Back to the Roots presents grow-your-own mushroom kits, which allows consumers to grow up to 1.5 pounds of oyster mushrooms. Mushrooms can grow to full size within 10 days when placed in full sunlight and misted with water twice a day. Mushroom spawn (seeds) are mixed with recycled coffee grounds to create the growing environment.

Scheckter’s Organic Energy is a new organic and vegetarian energy drink. It contains extracts from organic raw coffee beans, organic guarana, ginseng and organic green tea, which the company states boosts physical and mental performance and reduces stress. It also uses no synthetic caffeine, artificial sweeteners, colorants, flavorings or preservatives. Available in regular or lite.

Boulder Canyon Natural Food’s Garden Select Vegetable Crisps are an all-natural alternative to potato chips. Each bite contains up to 12 vegetables, no trans-fat and plenty of fiber. Garden Select Vegetable Crisps are offered in three glutenfree flavors: sour cream and chive, hearty cheddar and red ripe tomato.

Hi I’m Skinny Sticks now come in six flavors: veggie tortilla, sweet potato, multi-grained cheddar, tangy BBQ, sweet onion and sea salt . These chips are all natural and GMO free. Rather than refined sugar, the products are sweetened with evaporated cane juice; they also have 40% less fat than regular chips.

Three new flavors have joined Zevia’s line of all natural, stevia sweetened sodas: Lime Cola, Cherry Cola and Strawberry. With these flavors, there are now 15 zero-calorie varieties with zero artificial sweetener flavors to choose from, including the classic Cola, Cream Soda, Black Cherry and Lemon Lime Twist.

News from industry food companies.

NPA awards

Washington, D.C.—For the 20th straight year, the Natural Products Association (NPA) will honor several individuals’ and businesses’ contributions to the natural products sector with the Annual NPA Awards. The awards will be given out at Natural Products Expo East in September.

prop 65

 

San Francisco, CA—A flurry of Proposition 65 news surfaced in California during February.

Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa (D), a supporter of the industry, announced he will retire at the completion of his fifth term in January 2015. He told The Des Moines Register, “To walk away from this position of power is not an easy thing. But I think it’s the right thing. And I have two years left. I’m not passing the torch sitting down, it’s a running relay. I intend to be very active over the next two years.”