FRESNO — Rosa Brothers Milk Company and Lanna Coffee Co.’s Cold Brew Coffee Milk took second place in the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Fresno Food Expo.
The 2017 Fresno Food Expo took place Tuesday and Wednesday and brought together 142 of Central California’s food and beverage growers and manufacturers.
The 2017 New Product Award returned with the debut of 28 new products from 26 different Central California companies.
This awards program provided Expo exhibitors an opportunity to enter their new food product, varietal or packaging concept to compete for the “Fresno Food Expo Buyer’s Choice Award” and the “Fresno Food Expo People’s Choice Award.”
Products included almond butters, flavored nuts, seasonings, infused olive oils, craft beers and liquor, healthy snack packs and more.
The People’s Choice Award allows the public to share their thoughts as a consumer and voice their opinion on what products standout from others in the marketplace.
The award was entirely determined by the public through online voting, and logged 2,621 public votes during the July 13-25 voting period via Facebook and the Fresno Food Expo website.
Rosa Brothers debuted a cold brew coffee milk it developed in conjunction with Lanna Coffee Co. in Fresno.
Rosa Brothers marketing representative Nicole Schott previously told the Sentinel that the collaboration came about when she and other Rosa Brothers employees met some of the people from Lanna at a previous version of the expo.
Rosa Brothers won the Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award at the 2015 expo, while Lanna won the same award in 2016.
Schott said both businesses wanted to capitalize on the cold-brew trend, so they put their heads together and created the new product, which is 30 percent coffee and 70 percent Rosa Brothers milk.
Currently it's available at Best Buy market in Hanford.
The Brioche Lady received 661 total votes for its Purple Yam Brioche, taking first place, while Sun-Maid Growers of California’s Sour Strawberry Flavored Golden Raisins took third place.
L.T. Sue Co., the tea maker in Hanford's China Alley, also introduced Ho Tai Chai, which is a new line of chai teas personally created and blended by company co-owners Steve Banister and Arianne Wing. The line included three flavors: figstaschio, cocoanut and orangebliss.
The expo is aimed at showcasing high quality local products to more than 650 prequalified regional, national and international foodservice and retail buyers. Top buyers attending this year’s Expo included: Costco, Safeway, Walmart and Whole Foods.
“The Expo is all about listening to the needs of our exhibitors and making meaningful connections to grow their businesses, expand collaborations and draw focus to celebrate Central California’s thriving food industry,” said David Nalchajian, general manager, Fresno Food Expo. “The synergy experienced this year among exhibiting companies is unlike what we’ve seen before.”