Nine best-sellers of the FungusAmongUs certified organic, dried mushroom line are now available in 0.5-ounce packages. Consumers sometimes prefer to try a smaller amount of a new variety of mushroom in a recipe, so the firm decided to offer convenient, more affordable, user-friendly 0.5-ounce sizes. This line is available in low line pricing. Eight to a case.

From Kenya, Ajiri Tea Company black tea is high in antioxidants. It is pungent, coppery in appearance, rich in body and possesses a distinct flavor. After local farmers handpick the tea, it is produced at the Rainforest Alliance Certified Nyansiongo Tea Factory, a co-op of small-scale farmers. Local women then create individually designed packaging labels using dried banana bark. All profits go to the Ajiri Foundation, a non-profit that gives educational support to orphans in western Kenya.

Manna Organics introduces Bavarian-style sourdough bread in three flavors: whole rye, multigrain flax and sunny sourdough. Each one is organic, has no added yeast, and is an excellent source of whole grains and fiber. They are under 150 calories per slice and are also great sources of calcium and iron. With less than five grams of fat per slice and up to six grams of protein, these breads are a great well-rounded source of nutrition.

Brattleboro, VT—More American families than ever before are adding organic products to their weekly shopping lists, says the Organic Trade Association (OTA). In the 2011 U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs Study by the OTA, 1,300 families were polled about their feelings and buying habits when it comes to organic products. Four in 10 families said they are buying more organic foods than they were in the year prior. Of these families who have made the switch, three in 10 are brand new to the market.

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A new industry standard currently under development by the Natural Products Association (NPA) is set to help fill what many see as a troublesome gap in the market. Sometime next year, the trade association plans to roll out a definition and certification program for some “natural” food products.

Washington, D.C.—Activities for the second annual Non-GMO month, a multi-faceted advocacy campaign directed against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in food, went off without a hitch this October, and drew more attention to the growing movement.

Given the surging food allergy statistics in this country, it’s likely that an overwhelmingly large percentage of your shoppers are looking for a “-free” lunch—especially foods that are devoid of nuts, gluten, lactose, eggs and more.

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