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.

Living Harvest Foods is excited to introduce Tempt, a gluten and soy free non-diary frozen dessert made from hemp in four flavors (Coffee with Cream Swirls, Vanilla with Fudge Swirls, Chocolate Fudge and Vanilla with Blueberry Pom). Each bar is 100 calories per serving, with four servings in each container. The bars are also vegan, tree-nut free, Kosher, trans fat free, cholesterol free, low sodium and Non-GMO. The company says, “Do the hemp thing.”

 

Hodgson Mill introduced its new gluten-free seasoned coating mix that can be used on chicken, pork chops, beef, seafood, vegetables and in gravies. This product, according to the company, is a healthy alternative to wheat products and is a delicious way to get creative with meals.

 

Bob’s Red Mill introduces four new granolas that are sure to satisfy any granola lover. The four new flavors are apple blueberry, honey oat, cinnamon raisin and natural. They can be served hot or cold and contain whole grains and other nutrients essential to your health. The cinnamon raisin and honey oat have under seven grams of fat per serving, and the other two flavors contain only two grams of fat per serving. At under 200 calories, these granola products are a healthy way to spice up one’s diet.

Pamela’s Products has come out with four new snack bars that are nutritious as well as tasty. The new flavors are Oat Blueberry Lemon, Oat Chocolate Chip Coconut, Oat Cranberry Almond, and Oat Raisin Walnut Spice. Agave and coconut sugar sweetens these bars, which are rich in antioxidants and omega-3s as well as fiber. They are low in sodium, cholesterol, and are gluten-free, dairy-free and all natural.

Green Valley Organics is introducing its lactose free sour cream. It is a great option for those who are lactose intolerant. It is gluten-free, kosher, and certified humane raised and handled. It contains no GMOs. It is intended to be used by itself or with dips, salsas, or used in bread and cake batter.

PROBAR is announcing its newest product, which has been nicknamed the “sinfully healthy snack.” HALO bars help satisfy the sweet tooth while offering protein and important nutrients. HALO bars are organic, high in omega-3s and omega-6s, low in sugar, dairy-free and vegan. On top of that, they are only 150 calories each. Flavors include S’mores, Nutty Marshmallow, Rocky Road, and Honey Graham.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has asked the federal courts to stop the “deceptive tactics” of 10 firms that are issuing made-up news about açaí weight-loss products on the Web. FTC wants the courts to freeze their assets.