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Take a Bite Out of Our “Stew’s Tank” Finalists!
New York Vendors to Demo Products at Stew Leonard’s in East Meadow
Norwalk, Conn. – June 6, 2019 – Thirteen “Stew’s Tank” competition finalists from throughout Long Island and New York State will set up shop at Stew Leonard’s in East Meadow this June in their bid to earn a spot on the shelves at Stew Leonard’s!
Stew Leonard’s first-ever Stew’s Tank competition launched in April 2019 to find “the next big thing” in food. New York-based vendors submitted video applications to Stew Leonard’s and selected vendors met with Stew Leonard’s Buying Team for a sales presentation. Stew Leonard’s Buying Team then chose thirteen vendors as finalists and, at the end of May, invited them to demo their products at Stew Leonard’s in East Meadow, located at 1897 Front Street, from Saturday, June 8 through Sunday, July 7, 2019. Vendors include:
Bacaro Original Foods Eggplant Meatballs (Massapequa Park): These vegetarian meatballs are made using a special blend of eggplant, panko, ricotta cheese, and Asiago cheese.
Backyard Brine Pickles (Cutchogue): Sourced from local farms in the growing seasons and made on the North Fork of Long Island, Backyard Brine Pickles do not use any artificial colors or preservatives.
Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer (Brooklyn): With a bold, extra spicy ginger kick, Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer is refreshing on its own or perfect as a cocktail mixer. It’s made with pure cane sugar and contains unfiltered ginger pieces that you can see and taste.
Gianni’s Frozen Chicken Burgers (Huntington Station): Made from chickens that are fed an all-vegetarian diet, are never given antibiotics and are humanely raised and compassionately handled in a minimal stress environment.
Halesite Habanero Hot Sauce (Halesite): An unstrained, organic, small-batch hot sauce made up of only eight fresh ingredients.
Healing Home Food Granola, Crackers, and Treats (Pound Ridge): Created in response to her own family’s dietary needs and health restrictions, mother and Healing Home founder Shelley Schulz has developed a line of delicious treats that are produced in gluten-free facilities and are free of dairy and soy.
Kitu Super Coffee (New York City): Founded by three brothers from New York, Super Coffee is made using protein, healthy saturated fat from coconut oil, and caffeine from organic Colombian 100% Arabica coffee beans.
MUD Dairy Free Frozen Dessert (Rockaway Park): Family owned and operated by Rockaway Beach natives, MUD is a rich and creamy dairy-free frozen dessert that is sweetened with dates. It has no added sugar, is non-GMO, and is free of gluten, dairy, and soy.
Rise Organic Nitro Cold Brew Coffee (New York City): RISE Brewing Co. is a nitro cold brew coffee company specializing in nitrogen-infused organic coffee and sourcing Fair Trade organic beans from Peru’s Chanchamayo Valley.
Saratoga Peanut Butter Company (Saratoga Springs): Using top quality ingredients and working in small batches, the Saratoga Peanut Butter Company has been producing all natural, healthy nut butters from start to finish in Saratoga Springs, NY for more than ten years.
Subtle Tea Craft Brewed Organic Tea (Ronkonkoma): Subtle Tea is an all organic, craft brewed iced tea that’s been brewed on Long Island in small batches since 2013, using 100% organic ingredients and never using artificial flavors or preventives.
The Famous Meatballers (Wantagh): Joe Chiodi, a New York City firefighter at Engine 262, blends USDA ground beef with a secret recipe of fresh ingredients that is inspired by his mother-in-law’s original homemade meatball creation.
Toonie Moonie Marshmallow Crème (Oneonta): An organic alternative to a nostalgic childhood treat, Toonie Moonie Marshmallow Crème is Organic, Fair Trade and Kosher and can be used in s’mores, whoopee pies, sundaes and, of course, paired with nut butter spread for a sandwich.
In July, a blue-ribbon panel of judges – including Stew Leonard’s CEO Stew Leonard Jr. – will consider each product’s sales, social media buzz, customer feedback, and results from an online voting component, which will be live on StewLeonards.com starting June 12, 2019. The panel will then select five to seven winning products that will be sold on a permanent basis at Stew Leonard’s six farm fresh food stores.
About Stew Leonard’s
Stew Leonard’s, a family-owned and operated fresh food store founded in 1969, has six stores in Norwalk, Danbury, and Newington, Conn. and in East Meadow, Farmingdale and Yonkers, N.Y. A seventh store is planned to open in Paramus, N.J., in the fall of 2019. Stew’s earned its nickname, the “Disneyland of Dairy Stores” because of its country-fair atmosphere, with costumed characters and animated entertainment throughout the store that keep children entertained while parents shop. Stew Leonard’s legion of loyal shoppers is largely due to the stores’ passionate approach to customer service: “Rule #1 — The Customer is Always Right”; Rule #2 – If the Customer is Ever Wrong, Re-Read Rule #1.” This principle is so essential to the foundation of the company that it is etched in a three-ton granite rock at each store’s entrance. The company’s culture is built around an acronym for S.T.E.W.: Satisfy the customer; Teamwork gets it done; Excellence makes it better; WOW makes it fun. For more information, visit Stew Leonard’s website at www.stewleonards.com.