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Bumble Bee Foods makes push for growing Hispanic market

BY Alaric DeArment

MIAMI — Seafood brand Bumble Bee Foods has hired Hispanic celebrity chef Doreen Colondres in order to connect with the growing Hispanic market in the United States, the company said Wednesday.

Bumble Bee announced its partnership with Colondres at the 2013 Hispanicize Conference in Miami. Colondres is known for her cooking segments on Fox’s Utilisima Network and is the creator of The Kitchen Doesn’t Bite brand and website. She also is part of the "Latin kitchen" movement, which promotes cooking with fresh, healthy and seasonal ingredients, and will develop recipes that feature Bumble Bee products, as well as Latin flavors and fresh ingredients.

"I am thrilled to partner with Bumble Bee to help educate the growing Hispanic community about the benefits of eating seafood as part of a healthy lifestyle combining a well-balanced diet with exercise," Colondres said. "With only two countries in Latin America without a coastline, seafood is a stable of Latin cuisine, and Bumble Bee offers a full line of canned and pouched tuna, salmon, sardine and specialty protein products that make seafood accessible and enjoyable year-round."

 

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Drug take-back events scheduled for 35 Giant-Carlisle stores

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — Thirty-five Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets stores in Pennsylvania and Virginia will sponsor drug take-back events later this month.

The chains, which collectively comprise Ahold USA’s Giant-Carlisle banner, will sponsor the events on April 27, in partnership with local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Patients can bring expired and unwanted medications, which will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner for free.

"We’re proud to partner with the DEA and local law enforcement authorities to assist customers with properly disposing of unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications and to reduce the amount of medication polluting our environment and our local communities," Giant-Carlisle director of pharmacy operations Leigh Shirley said.

In other news, Giant-Carlisle announced the completion of a remodel of its Halifax, Pa., store. The newly remodeled store includes a wider selection of products and services, including self-serve EasyScan registers and Nature’s Promise Marketplace, a section dedicated to natural and organic products, including 16 feet of space dedicated to gluten-free products.

 

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Philadelphia Cream Cheese expands product line

BY Jason Owen

GLENVIEW, Ill. — Philadelphia Cream Cheese is looking to broaden its appeal with the launch of new cream cheese products this spring.

Spicy Jalapeno is the newest flavor of cream cheese spread from the Philadelphia company. This new cream cheese flavor is made with real jalapenos and adds a hint of heat to a bagel, sandwiches, flatbreads and dips.

"Knowing consumers are becoming more adventurous with their food choices, we didn’t skimp on the heat," said Nina Barton, senior director of Philadelphia Cream Cheese. "We weren’t afraid to make our new jalapeno flavor actually rather spicy. On the other spectrum, to satisfy our consumers’ sweet tooth, we’re also introducing another delicious option called Snack Delights that’s perfect for an afternoon snack."

Philadelphia Snack Delights are a new dippable, spreadable snack topper, combining Philadelphia Reduced Fat Cream Cheese with real ingredients. The product is launching in stores on April 15 and is available in five different flavors: Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, Cinnamon and Caramel.


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