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Hella Bitters—touted as the cocktail ingredient and bartender’s secret weapon—is now the key ingredient in two non-alcoholic Bitters & Soda varieties: One with zero sugar, and the other with just enough sweetness to create a balanced spritz when mixed with spirits or rosé.

What makes the variants unique are their individualized approaches to contemporary mega-trends of low or no sugar nutrition, low or no alcohol drinking occasions, and plant-driven wellness products. For information: https://hellacocktail.co.


Bindi Desserts has launched a new collection of gluten-free panna cotta, a traditional Italian dessert made of cooked sweetened cream, in three flavors: traditional, espresso and mango. These molded chilled desserts come 16 servings/case (Net wt/serving: 3.17 oz. & Net wt/case: 3 lbs. 3 oz.). The versatility of Bindi’s Panna Cotta allows foodservice professionals the ability to make the dessert their own by mixing and matching the flavors, serving them as a whole in a set of 3, or individually, adding in preferred toppings and sides. With a production facility in Belleville, New Jersey, and two distribution centers in New Jersey and Los Angeles, Bindi offers efficient delivery to clients with a cold chain distribution network that maintains quality and guaranteed product preservation and freshness. For information: https://bindiusa.com.


Campbell’s Foodservice has recrafted its entire line of canned soups. Available in condensed and ready-to-serve formats starting this summer, Campbell’s Classic soups feature no-antibiotics-ever chicken meat and 390mg of sodium per serving in Campbell’s Healthy Request 50-ounce varieties. Removed are: high-fructose corn syrup, added MSG, colors from artificial sources, artificial flavors, added preservatives and BPA-lined cans. “We’re ensuring that every ingredient earns its place in our products, continuing Campbell’s real food journey and commitment to our operator partners,” said Kevin Matier, vice president and general manager of Campbell’s North America Foodservice. “As we did with our frozen soup portfolio in 2017, we’re ensuring high-quality ingredients.” Chefs can get recipe ideas from Campbell’s Foodservice. For information: www.campbellsfoodservice.com


Smart Flour, a leading provider of gluten-free products for foodservice customers, has introduced a tavern pizza crust to its ancient grain-based lineup. Made with sorghum, the crust is light in color, balanced in flavor and possesses a taste and texture that rivals any traditional white-flour crust. It also offers a boost of fiber and antioxidants thanks to its ancient-grain ingredient, helping foodservice providers meet the needs of customers looking to make healthier choices. In addition to being certified gluten free, Smart Flour’s Tavern Pizza Crusts feature on-trend attributes like being vegan, Non-GMO Project Verified and free of many common allergens, including nuts, dairy, soy, egg and rice. Sold frozen in a 12-count package, Smart Flour’s Tavern Pizza Crusts are available in 10” and 12” rounds and a 5.5” x 16” oval size. For information: www.smartflourfoods.com


Sweet Street offers six freshly baked Manifesto individually wrapped products made from simple ingredients with only pure cane sugar, cage-free eggs and sustainably grown chocolates. These individually wrapped products include:

Salted Caramel Crunch Manifesto Cookie
Sandy’s Amazing Chocolate Chunk Manifesto Cookie
Toffee Crunch Manifesto Blondie
Peruvian Chocolate Manifesto Brownie
Honduran Chocolate Manifesto Brownie (Certified Gluten Free)
Chewy Marshmallow Manifesto Bar (Certified Gluten Free)

Sweet Street strives to ensure farmers and their families are taught better farming practices, helping them protect their land for future generations, which gives customers and operators another indulgence to feel good about.

For more information: www.sweetstreet.com.


Eco-Products has just released a new line of molded fiber plates and containers that are made from sugarcane, microwave friendly and effective in both hot and cold applications. The Vanguard line is also water and grease resistant. It has been designed to meet the forthcoming requirements of the Biodegradable Product Institute for compostability certification that will go into effect on January 1, 2020. The initial line, available in a limited release, includes a 10-inch round plate, a three-compartment 10-inch plate, a 9-inch single-compartment clamshell and a three-compartment 9-inch clamshell. A select group of customers is currently testing the initial run. More products will be added soon, including bowls and other sizes of plates and clamshells. Eco-Products, a Novolex brand is a Certified B Corporation whose products are, relative to traditional counterparts, gentler on the environment because they require fewer virgin resources to produce, and make diversion from landfills an option upon disposal. For information:  www.ecoproducts.com


Step aside, coffee pods. Take a rest, instant coffee and make way for a single-serve option to the world of high-end coffee. Santa Cruz-based startup, Steeped has launched its steeped coffee brewing method. Brewed similar to tea, Steeped Coffee’s nitro-sealed bags, along with their guilt-free packaging made using renewable and compostable materials, achieve freshly ground specialty coffee in a single-serving. It’s available in five roasts: light, medium, dark, French roast, and a single-origin Swiss Water Process decaf. For information: www.steepedcoffee.com 

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