For Immediate Release - July 14, 2011

Agriculture Officials in Washington to Promote Massachusetts Food Businesses

Agriculture Officials in Washington to Promote Massachusetts Food Businesses

Boston - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - State agriculture officials attended a food trade show in Washington, D.C., from Sunday, July 10 through Tuesday, July 12, 2011, which attracted close to 24,000 attendees -- including buyers from 11 countries -- included a Massachusetts Pavilion that featured 22 Commonwealth-based specialty food businesses, according to the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR), which coordinated the pavilion as part of its ongoing support for Massachusetts' specialty food sector.

The Massachusetts Pavilion was part of the "Avenue of State Pavilions" at the 2011 Summer Fancy Food Show, a premier marketplace for value-added foods that included 2,400 exhibitors. Value added products are foods and beverages that through production have enhanced value for the consumer - for example, tomatoes to salsa, goat milk to goat cheese, or strawberries to preserves and pies. Many small to medium sized businesses developed sales from the mostly independent retail buyers in attendance. In addition to the companies participating in the Massachusetts Pavilion, there were approximately 35 additional exhibitors from the Commonwealth spread throughout the show.

"As the state competes for market share in an extremely competitive environment, diversification and differentiation have been key success factors for Massachusetts farm and food entrepreneurs," said DAR Commissioner Soares, who represented the Massachusetts Pavilion at the show, and is president of Food Export USA Northeast, an organization representing ten Northeast states to promote export development with funding from the US Department of Agriculture.

With the assistance from DAR officials, exhibitors also met with buyers from 11 countries. Brazil, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, France, Hong Kong, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Taiwan and the UK will have buyers in attendance.

The following businesses participated in the Massachusetts Pavilion:

Bittersweet Herb Farm, Shelburne

www.bittersweetherbfarm.com

Seasonings, jams, oils, and sauces - redefining dining since 1983

Bonnie's Jam, Cambridge

www.bonniesjams.com

All natural jams, remembering the taste of fruit

Deborah's Kitchen, Littleton

www.deborahskitchen.com

Award winning all natural, low sugar spreadable fruit and relish

Cains Foods, Ayer

www.cainsfoods.com

High quality mayonnaise and salad dressings and salad dressings

Cape Cod Provisions, Pocasset

www.capecodprovisions.com

Chocolate covered cranberry specialties

Coastal Goods, Cape Cod

www.coastalgoods.com

Salts and spices from all around the world

Dresden Stollen, North Grafton

www.dimitriadelights.com

Superior frozen layer dough and bakery products

Effies, Hyde Park

www.effieshomemade.com

Award winning Oatcakes, Corncakes, and Nutcakes

Equal Exchange; West Bridgewater

www.equalexchange.coop

Fair trade coffee, chocolate and fruits

Glutinus Minimum, Belmont

www.glutenusminimus.com

Gourmet gluten-free foods

Kettle Cuisine, Chelsea

www.kettlecuisine.com

Refrigerated gourmet soups

Lark Fine Foods, Gloucester,

www.larkfinefoods.com

Award winning specialty cookies

Mini Pops, Stoughton
www.myminipops.com

Air popped sorghum grain

Myron's Fine Foods, Millers Falls

www.chefmyrons.com

Fine cooking sauces

Nantucket Pasta Goddess, Nantucket

www.nantucketpastagoddess.com

Fresh gluten free pasta and sauces

New England Natural Bakers, Greenfield

www.newenglandnaturalbakers.com/

Granola and trail mix since 1977

Panapesca, Pembroke

www.panapesca.com

Seafood meals for foodservice

Philip 'R's Frozen Desserts, Winchester

www.icecream-desserts.com

Frozen novelties and desserts for retail and foodservice

Powell and Mahoney, Beverly

www.PowellandMahoney.com

Cocktail mixers

Root Cellars, Wellesley

www.rootcellarpreserves.com

Simply great pickles

Sauces 'n Love, Lynn

www.saucesnlove.com

Fresh and natural homemade sauces, pesto, bruschetta, spreads and dips

Tortured Orchard, North Egremont

http://torturedorchard.com

Specialty sauces - a spirited rebellion of flavors

DAR works to promote growers adding value to their product as well as supporting food entrepreneurs through the state's shared use kitchens in Boston, Greenfield and Dartmouth, as well as referrals to the state Department of Public Heath regarding regulatory issues and the Small Business Development center network for business assistance. Currently, the Department is updating its Food Processors Resource Manual. For more information, contact bonita.oehlke@state.ma.us.

DAR's mission is to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions - Agricultural Conservation & 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 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/or follow at twitter.com/agcommishsoares