Just In Time for the Winter Holidays: Salt & Sky Lobster Macaroni & Cheese

By John Saulnier, FFB Editorial Director

Whether the Pilgrim settlers and Wampanoag Indians dined on turkey, some other fowl or perhaps venison during the famous Thanksgiving feast at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts following the fall harvest of 1621 remains a subject of debate among culinary historians and scholars of the colonization of North America to this day.

The First Thanksgiving cph"The First Thanksgiving," as imagined by painter by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris. (Source: Wikimedia Commons – public domain)And it is widely believed that jellied cranberry sauce, made from berries originally cultivated in the New World by indigenous peoples, was not at the table. The condiment was first sold commercially in the middle of the 18th century, according to Smithsonial.com. It was later introduced as a canned item in 1912 by Marcus L. Urann, a grower in Hanson, Massachusetts, who co-founded the Ocean Spray agricultural cooperative in 1930. The product was not marketed nationally as a year-round product until 1941.

Meanwhile, what can’t be disputed is that Lobster Mac & Cheese has increasingly become a popular winter holiday menu pleaser throughout the New England states and beyond in recent years. Thanks to the efficiency and convenience of industrial quick-freezing and overnight shipping, it’s a side dish that is being served by hosts from coast to coast. Those inclined to give credit where it’s due will tip their hat to Cal Hancock of Topsham, Maine-headquartered Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co., for generating major publicity for the product over the past decade or so through leading media outlets including The Oprah Magazine.

lobster mac boxNow, just in time for Thanksgiving feasting among family and friends, East Coast Seafood of Topsfield, Massachusetts has debuted Lobster Macaroni & Cheese Blend featuring a blend of three cheeses under its newly launched Salt & Sky retail brand available at Giant Eagle and Hannaford retail stores in the Bay State as well as in Maine, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Two servings come per 340-gram box, which marks the first in a series of premiere frozen entrées now in the pipeline.

Additional products scheduled to roll out in the near future are Baja Lobster Flatbreads and Tuscan Shrimp.

“We’re thrilled to introduce Salt & Sky as an important part of our strategic alignment with growing consumer opportunities in both foodservice and retail,” said Chris Maze, president and chief executive officer of the North Shore region company. “Building upon our legacy of incredible seafood, we’re in the business of creating enhanced value for stakeholders at all levels of the supply chain, including the end consumer.”

Salt SkyThe three cheeses featured in the initial Salt & Sky Lobster entrée are Cheddar, Mozzarella and Parmesan, further accented with a zesty mix of herbs and spices. Chef-recommended beverage pairings for the dish, which may be prepared by conventional oven baking or microwaving, are Sauvignon Blanc wine or Pilsner beer.

Established in 1981, East Coast Seafood has facilities in the USA and Canada, in addition to sales and distribution offices in Europe. It offers a wide line that features scallops and fish as well as live lobster, frozen whole cooked lobster, tails, claws and cooked meat. The company distributes products to more than 40 countries under labels that include Seatrade International, Garbo Lobster, Maine Fair Trade Lobster and East Coast Seafood.

“We’re proud of our longstanding commitment to the foodservice sector and seek the same strong relationship with retail consumers,” said Steve Musser, vice president of sales. “As we continue to develop additional product lines for Salt & Sky, we’ll be pairing incredible flavor profiles for a variety of lobster, scallops and fish concepts. Taste will be the unwavering gatekeeper. Real taste for real families – it’s a home run for everyone.”

La Huerta Grows and Flows with Iso-Flo Vibratory Shakers La Huerta Grows and Flows with Iso-Flo Vibratory Shakers
As one of Mexico’s leading processors of frozen fruits and vegetables, La Huerta keeps up with rising demand by continually expanding. The Aguascalientes-headquartered company added its third...

Waitrose & Partners Rolls Out Premium Frozen Meal Range Waitrose & Partners Rolls Out Premium Frozen Meal Range
Demand for frozen food in the United Kingdom is rising and such products are increasingly on the home menu. Indeed, Waitrose & Partners reports searches for “Frozen Ready Meals” at its website

Royal Treatment for State-of-Art Freezer Trawler Kirkella Royal Treatment for State-of-Art Freezer Trawler Kirkella
It will soon be back to the rich deep sea fishing grounds above the Arctic Circle for Kirkella, now that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has officially named Britain’s newest distant waters

#Frozen #Food #Football #Future on DTI Pitch in Munich #Frozen #Food #Football #Future on DTI Pitch in Munich
Frozen Food and Football will be front and center during the May 27-28 Tiefkühltagung at the Infinity Hotel and Conference Resort in Munich. Felix Magath Organized by the Berlin-headquartered...

Greenyard Deal with Tesco Includes 25 Frozen Fruit SKUs Greenyard Deal with Tesco Includes 25 Frozen Fruit SKUs
Greenyard Frozen UK and Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England-headquartered Tesco have entered into a strategic partnership agreement for supply of the multinational retailer’s full range of...

Bacon Boosts Burger and Fry Business at McDonald’s in Q1 Bacon Boosts Burger and Fry Business at McDonald’s in Q1
From the Bacon Event in the United States to the debut of Le Big Mac Bacon in France, promotions of thick-cut smoked bonus bacon ingredients helped “beef up” burger sales at McDonald’s outlets on...

GEA Showcases Continuous Freezer Control System at IFFA GEA Showcases Continuous Freezer Control System at IFFA
GEA presented its award-winning Callifreeze® continuous freezer control system at IFFA, the international trade fair for the meat industry that ran from May 4-9 in Frankfurt, Germany. The...

Escal Spotlights Wide Retail Seafood Range in Brussels Escal Spotlights Wide Retail Seafood Range in Brussels
Escal, the Strasbourg, France-based specialist supplier of frozen fishery products, was in high profile at the May 7-9 Seafood Expo Global in Brussels with a large line of retail offerings ranging...

Viciunai and Kingfish Zeeland Grand Prize Winners at SEG Viciunai and Kingfish Zeeland Grand Prize Winners at SEG
Viciunai Group of Belgium and Kingfish Zeeland BV of the Netherlands won the top prizes in the 2019 Seafood Excellence Global awards competition at Seafood Expo Global (SEG) in Brussels on May 7....

Thai Union Serves Brussels Show-goers FeedKind-fed Shrimp Thai Union Serves Brussels Show-goers FeedKind-fed Shrimp
Alternative feed ingredients supplier Calysta has joined forces with Thai Union Group to offer the world its first taste of farmed shrimp nourished with protein produced from natural gas. The...

Conagra Announces Gelit Sale in Italy; Two Recalls in USA Conagra Announces Gelit Sale in Italy; Two Recalls in USA
Chicago, Illinois-headquartered Conagra Brands has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Gelit S.r.l., its Doganella di Ninfa, Italy-based frozen pasta and ready meals production unit that...

Lineage Seals Deal to Purchase Preferred Freezer Services Lineage Seals Deal to Purchase Preferred Freezer Services
Novi, Michigan, USA-headquartered Lineage Logistics has finalized the acquisition of Chatham, New Jersey-based Preferred Freezer Services (PFS). While terms of the sale were not made public, the Wall...

Nomad Foods Posts Q1 Results and Names New Board Member Nomad Foods Posts Q1 Results and Names New Board Member
Nomad Foods, maker and marketer of Iglo, Birds Eye and Findus frozen food brands in Europe, has announced a 14.6% increase in turnover to £618 million during the first quarter of 2019. Organic...

Nestlé to Exit Frozen DSD Route in USA, Many Jobs at Risk Nestlé to Exit Frozen DSD Route in USA, Many Jobs at Risk
Arlington, Virginia-headquartered Nestlé USA has announced plans to shiftaway from company-owned and operated frozen Direct-Store-Delivery(DSD) network for its pizza and ice cream products in favor...

Caterforce Launches New Chefs’ Selections Cake Line in UK Caterforce Launches New Chefs’ Selections Cake Line in UK
Macclesfield, Cheshire, England-based Caterforce has added eight new cake products to its own label Chefs’ Selections range. Distributed to foodservice operators in frozen form, the easy-defrosting

May Day Plus One Equals Big IPO Pay Day For Beyond Meat and Plant Protein Sector May Day Plus One Equals Big IPO Pay Day For Beyond Meat and Plant Protein Sector
May 2 was a day of real achievement for fake meat maker Beyond Meat,as the El Segundo, California-headquartered plant-based proteincompany’s initial public offering of stock greatly exceeded

Tyson Prepared Foods and Beef Sales Power Strong Results Tyson Prepared Foods and Beef Sales Power Strong Results
Tyson Foods has reported sales of $10.443 billion for the second quarter ending March 30, up from $9.773 billion during the like period in fiscal 2018. Operating income and margin amounted to $635 ...

BFFF Says Government Should Focus on Frozen To Help Meet United Kingdom Food Waste Goals BFFF Says Government Should Focus on Frozen To Help Meet United Kingdom Food Waste Goals
Richard Harrow, chief executive of the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), is urging the UK Government to highlight the role frozenproducts can play in helping achieve “Step up to the Plate”...

Seal the Seasons Seals Fruit Deal with Safeway-Albertsons Seal the Seasons Seals Fruit Deal with Safeway-Albertsons
Seal the Seasons, the first national brand in the USA to specialize exclusively in directly marketing locally grown frozen fruit to supermarket chains, has announced a new partnership with the ...

Will Ore-Ida Potato Pay Day Soon Come Kraft Heinz’s Way? Will Ore-Ida Potato Pay Day Soon Come Kraft Heinz’s Way?
Is Ore-Ida on the chopping block? According to a CNBC report on April 23, the Kraft Heinz parent company of the retail frozen potato-based products brand in North America has engaged investment

Bühler Wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise Seventh Time Bühler Wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise Seventh Time
Bühler UK Ltd has received this year’s “Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation” in recognition of the company’s pioneering research into camera technology used in sorting machines. The

Greenyard Cuts Fresh Produce Deal with Carrefour Belgium Greenyard Cuts Fresh Produce Deal with Carrefour Belgium
“Fresh” news from Greenyard was announced on April 23, as the Sint-Katelijne, Belgium-based company advised shareholders and customers that it “has signed an agreement in principle with Carrefour

Ice Cream Sales Smile on KIDO Profit Margins in Vietnam Ice Cream Sales Smile on KIDO Profit Margins in Vietnam
Increasing demand for ice cream in Vietnam is serving up sweet results for the KIDO Group, as the Ho Chi Minh City-headquartered company reported a 21% increase in profits to VND 317 billion

Patricio to Succeed Hees as Kraft Heinz CEO this Summer Patricio to Succeed Hees as Kraft Heinz CEO this Summer
Miguel Patricio has been named chief executive officer of Kraft Heinz effective July 1, 2019. He will replace Bernardo Hees, who will remain at the helm of the multinational food and beverage

Consumers in BrandSpark Poll Trust the Gorton’s Fisherman Consumers in BrandSpark Poll Trust the Gorton’s Fisherman
“Trust the Gordon’s Fisherman” has been its theme for generations, so perhaps there should be no surprise that on April 18 the Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA-based Gorton’s Seafood was named the