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Downtown Florence’s Cottonwood to offer same products as Whole Foods

FLORENCE, Ala. -- The Shoals' favorite farm-to-table grocery store, Cottonwood Farm & Grocery, now partners with United Natural Foods (UNFI) to offer all of your niche organic and natural favorites - right around the corner.

UNFI, the same distributor who stocks Whole Foods, has already delivered their first truck to the Shoals, allowing Cottonwood customers to enjoy their big-name favorites without driving more than an hour to purchase them.

"We're always thinking about what our community wants and needs," said co-owner Brian Williamson Jr. "We don't want people having to drive to Huntsville, Nashville, or Birmingham to get their groceries when we can easily provide those goods for them."

Cottonwood Farm & Grocery is the first and only business in the Shoals to offer wholesale UNFI products - such as Annie's Homegrown, Justin's Peanut Butter, Chobani and LaCroix, among others - as well as 100 percent organic fruits and vegetables of better quality than Publix or Amish produce.

"If there's something you don't see in the store but you usually pick up on your Whole Foods run, I guarantee we can get it," Williamson said. "Why would you need to go to Trader Joe's when you've got us right around the corner?"

Since their grand opening in April, Cottonwood Farm & Grocery has offered downtown Florence fresh flowers and produce as well as humanely raised meats and dairy products. Their focus on providing farm fresh goods has bolstered community education of local versus wholesale farming, and the organic, natural offerings provided by UNFI complement that goal.

Current UNFI-provided products include:

* LaCroix Sparkling Water
* Topo Chico Sparkling Water
* Annie's Homegrown Mac and Cheese, Snack Mix, and Cereal
* Justin's Peanut Butter Cups
* Kettle Brand Potato Chips
* Bragg Liquid Aminos and Apple Cider Vinegar
* Near East Pilaf and Couscous
* Kind Granola Bars
* Angie's Popcorn
* Chobani Greek Yogurt
* Tubs of trail mix
* Dozens and dozens more!

Current organic fruits and vegetable selection includes:

* Broccoli slaw
* Carrots (Regular and Baby)
* Cucumbers
* Herbs (including basil, rosemary, and thyme)
* Lettuce and salad mixes
* Mushrooms
* Onions
* Mini sweet peppers
* Baby potato mix
* Tomatoes (heirloom and cherry)
* Pink Lady apples
* Bananas
* Red seedless grapes
* Peaches (white and yellow)
* Hummus (Black Bean, Roasted Red Pepper, and Regular)

For questions regarding Cottonwood Farm & Grocery, contact Brian Williamson Jr. at or visit

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Tres Amigos Grill introduces their new menu item Chef John’s Street Tacos for Taco Tuesday

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- Tres Amigos Grill in Winter Garden known for creating, grilling and serving a fusion of Tex-Mex, Grilled and Mexican Style offerings announces the addition of Chef John's Street Tacos to its menu.

"As we launch Chef John's Street tacos on Tuesday, Tacos are not only for Tuesdays. We ask all our friends to consider living every day like it's Taco Tuesday since these will be available every day," says John Kresl, owner, aka "Chef John."

Served with your choice of skirt steak, chicken, shrimp, pork carnitas or vegetables, the Chef John Street Tacos are wrapped in crispy homemade corn tortillas and topped with Pico De Gallo, Cotija cheese and our homemade hot sauce. To top it off, we add a few lime wedges to the party.

Kresl adds, "For every item on our menu old or new, we keep the home in homemade from the produce to the process and from preparation to presentation. Every step, every stage and every layer of every ingredient matters to us at Tres Amigos Grill."

Based in Winter Garden, Florida, Tres Amigos Grill delivers flame grilled to order entrees methodically prepared and distinctively dressed with the freshest toppings, seasonings, and sides for individuals, families and friends.

From Grilled Stuffed Tacos to our Stuffed Grill Bowls, and full course entrees to our customized catering menu, Tres Amigos Grill practices a personalized approach to preparing every individual order and every special request.

Tres Amigos Grill is Creating, Grilling, and Serving Food and Friendships in Winter Garden, Florida and beyond. Every item on the Tres Amigos grill menu is created, served, and shared for dining in, carrying out, curbside pick-up, or delivery.

Starting Tuesday, September 7, Tres Amigos Grill is introducing Chef John Street Tacos to the menu available every day.

"We invite our friends and our neighbors to embrace the taco," says Chef John Kresl.

Visit Tres Amigos Grill at their Winter Garden Location at 1025 South Dillard Street, Winter Garden, Florida 34787.

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Midland Co., Iowa Shrimp Production Update

STORY CITY, Iowa -- Located in the heart of the Midwest, Midland Co. continues to stock shrimp in the production facility in preparation for regular monthly production. Midland Co.'s mission is to raise sustainable, ethical, and delicious seafood.

Midland Co. has installed its patented innovative Algae-Based RAS(™ (recirculating aquaculture systems) filtration technology in both the nursery and grow-out systems.

The Company will be stocking the fifth batch of postlarvae (PL) shrimp at the nursery in Story City on August 19, 2021. The fourth harvest is projected to serve local customers early September 2021.

Midland Co. currently operates on a waitlist system for shrimp sales. Demand has continued to outpace supply. Midland is looking forward to the expansion and construction of the rest of the 20,000 square foot facility and the ability to put fresh shrimp on tables across the Midwest.

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Midland Co. is a privately held aquaculture company founded in 2018. The company uses Algae-Based RAS(tm) technology to produce fresh shrimp. Midland has successfully completed pilot trials to prove out the technology concept and is currently in the construction phase of a commercial demonstration production facility to be a model for future contract grow-out systems.

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New Book, ‘Drunk Talk’ Is an Emotional Roller Coaster Ride with A Twist of Humor

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Authors Mike Davis and TL Banks are announcing their new book "Drunk Talk" (ISBN: 979-8675709625). "Drunk Talk" is a true original that keeps you laughing all the while being intrigued. "Since nobody listens to drunks, we decided to turn our rants into an entire book," says Davis. Along with being extremely hilarious and shocking, "Drunk Talk" is an epitome of what's going on in today's world, with all discussions being current and relevant for today's times.

Included are 48 short discussions about different aspects of life with a twist of humor, your drunken fortune, and unique quotes to keep you focused. Those who think they have heard it all, better think again.

Published by Club Lighthouse Publishing in 2020, "Drunk Talk" is a collaboration project with a variety of diverse topics for anybody to enjoy. Our goal as authors is to offer readers a brand-new perspective and insight all the while being entertained.

Written in Las Vegas, Nevada, which helped inspire the title, "Drunk Talk" holds true to its name, as there was no shortage of alcohol consumption during production of the book.

"'Drunk Talk' was inspired by a lot of things - curiosity, the love of ranting and humor - but most of all It was a great excuse to drink," says Davis.

About the Authors:

Mike Davis enjoys writing, playing basketball, and having a cold brew with a good meal. Although Harvard or Stanford was not in the cards Mike did receive his GED. Mike is a full - time writer who enjoys writing about a variety of subjects, Mike has done a lot of traveling over the years, his favorite places are Las Vegas, and spending time at the beach.

TL Banks is a poet and author originally from Indianapolis Indiana, lover of words, expressions, and creativity. Mother of one, member of the Ohio poetry association, member of the California writers club, winner of the Barry Wright Scholarship for poetry and consummate Dorothy Parker, Nikki Giovanni, and Whiskey on the rocks fan girl.

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New Research Shows Consumers Find Moments of Small Pleasure Beat Big Experiences When It Comes to Well-Being

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The Australian Macadamia industry released research that reveals that almost 50% of consumers globally now value finding peace and quiet in everyday life as the key to a happy mind. Conversely, only 25% globally said occasional big experiences and milestones make them happy.

The pandemic has reinvented day-to-day well-being, making it more difficult to manage than ever before. It forces consumers, the world over, to reconsider what makes them happy, while redefining the concept of indulgence, and the way our daily food choices can support this.

According to Accredited Practising Dietitian, Susie Burrell who also holds a Masters of Coaching Psychology and has a particular interest in mental health and wellbeing, finding new ways to manage mood and stress has never been more important. "The pandemic has resulted in many people turning inward and looking for ways they can actively work to support their own health and wellbeing. With big treats such as overseas trips off the table, and milestones like weddings and other celebrations more restricted, we've had to train ourselves to look forward to small things to find pleasure in on a daily basis to support our own happiness."

This is supported by the research, carried out in Australia, Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea and USA, and also showed that almost half of consumers globally say indulgence is about finding little pleasures of joy in the everyday, while only 27% defined indulgence as being about a special-occasion treat.

"On a day-to-day basis, people are carving out small moments of indulgence and savouring them," says Burrell. "Nourishing the body with healthy, nutritious food is an act of self-care and one of the easiest ways we can support not just physical but mental health too. Quality plant-based food in an otherwise ordinary day is a great way to support good mood, especially now when many people are feeling overwhelmed, anxious and emotionally drained after dealing with the pandemic for many months."

Australian Macadamias Market Development Manager Jacqui Price says macadamias are ideally suited to meeting the demands of these trends.

"Our research showed that 60% of people globally and 64% in the USA believe they have the ability to not just manage their physical well-being but also mental wellness, so they want food that is going to sustain them and their frame of mind throughout the day," says Ms. Price. "Macadamias are the perfect mood-booster and stress-buster. Its fiber, heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals offer many physical health benefits, while their velvety texture and creamy flavour make them an indulgent snack or ingredient, ideal for a range of food products."

It seems consumers also recognize these qualities. "It was exciting to discover that 53% of people consider macadamias to be a rich and delicious indulgence that is also good for your body," she says. "With consumers' desire for optimal wellness driving the increase in new products with on-pack wellness claims, macadamias make a great choice for food brands looking for an edge in this space."

About Australian Macadamias

Australia is the world's major producer of macadamia kernel and macadamias are Australia's fourth largest horticultural export. There are approximately 800 growers producing more than 46,000 tonnes per year, with 75% of the crop exported to more than 40 countries. Learn more at:

About new Australian Macadamias research

In late 2020, Australian Macadamias commissioned research based on 6014 individual surveys with consumers in Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the USA. Conducted by the Singapore regional office of independent research agency Kantar, the research was conducted between August and October 2020 and findings delivered in December 2020.


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Dining Out Jersey’s First Annual Foodie Expo

PARAMUS, N.J. -- Dining Out Media LLC will be hosting the 1st Annual Dining Out Jersey Foodie Expo on Thursday July 15, 2021 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. at The Terrace at Biagio's in Paramus, N.J. The event will feature North Jersey's best restaurants, gourmet food shops, BBQ, craft beer, wine, and spirits, as well as celebrity guests, music, and other food-related vendors.

The event will be held in the main ballroom as well as BBQ and grilling on the rooftop. Some food trucks are also scheduled to participate. Participating businesses are primarily from Bergen, Hudson, and Essex counties.

"We saw this as an opportunity to support local restaurants and small businesses that were adversely affected by the recent events while at the same time giving area residents an excuse to get out and enjoy themselves again," said Paul Turpanjian, Publisher of Dining Out Jersey Magazine.

With restaurants getting "back to business" and life becoming a little more normal, guests will enjoy the festivities which will include food tastings across a wide variety of cuisines from the area's top restaurants. Paid admission gives guests access to all.

"We are looking forward to giving local foodies an opportunity to get out once again and be entertained while enjoying the savory and sweet flavors that our many fine North Jersey restaurants are famous for," said Turpanjian. "The restaurant industry was the hardest hit during the pandemic. Now these businesses are hoping to gain more exposure and make up for what was lost, which makes this first big food festival a very important one."

Dining Out Jersey Magazine is North Jersey's preeminent lifestyle magazine focusing on dining out and other food-centric content.

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Cross Creek Ranch Meats Launch New Website Offering Premium Wagyu Meat Products

HESPERUS, Colo. -- Cross Creek Ranch Premium Meats, an online retailer of premium 100% Full Blood Wagyu Beef, is excited to officially announce the launch of its new website with updated product pages and easy one-click shopping. is a one-stop destination for all your 100% Full Blood Wagyu Beef and American Wagyu Beef home grilling and cooking needs. Recently opened, Cross Creek Ranch Premium Meats is emerging as a leading Full Blood and Crossbred Wagyu Steak and Meat provider in the United States.

"The newly launched website features updated product descriptions and details, new images of the high quality beef cuts, recipes and cooking instructions, Wagyu education, and a new FAQ page. We offer customers an easy, one-click shopping experience for hormone-free, all natural beef," said Kevin Foutz, Marketing Director.

The catalog features hundreds of meat cuts such as Wagyu New York Strip Steak, American Wagyu Bone-In Ribeye Steak and Wagyu Tri Tip. Customers searching for the perfect steak dinner can decide between popular cuts such as Flat Iron Steak, Sirloin Steak, as well as Outside Skirt Steak and Flank Steak.

Specialty beef cuts such as Ground Beef Hamburger Patties, Short Ribs and Carne Asada are also available. Recipes like Sous Vide Juicy Stuffed Burger, Cheddar Cheese-Pecan Rolled Flank Steak, and Sunday Pot Roast can also be found.

Customers who sign up for the Cross Creek Ranch Newsletter can receive access to exclusive offers, early product availability notifications, and unique recipes. Cross Creek Ranch Premium Meats offers a Meat Club membership which offers new customers 1lb. of Full Wagyu Burger meat free with their first order.


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About Cross Creek Ranch Premium Meats

How is Cross Creek Ranch Meats able to provide top tier premium wagyu meats? It's a simple recipe including superior Wagyu genetics, a nutritious, pesticide-free grass diet, clean, Colorado snow melted water and happy, calm living conditions. This allows Cross Creek Ranch to produce top tier Wagyu cattle.

Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Cross Creek Ranch is home to the highest quality 100% Full Blooded Wagyu, "American Wagyu," and certified Black Angus cattle in the United States.

At 2,300 acres, Cross Creek Ranch allows its cattle 'room to roam', ensuring they get the exercise, fresh air, and rest needed to achieve peak health.

This level of care results in highly desirable meat cuts that transform any kitchen into a 5-star steakhouse. All Cross Creek Ranch Premium Meats are raised in the U.S.A., are USDA inspected for quality and health, and are graded using the MIJ-30 meat grading camera.

Their meats attain IMF (Intramuscular Fat) marbling scores of at least 28% on the Japan Meat Grading Authority (JMGA) grading system - equal to and usually much higher than USDA Prime grade. With proven quality assurance methods and employees who are Beef Quality Assurance certified, Cross Creek Ranch Premium Meats cattle and meat products offer the highest level of beef and steak in the food industry.

Whether grilled on the barbeque, pan-seared on the skillet, or broiled in the oven, the Wagyu Boneless Ribeye Steak, with its juicy and tender marbling, provides the perfect eating experience to satisfy even the pickiest palette. Learn more:

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Singing Dog Vanilla Hires New Marketing Professional from The University of Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. -- Singing Dog Vanilla is proud to welcome Andrew Gillen to the team as our new marketing specialist. Andrew will be responsible for engaging with our fans via social media, communicating with the blogging/influencer community, and connecting with food industry groups. He will also be accountable for monitoring search traffic and media to discover market-related trends.

Andrew, a 2021 graduate from the University of Oregon in Eugene, holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration / Marketing. Andrew is excited to join the team and apply his skills to help Singing Dog Vanilla's marketing efforts and be the voice of Singing Dog Vanilla.

As a recent college graduate, Andrew will bring a fresh mind full of new ideas to the company. Singing Dog Vanilla's hire exemplifies the growing pipeline of the University of Oregon and Oregon State University students finding roles at Eugene, Oregon, area brands.

"We're finding that many students choose to pursue food business dreams at The University of Oregon primarily because of the opportunities to apply their studies directly via internships and job opportunities at local brands," says Micah Elconin, Director of Eugene's Table, a partnership of Eugene area brands. "With 172 food and beverage manufacturing companies in the county, there's a lot of great work to be done!"

For more information about Andrew, visit the Meet Our Team page at

About Singing Dog Vanilla:

Founded on April Fool's Day in 2004, Singing Dog Vanilla has offices in Eugene, Oregon, and Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. They partner with over 400 vanilla-growing families in Indonesia to bring organic vanilla products to food manufacturers, bakeries, scoop shops, restaurants, and breweries. Singing Dog Vanilla also has a full line of retail products sold in natural grocery stores across the USA and internationally. Profits are shared with their vanilla farmers and employees.

The Singing Dog Vanilla motto is "Silly Name ... Serious Vanilla."

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Owner of AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar Ranked as one of the Country’s Most Influential Restaurant Executives

DESTIN, Fla. -- In 2020, readers of "Nation's Restaurant News" had a chance to weigh in on who they considered leaders in the restaurant industry. The people have spoken and Florida's own Alan Laird, owner of AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar, ranked number 37 out of 500 submissions in the category for "Most Influential Restaurant Executives in the Country" on its "Power List 2020."

"Nation's Restaurant News" released its selections for its annual "Power List Reader Picks" in February 2021 and Laird was thrilled and honored to be recognized and to join some of the top players in the restaurant industry. This year's list focused on leadership and nominees ranged from restaurant CEOs and chefs to store managers who are making an impact through innovation.

So, what's Laird's secret to success? It's a pretty simple formula. Laird believes that it all hinges on good communication between staff and being polite to customers and each other.

"When customers come in, say 'hello.' Thank them for coming in when they're on their way out and ask if they enjoyed everything. Invite them to come back in," he says.

Laird has remained true to this basic philosophy since opening his doors in 1984 and apparently, it's paid off.

"I wouldn't be here today without this great team behind me," he says. "I appreciate that they have helped me to continue to stand out among restaurant executives across the country."

Laird, a Florida native, was born and raised in the state's panhandle, and has worked in restaurants all his life. In 1984, he opened the first AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar. It started out as a small burger and oyster joint that sold beer. Today, he has four restaurant locations and a 55-acre farm where he raises Black Angus, Waygu cattle and seasonal produce that he uses in these restaurants. The latest addition is a public market in Destin, AJ's Specialty Meats and Gourmet Market, that sells locally-sourced meats and produce.

Laird has also broken out into beverage branding over the past few years and is excited about AJ's branded vodka and two different beers brewed exclusively for AJ's by Props Craft Beer. These products are available at all AJ's locations, as well as local restaurants and stores in the panhandle.

About AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar

AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar serves the freshest seafood and mixed drinks along the beautiful Emerald Coast. It has live entertainment seven days a week and has been recognized on many local lists that include "Best of the Emerald Coast," and "Best of South Walton." It's also received national recognition from "Nightclub and Bar Magazine" as one of "America's Top 100 Nightclubs in the United States."

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Chefs Tell the Story of Farmers on the EATYALL Podcast

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. -- In weekly episodes, the EATYALL Podcast offers noteworthy content crafted especially for chefs and food enthusiasts. The EATYALL Podcast offers candid access into the reality of food production, often in stark contrast to the flood of misinformation that has dominated media in recent years. In each episode, EATYALL Founder and Podcast Host Andy Chapman brings chefs along who serve as guest hosts of the podcast.

Together, they visit a farm, experiencing the day-to-day operations firsthand, alongside the farmer. Often recording live on location, they share their experience, taste ingredients, conduct farm interviews and connect you with new ingredients.

EATYALL has been connecting chefs to better ingredients for more than a decade. Hundreds of chefs around the globe trust EATYALL to help them thoughtfully source better ingredients. Similarly, farmers and farm industry groups trust EATYALL to share the flavor, nutrition, food safety and availability of their products to chefs and consumers.

EATYALL is best known for their extremely successful overnight Chef Camps that immerse chefs in life at the farm. When the pandemic struck and gatherings were cancelled, EATYALL founders Marianna and Andy Chapman expanded their well-established podcast platform to provide an additional avenue for chefs to learn more about the food they serve and to discover new ingredients.

Katelyn Hawkins, Director of Product Marketing, Kentucky Beef Council, described her experience working with the EATYALL Podcast like this: "[Their] passion to forge relationships between farm families and chefs to bridge the gap between perceptions of agriculture and fact can be seen in every conversation, podcast episode, social media post and all other facets of their business. The solid foundation they have built in the digital space allowed for them to pivot...during the pandemic while allowing their partners to achieve success in their investment with EATYALL."

Podcast audiences are on the rise, with over 100 million Americans tuning in every month, according to several Neilson and Edison Research. With educational podcasts soaring in popularity, the EATYALL Podcast offers an honest look at American food farming and helps listeners connect with new ingredients.

Listen to the EATYALL Podcast on iTunes, Android, Spotify, TuneIn Radio and other listening platforms. A video version of the EATYALL Podcast can be found on YouTube. Follow @letseatyall on social media platforms for details on podcast updates and new episode alerts. Learn more and subscribe to your favorite platform easily at

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