AgaveOhgave! brand agave nectar “takes agave to a whole new (lower) level,” says the company. Tested by the Glycemic Index Laboratory to have a low GI of 17, the Ohgave! Light and Amber blue agave varieties combine “culinary flair, superior taste and great health benefits.” New to the line is Ohgave! RAW agave nectar, which is said to have a great taste.

Emerald Forest Sugar, Inc. has switched the source of its xylitol-based products to U.S. domestic hardwood birch trees. Based on retailer and consumer requests, the company  made the switch to sustainable xylitol harvesting and manufacturing practices. Its products range from single-serve xylitol packets to xylitol gum and mints. Xylitol contains far fewer calories than sugar, for which it is an equal exchange substitute.

As additions to its Primo Thin line of pizzas, Palermo’s Pizza unveils two new products: Primo Thin Garden and Chicken Fajita. The Garden variety offers spicy, salad like toppings on a multi-grain crust and Chicken Fajita provides a zesty Southwest flavor. Primo Thin pizzas are designed to be nutritious and low in calories while retaining great taste.
SRP: $5.99

Two new Sunrise Cereals from Nature’s Path expand the line of whole-grain, gluten-free cereals. Crunchy Maple Sunrise and Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise are made from an organic blend of corn, rice, flax, quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth. For those who wish to avoid gluten in their diet, Sunrise Cereals provide a cereal alternative that also contains omega-3s.

The Hain CelFrozen Dessertsestial Group has made available a new non-dairy frozen dessert, Rice Dream Bites. These bite-size nuggets are vanilla Rice Dream on the inside and rich chocolate on the outside. This decadent confection also is all natural, lactose free, gluten free, cholesterol free and contain no trans fat or refined sugars. 

4600 Sleepytime Dr., Boulder, CO 80301, www.hain-celestial.com

Eden Foods, Inc. delivers its Organic Concord Grape Juice. The juice’s grapes were grown on a family-owned vineyard, on the shore of Keuka Finger Lake (New York). The beverage contains no enzymes, chemical additives or water. Grapes are pressed, lightly filtered and bottled in a 32-oz./946-ml. container.
701 Tecumseh Rd., Clinton, Michigan 49236, www.edenfoods.com

Baked Chicken NuggetsBlue Ribbon caters to children’s delicate palates, with Naked Nuggets grilled chicken nuggets. Little ones can now enjoy great-tasting nuggets made with only boneless skinless white meat chicken, potato starch, sea salt, spices and garlic powder. Nuggets are also is gluten and allergen free.
119 Sullivan St., New York, NY 10012, www.blueribbonrestaurants.com

Hot CerealEco-Heaven LLC brings to market gluten-free hot cereal in original, apples & cinnamon and maple & brown sugar single-serve pouches. The cereal contains seven whole grains and has a better nutritional profile than oatmeal, says the company. The product also is USDA certified organic.
P.O. Box 803338, Chicago, IL 60680, www.ecohavenllc.com

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the long-awaited details of the final rule regarding access to pasture for organic livestock. This rule amends the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations to clarify the use of pasture in raising organic ruminants. The final rule provides consumers with certainty that organic livestock production is a pasture-based system in which animals are actively grazing pasture during the grazing season.