June 01, 2023

National Olive Day 2023

Posted in: Mediterranean Diet, News

National Olive Day 2023

FOODMatch and Divina – FOODMatch’s flagship brand – established National Olive Day in the United States eight years ago. Occurring annually on June 1, the holiday coincides with the new crop arrival of Kalamata olives. Each year, the company has marked this commemorative day in a fun and exciting way, and this year is no exception. FOODMatch is thrilled to announce the arrival of several new and innovative products in celebration of National Olive Day.

Available in bulk case packs of four 2.2 lb pouches, the new Divina Cerignola Verde is a bright eye-catching olive for restaurant menus, olive bars, and deli repack. Cured in the style of the Castelvetrano, Divina’s Cerignola Verde retains the firm, buttery bite and bright emerald color of the Castelvetrano with the stunning size of a classic Italian Cerignola, resulting in an aesthetically-pleasing olive for charcuterie boards and cheese plates.

For grocery and specialty retailers, FOODMatch has released a new marinated varietal line. The line consists of a classic Greek Market Mix and Pitted Italian Olive Mix, as well as an innovative Chili Lime Frescatrano™ Olive, all available in a shelf-stable glass jar. While they anticipate plenty enthusiasm for the entire line, Divina is especially excited to share the Chili Lime Frescatrano™ with fans of the brand. This trademark olive – an unfermented Halkidiki varietal that is known for its sweet, mild, buttery flavor – is marinated in a zesty, spicy chili lime brine. This is a unique flavor profile that’s staying ahead of current flavor trends.

According to FOODMatch’s VP of Marketing, Brandon Gross, “National Olive Day has been a way to honor and celebrate one of the oldest and most diverse foods in the world.”

New products are available for distribution across the U.S. and most of North America. Inquire about international ordering. For more information or to place an order, contact [email protected]. Existing customers should reach out to their FOODMatch sales representatives.

FOODMatch is an award-winning producer of traditionally and responsibly crafted Mediterranean olives, antipasti and specialty ingredients.

January 06, 2023

Mediterranean Diet Named Best Diet of 2022

Posted in: Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet Named Best Diet of 2022

Once again, the Mediterranean Diet has been named the #1 Overall Diet of 2022 by US News & World Report. The Mediterranean diet is a traditional way of eating throughout the regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Many studies have shown that the Mediterranean Diet can contribute to longer lifespans and a higher quality of life.

While the dishes eaten in the Mediterranean will vary by country, this diet typically always includes fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, lean proteins like fish, and unsaturated fats like extra virgin olive oil. Unlike many other popular diets, the Mediterranean Diet does not prohibit any specific foods, but rather places an emphasis on eating mostly whole foods and suggests limited consumption of red meat, sweets, and dairy products.  It’s all about variety and balance, not restriction.

Try a few of our Med Diet approved recipes featuring authentic, high-quality FOODMatch ingredients straight from the Mediterranean.

Salmon Provençal

Dolma Stuffed Roasted Tomatoes (Vegan Recipe)

Chili Spiced Kale & Kalamata (Vegan Recipe)

For more information about the Mediterranean Diet, visit our nonprofit partner, Oldways.

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