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Introducing Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Chips

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Chips distill all the flavor and aroma of a classic cookie into crunchy, shatteringly delicious “thins.”   Equal parts nostalgic and new, the discs are designed to inspire love at first bite, and keep cookie lovers reaching into the bag for “just one more.”

Oatmeal raisin cookies rank among America’s favorite cookies of all time, and they’ve always been on the short list for Joanne Adirim, the creator of Cookie Chips and Founder/Pastry Chef at HannahMax Baking Company, their manufacturer.   “Our thin, crunchy renditions of other classics like chocolate chip and cinnamon sugar cookies have been so well received that we knew it was time to give lovers of the wholesome oatmeal cookie their due,” says Adirim,  “We started with an old family recipe, using whole rolled oats and juicy mini-raisins, and added extra spark with cinnamon and nutmeg.”

HannahMaxThe Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Chips ingredients label reads more like a passionate home baker’s shopping list than a typical supermarket shelf offering.  Like all Cookie Chips flavors, this new offering is made only with the finest milled cane sugar, rBST hormone-free butter, cage-free eggs and pure Bourbon vanilla. There are never any preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, trans fats, or GMOs.

All that flavor and texture in such a small space (each cookie is about 2 inches across and only 1/16 of an inch thick) is a winning proposition.   One serving of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Chips – five cookies — weighs in at just 120 calories.    They’re a perfect summer picnic dessert, after school snack, or coffee break treat.

Oatmeal Raisin launches late summer 2014 and joins five signature Cookie Chip flavors – Original Brown Sugar, Cinnamon Sugar, Chocolate Chip, Sea Salted Peanut Butter, and Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip.

Cookie Chips are available at Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Whole Foods, Jewel, Fresh Market, Earth Fare, Gelson’s, New York City’s iconic Zabars, and at specialty grocers and gourmet stores across the U.S. To find a location near you or to purchase online, visit www.crunchycookiechips.com.

Numi Organic Tea Announces a New Line of Turmeric Teas

Numi Organic Tea is launching a new product line: Turmeric Tea.  Numi’s Turmeric Tea is the first full line of organic, fair trade, premium turmeric-focused blends on the market, and highlights its namesake ingredient’s earthy and robust flavor in a collection of four cleansing and refreshing herbal teasans.

An ancient root related to the ginger family, turmeric is native to Southeast Asia and is often found in curries, giving the food its brilliant, golden orange color.  Turmeric has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and has surged in popularity over recent years as scientists have discovered its many health benefits.

Curcumin, the medicinal compound in turmeric, has been associated with numerous health effects.  A powerful superfood, health experts such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Andrew Weil have written about turmeric’s positive effects on the mind and body.

The turmeric in Numi’s new blends is sourced from Madagascar, where Numi is the first brand to purchase Fair Trade certified ingredients from this specific farm group.  Dedicated to improving the lives of people involved in every step of their business, Numi has contributed incremental funds to support the farm group’s Fair Trade certification process and has provided new tools such as knives, brushes, cleaning pans and bags for transporting raw materials from the farms to the processing factory.  The first Fair Trade premiums are being invested in improved drinking water infrastructure there.

“Our love of tea, travel, and creativity has inspired us to blend unique ingredients and create new tea experiences,” says Ahmed Rahim, CEO, Co-founder, and chief alchemist for Numi Organic Tea.  “Turmeric Tea is rich in this vital root and blended with 100 percent real ingredients for tasty aromatic flavors.  This healthy tea tonic will revitalize, enrich and restore and can be enjoyed any time of day.”

Numi Turmeric Teas are certified organic, verified non-GMO, Fair Trade Certified, kosher and halal certified, and made with 100 percent real ingredients (not “natural” flavorings, or perfumes) including turmeric as the primary ingredient.  Like all of Numi Organic Tea’s products, the Turmeric Tea blends are expertly crafted to not only be healthy but also exceptionally delicious.  Consumers can choose from four enticing blends that are excellent served hot or iced:

Three Roots: Blending earthy turmeric, spicy ginger, and sweet licorice, Three Roots transports your senses to an exotic Indian Bazaar.

Golden Tonic: This uplifting blend of turmeric, lemon verbena and dried lime mingle for an exhilarating dance.  Golden hues of turmeric have an earthy sweetness as the zesty citrus notes soar and enliven the senses.

Fields of Gold: The mellow richness of turmeric, the sweet calming notes of chamomile, and the lively zest of lemon myrtle reside in Fields of Gold.

Amber Sun: With a radiating, smooth richness, this blend of turmeric, rooibos, vanilla beans and a hint of cinnamon offers mellow apple notes with a sweet peppery zest.

Numi Organic Tea Turmeric Teas will be available to ship in August, 2014 to retail for a suggested price of $7.99.

 

Vital Juice Introduces Vital Kids Cold-Pressed Juice

The top-selling, 100 percent organic, cold-pressed juice brand in the Pacific Northwest, Vital Juice, is launching Vital Kids cold-pressed juices. A line of 100 percent organic, GMO-free, locally-crafted fruit and vegetable juices for kids, Vital Kids is currently available at Whole Foods Market, Metropolitan Market and other natural markets in Seattle and Portland.

Vital Juice promotes nutrition for the entire family and the new Vital Kids juices were specially-made to appeal to both kids and their parents. Parents can be confident that they are choosing the most nutrient-rich, organic juice available for their kids – without added sugar, puree or fillers. According to taste tests, the taste profile appeals to kids of all ages. Even picky kids are happy to drink juices made out of vegetables like spinach and beets.

Vital KidsVital Kids is available in 10-ounce bottles for a suggested retail price of $5.99. Each bottle has kid-friendly packaging, with fun illustrations of lively produce mascots. Packed with vital nutrients, essential enzymes and 100 percent organic fruit and vegetable juice, the Vital Kids line features four unique flavors, including:

  • Green Gorilla - Cucumber, apple, kale, spinach, lemon and almond milk. Two cups of 100 percent organic kale, spinach and cucumber, with almond milk for protein. Kale and spinach are an excellent source of Vitamin A.
  • Capt. Carrot - Carrot, orange and almond milk. A full cup of 100 percent organic carrots, with almond milk for protein. Capt. Carrot is an excellent source of Vitamin A.
  • Mr. Squeeze – Orange, pineapple, grapefruit and almond milk. Over 1 ½ cups of 100 percent organic fruit with almond milk for protein. Mr. Squeeze is an excellent source of Vitamin C.
  • Mrs. Beet – Orange, carrot, beet and almond milk. Two cups of 100 percent organic fruits and vegetables, with almond milk for protein. Mrs. Beet is an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

“Today’s parents and kids are more conscious about nutrition than ever,” said Edward Balassanian, Founder and CEO of Vital Juice. “Vital Kids was created because we think kids will enjoy the taste as much as parents will appreciate the nutrition.”

While other well-known juice brands may include sugars, sugar-substitutes, purees, concentrates, fillers and preservatives, Vital Juice offers fresh juices the way nature intended. All Vital Juice drinks are nutrient-dense – no fillers such as celery juice or apple juice, and the company never uses extracts from agave or vanilla.

Vital Kids is also available via Amazon Fresh in Seattle and coming soon to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Angelic Bakehouse Products Picked up by More Chicago Grocers

Angelic Bakehouse, a producer of sprouted whole grain products including breads, buns and specialty items, continues to make waves for the sprouted whole grain industry by increasing its presence in several major grocery retailers in and around the Chicago metro area.

In addition to its current placement at all Chicago Whole Foods and Sunset Foods retailers, Angelic Bakehouse products will now be available 22 Mariano’s locations, seven Treasure Island Foods locations and the inaugural Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets location, a natural grocer that is expected to grow to 60 stores in the next three years.

“Times are changing,” says Jenny Marino, President and CEO of Angelic Bakehouse. “Consumers are looking for great-tasting, better-for-you options, and they are savvier than ever.  Clean ingredient decks with no gimmicks are key, and Angelic Bakehouse is proud to offer products that only use pure, non-GMO ingredients – Exactly what consumers are looking for. Mariano’s, Treasure Island and Fresh Thyme are retailers that recognize this and are eager to satisfy the demand for delicious, nutritionally superior products like Angelic. We are looking forward to strengthening our presence in the Chicago area, and with such innovative and forward thinking stores selling our products, we are well on our way to doing just that.”

Sprouted whole grain products have seen a quick increase in popularity with both mainstream and health-conscious consumers due to superior nutritional benefits, a low glycemic index, higher protein values and ease of digestion relative to products made with traditional flour.

Greenview Kitchen Products from Giovanni Food Co. Earn Gluten-Free Certification

Giovanni Food Co. Inc. has earned Gluten-Free Certification from NSF International, a global public health organization, for its Greenview Kitchen organic pasta sauce, pizza sauce and bruschetta. The NSF Gluten-Free label is a signal to consumers with gluten intolerance or celiac disease that the product contains less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten.

This is essential as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently published the final rule that sets a gluten limit of 20 parts per million (ppm) in foods labeled as “gluten-free,” “without gluten,” “free of gluten” or “no gluten.” The compliance date of this final rule is August 5, 2014. In 2011, NSF International developed a voluntary gluten-free standard and certification program, which verifies that certified products do not exceed this limit.

This certification helps Giovanni Food Co. meet the needs of consumers who need verification that the products they purchase are gluten-free. It is also significant to the company’s current private-label and contract manufacturing customers.

“It is important to our company that we provide consumers with products that have the attributes they are looking for,” said Louis DeMent, CEO of Giovanni Food Co. “Having this gluten-free certification, along with our recent non-GMO project verification, enables our brand, Greenview Kitchen, to stand out among the many others that are in the marketplace.”

To earn the certification, Giovanni Food Co. had to meet the requirements of the NSF Gluten-Free Certification Program by developing a gluten-free compliance plan for production and/or handling facilities and successfully pass both on-site facility audits and product testing. Supplier assurance, manufacturing practices and training methods were evaluated to verify the company’s ability to create products that meet the certification requirements. Random product samples were collected and tested at an NSF International laboratory to verify gluten levels are below the FDA limit.Facilities are audited and products are tested annually to confirm ongoing compliance to the program.

“NSF International developed this voluntary standard to provide consumers with a science-based gluten-free certification program they can trust,” said Jaclyn Bowen, General Manager, Agriculture and Specialty Food Programs at NSF International. “Earning NSF Gluten-Free Certification for its Greenview Kitchen organic pasta sauce, pizza sauce and bruschetta demonstrates Giovanni Food Co.’s dedication to meeting the needs of its customers as well as the gluten-free integrity of its products.”

Products meeting all certification requirements are authorized to bear the NSF Gluten-Free seal and are included on NSF International’s website to demonstrate the products are certified gluten-free.

 

Nancy’s Announces Non-GMO Project Verification

The family owned and operated Springfield Creamery announced today that its legacy brand of Nancy’s Organic Dairy products is now Non-GMO Project verified through the Non-GMO Project – making the Nancy’s brand one of the few Non-GMO Project verified organic yogurts with national distribution. Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Kefir and Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Cultured Cottage Cheese are the first Non-GMO Project verified kefir and cottage cheese currently on the market.

“Folks continue to be concerned about the possibility of GMOs in their foods and we share this concern, which is why we have taken the steps to verify that our cultured organic dairy products do not contain GMO ingredients. The Non-GMO Project verification gives us that extra level of transparency that our customers are looking for,” says Co-owner Sheryl Kesey Thompson, of the family-owned and operated Springfield Creamery. “Getting verified is a very thorough process, so we are pleased to be able to share this news with our customers.”
Verification by the Non-GMO Project is a rigorous program that includes traceability, segregation, and testing at critical control points. Securing Verified status confirms Nancy’s Organic Dairy products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard, meaning that ongoing testing of all GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and annual audits take place to ensure that the company is meeting standards for GMO avoidance.
The Non-GMO Project now verifies that the following Nancy’s products are Non-GMO Project Verified:
  • Nancy’s Organic Whole Milk Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Probiotic Blackberry Greek Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Probiotic Blueberry Greek Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Probiotic Raspberry Greek Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Probiotic Strawberry Greek Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Whole Milk Probiotic Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Cultured Cottage Cheese
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Cultured Cottage Cheese Fruit on Top-Strawberry
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Plain Kefir
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Blackberry Kefir
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Blueberry Kefir
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Peach Kefir
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Raspberry Kefir
  • Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Strawberry Kefir
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Fruit on Top Yogurt- Blueberry
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Fruit on Top Yogurt-Strawberry
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Yogurt Maple
  • Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Yogurt Vanilla
Nancy’s has additional products in the process of being verified; visit here for a full list of the current Nancy’s Non-GMO Project Verified Products.
With a line of more than 100 cultured dairy and soy products, Springfield Creamery is one of the few family owned and operated creameries in the US, currently spanning three generations of the Kesey family. Still committed to small batch production and doing things the old-fashioned way, all Nancy’s dairy and soy products are free of cane sugars, additives or anything artificial. It’s this commitment to providing the healthiest products to the largest number of people that has earned Springfield Creamery recognition, including Oregon Tilth’s “Organic Producer of The Year” award, Oregon Organic Coalition’s 2010 “Processor of The Year” award, Edible Portland’s 2012 Local Hero Award for Best “Food Artisan,” and Prevention Magazine’s 2014 “Cleanest Package Food Awards.”

Sunshine Burger Receives Cleanest Packaged Food Award from Prevention Magazine

Sunshine Burger, the #1 selling brand of certified organic veggie burgers in America, has been honored with recognition in Prevention Magazine’s2014 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards for its Black Bean South West Burger.

The Black Bean South West Burger, which is made with sunflower kernels, brown rice, jalapeño, carrots, cilantro and black beans, is a good source of plant-based fiber and protein, as well as vitamin A, vitamin E, magnesium, iron and omega-3 essential fatty acids. Like all of the company’s products, the burgers are baked and made with verified non-GMO whole food ingredients – free of wheat, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, corn, dairy, eggs or any added oils.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Cole Jones, General Manager of Sunshine Burger & Specialty Food Company. “Sunshine Burger is dedicated to providing food that is healthful and wholesome and that starts with using real, certified organic, non-GMO ingredients in all of our burgers.”

Sunshine Burgers are available in seven unique flavors – Garden Herb, Loco Chipotle, Barbeque, Falafel, Shiitake Mushroom and Hemp & Sage Breakfast. Last month, the Garden Herb burger was ranked the best-selling meat alternative item in the natural channel by SPINs, a market research company.

For more information about Sunshine Burger and its complete line of products, visit www.SunshineBurger.com or follow the company on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Bobo’s Oat Bars Launches Bobo’s Bites

 For lovers of Bobo’s Oat Bars who want a smaller snack but can’t seem to eat only half of a full bar, the company has just launched Bobo’s Bites. This innovative add-on is about half the size of the original Bobo’s Oat Bars with all the same nutrition and flavor as the full size bars.

Bobo’s Bites features three flavors – Original, PB&J and Apple Pie – in a box of five Bites. As with the regular line of 14 Bobo’s Oat Bars, Bobo’s Bites are made with organic, non-GMO certified ingredients, and are all gluten-free.

This new line extension responds to a growing consumer demand for smaller sized snack foods. According to The Hartman Group’s “Modern Eating: Cultural Roots, Daily Behaviors,” consumers want: interesting, less processed foods, in smaller-sized packages, that can be eaten on the go. In addition, the report states that snacks represent half of eating occasions, almost belying the word “snack,” with food eaten alone and within an hour of purchase representing a large segment.

“We heard our loyal consumers and responded – they asked for Bobo’s Oat Bars but in a smaller size with fewer calories, “ says Bobo’s Founder Beryl Stafford.  “With portion control and snack foods sales soaring, the timing was ideal for us to introduce the Bobo’s Bites.”

Bobo’s Bites are available in select grocery and natural foods stores, retailing for $5.69 per box.

 

Crofter’s Organic Celebrates 25 Years as a Leader in the Organic Fruit Spread Industry

In 1989, Gerhard Latka and his wife Gabriele co-founded Crofter’s Organic in Parry Sound, Ontario, with the dream of creating organic fruit spreads that were nutritious and affordable – an ambitious goal since the organic food industry had not yet gained popularity in North America. Perseverance and belief in the value of Crofter’s low-sugar, organic fruit spreads sustained Crofter’s through the early years. Over the past 25 years, Crofter’s Organic has  blended, jarred and sold antioxidant-rich fruit spreads to jam lovers across North America, fulfilling the original mission to bring the highest quality organic products, “from source to spread,” to consumers. Today, Crofter’s Organic remains family owned and is the largest organic jam manufacturer in North America and the leading brand in the natural channel in the United States.

“From the beginning, we were dedicated to making the best tasting, nutritious, organic fruit spreads, focusing on robust, fresh fruit flavor and an elegantly spreadable consistency but with less sugar than traditional preserves,” said Gerhard Latka, Co-Founder and President of Crofter’s Organic. “We wanted to create products that brought consumers what we like to call ‘accessible organic’; high-quality, low-sugar, non-GMO spreads at an affordable price.”

The demand for lower sugar, more nutrient-dense foods that still taste great is a pervading theme in food formulation these days, as consumers, healthcare providers and nutritionists have become increasingly aware of the negative impact of high-sugar, and nutritionally void foods made with artificial ingredients. As a result, Crofter’s minimally processed, low-sugar products provide shoppers a high-quality organic alternative to traditional jams and preserves, at only 30 calories a serving.

Crofter’s  offers shoppers more than 20 certified organic, Non-GMO Project verified spreads, including the fair trade cane sugar sweetened Premium Spreads, the high antioxidant Superfruit TM spreads and the no added cane sugar Just FruitTM  Spreads. Over the past 25 years, the company has established long-term relationships with suppliers and growers around the world, which means that Crofter’s Organic high-quality ingredients come from the best sources on earth.

Through continued commitment to innovation, Crofter’s aims to remain the benchmark for quality standards, resources, process and products in the fruit spread industry with the goal of making a positive impact on the health and well-being of generations to come.

“We want to be the best low calorie fruit spread,” adds Latka. “The best ingredients, crafted with the utmost attention to quality in our own manufacturing facility, results in a delicious fruit spread that is also healthy – not loaded with sugar or any unnecessary ingredients.”

New Snack Food Mixes from Navitas Naturals

Four new energizing organic Superfood+ Seeds and Nuts mixes from Navitas Naturals elevate healthy snacking to a whole new level. Maca Maple Cashews, Chia Rosemary Pepitas, Goji Basil Cashews and Goldenberry Ginger Almonds are ‘Handfuls of Goodness’ that combine best-selling Navitas superfoods with healthy, raw, organic seeds and nuts. These delicious gluten-free, GMO-free snack mixes are fortified with organic maca, goji, chia and goldenberry powders.

Navitas superfood+ 6 wideSuperfood+ Seeds and Nuts mixes build off the success of the award-winning line of Navitas Power Snacks that was introduced in 2011. “Our new snacks make it easy for people to integrate organic superfoods into their diet,” says CEO and Founder Zach Adelman. “We aim to provide people with nutrition convenience in the form of tasty superfood snacks that help active people ensure they’re getting optimal nutrition.”

Each of the four Superfood+ Seeds and Nuts mixes is offered in a 4-ounce resealable pouch. The organic snacks provide a balanced supply of antioxidants, fiber, protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Navitas Naturals makes Food For the Modern Life™, and the company’s products are widely available at thousands of stores throughout North America and online.

Maca Maple Cashews

These sweet maple superfood cashews are a delicious blend of raw cashews, the butterscotch-like flavor of maca and sweet maple syrup. Maca is a root from the Andes Mountains of Peru that is a complex, nutrient-dense whole food source of vitamins, amino acids, plant sterols, essential minerals and essential fatty acids. Maca has been traditionally used as a stress-fighting adaptogen and to increase stamina, boost libido and combat fatigue. Raw cashews contain many beneficial fats, and they’re also a good source of plant-based protein (5 grams per ounce) and minerals including iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, copper and manganese. Maple syrup is a delicious natural sweetener that provides trace minerals and vitamins. The suggested retail price is $6.99.

Chia Rosemary Pepitas

These savory Italian superfood pepitas feature a combination of nutritious chia seeds and crunchy pepitas (the culinary term for pumpkin seeds) with classic Italian seasonings: garlic and rosemary. Chia seeds are a plentiful source of omega fatty acids and protein and they also contain a good supply of antioxidants, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Pepitas provide an abundance of amino acids, unsaturated fats including omega-3, and minerals such as calcium, potassium, zinc and phosphorous. They’re also a good source of beta-carotene, and vitamins B, C, D, E and K. Garlic contains healthy compounds such as sulfur-containing allicin, oligosaccharides, arginine-rich proteins, selenium and flavonoids. Rosemary is a powerful herb known to be a rich source of antioxidants. The suggested retail price is $5.99.

Goji Basil Cashews

These zesty roma superfood cashews combine the superfood nutrition benefits of goji berries and raw cashews with delicious spices reminiscent of classic Italian tomato basil. Goji berries are one of the most abundant sources of antioxidants, and they’re also a good source of protein, vitamin A and vitamin C. Gojis provide diverse nutrition – with 20 vitamins and minerals including zinc, iron, phosphorus and riboflavin (B2) and beta-carotene. Raw cashews contain many beneficial fats, and they’re also a good source of plant-based protein (5 grams per ounce) and minerals including iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, copper and manganese. The mix is lightly sweetened with coconut palm sugar – a  low glycemic sweetener that contains minerals. The suggested retail price is $6.99.

 

Goldenberry Ginger Almonds

These sweet and tangy almonds are a delicious snack that pairs raw organic almonds with nutrient-dense goldenberries to create a handful of goodness that will keep you craving more. The tangy goldenberries are blended with invigorating ginger and a touch of maple syrup to add a tart and sweet flavor to the mix. Goldenberries contain carotene and bioflavonoids (vitamin P), and they’re an excellent source of vitamin A. For a fruit, they possess a high content of protein, and they are also a good source of dietary fiber. Raw almonds are rich in healthy fats, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium. The nuts are naturally low in sugar, and are also a good source of protein and fiber. This mix also gets a boost from chia seeds, which provide healthy fats, protein, minerals and antioxidants. The suggested retail price is $7.99.