Shelton’s Poultry has made available Chick-A-Dee’s fresh or frozen, uncured chicken franks. The franks are made from chickens raised without antibiotics and fed entirely vegetarian diets, without added nitrates. They are gluten-free, have a 60-day shelf life, and can be steamed or grilled with a mild smoky flavor when cooked.

Vegan Gourmet Shreds by Follow Your Heart is an alternative to traditional shredded cheeses. The vegan shreds are available in three gluten-, lactose- and soy-free flavors: Mozzarella, Cheddar and Fiesta Blend. Each package is 100% vegan with no trans-fat, preservatives or GMOs, and melts well.

Healthy foods should all be functional to a certain extent; fatty fish deliver omega-3s and oranges are packed with vitamin C. So, what makes certain products “functional foods,” and how are your shoppers shaping the functional foods and beverages market?

News from industry food companies.

Broomfield, CO—Ending a process that began in late 2012 with an IPO that raised $368 million, WhiteWave Foods Company has finished its spin-off from parent company Dean Foods. WhiteWave is itself owner of the brands Silk Soymilk, Horizon Organic, International Delight and Alpro, among others.

Hartford, CT—Lawmakers in Connecticut overwhelmingly passed a bill on June 3 that would require foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labeled with the words “Produced with Genetic Engineering.” It became the first state to pass such a law, but there is a multiple part catch. The law will only go into effect if and when any four states not including Connecticut, including at least one bordering Connecticut, and including states in the Northeast region with a combined population of at least 20 million, pass similar GMO labeling laws.

Within the ever evolving tale of organics, there are many sub-narratives. Some are topics that prove contentious, some complex and some confounding. But they are always intriguing, and to those who care deeply about the organic food industry and its future, they are all highly important stories to tell.

As an independent natural products retailer looking to improve your store, how do you tackle the world’s largest natural products industry trade show, Natural Products Expo West?

Vitalicious recently launched a low-calorie and nutrient-rich pizza called VitaPizza. The all-natural pizza contains 15 vitamins and minerals, over 8 g of whole grains and 190 calories. With two flavors, Cheese & Tomato and Meatless Pepperoni Supreme, the thin crust, vegetarian pizza is good for calorie counters.