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 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:
“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, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
Superfood+ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tate & Lyle Fair Trade-certified Organic Pure Cane Sugar, Organic Turbinado Raw Cane Sugar and Natural Pure Cane Sugar are being introduced to U.S. consumers by Domino Foods. Tate & Lyle Sugars has grown to become one of Britain’s leading cane sugar brands and will be available to Americans nationwide.
“Domino Foods is proud to leverage an esteemed global asset from the U.K. and bring excitement to the U.S. sweetener category,” said Brian O’Malley, President and CEO of Domino Foods, Inc. “Tate & Lyle Sugars, an established leader in fair trade and a source of high-quality sweetening since 1878, has an iconic brand heritage that we are confident will also delight U.S. consumers.”
All three varieties of the Tate & Lyle sugars are Fair Trade-certified and verified non-GMO. Tate & Lyle Sugars is one of the largest single payers of Fair Trade premium to Fair Trade-certified farmers in the world. Tate & Lyle Organic Pure Cane Sugar and Organic Turbinado Raw Cane Sugar are also certified organic by the international organic certification services of Quality Assurance International.
Among Friends, makers of delicious, all-natural, easy-to-make baking mixes is premiering three new hand-crafted baking mixes this year. In a world filled with snacks and treats lacking redeeming nutritional value or great taste, Among Friend’s gourmet quality, whole grain, non-GMO baking mixes are a welcome, healthy and tasty addition to the $21 billion baking mix and prepared food production industry.
Among Friends’ new hand-crafted baking mixes include:
Francie’s Brownie Mix: Created for co-founder Suzie’s daughter, these whole grain brownies are described as a sweet deep brunette, fudgy and friendly treat, appealing to all brownie-lovers.
Gerry’s Jam Bar Mix: Co-founder Lizann’s husband grew up with classic homemade desserts, one of his favorites being jam bars. These vintage treats, marry hearty whole grains with sweet jam for a healthy, yet delicious dessert.
‘Liv It Up Devilishly Chocolate Cake: When Suzie’s picky daughter, who believes ketchup counts as a vegetable, insisted her name only be on the most perfect chocolate cake, it resulted in a flavorful, soft, creamy, gluten-free and devilishly chocolate treat.
These new mixes join Among Friends’ line of easy-to-prepare baking mixes: Suzie Q’s, Evan’s Heavenly, Trish The Dish, CJ’s, Phil ‘em Up, and Shane’s Sweet-n-Spicy.
“Our goal is simple: we want to help people fill their kitchens with fresh-from-the-oven baked goods made from the best ingredients,” says Suzie Miller, co-founder of Among Friends.
About Among Friends®
Among Friends was created by two friends and mothers, Suzie Miller and Lizann Anderson, who founded the company in 2006. Among Friends currently creates five cookie baking mixes and one fruit crisp mix, four of which are gluten-free and all of which are made with non-GMO ingredients. Suggested retail price for each product is $5.99 per 13-ounce to 16-ounce bag. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Among Friends produces its mixes in their new 10,000-square-foot facility with its own gluten-free certified production section. Among Friends products are available for purchase at Safeway, Albertsons, Meijer, select Whole Foods stores, Lunds/Byerly’s, Kings Markets, Plum Markets, New Seasons, New Frontiers and a number of other specialty food retailers, natural grocery stores, and supermarkets around the country. Among Friends is now distributed nationwide through KeHE, Nature’s Best and United Natural Foods, Inc. For online ordering and information about Among Friends visit www.amongfriendsbakingmixes.com.