private labeling

Rockville, MD—According to the Private Label Food and Beverage in the U.S. report by market research publisher Packaged Facts, private-label food and beverage sales totaled $87 billion in 2009, to account for 17% of total food and beverage retail sales in the united States. Dollar sales rose 6% over the 2008 level of $82 billion, driven primarily by a 7% increase in the food market.

grocery briefs

News from industry food companies.

natural meat and poultry

In an industry full of vegans, vegetarians, environmentalists, farmers and those opposed to Big Business, the meat and poultry industries often ignite some fiery debates. But, put down your broccoli spears. Natural and organic meat and poultry can offer sustainable sources of food and healthy choices for consumers.

k-krittersKinnikinnick Foods, Inc. has made an addition to its KinniKritters gluten-free animal crackers: graham style cookies and chocolate cookies. Also new is the fudge sandwich crème flavor in its KinniToos line.
10940 120 St., Edmonton AB, Canada, T5H 3P7, www.kinnikinnick.com
 

Shelton’s Poultry introduces chicken salad made with Shelton’s free-range, antibiotic-free chicken. The canned chicken salad is made with 100% boneless, skinless chicken breast meat and cooked only with pure sea salt. The chicken salad is 98% fat free.
204 N. Loranne Ave., Pomona, CA 91767, www.sheltons.com
 

Zola introduces Zola LIGHT Açaí, a low-sugar, 70-calorie, açaí beverage. It is sweetened with stevia, and uses high-quality açaí pulp.  Says the firm, “It provides a healthy and delicious alternative for those trying to limit their calorie and sugar intake without skimping on nutrients or juice content.”

Olivia’s Organics brings to market Olivia’s Single-To-Go Salads in three varieties: spring mix salad with balsamic dressing, romaine salad with garlic croutons and Caesar dressing and spinach salad with ranch dressing. Every salad comes with a plastic fork and is made from recyclable packaging, which also is a bowl, making it easier to eat healthy while out and about.

Turbana Corporation extends its product offerings with Turbana Plantain Chips. The chips are available in six different varieties: chili, lime, chili-lime, natural, sweet and garlic. According the firm, “They are processed in a state-of-the art facility that ensures minimal absorption of oil and thus contain 30% less fat than potato chips and are also free of trans fats, cholesterol, gluten, preservatives and additives.”

All-natural vegetarian chili is the latest product to hit shelves from Truitt Bros., Inc. The savory blend contains beans such as white, black, kidney and pinto. It also contains a broth made from corn, red peppers, onions, tomatoes along with jalapeno and poblano chiles. The self-stable pouch offers freshness