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Enjoy Life Foods Debuts Reformulated Protein Bites and Showcases Grain & Seed Bars

Enjoy Life Foods is relaunching its ProBurst Bites as Protein Bites with new flavors added to the line. Protein Bites boast an elevated taste and texture profile, but with the same great plant-based protein in each poppable bite that fans know and love. Debuting two new flavors, including Dark Raspberry and Dipped Banana, Protein Bites will also be available in familiar options like Sunseed™ Butter and Cinnamon Spice. The company is also expanding its range of free-from foods with new Grain & Seed Bars, the first bars to combine three types of the ancient grain sorghum in four enticing flavors: Chocolate Marshmallow, Banana Caramel, Maple Sweet Potato and Cranberry Orange.

“Part of what makes Enjoy Life special is our open line of communication with our community,” said Joel Warady, General Manager and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Enjoy Life Foods. “We knew from consumer feedback that there was an undeniable love for our original bites, but because we know how important flavor and texture are, we made the choice to give them the boost our consumers deserve. As a result, we’ve landed on four incredibly delicious recipes that raise the bar for protein bites everywhere.”

Enjoy Life’s chocolately, truffle-like Protein Bites are packed with six grams of plant-based protein and offer a burst to power through the day. Enclosed in a rich chocolate shell, each flavor is free from palm oil and 14 allergens, including wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, casein, soy, egg, sesame, sulfites, lupin, mustard, fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. Protein Bites are also certified gluten free, Non-GMO Project verified, vegan, halal and kosher. Available in spring 2018, Protein Bites will retail for $6.99 for
each resealable six-ounce bag. Like all Enjoy Life products, each bag carries a bright teal color designed to shed a positive spotlight on food allergies while creating a cohesive brand block on shelf.

Stonyfield Organic Launches Get Out the Vote Campaign at Natural Products Expo West

Stonyfield, a company which grew from humble beginnings as a small organic farming school in New Hampshire 35 years ago is celebrating the return of co-founder Gary Hirshberg in the newly-created role of Chief Organic Optimist. In his new role, Hirshberg will help accelerate Stonyfield’s long-standing mission of healthy people and a healthy planet through new products, partnerships, and initiatives that embody Stonyfield’s, and Hirshberg’s, innate activist spirit.

“Although we’ve never stopped working for healthy people and a healthy planet, everyone at Stonyfield agrees that the planet needs stronger voices now more than ever,” explained Hirshberg. “Of course, just the daily act of supporting over 1,400 organic family farmers stewarding millions of chemical-free acres and helping tens of millions to enjoy delicious organic foods is meaningful, but in today’s policy and political landscape, all of that is not enough. It doesn’t matter to our children how much organic yogurt we produce, if their air, soil and water are seeing increased chemical contamination, and climate change is causing massive damage to our communities and to agriculture.

Hirshberg is officially re-engaged at Stonyfield’s New Hampshire headquarters working closely with the team to further energize the company’s longstanding mission in big and bold ways. In coming months, the company will be announcing several initiatives to empower consumers to help protect the planet and the next generation of its inhabitants, including an ambitious public awareness campaign, Make Earth Cool Again, launched at Natural Products Expo West.

At Expo West, Stonyfield armed attendees with tools and resources to get out the vote for this year’s midterm elections, with the goal of encouraging consumers to vote for candidates who will help protect the environment. Expo attendees were encouraged to visit one of five onsite Stonyfield “voting” booths, where they could select a postage paid postcard to mail to friends and family across the country that will connect them to online educational resources about the environmental issues at stake – and where the candidates stand on them — this November. Stonyfield will also be encouraging attendees to pledge onsite to vote for candidates who will protect the environment and challenge recent Environmental Protection Agency decisions such as the announcement in late February that the Trump administration is dissolving the National Center for Environmental Research, which tests the effects of chemicals exposure on people, to roll its functions into a consolidated Office of Resource Management.

“I’m incredibly optimistic that Stonyfield can help lead the way in protecting more of our air, water and topsoils as well as animals and people from toxic persistent pesticides, herbicides, and other chemical inputs as well as climate changes that harm our children and the planet,” said Hirshberg. “The upcoming midterm elections are the best possible place for us to start making an immediate impact.”

“We’re thrilled to have Gary back to his activist role in the Stonyfield family,” says Esteve Torrens, Stonyfield President and CE-Yo. “Gary brings a spirit of activism and optimism that we can create a healthy world for our families today and generations to come, and he’s already harnessed that spirit for the Make Earth Cool Again campaign. Gary has long been a believer that business can be a force for change, and we look forward to having him help lead us on the journey ahead.”

Deliciously Authentic Flavor from Loma Linda Blue

There’s something about the concept of protein-rich food bowls that brings out the best in our appetites. A hearty, steaming hot bowl – whether a sunny Mediterranean pasta, a comforting American stew or a spicy Asian curry – promises abundant flavors, an inviting variety of textures and a nourishing, satisfying balance of complete vegetables, carbohydrates and proteins. Unfortunately, because food bowls are traditionally made with beef or chicken stock bases and almost always include meat, they’ve often been off-limits to vegetarians and vegans.

atlanticnatural fciOver the last decade, as national culinary tastes have become more adventurous and schedules have become more demanding, Atlantic Natural Foods has responded with its signature innovation and creativity. Its new Loma Linda® Blue line features shelf-stable, ready to heat-and-eat pouches of vegan-friendly international bowl-style meals, made with clean, plant protein, and 100 percent non-GMO ingredients from around the world.

These Loma Linda Blue pouches are not only deliciously satisfying, they’re microwaveable and ready to eat in just 60 seconds. (They can also be made on the stovetop – just boil the unopened pouch in water for five minutes – perfect for camping!) Available in ten varieties – everything from exotic Thai Curry and Tikka Masala to elegant Italian Bolognese and Mediterranean Tomato & Olive, to the down-home comfort of good old American Hearty Stew – each recipe is made with an irresistible, nourishing balance of pasta or grain and vegetables, tossed in an authentically seasoned, flavor-forward sauce, and topped off with a signature plant-based meat alternative protein as the star of the dish. Because they’re shelf-stable, they’re easy to keep on hand and even easier to take with you on-the-go. They’re perfect for everyone from busy families, hikers and college students to people looking for healthy, convenient and delicious meat-free lunches at the office.

Whether the diet they’re following is vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian, people are cutting back on meat for a myriad of reasons – from dietary and health considerations, to personal philosophy, to environmental and budgetary concerns. As more and more consumers look for healthy, deliciously satisfying and convenient vegan-friendly meals made with simple ingredients, Loma Linda is proud to be at the forefront of the plant-based food revolution.

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