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Food News: One Box At A Time: Kashi Expands Product Portfolio To Support Organic Farmland




Kashi announces second product made with Certified Transitional ingredients


SOLANA BEACH, Calif., Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Kashi introduced Chewy Nut Butter Bars – the second line of products in its growing Certified Transitional portfolio – which joins Dark Cocoa Karma Shredded Wheat Biscuits, the company's best-performing cereal innovation in over five years. These deliciously chewy bars are made with real nut butters, whole grains and coconut oil, offering flavor packed, gluten-free nourishment in four tasty flavors: Almond Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Trail Mix, Salted Chocolate Chunk and Coconut Cashew Macaroon.

"We're thrilled to announce this addition to our Certified Transitional portfolio," said David Denholm, CEO at Kashi. "Chewy Nut Butter Bars represent another delicious way for consumers to join us on our mission to increase the amount of organic farmland in the US, one box at a time."

Building Bridges to the Organic Market

Despite double-digit growth in consumer demand for organic foods every year since the 1990s, organic acreage has not kept up – according to the USDA, less than one percent of US farmland is certified organic. While farmers increasingly seek to recognize the benefits of certification, converting fields from conventional farming methods to organic takes at least three years and is no small feat. During the three-year transition, farmers use organic practices but aren't paid organic prices.

Inspired to help farmers meet rising demand for organics, Kashi in 2016 partnered with leading organic certifier Quality Assurance International (QAI) to create Certified Transitional, a protocol which creates a new way for farmers to command slightly higher prices for their crops in transition during the three-year period – giving them the financial assurance needed to make the switch from conventional to organic. QAI led the development of the label, with support from agricultural suppliers, a global environmental NGO, organic experts, farmers, retailers, distributors and food brands.

QAI owns and manages the Certified Transitional protocol, which is available for any crop and brand that sources agricultural ingredients, including food and beverage, dietary supplements, cosmetics, household cleaners and textile products.

Certified Transitional Farmland More Than Doubles

In 2016, Kashi purchased the first-ever crop of Certified Transitional ingredients – hard red winter wheat – sourced from 860 acres of transitional farmland for use in Dark Cocoa Karma Shredded Wheat Biscuits. After just one year, Kashi's Certified Transitional products now are sourced from over 3,474 acres – more than quadrupling from the previous year – on their way to transitioning from conventional to organic. Today's launch of Chewy Nut Butter Bars builds on this momentum by showcasing other transitional ingredients, including almonds, dates and sorghum. In total, there now are 10 farms supplying Certified Transitional ingredients located in California, Louisiana, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.

By purchasing Certified Transitional products such as Chewy Nut Butter Bars and Dark Cocoa Karma Shredded Wheat Biscuits, consumers can play a role in helping support farmers transition their land to organic, one box at a time. Each purchase contributes to a growing marketplace that recognizes the investment farmers make while transitioning to organic practices.

"As a farmer, I think of the decision to switch to organic as an equation – with dozens of variables that must be considered – such as the projected price of organic products, consumer demand, changing environmental conditions, and more," said Richard Gemperle, president at Edelweiss Nut Company, who supplied almonds for the new Chewy Nut Butter Bars. "For me, Certified Transitional changed the equation in favor of making the transition to organic, giving me a way to reap immediate economic benefits."

Moving Toward More Organics

"Kashi's first Certified Transitional product, Dark Cocoa Karma Shredded Wheat Biscuits, is our best-performing cereal innovation in over five years," said CEO David Denholm. "The addition of Chewy Nut Butter Bars to our Certified Transitional portfolio builds on this progress and supports efforts to increase organic farmland in the U.S. As demand for organics continues to grow, we hope this success will encourage other brands to explore Certified Transitional sourcing."

Kashi, along with QAI, invites anyone interested – from farmers to consumers – to learn more about Certified Transitional and participate in the program.

Share Certified Transitional today!

  • Click to Tweet: Kashi's new #ChewyNutButterBar helps create more organic farmland! @KashiFoods @QAI_Cert
  • Click to Tweet: Certified Transitional from @QAI_Cert and @KashiFoods helps farmers transition to #organic.
  • Click to Tweet: Only 1% of US farmland is #organic today. @KashiFoods is working to change this.

About Kashi Company
believes eating more plants is the catalyst for a healthier life. A natural lifestyle pioneer since 1984, Kashi produces nutritious plant-based foods including cereals, powders, entrees and snacks with curated ingredients. All Kashi products being made today – including its GOLEAN and Heart to Heart brands - are Non-GMO Project Verified and Kashi is proud to partner with QAI on the industry's first Certified Transitional program, which recognizes crops in transition from conventional to organic. Kashi products are available nationwide in the U.S. and Canada. Kashi is based in sunny Solana Beach, Calif.  To learn more, please visit Kashi.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/Kashi, Twitter at https://twitter.com/Kashifoods, Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kashi/ or YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/Kashi.

About QAI (Quality Assurance International)
Founded in 1989, QAI is the leading provider of organic certification services verifying organic integrity throughout the supply chain (qai-inc.com). Additional certification services include gluten-free, kosher, natural personal care, and food safety through its parent company NSF International. QAI remains dedicated to the environment, while providing educational outreach to the organic community, customers and consumers. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., the company has grown to include operations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Japan and the European Union.

For media interested in more information or to request an interview with Tracy Favre, Global Managing Director, QAI, an NSF International company contact Liz Nowland-Margolis at media@nsf.org or +1 734-418-6624.


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New Product Announcement: Bonne Maman Lemon Curd



Bonne Maman, the leading premium preserve brand in the US, is pleased to introduce the latest addition to the Bonne Maman family: Lemon Curd. Bonne Maman brings, “Simple ingredients, Homemade taste” to the Lemon Curd segment, offering a new high quality product option in the category.


Bonne Maman Lemon Curd, available starting May 1st, is made with just five simple, natural ingredients that can be found in your kitchen. The Bonne Maman Lemon Curd is joyfully sweet with a bright, clean lemon flavor. Its lovely yellow color and rich, velvety texture is sure to please consumers. By the spoonful or as an ingredient, the versatile Bonne Maman Lemon Curd enhances any recipe, whether used as a spread, a topping or for baking. Bonne Maman Lemon Curd is also gluten free.


At retail, the Lemon Curd segment is currently growing at +6% annually, and continued strong growth is expected. As the leading premium preserves line in the US, with growth at +14% last year, Bonne Maman looks forward to bringing that strong consumer brand loyalty to the Lemon Curd category.  Bonne Maman is confident that this new product will quickly become a top selling item.


Bonne Maman Lemon Curd is priced at $4.99 and will be available nationally May 1, 2017, just in time to enjoy in bright, springtime recipes.


For those attending the Natural Products Expo West trade show – Bonne Maman will be debuting the new Lemon Curd at the World Finer Foods booth (#2746) from March 10-13, 2017





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New Product Launch: Chef Tom Douglas Unveils New Line of Mustards



Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen Mustards Join Rub with Love Portfolio

SEATTLE, Wash. – February 8, 2017 – Seattle Restaurateur Tom Douglas is thrilled to announce the creation of Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen Mustards under his Rub with Love label. Joining his popular line of spice rubs and specialty sauces, these three new mustards are an exciting addition to any kitchen’s condiment selection.

“For years, we have been making mustards to go with our awesome yeasty pretzels at the Brave Horse Tavern,” says Tom Douglas, Seattle-based chef, restaurateur and James Beard award winner. “Now, we are excited to offer these mustards to chefs and home cooks around the country so they can discover a variety of uses for them in their own kitchens.”

These three new offerings, Spicy Chili, Toasted Shallot, and NW Porter, are crafted in small batches in the Pacific Northwest to ensure freshness and quality. The line was created with the adventurous home chef in mind. Each with a unique flavor profile that proves to be versatile enough to use in sauces, dips and marinades across a variety of cuisines.

  • Spicy Chili Mustard: A combination of heat from chipotle puree and crushed red chili pepper that is balanced with a vinegary finish.
  • Toasted Shallot Mustard: With zesty Dijon and aromatic roasted shallots, use this mustard to add a savory note to weeknight vinaigrettes or finishing sauces.
  • NW Porter Mustard: With notes of toasted malt, smoky paprika and a hint of roasted coffee, this is a perfect pairing for sandwiches on pumpernickel bread, Italian sausages or our famous Bravehorse Tavern pretzels.

The Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen Mustards are offered in 8 oz. jars at $6.50 SRP. Available for nationwide shipping at tomdouglas.com or for purchase at these retail locations: Tom Douglas’ Rub Shack, Home Remedy and Hot Stove Society in Seattle, WA. Additional outlets and retailers coming soon.

About Rub with Love:

Chef Tom Douglas first introduced Rub with Love after being asked countless times to reveal the secret ingredient in Etta’s Spice Rubbed Salmon. Since then, he has created a whole range of fresh, handcrafted, versatile rubs and sauces that add a spicy kick and a whole lot of love to just about any meat, fish or vegetable. Tom also owns some of Seattle’s most remarkable restaurants which are all located right in the heart of Seattle, WA.

About Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen:

Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen is a Seattle-based restaurant group comprised of 23 food based businesses including 18 restaurants, Hot Stove Society cooking school, Rub with Love® product lines, Palace Ballroom catering company, and Prosser Farm. Since the opening of his first restaurant in 1989, Dahlia Lounge, Tom continues to lead the charge on Pacific Northwest cuisine while also creating unique concepts fueled by diverse foods and settings that have inspired Tom. We at Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen are dedicated to serving delicious food graciously. For more information, please visit tomdouglas.com.






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Food Spotlight: Ancient Harvest POW! Pasta Packs a One-Two Punch



Brand focused on simple ingredients adds high-protein pasta to its portfolio of plant-based products


BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With the nationwide launch of Ancient Harvest POW! Pasta, pasta lovers no longer have to choose between wholesome and delicious. POW! Pasta is a new sub-brand from Ancient Harvest providing consumers with a one-two, plant-based nutritional punch. POW! has double the protein of traditional pasta1 – up to 25g per 3.5 ounce serving – plus simple, recognizable ingredients with the same taste and texture of traditional pasta that consumers love.

Each Ancient Harvest POW! Pasta variety is made with a blend of beans or lentils and quinoa, which deliver the plant-based protein. With five varieties of pasta, three flavors of boxed mac & cheese, and two delicious 15-minute, one-pot pasta meals, mealtime for pasta fans will never be the same.


"At Ancient Harvest, we believe food should taste good and fuel your body and we know this is what our consumers want too. When the kids are begging for pasta, Ancient Harvest POW! products are a great solution parents can feel good about feeding their families and enjoying themselves," said, John Becker, CEO of Ancient Harvest. "Ultimately, Ancient Harvest POW! products are about getting more from your pasta."

Ancient Harvest POW! Pastas are naturally gluten-free, contain more fiber2 and have two times the protein of traditional pasta. They are available in ten varieties, including mac & cheese and pasta meals:

  • Ancient Harvest POW! Black Bean Elbows
  • Ancient Harvest POW!Red Lentil Rotini
  • Ancient Harvest POW! Green Lentil Penne
  • Ancient Harvest POW!Green Lentil Spaghetti
  • Ancient Harvest POW! Red Lentil Linguini
  • Ancient Harvest POW! Mac & Cheese Mild Cheddar Elbows
  • Ancient Harvest POW! Mac & Cheese Sharp Cheddar Shells
  • Ancient Harvest POW! Mac & Cheese White Cheddar Shells
  • Ancient Harvest POW! Pasta Meals Cubanitos
  • Ancient Harvest POW! Pasta Meals Italiano

Hitting shelves now, Ancient Harvest POW! Pasta is available at select natural food stores and grocery stores across the country. The suggested retail price is $2.99 for mac & cheese $3.39 for pasta, and $5.89 for pasta meals. To find POW! Pasta at a store near you, visit http://pow.ancientharvest.com/store-finder/.

About Ancient Harvest
At Ancient Harvest, we've been cooking up modern versions of ancient foods for more than 35 years. Our products pack valuable, plant-based nutrition only found in nature's finest ingredients – including quinoa, beans and lentils – into the foods you crave, such as pasta, mac and cheese, hot cereal and more. No matter the meal, Ancient Harvest provides the delicious, plant-based fuel you need to power up your day. http://ancientharvest.com/

1 POW! Pasta (2 oz) 14g protein; Wheat Pasta (2 oz) 7g protein
2 POW! Pasta (2 oz) 7g fiber; Wheat Pasta (2 oz) 2g fiber







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Food Spotlight: Tillamook Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee Extra Creamy Ice Cream


If you take your coffee with cream, we’ve got something extra special for you. Portland-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters makes its cold brew coffee without heat, steeping it for over 12 hours until it’s smooth and sweet. We blend it with milk free of artificial growth hormones* to create the creamiest version of ice cream we’ve ever made. It’s a coffee you’ll want to enjoy by the spoonful.








About the company

Just over a hundred years ago, several small creameries teamed up to form the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) to ensure the quality and reputation of cheese made in the Tillamook Valley. Today, we’re made up of nearly 110 dairy farm families who own TCCA and are wholeheartedly dedicated to taking care of everything that carries the Tillamook name.




Company: Tillamook
Brand:  Tillamook
Slogan:  Tillamook
Origin:  US
Category:  Ice cream
Packaging:  15.5oz
Claims:  Contains milk, may contain traces of nuts, soy, tree nuts and wheat
Variants:  View product range here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy:  US, Store Locator
Website: http://www.tillamook.com/









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Skin Care Spotlight: Pacha Clarifying Charcoal Bar Soap



Activated charcoal powder is known to detoxify and cleanse naturally. Pacha’s Clarifying Charcoal bar is loaded with charcoal powder and is great for oily skin.



Ingredients: Organic Palm Oil*, Organic Coconut Oil and/or Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Water, Cold-Pressed Olive Oil, Sodium Hydroxide**, Unrefined Shea Butter, Castor Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Activated Charcoal Powder, Titanium Dioxide



About the company

We are a bunch of Dirty Hippies with a Clean Purpose. Headquartered in Hastings, Nebraska, Pacha Soap is on a mission is to implement sustainable solutions to the poverty cycle, to promote health and well-being around the world, and to provide quality products for our customers... all with veracity and love! Through our buy-one, give-one campaigns, you can directly participate in this mission too!



Company: Pacha Soap
Brand: Clarifying Charcoal Bar Soap
Origin: US
Category: Skin Care
Packaging: 113.4g
Claims: Contains active charcoal powder, helps detoxify and cleanse your skin.
Variants: View product range here
Price: $6.00
Where to Buy: US, Buy OnlineStore Locator
Website: http://www.pachasoap.com/



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Product Launch: New GoodBellyAde debut in Whole Foods!


We are excited to announce the debut of our new GoodBellyAde in two delicious flavors: Lemon Limeade and Tropical Orangeade. You asked for less sugar and we answered. Find these two new colors of the GoodBelly rainbow exclusively in Whole Foods with an instant coupon for 50¢ off!





GoodBellyAde is…
•No Sugar Added
•NSF Certified Gluten-Free






About the Company
NextFoods, Inc. was founded by two industry veterans, Steve Demos, a natural foods trailblazer and the founder and former president of WhiteWave, Inc., makers of Silk, Soymilk, and Todd Beckman, former Vice President of Business Development and Operations at WhiteWave. Steve and Todd are joined by an impressive team of movers and shakers, many of whom worked at WhiteWave and helped launch Silk Soymilk into the stratosphere. Read More







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Packaging Spotlight: Vaseline Lip Therapy

Vaseline has launched a new line of Lip Therapy products in a new small sized package.  Moving away from the traditional tube style package used for chap stick products, this new line comes in a .25 oz mini version of their jar products.  This new smaller packaging is very attractive and differentiates Vaseline from other tube style products.  It will be interesting to see if this new packaging becomes popular with consumers.

Company: Unilever
Brand: Vaseline
Slogan: Lip Therapy
Category: Personal Care
Origin: USA
Price: $1.99
Packaging: .25oz (7g)
Claims: New
Varieties:  Original, Cocoa Butter
Website: vaseline.com


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Kickstart: Mountain Dew Launching Breakfast Soda

Pepsi to offer an alternative to energy drinks without the weird ingredients that have vexed consumers

If you don't like coffee or tea, Mountain Dew has a new breakfast drink that might perk you up.

PepsiCo Inc. is rolling out a new drink called Kickstart this month that has Mountain Dew flavor but is made with 5 percent juice and Vitamins B and C, along with an extra jolt of caffeine.

The company, based in Purchase, N.Y., is hoping to boost sales by reaching Mountain Dew fans at a new time of day: morning.

PepsiCo said it doesn't consider Kickstart to be an energy drink, noting that it still has far less caffeine than drinks like Monster and Red Bull and none of the mysterious ingredients that have raised concerns among lawmakers and consumer advocates.

But Kickstart, which comes in flavors such as "energizing orange citrus" and "energizing fruit punch," could nevertheless give the company a side-door into the fast-growing energy drink market without getting tangled in any of its controversies. The drink comes in the same 16-ounce cans as popular energy drinks made by Monster Beverage Corp., which also offers options with juice content. And the TV ad features young men skateboarding, reminiscent of the marketing themes used by energy drink makers.

Simon Lowden, chief marketing officer for PepsiCo's Americas beverages, says the idea for Kickstart came about after the company learned through consumer research that Mountain Dew fans were looking for an alternative to traditional morning drinks such as coffee, tea and juice.

"They didn't really see anything that fit their needs," he said.

Lowden said Kickstart was developed independently from a Taco Bell breakfast drink introduced last year that combines Mountain Dew and orange juice. PepsiCo says Kickstart, which is carbonated, is also not a soda because its 5 percent juice content qualifies it to be considered a "juice drink" under guidelines set by the Food and Drug Administration. A spokeswoman for the FDA said the agency doesn't have definitions for what qualifies as a soda or an energy drink.

Full Article @ NBC

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Moustache Mo Bros Wine Movember Taninotanino

Designed by Spaincreative, Spain.

In this November we wanted to add to the cause to help more people to know the movember movement to raise funds for prostate cancer research and protect the often ignored issue of men’s health. We designed a wine label for this purpose.






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