At this year’s North American Tea Championship, in the Hot Tea Class/Fall Tea evaluation, Rishi Tea, Milwaukee, WI, won four first place awards and nine awards overall, more than any other competitor. The company’s Bao Zhong Oolong tea earned the highest overall rating of any tea in the competition.

GloryBee Foods, Eugene, OR, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its HoneyStix products in 2011. Later in the year, the GloryBee Factory Store in Eugene will host an anniversary event, which will be open to the public and will feature free HoneyStix and other giveaways, as well as activities for kids, contests and more.

Almondina Brand Biscuits, manufactured by YZ Enterprises, Inc., Maumee, OH, will now produce its The Guilt Edged Cookie brand of chocolate dipped cookies, previously sold seasonally, all year round, the company announced.

Brown Cow, part of the Stonyfield Farm family of companies, has become the newest American Humane Certified producer. The all-natural yogurt maker is the first national yogurt brand to become certified by the American Humane Association, according to the company. The seal of certification will appear on Brown Cow products at grocers everywhere.

Inglehoffer Original Stone Ground Mustard from Beaverton Foods, Hillsboro, OR, has been named “Best Mustard” by a team of experts at, a consumer review Web site.

From July 21–31, 2011, Lodoun County, Virginia will hold a “Farm-to-Fork” event, which will serve as a showcase for locally grown and raised food and wine products. 21 restaurants and other food outlets are committed to using at least 70% local ingredients during the run of the event.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, June 2011 (online 4/19/11)