State Agriculture Officials Promote Massachusetts Food Businesses in New York
More than 50 Massachusetts food companies to be showcased at the International Fancy Food Show.
BOSTON – Wednesday, June 26, 2013 – From June 30 – July 2, 2013, 58 Massachusetts food manufacturers will participate in the International Summer Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City as part of an effort to highlight foods made in the Commonwealth.
“From the shores of Cape Cod to the Berkshires, the impressive presence of Massachusetts food businesses that will be showcased at the upcoming food show will give US and international customers the opportunity to have their taste buds enlightened,” said Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Commissioner Greg Watson.
The Massachusetts Pavilion, organized by DAR, will feature products from 32 of the Commonwealth’s food businesses. These small- to medium-sized businesses will meet new customers and develop sales from the mostly independent retail buyers in attendance. Eligible first time exhibitors have 50 percent of their costs reimbursed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.
The trade show in one of the premier marketplaces for value-added foods, with 2,400 exhibitors and 24,000 attendees. Prior to the show, and with assistance from DAR, exhibitors will meet with buyers from 16 countries.
Three Massachusetts companies are contenders for the “Oscar” of the food world – the prestigious “Sofi” award. The nominees are: Effie’s Homemade, LLC in Hyde Park for “Shelf Stable Foodservice Item;” Sauces n’ Love in Lynn for “Condiments;” and Tea Forte in Concord for “Food Gift.” Winners will be announced at the event.
Farm stand operators and retail businesses looking to add Massachusetts value-added products to their inventory will be in attendance. Information is also available about food trends for both food and agricultural producers.
The following businesses will participate in the Massachusetts Pavilion:
Beach Plum Baking Company, Scituate, www.beachplumbaking.com
Beyond The Shaker, LLC, Woburn, www.beyondtheshaker.com, Gourmet salts
Biena Foods, Boston, BienaFoods.com, Healthy chickpea snacks
BOLA, Great Barrington, www.bolagranola.com, Organic granola
Bonnie’s Jams, Cambridge, www.bonniesjams.com, Traditional style jams
Boyajian INC., Canton, www.boyajianinc.com, Unique cooking oils
British Delights Ltd., Westford, www.britishdelights.com, British goodies
Budi Products LLC, Boston, www.budibar.com, Delicious food for the brain
C’est Gourmet, Framingham, www.cestgourmet.com, French pastries
COASTAL GOODS, Barnstable, www.coastalgoods.com, Creative herbs, salts and spice blends
Coop’s Microcreamery, Watertown, www.coopsmicrocreamery.com, Famous hot fudge
Doves and Figs LLC, Arlington, www.dovesandfigs.com, New flavors combinations of jams, preserves and conserves
Dresden Stollen Co, North Grafton, www.dresdenstollen.com, Delicious rich German bread
Effie’s Homemade, LLC, Hyde Park, www.effieshomemade.com, Homemade crackers & biscuits
Good Tastes Kitchen LLC, Newburyport, www.good-tastes.com, Amazing mac ‘n cheese
Harbor Sweets Inc., Salem, www.harborsweets.com, Hand crafted chocolates
Klara’s Gourmet Cookies, LLC, Lee, www.klarasgourmetcookies.com, European style gourmet cookies
Lark Fine Food, LLC, Essex, www.larkfinefoods.com, Cookies for grown ups
Mange, Somerville, www.freshfruitvinegars.com, Fruit vinegars
McCrea’s Candies, Hyde Park, www.mccreascandies.com, unique flavored caramels
Nantucket Butter Company LLC, Nantucket, www.nantucketbutterco.com, Flavored Butters
Powell & Mahoney, Salem, www.powellandmahoney.com, Cocktail mixes
PRAIM Group, Salem, www.praimgroup.com, Chocolate, any way you want it packaged
Quinn Popcorn, Woburn, www.quinnpopcorn.com, Unique flavored popcorn
Root Cellar Preserves, Wellesley, www.rootcellarpreserves.com, Experts in preserved pickles!
Sauces ‘n Love, Inc., Lynn, www.saucesnlove.com, Unique sauces to complete a meal
Spindrift Beverage Co. LLC, Charlestown, www.spindriftfresh.com/, Beverages from natural fruit
Stirrings, LLC, Mansfield, www.stirrings.com, Fun cocktail mixers
Sunshine International Foods Inc., Methuen, www.sunshinefood.com, All-natural tahini pastes
Taza Chocolate, Somerville, www.tazachocolate.com, Stone ground chocolate
YMB Enterprises, Osterville, www.chefybainier.com, Delicious soufflé
DAR’s mission is to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions – Agricultural Conservation and Technical Assistance, Agricultural Markets, Animal Health and Crop and Pest Services – DAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the rich diversity of the Commonwealth’s agricultural community in order to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture’s role in energy conservation and production. For more information, visit DAR’s website at www.mass.gov/agr and follow us on twitter at @MDARCommish and @massgrown.