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• Albertsons Companies said yesterday that it is expanding and elevating its Own Brands portfolio with a new top shelf culinary presence: Signature Reserve, which it describes as offering “unparalleled quality and exquisite taste for customers who are obsessed with the exceptional … The initial launch of Signature Reserve is seven decadent flavors of ice cream, all featuring globally-sourced ingredients that are perfect for entertaining or everyday indulgence.

Albertsons said that it “plans to introduce additional new Signature Reserve products in other categories throughout 2018, including ultra-premium pasta and pasta sauces imported from Italy, single-origin packaged coffees from Sumatra and Nicaragua, and four varieties of hand-picked loose leaf tea.”

• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has announced “a subscription-based online community for emerging food and beverage brands that offers education, mentoring, nurturing and access to sources of capital.” Dubbed Emerge, the program is designed to “help resolve complex industry issues by addressing a need for productive trading partner relationships with food-producing companies that have a product or product line with limited grocery distribution and seek more sales velocity. The key objective is to help these brands grow sustainably by expanding their distribution, and enhancing their operations, financing and sales. This collaborative community environment will host mentors, offer education, manage supportive outreach and provide access to investors.”

FMI president/CEO Leslie G. Sarasin said, “Through our new virtual community, FMI Emerge, our retail members can become better equipped to meet increased consumer demand for products focused on a variety of attributes such as local sourcing, health and wellness, artisanal and global cuisine.”
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