Bolthouse Farms introduces two new products. The Aura Botanical Water line is a low-calorie flavored water that comes in three flavors: Cucumber Lemon Rosemary, Orange Basil and Grapefruit Sage. Each contains one serving of fruit per bottle. The Protein Plus Parfait Smoothie contains 25 grams of protein per bottle and is made with 100% natural ingredients.

Washington, D.C.—The Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law on January 4 of this year, and one stipulation of that legislation was that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should increase its safety measures surrounding fresh fruits and vegetables. Since then, U.S. citizens have watched tainted vegetables become implicated in widespread illness in Europe. Now, FDA is announcing its plans to move forward with the required regulations.

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Venice, CA—Federal agents and local law enforcement, at the behest of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), conducted an armed raid on raw organic food distributor Rawesome for the second time recently, according to numerous reports.

Laval, Canada—SmartBalance, Inc., marketer of the natural foods brand EarthBalance, has purchased Glutino Food Group (Glutino) from Claridge Natural Foods for $66.3 million. Claridge, a Montreal-based investment firm, transfered 100% equity interest in Importations DE-RO-MA, which owns Glutino, over to SmartBalance. Glutino is an established presence in the gluten-free market, with offerings under the Glutino and Gluten Free Pantry brand names.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken news steps to create a standard definition for the term “gluten-free,” according to a new consumer update. 

Henry’s Sweet Miracle Honey introduces Stingers, combining raw honey with various flavorful spices. Offerings include Grumpy Grandpa Blend and Phoebe’s Fireball. The company began when 12 year old beekeeper and entrepreneur Henry Miller decided along with his parents to start selling honey from their Washington state farm. A portion of profits goes to The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees.

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.