By Richard Turcsik
Snacking on Olives
Gaea North America continues to find ways to enhance consumers’ lives with quality
products. The Hollywood, Fla.-based company is introducing olive snacks in a low-atmo-spheric resealable pouch that is sealed originally with no oxygen inside. The result, say
company officials, is a sanitary product that stays fresh much longer than other brands and
offers shoppers a better tasting olive.
The 12-SKU line features three 2.3-ounce packages, three 1-ounce packages and three
5.3-ounce packages of non-organic kalamata olives and green olives. The line also offers
organic kalamata olives and organic green olives and two packages of gourmet kalamata
and green olives.
“There are a lot of products out there to choose from,” says David Neuman, CEO of Gaea
North America. “But we offer a higher quality olive with better packaging and better brand-
ing. Consumers will come looking for us on retail shelves because they know we offer a top
Neuman adds that he hopes that consumers and retailers make the connection between
Gaea’s olive oil products and its line of olive snacks. “I think consumers see the connection
between the Gaea name and the quality of product we offer,” he notes. —Seth Mendelson
THE LATEST BUZZ ON NON-GMO
Bumble Bee Seafoods has converted its branded portfolio of
canned Solid White Albacore Tuna and Water to be
Non-GMO Project Verified, with plans to certify the balance of
its canned and pouch tuna products by the end of the year.
Cans of Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore Tuna in
Water and Oil will now carry the Non-GMO Project
The brand, which only uses wild caught tuna throughout
its product line, has also moved to sea salt across all canned tuna
products as part of its ongoing innovation efforts to support “clean labeled” products that contain as few ingredients as possible.
“We take feedback from our consumers seriously and, over the years, we’ve had a lot of success by listening and responding to what people want when it comes to filling their family’s
pantry,” says Dave Melbourne, senior vice president, consumer marketing and corporate social
responsibility at Bumble Bee Seafoods, based in San Diego. “We know shoppers today are looking for affordable and nutritious protein with clean ingredients free from genetic engineering. As the national brand leader in Solid White Albacore Tuna, certifying our Solid White
Albacore line was the initial priority and we are targeting to have the balance of our canned
and pouch tuna products Non-GMO Project Verified by the end of December.”
The Spice Lab, a Pompano Beach, Fla.-based manufacturer of gourmet spices,
has gotten into the retail business with its
first The Spice Lab store.
The 1,000-square-foot boutique is in
Sunrise Square Plaza in Fort Lauderdale,
Fla., next to Omaha Steaks, and showcase’s the company’s extensive line of
salts, spices, seasonings and teas from
around the world, along with other specialty foods and gourmet gifts, including
craft chocolates, coffee and olive oils, plus
kitchen and tableware items.
“Opening a retail shop was our origi-
nal dream,” says Brett Cramer, who started
The Spice Lab with his wife Jennifer. “After
selling our previous business in 2009, we
had planned to run a small store while the
children grew up. Then the Gourmet Sea
Salt Collections I designed to give family
and friends that Christmas turned into a
multi-million-dollar wholesale business.”
The Fort Lauderdale store is the first of
several planned boutiques.
“I think our shop will be a unique experience to discover exotic spices, rare teas
and a wide array of interesting gourmet
products,” Cramer says. “It’s our curated
kitchen for cooking inspiration.”