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WATSONVILLE, Calif.,Aug. 22, 2017/PRNewswire/ -- This year'sTour de Freshevent, presented byThe California Giant Foundation, continued the tradition of breaking records and reaching its goal to support salad bar donations through theSalad Bars to Schools program. Through a collaborative effort from riders, friends and family members, and the fresh produce industry leaders, more than 50 salad bars will be placed in schools around the country granting thousands of students access to fresh fruits and vegetables daily.
Novice and elite riders trekked 192 miles ofNorthern Californiahilly terrain for a three-day span to commemorate the values of Tour de Fresh – coming together as one team to support an endearing cause. This year presented many uphill battles, but reaching the goal of gifting more than 50 salad bars was not one of them.
"With Mother Nature taking a toll on the initial ride route, we started off this season a little rocky, but remained optimistic and kept our eyes on the ultimate prize – fundraising enough money to get salad bars into schools around the country," saidCindy Jewell, vice president of marketing for The California Giant Foundation. "I could not be more proud of the industry members, family and friends who came together to support our cause and enabled us to reach our goals."
This year's ride included new riders, routes and technology which amplified the experience altogether. Olympic cyclistsIna-Yoko Teutenbergand Axel Merckx partook in the ride to add a dose of encouragement and mentorship throughout the three days. In addition, riders geared up with tracking devices donated by Locus Traxx/Emerson which provided real-time updates on the riders' journey for family members and friends.
"It's always a pleasure to see the industry come together and rally behind a cause that affects the greater good," saidTom Stenzel, CEO and president of the United Fresh Produce Association. "With each year building off of the success from years past, I know this is a legacy we can continue to support."
Salad Bars to Schools, led by theUnited Fresh Start Foundation, has facilitated donations to fund more than 5,000 salad bars across the country in the last seven years to benefit more than two million students. In alignment with the Salad Bars to Schools mission, Tour de Fresh has raised nearly$500,000to fund more than 150 salad bars to date.
Tour de Fresh would not be possible without the support of its Premier Sponsors California Giant Berry Farms, Crunch Pak,Enza Zaden, JAZZ Apples, Mission Produce, Sakata, Tanimura & Antle, Tsamma, and event sponsors Americold, And Now U Know, Arctic Apples,Baja Son, CHEP, Church Brothers, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Coosemans Worldwide, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Emerson/Locus Traxx Worldwide, EBX Logistics, Fresh Point, Fresh Produce Partners, Fruit Growers Supply, Growers Express/Green Giant, Interfresh, Lipman, Ocean Mist Farms, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Pajaro Valley Fresh, PMA, Pro*Act, Rherig Pacific Company, Renaissance Food Group, Specialty Produce, Taylor Farms, Tessemae's, Total Quality Logistics, Watsonville Coast Produce, Western Precooling, and Zespri.
Tour de Fresh will be accepting donations throughAugust 31. To donate, please visithttp://www.tourdefresh.com/riders.php. For more information about Tour de Fresh, including opportunities to sponsor or ride in next year's Tour de Fresh, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESSEX, Md.,July 24, 2017/PRNewswire/ -- The Vetter brothers, who are challenging the status-quo and changing the way people look at healthy eating with their line of fresh food products, are embarking on a new challenge - the three-day Tour de Fresh Cycling event. Greg,Brian and Matt Vetter, the founders of Tessemae's, are participating in the Tour de Fresh, a three day, 275 mile cycling event that brings together cyclists of all levels from the fresh produce industry to help raise money for the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative. The event begins onTuesday, July 25, and takes the riders from Pismo Beach to Monterey.
"This is what being a socially responsible company is all about. From day one, we've remained committed to giving back to our communities. This is just one way we're looking to create sustainable methods for people to live healthier lives by eating healthier foods," Tessemae's CEOGreg Vettersaid. "The Tour de Fresh ties in perfectly with our desire to give back through the Tessemae's Foundation mission of improving access to healthy foods."
"There's no way we could pass up an opportunity to bike throughNorthern Californiaand help bring salad bars to schools. It's great for everybody involved,"Brian Vettersaid. "Three brothers biking along theCaliforniacoast and up and down theCaliforniahills are going to have fun, but we're always going to remember what we're riding for – a healthier way to eat for kids who may not have access to these foods. It's a cool way to be a part of something greater than ourselves."
"This ride combines nearly everything that we are passionate about – healthy eating, healthy living, family and philanthropy. To be able to do all of this in one shot is a great experience for us and Tessemae's. We're meeting people who are as passionate as we are about helping kids understand the good that comes out of eating healthy,"Matt Vettersaid.
The brothers are riding as part of their Tessemae's Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Company that works to improve access to healthy foods and life practices in food deserts. Each rider of the Tour de Fresh picks a school from a pre-approved list where a salad bar can be donated. All of the schools on the list have gone through an application process and are eligible for funding for the salad bar. Matt Vetteris riding for Fairfax County Public Schools,Brian Vetteris riding for Thompson R2 J school district, andGreg Vetteris riding for Vista Unified School District.
The Tessemae's Foundation signature event, Crop Circles, works to put together public private partnerships with local food retailers, national growers and interested corporate and public agencies, to create pop-up farmers' markets inside food deserts across the country. Local families receive one week's worth of fresh organic produce & dressing along with a community celebration complete with cooking demonstrations by local chefs, exercise classes from local sports figures and recognition awards for the local community garden and nutrition agencies. In conjunction with the Crop Circles event, the Tessemae's Foundation initiates a food summit to discuss sustainable ways to help communities access healthier food and lifestyles. To Learn more about Crop Circles, clickhere.
Tessemae's is an organic fresh food company that makes products with real, whole ingredients. The Vetter brothers, Greg, Brian, and Matt, launched the brand in 2009 at their local Whole Foods Market inAnnapolis, Maryland, using a simple salad dressing recipe created and used by their mom throughout their childhood. Tessemae's commitment to healthy eating and living is the core of their mission. Provide simple, yet delicious food to consumers made with real ingredients. Available in Whole Foods Market, Kroger, Safeway, Target, The Fresh Market, HEB, WalMart, and Earthfare retailers across the country, Tessemae's products are creating a new standard in the produce department and raising consumer awareness on the importance of consuming real, clean ingredients. For more information please visitwww.tessemaes.com.
About Tour de Fresh
Tour de Fresh, presented by The California Giant Foundation, is the first-of-its-kind, collaborative event that unites the most significant brands and influencers in the fresh produce industry for a three-day cycling event that raises funds to benefit the national Salad Bars to Schools initiative. The Salad Bars to Schools initiative has helped provide salad bars to over 5,000 schools benefitting 3 million children. Tour de Fresh is a leading supporter of this national movement, working closely with the United Fresh Start Foundation to provide salad bars to schools as a strategy for increasing children's access to fresh fruits and vegetables every day at school.
Baltimore, MD – Tessemae’s, a leader in the fresh salad dressing category, is no stranger to condiments. Tessemae’s has been manufacturing condiments in their existing line since 2013.
Tessemae’s has developed a full line of organic condiments to be merchandised in the produce department alongside the current salad dressing line up. The portfolio includes buffalo sauces, mayonnaise, mustards, BBQ sauce and ketchup. The organic Ketchup and organic BBQ sauce are vegan and contain zero added sugars – a differentiator in an otherwise saturated market. These products are championed by diabetics, the paleo community and the Whole30 community. After being introduced on Tessemaes.com, ketchup and BBQ sauce quickly rocketed to the top to become the #1 and #2 sellers, proving the demand for low sugar or no sugar added condiments in the marketplace.
Tessemae’s will be launching their condiment line in multiple Kroger divisions this month. Ketchup, BBQ, and Mayo will be available to consumers next to the current dressing line in the refrigerated produce section. Target and Meijer will continue to carry Tessemae’s condiments and the Company has an aggressive roll-out plan with other key retail partners for the balance of the year
Greg Vetter, CEO of Tessemae’s says, “The millennial mom is dictating a majority of the food trend changes today that will continue over the next decade. She wants a clean, delicious tasting option for her family and that ranges from organic produce all the way to fresh condiments. You shouldn't have to compromise on ketchup for your kids just because ‘it’s always been done this way’. Our condiments change the way you view what's good for you.”
Tessemae’s continues to field demand for it’s organic Mayo - one of very few options widely available on shelves that is sugar free. The spread is made with high quality ingredients including cage-free eggs, fresh lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt. Organic mayo follows organic ketchup and BBQ as the third best seller on Tessemaes.com.
“Our Mayo is made just as it should be, using the same real ingredients you’d use to make it at home. Alternate and vegan mayos have been getting a lot of attention lately, and our mayo deserves to share the spotlight. It is the first truly clean label refrigerated mayonnaise: free of gums, sugar and unnecessary preservatives. The result? It’s also the best tasting mayo on the market.”, says EVP of R&D for Tessemae’s, Kristen Dittami.
While Tessemae’s is on the fast track for tremendous growth this year, they stand by their original mission: to simplify food and amplify life. They will not be changing formulas or adding ingredients that don’t belong for the sake of cutting costs or pleasing investors.
“The condiment category in the U.S. is now over $6B dollars in sales but has not experienced the growth that we think it can because there has been no real innovation. We are here to disrupt that with true, clean label offerings that have a very unique flavor profile which consumers love”, says Vetter.
Tessemae’s is an organic fresh food company that makes products with real, whole ingredients. The Vetter brothers, Greg, Brian, and Matt, launched the brand in 2009 at their local Whole Foods Market in Annapolis, Maryland, using a simple salad dressing recipe created and used by their mom throughout their childhood. Tessemae’s commitment to healthy eating and living is the core of their mission. Provide simple, yet delicious food to consumers made with real ingredients. Available in Whole Foods Market, Kroger, Safeway, Target, The Fresh Market, WalMart, and Earthfare retailers across the country, Tessemae’s products are creating a new standard in the produce department and raising consumer awareness on the importance of consuming real, clean ingredients. For more information please visit www.tessemaes.com.
Tessemae’s Fresh Food Company, a leader in the fresh salad dressing and condiment category, is looking forward to an exciting year as it transforms into a fresh food company. A new brand refresh will kick off the company’s expansion into the organic produce market.