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Torie & Howard Introducing New Stand-Alone Shipper for Organic Halloween Candy

ToriesAndHowardHalloweenShipperTorie & Howard is introducing a new stand-alone shipper for its 10-ounce Halloween packages of USDA Organic, kosher and Non-GMO hard candy. The new shipper will debut at the Winter Fancy Food Show on January 11, Booth 1651.

The shipper holds 20 packages and provides a seasonally spooky off-shelf display for the candy, which offers a Halloween option for parents who increasingly are purchasing organic foods for their children and for themselves, said Torie Burke, company co-founder. It contains four flavors of the candy and stands 4 feet high with a footprint of just 15 ½ by 15 ¼ inches, Burke said. Orders are being taken now for shipment in 2015, she said.

The package includes an assortment of individually wrapped flavors and features a colorful header with a headstone and a scary spider keeping company with Torie & Howard’s familiar nature-themed packaging motifs of bees, hummingbirds and dragonflies. The candy assortment is packaged in a 10-ounce lie-flat bag with a suggested retail price of $6.99.

Flavors of the organic hard candy include: California Pomegranate and Sweet Freestone Nectarine, Italian Tarocco Blood Orange & Wildflower Honey, D’Anjou Pear & Ceylon Cinnamon, and Pink Grapefruit & Tupelo Honey, which was named a sofi™ Award Finalist.

The candy is USDA organic and kosher certified and contains no GMOs, preservatives, artificial dyes, casein, soy or gluten, Burke said. It also is available in 2-ounce recyclable steel tins with a suggested retail price of $3.99-$4.99. A 6-ounce handbag gift package is available with a suggested retail price of $7.99-$8.99, and the candy is sold in 5-pound bulk bags. More information is available by calling 888.826.9554 or online at www.TorieAndHoward.com.

Artisan Bistro Announces New Premium Frozen Burrito Line

Artisan Bistro, creator of modern organic frozen entrées, bowls and bakes, today announced its new line of artisan burritos, featuring a savory blend of high-quality sustainable  proteins, organic vegetables, grains and spices all wrapped in one-of-a-kind organic gluten-free tortillas.  Using sustainably-caught wild Alaskan salmon, antibiotic-free beef, free-range chicken and meatless ‘pork carnitas,’ the new burritos offer consumers a healthy and delicious lunch, dinner or snack.

“Many people are busy and barely finding time to eat on-the-run, so hand-held meal options have become wildly popular,” said Leo Griffin, Chief Executive Officer of Artisan Bistro Foods, Inc.  “To create our burritos, we took one of the nation’s favorite convenience foods and gave it our signature artisan upgrade with bold spices, clean proteins and organic whole grains and vegetables that consumers can feel good about eating and feeding their families.”

All Artisan Bistro Burritos are gluten free, contain at least 75 percent organic ingredients and have between 11- 14 grams of protein. The big, artisan-crafted 7-ounce burritos will be available in natural food stores and grocers nationwide in January, and have a suggested retail price of $3.79. Varieties include:

  • Beef, Jack Cheese & Ancho Chili – A classic Oaxacan-inspired mix made with organic brown rice, robust ancho chilis, red bell peppers, onions and antibiotic-free beef.
  • Chicken Tinga & Chipotle – A traditional Mexican-inspired wrap made with organic brown rice, onions, cilantro, smoky chipotle and all-natural chicken.
  • Wild Alaskan Salmon & Poblano – A uniquely delicious blend made with poblano peppers and wild Alaskan salmon, combined with organic brown rice, spinach and parsley.
  • Meatless Carnitas & Salsa Verde – A savory and flavorful combination made with meatless carnitas, tomatillos and onions.

 Artisan Bistro’s entire cast of nutritionally-rich frozen meals are made with delicious, non-GMO ingredients, like sustainably-caught wild Alaskan salmon, free-range chicken, premium organic vegetables and a variety of organic 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, Target, Safeway, Publix, Wegmans and Sprouts.  For more information, visit www.theartisanbistro.com.

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 www.theartisanbistro.com.

Green Valley Organics Offering Lactose-Free Dairy Cream Cheese

Green Valley Organics® is expanding its award-winning line with the introduction of the first real dairy, lactose-free cream cheese available in the U.S. market. Starting in November 2014, Green Valley Organics Cream Cheese will be available nationwide at a suggested retail price of $3.49 at Whole Foods Markets, with a wider availability in other natural food stores in early 2015.

Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Cream Cheese is made in a solar-powered creamery using a simple, carefully crafted recipe that delivers a superb flavor. With the perfect balance of sweet and tart, and a rich, creamy texture, the cream cheese is perfect for everyday use, as well as an ideal ingredient in cooking and baking. Like all Green Valley Organics products, the cream cheese is minimally-processed and made with milk from a local family farm, which is Certified Organic and Certified Humane®. All Green Valley Organics products are also certified kosher and gluten-free.

“Our customers have been asking for cream cheese since we first introduced Green Valley Organics in 2010,” says CEO & President Jennifer Bice, “When it comes to dairy, people want the ‘real deal,’ which is exactly what we make – it just also happens to be lactose free. We are delighted to serve the community of an estimated 30-50 million Americans who are lactose intolerant and to say ‘Yes, we now have an organic cream cheese that you and your family can enjoy.’”

Green Valley Organics Cream Cheese is made with only four ingredients – pure organic cream, sea salt, lactase enzyme and live, active cultures; it contains no additives and is free of milk powder, fillers, gum thickeners or other unnecessary ingredients. Flourish®, the company’s proprietary blend of 10 different probiotics, provides the live and active cultures in this delicious new cream cheese.

The quality and outstanding taste of all of Green Valley Organics products start with the milk, which comes from a certified organic family farm in the heart of Sonoma County, located north of San Francisco along the California coast.    The Sonoma County climate, so similar to the Mediterranean with its warm summers and mild winters, offers lush, green winter pastures that are among the most diverse grasslands in the country. These pastures provide perfect nourishment for humanely raised dairy cows.

B’More Organic Expands Distribution of B’more Organic Skyr Smoothies

B’more Organic skyr smoothies are now widely available through its new strategic expansion into the Mid-Atlantic. Now offered in more than 100 new outlets in the region, including Whole Food Markets, Safeway supermarkets, and independent stores, B’more Organic smoothies are available in Banana, Mango Banana, Strawberry Banana, Vanilla and Caffe Latte flavors. The brand is now available in over 250 locations.

B’more Organic new store expansion includes:
• 34 additional Mid-Atlantic Whole Foods Markets in Northern Virginia, District of Columbia., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati and parts of Kentucky.
• 50 Safeway supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia
• 25 independent markets in Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York

Skyr is an Icelandic-style strained yogurt, similar to Greek yogurt, brought originally to North America by way of Nordic settlers with experience in food preservation. B’more Organic skyr smoothies are made from fat-free skim milk naturally loaded with protein and probiotics. B’More Organic is providing a protein-packed, gluten-free and fat-free creamy beverage, now available to the Mid-Atlantic region.

Members of Organic Community Begin Registering Websites Under “.organic” Domain

Global registry services provider Afilias recently announced the launch of its newest top-level domain “.organic.” As of September 15, members of the organic community have been able to register website names under the “.organic” domain through Afilias. 

Interest in organic products is growing rapidly worldwide. However, terms like “natural” and “healthy” are often used interchangeably with “organic” on the Internet and elsewhere, causing consumer confusion. The “.organic” domain strives to reduce consumer confusion by provisioning a dedicated, protected place on the Internet for providers of bona fide organic products and services. Unlike open domains like .com and .net, the “.organic” domain limits eligibility to domain owners who have verified their organic credentials. This means consumers can have confidence in sites that have a “.organic” address.

“Given the demand for authentic organic products and services, the arrival of the ‘.organic’ domain will be welcomed by both consumers and providers of organic goods and services,” said Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President and CMO for Afilias. “For the first time, consumers can now find organic sites on the Internet that are verified and reliable.”

The “.organic” addresses are only available to verifiably organic farmers, producers, manufacturers, co-packers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers and official organic certifiers. Eligibility also extends to other organic-oriented entities such as restaurants and trade organizations that may not be certified but can meet special criteria tailored to their role in the community.

For more information about how you can register your company or organization for a “.organic” web address, visit www.get.organic.

Yumbutter Organic Nut and Seed Butters Appeal to Health-Conscious Snackers

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.

YumbutterYumbutter 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.

American Appetite for Organic Products Breaks through $35 Billion Mark

American consumers have not had their fill of organic products yet. In fact, sales of organic products in the United States jumped to $35.1 billion in 2013, up 11.5 percent from the previous year’s $31.5 billion and the fastest growth rate in five years. This is according to the latest survey on the organic industry from the Organic Trade Association.

Americans’ hunger for organic products is not expected to ease any time soon. The OTA survey projects that growth rates over the next two years will at least keep pace with the 2013 clip and even slightly exceed it.

“The U.S. organic market is experiencing strong expansion, with organic food and farming continuing to gain in popularity,” said Laura Batcha, Executive Director and CEO of OTA. “Consumers are making the correlation between what we eat and our health, and that knowledge is spurring heightened consumer interest in organic products.”

According to the survey, organic food sales in 2013, at $32.3 billion, accounted for roughly 92 percent of overall organic sales. Non-food organic products, including flowers, fiber, household products and pet food, are currently a very small part of the total organic market, but are making quick in-roads. Sales of non-food organic products – at almost $2.8 billion – have jumped nearly eight-fold since 2002 and have almost doubled in market share.

A niche industry in the huge food sector just a decade ago, consumer purchases of organic food first broke through the $30 billion mark in 2012 and now account for more than 4 percent of the $760 billion annual food sales in the United States. More telling, the growth rate of organic food sales, which has averaged almost 10 percent every year since 2010, has dwarfed the average annual growth of just over 3 percent in total food sales during that same period.

A product breakdown of the organic food sector shows that the fruit and vegetable category continues to lead the sector with $11.6 billion in sales, up 15 percent. With more than 10 percent of the fruits and vegetables sold in the United States now organic, the $1.5 billion in new sales of organic fruits and vegetable represented 46 percent of the organic sector’s $3.3 billion in new dollars.

The relatively small organic condiments category posted the strongest growth, at 17 percent, to reach sales of $830 million. Also showing double-digit growth were the organic snack food sector (up 15 percent to $1.7 billion), organic bread and grains (up 12 percent to $3.8 billion), organic meat, poultry and fish (up 11 percent to $675 million) and the rapidly expanding organic packaged and prepared food sector (up 10 percent to $4.8 billion).

Just two categories of the organic food sector showed single-digit growth rates. The $4.9 billion dairy sector grew by 8 percent, and sales of organic beverages slowed to a 5 percent growth rate to around $4 billion.

CideRoad Launches Organic Switchel Beverages

CideRoad LLC, has launched its Organic Switchel beverage in Original, Blueberry, and Cherry flavors.

Switchel is a refreshing beverage that can claim roots to the days of our forefathers, if not earlier, which is why CideRoad refers to it as “America’s Original Thirst Quencher.”

Kevin and Hilary Duffy, the married founders of CideRoad, got the idea to start the company after tasting switchel while literally driving down a side road in an old New England town. All CideRoad Organic Switchel products are certified organic by the USDA and made with only quality ingredients, including: organic Vermont maple syrup, organic apple cider vinegar, and organic ginger juice. CideRoad is currently available at select retail outlets in Northeast region and will soon be available nationwide.

CideRoad has appointed Phillip Tozzi and Associates as its natural food broker from Richmond, Virginia through Maine. Cascadia Managing Brands is assisting with the sales and distribution, and Mint Advertising is the company’s advertising agency.

 

Pacific Foods Introduces Ready-Made Sippable Bone Broths

bone brothThe more than seven out of 10 consumers who are looking to add more protein to their diets have a new, old option to consider – bone broth. Organic broth brand Pacific Foods is introducing a line of organic ready-made varieties, developed to increase accessibility to the traditional recipe, which takes up to 24 hours to make.

With high protein, low calories and a myriad of reported wellness benefits, it’s easy to see why health enthusiasts, Paleo diet practitioners and CrossFit-ers, have led the way in reviving the ancient – and time intensive – practice of making sippable bone broth from scratch.

“Our bone broth has more protein than a glass of milk, half the calories and a heck of a lot more flavor,” said Kevin Tisdale, Vice President of Marketing for Pacific Foods. “Now, consumers can simply pour, heat and enjoy in just minutes. 

Tradition Meets Innovation

Pacific’s organic bone broths are made by slowly simmering organic chicken and turkey bones, sourced from pasture-raised poultry, in a classic combination of apple cider vinegar, water, onion, fresh herbs and seasonings for a full 24 hours. The result is a broth that’s as rich in nutrition and flavor as homemade, with 9 grams of protein and only 40 calories per serving, and the additional benefits of being shelf-stable and available in convenient, resealable 32 and 8 ounce sizes. A glace-style organic bone stock is also available in chicken and turkey flavors, simmered for up to eight hours and boasting 14 grams of protein.

Sip by the Cup, Simmer and Sauté

Lightly seasoned with sea salt and fragrant herbs, consumers can warm and drink for a savory, protein-packed snack, or use in place of water when cooking grains and beans to add complex flavor and a boost of nutrition. The broths come in five distinct varieties:

  • Organic Chicken with Ginger, 8-ounce carton
  • Organic Chicken with Lemongrass, 8-ounce carton
  • Organic Chicken Original (Unsalted), 8-ounce and 32-ounce packages
  • Organic Turkey with Rosemary, Sage & Thyme, 8-ounce carton
  • Organic Turkey (Unsalted), 32-ounce carton

Both the 8 and 32 ounce bone broths are packaged in BPA-free aseptic cartons, and the 15.2 ounce bone stock is packed in BPA-free recart cartons. All are available nationwide at natural food stores and conventional grocers with sugggested retail pricing of $1.79 – $2.39, $4.89 – $5.89, and $4.59 – $5.59, respectively.

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