Margaret Malochleb

Margaret Malochleb

Rice Vinegar

Toasted Sesame Rice Vinegar from NAKANO provides a sweet and mellow flavor that complements stir-fries, salads, or other Asian dishes.

Marinated Bacon

Grill Mates Marinated Bacon is delicious served on its own, atop a burger, as a side to an all-American breakfast, or as a garnish to a Bloody Mary.

Sanaia Applesauce

Available in unsweetened and guava flavors, sanaía


Toasted sesame rice vinegar

Matazaemon Nakano began selling his handcrafted rice vinegars in Tokyoin 1804. Since then, Japanese vinegar brewing experts have been continuing his legacy for over 200 years. NAKANO’s newest flavor, Toasted Sesame, is sweet and mellow, enhanced with toasted sesame seeds, and can be used in a stir-fry, salad, or other Asian dishes.

Made with real rice and the finest ingredients, each of the company’s rice vinegars is slowly brewed according to traditional practices, creating a clean flavor that is smoother and slightly sweet compared with other vinegars. All carry a reformulated clean label and have no more than six simple ingredients,with no artificial preservatives or flavors, and no high-fructose corn syrup.

NAKANO’s Toasted Sesame Rice Vinegar can be found at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of$2.99 to $3.49 for a 12-ounce bottle.

Bacon for every taste

Sigma U.S. in partnership with McCormick is revolutionizing the way bacon is made with the introduction of four McCormick Grill Mates Marinated Bacon flavors. The pork undergoes a three-step process in which it is marinated to soak in flavor, smoked with natural hardwood smoke, sliced thick, and seasoned with a blend of McCormick Grill Mates seasonings.

“Marinating has been bringing more flavor to steak, chicken, and pork for years, so it made great sense to do the same with bacon,” says Jeff Gaunt, marketing director at Sigma in the United States. “Our three-step process delivers more flavor than bacon that is only smoked, making it easy for consumers to enjoy a bacon that tastes better than any bacon they’ve had before.”

The four varieties can be used to enhance every kind of dish. Ultimate Bacon is designed for bacon lovers and is marinated and seasoned with extra bacon flavor. The company’s flagship flavor, Montreal Steak, uses a robust blend of pepper, garlic, and spices. Smoky Applewood provides a sweet, smoky blend of chili pepper, garlic, and applewood smoke flavor, while Brown Sugar Bourbon combines sweet brown sugar, bourbon, red bell peppers, and spices.

Grill Mates Marinated Bacon can be found at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $6.99 for a 16-ounce package.

Applesauce grows up 

sanaía founder and CEO Keisha Smith-Jeremie grew up in the Bahamas. While attending the University of Virginia, she missed the flavors of home and decided to create her own version of applesauce with the adult palate in mind. Made with whole Granny Smith green apple wedges, sanaía APPLESAUCE is infused with plant-based ingredients and exotic fruits like guava, ginger, tamarind, and lavender to create a healthy snack that proves that fruits are nature’s most delectable desserts.

sanaía APPLESAUCE is perfect for vegan and kosher palates and adults who crave snack options that are non-GM, low in sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free, and allergen-free. “I created sanaía because I believe that what we eat provides us with the fuel we need to live the life we want,” says Smith-Jeremie.

sanaía APPLESAUCE is available in unsweetened and guava flavors and can be found online and at Walmart stores for a suggested retail price of $1.50.

About the Author

Margaret Malochleb, Associate Editor, produces content for the News, New Products, Books, and IFT World departments and researches and writes feature articles on a variety of topics.
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