Vitasoy USA Inc. debuted tofu made with black soybeans called Nasoya Black Soybean TofuPlus. The black soybean is said to offer more antioxidants than the yellow variety. Nasoya BlackSoybean TofuPlus is also high in vitamin E, calcium and protein, and is made from organic, non-GMO whole soybeans.

Ian’s (a division of Elevation Brands) now offers Allergy-Free, Gluten-Free Panko Breadcrumbs. These new breadcrumbs are available in Original and Italian flavors. The breadcrumbs were made in response to requests to buy the topping found on Ian’s Organic Chicken Nuggets. This product is available in 7-oz resealable pouches.

The Pure Bar is now available in two new organic flavors: banana coconut and dark chocolate berry. The bars are a good source of protein and fiber, says the company, while being gluten free, vegan, non-GMO and kosher.
SRP: $1.59–1.79

Choice Organic Teas added four new teas to its line of Fair Trade Certified products as part of its “go beyond” campaign, which aims to introduce new flavors from around the world. The new flavors are Premium Korean Green, Decaffeinated Green, Masala Chai and Rooibos Chai.

ProBar expanded its line of snack and meal replacement bars with new flavors, including Double Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. The bars are high in nutrients, plant-based and non-GMO with ingredients like papaya, flax seeds, dry roasted peanuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
SRP $3.29

Now on offer from Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods is a line of Pearl Couscous. Available products include Whole Wheat Pearl Couscous, Natural Pearl Couscous and Tricolor Pearl Couscous (red, green and white pearls). Each of these varieties delivers at least six grams of protein per serving.

News from industry food companies.

Washington, D.C.—Two of the major forces in the organic agriculture and products industry will now merge together under one roof. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will assume administrative responsibilities for The Organic Center, which will move its headquarters here from Boulder, CO. The Organic Center has traditionally been a scientific voice for the merits of organic agriculture, while the OTA serves its members by advocating for the values, benefits and regulatory standing of organic products in the media and in government.

Hershey, PA—A coalition of independent natural food stores and co-ops, along with several human rights and consumer groups, has sent an open letter to The Hershey Company, urging it to make a substantially larger commitment to relying upon ethically-sourced, Fair Trade cocoa for its chocolate products. The letter comes in the context of reports that illegal and often forced child labor is a major issue with overseas cocoa production.