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Martello, Sprout Nutrition honored at ECRM baby and infant show

BY Gina Acosta

At top from left: David Laugen, Director of Sales, Sprouts Nutrition; Scarlett Englebrecht, Retail Development Manager, ECRM; Brian Stone, Director of Sales & Marketing, Crossmark

ORLANDO, Fla. — Martello has been named the winner of the 2016 ECRM/Drug Store News Buyers Choice Award for its Yummy Spoon, a self-feeding baby spoon designed to help parents easily feed their babies.

The award was presented during ECRM’s 2016 Baby & Infant EPPS held July 11 to 13 in Orlando. Montvale, N.J.-based Sprout Nutrition was the finalist with its Sprout Organic Quinoa Puffs.

The two companies were selected from dozens of entries in the award program, samples of which were displayed in the ECRM hospitality area during the EPPS meetings. Buyers cast their votes based on product innovation and packaging.

The Yummy Spoon is a self-feeding baby spoon designed for whole bananas, whole avocados, sweet potatoes, pureed fruits and vegetables, oatmeal and all other types of homemade baby food recipes. It works by inserting a whole food — such as a banana – into the body of the spoon, then squeezing the Yummy Spoon to puree its contents, and finally squishing it out through an opening onto the bowl of the spoon using a similar motion as you would for toothpaste). It is freezable, portable and easy to clean, and was developed by developed by Gina Cormier, a stay at home mom and high school soccer coach from Albuquerque, New Mexico (yes, a real “soccer mom”) to make it easier for parents to feed healthy, homemade food on the go.

Martello, LLC is headquartered in Calabasas, Calif., and was formed by Gina’s brother, Paul Martello. The Yummy Spoon is Martello’s first brand of children’s products to launch in 2016. The company has a strong focus on philanthropy and donates a portion of every Yummy Spoon sale to feed children living in hunger.

Sprout Organic Quinoa Puffs are organic, non-GMO and gluten free organic whole grains blended with just the right amount of fruit and vegetables to keep baby’s taste buds happy, according to the company. Also added to the recipe is a touch of organic rosemary to act as a natural preservative. The Puffs are available in 1.5oz BPA-free packaging and come in three flavors: Apple Kale, Mango Carrot and Maple Cinnamon. Sprout Quinoa Puffs are. It’s also free of fillers and thickeners.

Sprout Nutrition provides premium organic foods for babies, toddlers and their families that encourage happy and healthy eating. Founded in 2009, Sprout introduced baby food in a pouch, triggering the explosion of the organic baby food pouch segment in the U.S., according to the company. It uses only organic and GMO-free ingredients and unique cooking methods to create tasty, nutritious combinations developed to appeal to all ages.

 

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SLIDESHOW: U by Kotex’s pop-up Period Shop

BY DSN STAFF
U by Kotex recently began its Period Project, kicking off the multi-year program and project series with a pop-up shop in New York City. The Period Shop was conceived by New York-based college student Sarah Michelson, who wrote a post on Tumblr about creating a Period Shop that U by Kotex read, partnering to create the shop on 21st St. and 5th Ave., which was open May 13-15.
The shop featured products from U by Kotex alongside products from Gullah Girl Tea, chocolate from Bon Bon Bon and Unelefante, costmetics from Herbivore Botanicals, bags from Baggu, and even feminine hygiene-inspired enamel pins and other period-related ephemera. All proceeds from the store went to Susan’s Place, a transitional residence for homeless women in New York City. The store also featured a chalkboard with the prompt “My Period is…” and blank lines for shoppers to fill in with their feelings about their periods. The pop-up featured DJ sets and nail art sessions all weekend, and held Friday night, the store also played host to a “Periods Are Funny” comedy show.
For more information about the Period Shop and the Period Project, click here.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Chef Dominique Ansel poses with his latest creation, Nutella Pancake Cone, made especially for NutellsÕs International Pancake Tuesday event on February 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Nutella) *** Local Caption *** Dominique Ansel
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Chef Dominique Ansel celebrates NutellaÕs International Pancake Tuesday event with fans with his Nutella Pancake Cone on February 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Nutella) *** Local Caption *** Dominique Ansel
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Nutella fans enjoy complimentary Nutella and pancakes at international pancake Tuesday event on February 17, 2015 in New York. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Nutella)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: To celebrates NutellaÕs International Pancake Tuesday, Nutella teamed up with Chef Dominique Ansel to create limited edition Nutella Pancake cone for celebratory event on February 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Nutella)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Nutella fans pose in front of customized photo both and share with friends via social media at NutellaÕs International Pancake Tuesday event on February 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Nutella)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Fans wait in line to taste Nutella Pancake Cone, Chef Dominique Ansel latest creation, at NutellaÕs International Pancake Tuesday event on February 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Nutella)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: To celebrates NutellaÕs International Pancake Tuesday, Nutella teamed up with Chef Dominique Ansel to create limited edition Nutella Pancake cone for celebratory event on February 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Nutella)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: To celebrates NutellaÕs International Pancake Tuesday, Nutella teamed up with Chef Dominique Ansel to create limited edition Nutella Pancake cone for celebratory event on February 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Nutella)
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Nutella, Dominique Ansel join forces for International Pancake Day

BY Ryan Chavis

Photo Credit: Timothy Hiatt / Getty for Nutella / Ferrero U.S.A.
NEW YORK — Nutella earlier this week embraced International Pancake Day with a party for its fans Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central. To make the celebration even sweeter, the brand partnered with Cronut-creator Dominique Ansel to whip up special Nutella Pancake Cones exclusively for the event. The Pancake Cones were served by Chef Ansel were available for one day only. Fans also got the opportunity to indulge in samples of Nutella paired with pancakes, a pancake bar with fruits and a photo opportunity for them to spread their admiration for Nutella via social media.
Nutella and Dominique Ansel have a history of sweet celebrations. Last year, Chef Ansel created special limited-edition Cronut holes made with Nutella in honor of the brand’s 50th anniversary. 

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