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Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Now Offering Mediterra Snack Bars

Less than three months after its launch, savory nutrition bars from Mediterra®  are now available in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, the first large-scale natural retailer to offer Mediterra bars. Currently, the rapidly growing Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage operates 86 stores in 14 states.

“Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has stringent standards, and bringing Mediterra into their stores is a huge endorsement,” says Mediterra Founder Telemaque Lavidas. “It’s an honor to partner and grow with them, while we aggressively continue to introduce our brand to consumers nationwide.”

“The products we carry are free from artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, both hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. We continue our search for additional snack items that taste good and meet these standards, and Mediterra does that,” says Nancy Flynn, Marketing Director for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage. “We’re looking forward to offering our customers another healthful way to snack, while on-the-go.”

MediterraTomatoPhotoInspired by the Mediterranean Diet that’s considered by experts as one of the healthiest lifestyles in the world, Mediterra bars have six new unique flavors that feature various fruits, vegetables and grains, providing different snacking options for throughout the day. All bars are all-natural, non-GMO and gluten free. They retail for $1.99.

The six unique bar flavors come in three specific varieties that provide ancient nutrition in a modern and convenient way:

Savory Bars: The bars are rich in vegetable content, but low in calories, sodium and sugar and contain protein-rich pea crisps and a touch of olive oil. Each Savory Bar is 1.4 ounces and contains six grams of protein and fiber. They are certified kosher and dairy free. The Savory Bars serve as an alternative to sweet snacks providing super foods and amaranth, an ancient grain. Flavors include Tomato/Basil/Capers and Olive/Walnut/Chives.

Sesame Honey Energy Bars: Traditionally known as pasteli, these bars are dairy-free and contain only a few ingredients including roasted sesame seeds, Greek honey and either pistachios from Aegina Island or orange peel. The combination provides natural and long lasting energy. Each bar is 1.3 ounces, contains up to six grams of protein and two grams of fiber. Flavors include Sesame Seed/Pistachio/Greek Honey and Sesame Seed/Orange/Greek Honey.

Yogurt and Oat Bars: Bottom-covered with yogurt-style coating, the bars are 1.6 ounces, certified kosher and contain seven grams of protein. The bars also feature fig paste, sunflower seeds and raisins. Flavors include Yogurt/Oat/Cherry Pistachio and Yogurt/Oat/Apricot Pistachio.

After launching in June, the company named Acosta Sales & Marketing, a leading full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods industry, as its U.S. sales agency. In addition, the company has won two product awards including a 2014 The Lempert Report Innovator award for its Savory Bars.

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Halfpops Adds New Flavors to Partially Popped Snack Line

 Halfpops, the partially popped and fully delicious popcorn snack, today unveiled two new flavors sure to satisfy the sweet and savory crowd alike – Caramel & Sea Salt and Chipotle Barbeque. Adding to the wildly popular Halfpops product line-up, the delicious new offerings will hit retail shelves in September 2014. The new flavors join Halfpops’ existing offerings of Aged White Cheddar and Butter & Pure Ocean Sea Salt, which were launched in 2011 and quickly became a snack favorite coast-to-coast.

Halfpops Caramel & Sea SaltThe new Caramel & Sea Salt and Chipotle Barbeque flavor varieties start with non-GMO corn kernels that are half-popped to perfection and expertly seasoned with natural flavors and ingredients. As with Halfpops’ entire product line, they are gluten-free, have no preservatives, no corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils, and no artificial flavors and are completely nut-free.

Halfpops 6oz ChipotleThe brand’s debut sweet flavor offering, Caramel & Sea Salt boasts Halfpops’ signature satisfying crunch and is seasoned with brown sugar, sea salt, sweet-cream, and accented with all-natural caramel flavor making for a perfectly sweet and crunchy treat. Chipotle Barbeque, Halfpops’ first dairy-free and vegan option is seasoned with real chipotle pepper, paprika, natural smoke powder, sea salt and other wholesome spices to deliver an intriguing flavor for those who crave a spicy kick. Both flavors have only 130 calories per serving and contain zero trans-fat, making for a smart snacking choice.

“Halfpops has experienced significant growth; our year-to-date sales are already up six fold year-over-year,” said Mike Fitzgerald, Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Halfpops. “Since launching in 2011, Halfpops has grown a loyal fan base which is why we are so excited to deliver two new flavor varieties to those who want a healthy, satisfying and unique snack.”

Halfpops are available in 2-ounce bags that retail for $1.49 each, and 6-ounce bags that retail for $3.99. The new Caramel & Sea Salt and Chipotle Barbeque Halfpops are expected to be available in a variety of grocery stores and specialty markets throughout the Northwest – including Costco, Whole Foods, PCC Markets, Metropolitan Markets, Haggen, Central Markets and more – and is available nationwide at retailers in more than 30 states. A complete store locator is available at www.halfpops.com/#storelocator, and product can also be purchased online at Halfpops.com.

 

Nona Lim Asian Noodles Make Gluten-Free Salads

This summer, up your noodle salad game with some Asian rice noodles by Nona Lim. These extraordinary noodles are sold in the refrigerated section fresh for delicacy.

Pad See EwWhether you just want some delicious new Asian inspired flavors or think there might be a gluten-free person at your picnic, these are great new products to grab. Find them in Whole Foods nationwide.

Nona Lim Noodles have a suggested retail price of $4.39 for a 14.8-ounce package.

DREAM Introduces a New Look For Its Non-Dairy Beverages

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.has announced a packaging refresh for its DREAM™ brand.

DREAM brand is the only brand that offers a full range of premium, great-tasting, non-dairy beverages, each providing specific nutritional benefits and targeting different taste profiles.  The new packaging, designed by The Biondo Group, shows great taste appeal and consistency across the line, including shelf stable RICE DREAM®, SOY DREAM®, ALMOND DREAM®, COCONUT DREAM® and recently introduced new products SPROUTED RICE DREAM™ and CASHEW DREAM™ to help consumers easily identify their favorite DREAM product on shelf.  The refrigerated RICE DREAM products will also transition to this new design.

The DREAM brand has received Non-GMO Project verification on all of its existing products and the redesign communicates this exciting news right on the front of the packaging. In addition to the new design, DREAM non-dairy beverages are transitioning to an easy-to-open screw cap that is more consumer-friendly.

“The packaging refresh allows the quality and many varieties of DREAM to take center stage, and gives each non-dairy beverage a consistent, easily identifiable look,” said Donna Iannucci, Vice President in Marketing at Hain Celestial U.S.

The DREAM brand’s next line of non-dairy beverages to be redesigned is its innovative line of DREAM Blends™.  DREAM Blends Almond, Cashew, & Hazelnut, DREAM Blends Coconut, Almond & Chia, and DREAM Blends Rice & Quinoa will all soon display the same distinguished packaging style as the rest of the DREAM brand’s shelf-stable non-dairy beverages.

The origins of the DREAM brand began in 1971 when RICE DREAM and SOY DREAM non-dairy beverages and non-dairy frozen desserts were created as a high quality food option.  DREAM non-dairy beverages are sold in 8-, 32- and 64-fluid ounce aseptic cartons for fresh taste and quality, plus easy storage.

The DREAM brand also proudly offers non-dairy frozen desserts and novelties, non-dairy almond-based gelato, non-dairy yogurt and non-dairy chocolate.  Look for DREAM brand products in the non-dairy shelf stable sections and frozen sections of grocery and natural food stores.

Terry Tierney Named CEO of Daiya Foods

Daiya FoodsDaiya Foods, creator of dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free cheese alternative products, has appointed Terry Tierney as its CEO. Experiencing massive growth in the non-dairy, cheese alternative products market, Tierney’s addition to the team brings seasoned, professional leadership that will help propel the company to the next level of strategic growth, said company Co-founder Greg Blake.

The recent growth of Daiya Foods – founded in Vancouver in 2008 and based on an innovative, all natural recipe widely acclaimed for its remarkable cheese-like taste, consistency and melting properties – necessitated the addition of a seasoned executive to help realize the company’s aggressive long-term growth plan. Tierney has served as a director of Daiya since 2011 and has been instrumental at a strategic level in the company’s success to date.

Tierney’s career in the natural, organic and conventional grocery industry spans 30 years, serving in previous roles as the President and CEO of MyChelle Dermaceuticals, a leading natural skin care company; President and CEO of Allegro Coffee, one of the nation’s premier specialty and organic coffee brands; Chief Marketing Officer of Frontier Natural Brands, a pioneering natural and organic products company with such prominent brands as Simply Organic and Aura Cacia; and Founder, President and CEO of Rocky Mountain Natural Foods. He is, and has been, a board member for numerous natural products companies over the last 20 years. He began his career in marketing and brand management at Kraft Foods.

“Terry has a long track record of leading companies through various growth stages even while serving as a Director for Daiya. We are thrilled to be in the position to further leverage his vast experience and skills in this new role,” Blake said.

“It’s an honor and privilege to become a more integral member of the Daiya leadership team. The success that the company has earned to date is a clear testament to the talent, passion and culture that co-founders Greg and Andre (Kroecher) have built from ‘Daiya 1.’  I look forward to building on that foundation,” said Tierney.

As the dairy-free trend gains momentum and the non-dairy cheese products category continues to experience double-digit growth, Daiya has doubled its manufacturing capacity to meet current and anticipated consumer demand. By expanding its brand portfolio to other products, including Daiya Slices and Cream Cheese Style Spreads, and the newly launched Daiya Pizza – the industry’s first dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free frozen pizza – Daiya projects that its products will be sold in more than 20,000 stores by year end.

popchips Launches Line of Popped Veggie Chips

 veggie chipspopchips inc., the innovative popped snack company, has launched the newest member to the award winning snack brand, popped veggie chips. the new great-tasting popchips veggie chips are popping up at retailers nationwide available in a 3-ounce bag.

After bringing the magic of popping to potato, tortilla, and corn, popchips has now popped a new crop of veggie chips. Veggie popchips blend nine popular vegetables – kale, spinach, tomato, pumpkin, potato, beet, bell pepper, navy bean, and chickpea – and tops them with zesty seasonings for three flavors:

  • sea salt: fresh from the garden flavor with a touch of sea salt
  • hint of olive oil: delicately delightful olive oil finished with a touch of sea salt
  • tuscan herb: mediterranean-inspired for a zesty veggie blend

“No snack time is complete without veggies,” said popchips CEO, Paul Davis. “We are thrilled to be expanding our portfolio to provide snackers with the next generation of our popchips family. Inspired by some of today’s most popular vegetables, we are really excited about our tasty veggie chips and showing our continued commitment to bringing  innovation to the snack aisle.”

popchips veggie chips are popped the same way as potato, tortilla, and corn popchips – using heat, pressure, and no oil in the popping process. like other popchips, the new veggie chips have nothing artificial, no trans-fat, no dairy, are gluten-free, kosher, vegan, have less than half the fat of fried chips and still taste great.

New popchips veggie chips will be debuted next week at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago, May 20-22.

DF MAVENS Signs on with 5W Public Relations to Promote Dairy-Free Ice Cream Brand

 5W Public Relations, one of the 25 largest independent public relations firms in the U.S., has added DF MAVENS  to its diverse roster of food and consumer packaged goods clients. DF MAVENS is a new and delicious dairy-free ice cream created by Malcolm Stogo, one of the world’s leading ice cream experts.

A dairy-free dessert unlike any other, DF MAVENS products provide a treat that everyone can enjoy – vegans, lactose intolerant and anyone who loves eating ice cream. Combining the finest and healthiest ingredients from around the world, DF MAVENS comes in three main varieties including soy, coconut and almond. All products are dairy-free, gluten-free, do not contain preservatives or cholesterol and are Kosher.  No Sugar Added options are also available and all products come in flavors such as Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Del Lago Chocolate, Peanut Butter Fudge Mash, New Orleans Salted Praline, Mocha Almond Chip, Mint Almond Cookie and many more.

“We are thrilled to be working with the DF MAVENS team,” said Ronn Torossian, CEO, 5W Public Relations.  “As a leader in the food space, 5W will utilize our team’s unparalleled work ethic and creativity to develop unique campaigns, and generate maximum exposure among consumers for this innovative brand and its exceptional dairy-free products.”

“Free From” Food Show Back for Second Year

Free From Food Expo 2014 is Europe’s focused trade show for, and initiated by, the ‘free from’ industry. It’s a key trading platform where top-level decision makers come to source new products, meet new and existing suppliers and keep up-to-date with trends and innovations in the fast growing ‘free from food and beverage’ industry. The show is scheduled to take place June 3 and 4 in Brussels, Belgium. 

This two day exhibition and conference will see more than 2,000 buyers and specifiers from small and large retail and food service sectors as well as bio, health, convenience stores and catering companies and nearly 150 exhibitors from across Europe including ‘free from’ food (and ‘free from’ ingredients) manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and traders. Visitors will have an opportunity to attend 25 seminars covering a wide range of topics such as Product Development from Consumer Perspective, Gluten Free Market in Five Years’ Time, Labels and Certifications, Free From Food Market From the Retail Perspective and Importing and Exporting Trends.

Free From Food 2014 is supported by the Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS), an independent, non-profit organisation aiming to raise awareness of celiac disease and to promote research into the diagnosis and management of this illness.

This year, to recognize the growing importance of ‘free from’ food and ingredients, the organizers are also launching the Free From Food Ingredients 2014 Expo. Ronald Holman, Exhibition and Sales Director says: “Free from food solutions are becoming more and more important for the R&D departments and food technologists working with food manufacturers. Retailers and consumers simply demand higher standards, better taste, quality and healthier alternatives. Free From Food Ingredients 2014 will provide the most dedicated platform with exhibitors like Döhler GmbH, Solanic (AVEBE), Meurens Natural, Ernst Böcker, Erbacher etc.”

Hamish Renton, one of the founding partners of the show says: “The first exhibition of Free From Food was a great success for exhibitors and visitors alike. The trade show attracted a high quality buying and decision making audience from Europe’s best retail and food service companies. This year we have a variety of high calibre speakers at the Conference, as well as world famous brands exhibiting and supporting our event. We are expecting hundreds of delegates from across Europe… a sure recognition of the importance of this fast growing sector of the food retailing sector. ”

Free from food categories cover all food and beverage products which are gluten free, lactose free, dairy free, yeast free, wheat free, egg free, GM free, sugar and fat free and vegan.

This year’s exhibitors include: ABS Food, Allergenen Consultancy, Allergy Service Suisse, Bauckhof, Dohler, Dove’s Farm, Dutch Spices, Ernst Bocker, Farmo, Fria, Genius Gluten Free, Hi-Food Ingredients, Nestle, Nielsen, Orgran, Semper, Warburtons.