As the several year-old drought in California wears on with no end in sight, the state’s agriculture industry is scrambling for answers. Perhaps the hardest hit sector is organic dairy, where regulations make it harder to maintain business as usual through a severe lack of rainfall.

Louisville, KY—The chia seed boom is in full swing, as consumers nationwide are seeking it out due to its growing reputation as a nutritious and versatile addition to the diet.

Denver, CO; Salem, OR—Two state ballot initiatives that would have required the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food to be called out on labels failed to pass on Election Day. The vote on Colorado’s Proposition 105 was not close, as voters shot it down 66% to 34%. Oregon’s Measure 92 came up short by less than one percentage point, or about 10,000 votes.

New from Better Batter is Corn Free Powdered Sugar. Typical powdered sugars are often made with corn starch. The powdered sugar used in this product is certified organic. This gluten- and allergen-free baking product is the latest product in the company's GF line, which includes Better Batter Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix, Flour, Fudge Brownie Mix, Pancake & Biscuit Mixes, Seasoned Flour and Yellow Cake Mix. The company supports the Worldivision's Clean Water projects to help give a cup of water to a child in need as well as The Burma Project, which provides solar power to students living at a sustainable agriculture training facility in Burma. 

Avoiding artificial food additives and excessive amounts of caffeine and sugar are at the top of many Americans’ criteria for a healthy diet. Perhaps nowhere are these preferences so abundantly clear as in the beverages market segment. Here are five key trends to keep an eye on in your store so as to best meet your shoppers’ new beverage preferences.

News from industry food companies.

A major fixture in the gluten-free community, the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), turns 40 this year. Its efforts to serve, inform and connect those who follow a gluten-free diet are rapidly expanding, including the continued rise of its product certification program known as the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO).

Washington, D.C.—The needed money has begun to arrive in the search for non-toxic, organic ways to defeat citrus greening, the disease that has threatened to overwhelm the citrus industry. The Organic Center, based here, announced the success of its first-ever crowdfunding campaign, designed to drum up funds for its previously announced three-year study on citrus greening.

Now available from Mocktails Brands is a line of non-alcoholic cocktails made with all-natural ingredients. The drinks do not contain high-fructose corn syrup or preservatives and are free of common allergens and gluten. Varieties include Karma Sucra Cosmopolitan, Vida Loca Margarita, Sevilla Red Sangria and Scottish Lemonade Whiskey Sour. www.mocktails.com

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