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This week: Rudi's rolls out traceable organic breads | Conagra acquires Thanasi Foods

New product launches, certifications and other natural products company news this week.

March 18, 2017

5 Min Read
This week: Rudi's rolls out traceable organic breads | Conagra acquires Thanasi Foods

Continuing to innovate with upcycled bananas, Barnana unveiled new Banana Brittle at Expo West. It's a crunchy, organic snack with flavor profiles from sweet to spicy and creamy to nutty. The line-up includes Gingersnap, Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Toasted Coconut varieties.

Thanasi Foods, maker of Duke's meat snacks and Bigs seeds, has been acquired by Conagra Brands Inc. "This is another exciting step in our ongoing efforts to reshape our portfolio to be more premium and modern," said Sean Connolly, president and chief executive officer of Conagra Brands, in a statement. Conagra currently manages the Slim Jim meat stick and David Seeds brands.

New from Ona is three varieties of Functional Fuel Plant Protein Bars with Probiotics. The line features three SKUs: Chocolate, Almond Coconut and Ancient Energy. Each 1.8 oz. bar is grain-free, has at least 10 grams of plant protein and boasts 1 billion CFU of GanedenBC30 probiotics. The bars are made with a blend of sunflower and pumpkin protein, as well as a variety of nuts and seeds that offer their own protein and healthy fat. Ancient Energy also has adaptogens reishi and ashwagandha, maca and L-Theanine.

In partnership with Community Grains, Rudi's Organic Bakery launched two new breads: Whole Wheat Bread made with Sacramento Valley Whole Grain Flour and Whole Wheat Bread made with Hungry Hollow Whole Grain Flour. Both breads employ grains grown in California by sixth-generation farmer Fritz Durst and include sourcing details on the packaging and online.

Niman Ranch unveiled a 23-item line of artisan charcuterie including genoa salame, capocollo, hot sopressata, pepperoni and pancetta. Niman Ranch pork is third-party certified under the Certified Humane program and comes from hogs raised by small, independent hog farmers in the U.S.

All three flavors of Go Veggie's vegan shredded cheese alternatives have received verification from the Non-GMO Project. This is the second product line to receive verification—the Cream Cheese Alternative line was verified in October 2016.

Jarrow Formulas announced the release of a new BeautySil Hair & Nails formula, a synergistic formulation of biotin, JarroSil and MSM sulfur to beautify and strengthen hair and nails.

Paleo meat sticks from Country Archer Jerky debuted at Natural Products Expo West, along with a new brand logo and updated packaging for its jerky line. Made with grass-fed and finished beef, and turkey raised without antibiotics or added hormones, the 1 oz. sticks have 80 to 110 calories, 10 to 11 grams of protein and zero sugar.

YumEarth adds six organic products to its candy line: black licorice, fruity licorice (in three flavors), sour beans and sour twists. Each new product is gluten free, non-GMO, USDA organic, vegan, free from the top eight food allergens and made without high fructose corn syrup.

Better-for-you snack brand Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods advanced its line of kettle-cooked potato chips cooked in unique oils with Rice Brand Oil Kettle Cooked Potato Chips in three flavors: Teriyaki Ginger, Roasted Jalapeno and Himalayan Pink Salt. They're cooked in 100 percent pure rice bran oil, regarded for its balance of heart-friendly polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats, and its high smoke point that allows for an extra crisp chip with a mild oil flavor.

Glanbia Nutritionals and Nutrition 21 extended their long-time partnership to co-market Nutrition 21's unique ingredient Velositol, which unleashes the power of protein with unique benefits when combined with protein products. Glanbia’s sales organization is the exclusive distributor of Velositol and will support Nutrition 21 in North America, offering Velositol to the dietary supplement and functional food industries.

New from Probulin is a probiotic skin care line, featuring ProbuSkin, a probiotic topical that works together with the immune system to support healthier skin. The line of probiotic products include: Skin Renewal Serum, Skin Renewal Marula Eye Cream, Skin Renewal Probiotic Day Cream, Skin Renewal Probiotic Night Cream and a Skin Renewal Probiotic Cleanser. The products are non-GMO, contain no parabens, no glycols, no sulfates, have not had animal testing and are cruelty free.

Trace Minerals Research introduced VitaStraw Magnesium & B6, VitaStraw Multivitmin and Probiotic Pak, and relaunched its newest flavor of Non-GMO Electrolyte Stamina Power Pack—Guava Passion Fruit. VitaStraw is a unique supplement delivery system where the straw is filled with supplement and natural flavor pellets and is crimped at both ends. To dispense the supplement, water is then sipped through the straw from either a glass or bottle of water. As the water passes by the pellets, the pellets gradually dissolve into a great-tasting, nutrient-filled liquid that is so easy to take, that even a child can do it.

Driven by growing consumer demand for plant-based food, Sprout Foods is launching a new line of plant-based baby and toddler purees and snacks, including Sprout Stage 3 Plant-based Protein Baby Food Purees, Sprout Power Pak and Sprout Organic Curlz.

BI, a supplier of plant-based ingredients for use in food, beverages, supplements, pharmaceuticals, personal care and pet care, received the American Herbal Products Association's Industry Leader award for its sourcing expertise, knowledge of the supply chain, innovative manufacturing techniques and quality standards.

New from Wiley's Finest is Adult EPA and DHA Omega-3 featuring MenaQ7 Vitamin K2 as MK-7. The adult formula is the second product from Wiley's Finest featuring MenaQ7. The new product combines both 500 mg of concentrated EPA and DHA omega-3 from Alaska Pollock fish oil with a meaningful dosage of MenaQ7 K2 per serving (80 mcg). 

Biova, along with Aurora Nutrascience, announced the commercial launch of exoFlex, a liposomal encapsulated egg membrane joint health product. ExoFlex is a powerful formulation of potent, synergistic, clinically tested nutrients featuring Biova’s BiovaFlex water soluble egg shell membrane, encapsulated into all-natural lipospheres. These incredible nano-sized liposomes protect the exoFlex ingredients, helping to facilitate a more efficient transition through the enzymes of the digestive system as they make their way into the body's bloodstream.

Organic juice company Uncle Matt's announced a new look and packaging for its 12 oz. organic juice line along with a 28 oz. companion set. It's also expanded its functional juice offerings to include an organic energy drink boosted with coffeeberryTM and ashwagandha. 

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