Mom’s Gourmet Spices Grows in California
Whole Foods Market (Northern California regional stores) and Andro-nico’s Community Markets, natural foods grocers, are now stocking
Mom’s Gourmet spices and rubs in all of their Northern California and
Bay Area stores. Distributed by Renaissance Specialty Foods in San
Francisco, which has opened up new opportunity on the West Coast.
Mom’s Gourmet, headquartered in Newbury, Ohio, was started by
Sally Koepke and her mother, Pat Hurley. The mother-daughter team
has always shared a passion for cooking and an enthusiasm for being
creative when it comes to livening up the palate. In 2008, the duo decided to take their creations to the commercial market where their 10
artisan seasonings and spice blends are selling in stores nationwide.
Low and no sodium, and vibrant flavors differentiate Mom’s Gourmet
products from other seasonings on the market; the line stands out
with a unique branding philosophy inspired by Koepke’s love of animals and the outdoors. Products “Wow-A Chihuahua,” “Rowdy Kitty
Rub” and “Feisty Fish Rub” were named after her pets. Other rubs
and seasonings named after her other canine and non-canine friends
include “Brown Dog Riba-Riba Rub,” “Gallopin’ Gourmet Shake,”
“Black Dog Belly Rub” and “Yellow Dog Sweet Shake.” Her favorite
outdoor pastimes led to the creation of “Awesome Antler Rub” and
“Far Out Feather Dust.” The seasonings and rubs, made with the
highest-quality ingredients, complement everything from veggies to
beef, pork, seafood, fish, poultry, venison as well as grilled fruit. For
more information, visit www.momsgourmet.net.
Bee Raw Honey is launching a new Web portal on Jan. 15, which will
allow wholesale customers to manage the entire ordering process online.
Each customer will have a secure login and can place orders directly
from the portal at www.beeraw.com, said Zeke Freeman, owner of Bee
Raw Honey. Customers will see what honey varietals are available, as
well as wholesale pricing and shipping costs. This enhancement for
wholesale customers follows the launch of a completely redesigned
Web site and blog on Nov. 11 last year.
The new Web site places a strong emphasis on raising awareness of the
Bee Raw Honey brand with consumers. It also provides extensive video
and other educational material about the honey varietals, honey pairings
for food and beverages, and cooking demonstrations incorporating the
honey into recipes developed by Freeman, a chef trained in France and the
United States. He will also write a regular blog at www.beerawbuzz.com.
“Our educational efforts are aimed at supporting the retailer with
cross-merchandising opportunities to drive sales in the cheese, produce, tea and other store departments,” Freeman said. “We believe
the new Web site reflects the unique nature and beauty of our single
floral varietal honeys, and demonstrates the benefits of incorporating
them as ingredients for the gourmet home chef. Our objectives are to
build the Bee Raw brand continually with consumers while supplying
useful tools that provide sales support to our distribution and retail
Bee Raw honeys are raw and unfiltered, and most are from wild floral
sources purchased from family-owned apiaries. The honeys are available in clear cylindrical retro-inspired 10.5-ounce “generic” jars with
a suggested retail price of $12 as well as in a selection of varietal sets
and honey flights.
The company’s American Honey Collection includes 10 floral varietal
honeys: Basswood Honey from New York; Blueberry Honey and Wild
Raspberry Honey from Maine; Buckwheat Honey from Washington
State; Cranberry Honey from Wisconsin; Orange Blossom Honey from
Florida; Sage Honey from California; Sourwood Honey from North
Carolina; and Star Thistle Honey and Sweet Yellow Clover Honey
from Colorado. More information and products are available online
at www.beeraw.com or by calling 888-660-0090.