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Industry News: Lekkco Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread Sweetens Shelves in 1,500 Kroger Stores Nationwide


America's first nut-free and vegan Belgian dark chocolate spread delights fans with four delicious varieties

CAROL STREAM, Ill., Aug. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The rich, authentic flavor of Belgian dark chocolate is now available as a healthier indulgent spread in 1,500 Kroger stores around the country. Made in Belgium with the highest quality, all-natural ingredients sourced in Europe, Lekkco Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread introduces a nut-free, vegan and lower-sugar complement to an endless array of breakfast dishes, snacks and desserts ($5.99/9.5oz SRP).

Perfect on its own or delightful for spreading, drizzling, baking and dipping, Lekkco captures the smooth, true chocolate taste of Belgian dark chocolate – without any bitterness.

Lekkco Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread is available in Original, and with a hint of natural flavor in Caramel & Sea Salt, Coconut, and Caribbean Banana. Each variety contains 60 calories and 4g sugar per serving. The recipe is also gluten-free, dairy-free and non-GMO.

Family founded and majority owned, the name Lekkco refers to the Flemish (Dutch) word "Lekker," which means "something delicious." The spread is inspired by Lekkco co-founder Bram Bourgeois' Belgian upbringing and frequent visits there with partner and wife Jennifer Lukas-Bourgeois and their two daughters.

"We absolutely love the tradition of chocolate for breakfast in Belgium so this is a concept we had to bring to life here in the U.S.," says Lekkco co-founder Jennifer Lukas-Bourgeois. "While the traditional way to enjoy our dark chocolate spread is on a slice of bread, tasty croissant or baguette, it's an amazing addition to toast with fruit, waffles, pancakes, rice cakes, smoothie bowls, and, on-trend charcuterie trays."

Explosion in Spreads Category and Center Store Visits

With more Americans cooking at home and strolling grocery aisles this year, sales of center store staples are increasing at a booming rate of 22%.1 The chocolate spreads category alone is forecasted to grow nearly 5% annually through 2024, which analysts attribute to the product's versatility in recipes and consumer interest in reduced sugar and better-for-you products.2

Lekkco Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread contains 30% less sugar than hazelnut spreads and is a safe option for homes and schools with allergy restrictions. It's also made with all-natural, sustainably sourced ingredients and oils. It is shelf stable and does not require refrigeration.

"Friends used to beg us to bring chocolate spreads back with us from Belgium so we knew Lekkco would work really well here – they're now overjoyed to find it at Kroger stores nationwide," adds Jennifer Lukas-Bourgeois. "We can't wait for others to give it a try. Like many families, we're heading into a new school year juggling work, home and virtual education; we're all about quick but delicious breakfasts and snacks and Lekkco dark chocolate spread is an easy fruit topper or dip we turn to throughout the day."

For breakfast, snack or dessert recipes, nutrition information, and a list of retailers, visit Lekkco.com. Follow along with Lekkco on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram and tag your recipe creations with #Lekkco.

About Lekkco
Inspired by an authentic 50-year-old Belgian chocolate spread, Lekkco is the first nut-free recipe that is also gluten-free, vegan, low-sugar, dark chocolate spread in the United States. It is made with all-natural ingredients sourced in Europe, including the finest Belgian dark chocolate, making it a smarter indulgence that everyone can enjoy in a variety of ways for breakfast, snacks or dessert. Launched in 2017, Lekkco is now available in over 2,250 retailers and online at www.Lekkco.com and Amazon.  





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Food News: Homefree Nut-Free Cookies To Be Offered at Check-In by DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels


WINDHAM, N.H., Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Homefree®, "treats you can trust," is pleased to announce that the DoubleTree by Hilton hotels are now offering Homefree® nut-free Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies at guest check-in as a nut-free alternative to their iconic Chocolate Chip Cookies.

The DoubleTree has long welcomed guests with its warm chocolate chip cookies. But these cookies include walnuts. By adding Homefree cookies, DoubleTree will allow guests with nut allergies to enjoy a delicious welcome treat, too.

Nut allergies can be unpredictable and life-threatening. According to the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), even small amounts of nuts can cause severe reactions.

The DoubleTree selected Homefree crunchy Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies as its alternate cookie because Homefree cookies taste great, and because Homefree is a leader in allergen-related safety and in food quality and safety more generally. Further, Homefree cookies go beyond including guests with nut allergies, by meeting the needs of guests with many other special diets as well.

All Homefree cookies are made in Homefree's dedicated facility free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat and gluten, using carefully sourced and allergen tested ingredients. The cookies are vegan, kosher pareve, non-GMO verified, and contain nothing artificial. Homefree is certified by Safe Quality Food (SQF) level 3 for outstanding food quality and safety practices. Homefree is a certified Women Owned Business, and a certified B Corporation for a strong commitment to social and environmental responsibility.

Jill Robbins, founder and President of Homefree, and parent of a child with multiple food allergies, appreciates the importance of this progressive DoubleTree initiative: "When we decided to manufacture nut-free cookies, one of our goals was to make it easy for hotels to include guests with nut and other food allergies. My whole family can now enjoy a DoubleTree welcome treat! I feel truly appreciative to DoubleTree and the Hilton for making this a reality."

Homefree offers cookies in Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, Lemon Burst, Chocolate Mint, Ginger Snap, and holiday Sugar cookies. Accolades include a prestigious foodservice Food & Beverage Product Innovations Award from the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, "Recommended School Snack" on the Today show, and "Best Gluten Free Cookies" by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. The cookies are distributed nationally to retail and foodservice establishments. Visit www.homefreetreats.com.



Homefree Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies (PRNewsfoto/Homefree, LLC)

Homefree Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies (PRNewsfoto/Homefree, LLC)



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Drink Spotlight: Good Karma Unsweetened + Protein FlaxMilk



This Unsweetened Flaxmilk + Protein is on a whole new level with 5 grams of plant-based protein that will activate the tiny but mighty goodness in you—and with only 45 calories


Why FlaxMilk?
The Latin name for flax is Linum usitatissimum, which means “the most useful”, and we couldn’t agree more! Our flax milk has 1,200 mg of Omega-3s per serving, which is important because they are essential for human health and our bodies can’t make them on their own.



About the Company:

Everything you need to know about us, our products, and how we do business is summed up in those two words. For us, Good Karma™ means “positive outcomes that come from positive energies focused for good purpose.” Good Karma. That’s us. That’s how we came up with the idea for our Flaxmilks. We set out to make an alternative beverage that was more than just a substitute for milk-more than just a filler. Our aim was to create something that could stand on its own as a both a delicious, and nutritionally dense beverage, while offering the added benefits of being vegan and dairy-free so it could be enjoyed by everyone. Then we committed ourselves to using only the finest all-natural ingredients. Finally, we made certain all of our ingredients were harvested using sustainable agricultural methods because we respect the Earth and all who share it. The result is Good Karma™ Flaxmilks™. Prepare to smile. All are welcome. Read More





Company: Good Karma Foods, Inc.
Brand: Good Karma
Slogan: A Little Good Karma Goes a Long Way
Origin: USA
Category: Dairy Drinks
Packaging: 1.89 L (Half Gallon)
Claims: Unsweetened, 5g Plant Protein, 1200mg Omega 3, Dairy Free, Lactose Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Gluten Free
Variants: View Variants Here
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Store Finder
Website: goodkarmafoods.com









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Food Spotlight: Three Farmers Chickpeas




With an impressive nutritional profile and a satisfying airy crunch, the Three Farmers Roasted Chickpeas are both good for you and delicious. This product is grown and made in Canada and just like our camelina oil, traceable back to the farm where the chickpeas were grown!



High in Protein & Fibre

Chickpeas are rich in both soluble and insoluble dietary fibre. They are a good source of protein and they don’t have the high calories or saturated fats found in comparable protein sources. Our Roasted Chickpeas can curb your hunger in just a couple of bites!



Three Farmers Chickpeas are versatile and pack a powerful nutritional punch with iron, phosphorus, copper and zinc. They incorporate the heart healthy Omega-3 Polyunsaturates thanks to the usage of camelina oil to bind the seasoning to the chickpeas. As well they are rich in Thiamine and Manganese.


Gluten-Free & Nut-Free

Three Farmers Roasted Chickpeas are an excellent nut free and gluten free alternative to traditional snacks or salad toppers. Use them in place of nuts, chips, or croutons for a healthy snack on the go or at home and enjoy their full flavor! Send them in your kids lunch bags as the perfect snack!





About the company

Colin, Dan and Ron are second and third generation farmers who have grown up on this land and are committed to its preservation, proudly numbering the prairies among the best places in the agricultural world. Farming, they are proud to say, is not simply a job, but a way of life, and one they are all too happy to share.



Company: Three Farmers
Brand: Chickpeas
Origin: Canada
Category: Snacks
Packaging: 120g
Claims: High in protein & fibre, gluten-free, nut-free.
Variants: View product range here
Price: From $15.00 + Shipping
Where to Buy: US, Buy OnlineStore Locator
Website: http://threefarmers.ca/



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Snack Spotlight: Love Beets Apple Beet Bar



Slightly sweet and more than slightly satisfying, our Beet & Apple bar is a crowd favorite. With other wholesome ingredients, like sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, it makes a healthy and tasty on-the-go snack. Plus, it’s gluten-free, GMO-free, nut-free and a good source of protein and fiber!

Ingredients: Beet Juice Concentrate, Apple, Chicory Root Fiber, Sunflower Seed, Pumpkin Seed, Millet Meal, Protein Blend (Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein, Pea Protein Isolate), Pectin, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavor, Dried Orange Pulp


Net Weight: 1.6 oz. (45g)

Unit: 12 bars per case

Price: $24 per case



  • Gluten free
  • Non GMO
  • Nut free
  • Protein & fiber





About the company

Love Beets is a true labor of love from husband and wife team, Guy and Katherine Shropshire. The Shropshire family, known for growing salad vegetables in England, decided to purchase a small beet factory with the hopes of sharing a family favorite with others. They knew they wanted to find a way to attract younger people to beets, so the family got to work experimenting with unique marinated beet recipes.



Company: Love Beets
Brand: Apple Beet Bar
Slogan: Love Beets
Origin: US
Category: Bars
Packaging: 45g per bar
Claims: Gluten free, non GMO, nut free.
Variants: View product range here
Price: 12-pack $24.00
Where to Buy: US, Buy Online
Website: https://www.lovebeets.com/



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Food Spotlight: Shasha Organic Sprouted Adzuki Beans



So why all the chatter about sprouted products? Because they’re unbelievably good for you! Organic sprouted grains, legumes and pods that have three times the nutrients of unsprouted seeds, making them the nutrient powerhouse of the legume family




Organic sprouted Adzuki Beans. Bio-Bud™ products are made with sprouted grains, legumes and pods that are dehydrated at the peak of their enzyme levels and nutrient value, and packaged with no additives or preservatives. May contain nuts.



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About the company

We are Canada’s leading artisan bakery combining ancient techniques with innovative methods to produce nutritious, organic and natural products – an essential ingredient to a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle.

We continuously enhance our gourmet products to meet the needs of our customers who seek to make health, happiness, and vitality a priority.  Our baking is a creative act of alchemy, combining the finest natural ingredients with revolutionary technologies from around the world.

We support organic and natural local farming who take care of the earth, improving the quality of life and reducing the carbon footprint for future generations.

We are committed to keeping families informed on the latest benefits of naturally produced ingredients and delicious food choices.



Company: ShaSha
Brand:  Organic Sprouted Adzuki Beans
Slogan:  Organic Artisen Bakery
Origin: Canada
Category: Snacks
Packaging:  454g
Claims:  USDA organic, certified kosher, nut free.
Variants: View product range here
Price:  Coming soon
Where to Buy: Canada, Store Locator
Website: http://www.shashabread.com/



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Food Spotlight: Luvo Chicken Poblano Verde Burrito




Organic Tortilla (Water, Organic Whole Wheat Flour, Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Flaxseeds, Baking Powder [Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cornstarch, Monocalcium Phosphate], Organic Spinach Powder, Organic Soy Fiber, Organic Wheat Gluten, Organic Vinegar, Organic Turmeric, Ascorbic Acid, Organic Guar Gum), Cooked Chicken (Chicken White Meat, Water, Rice Starch, Salt), Poblano Sauce (Organic Roasted Green Poblano Pepper, Organic Green Chiles, Organic Onions, Water, Organic Tomatillos, Organic Cilantro, Organic Corn Starch, Organic Soybean Oil, Organic Vegetable Base [Organic Cooked Vegetables {Carrot, Onion, Celery}, Salt, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Corn Oil, Organic Potato Flour, Organic Carrot Powder], Organic Garlic, Sea Salt, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Ground Cumin, Organic Turmeric), Organic Quinoa (Water, Organic Quinoa), Organic Black Beans (Water, Organic Black Beans, Sea Salt, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Garlic Powder), Organic Monterey Jack Cheese (Pasteurized Organic Milk, Cheese Cultures, Sea Salt, Vegetable Enzymes).

Contains Wheat, Soy, Milk





About the company

Luvo was founded on a simple idea: To love our food — how it tastes, what it does for our health and how it makes us feel nourished and happy. Luvo develops, manufactures, markets and sells healthy retail food products, including flatbreads, soups, and fresh and frozen ready-made entrées. Luvo works with its suppliers to ensure the quality of its ingredients, giving top consideration to eco-friendly practices that promote sustainability and ethical sourcing and products that are environmentally sound and health-sustaining.



Company: Luvo
Brand:  Chicken Poblano Verde Burrito
Slogan:  Be good to you
Origin: US
Category:  Prepared meals
Packaging:  312g
Claims:  No nuts, 16g protein, 280 calories
Variants: View product range here
Price:  Coming soon
Where to Buy: US, Store Locator
Website:  http://luvoinc.com/



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Food Spotlight: Luvo Chicken Chorizo Chili




Water, Cooked Chicken Chorizo Sausage (Chicken Breast And Thigh Meat, Water, Jalapeno Peppers, Spices, Vinegar, Natural Flavor, Onions, Salt, Paprika, Garlic), Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid), Cooked Red Beans, Onions, Tomato Paste, Kale, Cooked White Beans, Cooked Adzuki Beans, Cooked Black Eyed Peas, Red Bell Peppers, Contains Less Than 2% Of Chicken Broth Concentrate (Chicken Stock, Natural Flavor, Salt, Sugar, Yeast Extract, Thiamin), Chili Powder, Chipotle Pepper Puree (Chipotle Pepper, Citric Acid), Cilantro, Cumin, Dried Cane Syrup, Garlic, Green Bell Peppers, Oregano, Red Onions, Seasoning (Sea Salt, Potassium Chloride), Spices, Virgin Olive Oil, Yellow Bell Peppers.





About the company

Luvo was founded on a simple idea: To love our food — how it tastes, what it does for our health and how it makes us feel nourished and happy. Luvo develops, manufactures, markets and sells healthy retail food products, including flatbreads, soups, and fresh and frozen ready-made entrées. Luvo works with its suppliers to ensure the quality of its ingredients, giving top consideration to eco-friendly practices that promote sustainability and ethical sourcing and products that are environmentally sound and health-sustaining.



Company: Luvo
Brand:  Chicken Chorizo Chili
Slogan:  Be good to you
Origin: US
Category:  Prepared meals
Packaging:  283g
Claims:  Gluten free, no nuts
Variants: View product range here
Price:  Coming soon
Where to Buy: US, Store Locator
Website:  http://luvoinc.com/



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Food Spotlight: Well & Good Gluten Free Chia Bread Mix



It’s the crunch of the seeds and the nutritional richness of the omegas that makes this bread so unique and delicious.

This is fast becoming a favourite, and comes with dusting flour and yeast sachet.



Corn Starch, Rice Flour, Sunflower Kernels (6.6%), Modified Starch (Tapioca, Corn), Thickeners (466, 464, 461), Iodised Salt, Linseed (2.2%), Chia Flour (2.2%), Dextrose Monohydrate, Psyllium Husk, Vegetable Gum (Xanthan), Vegetable Fibre, Vegetable Protein Extract (corn), Vegetable Oil (Rice Bran), Emulsifier (Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids)



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About the company

Established in the garage of Sam Barak back in 2005, Well and Good is now at the forefront of the gluten free product industry. We are continually innovating, creating and developing new gluten and dairy free products and recipes accessible to everyone – all made in Australia. 

Our mission is to create high quality gluten free and allergy free food products that are simple to prepare and cater to people with dietary restrictions, intolerances and allergies. 



Company:  Well & Good
Brand:  Gluten Free Chia Bread Mix
Slogan:  Well & Good
Origin: Australia
Category:  Bakery mix
Packaging:  495g each
Claims:  Non GMO, gluten free, dairy free, nut free
Variants: View product range here
Price: 5-pack $18.00
Where to Buy: Australia, Buy Online
Website:  http://www.wellandgood.com.au/index.php





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Dairy Spotlight: Coyo Raw Chocolate Yogurt



Freshly squeezed cream from the white flesh of the coconut passionately handcrafted into vegan yogurt and coconut ice cream alternatives dairy free

  • Coconut Milk (74%), Cacao (25%) (Cacao powder, stevia), Tapioca Starch, Live vegan yoghurt cultures
  • Servings per 125g container 1.25. Servings per 250g container 2.5. Serve Size 100g



Typical values per 100g

Energy 820kj/ 196cal
Fat – total 19g
- Saturated 17g
Carbohydrate 3.9g
- Sugars 3.9g
Protein 2.3g
Salt 0.1g




About the Company
Nutrtitionist Bethany Eaton came across CO YO coconut yoghurt while looking to source alternatives to dairy and soya for her clients. She liked it so much that she immediately started talking to Australian creators Henry and Sandra Gosling about bringing CO YO to the UK. Behany and her husband Paul now run COYO in the UK and are producing it in their own dedicated dairy free factory in Kent. Their company, Planet Coconut is dedicated to bringing you these dedlicious products. So it is with gratitude that we thank the "Tree of Life" for its wonderful gift to us.




Company: COYO
Brand: COYO Coconut Milk Yoghurt
Slogan: Heaven in a Mouthful
Origin: UK
Category: Dessert
Packaging: 125g and 250g
Claims: Gluten free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Probiotic Cultures, No artificial colouring or preservatives.
Variants: View product range here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy: UK, Store Locator
Website: http://www.coyo.co.uk/index.htm







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