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Are your food demos and store promotions getting stale? Consider highlighting some of the hottest drinks on the market: coffee, tea and drinking chocolate. Here is some fun and important information to share with shoppers when showing them off.

rice drink powderGrowing Naturals has released Organic Rice Drink + Protein, a powdered milk alternative made from organic whole grain brown rice. When mixed with water, one canister can create the equivalent of six or seven boxes of liquid. Growing Naturals says this can be added to sweet or savory recipes or used to make smoothies. It is vegan and gluten free.

New from Aiya America are Matcha To Go single-serve sticks. These sticks combine Matcha tea with dietary fiber to create a product that can easily be poured into a hot or cold beverage. Aiya America says that this portable format does not diminish any of Matcha’s health properties, such as high antioxidant and amino acid content, as well as calcium and vitamin C content.

Pulmuone Foods USA brand Wildwood offers flavored tofu, available in baked and smoked varieties. The tofu is made from sprouted soybeans and non-GMO ingredients. They also contain no cholesterol and 0g of trans fat. Flavors include Moroccan, Indian Curry, and Mongolian, joining other flavors like Teriyaki, Hickory BBQ, and Aloha.

Tea

The Get Clean Stackable Tea Trio Tin from The Republic of Tea provides two weeks of detoxification. AM Tea combines dandelion for cleansing with spearmint for refreshment. All Day Tea combines rooibos, milk thistle and vanilla to gently stimulate the liver, while PM Tea has alma and schizandra to support healthy stress levels and ginger root to support digestion.

High Brew’s High Brew Coffee is made from 100% fair trade Arabica coffee beans. These ready-to-drink beverages come in four flavors: Double Espresso, Mexican Vanilla, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Mocha. Each drink has 50–60 calories and contains more antioxidants and caffeine than a regular cup of coffee.

INBalance Health Corporation has two new flavors in its INBar line: Cinnamon Swirl and Chocolate Butter Crunch. INBars are formulated to reduce blood sugar spikes and may be suitable for diabetics. They are high in protein, contain no added sugar, and are all natural and allergen free.

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