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August 11, 2011

A hemp foods maker has rebranded its hemp seeds product with a refreshed look.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — A hemp foods maker has rebranded its hemp seeds product with a refreshed look.

Manitoba Harvest said it has renamed its shelled hemped seeds product Hemp Hearts to reflect its heart-healthy attribute, as well as being a Omega-, protein- and fiber-rich product. To reflect its new name, Hemp Hearts also touts new packaging, the company said.

August 3, 2011

Land O'Lakes has expanded its line of butter products with a cinnamon sugar butter spread.

NEW YORK — Land O'Lakes has expanded its line of butter products with a cinnamon sugar butter spread.

The company said that the product, which comes in a 6.5-oz. tub, contains seven all-natural ingredients — cream, sugar, canola oil, water, cinnamon, salt and citric acid. Land O'Lakes said that its cinnamon sugar butter spread is versatile and can be used on a variety of foods and for cooking.

August 1, 2011

CytoSport recently reported its receipt of a letter from the San Francisco office of the Food and Drug Administration alerting the company to concerns about its use of the word “milk” in its Muscle Milk trade name and to questions about the language used to describe Muscle Milk to consumers.

SAN FRANCISCO — CytoSport recently reported its receipt of a letter from the San Francisco office of the Food and Drug Administration alerting the company to concerns about its use of the word “milk” in its Muscle Milk trade name and to questions about the language used to describe Muscle Milk to consumers.

July 13, 2011

The Hain Celestial Group, a maker of natural and organic personal care products, has announced its transition to the NSF/ANSI 305 Standard for Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients.

MELVILLE, N.Y. — The Hain Celestial Group, a maker of natural and organic personal care products, has announced its transition to the NSF/ANSI 305 Standard for Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients.

Two years ago, Hain Celestial began a program of reformulation and relabeling to adhere to the NSF/ANSI 305 standard, the American National Standard for personal care products containing organic ingredients.

July 13, 2011

Sally Hershberger Professional Hair Care is launching in August its new Hyper Hydration Super Argan Serum at Ulta and at select Duane Reade and Ricky's NYC locations.

NEW YORK — Sally Hershberger Professional Hair Care is launching in August its new Hyper Hydration Super Argan Serum at Ulta and at select Duane Reade and Ricky's NYC locations.

This treatment penetrates the hair to deliver instantly smooth and defined frizz-free style without weight or residue, the company stated. This multipurpose serum can be used to fight frizz, smooth hair, protect again sun damage and even as a deep-condition treatment to hydrate dry hair. 

July 7, 2011

Positioned as the first all-natural line made with certified organic hemp seed oil is the North American Hemp line of personal products. The collection includes bath, body and hair care products all made with certified organic hemp seed oil. According to the manufacturer, hemp has excellent healing and moisturizing properties, and hemp seed oil in hair care products provides rich omega-3, -6, and -9 essential fatty acids.

Positioned as the first all-natural line made with certified organic hemp seed oil is the North American Hemp line of personal products. The collection includes bath, body and hair care products all made with certified organic hemp seed oil. According to the manufacturer, hemp has excellent healing and moisturizing properties, and hemp seed oil in hair care products provides rich omega-3, -6, and -9 essential fatty acids. Hemp seed oil also benefits skin.

June 24, 2011

Bolthouse Farms has announced that the American Heart Association has certified its 100% carrot juice, baby carrots and cello carrots.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bolthouse Farms has announced that the American Heart Association has certified its 100% carrot juice, baby carrots and cello carrots.

The products now will tout a heart checkmark on each label, the company said, which indicates the products meet the nutritional standards the American Heart Association sets for foods and beverages.

June 21, 2011

Elisa Technologies recently announced that its EZ Gluten test kit has earned Performance-Tested Methods certification from the AOAC Research Institute, a private, not-for-profit association that helps establish testing standards.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Elisa Technologies recently announced that its EZ Gluten test kit has earned Performance-Tested Methods certification from the AOAC Research Institute, a private, not-for-profit association that helps establish testing standards.

EZ Gluten was developed to help the food industry and consumers detect gluten in food and beverages, and delivers results in about 15 minutes. The kit is sensitive enough to detect levels of gluten as low as 10 parts per million.

June 9, 2011

Friendship is updating its look and taking it to supermarket aisles.

FRIENDSHIP, N.Y. — Friendship is updating its look and taking it to supermarket aisles.

The brand, which is part of Dean Foods, said it has adorned its family of products with new colorful packages. What's more, Friendship's iconic dove is much more prominent on the package, giving the brand an unmistakable presence on shelf, Friendship said.

Friendship is a maker of all-natural dairy products, including cottage cheese, sour cream, farmer cheese and buttermilk.

June 6, 2011

A new dairy-free milk product made from cold-pressed flax oil has made its debut.

GOODRICH, N.D. — A new dairy-free milk product made from cold-pressed flax oil has made its debut.

Flaxmilk is a plant-based beverage that is enriched with vitamins A, D and B12, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. One 8-oz. serving of Flaxmilk contains 50 calories and provides as much calcium as cow's milk with zero cholesterol and zero trans fat, according to Flax USA, the make of Flaxmilk.

June 1, 2011

The Laughing Cow's brand of portion-controlled snack cheeses are available in two additional flavors.

CHICAGO — The Laughing Cow's brand of portion-controlled snack cheeses are available in two additional flavors.

The company's Mini Babybel line now includes white cheddar and sharp original varieties. Both cheeses are packaged in wax wrapping for on-the-go convenience.

Mini Babybel's line includes original, light, Gouda, cheddar and bonbel cheeses.

May 31, 2011

Banana Boat sun care has kicked off its "101 Days of Summer" daily giveaway of prizes to help educate families on how to best protect themselves this summer.

SHELTON, Conn. — Banana Boat sun care has kicked off its "101 Days of Summer" daily giveaway of prizes to help educate families on how to best protect themselves this summer.

The 101 daily prizes, will be awarded to fans on Facebook.com/BananaBoatBrand and Twitter at @BananaBoat. Prizes, which include Banana Boat product, beach totes, beach towels, gas cards and Visa gift cards, range in value to upward of $300.

May 31, 2011

Hampton Farms is offering fans of in-shell peanuts a new snack.

SEVERN, N.C. — Hampton Farms is offering fans of in-shell peanuts a new snack.

New Hickory SmokeHouse-flavored in-shell peanuts unite the taste of dry roasted peanuts with a "straight from the smokehouse" taste, the company said.

Available in 10-oz. packages, Hickory SmokeHouse peanuts will be available at such supermarkets as Food Lion, Giant, Kroger, Publix, Ralphs, Stop & Shop and Wegmans for a suggested retail price of $1.99.

May 26, 2011

A milk formula for babies made by Gerber Products can reduce the risk of atopic dermatitis, and Gerber has the Food and Drug Administration’s permission to say so.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — A milk formula for babies made by Gerber Products can reduce the risk of atopic dermatitis, and Gerber has the Food and Drug Administration’s permission to say so.

Gerber said Thursday that its Good Start milk-based formulas were the first and only infant formulas to meet the FDA’s criteria for a qualified health claim. The partially hydrolyzed formula may reduce a baby’s risk of developing atopic dermatitis in the first year.

May 24, 2011

Grocer A&P has announced the launch of a brand-new line of Angus beef in its stores.

MONTVALE, N.J. — Grocer A&P has announced the launch of a brand-new line of Angus beef in its stores.

Woodson & James choice Angus beef, exclusive to A&P banner stores, will replace the current beef steak and roast offerings in all A&P, Pathmark, Superfresh, Waldbaum's and Food Emporium stores beginning May 27.

The new and exclusive Woodson & James Angus beef line features U.S. Department of Agriculture choice Angus beef that is grain-fed and single-sourced.

May 23, 2011

Spice consumption is at an all-time high as consumers’ changing palates are craving more flavor. During the 1950s, Americans stocked less than 10 spices in their pantries. Today, the average American’s pantry includes up to 40 different and diverse spices, according to research from McCormick & Co.


Spice consumption is at an all-time high as consumers’ changing palates are craving more flavor. During the 1950s, Americans stocked less than 10 spices in their pantries. Today, the average American’s pantry includes up to 40 different and diverse spices, according to research from McCormick & Co.


May 18, 2011

SoBe has implemented a full-scale integrated marketing campaign.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — SoBe has implemented a full-scale integrated marketing campaign.

The beverage brand said that its latest campaign, dubbed "Try Everything," is the biggest effort made since 2008. The Try Everything campaign combines television and radio advertisements, in-market grassroots programming and a revamped SoBe website.

May 17, 2011

The American Heart Association announced that fresh Idaho potatoes meet its criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol.

EAGLE, Idaho — The American Heart Association announced that fresh Idaho potatoes meet its criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol.

One medium Idaho potato (5.3 oz.) contains 110 calories and does not contain fat or cholesterol, according to the Idaho Potato Commission.

May 11, 2011

Banana Boat has teamed up with The Skin Cancer Foundation to raise funds for skin cancer education initiatives through a new Facebook promotion.

SHELTON, Conn. — Banana Boat has teamed up with The Skin Cancer Foundation to raise funds for skin cancer education initiatives through a new Facebook promotion.

The sun care brand said that every consumer that takes its "sun certification" quiz on Facebook.com/BananaBoatBrand will receive a "sun certified" badge to display on their own Facebook wall and trigger a $1 donation to support The Skin Cancer Foundation's sun education initiatives, for a total donation of up to $101,000.

April 22, 2011

Sergeant's Pet Care Products will be launching generic versions of popular flea and tick topical treatments next month.

OMAHA, Neb. — Sergeant's Pet Care Products will be launching generic versions of popular flea and tick topical treatments next month.

The company said that its generic versions of Frontline Plus, FiproGuard Plus and Pronyl OTC Plus will hit retail in May, providing pet owners with a lower-cost option to keep pets healthy.

April 19, 2011

The Food Marketing Institute said Tuesday that it has appointed Robert Rosado as director of government relations.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute said Tuesday that it has appointed Robert Rosado as director of government relations.

According to FMI, Rosado will focus on legislation that impacts supermarkets in the areas of food safety, health care, food deserts and the 2012 Farm Bill.

“Rob has a broad range of expertise in food and agriculture that will be very helpful to FMI and its members. His background also includes working with federal agencies on many issues related to the food retail industry,” FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin said.

April 18, 2011

Bossa Nova is expanding its superfruit juice beverages portfolio.

CINCINNATI — Bossa Nova is expanding its superfruit juice beverages portfolio.

New Bossa Nova organic acai pomegranate currently is available at retailers in the Boston area, with gradual rollout in May to other markets, the juice company said.

April 15, 2011

Despite soy's reputation as a good-for-you superfood, the soy market has declined 16% from 2008 to 2010, according to Mintel.

CHICAGO — Despite soy's reputation as a good-for-you superfood, the soy market has declined 16% from 2008 to 2010, according to Mintel.

The research firm said that the decline — which could be attributed to customers cutting back on premium-priced soy items, competition from other foods and beverages that provide similar benefits and perhaps better taste — also could factor into the drop in soy sales.

April 6, 2011

Whole Foods Market is celebrating Earth Month by focusing on educating consumers on its organic body care guidelines, eco-friendly packaging efforts and the evaluated ingredients in premium body care products through its Be Good to Your Whole Body campaign.

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market is celebrating Earth Month by focusing on educating consumers on its organic body care guidelines, eco-friendly packaging efforts and the evaluated ingredients in premium body care products through its Be Good to Your Whole Body campaign.

April 4, 2011

Organic yogurt brand Stonyfield Farm has kicked off a yearlong education campaign to encourage consumers to opt for organic products.

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Organic yogurt brand Stonyfield Farm has kicked off a yearlong education campaign to encourage consumers to opt for organic products.