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Artisan Bistro Launches New Globally-Inspired Breakfast Entrées

Artisan Bistro’s new Beyond Breakfast line consists of artisan-crafted meals that blend the flavors of hearty breakfast favorites with organic, local and sustainable ingredients. With recipes touting cage-free egg whites, kale, black beans, asparagus and more, the new Beyond Breakfast entrées deliver satisfying meal options that can be enjoyed morning, noon or night.  Artisan Bistro Beyond Breakfast entrées are gluten free and available in three vegetarian options and two varieties with all-natural turkey.

“Our brand fans count on Artisan Bistro for wholesome and delicious meal options, and many of them challenged us to create healthy breakfast meals that would allow them to get a protein-packed start to their busy days,” said Leo Griffin, Chief Executive Officer of Artisan Bistro Foods, Inc.  “We started out by creating great breakfast meals, and found ourselves eating them for light lunches, dinner and snacks, hence the name ‘Beyond Breakfast.’  Like all of our frozen entrées, these new dishes remain true to our commitment to superior, sustainable, non-GMO and organic ingredients.”

All Artisan Bistro Beyond Breakfast meals are made with cage-free egg whites, are gluten free, contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients, and contain between 160 and 200 calories and between 9 and 15 grams of protein per serving.  The entrées are available now at Whole Foods Markets, and will launch in natural food stores and grocers nationwide in January 2015, with a suggested retail price of $3.99. Varieties include:

  • Country-Style Potatoes & Egg – A modern twist on a classic favorite made with egg whites, all-natural turkey, organic kale and red potatoes finished with spicy white pepper.
  • Italian-Style Hash & Egg – A savory blend of egg whites, all-natural turkey, organic asparagus, white beans and crisp bell peppers.
  • Huevos Rancheros Verde – A south-of-the-border-inspired mix of egg whites, organic black beans, bell peppers and creamy jack cheese.
  • Mediterranean Breakfast Stack – A zesty vegetarian offering with egg whites, organic polenta, eggplant and sharp romano cheese.
  • Veggie Chorizo Huevos Rancheros – All the flavor of traditional chorizo in a meat-free version combined with egg whites patty, bell peppers and zesty jack cheese.

Artisan Bistro’s entire cast of nutritionally-rich frozen meals includes delicious, non-GMO ingredients, like sustainably-caught salmon, free-range chicken, grass-feed beef, premium vegetables and a variety of whole grains and legumes, including quinoa, lentils and garbanzo beans. All dishes contain 70 percent or more organic ingredients and are gluten free to deliver wholesome, fresh and unique options for anyone seeking great-tasting alternatives to cooking or eating out. Artisan Bistro meals are available in natural food stores and grocers nationwide, including Whole Foods Market, Target, Safeway, Publix, Wegmans and Sprouts.  For more information, visit

DORVAL Premium Collection Cocoa Now Non-GMO Project Verified


DORVAL Trading Co. Ltd. has received the Non-GMO Project Verification seal for its DORVAL Premium Collection Cocoa. “We recognize today’s retailers and consumers have high standards and are becoming more aware of the use of GMOs in some products,” said Roberta Cappel, President at DORVAL. “At DORVAL, we strive to add superior quality to the market with our chocolate and cocoa products using natural ingredients. We are confident that this verification will increase distribution of our DORVAL Premium Collection Cocoa brand into more outlets that are committed to non-GMO products.”

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization and is North America’s only third party verification and labeling source for non-GMO food and products. Once products are Verified, they are authorized to bear the Non-GMO Verification seal indicating that the item has gone through Non-GMO Project’s strenuous Verification process.

DORVAL Cocoa is available in 12-count cases as well as a 32-count shipper. The product’s packaging has an upscale, premium look that stands out among the rest.

For over 45 years, DORVAL Trading Co. Ltd. has been an importer of an extensive range of high-quality confectionery products from major manufacturers around the world. Dorval has grown into a significant presence in the confectionery and specialty distribution arena.


Pamela’s Products Earn Non-GMO Status

PamelasPamela’s Products is celebrating its versatile All-Purpose Flour – Artisan Blend and classic Biscuit & Scone Mix for earning Non-GMO Project Verified status.

Pamela’s high standards for creating delicious, gluten-free foods have always placed as much importance on what goes in its gluten-free baking mixes, cookies and snack bars, as what gets left out; pledging to consumers:

  • No artificial additives
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • No GMOs – the brand is working closely with its vendors to assure the quality and source of all its ingredients

In addition to the all-purpose flour and scone mix, the company has nine SKUS pending verification – many of which should be approved in the coming months.

Coconut Snacks from Nutiva

NutivaCrafted from lightly, sweetened, fair trade coconuts, Nutiva’s O’Coconut snacks only have 60 calories each. Enjoy coconut with O’Coconut Classic or O’Coconut Hemp & Chia for an added boost of omega-3s. These organic, non-GMO bite-sized delights are guaranteed to be a Halloween crowd pleaser among costume-clad children and adults alike.

Nutiva O’Coconut Classic and O’Coconut Hemp & Chia recently launched at Whole Foods Market locations nationally and are available for purchase online at

New Seasonal barkTHINS Flavors for Snacking Pleasure

barkThinsCrammed full of the snack lovers’ favorite holiday ingredients, barkTHINS is offering Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed for fall and will be releasing Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel in limited edition for the winter holiday season. They’re crafted for the sophisticated snacker—thin, snapable and unbelievably delicious!

barkTHINS are nonGMO Project verified, fair trade ingredient certified™, and contain no artificial colors or flavors. Packaged in 4.7-ounce re-sealable gusseted bags, barkTHINS® are also available in four seriously tasty everyday flavors: Dark Chocolate Almond, Dark Chocolate Mint, Dark Chocolate Pretzel and Milk Chocolate Peanut.

“Pumpkin is fall’s favorite flavor so barkTHINS Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed with a touch of sea salt is a natural combination,”says Deborah Holt, Chief Marketing Officer of Ripple Brand Collective and a member of the board of directors for the Specialty Food Association.”Additionally, specialty food consumers love peppermint bark. By combining two classic barkTHINS flavors—Peppermint and Pretzel—we’ve given consumers an indulgent snack they won’t be able to put down this holiday.”

barkTHINS are also available in 10-ounce holiday tins, 2-ounce grab-and-go bags, as well as club size. For additional information on barkTHINS® products, visit and check them out on Facebook.



Mamma Chia Enters the Snack Bar Category

Mamma Chia has now introduced the Chia Vitality Bar.

The new, organic bars lovingly combine nutrient-rich chia seeds with deep, rich dark chocolate, crunchy nuts, ripened fruit and sweet organic honey making this bar a truly delicious, anytime snack. The Chia Vitality bar is perfect for runners, bikers, yogis, and other athletes as well as anyone else seeking a nutritious boost to their day. Each bar delivers 1,000 mg of Omega-3s, as well as protein, fiber and more to provide vitality and energy to fuel your soul’s purpose.

Mamma ChiaWith a suggested retail price of $1.79, the Chia Vitality Bars are available in four mouth-watering flavors: Coconut Almond & Dark Chocolate with Chia; Peanut & Dark Chocolate with Chia; Cherry & Dark Chocolate with Chia; and Blueberry & Dark Chocolate with Chia. The new bars, along with all Mamma Chia products, are non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, kosher and USDA-certified organic.

Chia seeds are the richest plant-based source Omega-3s on the planet. An excellent source of dietary fiber, complete protein and antioxidants, both the Maya and Aztecs held this ancient seed in high esteem for increasing vitality and strength.

“Our new, organic Chia Vitality Bars are a delicious way to enjoy all of the nutritional benefits of chia in the convenience of a bar,” said Janie Hoffman, Mamma Chia Founder and Chief Executive Officer, and author of “Chia Vitality and “The Chia Cookbook.” “We’re thrilled to answer our customers’ requests for more organic chia snacks and tasty chia bars.”

Click here to read more about snack foods and here to read about other gluten-free products. You’ll find more vegetarian and vegan products here.

Options for Dietary Restrictions Abound at #ExpoEast

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

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 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

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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Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar Line Receives Fair Choice Certification


Big Tree Farms’ unrefined, organic coconut sugar line has received Fair Choice certification from Control Union Certifications. The acquisition of this certification makes Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar the first and only fair trade coconut sugar on the market. As a pioneer in the fast-growing coconut sugar segment, Big Tree Farms’ certifications extend beyond Fair Trade, including USDA organic, non-GMO and low glycemic certifications. All certifications will be featured on Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar packaging going forward, allowing shoppers to see a clear difference in coconut sugars.

Control Union Certifications are awarded on an enterprise’s ability to commit to stringent social, environmental, and economic development principles. Dedicated to social and environmental responsibility, safe working conditions and fair trade practices, Big Tree Farms is the only vertically integrated brand of coconut sugar on the market. The company works with and supports more than 14,000 family farmers across the archipelagos of Indonesia. Every bag of Big Tree Farms Organic Coconut Sugar is harvested from partner farms and processed at Big Tree’s own factories in Indonesia.

Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar is made from pure flower blossom nectar of the coconut tree. Considered one of the most sustainable sweeteners on the planet, coconut sugar is an unrefined, high nutrient and low glycemic sweetener that can be used in place of anything that normally requires cane sugar. With a 1 to 1 replacement ratio, coconut sugar is an easier substitute compared to other popular alternatives like stevia or agave, which often have a different taste and substitution ratio. Big Tree Farms Organic Coconut Sugar is the only coconut sugar to obtain a low glycemic verification, consistently maintaining a glycemic index of under 40, which also verifies that it is not adulterated with cane sugar.


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Passage to Vietnam Lemongrass Chicken Stir-Fry Sauce

US-3DPack-Vietnam1Passage Foods offers lines of ready-to-use simmer sauces made from all natural ingredients to help home cooks create authentic restaurant-quality Asian dishes in 20 minutes or less. Newest to the brand is the Passage to Vietnam™ Lemongrass Chicken Stir-Fry Sauce, which draws together ingredients such as lemongrass, galangal and lime into a stir-fry with the traditional flavors of Vietnam. Just reading the list of ingredients is like stepping into a white tablecloth Vietnamese restaurant.

Vietnamese cuisine is one of the fastest growing segments in the food category, according to Mintel, and the growth of the Vietnamese population in the U.S. augurs for increasing acceptance and familiarity with Vietnamese flavors among the mainstream population, particularly as American palates become more adventurous and more Americans travel outside the country, where they have the opportunity to taste authentic examples of other culinary traditions.

“It is important to recognize the growth of cuisines from countries like Vietnam,” said Passage Foods’ Mark Mackenzie. “Currently, 80 percent of the Asian category sales originate from mainstream products designed for the U.S. palate, however, the category growth is being driven by authentic products and recipes. With our Lemongrass Chicken sauce, we tried to capture the most authentic and fresh recipe to satisfy the consumer looking for a true Vietnamese meal.”

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