What a sweetie: Natvia Natural Sweetener

Product Name: Natvia Natural Sweetener
Manufacturer: Natvia Australia
Ingredients: Erythritol – a naturally occurring nectar found in fruits like melons and grapes,
Stevia (Reb A)
Shelf life: three years
Packaging: Natvia
Product Manager: Sam Tew 03 9510 8919
Website: www.natvia.com.au

What the company says:

Australia’s addicted to the crystal killer
Australian’s are heavily addicted to sugar hitting up on more than 24 teaspoons every day. The sweet killer is putting thousands of lives at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

At an average of 44 kg per of sugar per year, Australia’s sugar consumption is thought to be the highest in the world with European countries consuming 40 kg per year and the USA 33 kg per year.

The Australian sugar industry produces 4.6 million tonnes of raw sugar annually and is thought to use about one million tonnes domestically.

Recent studies have found sugar is an addictive substance and poses serious dangers of long term poor health and even death. Sugar affects opioids and dopamine in the brain and has an addictive potential.

Additionally, diets high in sugar have been linked to obesity as well as many other chronic and life-threatening conditions.

A 2011 study by the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found people who consumed high sugar diets for just two weeks had already increased their cholesterol and triglycerides.

This study shows that consuming a diet of one-quarter sugars can have sudden and startling impacts on health.

It’s frightening to think what a life-time of sugar addiction can do to our bodies.

Sugar is like glass scraping the insides of our blood vessels and making holes. As the blood vessels heal they form scabs like anywhere else in your body.

This scab (artherosclerosis) can then break off and may cause a heart attack or stroke which is why a diabetic will most likely die from a heart attack.

Diets high in sugar are also linked to Alzheimer’s disease, Osteoporosis, Immune Dysfunction, Imbalance of digestive flora & Yeast infections, Depression, skin conditions and Attention deficit disorder.

Natural sweeteners as a smart alternative to added sugars in beverages and baking.

Natvia is an all natural sweetener that actually tastes like sugar and can be used in exactly the same way as sugar – in your favourite coffee or to swap the calories in your favourite cupcakes!

Made from the leaves of the stevia plant and blended with natural fruit nectars, Natvia is a healthy, natural alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners.

It has 95% fewer calories than sugar, has a low GI and contains no aspartame.

Five tips to lower your sugar intake:
1. Eat whole fresh foods Snack on fresh fruit, nuts, yoghurt or cheese and crackers, instead of sweet biscuits, chocolate or cakes.

2. Swap Sugar for Natvia Swap sugar for a natural sweetener like Natvia. There’s no reason to go cold turkey. Natvia can be used on your cappucino or even in your favourite cupcakes.

3. Swap Cereal Sugar for Natvia Top your breakfast cereal with fruit, yoghurt or Natvia natural sweetener.

4. Special occasions only Save sweet treats like lollies, chocolate, cakes and biscuits for special occasions. You’ll enjoy them more!

5. Swap Soft Drink for Water Instead of soft drink, juice or cordial, quench your thirst with water. Always carry a bottle of water with you.

 

Hot potato: San Remo potato filled pasta

Product Name: San Remo Potato Agnolotti fresh pasta- Potato, Leek and Dill
Manufacturer: San Remo pasta company
Ingredient: Pasta (Durum wheat semolina, water, egg, salt, acidity regulator (E270), colours (E160b, E100), filling (potato (16%) (contains preservative (E223)), zucchini, chesses (milk, salt, culture, enzyme, anti-caking agent (rice, flour), yeast extract, leek (3%), onion, potato flakes (contains preservative (E222)), breadcrumbs, semolina (wheat), dill (0.2%) milk solids, salt, garlic powder, sugar, spices).
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, soy, crustacea and fish.
Shelf Life: 90 days
Packaging: Zynke Design
Product Manager: Claudia Lordao, 8261 0555, CLordao@sanremo.com.au
Website: www.sanremo.com.au, www.facebook.com/sanremopasta

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Product Name: San Remo Potato Agnolotti fresh pasta- Potato, Spinach and Onion
Manufacturer: San Remo pasta company
Ingredients: Pasta (durum wheat semolina, water, egg, salt, acidity regulator (E270), colours, (E160b, E100)). Filling: (potato (16%)(contains preservative (E223)), spinach (10%), chesses (milk, salt culture, enzyme, anti-caking agent (rice, flour), yeast extract), potato flakes, (contains preservative (E222)), onion (2%), breadcrumbs, semolina (wheat), salt, lemon juice, olive oil, milk solids, garlic powder, sugar, spices).
Contains dairy products. May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, soy, crustacea and fish.
Shelf Life: 90 days
Packaging: Zynke Design
Product Manager: Claudia Lordao, 8261 0555, CLordao@sanremo.com.au
Website: www.sanremo.com.au, www.facebook.com/sanremopasta

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Product Name: San Remo Potato Agnolotti fresh pasta- Potato, Bacon and Sage
Manufacturer: San Remo pasta company
Ingredients: Pasta (Durum wheat semolina, water, egg, salt, acidity regulator (E270), colours (E160b, E100)). Filling: (potato (19%)(contains preservative (E223)), cheeses (milk, salt, culture, enzyme, anti-caking agent (rice flour) yeast extract), bacon (7%) (pork, water, salt, sugar, maltodextrin, potato starch), soy protein, dextrose, flavour, hydrolysed vegetable protein, mineral salts (E450, E451, E452, E508), antioxidant (E316), Acidity regulator (E331), preservative (E250), thickener (E407), anti-caking agent (E554), emulsifier (E433)), onion, breadcrumbs, potato flakes (preservative (E222)), semolina (wheat), milk solids, sale, sage (0.1%), garlic powder, sugar, spices).
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, crustacean and fish.
Shelf Life: 90 days
Packaging:  Zynke Design
Product Manager: Claudia Lordao, 8261 0555, CLordao@sanremo.com.au
Website: www.sanremo.com.au, www.facebook.com/sanremopasta

Product Name: San Remo Potato Agnolotti fresh pasta- Potato, Cheese and Onion
Manufacturer: San Remo pasta company
Ingredients: Pasta: (Durum wheat semolina, water, egg, salt, acidity regulator (E270), colours (E160b, E100)), filling: (potato (23%) (contains preservative E223)), cheeses (12%) (milk, salt, culture, enzyme, anti-caking agent (rice flour), yeast extract), onion (3%), breadcrumbs, potato flakes (preservative (E222)), semolina (wheat), milk solids, salt, garlic powder, sugar, spices).
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, soy, crustacean and fish.
Shelf Life: 90 days
Packaging: Zynke Design
Product Manager: Claudia Lordao, 8261 0555, CLordao@sanremo.com.au
Website: www.sanremo.com.au, www.facebook.com/sanremopasta

What the company says:

San Remo’s new fresh range of potato filled pasta is a special mealtime alternative perfect for sharing with family and friends.

A versatile dinner option that can be boiled, baked or fried, new Potato Agnolotti
fresh pasta by San Remo provides a variety of different options and delicious
flavours that will appeal to the whole family.

Inspired by traditional potato dumplings from Eastern Europe, new Potato Agnolotti is now available in four savoury varieties.

“San Remo is committed to creating innovative pasta products that combine tradition and great flavours with the best possible quality,” said Michael Neale, Head of Sales and Marketing at San Remo.

“Our focus for this range was to create a special Italian version of the traditional
potato dumpling using a variety of flavoursome ingredients.”

San Remo’s new Potato Agnolotti fresh pasta range is available at Coles
supermarkets.

Beauty and the Greek: Chobani Flavoured Greek Yoghurt

 Product: Chobani Greek Yogurt- Blueberry

Manufacturer: Chobani

Ingredients: Fat free yogurt (80%) [cultured pasteurised nonfat milk. live and active cultures: S. Thermophilus, l. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. Casei. Fruit on the bottom: (20%) [blueberries (8.6%), evaporated cane juice, pectin, locust bean gum, natural flavour, food acid (330, 331, 333)].

Shelf life: 50 days with refridgeration

Packaging: Chobani

Product manager: Peter Meek

Website: www.chobani.com.au (available soon)

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Product: Chobani Greek Yogurt- Mango

Manufacturer: Chobani

Ingredients: Low fat yogurt (80%) [cultured pasteurised nonfat milk, cream. live and active cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. Casei. Fruit on the bottom: (20%) [mango (8.0%), evaporated cane juice, pectin, locust bean gum, natural flavours, Fruit and vegetable juice concentrate, food acid (330, 331, 333)].

Shelf life: 50 days with refridgeration

Packaging: Chobani

Product manager: Peter Meek

Website: www.chobani.com.au (available soon)

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Product: Chobani Greek Yogurt- Passionfruit

Manufacturer: Chobani

Ingredients: Low Fat yogurt (80%) [cultured pasteurised nonfat milk, cream. live and active cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. Casei. Fruit on the bottom: (20%) [passion fruit puree (8.0%), evaporated cane juice, pectin, natural flavour, locust bean gum, food acid (330, 331, 333)].

Shelf life: 50 days with refridgeration

Packaging: Chobani

Product manager: Peter Meek

Website: www.chobani.com.au (available soon)

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Product: Chobani Greek Yogurt- Peach

Manufacturer: Chobani

Ingredients: Fat free yogurt (80%) [cultured pasteurised nonfat milk. live and active cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. Casei. Fruit on the bottom: (20%) [Peaches (7.7%), evaporated cane juice, pectin, locust bean gum, natural flavour, food acid (330, 331, 333)].

Shelf life: 50 days with refridgeration

Packaging: Chobani

Product manager: Peter Meek

Website: www.chobani.com.au (available soon)

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Product: Chobani Greek Yogurt- Strawberry

Manufacturer: Chobani

Ingredients: Fat free yogurt (80%) [cultured pasteurised nonfat milk. live and active cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. Casei. Fruit on the bottom: (20%) [Peaches (7.7%), evaporated cane juice, pectin, locust bean gum, natural flavour, food acid (330, 331, 333)].

Shelf life: 50 days with refridgeration

Packaging: Chobani

Product manager: Peter Meek

Website: www.chobani.com.au (available soon)

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Product: Chobani Greek Yogurt- Vanilla

Manufacturer: Chobani

Ingredients: Cultured, pasteurised, nonfat milk, evaporated cane juice, natural vanilla flavour, locust bean gum, pectin, live and active cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidopholus, Bifidus and L. Casei, Food acid (330,333).

Shelf life: 50 days with refridgeration

Packaging: Chobani

Product manager: Peter Meek

Website: www.chobani.com.au (available soon)

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Product: Chobani Greek Yogurt- Pineapple

Manufacturer: Chobani

Ingredients: Low fat yogurt (80%) [cultured pasteurised nonfat milk, cream. Live and active cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. Casei. Fruit on the bottom: (20%) [Evaporated cane juice, pinapple (4.0%), pectin, pineapple juice concentrate (0.2%), locust bean gum, natural flavour, tumeric, food acid (330, 331, 333)],

Shelf life: 50 days with refridgeration

Packaging: Chobani

Product manager: Peter Meek

Website: www.chobani.com.au (available soon)

What the company says:

Chobani, America’s #1 selling yogurt brand, has launched its popular flavoured Greek yogurt range in Woolworths’ stores throughout New South Wales.

Introduced in New York in 2007, Chobani has experienced rapid growth.

In 2010, the brand was named one of the most successful food and beverage consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands in the US and now leads the US yogurt category.

The company attributes its success to its core belief that consumers have great taste; they just need great options.

That is why Chobani produces only the highest quality, best tasting products made with only natural ingredients.

This philosophy has won Chobani a loyal customer base throughout the US, who have not only embraced the product but champion the brand online.

 

Chobani’s launch in Australia marks the first international expansion for the brand.

 

“To take Chobani beyond the US is very exciting for us,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO and Founder of Chobani.

“We chose Australia as our first international market because we know that Australian consumers are passionate about food, and we hope they’ll love Chobani as much as our American fans do.”

Chobani was founded by Hamdi Ulukaya, who left his job at his family’s dairy operations in Turkey to study business in New York.

Noticing how poor the quality of the yogurt was in the US compared to what he was used to in Turkey, he purchased a vacant dairy factory and began producing Chobani using a centuries-old straining process.

Today, Chobani is the largest dairy manufacturer in New York State.

"Our goal is to grow the yogurt category in Australia," said Ulukaya.

"Our launch in NSW is the first step towards bringing Chobani to all of Australia."

Chobani is distributed in Australia through Bead Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chobani, and will be available in Woolworths stores throughout NSW in a variety of 170g flavours: Peach (fat free), Blueberry (fat free), Strawberry (fat free), Vanilla (fat free), Mango (98% fat free), Passion Fruit (98% fat free), and Pineapple (98% fat free).


You can follow Chobani on Facebook and the Australian Chobani website, www.chobani.com.au, will be available soon.

About Chobani

As America’s #1 selling yogurt, Chobani was founded on the belief that people have great taste; they just need great options.

That is why Chobani produces only the highest quality, best tasting products made with only natural ingredients.

It is also this belief that brought Chobani to Australia — home to a nation of people who are passionate about food and some of the best milk in the world.

As part of the company’s ‘Nothing But Good’ philosophy, Chobani is committed to supporting local farmers surrounding its production sites, including its Melbourne-based plant in Dandendong.

It gives a portion of its annual profits to charities worldwide through its Shepherd’s Gift Foundation, the company’s charitable arm.

All Chobani products are gluten free, Kosher certified and provide double the protein compared to regular yogurt with five live and active cultures, and three strains of probiotics.

Chobani retails for RRP $2.29/170g. Chobani is available at Woolworths’ stores throughout NSW.

 


Looks like jelly, tastes like a milkshake: Aeroplane Wobble

Product: Aeroplane Wobble
Manufacturer: McCormick
Ingredients: Sugar, gelatine (beef origin), flavour, cocoa powder (2.5%), acidity regulator (331), colours (150C)
Shelf life: Two years.
Packaging: SO brandesign.
Product Manager: Linsey MacIntosh (03) 9264 0395
Website: www.aeroplanejelly.com.au

What the company says:

Aeroplane, one of Australia’s most iconic and trusted brands, has added a new and unique dimension to their dessert range with the introduction of Aeroplane Wobble, a dairy dessert mix, the first of its kind to hit Australian shelves.

It’s not a pudding, nor a mouse, it looks like jelly and tastes like a milkshake! The Wobble range is a delicious and simple to prepare dairy dessert mix packed with all of the goodness of milk, making it the ideal choice for growing bones.

Thanks to Wobble’s super simple and kid friendly, just add milk preparation, parents can relax and let their children take over the kitchen. And the best part – Wobble sets at the same speed as traditional jelly meaning it’s not long to wait to gobble down your wobble!

Three delicious, tempting flavours including chocolate, strawberry and banana means the whole family can enjoy without having to squabble for their favourite Wobble.

The easy to create Wobble dairy dessert range is the perfect afternoon snack and is ideal to have on hand to whip up simple, convenient and delicious deserts. Created with the help of 95 junior dessert connoisseurs means Wobble is sure to put a smile on any gobble.

Wobble is the perfect fuss-free addition to all of your favourite sweet treats, allowing you to create a delicious variety of scrumptious deserts such as cheesecakes, tarts, ice-cream and pannacotta in your own kitchen!

Simple Snacking: Uncle Tobys Simply

Product: Uncle Tobys Simply nibbles (apple, passionfruit and lemon)
Manufacturer: Nestle
Ingredients: concentrated apple puree, concentrated apple juice, passionfruit juice, concentrated lemon juice, wheat fibre, gelling agent (pectin), flavour
Shelf Life: 7 months
Packaging: Passport
Product Manager: Jane Stabler- The PR Shop
Website: www.uncletobys.com.au

Product: Uncle Tobys Simply nibbles (apple, raspberry & lime)
Manufacturer: Nestle
Ingredients: concentrated apple puree, concentrated apple juice, raspberry puree, concentrated lime juice, wheat fibre, concentrated lemon juice, concentrated elderberry juice, gelling agent (pectin), flavour
Shelf Life: 7 months
Packaging: Passport
Product Manager: Jane Stabler- The PR Shop
Website: www.uncletobys.com.au

Product: Uncle Tobys Simply fruit bars (sultanas, apricot, poppyseed & orange)
Manufacturer: Nestle
Ingredients: concentrated sultanas, dired apricots, oats, dried dates, sunflower oil (soy), poppy seeds, orange oil, preservative (sulphur dioxide)
Shelf Life: 7 months
Packaging: Passport
Product Manager: Jane Stabler- The PR Shop
Website: www.uncletobys.com.au

Product: Uncle Tobys Simply fruit bars (sultanas, dates, apple & cinnamon)
Manufacturer: Nestle
Ingredients: sultanas, dried dates, oats, dried apple, sunflower oil (soy), cinnamon, preservative (sulphur dioxide)
Shelf Life: 7 months
Packaging: Passport
Product Manager: Jane Stabler- The PR Shop
Website: www.uncletobys.com.au

Product: Uncle Tobys Nature’s Mix
Manufacturer: Nestle
Ingredients: sultanas [sultanas, vegetable oil], pumpkin seeds, almonds, cranberries [sugar, cranberries, sunflower oil]
Shelf Life: 7 months
Packaging: Passport
Product Manager: Jane Stabler- The PR Shop
Website: www.uncletobys.com.au

What the company says:
More than a third of Australian women feel their lives are too complicated while nearly 40 per cent wish eating healthily was easier.
A recent study of 1000 women commissioned by the Uncle Tobys team, found that 44 per cent of women aged between 24 and 39 consider food labels too tricky to read, and 70 per cent want simple snacks with just a few healthy ingredients to nibble on during their busy days.
The study coincides with the launch of the Uncle Tobys Simply range of adults snacks, and highlights the lack of uncomplicated and minimally processed grazing options…until now.
The new Uncle Tobys Simply range of portion-controlled snacks comes in a selection of fruit bars, fruit nibbles & nature’s mix.
The snacks feature only a handful of ingredients; fruit, grains, nuts and seeds, and very little else.
The new Uncle Tobys Simply range is in store September 2011.
Uncle Tobys Simply. It’s not that complicated.
To learn more about Uncle Tobys Simply range click here.
Survey highlights:
• 48 per cent of women surveyed wish their personal finances were less complicated.
• 43 per cent wish keeping healthy was easier.
• 39 per cent want healthy eating to be less complicated.
• 37 per cent of women admit they have a tendency to overcomplicate things.
• 48 per cent said they struggle trying to find quality time to spend with their partner.

Little tin with a big mission: Fish 4 Ever Skipjack Tuna

Product: Skipjack Tuna
Manufacturer: Fish 4 Ever
Ingredients: Sustainably- fished Skipjack Tuna, Water, Salt
Shelf Life: 18 months
Packaging: Santa Catarina Industria
Product Manager: Rafaella Scorretti
Website: www.fish4ever.co.uk

What the company says

Here’s one for the good guys! Fish 4 Ever Skipjack Tuna, for the second year running has been rated by international environmental watchdog Greenpeace, as Australia’s most sustainable tuna in its Canned Tuna Guide.

Fish 4 Ever’s pole and line caught skipjack tuna received a score of 89% in the latest survey and received praise from Greenpeace for pioneering sustainable tuna in Australia, setting the benchmark for the Australian market and for remaining a world leader in fair and environmentally sound sourcing of tuna.

Fish 4 Ever is distributed by First Ray, an Australian company and family business that promotes organic, fair trade and sustainable foods nationally. First Ray co-founder Sandy Abram is ecstatic with the Greenpeace assessment of their Fish 4 Ever skipjack tuna. “We are thrilled by this result and to have Fish 4 Ever deservedly recognised as Australia’s best choice when it comes to canned tuna”, says Ms Abram, “not only does Fish 4 Ever Skipjack Tuna support sustainable fishing practices, but it holds equitable trade very close to its heart supporting local fishermen and small fishing communities”.

Fish 4 Ever Skipjack Tuna is caught in the pristine waters of the Azores using a traditional pole and line method. This method avoids by-catch or harm to other species and the marine environment itself. In contrast, illegal and industrial fishing and bad methods (such as purse seine nets, Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs) and dragnets) also inadvertently catch turtles, whales, dolphin and shark; kill endangered species and immature fish; damage the ocean floor; and disrupt the whole marine environment and eco-system.

Fish 4 Ever has been available in Australia for 6 years now and sustainability has always been part of her DNA. “During this time, we have seen a growing awareness around sustainable tuna fishing”, says Ms Abram, “so we are thrilled to be able to bring to the Australian people a sustainable choice and one that reflects this change and makes a positive difference in our marine environment and world”.

The Fish 4 Ever range includes tuna (all pole and line caught), sardines, salmon, mackerel, herrings and anchovies. 70% of Fish 4 Ever products are MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified further endorsing its sustainability credentials.

Fish 4 Ever Skipjack Tuna is available in good independent grocers, organic, gourmet and health food stores around Australia. It is also available in Thomas Dux stores in Sydney and Melbourne and Harris Farms stores in Sydney. It is available in 185gm tins and retails for $3.95.

Five out of five : Weight watchers endorsed Muffin Break Muffins

Product: Weight watchers endorsed Muffin Break Muffins- Cranberry/Blueberry and Passionfruit/ Pineapple (each contains only five Weight Watchers points)
Manufacturer: Muffin Break
Ingredients: Wheat flour, Sugar, Sweet Sorbitol (420), Dextrose, Thickeners [1422 (From Maize), 1412 (From Tapico) 415, 466], Egg Powder, raising Agents (541, 500), Milk Solids, Emulsifiers [477, 435, 471, 340, 472 (E)], Salt, Vegetable Oil, Oat Fibre, Favour, water real cranberries, blueberries, passionfruit seeds and pineapple pieces.
Shelf Life: One day (3 when refrigerated)
Product Manager: Susan Darwiche
Website: www.muffinbreak.com.au

What the company says

Health-conscious Aussies are in for two new sweet treats this spring, when a duo of delicious fresh flavours will be added to the Weight Watchers range sold at Muffin Break stores across the country.

Each containing a Pro Points value of 5, Cranberry and Blueberry as well as Passionfruit and Pineapple muffins endorsed by Weight Watchers will be available baked fresh in-store every day, from 1 September.

While blueberries have been a stable muffin ingredient for centuries, cranberries are a relatively new pantry item at Muffin Break. Full of powerful health properties particularly for women, cranberries are set to inject a burst of sweetness to a number of upcoming Muffin Break recipes.

The perfect light snack as the weather warms-up, the Passionfruit and Pineapple muffin has a tropical tang that is sure to satisfy those with a sweet-tooth.

The two new flavours will bring the total number of muffins in the Weight Watchers range to seven.
Featuring 5-6 Pro Points per 100-120g muffin, the range also includes Chocolate Raspberry, Peach Cinnamon, Chocolate Orange, Raspberry Apple and Strawberry White Chocolate varieties.

The RRP of each of the new Weight Watchers muffins is $4.00

Let them eat icing: Queen’s Royal Icing

Product: Queen’s Royal Icing
Manufacturer: Queen Fine Foods
Ingredients: Sugar, Tapioca Starch, Egg White powder, Food Acid (300)
Shelf life: Two years
Packaging: Queen Fine Foods
Product Manager: Jessica Colacino
Website: www.queen.com.au

What the company says

Queen Fine Foods have put the icing on the Queen’s cake with the latest edition to their diverse range of baking products introducing, Queen’s Royal Icing.

Friends, family, Lords and Ladies will be impressed with the ease, versatility, and taste of Queen Royal Icing, the first of its kind on Australian shelves with a ‘just add water’ preparation.

Perfect for decorating cakes, biscuits and cupcakes, Queen Royal Icing dries to a smooth, firm and elegant finish.

Its professional results and versatility in the kitchen has seen Queen Royal Icing quickly become a favourite for pastry chefs and home-bakers alike.

Queen Royal Icing’s no fuss preparation means you can be ready for cake decorating and piping within minutes.

Queen Royal Icing can also be used to create intricate and lavish cakes and creations such as tiered cakes and gingerbread houses, as the icing works as an edible adhesive with the final product ready for a royal audience.

Thanks to the ease of Queen Royal Icing bakers of every level will be royally pleased as they have more time to relax and enjoy the most regal of treats, just as the Queen intended.

Treat guest like they’re part of the Royal family with these delicious baked delights:

The Queen’s Birthday Butter Cake – A delectable guilty pleasure worthy of a crown. Queen Royal Icing is at its best drizzled atop a Queen’s cake.
Sir Strawberry Kisses – Queen’s Royal Icing acts as an edible adhesive, hugging the divide strawberry flavours to a crisp bisuit.
Royal Chocolate Eclairs – A royal indulgence fit for a Queen. A bite sized explosion of chocolate with a delicate French pastry.

Queen Royal Icing is now available from supermarkets and independents nationwide, RRP $3.99

How to stop food cravings

What an excruciating week for food cravings: lemon tart, chocolate, vegemite and Red Rock chips (the Honey Soy Chicken kind) – my tastebuds have been busy this week!

…I seem to cave each time a craving comes along and I’m beginning to wonder whether it’s my poor self control that is to blame…

Why is it that we crave certain foods? And are there other ways we can satisfy our cravings without actually eating? I turned to science to find some answers…

What are food cravings?

When we crave a particular food – the feeling is hard to knock. Food cravings are different from making regular food choices and simply feeling hungry because the desire for food is more intense and very specific for cravings.

Why do we crave certain foods?

There are different reasons why we crave certain foods. Food cravings are sometimes a way of our bodies saying we’re hungry or we need certain nutrients – such as sugar or carbohydrates. Cravings can also be associated with eating disorders, guilt, depression or stress. Women are particular prone to craving certain foods (especially during that cranky time of the month and during pregnancy).

Scientific research has shown that our minds and bodies can learn to crave specific foods. For example, a study carried out by University College London found that our craving for chocolate is strengthened when we repeatedly eat chocolate when we’re hungry but not when we repeatedly eat it when full (Appetite, Vol. 32, Issue 2, April 1999, pp. 219-240).

A study by Marika Tiggemann and Eva Kemps at the School of Psychology at Flinders University showed visual imagery also triggers food cravings. Tiggemann and Kemps found that the intensity of a craving for a particular food correlated with the vividness of an image of that food (Appetite, Vol. 45, Issue 3, Dec 2005, pp. 305-313).

Food cravings can also be culture-specific. For example, Egyptians crave vegetables but Western societies are suckers for chocolate. No surprise there!

It’s no addiction

Food cravings and drug addictions are not the same, but the feelings and behaviours associated with both are very similar.

Marcia Pelchat at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, US, found the action of many of the neurotransmitter systems in our bodies are the same in both food cravings and in cravings for drugs of abuse.

For example, levels of brain serotonin, a chemical associated with sleep, memory and relaxation, increases when we drink alcohol. Illicit drugs such as amphetamines and cocaine also trigger higher levels of brain serotonin. In terms of food, there have been studies to show that eating carbohydrates also raises brain serotonin levels (Physiology & Behaviour, Vol. 76, Issue 3, July 2002, pp.  347-352). This might explain the ‘heavy’ feeling and afternoon slump after we get after eating a high-carbohydrate lunch!

One major body of evidence for a relationship between food and the release of endorphins associated with taking certain drugs such as is the analgesic (pain-relieving) effects we get when we eat sweets. Infants who are given sugary water to drink cry less than those infants who are given plain water (Pediatrics, Vol. 87, Issue 2, 1991, pp. 215-218).

How can we manage food cravings?

The most obvious answer is to satisfy the craving – go and eat it! According to Tiggemann and Kemps, food cravings can also be induced by thought, smell or pictures. I might just go and spend a moment staring at a lemon tart. 

 

Image: womenhealthzone.com

Eat Australian Beef 17th June 2011

The confronting ABC Four Corners footage of Australian cattle being grossly abused and slaughtered in Indonesia abattoirs has caused a flurry among the general public and animal activist groups. As a result, the Federal Government announced a ban on all live cattle exports to Indonesia until safeguards were put in place by all Indonesian abattoirs.

The move, unfortunately, didn’t go down too well with everyone: farmers within the cattle industry lost their jobs and meat suppliers and retail owners watched their meat sales slump

In a rather bold move, Sydneysider Julian Kennedy launched a Facebook page / event inviting his mates and their mates (and their mates) to support Australian farmers by eating Aussie beef tomorrow night.

On his ‘Eat Australian Beef 17th June 2011’ page, Kennedy writes:

“As a double whammy to cattle farmers, the ABC reported on the 6th of June a dramatic fall in beef sales all around Australia. This puts further pressure on farmers, who we all know are doing it tough after years of drought, floods, cyclones and financial crisis. Our livelihoods depend greatly on our Australian farmers, so lets do our best to get behind those who need us most right now!”

As I write this, 2549 people have declined Kennedy’s invitation, but a whopping 9101 others (and this number seems to be increasing rapidly with every sentence I write) have said yes (including me) to eating a plate of Australian beef tomorrow night.

I want to know – has Four Corners’ footage deterred you from eating Australian beef?

 

Image: chilcottsbutchery.com.au

Gravity activated pouring systems, whatever next? [VIDEO]

"When you tip it, beer goes straight into your mouth, when you tip it back, the beer stops flowing…"

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And then there is the cold detection system…

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