The Frozen and Refrigerated Food Council of North Carolina mission is to support retailers and manufacturers in the Southeast by increasing sales and educating the consumer about refrigerated and frozen foods.  Our common goal is to promote the quality, variety, and value in the frozen and refrigerated aisles. Visit our site for recipes, meal ideas and upcoming events!


Fresh Frozen Foods

The quality and convenience of frozen foods is a must-have in our busy lives these days.  Real ingredients and chef-inspired recipes highlight that freshness and nutrition are mainstays in the frozen and dairy aisles.  The sheer variety of foods, allow you to travel the world by walking down the frozen aisles.  Frozen foods are a healthy and economical option for your family.  Homemade taste with the price and convenience make frozen foods a great value.


Wholesome Dairy Aisle Selections


Quality and freshness in today’s dairy aisle are top priorities to our farmers and offer the greatest variety of savory foods.  Flavor is guaranteed so when enjoying dairy, you can be assured of real ingredients and variety.  The refrigerated aisles showcase new products and packaging to increase great versatility in use by dates.  Enjoy refrigerated convenience foods and experience the joy of cooking with your family anytime!



Mark Williams Passes

Carolina Cool Foods and the NFRA lost a wonderful partner this past week.  Mark Williams passed away at 58 years old.    A GoFundMe account has been set up to help and support the Williams' family during this time of loss. The goal is to raise $25,000.00 within the next 30 days to help with immediate needs.  Please click this link to help his family.


To see is a tribute video that his family put together please click this link.  You can also read more about Mark and his many contributions to the Frozen & Refrigerated business at this link.


Tribute To Karen Montgomery Griffin

We lost a wonderful person recently who contributed much to our association.  You can see a special tribute to Karen by clicking here


Key Industry Links


CFIC Conference Dates: July 18-21,2021

NFRA Executive Retail Conference Dates: April 19-21, 2021

2020 FISH Golf Tournament

  NFRA National Convention Dates:  October 16-19, 2021  




NFRA Industry Insider

Keep updated on what's going on at the NFRA by reading the most updated NFRA Industry Insider (July 2021) issue by clicking here



Natural Products Expo Postponed

The Natural Products Expo has been postponed.  Please click the following link to read more about this:  https://www.expowest.com/en/home.html



Special Recognition from Virginia State Police Association

Your Frozen & Refrigerated Food Council of North Carolina contributed $6,000 to the Virginia State Police Association Scholarship Fund.  We received a special thank you letter from them you'll want to read.  Click here to view on our Charities web page.

NFRA Convention Video

We hope you attended the NFRA Convention last October.  Whether you did or didn't, you'll enjoy viewing this video they posted on NFRA Web site.  Go to https://nfraweb.org/events/nfra-convention/ to enjoy this video.

NFRA Executive Conference Takeaways

Did you miss the NFRA Executive Conference this year?  Or, did you attend and not take great notes?  Well, we've got a recap to share with you.  This is a first class conference that everyone in the food industry should attend.  Click this link to see some takeaways from this year's conference.

NFRA Benchmarking Category Roles


“Here’s a great example of the many informational pieces published by the NFRA. If your company is not a member, they are losing out!! Join today !!!”


Shopper Led Category Management Frozen & Refrigerated Category Roles - Bill Bean, Shopper Intelligence - (PDF Article)




Recipe Highlight:



Kellogg's Basil Vegetable Wraps: Click here to download recipe)


A touch of garlic, fresh basil leaves and sun-dried tomatoes give these wraps an Italian accent.

Prep Time: 15 min

Total Time: 15 min

Servings: 4


bullet 1 package (7.9 oz.) MorningStar Farms® Garden Veggie Nuggets
bullet 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
bullet 4 oil-packed, sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
bullet 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
bullet 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
bullet 1 1/3 cups shredded carrots
bullet 4 (8-inch) tomato- or spinach-flavored tortillas, warmed
bullet 20 to 24 large fresh basil leaves

1. Cook MORNINGSTAR FARMS Garden Veggie Nuggets according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl stir together mayonnaise, tomatoes, garlic and cayenne pepper. Add carrots. Toss to combine.

3. Arrange basil leaves on tortillas. Top with nuggets and carrot mixture. Fold-up bottoms. Roll into cones. Serve immediately.




Below are Articles of Interest for the week ending Friday, October 8, 2021. 


Mrs. T’s Free Merchandise Offer to Salute National Pierogi Day in USA

(Frozen Food Biz - 9/30/2021)

For National Pierogi Day, Mrs. T’s is releasing free, limited-edition merchandise. Fans can grab some limited-edition merch on October 8 at noon EDT. Until then, they can browse the selection on NationalPierogyDayShop.com. 


Real Good Foods Introduces Pizza Topped with Beyond Meat Sausage

(Food Navigator - 10/5/2021)

The health and wellness-focused frozen meal brand, Real Good Foods, is collaborating with Beyond Meat for their latest product launch - Beyond Meat Pizza. The grain-free, high-protein offering is made with plant-based sausage and formulated to be higher in protein and lower in carbs than traditional frozen pizza. The new offering will be available in Krogers across the United States. 


Ruby Jewel Launches Seasonal Pumpkin and Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches for the Holidays

(Refrigerated and Frozen Food - 10/6/2021)

Ruby Jewel’s Pumpkin Ginger and Peppermint Chocolate ice cream sandwiches are returning to shelves with all new packaging this year. The new packaging is bold and shows the true indulgences of the product it holds. Consumers will be able to find them nationally at Fred Myers and Safeway. 



Modern Kitchen Introduces Animal-Free Cream Cheese in 3 Flavors

(Refrigerated & Frozen Foods - 10/6/2021)

Modern Kitchen, a new brand from The Urgent Company, introduces three animal-free cream cheese flavors. The offering includes Strawberry, Spring Onion + Chive, and Harissa Pepper. The Urgent Company uses innovative technologies to rethink food and make less of an impact on the plant. The product is currently only available for presale on their website but will be available in select retailers in Southern California by the end of the year. 


Growing snacking trends spell opportunity for dairy

(Dairy Foods - 10/7/2021)

Consumers gravitate towards snacks to meet their indulgence, comfort, and nutrition needs. Innovating with dairy ingredients plays an increasing role in the growing snack category. As diets shift, so has snacking. Snacking is no longer just a convenience but often a mini-meal. The new perspective of snacking can be attributed to the pandemic. U.S. dairy ingredients are uniquely positioned to help new emerging snack options do well on the market by providing nutritional value that is also delicious. This can be seen with the number of new global food and beverage products with whey protein (7,409) and milk protein (9,413) on their ingredient list. 


California Dairies Inc to open state-of-the-art milk bottling facility 

(Dairy Foods - 10/6/2021)

California Dairies Inc had a groundbreaking ceremony on September 29 for their future site of CDI’s new ultra-high temperature and extended shelf-life milk processing facility. The new facility is being built under the name Valley Natural Beverages and will be located in northern Kern County. This investment will significantly reduce the transportation distance of milk and further demonstrate CDI’s commitment to sustainable solutions by incorporating renewable energy sources and waste conservation as key priorities in the facility and operational design. 



Kroger Adds to Hiring Frenzy with Search for 20K New Associates 

(Progressive Grocer – 10/6/2021)

Kroger Co. will hold its second nationwide hybrid hiring event featuring virtual and on-site interviews on October 13. The organization’s mission is to hire 20,000 associates by finding talent for retail, e-commerce, manufacturing, supply chain, merchandising, logistics, corporate, pharmacy, and health care roles. Benefits and training available to new hires include continued education and tuition reimbursement, training and development, health and wellness, perks and discounts. 


Bashas’ to Be Acquired by Raley’s 

(Progressive Grocer - 10/1/2021)

Bashas’ Family of Stores has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the independent regional grocer Raley’s. According to the companies, the deal will bring together leading grocers with rich legacies and shared values. In addition, the agreement states that Bashas’ will continue to serve customers throughout Arizona and New Mexico and retain their corporate headquarters, stores, and distribution center in Arizona.



How Amazon Aims to Disrupt Grocery 

(Progressive Grocer - 10/6/2021)

According to Business Insider, Amazon is developing a refrigerator that can automatically scan for low-stock items or expiring products and make refill orders. This capability will be possible using some of the computer-vision technology found in Amazon’s cashier-less stores. The team that created the Just Walk Out (JWO) technology, Dash Cart, and the Amazon One palm-reading payment system will be heading up the new refrigerator project. 


Company Aims to Close the Loop on Grocery Food Waste

(Progressive Grocer - 10/5/2021)

A new solution designed to reduce food waste generated by grocery stores has hit the market. Do Good Foods, created by the Kamine family, is a scalable system that collects and upcycles fresh products and meat into nutrient-rich animal feed and sustainable protein products. The first Do Good Foods facility in Fairless Hills, PA, can receive and convert 160 tons of surplus foods from about 450 grocery stores a day. They also have plans in place to expand and add more sites around the country. 


Visit the National Frozen and Refrigerated Food Association to learn more about the benefits of frozen and refrigerated foods and to see what's new.