Emerald Forest Sugar, Inc. has switched the source of its xylitol-based products to U.S. domestic hardwood birch trees. Based on retailer and consumer requests, the company made the switch to sustainable xylitol harvesting and manufacturing practices. Its products range from single-serve xylitol packets to xylitol gum and mints. Xylitol contains far fewer calories than sugar, for which it is an equal exchange substitute.
Ohgave! brand agave nectar “takes agave to a whole new (lower) level,” says the company. Tested by the Glycemic Index Laboratory to have a low GI of 17, the Ohgave! Light and Amber blue agave varieties combine “culinary flair, superior taste and great health benefits.” New to the line is Ohgave! RAW agave nectar, which is said to have a great taste.
Tree of Life’s Soy Wonder soy spread now offers brighter packaging and a new taste for this peanut butter alternative known for its nutty taste and nutritional ingredients. Soy Wonder is peanut, dairy, wheat, gluten, and cholesterol free. It is similar in taste and texture to peanut butter, and is available in creamy and crunchy varieties.
New from Eden Foods are three types of brown rice mochi, a traditional Japanese food that “is thought to rejuvenate a person's physical vitality, health and strength,” says the company. Eden Brown Rice Mochi is JAS certified and is pounded into cakes that can be baked or fried.
John Masters Organics presents its new and improved Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor. Added to the formulation are silver linden bud extract, cupuaçu seed butter, Fagus sylvatica bud extract and kelp extract. According to the company, the product will restore strength, infuse youthful vitality and create gorgeous silkiness in damaged hair.
GloryBeeFoods Inc. launched its Aunt Patty’s Organic Raw Blue Agave Syrup line. The syrup comes from blue agave, hand-picked by local farmers in Jalisco, Mexico. Available sizes include a 12.5-oz. plastic bottle, 16.5-oz. glass jar, 45.5-oz. glass jar, a 1-gallon plastic jug and a 58.1-lb. plastic pail.
Yogi now offers Yogi Granola Crisps, available in three flavors: baked cinnamon raisin, mountain blueberry flax and fresh strawberry crunch. These crisps are snackable right from the bag and are a flavorful addition to yogurt. They stay crunchy in a bowl of milk. Each half–cup serving contains 2.5 grams of fat and only five grams of sugar.
Lundberg Family Farms delivers roasted brown rice couscous in four varieties: plain original, roasted garlic & olive oil, savory herb and Mediterranean curry. Each is crushed into fine granules and is fire-roasted, which adds a nutty flavor. All are made from certified organic brown rice and contain no trans fat, wheat, gluten or artificial ingredients.
SRP: $2.49, for 6.8 to 10-oz. boxes.
Nawgan Products has introduced a berry-flavored functional beverage that supports memory with four key ingredients: Cognizin citicoline (from Kyowa Hakko USA), vitamin E, lycopene and alpha glyceryl phosphoryl choline. This all-natural functional beverage comes in a non-caffeinated and a naturally caffeinated variety.
Kettle Foods is adding the new Fully Loaded Baked Potato flavor to its line of potato chips. Inspired by the Kettle brand’s Create-a-Chip Challenge, where customers submitted new flavor ideas, the chips satisfy the demand for something savory. Kettle chips are a vegetarian, all-natural snack option, containing no trans-fats, artificial flavors or preservatives.
SRP: $3.99 (9 oz.).