Blue Monkey Coconut Collection has introduced 100% natural coconut chips. These fiber-rich baked chips come in three flavors: original, wasabi and ginger. They contain no sugar and are lightly sweetened with coconut nectar. Other Blue Monkey products include coconut water, coconut + guava juice and instant coconut water mix.

Cherry Licorice Drops are the newest addition to the Lovely Candy Co. line of gluten-free and organic candies. Lovely candies are kosher certified and contain no artificial ingredients or corn syrup. Other varieties include Superfruit Chews, Fruit Chews, Chocolate Swirl Caramels and Chewy Original Caramels. Cherry Licorice drops come in 3.25 oz bags.

Activate, powered by Solgar vitamins, introduced three new flavors to its line of vitamin-enhanced beverages. Added to the Balance varieties are Cucumber Lemonade, Peach Mango and Strawberry Watermelon. Vitamins are stored in the unique twist cap and are dispersed through the beverage once opened. The company says its research shows that vitamins lose potency when sitting in water. The products are sugar free, have zero calories and include vitamins C, A, B5 and B12.

GoGoSqueez introduced a new flavor to its extensive line: AppleMandarin. Each individual serving packet (3.2 oz) is 100% natural, gluten-free and contains no added colors or flavors. GoGoSqueez also produces six Organic flavors, which include AppleBanana, AppleStrawberry, ApplePeach and AppleCinnamon. 

New from Madhava are five “naturally sweet,” organic baking mixes made with ancient whole grains like Kamut, spelt and farro. Varieties include: Pancake Mix, Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, Chocolate Cake Mix, Yellow Cake Mix and Brownie Mix. Each mix has a shelf life of 18 months.

Arlington, VA; Santa Monica, CA—Fresh foods are in higher demand than ever before, according to a poll taken from the 2014 National Grocers Association–SupermarketGuru Consumer Survey Report.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report on genetically engineered crop use in the United States, in which it cited consumer concern over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and acknowledged the existence of certain risks to the environment. In a separate survey, many farmers claimed they’ve detected GMO contamination in their non-GMO crops.

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Finland—Including more fatty fish in the diet is an important means of positively influencing cholesterol levels, says new research out of the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). The study, published in PLOS ONE, shows people who increased their fatty fish intake to at least three to four weekly meals had more large HDL particles in their blood than those who ate less fish.