The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken news steps to create a standard definition for the term “gluten-free,” according to a new consumer update. 

Henry’s Sweet Miracle Honey introduces Stingers, combining raw honey with various flavorful spices. Offerings include Grumpy Grandpa Blend and Phoebe’s Fireball. The company began when 12 year old beekeeper and entrepreneur Henry Miller decided along with his parents to start selling honey from their Washington state farm. A portion of profits goes to The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees.

Granola Planks are the latest products from Earnest Eats. The flavors, maple almond crunch, pomegranate walnut crisp and blueberry vanilla crackle are only two servings per granola plank. These bars are available in a six-count tray and offer four grams of protein along with three grams of fiber. They also contain no artificial preservatives or ingredients. The company says, “Our granola planks are filled with organic oats, nuts, whole grains, fruits and seeds.”

Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic are available in three varieties, Kosher Dill Spear, Zesty Garlic Halves and Kosher Dill Halves. Every jar is hand-packed with large US-grown cucumbers, along with carrots, peppers, garlic, herbs and spices. "Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic pickles are made with the finest, specially selected ingredients at the peak of freshness–exactly how you’d make them if you made them yourself," says the company.

Ex Drinks presents three new energy drinks that are natural alternatives to other energy drink/supplement options. The varieties are Ex Chillout (a calming drink), Ex Slim Energy (energy supplement) and Ex Pure Energy (energy supplement). They are packed with nutrients and contain no artificial sweeteners or flavors, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup. All drinks are infused with various herbs and vitamins.

Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss introduces new flavors to its line of non-dairy frozen desserts: Ginger Cookie Caramel, Chocolate Walnut Brownie, Mocha Maca Crunch and Lunaberry Swirl. The nutrient rich coconut milk in each certified organic product is a healthy and tasty alternative to dairy or soy, according to the company.

Orgain is an organic ready-to-drink meal replacement that comes in Sweet Vanilla Bean and Creamy Chocolate Fudge. It offers 16 grams of protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, and a synergistic immune and vitamin blend. It has the equivalent of 10 servings of fruits and vegetables and an ORAC value of 16,000.

The organic industry is perhaps one of the most dynamic markets in the food industry today, as it grew 8% in 2010 to $28.6 billion in sales even during a down economy (1). To keep shoppers in the know, it’s important for retailers to have hard facts about why spending extra for organic is worth it.

At the most recent Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) meeting in Canada, collaborators agreed to drop ongoing work on creating labeling recommendations for and generally defining Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) products. CCFL has decided to instead compile Codex texts on the subject of GMOs as a reference guide.