Grocery Briefs: January 2013

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Single-serving, grab-and-go granola producer Upfront Foods, Boca Raton, FL, will be adding distributors and brokers in the Northeast and Florida. Island Natural of Long Island City, NY, Florida’s Own Food Distribution, Odessa, FL, McClain’s Old Florida Gourmet, Sarasota, FL and Exclusive Brands Group of Miami will now carry the company’s Upfront Nutty Granola.

Black Bean & Quinoa Chili, Refried Pinto Beans and Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas) from Eden Foods, Clinton, MI were selected by Men’s Health magazine for its annual feature “The 125 Best Foods for Men.”

Last Thanksgiving saw the sale of the three millionth Tofurky Roast, available since 1995 from Hood River, OR’s Turtle Island Foods.

NBTY, Inc. of Ronkonkoma, NY will buy Balance Bar Company, Valhalla, NY from Brynwood Partners VI L.P., which acquired the nutrition and energy bar producer in 2009 from Kraft Foods, Inc. The company also now offers the Good ‘n Natural Bar.

The Food Recovery Network (FRN) launched its first national campaign to raise awareness about hunger and food waste. The campaign is titled “More Students. Less Waste” and began during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. One goal was to get more students to pledge to start new chapters of FRN, which donates food from college campus dining halls that would go to waste to America’s hungry and homeless. 12 students have already said they will start new chapters on major campuses across the country.

Chicago, IL-based Alef Sausage, makers of European style salami and bologna sold in ethnic supermarkets across the country, will now be moving its products into mainstream supermarkets, bumping its distribution to 30 U.S. states as well as Canadian markets.

El Paso, TX-based Dean Foods Co. will sell its Morningstar Foods division to Canadian cheese distributor Saputo Inc. for $1.45 billion.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, January 2013