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Rosskam, Gerstley & Co.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Innovation has run in the blood of David Michael owners since 1896 – but did you know that whiskey-making is also burrowed in their DNA? In 1854 Isaac Rosskam partnered with Henry Gerstley and incorporated a liquor company in Addison, NY that would open one year later. In 1865, Rosskam, Gerstley & Co. moved to Philadelphia. Through the years, the company launched dozens of successful brands, including American Rye, Top of the Morning and R.G. & Co. Special Reserve. However, Rosskam, Gerstley & Co.’s flagship brand was always Old Saratoga Whiskey, often lovingly referred to as just Saratoga.

Three of Isaac Rosskam’s great great grandsons are currently at the helm of the daily operations here at David Michael & Co., keeping alive the long lineage of entrepreneurial innovators in the Rosskam family. Isaac is great great grandfather of current President and COO Skip Rosskam, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Steve Rosskam and Executive Vice President of Operations George Rosskam.

As Rosskam, Gerstley & Co. grew and prospered, additional offices were opened in the 1870’s and 80’s in Cleveland, Chicago and New York City. Meanwhile in Philadelphia, where distillers and liquor wholesalers were a dime a dozen at the time, the company was determined to find a way to make their product stand apart from the many other choices. And so was born the line-up of Rosskam, Gerstley & Co. giveaway and promotional items that are still considered collectibles today. Check out these gems:


Lithographed serving tray of dogs playing poker:

Rosskam Gerstley & Co. tray -

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“The Great Escape to Innovate” Summer Tour

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

As a global leader and an innovator in the food and beverage industry for more than a hundred years, David Michael has decided to take our innovation on the road! In May, our Great Escape to Innovate™ Tour Bus began its east coast swing to both share and gather unique and relevant ideas surrounding the latest flavor and product trends in the industry.

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Revisiting the Roadshow

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Just like that, our 9th Innovation Roadshow is in the rearview! All of the months of innovating, planning and hard work culminated in another successful event. One trends presentation, two technical sessions, a keynote speaker, 25 new product booths and over 100 different flavors– all built around the theme of, “Make the Known Your Own.” Guests enjoyed a wide array of unique and innovative products covering everything from beverages to savory dishes and sweets. For those of you who couldn’t join us, here are some key highlights:

Skip Rosskam, President and COO - DM Flavors









Skip Rosskam, President and COO, welcomes the audience.


Presenting the Roadmap to the Roadshow









Yours truly delivering the Roadmap to the Roadshow presentation – a deep dive into the trends that inspire our product and flavor innovation.


Savory Natural Flavored Syrups









Guests sample our sweet and savory naturally flavored syrups.

Donna Mascaro - Beverage Applications Project Leader









Beverage Applications Project Leader, Donna Mascaro, doles out her savory cupcakes to eager guests.


International Flavors  - China and Maxico









Adding some international flair were some authentic products and flavors unique to China and Mexico.


 Jeff Miller, Director of Culinary Research & Development for Dunkin’ Brands









Our keynote speaker, Jeff Miller, Director of Culinary Research & Development for Dunkin’ Brands, closed out the day by captivating the audience with his take on how to differentiate a product by adding a twist to the familiar.

Toy Car









It was a fabulous and fun day of innovation, education, networking and of course everyone’s favorite part – tasting and indulging!

Lights, Camera…Roadshow!

Friday, February 10th, 2012

It’s hard to believe that we’re only 11 weeks out from the 2012 Innovation Roadshow® – and it will be here before we know it.  As our biggest annual event nears, we’ve all been working hard to ensure that April 25, 2012 will be our most impressive Roadshow yet!   Last week, David Michael’s technical team finalized their Roadshow concepts and after a few days of tasting, the 3-day long photo shoot ensued. The hardworking squad is made up of some of DM’s finest: our fearless photo shoot leader, Denis Blais (Senior Account Manager) teamed up with Danielle Durso (Marketing Coordinator), Kelly DeFusco (Senior Food Technologist, Bakery & Cereal) and photographer, Anthony Sinagoga. As a DM freshman preparing for my first Innovation Roadshow®, I have to say I was inspired by watching this well-oiled machine make their magic happen.

So, do you want to know what we’ll be showcasing this year?  Ready, here it goes:                           Oh, come on – did you really think we would tell you now?  You’ll just have to come find out for yourself!

Although I can’t yet divulge the concepts and products you can expect to experience at this year’s Roadshow, we thought you’d enjoy a sneak peek at the photo shoot.  You may not know exactly what concepts you’re seeing below – but here’s a hint to keep in mind: the 2012 Innovation Roadshow® centers on making the known your own (and we sure had a lot of fun doing it).

Kelly creating chocolate shavings for the 9th Innovation Road Show

Kelly is hard at work creating the perfect chocolate shavings.


Anthony takes a shot at styling alongside Kelly – he’s so much more than just a photographer!

Anthony takes a shot at styling alongside Kelly – he’s so much more than just a photographer!


Denis and Kelly prep garnish for the next shot.

Denis and Kelly prep garnish for the next shot.


Danielle uses dry ice to keep water ice from melting during this photo shoot

Dry ice to the rescue as Danielle keeps these water ices from turning to just water.


Denis concocts a beautiful beverage.

Denis concocts a beautiful beverage.


Food Product Photography Prep

Yes – they taste as good as they look!


Anthony gets in for a close-up  - Food Product Photography

Anthony gets in for a close-up.


Prepping for Food Product Photography

The group, hard at work at the prep table.


Danielle keeps cool while applying dry ice to one of our new ice cream concepts.

Danielle keeps cool while applying dry ice to one of our new ice cream concepts.


Kelly and Denis prep a concept in the “igloo.”

Kelly and Denis prep a concept in the “igloo.”


Save the Date: We’re Getting Roadshow-Ready!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

It’s that time again! Ok, well it’s almost that time again. Here at David Michael we’ve started our annual countdown to our favorite time of the year. No, it’s not Thanksgiving, the winter holidays or the super bowl (although any food-centric events certainly make the list). In just six months we’ll be hosting our ninth Innovation Roadshow®!

We’re already working hard to prepare for the highly-anticipated April 25th event and make it our most impressive Roadshow yet. There’s nothing we love more than the opportunity to showcase to our customers what we work on day in and day out.

Each year, the Innovation Roadshow® highlights our best ideas in technical creativity, new flavor development and cost-saving technology. With a laser focus on innovative products, our crystal ball view of food & flavor trends and sage insights from our keynote speakers our goal is to bring our customers pioneering ideas and emerging trends with which to recharge their innovative edge.

As the countdown continues, keep an eye on our website for more updates and sneak peaks about David Michael’s 2012 Innovation Roadshow®!

2012 David Michael Innovation Roadshow - Hyatt Regency Philadelphia

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

Monday, September 19th, 2011

“So you’re telling me I get to research and think about food and drinks all day long? Read and write about the latest on-goings in the big, fun world of cuisine? Dig through a database of the latest food and beverage products launched around the world? Oh, and then I get to actually eat and drink some of the latest and greatest new food finds?” (I know. Be jealous.)

Those were some of the immediate thoughts that swirled through my head as I began getting my bearings here at David Michael and Company as the new Marketing and Consumer Insights Manager. As I’m heading into my third month of being here, I’m quickly getting more acclimated with every passing day and really beginning to feel like a part of the tight family that makes DM such a special place to work.

I’m also realizing, very quickly, the inherent potential in me to morph into a complete and utter food nerd. Oh yea, believe it. In just under three months I’ve gone from library-dwelling nerd level to suspender-snapping, pocket-protector wearing nerd level. And. I. Love. It. So put some tape on my glasses and hand me the latest edition of Flavor & The Menu…if being a food nerd is wrong, then I don’t want to be right!

Greetings Fellow Foodies

I get genuinely enthused about diving into research projects, creating various trend reports and perusing through the dozens of different food and beverage publications we subscribe to. I now get to experience the delicious and ever-evolving universe of food in an entirely new way. And I couldn’t be more excited to start sharing it with you! So stay tuned…

The Best Part About Working for a Global Flavor Company…

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

…is the cool swag. It’s true. Not only do I get to interact on a daily basis with co-workers worldwide, but we like to trade products, to give each other a taste of what’s out there.

Whether it’s trading American Heath Bars for Mexican Pelon Pelo Rico candy (mango, of course), trying exotic vinegar beverages from China, or giving a visiting French co-worker a tour of the local Whole Foods – we take care of educating each other on local flavor (and feeding those global food cravings).

Recently, our Deputy General Manager of David Michael Beijing contributed a bag of goodies from his local supermarket, which included various flavored Oreos (vanilla ice cream, green tea ice cream, blueberry raspberry and orange mango), seaweed flavored Pringles, candied waxberry (aka, yumberry), and both blueberry and cucumber Lay’s potato chips.

Beijing Goodies - Blueberry and Cucumber Lay’s potato chips - Seaweed Pringles

In Philly, our overall favorite was the Orange Mango Oreo – the flavors were so juicy and authentic – we could definitely see this one working here in the U.S.

Another surprise was the use of cooling sensation in both of the ice cream flavored Oreos, as well as the Lay’s chips. It added a fun dimension (especially with the ice cream flavors) and was exotic to our palates.

If you work for a global flavor company or manufacturer, take advantage of it! Set up a trade program between locations – send new products to each other on a quarterly basis. It’s fun and engaging, and will keep your ideas flowing (not to mention your taste buds interested)!

On the Fence?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

David Michael Innovation Roadshow Convention Floor

By now, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about the David Michael Innovation Roadshow – whether on our Twitter feed, an industry magazine, or right here on this very blog. If you’re a procrastinating gal (or guy) like myself, you may be thinking, “oh yeah…I’ll have to look into that…”

Well, I’m here to tell you that time is running low! We are a mere FIVE weeks away from our eighth annual show – and registrations are at an all-time high.

So, if you’re in need of a little push, I’m here to give it. Below are our top 10 reasons to attend this year…

  1. The Innovation Roadshow is a FREE event! There is no cost other than your travel and accommodations.
  2. You will experience innovative flavors and applications – from out-of-the-box concepts to ideas that are ready for market.
  3. Learn from experts on technologies and regulatory issues that impact product formulation in today’s marketplace.
  4. Re-charge your innovative edge – we’ll get you thinking in new ways!
  5. See and taste product concepts in a variety of categories – from confections and baked goods, to distilled spirits and ice cream!
  6. Learn how to adapt these concepts to your own product line. Think a savory frozen snack concept doesn’t have applications for your cookie line? Think again.
  7. Learn how to create, or adapt, a brand that is market flexible – how to remain authentic, yet appeal to local tastes.
  8. Interact with David Michael’s global creative team, as well as others in your field.
  9. Learn more about current and emerging food and beverage trends.
  10. Taste exotic flavors from around the world!

It’s (almost) Roadshow Time!!!

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

This last month has been busy, to say the least. As the 2011 Innovation Roadshow® nears, we have been flooded with preparations.

Our Roadshow committee sat down with the David Michael technical team to taste final concepts for the show. (It’s a hard job, folks – but someone’s got to do it!) While I can’t reveal any of the concepts for this year’s show, I’ll give you a few hints…

We’ve got a couple of hand-held foods to show, and at least one gives a new meaning to sweet & savory. One of our ice cream concepts will literally have you playing with your food. A number of exciting new healthy trends will be on display, and with all of the global flavors, you may feel like you’ve toured the world in two hours. Plus, we’re showing an interesting take on the aphrodisiac trend. And, as always, everything tastes FABULOUS!

Of course, once the review is over, it’s time for each of our concepts to get their close-up. Once again, committee members Denis Blais (senior account manager) and Danielle Durso (marketing coordinator), as well as Kelly DeFusco (senior food technologist, bakery & cereal) took over our board room, along with photographer, Anthony Sinagoga for an intensive photography session, styling for this year’s 26 booths!

Below are some behind-the-scenes shots of the photo shoot – be on the lookout for clues!

David Michael Flavors Food Photo Shoot

Just a small selection of the ingredients needed for this shoot.

Denis prepping for Food Photo Shoot - David Michael Flavors

Denis “in the zone.”

Danielle - Food Photo Testing - David Michael Flavors

Danielle tries out the role of photographer for a shot.

Kelly  - Food Styling for Photo Shoot - David Michael Flavors

Kelly styling her own creation!

Chef Anh Nguy - Food Photo Shoot - David Michael Flavors

The group works alongside Chef Anh Nguy.

David Michael Flavors Photo Shoot Team (Clockwise from left, Anthony, Kelly, Denis, Danielle.)

At the end of three long days, the team takes a breather! (Clockwise from left, Anthony, Kelly, Denis, Danielle.)

Tis’ the Season for Giving

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

This short week before Christmas often involves a lot of running – running to the mall, running to the store, running off cookie weight, running, running, running.

And as my head swims with about a million things that need to be done before my own party on Friday night (cookies, presents, cleaning – oh my!), I wanted to take a moment to brag about the generosity of my wonderful coworkers in Philadelphia.

Recently, we had the opportunity to participate in two separate drives organized by our David Michael Social Committee. Aside from the fun stuff (barbecues, snack days, and chili cook-offs), our social committee is also responsible for coordinating efforts in our local community.

David Michael Social Committee - Donated Food

Our pallet of food, ready for pick-up!

First, our Philadelphia office, labs and plant collected 637 pounds for Philabundance, a Philadelphia-based food bank that distributes throughout the Delaware Valley. And last week, we played Santa Claus for two local families sponsored through St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. We think there’s going to be some very happy kiddies on Christmas morning!

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children - Donated Toys from David Michael Flavors

Organizing all of the toys by child before wrapping.

Each year we strive to go above and beyond the efforts of the year before – which may seem impossible. But each year, we are amazed by the generosity of our coworkers, who continue to raise the bar.

So, that’s my shout out – great job to all of our folks in Philly, especially the Social Committee.

Happy Holidays – gotta run!

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