Merry Hill, NC—Botanical extraction specialist, Avoca, Inc. (a division of Pharmachem Laboratories) is now greener than ever. In the first installation of its kind on the East Coast, Avoca is now the proud owner of a new biomass-to-energy system. The system replaces three boilers that ran on diesel fuel.

North Bergen, NJ—Avena sativa, known for its calming properties, was put to the test for memory support and passed with flying colors.

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Were you like the millions of Americans who rang in the New Year by making a resolution for 2012? Funny thing about those resolutions. They rarely make it to the spring. Here’s a resolution I challenge you to keep: Get to know that person staring back at you in the mirror a little better.

Boston, MA—A new study of a branded brain function supplement (FOCUSfactor from Factor Nutrition Labs) showed the possibility of improved memory, concentration and focus for subjects taking the supplement after six weeks.

Lundberg Family Farms now offers Spicy Black Bean and Cracked Black Pepper Lundberg Rice Chips. These flavors are the first in the line to be 100% organic, with the original seven flavors “reformulated using organic grains and other organic ingredients previously not available” and given updated packaging to match. All are Non-GMO Verified, wheat- and gluten-free and made with organic grains.

Eden Foods hand harvests its new Organic Eden Whole Leaf Dulse, a red sea vegetable and algae, off the island of Grand Manan, New Brunswick. Eden says the island is where the thickest, darkest and richest dulse grows. During harvesting and drying, extra care is taken to disrupt nearby ecology or take more than a sustainable yield. Eden Foods suggests using dulse in salads, sandwiches, soups, stir fries and baked goods.

Organic Valley has added to its line of milk products with 16-oz organic soy and half & half creamers. Both creamers come in Original and French Vanilla flavors, with an additional Hazelnut flavor for the half & half, and are sweetened with unrefined organic sugar, vanilla and hazelnut. All creamers are ultra pasteurized, organic and Fair Trade. Along with dairy and soy products, Organic Valley also offers organic eggs, juices and meats.

Bolder Bob’s Foods wants to take your taste buds around the world with its Appetizer Adventures all-natural, vegetarian snacks. Their six flavors are designed around specific regions—Naples, Santa Fe, Tuscany, Athens, Napa Valley and Beijing—with each featuring ingredients like vegetarian chicken and sausage, feta cheese and fire roasted veggies. A two-piece serving contains 210–290 calories, with two servings in every box.