NEWS & EVENTS
ifiGOURMET Acquires Marque Foods, Inc.
2015-10-30 ## GURNEE, Illinois, October 30, 2015 - ifiGOURMET, a leading importer of specialty ingredients and tools for professionals in the pastry, bakery, chocolate and confectionery segments, announced today that it has acquired the assets of Marque Foods, Inc. based in South San Francisco, California. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Colombia's contribution to the world
2015-09-15 ##  The research was undertaken in conjunction with CIAT and Yale University. Its results will allow Colombian cocoa farmers to produce better varieties of cocoa for the world. It will render Colombian cocoa more competitive in the international market.
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As Seen In...Chicago
2015-07-22 ##  Mid-May welcomed the return of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) show and Catersource was there to scout out a few companies and products, as well as sit in on a few seminars to brush up on topics of interest to caterers and their clients. Click here for the full article on catersource.
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2015-07-22 ##  Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo was held June 7-9 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA. Dairy-Deli-Bake hosted 9,322 registered attendees, breaking the association's previous record of 8,727. Attendees included top-tier retail buyers, merchandisers, executives, food manufacturers, brokers, distributors, and additional leading industry professionals.
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Bean to bar is a new trend in the chocolate world
2015-06-23 ## CasaLuker, a Colombian family business with over 100 years of experience in the chocolate market will soon begin to sell premium cocoa beans in 5kg presentations. These will be aimed at small-scale chocolate bar producers seeking to use a cocoa with unique characteristics for a differential product. Bean to bar is a new trend in the chocolate world where small chocolate producers buy cocoa beans to select and process according to their preferences and recipes.
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CasaLuker 1906 | Single Origin Chocolate from Colombia
2015-04-20 ## Source: FOUR Magazine Finest flavour Colombian cacao proving to be every chocolatiers delight with its range of luxury, single origin chocolate.  With the growing demand for quality ingredients to be as direct to source as possible, avoiding any outside alterations as possible, it's no suprise that chocolate would be a product that comes top of the list. It's essentially chocolate coming from one variety of cacao and harvested in one region, making the chocolate purer, more traceable and utterly delicious.
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Meta Cacao: A New Way of Life after FARC
2015-04-17 ##  Last month we wrote about our trip to Colombia and our visit to two CasaLuker projects, one a cocoa educational and research facility in the heart of the Zona Cafetera, the other an experimental growing project on the Caribbean coast in a region where cacao has not previously been grown. This month, we report on a Colombian cocoa growing region with an entirely different story to tell. It is a story of survival more than cacao.
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Husband-and-wife team detail their visit to two successful Luker Cacao projects
2015-03-25 ##  Colombia is synonymous with coffee.  So much so, that to those of us who live in the United States, Juan Valdez is a household name.  That the clean, white-clad coffee farmer and his mule are fictitious is of little consequence.
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New retail line of chocolate from Casa Luker will debut at the Fancy Food Show in January 2015.
2014-12-22 ## December 22, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shelly Kreml Director of Marketing 847-855-7400 ifiGOURMET, formerly International Foods and Ingredients, Inc., Gurnee, IL, is proud to announce the introduction of a retail line of chocolate from Casa Luker, which will debut at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco in January 2015. ifiGOURMET is the exclusive U.
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Exclusive U.S. distributor of Cesarin's line of candied fruit products
2014-08-22 ## August 22, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shelly Kreml Director of Marketing 847-855-7400   ifiGOURMET, formerly International Foods and Ingredients, Inc., Gurnee, IL, is pleased to be the exclusive U.S.
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Cacao Fino de Aroma will reinforce Colombia's positive image abroad
2014-04-28 ##  In 2013, Colombia exported approximately 24,330 tons of cocoa and derived products, for a value of 96 millions of dollars. Colombia is one of the few countries in the world producing Fino de Aroma Cocoa. CasaLuker sells in Colombia around 24,500 tons of table chocolate per year.
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Rolled Fondant
2014-04-10 ##  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rick Brownstein 847-855-7400 International Foods and Ingredients, Inc., Gurnee, IL, is proud to announce a new addition to its ifigourmet line of branded products: rolled fondant. Rick Brownstein, IFI President, stated, "I'm pleased we were able to develop a superior quality rolled fondant for our discerning customers.
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ifiGOURMET announces new branding
2014-02-12 ## "By any name, we are just as sweet!" commented Shelly Kreml, ifiGOURMET's Director of Marketing. "In this age of texting and tweeting, the name International Foods & Ingredients, Inc.
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CasaLuker's New Cocoa Powder
2013-12-30 ## December 30, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shelly Kreml 847-855-7400 International Foods and Ingredients, Inc., Gurnee, IL, is pleased to announce the debut of CasaLuker's new cocoa powder at the Winter Fancy Food Show. CasaLuker's products are derived exclusively from cocoa fino de aroma, or fine flavor beans.
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Ambient Fruit Purees
2013-09-16 ## Room temperature fruit purees have the reputation of a lower quality taste and color due to the pasteurization of the product. Due to the unique packaging, DGF is able to pasteurize at a lower temperature to maintain the integrity of the color and flavor of the fruit. Coeur Sauvage Fruit Purees offer the same high quality appearance and taste as frozen fruit purees, but are shelf stable, with no need for freezer space or thawing.
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IBIE Booth Demonstrations
2013-09-13 ## The demonstrations will be taught by acclaimed pastry chef Stanton Ho, chairman of the first U.S. team to win gold at the World Pastry Cup.
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Luker Aruaca 70% Dark Chocolate Award
2013-08-20 ## Two of Chocolate Café's original products were awarded two stars at the Great Taste Awards. Presented annually by the Guild of Fine Food, the Great Taste Awards are the acknowledged benchmark for specialty food and drink in the UK, rewarding quality, passion, and creativity. 405 judges including 38 specially trained coordinating food writers evaluated and scored nearly 10,000 products.
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IBIE Demo Featuring Stanton Ho
2013-08-15 ## Expanding the Flavor Palette will be presented at the Amoretti Demo Theatre on Monday, October 7, at 11:30 a.m. Chef Stanton Ho will describe new trends in flavor, like exotic spices, internationally-inspired recipes, vibrant flavor fusions like white chocolate and winter citrus, and alcohol-infused desserts, using high quality products from CasaLuker, DGF, Dreidoppel and Jean Ducourtieux.
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Ifigourmet Rolled Fondant
2013-04-10 ## Rick Brownstein, IFI President, stated, "I'm pleased we were able to develop a superior quality rolled fondant for our discerning customers. Our goal is to become a comprehensive source for the bakery and pastry professional, and this is a necessary addition to our product line." Ifigourmet Rolled Fondant is a convenient way to achieve elegant, artful cakes.
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Granja Luker Article - So Good Magazine
2012-09-01 ##  Good and productive. The sustainability of a crop which is also source of richness and life entirely depends on the balance of this binomial. GranjaLuker has spent half a century doing research and seeking the best, most resistant and most profitable cacaos, as well as updating the production methods, but one of their greatest achievements seven more important than this - the persuasion and training of the local farmers, who have realized that, economically speaking, cacao is as interesting as coffee, bananas or palm trees.
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