LÄRABAR now offers non-GMO über bars, the new sweet and salty treat made with real fruit and nuts available in four flavors: Apple Turnover, Cherry Cobbler, Bananas Foster and Roasted Nut Roll. All über bars contain no more than nine ingredients, some of which include dry-roasted nuts, spices, brown rice syrup and whole fruit like bananas and dates.

Sustainably poled and trolled tuna from the Pacific Northwest is now available from Wild Planet Foods. The omega-3–rich albacore tuna is packed with extra-virgin olive oil from Spain in BPA-free pull-top lid cans. Wild Planet Foods say its tuna contains less than half the mercury found in other brands.
SRP: $3.99 per 5 oz

Simpli wants you to “Drink Your Oats!” The new Oat Shakes come in two flavors (Tropical Fruits and dairy-free Chocolate) and are packaged in 8.45-fl oz and 750-ml/25-fl oz cartons for adults and families. Also available are 6.76-fl oz cartons of Kids’ OatGrow Chocolate and Kids’ OatShine Fruits. They are all natural and do not contain lactose, GMOs or high-fructose corn syrup.

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New data paint a picture of non-GMO as a sales trend to stay on top of. Non-GMO Project Verified products have racked up $2.4 billion in sales in the last 52 weeks, for an increase of 66% over last year, according to SPINS. With California Prop 37 to label GMOs in the headlines and increased participation by retailers in Non-GMO Month in October, consumer awareness is at an all-time high.

Melville, NY­­—Premier Foods, one of the largest food producers in the United Kingdom, has sold several of its packaged grocery brands to The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. The brands acquired, all belonging to the Histon Sweet Spreads business, are home to such products as peanut butter, honey, jams, fruit, jelly, marmalade and chocolate. The Histon manufacturing facility in Cambridgeshire, UK was also included in the transaction.

Whether we’re gulping, sipping or slurping, beverages are a major part of our dietary intake. Drinks are so important that their sweeteners, calorie content, energy boosting quality and the like have been under the microscope. Here, we review some of the most recent beverage-related news stories and how they have affected the natural/organic products industry.

Elk Grove Village, IL—The advantages of an organic diet are convincing, according to a new clinical report published in Pediatrics by members of the Committee on Nutrition and the Council on Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics, based here.

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