Annie’s Naturals releases new dressings  along with new packaging. New flavors include Lite Herb Balsamic, Fat-Free Raspberry Balsamic and Fat-Free Mango. Each is conveniently packaged in an 8-oz. bottle. And, the new flavors add extra taste to salads, without the added calories or fat.
SRP: $3.49

From La Vita Health Foods are La Vita All Natural Crunchy Cookies. The cookies are gluten free, sugar free, have zero trans fats, are vegan, probiotic and have no cholesterol. These diabetic-friendly cookies are available in almond, raspberry lemon, chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate chip, strawberry, poppy seed and Cajun.

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On Monday, June 21, the Supreme Court overturned a controversial ban on genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seeds created by United States biotech giant Monsanto. According to George Kimbrell, senior staff attorney for the Center for Food Safety and lead council for the case (Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms), the decision leads to some important implications in future GMO cases.

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San Diego, CA—As an example of Commissioner Margaret Hamburg’s efforts to make “swift, aggressive and effective enforcement” of its regulations, Lifesoy, Inc., a manufacturer of ready-to-eat soy products was cited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for preparing, packaging and holding articles of food in unsanitary conditions.

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New York, NY—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and cooking show star Rachael Ray introduced a series of programs to promote healthy eating among the city’s youth.

Berkeley, CA—Clif Bar & Company sold its family-owned common stock to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Through the ESOP, employees own 20% of the company; owners Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford retain the remaining 80%.

Sarasota, FL—Many people shopping at nutrition and wellness stores are vegetarian or vegan. However, one particular diet that might grab retailers’ attention is the raw foods diet, for which followers depend on stores selling organic and fresh raw foods and supplements. Jenna Norwood, a healthy living expert and speaker, stars in the documentary Supercharge Me! 30 Days Raw (released by Emporia Pictures in 2007), which follows Norwood as she begins a raw food diet.

New York, NY—The 56th Summer Fancy Foods show was held here from June 27–29 at the Jacob K. Javits Center featuring 180,000 products, 2,500 exhibitors, 81 represented countries and 24,000 attendees with a total of 331,000 tasty square feet of show floor.