For retailers in search of unique cheese offerings, the U.K. Specialty Cheese Showcase was the place to be.
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Marie Lemieux, PAA Advisory; Alex Buhler, Costco Canada, and Tree of Life team Kara Penning, David Hazzard, Jennifer Dalimonte, Jacyln Vanderdoelen, and Anabela Neves.
Marie Lemieux, PAA Advisory; Alex Buhler, Costco Canada, and Tree of Life team Kara Penning, David Hazzard, Jennifer Dalimonte, Jacyln Vanderdoelen, and Anabela Neves.

Hosted by the UK government and Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, the March 7 event at The Boulevard Club in Toronto provided retailers with the opportunity to taste innovative cheese from different parts of the U.K. Several retailers, including Costco, Longo’s, Loblaw and Sobeys, as well as independents, attended the event.

Suppliers who participated included Tree of Life, Jan K. Overweel, Saputo, Somerdale Cheese, Les Dépendances, The Fine Cheese Co., Finica Food Specialities, Lactalis Canada and Bradburys Cheese.

Among the innovative offerings were a Coombe Castle Sticky and Ilchester cheddar with Glenphilly whiskey (Tree of Life), Oak Manor Port Wine and Oak Manor white stilton mango and ginger products (Jan K. Overweel), three different Wensleydale cheeses with blueberry, cranberry and caramelized onion (Saputo), Scottish cheddars (Lactalis Canada) and Snowdonia Truffle Trove and Ginger Spice cheeses (Finica).

IMG 2852Tanya Moodie, Lucy Anotonacci, Longo’s; Joe Dal Ferro, Finica Food SpecialitiesIMG 2934Lisa MacNeil, Tree of Life; Helen Dalimore, Coombe Castle

IMG 2908Joe Dal Ferro and Giovanna Varricchione, Finica Food Specialities; Salvatore Lizzi, La Rose Specialty Foods and Fine Italian BakeryIMG 2858Victoria Auciello, Lucia Russo, Saputo Dairy Products of Canada; Alan Jenkins, Somerdale International

IMG 2939Jan K. Overweel team: Pat Pelliccione, Kevin Benner, Elisia Natale and Frank MastroigiacomoIMG 2870George Paul, Brandburys Cheese; Michael Macguire and Padraic Macguire, Mickey Macguires CheeseIMG 2875Joe Dal Ferro, Finica Food Specialties; Marie Lemieux, PAA; Greg Quinn, British Consulate General; Afrim Pristine, The Cheese BoutiqueIMG 2879David Distefano, Lactalis Canada; Luch Anotonacci, Longo’s; Alison Cambouris and Mike Hutt, Lactalis CanadaIMG 2881Albert and Joseph Brogo, Quality CheeseIMG 2884CheesesIMG 2887Perusing the spreadIMG 2888Perusing the spreadIMG 2889AttendeesIMG 2896Samples
IMG 2915CheesesIMG 2916CheesesIMG 2922AttendeesIMG 2928Dave Prodger, British Deputy High Commissioner spoke at the event

IMG 2940CheeseIMG 2942International Cheese Council of Canada team: Pat Pelliccione, Jan K. Overweel; Marie Lemieux, PAA Advsiory; Lisa MacNeil, Tree of Life; Joe Dal Ferro, Finica Food Specialties and Brandon Purcell, PAA Advisory

General Mills Foodservice is stepping up its presence at this year’s International Pizza Expo, taking place March 28-30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition to expanding access to its popular Pizza Crust Boot Camp featuring the Doughminators, its dedicated dough experts, the company will feature dough demonstrations throughout the expo (booth #807) and showcase its newly acquired line of high-quality frozen pizza crusts from TNT Crust (booth #1353).

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