Some Goya products are designed specifically for people who want to try Caribbean foods but are not sure how to cook them. The companys line of frozen appetizers and entrees â which includes fried plantains, Asopao, Roja Vieja, and rice with chicken/beef, numbers more than 100 items.
We have launched about 50 new products, says Goyas Colon, identifying a canned yuca and a wafer line with tropical fillings that include guava, dulce leche, and chocolate. Jalapeno jelly is an addition to a line of jellies that includes mango, pineapple, guava, passion fruit and papaya.
|Rich Products Bahama Blast line of real fruit concentrates and drink mixes include StaBlend, a formulation technology designed to keep frozen drinks blended longer, with slower separation and melt down. Image courtesy of Rich Products.|
That health consciousness has penetrated the island population as well as mainstream America is evident in the Adobo line, which recently introduced a 50% less sodium product. The line is great with meats, fish, and seafood. You use it a lot in barbecue.
Rich Products Corp. of Buffalo, N.Y., is cruising Caribbean tastes with its award winning line of frozen cocktail mixes and smoothie concentrates called Bahama Blast. The products received the 2004 American Culinary Institute Best of Class Award in the foodservice frozen beverage category.
Baltimore-based McCormick Co. has also seen Caribbean food interest reflected in consumer spice sales.
People are buying cinnamon, thyme, allspice, red pepper and chilis and adding these flavors to their foods, says Laurie Harrsen of McCormicks consumer products division. The company has sold these spices in its standard red cap line for years. But four years ago, it added jerk seasoning to its gourmet line of spices.
We also offer Caribbean flavors in our Grill Mates line of sauces, marinades and seasoning blends, says Harrsen. Our spicy Caribbean marinade mix is a flavor we supply to meet the trend...
And because consumers like it.
The Language of Caribbean Cuisine
All that trade, curiosity, treasure hunting and island hopping made a habit of mix and imagination that filtered right down to the eating patterns and recipes of Caribbean inhabitants. Virtually every ingredient, staple and recipe of Caribbean cuisine has a story to tell.