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Biltmore Expands Gourmet Foods Program Through New Partnership with Seven Seas International

Asheville, NC

Biltmore’s home products division is pleased to announce expansion of its gourmet foods program to include smoked salmon products and hake fillets through a partnership with fish purchasing, processing and production company Seven Seas International USA LLC. The partnership reflects Biltmore’s commitment to offering consumers a gourmet line of products perfect for everyday meals and entertaining in keeping with founder George W. Vanderbilt’s legacy of culinary taste and standard for legendary hospitality.
 
New Biltmore products available in retail stores throughout the Southeast in late February include 4-ounce packaged salmon in three varieties – Scottish Smoked Salmon, Gravlax with dill sauce, and wild caught Sockeye Smoked Salmon – as well as 6-ounce packaged Norwegian Fillet Royale Smoked Salmon. In addition, main course “steam pouch” hake fillets will be available this fall in two marinade flavors inspired and selected by Biltmore chefs. The steam-cooking pouch allows for quick preparation and brings out the natural and delicate flavor of the hake, while retaining its flaky texture. The Sockeye Smoked Salmon and hake products are wild caught and sourced from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable stock.
 
“We are thrilled to offer food lovers new convenient, flavorful and healthy options in Biltmore’s gourmet line that will enhance entertaining and dining experiences in their own homes,” said Vice President and General Manager for Biltmore’s licensing division Tim Rosebrock. “We know that the Vanderbilts treated their guests to the finest foods available, with dinner menus featuring shipped fish that complemented foods harvested from estate farms and fields. We see our partnership with Seven Seas as another ideal fit for an extension of Biltmore’s high quality brand into the retail food market.”
 
The Biltmore and Seven Seas partnership embodies a unique combination of history and heritage. Holland-based Seven Seas dates its beginnings to the late 19th century when founders sold fish products in and around “De Bilt,” the town from which Biltmore received its name and the Vanderbilt family place of origin. “We believe the Vanderbilts would have been proud to serve our products to their guests at Biltmore,” said Managing Director of Seven Seas Wijnant van de Groep. “We look forward to a very successful partnership based on our global sourcing capability and our uncompromising focus on quality and sustainability. Biltmore’s reputation for excellence in all products it takes to the marketplace is in alignment with our own standards.”
 
Biltmore’s entire line of gourmet food products is a natural extension of the 8,000-acre estate’s culinary heritage and mission to continue operation as a self-sustaining farm. The property embodies the vision of founder George W. Vanderbilt and the luxury of the Gilded Age. At its heart stands Biltmore House, completed in 1895, which remains America’s largest home and a National Historic Landmark.  In keeping with the Vanderbilt tradition of entertaining in style, today’s estate guests are treated not only to the elegant sights of a 19th century country estate, but to epicurean pleasures reminiscent of the Vanderbilts’ gracious lifestyle. 
 
The licensing partnership was brokered by The Valen Group. Biltmore’s other gourmet products available in stores throughout the Southeast include dressings, marinades and premium cheesecakes. In addition, Biltmore sells award-winning wines in the same retail stores, rounding out the culinary experience at home.
 
To learn more about Biltmore’s food products and for a retailer list, please visit www.BiltmoreGourmet.com.
 
About Biltmore’s Home Products Division
Drawing on the iconic style and hospitality for which Biltmore is known, Biltmore For Your Home and Biltmore Chateau Reserve offer consumers the opportunity to bring the legacy of gracious living, craftsmanship and beauty of design into their own homes. To learn more about Biltmore’s licensing division, visit www.bringbiltmorehome.com.
 
About Seven Seas International USA LLC
Seven Seas International traces its roots back to the 1880s when the company started selling fish products door-to-door in cities and villages in the middle of Holland, including "De Bilt" where the Vanderbilt family originated. Now four generations and more than 125 years later, the company has grown into an international conglomerate of fish purchasing, processing and production companies. Seven Seas operates in the international fish arena and is active in buying, processing, packaging and selling all types of fish and fish related products to US and European grocery stores. Seven Seas has offices in The Netherlands, Vietnam, Thailand, South Africa and the US.
 
About The Valen Group
The Valen Group is a growth and innovation services firm with practices in strategy and innovation consulting, market insight research and strategic brand licensing. Our mission is to inspire a creative entrepreneurial spirit and find new ways for our clients to win. We help leaders strengthen the competitive position of their brands and develop significant new revenue opportunities. For over a decade, The Valen Group has advised both global 1000 innovation leaders such as Procter & Gamble, Nestle and Chiquita and newer, high-growth companies.  Our work in developing strategic brand licensing programs has included Chili’s, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Biltmore Estate and Rust-Oleum.
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