For Immediate Release - June 25, 2010

State Agricultural Officials and 16 Massachusetts Food Producers Participate in Annual Food Show in the Big Apple

BOSTON - June 25, 2010 - Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Commissioner Scott Soares today announced 16 exhibitors will participate in the 56th Annual Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City this weekend.

DAR is sponsoring a booth at the show, known as the Massachusetts Pavilion, for 16 exhibitors who are featuring products made from food grown or produced in the Bay State including soups, chocolates and cocktail mixers.

"For our small specialty food businesses and food entrepreneurs, this venue offers a perfect opportunity to showcase their products and develop sales," said Commissioner Soares. "These businesses make locally produced, year-round products that can bring a taste of Massachusetts to consumers across the U.S. and internationally."

Food producers attending the show are from Barnstable, Beverly, Billerica, Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Fall River, Gloucester, Greenfield, Lynn, North Grafton, Salem, Shelburne, Sheffield and West Bridgewater.

DAR coordinates the Massachusetts Pavilion as part of its Massachusetts Made with Pride Program, which helps support Bay State producers and food entrepreneurs. The state pavilions, featured at the show as the Avenue of Pavilions, are of special interest to buyers looking to find regional products to meet their customer requests. A trade mission coordinated by DAR allows exhibitors to meet with 13 buyers from 11 countries.

The event runs from June 27 to June 29 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City and will feature 2,400 exhibitors, drawing in an estimated 24,000 attendees. Many small to medium-sized businesses develop sales from the mostly independent retail buyers in attendance. Participants pay their complete expenses, but may be eligible for reimbursement under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Market Access Program.

In addition to the companies represented in the DAR-sponsored Massachusetts Pavilion, there will be 35 additional Massachusetts exhibitors spread throughout the center.

The Massachusetts companies listed below create innovative products and will sample and sell those products - foods ranging from cranberry and fruit chocolate, specialty honey, baked products, sauces and gourmet soups - at the show. Kettle Cuisine uses local butternut squash, Bittersweet Herb Farm uses local herbs, New England Natural Bakers and Berkshire Bark use dried cranberries, and Merrimack Valley Apiaries features local honey.

Berkshire Bark, Sheffield, www.berkshirebark.com, (413) 229-8120
Top quality Belgium chocolate with no preservatives.

Bittersweet Herb Farm, Shelburne, www.bittersweetherbfarm.com, (413)625-6523
All-natural gourmet finishing sauces, oils, balsamic vinegars and specialty jams.

Bloomsbury, Salem, www.bloomsberryusa.com, (800)745-5154 x 109
All natural, kosher certified, premium chocolate.

Coastal Goods, Barnstable, www.coastalgoods.com, (508) 375-1050
Unique, high quality seasoning combinations.

Creative Juices, Beverly, www.creativejuicesnow.com, (978)922-4332
Specialty and boutique beverages.

Dimitria Delights, North Grafton, www.dimitriadelights.com, (800) 763-1113
Premium ready-to-bake and thaw-and-serve bakery products.

Edible Adventures, Great Barrington, www.Biscottibabies.com, (877) 828-2789
Bite sized, all natural, delicious, whole wheat based cookie.

Effies Homemade, Boston, www.effieshomemade.com, (617)364-9300
A unique line of baked goods rooted in traditional family recipes.

Equal Exchange, West Bridgewater, www.equalexchange.coop, (774)776-7407
Chocolate and coffee beverages from a food system that empowers farmers and consumers, supports small farmer co-ops, and uses sustainable farming methods.

Flavrz, Gloucester, www.FlavrzDrinkMix.com, (978) 283-0346
A mix your own healthy drink product.

Kettle Cuisine, Chelsea www.kettlecuisine.com, (617)884-1219
An independent, artisan soup maker that has cooked uncompromised soup since 1986.

Merrimack Valley Apiaries, Billerica, www.mvabeepunchers.com, (978)201-9680
Unique blends of premium honey.

New England Natural Bakers, Greenfield, www.newenglandnaturalbakers.com, (413)772-2239
Quality home-style organic and all natural granola, trail mixes and chewy granola bars.

Sauces 'n Love, Lynn, www.saucesnlove.com, (781)595-7778
Producers of premium glass jarred pasta sauce.

Spence & Co. Ltd., Brockton, www.spenceltd.com, (856) 979-3637
Producers of smoked salmon and seafood, created in the Scottish tradition.

Stirrings LLC, Fall River, www.stirrings.com, (508) 689-4867
Creative and unique cocktail ingredients.

DAR's mission is to ensure the long-term viability of local agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions - Agricultural Development, Animal Health, Crop and Pest Services, and Technical Assistance - DAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the Commonwealth's agricultural community, working 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 MDAR's website at www.mass.gov/agr , and/or follow us at http://twitter.com/MDARCommish. For your gateway to locally grown products, specialty foods, and fun ag-tivities go to www.mass.gov/massgrown.