News from industry food companies.

Here’s a fact that even mainstream food companies can’t sugarcoat: sales of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are slumping while the sweetener category as a whole is stable and growing.

Fifty years ago, someone wanting to avoid gluten had one choice: eating just plain meats, fish and produce. Twenty years ago, you may have been able to find a not-so-great version of pasta. Today, there’s a whole world of great - tasting gluten-free choices.

According to Mambo Sprouts, one-third of natural and organic consumers are looking for allergen-free foods, and 25% of those are interested in gluten-free items because of an intolerance or allergy (1).


At the fifth annual coffee-tasting event hosted in New York, NY by the Organic Coffee Collaboration, a market study was released showing that organic coffee sales have taken off in recent years—big time, and in spite of the trend for coffee in general.

Austin, TX—Whole Foods Market is teaming up with Chef Ann Cooper to raise money for establishing salad bars in school cafeterias across the country.

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News from industry food companies.

Braswell Food Company recently acquired native South and now has several new products under its umbrella. Available are salsas (like Caribbean Cool Black Bean, Fire & Ice Tequila Mango and Fiery Sweet Peach), biscuits (like Fried Green Tomato Cornbread, vidalia Onion Cheese and White Chocolate Sweet Potato) and tortilla chips (Dixie Peach Tortilla Chips).

Nature’s Select Food Group offers the Original Smart Cookies: Chocoloco, Yellow Mellow, nuts- Oat Crazy and Gimme a Beat. Each cookie is packed with vitamins, fruits and vegetables, which put s a healthy spin on the conventional treat. Cookies come in 12-oz. packages of bite-size (36 mini cookies) or regular (12 cookies).

Surf Sweets now offers a Sweets Sour Worm Halloween Pack. Each package contains 20 individually wrapped Surf Sweets Sour Worms in a Halloweenthemed bag. The candy is organically sweetened and has a tangy, sweet taste. SRP: $4.99.

TruSweets, LLC, 65 East Palatine Rd., Ste. 123, Prospect Heights, IL 60070,

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