans Dufourmont of EEA added: “At a time when we are facing critical environmental and climate challenges, it is of increasing importance that we continue to encourage this type of strong innovative thinking from the next generation. Copernicus offers all citizens a vast array of data, but we rely on exactly this kind of new thinking shown in the Farming by Satellite competition to challenge and improve on how we are currently using satellite technologies and the data it provides. It is critical, challenging, but also promising.”

SOURCE: EuropaWire