Batch & Bodega Fresh Launches Five New Exclusive Partnerships
HPG, a top-ten promo industry supplier, announced five additional industry-exclusive partnerships from the company’s new Batch & Bodega Fresh line. Through Batch & Bodega Fresh, distributors have access to daily crafted fresh treats from best-in-class makers, shipped directly to customers at one-piece minimums with customized gift messages, no set-up or drop-ship fees, and with all-inclusive shipping. The latest exclusive partners include Nene’s Treats (Crumb Cakes shipped fresh from Charleston, SC), Grey Ghost Bakery (Pound Cake and Pie shipped fresh from Charleston, SC), Justice of the Pies (Pies shipped fresh from Chicago, IL), Flour & Branch (Boutique Cookies shipped fresh from San Francisco, CA), and Caroline’s Cakes (Cakes and Cake Bites shipped fresh from Spartanburg, SC).
“We are so pleased with the industry response to our Fresh line from Batch & Bodega; customers have been incredibly responsive to the benefits of gifting gourmet treats shipped straight from the maker. Following our initial launch, we’ve listened hard to what the marketplace was asking for – more diversity in our maker profiles, a wider range of price-points, and continued depth in core categories of cakes and cookies – and we’re excited to offer partnerships that are responsive to those needs. With this launch we’re especially proud to support a lineup of all female-founded businesses who specialize in crafting nothing but the finest cakes, pies, and cookies.” said HPG’s Chief Development officer Jason Lucash.
Nene’s Treats is a third-generation family-owned crumb cake business started by Marie Felice (aka “Nene”) and her daughter Susan Owens in 2015. Now operated by Nene’s grandchildren led by Stefanie Owens, Nene’s continues to churn out a perfect balance of spongy moist cake topped with a mountain of crumbly topping too good to ignore. “What people love most about our cakes is the overwhelming crumb to cake ratio; one bite and they fall in love! We’re so excited to share Nene’s Crumb Cakes with a new market through our partnership with Batch & Bodega; nothing conveys gratitude, expresses sympathy, or helps celebrate like a classic piece of our crumb cake!” said Owens. Available from Batch & Bodega: Original Crumb Cake, Birthday Crumb Cake, and 2-pack combinations
Grey Ghost Bakery, a current Batch & Bodega maker known for their delectable cookies with Southern-inspired flavors, will now offer their fresh Five-Flavor Pound Cake and Chocolate Nutty Pie through Fresh. Founded by Katherine Frankstone, the key to Grey Ghost’s success lies in their commitment to the craft of baking and their use of premium ingredients. “Great recipes and premium, real ingredients are the keys to our freshness and taste,” says Frankstone, who sticks to European-style butter, pure cane sugar, whole eggs, and premium nuts and spices as the cornerstone of her creations. Available from Batch & Bodega: Five-Flavor Pound Cake, Chocolate Nutty Pie
Justice of the Pies founder Maya-Camille Broussard launched her now-famous bakery as an homage to her late father, Stephen J. Broussard, a criminal defense attorney with a passion for baking. Committed to positively impacting the lives of others through food, Justice of the Pies actively partners with the Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA), recently launched an “I Knead Love” workshop series to teach children basic culinary skills, and most recently fed frontline hospital staff on the South Side and West Side of Chicago during the pandemic. “As a social mission-based brand, our goal is to be stewards for fairness and equality,” said Broussard, “We are constantly doing the work.” A favorite of Kerry Washington, featured in New York Magazine, Esquire, and Food + Wine Magazine, and recently spotlighted through the Illinois Office of Tourism’s “Illinois Made” program, Justice of the Pies is as popular as it is impactful. Available from Batch & Bodega: Salted Caramel Peach Pie, Bourbon Pecan Pie
Flour & Branch, founded by Lauren Arnsdorff, was created to be more than just another bakery. Known for their luxe-packaging and gourmet ingredients, Flour & Branch crafts artisan cookies designed to evoke childhood memories combined with grown-up sensibilities. Featuring elevated ingredients like Kerrygold butter and farm-fresh eggs, and offering unique flavors like the chocolate/mint based “Hopper” and the peanut butter/jelly-stuffed “PB&J Stuffy”, Flour & Branch offers a truly memorable treat. “We’re really unlike anything that exists. No other bakery has the type of unique and nostalgia-inspired flavor pairings and products we do, and gift wraps those bakes as elegantly and whimsically as Flour & Branch,” said Arnsdorff, “We seek to provide customers with a really incredible experience.” Available from Batch & Bodega: 7-Count Cookie Sampler, 7-Count Birthday Cake Cookies, 8-Count Bouquet Cookie Collection
Caroline’s Cakes, home of the world’s best Caramel Layer cake (one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things”), was founded by Caroline Ragsdale Reutter and is currently operated by her son Richard. “Our motto is, ‘Eat Cake and be happy’ and we take that very seriously,” says Reutter, “Our mission is to make the world a smaller, sweeter, and more gracious place by preserving the traditions that so many generations have honored in their own kitchens – we’re excited to share that through vision with even more folks through Batch & Bodega.” The distinctly Southern layer cakes are crafted by hand using time-honored traditions with a careful attention to detail; each serves a whopping 14-20 people. Available from Batch & Bodega: 7-Layer Caramel Cake, 7-Layer Over The Rainbow Cake, 7-Layer Coconut Cake, Traditional Carrot Cake, Birthday Cake Bites, Salted Caramel Cake Bites, Lemon Cake Bites, Gluten-Free Mocha Cake Bites, and Caramel Cake Bites
For more information on Batch & Bodega, and to stay updated on additional partner launches, visit www.batchandbodega.com/fresh
Founded in 2017, HPG is a Top 10 supplier in the Promotional Products industry with over 10,000 SKU’s from 10 leading specialist brands. HPG is the premier destination for award-winning customer service, innovative hard goods, and outstanding sales tools. HPG’s distribution capabilities are unmatched, producing and shipping from nine facilities spanning North America. HPG’s brands include some of the best-known names in the industry, including: Hub, Beacon, Best, Debco, BCG Creations, Origaudio, Handstands, HPG Premium Brands, Batch & Bodega, and Webb Company.