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Pacific Foods Offers Creme Fraiche Soups

Pacific FoodsPacific Foods has been a staple in the soup aisle since it launched its first creamy tomato soup in 1999. Today, the brand is adding even more heartiness to its classic flavors with a line of Organic Crème Fraiche Soups. Inspired by its best-selling creamy soups, the crème fraiche varieties are flavorful, rich and full of protein – 10g per serving!

Pacific’s new offerings are a great vegetarian sources of protein, and can be served as a stand-alone meal, side or an easy post-workout refuel.

There are three savory varieties: Organic Crème Fraiche Tomato Soup, Organic Crème Fraiche Roasted Red Pepper Soup and Organic Crème Fraiche Butternut Squash Soup. All are vegetarian and gluten free, and each offers 10 grams of protein per serving.

 

The soups are hitting shelves this fall at natural food stores and conventional grocers. The suggested retail price is $5.99 per 32 fluid-ounce package.

GeeFree Foods Launches Microwavable Sandwich Pockets

GeeFree Foods recently launched a line of gluten-free, all-natural, frozen, microwavable sandwich pockets in three varieties: Sausage, Egg and Cheese; Buffalo Chicken; and Cheese Pizza. GeeFree is the only manufacturer of gluten-free puff pastry products in the United States.

Encased in GeeFree’s signature pastry dough, the sandwich pockets come two per box and are free of antibiotics, hormones, nitrates, corn and soy. The microwavable sleeves keep them crispy. They retail for $6.99.

Sausage, Egg & Cheese sandwich pockets are packed with uncured sausage, egg, and cheddar cheese. Each 4.5 ounce serving has 320 calories and 12 grams of protein. The Buffalo Chicken variety is loaded with chicken, buffalo sauce, celery, blue cheese and other delicious ingredients. Each 4.5 ounce serving has 350 calories and 7 grams of protein. Finally, the Cheese Pizza version is brimming with mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and zesty herbs. Each 4.5 ounce serving has 390 calories and 8 grams of protein.

Since receiving an infusion of capital from its new investment partner Procida Funding and Advisors, GeeFree has broadened its distribution channels. The brand is now sold in 43 states.

Organic Farmers Association Announces Policy Leadership

Organic Farmers Association, a national membership organization for certified organic farmers, sponsored by Rodale Institute, has announced a new Policy Director and elected the first Policy Committee. This new leadership will facilitate Organic Farmers Association’s policy platform created by certified organic farmer members.

Mark Rokala will serve as Policy Director and lead policy work, under the direction of the newly elected policy committee and coordinating closely with the Organic Farmers Association Director Kate Mendenhall and Steering Committee Chair Jim Riddle. Rokala will be leading work on the farm bill, helping identify Organic Farmers Association farmer members’ policy priorities, connecting members with Congressional leaders, and ensuring that the nation’s federal policies help support thriving independent organic farmers.

Rokala has more than 28 years of experiences in agriculture policy, with 23 of those years working on state and federal agricultural policy. He worked for seven years as a congressional staffer on Capitol Hill and 16 years as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. focusing on agricultural and food policy.

“The Organic Farmers Association is excited to welcome Mark Rokala as our Policy Director,” said Jim Riddle. “Given the proven power of organic production to promote soil health, produce healthy food, and restore rural economic vitality, organic farmers must make our voices heard in D.C. Mark has a great deal of experience working on federal farm policy, and will help members of Congress and federal agencies understand the importance of investing in and protecting organic systems.”

The first elected Policy Committee is made up of 12 voting certified organic farmer members and six advisory organizational members. Committee members are regionally diverse and reflect the national diversity of organic farms. The Policy Committee will facilitate OFA’s policy platform, created by certified organic farmer members. From its start in the fall of 2016, Organic Farmers Association has been working to build and support a farmer-led national organic farmer movement with a strong voice advocating for organic farmers. This first Policy Committee will help guide this work forward from the ground up.

2017 Policy Committee includes:
California Region Farmer Representatives (Voting)
Kenneth Kimes, Greensward / New Natives, LLC, Aptos, California
Mark McAfee, Organic Pastures, Fresno, California
California Region Organization Representative (Advisory: Non-Voting)
David Runsten, Policy Director, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Davis, California
Western Region Farmer Representatives (Voting)
Bob Quinn, Quinn Farm & Ranch, Big Sandy, Montana
Pryor Garnett, Garnetts Red Prairie Farm, Sheridan, Oregon
Western Region Organization Representative (Advisory: Non-Voting)
Kristina Hubbard, Director of Advocacy, Organic Seed Alliance, Missoula, Montana
North Central Region Farmer Representatives (Voting)
Francis Thicke, Radiance Dairy Fairfield, Iowa
Harriet Behar, Sweet Springs Farm, Gays Mills, Wisconsin
North Central Region Organization Representative (Advisory: Non-Voting)
Matthew Miller, Policy Committee Member, Iowa Organic Association, Ames, Iowa
Midwest Region Farmer Representatives (Voting)
Michael Adsit, Plymouth Orchards, Plymouth, Michigan
Hannah Smith-Brubaker, Village Acres Farm & FoodShed, Mifflintown, Pennsylvania
Midwest Region Organization Representative (Advisory: Non-Voting)
Casey Trinkaus, Livestock & Poultry Specialist, The Fertrell Company, Bainbridge, Pennsylvania
Southern Region Farmer Representatives (Voting)
Laura Freeman, Mt. Folly Farm, Winchester, Kentucky
Jennifer Taylor, Lola’s Organic Farm, Glenwood, Georgia
Southern Region Organization Representative (Advisory: Non-Voting)
Michael Sligh, Program Director, Rural Advancement Foundation International, Pittsboro, North Carolina
Northeast Region Farmer Representatives (Voting)
Rodney Graham, Oxbow Organic Farm, Hunt, New York
Dave Chapman Long Wind Farm, East Thetford, Vermont
Northeast Region Organization Representative (Advisory: Non-Voting)
Edward Maltby Executive Director, Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance, Deerfield, Massachusetts

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