Progressive Grocer - September 2017 - 26
2017 Editors' Picks
5 River Islands Cherries
Stemilt is a leader in branded produce,
and each of its products has a
fascinating story to tell that creates
excitement for curious consumers. These
luscious late-season cherries come
from northern California's SacramentoSan Joaquin Delta Region, where the
Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers
intersect with three smaller rivers, the Mokelumne, Cosumnes and Calaveras,
creating a fertile growing region. The cherries have a beautiful, deep-red
complexion and deliver bursts of sweetness.
7th Street Confections Dark Chocolate Thins
Alvarado Street Bakery
Pumpkin Berry Sprouted
Wheat & Coffee Flour Bread
With many of today's consumers
espousing a "no waste" mentality,
Alvarado Street Bakery is taking a
part of the coffee bean - the cherry,
traditionally discarded as waste - and
turning it into a sustainable coffee flour.
It's combined with organic sprouted
whole wheat flour to create a nutrientrich flour for its sprouted-wheat breads.
The on-trend Pumpkin Berry flavor
also includes pumpkin puree, pumpkin
seeds, cranberries and roasted coffee
for a hearty, soft and sweet bread that's
perfect for breakfast toast.
Perhaps best known for its old-school Nut Goodies and Bit-O-Honey
confections, Pearson Candy Co. has tapped the snacking-chocolate trend
to create a fresh, upscale brand image for these thins. Combining dark
chocolate containing 54 percent cacao - known for its antioxidants, lower
sugar and calories - with fruits, nuts and grains to provide a unique flavor
and crunchy mouthfeel, they are non-GMO and contain no artificial colors or
flavors. Varieties are Raspberry & Quinoa, Strawberry, Blueberry & Almond,
and Pineapple & Toasted Coconut.
The A2 Milk Co. Chocolate
2% Reduced Fat Milk
Jalapeño and Cheddar Sausage
The A2 Milk Co.'s Chocolate 2% Reduced
Fat Milk is made with 100 percent Dutch
process cocoa, which gives the milk a rich,
creamy flavor. Even better, people who
suffer from lactose intolerance may be
able to enjoy this milk, as it contains only
A2 beta casein proteins; conventional milk
contains both A1 and A2 proteins, and many
people have a sensitivity to A1. The milk is
sourced from local dairy cows that produce
milk containing only the A2 protein.
Now a largely autonomous subsidiary of
Hormel Foods, Applegate excels at delivering
all-natural, humanely raised meat products
that consistently deliver on taste and quality.
These tasty sausages are no exception.
Combining hardwood-smoked chicken with
cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and
spicy jalapeño peppers, the links are fantastic
even without any condiments - or a bun -
to get in the way. They're great on the grill,
which is how our tasters enjoyed them.
| Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | September 2017