Food Tech

At Alpha Wolf, a natural focus on revitalization

By GREGORY ZELLER // Consider it a beta version of Alpha Wolf. Responding adroitly (and not cheaply) to sales patterns and customer feedback, founder Michael Chalavoutis’ Carle Place-based beverage maker has both reformulated and rebranded, with a new exclusive focus on natural ingredients, the end of two “traditional” flavors and a new “exotic” blend splashing onto shelves. There are new bottles, new packaging and a new slogan, too – all part of the same course…

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Craft Beer Week kicks off with, um, lots of beer

By JIM MCCUNE // Long Island Craft Beer Week gets a head start on the national celebration today, with special brews, charity events, brews, food, brews and music. The Colorado-based Brewers Association launched the national event more than 10 years ago, offering beer fans the chance to celebrate the culture and fast-growing community of craft brewers. And with more than 4,269 US breweries in operation – 41 of them right here on Long Island – there’s…


Ms. Michelle cookies, now in a Big Box

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ms. Michelle’s is going to Walmart. Still baking inside Stony Brook University’s Calverton Business Incubator, gluten-free goodie gourmet Michelle Gillette Kelly and her husband/business partner Chris Kelly have cooked up a deal with the preeminent retailer that puts the Ms. Michelle brand inside Walmart Stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Contractually, Kelly can’t reveal the numbers, but she confirmed this week that four varieties of her gluten-free cookies –…


Moustache Brewing does a little aging of its own

By JIM MCCUNE // Enjoy them now, because they grow up so quickly. We’re talking, in this case, about Riverhead’s award-winning microbrewery, Moustache Brewing Co., which turns 2 on April 30. If you’re not familiar with the Moustache story, it started back in 2012 when Lauri and Matt Spitz decided to give up their day jobs, launch a KickStarter campaign and pray they’d reach their goal of $30,000. More than 500 pledges and $31,413 later, the…


At Botticelli, tapping into next-gen tastes

By GREGORY ZELLER // The irony is not lost on Salvatore Asaro. The president and CEO of Hauppauge-based Botticelli Foods recognizes the dichotomy in using social media, smartphone apps and other e-commerce solutions to maintain culinary traditions that stretch back through centuries and all the way to the old country. But this is a new world, one in which millennials increasingly do their shopping – including grocery shopping – on mobile devices, and where major…


Craft brewers take another giant hop

Craft brewers expanded their market share by 13 percent in 2015, cooking up 24.5 million barrels worth $22.3 billion, the Colorado-based Brewers Association announced this week. The dollar value now represents more than a fifth of all U.S. beer sales, an increase of 16 percent year over year. “For the past decade, craft brewers have charged into the market, seeing double digit growth for eight of those years,” said Bart Watson, the association’s chief economist….


It’s crunch time for Decision Nutrition

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a chip off the old fitness-nutrition multimedia empire. Great Neck-based Decision Nutrition, which husband-and-wife power duo Keren and Jonathan Gilbert have nurtured into a national healthy-living brand since launching in 2009, has spun off a new subsidiary based on its popular line of chia-seed bagels. Chia Bagels and Chips Enterprises Inc. officially incorporated in January, founded by the Gilberts and partner Jon Doneson, a principal on the sales and consulting…