Granola Planks are the latest products from Earnest Eats. The flavors, maple almond crunch, pomegranate walnut crisp and blueberry vanilla crackle are only two servings per granola plank. These bars are available in a six-count tray and offer four grams of protein along with three grams of fiber. They also contain no artificial preservatives or ingredients. The company says, “Our granola planks are filled with organic oats, nuts, whole grains, fruits and seeds.”

Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic are available in three varieties, Kosher Dill Spear, Zesty Garlic Halves and Kosher Dill Halves. Every jar is hand-packed with large US-grown cucumbers, along with carrots, peppers, garlic, herbs and spices. "Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic pickles are made with the finest, specially selected ingredients at the peak of freshness–exactly how you’d make them if you made them yourself," says the company.

Ex Drinks presents three new energy drinks that are natural alternatives to other energy drink/supplement options. The varieties are Ex Chillout (a calming drink), Ex Slim Energy (energy supplement) and Ex Pure Energy (energy supplement). They are packed with nutrients and contain no artificial sweeteners or flavors, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup. All drinks are infused with various herbs and vitamins.

Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss introduces new flavors to its line of non-dairy frozen desserts: Ginger Cookie Caramel, Chocolate Walnut Brownie, Mocha Maca Crunch and Lunaberry Swirl. The nutrient rich coconut milk in each certified organic product is a healthy and tasty alternative to dairy or soy, according to the company.

Orgain is an organic ready-to-drink meal replacement that comes in Sweet Vanilla Bean and Creamy Chocolate Fudge. It offers 16 grams of protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, and a synergistic immune and vitamin blend. It has the equivalent of 10 servings of fruits and vegetables and an ORAC value of 16,000.

A decades-old natural products retailer in New York City has been learning the value of starting from scratch over the past few months. Westerly Natural Market, perched on the corner of 54th Street and Eighth Avenue, didn’t have much choice in the matter after an electrical fire rendered the building untenable for business. CEO Michael Toback had to ask himself a tough question: Do we clean and make repairs, or cut our losses and start anew?

VDF FutureCeuticals, Inc. has called foul on Sandwich Isles Trading Company for its coffee fruit processing methods.

Hoboken, NJ—A new clinical trial indicates that a combination of Pycnogenol and coenzyme Q10 (PycnoQ10 from Natural Health Science, based here) may benefit patients who have had heart failure and are receiving medical treatment.

Basel, Switzerland—Recreational athletes looking for increased muscle mass may want to consider adding l-carnitine and carbs to their regimens, according to recent research published in the Journal of Physiology.