Thursday, July 12, 2007

New York Daily News Article

Tracking tricked-out treats at Fancy Food


Wednesday, July 11th 2007

As culinary technology advances, there may be no food so ordinary that it can't be tricked out with exotic flavors and add-ons.

Today's cases in point: popcorn and tuna fish.

Yes, popcorn has long had its own condiments. First, we can probably guess, came butter. Then we added cheese, caramel and whatever else would stick.

But the varieties that come in gift tins are like celery sticks compared with FunkyChunky Popcorn, a ridiculously rich and delicious concoction that features three kinds of chocolate, pecans, almonds, cashews and caramel all generously piled on top of humble corn.

"Low in saturated fat, high in addiction," marketing director Tore Villberg remarked this week at the Fancy Food Show in the Javits Center, where FunkyChunky was on display.

FunkyChunky Popcorn, and its younger siblings FunkyChunky Pretzels and FunkyChunky Candy Cane Popcorn, rose from a small kitchen in Eden Prairie, Minn., to catch the eye of Rachael Ray, who twice featured it as her snack of the week.

Curiously enough, say Villberg, that wasn't the product's biggest boost.

"It was great to be on Rachael Ray's show, and we certainly got some response," says Villberg. "What was really huge for us, though, was Forbes magazine."

Seems someone put a jar of FunkyChunky Popcorn in a gift basket for the chairman of Forbes, who liked it so much he had his magazine feature it.

Suddenly it was in corporate gift baskets all over America, which makes sense because, with the products going for $16 to $24 a pound, it helps to be in the Forbes demographic if this is where your taste runs.

If you'd prefer something equally exotic, but cheaper and perhaps a little healthier, you might consider Australia's G'Day Gourmet tuna in one of its six flavors: chili, lemon pepper, Indian curry, tomato basil, tomato onion and tomato salsa.

At 135 to 243 calories per 3.5-ounce can, this is good news for anyone on one of those diets that allows you a small can of tuna and a few lettuce leaves.

Australians have been eating flavored tuna forever, says Fran Niemiec, wife of the company's founder. But it's filtered to the States only lately, in stores like Whole Foods, and she says that even though Americans know tuna, there's still a learning curve.

Most Americans prefer albacore tuna, she says, while G'Day is made with skipjack, a darker, smaller and younger tuna caught deeper in the water.

She notes that G'Day has low mercury levels, which is good. But its real charm is that you don't have to add an extra tablespoon of mayo to make it taste good.

You wouldn't even want to.

See the full article here.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Purchase G'Day Gourmet on Amazon!

You can now purchase all of our products in bulk on Amazon! Packs of 12 of every variety are available by searching "G'Day Gourmet" on Amazon.

Article on G'Day Gourmet

Summary reprinted from The Nibble™, August 1 issue:
To see the complete article, click here.

Singing a Different Tuna

CAPSULE REPORT: When was the first time someone got excited over the taste of tuna, straight from the can? In America, we’re willing to bet the answer is “very recently,” when G’Day Gourmet’s line of “Australian-style savory tuna” arrived. These wonders from Down Under are also user-friendly, in 3.5-ounce single-serve cans with convenient pull-tab tops. Had they not arrived on U.S. retail shelves, we would have had them shipped from Australia!

Instead of mixing tuna with mayo, you enjoy them already seasoned, in Chili, Lemon Pepper, Mild Indian Curry, Tomato Basil, Tomato Salsa and Tomato Onion. There are three flavors of canned salmon as well. Happy news for dieters, four of the six tuna flavors are from 135 to 168 calories; the three salmons are from 99 to 145 calories. Single serve, loaded with Omega 3’s, portable and absolutely delicious—sorry Charlie, no other canned tuna (or salmon) stands a chance with us now. Available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, with additional distribution in the works.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

G’Day Gourmet™ Set to Debut at Whole Foods Market® in June

-- Launching a New Brand of Lunchtime Treat, and a Whole Lot More –

April 12, 2006 – (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – G’Day Gourmet™ has announced the US launch of its premium-quality savory-flavored skipjack tuna in spiced-up varieties like Chili, Lemon Pepper, Mild Indian Curry, Tomato Basil, Tomato Onion, and Tomato Salsa, as well as wild-caught Alaskan pink salmon in Chili, Lemon Pepper and Smoked flavors.

G’Day Gourmet products will be available at retail for the first time to American consumers beginning early June, 2006 with an exclusive introduction at Whole Foods Market set to run through July, when the products will become available in a wide range of fine food retailers.

According to G’Day Gourmet President, Mark Niemiec, “G’Day Gourmet is pleased to offer our products exclusively to what we see as the pacesetting fine foods chain in the US. We recognize Whole Foods Market as a leader in the specialty natural/organic market and share their core values of selling the world’s highest-quality products along with a healthy helping of straight-forward nutritional information. Just like Whole Foods Market, G’Day Gourmet is committed to offering US consumers the best possible dietary choices along with the facts they need to make an informed selection.”

G’Day Gourmet tuna and salmon represent healthy dietary choices for today’s families who love canned tuna but have concerns about mercury content. Not only are G’Day Gourmet canned fish products all natural and low in mercury, they are low in carbohydrates and good natural sources of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. They are also 100% ‘dolphin safe.’

In addition to offering a whole new hemisphere of tasty flavors which add a uniquely international twist on a traditional lunchtime favorite, G’Day Gourmet products feature convenient flip-top cans for a ready-to-eat, high-protein lunch or healthy snack that’s classy enough to serve for evening hors d‘oeuvres. G’Day Gourmet’s up-scale label features complementary color-coded bands framing a distinctively Aussie-inspired logo: a ‘jazzy’ adaptation of the Sydney Opera House. It’s Aussie-style gourmet all the way.

Mark Niemiec explains, “All G’Day Gourmet select skipjack tuna and pink salmon are wild caught from waters which are among the world’s most pristine, using sustainable methods of harvesting. Factor in G’Day Gourmet’s premium all-natural flavor ingredients like real chilies and real tomatoes, onions and herbs, and the result is a range of tantalizing new ways to enjoy gourmet tuna and salmon. And, they’re good for you.”


G’Day Gourmet is prepared and canned in Port Lincoln, South Australia, commonly referred to ‘Down Under’ as the Great Australian Bight. It is imported by G’Day Gourmet, a unit of Aussie Imports US, LLC of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Aussie Imports has a strategic relationship with Blue Horizon Organic Seafood Co., which has exclusive sales rights for G’Day Gourmet in the US. For more information please visit