The Associated Press has reported that the Senate Agricultural Committee has voted 16-4 to approve legislation that would prevent mandatory labeling of food made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This puts Vermont’s mandatory labeling law, which goes into effect in July, in the crossfire.

pet food

As consumers educate themselves about potential contaminants and toxic ingredients in products, they are not only choosing a healthier lifestyle for themselves, but also for their families, which include their beloved pets. To ensure their four-legged family members are living longer, healthier and happy lives, pet parents are taking the plunge into humanization mode; purchasing for their pets what they would purchase for themselves. This, of course, means that pet dollars can still be captured by natural retailers—as long as products offerings are safe, healthy and suit the dietary and hygienic needs of the new-age pet.

GoodBellyNext Foods launched GoodBelly Protein Shakes with 15 g of plant-based protein and 40 billion live and active probiotic cultures. Its Lactobacillus plantarum 299v can withstand the stomach’s acidic environment. Flavors are: Tropical Coconut, Green Power and Triple Berry.

P.O. Box 17460, Boulder, CO 80308,

Core NutritionCore Nutrition has USDA-certified organic fruit-infused bottled water. Flavors of Core Organic are Peach Mango, Watermelon Lemonade, Coconut Colada, Pomegranate Blue Açaí, Orange Clementine and Orchard Pear. Each serving contains five calories.

American FlatbreadAmerican Flatbread Pizza has expanded its handmade wood-fired premium frozen pizza with three new flavors. Gluten-Free Cheese Trio & Tomato Sauce and Gluten-Free Pesto & Cheese are American Flatbread’s first gluten-free options. Also new, Fresh Basil Pesto & Feta is topped with pesto made with basil, pine nuts, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh minced garlic and feta.

SambozonSambazon has a new fair trade and organic energy drink called Jungle Love. The drink offers 120 mg of caffeine sourced from organic caffeine from Guayakí yerba mate, guarana and green tea. One serving has 120 calories, and is offered in the Original Açaí Flavor.

Zemas MadhouseZemas Madhouse has a new ready-to-eat cookie line, available in flavors like sweet potato spice, double chocolate, chocolate chip and oatmeal cranberry. The mini-cookies are kosher, vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and refined sugar free.
MSRP: 5.99
P.O. Box 823, Highland Park, IL 60035,

HomefreeHomefree revamped its line of gluten-free cookies with a new white package design and the launch of Chocolate Mint Mini Cookies and Lemon Burst Mini Cookies. All products are also vegan, kosher pareve and Non-GMO Project Verified. The cookies are available in single-serve bags and 5-oz. retail boxes.