Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring has officially hatched at Baskin-Robbins with introduction of new ice cream Chick Cake

Baskin-Robbins Partners with the Tip Junkie Blog to Make 
its Chick Cake the Center of Attention this Season

CANTON, Mass.  (March 20, 2013) – Spring has arrived at Baskin-Robbins as the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops today announced the newest addition to its innovative selection of ice cream cakes – the Chick Cake. Bright and cheery on the outside, delicious on the inside with a customizable combination of Baskin-Robbins ice cream and cake, the Chick Cake is sure to be the centerpiece of any table this season. Also available this spring is the Chick Individual Treat, which is the perfect single serving partner to accompany Baskin-Robbins’ new Chick Cake.


“At Baskin-Robbins, we’re always looking for delicious and festive ways to celebrate different seasons throughout the year with our guests,” said Stan Frankenthaler, Baskin-Robbins Executive Chef and Vice President of Innovation at Dunkin’ Brands. “This spring, we wanted to create a memorable cake that really brought the season to life with bright colors and a whimsical design. The Chick Cake will not only delight ice cream lovers, but will also effortlessly serve as an impressive centerpiece that will brighten any table.”

To help celebrate spring, Baskin-Robbins has partnered with popular craft blogger, Laurie Turk of TipJunkie.com, to share fun and helpful tips for creating the perfect tablescape featuring the Chick Cake this season.

“I love entertaining and I’m always looking for new ways to surprise my guests with creative and thoughtful touches for a party setting,” said Turk. “The Baskin-Robbins Chick Cake is so adorable, it’s a centerpiece on its own, and lends itself well to decorative complements that taken together create a fun tablescape that really celebrates the season of spring.”

Here are Laurie’s tips for a “do-it-yourself” tablescape for the Baskin-Robbins Chick Cake:

·         Start at the bottom. Decorate from the bottom upward - table cloth, place mat, plate, etc. It's important to have a solid foundation from which to build off. Consider using wrapping paper instead of a plastic table cloth. You still have the benefit of a clean and more sophisticated look, with all of the fun patterns and colors to choose from.

·         Add comfort. Objects that grow naturally bring warmth and a comforting feeling to your guests, so be sure to add plants and flowers to your table. This also applies to fabrics and ribbon (such as those made from cotton).

·         Layer. Create an eye-catching table by adding dimension and layers to your decor. Instead of putting the napkin on the side of the plate, place it on top with a ribbon for a pop of color. Resist the urge to place things in rows and try putting them on top of each other instead.

·         Mix patterns. There are two different types of patterns: organic and geometric. Geometric patterns show straight lines, circles, triangles, rectangles and polygons. Organic patterns are shapes we find in nature like leaves, flowers or waves. The key to mixing patterns is to use one organic and one geometric pattern. Mixing two or more of the same type of pattern becomes messy and makes it hard for the eye to focus.

·         Keep it simple. When planning any tablescape, stick with two or three colors. Many times adding a fourth color can quickly take decor from chic to cheap.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ frozen treats and its Chick Cake, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins) or on Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins).

About Baskin-Robbins

Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 31st annual Franchise 500® ranking, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at nearly 7,000 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,000 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. In 2012, more than 13.3 million ice cream cakes were sold in Baskin-Robbins shops worldwide. For the full-year 2012, Baskin-Robbins' shops had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $1.9 billion. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Figo Means Cool!

Premium Ice Cream Manufacturer Boulder Homemade Introduces Artisan-made, 
Slow Batch-crafted Figo! Organic Gelato for National Market Launch

Super premium, non-GMO Figo! Organic Gelato, made in the Italian artisanal slow batch-crafted tradition, will debut at Natural Products Expo West in March 2013 with immediate distribution in leading natural foods stores and supermarkets in the Rocky Mountain region, and is positioned to become the leading national organic gelato brand.


Boulder, CO (February 19, 2013) – Figo! Organic Gelato, a super premium, USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO gelato line made by Boulder Homemade Inc., will soon be available in leading natural foods stores and supermarkets in the Rocky Mountain region, and the company is positioning the new organic gelato brand for national distribution in Spring 2013.


As part of a strategic national launch, Figo! Organic Gelato will debut its sophisticated, seven-flavor, slow batch-crafted organic gelato line to buyers and media at Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products industry trade show, held March 7-10, 2013, in Anaheim, California.

Made in the authentic, traditional style using recipes created under the guidance of a master Italian gelato maker, Figo!, which means ‘cool’ in Italian, is slow-batch churned by Italian crafted machinery. The ten-gallon Italian-made machines use a proprietary slow-churn process to create an ideal mixture of low air and butter fat, which lends to the gelato’s smooth, creamy and rich texture while creating under one-tenth of a percent of product waste, and a lower fat, premium product.

All Figo! Organic Gelato flavors are USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO, gluten free and egg free.

Committed to Quality and Sustainability
Boulder Homemade’s commitment to sustainability is a driving force in its premium ingredient selection, manufacturing and packaging processes. The company sources certified organic milk from Colorado dairies, and handcrafts its organic ice cream and gelato products in a zero waste, wind-powered facility. In addition, Figo! Organic Gelato comes in BPA-free packaging.

“Each of our unique flavors contains finely tuned ingredient combinations to create a symphony of flavor. Each ingredient is crucial to the overall flavor profile that we feel creates a standout product for the marketplace,” explains Scott Roy, CEO and President of Boulder Homemade Inc., which got its start in 1992 as a regional super premium ice cream manufacturer and retailer in Boulder, Colorado.

Figo! Organic Gelato will offer seven distinctive flavor varieties appealing to a modern taste palate: Salted Caramel CafĂ© made with real caramel; Chocolate Duet, a blend of cocoa powder and molten chocolate; Chocolate Peanut Butter; Coconut Almond Chip; Cool Limone fresh lemon juice and zest; Pure Pistachio; and Vanilla Trio—a blend of Tahitian, Madagascan and Bourbon vanillas.

Figo! Organic Gelato will be available in non-mixed 8-pint cases. The MSRP is $4.99 per pint. The full line of seven flavors will be available for distribution through UNFI Rocky Mountain region and retail placement in Spring 2013 with further regional and national distribution to follow.

About Boulder Homemade Inc.
Boulder Ice Cream has long been known for its homemade style ice cream. Founded in 1992 as an ice cream parlor on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO, its ice cream was made using salt and ice churns – famous for creating rich, dense and creamy ice cream. In 1998, the company expanded with the introduction of pints of all natural ice cream into leading natural foods stores and supermarkets. With the launch of Figo! Organic Gelato for the national market, Boulder Homemade Inc.’s legacy of artisan, handcrafted ice cream is alive and well more than 20 years later. For more information about Boulder Homemade Inc. and Figo! Organic Gelato visit www.bouldericecream.com and www.figogelato.com.

Dubba's Note: Figo was formerly known as Sorano Gelato. It's the same quality processes, same company, just a new look to help expand the customer base.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Kim & Scott's Crave Bar Takes a Bite Out of SxSW 2013

#CraveFace Campaign, Unique App Distribution Debuts


AUSTIN, Texas, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kim and Scott Holstein , the duo behind Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels, is introducing its new ice cream novelty product at the 2013 South by Southwest (SxSW) annual music, film and interactive conference and festival held in Austin, March 8-17.  

Kim & Scott's Crave Bar is available immediately at thecravebar.com, specialty markets and entertainment venues.  The sweet and savory indulgence features premium vanilla ice cream topped with rich dark chocolate and bits of hard pretzels and sea salt, all on a crunchy chocolate and caramel dipped pretzel rod. 

"SxSW is an ideal stage for us to introduce The Crave Bar," said Kim Holstein , Chief Inspiration Officer of Kim & Scott's Crave Bar.  "We know the festival goers will not only crave our new ice cream bar, but also respond positively to the Kim & Scott's CraveFace interactive campaign and our distribution through the BUZZtheBar app."

CraveFace, an interactive campaign created by Chicago's Simple Truth, celebrates the Crave Bar experience (#CraveFace).  Festival goers can stop by Kim & Scott's Crave Bar cart, located around the festival grounds to enjoy a 3.5 oz bar.  Cart locations can be found on thecravebar.com, Facebook and Twitter.  Once they have a well-earned "Crave Face," guests can use Instagram to snap a picture of their satisfied smiles with a smart phone, tweet #CraveFace and earn their place at thecravebar.com

Additionally, visitors to SxSW can purchase a Kim & Scott's Crave Bar through the BUZZtheBar iPhone or Android app and have a Kim & Scott's Crave Bar delivered to a nearby location in the Convention Center and at bars on Sixth Street.  BUZZtheBar, a New York based smart phone app, offers mobile order, pay and delivery. 

BUZZtheBar is the only way to try out a Kim & Scott's Crave Bar inside the Convention Center.  Pre-SxSW, post "I CRAVE bars" to Kim & Scott's Crave Bar Facebook and Twitter pages and #CraveBar and #BUZZtheBar for a free Crave Bar at SxSW.

Free Kim & Scott's Crave Bars will be given away at select times during SxSW.  Visit Kim & Scott's Crave Bar Facebook and Twitter pages for those opportunities. 

A portion of the proceeds from Kim & Scott's Crave Bar sales at SxSW will benefit KIPP Academy Austin, a charter school that prepares students in underserved communities for success.

ABOUT KIM & SCOTT'S
Husband and wife team Kim and Scott Holstein founded Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels in 1995.  After 17 years, the brand sold and the Holsteins moved into frozen novelties.  Kim & Scott's products and philanthropic efforts have been highly praised by Fortune Magazine as a company "Breaking Big." They have been deliciously touted by USA Today, Entrepreneur, CNBC's Power Lunch, CNBC's Donny Deutsch , Food Network's Dean Brothers and Roker on the Road.  

Monday, March 11, 2013

Talenti Unveils New Branding And Four New Flavors

Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto announces brand innovations 
at the 2013 Natural Products Expo West


MINNEAPOLIS, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At today's Natural Products Expo West Conference, Talenti® Gelato & Sorbetto, the world's best-selling packaged gelato, announces a re-branding effort that modernizes the look and feel of the product, as well as the introduction of four new flavors to its growing line of all-natural gelatos and sorbettos. The new packaging and flavors will begin to roll-out to retailers nationwide in April 2013.

Talenti's new logo and typeface support the brand's simplicity and playfulness, while also capturing the inevitable smile that comes with each spoonful of Talenti.  The "smiling spoon" logo and updated tagline, "Happier spoons," will further remind consumers of Talenti's exceptional quality and all-natural, carefully sourced ingredients.

In addition, Talenti continues to innovate this year with four unique new gelato and sorbetto flavors:
Alphonso Mango - A rich, dense sorbetto made with real, perfectly ripe Alphonso mangos from India.
Argentine Caramel – A luxurious and rich gelato made with golden Argentinean-style dulce de leche.
Southern Butter Pecan – A new take on a classic, this gelato combines a thick, delicious, buttery background with butter roasted pecans, and a ribbon of Talenti's signature dulce de leche.
German Chocolate Cake Inspired by the classic dessert, this flavor blends creamy milk chocolate gelato with premium pieces of coconut, candied pecans, and a velvety caramel swirl throughout.

"We are thrilled to add new, exciting flavors to our growing line of products," said Josh Hochschuler , Founder of Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto. "We put great care in creating our gelatos, selecting the best ingredients and adhering to time-honored gelato-making methods. With two takes on American classics and two slightly more exotic creations, this year's new flavors continue to exemplify our commitment to the best quality gelato and sorbetto." 

Consumers will find Talenti's new packaging and new flavors in retailers nationwide beginning April 2013 at a suggested retail price of $4.99-$5.99, or online at $7.99, plus shipping.

Talenti's complete line of gelatos and sorbettos includes 25 flavors:
Gelato:
Coffee Chocolate Chip
Southern Butter Pecan
Argentine Caramel 
Double Dark Chocolate
Tahitian Vanilla Bean
Banana Chocolate Swirl
German Chocolate Cake
Toasted Almond
Belgian Milk Chocolate
Mediterranean Mint 

Black Cherry Amarena
Old World Eggnog (Limited  
Sorbetto:
Black Raspberry Chocolate
Edition)
Alphonso Mango
Caramel Cookie Crunch
Peppermint Bark (Limited Edition)
Blood Orange
Caribbean Coconut
Sea Salt Caramel
Lisbon Lemon
Chocolate Chip Stracciatella
Sicilian Pistachio
Roman Raspberry
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
Simply Strawberry


About Talenti® Gelato & Sorbetto    Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto is the best-selling gelato and third best-selling premium ice cream brand in the United States. All Talenti flavors are 100% natural and crafted with the same uncompromising commitment to artisanal quality that has distinguished authentic Italian gelato for centuries. Talenti is made with only the finest natural and raw ingredients, carefully sourced locally and from around the world. Richer, creamier, denser and more delicious than ice cream, Talenti Gelato also contains 30% less fat than most brands. Talenti is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN and maintains production facilities in Dallas, TX and Marietta, GA. To learn more visit www.talentigelato.com or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/love.talenti and follow us on Twitter @TalentiGelato.