Produce Business Announces Finalists of First Annual Innovation Award

Caulifornia™ Riced Vegetable Sides

Produce Business Announces Finalists of First Annual Innovation Award

Original Article Here by Perishable News

PRODUCE BUSINESS is pleased to announce the following roster of inaugural finalists for its First Annual Innovation Award, profiled in the November issue of PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine. The ten honorees, which editors culled from more than 45 entries, are listed in alphabetical order:

  • Babé Farms’ CaliCabbage
  • Gold Coast Packing’s Caulifornia™ Riced Vegetable Sides
  • Green Giant Fresh/Growers Express’ Peeled And Cut Spaghetti Squash
  • Love Beets’ Marinated Beet Products
  • Mann Packing Co.’s Nourish Bowls
  • Mastronardi Produce’s Sunset Sweet Bites
  • Naturipe Farms’ Naturipe Snacks
  • Tanimura & Antle’s Artisan Dew Drop Cabbage
  • Veggie Noodle Co.’s Veggiccine
  • Village Farms’ Lorabella Blossom Tomato

Judging was based on a 10-point scale with a concentration on Product, Packaging and Processing. “Our editors took their gloves off and examined as many aspects of each product as possible, tasting every item and debating each entry’s ability to disrupt consumer buying behavior,” said Ken Whitacre, Publisher and Editorial Director. “We are very pleased with this first effort by the industry to truly define ‘What is Innovation?’ and look forward to continuing the dialogue on this important subject in the years to come.”

In addition to the announcement of the Innovation Award Winners, the November issue’s cover story did a deep dive into the subject, and Editor-in-Chief Jim Prevor and monthly columnist Don Harris weighed in on the matter.

Now is your chance to cast a vote for the First Annual Innovation Award Winner. The competition, which will be an annual undertaking by the magazine, celebrates innovative products released throughout the year. The winner will be announced at the keynote breakfast during the New York Produce Show and Conference in New York City on Dec. 13 and in the January issue of PRODUCE BUSINESS.

Your Holiday Veggie Risotto

Your Holiday Veggie Risotto

Halloween has come and gone and that means the holiday season is upon us. Some believe this is the most wonderful time of the year with the family get-togethers, Friendsgiving, Christmas baking. But then there are those that do not enjoy this time of year, because there is just so much going on! Well whatever category you may fall in, the Produce Navigator is here to help yet again, as we share a simple and tasty dish that you can take to all of your holiday gatherings.

All holidays call for getting together with those you love and sharing a meal. Traditionally Thanksgiving calls for a Turkey with all the trimmings like mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and stuffing just to name a few and get your stomach growling and mouth-watering. Yes, we love those traditional side dishes but this year why not try a healthy alternative. This month, at Gold Coast we have whipped up a Veggie Risotto, made with our Caulifornia™ Garden Rice.

Our Caulifornia™ Garden Rice is a blend of riced Cauliflower, Broccoli and Carrots. Our Garden Rice comes in a one-pound bag, washed, diced and ready to use. It is part of the Caulifornia™ family along with our Snow (100% riced cauliflower) and our Broccoli Bits (100% riced broccoli.) All of our Caulifornia™ items were created with the home cook in mind. The entire line allows you to make quick, easy, healthy meals, whatever you can dream up… the possibilities are endless.

Caulifornia™ Garden Rice is the perfect carb alternative that can be used in a variety of ways. Some of our favorite way to use the riced veggie medley is in tater tots, or mixed up as hash browns, or as the base to your favorite fried rice recipe. And that is the basis of this month’s recipe, we are making a Veggie Risotto that is oh so good… you’ll forget that you are only eating vegetables. This recipe is pretty easy and comes together quickly, which is perfect because with all the craziness that comes with the season, you’ll want to have your dish ready in a hurry so you can bolt out the door.

Thanks for joining us on The Produce Navigator again this month, we know you’re busy planning your Thanksgiving feast and travel plans. Check out the video below for a step by step guide and the handy printable recipe is at the end of this post.


Full Recipe Here: Veggie Risotto