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Coffee Spotlight: Hatch Signature Blend Cold Brew Coffee



We created the Signature Blend to introduce a well-balanced high quality cold brew with just the right amount of fruit notes from Ethiopian coffee, while maintaining the deep caramel flavours that we’ve come to love with Colombian coffees.

- Washed processed
- Organic and Fair Trade
- Both coffees are certified USDA Organic


Colombia (1500 masl) & Ethiopia (1750 - 1950 masl)


Medium Roast


Tasting Notes:
Fruity & Notes of Caramel



About the Company

Pure, honest coffee.
Cold crafted by Hatch.

On the surface, the process of cold brewing coffee seems deceptively simple – after all, there are only two ingredients, coffee and water. But at Hatch, we know that what separates ordinary cold brew from the not-so-ordinary is an appreciation for subtlety and craftsmanship. And that is why we go to great lengths to oversee every step of our production process. We are determined that every batch of our lovingly crafted cold brew captures the pure essence of coffee.
Best Beans
It all starts with the best quality beans. We ethically source 100% organic, fair trade coffee beans from reputable and sustainable single-origin lots.
Precise Roast
We meticulously roast our beans in small scale batches on a low-emission roaster, gingerly coaxing out those unique, single-origin flavours. Our beans are then matured for 3 to 10 days, depending on the optimal maturity cycle for each bean and roast.
Crafted Brew
Once our beans are ready, they are ground on a precision grinder and then immediately brewed. Our coffee is literally cold brewed – steeped in small batches for 20 hours at a very cold temperature – we do not brew at room temperature. We carefully monitor the purity and pH levels of our water to ensure quality and consistency throughout the brewing process.
Bottled Fresh
When our cold brew is ready to be bottled, we filter it twice for clarity and use state-of-the-art treatment technology (the first in North America) to seal in that fresh, smooth and naturally sweet taste.



Company:  Hatch
Brand: Hatch
Origin: Canada
Category: Coffee
Packaging: 330ml
Claims: Organic, Fair Trade
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $4.50
Where to BuyBuy Online,, Store Finder
Website: hatchcrafted.com






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Drink Spotlight: Livwell Products, LLC Launches drinkSMART™ Hangover And Liver Detox Supplement And Hi-Lyte™ Electrolyte Concentrate


LOS ANGELES, Dec. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Livwell Products LLC, a natural nutritional supplements company founded by Natural Products Innovator and Chief Marketer Jeremy Adams -- formerly of POM Wonderful and GT's Kombucha -- announces the launch of two science-based wellness products to address the age-old issues of hangover recovery, liver detox and healthful rehydration for the Social Drinker.

The development of drinkSMART and Hi-Lyte goes back to the founder's experience in graduate school at Harvard University. He found that many friends and colleagues who followed otherwise healthy diet and fitness routines, also enjoyed alcoholic beverages socially. With over 40% of adults drinking an average of over 4 drinks per instance, he set out to find a better way to restore lost productivity from hangovers and to bolster long term liver and immune health.

Adams began researching the growing field of scientific data around hangover recovery and liver detox, eventually partnering with a Doctor and Research PHD to develop drinkSMART, the most comprehensive formulation available to address hangover recovery and liver detox.

Their combined research led them to a new formulation with truly breakthrough support mechanisms:

  • Amino Acids (such as N-Acetyl Cysteine), Prickly Pear, Ginger and other herbs to help metabolize acetaldehyde, a toxic alcohol byproduct*
  • Organic Milk Thistle, Organic Reishi Mushroom, Artichoke Leaf, Dihydromyricetin (DHM), Burdock Root and other herbs to support healthy liver function*
  • Antioxidant Superfoods such as Organic Curcumin, Acerola, Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), Green Tea and Goji Extract to support healthy immune system and elimination of free radicals*
  • 16 essential vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, B Complex and Magnesium*

"Our products are designed to support both hangover recovery and daily wellness for the Social Drinker," says Adams. "drinkSMART can be taken before bed as a 'Hangover Pill' after a night of drinking or daily as a multivitamin and supplement."

Their second product, Hi-Lyte, was developed specifically to address dehydration due to alcohol consumption. Hi-Lyte is a zero sugar and calorie electrolyte concentrate that can be added to any beverage and includes the perfect mix of electrolytes for rapid rehydration and hangover recovery.

drinkSMART and Hi-Lyte are being launched exclusively on Amazon.com for the 2016 Holidays. 30 servings (90 vegetarian capsules) of drinkSMART is featured on Amazon.com for $39.95 while 48 servings of Hi-Lyte is available for $18.95. Both are being launched with a 20% OFF introductory offer through New Year's Eve with the Coupon Code NYX20OFF.

About Livwell Products, LLC
Based in Los Angeles, CA, Livwell Products was founded by Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) Industry Innovator and Chief Marketer from POM Wonderful and GT's Kombucha, Jeremy Adams. The company is dedicated to the advancement of emerging science and diverse healing approaches to promote an enjoyable, healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

Amazon.com Links
drinkSMART: http://www.amztk.com/electrolytes
Hi-Lyte: http://www.amztk.com/hangoverpill








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Food Spotlight: 100% Organic Italian On-the-Go EVOO!



SEATTLE, Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Santa has a favorite new stocking stuffer: Heart-healthy Bellucci 100% Italian and Organic Italian EVOO in fun, single-serving squeeze packs. They make a spectacular holiday splash—one delicious drizzle at a time—for people whose active, health-conscious lifestyles have them eager to find delicious, convenient unprocessed foods. EVOO lovers will enjoy the thrill of being able to season a dish with outstanding EVOO flavor on the fly.

The clever squeeze packs can pop straight from a Christmas stocking into a tote, knapsack, lunch sack, glove compartment, or nearby drawer to give lunches, salads, and meals out a quick, healthy taste-lift.

Like all Bellucci EVOO, On-the-Go is milled cooperatively from olives grown in small family groves and is traceable to its origin in rural Italy using the Bellucci App. Alongside its commitment to traditional cultivation and milling practices, Bellucci makes sure its oils arrive fresh from Italy, when flavor, antioxidants, and polyphenols are at their peak. Since EVOO aroma and health-giving properties subside over time, especially with exposure to air, Bellucci's convenient single-serving packs are a breakthrough in keeping EVOO at its flavorful, nutritional best.

With On-the-Go squeeze packs, there's no better way to keep EVOO fans supplied with fresh-from-harvest flavor and healthy eaters ready to go with rich nutrition. Bellucci in any form makes a great palate-pleasing gift with its fabulous fresh taste of Italy.

Purchase On-the-Go EVOO squeeze packs and other special EVOO gift sets at the Bellucci online store, http://store.belluccipremium.com/en/products. Recipes for scrumptious seasonal cheer await and, for anyone aiming to learn about EVOO and hone their tasting skills, the website holds a great deal more in store.






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Food Spotlight: Oomi Protein Noodles





Food with purpose

Using patented technology and sustainable white fish we’ve developed the ultimate noodle that’s wholesome and packed full of nutritious protein.


Pure Protein

Our protein is sourced fresh from the Arctic & Pacific oceans surrounding Alaska. We use pristine fillets from Pacific Whiting, Pollock and Hoki.





Company: Oomi Noodles
Brand: Oomi
Origin: UK
Category: Pasta
Packaging: 115g
Claims: High in Protein, 75% less carbs, Gluten Free
Price: £2.79 (2 x 115g)
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: oominoodles.com







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Drink Spotlight: Formula O2 – A Natural Recovery Drink


A doctor and a CrossFit trainer walked into a bar…

They got to thinking, “Why do energy and sports drinks promise to help you, when really they’re just chock-full of unhealthy ingredients? And why do so many drinks pump toxins into you, but none help get toxins out of you?”

They walked out determined to challenge the bull.

Recovery /riˈkəvərē/ , (n). a return to a natural state of health, mind, or strength.

Nothing Artificial.
No Gimmicks.
No Bull.

formula O2 is a natural recovery drink that helps you reset with only what you need and nothing you don’t. It comes in two light and refreshing flavors,
Orange Mango & Grapefruit Ginger.
Both flavors will delight your taste buds, but we all know it’s what’s inside that counts. Click here for our nutrition facts, or see our main ingredients below.



Your liver needs oxygen to process toxins, and formula O2 helps get toxins out of your body faster by delivering more oxygen to your liver through your stomach.

O2’s unique blend of electrolytes is based on the formulation found in IV fluids to help keep you hydrated and energized throughout the day.

Caffeine not only perks you up but also helps relieve headaches and burn fat. The caffeine in formula O2 is about as much as a cup of coffee and comes from green coffee beans (not a lab).






Company: Formula O2
Brand: Formula O2
Origin: USA
Category: Dietary Supplement Drink
Claims: Recovery, Nothing Artificial, 20 Calories per can
Packaging: 16fl oz (473ml)
Variants: Orange Mango, Grapefruit Ginger
Price: $11.10 (4 x 16 oz)
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: drinko2.com









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Personal Care Spotlight: Eclipse Launches NEWA®, Home-Use RF Skin-Care System



Leading Aesthetic Provider Exclusive U.S. Distributor to Skin-Care Professionals of First FDA-Cleared, Energy-Based Wrinkle-Reduction Device

DALLAS, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Eclipse Aesthetics®, LLC., a leading aesthetic and medical supply company, proudly announces it has partnered with EndyMed Medical Ltd., a pioneer and leader in multi-source radiofrequency (RF) technology products, to offer the NEWA® through medical aesthetic professionals. The energy-based RF device is the first of its kind to receive FDA clearance for aesthetic home-use.

The NEWA®, a non-invasive skin-care system, is based on EndyMed's patented 3DEEP® RF technology. The device is clinically proven to reduce mild to moderate facial wrinkles utilizing the revolutionary technology. NEWA® delivers controlled energy into the skin, which can aid in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

The innovative system was developed by an internationally renowned dermatologist and received the Edison Innovation Award for 2013 in the Medical Scientific Category. NEWA® is an ideal complement to in-office treatment devices including Eclipse Firma™ and Eclipse Skinfinity RF™. The device enables consumers to safely enhance results in the comfort and convenience of their homes. Consumers can personalize their regimen with the NEWA® app, available for iPhone and Android users.

"Eclipse is very excited to be launching this ground-breaking technology in the United States," said Tom O'Brien, CEO of Eclipse. "It's a clinically proven system that eclipses other home-use devices. It empowers consumers to supplement and enhance the results of in-office procedures." The award-winning device is now available from select dermatologists, plastic surgeons and medical spas. "The time for NEWA® is now," he added.

"We're pleased to partner with Eclipse to offer the first FDA-cleared RF device for home-use in the U.S.," stated Amy Kamin, CEO of EndyMed USA. "This device is like no other available and will solidify our leading technological position in the world's RF-based home-use devices market."

Studies reveal skin loses 1-2% of its collagen annually after the age of 30. Over time, collagen loss can lead to wrinkles and older-looking skin. While some creams advertised for anti-aging may aid in the surface appearance, RF devices, such as NEWA®, work deep under the skin's surface where wrinkles begin to form.

Eclipse Aesthetics®, LLC. provides solutions to the U.S. and International aesthetic and medical communities. Eclipse offers a portfolio of products including: Eclipse PRP®, platelet rich-plasma kits; Eclipse MicroPen®, micro-needling technology; and Eclipse Skinfinity RF™, among others. www.EclipseMed.com








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Spirits Spotlight: Discover “City”: an exclusive LABEL 5 street art edition!


Only a very small number of this “City” Edition, designed in a graffiti and urban spirit, will be released.

It’s the perfect time to rediscover all of what LABEL 5 Classic Black has to offer: intensity, uniqueness and smoothness. As part of its urban positioning, LABEL 5 presents its very limited “City Edition”: the quality of Classic Black in a street art designed bottle.

By being entirely spray painted in black, this bottle echoes the metropolitan, modern and cosmopolite character of LABEL 5. The graffiti artwork has been used as the label, allowing the street art spirit of “City Edition” to be fully appreciated. This colourful and urban label embodies perfectly the creative way of running the City Light campaign and offers a new vision of LABEL 5 Classic Black.




Top ten Scotch Whisky brand, LABEL 5 is carefully distilled, matured and bottled in our distilleries in Scotland. LABEL 5 is enjoyed in more than 100 countries and is renowned for its high quality and appreciated for its smoothness. With 2.6 M 9-L cases sold in 2015, LABEL 5 is a key player in the Scotch Whisky category.

LABEL 5 First Blending Company - Starlaw Road, Bathgate, Scotland



An independent French group founded in 1934, LA MARTINIQUAISE is one of the biggest spirits group in France and features in the world Top 10. The group which operates in 110 countries has a turnover of 950 million euros and is proud to own four millionaire brands: LABEL 5 & SIR EDWARD’S Scotch Whisky, POLIAKOV Vodka and NEGRITA Rum – Source: IMPACT 2016

For more information:
Group LA MARTINIQUAISE, www.la-martiniquaise.com


DOC-L5-argu CityEdition-SS VERNIS-150916






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Industry News: OREO Launches Direct-to-Consumer Gifting Site for the Holidays


Supports Mondelēz International's Global eCommerce Strategy to Grow Revenues to At Least $1 Billion by 2020

EAST HANOVER, N.J., Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the busiest shopping season of the year, OREO is introducing gifts.oreo.com, a totally new online gifting experience for consumers featuring festive OREO tins filled with White Fudge Covered OREO cookies, a seasonal favorite. The new eCommerce pilot program will allow Mondelēz International to further build its direct-to-consumer credentials and is the latest initiative in the company's global e-commerce strategy, which aims to grow revenues to at least $1 billion by 2020.

"OREO cookies have been part of people's holiday shopping and snacking for generations. And a key part of our eCommerce strategy is to offer unique gifting opportunities for our fans while ensuring a seamless shopping experience from start to finish," said Jennifer Hull, Global e-commerce Marketing Platforms Lead.

OREO fans who visit gifts.oreo.com can actually send gifts without knowing the recipient's address, using only their e-mail address or mobile phone number. Recipients can then "open" the gift online and confirm shipping details to send the OREO gift to the location of their choice.

"Our goal is to become the leader in eCommerce snacking by providing the best product assortment, value and convenience for consumers," said Neil Ackerman, Global Director, eCommerce. "We're piloting a more flexible, agile supply chain model that will allow us to have a more direct interaction with shoppers during a time of year when they're increasingly turning to online sources to research gift ideas and complete purchases."

While this direct-to-consumer pilot is for a limited time in the U.S., Mondelēz International will use the insights and knowledge from gifts.oreo.com to launch more eCommerce programs in other markets around the world.

Each of the festive OREO tins filled with White Fudge Covered OREO cookies are priced at $19.99 and includes free shipping, while supplies last. To give the gift of OREO this holiday season, go to gifts.oreo.com.

About OREO
OREO is the world's favorite cookie, enjoyed by families and friends in more than 100 countries around the world. OREO is the best-selling biscuit of the 21st century with more than $2 billion in global annual revenues. The OREO cookie twist, lick and dunk ritual has become the signature way to enjoy this iconic cookie for many different cultures around the world. OREO has a Facebook community of more than 42 million OREO lovers around the globe, representing 200+ countries and dozens of different languages. OREO celebrated its 100th birthday on March 6, 2012. Visit www.OREO.com for more information. OREO is one of Mondelēz International's billion-dollar brands.

About Mondelēz International
Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is a global snacking powerhouse, with 2015 net revenues of approximately $30 billion. Creating delicious moments of joy in 165 countries, Mondelēz International is a world leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy and powdered beverages, with billion-dollar brands, such as OREO, LU and Nabisco biscuits; Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate; and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor's 500, NASDAQ 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDLZ.






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Snack Spotlight: Boulder Canyon Takes Real Food Snacking To A Delicious New Level With Gluten-Free Snacks



PHOENIX, Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading better-for-you snack brand, Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods, pushes the envelope of inventive snack food creation forward this week with the introduction of three new delicious gluten-free, snack crisps made with an array of wholesome ingredients, including lentils, peas, carrots, quinoa, amaranth and other ancient grains.  Lentil Carrot Quinoa Crisps, Snap Pea Crisps and Ancient Grains Crisps arrive at natural food stores, traditional grocery and select mass merchandise stores nationwide this month. They are sold in 5.5-ounce bags with a suggested retail price of $3.49 per package.

Lentil Carrot Quinoa Crisps pair on-trend lentils with carrots and quinoa that is lightly seasoned with savory herbs. They are available in Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper and Balsamic Herb varieties.

Snap Pea Crisps take a less-is-more approach by combining just a few ingredients, including real peas, rice, sorghum flour, sunflower oil and sea salt. In addition to the aforementioned Sea Salt variety, Boulder Snap Pea Crisps are available in a Creamy Ranch flavor.

Finally, Ancient Grains Crisps combine quinoa, sorghum, millet, brown teff, amaranth and brown rice for the ultimate better-for-you snack. They are available in Roasted Red Salsa and Pink Himalayan Salt & Cracked Pepper varieties.

"The snack food aisle is an imaginative, creative space, and nowhere is that more evident than in the Boulder Canyon brand," said Steve Sklar, senior vice president and general manager for Inventure Foods, Inc. "We've taken all these unique, on-trend, healthful ingredients and turned them into imaginative recipes that are flat out delicious. I believe it's further proof that real food ingredients taste better than processed foods could ever hope to."

Boulder Canyon snack crisps are baked, not fried, and feature no trans fats, zero cholesterol and just 130 calories or less per one-ounce serving. Additionally, they are made with non-GMO ingredients, and are gluten-free certified.

Boulder Canyon® Foods is a member of the Inventure Foods (Nasdaq: SNAK) family of Intensely Different™ specialty brands. The Company's better-for-you and indulgent food brands include Boulder Canyon® Foods, Jamba®, Seattle's Best Coffee®, Rader Farms®, TGI Fridays®, Nathan's Famous®, Vidalia Brands®, Poore Brothers®, Tato Skins®, Willamette Valley Fruit Company™, Fresh Frozen™ and Bob's Texas Style®. For further information about Inventure Foods' specialty snack brands, visit www.inventurefoods.com.








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Spirits Spotlight: The Macallan Reveals Edition No. 2



The Second Limited Release in the Annual Collectible Series Celebrates Collaboration and Mastery

NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Macallan, the world's ultimate luxury single malt Scotch whisky, unveils Edition No. 2, a collaboration between Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno and co-founders of El Celler de Can Roca - twice voted best restaurant in the world - Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca. The second release in the Edition Series, a growing collection of Macallan whiskies that explore unique and distinctive casks, The Macallan Edition No. 2 brings together seven handpicked cask types from four different Spanish bodegas and cooperages to showcase the strength of co-creation and mastery.

Continuing the diverse story of The Macallan's oak casks and their obsession with wood, the focus remains on the commitment introduced with The Macallan Edition No.1, to unlock the workings of the intricate whisky making process. From the provenance of the oak to the expert crafting of the cask, the seasoning and the size, it is these diverse components and, in this instance, the distinct personas of the collaborators, which have ultimately shaped Edition No.2.

The Macallan's Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno, and the Roca brothers, renowned chefs and brothers, imparted their creative spirits upon Edition No. 2 to bring to life the whisky's dynamic character through carefully handpicked cask types that represent different aspects of each of their personalities:

  • The European oak Tevasa casks selected by Bob Dalgarno define and carry the shape of Edition No.2 with characteristic notes of rich, dried fruit.  This speaks of his ever curious, patient and empathetic character.
  • Closely following are notes of green wood and toffee from the American and European oak Diego Martin casks selected by Joan Roca. These casks bring to life the generous, reflective and passionate nature of this co-creator.
  • The notes of allspice and ginger are derived from the Jose Miguel Martin European oak casks selected by Josep Roca which denote of his complexity, warmth and maturity.
  • Finally, notes of citrus and light vanilla combine from the American oak Vasyma butts and puncheons chosen by pastry chef Jordi Roca which reflect the lively and vivacious aspects of his larger than life personality.

"By collaborating with the Roca brothers we have combined our knowledge of whisky making with their creative culinary expertise.  The result - a single malt that challenges expectations," said The Macallan's Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno. "The driving force behind the Edition Series is the freedom we have to explore different and distinctive casks, some that might not typically be used in other Macallan whiskies.  With wood at the very heart of this series, we very much enjoyed the opportunity to delve into each individual cask, discovering the style and the special influence it can impart on the resulting whisky.  The harmony and balance of Edition No.2 reflects not only the hand selected casks but the relationship that we have been developing with Joan, Josep and Jordi over the last few years – it is powerful collaboration and one that I have loved being part of."

Josep Roca, Sommelier, El Cellar de Can Roca, continues, "Our shared values and passions with The Macallan are taken a step further with our Edition No. 2 collaboration.  Working with Bob to identity casks which reflect each of us personally was truly a unique and magical experience. We are really proud of this partnership and the exceptional whisky created as a result."

With a suggested retail price of $90 per bottle, The Macallan Edition No. 2 is available now at your local fine spirits purveyor. For more information, visit www.themacallan.com.

Tasting Notes

  • Color: A natural color of golden syrup
  • Aroma: The nose leads with treacle, ginger, toffee apples and rich fruits. Layers of vanilla open into tropical fruits and subtle green wood.
  • Palate: The palate is warm with spice as cracked black pepper and cloves join with hints of chocolate, brown sugar, oak and nuts. Finally, liquorice and brandy snaps come to
  • Finish: The finish is full, slow, warm and wonderfully viscous.
  • Strength: 48.2% ABV

Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world's finest single malt whiskies.  The story of The Macallan is built on the Six Pillars, each influencing the whisky in its own distinct way.  From the spiritual home of Easter Elchies House; curiously small stills giving richness to the pure spirit; finest cut or the best of the best of the distillation, to exceptional oak casks which account for up to 80% of the final flavor in the whisky; natural color and finally the peerless spirit, The Macallan itself.

Wood sits at the heart of The Macallan.  The vital contributing influences of Spain, North America and Scotland, together with true mastery, set it apart from the rest.  For more information on The Macallan, visit www.themacallan.com. The Macallan can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

© 2016 The Macallan Distillers Limited, The Macallan ® Scotch Whisky, 48.2% Alc./Vol., Imported by Edrington Americas, New York, NY. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY.






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