By Richard Thompson
Lynsay Barnes of Edison Grainery says that the company’s interest in gluten-free products came out of necessity. Her mother, Amy, was diagnosed with celiac disease three years ago and after her father saw the high prices on specialty gluten-free products, he decided to started creating gluten-free pastas that the whole family could enjoy and afford.
“We were already supported the organic movement, but we needed to find foods that could be eaten by everyone,” says Barnes. In 2013, Edison Grainery won the Food and Beverage Innovation (FABI) Award for its Organic Quinoa Pasta that provided a product that satisfied dietary needs and keeping pace with culinary trends while maintaining quality and taste.
Edison Grainery carries lines of Organic Quinoa Pasta Spaghetti, Fusilli, Penne and Elbows that are all certified gluten-free, free of the Big-8 in known allergens and imported from Bolivia. Each product is a great source of protein and contains no corn, so the noodles hold up well in water and even gives consumers a little lee-way when it comes to preparation. Paired nicely with any pomodoro, red sauce or white sauce, any traditional dish – or non-traditional dish – can be prepared without sacrificing taste. “What’s really great is that people can’t tell them from traditional pastas,” says Barnes.
John De Puma, whose wife was diagnosed with celiac’s disease 12 years ago, saw a lack of flavorful gluten-free pastas and used his background as a chef to create his own. “There were a limited amount of pastas that were up to par compared to traditional pastas, so I decided to solve that issue,” says De Puma. His company, De Puma’s, is celebrating its eighth anniversary this year.
De Puma’s Three Cheese Tortellini is classically made with ricotta, Parmesan and Romano cheese and cooks just like traditional ravioli, needing only a scoop of water in a slow boil. De Puma’s raviolis come in choices such as Wild Mushroom, Lobster and De Puma’s personal favorite, Spinach and Ricotta.
“We’re a smaller company, so we can make different options that main lines don’t try, like our Sun Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Raviolis,” says De Puma.
Kooky Sues has introduced the first cup-for-cup gluten-free replacement flour using a proprietary non-fat powdered milk blend for superior taste and consistent baking performance for gluten-free cookies, brownies, cakes and pie crusts.
Kooky Sues Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour improves gluten-free baking in several key performance areas. It increases aeration of batters to improve the elasticity of the protein network and more leavening gases for superior lift. Controlled water binding enhances dough handling, increases the rate of dough development and improves mixing tolerance. And, its unique blend of rice flours, powdered milk and starches improves browning and provides an aftertaste-free, rich dairy flavor and aroma.
“The changes we’ve made in our gluten-free flour deliver results that are much closer to traditional wheat flour,” says Kooky Sues Founder Adam Latham. “With this one product on your shelf, the gluten-free baker no longer needs to search the Internet and experiment with unproven recipes or go on what we call ‘scavenger-hunt shopping adventures.’ This is where you go from store-to-store looking for exotic and expensive ingredients just to make a simple cookie. Now, you can use the same chocolate chip cookie recipe you’ve used your entire life and just use Kooky Sues instead of traditional flour. It’s really that simple.”
Kooky Sues is all natural and uses only non-GMO ingredients. It supplies important nutrients from dairy ingredients including high-quality protein and calcium. The natural dairy calcium in its powdered milk ingredient promotes bone growth. Its high Protein Efficiency Ratio (PER) and digestibility can significantly improve the nutritional value of flour-based baked goods.
Kooky Sues, based in Melbourne, Florida, was founded in 2012 and began selling baked goods and gluten-free treats at local farmer’s markets. The gluten-free flour can be purchased online or at a growing network of independent grocers and health food stores. Go to www.kookysues.com for more information about where to find Kooky Sues, recipe library and gluten-free resources.
Umpqua Oats Inc. launched a farm-to-cup classic, Maple Pecan, at the Fancy Food Show in New York City. Umpqua Oats’ Maple Pecan warm oatmeal cup includes a delicious mixture of custom-milled rolled oats, crunchy pecans, pure maple syrup and other all-natural ingredients to create a delicious and satisfying meal.
“Maple and pecan are two of the most highly sought-after oatmeal flavors – they’re classics, but not all oatmeal is the same,” said Sheri Price, co-founder of Umpqua Oats. “Umpqua Oats’ Maple Pecan blends the perfect combination of warm maple syrup with the nuttiness of pecans for a healthy and delicious, non-GMO and gluten-free oatmeal that’s ready at a moment’s notice. It’s a whole meal solution that tastes like home, no matter where you go.”
In developing Maple Pecan, Umpqua Oats stayed true to its farm-to-cup mentality when sourcing ingredients. The pure maple syrup was specifically selected from Coombs Family Farms in New England. The new flavor also has 7 grams of protein and is less than 300 calories.
The newest flavor combination for Umpqua Oats also meets consumers’ desire for oatmeal they can have as a snack, or meal, any time of day and with minimal preparation. Just three minutes after hot water is added, the oatmeal is ready to be stirred and enjoyed.
Umpqua Oats’ portfolio of seven flavorful on-the-go super premium oatmeal cups are available in more than 2,000 retail outlets across the United States, with a heavy concentration in Western states and expanding distribution in the East. The company anticipates Maple Pecan to be available nationwide and online this fall. For more information or to order online, visit www.umpquaoats.com.
Pereg Gourmet, a producer of premium, natural spices and spice blends, bread crumbs, ancient grains and quinoa products, will introduce GMO-free, gluten-free quinoa flour at the Summer Fancy Food Show, June 28-30, 2015.
In addition to Pereg’s latest offering, quinoa flour, Pereg has been a leader in introducing a full line of quinoa products including quinoa pasta, quinoa pops cereal, and pre-seasoned quinoa side dishes to North America.
“Quinoa is a gluten free-product, perhaps the fastest growing market segment in the food industry today. While cutting out gluten from one’s diet may seem like a difficult and limiting task, fortunately, Pereg offers many healthy and delicious products that are naturally gluten-free. With our variety of quinoa gluten free products, and recipes for tasty preparation available on our website, consumers can enjoy many delicious foods while maintaining a healthy diet,” says Gil Schneider, Pereg Gourmet President.
Pereg Gourmet was established in 1906, and is a family owned business, based in Clifton, New Jersey. The company first became known for pure and natural spices and spice blends, more than 60 in all, from traditional favorites to exotics from around the culinary world.
Beyond spices, Pereg produces lines of flavored basmati rice, couscous, farro, salad toppings and salad spreads. All Pereg products are kosher certified by the Orthodox Union (OU), are dairy and lactose-free as well as all natural, with no additives or preservatives. Many are also certified gluten-free and non-GMO.
“Research shows that a majority of consumers want to add more protein into their diets, and many are looking to plant-based sources of protein,” said Constance Roark, MS, RDN and Director of Marketing at Ancient Harvest. “The brand’s focus remains on protein-rich ancient grains, like quinoa, but we’re continuously cooking up ideas to meet new consumer demands. Now, we’ve incorporated other high-protein and gluten-free superfoods, like lentils and beans, into our product lines. A pasta dish that tastes great and adds nutritional value to your plate is pretty hard to beat.”
These naturally gluten-free pasta varieties are made with a hearty blend of quinoa and nutritious legumes. The pastas look and act like traditional pasta in every way, from taste to texture, but have two times the protein and a healthy helping of fiber in every serving. The five new pasta varieties include Black Bean & Quinoa Elbows and Spaghetti, Red Lentil & Quinoa Rotelle and Linguine and Green Lentil & Quinoa Penne, each with a suggested retail price of $3.39.
With 16 grams of protein per serving, the new Lentil & Quinoa Mac & Cheese varieties will join Ancient Harvest’s existing line of mac & cheeses. A combination of the high-protein, fiber and nutrition of red lentils and quinoa, the Lentil & Quinoa Mac & Cheese will be available in three creamy varieties, Mild Cheddar with Elbows, Sharp Cheddar with Shells and White Cheddar with Shells, each with a suggested retail price of $2.99.
Ancient Harvest bean and lentil pastas and new lentil macaroni and cheese varieties will arrive at retailers nationwide this spring. All other Ancient Harvest products are available in natural food stores and conventional supermarkets nationwide.
thinkThin® is expanding its product line beyond bars with the introduction of thinkThin® Protein & Fiber Hot Oatmeal. Building on the momentum of last year’s launch of its Lean Protein and Fiber bars, the most successful bar extension in the brand’s history, thinkThin is embarking on its first national, new food category launch. With the rising demand for protein products, thinkThin is the first brand in the hot cereal category to offer a great combination of not only protein, but also the added benefit of high fiber with only 200 calories or less. The trifecta of protein, fiber and calories provides a solution for consumers looking for a perfectly-balanced breakfast at home or on-the-go.
“thinkThin Protein & Fiber Hot Oatmeal is an exciting and innovative addition to our product portfolio and demonstrates thinkThin’s commitment to deliver food that is as nutritious as it is delicious,” said Michele Kessler, CEO of thinkThin. “As a leader in the protein bar category, we have a solid understanding of the important role protein and fiber play in providing the perfect balance of energy and nutrition. We are excited to continue to fuel thinkThin’s growth with the launch of thinkThin Protein & Fiber Hot Oatmeal and break into additional on-trend categories.”
thinkThin Protein & Fiber Hot Oatmeal is made with a blend of wholesome grains including whole rolled oats, steel cut oats and quinoa. Consumers can purchase the new hot oatmeal in a multi-pack box of six packets or a convenient, portable single serving bowl. Each serving of thinkThin® Protein & Fiber Hot Oatmeal is packed with 10g of protein, 5g of fiber and is 200 calories or less. Consumers can choose from a range of four flavors from a scrumptious blend of real berries in Farmer’s Market Berry Crumble; a delicious fusion of flavors in Madagascar Vanilla, Almonds, Pecans; a hearty and nutritious mix in Original Sprouted Grains (box only); and a sweet, nutty option in Honey Peanut Butter (bowl only).
thinkThin Protein & Fiber Hot Oatmeal is available online and at select retailers and grocery stores now with nationwide availability beginning March 2015. Please visit www.thinkproducts.com for more information and to find the nearest thinkThin retailer using the store locator search option.
Barbara’s, known for making cereals and snacks from simple, wholesome ingredients, has expanded its portfolio of Non-GMO Project Verified foods with the addition of Barbara’s Better Granola. The new line of protein-packed granola comes in two yummy flavors – Oats & Honey and Dark Chocolate Cranberry – both featuring a unique proprietary recipe containing less fat and sugar and more protein than other leading granolas.
“Everyone loves granola, but too often what they think is a healthier option is actually full of excess sugar and high in fat. We had been snacking on granola in the office and looking at the product labels. We were astounded to see how much sugar there was in the tiny quarter-cup serving sizes. We knew that we could make a better product, so we set out to make a healthier granola,” said Katrina Yolen, U.S. Director of Marketing at Barbara’s. “Barbara’s Better Granola is packed with protein, lower in sugar and fat, and still delivers the delicious granola flavor we all love. Not only is our new line of Barbara’s Better Granola a good source of protein that comes from oats, almonds, and wheat, but it also delivers other added benefits consumers are looking for, such as ancient grains and seeds, whole grains, ALA omega 3’s and fiber.”
With a larger serving size than most other granolas, Barbara’s Better Granola is a satisfying blend of toasted oat clusters and cereal puffs, almonds, and ancient grains and seeds such as quinoa and flax seeds, and boasts 9-10 grams of soy-free protein and 6 grams of fiber per serving. Barbara’s Better Granola is Non-GMO Project Verified and is packed with 28-30 grams of whole grains and more than 200 milligrams of ALA omega 3’s in every full 2/3-cup serving. It is great eaten alone as a snack, with milk or as a topping on yogurt.
Barbara’s offers a full line of delicious cereals and snacks, including popular crowd favorites like Puffins cereals, Snackimals cereals and cookies, Morning Oat Crunch, Cheese Puffs and more. Barbara’s Better Granola is currently available at Sprouts and Shop Rite stores as well as Amazon.com, and will be available in stores nationwide starting early 2015. Barbara’s products are available nationally at major retail grocery stores and natural food stores. For more information on Barbara’s Better Granola and other Barbara’s products, please visit the Barbara’s website at www.Barbaras.com.
The new West Coast Kale and Quinoa Vegetable Soup Mix from Frontier Soups is a vegetarian and certified gluten-free soup that’s part of Frontier Soups’ Homemade-In-Minutes™ line. The soup has a hearty mix of white quinoa and flakes of kale and butternut squash that are freeze-dried to preserve nutrition. Home cooks add canned tomatoes, cubed butternut squash and chicken or vegetable broth and simmer for 25 minutes to make soup for the family. Everything else is in the soup mix, including onions and carrots and a savory seasoning that combines garlic, thyme, oregano, rosemary and a peppercorn blend.
This soup mix answers consumer requests for more vegetarian options and for soups that offer an easy way to incorporate popular superfoods into their diet. West Coast Kale and Quinoa Vegetable Soup Mix is available in 4.5-ounce clear cellophane packages that display the colorful ingredients at a suggested retail price of $5.95 to $6.49. Frontier Soups’ 34 varieties are all natural with no added salt, preservatives or MSG.
For hundreds of years, pasta has been an integral part of Americans’ diets and one of our most beloved foods. Naturally low in sodium and cholesterol-free, nutritionists agree that pasta makes the perfect foundation for nutrient-dense food partners, such as fiber-filled vegetables and beans, heart-healthy fish and monounsaturated oils, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and protein-packed cheeses, poultry and lean meats. It is also a convenient, cost-effective and wholesome solution to entertaining. From popular pasta salads to decadent dinners, pasta is easy to prepare and can be incorporated into hundreds of different recipes and types of cuisines.
“I love to prepare pasta when I entertain because it doesn’t take much time and is always a crowd pleaser,” says Diane Welland, Registered Dietitian. “You can incorporate lean proteins and almost any type of vegetable in most pasta recipes to create a healthy and delicious meal for your guests.”
According to Pasta Fits, the National Pasta Association’s digital culinary and nutritional resource which issues a new recipe each week, the most popular recipes of 2014 included pasta salads, vegetarian and vegan dishes, and new twists on classics, such as macaroni and cheese.
To celebrate National Pasta Month this October, Pasta Fits has launched a new video series offering insider cooking tips and ideas as well as a Facebook contest where visitors to the site simply vote on their favorite pasta party meal for a chance to win a cash prize! To enter, simply visit www.facebook.com/PastaFits or www.pastafits.org.
Organic Cracked Freekeh is now available from Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods. It’s the latest ancient grain to join Bob’s Red Mill’s growing Grains of Discovery line. Freekeh is a whole grain food made in an old-world way, following a traditional process popular in the Middle East and Northeastern Africa.
“Since we introduced our Grains of Discovery line last summer, the response has been tremendous, and customers have been clamoring for more,”said Bob Moore, Founder, President and CEO of employee-owned Bob’s Red Mill. “In deciding how to expand the line, we searched far and wide to find just the perfect grain, and we found that with Freekeh—something totally unique and virtually unknown in the West.”
According to legend, freekeh was created when a farmer’s crop of young green wheat was set on fire by a rival neighbor. Instead of letting the burned wheat go to waste, the farmer’s family harvested the roasted wheat and removed the chaff, and to their surprise it had a pleasantly nutty, lightly roasted flavor.
Cracked freekeh is made by lightly roasting whole wheat kernels, then cracking them to create a whole grain food with a texture similar to bulgur, with a mild, nutty flavor. Bob’s Red Mill Organic Cracked Freekeh, which retails for $6.99 for a 16-ounce package, cooks in just 25 minutes and adds wonderful texture and flavor to a variety of salads, pilafs and soups. It also can be enjoyed as a hot breakfast porridge. Freekeh is an excellent source of fiber, high in iron and other essential minerals, and provides 7 grams of protein per serving.
“We are really excited to add this ancient grain to our popular Grains of Discovery line and to share its history with our customers,” said Matthew Cox, Vice President of Marketing at Bob’s Red Mill. “Legends aside, the flavor of this grain is so unique and delicious, our hope is that it will become a staple grain on every dinner table. That’s at the heart of what our Grains of Discovery are all about.”
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Cracked Freekeh is available now to retailers in cases of four, and also online at www.bobsredmill.com. To inquire about carrying the products, please contact the Bob’s Red Mill sales team at 800-553-2258 or email@example.com. For more information about the entire Bob’s Red Mill product line, please visit www.bobsredmill.com.