Emerald Forest Sugar, Inc. has switched the source of its xylitol-based products to U.S. domestic hardwood birch trees. Based on retailer and consumer requests, the company made the switch to sustainable xylitol harvesting and manufacturing practices. Its products range from single-serve xylitol packets to xylitol gum and mints. Xylitol contains far fewer calories than sugar, for which it is an equal exchange substitute.
Ohgave! brand agave nectar “takes agave to a whole new (lower) level,” says the company. Tested by the Glycemic Index Laboratory to have a low GI of 17, the Ohgave! Light and Amber blue agave varieties combine “culinary flair, superior taste and great health benefits.” New to the line is Ohgave! RAW agave nectar, which is said to have a great taste.
Tree 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.
New from Eden Foods are three types of brown rice mochi, a traditional Japanese food that “is thought to rejuvenate a person's physical vitality, health and strength,” says the company. Eden Brown Rice Mochi is JAS certified and is pounded into cakes that can be baked or fried.
John Masters Organics presents its new and improved Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor. Added to the formulation are silver linden bud extract, cupuaçu seed butter, Fagus sylvatica bud extract and kelp extract. According to the company, the product will restore strength, infuse youthful vitality and create gorgeous silkiness in damaged hair.
Juice Creations Co. now offers ME, a line of all-natural and caffeine-free beverages in 10.5-oz. slim cans. These drinks are formulated to match drinkers’ personalities/moods. Containing only 70 calories per can, the drinks come in four flavors: vivacious (tangerine pineapple), curious (blueberry lime), uninhibited (pink grapefruit) and unavailable (dragonfruit blackberry).
New from Annie Chun’s are Organic Potstickers (SRP: $4.49/7.6 oz) and Mini Wontons (SRP: $3.99/8 oz). The potstickers come in Chicken & Vegetable or Pork & Vegetable. The bite-sized wontons come in Pork & Ginger, Chicken & Garlic and Chicken & Cilantro. Both can be made within seven minutes.
The Daphne Baking Company premiers its thaw-and-serve line of gourmet desserts. Products are made from natural ingredients. Tarts come in convenient two-per-box packaging and six boxes per case, with flavors including lemon, chocolate, macadamia nut, pumpkin, chocolate raspberry, passion fruit and sweet shells.
Sambazon now offers three Antioxidant Elixirs. These açaí- and acerola-based drinks offer 600% of the daily value of vitamin C, are sweetened with several organic botanical extracts and have 70 calories per serving. Whereas most açaí beverages are thick and opaque, these drinks are lucid and thin (the consistency of water).
Murray's Chicken has released an all-natural Murray’s Grandma’s Chicken Soup Kit, which includes simple cooking instructions. The kit comes with antibiotic- and hormone-free diced chicken, and a sealed pouch of fresh-cut soup vegetables (carrots, sliced onions, parsnips, potatoes, leeks, dill and celery chunks). The product can feed a family of six.