4 cups baby beet greens
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup shredded smoked cheese
Sophia’s Original Salad Dressing
Prepare the artichoke by cutting off the stems on the spiny part of the leaf tips. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the artichokes inside and use the lid of the pot to press them down into the pot and under water. Cook for approximately 1 hour. Drain and pull apart stems to eat. Use Sophia’s Original Recipe as a dipping sauce.
- 1/2 cup candied walnuts
- 3 cups mixed greens
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Sophia's is thrilled to announce the arrival of it's dressings in the Southwest. Whole Foods Market is the world's largest retailer of natural and organic foods, with stores throughout North America and the United Kingdom.
March 12, 2009
For an American general population loaded with health problems but limited on health care, adopting a gluten-free diet is becoming an increasingly popular solution to alleviate complications from the numerous medical maladies associated with wheat and gluten consumption. As a result, the market for gluten-free food and beverage products grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28 percent from 2004 to 2008, to finish with almost $1.6 billion in retail sales last year, according to market research publisher Packaged Facts in the brand-new report, “The Gluten-Free Food and Beverage Market: Trends and Developments Worldwide, 2nd Edition.”
Packaged Facts projects that ensuing years will experience double-digit growth due to an overwhelming number of positive factors, the most important of which is the existence of more gluten-free products in stores through both product introduction and the conversion of existing products to gluten-free status. By 2012 the market is expected to reach about $2.6 billion in sales.
Medical problems associated with gluten include autism, multiple sclerosis (MS), gluten allergy, various types of gluten-sensitivities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), repetitive strain or stress injury (RSI), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
However, the chronic inflammatory disorder of the small intestine known as celiac disease is the problem most notoriously associated with gluten consumption. The increased diagnosis of celiac disease has been a catalyst and driving force in the gluten-free food and beverage market, rescuing it from being generally regarded as a mere fad popular within the health-conscious populace.
“Evidence shows that the patients that comprise the celiac community are not willing to be passive sufferers. Their passion to live a full life without gluten must be considered one of the most powerful driving forces in the market,” says Tatjana Meerman, publisher of Packaged Facts. “The fact that approximately 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease does not mean that only they are buying gluten-free. Those others suffering maladies relieved by going gluten-free and their ensuing mobilization and activism have focused a great deal of attention on gluten-free eating.”
To meet consumer demand, more than 225 marketers introduced new gluten-free products into the United States in 2008. From supermarkets with private label brands to single product-line specialty marketers, every conceivable type of food and beverage marketer in the United States introduced new products into the market last year.
Sophia’s Gourmet Foods Exhibit Info
· Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 6-8, 2009 – Doors open at 9:30 am
· Location: Hall E Booth 5816 Anaheim Convention Center, California
· Details: Official debut of Sophia’s “Tahini” Greek Island Dressing at Natural Products Expo West.
Anaheim, California – Sophia’s Gourmet Foods expands its product line with the introduction of its newest flavor, Sophia’s “Tahini” Greek Island Dressing.
Sophia’s newest dressing is made with Tahini, which is made from ground sesame seeds. Tahini is known as a rich source of protein and calcium and nothing less than nutritional gold. Consumers can use Sophia’s Tahini dressing on any salad, favorite sandwich, or as a quick and simple marinade.
Doors open at 9:30 am. Free samples will be given to trade show attendees at booth 5816 in Hall E.
Expo West is located at the Anaheim Convention Center in downtown Anaheim, California. Visit them online at www.expowest.com.
More stores offer gluten-free selections
Grocery stores in Connecticut are adding new lines of gluten-free foods, creating what David Colomb of Price Chopper calls "celiac supercenters." Shop Rite owner Paul Tornaquindici also caters to those with gluten allergies but says it is not for sales as much as it is out of a sense of community. Full Story
All natural and "gluten-free" emerged among this year's predominant trends at the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC, reported the Princeton Packet. Full Story
Diagnosed with celiac disease, or self-diagnosed. Sensitive to foods, or related to those who are. The gluten-free diet trend is getting a warm embrace. Full Story
Sophia's will be one of the many sponsors for the Celiac Foundation's May 3rd conference. Please feel free to help the Celiac Foundation by participating May 3rd and visit our booth to try our Gluten Free dressings!
CDF ANNUAL EDUCATION
CONFERENCE & FOOD FAIRE
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Good Samaritan Hospital
Los Angeles, California
Sophia's dressings can now be found in Whole Foods Southern California. For a complete list of retailer's feel free to check out our website at Sophia's Gourmet Foods
For over 25 years, customers of Sophia’s restaurant took home Sophia’s dressings to enjoy in their own kitchen on salads, fresh vegetables or as a marinade. Perfect for gourmet salads, meat marinades or dipping fresh vegetables, SOPHIA’S GREEK ISLAND DRESSINGS are a family favorite. Inspired by a grandmother’s recipe; Sophia’s takes pride in providing HEALTHY, FLAVORFUL dressings perfect for any palate. You can sail the Mediterranean for flavor that’s fresh and delicious...or you can simply open a bottle of our Sophia’s Greek Island Dressing!