In the fall of 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was petitioned by high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) manufacturers for the allowance to change the name from HFCS to corn sugar. Now, a cohort of consumer groups is urging FDA to reject this pending request.

The 2012 Natural Products Expo West tradeshow was the largest in its 30-year history. Some 60,000 industry members attended the event, which ran March 8–11 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Show organizers said attendance of retail buyers grew 13% this year, which made for a good show, say many exhibitors.

News from industry food companies.

Is it crunch time for your shoppers? Or maybe they’re looking for a sugary sweet deal? Regardless of their snack-time preferences, be sure your store has its bases covered for high-quality, healthy between-meal bites.

Blue Diamond Nut Thins now come in Pepper Jack flavor. Not only are these crackers perfectly seasoned, but they are also wheat and gluten free. Blue Diamond Nut Thins come in an assortment of other flavors including BBQ, Cheddar Cheese, Hazelnut and Pecan.

Nature’s Path Organic added three new flavors to its Love Crunch Granolas line: Apple Crumble, Carrot Cake and Aloha Blend. The company will donate the equivalent of cereal or cash to food banks for every bag of Love Crunch Granolas sold (up to $1 million).

A new option in the frozen foods aisle is Frozen Naked Pizza. The pizzas come in four flavors: Cheese, Chicken, Uncured Pepperoni and Superbiotic which features toppings of several veggies. The crusts are made with a blend of 10 grains plus a probiotic bacteria, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086, that survives freezing and baking.
SRP: $8.99

Organic, natural bisques have been added to Pacific Natural Foods’ line of ready-to-eat soups. The four new USDA-certified organic bisques are Hearty Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato, Cashew Carrot Ginger (dairy-free) and Butternut Squash. All are packaged in BPA-free Tetra Recart cartons, and are gluten- and soy-free with a shelf life of 24 months.
SRP: $3.29–$3.49

MIM’s Kitchen offers several flavors of all-natural gluten-free cookie dough. Flavors include chocolate chocolate chip, sugar, ginger, chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip and white chocolate macadamia nut. Each package contains 12 individual ready-to-bake cookies that only take minutes to bake. Along with being gluten free, the dough is also wheat free and certified dairy kosher.