New from Reserveage Organics is CocoaWell, which offers the health benefits of cocoa without the saturated fat and calories of chocolate. This supplement offers 450 mg of pure plant flavonols (from green tea and acacia catechu) and supports heart health, a healthy mood, cellular health and vascular health. Also available are CocoaWell Advanced CoQ10 Heart (with 200 mg of CoQ10) and CocoaWell True Energy with AdaptoStress3.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

The universe enjoys a complicated intersection of different types of people. We’ve got the outdoorsy folks, the mall rats, the weekend warriors, the couch potatoes and everything in between. After all, it takes all kinds to make the world go round. Perhaps one group of people to which we as an industry should pay more attention is the “all-or-nothing crowd.”

Be they energetic or docile, pocket-sized or king-bed-sized, pets of all shapes and sizes are warming the hearts of Americans. Millions of households consider their furry friends to be lifelong companions, and they’re treated as such. States Butch Smith, natural national sales manager for WellPet, Tewksbury, MA, “There’s no doubt that pet parents have developed a more intimate relationship with their pets than ever before…As people are adopting healthy, natural diets for their families, they also want to provide the same for their pets.”

The Boss. Command Central. The Human Computer. We have many analogies for the brain and each emphasizes an important point: this vital organ controls everything about us from our preferences to our movement to our morals.

During a recent presentation on the wave of diabetic trouble sweeping through our population, Martie Whittekin, CCN, consultant to Lily of the Desert, Denton, TX, cited a fearful statistic. By the end of the current decade, up to 50% of the United States population will be contending with diabetes of some form and severity.

Of the two words making up the term “functional food,” the operative one in a commercial sense is most definitely the latter. Consumers will not buy a product, even one with great health claims, that does not meet their basic criteria for a satisfactory food experience: convenience, familiarity and taste.

Be they energetic or docile, pocket-sized or king-bed-sized, pets of all shapes and sizes are warming the hearts of Americans. Millions of households consider their furry friends to be lifelong companions, and they’re treated as such. States Butch Smith, natural national sales manager for WellPet, Tewksbury, MA, “There’s no doubt that pet parents have developed a more intimate relationship with their pets than ever before…As people are adopting healthy, natural diets for their families, they also want to provide the same for their pets.”

Tofutti Brands Inc. has launched the first completely dairy free ricotta cheese, Better Than Ricotta Cheese. Like Tofutti’s Better Than Cream Cheese, Sour Supreme and Veggie Cheese Slice products, it also is gluten free and vegan. Tofutti’s Better Than Ricotta Cheese lends itself to all your favorite recipes such as lasagna, stuffed shells, and cheesecake. The product will soon be available in stores everywhere in 16-ounce containers and in a 5-lb food service size.