One innovative retailer has managed not only to survive, but also to thrive for over 25 years through an emphasis on building trust and loyalty among their consumer base. It is this achievement and innovation that makes Debra’s Natural Gourmet a perfect choice for the WholeFoods Magazine 2015 Retailer of The Year.

Americans have a love–hate relationship with cooking oils. The right culinary oil can transform a so-so recipe into something that tastes amazing. But, a nagging voice in the back of our heads may still warn, “Stop, stop! Oil is bad.” Should we listen?

Enjoy Life Foods released allergy-friendly Baking Mixes made with a blend of ancient grains, plant proteins and an all-natural probiotic enhancement. The mixes are Non-GMO Project Verified. All are free from wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish. The line includes Pancake and Waffle Mix; Pizza Crust Mix; Brownie Mix; Muffin Mix; and All-Purpose Flour.

SweetLeaf Water Drops are a new fruit-flavored water enhancer that has no calories, carbohydrates or artificial ingredients. According to the company, Water Drops makes “necessary summer hydration easy, tasty and better for you.” Made from SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener, the drops come in Raspberry Lemonade, Strawberry Kiwi, Peach Mango and Lemon Lime varieties.

New from Two Moms in the Raw are almond protein crackers made with raw sprouted ingredients. Available in flavors like Sweet on You Graham and Jive‘n Chives & Onion, the crackers contain sprouted almond flour, are high in protein and fit within the Paleo diet.

Reed’s Stronger Ginger Brew from Reed’s, Inc. is made with 50% more ginger than Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew. The non-alcoholic beverage is made from sparkling filtered water (sweetened with honey, pineapple juice and raw cane sugar), fresh ginger root, lemon and lime juices and spices. The drink is free of preservatives, caffeine, gluten and GMOs.

For many years, I walked the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City knowing that every other booth would be another artisanal cheese or chocolate. I expected to see more of the same this year and was pleasantly surprised to see incredibly innovative and creative gourmet foods with a nutritional slant.

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