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ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, COCKTAIL MIXES & MOCKTAILS

WHAT’S INCLUDED Premium Wines, Sparkling Wine, and Spirits, Craft Beer, Cold Drink Mix, Cocktail Mix, Concentrate (e.g. infusers, flavor essences, sour mixes, mists, sprays etc.), Drink Syrups, Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

APPETIZERS & SNACKS

WHAT'S INCLUDEDHors d'Oeuvres; Savory Assortments/Snacks; Appetizers, Multi-Component Trays, Jarred Appetizers, e.g., Stuffed Grape Leaves, etc.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED Does not include single item Dips, Salsas, Chips, Cheese only, Meat only

BAKING MIXES/PASTRY DOUGHS, FLOURS AND GRAIN, BAKING INCLUSIONS, DECORATIONS AND TOPPINGS, FATS AND FUNCTIONAL INGREDIENTS

WHAT’S INCLUDEDBaking Mixes, Extracts, Flours, Baking Chocolate, etc.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED Ready-To-Eat products, Waffle & Pancake Mixes

BARBECUE AND HOT SAUCE

 

BEANS, GRAINS, RICE & MIXES

WHAT’S INCLUDED Ingredient blends and single products: Grains, Beans, Rice, Couscous, Tabouli, Quinoa, etc.

BREADS

WHAT’S INCLUDED Artisan Breads, Fresh Baked Breads, Par-Baked Breads, Soft Breads, Ethnic Breads (i.e. Naan, Tortillas), Flatbreads, Bread Bowls, Bagels, Croissants, Biscuits, etc.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED Breadsticks, Taralli

BAKED GOODS – BAKERY DESSERTS

WHAT’S INCLUDED Brownies, Cakes, Cupcakes, Muffins, Pies, Pastries, Coffeecake, Scones, etc.

BREAKFAST FOODS

WHAT’S INCLUDED Waffles, Pancakes, French Toast, Breakfast Sandwiches / Burritos, Handheld Stuffed Pockets, Toaster Pastries

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED Cereals and Granolas

CEREALS & GRANOLA

WHAT’S INCLUDEDCold Cereal, Rolled Oats, Grits, Farina, Oatmeal, Hot Cereals (instant and non-instant), Granola, Granola Mixes

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDGranola Bars

CHEESE - COW MILK

WHAT’S INCLUDEDOnly cheese made from 100% cow milk

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDOther dairy or dairy-alternative products (e.g., yogurt, butter, cream, etc.); Cheese made from/including goat milk, or other non-cow milk

CHEESE - NON-COW MILK, MIXED MILK

WHAT’S INCLUDEDCheese made from non-cow milk (e.g. goat, sheep, buffalo mozzarella, etc.) or mixed with non-cow milk

CHIPS, PRETZELS, RICE CAKES & SALTY SNACKS

WHAT’S INCLUDEDPotato Chips, Pretzels, Popcorn, Rice Cakes, Tortilla Chips, Corn Chips, Extruded Cheese Snacks, Vegetable Chips (i.e. artichoke, kale, beet, parsnips, carrots chips), Fruit Chips, Seaweed Snack, Pork Rind Snacks, Spelt and Kamut Cakes, Popped Seeds, etc.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDJerkies

CHOCOLATE - DARK

WHAT’S INCLUDEDPlain chocolate bars containing 60% cacao or more without ANY additions e.g., nuts, fruit, toppings, flavoring, etc.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDFilled bars or any bars with nuts, seeds, flavorings, or toppings compete in the CHOCOLATE CANDY category; Chocolate sauce or syrup compete in the DESSERT TOPPINGS category; Baking Chocolate competes in the BAKING MIXES/PASTRY DOUGHS, FLOURS AND GRAIN, BAKING INCLUSIONS, DECORATIONS AND TOPPINGS, FATS AND FUNCTIONAL INGREDIENTS category; Drinking Chocolate competes in the COFFEE & HOT COCOA (NON-RTD) category

CHOCOLATE - MILK, WHITE & RUBY

WHAT’S INCLUDEDPlain chocolate bars containing under 60% cacao without ANY additions e.g., nuts, fruit, toppings, flavors, etc.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDFilled bars or any bars with nuts, seeds, flavorings, or toppings compete in the CHOCOLATE CANDY category; Chocolate sauce or syrup compete in the DESSERT TOPPINGS category; Baking Chocolate competes in the BAKING MIXES/PASTRY DOUGHS, FLOURS AND GRAIN, BAKING INCLUSIONS, DECORATIONS AND TOPPINGS, FATS AND FUNCTIONAL INGREDIENTS category; Drinking Chocolate competes in the COFFEE & HOT COCOA (NON-RTD) category

CHOCOLATE CANDY

WHAT’S INCLUDEDFilled Chocolates: Bonbons, Pralines, Truffles; Chocolate-Covered Confections/ Caramels, Chocolate-Flavored Caramels, Ganache, Truffles, Fudge, Chocolate Bars with more Candy/ Toppings than Chocolate, Chocolate with any inclusions, Bark, etc.

CONFECTIONERY (NON-CHOCOLATE)

WHAT’S INCLUDEDNon-chocolate confection (e.g., caramels, gummies, hard candy, mints, lollipops, marshmallows, nougats, brittles and toffees (non-chocolate), pralines, candied fruits and peels, jellied fruits, etc.)

COFFEE & HOT COCOA (NON-READY-TO-DRINK)

WHAT’S INCLUDEDWhole Bean and Ground Coffee, Flavored Coffees, Hot Cocoa Mixes

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDReady-To-Drink Coffee or Cocoa

CONDIMENTS, DRESSINGS & MARINADES

WHAT’S INCLUDEDKetchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Dressings, Soy Sauce and Tahini

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED Barbecue Sauce, Hot Sauce

COOKIES & SNACK BARS

WHAT’S INCLUDEDCookies, Snack Bars, Granola Bites/Clusters

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDWellness Bars, Gels

CRACKERS & CRISPBREADS

WHAT’S INCLUDEDCrackers, Saltines, Filled Crackers, Graham Crackers, Water Crackers, Breadsticks, Taralli, Butter Crackers, Cheese Crackers, Crispbreads, Ancient Grain Crackers

DESSERT TOPPINGS

WHAT’S INCLUDEDDessert Syrup, Sauces and Toppings

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDMaple Syrups

ENTREES, LUNCH, DINNER

WHAT’S INCLUDEDAll types of pre-made, ready to heat or ready to eat entrees such as Pasta, Mac & Cheese, Pizza, Ethnic, Vegetarian or Meat entrees, etc.

FROZEN DESSERTS

WHAT’S INCLUDEDPremium/Super Premium Dairy-Based Ice Cream, Frozen Novelties, Gelato, Sorbet, Italian Ices and Specialty Frozen Desserts

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDEDFrozen Brownies, Cakes, Cupcakes, Pies, etc.

FRUIT SPREADS, JAMS & JELLIES

WHAT’S INCLUDEDGourmet Fruit Jams, Jellies and Spreads, Preserves, Marmalades

FRUITS & VEGETABLES

WHAT'S INCLUDEDShelf Stable/Refrigerated/Frozen forms of Fruits and Vegetables, including Fruit Sauces (i.e., Applesauce, etc.)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDEDDried Fruits, Pickles, Olives

FUNCTIONAL BEVERAGES

WHAT’S INCLUDEDKombucha, Energy Drinks, Performance Beverages, Sports Beverages, Enhanced or Functional Drinks, Aloe Vera Juice, Drinking Vinegars, All beverages with a functional or implied claim

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDEDEnhanced or Functional Waters

JERKY & MEAT SNACKS

WHAT’S INCLUDEDMeat Jerky, Meat Sticks, Meat Snack, Meat Bars, Meat Chips

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDPlant based jerkies

JUICES & BEVERAGES

WHAT’S INCLUDEDJuices, Fresh Juices, Pressed Juices, Premium Juices, Drink Mixes, Concentrates

MEAT, POULTRY, SEAFOOD

WHAT’S INCLUDEDMeat, Poultry, Fish, Seafood, Caviar, Deli Meats

NUT, SEED AND CONFECTIONERY BUTTERS

WHAT’S INCLUDEDPeanut Butter, Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, Cookie Butter, etc.

NUTS, SEEDS, TRAIL MIX, DRIED FRUIT

 

OILS & VINEGARS

WHAT’S INCLUDEDOlive Oil, Flavored Oils, Nut Oils, Cooking Oils, Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, Balsamic Glaze

OTHER DAIRY

WHAT’S INCLUDEDDairy Based Butter, European-Style Butter and Cream, Clarified Butter, Ghee – Domestic and Imported, Milk, Eggs

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDPlant Based Dairy, Yogurt, Kefir

PASTA & NOODLES

WHAT’S INCLUDEDNoodles, Pasta, Vegetable Pasta, Legume/Lentil/Bean/Chickpea and Ancient Grain Pasta, Soba and Buckwheat Noodles

PICKLES & OLIVES

WHAT’S INCLUDEDDomestic/Imported Pickles and Olives, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Pickled/Marinated Vegetables, Relish, Roasted Peppers, Sundried Tomatoes

PLANT BASED MILK

WHAT’S INCLUDEDNon-Dairy Beverages that are Soy, Nut, Rice or Grain based

PLANT BASED DAIRY

WHAT’S INCLUDEDNon-Dairy Items – Butter, Cream, Creamers, Cheese, Ice Cream and Yogurt

PLANT BASED PROTEIN

WHAT’S INCLUDEDPlant Based Protein Items – Soy, Potato, Heme, Pea Protein, Grains, Mushrooms, Legumes, Tofu, Plant Based Jerkies, etc.

SALSA AND DIPS

WHAT’S INCLUDEDSalsa, Dips (can be ready-to-eat or dry mix, i.e. onion, spinach, etc.), Yogurt Based Dips, Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Guacamole and Spreads

SAUCES

WHAT’S INCLUDEDPizza, Pasta, Tomato, Pesto, Ethnic Sauces, etc.

SEASONING & SPICES

WHAT’S INCLUDEDSeasoning, Spices, Herbs, Seasoning Blends, Spice Mixes, Salt/Sea Salts, Pepper, Brines

SODA & CARBONATED BEVERAGES

WHAT’S INCLUDEDSoda, Craft Sodas, Carbonated Soda Beverages, Sparkling Non-Alcoholic Juices

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDSparkling Waters, Seltzers

SOUP

WHAT’S INCLUDEDSoup, Broth, Bone Broth, Stocks, Consommé, Miso, Soup Mixes, Instant Soup, Ramen Type Soup, Bouillon, Soup Cups, Soup Bases, Bottle Soups, Chilled /Cold Soups

SWEETENERS

WHAT’S INCLUDEDPure Maple Syrups, Honey, Agave, Sucanant, Raw Sugar, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Turbinado, Demerara, Cane Sugar, Natural Alternative Sweeteners, Stevia

TEA, CHAI AND TISANES

WHAT'S INCLUDEDHot Teas, including Flavored Teas, Herbal Teas, Chai and Tisanes

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED Iced teas

TEA AND COFFEE (READY-TO-DRINK)

WHAT’S INCLUDEDAll sizes of shelf stable and refrigerated/chilled ready to drink Teas, Coffees, Espressos

WATERS

WHAT’S INCLUDEDSpring water, Naturally Flavored Waters, Coconut Water, Enhanced or Functional Waters, Sparkling Waters, Seltzers

WELLNESS BARS & GELS

WHAT’S INCLUDEDLifestyle or Wellness Bars, Athletic or Performance Bars, Energy Bars, Protein Bars, Nutrition Bars

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDEDSnack Bars, Granola Bars

YOGURT & KEFIR

WHAT’S INCLUDEDYogurt, Greek Yogurt, Icelandic Yogurt, Drinkable Yogurt, Kefir and Cultured Dairy Products (can be made with cow, sheep, goat or water buffalo milk)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDEDPlant Based – Other Dairy

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