As part of our ongoing efforts to promote America’s Original Superfruit® – cranberries on behalf of the Cranberry Marketing Committee USA (CMC), Pollock Communications secured a byline article for Scott J. Soares, Executive Director of the CMC in the May issue of Produce Business. The article, “In Pursuit of a Paradigm Shift for Cranberry Sales,” discusses the challenges associated with a food tied to a particular season, and how the cranberry industry has attempted to overcome this marketing obstacle with unique and compelling communications programs. To read the full article click here and go to page 105.
Cranberries are a deliciously scrumptious addition to school foodservice menus, and this powerhouse of nutrients makes perfect sense for growing bodies. To help raise awareness for America’s Original Superfruit® – cranberries, among school foodservice employees, Pollock worked with the Cranberry Marketing Committee USA (CMC) and Flik Independent School Dining a division of Compass Group (the leading foodservice management company in North America) to create a unique twist on school lunch options. In a national recipe contest, school foodservice chefs across the country flexed their culinary muscles to create unique offerings featuring cranberries. Danny Avenel, chef manager at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, S.C. was declared the $2,000 grand prize winner in the 2015 Cranberry Marketing Committee USA / Flik Independent School Dining (Flik) Cranberry Recipe Contest. Avenel, aided by his school’s Head Cook Sam Dudley, came out on top for his inventive “Cranberry, Kale and Quinoa Stuffed Poblano and Duck Tacos” topped with Cranberry Chipotle Sour Cream.
In addition to the grand prize, there were also four category-winning recipes:
- Breakfast: Cranberry Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Egg from James Patterson, Director of Dining Services for Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Conn.
- Lunch: Bayou Cranberry Crab Cakes from Brandon Adams, Chef Manager for Trinity Episcopal School – New Orleans in New Orleans, La.
- Snack: Cranberry and Roasted Beet Hummus from Jeremy Dmyterko, Executive Chef for St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, Conn.
- Grilling/Summer: Grilled Spicy Cranberry Pesto Shrimp over Curried Israeli Cous Cous with Mango and Dried Cranberries from Scott Iwanicki, Executive Chef at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn.
The promotion was a huge success. According to Scott J. Soares, Executive Director of the Cranberry Marketing Committee USA, “This contest celebrates the talent and creativity of school foodservice professionals, as well as their efforts to provide students with great tasting, nutritious meals year-round. I was impressed with their creativity and the variety of recipes featuring cranberries–America’s Original Superfruit.”
The entrants’ creative recipes will also be added to the growing collection of recipes offered by the CMC at http://www.uscranberries.com.
Dairy Foods magazine interviewed Louise Pollock for insights on 2015 trends that could help influence new product formulations in the dairy industry. The article, “Designing Dairy Products for Millennials and Boomers” discusses possible new dairy opportunities based on the top 15 diet trends from the “What’s Trending in Nutrition” survey, conducted by Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian. To read the full article, click here.
Louise Pollock is featured in the March “Food & Beverage” issue of O’Dwyer’s PR magazine, as well as in the publication’s web site, discussing the correlation between recent nutrition survey findings and the obesity epidemic in America. Her article uncovers data from the 2015 “What’s Trending in Nutrition” survey, conducted by Pollock Communications and the nutrition trade magazine Today’s Dietitian, that helps shed light on consumer barriers to beating the bulge. Click here to read the full article.
This just in! The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee Report was released today!
Remember when it was critical to find foods that had “no cholesterol”? For decades, nutrition and public health experts deemed dietary cholesterol enemy of the heart and advised Americans to cap their intake at 300mg per day. Based on a comprehensive review of the evidence conducted by the Committee, the importance of lowering dietary cholesterol has been downgraded.
A historically feared component of animal-based foods, the advisory committee took notice to the growing number of studies failing to show harm related to cholesterol consumption among healthy adults and those with high cholesterol levels. The advisory committee is now looking for the Dietary Guidelines to remove the emphasis on cholesterol – stating that it is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption. Make no mistake, the committee is not reversing previous recommendations of reducing cholesterol intake, but instead is acknowledging that cholesterol is not the alleged villain as previously thought.
Pollock Communications has a long history of successfully communicating the health and wellness benefits of brands and commodity foods to consumers, retailers and healthcare professionals. With registered dietitians on staff, Pollock helps their clients understand new dietary guidelines and communicate messages that align with current recommendations. For more information on how we can communicate your key messages and achieve your goals, contact us.