For Immediate Release - June 26, 2013

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,

Beyond The Shaker, LLC, Woburn,, Gourmet salts

Biena Foods, Boston,, Healthy chickpea snacks

BOLA, Great Barrington,, Organic granola

Bonnie’s Jams, Cambridge,, Traditional style jams

Boyajian INC., Canton,, Unique cooking oils

British Delights Ltd., Westford,, British goodies

Budi Products LLC, Boston,, Delicious food for the brain

C’est Gourmet, Framingham,, French pastries

COASTAL GOODS, Barnstable,, Creative herbs, salts and spice blends

Coop’s Microcreamery, Watertown,, Famous hot fudge

Doves and Figs LLC, Arlington,, New flavors combinations of jams, preserves and conserves

Dresden Stollen Co, North Grafton,, Delicious rich German bread

Effie’s Homemade, LLC, Hyde Park,, Homemade crackers & biscuits

Good Tastes Kitchen LLC, Newburyport,, Amazing mac ‘n cheese

Harbor Sweets Inc., Salem,, Hand crafted chocolates

Klara’s Gourmet Cookies, LLC, Lee,, European style gourmet cookies

Lark Fine Food, LLC, Essex,, Cookies for grown ups

Mange, Somerville,, Fruit vinegars

McCrea’s Candies, Hyde Park,, unique flavored caramels

Nantucket Butter Company LLC, Nantucket,, Flavored Butters

Powell & Mahoney, Salem,, Cocktail mixes

PRAIM Group, Salem,, Chocolate, any way you want it packaged

Quinn Popcorn, Woburn,, Unique flavored popcorn

Root Cellar Preserves, Wellesley,, Experts in preserved pickles!

Sauces ‘n Love, Inc., Lynn,, Unique sauces to complete a meal

Spindrift Beverage Co. LLC, Charlestown,, Beverages from natural fruit

Stirrings, LLC, Mansfield,, Fun cocktail mixers

Sunshine International Foods Inc., Methuen,, All-natural tahini pastes

Taza Chocolate, Somerville,, Stone ground chocolate

YMB Enterprises, Osterville,, 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 and follow us on twitter at @MDARCommish and @massgrown.