Global Beverage EnterprisesGlobal Beverage Enterprises Inc. has reformulated and repackaged its Mr. Q Cumber cucumber-based beverage in a 7-oz bottle. The 100% natural sparkling drink contains no sodium and has only 90 calories. Ingredients include sparkling filtered water, citric acid, cane sugar and cucumber flavor.

SRP: $1.09 (per bottle) and $26.16 (per case of 24).

Premier OrganicsPremier Organics now makes Artisana organic nut butters in 1.16-oz squeeze packs. The portable product is available in all nine original flavors plus one new flavor (Cashini). Says the company, “These convenient squeeze packs are ideal for kids’ lunch boxes, camping, hiking, running, going to the gym or any other activity.”

Green Valley Organics'Green Valley Organics’ lactose-free yogurt and kefir are now available. The products are organic, certified humane, low fat, kosher, GMO and gluten free; they also contain Flourish active probiotic cultures. Several yogurt flavors are available, including plain, vanilla, blueberry, strawberry and honey.

organic food

To those who believed organic would be a passing fad and that the economy would deter organic growth, the numbers speak for themselves: 2009 sales of organics grew 5.1% over 2008 figures (1).

Kids Nutrition

Tips for how your store can promote children's nutrition in ways that appeal to both parents and kids.

Gulf Fishing

In light of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, some consumers are concerned about the safety of seafood from the region.

Bob's Red Mill

Bob Moore, founder and president of Bob’s Red Mill presented naturopathic medical students with $15,000 in scholarships, for expressing their take on a particular grain of their choosing on youTube. Students from seven accredited naturopathic programs in the united States and Canada were called to submit videos featuring the health benefits of grains on the popular site.

private labeling

Rockville, MD—According to the Private Label Food and Beverage in the U.S. report by market research publisher Packaged Facts, private-label food and beverage sales totaled $87 billion in 2009, to account for 17% of total food and beverage retail sales in the united States. Dollar sales rose 6% over the 2008 level of $82 billion, driven primarily by a 7% increase in the food market.

grocery briefs

News from industry food companies.