The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the long-awaited details of the final rule regarding access to pasture for organic livestock. This rule amends the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations to clarify the use of pasture in raising organic ruminants. The final rule provides consumers with certainty that organic livestock production is a pasture-based system in which animals are actively grazing pasture during the grazing season.

Portland, OR — Bob Moore, co-founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods celebrated his 81st birthday by announcing on February 15 that the company is now employee owned.

Yonkers, NY — A study conducted by Consumer Reports shows that packaged salad greens may have bacteria that are common indicators of poor sanitation and fecal contamination.

Acquisitions, new launches, new partnerships, awards, new initiatives and more.

Vegan Food

Once, the worst words for a dinner host or waiter were those uttered, “I’m a vegetarian,” only to be outdone by the impending sense of culinary doom surrounding the words, “I’m a vegan.”

Natural Choice Awards

WholeFoods Magazine recognizes several best sellers that have earned the 2010 WholeFoods Magazine Natural Choice Awards.

Take A Bite

The snack foods industry is smack-dab in the middle of a busy intersection. Barreling toward it from one direction are busy, on-the-go lifestyles that necessitate meal stand-ins and nutritious ways to ward off energy crashes.

Kettle ChipsKettle Foods is adding the new Fully Loaded Baked Potato flavor to its line of potato chips. Inspired by the Kettle brand’s Create-a-Chip Challenge, where customers submitted new flavor ideas, the chips satisfy the demand for something savory. Kettle chips are a vegetarian, all-natural snack option, containing no trans-fats, artificial flavors or preservatives.
SRP: $3.99 (9 oz.).

Tree of LifeTree of Life’s Soy Wonder soy spread now offers brighter packaging and a new taste for this peanut butter alternative known for its nutty taste and nutritional ingredients. Soy Wonder is peanut, dairy, wheat, gluten, and cholesterol free. It is similar in taste and texture to peanut butter, and is available in creamy and crunchy varieties.