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Corporate Gift Giving

Custom Tins webCorporate Gift Giving has become a major portion of most businesses marketing and retention program. A well managed program can help establish or build critical business relationships and assist in your employee morale and retention program. Most business gifts are given to current major clients, employees and on occasion prospective customers. Although these programs are usually built around the premise of building relationships, the gifts can also be used to thank long standing customers or recognizing an employee for a job well done.

As a critical component of a companies marketing strategy, gifts should not be considered incentives or part of any regulated program. Some studies have shown that companies that develop a gift program were twice as likely to increase their chances of being contacted by recipients compared to companies with no program. Staying on the top of your clients mind is the name of the game!

Make sure you do your homework and get the biggest “bang for your buck” with your program. Ask these questions – a) does the receiving company have any policies regarding receiving gifts and b) are there any restrictions on the value of the gift? Other points to keep in mind:

  • Don’t ever give a gift during the bidding process
  • Don’t give overly lavish gifts
  • The IRS allows companies to deduct business gifts valued at $75 or less, that might be a good amount to budget for your gifts (check with your CPA)
  • Make sure the gift is an appropriate gift for the business relationship
  • Don’t over-gift, keep it to specific times of year (maybe holidays, birthdays, anniversaries)
  • Consider personalizing the gift to reflect the recipients interest (hobby, special interest, team favorite)
  • Holiday gift giving is the most popular, however, you may also want to consider other special occasions so your gift isn’t lost in the shuffle
  • presentation is as important as the gift and a hand written enclosure card is very impressive and memorable.

Here are the top rated items for corporate gift giving:

  • Food items – can be enjoyed by an individual or shared with the office.
  • Liquor & wine – this can be tricky in the business world, be sure to know your recipient and their company policy.
  • Office related items – very practical.
  • Tickets to a sporting event or live entertainment – make sure you know your clients preferences.
  • Gift cards – not a very personalized gift.

In today’s business world, companies really need to make the lasting impressions with current customers, employees and potential new customers. Developing a corporate gift program is one of the best ways of maintaining that top of mind awareness. There are companies, such as Edibelles, that can handle all of your corporate gift needs, or you can add the task to a current employees responsibilities.

For more information on how Edibelles can help with private label options or custom gifts, please call 855-334-2355 ext.1, email sales@edibellesonline.com or visit edibellesonline.com to learn more.

July is National Picnic Month!

Elegant Gift photosPicnics are a favorite summertime celebration that date back to the middle of the 19th century. Picnics evolved from elaborate outdoor feasts – hunting feasts, country banquets and garden parties. Originally, a fashionable social entertainment in which each person present contributed a share of the provisions; Now, a pleasure party including an excursion to some spot in the country where all partake of a repast out of doors. The change from everyone bringing food to everyone eating out of doors seems to have happened by the 1860’s. Today, picnics are favorite as impromptu, informal events with simple food.

An American picnic can include different trends such as: traditional foods served on a blanket in a park, fine cuisine celebrated by extended family members, a basket of gourmet specialties that is a bit more romantic in nature, a box lunch on the beach, crackers/cheese/grapes and wine at an outdoor concert or festival or even a family sharing  PB&J sandwiches at a rest area.

It is the spirit of the event that makes a picnic special – although good food certainly makes the event more enjoyable! Some favorite picnic foods include deli/sub style sandwiches, finger foods such as Edibelles Charming Cheddar Biscuits, fresh fruit, salads and delicious desserts including brownies, lemon squares and Edibelles bite-sized sweet treats. All of this food is often accompanied with chilled wine, champagne or soft drinks. If your picnic includes a cookout, Slap Yo Granny sauces will take your chicken, ribs or BBQ to whole new level of perfection!

Whatever or wherever the picnic – just spending time with those people who are special to you in a beautiful outdoor setting make for summertime memories that will be cherished for years to come – ENJOY!!

How to Select the Perfect Peach

Peaches, also called the “queen of fruits”, are deliciously sweet and juicy with a unique flavor that is to die for. In the United States today, peaches as an orchard fruit are second in production only to apples. The U.S grows almost half of the world’s supply of peaches, with 34 states producing almost three billion pounds of fruit annually.

This vast production is no surprise, considering the delicate aroma and succulent taste of peaches have entranced even the strictest food enthusiasts and are increasing in demand around the world. In order to get the most luscious peaches that are sure to make your mouth water, it’s important to understand the keys to choosing quality peaches. The following are some tips that will help you choose the sweetest, ripest peaches in the bunch:

Smell the Peach
Peaches are from the rose family, which means that they should have a pleasingly sweet fragrance. If you are in an outside market, it will be fairly easy to detect the sweet aroma emanating from the fruit. Ripe peaches will have a lingering scent that you can smell as soon as you approach.

Look at the Color and Condition
Most peaches that are seamless and impeccable are known for their creamy gold to yellow under-color. If the peach is red or has a “blush” look to it, that is simply an indication of variety, not ripeness. You should also look for a well-defined crease that runs from the stem to the point.

Analyze how the Peaches feel
Avoid peaches with excessive softness or bruising. Ultimately, you want to choose a peach that is firm but yields slightly to gentle pressure. This shows that they are the perfect ripeness and haven’t been over handled.
When you go to look for peaches, timing is everything. Early, mid or late season varieties are different and may require a different selecting tactic.

Early season: These kinds of peaches grow more quickly and have lighter skin. They also have less sugar, but still taste pleasant.

Mid-season:  These types of peaches are typically the best since they are the most like the original varieties. They are not bred to stay late on the tree or grow quicker than normal.

Late season: These peaches have the sweetest taste, but they are also less juicy than early and mid-season peaches.

Picking a good, tasty peach every time is difficult, even for the most experienced peach lovers. However, these tips can help you get the sweetest, most juicy peaches consistently regardless if you are purchasing from a local peach orchard, farmers market or grocery store.

If you love peaches, then you will certainly love our famous peach cookies! At Edibelles, our delicious peach cookies are always in season! Taste the deliciousness of a Georgia summer all year long with these ever popular cookies.

Why Cookies Make the Perfect Gift

Thinking of the right gift for even the closest of friends and family can be a challenge. This task can be even more difficult for those with whom you are less acquainted. There is an easy answer for both scenarios. Cookies! Yes, these delicious, handheld treats can make a delightful present for just about anyone for any occasion. Baking might seem time consuming, but when compared with going out and searching shopping, can be very efficient.

When attending a party, cookies are a wonderful hostess gift that shows your gratitude for being invited. Additionally, they are all the more appropriate since they can be served during the festivities. For situations where polite convention requires you to give a gift to someone you don’t know well (perhaps a co-worker) cookies are a great option, as they are almost universally enjoyed and show more effort than, say, a gift certificate. Cookies can be great even for friends and family, especially in tough economic times.

In addition to being an easy gift, cookies can also be a very adaptable gift. As already mentioned, the variety can be chosen specifically for the person the cookies are intended for, or a mix may delight a fickle personality and is a best bet for a party gift. Further more, cookies are easily adapted to all major holidays. Usually cookie cutters can be found in themed shapes, but if not, colored frosting can be matched to colors associated with the holiday. Bringing cookies to a Super Bowl party? Consider football cut out shapes or decorating the cookies with the colors of your friends’ favored team. And, while some cookie types, such as chocolate chip, don’t usually have frosting or come in shapes, you might consider adding colored candies or something similar to the recipe. Plus, some holidays have a traditional cookie type, such as ginger bread at Christmas. Any of these ideas might be augmented to fit your own needs. If you want to bake cookies that don’t decorate well, you can show a little flair in the presentation. Line a basket with colored tissue paper or wrap a neatly arranged tray with cellophane or an attractive towel.

Cookie gifts, when well made, will impress the people you share them with. By being creative in the preparation, you can devise an inexpensive gift for any occasion and still show a high level of thoughtfulness. You’ll feel good not only for giving, but for having gotten your hands dirty and making something from scratch.
With Edibelles, you can skip the baking and get straight to the giving! Our delicious Southern cookies are the perfect gift no matter what the occasion! From our famous Peach Cookies to our decadent Chocolate Cookies, each cookie is a delicious treat made with love! Click here to shop now.

Why Pecans are Good for You

Succulent, rich tasting pecans are not only the perfect complement to almost any meal, but they are also very nutritious. Pecan nuts contain many health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for wellbeing. They fit perfectly into the healthy lifestyle and can be taken almost anywhere for those who are constantly “on the go”.

The Nutritional Facts
It has been said that eating about a handful of pecans each day may play a role in protecting the nervous system. Researchers suggest that added pecans to your diet will have lasting health benefits. Other health facts include:

  • Antioxidants: Pecans rank highest among all nuts and are among the top category of foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity, meaning pecans may decrease the risk of cancer, coronary heart disease, and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Pecans contain different forms of the antioxidant vitamin E—known as tocopherols, plus numerous phenolic substances, many of them with antioxidant abilities. Eating a handful of antioxidant-rich pecans each day may even play a role in protecting the nervous system.
  • Cholesterol-lowering: Pecans contain plant sterols, which are known for their cholesterol-lowering ability. For most people, pecan-enriched diets lower total cholesterol by 11.3 percent and LDL “bad” cholesterol levels by 16.5 percent.
  • Heart healthy: Nearly 60 percent of the fats in pecans are monounsaturated and another 30 percent are polyunsaturated, leaving very little saturated fat in pecans. In addition, pecans contain zero trans fats.
  • Weight control: Pecan consumption may increase metabolic rates and enhance satiety. A one-ounce serving of pecans (approximately 20 halves) contains 196 calories, 20.4 grams total fat (1.8 saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 grams sodium, 2.7 grams dietary fiber and over 19 vitamins and minerals.
  • Nutrient dense: Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals – including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc. One ounce of pecans provides 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber. Pecans are also naturally sodium-free, making them an excellent choice for those on a salt- or sodium-restricted diet.

It’s obvious that pecans are a tasty treat enjoyed by many, but the fact that they are healthy makes them taste even better. They are versatile, filling and even have a beneficial effect on the waistline- what more could you want? So, eat pecans every day and your body will thank you for it!

Love Pecans as much as we do? Be sure to try our Butter Pecan Cookies and Praline Snackin’ Mix!

Edibelles at Springtime Made in the South at the Savannah Trade Center

Over Valentine’s weekend, Edibelles had the pleasure of exhibiting at the  Springtime Made in the South at the Savannah Trade Center! We had a great time and enjoyed meeting all of our wonderful customers and merchants!

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Hosting the Perfect Southern Party

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The fear of a failed get-together is enough to scare many people away from ever hosting a party.  But if you know what to do, you may find that hosting a party isn’t as difficult or as stressful as you may have thought. At Edibelles, we know a thing or two about what it takes to pull off the perfect party! Here are a few tips on how to make sure your gathering runs smoothly;

  1. Don’t use a recipe for the first time

Make sure that you prepare something that you’re familiar with and can be made easily.  When choosing your menu, for any occasion, make sure that it is well balanced.  Variety is important since everyone has different taste and five different cheese dips can be very underwhelming.

  1. Review the Guest List

There is likely a core group of friends that you invite to small gatherings but for larger parties, the guest list may be a little trickier.  You want to make sure that no one feels left out while at the same time not including everyone you have ever met.

To assure a sufficiently inclusive guest list make a list of your potential guests and your relationship to them.  If anyone has invited you to a similar party you should certainly include them on the guest list as well.

  1. Don’t Over-Do It

It is easy to get carried away with decorations, food, drinks, entertainment, lighting and, again, the guest list.  To make things easier for yourself try to keep things to a minimum.  Too much of a good thing can create clutter and look overdone.

  1. Remember the Details

Things like food placement, music and lighting are vital to a good party.  Make sure that the food your serving is evenly dispersed around your entertaining space.  You may create a bottleneck if you place all of your food in one corner of the room.

Music and lighting are often over-looked, but they can set the mood for your party.  Match these aspects to fit the desired tone of your party.  Bluegrass and more lively lighting are great for a cookout while jazz music and dimmed lighting work well for a classy cocktail party.

  1. Serve Various Food and Drinks

There needs to be some kind of variety in the food and beverages you provide.  Even though you may love cheese dip and cold beer, your guests may want a mixed drink with a vegetable tray.

  1. Mingle with Your Guest

Keep in mind that as a host you should try to talk to everyone at the party and make them feel welcome.  You might feel as though you need to stick to the kitchen to fix food and clean up, but that is where thorough preparation come into play.

  1. Make Sure the Food and Drinks Coincide

Matching music and lighting for the desired tone of your gathering is just as important as matching your food and drinks.

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From Just Good News!

Good Golly!

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Aug 23, 2013

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Say goodbye to the stale crackers and cookies, candy bars, and other boring fundraising staples. Edibelles is offering Southern treats to bring in the dough.

The Savannah based gourmet wholesale foods company, recently launched a new fundraising division – Good Golly’s. The new product line features a cheaper alternative to the traditional school fundraising options.

Local growers also benefit from the new product line. Georgia Grown ingredients are used to make the “Southern-inspired gourmet cookies, snacks, and sauces.”

Co-founder Madeline Warren said she was inspired by a school teacher who described a need for more fundraising ideas. “With so many products for schools and organizations to choose from, Good Golly’s offers a fundraising program that is unique to Georgia,” Warren said in a statement. “Our products are made right here in Georgia and incorporate famous Georgia-grown ingredients like sweet peaches and crunchy pecans.”

Schools are free to choose the right fundraising plan to fit its needs. Teachers can choose to sell for a few weeks to several months. In addition, there are no up-front costs or minimum orders. Each item is priced at $5 and the schools and organizations keep 50 percent of the profits.

For more information about Good Golly’s, visit www.goodgollys.com, call 855-334-2355 , ext. 3, or email sales@goodgollys.com. Organizations can also download a copy of Good Golly’s brochure.

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