What’s old has become new with ancient grains capturing the attention of shoppers nationwide. From freekeh to millet, Americans see the value of ancient grains in their diets, and manufacturers are responding with exciting offerings.

Not long ago, access to natural dietary supplements, gluten-free foods and organic produce in the Midwestern United States was extremely limited. It was here, in an area mainly barren of these options for health and wellness, where Barbara Hoffmann and her husband, John, decided to build an oasis for natural products shoppers.

Glutino is expanding its breakfast line and now offers a gluten-free, instant pancake mix. The mix is contained in a portable bottle and once opened, may be used for four days. The “just add water” concept alleviates contamination risks for gluten-free eaters. SRP: $5.29

Tea

Pukka launched three new wellness teas: Three Cinnamon; Elderberry & Echinacea; and Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey. Their teas are blended by the company’s Master Herbalist to get their signature organic leaf tea taste. Made in England, each box contains 20 tea sachets, in addition to two extra free teas inside.

EDEN Foods’ grape butter is made of 100% Concord grapes grown on a 20-year organic family vineyard on the shore of New York’s Keuka Finger Lake. The whole grapes are deseeded, crushed, cooked into a purée, and slowly kettle simmered into a thick, rich, spreadable butter with deep purple color, sweet flavor, and an ambrosial aroma. There are over two pounds of fruit in each jar.

Blue Diamond Almonds introduces Honey Nut Thins, crackers made with real almond and a touch of honey for sweetness. Wheat- and gluten-free, these crackers come in two flavors: Honey Cinnamon and Honey Mustard; the Blue Diamond Nut Thins line also includes Almond and Hint of Sea Salt flavors.

News and notes from industry food companies.

The organic food industry achieved its fastest growth rate in five years in 2013, says a new survey from the Organic Trade Association (OTA). An 11.5% jump saw the industry reach $35.1 billion in sales, up from $31.5 billion in 2012. The growth is set to continue, according to OTA, as the Organic Industry Survey projects that this rate will at least be matched and possibly exceeded over the next two years.

Washington, D.C.—In what is being called a “historic investment,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making $78 million available annually for the development of regional and local food systems. The operations eligible to receive funds include food hubs, farmers markets, aggregation and processing facilities, distribution services and other local food business enterprises.