Sweeteners have been all over headlines in 2012:

—“Fructose Consumption Increases Visceral Fat, Study Reports,” The New York Times, February 6, 2012
—“Sugar Seeks Sweet Revenge Against Competition from Corn,” Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2012
—“Is Sugar Toxic?” 60 Minutes, April 1, 2012
—“Rice-Sweetened Baby Formula May Contain Arsenic: U.S. Study,” Reuters, February 16, 2012

Here we brief you on the latest sweeteners news your shoppers will need to know.

Jones is stripping down to the bare essentials with its new line of sparkling sodas. Jones Au Naturel has reduced calories (just 35), just seven grams of sugar and is free of artificial sweeteners. Instead, the sodas are sweetened with a combination of pure cane sugar and organic agave syrup.

Kinnikinnick Foods presents Gluten Free White Bread and Multigrain Bread. The soft breads are enriched with five essential nutrients and are a good source of fiber. On top of being gluten free, these breads are also dairy and nut free.

New England Naturals introduces two new granolas. The Probiotic Raspberry Almond Granola benefits digestive health, supports the immune system and is naturally low in fat. The Organic Ancient Grains Granola contributes to a low-glycemic diet, is an excellent source of protein and all nine amino acids, and contains a hearty amount of omega-3 packed chia seeds.

Happy Family adds to its Happy Munchies line with Carrot Rice Cakes, Apple Rice Cakes, and Apple & Kale Puffed Corn Snacks. These gluten-free, non-GMO snacks are made with 100% organic vegetables, fruits and whole grains. It is perfect for teething and encourages self feeding.

In every ounce of Eat Your Vegetables by Snikiddy Snacks is one full serving of vegetables, with 2.5 times the amount of protein found in most other vegetable chips, says Snikiddy. The all-natural, cholesterol-free chips are made of sweet potatoes, carrots, navy beans and other veggies. The three flavors are Sea Salt, Jalapeno Ranch and Sour Cream & Onion.

Old Orchard adds Very Cherre tart cherry juice to its list of product offerings. The juice is rich in antioxidants, is gluten free and contains no colors, artificial flavors or preservatives. Just four ounces of Very Cherre offers the daily recommended intake of antioxidants.
SRP: $4.99 for 64-ounce bottle.

What’s Selling is our monthly review of what our retailers nationwide say is selling well in their stores. This month, we’ve compiled data from April to June to see what was popular in the second quarter of 2012.