Green Grass Foods, Inc. recently secured Non-GMO Project Verification for its first product, nutpods. The clean label dairy-free creamer made from almonds and coconuts will launch in late spring of this year. The product also carries vegan, gluten-free, and OU kosher certifications.
Green Grass Foods founder, Madeline Haydon, launched the company in November 2013 with a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $30,000. She has since won the Dream Big America competition and the Zenith Award for people’s choice for best investment opportunity at the Zino Society, an angel investment group in Seattle.
Madeline decided to produce nutpods after carrying a homemade concoction of almond and coconut milks in her purse for years to use in her coffee. “I kept looking for the perfect rich and creamy dairy-free coffee creamer at the grocery store and never found it. After waiting three years, I decided to explore the idea of launching my own brand.”
The product is part of a growing demand for milk alternatives; many coffee shops now offer both soy and almond milk for their customers. Industry-leaders Dunkin’ Donuts and Peet’s Coffee have recently introduced almond milk in their stores, and Starbucks now serves coconut milk at some locations. nutpods, unlike other alternative creamers, is unsweetened to let consumers “create their perfect cup” with their preferred sweetener at their own sweetness level. It also differs from the competition due to its richer, creamier texture and balanced taste.
Steve Schirripa is teaming up with his Sopranos co-star Michael Imperioli to meet their fans at The Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, where Steve will be exhibiting his Uncle Steve’s Italian Specialties line of organic pasta sauces. Schirripa and Imperioli, known by Sopranos fans as Bobby Baccalieri and Christopher Moltisanti, will be signing autographs and sharing sauce with their fans at The Hilton Level 2 – Hot Products Pavilion, Booth H201 on March 5 and 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be raffle prizes given out continuously throughout both days.
“Michael Imperioli is like a brother to me, so it’ll be great to have him in Anaheim. We’re looking forward to breaking bread with our fans and introducing them to Uncle Steve’s sauces,” Schirripa noted.
Uncle Steve’s Italian Specialties was created by Steve Schirripa earlier this year. Each jar of Uncle Steve’s sauce is produced in the USA from small batches of fresh imported organic Italian plum tomatoes, vegetables and spices, “Our products are USDA-certified organic, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and contain no added sugar. With no GMOs, no pesticides, and nothing artificial, you can be confident you are feeding your family not only great-tasting products, but nourishing them as well.” said Schirripa. “My mother cooked her sauce for six hours and unlike the others, we are doing the same.”
Uncle Steve’s is available in three flavors: Marinara, Tomato Basil and Arrabiata. It is available at Whole Foods Market, Central Market, ShopRite, Stop ‘n Shop and many other grocery and health food stores across the USA. For more information on where to buy or to purchase by mail, go to www.unclestevesny.com.
With organic, superfood-infused spreads and convenient, GO-Anywhere™ multi-serving pouches, Yumbutter, a brand of organic nut and seed butters, offers a “no-brainer” product to satisfy new health goals and completely renovate nut butter shelves.
Yumbutter offers powerful peanut, almond, and sunflower seed butters enhanced with wholesome superfoods: chia, hemp seeds, and Goji berries. Transforming traditional peanut butter into exciting, functional foods, Yumbutter caters to nearly half (47 percent) of Americans that prefer spreads with health claims over traditional varieties. Additionally, with the sales of organic products increasing from $28.5 billion to over $35 billion in the last two years, Yumbutter is fueling the growing number of Americans interested in organically-produced foods. Gluten-free, dairy-free, minimally-processed, and totally delicious, Yumbutter’s nutritious spreads can be incorporated into nearly any diet.
In addition to nutty nutrition, Yumbutter offers uniquely convenient packaging that is one-of-a-kind in the nut butter category. Yumbutter’s GO-Anywhere multi-serving, resealable pouches provide a fun, no-mess delivery system for quick and easy snacking. In contrast to traditional jars seen on nut butter shelves for decades, Yumbutter’s colorful pouches are playful, easy, and original.
Established in 2010, Yumbutter is currently available in over 40 Wisconsin conventional and natural stores including Willy’s Co-op – East & West, Jenny’s Market, HyVee and Whole Foods Market. Yumbutter is also available across the U.S. in Wegman’s, Earth Fare, New Seasons, Lassen’s Natural Foods, Erewhon Market, Mother’s Market, as well as several other natural and gourmet retail outlets across the United States. Produced in small batches, Yumbutter’s mouth-rockin’ taste and life-giving energy demonstrate a simple, wholesome approach to nutrition.
CO YO’s dairy-free coconut milk yogurt alternative is newly available nationwide at natural food retailers including Sprouts Farmers Markets, Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, and Metropolitan Markets. Sourced and packaged in the U.S., CO YO coconut cream yogurt is an all-natural, vegan alternative to dairy yogurt. Every container of CO YO’s natural flavor yogurt alternative is made from the cream of more than one full coconut – the natural flavor is made of 98 percent coconut cream. CO YO’s yogurt alternative is made completely from plant-based cultures, therefore can be enjoyed by vegetarians and vegans alike. Available in two re-sealable containers, 5.3 ounces and 12 ounces, CO YO provides a convenient on-the-go snack or a supply of multiple servings.
Already popular in Australia and the U.K. and newly produced in New Mexico, CO YO offers nutritious, dairy-free coconut cream in four rich flavors: Natural, Mango, Berry, and Chocolate. Enjoy “Heaven in a Mouthful” with every bite!
Natural Products Expo East opened this morning in Baltimore, Maryland with vendors offering everything from gourmet dog snacks to organic ethically produced and sourced anything at all that you might want to eat yourself. Among the offerings are, of course, any number of products designed to meet the needs of consumers observing a gluten-free diet, and the vendors’ interest in the category this year indicates that the trend is showing no sign of fading away just yet. New this year are a plethora of options in foods for consumers who have multiple dietary restrictions. As an example, ohso Good for you chocolate provides the consumer with 100% of their daily probiotics in a 70-calorie chocolate bar that’s also gluten free, dairy free and nut free. The bar’s probiotics are microencapsulated, so they’re protected from stomach acids, and are three to four times as likely to survive to replenish intestinal flora as a serving of milk or yogurt, the company says. See it in booth #4811 at Expo East or visit www.ohso.com.
Also checking off multiple boxes for those with dietary restrictions is a line of boxed mac and cheese-style dinners that are gluten free and dairy free. The company’s pastaríso Dairy Free Mac & Cheddar Style Sauce product, for example, is not just dairy free, it’s also vegan and free from wheat, gluten, soy, eggs and nuts. As you’d expect, it doesn’t taste like a full-on cheesy, creamy pasta dinner, but it’s certainly reminiscent of those flavors, and it doesn’t taste at all like cardboard. Taste it at booth #726 or visit www.maplegrovefoods.com for more information.
Traderspoint Creamery brought the yogurt recognized as the country’s best at the 2014 American Cheese Society competition. Based in Indiana, the company sources its milk from 100-percent grass-fed cows on its own farm and from a nearby coop of Amish farmers and packages the yogurt in single-serving glass cups. See them in booth #912 at the show.
thinkThin Lean Protein.& Fiber™ Bars is offering two limited edition flavors for fall: Dark Chocolate Peppermint and Pumpkin Spice. Each bar has only 150 calories, and both flavors are gluten free, non-GMO and kosher dairy. Taste them in booth #1230 or visit www.thinkproducts.com.
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.”
Inspired 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, 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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.
Nona Lim Noodles have a suggested retail price of $4.39 for a 14.8-ounce package.
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.
Daiya 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.