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GOODPOP EXPANDS LINEUP WITH FIVE NEW DAIRY-FREE FLAVORS AND OPENS ONLINE STORE

CATEGORY LEADER CONTINUES DRIVING FROZEN TREAT INNOVATION WITH WHOLE PRODUCT LINE GOING DAIRY-FREE

 

Austin, Texas (April 12th, 2020) – GoodPop® Frozen Pops, leader in the natural frozen treat category, announces that its entire product portfolio is now dairy-free with the addition of five new flavors for 2020. The new Organic Push Pops join the ranks of GoodPop®’s collection of dairy-free and unique flavor combinations alongside two new pop flavors, Organic Strawberry Shortcake and Organic Coldbrew Latte.  GoodPop® is excited to add to its existing dairy-free and vegan flavors, such as recently-debuted Chocolate Fudge, Red, White & Blue, Cookies N’ Cream, Orange N’ Cream, Hibiscus Mint, Strawberry, Strawberry Lemonade Watermelon Agave, Coconut Lime and Organic Freezer Pops.

 

Remember those push pops from childhood? GoodPop® has cleaned up these nostalgic ice cream truck favorites with an ingredient update of organic coconut cream, fresh fruit and fruit juices.  GoodPop®’s Push Pops come in three delicious organic flavors: Creamy Orange, Creamy Strawberry and Creamy Lemonade.  They are the only push pops on the market that are Organic, Dairy-Free, Vegan and Gluten Free.  GoodPop®’s Push Pops contain no HFCs, no refined sugars, no sugar alcohol sweeteners and no GMOs.  At 80 calories and less than 10 grams of sugar, this guilt-free treat will take you back to your childhood.

 

GoodPop® has also added two new flavors to its stick novelties: Organic Strawberry Shortcake and Organic Coldbrew Latte.  Strawberry Shortcake is a delicious combination of organic coconut cream, gluten free cookies and strawberries.  GoodPop®’s paleo-friendly Coldbrew Latte is a bold, creamy combination of organic coconut cream, cold brewed coffee and coconut sugar. Both flavors are Fair Trade Certified, organic, dairy free, gluten free and contain no HFCs, no refined sugars, no sugar alcohol sweeteners and no GMOs.  At 100 calories or less and less than 10 grams of sugar, it is a delicious treat you can feel good about. 

 

“We are thrilled to offer three Push Pops and two new flavors in addition to our other Cleaned Up Classics that embody our mission and dedication to doing good, giving back and making people happy,” said Daniel Goetz, founder of GoodPop®.  “We’re also excited to offer everyone a chance to purchase our newest flavors and other Cleaned Up Classics on our online store at the end of April with flat rate shipping so that everyone has a chance to enjoy GoodPop® from the comforts of their own home.”

 

GoodPop®’s online store will be open on April 24th, 2020.  GoodPop® ships to all 48 states in the continental United States with $15 flat rate shipping. GoodPop® fans will be able to mix and match 8 of the GoodPop® flavors to customize their very own bundle.  For more information on the online shop, please visit https://shop.goodpops.com/. For more information on GoodPop®, please visit www.goodpops.com.

 

GoodPop® Frozen Pops are available for a suggested retail price of $4.99-$5.99 and can be found in natural and conventional retailers in 40+ states.  For a full list of retailers, please visit www.goodpops.com/store-locator.  GoodPop® Organic Freezer Pops are available for a suggested retail price of $9.99-10.99 and can be found in select stores and on Thrive Market, FreshDirect and Amazon.

 

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About GoodPop®

Since 2009, Austin-based GoodPop® Frozen Pops has been committed to using fresh, natural, organic, Non-GMO, rBST-free, real and wholesome ingredients.  GoodPop® is available in fifteen unique, on-trend flavors with mainstream appeal.  As the best performing emerging natural novelty brand, GoodPop® is certified B-Corp and dedicated to doing good, giving back and making people happy.  GoodPop® has both a strong awareness and authentic story that cannot be found anywhere else.  For more information on GoodPop® please visit www.goodpops.com.

Contact:   Roy Warren, Jr.

                 CEO/Gratitude Health Inc.

                 561-632-0995

                                                          

NOTED KETOGENIC RESEARCH SCIENTIST

DR. ERIC M. VERDIN

MEET & GREET –EXPO WEST – BOOTH M-804

--Gratitude Health, Inc. to Provide Samples of its KetoFuel Complete Meal RTDs--

WHO:             Dr. Eric M. Verdin will stop by the Gratitude booth to talk KetoFuel as it relates to healthy lifestyle choices. His scientific                                                 ketogenic research and guidance has been instrumental in helping to create Gratitude Health’s “KetoFuel”—a first-to-market “Complete                           Meal” RTD.

WHAT:           Created for the keto lifestyler, KetoFuel delivers scientifically balanced, high-quality nutrients that taste great, have no artificial flavors                             and completely satiate. KetoFuel’s lineup of Complete Meal flavors, first launching at Expo West, are Cocoa Chocolate, True Vanilla                               and Caffeinated Mocha.  All come in 16.9 oz, shelf-stable Tetra Pak® resealable containers.

WHEN:          Thursday March 5th, 2020 

WHERE:       Gratitude Health, Inc., Booth M-804

                        Natural Products Expo West

                        Marriott HOT PRODUCTS PAVILLION

About Gratitude Health, Inc.

Gratitude Health, Inc. is a beverage manufacturer and marketer providing great-tasting, functional drinks specifically intended to promote and support nutrition for healthy aging.  It’s lineup of RTD Dragon Well Green Teas deliver a beverage-industry leading 417-mgs of polyphenols per bottle and its new KetoFuel meal-replacement offerings deliver scientifically balanced healthy fats and proteins to fully support the ketogenic diet.    

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL (February 10, 2020) – Gratitude Health Inc, (“Gratitude”), a beverage industry brand developer, dedicated to promoting healthy nutrition through innovative functional drinks, announces its plans to launch KetoFuel, the world’s first Ready-to-Drink (RTD) line of ketogenic meal-replacement shakes.

Targeted for launch in the first quarter of 2020, the first drinks to rollout in the KetoFuel lineup will be Chocolate, Vanilla and Caffeinated Mocha in 16.9 oz, shelf-stable Tetra Pak® containers, which are re-sealable and have been consumer tested for ease of use.

Gratitude Health Inc has engaged a leading scientist with advanced studies into the ketogenic diet to create this proprietary and strategically balanced Fat-to-Protein-to-Carbohydrate formulation that fuels and supports the body’s ability to naturally burn fat for energy and maintain ketosis in current ketogenic dieters.

The ingredients for each of Gratitude Health’s KetoFuel shakes have been blended by the world’s largest flavor company to create three creamy, great tasting, satiating flavors for the on-the-go keto lifestyler who wants convenience and demands assurance that this meal replacement will fully support their dietary choices.

“We wholeheartedly believe in the vast health benefits of nutritional ketosis,” said Roy Warren Jr., CEO of KetoFuel. “With our scientifically formulated meal replacement drinks, we make adhering to a ketogenic diet and lifestyle choice convenient without sacrificing taste or nutritional efficacy.” 

Mr Warren continued: “Cancer cells feed on sugar and carbs for energy. When we replace our carb intake with healthy fats and protein, the body will produce ketones and burn fat for energy. We’ll not only lose weight but, most importantly, have a tool to defend against cancer cell growth.”

Published research from such well-respected universities as The University of California, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale and Boston College, to name a few, highlight the benefits of a ketogenic lifestyle.

“We’re not trying to latch onto a diet craze,” said Andy Schamisso, president and COO of Gratitude Health, Inc., “We believe Keto to be a lifestyle choice than a diet. We have a pick-me-up caffeinated Mocha flavor for those ‘out-the door’ mornings and chocolate and vanilla flavors to satisfy those daily hunger pangs when one just wants something that tastes great and does its job.”

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About KetoFuel:

KetoFuel is the ultimate meal replacement drink and is created to deliver healthy nutrition for all. Each “Complete Meal” delivers proper macro and micro nutrients in a scientifically developed balance of healthy fat, protein and carb ratios. KetoFuel comes in 16.9 oz, shelf-stable Tetra Pak Prisma containers and will be sold across multiple beverage channels.

About Gratitude Health, Inc.:

Gratitude Health, Inc. is a beverage manufacturer and marketer providing great-tasting, organic, functional drink offerings specifically intended to promote and support nutrition for healthy aging.  It’s lineup of RTD Dragon Well Green Teas deliver a beverage-industry leading 417-mgs of polyphenols per bottle and its new keto-friendly “Complete Meal” drinks deliver perfectly balanced healthy fats and proteins intended to fully support the ketogenic diet. 

Gratitude Health, Inc. is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and New York, New York. The Company was founded in 2017 by the late Roy G. Warren, a 20-year leader in the beverage sector. Roy was a motivated cancer survivor and determined to forward options addressing metabolic health. Gratitude was co-founded by President Andrew Schamisso, a 15-year beverage veteran, best known for bringing to market America’s first RTD white tea, Inko’s White Tea, which he sold in 2014.

Distributors and retailers interested in carrying Gratitude Health can contact Andy Schamisso at 561-227-2727 or via email at Andy@OrganicGratitude.com- KetoFuel Shakes Fully Support the Ketogenic Lifestyle-

Palm Beach Gardens, FL (February 10, 2020) – Gratitude Health Inc, (“Gratitude”), a beverage industry brand developer, dedicated to promoting healthy nutrition through innovative functional drinks, announces its plans to launch KetoFuel, the world’s first Ready-to-Drink (RTD) line of ketogenic meal-replacement shakes.

Targeted for launch in the first quarter of 2020, the first drinks to rollout in the KetoFuel lineup will be Chocolate, Vanilla and Caffeinated Mocha in 16.9 oz, shelf-stable Tetra Pak® containers, which are re-sealable and have been consumer tested for ease of use.

Gratitude Health Inc has engaged a leading scientist with advanced studies into the ketogenic diet to create this proprietary and strategically balanced Fat-to-Protein-to-Carbohydrate formulation that fuels and supports the body’s ability to naturally burn fat for energy and maintain ketosis in current ketogenic dieters.

The ingredients for each of Gratitude Health’s KetoFuel shakes have been blended by the world’s largest flavor company to create three creamy, great tasting, satiating flavors for the on-the-go keto lifestyler who wants convenience and demands assurance that this meal replacement will fully support their dietary choices.

“We wholeheartedly believe in the vast health benefits of nutritional ketosis,” said Roy Warren Jr., CEO of KetoFuel. “With our scientifically formulated meal replacement drinks, we make adhering to a ketogenic diet and lifestyle choice convenient without sacrificing taste or nutritional efficacy.” 

Mr Warren continued: “Cancer cells feed on sugar and carbs for energy. When we replace our carb intake with healthy fats and protein, the body will produce ketones and burn fat for energy. We’ll not only lose weight but, most importantly, have a tool to defend against cancer cell growth.”

Published research from such well-respected universities as The University of California, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale and Boston College, to name a few, highlight the benefits of a ketogenic lifestyle.

“We’re not trying to latch onto a diet craze,” said Andy Schamisso, president and COO of Gratitude Health, Inc., “We believe Keto to be a lifestyle choice than a diet. We have a pick-me-up caffeinated Mocha flavor for those ‘out-the door’ mornings and chocolate and vanilla flavors to satisfy those daily hunger pangs when one just wants something that tastes great and does its job.”

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About KetoFuel:

KetoFuel is the ultimate meal replacement drink and is created to deliver healthy nutrition for all. Each “Complete Meal” delivers proper macro and micro nutrients in a scientifically developed balance of healthy fat, protein and carb ratios. KetoFuel comes in 16.9 oz, shelf-stable Tetra Pak Prisma containers and will be sold across multiple beverage channels.

About Gratitude Health, Inc.:

Gratitude Health, Inc. is a beverage manufacturer and marketer providing great-tasting, organic, functional drink offerings specifically intended to promote and support nutrition for healthy aging.  It’s lineup of RTD Dragon Well Green Teas deliver a beverage-industry leading 417-mgs of polyphenols per bottle and its new keto-friendly “Complete Meal” drinks deliver perfectly balanced healthy fats and proteins intended to fully support the ketogenic diet. 

Gratitude Health, Inc. is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and New York, New York. The Company was founded in 2017 by the late Roy G. Warren, a 20-year leader in the beverage sector. Roy was a motivated cancer survivor and determined to forward options addressing metabolic health. Gratitude was co-founded by President Andrew Schamisso, a 15-year beverage veteran, best known for bringing to market America’s first RTD white tea, Inko’s White Tea, which he sold in 2014.

Distributors and retailers interested in carrying Gratitude Health can contact Andy Schamisso at 561-227-2727 or via email at Andy@OrganicGratitude.com

Greenjoy Impacts Local Schools and their Community by Taking Their Mission on the Move

BLUFFTON, South Carolina, March 31, 2020

Advocating for healthy eating in schools and promoting an active lifestyle in their community is a central focus for natural foods company, Greenjoy. Known for its vibrant, healthy Salad Dressings and Salad Mixes as well as their culinary creativity, the brand is focused on doing well and doing good in their community simultaneously.

Founded out of Bluffton, South Carolina the company and its founder and CEO, Jenny Cawthon, are keen about promoting wellness and health in all areas of the community and abroad. In their recent partnership with Beaufort Academy, Greenjoy donated over $2,000 worth of product to their athletic program and Chilly Bean 5k and 10k races.

“I was fortunate to learn at an early age about the relationship between good, wholesome foods and how that impacts our bodies,” said Cawthon. “I want all kids to make that connection and have access to food that fuels their active lifestyles. Being a mission-driven company is foundational for Greenjoy, and it influences the decisions that my team and I make every day. We are always looking for opportunities to contribute healthy snacks to organizations within our community AND abroad and believe that giving back is an investment in our future”

Greenjoy has also partnered with Backpack Buddies in the past, a grassroots, all-volunteer program dedicated to helping alleviate chronic hunger in school children in Bluffton and Hardeeville. They have plans to build a long-term partnership with both Backpack Buddies and other local schools in South Carolina’s Low Country.

Greenjoy is gaining national traction and brand awareness and in 2019, grew its distribution by 800% with chain-wide launches into Hannaford, Wegmans, and Publix. This distribution growth and retailer interest continues to fuel Greenjoy’s mission-driven initiatives proving that companies can be socially responsible and successful!

Recently announced, Greenjoy is also expanding its partnership with Whole Foods Market! Coming April 2020, the brand will now sell its Superfood Salad Dressings in the Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions of Whole Foods. The company is in discussions with additional natural and traditional retailers for continued national expansion this year.

“As we grow the brand nationally, it’s our goal to expand our mission in communities around the country,” Cawthon continued. “We plan to build out similar partnerships as we grow and continue to take our Mission on the Move.”

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About Greenjoy

At Greenjoy, our mission is making veggies irresistible! We believe you should love what you eat, and that healthy food can and should be delicious. We brighten salads with our award-winning dressings and crunchy superfood mixers and soon offer greens-to-go with our revolutionary pressed salad bar. It’s a salad that fits in your pocket!

About GREENJOY’S SUPERFOOD SALAD DRESSINGS

Awaken your inner foodie with our award-winning selection of Superfood Salad Dressings. These delightfully refreshing flavor combinations are sure to make your salads pop. Plus, they can serve as a delicious ready-to-use marinade or dip — the perfect complement to any healthy dish you serve your family or friends. Try our superfood dressings and discover how to take your veggies to the next level and live your best healthy life.

Available in ten delicious flavors: Orange Poppy Seed, Savory Pumpkin Seed, Turmeric Maple, Blackberry, Tableside Caesar, Ginger Almond, Parmesan Balsamic, Pomegranate Balsamic, Sesame Ginger, Tomato Blue Cheese. These dressings have clean labels, no preservatives, no emulsifiers, no gums, and use only the freshest, most vibrant ingredients.

About GREENJOY’S SUPERFOOD SALAD MIXES

Take any dish up a notch with our seriously delicious, seriously nutritious, Superfood Mixes. These plant-based, grain-free mixes are the perfect topping for your latest salad creation or try them on avocado toast, smoothie bowls, or straight-outta-the bag. This innovative blend is a sure-fire way to add nutrition and feel good about what you eat (or just impress your guests with its magical flavor).

Available in three delicious flavors: Classic Garlic, Cinnamon Coconut, and Spicy Rosemary. These mixes are gluten-free, plant-based, low in sodium, added sugar, and cholesterol.

Greenjoy Launches New Algae Oil Dressings, Expands Distribution into Wegmans and Whole Foods Market.

BLUFFTON, South Carolina, March 31, 2020

Greenjoy, known for Making Veggies Irresistible, continues to reshape the salad dressing category with its new line of Algae Oil Dressings. Algae oil is packed with high levels of monosaturated fat and omega-3 fatty acids, the good stuff, which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and aids in strengthening gut health.

Each new dressing has a delicious flavor profile, with no added sugar or emulsifiers/gums. Available in three tantalizing varieties – Turmeric Maple, Orange Poppy Seed, and Savory Pumpkin Seed, each foodie can have their own flavor!

These superfood dressings are a flavor blast to any salad and also add the perfect kick to any marinade or sandwich. Algae oil is a fantastic companion in the kitchen, offering a high smoke point, for ease in roasting, sautéing, or grilling almost anything!

Originally started in 2012 out of Founder/CEO Jenny Cawthon’s kitchen, Greenjoy has been growing rapidly ever since. The brand now features 16 products covering three categories and is excited to launch these new innovative salad dressings with Wegmans and Whole Foods in Spring 2020. Customers are already raving about the flavors and innovative, nutrition-dense ingredients.

“At Greenjoy, we’re passionate about bringing innovative, diverse flavors with transformative ingredients to as many people as possible. We are bringing joy and ease to eating vegetables,” said Cawthon. “This vision guides us every day and informs our strategic and retailer partnerships. We’re honored to partner with these fantastic retailers to bring our new products to the market and really admire the way they conduct business. Working with partners that are equally passionate about providing healthful products is a dream.”

Growing its distribution by 800% in 2019, Greenjoy anticipates substantial increases again in 2020. Key contributors in growth stem from the addition of experienced advisors, key team members, and strategic partnerships. The company is in discussions with more natural and traditional retailers for continued national expansion in 2020.

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About Greenjoy

At Greenjoy, our mission is making veggies irresistible! We believe you should love what you eat, and that healthy food can and should be delicious. We brighten salads with our award-winning dressings and crunchy superfood mixers and soon offer greens-to-go with our revolutionary pressed salad bar. It’s a salad that fits in your pocket!

Greenjoy’s Salad Dressings

Awaken your inner foodie with our award-winning selection of Superfood Salad Dressings. These delightfully refreshing flavor combinations are sure to make your salads pop. Plus, they can serve as a delicious ready-to-use marinade or dip — the perfect complement to any healthy dish and easily available to serve your family or friends. Try our superfood dressings and discover how to take veggies to the next level and live your best, healthy life.

About GREENJOY’S TURMERIC MAPLE SUPERFOOD DRESSING

Charm your taste buds with our Turmeric Maple Superfood Dressing – the perfect balance of maple, spice and all things nice! And, by nice we mean superfood powerhouses like curcumin loaded turmeric, omega-9 oil and omega-3 rich culinary algae oil.

About GREENJOY’S POPPY SEED SUPERFOOD DRESSING

The fresh citrus flavor of our Orange Poppy Seed Superfood Dressing adds zing as a dressing and zip as a marinade. This light, bright delight is bursting with true superfood benefits from Omega-3 rich culinary algae oil.

About GREENJOY’S PUMPKIN SEED SUPERFOOD DRESSING

Toasty pumpkin seeds, citrus and a drizzle of maple come together with Omega-3 rich culinary algae oil in our Savory Pumpkin Seed Superfood Vinaigrette to dazzle salads, pump up proteins and bring out the superfoodie in all of us.

Chikaraka launches the first egg-based, dairy-free yogurt (# 8611)
by: Handsome Brook Farm - Pasture Raised Eggs (#8611)

 

Chikaraka launches the first egg-based, dairy-free yogurt 

NEXTY finalist Chikaraka first ever preview at Expo West, launches in stores Summer 2020

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Booth #: 8611

Chikaraka photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/aekobkuj6pr1o7n/AACVW4rGdt5On9EEDV7Kl57Na?dl=0

Handsome Brook Farms carton: https://www.dropbox.com/s/c5r50d4650b16bi/HBF_12Pack_closed.jpg?dl=0

 

(New York, NY) Chikaraka, launching in Summer 2020, is the first ever dairy-free yogurt to be based on organic pasture raised eggs. By using this humane, sustainable high quality protein, Chikaraka is able to deliver unparalleled taste and nutrition in a dairy-free yogurt category dominated by nuts, coconuts and oats. 

 

Unlike current dairy free alternatives, Chikaraka does not have to rely on excessive starches, gums and stabilizers to deliver a thick creamy yogurt because it harnesses the power of Handsome Brook Farms’ organic pasture raised eggs. These eggs also deliver more than 10 grams of quality protein per serving, with 6 grams or less of added sugars. Using eggs also delivers essential omega-3s, and brain-fueling choline, iron and vitamin D.

 

Chikaraka’s clean, fully organic ingredient list includes coconut cream, ripe banana, fresh pureed berries, and hints of lemon and vanilla. The result is a mildly sweet, pleasantly-tart, rich and creamy yogurt that is packed with flavor and nourishment. Expo West attendees will be the first to try the original, lime, strawberry and mixed berry flavors, four of the six launch flavors (the others being lemon and raspberry) in Chickaraka’s egg-based product innovation series. All eggs are sourced from Chickaraka’s parent company, Handsome Brook Farms, and its 75 sustainable and humane partner farms in the U.S.

 

“Pasture-raised, organic egg production supports regenerative agriculture, animal welfare, healthy small farmer relationships, and better tasting eggs. We’re excited to lead innovation in the egg category with eggs that meet the only standards that really matter - both organic and pasture raised,” says Jordan Czeizler, Handsome Brook Farms President. “Chikaraka will both surprise you and become a go-to in your refrigerator, fueling your day and innovating in a rapidly growing category.” 

 

Chikaraka launches on the heels of a new carton design from Handsome Brook Farms, poised to roll out on grocery shelves in Spring 2020. The packaging nods to Handsome Brook Farms’ belief that the future of animal and land husbandry is bright, with the vibrant colors reflective of the green pastures, blue skies, and bright yellow sunshine of a new tomorrow. The palette and visual messaging are meant to communicate the small choices that lead to big changes for our future. The brand continues to coin “Handsome” as a descriptor of both their generous care for their hens and the positive impact of their practices. 

 

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Handsome Brook Farms is a pioneer in pasture-raised organic egg production, the most ethical and sustainable way to produce eggs. Founded in upstate New York with five hens, Handsome Brook has grown into the largest producer of organic pasture-raised eggs in the country, with more than 75 partner farms in 10 states. The company is committed to building a better food system that benefits our hens, farmers, planet, and consumers. Learn more at http://www.handsomebrookfarm.com

delicious living magazine announces 2020 Beauty & Body Award Winners
by: Healthy Energy Amazing Life/ Harmony’s Ear Candles (#3319)

PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release

Contact: Doc Harmony

Healthy Energy Amazing Life, LLC aka H.E.A.L.

877-570-4448

solutions@healthyenergyamazinglife.com

delicious living magazine announces 2020 Beauty & Body Award Winners

CARROLLTON, GA (February 2, 2020) — delicious living magazine, a trusted health and wellness resource for more than 34 years, announced the winners of its 10th annual Beauty & Body Awards today. delicious living initiated these awards to educate consumers on how to make trusted beauty and body-care purchases in a market increasingly saturated with new products and wellness claims.

“It has been incredible to see all the wonderful beauty and body-care products on the market that are clean and sustainable and that have a unique mission and story to tell,” said Kristina Hall, editor-in-chief of delicious living.

Healthy Energy Amazing Life, LLC / H.E.A.L is proud to be the recipient of 2 awards:

Retailer Choice

  • Best New Product:

Gold: H.E.A.L. ŐSIMAGNESIUM Night Time Body Lotion

And

Consumer Choice

  • Best New Product:

Gold: H.E.A.L. ŐSIMAGNESIUM Night Time Body Lotion

Magnesium is an important mineral for a healthy lifestyle and an active life. Regrettably, most people do not typically receive the amount of magnesium that their bodies need.  When one is deficient in magnesium, they can have a variety of symptoms like muscle cramps and muscle pain, insomnia, hypertension, hormone imbalances, low energy and/or fatigue, and, even osteoporosis. 

Melatonin is equally as important and not just for sleep.  Melatonin has been known to play a role in protecting against viral and bacterial infections, preventing cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, reducing oxidative stress and inflammation and slows aging, preventing neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, improving menopause therapy, protecting against ionizing radiation, preventing macular degeneration, and preventing and treating cancer.  

H.E.A.L. is pleased to have ŐSIMAGNESIUM Good Night Body Lotion with Melatonin and OptiMSM selected by consumers and retailers alike as the Best New Product for 2020.  Using magnesium, melatonin and OptiMSM topically is the most efficient and effective method to meet your daily needs. 

ŐSIMAGNESIUM is:

  • Scientifically Proven
  • 100% Natural
  • Cruelty Free
  • Silicone Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Optimal Transdermal Absorption
  • Extracted from the Untouched 250 Million Years Old Zechstein Sea

ŐSIMAGNESIUM Good Night Body lotion contains ŐSIMAGNESIUM Oil, melatonin, OptiMSM, shea butter and sweet almond oil. Dosage: 1tsp contains 130 mg elemental magnesium, 1.5 mg melatonin and 650 mg OptiMSM.

About Healthy Energy Amazing Life, LLC, www.healthyenergyamazinglife.com:  we are the exclusive distributor of OSIMagnesium products, Harmony’s Ear Candles, Harmony’s Essential Oils, BodyTox Lavender Patches, handcrafted plantain creams, Harmony’s Mullein Ear Oil, Sovereign Silver plus more great and fantastic products.  Our promise to you is providing education and products to help support your Healthy Energy so that you can have an Amazing Life!

FARGO, ND (April 21, 2020).  Healthy Food Ingredients (HFI) announced its new product Suntava® Purple Soft Chews + THC-free hemp cannabinoid broad spectrum distillate, available for private label or white label packing.  

The soft chews are produced using a patented, cold-press technology, rather than utilizing heat which can easily damage sensitive ingredients. Also, uncooked or cold-processed soft chews are less chewy and do not stick to your teeth.

“Our chews bring a unique offering to store shelves and websites which stand out amongst gummies, tinctures and soft gels,” notes Terry Howell, Suntava Purple Corn™ expert for Healthy Food Ingredients. “Not only does our cold-press process set our chews apart from other products on the market, we are excited to offer this product incorporating THC-free hemp cannabinoid broad spectrum distillate,” adds Howell.

Each Suntava Purple Soft Chew delivers 500 mg of purple corn extract powder providing 7.5 mg of anthocyanins along with 11.8 mg of THC-free hemp cannabinoid broad spectrum distillate for 10 mg of naturally occurring phytocannabinoids.

HFI’s soft chews contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and are offered in a natural blueberry flavor with additional options including turmeric and melatonin.

Each chew is individually wrapped for on-the-go convenience and available in bulk, pouches or cannisters. “I’m thrilled to bring this new on-trend product to the industry and offer samples so our customers can experience the chews first-hand,” notes Howell.

To learn more about Suntava’s power of purple, download the white paper here.

FARGO, ND (February 26, 2020).  At the upcoming Natural Products Expo West show held in Anaheim, CA, March 5-7, 2020, Healthy Food Ingredients will be encouraging manufacturers to partner with HFI to tell their story and connecting show attendees to the farm.

“Our customers have their own stories to tell and share what they’re passionate about, whether that’s regenerative agriculture, sustainability, certified transitional production or connecting with the growers producing the ingredients that go into their finished products,” notes Jay Johnson, HFI Chief Operating Officer.

HFI supports the sustainable agriculture movement by partnering with a multi-national customer on a project in which HFI is the first North American commercial processor of the perennial grain, Kernza®.   “This partnership has allowed our customer to tell the story of Kernza and its regenerative properties including a reduced carbon footprint,” says Johnson.

Another one of HFI’s customers, an up-and-coming organic and all-natural food manufacturer, was introduced to the farming family who grows organic black beans used in the manufacturer’s finished products. Johnson notes, “this manufacturer wanted to share their connection to the grower with their consumers and we were excited to be able to foster that relationship.”

HFI was the first ingredient supplier and processor to become certified transitional in support of its well-known customer, a maker of whole grain cereals and other plant-based foods, who is passionate about promoting and increasing the number of certified organic acres with domestic growers.

“Partnering with our customers in this way really brings to life our mission of connecting farmers to the foods that nourish and sustain our lives. Indeed, we are making healthier happen,” comments Johnson.

Johnson adds, “we look forward to starting the conversation at Expo West and talking to manufacturers about their passion and how we can create partnerships to tell their story.”

In HFI’s booth there will be live crops growing in soil including harvested grains and pulses people can touch to connect to the farm. Attendees can pick up planting seed packets to plant their own “seeds of sustainability.”

HFI will be exhibiting at Natural Products Expo West in booth #1813.

About Healthy Food Ingredients (HFI)

Healthy Food Ingredients is a growing family of global specialty ingredient brands, which includes SK Food International, Hesco/Dakota Organic Products, Suntava, and Heartland Flax. Combined, HFI offers non-GMO, organic, certified transitional, gluten-free, and identity preserved pulses, soybeans, grains, seeds, flax, expeller oils, and signature product Suntava Purple Corn™. HFI’s latest innovation, IntegriPure®, is its microbial reduction solution that means industry-leading validation for a 5-log reduction providing food safety, naturally.

Learn more at HFIfamily.com

HFI is supported by Horizon Holdings, LLC, a San Francisco-based private investment firm with a significant track record in successfully building private and public companies.

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HEALTHY FOOD INGREDIENTS LAUNCHES HFI MARKETPLACE
by: Healthy Food Ingredients (#1813)

FARGO, ND (April 23, 2019).  Healthy Food Ingredients has launched HFI Marketplace in support of local business, small-to-medium companies and entrepreneurs.

HFI Marketplace offers wholesale quantities, beginning with single units up to 4,000 lbs, from a select line of its safe, premium quality ingredients which include HFI’s signature product, Suntava Purple Corn™, as well as non-GMO expeller pressed corn oil, flax ingredients, pulses and ancient grains.

“We are pleased to provide our non-GMO and organic specialty ingredients to start-up companies, product developers, R&D professionals, etc. in need of lower volumes,” explains Jennifer Tesch, HFI Chief Marketing Officer.

Tesch goes on to explain HFI Marketplace grew out of demand for volumes less than HFI’s typical minimum order quantities of 4,000 lbs. “HFI Marketplace is an extension of our sustainability program, which to us means ‘good for business, good for people and good for the land.’ In addition, HFI Marketplace allows us to support new industry channels including chefs, restaurants, institutions and universities,” comments Tesch.

Many of the ingredients that HFI offers through Marketplace are under its IntegriPure® brand. IntegriPure is HFI’s microbial reduction solution that means industry-leading validation for a 5-log reduction providing food safety assurance, naturally.

As an innovative solutions provider, HFI continues to provide guidance and expertise that the industry relies upon. HFI Marketplace is the ease of e-commerce supported by Pam Olson as HFI’s Marketplace Coordinator.

“We look forward to growing HFI Marketplace with additional offerings as we have demand for our specialty ingredients,” adds Tesch.

Orders may be placed directly through https://hfimarketplace.com/.

About Healthy Food Ingredients (HFI)

Healthy Food Ingredients is a growing family of global specialty ingredient brands, which includes SK Food International, Hesco/Dakota Organic Products, Suntava, and Heartland Flax. Combined, HFI offers non-GMO, organic, certified transitional, gluten-free, and identity preserved pulses, soybeans, grains, seeds, flax, expeller oils, and signature product Suntava Purple Corn™. HFI’s latest innovation, IntegriPure®, is its microbial reduction solution that means industry-leading validation for a 5-log reduction providing food safety, naturally.

Learn more at HFIfamily.com

HFI is supported by Horizon Holdings, LLC, a San Francisco-based private investment firm with a significant track record in successfully building private and public companies.

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HEALTHY FOOD INGREDIENTS LAUNCHES SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM
by: Healthy Food Ingredients (#1813)

FARGO, ND (November 8, 2018).  Healthy Food Ingredients (HFI) is planting “seeds of sustainability” with the launch of its sustainability program.

Touting “good for business, good for people and good for the land,” HFI’s sustainability program draws on its belief in stewardship to accomplish its vision of nourishing lives with healthy ingredients.

Laura Grinde, HFI’s sustainability coordinator, explains “good for business” includes support of and annual reporting to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). “We are Sedex members and have committed to conducting a SMETA audit in each of our facilities by 2020, with two of our four facilities already having completed the audit.”

“’Good for people,’ means we are empowering our HFI family members to pursue their passions and commit to their own health and well-being. We are giving back to the communities in which we live and work through volunteerism and charitable giving.” HFI also recently earned an infant-friendly business designation which supports breastfeeding mothers in the workplace.

Grinde adds, “we’ve implemented office and production facility recycling initiatives which have reduced landfill volumes by more than 20% in our first year,” noting what HFI’s considers “good for the land” through its sustainability program.

HFI has been a key player in working with farmers to transition acres to organic certification and was the first ingredient supplier and processor to become Certified Transitional. HFI has contracted more than 7,000 acres over the past four years for transition to organic.

In addition, HFI has been supportive of the regenerative agriculture movement in its commitment to creating synergies between its growers and customers to help promote and achieve the goals their customers are passionate about.

Grinde comments, “we hold a genuine passion to live up to our name, Healthy Food Ingredients, in everything we do. That passion starts with our growers and continues through our HFI family members to our customers. We are continually looking for ways we can expand our sustainability program through partnerships with our employees, growers, suppliers, customers and our communities.”

Learn more about HFI’s sustainability program at https://www.HFIfamily.com/our-stewardship/sustainability.

About Healthy Food Ingredients (HFI)

Healthy Food Ingredients is a growing family of global specialty ingredient brands, which includes SK Food International, Hesco/Dakota Organic Products, Suntava, and Heartland Flax. Combined, HFI offers non-GMO, organic, certified transitional, gluten-free, and identity preserved pulses, soybeans, grains, seeds, flax, expeller oils, and signature product Suntava Purple Corn®. HFI’s latest innovation, IntegriPure®, is its microbial reduction solution that means industry-leading validation for a 5-log reduction providing food safety, naturally.

Learn more at www.HFIfamily.com

HFI is supported by Horizon Holdings, LLC, a San Francisco-based private investment firm with a significant track record in successfully building private and public companies.

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FARGO, ND (February 1, 2018). Healthy Food Ingredients (HFI) announces the addition of two newly-validated  ingredients, buckwheat and amaranth, to its IntegriPure line. HFI also published a white paper illustrating the technical support behind IntegriPure, its chemical-free microbial reduction process (MRP) solution.

“The IntegriPure brand is a value-added service which means industry-leading validation for a 5-log reduction providing food safety assurance, naturally,” says Joni Huffman, VP of Business Development. “We are protecting our customers’ brand promise with our sustainable, vertically-integrated supply chain, IntegriPure micro-reduction process and our retail packing capabilities.” 

IntegriPure was launched last June at the IFT Food Expo in Las Vegas. To download the white paper, visit  https://www.HFIfamily.com/IntegriPure.

About Healthy Food Ingredients (HFI) HFI is a growing family of global specialty ingredient brands, which include SK Food International, Hesco/Dakota Organic Products, Suntava and Heartland Flax. Combined, HFI offers non-GMO, organic, certified transitional, gluten-free, and identity preserved pulses, soybeans, grains, seeds, flax, expeller oils, and signature product Suntava Purple Corn®. The company is dedicated to delivering safe, healthy, premium-quality ingredients and supply assurance in partnership with a diverse grower network. 

Learn more at www.HFIfamily.com.  

HFI is supported by Horizon Holdings, LLC, a San Francisco-based private investment firm with a significant track record in successfully building private and public companies.

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FARGO, ND (October 1, 2019).  Healthy Food Ingredients (HFI) announced an addition to its line of Suntava Purple Corn™ ingredients with the launch of its extract powder.

HFI first debuted the new ingredient at the recent International Baking Industry Expo (IBIE) held in Las Vegas. The extract powder was showcased in marshmallows as part of HFI’s camp theme at the show in which show attendees could roast their own naturally-purple-colored mallow to enjoy a s’more which also featured a graham cracker and chocolate bar made with other HFI ingredients.

The extract powder gained traction within the baking industry with the newly-launched ingredient being an excellent fit as a natural color option for many clean-label applications including snack foods and beverages.

In addition, with the powder’s high levels of retained anthocyanins, HFI will be promoting its newest Suntava Purple Corn ingredient to the supplement and nutraceutical industry at the upcoming SupplySide West show taking place in Las Vegas next month.

“We are excited to add the extract powder to our current offering of innovative Suntava Purple Corn ingredients which also includes flour, meal, grits and more,” comments Terry Howell, Suntava Purple Corn ingredient expert. “The extract powder is clean label and a great alternative to synthetic colors for a wide variety of applications,” adds Howell, “the extract powder retains a high level of anthocyanins, making it a functional ingredient whether the application is for baking or snack food or the nutraceutical and supplement industry.”

According to HFI, a 1 oz. serving of Suntava Purple Corn can more than double the current daily intake of health promoting anthocyanins. And ounce for ounce, it has more antioxidant power than blueberries, acai berries and pomegranate juice.

Packed in a 10-kg bag-in-a-box, Suntava Purple Corn extract powder is available as non-GMO and certified organic.

In support of small-to-medium businesses, product developers and R&D professionals, HFI also offers the extract powder through HFI Marketplace. Through HFI Marketplace HFI offer’s wholesale quantities of a select offering of its ingredient portfolio via e-commerce. Suntava Purple Corn extract powder is available through HFI Marketplace in 1-kg bags.

About Healthy Food Ingredients (HFI)

Healthy Food Ingredients is a growing family of global specialty ingredient brands, which includes SK Food International, Hesco/Dakota Organic Products, Suntava, and Heartland Flax. Combined, HFI offers non-GMO, organic, certified transitional, gluten-free, and identity preserved pulses, soybeans, grains, seeds, flax, expeller oils, and signature product Suntava Purple Corn™. HFI’s latest innovation, IntegriPure®, is its microbial reduction solution that means industry-leading validation for a 5-log reduction providing food safety, naturally.

Learn more at www.HFIfamily.com

HFI is supported by Horizon Holdings, LLC, a San Francisco-based private investment firm with a significant track record in successfully building private and public companies.

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ANAHEIM, CA (3/3/2020)— Highwave invented the AutoDogMug® Original in 2014, and now has new leak-tight collection of the product. The AutoDogMug® Leak-Tight is a one-handed dog hydration system. Squeeze and water fills the bowl for your dog to drink, release and the excess water drains back into the bottle, not wasting a drop. This improved version has these features, comes in 3 different sizes, and has a leak-tight seal so when storing, water can’t be accidentally be squeezed out.

 The 44oz version comes in 4 colors, the 22oz version comes in 6 colors, & the 15oz version comes in 2 colors. Each comes with a carabiner to attach to a backpack, leash, or belt loop. All versions of the AutoDogMug® Leak-Tight are perfect for giving your dog water in the car or on the go and the bottle even fits in your car cupholder.

Highwave’s mission for 35+ years has been to help humans live in harmony with our planet. The engineers at Highwave are constantly inventing reusable products that make our lives a little bit easier. Everything from our travel mugs for humans, to our travel mugs for dogs has been designed to respect the Earth and its natural resources.  

For further information contact, Chelsea Holman at chelsea@highwave.com or 805-981-1773. Come visit us at The Natural Product Expo. Booth #N2318.

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Hippie Snacks is all in for Expo West!
by: Hippie Snacks (#N1430)

Hippie Snacks will still be attending and exhibiting at Expo West this week in Anaheim, CA. The company has been monitoring the conversations and concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) closely. Despite the news and 40-60 per cent expected decrease in attendance, Hippie Snacks will still be exhibiting in the North Hall and looks forward to making the best of what will be a truly interesting show. The company is launching four new items – Almond Crisps and a new plant-based Cheeze Cauliflower Crisp - at the show and looks forward connecting with other brands, retailers, media and attendees who will be there.

“It was a difficult decision to make given the health concerns and number of retailers and brands who have decided not to attend. We didn’t take the decision lightly and have made it optional for our team to come, with no questions asked,” notes Ian Walker, founder and President of Hippie Snacks. “It will be like Expo West circa 1996, my first show. We’re bringing games for empty booth spaces around us and will be there in true Expo spirits, celebrating and connecting with our industry peers.”

Hippie Snacks invites retailers, media, exhibitors, and all other attendees to come by the booth in the North Hall #N1430 to try their brand new products and Snack au Naturel. Minimally processed, made from simple real food ingredients, Hippie Snacks have nothing to hide.

The ever popular Hippie Snacks Cauliflower Crisps & Avocado Crisps helped the brand become the fastest growing better for you snack brand at one of the leading national natural food retailers*. Building off of this success, the company is thrilled to launch brand new Almond Crisps and a new Cauliflower Crisp flavor at Expo West. The Almond Crisps are available in three delicious flavors – Sea Salt, Rosemary, and Cheezy Chive – and all have real almonds as the first ingredient. The Cheeze Cauliflower Crisps also use real cauliflower as the first ingredient have an unparalleled plant-based cheese flavor that have left people asking if it’s really dairy-free. It sure is!

Please reach out to Hippie Snacks Marketing Manager, Lauren Archibald, if you’re interested in high res photos or setting up an interview with president and founder, Ian Walker, during the show.  

About Hippie Snacks:

Hippie Snacks is all about keeping real foods in your diet which means the company uses as few steps as possible in its manufacturing process to keep the ingredients close to how nature intended. Minimally processed, in beautiful British Columbia, the brand has been putting its signature Hippie-twist on traditional snacks since 2010. As a Certified B Corporation, Hippie Snacks is committed to serving the planet, the community, and its customers.  

For more information or high res images please contact: 

Lauren Archibald

Marketing Manager, Hippie Snacks

604-879-9100 x 207

Lauren (at) leftcoastnaturals.com

www.hippiesnacks.com.

*Source: Spins data 24 weeks period ending 11/03/2019.

Snack au Naturel. Hippie Snacks is stripping down for Expo West.

Minimally processed, made from simple real food ingredients, our snacks have nothing to hide.

Our ever popular Cauliflower Crisps & Avocado Crisps helped Hippie Snacks become the fastest growing better for you snack brand at one of the leading national natural food retailers*. Building off of this success, we’re thrilled to launch our brand new Almond Crisps at Expo West. They come in three flavours – Sea Salt, Rosemary, and Cheezy Chive – and all have real almonds as the first ingredient. We’re also excited to launch a line extension of our Cauliflower Crisps – all new plant based Cheeze.

To celebrate ‘Snack au Naturel’, we’re offering free snacks for a year** to any retailer who comes by our booth truly au naturel at Expo West!

We’re also inviting everyone to come by our booth #N1430 to try our latest innovations and chat with our founder, Ian Walker.

New Almond Crisp Details:

  • Main ingredient – real almonds
  • Three flavours – Sea Salt, Rosemary, and Cheezy Chive
  • Grain-free & Gluten-free
  • 5 – 6 grams of protein per serving
  • Plant-based / Vegan
  • Paleo friendly

About Hippie Snacks:

Hippie Snacks is all about keeping real foods in your diet which means the company uses as few steps as possible in its manufacturing process to keep the ingredients close to how nature intended. Minimally processed, in beautiful British Columbia, the brand has been putting its signature Hippie-twist on traditional snacks since 2010. As a Certified B Corporation, Hippie Snacks is committed to serving the planet, the community, and its customers.  

For more information or high res images please contact:  

Lauren Archibald

Marketing Manager, Hippie Snacks

604-879-9100 x 207

Lauren (at) leftcoastnaturals.com

hippiesnacks.com

*Source: Spins data 24 weeks period ending 11/03/2019. **Within reason. 

New to Expo West, hydra Aromatherapy joins the exhibitor roster!  Experience the brand with over 17 years in the natural product shower & bath industry.  Made with 100% essential oils, and hand-crafted entirely in the U.S.A, our products have been enjoyed in natural markets from across the country.  Our premier product, The Shower Burst, has been featured on national broadcasts such as The View and Good Morning America, and is the original, high-quality, shower steamer that can be enjoyed for multiple uses.

From relaxing essential oil aromas like Lavender & Bergamot, or Rosemary & Cedar, to uplifting blends such as Eucalyptus & Peppermint, or Lemon & Sage, hydra Aromatherapy features a vast library of essential oil combinations in an array of products.  Experience the health benefits of aromatherapy from natural plant extracts in your shower, bath, or even on the go!

Stop by our booth in the Marriott M605, and sample some of our amazing essential oil products, such as: The Shower Burst, Pulse Point Balms, and Essential Oil Roll-Ons!

WESTCHESTER, Illinois, USA (March 5, 2020) – Ingredion Incorporated, a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, today launched a new clean label ingredient for the U.S. and Canada — EVANESSEÔ CB6194 clean label emulsifier.

EVANESSE CB6194 clean label emulsifier is a vegan chickpea broth that delivers the emulsification performance of traditional additives and the appeal of a single, recognized ingredient — without compromising taste and texture. The chickpea broth is a type of aquafaba, derived from cooked chickpeas that provides unique emulsification properties.

The clean label emulsifier is ideal for a variety of food applications that currently use emulsifiers, including egg replacement in low and high-fat vegan, spreadable, spoonable and pourable dressings (e.g., mayonnaise, aioli, etc.), white cooking sauces (e.g., Alfredo, Béarnaise, bechamel, etc.) and in  ready meal applications. EVANESSE CB6194 clean label emulsifier exhibits excellent emulsion shelf life stability when paired with a functional native starch, such as NOVATIONÒ functional native starches.

“EVANESSE CB6194 clean label emulsifier represents a new generation of ingredients to be introduced to the food industry as Ingredion continues to expand its clean label offerings,” said Dan Haley, Ingredion’s global platform lead, Clean & Simple Ingredients. “Food manufacturers now have more options for developing differentiated, clean label products with highly accepted and recognizable ingredients that consumers trust.”

EVANESSE CB6194 delivers emulsification properties and can serve as an alternative to eggs, (OSA)- modified starches and other artificial emulsifiers but is made from a consumer-preferred ingredient (chickpea) designed to support appealing front-of-package claims, such as “natural,” “all-natural,” “no additives” and “no artificial ingredients.” The emulsifier delivers mouthfeel and texture comparable to traditional emulsifiers in both high and low-fat formulations, has good heat and freeze/thaw stability, is easy to disperse and emulsify, and provides good shelf life stability in a range of applications.

Consumer demand for clean and simple labels and plant-based ingredients continues to grow at a rapid pace. According to a recent Ingredion study, more than 80% of consumers are more likely to buy a product if they recognize all of the listed ingredients and more than 60% of consumers are willing to pay more for a simple label. Labeled simply as chickpea broth, EVANESSE CB6194 clean label emulsifier is gluten-free, non-GMO and does not require allergen labeling. And because it does not contain animal products, the emulsifier is compatible with vegetarian and vegan diets.

“Until now, clean label emulsifiers have been difficult to come by, making it a challenge for some food manufacturers to achieve their clean label goals,” said Patrick O’Brien, Ingredion’s regional platform lead for Clean & Simple Ingredients in the U.S. and Canada. “EVANESSE CB6194 clean label emulsifier enables manufacturers to deliver clean label products with the in-demand claims consumers want, without compromising the taste and texture they expect.” He adds, “We developed formulations for vegan mayo and zesty aioli using EVANESSE CB6194 clean label emulsifier to show how simple it can be to create a shelf-stable, vegan dressing using the ingredient.”

With over two decades of experience in cost-effective clean label formulating, Ingredion is considered a pioneer in the clean label movement. Ingredion’s broad range of solutions enables manufacturers to find the right texturizers, stabilizers and emulsifiers to meet consumer demand across a wide variety of

applications. The experts at Ingredion’s Idea Labs® innovation centers use science-based problem-solving to create ingredient solutions that support consumer-preferred claims and labels. Whether the goal is to create a breakthrough product with a simple label, reformulate for a cleaner label or improve the sensory appeal of clean label applications, Ingredion’s broad ingredient portfolio has a solution to fit every product need.

 

Ingredion’s proprietary market research is based on a comprehensive consumer insights program, Atlas, which was established nearly 10 years ago to identify the claims and ingredients that consumers value the most. Ingredion recently completed its latest wave of the global consumer insights study, reaching 30,000 participants in 37 countries across multiple application areas, making it one of the broadest and most comprehensive studies of its kind.

To learn more about EVANESSE CB6194 clean label emulsifier or to find out how Ingredion’s technical, sensory, CULINOLOGY® and applications teams help food processors develop trend-connected, appealing foods, contact Ingredion at +1-800-713-0208 or na.marketing@ingredion.com and visit  www.ingredion.us.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – September 5, 2019 – Insignia Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIG) (“Insignia”) announced today that it has been named The Top Display Company of 2019 in the US by CREATIVE Magazine.

Over the past eighteen months, Insignia has been rapidly expanding its product portfolio to accommodate evolving client needs. This product expansion includes the introduction of several new display solutions that are custom built to client specifications, frequently executed in six weeks or less and backed by a simple process that is fully managed by the Insignia customer service team.

The CREATIVE Magazine’s Top Display Company award is the most recent of several awards Insignia has received over the past year. In April 2019, Insignia was listed for the second consecutive year as one of the Top 50 POP Companies in North America, which ranks 50 largest point-of-purchase marketing companies in the United States by revenue. In 2018, Insignia was also recognized by Retail CIO Outlook Magazine as one of the Top 10 Retail Management Solution Providers. This award recognized Insignia’s ability to treat the store like a media vehicle and deliver customized content down to the store level in order to better engage local shoppers.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – November 21, 2019 – Insignia Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIG) (“Insignia”) today reported Progressive Grocers 2019 GenNext Award Winner, Alison Nelson.

This week Progressive Grocer announced winners of the 2019 GenNext Award. Each entry revealed industry leaders, bringing innovation and collaboration to the industry and positioning themselves to lead Grocery retail into the next era. This prestigious award drew over 175 nominations across brands, retailers and agencies. Insignia is thrilled to share the selection of Alison Nelson as a 2019 GenNext Award winner. Alison has brought a diverse background in shopper marketing, category management and sales to Insignia, where she is consistently a top sales performer. Her success is a result of applying a consultative approach to her industry expertise, to drive results for her clients.

Kristine Glancy, Insignia President and CEO stated, “Alison is a critical member of our sales organization who thrives on accountability and results. She is never afraid to bring an idea to the table and no matter who the client is, or what the business opportunity is, Alison has the personality type that will automatically roll-up her sleeves. I couldn’t be prouder of Alison for her recognition, and for the industry to see in her what we all see each and everyday on the team.”

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – February 10, 2020 – Insignia Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIG) (“Insignia”) announced today that it has been named a Top 20 Most Promising Retail Solution Providers in 2020 by CIOReview.

Kristine Glancy, Insignia’s President and Chief Executive officer commented, “Being recognized by CIOReview as a leading solution provider for our data-driven strategy is a significant honor to our organization. We continue to serve as a liaison that connects brands and retailers together with the main goal of driving overall sales performance. We are leveraging our technology investment to be able to deliver customized solutions with a lead-time our clients demand. With our industry changing rapidly, we recognize both retailers and CPG manufacturers are required to respond faster than ever.”

Ms. Glancy continued, “We have extended our data-driven strategy from in-store into our mobile solution. Our proprietary, data-informed attribute targeting methodology leverages information about specific product and store attributes to analyze why shoppers convert at shelf. This enables us to identify shoppers with the highest propensity to purchase and is designed to help brands cultivate a unique target audience to deliver highly relevant mobile messaging and ultimate to increase sales and drive foot traffic. By extending our footprint from in-store into mobile, we have the ability to provide both retailers and CPG manufacturers and end-to-end solution that engages their shoppers along the path to purchase.”

To read the article published by CIOReview, https://retail.cioreview.com/vendor/2020/insignia_systems

INSIGNIA SYSTEMS Drives Positive Brand Results
by: Insignia Systems, Inc. (#N2247)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – February 4, 2020 – Insignia Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIG) (“Insignia”) continues to deliver positive results to brands through their omnichannel shopper marketing investments.

A national supplement brand generated double-digit foot traffic lift at both the mass and natural channels by leveraging Insignia’s data-informed, proprietary product + store attribute targeting. The brand tasked Insignia to go beyond audience and behavioral targeting to cultivate a unique audience, at scale – yet still personalized by channel and retailer, of shoppers who are most inclined to purchase based on specific product benefits. Insignia further refined the benefit-led households’ willingness to drive to differing retail channels.  From there, personalized and dynamic creative activated at the retailer level to the uniquely identified audiences. An additional benefit Insignia provides is to amplify digital spend with in-store signage, further helping the shopper in their path to purchase.

Stacy Vossberg, Insignia’s Vice President of Digital, commented, “It’s rewarding to see our in- store thought leadership translate to digital, providing a new, relevant, and meaningful way to target consumers, by delivering strong, measurable results, and ultimately exceeding our clients’ expectations.”

To access the successful digital campaign, download the case study. To learn more about Insignia’s

product + store proprietary targeting, reach out here.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – November 19, 2019 – Insignia Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIG) (“Insignia”) today reported the introduction of a new offering, attribute targeting, within their digital platform.

Insignia’s President and CEO Kristine Glancy commented, “We are excited to announce our formal entrance into digital marketing. While there are numerous digital providers in our industry, we are positioned to leverage our in-store expertise, industry research and a relationship with IRI to create a new and differentiated targeting approach. Through our relationship, we created a proprietary, datainformed attribute targeting methodology, which leverages information about specific product and store attributes to analyze why shoppers convert at shelf. This enables us to identify shoppers with the highest propensity to purchase and is designed to help brands cultivate a unique target audience to deliver highly relevant mobile messaging and, ultimately, to increase sales and drive foot traffic.”

“Insignia has a strong track record of driving improved in-store experiences that increase conversions, and we are excited to help power their newest offering, attribute targeting, within their digital platform with the IRI ShopperSights™ activation planning solution,” said Jeanne Livelsberger, Executive of Market and Shopper Intelligence for IRI. “Brands can now better understand their consumers and shoppers, identify the most valuable stores with ease and create a better shopping experience.”

Recently a national men’s personal care brand was looking to increase in-store sales and store traffic by increasing basket size and extending reach across secondary categories. To address the brand’s objectives, Insignia combined its understanding of at-shelf conversion with insights about the client’s core audience. Next, through its relationship with IRI, Insignia identified the households with the highest propensities to purchase, along with the stores that have the highest engagement with those households. Insignia further refined the targeted households through a proprietary process focused on media efficiency. The campaign was a solid success, delivering an increase in foot traffic of 3.77% and an overall sales lift of 3.71%.

“We’re extremely proud of the results our attribute targeting approach delivered with this campaign,” said Kristine Glancy, CEO of Insignia Systems. “Our relationship with IRI is a win for the industry, delivering more effective and transparent campaigns for the brands and more relevant messages to the shopper that fully connects to their in-store shopping experience.”

J&B Food Consulting started a FDA compliance package service. You will get the one-stop service with a competitive price. 

- FSVP Agent

- FSVP compliance

- Nutrition Facts and Label Review

- FSMA for manufactureres

Thanks,

Jay Lee

CEO 

The Salt King of America
by: Jacobsen, LLC (#N436)

Bloomberg Businessweek: The Salt King of America Ben Jacobsen wants people to think differently about the power of salt.

ByAndrew Zaleski

Ben Jacobsen is standing over one of the rectangular oyster pans that fill each day with about 8,000 gallons of seawater from nearby Netarts Bay, a protected estuary along Oregon’s northern coast. He thrusts an index finger toward a tiny, translucent speck beneath the surface of the brackish, near-gelatinous water. The speck joins another, then another, until a dime-size cluster forms. As the crystal drifts to the bottom of the pan, Jacobsen grins. “Beautiful,” he says.

The flakes are different from the salt you might sprinkle on fries at a diner: larger, brighter, crunchier, and, if the discerning taste buds of North American chefs are to be believed, more flavorful. Jacobsen Salt Co.’s “pure flake finishing salt” has made him popular with Michelin-starred restaurants, taco trucks, Williams-Sonoma stores, small grocers, and Antoni Porowski of Queer Eye. “The way it dissolves is different. There’s this brininess as opposed to this mouth-deadening salt flavor,” says Megan Sanchez, co-owner and chef at Güero, a restaurant in Portland, Ore., known for its tortas.

Jacobsen, who’s 43, and others who share his passion have helped to change how Americans think about salt—the marriage of sodium and chlorine, and sometimes potassium and iodine. The global market for gourmet salt totaled $1.1 billion in 2016; it’s expected to grow to $1.5 billion in the next decade. Jacobsen’s roster so far includes his flake salt, a coarse kosher salt for everyday cooking, and a line of flavor-infused salts, such as an outré blend of smoked chili peppers and San Pablo worms harvested from Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley. He’s also created a line of salt-based seasonings for meats and ramen. “Salt is one of those things, in the U.S. at least, that has been pretty easily overlooked,” he says. “So I think we’re fortunate to get some attention. But I also think we make the best salt on the planet.”

Jacobsen found his calling after a detour through Silicon Valley. He attended high school in Portland and got a degree in geography from the University of Washington, then moved to San Francisco in 1999. He spent a couple of years at Tickle Inc., an early social networking site that was acquired by Monster.com in 2004 and subsequently shut down. He then decamped to business school in Copenhagen, nearer to his Scandinavian extended family. In 2006 he moved to Oslo to work for Opera Software, an experience that convinced him he could successfully launch a startup. In July 2009 he set about trying to develop an app for curating other apps. But founding an app-discovery company a year after Apple Inc.’s App Store opened might not have been the wisest of moves. He and his business partner had different visions for how to proceed and couldn’t build it quickly enough. Without software engineers or money to hire them, the company went nowhere. Jacobsen describes the experience as “a slow, painful burn and death.”

But his time in Europe had given him a better idea. A girlfriend had floored him by spending $10 on a small package of Maldon, a British brand of sea salt known for its pyramid-shaped flakes. He remembers sprinkling it on top of a cheap meal of canned mackerel, olive oil, arugula, and tomato sauce. “I was blown away by how much better good salt made something,” he says.

After moving home to Portland, he scoured stores, looking for flaky salts, but all he could find was Maldon. He became obsessed with producing his own sea salt. His first attempt involved plunking an inflatable kiddie pool in his backyard and filling it up with ocean water, to no avail. “So I started trying to heat seawater in pots and pans and ovens,” he says. He found that steadily applying low heat over the course of a day produced satisfyingly tasty grains. Those early experiments formed the basis of the two-week process Jacobsen Salt uses at Netarts Bay.

Set against the backdrop of Douglas fir trees in Tillamook State Forest, Netarts Bay is home to the 6,000-square-foot facility where Jacobsen’s 11 full-time saltmakers produce 180,000 pounds each year. He didn’t arrive there by accident. In June 2011 he loaded his Portuguese water dog, Lykke, and a bunch of five-gallon buckets into his Subaru Forester and made his way north to Neah Bay in Washington, gathering 27 samples of seawater as he went. Once back in Portland, he made salt from each sample in search of the crunchiest flakes, the best coloring, and the right aftertaste. The waters of Netarts Bay proved to have a winning secret ingredient: oysters, thousands of which populate the seven-mile-long estuary.

Jacobsen spent the rest of his summer weekends guarding steam kettles in the shared commercial kitchen of KitchenCru, an incubator for culinary startups in Portland. Every Friday he’d get to the kitchen and spend the next 72 hours there, taking the occasional half-hour nap in the dry pantry as he sought the optimal temperature to form large flakes.

The main traits of a great salt are generally held to be color, texture, and flavor. Color is pure presentation—how white a crisp, shiny salt looks sprinkled on food. A salt’s texture affects where it lands and how it dissolves on your tongue, which influences taste. Flavor, following from the chemical composition, is what really distinguishes one salt from another. Sodium chloride is the backbone, but salts with a bitter aftertaste contain potassium. Something like Maldon has virtually no potassium. “Flaky salts have a really high percentage of sodium chloride and really trace amounts of other minerals,” says Dan Souza, editor of Cook’s Illustrated and a chef on the PBS cooking show America’s Test Kitchen. Salt that’s pleasingly tangy will have had calcium and potassium deposits boiled out, followed by a slow, steady evaporation of magnesium.

Jacobsen eventually brought samples of his salt to a new-vendor fair hosted by a local grocery chain. Ryan White, the chain’s buyer, liked it so much he asked for orders for each of the grocer’s 13 stores. With a viable business in sight, Jacobsen applied for a saltmaking license from the state department of agriculture, received a permit to pump water out of the bay, won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval, got funding from friends and family, and formed his company. For several years he drove bay water to Portland before finally buying an old oyster farm on the Netarts coast, adding some tanks and pans, and hiring a staff. He was, as far as he can tell, the first person to set up a salt works on the Oregon coast since Lewis and Clark, who temporarily established one about 50 miles north in the early 19th century.

Just outside his facility, Jacobsen hoists a chunk of calcium as big as a human head. “This is what oysters are filtering out of the seawater to build their shells,” he says. After making its way through a lone PVC pipeline, the water reaches a drafty shed where two gargantuan pots, wider than monster truck tires, complete the work the oysters begin. The pots are boiling hot; Jacobsen says he’ll never reveal the precise temperature.

The filtered brine is transferred to the oyster pans, where it slowly cooks over a period of three days. During this “low-boiling” period, as magnesium leaches out, salt crystals form and clump together, densifying and sinking. When a batch is ready, it’s shoveled from the pan, becoming flake salt. The brine is then boiled off completely, leaving smaller, coarse crystals that become the basis of Jacobsen’s kosher salt.

Batches of both varieties are then transferred to drip pans and dropped off in two sauna-like dehydrator rooms, where they dry out for three more days. Kosher salts are packaged on their own or sent out for flavor infusion. The prized product, though, is the flake. Before being packaged, it’s sifted by hand in gold pans and sieves to remove any trace of calcium. “This is gorgeous,” Jacobsen says as he holds up a handful of blindingly white flakes. I take a pinch. “Isn’t it delicious, too?” he asks. It’s briny, but not bitter. Tangy, but not tart. I bite down, and the salt makes a crunch, like a potato chip.

The day after our tour of the bay facility, Jacobsen invites me into the warehouse section of the company’s 27,000-square-foot headquarters in Portland, where the Netarts Bay flake gets packed. Inside a glass-enclosed clean room, three packers shovel white flakes from bins into small plastic bags. Each worker wears a long plastic poncho, a hair and face mask that leaves only enough room for their noses and eyes, and tight black gloves. Scales line their respective workstations. “All of our salt is hand-packed,” Jacobsen says. “It looks a little druggy, a little Walter White-esque, but whatever.”

Jacobsen owes some of his success to good timing. According to Souza of America’s Test Kitchen, chefs and restaurants were already beginning to adopt carefully produced, flaky sea salts as a way of making their dishes stand out. Then cookbooks, cooking shows, and recipes in mainstream publications pushed the trend to the general public. “There’s been a ton more in the last 5 to 10 years from a publishing perspective on salt and how to use it,” Souza says. “I think we’ve always loved salt in this country, but Americans now think about salt in a way they absolutely didn’t before.”

When it came out in 2011, Jacobsen’s salt was $5.50 for a 4-ounce bag. But once it developed a cult following in Portland, with Güero’s Sanchez and Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon among its champions, Jacobsen swiftly forged partnerships to spread it across the U.S. Restaurants from Rustic Canyon in Los Angeles to Jean-Georges in New York City now feature Jacobsen salts in their dishes; you can also find them in every Williams-Sonoma store, as well as at Whole Foods Markets, specialty shops, and either of Jacobsen’s two facilities. The 4-ounce bag of flake salt costs a bit more now: $12.50.

Dick Hanneman, who spent 24 years as president of the Salt Institute, a now-defunct global association of salt companies, takes a skeptical view of the trend. “The development of the American production of sea salt is a fantastic marketing achievement,” he says. “Somehow, sea salt, which is the cheapest salt to make, has been sold to the public as a superior salt.”

Jacobsen doesn’t disclose revenue figures, beyond saying they’re small but significant enough that he’s been able to start paying his family back. He’s hoping that his chief financial officer, Mary Ellen Signer, can help him keep expanding the business. In the decade she served as CFO and chief operating officer of Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Signer saw the company grow from $6 million in revenue to $68 million.

The pair have high hopes for their new seasoning line, with varieties for steak, seafood, tacos, and ramen. Three of them actually contain salt from Italy, though the steak seasoning makes use of Jacobsen’s sea salt. Broadening their offerings makes sense, if only as a way to get people who’ll shell out for steak seasonings to start noticing Jacobsen salts. I take a pinch of the steak seasoning and sprinkle it onto my tongue. It is indeed good—a pleasing mix of black pepper, garlic, and red pepper flakes—but before leaving headquarters, I stop by the store for something else. What I really want is a bag of the flake.   This story is from Bloomberg Businessweek’s special issue The Elements.

Jessica’s Natural Foods Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary!

Michigan Women-owned Company welcomes 10th year in business

June 11th, 2019 (Birmingham, MI)   Jessica’s Natural Foods is celebrating 10 years in business and is now women-owned certified through the WBENC.

Ten years ago, there were no gluten-free oat-based granolas on the market so Jessica’s Natural Foods decided to fill the void.  Jessica worked to develop a safe and delicious product and launched her granola business in May 2009.  The economy was unstable in Michigan at the time but she took the leap anyway. She was supported by wonderful local retailers who believed in her product and gave her a chance. 

“When I first started out, I never thought I would be here so many years later. I’m so grateful for all our wonderful customers and retailers that helped make my dream a reality.  I truly can’t believe it’s been 10 years and we are looking forward to another 10!”

In these past 10 years, Jessica’s has expanded her product line to include organic strawberry syrup and gluten-free flour and mixes. Jessica’s is now available in over 30 states with her largest accounts being Whole Foods and Wegmans.

In addition, Jessica recently became a women-owned certified business through WBENC and is thrilled to be associated with such an amazing group of empowered business women and the recognition that comes with it.

“My company is 100% women owned and run. I am so fortunate to be able to work with such dedicated people on a daily basis. We are a small group here at Jessica’s but my company is thriving today because of these hard-working, intelligent women. I wanted to become certified so that I could connect with other WBENC members and hopefully open up new opportunities.”

Jessica’s Natural Foods, based in Birmingham, Michigan was founded in 2009 with the mission of providing delicious, healthy, gluten-free oat-based granola. Since then, Jessica has expanded her product line to offer organic strawberry syrup, gluten-free cookie, muffin and cake mixes along with a flour blend. Her gluten-free granola, available in 6 delicious flavors (Almond Cherry, Cherry & Berry, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Hazelnut, Pecan Almond and Vanilla Maple), is sold in many local retailers in Michigan as well as in over 30 states.  It’s available in other retailers across the U.S. like Wegmans and Heinen’s and over 290 Whole Foods Market stores in the Midwest, Northeast, Southwest, Rocky Mountain, Northern California, South, and Florida. All products are also sold online through Jessica’s Natural Foods website and on Amazon. For more information, visit www.jessicasnaturalfoods.com.

For More Information, Interviews, Images and Product Samples Contact:  Jessica Mindell, President/Founder, 248-723-7118, jessicam@jessicasnaturalfoods.com. Jessica’s Natural Foods is certified gluten-free, non-GMO verified and uses only wholesome, all-natural ingredients, and never uses any artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors.  #   #   #

                                                                                 

[Anaheim, LA] JFOODO (The Japan Food Product Overseas Promotion Center) is holding a brunch meeting for retailers, ingredient distributors, and food services with Japanese rice flour manufacturers during the period of exhibiting Gluten-free Japanese rice flour at Natural Products Expo West 2020.

In the brunch meeting, more detailed information and one on one business conversation opportunity with the  manufacturers are provided along with tasting sample of the Japanese rice flour bread and some light meal. 

Register: https://bit.ly/2Pw7ITc

The Japanese rice flour is made with pride using advanced Japanese craftsmanship, which is distinguished by three outstanding characteristics stemming from its highly uniformly-sized particles.

HEALTHY: Rice flour rises easily* without additives even though it is gluten-free, enabling you to make healthy breads and treats. (*Baking conditions will differ by rice flour used.)

FLAVORFUL, SOFT&CRISPY: Made in Japan, a country with a rich rice-centric culinary culture, this rice flour is used to make bread and pastries that are crisp on the outside yet soft and moist on the inside. Hence, we can enjoy a melt-in-our-mouth texture with a faintly sweet aroma.

EASY TO USE: Rice flour made using sophisticated techniques unique to Japan results in lump-free, easy to knead, and workable dough. Its moist, velvety feel lasts long after baking.

Showcased at the Natural Products Expo East (September 11th -14th, 2019), more than 3,000 attendees tried the Japanese rice flour bread and 92% of them showed big interests in the fact that breads were gluten-free and very healthy, yet the taste was fantastically good. 100% of the attendees who tasted the breads answered it was good in the survey.

Moreover, JFOODO held sampling events at several co-working spaces and major media offices such as Vogue in New York last November, and more than 600 people attended the event with 90% of those answered the bread was very good and tasty.

With above results, JFOODO is proud of inviting those who are in the business of retail, ingredients distribution, and food services who are interested in Gluten-Free Japanese rice flour to the brunch meeting.

Register https://bit.ly/2Pw7ITc

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About JFOODO JFOODO (The Japan Food Product Overseas Promotion Center) was established by the Japanese government in 2017, which devotes its resources to the branding of Japanese agricultural, forestry, fishery and food products. At the present time, JFOODO started to promote Japanese rice flour in the US market, where more people are concerned about being healthy. https://riceflour-jfoodo.jetro.go.jp

For Immediate Release

Contact: Vicki Jakubovic, VICKIGJ PR, vickigj@gmail.com, 973-519-8926

Kayco Showcases Tantalizing Superfood Treats And Trend-Forward Thirst Quenchers At The Natural Products Expo West

Booth N1828, North Hall

Anaheim Convention Center, Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Anaheim, CALIFORNIA, March 4, 2020 – KAYCO (www.kayco.com), the category leader in innovative, premium-quality products, will present delicious variations on clean, nutritious snacks and craft beverages at the 39th annual Natural Products EXPO WEST in Anaheim, California this March.

Visit Booth N1828 on Wednesday, March 4th to sample naturally sweet and savory delights from three of KAYCO’s signature brands: MIGHTY SESAME®, BEETOLOGY™, and WONDER MELON™. These products take today’s trending superfoods to flavorful, all-natural heights for healthy-minded consumers who demand great taste and convenience in equal measure.

According to Kimberly Cassar, Kayco’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, “Today’s ‘foodie’ culture is firmly in the mainstream, and more people are invested in the merits of smart food choices than ever before. So, consumers are looking for products that not only excite their senses but satisfy their healthier lifestyles. And Kayco answers the call.”

“Word is out: the humble beet, the ancient sesame seed, and the refreshing watermelon have achieved superfood status,” says Cassar. “Kayco is a market leader in transforming these nutritious powerhouses into head-turning products that are both convenient and addictively delicious.”

MIGHTY SESAME® BRAND TahiniBars® and Tahini Squeeze & Serve: A “Game-Changer”

Sesame is loaded with protein, vitamins, and minerals. A great alternative for those with nut allergies, it provides a boost of energy. Mighty Sesame’s ready to eat Squeeze & Serve Tahini, sold in convenient squeeze bottles, is made from 100% slow-roasted sesame seeds (MSRP $5.99 per 10.9 oz. bottle.) Using a patented process and the highest quality Ethiopian sesame seeds, Mighty Sesame Tahini changes the Tahini game with a creamy shake and serve Tahini with virtually no separation or clumping.  You can taste the difference!  This versatile condiment is at home in everything from dips, marinades, and salads to soups, desserts, and as a straight-from-the-bottle drizzle over meat, fish, and falafel. All varieties (Original fine and Whole seed) are, vegan, gluten- and dairy-free, kosher, halal and Keto-friendly – the perfect way to add flavor to any diet with just one ingredient.

One journalist who received a sample of Squeeze & Serve reported, “My life recently changed.” She feared that squeezing the bottle with the top still on would cause oil to pour out of the spout. “Nope. What came out was perfectly blended, delicious, luscious, measurable tahini. I was ecstatic…Tahini you don’t have to mix is a game-changer.” 

The Mighty Sesame Company also leads the pack in healthful, perfectly portioned grab-and-go snack bars. Its delectable TahiniBars® come in three all-natural varieties – Pistachio, Cocoa Nibs, and Vanilla. These bars begin with Tahini, made from Roasted Sesame seeds and a touch of salt, and in the past year, 2.1 Million Tahini Bars have been sold. Each 100-calorie bar is gluten-and dairy-free, vegan, kosher, and delicious. (MSRP: $3.99 - $4.89 per box of 6 individually wrapped 0.63 oz. bars.)

All about the beets: BEETOLOGY™ packs a nutritional punch into 5 delicious organic cold-pressed blends.

Sophisticated consumers are interested in ingredients they can pronounce, served as close to farm-to-table as possible. That’s why chefs, health-conscious folks, and even athletes are tapping into beets in creative new ways. This versatile veggie is packed with vitamins and minerals associated with lowering blood pressure, fighting inflammation, increased stamina, detoxification support, boosting immunity, and much more.

Beetology™ ups the ante with 5 varieties of craft beverages blended with some of nature’s most delicious superfoods: Beet/Lemon/Ginger; Beet/Veggie; Beet/Tropical Fruit; Beet/Berry; and Beet/Cherry. These refreshing, cold-pressed drinks are a great way to refuel after a long hike, hard workout, or a great yoga class. They’re also terrific as cocktail/mocktail mixers. Each variety is 100% non-GMO, U.S.D.A. certified organic, and certified Fair Trade. Beetology is non-soy, non-dairy, and certified kosher, with no preservatives, additives, artificial colors, or flavors. These beautiful beet beverages come in great grab and go glass bottles for easy recycling.  (MSRP $3.99 per 8-oz. bottle/6 bottles per case.)

Wonderful WONDER MELON™

Introducing the coolest “it” beverage on the natural food scene. Wonder Melon™ is made from 100% organic cold-pressed watermelon juice with no sugar, artificial ingredients, or artificial colorings. This surprising newcomer contains a bounty of nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and is excellent for hydration. It comes in two exciting varieties. Watermelon Cucumber Basil is a delightfully crisp concoction of real watermelon juice, lemon juice, apple juice, cucumber juice, and basil, with only 80 calories per 8.45 oz. bottle. Watermelon Lemon Cayenne wakes up the taste buds with real watermelon juice, lemon juice, apple juice, and a dash of cayenne at just 100 calories per 8.45 oz. bottle. Drink them straight up or let them inspire extraordinary mixed drinks.  This juice is produced in glass bottles because Wonder Melon is better for you and glass is just better for the planet.

Both varieties are non-GMO verified, certified Fair Trade, USDA organic, and certified kosher (parve). Packaged 6 bottles per case (MSRP $3.99 per bottle).

Visit KAYCO on March 3 at Expo West, Booth N1828, North Hall, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Nearly 90,000 industry professionals will find the newest products and see the latest trends in health, beauty, organic, and natural and specialty foods at Expo West.

New Jersey-based KAYCO produces and distributes more than 150 beloved brands to over 30 countries worldwide. Family owned since 1948, the company is considered America’s first name in kosher products and known for its innovative embrace of changing food trends and tastes.

Trade Show: Anaheim Convention Center North Halls, Anaheim Hilton March 4-6, 2020 For additional show information visit: https://www.expowest.com/en/home.html.

Note to Media:  For interviews, product samples, recipes and photos, contact Vicki Garfinkel, 973-519-8926, vickigj@gmail.com

KeHE Media Contact: Ari Goldsmith

Vice President of Marketing, KeHE

Ari.Goldsmith@KeHE.com

Naperville, IL., February 24, 2020 – Each year Natural Product Expo West brings together over 3,600 companies to their annual Anaheim, California-based trade show. At the 2019 event, KeHE chose to make a greater impact outside the show floor and is scheduled to do the same this year.

“When we learned that almost 1.7 million people in Los Angeles County are living below the poverty line, we knew we wanted to do something to help,” added Laura McCord, KeHE’s Executive Director of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, “As KeHE continues to evaluate our impact, we wanted to help those that are hungry as well as encouraging our fellow Expo West attendees to do the same.”

With the help of KeHE Cares™ Foundation, the philanthropic arm of KeHE Distributors, the company created the largest meal packing event at the largest natural product trade show in the U.S. In 2019, the event pulled together food and beverage industry professionals to pack 2,000 boxes or 100,000 meals. This year, the Expo West serving event is set to hit a new goal of 3,000 boxes equaling 150,000 meals in two and a half hours.

“Food industry trade shows like Expo West are known for their never-ending aisles of trending health food products. We are privileged to be in a community of abundance,” said Ari Goldsmith, KeHE’s Vice President of Marketing. “We are pleased to come back this year with another opportunity that allows others to share in the abundance with those in need.”

The event will kick off at 7:30 a.m. PST on March 5 in the white tent outside of the Anaheim Marriott in conjunction with the Expo West Community Breakfast, adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center, the location of the trade show.

Volunteers will pack boxes that include staples such as pasta, grains, cereal and canned goods donated by KeHE supplier partners, including  Walnut Acres, Arrowhead Mills, Cadia, Cascadian Farms, Annie’s Homegrown, Food For Life, Dave’s Gourmet, Milton’s Craft Bakers, Masked Teff, Capitol Food, Jovial Foods, Noosh, Sahale, Miracle Noodle, Edward & Sons, and Nutiva.

Following the packing event, the boxes will be distributed by the Children’s Hunger Fund to families in need.

About KeHE With its nationwide distribution network, KeHE provides natural & organic, specialty & fresh products to chain and independent grocery and natural food stores and other specialty product retailers throughout North America.  KeHE is an employee-owned, B Corporation certified, company with over 5,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada. Where KeHE Goes, Goodness Follows.®  For more about KeHE, visit KeHE.com or check out our social media channels: FacebookTwitterInstagram, & LinkedIn.

Kim and Jake's Now on RangeMe.com
by: Kim and Jakes Gluten Free (#N1223)

Find us in the supplier section:  Kim and Jake's Gluten Free:  Made for Neccisity, Delicious by Design!

The future may be less sweet, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less fun. Ketogenic brand Know Brainer won the NOSH Live Winter 2019 Pitch Slam for MaxMallow, its new line of zero sugar, ketogenic marshmallows. These marshmallow ar fueled with collagen, prebiotic fiber and MCT oil.

Know Brainer began in 2016 with organic ketogenic butter creamers and instant drinks —to boost energy for the brain and body — before launching ‘snackworthy marshmallows’ this fall in Mint Chip, Burnt Caramel, Classic Vanilla, Cinnamon Toast, Golden Milk and Lightning Vanilla, a SKU with added caffeine. The marshmallows work for snacking or as a coffee condiment, she explained. Leidich previously launched raw, sprouted brand Two Moms in the Raw after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In managing her diet, she found healthy fats and protein played a critical role.

Max Caramel was making its debut at Expo West. This delicious candy is VEGAN and fueled with prebiotic fiber, MCT oil and green coffee.  

Max Mallow can be found online, on-shelf of independent grocers around the country, CVS and Walmart.

​LaCroix’s Spring Taste is. . . UP!!
by: LaCroix Sparkling Water (#521)

LaCroix’s Spring Taste is. . . UP!!

Shelves Loaded Nationwide Very Soon

Latest Naturally-Essenced Varieties Come to Market

FORT LAUDERDALE March 4, 2020 — National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ: FIZZ) announces its two new naturally-essenced flavors of LaCroix – the enticing savor of LimonCello and the refreshing taste of Pastèque (French for watermelon) – will hit store shelves nationwide this spring. These innovative new varieties join the LaCroix family of 27 refreshingly innocent flavors.

LaCroix, America’s distinguished sparkling water brand, is ‘upbeat for action’ mmm 2020 Springtime Delights!

Both LimonCello and Pastèque capture ‘the extravagance of delicious!’ Fans will be instantly transported to the Italian Riviera with the refreshing finesse of LimonCello. Pastèque captures lusciousness of a sweet watermelon and is one of the most highlyanticipated flavors to date. “Customers have greeted both LimonCello and Pastèque with delight and both flavors are sure to become . . . the sips of summer,” said a company spokesperson.

LimonCello and Pastèque are currently available at select retailers around the country and will be available nationwide this spring.

“Heading into 2020 Springtime, the pace of innovation is at an all-time high,” said a company spokesperson. “LaCroix is recognized as America’s favorite naturally-essenced sparkling water and has been loyal to its healthy promise from the start. Our commitment to our consumers is to convey an innocent, uplifting mindset that not only delivers a delicious taste, but also includes a ‘feeling’ that we are enthusiastic about our health-based future innovations. LaCroix initiates fervor that drives loyal fans to create viral videos, turn their obsession into Halloween costumes and artwork, and express their genuine love for LaCroix in countless other ways.”

LaCroix is proclaimed by health-conscious consumers everywhere as the ‘epitome’ of taste!

Contact: Grace Keene, 8100 Southwest 10th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33324

877-NBC-FIZZ www.nationalbeverage.com

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL., March 17, 2020 -- SunflowerFamily USA, a company dedicated to creating textured sunflower protein-based foods, has launched a high-protein plant-based cereal that even non-cereal eaters will love! Organic Sunflower Protein Crisps is a novel breakfast option made from organic sunflower seeds. With up to 14g plant protein per serving (35g), these crisps are the newest craze in plant based cereal options. Soy free, grain free, dairy free, gluten free, and free from all major allergens. Rich in sustainable organic plant protein, a good source of dietary fiber (5g) and naturally occurring minerals and folate. Organic Sunflower Protein Crisps are made of only six ingredients and come in two delicious flavors - Cacao, with Vanilla following this summer.

Available online now at www.sunflowerfamily.us or Amazon.com. Coming to stores soon!

“Our customers were asking for an organic, plant-based cereal that was high in protein and free from dairy, gluten, and soy, but it didn’t exist. So, we decided to make one.” Says Sunflower USA Owner Gary Bartl.

Organic Sunflower Protein Crisps are SunflowerFamily USA’s first entrance into the breakfast space. They have the highest protein content of any organic cereal on the market and can be used in many non-traditional cereal ways as well: add to your favorite nut butter for some extra crunch or sprinkle atop yogurt, ice cream, or cupcakes, according to their motto “Pour it, crunch it, top it.”

SunflowerFamily USA’s existing line of products includes Organic Sunflower Haché and Organic Sunflower Haché ready-to-cook meal kits. A clever meat alternative, prepared in just minutes - hydrate, season, heat, and eat! The meal kits come in three popular flavors: Chili sin Carne, Bolognese, and Mushroom Stew; each consisting of Sunflower Haché and a seasoning packet. These shelf stable meat substitutes are a great option for vegans, vegetarians, and flexitarians alike.

About SunflowerFamily USA

SunflowerFamily USA distributes plant-based products made from organic sunflower seeds and is a leading brand of vegan meat alternatives. SunflowerFamily's Organic Sunflower Haché line is made from only one ingredient and has a 24-month shelf life, which differentiates them from other popular meat alternatives on the market. The Sunflower Haché line includes the original Sunflower Haché, Chili sin Carne, Bolognese, and Mushroom Stew. All products are certified Organic, Vegan, Plant Based and Kosher. Follow at @sunflowerfamilyusa.

The Company Has Also Added New Almond Butter Crispy Wafers and Mini Crispy Wafers To Its Mouthwatering Lineup - Each Made with Fair Trade Certified™ Chocolate And No Artificial Flavors, Colors Or Corn Syrup

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In its mission to fix chocolate, today Little Secrets, the maker of delicious, Fair Trade Certified versions of the chocolate classics with no artificial colors or flavors, debuts the latest addition to its irresistible lineup - Cookie Bars. Arriving on Whole Foods shelves nationwide in January 2020, Cookie Bars will be available in both milk and dark chocolate flavors. The company has also unveiled its newest Crispy Wafer flavor - Almond Butter in Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt - and its new Mini Crispy Wafers in each of its popular wafer flavors.

In 2014, Little Secrets founder Chris Mears noticed he wasn't able to enjoy any of his favorite, nostalgic chocolates without also consuming unwanted chemicals, high fructose corn syrup and a bunch of ingredients seemingly impossible to pronounce. "With virtually no clean ingredient alternatives, I was determined to fix my favorite chocolates and give them a more sophisticated taste,'' said Mears. "I set out to make them from Fair Trade chocolate and real ingredients with no artificial colors, flavors or high fructose corn syrup." 

Debuting in 2015 with the company's now highly popular Chocolate Pieces line, featuring unique flavor profiles such as Sea Salted Almond in Dark Chocolate and Toasted Coconut in Dark Chocolate, Little Secrets was born! The company has since launched its immensely popular Crispy Wafers line which has become one of the fastest selling chocolates at Whole Foods across the country. "The response has been so far beyond what we ever expected," added Mears. "It's an exciting time for us and we're looking forward to what's ahead."

Cookie Bars are Little Secrets' newest line debuting in two mouth-watering varieties: Dark Chocolate with Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate with Caramel. Each boasts a delicious cookie center baked to crispy, buttery perfection. Topped with real caramel and wrapped in incredible Fair Trade milk or dark chocolate, these are both familiar, and yet, at the same time, unlike any cookie bar experience you may have had before. Both are made with Fair Trade ingredients and ingredients from natural sources.

Based on the popularity of the Crispy Wafer line, Little Secrets has expanded its wafer portfolio with its new Almond Butter in Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt Crispy Wafers as well as a new wafer format - Mini Crispy Wafers - 10 of  which come individually wrapped in a 3.5oz multi-serve bag. The addition of its new Almond Butter flavor brings an entirely new, creamy flavor profile to the format that Little Secrets fans and the like are sure to enjoy. Mini Crispy Wafers will be available in every Crispy Wafer flavor including Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Milk Chocolate Sea Salt, Peanut Butter in Dark Chocolate and the new Almond Butter in Dark Chocolate.

In addition to Whole Foods, the new Cookie Bars, Almond Butter Crispy Wafers and Mini Crispy Wafers will be available nationwide at SproutsLucky'sNatural GrocersFresh MarketEarth FarePCCsFresh Thyme and Central Market starting in January 2020. For more information please visit www.ShareLittleSecrets.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

ABOUT LITTLE SECRETS

Little Secrets is reinventing your childhood chocolate favorites by creating mind-blowingly delicious, premium versions of the classics. We're Fixing Chocolate. Founded in Boulder in 2015, Little Secrets® Chocolate Pieces, Crispy Wafers and Cookie Bars are made using Fair Trade chocolate, the highest quality ingredients and no artificial colors, flavors or corn syrup while most importantly still delivering on nostalgic deliciousness. Little Secrets is here to provide chocolate's fix with the ingredients you love, the flavors you crave and zero of the conscience-busting bad stuff. #chocolatesfix #sharelittlesecrets

We are Celebrating our 10th Anniversary at this years' Show - WOW!  As a two person bootstrapped company we're very proud to have achieved this momentous milestone.

Lively Up Your Breath has been giving its customers "Confidence You Taste, Freshness You Feel" since we first debuted at Expo West in 2010!

Here is your "Formal Invitation" to come celebrate this awesome occasion with us at Booth N1822 (North Hall).  We promise you will leave our booth with a lively pep in your step and a smile on your face.

In celebration of our 10th year Anniversary at this years' Show we are proud to introduce our BRAND NEW "Gold N'Light" a Honey based liquid breath drops featuring unique functional ingredients.

"Lively Up" is known for their Gluten Free concentrated breath fresheners made with Organic Essential Oils and Organic Menthol.  Our new Gold N'Light formulation is effective, uplifting, silky smooth and refined and we can't wait for you to experience it!

Please be sure to come get "Lively" with us - Look forward to seeing you there!

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[Richmond, CA – February 28, 2020] – Lotus Foods, the leading heirloom and organic rice company, is proud to announce that its traditional White and Brown Basmati Rice, sourced from family farmers in northern India, has qualified for Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC)/Silver. It is the first rice to achieve this rigorous new standard, which goes beyond existing Organic and Fair Trade certifications in promoting farming that enriches rather than degrades soil and values animals and workers. 

In 2018, Lotus Foods was one of 17 out of 80 brands and farms selected to pilot the Regenerative Organic standards, which is comprised of three pillars: Soil Health and Land Management; Animal Welfare; and Farmer and Worker Fairness. The goal of the pilot process was to develop a greater understanding of how ROC standards can be implemented at the field level and use that experience in finalizing the standards for adoption worldwide. Lotus Foods offered the opportunity to gauge the application of the standards under the conditions of subsistence farmers, who are managing plots of land that are a fraction the size of most farms and ranches in the US. 

“We couldn’t be more thrilled,” says Lotus Foods Co-Founder/Co-CEO Caryl Levine. “These farmers, who have been trained to use System of Rice Intensification (SRI) methods, which we call More Crop Per Drop™, have demonstrated that it is very feasible to generate important economic and environmental benefits like increasing yields of traditional varieties, reducing water use and methane emissions and also be regenerative.” Lotus Foods traditional White and Brown Basmati Rice is one of only a handful of truly authentic basmati rices, which have been increasingly displaced by modern hybrids that are bred more for yield rather than taste. 

Adds Ken Lee, also Lotus Foods Co-Founder/Co-CEO, “We’d like to express our gratitude to Tapan Ray, our supply partner in India, for his pioneering support of SRI farming practices and commitment to the ROC pilot process. And to Dr. Bronner’s for their generous financial underwriting.  It was a pleasure to work with the Regenerative Organic Alliance (ROA) and NSF International implementing teams and professionals at EcoCert, who conducted the field audit.” 

"Healthy food comes from healthy soils," says Elizabeth Whitlow, ROA Executive Director. "Scientists predict that current industrial farming practices and deforestation will eliminate the world's available supply of topsoil within 60 years. The farms and brands we worked with in the pilot program are great examples of how we can reverse this trend and build healthy soils." Products that achieved certification will be on display at Expo West, at the ROA/NSF table at Climate Day (Tuesday, March 3), at the Organic Pavilion Showcase (Wednesday, March 4) and at the ROA Booth, #2214 (Thursday, March 5 to Saturday, March 7). 

For more information visit Lotus Foods online and follow on InstagramFacebook and Twitter

About Lotus Foods

Since 1995, Lotus Foods has partnered in direct and fair trade with small family farmers around the world who are growing rice more sustainably while preserving rice biodiversity. Lotus Foods’ product line includes pigmented heirloom and organic rice varieties such as Forbidden Rice®, Jade Pearl RiceTM, Red Rice, traditional Basmati and Jasmine Rice and Tri-color Rice as well as Rice Ramen, Arare Rice Crackers, Pad Thai Rice Noodles and Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cups. Products are available at major retailers nationwide. As a certified B Corporation, Lotus Foods is committed to “Changing How Rice Is Grown around the World” by focusing on rice grown using the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which we call More Crop Per DropTM.   SRI minimizes water usage, empowers women, financially rewards farmers and reduces climate impact. 

Lotus Foods, the leading heirloom and organic rice and rice ramen company, is unveiling a new Spicy Kimchi Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cup featuring a freeze-dried soup cube, adding an exciting new global flavor to the popular line that launched in Fall 2019. Coming to stores in May 2020 the Spicy Kimchi soup cup will feature a spicy blend of kimchi (the cherished Korean staple), shallots  and tofu. 

Lotus Foods will debut its new Spicy Kimchi flavor at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA March 5-7 at booth #2116.

The full line of three Rice Ramen Soup Cups with freeze-dried soup cubes includes Garlicky Veggie, a savory garlic broth with spinach, carrots and mushrooms; and Hot & Sour, a zesty broth loaded with mushrooms, tofu and bamboo shoots. Each flavor delivers “good as fresh” chunky veggies that spring to life when boiling water is added, resulting in a cup packed with big pieces of veggies and gourmet spices that deliver a whole new ramen soup experience.

The three freeze-dried flavors join the existing line-up of Lotus Foods Rice Ramen Soup Cups, launched in summer 2018, that feature whole grain never-fried organic brown rice noodles and come in a variety of internationally inspired flavors. 

Requiring no refrigeration and ready to eat in just three minutes, Lotus Foods soup cups are an easy way to have a satisfying meal or snack whenever it is desired. As modern life gets busier, young consumers are seeking more options for convenient yet healthy meals. It has been reported that freeze-dried foods are expected to grow in the coming years due to the ability of the freeze drying process to lock in flavor and nutrition in portable meal options. 

“We can’t wait for people to try this flavorful new Spicy Kimchi soup cup,” said Caryl Levine, Co-Founder/Co-CEO of Lotus Foods. “At Lotus Foods, we are always looking for ways to bring healthier rice-based products to market and introduce delicious international flavors like authentic Korean kimchi.”

Lotus Foods’ new Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cups with freeze-dried veggie soup cubes have an SRP of $2.99 and are available nationwide. The Spicy Kimchi flavor will join the line-up at stores this spring.

For more information visit Lotus Foods online and follow on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

About Lotus Foods

Since 1995, Lotus Foods has partnered in direct and fair trade with small family farmers around the world who are growing rice more sustainably while preserving rice biodiversity. Lotus Foods’ product line includes pigmented heirloom and organic rice varieties such as Forbidden Rice®, Jade Pearl RiceTM, Red Rice, traditional Basmati and Jasmine Rice and Tricolor Rice as well as Rice Ramen, Arare Rice Crackers, Pad Thai Rice Noodles and Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cups. Products are available at major retailers nationwide. As a certified B Corporation, Lotus Foods is committed to “Changing How Rice Is Grown around the World” by focusing on rice grown using the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which we call More Crop Per DropTM.   SRI minimizes water usage, empowers women, financially rewards farmers and reduces climate impact. 

Lotus Foods, the leading heirloom and organic rice company, is celebrating 25 years of  advocating for family rice farmers, rice biodiversity and more environmentally friendly rice production. “More than anyone else, Lotus Foods co-founders Caryl Levine and Ken Lee are responsible for changing how Americans think about, cook with, and eat rice,” says Marie Simmons, James Beard Award winner and author of Rice the Amazing Grain.  “They have taken it from a starchy white side dish to a nutritious, colorful and flavorful center of the plate ingredient.” 

In 1995, Lotus Foods made its first sales of Bhutanese Red Rice and Forbidden Rice® to Bay Area chefs.  Over the past 25 years, the company has imported over 25 million pounds of certified organic rice from a multi-country network of family rice producers whose lives and communities have been transformed by access to markets and organic and Fair Trade premiums. Lotus Foods’ commitment to organic and regenerative practices is generating more rice from less land, preserving valuable genetic biodiversity, saving hundreds of millions of gallons of water annually, promoting long-term soil health, and removing greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere.  

Co-Founders/Co-CEOs Caryl Levine and Ken Lee’s lightbulb moment came when they learned about the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) from Cornell University, which they call More Crop Per Drop™.  These methods allow farmers to increase their yields dramatically with less water and seed inputs, no agrochemicals, less work for women, and less greenhouse gas emissions. “Lotus Foods created the model for activist brands, by engaging with consumers and the trade to educate them about the social and environmental dimensions of their product. They are true regenerative pioneers,” says Errol Schweizer, Former Whole Foods VP of Grocery, and Industry Veteran.

In 2009, the company imported its first three containers of rice grown by some of the most marginalized farmers in Cambodia, Indonesia and Madagascar, who were producing surpluses of traditional rice using these novel SRI methods. With More Crop Per Drop™ women spend less time in the fields. And they no longer have to work perpetually in bent postures in standing water, which leads to illness and physical disability. Producing more rice from less land also means that families can take some land out of rice production and cultivate higher-value cash crops like fruits and vegetables, thereby increasing the biodiversity of their farms and their adaptability to climate change. 

By supporting rice grown using More Crop Per Drop™ methods, Lotus Foods has had a significant positive impact cumulatively, enabling the company to save about 4 billion gallons of fresh water, which is enough to give a half gallon of water to every person on the planet.  Lotus Foods has also been able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35,000 tons of CO2e, which is like taking 7,000 cars off the road for a year. 

Most recently, Lotus Foods basmati farmers in northern India were included in the pilot program of the Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC) standards and qualified for the ‘Silver’ Certification. Notes Tapan Ray, CEO of PraTithi Organic Foods, their partner in India, “Lotus Foods’ market incentives are critical to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by boosting farmers’ incomes and promoting regenerative rice production.”

“Our growth has been a collective accomplishment, due to the support and encouragement we received from so many people over the years: our loyal customers, investors, colleagues in the food industry, supply partners, advisors, staff, family and friends,” said Levine and Lee. “Our gratitude is profound. Only together can we pursue our audacious goal of ‘changing how rice is grown around the world.’ Most especially, we want to thank the women and men who go into the fields every day to grow that most essential of all grains, rice.” 

Lotus Foods has received extensive recognition for its mission-based work including a Whole Foods Market Supplier Award for Environmental Stewardship, the inaugural National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Award for Outstanding Value Chain Engagement and the Conscious Company Media Global Impact Award. In total, Lotus Foods’ mission and products have been honored with 16 Specialty Food Association sofi™ Awards and 3 Natural Products Expo NEXTY Awards including the inaugural NEXTY Gold Award.

Lotus Foods is committed to continuing to bring delicious and healthy rice-based products, rice noodles, soups and snacks to market. “We have no plans for slowing down,” says Levine. Most recently, they introduced Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cups featuring an innovative Freeze-Dried Veggie Cube that literally springs to life with fresh vegetables.

Looking to the future, the team at Lotus Foods is excited about expanding its investment in regenerative agriculture and helping more rice farmers, particularly women, transition to SRI growing methods in countries throughout the world. Paul Hawken, in his book Drawdown, counts SRI as one of the 100 solutions to reverse Climate Change.

Lotus Foods invites the industry to celebrate with them as they say “thank you” for being part of their 25-year journey at Natural Products Expo West on Thursday, March 5, from 4-6pm at booth #2116.  The theme of the happy hour is “Cups for a Cause.”  Donate $10 for a Klean Kanteen stainless steel cup and bottomless Dr Hops Kombucha Beer.  Every $20 buys a weeder for women farmers.

For more information visit Lotus Foods online and follow on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

About Lotus Foods

Since 1995, Lotus Foods has partnered in direct and fair trade with small family farmers around the world who are growing rice more sustainably while preserving rice biodiversity. Lotus Foods’ product line includes pigmented heirloom and organic rice varieties such as Forbidden Rice®, Jade Pearl RiceTM, Red Rice, traditional Basmati and Jasmine Rice and Tri-color Rice as well as Rice Ramen, Arare Rice Crackers, Pad Thai Rice Noodles and Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cups. Products are available at major retailers nationwide. As a certified B Corporation, Lotus Foods is committed to “Changing How Rice Is Grown around the World” by focusing on rice grown using the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which we call More Crop Per DropTM.   SRI minimizes water usage, empowers women, financially rewards farmers and reduces climate impact. 

Woman-Run Business Offers Reusable Menstrual Solution
by: Luci Daum Design, LLC (#H1130)

Tatiana Fontalvo                                                                        

Luci Daum Design LLC

901 3rd Avenue West, Ashland WI, 54806

1-888-898-9496

contact@partypantspads.com

WOMAN-RUN BUSINESS OFFERS REUSABLE MENSTRUAL SOLUTION

The Cloth Pads Can be Reused Up to 7 Years

Ashland, Wisconsin—3/23/2020—When Luci Daum was 8 years old, small pony creations she made sold out at a local gift store. Her mother had taught her to sew at just 3 years old. Little did she know at such a young age that those first stitches would ignite a lifelong passion, spurring her to create over one million reusable cloth menstrual pads for a growing customer base around the world.

In the late ‘90s Luci started experimenting with cloth menstrual pads, “The first ones were a lot thicker than they are today,” she says. After she tried the prototypes on herself and loved them, she began to give them away to friends and family, “My hope was that other people might experience the same revelation and comfort from reusable cloth pads,” she explains. The cloth pads were a success, and everyone encouraged her to add them to her lineup of products. The rest is history.

These days, Party in My Pants (PiMP for short) is a woman-owned business in Ashland, Wisconsin, tucked into the banks of Lake Superior. And each pad is still lovingly made by hand, but the business has changed over the years from a one-woman show to a team of 15.

 “There is a multi-step process for each product, but most start with the fabric. There’s cutting, ironing, stacking, drawing patterns, more cutting…even before the sewing starts! Then onto the organizing, layering, stitching, flipping, stitching again, snipping the final threads, and adding the finishing touches!” Luci describes the pad production process. Party in My Pants creates 60,000 pads per year and has given away an estimated 200,000 through their Cloth Pad Curious (CPC) program.

Every person is unique, so that is why there are 15 pad sizes—quite literally a pad for any body. The team features over 65 exciting and gender-inclusive fabric options to match everybody’s style. And they are always adding to the fabric possibilities—even organic varieties. Party in My Pants is also proud to run a zero-waste business, using recycled paper and 100% vegetable-based inks for every single order.

Caring for the pads could not be simpler. Throw them in a regular wash cycle and then toss them in the dryer on low or medium to be used over and over. The best part is that reusable pads help save 11,000 waste products per menstruator and countless trips to the store. Party in My Pants is honored to educate and empower people to create less waste and break menstrual taboos.

—More—

However, cloth menstrual pads are not the only product that Party in My Pants designs. They also offer Honeysuckle Nursing Pads, Cadet Caps, Kangalu Jumpers, and Totes, with more projects in the pipeline, all handmade with care, just like their pads.

Read more about Party in My Pants at www.partypantspads.com.

Party in My Pants, http://www.partypantspads.com, is a woman-run business that promotes body positivity, zero waste, and gender inclusivity through the sale of reusable, cloth menstrual pads. They are incredibly proud to help people and to be part of the solution.

RICHVALE, Calif., December 5, 2019 – Lundberg Family Farms, a national leader in organic rice, rice products and US-grown quinoa, has received the third annual Organic Grower Summit’s Grower of the Year award. The award, sponsored by AGCO, is given on behalf of California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and the Organic Product Network (OPN).     This award is in recognition of Lundberg Family Farms’ ongoing commitment and dedication to excellence in the organic industry, through the company’s production methods, innovation and leadership. “We are honored to present the annual Grower of the Year award to the Lundberg family,” said Greg Milstead, director of sales, Southwest Region for AGCO. “Their decades’ long work exemplifies what hardworking, passionate organic farming is all about.”    The award was presented at the Organic Grower Summit, December 4-5 in Monterey, CA, which brings together organic growers, producers and processors across the country for seminars and networking opportunities with industry leaders.    “Not only has the Lundberg Family’s decades of work to encourage water conservation, rotate crops, grow cover crops, and use natural methods for pest control made them leaders in organic rice production and wildlife-friendly farming, but they have also always found ways to share information about those practices with other organic farmers,” said Kelly Damewood, CEO of CCOF. “This dedication to the environment and community is what makes the organic sector special, so the Lundberg Family could not be more deserving of the title of Grower of the Year.”    Lundberg Family Farms is honored to receive the award. “Our grandparents and parents instilled in us a deep respect for the land and environment,” said Grant Lundberg, CEO of Lundberg Family Farms, who accepted the award on behalf of the company. “This led to family farming traditions in straw management, water and wildlife conservation and the use of cover crops. It has also built environmental practices in our manufacturing operations with the use of solar power, chemical free pest management and the attainment of US Zero Waste Council certification.”     For further information about OGS 2019, please visit www.organicgrowersummit.com.    About Lundberg Family Farms 

Since 1937, the Lundberg Family has been farming rice and producing rice products at their farms in the Sacramento Valley. Now led by its third generation, Lundberg Family Farms uses organic and ecopositive farming practices to produce wholesome rice and quinoa products while protecting and improving the environment for future generations. For more information, visit Lundberg.com and follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram

About OPN

OPN is a marketing organization serving as the go-to resource for the organic fresh produce industry.  The company's mission is to inform and educate through a strong digital presence with an emphasis on original content and complimented by engaging live events which bring together various components of the organic food community. The OPN audience includes organic producers, handlers, distributors, processors, wholesalers, foodservice operators and retailers.     About CCOF

CCOF is a nonprofit organization governed by the people who grow and make our food. Founded in California more than 40 years ago, today our roots span the breadth of North America and our presence is internationally recognized. We are supported by an organic family of farmers, ranchers, processors, retailers, consumers, and policymakers. Together, we work to realize a future where organic is the norm. For more information about CCOF, visit www.ccof.org

RICHVALE, Calif., November 26, 2019Holiday party and football watching party seasons are upon us, a time to spread cheer, cheer on your teams—and potentially permanently damage your reputation. Sixty-one percent of Americans report that they have committed a food-related faux pas at a party, according to a recent survey of 1,000 US adults ages 18+ by Wakefield Research for Lundberg Family Farms, a national leader in organic rice, rice products and US-grown quinoa. 

Tailgates are, as a rule, laxer than office parties or holiday soirees, but they also come with their own unique set of potential gaffes and the top one is “Two Dips, and You’re Out”. Nearly half of Americans (48%) say double-dipping is more likely to get them crossed off an invite list than forgetting the host’s name, while over a quarter say bringing a bag of crumbled chips to a tailgate is worse than wearing the opposite team’s jersey. 

Lundberg was shocked, and frankly a little disturbed, to learn that 36% of those admit to doubledipping. 

In addition, nearly half of survey respondents (47%) admit to talking with their mouth full, and 28% confessed to touching food and putting it back. Nearly 1 in 4 guilty parties even owned up to having coughed or sneezed over food. 

Those double-dippers should know better – they are just one scoop away from turning people off. “Troubled times call for creative remedies,” said Susan Shields, Vice President of Marketing at Lundberg Family Farms.  “By providing foods that minimize party faux pas, we at Lundberg are doing what we can to help Americans master the art of party etiquette.” Lundberg can help party-goers snack confidently with their new innovative Bold Bites Chips, small enough to eat in one bite and strong enough to scoop without breaking. 

Choosing the right foods will aid in upholding an impeccable reputation through the busy football and holiday party seasons. According to the survey findings over half (53%) of Americans can remember a faux pas that someone committed a year ago or more, while 20% can recall one from more than five years ago. While double-dipping might not be as bad as sneezing on someone’s holiday buffet, it’s still a surefire way to make your social life comatose.

Americans will go to great lengths to avoid making a mistake, the survey found that most Americans (64%) have done something to avoid food-related faux pas, including only eating non-messy or dry foods (26%), eating by themselves (19%) or 1 in 4 divulged they avoid eating at parties altogether.  

Surprisingly, the youngest generation might be the most concerned with etiquette ─ or at least the impression they make at parties. Nearly 2 in 5 Gen Zers (39%) have abstained from eating so as not to make a food-related faux pas at a party, compared to a comparatively freewheeling 26% of Millennials and 24% of Boomers. Similarly, 30% of Gen Zers have eaten by themselves, compared to 17% of Gen Xers and 13% of Boomers.

About Lundberg Family Farms

Since 1937, the Lundberg Family has been farming rice and producing rice products at their farms in the Sacramento Valley. Now led by its third generation, Lundberg Family Farms uses organic and ecopositive farming practices to produce wholesome rice and quinoa products while protecting and improving the environment for future generations. For more information, visit Lundberg.com and follow us on FacebookPinterestTwitter and Instagram.    For more information about Lundberg Family Farms and other products, visit www.lundberg.com.  

MEDIA CONTACT:

Tim Sprinkle (720) 278-8036 tim@wearelayup.com

Makeena Awarded Placement in XRC Labs Cohort 9

Program is Focused on Innovation in Retail Technology and Consumer Goods

(Boulder, CO – March 2, 2020):  Makeena®, the consumer insights and data platform that makes shopping for natural products more affordable and accessible, announced today that it has been accepted into Cohort 9 at XRC Labs. Based in New York City, XRC Labs is an innovation accelerator focused on the retail technology and consumer goods sectors, with support from world-class retail and brand partners. As part of the program, XRC Labs has made a cash investment in Makeena.

“With consumers’ increased focus on general wellness, healthy diets, and sustainability, demand for easier access to natural products is growing like never before,” said Karen Frame, CEO & Co-founder of Makeena. “That’s where Makeena delivers great value to both natural product brands and consumers, providing brands with a new way to engage with shoppers while offering consumers a user-friendly app for discovering where to buy the healthy and sustainable products they love. This partnership with XRC Labs couldn’t be happening at a better time and is perfectly positioned to help us accelerate our growth. We’re thrilled to be a part of the latest cohort and look forward to working closely together in the years ahead.”

Makeena offers brands and retailers proprietary data, including critical business analytics and shopper data profiles. With Makeena’s technology, brands can receive real-time shopper behavioral information that identifies new distribution opportunities, geographic demands, retailer preferences and product popularity. The free location-enabled mobile app gives shoppers the ability to quickly find products that meet their dietary needs (i.e., gluten-free, lactose-free, peanut-free, etc.) and lifestyle preferences (i.e., organic, plant-based, fair trade, etc.) while saving money. Makeena is the first natural products consumer insights and engagement organization to achieve B Corp Certification.

“What attracted us to Makeena is the passionate community they've built and continue to build among consumers who care about the products they buy,” said Kirsten Horning, Principal at XRC Labs. “We also felt Paypal’s acquisition of Honey was a signal the market is interested in platforms that provide ample value to both consumers and brands."

About Makeena

Makeena is comprised of a location-enabled app and a web portal for brands and shoppers that increases shopper awareness and loyalty for healthy and sustainable brands. Through Makeena’s technology platform, brands and retailers receive critical business analytics and shopper profile data to expand their presence in the market and increase business. Shoppers are engaged with cash back incentives after proof of purchase. Makeena is focused on making healthy products affordable for everyone everywhere – in-store and online. For more information, visit makeena.com.

About XRC Labs

XRC Labs thrives as the first design-centric retail innovation ecosystem. It runs two programs annually that bring together entrepreneurs, investors, brands and retailers to foster rapid innovation and unlock new opportunities in retail. It selects startups that are positioned to create significant, positive change in the retail technology or consumer goods industries. The programs are hosted in Manhattan, the epicenter of retail and consumer goods. For more information, visit xrclabs.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Tim Sprinkle (720) 278-8036 tim@wearelayup.com

Makeena Achieves B Corporation® Certification Status - Sets High Bar for Loyalty and Rewards Organizations

(Boulder, CO – February 18, 2020):  Makeena®, a leading technology platform that connects natural products brands to shoppers across all retailers and social media, announced today that it has achieved B Corporation® Certification.  Attaining B Certification status confirms that Makeena meets the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. 

“As a company that’s focused exclusively on the natural products space and connecting shoppers with those good for you and good for the planet brands, we felt it was important for us not to simply talk about it, but actually ‘walk the walk’, said Karen Frame, CEO & Co-Founder of Makeena. “We’re extremely excited and humbled to be joining this impressive list of B Corp Certified organizations. We’re looking forward to continuing to have a positive impact on consumers that wish to live better and buy better, as well as those brands that help them to do so.”

Makeena offers brands and retailers proprietary data, including critical business analytics and shopper data profiles. With Makeena’s technology, brands can receive real-time shopper behavioral information that identifies new distribution opportunities, geographic demands, retailer preferences and product popularity. The free location-enabled mobile app gives shoppers the ability to quickly find products that meet their dietary needs (i.e., gluten-free, lactose-free, peanut-free, etc.) and lifestyle preferences (i.e., organic, plant-based, fair trade, etc.) while saving money. Makeena is the first natural products consumer insights and engagement organization to achieve B Corp Certification.

“Makeena has offered a consumer data solution that no other has been able to, especially beyond a single retailer partner,” said Robert Mock, Founder & CEO of Ocean’s Halo. “Data has been the driver of innovation at Ocean's Halo and understanding cart (basket) data across the retail spectrum has allowed us to know what and when to launch innovation as well as what to avoid, saving us time and funds alike!”

Please Note: Makeena will be exhibiting at Natural Products Expo West (booth #8509) March 5-7 in Anaheim, CA. Additional information is available at expowest.com.

About Makeena

Makeena is comprised of a location-enabled app and a web portal for brands and shoppers that increases shopper awareness and loyalty for healthy and sustainable brands. Through Makeena’s technology platform, brands and retailers receive critical business analytics and shopper profile data to expand their presence in the market and increase business. Shoppers are engaged with cash back incentives after proof of purchase. Makeena is focused on making healthy products affordable for everyone everywhere – in-store and online. For more information, visit makeena.com.

About B Corporations®

Certified B Corporations are for-profit companies that use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. They meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. To date, there are more than 2,500 B Corps in 130 industries and 60 countries around the world.

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North Coast Organic Introduces Two New Products at Expo West
by: Manzana Products Co., Inc. (#1975)

North Coast

North Coast Organic Introduces Two New Products at Expo West

Sebastopol, CA – February 26, 2020 – Founded in Sonoma County, California in 1922, Manzana Products Co., Inc. is the proud home of North Coast Organic. From the beginning, Manzana Products has been dedicated to producing the highest quality, clean ingredient apple products; apple juice, apple sauce, and apple cider vinegar. All products are made with whole USA grown apples, pressed fresh on site, without any added sugar, preservatives, colorings, or flavorings. Two new products are being unveiled at Expo West this year, a reduced sugar Apple Juice Drink and three new Fruit+Veggie Apple Sauce Pouches.

Organic Kids Apple Juice Drink - Finally, a kid friendly juice drink that the whole family can enjoy. Consumers are paying more and more attention to what they are putting in their bodies and looking closer at labels and ingredients. Just like all North Coast Organic juices, North Coast’s kid’s friendly apple juice drink is not from concentrate, making it the first juice geared towards kids that is pressed from whole apples. Best of all, it tastes as good as biting into an apple just picked off the tree, has 45% less sugar then regular apple juice and only 60 calories per serving. With organic apples and filtered water as the only two ingredients, you can be sure you’re not getting all those additives that you don’t need. North Coast remains committed to using only glass packaging. It’s better for the taste and the environment!

Organic Fruit+Veggie Apple Sauce Pouches - Making it easier to get your daily allowance of fruits and vegetables, North Coast has put together the perfect flavor combinations for all to enjoy; Mango/Sweet/Potato/Apricot, Blueberry/Spinach/Kale, and Pear/Blackberry/Beet. With bursting flavors of freshness and utter deliciousness that will leave your taste buds dancing, these convenient 3.2oz pouches are great for any on-the-go snack for anyone in the family.

All North Coast apple juices, sauces, and apple cider vinegars are USDA certified organic, Non-GMO Project verified, KSA kosher, BPA-Free, and made with the help of solar power. Visit the North Coast booth at the Fresh Ideas Marketplace (Booth F18) on March 4th or during the show (Booth B1975) March 5th-7th to sample products and learn more about the company. You can also follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn or visit www.northcoast.organic to learn more.

Air popped, GMO free sorghum gets a dose of finger-licking seasonings in this snack from Mark’s Mindful Munchies. 

Ring in the new year with Pop Bitties - the new movie-watching, midnight craving, work day snack that’s giving popcorn a run for its money.

 

Pop Bitties are bringing the nutrition-packed ancient grain sorghum to attention in the 21st century by air popping it to crunchy perfection and then pairing it with palate pleasing flavor combos like brown sugar and cinnamon, classic sea salt, buttery white cheddar and half dressed sea salt. 

 

This corn free, gluten free, easy-to-digest, 100% whole grain has been around for thousands of years. Each bite is packed with vitamins, protein, and fiber to help improve digestive health, regulate sugar levels, reduce cholesterol, and more!

This is a delicious and nutritious healthy snack for all ages!

  • Filled with vitamins and minerals including B-vitamins, magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium

  • Rich in antioxidants

  • Made using heart healthy High Oleic Expeller Pressed Sunflower Oil that’s low in saturated fat, has zero trans fat, and monounsaturated fat composition of approximately 80% 

  • Gluten free

  • Corn free making Pop Bitties ideal for folks who have a hard time digesting popcorn

  • Nut free

  • Non-GMO

  • Trans fat free

  • 100% Whole grain

  • No artificial ingredients

  • Grown in the USA

 

Sorghum is one of those grains that’s not just good for the body--it’s gentle on the planet. It’s sustainable and drought resistant, requiring much fewer resources to grow than corn and other grains. Find out more about sorghum at www.marksmindfulmunchies.com.

RENO, Nev. (February 12, 2020) – Mary's Gone Crackers – a line of gluten free, non-GMO, organic and plant-based snacks – announced the continuation of their partnership with California Rice through their strong support of the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation (www.CalRiceWaterbirds.org) to achieve long-standing goals of manufacturing delicious and sustainably sourced crackers. The brand has sourced its rice exclusively from California since 2004, marking their 17th year working together.

“A core goal at Mary’s Gone Crackers is to consciously and sustainably source all ingredients for our products,” said Mary's Gone Crackers Vice President of Sales, Jason Galante. “Our partnership with the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation has allowed us to achieve this goal while maintaining our high standard for quality ingredients.”

All of the brand’s rice, a key ingredient in the Original, Super Seed and REAL Thin crackers, is sourced exclusively from the California Rice Commission. Wildlife conservation programs managed by the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation and the California Rice Commission have effectively transformed hundreds of thousands of acres of rice fields into seasonal wetland habitats for waterbirds to inhabit.

“Corporate sustainability has become increasingly critical in this day and age,” said Paul Buttner, Executive Director of the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation. “It’s companies like Mary’s Gone Crackers, that remain committed to sustainable manufacturing practices year after year, that will have a positive and tangible impact on the environment.”

California Ricelands provide habitat for over 200 species of wildlife, including several of conservation concern. Furthermore, these rice fields support millions of birds that migrate up and down the Pacific Flyway, a migratory corridor extending from the Arctic down to Patagonia. When managed properly, these fields can provide key habitat for a wide variety of species all year long.

Mary’s Gone Crackers plans to continue sourcing rice and other ingredients sustainably to minimize their ecological footprint. To learn more, visit https://www.marysgonecrackers.com/ or follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Mary's Gone Crackers

Mary's Gone Crackers® is the largest organic and gluten free cracker company in the United States. The company bakes organic, gluten-free, non-GMO crackers in their own dedicated organic and gluten-free bakery in Reno, Nevada. Since its inception, the company has grown at a rapid pace, expanding its offerings while staying true to its promise to use only whole, plant-based ingredients free from wheat, nuts, eggs, and dairy. Products are available at natural, specialty, mainstream grocery and club stores. Mary's Gone Crackers, in business since 2004, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kameda Seika, Japan's largest manufacturer of rice crackers.

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

 

Mauna Loa® Unlocks Functional Plant Power with Brand Relaunch and Introduces 

 New Products at Natural Products Expo West 2020 

The iconic Hawai‘i-based brand ventures outside nut and chocolate categories with  

macadamia-based frozen dessert.   

 

 

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I, Feb. 20, 2020 – Mauna Loa, the largest macadamia nut brand, will be unveiling its new groundbreaking line in this year’s Natural Products Expo West from March 5-7. Located in Hall E at Booth 5134, Expo attendees will be amongst the first to sample its most innovative product to date — a non-dairy, macadamia-based frozen dessert with flavors inspired by Hawai‘i. It’s the first step towards creating more products for the health and wellness consumer. 

 

“When we tested the dairy-free ice cream with consumers, they told us they were most excited about its creaminess. That creamy texture comes from our macadamia nuts,” shares Ed Schultz, President and CEO of Hawaiian Host Group — Mauna Loa’s parent company. “This is the first time we’ve harnessed the power of the macadamia in the frozen dessert segment. As the leader in macadamias, we envision Mauna Loa becoming a major player across various categories.” 

 

Mauna Loa’s new line of macadamia-based frozen desserts comes in four Hawai‘i-inspired flavors: 

  • Rocky Road to Hana is a Hawaiian twist on the classic with a nod to the fabled, winding drive on the eastside of Maui. Think creamy chocolate, vegan marshmallows, and macadamias. 

  • Vanilla Orchid offers a delightful option for the classic flavor with a side of aloha. 

  • Mango Liliko‘i is a sweet and tart union of mango and passionfruit. 

  • Kona Coffee Chocolate Chip brings the taste of premium Kona coffee and adds rich chocolate chips. 

 

All flavors are vegan, and the ingredient list is simple, free from dairy, gluten, soy, and GMOs.  

In addition, the brand is extending its current line of flavored macadamias with new Hawaiian Kiawe BBQ, a perfect blend of tangy and smoky, as well as expanding its selection of unsalted macadamias. With its core lineup of dry-roasted, flavored macadamias, Mauna Loa is a favorite for those who follow Keto and Paleo diets since macadamias are high in fiber, low-carb, and have the best omega-3 to omega-6 ratio of any tree nut. The whole line has been reformulated, moving into healthier, sustainable macadamia oil and is in the process of attaining Non-GMO Project Verification.   

 

On the packaging front, Mauna Loa will reveal its newly redesigned logo and packaging at Expo West. An homage to the original Mauna Loa design, Mauna Loa volcano is included in the logo once more with an updated look — all while retaining the iconic shade of Mauna Loa blue that consumers look for. The landscapes featured in each package are all actual sites in Hawai‘i, inviting consumers to get a glimpse of the Islands’ beauty.  

 

About Mauna Loa® 

More than 40 years ago, Mauna Loa started perfecting the art of growing and roasting macadamias. The result? Producing a nut with a distinct buttery flavor and unique crunch. Since then, the Hawai‘i-based brand still roasts macadamias in its own manufacturing plant in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai‘i and has created a wide variety of macadamia nut products. It continues to innovate with bold new selections that harness the vibrant flavors and exquisite tastes of Hawai‘i. For more information on Mauna Loa®, visit maunaloa.com

 

About Hawaiian Host Group  

Hawaiian Host Group, parent company to Hawaiian Host® and Mauna Loa brands, is the leading manufacturer of premium chocolate and macadamia nut snacks. Renowned for providing an authentic chocolate and macadamia nut experience, the iconic Hawai‘i company has been offering high-quality, delicious products—from fine confectionary gifts to indulgent snacks—since 1927. Headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaiian Host Group produces a wide assortment unique premium chocolate and macadamia nut snacks and distributes globally. For more information on Hawaiian Host Group, visit hawaiianhostgroup.com

 

     

Contact: Margie Jacinto  Director of Corp. Communications  

mjacinto@hawaiianhostgroup.com  (808) 842-7312 

Mellitas Health Foods, LLC (Ithaca, NY) has announced its official launch of two revolutionary ingredients: Max Bloc Carb Blocker and Targeted Immune Serine Protease Inhibitor, after 3 years of research and development. Max Bloc Carb Blocker a clinically-tested starch blocker with 10 times carb-blocking strength compared to traditional white bean extract. Targeted Immune Natural Serine Protease Inhibitor is a natural protease inhibitor with zero toxic lectin, which offers 20-30 times more natural protease inhibitor for immunity improvement than soybean or pea protein isolate.   

Mellitas Health Foods is based in the Cornell University Business and Technology Park, and the firm has invested heavily on research and development, as well as human clinical trials, collaborating with universities in the process.

Maximize your product's brand identity and capacity with Midway's newest 5-shelf, all-metal beverage rack. Designed to effortlessly accommodate four 6-packs of your natural and organic beverages per shelf or sixteen 6-packs per rack or; maximize your capacity by double-stacking to house eight 6-packs per shelf or forty 6-packs of organic beverages per rack. 

Their off-the-shelf merchandiser lands your natural products directly in front of your consumer. Add your eye-catching branded message and graphics to their side panels with a header card, and you'll seal the deal.

M&M’S® design staff's quest for a compact yet mobile display to merchandise their large collection of plain and peanut M&M’S® was satisfied after seeing Midway's Full-view® Collection. 

Midway made slight adjustments in their fixed hook-bars to accommodate M&M’S® capacity needs of 20 product facings.  Then, the compact rack with all components was powder-coated to M&M’S® yellow color specification. Fully assembled, this mobile display has a footprint of only 15” X 18”!  M&M’S® designers were able to create their graphics and marketing message that was printed on MD's graphic panels which packed and shipped with each unit. 

Midway's customizing and KD packing capabilities, along with their mid-west shipping location, saved shipping and warehousing costs.

Midway Displays loves making merchandising easy, so give them a call at 708-563-2323 for merchandising ideas for your display needs.

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