- LOTSA PASTA
HOLMESVILLE, Ohio — Amish Naturals has expanded its line of premium organic pastas. Garlic Parsley, Fiber Rich, Whole Wheat and Tomato Basil are just some of the 13 new varieties that will hit stores this fall. Low in sodium and free of cholesterol and added preservatives, the new pastas are all made from durum wheat using artisanal methods of production. Available in 12-ounce bags at a suggested retail of $3.89 for the high-fiber offerings and $3.69 for all others.
- HELLO, SUN
SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — New from Enjoy Life Foods this season is a line of sunbutter snack bars. They're manufactured in a dedicated allergen-free bakery, just like the rest of the company's lineup of offerings geared toward special-needs consumers. Fortified with vitamins and minerals, the bars are free of the top 10 allergens, including peanuts, wheat, soy and tree nuts. Each box contains five bars, sold at a suggested retail of $4.29.
- WHIPPED UP
MANITOWOC, Wis. — Peak Foods has just released an organic whipped cream — a first for the food industry, according to the company. Made using 70% organic ingredients, the new topping contains no trans fats or hydrogenated oils, and each serving has only 30 calories and 2 grams of fat. Available in a 10-ounce tub at a suggested retail of $3.99.
- EXOTIC CHIPS
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Hitting shelves this fall is a line of cassava chips from three-year-old Arico Natural Foods. These thinly sliced snacks come from the potato-like cassava root, which grows in South America, Africa and other subtropical regions. Besides having a slightly different crunch, cassava chips contain 30% less fat than potato chips, according to the company. Available in four different flavors at a suggested retail of $2.99 to $3.25.
- MAPLE DELIGHTS
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — New this season from Vermont-based Brown Family Farm comes a line of maple-and-fruit toppings. Available in apple, cranberry and blueberry varieties, Maple Dollops are made with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives, and can accompany waffles, ice cream, oatmeal, pancakes and more, according to the company. Sold in 10-ounce jars at a suggested retail of $5.99.
- CAKE WALK
PITTSBURGH — 1-2-3 Gluten Free, a company that caters to special-needs consumers with a variety of allergen- and gluten-free offerings, has announced the release of a new addition to its line of cake mixes. Yummy Yellow Cake Mix is free of several allergens, including wheat, dairy, peanut, tree nut, corn and soy. It's also gluten-free and made with all-natural ingredients. Available in 17-ounce bags. Retails vary by market.
- SUSTAINABLE SEAS
SAN DIEGO — Chicken of the Sea brand wild-caught salmon recently received certification from the Marine Stewardship Council, a global nonprofit that promotes sustainable business practices. The recognition signifies a dedication to eco-friendly harvesting, and is reported to be the first for a shelf-stable seafood product. Available in 15-ounce cans bearing the blue MSC logo at a suggested retail of $1.99 to $2.49.
- ZEN ENERGY
SAN FRANCISCO — Joining the red-hot functional beverage category this winter is a new line of healthy drink tablets from Bevology. Marketed under the company's Zenergize line, the tablets are available in seven varieties, including Immunity, Burn, Empower, Thrive and Chill. Each one provides a distinct lineup of nutrients, from vitamin C to ginseng. Sold in 10-tablet packs at a suggested retail of $6.99.
NEW & IMPROVED
LOTSA PASTA HOLMESVILLE, Ohio Amish Naturals has expanded its line of premium organic pastas. Garlic Parsley, Fiber Rich, Whole Wheat and Tomato Basil are just some of the 13 new varieties that will hit stores this fall. Low in sodium and free of cholesterol and added preservatives, the new pastas are all made from durum wheat using artisanal methods of production. Available in 12-ounce bags at a