Kona Brewing Company is Craft Beer Brewery with a Passion for Sustainability

Some say Aloha means to live in harmony with the natural world and each other, this is the test of our time. Kona Brewing Company is more than just another craft beer company. With a focus on smarter energy, responsible practices, and a dedication to the community around them Kona is embodying the true meaning of Aloha.

On this episode of On Foodable filmed at Foodable.io Seattle sponsored by Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, we get to learn a little more about Kona Brewing Company from Parker Penley, Lead Innovation Brewer at Craft Brew Alliance.

“Two just absolutely integral parts of what we do are sustainability and quality. And I always kind of say that those are not mutually exclusive,” said Penley. “Those actually work in parallel beautifully, you just have to, you know, be very conscious about what you’re doing and the impact on those around you and the environment.”

With this mentality and respect towards the Hawaiian Islands, Kona Brewing Company has established sustainability as one of its primary pillars. From building a state of the art brewery powered by solar panels to investing in a new High-Efficiency Brewing System to use less grain and barley, this company is taking sustainability to the next level.

However, Aloha doesn’t stop there at Kona Brewing Company. Besides having a focus on sustainability, their passion and desire fosters not only a high-quality beer but always creates an experience.

Aloha is all about the connection people have to the land and the way they connect with others on the island. Kona Brewing Company embodies that, by connecting local ingredients used to create their product, connecting with the community, and relaying the spirit of Hawaii and paradise to their consumers.

Watch the episode above to learn more about Kona and its sustainability efforts and the challenges faced in doing so on the island.

Looking for more beer and wine brands that are putting sustainability first? We recently interviewed Rob Bigelow, Senior Director of Wine Education and On Premise Development at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, about Villa Maria Wine Estate—a company in partnership with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

Villa Maria’s Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc Differentiates Itself from the Rest In the Category

On this episode of On Foodable filmed at Foodable.io Seattle sponsored by Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, we get to learn a little from Rob Bigelow, Senior Director of Wine Education and On Premise Development at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, about a New Zealand winery—Villa Maria Wine Estate—that the company is in partnership with.

“When I think about New Zealand and the wines, obviously the first answer is Sauvignon Blanc,” says Bigelow.
Some of the characteristics of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, which make up two-thirds to three-quarters of all the vineyards in the region, are: “... crisp, aromatic, lovely, perfect with seafood,” as mentioned by Bigelow.

The wine that is featured in this episode is the Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, which is top rated at 90 points.

“The Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc has a sort of a broader mid-palate which means it’s lusher on the palette more sort of melon, floral aromas…,” says Bigelow. The grapes are actually sourced from a combination of two valleys in the Marlborough region, which helps provide maximum flavor, balance, and quality to the wine.

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is a collection of distinctive wines estates, located in the Pacific Northwest, California, and abroad. The company provides administrative and financial support for each wine property it does business with. Ste. Michelle’s company philosophy is to allow each wine estate/vineyard to have all wine-making decisions “made on site by the people who grow the grapes and make the wine” as stated in the company website.

Villa Maria Wine Estates, for example, is a family-owned winery located in Marlborough island and is recognized as New Zealand’s most awarded winery thanks to its winemaker being fanatical about quality. The winery focuses on low yields and discards all imperfect grapes.

Watch the episode above to learn more about Villa Maria Wine Estates and its sustainability efforts!

Walmart's Blockchain Technology Can Give Consumers Product Traceability

You’ve probably heard about blockchain as it was initially developed for, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. But now the technology in the cryptocurrency context is being developed for the foodservice industry.

Blockchain, as defined by Investopedia is a digitized, decentralized, public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions. Constantly growing as ‘completed’ blocks (the most recent transactions) are recorded and added to it in chronological order, it allows market participants to keep track of digital currency transactions without central record keeping. Each node (a computer connected to the network) gets a copy of the blockchain, which is downloaded automatically.

Most recently, in the food service space, blockchain can be seen used by Walmart and Sam’s Club. The grocery giant has been working closely with IBM to create a digitized handheld system that will allow farmers to give consumers full traceability with a produce product.

The blockchain technology is currently open to those in Walmart’s leafy green food supply chain, in an attempt to ease concern with recent outbreaks in lettuce.

The system will be used to report to stakeholders where a particular head of lettuce came from, during what harvest, and on what particular farm. Allowing government investigators to have a clearer investigation if a consumer gets sick. As opposed to tracking down the tainted lettuce for days, they can find the source within seconds, ideally meaning less wasted produce, less sick people and boosting confidence in the food system.

Will blockchain technology transform the food industry? Learn more in the video above and read more at “Forbes”!

Glassware Solutions | Maintaining The Best Glass with the Right Dishwasher

Video Produced by Daniella Caldera-Lozano

When you’re managing a restaurant and bar, focus may be on the concept, menu, staff etc. but do you stop and think about your glassware? What about how your drink is affected by your glassware?  What about how your customers will feel about your glassware?

Consumers want a personal connection with everything they interact with, according to tabletopjournal.com. So the way you present your drinks are equally important.

Source | Hobart

Source | Hobart

There is more to it than selecting specific types of glassware. The care of your glassware is certainly something your customers will notice.

Choosing the right dishwasher is imperative to accomplishing this goal. Basic features like a large opening and low water consumption will not only allow all the glassware from a busy night fit, but save your operation water, energy, and money.

Don’t forget about chemical residue, which is easily one of the quickest ways turn your guests off and create a negative dining experience. To help solve this issue, look for a dishwasher with a low chemical alert indicator. This will help let you know when it’s time to replace your dishwasher’s chemicals.

Keeping your glassware pristine doesn’t have to be hard. Do your research on the glassware, but also on the dishwasher you plan on utilizing in your kitchens.

For more information on the dishwasher used in this video check out Hobart’s Commercial Dishwashers.

Beverage Companies Explore Broader Horizons with Healthier Options

It's no secret that more people are gravitating towards "healthier" products with "better-for-you" ingredients. Whether we are talking about food or drinks, the trend continues to prevail. As a result of this trend, we’re seeing major beverage players dive in head-first into this space. The opportunities are limitless and the chance to convert customers over to the brand has made these companies eager to develop new products.  

According to Euromonitor, the number one trend in regards to healthy living and beverages is "back to nature and no to sugar." Starbucks is well-known for creating many delicious and sugary coffee blended drinks but with the growing interest in plant-based protein, they recently launched a healthier and equally delicious alternative. Their new protein blended plant-based drink comes in two different flavors—Almond and Cacao. These drinks contain pea and brown rice protein and depending on your flavor of choice, it will either have almond butter and almond milk or coconut milk and cacao powder.

Starbucks is not alone in this venture. Other beverage giants such as Coca-Cola have decided that expanding their drink portfolio is the way to go. The company has developed tools, which gives the consumer more control and choice over what they are drinking. Coca-Cola has even recommitted to reducing calories from sugar by 20% by the year 2025. How do think this will affect companies that were created as “healthy” and “good for you” from the start?

Watch the video above to learn more about the healthy beverage trend and find out how healthy companies are expanding their drink portfolio to compete.