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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.

Alpine Valley Bakery: Nutrition You Can Trust, Taste You Will Love

alpinevalley editphoto1At Alpine Valley Bakery, the secret to quality is to keep it simple: only use the best organic ingredients to make healthy and delicious products. The company stands by its promise to never use artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or preservatives. Its products are full of whole grains, are USDA organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. Made using only clean and simple ingredients, Alpine Valley Bakery products will deliver not only nutrition, but the delicious taste and soft texture your whole family will love.

Alpine Valley Bakery makes a full line of organic sliced breads, ranging from smooth and simply delicious Country White, sweet soft Raisin Cinna-Wheat, to grainy and crunchy Multi Grain with Omega-3 (its No. 1 seller), and even organic Hawaiian rolls. Even better: the company’s sliced breads are full of whole grains, omega-3s, and have less than 100 calories per slice.
In 1995, Alpine Valley opened its first bakery in Mesa, Arizona and soon captured a growing local market and loyal customers. Popularity grew and one year later, its products were being sold in grocery stores. Since that time, Alpine Valley has grown into a nationally distributed brand, sold in Costco, Sam’s Club, Kroger, Sprouts and many other stores throughout the country, and is a leading brand of high quality organic bakery products.

Albertsons Companies Appoints Jim Donald President and Chief Operating Officer

Albertsons Companies has appointed Jim Donald, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Starbucks, as its President and Chief Operating Officer of Albertsons Companies, effective immediately. Donald is an experienced retail operator with extensive knowledge of Albertsons Companies, having previously held senior leadership roles at both Albertson’s, Inc. and Safeway, Inc. Donald also served as a member of the board of directors of Rite Aid from 2008 to 2013.

As President and Chief Operating Officer, Donald will have responsibility for the operations of the retailers’ 2,300+ store portfolio and help with the acceleration of the company’s growing omnichannel platform. Following the close of the recently announced merger with Rite Aid, subject to customary regulatory approvals and approval by Rite Aid shareholders, Donald will continue in this role and work alongside the rest of the combined company’s leadership team. Donald replaces Wayne Denningham, who retired earlier this year. Susan Morris, who was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer in January 2018, will continue in her role.

“Jim Donald has built an exceptional career in retail. His knowledge of our company and industry is unmatched, and I know his contributions will be invaluable as we enter the next chapter of Albertsons Companies,” said Bob Miller, Albertsons Companies Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to tapping his expertise in leading large consumer brands as we work every day to meet our customers’ needs, both in-store and online.”

Most recently, Donald served as chief executive officer of Extended Stay America, a large U.S.-based hotel chain, from 2012 to 2015. From 2009 to 2011, Donald served as president and chief executive officer of food and pharmacy retailer Haggen, Inc. Prior to that, he spent six years at Starbucks, leading the company through a period of strong growth and performance, working his way up from president of its North America division to president and chief executive officer of Starbucks Corporation. Earlier in his career, Donald led Pathmark Stores, Inc. and held a variety of senior management positions with Albertson’s, Inc., Safeway, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Said Donald, “Having first worked at Albertsons 42 years ago, I have watched as an insider and from afar how their keen focus on customer service maintained a solid foundation for their team through the years. Their acquisitive nature combined with their recent innovation efforts and strong Own Brands portfolio have helped them to build an even stronger company today. I look forward to being a part of the team that takes this great company into the future and continues to serve the food, health, and wellness needs of today’s busy customers.”

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