Using coconuts grown in Thailand, C2O from SunSweet Naturals is a 100% natural, unsweetened, pure coconut water drink. This low-glycemic product contains 18–20 amino acids and no fat. Each serving contains 50 calories and each can has two servings. This drink, says the company, offers many nutritional properties to help keep the body operating and feeling great.

Ex Aqua Vitamins are the latest drinks to debut from Ex Drinks, LLC. The beverages are enhanced waters, which come in peach mango, lemon lime and raspberry and are a blend of fruit extracts and water. Each serving of this beverage is a rich source of vitamins B3, B5, B6, B7, B12 and E; they also contain no preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, sweeteners and artificial flavors.

Tea

The Republic of Tea is introducing a new line of 68 full-leaf loose tea varieties. This type of tea offers a more intense tea flavor, says the company. Some of the new flavors being offered include Coconut Pu-Erh, Keemum 1110, and Milk Oolong.

News from industry food companies.

Of the two words making up the term “functional food,” the operative one in a commercial sense is most definitely the latter. Consumers will not buy a product, even one with great health claims, that does not meet their basic criteria for a satisfactory food experience: convenience, familiarity and taste.

Be they energetic or docile, pocket-sized or king-bed-sized, pets of all shapes and sizes are warming the hearts of Americans. Millions of households consider their furry friends to be lifelong companions, and they’re treated as such. States Butch Smith, natural national sales manager for WellPet, Tewksbury, MA, “There’s no doubt that pet parents have developed a more intimate relationship with their pets than ever before…As people are adopting healthy, natural diets for their families, they also want to provide the same for their pets.”

Tofutti Brands Inc. has launched the first completely dairy free ricotta cheese, Better Than Ricotta Cheese. Like Tofutti’s Better Than Cream Cheese, Sour Supreme and Veggie Cheese Slice products, it also is gluten free and vegan. Tofutti’s Better Than Ricotta Cheese lends itself to all your favorite recipes such as lasagna, stuffed shells, and cheesecake. The product will soon be available in stores everywhere in 16-ounce containers and in a 5-lb food service size.

Living Harvest Foods is excited to introduce Tempt, a gluten and soy free non-diary frozen dessert made from hemp in four flavors (Coffee with Cream Swirls, Vanilla with Fudge Swirls, Chocolate Fudge and Vanilla with Blueberry Pom). Each bar is 100 calories per serving, with four servings in each container. The bars are also vegan, tree-nut free, Kosher, trans fat free, cholesterol free, low sodium and Non-GMO. The company says, “Do the hemp thing.”

 

Hodgson Mill introduced its new gluten-free seasoned coating mix that can be used on chicken, pork chops, beef, seafood, vegetables and in gravies. This product, according to the company, is a healthy alternative to wheat products and is a delicious way to get creative with meals.