Tortuga Rum Cake Company Introduces Chocolate Rum Balls at Winter Fancy Food Show

Celebrating the company’s 30th anniversary, the Tortuga Rum Cake Company will be showcasing its full line of gourmet Caribbean products and introducing a new candy – Tortuga Chocolate Rum Balls — at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco at the Moscone Convention Center on January 19 – 21, Booth # 777. The company will be featuring its popular free standing rum cake shipper displays which now include Holiday and Valentine’s Day versions to promote seasonal sales.

Tortuga Rum Cake Company Chocolate Rum Balls

Tortuga Rum Cake Company Chocolate Rum Balls

With a moist and fudgy chocolate center bursting with rum flavor and coated in dark chocolate sprinkles, Tortuga Chocolate Rum Balls are a sweet and creamy tropical treat created to capture a taste of the Caribbean in every bite.

The foil trimmed and embossed package with Tortuga’s iconic galleon pirate ship makes a beautiful presentation. The 6.17 oz box includes 20 rum balls, and is available in cases of 12.

Now this traditional holiday treat can be enjoyed throughout the year,” says Monique Hamaty Simmonds, Chief Marketing Officer for Tortuga. “It is a great addition to our chocolate line of rum fudge and chocolate rum turtles with sea salt.”

Tortuga International ( is part of the Jamaica Producers Group of companies and has bakeries and operations in Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas. The Tortuga Rum Cake Company, the company’s Miami, Florida subsidiary, handles sales, marketing and worldwide distribution. The Tortuga brand is well-known for its Authentic Caribbean Rum Cakes by the more than 20 million annual Caribbean tourists and cruise ship passengers. Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cakes are the #1 export of the Cayman Islands and recognized for nine consecutive years by Porthole Cruise Magazine, named “Best Cruise Souvenir” and 2013 “Greatest Caribbean Gift”. The Tortuga product line is sold in gift and specialty food departments and gourmet stores throughout the Caribbean and North America and in onboard gift shops of nearly 100 cruise ships.

Imported Tortuga Rum Cakes–made with the finest ingredients and special oak-barrel-aged Tortuga gold rum–are baked in the Cayman Islands, Barbados, Jamaica and the Bahamas from a centuries old island family secret recipe. Each cake is hand glazed and vacuum sealed, locking in the delicious freshness and giving the cakes a shelf life of up to 12 months, or indefinitely if refrigerated or frozen.

Flavors available in Tortuga’s traditional six-sided 33 oz, 16 oz and 4 oz boxes include original golden with walnuts, coconut, chocolate, banana, key lime, pineapple and Blue Mountain coffee. Tortuga A Taste of Florida Rum Cakes flavors – orange, coconut and key lime – are available in 16 oz size and a six-pack tower of 4oz cakes (2 each flavor),packaged in vibrant colors of the Sunshine State.

The company’s other gourmet products include 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, seven Tortuga flavored coffees, award-winning Caribbean sauces, three types of rum fudge, chocolate rum turtles with sea salt, gifts and gift baskets.


Global Grub® and Sur La Table Team Up to Bring Sushi-Making Night to Homes Nationwide

Let the good times roll with the help of Global Grub and the ultimate cooking store Sur La TableGlobal Grub’s DIY Sushi Rolls Kit, a featured display this past holiday season at Sur La Table’s 100+ stores as well as in the December catalog and online at includes sushi rice, rice vinegar, nori, sesame seeds, wasabi powder and Little SoyaTM soy sauce along with a bamboo rolling mat and easy-to-follow instructions to make eight homemade sushi rolls/48 pieces (kit retails for $22 each). The kit will also make its debut a the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show, January 19-21, 2014 in San Francisco.


Additional Global Grub DIY Cooking Kits includes non-perishable ingredients that are pre-measured to make award-winning Jerk Chicken*, Tagine, Tamales and recently launched Tikka Masala. Home cooks simply pick up a few fresh/basic items from their local grocer, allowing people to eat global while still buying local.

Global Grub is ecstatic to partner with a company that’s equally passionate about cooking,” noted Carley Sheehy, Chief Global Grubber. “Sur La Table also happens to be one of my favorite stores! I know fellow Sur La Table shoppers will enjoy our Sushi Kit as a new fun way to cook together or as a unique experiential gift.”

Global Grub was founded in 2012 by Sheehy, an avid traveler and gourmand who wanted to duplicate the exotic flavors she experienced from around the world here at home. After going on ingredient scavenger hunts and stocking her cupboards with items that often went to waste, she was determined to find a way to make it easier for people to cook their way around the world in a stress-free way. With their kits, food enthusiasts can embark on international cooking adventures, great for date nights, dinner parties, family fun and gifts.

Food is not only Global Grub’s passion; it is a fundamental need that is not being met, so helping the fight against hunger has always been an integral part of Global Grub’s operation. For every kit sold, Global Grub donates a meal to someone in need through the Alameda County Community Food Bank, because they were startled by their neighbors’ needs, and impressed with the food bank’s immense impact.

*Proud 2013 sofiTM Best of Specialty Food Silver Award Winner for the Jamaican Jerk with Coconut Rice and Beans Kit.

California Specialty Food Makers Stand Out at Winter Fancy Food Show 360+ Companies Lead with Quality, Passion at Top International Trade Event

SpecialtyFood_WFFS_banner (1)

More than 360 food artisans and entrepreneurs from across the Golden State will display their latest products from micro-greens to craft sodas at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.

The show is the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast. It takes place January 19 – 21, 2014, at Moscone Center. Now in its 39th year, the show features 13,000 exhibitors from across the U.S. and around the world.

California boasts the largest state showing, including 40 specialty food producers making their show debut. The state brings nearly four times the exhibitors as the next largest showing from New York, followed by New Jersey, Washington and Illinois. More than 18,000 buyers from top names in retailing and restaurants are expected to attend the event to discover the new products and trends for their menus and stores from both domestic and international exhibitors.

“California food makers continue to pave the way with distinctive food products crafted with premium ingredients and flavor profiles,” says Ann Daw, president of the Specialty Food Association, which owns and produces the Winter Fancy Food Show. “Their culinary creativity will be evident throughout.”

The show will feature an entire new look that supports the Specialty Food Association‘s new brand: “Specialty Food. Craft. Care. Joy.” The brand highlights the people and products behind the small businesses that fuel the $86 billion specialty food industry. The new brand will be depicted with bold graphics and giant portraits of exhibitors–several from California–on banners and signs throughout the exhibit halls.

Among the California exhibitors are:

Bucha Live Kombucha, Torrance – flavored kombucha teas
Califia Farms, Bakersfield – almond milks
Fresh Origins, San Marcos – micro-greens, herb and flower crystals
The Good Bean, Berkeley – roasted chickpea snacks
Heidi’s Salsa, Los Angeles – artisan salsas
Laughing Giraffe Organics, Lafayette –cookies, granola
Praline Patisseries, San Diego – artisan caramel sauces
Taste Nirvana, Walnut – coconut water
Three Twins Ice Cream, Petaluma – organic ice cream
Wallaby Organic Yogurt, American Canyon – organic low-fat kefir

Savor California, a show exhibitor, will bring together 30 niche producers to offer a statewide sampling of specialty foods, including from these show newcomers:
Cocoa Parlor/Tonic Scene, Dana Point – organic raw chocolate bars
Fava Life, San Francisco – fava bean hummus
Meyenberg Goat Milk Products, Turlock – milk, butter, cheese
P*de*Q, Fresno – tapioca cheese bread
Silk Road Soda, Roseville – flavored sodas

The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs who bring craft, care and joy to the distinctive foods they produce. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,000 members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association (formerly the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc.) owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Show, and presents the sofi Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. Learn more at