Food Fella: Networking, samples and more at Marcum event

Congratulations to the food and beverage team at Marcum on a successful Food & Beverage Summit on Sept. 10 in New York City. The event was held at the Convene Conference Center on the Upper East Side and featured cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and networking with hundreds of food executives and professionals from all over the tri-state area. The main discussion featured some top tips and strategies with the latest trends in the industry for 2019.

There was also an opportunity to get samples from some new, emerging food and beverage companies with some exciting new products such as All American Wontons and Fizzy Fox nonalcoholic sparkling beverages.

From left are Kathy Boyle of Chapel Hill Advisors and Diane Giordano and Lou Biscotti, both of Marcum.

Great job by the panelists, Stefanie Katzman, executive manager of S. Katzman Produce; Eric Ottoway, CEO of the Brooklyn Brewery; Zak Romanoff, president of Omni Food Sales; and the moderator, James Aspromonti, the New York Regional F&B Services leader at Marcum, covering these issues. Also a big shout-out to Lou Biscotti, one of the F&B Practice leaders and Flo Federman, marketing director at Marcum, for how well these food and beverage events are organized.

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New Country Crock Plant Butter marks leap forward in plant-based foods

The demand for plant-based products is infiltrating every sector of the food producing industry, as evidenced by Country Crock’s dive into the plant-based foods movement with the launch of its new dairy-free plant butter that claims to taste like dairy butter. Country Crock Plant Butter is made with plant-based oils, featuring ones made from olives, avocados and almonds. The product is gluten-free, kosher-certified and certified plant-based by the Plant Based Foods Association, which makes it suitable for vegan diets.

“We believe that plant-based eating has a positive impact on health and on the environment, and that plant-based food products should taste delicious,” says Brian Orlando, chief marketing officer for Upfield North America, the makers of Country Crock. 

As a global plant-based company, with its U.S. headquarters in Hackensack, Upfield is the No. 1 producer of plant-based spreads. (The global company is headquartered in Amsterdam.)

For more information on this Country Crock product and where it’s available, go to:, or, for the full line of products, check out the company website at: