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Culinary Corner with Chef Dominic Towe

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In October of 2012, Tropical Foods hosted the Flavors of the Fall Recipe Contest with culinary students at the Charlotte Campus of Johnson & Wales University. We’re catching up with some of the finalists to see what they are up to now. Next up is Grand Prize Winner Dominic Towe who created the recipe Mexicali Black Grouper using Tropical Foods Mexicali Fire.

Tropical Foods: What have you been up to since the Tropical Foods Flavors of Fall Recipe Contest?
Dominic Towe: “Since winning the competition, I have graduated from Johnson & Wales. I am currently working for Compass Group as the Executive Chef at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC.”

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Debunking Misconceptions About Food Trends

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If it seems as if every food advertisement contains a different claim about U.S eating trends, it is because they do. Many marketing tactics use generalizations that are not completely true or that take niche trends and apply them to the general population. This leaves snack sellers trying to decipher between marketing speak and actual consumer demand. Here are some common food myths we’ve all heard. Read the rest of this entry »

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2014 Summer Fancy Food Show Trends

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With more than 25,000 food industry insiders converging at the summer Fancy Food show, it’s always a great time to discover the newest trends and tastes. More then 180,000 products are displayed and tested at the Special Food Association’s Fancy Food Show to find the next big thing. AdAge presented the Top 10 Food Trends from the show and we are happy to see that bold flavors continue to play a huge role in new food items.

Below are some highlights. Don’t miss the chance to add corresponding Tropical items to your offerings and give your customers and best and newest flavors!

Gluten-Free
Not only are gluten-free items continuing to be a leading trend, there is even more creativity being added to these products.

Exotic Flavors
In particular, Korean flavors were a big trend at this year’s show. Flavors such as sesame, soy, garlic and spicy peppers are popping up everywhere.

Beer-Flavored Everything
Beer is a flavor no longer contained to the beverage. The show found beer cheese spreads, beer chocolate mixes, and even beer jelly beans. Tropical doesn’t offer a beer flavored nut mix YET, but you can enjoy Buffalo Nuts, which are the perfect accompaniment to your beer of choice:

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Top 10 Pecan Fun Facts

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National Pecan Pie Day is this Saturday, July 12th. Read on to find out the Top 10 Fun Facts about Pecans.

1. The name “pecan” is a Native American word that was used to describe nuts requiring a stone to crack.

2. The pecan capital of the world is Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees.

3. Pecan trees are native to North America and over 80% of the world’s pecan crop comes from the United States.

4. Pecan trees only produce nuts every two years.

5. The pecan pie was created by French people who had settled in New Orleans.

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Best-Selling Gluten Free Chips

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Interested in how gluten free items are selling in your industry? Take a look below at Tropical’s top-selling gluten free chips and contact your Tropical sales rep HERE to add these best-sellers to your product offerings.

Business & Industry:
1. Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips
2. Salveo Sweet Thai Chili Tater Pops
3. Salveo Sea Salt Tater Pops
4. Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn Chips
5. Lentil Parmesan Garlic Chips

Healthcare:
1. Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips
2. Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Chips
3. Food Should Taste Good Cheddar Chips
4. Salveo Sweet Thai Chili Tater Pops
5. Salveo Nacho Multigrain Tortilla Chips

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