SugarLeaf is a new sweetener from Wisdom Natural Brands. The product is made from a combination of raw cane sugar and SweetLeaf Stevia. This sugar alternative contains two-thirds less carbohydrates and calories than traditional sugars on the market. It also is free of other sugar alcohols, erythritol and maltodextrin.

HomeFree now offers gluten-free Crunchy Vanilla Mini Cookies, which are also free of the top eight allergens. The cookies are certified as more than 70% organic and are Non-GMO Verified. They contain no trans-fats, cholesterol or saturated fat, and are low sodium, vegan, kosher and SB-12 compliant for schools. One serving offers more than half a serving of whole grain and nine grams of sugar. Available boxed, grab-and-go and bulk packed.

O.N.E. introduces a new line of coconut water for kids. The O.N.E. Kids line comes in four fruity flavors that contain less sugar than regular fruit juices. Coconut water is valuable to kids because it contains electrolytes and essential nutrients that are depleted during dehydration. Children may become dehydrated more easily than adults, and coconut water helps to replenish them with the water and electrolytes they need to stay hydrated and healthy! Flavors in the O.N.E. Kids line include Apple, Fruit Punch, Orange and Raspberry Lemonade.

Grocery store prices for organic milk were facing heavy upward pressure, as consumer demand was outpacing supply in many regions of the country at the beginning of 2012.

Washington, D.C.—A national campaign to raise awareness over the issue of genetically modified (GMO) food products has gathered a ton of steam since its launch coinciding with Non-GMO Month in October 2011. The effort, organized by the Just Label It campaign and its sponsors, is to gather signatures for a petition urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require the labeling of all genetically modified food products.

Atlanta, GA—After Coca-Cola Company alerted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in early January to the presence of the toxic substance carbendazim in its orange juice imported from Brazil, FDA began closely examining imports of orange juice from all over the world.

News from industry food companies.

The European Union and the United States will align their organic food programs, an effort aimed at eliminating redundancies and increasing access between both markets.

Oakland, CA—Fair trade products certifier Fair Trade USA has made some significant changes to its policies. These changes, part of the Fair Trade USA’s Multiple Ingredients Product Policy, were made after a two-month evaluation with several stakeholders.