After a dismal 2012 cherry harvest, the future of this Boulder-based company hung in the balance. The solution? A striking rebrand and a launch of nine new SKUs which turned lemons to cherry lemonade, literally. Cheribundi's Refresh line uses fewer cherries per bottle but opens the functional juice for everyday consumption with four tea blends containing 5 percent juice and five 25 percent juice blends. Try the Cherry Rooibos Tea.
Recall the earthy flavors of fall with this certified-organic, emerald-hued pumpkin seed oil, perfect for drizzling over salads or on cheese or pastries. Its warm, nutty flavor steals the show, but don't overlook that it's also a nutritional powerhouse with omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins like vitamin E and vitamin K, and beneficial compounds like phytosterols and delta-7-sterine.
Using local (organic when possible) produce that any home cook could find, these dairy-free, gluten-free soups may incorporate simple ingredients, but their unique flavor combinations are anything but. Try the Zucchini, which packs a surprising hit of poblano with cooling cilantro. Bonus, the BPA-free packaging can be used to reheat the soup in the microwave. Now that is simple.
Tell the sausage to take a hike. This kraut's too good to play a supporting role. A 30-day production process assures its crisp and crunchy texture and mellow acidity. Because it's raw, natural enzymes from the cabbage aid digestion. Flavors, like Smoky Chipotle and Dill and Garlic seal the deal.
I'm Unbound and I'm not going back since trying these aromatic Northwest pickled cherries, available in three adventurous brines: Vanilla Tarragon, Vanilla and Cayenne and Hazelnut Spice. They're free from artificial colors and flavorings and perfect for adding a sweet, tart surprise to cocktails, ice cream or with pork chops. Your taste buds will thank you.
What makes these oats different from all the other instant cups out there? First, they don't taste like mush. The company uses a special cutting process that gives them a texture closer to steel cut oats. They also deliver an impressive 7 grams of protein, up to 5 grams of fiber and have no added sodium. I think it's time to spread the love.
Don't wait for a dare before digging into these exotic ice creams. Though Adzuki Bean, Lychee and Avocado flavors sound scary, your taste buds may just fall in love. Mine did with the buttery Ube (purple root), which reminded me of frozen kettle corn. Knowing that each flavor is also free from artificial colors and and made with rBST-free milk makes indulging even sweeter.
File this under: Don't knock it until you try it. I was skeptical, too. But these certified-organic, savory blends available in Spinach Chive, Broccoli Cilantro, Fennel Spice, Tomato Mint and Carrot Curry flavors are perfect for a quick something between meals or if you're feeling under the weather. The particularly adventurous may even try one in a cocktail. If you come up with one, please send me the recipe.
FOMZ puts molecular gastronomy at the fingertips of any home chef. Using just fruit juice, cane syrup and air, Reddi Wip-like cans dispense a delightful, dairy-free fruit foam for topping desserts or using in beverages. Try the passion fruit with lemonade, but beware of getting a fruity mustache.
You've likely heard of umami, the elusive 5th flavor, but what does it truly taste like? A small sample of this paste will give you an idea. It's absolute savory deliciousness. Tomato paste, porcini mushrooms, parmesan cheese and a host of other whole food ingredients add instant yum factor to sauces, meats, vegetables or really just anything.
I'm not sure what K.O. stands for, but if I were at the helm I'd call this K.P. Ketchup—short for Ka-Pow. That's what my taste buds experienced with one try. It's a little spicy, definitely savory and not as sweet as most ketchups because it uses flavor-forward ingredients, including cilantro, chipotle peppers and brown sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup.
For retailers that want to offer warm, certified organic bread but don't have a certified organic oven, enter Pastry Smart's latest innovation. Par-baked, artisan loaves (there are 13 options available) arrive in certified organic pastry bags, which are used to reheat the bread before selling to customers. Brilliant!
We're running out of excuses to NOT cook at home, and here's one more. These easy kits have nearly everything you need, including straightforward recipes to prepare your own Moroccan tagines, tamales and even sushi. Buy organic, hormone-free meats and produce to up the flavor ante.
Rice cakes? Yawn. Rice cakes with hemp? Yay! Thank Lundberg for jazzing up a relatively staid food with the addition of hemp seeds, which offer earthy, nutty flavor and added nutrients. Look for more hemp in unexpected places as raw and vegan CPG products proliferate and consumers continue to associate the seed with healthful fats and protein.
Thank goodness someone stopped me before I sampled what looked like pate. This dog food uses whole food, human-grade ingredients so parents can be sure their furry children get the very best. Flavors include: Beef, Barley and Veggies; Chicken Brown Rice and Veggies; and Turkey Quinoa and Veggies.
We've all heard of craft beer, but what about craft soft drinks? Wild Poppy seeks to revolutionize the category with these non-carbonated drinks. Blending organic, California-grown fruit juice with organic spices, such as cayenne and ginger and a touch of organic agave nectar, each of six flavors is perfectly balanced and expectedly delightful.
This new company out of Austin, Texas spins the popsicle category on its head by delivering tempting flavors, such as Hibuscus Mint, Watermelon Agave and Banana Cinnamon. The use of rBST-free milk in milk-based options sweetens the deal.
From avocado ice cream to wild berry fruit foam, whole food ingredients in unexpected, flavor-forward finished products stole the show in San Francisco.
What a terrific collection! Exciting to see so many natural/organic brands at Fancy Foods. And such innovation: savory tea ... avocado ice cream ... craft soft drinks. Can't wait for Expo West! (P.S.: Is Love Grown Hot Oats made by the Love Grown granola people?)
Thanks for the feedback! Yes, the oats are from Love Grown and yes, they will be at Expo West as well as a handful of the other companies mentioned. Looking forward to great show and more delicious food products!
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