This week: Boulder Canyon launches frozen riced veggies | Lundberg Family Farms expands quinoa efforts

A roundup of announcements from natural product companies this week.

Snack company LesserEvil Healthy Brands announced the launch of Himalayan Gold as the newest member of its Buddha Bowl family of organic popcorn. By using a unique and proprietary combination of plant extracts, the popcorn delivers a delicious buttery flavor without the use of any dairy. Available soon, Himalayan Gold can be purchased at select retailers nationwide or through distributors UNFI and KeHE.

Dog MammaŹ¼s is proud to announce that all three flavors of its oven-baked dog treats have received verification from the Non-GMO Project. The verified flavors are Pumpkin Snaps, Butternut Kale Bites and Berry Banana Coco Chunk.

This harvest season, Lundberg Family Farms will work closely with a trusted network of growers to bring in more than 2 million pounds of domestically grown organic quinoa from up and down the Pacific Coast and Northwest regions, timed along with the launch of Organic Antique White Quinoa rolling out on store shelves this month. Lundberg Family Farms became the first brand to offer American-grown quinoa to consumers on a national scale with the debut of their Organic Tri-Color variety last year. Since 2014, Lundberg's quinoa efforts have expanded from just 40 acres to more than 800, with current trials being grown in the Sacramento Valley, Pescadero, the High Sierras, the Olympic Peninsula and Idaho.

BluePrint, a leader in developing cold-pressed juices and juice drinks, announced the launch of a new line of tea infused energy drinks, now available at Whole Foods Market in the Northeast and local retailers in the New York Tri-State area. An evolution of traditional ready-to-drink teas, the BluePrint energy drinks infuse high performance tea ingredients like guayusa, matcha and yerba mate to provide a "dual energy" source from caffeine coupled with superfood ingredients.

With the modern family constantly on the go, Wholesome! and Surf Sweets brands are introducing timesaving yet craveworthy items to their popular product lines. Wholesome! is the nation's leader in fair trade, organic sugars and other sweeteners, while Surf Sweets is a leading supplier of allergy free candy. Wholesome's new line of organic, non-GMO frostings hit store shelves this summer, and its new Organic DelishFish will debut in early 2017. Surf Sweets has introduced a bigger, 6 oz. pack size for its most popular candies including Gummy Bears and Organic Jelly Beans.

DolCas Biotech received self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status for its BCM-95 turmeric extract. The pure, high-potency ingredient is now available for use in foods, dietary supplements and medical foods.

Stepping outside of Asian-inspired cuisine, Feel Good Foods is planning to release gluten-free, non-GMO empanadas and taquitos (both available in chicken, beef and vegetable varieties). The Latin-inspired appetizers will be available in sotres by late 2016.

Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods jumps from the snack aisle to the frozen food aisle to introduce a line of microwave-ready, grain-free riced vegetables. They are pre-washed, pre-cut and ready to heat with the ability to go from package to plate in just three minutes, and will be available at select grocery and natural food stores nationwide this month with a suggested retail price of $2.99 to $3.99 per bag.

New oil blends from Kaila Foods, a division of Sonoma County-based ingredient company New Organics, make it simple for people to know how to use them. All Perfect Sauté Oil is a blend of organic extra virgin olive oil and canola oil that is popular with chefs for its higher heat tolerance and milder flavor than straight olive oil. All Perfect Stir-Fry Oil is a blend of organic palm fruit oil, organic sunflower oil and organic coconut oil designed to take higher heat while providing a rich mouth-feel. All-Perfect Deep Fry Oil blends organic palm fruit oil, organic sunflower oil and organic soy oil for an affordable, high-quality organic oil meant to be used in large quantities.

Lipogen Ltd. has granted Xenesta Inc. global exclusive rights for marketing a dietary supplement product based on Lipogen PSPA. PSPA is Lipogen’s natural brain ingredient clinically demonstrated to support stress management. It will be marketed through Xenesta’s network marketing (MLM) channel.

La Tortilla Factory announced launch of four non-GMO lines of tortillas and wraps, including a GMO-free version of its popular low carb tortilla.

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