Grocery Briefs: September 2015

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SweetLeaf Organics, Gilbert, AZ, received the Stevia Tasteful Best Taste Award by The World Stevia Organization (WSO), an award designed for the best-testing stevia product in the world. This marks the fifth time that SweetLeaf has won the award.

Organic herb, tea and spices maker Mountain Rose Herbs, Eugene, OR, announced Non-GMO Project Verification for a selection of its products, including organic coconut oil, organic flax seed, organic barley grass powder and organic wheatgrass powder.

Nature’s Path Foods, Richmond, BC, Canada, acquired the Country Choice Organic brand from New Century Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Grain Millers, Inc. This move will add 18 organic products to its portfolio, including grits, cookies and instant hot oatmeal patches. In a statement, Nature’s Path Foods’ executive vice president of sales and marketing Arjan Stephens said he was looking forward to this opportunity to “increase our presence and impact this rising category in new and important ways.”

GloryBee, Eugene, OR, has announced that all its organic honeys are now Non-GMO Project Verified. This makes them the first major honey processor to do so.

Australian- and Greek-style yogurt maker Wallaby Organic Yogurt, American Canyon, CA, has been acquired by Denver, CO-based WhiteWave Foods for $125 million. WhiteWave had acquired Vega Nutrition earlier this year.

Dave’s Killer Bread, Portland, OR, has established the Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. This nonprofit is designed to promote hiring opportunities for people with criminal backgrounds.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, September 2015(online 8/14/2015)