Summer 2008
Just The Zing By Sharon Anne Waldrop

Specialty Foods, Defined

According to the Agricultural Developmental Center at the University of Tennessee, specialty foods can be loosely defined as premium-priced food products that provide an added-value appeal for one or more of the following reasons:

  • quality of ingredients, manufacturing process and/or finished product
  • sensory appeal, flavor, consistency, texture, aroma and/or appearance
  • presentation (branding or packaging)
  • origin (where the product was manufactured)
  • distribution channel (specialty food retail outlets or sections within supermarkets/grocery stores)

Article Resources

Wholesalers

B&B Gourmet Biscuit Meal
207.876.2836
BBGourmetBiscuits.com

Bay Beyond
800.221.2722
BayBeyond.net

Bristol Harbor Homemade
207.941.1152
BristolHarborHomemade.com

Country Home Creations
800.457.3477
CountryHomeCreations.com

Delicaé Gourmet
800.942.2502
DelicaeGourmet.com

Gourmet du Village
877.726.2314
GourmetduVillage.com

Iveta Gourmet Inc.
877.712.2777
Iveta.com

New England Cupboard
207.941.1152
NewEnglandCupboard.com

Only Herbs Gourmet Seasonings
850.769.1109
OnlyHerbsandSpices.com

SaltWorks Inc.
425.885.7258
SaltWorks.us

TSP Spices
TSPSpices.com

Vervacious
877.468.8783
Vervacious.com

Wild Thymes
800.724.2877
WildThymes.com

Experts

Dorothy Finell
Amanet.org

Food Marketing International
480.778.0640
SpecialtyFoodResource.com

National Association for the Specialty Food Trade
212.482.6440
SpecialtyFood.com

Packaged Facts
800.298.5294
PackagedFacts.com

Vermont Specialty Food Association
802.747.0365
VermontSpecialtyFoods.org

Retailers

Periwinkle’s Specialty Foods
Oswego, IL
PeriwinklesGiftShop.com

Country Thyme Vermont
Derby, VT
CountryThymeVermont.com

Additional Resources

Aspen Mulling Co.
800.622.7736
AspenSpices.com

Barefoot Contessa
800.803.8050
BarefootContessa.com

Caffe D’Amore
800.999.0171
CaffeDAmore.com

Caley & Cobb
800.817.2215
CaleyandCobb.com

Cherith Valley Gardens
800.610.9813
CherithValley.com

Cugino’s/Daniel J. Gourmet
Cuginos.com

Dairyfood USA Inc.
800.236.3300
GiftFoodComponents.com

Diva Delectables
800.333.5059
DivaDelectables.com

Fireside Coffee
800.344.5282
FiresideCoffee.com

Fungus AmongUs
360.568.3403
FungusAmongUs.com

Glass Jar Goodies
603.434.4388
GlassJarGoodies.com

Global Specialty Foods
866.850.1344
GlobalSpecialtyFoods.com

Grizzly Gourmet LLC
866.269.4749
GrizzlyGourmet.com

Hot Sauce Harry’s Inc.
214.902.8552
HotSauceHarrys.com

Jill’s Jams, Mixes and More
410.239.7433
JillsJamsMixesandMore.com

Lesley Elizabeth Inc.
800.684.3300
LesleyElizabeth.com

Lollipop Tree Inc.
800.842.6691
LollipopTree.com

Monk’s Meadow & Amelia’s
800.545.3760
monksmeadow.com

North-Aire Market
NorthAireMarket.com

Original Juan Specialty Foods
800.568.8468
originaljuan.com

Plentiful Pantry
800.727.8284
PlentifulPantryWholesale.com

Rabbit Creek
800.837.3073
RabbitCreekGourmet.com

Reid Foods Inc.
888.295.8478
ReidFoods.com

Savannah Cinnamon & Cookie
800.288.0854
savannahcinnamon.com

Sisters Gourmet
770.338.1388
sistersgourmet.com

Southwest Specialty Food Inc.
800.536.3131
asskickin.com

Spice Genie
617.320.2338
spicegenie.com

Sticky Fingers Bakeries
800.458.5826
stickyfingersbakeries.com

Stirrings
508.324.9800
stirrings.com

The Huckleberry People
800.735.6462
huckleberrypeople.com

Sharon Anne Waldrop

Sharon Anne Waldrop resides with her family on a horse farm in northern Georgia. She writes about business and finance for national and trade magazines, and has contributed to Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Hotel & Motel Management.




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