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Americans Gain Easier & Expanded Access to Premium Dutch Cheeses

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Cheese-loving turophiles and wine-loving oenophiles can rejoice amid the recent announcement that global dairy giant Dutch Royal FrieslandCampina N.V., among the largest dairy companies in the world, has acquired U.S. based importer and marketer Jana Foods. While this development is certainly a boon for both companies and represents forward momentum of FrieslandCampina’s reported investment growth strategy, Americans, themselves, will also realize a tasty gain. This as the deal allows FrieslandCampina to avail a greater breadth of its cheese products to consumers in the region.

American’s will realize great benefits from the deal, vis a vis enhanced access to FrieslandCampina’s portfolio of products that cover a wide range of specialty imported Dutch cheeses. This includes mild, aged and smoked Gouda, Edam, Maasdam, Emmental and Goat Cheese. Its array of offerings are available in a variety of formats from wheels, loaves and wedges to slices, snacks and shaved. Courtesy of Jana Foods, FrieslandCampina specialty cheeses can be found across the United States in the deli section of supermarkets, club stores and mass merchandisers.

Amid the excitement of the acquisition, FrieslandCampina also aptly announced the debut of its new product line Frico Cheese—a suite of four imported Dutch varieties. This includes a Gouda Snack in convenient 20 gram portions packed eight to a bag; a shaved Goat Cheese in a 5-ounce cup; a line of Cheese Slices in easy peel and re-seal packaging (also featured in display-ready cases for easy merchandising); a line of Cheese Loaves featuring Gouda, Maasdam, Emmental, and Goat Cheese for behind-the-counter slicing; and a line of Cracker Cuts featuring cracker-sized Gouda, Mediterranean Herb and Goat Cheese.

This Frico Cheese product launch could not be more well timed amid the holidays—a period when demand for cheese products soar.  But, holidays aside, this new line represents FrieslandCampina’s publicly-stated intentions “to meet the growing consumer demand in cheeses” as well as the “needs of today’s consumer with superior products that cheese enthusiasts have called for.”

These eagerly anticipated new introductions join the existing line of Frico products, both in their traditional wheel-and-ball formats. No newcomer, Frico is a global brand in its own right with a rich history dating back to 1898. It’s long been revered for its top-quality, mouthwatering cheeses in over 90 countries around the globe. The company imparts that its unique Dutch cheeses originate in the open landscapes of Holland, all naturally ripened and crafted by experienced cheese-makers to provide the most authentic natural flavors.

All told, this FrieslandCampina-Jana Foods acquisition and Frico product line rollout will indubitably make this gal’s holidays “grate.”

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As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews.

***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided at no cost or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***

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Rise in Demand for Frozen Food to Boost the Global Liquid Chiller Market

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Industry Probe has titled an upcoming report as “Liquid Chiller Market – Global Industry Dynamics 2018-19, Trends and Forecast, 2020–2027” to its ever-growing database of reports. The report explicates the market for liquid chiller via a sequence of channels that incorporate data ranging from fundamental information to an unquestionable projection. It further includes all the primary factors that are expected to undergo definite transformation within the market. The data accessible in the report, therefore, can be used to augment the standing of the company operating in the global liquid chiller market.

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Industry Probe has added a new upcoming report on the global liquid chiller market, according to which, the market is anticipated to record significant growth during the forecast period. Increasing demand for frozen food owing to modern and changed lifestyle has augmented the demand for liquid chillers. Additionally, preference for frozen food has risen among consumers, as compared to that for a traditional ways of cooking, which consumes more time to prepare the meal. Liquid chillers are majorly utilized in the production of plastic products. They are heavily used to rapidly cool hot plastics that are injected, extruded, stamped, or blown.

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The report has segregated the global liquid chillers market on the basis of product, type, application, end-user, and region. In terms of application, the global liquid chillers market is categorized into automotive, chemical & petrochemical, food & beverage, medical & pharmaceutical, oil & gas, plastic, and others (power generation, rubber, and steel industry). In terms of end-user, the market is categorized into industrial, residential, and commercial.

On the basis of region, the market is divided into North America (U.S, Canada, and Rest of North America), Europe (U.K, Germany, France, Italy and Rest Of Europe), Asia Pacific (India, Japan, China, and Rest Of Asia Pacific), Middle East & Africa (GCC, South Africa and Rest Of the Middle East & Africa) and South America (Brazil and Rest Of South America)

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Three Italian Salad Recipes That Taste Finger-Lickin’ Good!

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Three Italian Salad Recipes That Taste Finger-Lickin’ Good!

Italy – one of the most beautiful countries around the globe which is known for its cherished food varieties. People love Italian dishes not only because of taste but also for their super attractive presentation. But, for most of us, Italian cuisine is limited to pizza, fresh pappardelle pasta or Spaghetti. And clearly, it’s not true.  There’s a lot more to it like these three lip-smacking Italian salad recipes that you can try today:

Italian Burrata Salad

Italian Burrata Salad

Italian Burrata Salad

Let’s start with a simple but super yummy recipe. This one is my evergreen order whenever I visit any Italian restaurant in the town. It is a good little salad – perfect for a healthy snack. For this recipe, you will need:

  • 2 Large tomatoes
  • 3 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Burrata
  • 6 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper from the mill
  • 1 TSP espelette pepper
  • Basil
  • Salad Mix
  • And Two Beautiful Plates to serve.

Recipe

Prepare the vinaigrette by mixing the vinegar, salt, pepper, and chili. Gradually pour in the oil and whisk to make the sauce rise. Place a bed of salad mix on your plates.

Cut the tomatoes into thin strips and place them on the crown salad.

Carefully remove the burrata from its packaging and cut it into four pieces. Place the pieces in the center of the plate. Sprinkle with basil and sprinkle with the tomatoes and vinaigrette.

Your salad is ready to taste.

Italian Salad With Figs, Raw Ham, and Mozzarella Tomato

Italian Salad With Figs, Raw Ham, and Mozzarella Tomato

Italian Salad With Figs, Raw Ham, and Mozzarella Tomato

Next on the list is a very sweet, slightly salty salad whose floral presentation will have a little effect on your guests. Simple and fresh ingredients make up our salad of the day, which include:

arugula, tomatoes, mozzarella, good garden figs, raw ham without forgetting pine nuts, basil, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Depending on your appetite, this salad can be offered as a starter or as a main dish.

For 2 people, you will need:

  • 6 Tomatoes
  • 6 Mini Italian Fresh Food Mozzarella Balls
  • 2 Large handfuls of arugula
  • 4 thin slices of raw ham
  • 8 Figs
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • A few basil leaves
  • olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper Or ricotta-stuffed peppers (optional)
  • A few drops of balsamic cream
  • Some caper flowers (optional)

Recipe

Roast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan without fat.

Wash, hull and incise your figs in four parts without cutting them completely.

Do the same with the tomatoes.

In the heart of each tomato, place a small ball of mozzarella.

Cut the slices of raw ham in half lengthwise. Roll each strip on itself to get a roll. Place each roll of ham in the center of the figs.

Add a basil leaf on each tomato.

In a bowl, season the arugula with 1 tsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Divide the arugula among your presentation plates. Harmoniously add the figs to the raw ham and the tomatoes to the mozzarella.

Sprinkle with pine nuts, possibly add some caper flowers.

Add salt and pepper. Add a few touches of balsamic cream, a drizzle of olive oil.

Time to taste!

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5 Most Common Misconceptions About Vegan Lifestyle It’s Time To Root Out

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Plant-based diets are becoming increasingly popular in today’s environmentally friendly world. Every once in a while, someone will try going vegetarian for a time to see how it feels. In many cases, they find that it suits their body and philosophy just right. That’s how a lot of vegans start out, but it’s not where the story ends. Being vegan is more of a lifestyle choice than it is a dietary shift, though most people don’t see it as such. There are a lot of misconceptions that surround veganism and its aspects, and it’s time to debunk them.

It’s just about cutting out the meat

It’s true that vegans will avoid meat, but this is an aspect of the lifestyle people put too much emphasis on. It’s not just about getting rid of meat and dairy products from one’s diet, it’s an entire philosophy that affects everyday activities, including food consumption. When you go vegan, you’re tacking on all of these responsibilities at once.

Everything from the clothes we wear to the food we eat can come from unethical sources. If a living animal is harmed to create these things, it doesn’t seem morally right to use or benefit from them. While you may not be holding the knife or the shears, by buying these things, you’re allowing the propagation of cruel methods. 

The avoidance of exploitation of animals is what veganism is all about, and this is something that can affect just about everything in your day-to-day life. Eating plant-based food is just a small part of it.

Veganism is unhealthy

People often parrot the idea that veganism is an inherently unhealthy way to live. This is attributed to the fact that certain foods contain some pretty essential elements that our bodies need to function properly. It’s not quite as simple as most people make it out to be.

While meat, dairy, and fish are rich in nutrients that help our bodies grow and develop, they aren’t absolutely essential. More importantly, these nutrients aren’t exclusively found within animal and fish products. There’s certainly a risk in getting a nutritional deficiency or two, but this risk is severely mitigated when you compensate with the right supplements and foodstuffs.

Contrary to popular belief, vegans don’t just eat vegetables alone. The vegan diet can be pretty complex and often contain special fruits, nuts, grains, and many more. Vegan food can also replace most of the common foodstuffs people eat every day. There’s even vegan cheese available, which isn’t made from typical dairy products. There’s a lot more variety than you might expect of vegan food, which is precisely why so many individuals are turning to this philosophy of their own accord.

Vegans are pushy and annoying

It’s not exactly fair to throw veganism under the bus this way. While there might be a vocal minority of vegans that push their lifestyle onto others or try to guilt-trip them into changing, this is definitely the exception, rather than the rule. You have to consider that this kind of behavior is common in all lifestyles that differ somewhat from the norm. The good nature of veganism just provides a platform for those that might abuse it to try to influence other people. The vast majority of vegans are simply trying to live their life according to their principles, without trying to change or “convert” others. While encouragement is always there, it’s hardly ever aggressively shoved in peoples’ faces. 

Vegan diets leave you weak

It’s no secret that people don’t exactly have the best view of veganism and those who adhere to it. In many cases, the root cause of this is the view that a vegan diet doesn’t supply your body with enough nutrients to keep it healthy and strong. There’s a pervasive view of vegans as being frail and relatively weak, even though this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The most oft-mentioned essential nutrient that should be lacking is none other than the common protein. A lack of animal products seems like it would decrease your protein intake, but that shouldn’t be the case with a healthy vegan diet. There’s no shortage of protein-rich vegetables and legumes that would satisfy the average vegan’s daily protein needs. Let’s not forget about grains and nuts, which also pack quite the punch with proteins. 

Even if you don’t enjoy these options, there are tons of ways to supplement protein intake, whether you’re a vegan or not. Finding an organic protein powder that suits your diet isn’t such a difficult task anymore. Vegans can enjoy having more than enough protein to go around. This can help with diets that need to be adapted to increased physical training and exercise. It would be hard to differentiate between a bodybuilder that’s sticking to a regular diet versus one that is on a vegan diet. The results remain the same.

It’s not affordable

When you get everything else out of the way, money starts being an issue. Veganism is often thought of as a “rich man’s” lifestyle. If you’re able to avoid all the essential meats and dairy products, you must be able to afford some pretty interesting foods to compensate. The truth is far from it, as vegan diets aren’t particularly expensive or difficult to maintain. What you see at restaurants doesn’t reflect the real price of vegan food. You can make just about any vegan meal on a budget, as long as you are adept enough at cooking. A few spices here and there make a real difference, but the core foodstuffs remain cheap. 

Conclusion

There are lots of harmful and untrue stereotypes that surround the vegan lifestyle. Debunking them isn’t a matter of making veganism more popular or widespread, it’s just about telling the truth. If someone wants to try out a vegan lifestyle, these stereotypes will only hold them back. It’s important that there are no lies or misconceptions that influence their decision.

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Understanding The Various Benefits Of Fruit Cake & Why It Should Be A Part Of Your Healthy Diet

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Sinful sweetness is the word that strikes when we talk about cakes. All love this scrumptious loaf, but as much it is tasteful, there are apprehensions regarding its health effects. While it is true that cakes are often full of sweetness, but now we have so many variations that you can consume them worry-free. When we talk about cakes, various flavours are topping the charts like chocolate, vanilla butterscotch, strawberry, and so forth. Still, there is one variety which is loaded with fresh fruits and combines the benefits of taste and health. 

Brief History: 

When we talk about the origin of these cakes, it takes us back to the 18th century, when the Romans relished it on special occasions. These cakes were a mix of royal ingredients like nuts, barley, pomegranate seeds, raises, etc., all these were blended in honey. At that time, it was considered an exclusive delicacy because the ingredients used in it were expensive and rare. Nowadays, we have a modern version of this as a fresh fruit cake. The fresh fruits like pineapples, peaches, oranges, kiwis, apples, etc. are being used in fruit cakes, unlike the dry fruit cakes where key ingredients were dry fruits like walnuts, raisins, cashews, etc. 

Do Fresh Fruit Cakes Have Health Benefits? 

Whether we talk about dry fruit cakes or fresh fruit cakes, they do hold some amount of health benefits. While we can not ignore the calorie count and sugar in it, the benefits of dry fruits or fresh fruits can’t be ignored as well. 

High on energy- Consuming fruits in the morning serve as a great source of energy. One-ounce of fruit cake has 90 calories. So, one slice in the morning keeps you energized. 

Better sleep and calmness-  Dig into a slice of cake containing kiwis, cherries, berries or pineapple for increasing melatonin levels to 266% which is responsible for inducing sleep and calmness. Fruits hold medicinal properties. They also help in uplifting mood and are also anxiety relievers. 

Fibrously flavourful– These also contain a mix of different dry fruits, and nuts which has high fibre content, thus making it is good for health. Besides, dry fruits and fresh fruits like apples, strawberries, mangoes etc. are a storehouse of vitamins and minerals, which are again a bonus for health. Dried fruits also have antioxidants and polyphenols, which have helped reduce the risk of diseases like obesity and diabetes.

Better digestion– Nutmeg is often added to fruit cake; it is a medicinal herb that positively impacts the digestive functioning. 

Keep sugar at bay– When we are talking about cakes, then one of the biggest apprehensions regarding consuming it is the sugar level. Still, with fruit cakes having blueberries and strawberries as a key ingredient helps in combating diabetes. Also, raisins have low to medium glycemic index value and a little insulin index. It means that consuming these cakes will not increase the sugar level. Some people also add cinnamon to it, which again has the property of reducing blood sugar levels.

Fresh fruit cakes are loaded with several benefits, these are available in different flavours, and you can consume it worry-free and satiate your taste buds.

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Food You Need to Avoid if You Want a Perfect Smile

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We are living in a world where a beautiful smile is considered very important in our daily lives and one thing every perfect smile needs are beautiful teeth. Regular dental check-ups, teeth brushing and flossing are a good way to keep your teeth healthy and white but it is also necessary to be careful what you eat.

Here is a list of food and beverages that you should avoid in order to have a perfect smile.

1. Coffee

If you’re a coffee drinker you should know that coffee is partly responsible for tooth decay. Large amounts of coffee can be bad for your teeth’s protective layer called enamel. The acidity in coffee can break down your enamel making your teeth vulnerable to disease and cavity formation.

Coffee can also dry your mouth and it is recommended that you drink or rinse your mouth with water after drinking in order to reduce the acidity in your mouth. The biggest issue with coffee is that most people add sugar to make it sweeter but more dangerous than its natural form.

2. Alcoholic drinks

Alcohol consumption is probably one of the biggest smile wreckers out there. Just like coffee, it reduces the saliva in your mouth which is important in removing plaque and bacteria. Apart from tooth decay alcohol can also create gum disease, mouth sores, and even mouth cancer. 

A study has shown that alcohol increases the risk of oral cavity cancer.

3. Potato chips

We all sometimes enjoy the tasty crunchiness of potato chips. The sad news is that potato chips are filled with starch that later on turns into sugar between your teeth. This is an ideal place for bacteria to form that can lead to cavities. So every time you’re watching a movie and eating chips, like most of us do, make sure that you brush your teeth and floss afterward.

4. Sticky and sour sweets

If you’re in a mood to eat something sweet, better go for a bar of chocolate instead and wash it down with water. Sticky and sour sweets take a long time to chew so they hold on to your teeth for a long time and that’s why they cause tooth decay more easily. 

Dentists always recommend these kinds of sweets to be avoided, especially for people with removable prosthodontics because they get stuck and can dislodge your teeth. Even if that happens, don’t panic, because professionals like Pindan Dental Laboratory can efficiently fix this. Sour sweets also contain a lot of different kinds of acids that can be tough on your teeth’s enamel. Always be sure to floss after eating.

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5. Bread

Most of us eat bread almost every day completely unaware of the impact it can have on our teeth. Bread, when chewed in combination with our saliva, breaks starches into sugar that can get stuck between your teeth and create cavities. 

So if you’ve decided to eat something with carbs go for the whole wheat bread. These kinds have a lot less added sugars and won’t be broken down that easily.

6. Meat

It may be the truth that our teeth are designed for an omnivorous diet, but sometimes you have to be careful. Hard pieces of meat like steak are tasty but are hard to chew and can dislodge your teeth.

Meat can also get really stuck between your teeth and if you don’t floss afterward it can rapidly start tooth disease. The best way to eat it is by cutting it into small pieces and chewing them slowly.

7. Carbonated drinks

Carbonated drinks are probably one of the biggest enemies of your teeth. They are full of sugar and plaque bacteria uses it to create acids that are bad for your teeth’s enamel. It doesn’t matter if they have the word “diet” on them. Drinks like diet soda are full of acidity so it is clear they are just as devastating for your enamel. 

Another study has shown that carbonated drinks in large quantities are just as devastating for your teeth as crack cocaine and methamphetamine. If you are consumer try to drink them with water and avoid brushing your teeth immediately after because it can actually hasten decay.

8. Citrus fruit

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It may be surprising but citrus foods like lemons, oranges, and grapefruits aren’t that good for your teeth. Although they are rich in vitamin c, these fruits contain acidity that can erode your tooth enamel, especially lemons and grapefruits. Although oranges make the least damage, you should be careful with your daily intake and make sure to brush your teeth or floss after.

9. Hard candy

Let’s get it straight, no candy is good for you. Some are bad and some are less bad but hard candy is the worst thing for your teeth. The biggest problem is that children are the main consumers of this type of food so you should be careful what kind of candy your child eats. Hard candy is full of sugar and that’s a part of what makes them so hard. 

They dissolve very slowly and this big amount of sugar actually feeds harmful bacteria in your mouth. These harmful bacteria can produce plaque that can easily lead to tooth decay. Another big issue is that due to its hardness hard candy can damage or even break your teeth. 

So if you’re a candy lover make sure to wash your mouth, floss and brush your teeth afterward and lower your candy consumption to a minimum.

 

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