SOURCE: Rutherford & Meyer

Rutherford & Meyer

March 18, 2011 17:12 ET

Gourmet Doesn't Always Mean Fattening

Newest Upscale Import Combines Healthy and Tasty

CLEARWATER, FL--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) - Whenever people use the term gourmet, we always tend to think of rich, fattening foods -- the kind that we'll pay dearly for both with our wallets and our waistlines.

But Jan Meyer -- a purveyor of fine food and CEO of New Zealand's Rutherford & Meyer, a maker of gourmet fruit products (www.rutherfordandmeyer.co.nz) -- believes that gourmet shouldn't necessarily mean unhealthy.

"Gourmet foods are traditionally well-prepared foods made for a refined palette," Meyer said. "But today, people are trying to eat healthier, which means in many cases they have to turn their back on the finer foods they've grown accustomed to enjoying. I think that's sad. That's why we believe in approaching gourmet sweet treats and cooking with fruit in a different way that's more fun, affordable and natural."

Meyer's company has created a whole new category of gourmet fruit product called "fruit paste," which is essentially a combination of all natural fruits and sugar that can be sliced like a wedge of cheese. The fruit pastes are wheat free, gluten free, dairy free and contain no added colors or preservatives, which is important to Meyer.

"One of the hassles of entertaining guests is being able to put something on the table that everyone can enjoy," she said. "With all those who are either lactose intolerant or have allergies to gluten or nuts, putting together a party platter can be an exercise in bland. Our fruit pastes are all natural and don't contain dairy, nuts, wheat or gluten, so you can put them on the serving tray with a clear conscience, knowing that everyone will be able to enjoy them."

What's more, according to Meyer, is that they are as fun to serve with cheese as they are to use when cooking.

"Fruit pastes are the perfect accompaniment to cheese, because their flavors are a perfect foil for most cheeses, and they are easy to serve," she said. "They make a wonderful addition to any cheeseboard or antipasto selection. They can also be used in cooking and make a flavorful addition in many recipes."

About Jan Meyer

Along with her partner Russell Coventry, Jan Meyer runs Rutherford & Meyer, with a product range that has grown to include the original Fruit Pates, Fruit Pastes, Savoury Wafers, Fruit Coulis and Honey Plus.

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