Black Beans and Spicy Refried Black Beans, two products from Eden Foods, Clinton, MI, were cited in Men’s Health magazine’s “The 125 Best Foods for Men,” in its November 2011 issue. The black beans were named best “Canned Bean,” and the refried beans were tops in the “Best Refried Bean” category. This marks the sixth time Eden products have been similarly honored in Men’s Health.

In other company news, Eden Foods has received the “Friend of Glass” award in the Best Friend of Glass category from the Glass Packaging Institute. The award “honors those companies, organizations and individuals making significant and innovative efforts to promote or participate in glass container recycling for bottle-to-bottle use.” Eden was recognized for its 2011 introduction of organic EDEN crushed tomatoes and sauces packed in protective amber glass.

New Holland, PA-based Shiloh Farms partnered with the Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired (SABVI) and Nuts About Granola (NAG) to transform a 19,000 ft2 manufacturing facility into a certified organic food production plant that will house an isolated gluten-free line. The new plant will employ a majority of blind or vision-impaired people.

Ex Drinks, LLC, Henderson, NV, donated more than $188,552 worth of beverages, including Ex Chillout, Ex Pure Energy, Ex Slim Energy and Ex Aqua Vitamins (Lemon Lime, Raspberry and Peach Mango), to USO San Diego, a non-profit dedicated to supporting U.S. troops.

Frozen food maker Cedarlane, Carson, CA, is marking its 30-year anniversary with a brand overhaul. Changes include a new logo and Web site, along with new product packaging designs.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, January 2012