By Karen Scott, Publisher

Pearl & Rose Premium Foods LLC , a manufacturer of cheese snacks, has expanded beyond its retail customer base to convenience services where it sees a strong opportunity for its Kaze brand natural, extended shelf life products. The company, owned by partners David Rosenberg and Sheldon Pearl, has moved from freeze drying to Enwave Corp.’s dehydration, a method of drying that uses a vacuum chamber that dries the product without freezing it.

“It does not need the prior freezing components that freeze dry needs,” said Rosenberg. “For people who don’t want to have high sugar or high carbs, this is a great alternative.”

The company has focused on supermarkets that carry premium, natural snacks but is expanding to vending, convenience stores and airlines.