grocery briefs

News from industry food companies.

culinary oil

Whether your customers are devout foodies or just cooking to sustain themselves, anyone standing behind the stove will likely have a bottle of some kind of oil. Americans spend about six hours per week cooking and in 2015, private label brands of olive oil alone grossed nearly $320 million (1, 2). But, with so many culinary oils, do your customers really know what they are purchasing and why?

Expo West

Get ready for five days jam-packed with new sights, seminars and products. Natural Products Expo West, co-located with Engredea, is back for 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center and the Anaheim Hilton, from March 9 to 13. With more than 70,000 industry professionals and 3,000 exhibits expected at the event, Expo West is a veritable cornucopia for anything and everything in natural, organic and healthy products. Since there will be more than enough to see, hear and do during your time there, here are some highlights for the days and nights ahead. And when you head over to the trade show floor, be sure to stop by WholeFoods at Booth 2011 for free bags of samples and literature!

Fancy Food Show

With the Winter Fancy Food Show come and gone, let’s look back on the emerging trends seen at the show as pinpointed by Specialty Food Association’s Trendspotter Panel as well as some representative products.

GMO potato

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate Russet Burbank potatoes are not materially different in composition, safety and other parameters from other potatoes or potato-derived food currently on the market.

New from Springfield Creamery is Nancy’s Sweet CreamSpringfield Creamery Organic Yogurt. The yogurts are sweetened with organic honey and contain live probiotics in every serving, including clinically documented Bifdobacterium lactose BB-12 and L. acidophilus LA-5.

123 Gluten Free now offers three Go123 Gluten Freeurmet Brownie Crisps. The chips are Non-GMO Project Verified. All are free from dairy/casein, nuts, corn and gluten. Varieties include: Caramel, Chocolate Chip and Rainbow.

125 Orange Tree Dr., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022, www.123glutenfree.com

Newly launched from Smart Flour Foods is a familSmart Flour Gluten Freey-size, gluten-free pizza. The crusts, which are also vegan, soy-free, dairy-free and Kosher, are made from a gluten-free flour blend of sorghum, amaranth and teff. In addition to a crust-only two-pack, the pizzas are available in Uncured Pepperoni, Garden Margherita, Classic Cheese and Italian Sausage flavors.