Category Archives: Healthy Choices

Gourmet du Village Introduces Three Country-Style Hearty Soups

Gourmet du Village introduces its new homemade soups, the perfect comfort food for the upcoming winter season.

Three delicious flavors, Barley Vegetable, Split Pea and Lentil Curry, are each made with natural ingredients using easy to follow recipes and directions, resulting in traditional-tasting, county-style warming soups.

Gourmet du Village soup tureenEnhance your presentation at the table by serving the soups in the new Gourmet du Village classic-style soup tureen.

These new products along with the entire new collection of Gourmet du Village gifts can be seen at showrooms in Dallas, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.


Pacific Foods Adds Two New Organic Soups

This month, Pacific Foods is adding Organic Spicy Black Bean & Kale and Organic Split Pea & Uncured Ham to its existing line of more than 20 ready-to-eat hearty soup varieties. The new offerings are made exclusively with organic, non-GMO ingredients, providing families with two new flavorful and nutritious mealtime options – perfect for busy weeknights.

“Consumers want to eat healthier meals, but that often means bland taste or time-intensive preparation,” said Kevin Tisdale, Vice President of Marketing for Pacific Foods. “The new hearty soups reflect current health trends, so consumers can upgrade classic pantry staples with organic, nutrient-dense versions and explore new, bold flavors in everyday meals.”


Pacific soups

Organic Spicy Black Bean & Kale Soup

Joining the kale movement, Pacific gives the leafy green superfood a spicy kick with just the right mix of seasonings, including a dash of garlic, sea salt and chili peppers, to create a satiating soup. Combining fresh organic vegetables, including iron- and antioxidant-rich kale, tomatoes, celery, carrots and onions with protein- and fiber-rich black beans, Pacific’s new hearty soup is a nutritional powerhouse. Fat-free and vegan-friendly, it is a great option to keep on-hand during the hectic back-to-school season – just heat and serve, pour over grains, or top with a dollop of sour cream.

Organic Split Pea & Uncured Ham Soup

The smooth, delicate flavor of organic peas, accentuated with a dash of sea salt and savory uncured ham revitalizes this cookbook staple, appealing to modern consumers. The only USDA organic split pea and ham soup on the market, Pacific’s version of this classic comfort food stays true to the authentic recipe while updating the soup with premium ingredients including organic peas, carrots, and onions and chef-inspired seasonings. The ham is certified organic, uncured and sourced from family farms that do not use antibiotics or feed grown with synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. The soup is an excellent source of fiber and protein – one serving contains 10 g of fiber, 40 percent of the recommended daily intake, and 11 g of protein.

Ensuring the integrity of the ingredients found in both of the these new recipes, and all of its products, Pacific’s Certified to the Source program tracks the origin and history of each ingredient to verify quality, and safety and provide the best taste possible. The soups are packaged in recyclable, easy-to-open, BPA-free Tetra Recart cartons that seal in freshness – a great alternative to cans that lends to better flavor and a smaller carbon footprint. Both varieties are currently available at grocery and natural food stores nationwide (SRP $3.19 – $3.89 for 17 ounces).

Heat and Serve Quiches from La Terra Fina

Cheesy Broccoli QuicheQuiche has made the perfect meal centerpiece for hundreds of years, and now La Terra Fina is making it easy to enjoy this savory dish by merely heating it in the oven. The company, which has been creating delicious, chef-inspired food for 30 years, debuts a line of 23-ounce gourmet quiches with three popular flavors that taste like you made them at home.

“We know many home cooks have the intention of making meals from scratch, but everyday life gets in the way,” said La Terra Fina’s Director of Brand Development Stephanie Robbins. “Our new line of quiches lets you spend more time with friends and family without ever having to crimp a crust or break an egg.”

Made with natural ingredients and 100 percent egg whites, La Terra Fina’s new quiches offer a better-for-you health profile without sacrificing quality or taste. With five servings per pie, the new line of 23 ounce quiches is available in the following varieties:

  • Quiche Lorraine: A truly classic quiche made from a tantalizing blend of bacon and Swiss cheese in an egg white custard, this popular quiche is perfect for serving to guests or enjoying on your own.
  • Cheesy Broccoli Quiche: A delicious blend of all natural cheddar cheese mingled with chunks of broccoli florets in an egg white custard filling makes this well-loved quiche a comfort food favorite.
  • Spinach & Artichoke Florentine: Sumptuous cheeses combine with natural spinach and artichoke in egg white custard makes this tasty quiche a true delight that is always a crowd pleaser.

La Terra Fina quiches are available immediately to retailers in single packages for the suggested retail price of $8.99 – $9.99.

About La Terra Fina
Founded in 1983 by a popular San Francisco Bay Area caterer, La Terra Fina now produces products in a state-of-the-art, 60,000-square-foot food processing facility, still located in the rich food culture of the Bay Area. La Terra Fina, meaning “the good earth” in Italian, produces a wide range of all-natural, ready-to-eat refrigerated quiches and dips rich in flavor and high in quality. La Terra Fina products are sold in supermarkets, club stores and specialty grocery retailers nationwide. For more information, visit or

Lotus Foods Introduces Gluten-Free Ramen

Ramen, one of the best-loved Asian foods and a shelf staple in millions of American kitchens, dorm rooms and offices, is about to become even more popular. Traditionally, ramen noodles are made from wheat, and thus off-bounds to ­­legions of consumers who are gluten intolerant.

Lotus Foods, who changed how Americans think about rice, is shaking up the ramen world, introducing traditional Japanese-style ramen noodles made from rice.

Millet_Small“We are thrilled to bring this wonderfully quick, versatile and satisfying food to people who can’t eat wheat-based ramen,” says Lotus Foods Co-owner Caryl Levine. “And ramen fans will be delighted because our noodle cakes are made with our popular heirloom and organic specialty rice, so the tastes and colors are entirely new and exciting.”

Lotus Foods ‘ready-in-four-minutes’ Ramen are available in three flavors: Forbidden Rice® Ramen; Jade Pearl Rice™ Ramen; and Millet & Brown Rice Ramen. Consumers will have a choice of buying individual ramen cakes with savory reduced-sodium miso soup flavor packets to make an instant bowl of nourishing noodle soup, or four ramen noodle cakes packaged together without any flavor packets. Lotus Foods Ramen are perfect as a snack or the start of a complete meal by adding vegetables or a protein of choice. They will add drama to your favorite stir-fry or transform your classic cold noodle salad with a simple soy sauce and sesame dressing.

Forbidden Rice® Ramen are a natural source of antioxidants and high in protein, fiber and minerals. Jade Pearl Rice™ Ramen is infused with chlorophyll-rich, wild-crafted bamboo extract for enhanced taste and nutrition. Millet & Brown Rice Ramen have a delicious nutty taste and are a good source of fiber and protein.

As well as being gluten free, low fat and vegan, Lotus Foods Rice Ramen are made with organic rice and all non-GMO ingredients. The miso soup packets have 25 to 33 percent less sodium than regular ramen soups.

This is the second new product launch by Lotus Foods this year. In the spring, the company launched convenient microwaveable Heat & Eat Rice Bowls. Ready in just 90 seconds, they deliver nutritional benefits with three great-tasting heirloom rices. All three rices are produced through Lotus Foods’ partnership with family rice farmers in Cambodia and Indonesia, who are using water-conserving More Crop Per Dropgrowing methods. All of the products are gluten free, non-GMO verified and with no added salt or fat. Like the new Lotus Foods Rice Ramen, the bowls can be the easy, instant start to a complete meal or a quick, healthy snack.

“We want to make our healthy whole grain rice more accessible to people,” says Levine. “With so many people coping with gluten intolerance, diabetes, or simply too busy to cook, we feel it is important to give them more options to consume delicious and nutritious rice.”

Since 1995, Lotus Foods has been sourcing fair-trade ingredients from small family farmers around the world who are growing rice sustainably and preserving heirloom and specialty rices. The company’s objective is not only to help rice farmers earn a living wage but to bring healthier rice choices to consumers.

The Better Chip Offers a Quality Snacking Experience

The Better ChipThe Better Chip® is a snack chip made with natural ingredients and vegetables people can actually see as they snack. Available in Jalapeño, Red Pepper, Spinach & Kale, Corn and Sweet Onion flavors, each is developed with smart snackers in mind – using farm-fresh ingredients that taste delicious.  Because it is different, The Better Chip® is available in the deli section at grocery stores across the nation rather than the chip aisle, and uses a double corn masa formula for a heartier, sturdier snacking experience.

The Better Chip is:

  • A high-quality snack chip made with fresh vegetables
  • Naturally gluten-free
  • Vegan friendly (except for Sweet Onion, which includes white cheddar cheese)

Available in the deli section of more than 8,500 grocery stores in 35 states, The Better Chip is a new choice to satisfy the salty snack craving—with ingredients that are easy to understand and clearly natural.


PARTNERS Launches Gluten-Free Line

PARTNERS, A Tasteful Choice Company, maker of all natural, wholesome, and delicious crackers, cookies and granola, is launching its first gluten-free line, Free for All Kitchen. Since 1992, founder Marian Harris has taken great care to create and perfect every one of her recipes and the new gluten-free additions are no exception.

Three years ago, Marian and the PARTNERS family recognized the importance of producing a gluten-free line and have been diligently working ever since. Why so long? It takes time to develop a delicious gluten-free alternative that doesn’t compromise on taste, nutrition, or quality.

While many companies push out products that are heavily processed or rely on empty calorie rice fillers to create gluten-free alternatives, Marian focused on finding high quality, all natural ingredients to create her crackers. Three years in the baking, Marian’s new gluten-free crackers are made from a five ancient grain blend of amaranth, quinoa, millet, sorghum, and teff.

These ancient grain crackers are available in three of PARTNERS most popular flavors: Roasted Garlic & Rosemary, Olive Oil & Sea Salt, and Olive Oil & Herb. The family recognized the need for a great entertaining style cracker in the gluten-free category and decided to release their new recipes in a hors d’oeuvre style cut. With Free for All Kitchen crackers, retailers now have an elegant, delicious, worry free option to showcase their favorite cheeses and consumers have an elegant, delicious, worry free option to serve to all of their guests.

Look for Free for All Kitchen Gluten Free Crackers in 5-ounce cartons and cellophane wrapped deli trays. The PARTNERS team applied the same care and attention to creating elegant, attractive packaging that showcases the high quality taste and ingredients that everyone can enjoy.

Harvest Snaps Launches New Snapea Crisp Flavors

Snackers across America are rejoicing as a new healthier snacking option is hitting store shelves, Harvest Snaps. Formerly known as Snapea Crisps, it is now part of the Harvest Snaps family. The brand has launched new flavors under the Snapea and Lentil varieties that will appeal to all snack fans!

Snapea Crisps-3.3oz-styled-CMYK-caesarFull of flavor, Harvest Snaps’ Snapea Crisps are made from naturally dried peas, which make up 70 percent of the product. Lentil Snaps are made from 65 percent lentils and contain 5 g of protein and 13 percent of your daily fiber. Harvest Snaps are a delicious, guiltless snacking option with lower fat and sodium that are baked, not fried. Snapea Crisps are now available in four different varieties: Lightly Salted, Caesar, Black Pepper and Wasabi Ranch. Lentil Snaps are available in Tomato Basil and Onion Thyme.

From the signature crunch to big flavor and snacking fun, Harvest Snaps offers a healthier snacking option without sacrificing taste. It’s also ideal for school lunch boxes and after school snacks.

Snapea Crisps-3.3oz-styled-CMYK-onion“Snacks should have a great taste without feeling guilty. That is why we are so obsessed with the primary ingredient – which is 70 percent peas. We have fun taking a gift from nature – peas and lentils – and creating a snack that combines both flavorful joy and better nutrition. This is the perfect snack for all ages,” said Steve Kneepkens, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Calbee North America. “Moms love our brand to fill the kids’ lunch box or to put in their purse or backpack. This is a great way to get vegetables into your kids’ snack.  We believe strongly in harvesting the power of nature. We think that we have done that – but you be the judge.”

To learn more about the new brand portfolio and flavors, and to find a retailer near you that carries Harvest Snaps, visit:

Rush Bowls Teams Up with Udi’s for Gluten Free Granola-Fruit Meals

Rush Bowls®, which makes quick and healthy frozen meals, has teamed up with Udi’s® Gluten Free, a subsidiary of Boulder Brands, Inc. All of the Rush Bowls signature fruit blends will now exclusively feature Udi’s Gluten Free granola. Rush Bowls are low calorie, nutrient filled fruit blends that are perfect as a wholesome meal or snack. The incorporation of Udi’s Gluten Free granola will add another great layer of flavor and allow the entire Rush Bowls product line to be gluten free.

“Udi’s Gluten Free granola is the ideal complement to our fruit blends,” says Rush Bowls Founder and President, Andrew Pudalov. “Boulder Brands is a leader in the natural foods market, and joining forces supports our mission to provide healthy, great tasting products that cater to nearly every dietary need.”

Rush Bowls Exploding Snack PackFor the past several years, Rush Bowls has produced its original Meal-in-a-Bowl product line, which is sold in retailers throughout the country. In addition, Rush has recently launched a brand new extension – the Snack Pack. This new line offers the signature recipe in a smaller package, perfect for those craving a healthy snack. Both the Snack Pack and the Original Meal will be cobranded with Udi’s and sold at natural, conventional, and institutional retailers throughout the country.

Products Especially for Kids at #ExpoEast


BioKinetics baby cereal is additive-free and organic. Quinoa and Brown Rice varieties are gluten-free, and the Wheat variety is made from sprouted whole grain. Suggested retail price for a 7-ounce package is around $5. The cereals will be available in retail packages around the end of the year or in January. For more information, visit

babo Botanicals makes a line of skin care products for children of all ages. For dry skin or eczema, babo Botanicals’ oatmeal and calendula shampoo, diaper cream, moisturizing lotion and body wash are the solution. For calming the fussy baby, Lavender Meadowsweet bubblebath and shampoo is great. Berry Primrose shampoo and detangler spray are the solution for tangled locks. Products have SRPs of $14 to $14.95. For more information, visit

Eco Vessel offers an extensive line of sporty drink bottles designed to appeal to kids, specializing in insulated products with TriMax technology that keep beverages cold for 36 hours or hot for eight. The complete line-up includes kids products, filtration products, double-walled glass bottles and Tritan bottles. The SmashBox line of collapsible food containers is microwave-safe, freezer-safe and dishwasher-safe. They collapse to about an inch thick after use or for storage, so that after lunch is gone, they can be stowed away in backpack and come home under the laptop and the text book without damage. Retail prices range from $9.95 to $19.95. For further information, visit

Sprout Organic Foods has a brand new line of kids products called Smash. The fruit and vegetable smoothies contain 50 percent vegetables, so they’re not as sugar-laden as many of the other fruit and vegetable smoothies on the market. Varieties include Butternut Squash & Grape, Carrot & Orange and Pumpkin & Strawberry. They’re great for afterschool snacks or for before and after soccer practice, says Kyle Baker, a sales manager for the company.

There are also three different Greek yogurt-based smoothies in the Smash line. Flavors for these include Blueberry & Blackcurrant, Acai & Berry and Strawberry & Cherry. Coconut milk smoothies are all 15 percent coconut milk by weight, and the flavors include Peach & Banana, Berry & Banana, and Cherry & Apple. The smoothies are sold individually and ship in cardboard trays of five pouches. Retail prices on the individual units range from $1.69 to $1.89.

For toddlers, Sprout offers Fruit & Veggie Crispy Chews and Fruity Yogurt Bites. The bite-size pieces of the Crispy Chews combine fruits and vegetables with a brown rice base to give a little crunch along with the sweet taste of the fruit. The Yogurt Bites are freeze-dried fruits and vegetables that crunch as they’re chewed and then melt away as the veggies reconstitute in the mouth. The five-count box retails for $3.99. For more information, visit

Little Duck Organics has introduced a brand new line of ancient grain first foods for babies that comes in 100 percent compostable packaging. A three-pack of Mighty Oats also contains a seed packet to grow vegetables along with the compostable packaging. Flavoring comes from freeze-dried fruits, so the product is all-natural, organic and non-GMO. “We never add any sugar or preservatives to our products,” says Camille Gardella, the company’s community relations manager. There are three flavors, Blueberry Cinnamon, Strawberry Vanilla, and Coconut Banana.

Little Duck Organics’ other product, Tiny Fruits, has been out for four years. They’re a freeze-dried fruit snack for toddlers (1 year and up) with organic fruit cut into bite-size pieces. Like the Mighty Oats, they’re all organic and non-GMO. They’re also kosher and gluten-free. Retail price for the Mighty Oats three-packs is $5.99 and for the Tiny Fruits, it’s $3.99. For more information, visit

Honey StingerHoney Stinger‘s new Kids’ Organic Waffles are now available across the country at grocers and specialty retailers.

“We often hear from our customers that it’s nearly impossible to keep a stock of Honey Stinger Waffles in the pantry because their kids are always eating them,” states Rich Hager, Chief Operating Officer at Honey Stinger. “With these parents in mind, we decided it was time to introduce our popular Organic Waffles in a smaller serving size that is ideal for everything from school lunches to snacks on a family hike.”

Honey Stinger Kids’ Organic Waffles will initially be available in Honey and Chocolate flavors and will be sold in boxes of six individually wrapped waffles. Each waffle is 80 calories and contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or trans fats. A box of six waffles will have an MSRP of $4.99 and retailers have the option to sell waffles packaged for individual sale for an MSRP of $0.89.