Natural & Organic
Date Lady has introduced an organic, non-GMO, kosher, and nut-free chocolate spread sweetened naturally from date syrup, an ancient sweetener.
North Carolina is leading the food hub movement of the past five years, according to Doug O'Brien, the U.S. Department of Agriculture deputy undersecretary of rural development.
The number of certified organic farms in Florida has more than doubled in the past two years to 315 farms last year, with just over 10 percent of organic farms in Central Florida.
Mary’s Gone Crackers, producer of award-winning organic, vegan, and gluten-free foods, has unveiled a new brand identity.
Brown Bag continues to expand its presence with its latest location in the DuPont Circle area of Washington, D.C., the company's sixth store.
A large-scale indoor aquaponics farm called Urban Organics has officially opened in a historic St. Paul, Minn., building that once housed a brewery.
Mark Roth created Tova's All Natural to challenge the conventional Passover desserts.
Boulder, Colo.'s city manager approved a business incentive of up to $25,000 for Boulder Homemade, the maker of Boulder Ice Cream.
RealCup will launch EcoCup recyclable capsules, compatible with all K-Cup brewers.
Wal-Mart will be stocking 100 items, such as canned vegetables, spices and condiments, produced by organic food company Wild Oats at about 2,000 locations, and will be sold at "non-organic prices, says Jack Sinclair, executive vice president of grocery at Wal-Mart U.S., reports The Washington ...
Toast Cafe plans to expand in the Charlotte, N.C. area and is exploring franchise opportunities for the brand.
The Manischewitz Company is expected to announce its sale to Sankaty Advisors, a branch of private equity firm Bain Capital.
Microdistilleries are coming up with creative ways to gain recognition in the market through its best-selling liquor: vodka.
Kellee James, co-founder and CEO of Mercaris, a market data service company that tracks prices of organic commodities, wants to make the market value of such items more accessible.
Peet's Coffee & Tea will open 23 stores in the Washington, D.C. area this year.
Sustainability is the name of the game at Philadelphia restaurant Earth Bread + Brewery.
Loving Cup Vineyard and Winery, Virginia’s first certified organic vineyard, has opened in North Garden.
Scotch whisky distillers are going green in their production.
Intellectual Ventures formed CF Global Holdings Inc. to research and manufacture Coffee Flour, gluten-free flour derived from coffee cherry pulp.
Availability of Torie & Howard’s organic and kosher certified hard candy continues to expand with the addition of new distribution in eastern and western states and new retail placements across the country, including in Wegmans and Sprouts.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed a rule that would hold brewers to the same standards as manufacturers of livestock and pet food, limiting the use of "spent grains"—the barley, wheat, and other grains' left over after ingredients have been boiled.
ThinSlim Foods introduced a variety of new breads, snacks and desserts with up to 70 percent less carbs and fat than most common brands.
Fast Company has unveiled its list of the ten most innovative and influential food companies in the world.
Cal-Maine Foods Inc.'s higher prices and growth in its specialty-egg business helped increase sales and profits in its third-quarter.
Vermont Creamery, a producer of goat cheese and cultured butter, has earned certification as a B Corporation, an acknowledgment of the company’s commitment to social and environmental ethics, transparency, and accountability.
Kedem Foods, a manufacturer of kosher grape juice, has launched its first commercial for Kedem 100% Grape Juice.
To meet the demand for eco-conscious ingredients In The Raw launched Sugar In The Raw Organic White.
Old Line Fine Wine & Bistro in Beltsville, Md., will be hosting the Old Line Marketplace every Friday.
New York City residents could soon be required to pay 10 cents for every paper or plastic bag used to carry groceries, under legislation set to be introduced March 26.
A new program, N.C. Growing Together, will allow Lowes Foods to but fresh produce and meat directly from more than 100 small farms in North Carolina.
A new craft brewery and restaurant will open in Alton, Ill., early next year.
Stamp Proper Foods, a restaurant and marketplace focusing on healthful, local ingredients and products, is expected to open in Los Feliz, Calif., March 29.
Emmy’s Organics' founders set out to Sri Lanka to learn more about their business while working to meet rigorous standards for B Corporation certification.
The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, a multi-industry group, has released a draft of principles and criteria to define sustainable beef.
Save Mart Supermarkets and California Safe Soil have announced a partnership, in which the supermarket chain will supply organic waste to the processor for conversion into a liquid fertilizer.
New Frontier Foods has debuted Ocean's Halo Seaweed Chips, made from sustainably harvested seaweed, in Los Angeles and Southern California markets.
As of this week, all Mayorga Coffee offerings are now certified organic and non-GMO.
GloryBee has debuted a variety of new products under its two brands, GloryBee Honey and Aunt Patty’s.
JES Foods was certified by the Global Organic Alliance to process and blend organic produce according to strict HACCP manufacturing standards.
RealCup introduced single-serve capsules of Numi Organic Tea.
The Republic of Tea has introduced its first ever biodynamic certified teas.
Want to make your own chocolate bar? Lake Champlain Chocolates is giving consumers that opportunity and more with its newly launched experiential center.
Stonyfield Farm has created Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt Pearls for a new take on the dessert treat.
H-E-B has launched its own brand of organic groceries in more than 350 stores in Texas and Mexico.
USDA's AMS will hold a meeting of the National Organic Standards Board on April 29 - May 2.
Teatulia Organic Tea has debuted three new products that will be available in the company's third quarter.
Rastelli Direct has set an agreement with Katama Foods to expand its organic offerings.
St. Augustine Distillery will officially open March 7 in St. Augustine, Fla.
More than 30 percent of nearly 270 farmers surveyed in 17 states stated that GMOs were found or suspected to be on their properties.
Torie & Howard has introduced a new 10-ounce, Halloween-themed package of its organic, non-GMO, and kosher certified hard candy as a healthier option for trick-or-treaters.
California lawmakers passed a $687 million plan to provide immediate relief to drought-stricken communities.
Whole Foods Market in Santa Barbara, Calif., opened The Buzz Hive, a new in-store tasting area, featuring local brews, wines and food pairings.
Neat has created a viable meat replacement—but not in a laboratory.
Joe Cesa, co-owner and roaster at Philly Fair Trade Roasters in Philadelphia, specializes in small-batch, organic, 100 percent Arabica coffee, hand-roasted daily and packaged in recyclable bags.
Many brewers tout specific water sources as the key ingredient that distinguishes their beers—a problem if that water sources runs out.
Pleasant Kids, Inc., a supplier of premium spring water for children, has introduced its own brand of organic apple juice.
Antibiotic-free chicken is still a relatively small fraction of the market, accounting for about 9 percent of the $9 billion to $10 billion spent on fresh chicken in 2013.
GimMe Health Co. has introduced GimMe Organic Wrap & Roll, a line of certified organic and non-GMO verified seaweed sheets, in sea salt and sesame.
Egg-replacement startup Hampton Creek Foods raised $23 million in Series B funding.
Mom's Organic Market will open a new store in Bryn Mawr, Pa., its first outside of the D.C./Baltimore region.
California supplies 82 percent of the world's almonds.
Takeya USA, a company best known for its iced tea brewing system that employs patented Flash Chill technology, recently expanded its line of eco-friendly hydration products to include wide-mouth glass water bottles.
Four undegraduate students at Washington University's Olin Business School in St. Louis, Mo., inspired by the farm-to-table movement, developed the business plan for Farmplicity, a web-based marketplace that aims to connect area chefs with farmers in a 150-mile radius.
When Whole Foods Market broke ground for its newest New York location in the gentrifying Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, it sought to build a model of community-based, environmental stewardship. The natural foods retailer realized a large part of that last week, as construction commenced on ...
Indianlife has introduced a new line of all-natural vegan chips.
A move in France to strengthen environmental regulations will, by 2016, have restaurants recycling their organic waste or face hefty fines.
YumEarth has launched YumEarth Organics Fruit Snacks in new tropical flavors.
Rocky Mountain Organics, a mercantile store featuring organic food along with natural health and beauty products, has opened in Wallace, Idaho.
BrightFarms, Inc., and Mariano’s are partnering to deliver year-round local produce to Mariano’s Chicagoland stores.
Consumers have gotten more into the habit of checking the labels of milk and eggs for natural certifications, cage-free notations, and organic logos, but few, if any, have thought to seek out those icons on a loaf of bread or bacon-laced chocolate bar.
National consumer-advocacy group Consumer Union asked Trader Joe's to stop selling meat from animals raised on antibiotics.
Joe Meinhardt produces his own organic and all-natural coffee syrup called Joe's Syrup.
The U.S. House approved legislation which aims to provide emergency drought relief throughout California.
WISErg developed the Harvester, a zero waste nutrient recovery system that can turn rotting produce and moldy bread into plant fertilizer.
Michigan Malt is one of two small malting operations in Michigan that supply malt from Michigan barley or wheat to craft breweries and distilleries around the state.
Brothers-All-Natural expands its freeze-dried line with Mango Fruit Crisps.
The Obama administration is announcing plans to establish seven "climate hubs" to help farmers and rural communities respond to the risks of climate change, including drought, invasive pests, fires, and floods.
Free-range eggs from The Happy Egg Co. have found their way to The Fresh Market's shelves in more than 150 of its locations.
New York Yankee Mark Teixeira is partnering with the chief executive of Juice Press to launch five Juice Presses in New York City in the next six months.
Puna makai councilman Greggor Ilagan introduced a bill in Hawaii that would give certified organic farms a break on their property taxes.
Napa Valley wine grape growers are seeing some vines ripening early and farmers are planning fewer crops to save water due to the severe drought in California.
The Veri Soda Company has launched a line of USDA certified organic, non-GMO, low-calorie sodas.
Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea added La Minita Hacienda Rio Negro and La Minita El Conquistador to its Friend2Farmer line of sustainably sourced beans.
BrightFarms, Inc., is upgrading its greenhouse in Bucks County, Pa.
Raw Pressed juice company has debuted a line of juices that are delivered to the doorsteps of customers in Hudson County, N.Y.
Wallaby Yogurt Company launched the first organic blended Greek yogurt line to the U.S. market.
Whole Foods Market so far has issued roughly $10 million in low-interest loans to help support small independent companies that make local products.
Lundberg Family Farms has appointed a new VP of manufacturing and VP of sales and marketing.
Ashby Confectioners, a candy shop that offers gourmet chocolates, marshmallows, and truffles, has opened in Scotts Valley, Calif.
A project at the Stop & Shop distribution center in Freetown, Mass., to convert spoiled food to energy has been given the green light by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
SOS launched its newest hydration drink flavor: blueberry.
Petta Brown used to bottle her Thai sauces and give them as gifts, until she launched Secret Gourmet Sauces, a line of sauces made without MSG or preservatives.
Demand for hogs that are humanely raised outdoors is increasing due to several factors.
The Better Bean Company has become a certified Benefit Corporation (B Corp).
Lake Champlain Chocolates has expanded its organic chocolate bar line with the addition of four new flavors.
California's governor declared a drought state of emergency on Jan. 17.
The National Organic Program (NOP) released a final guidance document intended for use by accredited certifying agents, certified operations, and non-certified handlers of certified organic products.
Using fish to make fertilizer isn’t a new concept, but John Morris has modernized the process through a sophisticated farming operation called aquaponics.
Humane Farm Animal Care announced new standards for poultry products labeled certified humane and either free range or pasture raised.
Organic Squeeze, the first organic juice bar in Oklahoma City, opened Jan. 14.
The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, also known as Sonoma County Winegrowers, is looking to make Sonoma County, Calif., the nation’s first completely sustainable wine region through a three-phase program to be completed within the next five years.
The Vancouver Aquarium is hailing what may be the world's most ocean-friendly sushi restaurant, located in Toronto.
Organic and natural food manufacturer Amy's Kitchen, Inc., plans to build a 350,000- to 500,000-square-foot plant in Goshen, N.Y.
This January five years ago, Lotus Foods shipped its first container of Madagascar Pink Rice to the U.S., making it the first rice to enter international trade that was produced by low-income family farmers using More Crop Per Drop methods.
Sweet Green Fields created a stevia extract purification process that conforms to USDA National Organic Program regulations.
Bear Republic Brewing Company is the first brewery to install a new bioelectric wastewater treatment system in its Cloverdale, Calif., brewery.
David and Roslyn Zecchini bought a 65-acre farm in Galway, N.Y., to supply fresh vegetables to their restaurant chain under the company DZ Restaurants.
Shark Mountain Coffee Co., an independent shop that’s been in business less than a year, will start selling locally made gourmet chocolate bars.
Hank Dessert Bars was founded by Stacie Shaw, a 25-year-old entrepreneur whose journey followed the path of many small bakeries.
Cascadian Farm introduced a new line of bars made with organic pea protein, a protein source derived solely from plants.
KL's Red Ginseng Tea Store in Burlington, Ontario, offers a variety of Ginseng products from 100 percent red ginseng tea to tofu wraps and sandwiches.
Fresh Press Juice Co. will open in February in Cranford, N.J.
Chef Nate Keller, who spent five years in the innovating kitchens at Google, has since helped cook up a new business model, called Sprig, which launched in December.
New regulations for Organic Certification in China take effect in April 2014, and are applicable to China’s domestic certification, production, processing, importing and sales of organic products.
Choclatique has expanded its line with the addition of Epitome, a 76 percent dark chocolate truffle.
Light Hearted, Happy Medium, Dark & Daring, S'more to Love and Banana Bread Bliss are the flavors available in Life is good's new line of ground coffees.
Epicurex, LLC, will partner with leading natural and specialty foods distributor UNFI to provide Epicurex with a larger network to deliver its organic coconut water Cocozia to key retail chains.
The Organic Trade Association appointed Laura Batcha as CEO/executive director.
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery has achieved recognition as a Sonoma County Green Business environmental leader for the goat farm’s commitment to sustainable practices.
Exo started at Brown University when two roommates began making protein bars out of crickets.
Canaan Fair Trade, a social entrepreneurship firm dedicated to artisanal-quality products that seeks to sustain the livelihood of Palestinian producer communities, was featured in the December issue of Saveur.
Portland Food Co-op is leasing a 5,000-square-foot location for a public market in Portland, Maine.
Colorado-based natural foods store Lucky’s Market will replace the Kroger store in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The California Court of Appeals last month ruled that state law claims for alleged misuse of the term 'organic' on food products are preempted by federal law and cannot be maintained.
A new, sustainable cafeteria has opened at the 300 N. Los Angeles Federal Building designed by the architecture firm Interactive Resources for the U.S. General Services Administration.
Fields Foods will open its doors to the public on January 4th, near the south side of St. Louis.
A researcher at Virginia State University is working to develop antimicrobial and biodegradable food packaging to improve sanitation and safety.
Frontier Soups, a producer of natural, gourmet soup mixes, has introduced its Southwestern Soup Five Pack.
Stevia has made waves in recent years, but it's still a small player among its sweetener competitors.
San Francisco's Earl's Organic Produce is expanding its distribution facility and growing its banana business.
Quinn Popcorn started as a concept by Kristy Lewis who named the business after her son Quinn.
Maple syrup, yogurt, cheese and other products, all made in New York, are being sold at the newest Taste NY store on the New York State Thruway.
Zoopa, the first organic buffet style restaurant, will open its doors in Tukwila, Wash., January 2014.
Vinland, a restaurant in Portland, Maine, takes the term 'local' to a new level.
Walker Feed Company's Bloody Mary Mix got its start in Nashville, Tenn. when its owner, Kristin Walker saw the need for a premium, all-natural Bloody Mary mix for upscale bars and restaurants.
A court battle between German chocolate producer Ritter Sport and product-marketing watchdog Stiftung Warentest is putting into question the validity of the producer's claim that its products are "natural."
The Praim Group is the new master distributor for Monty Bojangles, premium and all-natural French double-cocoa-dusted truffles from the United Kingdom.
Terra Tech Corp.'s subsidiary Edible Garden has a line of locally grown produce that is now available at Fairway Markets throughout New Jersey, Connecticut and New York.
Snacky Matz vending machines offer all-natural, organic snacks and beverages suitable for people with food allergies or dietary restrictions.
Fresh from the Farm 365 makes local, farm-fresh food accessible to consumers in northern New Jersey and is looking to expand its service to the Tri-state area.
Batch is expanding into Memphis, Tenn.
Terra, a brand of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., has partnered with Seed Savers Exchange.
The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded five grants to support research, education and extension programs that will improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers.
Organic milk produced in the U.S. has about 62 percent more omega 3 fatty acids than milk produced by cows on conventional dairy farms
Polska Foods Pierogi debuts new product labels for its authentic Polish pierogi made with organic ingredients.
Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea has introduced a line of recyclable, single-serve coffee capsules.
Bellucci Premium has launched its premium brand of organic extra-virgin olive oil, which uses olives imported from Italy.
Bixby & Co., LLC, an organic fruit-and-nut candy bar producer, will be relocating to Rockland, Maine.
Ambro is a new liquid meal substitute targeting busy professionals that boasts ingredients including only real, organic food items.
Scott Ervin has opened Norseman Distillery, Minneapolis' first microdistillery.
Dena Manning bought Butterfields candy company in foreclosure two years ago.
WhiteWave Foods Co. agreed to buy organic food brand Earthbound Farm from investors including private equity firm Kainos Capital for about $600 million.
A Charleston, S.C., distiller is using home-grown sugar cane to make a type of rum seldom produced in the U.S.
Stevia First, the all-natural zero-calorie sweetener, announced initial pilot project results in support of organic stevia extract production in the U.S.
Terra Chips, a brand of The Hain Celestial Group, is partnering with Seed Savers Exchange, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds.
Revolution Growth is investing $22 million in Sweetgreen, an organic salad shop chain launched in 2007.
Door to Door Organics is expanding its home, office and school delivery services into Staten Island, N.Y.
Almondina Brand Biscuits has introduced Toastees, an all-natural, twice-baked almond crisp with a short list of ingredients.
Racconto Italian Foods has debuted Ice Mary Sparkling Grape Juice at Whole Foods this holiday season.
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage is opening its newest Texas location in Wichita Falls on Dec. 5.
Upfront Foods single-serving, grab-and-go granola has achieved vegan certification through the Vegan Awareness Foundation.
Urban Creamery Artisan Cheese Shop is due to begin producing and selling cheese in early 2014.
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company was honored with the 2013 California Leopold Conservation Award.
Torie & Howard organic hard candy has gained national distribution through KeHE Food Distributors.
Organic Harvest is a new line of gourmet pork sausages now offered by SnackHealthy, Inc., the sales unit of Healthient, Inc.
Local restaurant owners, business leaders and concerned New Yorkers spoke out against a bill to ban the sale of polystyrene foam for foodservice at a public hearing.
Ripple Brand Collective, the team behind barkTHINS snacking chocolate, announced the Non-GMO Project Verification of their newly introduced fair trade dark chocolate snacking line.
Bobo’s Oat Bars, a manufacturer of natural, vegan breakfast/snack bars, plans to move to a new 12,000-square-foot facility in early January, more than tripling its existing space.
Johns Hopkins University plans to increase its servings of local, sustainably grown food to 35 percent of all ingredients.
A profile on Kristina's Organic Groceries in Fresno, Ca, honors the small local grocery store that has been in business for 35 years.
Hampton Creek Foods is on a mission to find plant-based egg substitutes that taste better, are free of cholesterol, last longer on the shelf and are more ecologically sustainable.
De La Rosa Real Foods & Vineyards has introduced its latest organic offering.
Mrs. Green's Natural Market opened its fifteenth location in Hartsdale, Ny.
Many organic farmers are angry at the FDA, and their reason involves perhaps the most under-appreciated part of agriculture: plant food, aka fertilizer.
Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods is launching three new seasonally inspired veggie pancakes: Roasted Corn, Root Vegetable and Zucchini & Carrot.
Healthy Living Organic and Natural Market is getting ready for its grand opening in mid-December.
Honest Tea is offering Unsweet Lemon Tea nationally.
Kippy's! Ice Cream Shop in Venice, Calif., offers non-dairy organic ice cream that uses raw organic ingredients to create its flavors.
Dream Foods International, LLC, is launching its new line of organic juices from Sicily, Italy in 250-milliliter glass bottles.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. will launch a selection of canned beers to the Dallas-Fort Worth market in early 2014.
One high school student set out to reveal whether kosher meat matched how some shoppers perceive it.
A Japanese company has started to produce fake tuna from konnyaku, a jelly formed from starch.
Saffron Road, the packaged food brand of American Halal Co., launches its new line of Dessert Mini Tarts at Whole Foods Market nationally this month.
Seedling Projects has announced the finalists for the 2014 Good Food Awards.
Brooklyn Bean sells fresh, local, dried beans and serves up heat-and-go bean chili and soup.
Torie & Howard organic candies can now be found at hotels and university campuses.
Martinelli's is introducing two new varieties to its sparking juice line.
Traditional Medicinals, a California-based medicinal tea company, is expanding its natural health products in Canada with a line of organic teas to aid common health complaints, including digestive upset and sleeplessness.
So convincing is Beyond Meat’s imitation poultry that it has attracted investment from Bill Gates and Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams.
Theo Chocolate is expanding distribution beyond the U.S. to retailers in Canada.
Washington County, Ore., officials approved a food-waste composting pilot.
Patagonia Inc., the outdoor apparel company, and New Belgium Brewing partnered up to release California Route, a limited-release organic lager.
The nation's largest food-scrap recycling facility will soon begin production in San Jose, Calif.
Command Packaging invested $25 million to create "smarterbags" for the California grocery market.
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage is opening a second store in Idaho this month.
BarkThins Snacking Chocolates, produced by ripple brands, were highlighted as a top fair trade product by Food & Wine.
Lily's Sweets introduced a suite of holiday chocolates available exclusively at Whole Foods Markets.
Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy has introduced YoYummy, the newest addition to its Green Mountain Creamery yogurt line.
Starbucks in Augusta, Ga. will be the main source of power for Augusta Corporate Park.
Thirteen U.S. senators sent a letter to the Senate farm bill conferees calling for provisions that aim to make crop insurance more accessible for a wider range of producers.
Wegmans will carry Sealand Birk, an organic birch tree beverage from Sealand Natural Resources.
Dream Foods International launched its new line of organic Italian Volcano juices.
479° Popcorn will hit shelves in over 1,200 Kroger stores nationwide, making the Kroger family of stores the first major retailer to carry the product.
Hope Foods partnered with Raley's Supermarkets to distribute its organic, gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO hummus in its Northern California stores.
Sublime Imports in Dallas, Texas, may only be a small, two-man importer, but that isn't stopping them from bringing in beer from the other side of the world.
Saffron Road, the packaged food brand of American Halal Co., is launching a premium all-natural, Halal Certified, gluten-free Lamb Broth nationally at Whole Foods Market stores this month.
Brewery Vivant focuses on three major goals: community connection, sustainability and brewing Belgian- and French-inspired beers.
Pacific Foods has added two new hearty soups to its existing line of more than 20 ready-to-eat varieties.
Kraft Foods plans to remove artificial food coloring from macaroni-and-cheese products that are marketed for children, starting early next year.
Rossi Pasta, an all-natural pasta manufacturer, has completed its new, fully dedicated gluten-free production facility.
Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. has earned Non-GMO Project verification for its Mom’s Organic Traditional Tomato & Basil Spaghetti Sauce and Mom’s Organic Roasted Pepper Spaghetti Sauce.
Cucina Antica has introduced Cucina Antica cranberry sauce and new brand Organico Bello pasta sauce.
Mountain States Rosen is utilizing the Where Food Comes From labeling program on its 'Shepherd's Pride Lamb' line.
Small-scale food vendors in Detroit are enlisting the help of Mitten Crate, a monthly subscription box service that ships artisan Michigan food products to customers across the state.
Divine Chocolate, the chocolate brand owned by the farmers of Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana, has two new fair trade chocolate products exclusively with Whole Foods Market.
Corim Industries' K-Cup Single Serve Coffee was selected by judges as Best in Show in Kosherfest’s 2013 New Product Competition.
Sandy Lerner, co-founder of Cisco Systems and creator of Urban Decay cosmetics, has gone on to open Home Farm Store, in Middleburg, Va.
Three Jerks Jerky introduced The Original Filet Mignon Beef Jerky.
Giumarra launched its new line of Fair Trade Certified fresh produce with the addition of USDA Certified Organic and conventional acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squash.
A farm-to-table restaurant in Carlstadt, N.J., changes its menu every six to eight weeks.
While most countries rely to an extent on foreign agricultural seeds, Canada's unique—and swiftly changing—climate makes its dependency on American and European seeds a risky one.
Chris Magnone and Mark Cigos had a tough time marketing and distributing healthy and environmentally friendly products through Temple Lifestyle.
True Food Kitchen will open its first Texas location Nov. 19.
Food waste will be turned into energy at a small power plant that the Potawatomi tribe opened in Milwaukee.
Bone Doctors’ BBQ won First Place at the 2014 Scovie Awards in the Barbecue Sauce—Diet Friendly category.
Pastry Smart, LLC, has announced the nationwide release of Le Culture Organic Handcrafted Artisan Bread Collection.
Butch Adams of Seaside, Calif., started Kai Lee Creamery, a small-batch organic ice cream business inside the American Tin Cannery because of his daughter's severe food allergies.
A recent by the Natural Resources Defense Council estimated 40 percent of food in the U.S. goes uneaten.
Unreal Brands is striving for at least a small percentage of the 600 million pounds of candy consumed during Halloween week to be "unjunked."
Kerfluffles Marshmallows started when its creator could no longer eat bagged marshmallows.
Startup Laughing Glass Cocktails, founded by three friends, rolls out its first product throughout the San Francisco Bay Area: the low-calorie Laughing Glass Margarita, made from all natural and organic premium ingredients and with a hint of carbonation.
East End Market in Orlando, Fla., opens its doors today.
Plant breeders are experimenting with the growth of the prickly pear cactus in western San Joaquin Valley, Calif.
Moon Dance Baking, Inc., has increased distribution of its product lines.
44 Farms, one of Texas' largest steak producers has earned Step-1 Global Animal Partnership certification, in a five-step program for animal welfare standards.
Teatulia Organic Teas has been certified by the nonprofit B Lab as a benefit corporation, or B corporation.
Lucky’s Market, LLC, a growing Boulder, Colo., gourmet grocery chain, plans to open a 30,000-square-foot store in Louisville, Ky., in 2014.
Budding restaurateurs Yarom Milgrom and Jake Des Voignes are on a mission to go hyperlocal by making everything themselves.
Pacari Chocolate won nine gold and silver medals in multiple categories at the 2013 Americas Round night at the International Chocolate Awards in New York City.
Renfro Foods has placed its first order in China, following a successful showing at the SIAL China 2013 in Shanghai.
Information Resources, Inc. joined forces with SPINS to create SPINS NaturaLink.
About 40 percent of all fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. are thrown away.
Alter Eco Foods has introduced a new line of organic, fair trade truffles.
Novelle Naturals is rolling out Naturals Classic Walnut Butter and Novelle Naturals Cacao Walnut Butter.
Door to Door Organics launches a new online-shopping platform that simplifies the process for consumers.
The KelSo Brewery in Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Clinton Hill neighborhood has begun canning its product locally.
San Francisco's Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt Produce plans to add organic asparagus to its product line starting November.
Beaming, a popular superfood spot in Del Mar, Calif., serves up juices, smoothies and raw foods that are all organic, vegan, gluten-free and dairy free.
About half of the certified organic farmers in Wisconsin will not get an annual federal subsidy of up to $750 to help cover the cost of getting their operations inspected.
Luxury tea company Tea Forte has launched Noir, a line of pan-roasted black teas.
UTZ Certified and the Douwe Egberts Foundation have launched the Coffee Climate Care project.
Small and organic vegetable farmers who say proposed federal food safety rules could harm their businesses have organized dozens of events nationwide to inform people about the regulations and encourage them to write to the Food and Drug Administration.
BIOMAT is a restaurant concept by product designer Vera Wiedermann that invites diners to bring their own bags of biodegradable food waste to the venue.
Fairway Market unveiled a new 84-page kosher catering menu under the supervision of KOF-K.
Berea College in Kentucky plans to open a farm store business that will offer organic fruits and vegetables, freshly baked bread, fish and humanely raised meat.
Boise, Idaho's increasingly eclectic food scene has given rise to a fresh, gourmet doughnut phenomenon: Guru Donuts.
Green Mustache has a new line of organic fruit and green veggie juice smoothies for children which will be available in all five New York City locations of Gourmet Garage.
Dancing Deer Baking Company introduces a line of Non-GMO Verified cookies to in-store bakery departments at grocery, natural food and specialty stores nationwide. The line of five Non-GMO Verified Thin & Crispy Cookies are all-natural, baked-from-scratch and kosher-certified. Dancing Deer’s Non-GMO Verified Thin & Crispy ...
Wonderfully Raw Gourmet announced the debut of its two latest products: Brussel Bytes and Snip Chips.
A local cheese blogger is pivoting into local cheese monger with the upcoming launch of his gourmet shop in Stillwater, Minn.
KneedaChef is a delivery service that started Oct. 7 in Fort Wayne, Ind. and delivers gourmet coffee to customers' doorsteps, either ground or whole bean, harvested in the Andes Mountains of Colombia and roasted and packaged in the U.S.
Outer Aisle Gourmet introduced a new line of veggie pizza crust, pasta, rice and bread.
Enlightened introduced novelty ice cream bars in three flavors: fudge, coffee and orange cream.
SunOpta completed the construction and commissioning of a new value-added organic and specialty cocoa-processing facility located in Middenmeer, Netherlands.
A final rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service prohibits one nonsynthetic substance, tartaric acid, on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.
Pacific Foods has added two soups to its line: organic spicy black bean and kale, and organic split pea and uncured ham.
The St. Louis Food Hub, which includes both a full-service grocery called Fields Foods and a food distribution and processing center under the same roof, is set to open in St. Louis Jan. 4.
California startup Beyond Meat aims to devise a tasty and affordable plant-based substitute for meat.
Lucky’s Market said it will open its first store outside of its home state of Colorado later this month in Columbus, Ohio.
Healthy Home Market, which features organic and locally sourced foods, will open a 9,500-square-foot space in Charlotte, N.C.
What started out as a hobby in 2001 is now Morning Song Farm, a 20-acre organic farm in Rainbow, Calif.
Students from McGill University in Montreal have won funding to begin insect farming, with the goal of providing a sustainable flour source to poor countries.
Soup-N-More, a line of soup and sauce mixes containing no preservatives or chemicals, just home-grown ingredients, was created when Rebecka Fleischman was faced with health issues seven years ago.
The Specialty Food Association has won two Gold 100 Grand Awards for its Fancy Food Shows in Trade Show Executive Magazine’s annual competition.
United Natural Foods agreed to purchase regional wholesaler Trudeau Foods, a distributor of of natural, organic and specialty food products.
The U.S. and Japan announced Sept. 26 that beginning January 1, 2014, organic products certified in Japan or in the U.S. may be sold as organic in either country.
Better4U Foods, the brand known for its all natural gluten-free and thin crust pizzas, announced availability in Rouses markets.
Lundberg Family Farms launched Organic Whole Grain Rice and Seasoning Mixes that comes in 11 varieties.
WhiteWave Foods, maker of Silk, Horizon Organic, International Delight and Land O Lakes, said all products in its portfolio containing palm oil are now sourced according to rules set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
Madhava Natural Sweeteners made its debut in the baking aisle with a selection of baking mixes.
Suja Co. has introduced its new non-GMO, organic smoothies, Suja Elements, exclusively in Whole Foods Markets nationwide.
Cheese advocate Kathleen Cotter serves locally and regionally made cheeses and state-made products at The Bloomy Rind in Nashville, Tenn.
Forward Foods has introduced a new line of natural, gluten-free, whole-grain oatmeal bars.
MOM's Organic Market is opening its first Pennsylvania store in Rosemont Square, Bryn Mawr in 2014.
Strengthening its support of local farms, DeCicco Family Markets, a second-generation grocery chain with 10 locations in New York, fills its aisles with one of the area’s largest selections of local milks, yogurts, cheeses and frozen desserts.
Food technology company Hampton Creek has partnered with Whole Foods Market on its first product, Just Mayo.
Houston pit master Hugh Mangum decided to take Texas BBQ to New York in 2012.
Alfred A. Knopf has published Sylvia’s Table, the debut cookbook by Liz Neumark, founder and CEO of Great Performances catering in New York City.
Herrell’s Development has partnered with Haddon House Food Products to distribute its Herrell’s Hot Fudge Sauces.
The Brooklyn Salsa Company was born in classic enterprise fashion.
Umami Sustainable Seafood appointed Timothy Fitzpatrick chief executive.
Garden of Life is introducing new Marley Coffee flavors of its Raw Protein and Raw Meal products.
Coop’s MicroCreamery recently received kosher pareve certification from the Rabbinical Council of New England (KVH symbol) for its Coop's Vegan Hot Fudge sauce and its Cocoa Felice hot chocolate mix.
The Bloomberg administration hopes to introduce legislation requiring hospitals, hotels, universities and other large-scale producers of food waste to make it into something useful rather than just send it to landfills.
MOM's Organic Market, the organic grocery chain, will open a store in the Rotunda Shopping Center in Baltimore.
NEO Energy is scheduled to break ground in six months on the East Coast’s first food-scrap digester.
Arla Foods Ingredients launched a processing solution that enables manufacturers of traditional Greek strained yogurts to profit from their acid whey waste stream.
Jimbo's Naturally will open its newest location Oct. 16 in downtown San Diego.
The Songbird's Nest is making a former cafe a place for yoga, organic meals and gluten-free beer.
7-Eleven introduced a new selection of gourmet and organic packaged snacks.
Beyond Eggs, invented by food scientists at Hampton Creek Foods, is an egg substitute created from plants.
Daily Juice Group, LLC, an Austin, Texas, organic juice and smoothie cafe chain, has secured its first franchisee for Houston.
Jon Olinto, co-founder of Boston’s b.good, thinks his burger chain can change the way people view franchises.
Rigoni di Asiago has introduced its MielBio Italian Mandarin Honey Limited Edition exclusively at Whole Foods Market.
Purely Elizabeth's Ancient Grain Granola line, baked by hand in small batches, is now available nationwide at Whole Foods Markets.
Sprout Foods announced its first-ever line of food for school-aged kids, Sprout Smash Organic Kids Snack Pouches.
Batch Nashville, Tennessee's newest business, is a monthly subscription service that delivers a box filled with locally made items right to your door.
Funds have shifted to support Low-Input Viticulture and Enology certification.
Upfront Foods expands the U.S. market coverage for its line of single-serve, grab-and-go granola with the addition of new brokers in Eastern and Midwestern states.
In February 2012, Craig Kanarick started Mouth Foods, an online shop offering a selection of specialty foods, starting with a focus on products from the New York region.
Consumers are demanding "natural" food dyes, and scientists state that the purple sweet potato is the most promising source of pigments to make them.
Mojo Organics has introduced Chiquita Tropicals.
Memphis, Tenn., wholesaler Galler Foods, Inc., is launching an organic produce and grocery e-commerce division.
SerendipiTea took home two awards from the North American Tea Championship Awards.
Cascadian Farm announced it's first-ever cereal box liner made from renewable plant sources.
The Republic of Tea has announced the launch of its new "Downton Abbey"–inspired teas.
Profits at Minnesota's organic farms made a big jump in 2012.
Third Street is rolling out a new line of fresh-brewed, ready-to-drink iced teas in an exclusive launch with Whole Foods Market.
Tomato farmers are seeing results from a new soil that uses enzymes to convert supermarket food waste into organic fertilizer.
Like many candy companies, Walker Creek Toffee started as a hobby, became Christmas gifts and turned in to a business.
Southern Season, a gourmet foods retailer, opens its doors Sept. 5 in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Honest Tea soon plans to expand into healthful food.
Blue Horizon Wild has introduced a line of all-natural seafood entrees using the classic French cooking method en papillote.
Naked Juice consumers who bought bottles of the beverage in the last six years could get up to $75 in payments from a $9 million class-action settlement fund.
A new Kickstarter campaign started by Chicago resident Alexandra Curatolo aims to help fund a permanent storefront offering locally sourced food and goods year-round.
Poppo's Taqueria features organic and hormone-free food, sodas with real sugar and vegan options.
Boyd’s Coffee has committed to purchasing the new Harvested by Women Certified Coffee.
For farmers who choose not to seek pricey organic certification by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, even those adhering strictly to organic standards are banned from using the term.
Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Co. has introduced the All Natural Cherry Cordial, a chocolate-covered maraschino cherry without artificial dyes, artificial colors, preservatives or high-fructose corn syrup.
Blount launched a line of 10 “Signature Sides,” three of which are Certified Organic, as well as one dessert, offered at foodservice, retail and club stores.
Co-owners of Arundel Ice Cream Shop in Arundel, Maine, purchased a solar-generated mobile ice cream cart that they hope will expand their business to several surrounding communities.
The J.M. Smucker Co. has acquired Enray, a manufacturer and marketer of organic, gluten-free grain products.
Vancouver, Wash., organic grocer Chuck’s Produce & Street Market opened its second store Aug. 20.
Purcell International has acquired the business of Truth Worldwide, a longtime supplier of seafood in addition to beverages, pasta, oil, rice and baked goods.
Kind Healthy Snacks has launched Kind Healthy Grain Bars, a line of chewy and crunchy granola bars with a full serving of whole grains.
A small group of scientists and growers is laying the groundwork to revive the industry by cultivating oysters in cages and bags.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has approved new La Dorita dulce de leche liqueur for sale in more than 40 Fine Wine and Spirits stores throughout Western Pennsylvania.
FreshlyLocal.com is a new website startup created to leverage the local and organic food movements as tools to help fight obesity and chronic disease.
Manitou Trading Company, a new company providing natural ingredients directly from farmers, has officially launched.
A new line of gourmet pizza sauces from Lizbeth Lane Cuisine are now available in all 42 mid-Atlantic Whole Foods stores.
Experienced restaurateurs who operate some of Upstate New York’s best-known restaurants will operate the Empire Room at the 12-day New York State Fair running August 22 through September 2, 2013. The Empire Room restaurant will offer a continental breakfast and full lunch and dinner service ...
Chinese American businesses and suppliers of shark fins asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to halt enforcement of a California law banning the possession and sale of the main ingredient of shark fin soup.
Organic Valley has announced that Organic Valley Grassmilk, an organic milk produced from cows that are 100 percent grass-fed and the first of its kind from a national brand, is now available nationwide.
An Arizona high school teacher, who is fascinated with cotton candy, started his own business.
Brothers International, the company behind Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps, has introduced a new line of freeze-dried fruits and vegetables.
Upfront Foods' line of granolas in grab-and-go pouches is now available in GNC stores in the New York metropolitan area.
Andronico's Community Markets has launched a campaign to encourage Bay Area shoppers to buy and eat local foods.
Olli Salumeria is the first in the market with a line of USDA certified organic salame sticks.
Sprout Foods has launched Sprout Smash Organic Kids Snack Pouches, its first-ever line of food for school-age youth.
A Guatemalan food truck in Minneapolis doesn't stop at cooking with its vegetable oil.
A growing consensus among scientists, doctors, environmentalists, and animal rights activists suggest that our current system of food—specifically meat—production is not sustainable.
Torie & Howard has introduced a new 5-ounce cellophane bag of its Blood Orange and Honey organic, non-GMO and kosher certified hard candy.
Big Wood Brewery, a bold new player on the craft beer scene gaining notoriety for its distinctive brews, has launched four of its award-winning craft beers in cans.
A Pennsylvania couple opened Cafe on Broadway with a menu that features an array of offerings.
Heirloom seeds can lead to a natural food movement.
Every day, some 300 Ralphs and Food 4 Less grocery stores produce 150 tons of food waste.
Organic Valley, the nation’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, has announced the launch of Organic Valley Lactose Free Whole Milk and Organic Valley Lactose Free Half & Half.
Supermarket Roundy’s will have more access to produce grown at small Wisconsin farms under a new partnership through the Something Special from Wisconsin program.
The world's soil is in trouble.
Sprouts Farmers Market is growing quickly and gaining popularity as a cheaper, organic, all-natural and healthy foods grocer.
Researchers have found a way to turn used coffee grounds into an alcoholic beverage.
The only certified USDA organic, 100 proof tequila, Dulce Vita, will expand distribution to California.
The Green Radish, a vegan, organic food truck is planning its first official stop in Montclair, N.J., August 10.
After three months, $330,000 and a high-profile media blitz, the world's first hamburger grown in a lab made its worldwide debut Monday.
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is offering $100,000 in funding for a yearlong project for the promotion of locally produced food.
Homefree added Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies, to its line of gluten-free allergy friendly cookies.
Gadsden, Ala.'s newest downtown merchant, Frios, opened for business August 2.
The Incredible Edibles Investment Club was organized to make one- to three-year loans of $1,000 to $5,000 to Wisconsin food producers, processors and retailers.
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage plans to open a new site in midtown Tulsa, Okla., by October.
Gaviña Gourmet Coffee has launched a line of specialty iced teas.
Valley Fine Foods and Stellar Energy have converted the handcrafted gourmet pasta producer's Yuba City, Calif., facility into a self-sustaining production.
Boulder Canyon Natural Foods introduced Baked Sweet Potato Fries, a completely natural snack that mirrors the shape, taste and texture of the popular side dish.
HippocraTeas, a new tea shop in Forest Grove, Ore. opening August 5, will offer uniquely fragrant tea in a bright and colorful shop with soft music in the background.
An emerging group of ranchers choose to raise their cattle exclusively on pasture grass and hay, eschewing confinement and its accompanying regimen of antibiotics and hormones.
Organic egg farmers are divided in their reaction to a new FDA proposal that's intended to reduce the risk of salmonella infection among free-roaming chickens.
Karoun Dairies expands its all-natural, high-quality dairy products with the launch of its new flavored labnehs, Greek yogurt and spreadable breakfast cream.
Pacific Foods has introduced Simply Stock, an organic broth offered in two unsalted varieties.
For Kara Haspel Lind, founder of Kara’s Cupcakes, sustainability and philanthropy are mixed together.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill July 26 banning the possession, sale and (presumably) ingestion of shark fins.
Choice Organic Teas has launched a line of certified organic Wellness Teas, developed in partnership with Bastyr University.
National brand management team Connoisseur Management, Inc., purchased Tea-Licious restaurant, located outside of Austin, Texas, in Burnet.
Peapod customers in select markets can order boxes of produce from a local farm for 12 weeks this summer and fall.
Kosherfest 2013 will feature special events and programs to mark its 25th anniversary as the largest annual meeting place and trade show for the kosher trade industry.
Lily Bloom’s Kitchen Poparoons, or macaroons on a stick, have been selected to appear in the August issue of O, The Oprah Magazine's O List.
A new grocery store is bringing organic, sustainably-produced and unique artisan foods to Wilmette, Ill.
New York–bred racehorses weren't the only things from the state showcased last weekend at Saratoga Race Course.
Canterbury Coffee has introduced OneCoffee, a biodegradable, fair trade, organic K-Cup-compatible container for use with Keurig coffee makers.
Mary’s Gone Crackers, maker of award-winning organic, vegan and gluten-free foods, has expanded its line of popular seed crackers with the addition of two new soy-free flavors: Hot ‘n Spicy Jalapeño and Super Seed.
The European Union added a pesticide made by German chemical firm BASF to its blacklist of substances suspected of playing a role in declining bee populations.
YOLO Pops has launched a line of all-natural ice pops and is expanding selection of non-alcohol and alcohol ice pops.
Tonewood Maple, a Vermont-based artisanal maple purveyor, has introduced a range of gourmet maple products, including four-grade maple syrup collection, maple wafers, maple sugar, maple flakes and maple seasoning.
Deebee’s SpecialTea Foods has introduced Deebee’s TeaPops, a tea-based popsicle made from certified organic, fair trade tea and using only certified organic, kosher, gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO ingredients.
Sarabeth's launches two new gourmet mixes, Perfect Pancake & Waffle Mix and Perfect Buttermilk Biscuit Mix. Nutritious and delicious, the all-natural pancake and waffle mix is made from whole-grain wheat and is lightly sweetened with pure maple sugar. The buttermilk biscuit mix creates tender, flaky ...
In an effort to show that Portland, Ore.'s startup ecosystem runs deeper than software and tech companies, NedSpace co-founder Mark Grimes rounded up 19 young food product companies for a bit of show-and-tell.
On the eve of its four-year anniversary, Simply Suzanne Natural Foods launched new packaging for its sweet and savory granola line that is now Non-GMO Project verified.
Bakery Donsuemor debuts a new finish on its famed madeleines.
Vital Juice, an organic juice company, is rolling out a line of juices locally crafted using only organic, non-GMO fruits and vegetables.
Blue Bee Cider, which has declared itself Virginia’s “first and only urban cidery,” has opened its doors in Richmond.
Vanns Spices is undertaking major expansion plans to its physical facilities and its customer target market.
In June, the Homestead, Fla.-based grower-shipper, Brooks Tropicals, began shipping the wild-looking, low-calorie fruit from south Florida growers.
Korea-based produce distributor is making its official debut into U.S. markets with a brand of organic Korean fruits including premium apples and pears that are sourced from more than 150,000 orchards around Korea.
Pata Negra LLC has launched the Imperial brand of traditional premium chorizos for American consumers. The artisan-cured sausages are authentic to the standard set in the Extremedura region of Spain in terms of flavor, texture and quality. The Imperial products are made true to centuries-old ...
Beekeeping organizations have appealed approval of the new pesticide Sulfoxaflor, which they think is deadly to honey bees and other pollinators.
Wisconsin based YumTum, a freshly frozen organic baby food company just launched their new online store.
In its biggest product line extension to date, DRY Soda is launching new packaging and flavors: DRY will offer a new 12-ounce slim aluminum can and two new flavors, Apple DRY and Ginger DRY. The changes are in response to consumers' continuing demand for real ...
Leaders in the growing campaign for ingredient transparency convened this morning for a special panel discussion Tuesday morning, GMO Labeling and the Specialty Food Industry.
Robert Rothschild Farm has acquired the sauce, dipping oil, marinade, condiments and rub business of Tulocay & Co.
Teaneck, N.J., native Daniel Senter, whose company removes hives and swarms, sells unfiltered honey from his own hives at the Teaneck Farmers Market every Thursday.
Freshway Foods introduced new products featuring locally grown produce from the Great Lakes region.
A St. Paul, Minn. food truck is offering a novel buy-one-get-one deal with a charitable twist.
Just Food in New York is nimbly doing just what its name suggests: building food justice.
Founded last year, Colle Farmers Market offers the benefits of a farmers market, all online.
Founder of Purely American Ray Leard has opened The Compost Exchange, the only compost-processing facility licensed to accept food waste in Southeast Ohio.
Grace Hightower De Niro, wife of actor Robert De Niro, is behind a new line of coffees from Rwanda intended to please java lovers and coffee farmers alike.
Kroger published its seventh annual sustainability report and committed to moving retail locations toward "zero waste" and sourcing 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil.
Students have pushed for more sustainable food and purchasing transparency at the University of Minnesota for two years.
SaltWorks received Kosher certification for its entire line of smoked sea salts.
Three budding cooking entrepreneurs incorporating Wisconsin-made ingredients have been picked as finalists in a Milwaukee competition for $2,500 in prize winnings to help start their businesses.
Dream Foods International, LLC, Santa Monica, Calif., a specialist in organic citrus juices from Sicily, launches organic Volcano Grenadine Burst.
The MillerCoors brewery in Golden, Colo.—the country’s largest single-site brewery—is now the world’s largest landfill-free brewery as well.
Simply7 is dedicated to creating a healthy snacking experience based on unique, yet recognizable, ingredients.
The Bulk is Green Council is seeking retail partners for its annual National Bulk Foods Week.
Despite a slowdown in the growth of organic food, Albert's Organics still outgrew its distribution center in the last couple of years.
Less than a year after making a decision to pursue third-party certification, Lake Champlain Chocolates is deepening its commitment to provide enhanced transparency for its customers.
An under-the-radar annual award may get plenty of attention for its very controversial 2013 recipients.
Back to the Roots, creator of the successful Grow Your Own Mushroom Garden kit, has launched its AquaFarm, a self-cleaning fish tank that that grows food.
Walgreens will install solar systems at 200 stores across several states, bringing its total solar-powered store count to about 350.
Chipotle Mexican Grill plans to serve more than 15 million pounds of locally grown produce in its restaurants this year, up from its 2012 goal of 10 million pounds.
Brooklyn Brewery is unveiling the new Greenmarket Wheat beer, made from products that were grown within 200 miles of New York City.
The Los Angeles City Council voted 11-1 to implement a ban on plastic grocery bags at food stores, mini marts and big retail chains.
Sheila G's Original Brownie Brittle, West Palm Beach, Fla., has partnered exclusively with Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt.
Frontier Soups, Waukegan, Ill., has added two new brokers to represent its all-natural gourmet soup mixes in the Western states.
Jack's Gourmet is a company producing handcrafted deli meats and sausages.
The Greek yogurt boom in New York is being harnessed to make electricity.
A successful farmers market program in rolling out in area grocery stores.
Amira Nature Foods, a global provider of packaged Indian specialty rice, has launched the Amira Organic business division.
Importer and supplier Woodlands Foods, Waukegan, Ill., has promoted Aram Karapetian to vice president of sales and marketing.
Raw-milk dairy Eastleigh Farm has a pending IRS 501(c)3 status under the name of Eastleigh Farm Educational Foundation.
LesserEvil Healthy Brands' Chia Pop and Chia Crisps are now available in all seven Mother’s Market and Kitchen locations in California.
The egg of the future may not involve a chicken at all.
Farmers in Idaho have filed a potentially class-action lawsuit against seed giant Monsanto after genetically engineered wheat was found in an eastern Oregon field, according to The Associated Press.
Marley Coffee, a sustainably grown, ethically farmed and artisan roasted gourmet coffee founded by Rohan Marley, is sourcing beans from around the world, including Ethiopia, Central America and Jamaica.
Gunther Hauk, 71, is Floyd, Va.-based Spikenard Farm Honey Bee Sanctuary's lead beekeeper.
A former New York chef and his wife have been hired to bring downtown Gresham, Ore.'s specialty market back to life.
Organic and natural foods retailer Wild Oats Markets is planning to re-introduce the brand and bring beverages, snacks, cereals, pasta and other goods to stores.
Spud Potato Vodka, imported from Poland, is rolling out nationally in the U.S. and Canada after a successful regional launch during the fourth quarter of 2012.
To raise awareness of how crucial pollinators are to our food system, a Providence, R.I., Whole Foods Market store temporarily removed all produce that comes from plants dependent on pollinators.
Roche Bros. expanded its meat department offerings with new chicken and pork options.
Back to Nature Foods Company, LLC's reformulated line of all-natural 100 percent–juice pouches will be available in stores this summer.
Lovin’ Scoopful, an ice cream company founded by Maria Shriver, Tim Shriver and partners to benefit Special Olympics and other nonprofits, has increased its product distribution to include more than 250 Walmart stores in the western U.S.
The Farmer’s Cow is adding to its growing line of local “Made in Connecticut” dairy treats with Naturally New England Ice Cream Sandwiches in collaboration with Sweet & Simple bake shop in Fairfield.
President and CEO Brandon Barnholt shares details on the rebranding strategy.
One of the worst droughts in this nation’s history has ended with torrential rains this spring that have overwhelmed vast stretches of the country
Mrs. Renfro’s salsas, manufactured by Renfro Foods, are now on shelves in Spain through distribution by Madrid-based grocery chain Taste of America.
Target is introducing Simply Balanced, a new brand of organic and natural foods.
The LIC Flea & Food opens on the Long Island City waterfront in Queens, N.Y., June 15.
Philadelphia-based Green Sanctuary Community Apiary's resident beekeeper Anaiis Salles was awarded a $15,000 NE Sustainable Agriculture Research Education Farmer Grant from the University of Vermont.
Crystal Creamery has released two just-for-summer flavors.
Meijer states its locally grown produce programs result in an estimated $80 million annual economic impact to local communities in five states.
A small raw juice company is rapidly growing in the Detroit metro area, according to one of its founders.
Ecosentials’ Vitamin Squeeze uses natural flavors, is sweetened naturally with zero-calorie stevia and provides a portion of vitamins with every dose.
A new cupcake boutique named *ndulge opened last week in Manayunk, Pa.
Sierra Soups, Inc., Fresno, Calif., will now be distributed by United Natural Foods, Inc., in the Northern California region.
The soon-to-open Whole Foods Market in Lynnfield, Mass. will offer its customers “rooftop produce,” picked from a field atop the store.
Mechanical engineer-turned-shepherd Craig Rogers has opened a stand in Philly's Reading Terminal Market specializing in the lamb he raises at Border Springs Farm in Patrick County, Va.
Bertie County Peanuts, Windsor, N.C., has earned kosher certification for its domestically grown peanuts.
Bee keepers' use of corn syrup and other honey substitutes as bee feed may be contributing to colony collapse by depriving the insects of compounds that strengthen their immune systems.
On May 14, four beehives were quietly installed on the Super Foodtown rooftop in Cedar Grove, N.J., hosting about 36,000 to 80,000 bees above the supermarket's entrance doors.
Canaan Fair Trade has ntroduced the Canaan Organic Research and Extension Center, incorporated in the state of Palestine on May 2, 2013.
When state and city officials earlier in May announced a new food truck that would offer much needed fruits and vegetables to Camden, N.J. residents, it was actually the second such truck to fill that need.
Red’s All Natural, a no-preservatives, hormone-free frozen burrito company, is planning to establish its permanent headquarters in Nashville, TN later this year.
Whole Foods and Safeway topped Greenpeace's most recent "2013 Carting Away the Oceans" report.
At Fine Food Panetrie you'll find gourmet salts, spices and more to help create a delicious meal that everyone will enjoy.
Producers are pledging to establish best practices for usage and disposal.
Western chocolate makers are working more closely with cocoa farmers to increase crop yields and secure future supplies to meet growing demand from emerging economies, and make farming the crop lucrative enough to ensure younger generations remain interested in cultivating the beans.
Upfront Foods, Boca Raton, Fla., has received approval for national distribution through UNFI of Providence, R.I., for its line of single-serving granola in grab-and-go pouches.
For every gallon of olive oil pressed from the fruit, about 38 pounds of olive skins, pulp and pits are left behind.
Pacific Foods, Tualatin, Ore., introduces new USDA certified organic baked and refried beans.
Continuing its commitment to sustainability, Teatulia Organic Teas sought and received Rainforest Alliance certification for its own tea garden in Bangladesh.
Greek yogurt is a booming $2 billion a year industry—and it's producing millions of pounds of waste that industry insiders are scrambling to figure out what to do with.
Campbell Soup Co. has agreed to purchase organic baby food maker Plum Organics for an undisclosed sum.
The company’s founder, Jerry Shafir, is transitioning from CEO to chairman of the board.
A farmers market in Carmel, Ind., will serve as a testing ground for Hoosier farmers with rare meats to offer.
Two brothers from Michigan found their niche when they left college and moved to Anniston, Ala. to open a bakery.
Groundwork Certified Organic Cold Brew Coffee is now available bottled at Whole Food stores from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
Nestlé will source 100% certified, Nestlé Cocoa Plan cocoa beans for the entire line of Nestlé Crunch bars by the end of 2013.
Dan Gannon goes about his work as a farmer as if his feet are planted firmly in the 19th century.
A bill to crack down on agricultural products that are falsely labeled under the “Jersey Fresh” program cleared the New Jersey Assembly May 20.
After graduating from an MBA program for entrepreneurship at Babson College, Scott Rousseau and his wife, Sarah, recently purchased Beyond the Shaker, L.L.C., Boston, a sea salt and organic spice company. Beyond the Shaker has a line of natural sea salts and also specializes in ...
Kroger installed a clean energy production system that will convert food that can't be sold or donated into clean energy to power one of its distribution centers.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a number of changes and new initiatives to support the continued growth of organic agriculture.
U.S. growers will shift from corn to soybeans due to unseasonal rains and snow, a senior U.S. industry official stated.
SunRidge Farms, Royal Oaks, Calif., has begun rolling out a new version of its branded resealable packaging for its organic and natural nuts, seeds, dried fruits, snacks, confections and granolas.
More than 50 markets across Minnesota will accept Electronic Benefit Transfer cards this growing season—almost doubling the number that participated last year.
Isabella Gourmet Foods opened for business in downtown Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sometimes a business idea comes organically.
Lark Fine Foods, LLC, Essex, Mass., makers of all-natural, handcrafted Cookies for Grown-ups, has introduced its addition of Lark Bark Crisp Oat Cookies and three new cookie mixes to its line.
Jay Moran launched a Caribbean-inspired hot sauce line called Wisco Tropicál.
The Village Stand is a petite gourmet shop in Miami Shores, Fla., stocked with cheeses, jams, pastas, canned goods, coffees and teas.
Q.bel Foods, LLC, Nyack, N.Y., is expanding with nearly a dozen new distributors.
Heinen’s Fine Foods, which operates 17 stores in the Cleveland area and one in Chicago, has added Harmoniously Raised Verlasso salmon to its sustainable seafood offerings.
Dulce Vida, the world's only USDA certified organic, 100 proof tequila, continues to be recognized within the spirits industry.
As a gastronomic delicacy, the five-ounce hamburger that Mark Post has painstakingly created here surely will not turn any heads.
In rural villages across West Africa, women use traditional methods to extract the fat from shea nuts, producing shea butter, a solid, whitish-yellow vegetable fat.
Danone will acquire an equity interest of over 90% in Happy Family, the fourth largest company in the U.S. baby food market.
Tomatoes grown using LED lights in the winter can significantly reduce greenhouse energy costs without sacrificing yield, according to a Purdue University study.
Greengro Technologies is launching a greenhouse growing, marketing and distribution project that will serve Southern California regional communities, restaurants and grocers.
Cape Cod Provisions, LLC, Pocasset, Mass., announced that its Harvest Sweets brand of all natural Fruit Truffles are now kosher certified.
All-natural foods provider Boxtera is introducing a monthly subscription for boxed healthy snacks.
Whole Foods Market recognized the winners of its 2013 Supplier Awards, spotlighting natural and organic non-perishable suppliers who best exemplify the grocer's mission and core values.
The Local Meatball debuted April 20 in Fairfield, Conn.
Whole Foods Market boosted its forecast for earnings this year after sales at established locations increased and second-quarter profit climbed 20 percent.
Craft beermaker Big Rock Brewery has introduced its newest addition to the Brewmaster's Edition: Rosmarinus Aromatic Ale.
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Madison, Wis., has promoted two marketing executives to vice president positions.
Add some spice to your meal with Big S Farms' salsa and hot sauce, which is made with freshly grown habanero peppers.
Indianlife Organics, the certified organic brand of Indianlife, has now received non-GMO certification from the Non-GMO Project for several of its all-natural and organic products.
Frontier Soups, Waukegan, Ill., has introduced new all-natural and gluten-free Arizona Sunset Enchilada Soup Mix.
The Hain Celestial Group acquired Ella's Kitchen Group Limited and formed a new division under Hain Celestial US.
Elly Truesdell is the local forager for Whole Foods Market’s Northeast region, and is now one of 12 foragers employed by Whole Foods across the company’s 350 stores.
The co-owner of the Maine Harvest Co. will open a light processing facility for Maine-grown fruits and vegetables, launching this summer in the former Navy Commissary located in Topsham Commerce Park.
The Natural Products Consulting Institute, Andover, Mass., is offering its popular seminar and networking event, Becoming a More Effective Sales Manager in the Natural and Specialty Channels, on May 21 and 22 in San Francisco.
While coffee-flavored beers are nothing new, artisanal coffee and beer makers are becoming flavorful bedfellows.
Europe's organic food producer Royal Wessanen NV acquired Paris-based organic and fair-trade food company France Alter Eco from a group of private investors.
Navitas Naturals is offering a new Chocolate Coconut Water Powder and Goldenberry Coconut Water Powder.
Phil Hughes' line of dried fruit, Mavuno Harvest, is sourced from a co-op of 150 small farmers in Uganda.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said on Thursday that more than 100 New York City restaurants have pledged to reduce the food waste they send to landfills by 50 percent.
With the markets for juices and juice cleanses, as well as organic and vegan lifestyles going mainstream, it's no wonder Organic Avenue is attempting to become a national chain.
Peachtree Market will sell local and regional products.
Sweetbay Supermarket has taken steps to ensure all of its seafood products are sustainable.
The Mamma Chia Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be presented at the fourth annual Slow Money National Gathering in Boulder, Colo. on April 30.
Polska Foods will sell its line of organic pierogis at Lundardi's Markets.
Danielle Vogel comes from a long line of grocery store owners.
Farmers are increasingly working with organizations to introduce flowers and plants to help feed bees.
Übrlocal is a Seattle organization that aims to provide a network for urban growers and producers to connect with local consumers.
Grateful Dead Productions and the band’s long-time touring chef, Chez Ray Sewell, have launched Grateful Dead Coffee.
Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply aims to be the first store in West Michigan to provide beer-making supplies and a finished product.
In honor of its second anniversary, Alfalfa’s Market, a Boulder, Colo., natural and organic food store, is enhancing its recycling program.
Milo’s, the creators of the Vino de Milo brand, has debuted a new brand: JB’s Best.
Lizbeth Lane Cuisine, Berwyn, PA, launches three new gluten-free and all-natural pizza sauces to the foodservice market.
Good Earth Coffeehouse and Bakery is partnering with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to raise funds for NCC's conservation work in Canada.
BELA Canned Seafood has appointed Bob Dennen as its national sales manager.
Modern Gingham Preserves, Denver, uses surplus fruit and vegetables to make jam and marmalade.
Area producers' wares were featured at Williams-Sonoma Artisans’ Market in Santa Barbara, CA.
Relay Foods, an online grocer that sources its foods from local vendors, raised $8.25 million in new funding to expand.
Pacific Foods has introduced All Natural Pasta O's and All Natural Mac & Cheese at select natural food stores and grocers nationwide.
Dulce Vida, the world's only certified USDA organic, 100 Proof tequila, is now being distributed in New York state.
SOYJOY's snack bars are now certified gluten-free from the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.
The candymaker expands in the Northeast and Canada.
Seattle's food forest will be filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking.
Three-generation family-owned and family-operated dairy Clover Stornetta is adding a new small-batch premium cheese line made in partnership with local California cheese masters.
Shiloh Farms, New Holland, PA, introduces a new line of certified gluten-free products.
The Wisconsin Farmers Union created the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative to establish new avenues for growers and buyers of locally grown fresh produce to come together.
The new retail packaging highlights sustainability rankings.
The Philly Farm & Food Fest lets attendees shop, taste, learn and speak directly with farmers, food artisans and sustainable business owners.
T. Loft in Kansas City, MO, opened softly April 7.
We Olive, the California-based extra-virgin olive oil retailer, opened its 11th retail tasting bar in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Just Love Coffee Roasters partnered with nonprofit organization WaterStep on a clean water project.
Honey Stinger launched a caffeinated cherry cola flavor to its line of organic energy chews.
The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) started 35 years ago and is now taking root in Santa Clara Valley, CA.
Lightning Labels, Denver, has introduced a full line of eco-friendly labels.
The Made in NH Try It & Buy It expo will showcase a wide variety of products from the Granite State.
Thrive Farmers Coffee is brewing a new way to sell coffee: providing consumers with exceptional farmer-direct coffee and giving farmers an unprecedented 50 percent of the revenue.
The Daily Meal has chosen the country's best coffee shops, based on dedication to the craft of coffee, from bean to cup.
Come May, a new honey-based alcoholic brew is set to debut in the San Francisco Bay.
In three short years Better Bean Co. has jumped from booths at farmer’s markets to cooler space in about 250 stores in a total of 15 American states and Canadian provinces.
Nick Davidson is the environmentally responsible owner of Tin Man Brewing Co. in Evansville, IN.
The bright green brew bus driving around Portland, ME, highlights the state's best and newest breweries.
Organic products are now available for sale on their new organic living focused website OrganicCentury.com
Space Girl Organics is now serving Florida's Volusia and Seminole counties beginning this month.
Demitri's Gourmet Mixes is debuting an all-natural margarita mix, made with lime concentrate, cane sugar, filtered water and citric acid.
UniqTeas.com has begun its crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo to launch the website that will allow customers to create their own tea blends.
Specialty and organic health food provider Innovative Food Holdings acquired certain assets of Pennsylvania-based The Haley Group in an all-stock deal.
Rooibee Red Tea, Louisville, KY, has unveiled a newly updated brand identity.
The company has introduced Cheddar Squares and organic graham crackers.
One Degree Organics traces all ingredients in its product to their origin and shares the stories with customers.
Alexian, Neptune, NJ, maker of pâtés and terrines, is introducing a restaurant gourmet classic, Chicken Ballotine, in prewrapped, 5-ounce slices.
Follow Your Heart, maker of Vegenaise, has launched a new line of shredded vegan cheeses.
North Carolina's new outdoor food market is thought to be the first U.S. market devoted to wild foods and herbs.
For all of its trendy embellishments and youthful vibe, the beer hall is still a purveyor of Bronx culture, serving up locally made alcohol, food and knickknacks.
Chicago's must-try dishes include Danny Macaroons with flavors such as salted caramel, chocolate, double chocolate and chocolate-almond, and Buttercream cupcakes at Beverly Bakery and Coffee Roasters.
The Hershey Company is expanding its initiatives with its family cacao farmers and communities to modernize farming practices and increase incomes, as well as attract new farmers and improve growing conditions.
Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, an Ohio specialty coffee roaster, has expanded distribution of its hand-roasted coffees through four Ohio specialty grocers.
Opa Helmut’s Rub, a collection of 140-year-old spice blends, is using its first Kickstarter campaign to support organic, gluten-free and kosher certification.
Rishi Tea is launching new flavors and reformulated blends for its Organic Artisan Iced Tea line.
Endangered Species Chocolate, Indianapolis, IN, celebrates its 20th anniversary by featuring two new seals on its popular natural dark chocolate line.
Jake Dickson's dream is to own a meat market that isn’t your father’s butcher shop.
For the past 40 years, Massachusetts' Fruit Center Marketplace, which now has locations in Hingham and Milton, has been providing fresh and local food to South Shore residents.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has set sustainability goals for 2013.
Farmscape's specialty is finding ways to grow produce amid the skyscrapers, traffic and smog.
Foodservice operators from Chicago Public Schools, McCormick Place, Midway Airport and Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality agreed to substantially increase the amount of local and sustainable food served in their venues.
Liberty Orchards, Cashmere, WA, has launched new packaging and two new varieties of its popular Orchard Bar line.
The Tea Spot is adding three new products to its list of certified organic teas.
The award-winning all-natural barbecue sauce line from Grumpy’s Foods is now carried in King Soopers and City Market Grocery stores in Colorado.
Lena Vesterlund calls it “the little house.”
Acme Smoked Fish Corporation, Brooklyn, NY, has partnered with Crepini, a local producer of specialty crepes, to launch Wild Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese Crepes.
Local artisan producers give their goodies a unique spin, from Microchip’s miniaturized cookies to Sadie B Foods’ barbecue sauce jacked up with Jamaican jerk spices.
The Better Bean Company, which Hannah Kullberg started with her dad three years ago, has rethought the way people buy and eat beans.
Canaan Fair Trade Nabali Olive Oil won a recommendation award at BioFach 2013.
Despite the sustainability criticisms of bottled water, boutique brands in the category continue to crop up.
The Hain Celestial Group confirmed its support of increased transparency in the labeling of genetically-modified organisms.
K&F (Kittridge & Fredrickson) Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR, is celebrating its 30th year in business.
Endless Food Systems is launching its new line of aquaponics farming units, completely self-contained ecosystems that can yield enough fish and vegetables to sustainably feed up to four people.
A French market set to open in Vernon Hills, IL, in early June promises to offer an array of regional and imported foods and other goods.
New organic restaurants vie for space in the highly competitive Chinese dining market.
Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, Websterville, VT, was given an honorable mention for business leadership by the Specialty Food Association (formerly NASFT).
UK-based cider and vinegar supplier Aspall is rolling out its specialty vinegars to the U.S. for the first time.
SunOpta is expanding its integrated processing capabilities with a new value-added organic and specialty cocoa facility located in Middenmeer, Netherlands.
There’s a new food truck prowling the streets of Arlington, VA, bringing freshly made mini donuts to local office workers.
Mini Delights Bake Shoppe continues its beer-flavoring trend.
Numi Organic Tea has introduced its Fair Labor Practices program, a verification program focused on improved labor and workplace conditions throughout Numi's foreign supply chain.
Do More Bars' gourmet fruit-and-nut cereal products are now available in half-size bars.
An upscale new ethnic supermarket in Irvine, CA is targeting young Asians.
Philly's Farm Truck whips up hearty sandwiches, soups and salads made with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.
Convenience Valet partnered with Wholesome Goodness to introduce a broad assortment of all-natural products.
Probar, Salt Lake City, UT, introduces new flavors to its meal-bar line and two new sports-nutrition lines.
Whole Foods Market debuted an exclusive variety of all-natural granola from Detroit-based Simply Suzanne Natural Foods at the opening of Whole Foods Market Detroit earlier this month.
The importer is awaiting approval for his domestic beluga sturgeon business.
Jeffrey Lorien, owner of the Austin, TX-based Zhi Tea, focuses on organic, fair-trade, high-quality tea from countries like China and Sri Lanka.
Importer and roaster White Coffee Corporation hits the national market this month with a line of truly innovative coffee products: Natural and Organic.
The Biodiversity and Agricultural Commodities Program of the International Finance Corporation has awarded the World Cocoa Foundation a grant to develop biodiversity indicators and strengthen associated data-collection methodologies.
You won’t find any ground meat that has been brought in via a tube at The Chop Shop in Dalton, GA.
Detroit's Good People Popcorn is enjoying nearly four years of success in the city’s Bricktown area.
For nearly eight years, the owners of Rainbow Valley Heritage Foods in Maricopa, AZ, have churned passion, milk, cream, herbs and olives into a small but notable artisan business.
The organic candy producer has named Jim Coleman the company’s national sales manager.
Lotus Foods, El Cerrito, CA, has launched three new Heat & Eat microwaveable rice bowls.
Three new varieties join the soup line.
Apple Barrel Center Street Market, Kalispell, MT, features many locally made specialty foods.
Honest Tea is building on its initial launch of Honest Fizz by making it available in additional natural and specialty retailers across the country.
Janet and Nick Bartlett opened The Local Hub last month in Greenwood, ME.
Good Eggs is a new service in the San Francisco Bay area that delivers organic and sustainable meats, produce, and other goods from locally sourced farms and vendors.
EnWave Corp., through newly created wholly owned subsidiary EnWave USA Corp., entered today into a 70–30 partnership agreement with Lucid Capital Management to form NutraDried.
Steaz has unveiled its entire line of rebranded packaging.
Created by brother-sister team Matthew Kline and Sarah Kline, Blackbird Pie Co. produces frozen pot pies using natural ingredients.
The Oatmeal Bar is a new breakfast booth run by two young entrepreneurs at the farmers markets in Vista and La Jolla, CA.
A revised, updated, expanded Sixth Edition of the leading natural and specialty product industry's guide has just been released.
Full-time firefighter and owner of Bookish Coffee in Denton, TX, Clay Rozell roasts 100 pounds of coffee a week, with a roaster that can handle only five pounds at a time.
Upfront Foods, Boca Raton, FL, adds two new flavors to its line of single-serving Nutty Granola.
Trade as One is launching a fair trade food subscription service.
Beef wrangler Side Project Jerky of Philadelphia is out with its second chef-collaboration flavor: coffee beef jerky
Its recent product line redesign has give Mia's Kitchen a big sales boost.
Boston's L.A. Burdick attracts chocolate enthusiasts of all ages.
The tea supplier will mark its sixth year as a Supplier Alliance Partner of the Whole Planet Foundation.
The World Cocoa Foundation and chocolate maker Tcho are collaborating to introduce innovations and quality improvements to cocoa grown in Ghana.
General Mills and Häagen-Dazs formed an initiative designed to foster greater economic vitality for smallholder vanilla farmers in Madagascar and ensure the availability of high quality vanilla for future generations.
Tremont Farmers Market in Cleveland has morphed into a weekly pop-up shop.
Central Market is now offering harmoniously raised salmon from Verlasso on its Foodie bucket list.
Natural and organic market Alfalfa’s, Boulder, CO, has appointed nutrition expert Layne Lieberman vice president of marketing and consumer relations.
Sunrich Naturals, a producer of non-dairy, shelf-stable beverages, will debut new packaging for its SoL Sunflower Beverage line at Natural Products Expo West.
Norma Maloney's homemade, healthy, loaded energy bars morphed into the Loadebar brand.
The Tea Spot, Boulder, CO’s for-profit philanthropic loose-tea company, has added limited-production Mao Jian Jade Tips organic green tea to its product line, availalbe for purchase online.
A consumer-oriented service that vanished in central Maine many years ago resumed last December as Siberia Farms started delivering milk and other farm products to homes in the greater Bangor area.
The soft-spoken Matt Wallen is the lead farmer in Galesburg, IL's latest nonprofit corporation and first large-scale urban farming effort, Growing Together Inc.
To the untrained eye, the 25,000 or so ducks waddling around Cochecton Farm in upstate New York's Sullivan County seem rather ordinary.
The owners of the newly opened Green Grocer in Dallas have partnered with Artizone, the local online artisanal home-delivery outfit, which is why the shelves are teeming with local, artisanal products.
Boujie Baking Co., a new wholesale bakery in Arcata, CA, launched its Beer-Kissed product line.
A mother and daughter team is opening a shop in Downtown Norcross called Farmhouse 17, an eclectic store that will carry an assortment of items, including specialty foods.
The term “green tea” took on a whole new meaning when the Student Conservation Association announced a new cause-related marketing partnership with Argo Tea.
Best Chicago Meat has acquired the David’s Kosher brand, a kosher hot dog producer.
New Orleans native Ben Smythe grows ghost peppers in his East Nashville backyard and has plans to expand his plot with a community garden.
Island Abbey Foods' award-winning Honibe Honey Delights line is expanding with the addition of Honey Delights Suckers.
Da Rosario, maker of USDA organic truffle products, announced several major initiatives designed to expand the company's capabilities, product offering and availability.
Thanks to advances in food preservation techniques, today's pickling methods aren't just about making sure vegetables are on the shelf during the cold winter months.
A new bakery in Chandler, AZ, is serving hand pies by the sweet and savory handful, even for breakfast.
Pop Nation, the artisanal popsicle business with roots in the Mission District of San Francisco, launched a Kickstarter campaign this morning to raise money for a new commercial kitchen.
Just six months ago, husband and wife team Brian Johnson and Julie Gordon started Wooden Spoons, a small business conceived at their kitchen table that makes rillettes using only locally farmed meats, fish and organic produce.
Bert's Desserts has sold cream-filled truffles and chocolate cups from a commercial kitchen in Petaluma, CA, for the past 10 years.
The Pulse Beverage Corporation is expanding distribution into Hawaii.
Organic yogurt company Stonyfield launched its first drinkable yogurt just for kids.
Actor and director Ben Affleck's Eastern Congo Initiative has been partnering with Theo Chocolate founder Joe Whinney.
Qrunch Foods, Denver, has introduced gluten-free Qrunch Burgers, made exclusively from whole, certified gluten-free, organic and non-GMO ingredients.
Liz Cowan worked in the fashion industry for 15 years, but when she returned home to Portland, OR, a few years ago, she decided she was ready to forgo the fashion trade for a career in food.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated the state will spend $3.6 million to create four new food distribution hubs across upstate New York, creating 150 jobs and giving farmers new opportunities to get their products to consumers.
Starbucks has chosen Organic Blue Agave Syrup from Wholesome Sweeteners, Sugar Land, TX, as the sweetener topping for its new Hearty Blueberry Oatmeal.
Ocean Vodka is building a new solar-powered plant in Hawaii.
Redwood Hill Farm has launched its new Green Valley Organics cow dairy brand, a line of lactose-free yogurts and kefirs.
New Jersey's Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control granted its first distilling license since the agency was created in 1934, in the wake of prohibition.
Two North Carolina companies have collaborated to produce a sweet potato and Spice Sauce ice cream.
When stepping into Drought's downtown Plymouth, MI, location, one might initially be taken aback by the stacked boxes and industrial surroundings.
Blue Crab Bay Co./Bay Beyond Inc., Melfa, VA, introduces a jalapeño-infused margarita mixer to its line of coastal-inspired specialty food products.
Flamous Brands Inc., Pasadena, CA, has added Sprouted Multigrain Zatar to its healthy snack line.
Gator Ron’s Zesty Sauces & Mixes has introduced its new, enhanced line of products, each of which now have labels confirming them as gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO and kosher.
Vermont winemakers are hosting a statewide Wine and Chocolate Weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Chocolates Valor, Villajoyosa, Spain, has introduced two new lines of chocolates.
"Food Lovers’ Guide to Baltimore” was written by Baltimore residents.
The Woodstock Farmers Market, Woodstock, VT, was cited in the January issue of Martha Stewart Living for its vigilant commitment to naming its food sources.
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Sebastopol, CA, has installed a 586 kW DC solar system to reduce its carbon footprint.
Veggie Go's are organic fruit-and-vegetable snacks manufactured by The Naked Edge LLC, a partially owned subsidiary of Mister Goody.
The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer.
UNFI East has added several lines from Italian Foods Corporation.
Torie & Howard California Pomegranate and Sweet Freestone Nectarine in 2-ounce tins are now available nationally in 300 Barnes & Noble cafes.
The downtown Bradenton Farmers Market's organizers are introducing a free guest-chef program.
John & Kira's chocolates are hand-painted to look like bumblebees and ladybugs, making them a fitting Valentine's Day gift.
Cocoa Family, a premium cacao grower and processor, announced that its ingredients are now kosher and Passover certified by EarthKosher.
The Better Bean Company, Portland, OR, and its five varieties of refrigerated beans will now add Non-GMO Project Verification to its label.
Transcend Coffee has partnered with Hamilton Ontario’s TekPak Solutions to roll out new biodegradable coffee bags.
Auberge La Chocolatière, a new inn in the Eastern Townships in Canada, allows guests to share their love for chocolate-themed cooking.
More than 400 businesses are anticipated to gather in the cabinet shop at Superior Woodcraft for the Locavore Networking Event.
Back to Nature Foods launched a new all-natural Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed variety of Back to Nature Granola.
Green BEAN Delivery, a local food delivery company that started in Indianapolis in 2007, has expanded its doorstep grocery delivery service to St. Louis.
Rainbow Grocery Cooperative, a local San Francisco grocery store dedicated to natural vegetarian health food, will begin selling local, organic pierogi made by Polska Foods.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation has announced its partnership with the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade in presenting the second annual Summer Fancy Food Show Contest.
Cool Cow gourmet dessert truck teamed up with local charities in an effort to fight hunger.
Brewers Organics formed a new partnership with Anytime Fitness of Milwaukee, where Anytime Fitness members will have the option of joining a produce co-op through the gym where they can receive fresh, organic fruits and vegetables at a discount weekly.
Smith’s Food & Drug Stores launched a new brand line, “Simple Truth.”
After several successful sampling events throughout New England, Biena Foods introduced two new flavors, Barbeque and Honey Roasted, to its popular line of Roasted Chickpea Snacks.
Trailhead Coffee Roasters, owned by Irvington resident Charlie Wicker, entered Portland, OR's crowded boutique coffee roaster market in 2009.
Blue Donkey Iced Coffee, an Atlanta business known for its all natural iced coffee drink, launched its products in more than 38 Kroger stores across Georgia & South Carolina.
It's too cold to gather on the Town Green in Oxford, CT, for farmers markets, and many vegetables are already out of season.
Shoppers looking for unique South Carolina food products can now easily find them online in a one-stop shop, southcarolinamarketspace.com.
Barbecue meats and products from the iconic Chicago brand Moo & Oink are now available for online ordering.
Under the Olive Tree in Vienna is "a purveyor of Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars from around the world."
One Degree Organic Foods prides itself on providing products whose ingredients can be tracked to their origin.
Canaan Fair Trade, Camas, WA, has released an impact study assessing the first seven years of its initiative to empower small and marginalized Palestinian producer communities caught in the midst of conflict.
Jennies Gluten-Free Macaroons is unveiling its new line of chocolate-covered and chocolate-drizzle macaroons just in time for the Jewish Passover Seder.
Three former employees of Kettleman founded Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels, which have substantial chew and a distinct crust.
Nassau Candy, a manufacturer, importer and distributor of specialty confections and fine foods, added GoNaturally Organic Hard Candies to its extensive catalog.
Oregon's Fishpeople offers a new line of prepared seafood entrees available at New Seasons, Whole Foods, PCC Natural Markets and other retailers throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The area around Woodstock, VT, features artisanal producers making small batches of everything from chocolate truffles to whole-grain flatbread crackers, and restaurants offering equally appealing options.
On the cusp of its 30th anniversary, Lake Champlain Chocolates is increasing transparency regarding ingredient sourcing and production methods.
Bloomberg Businessweek profiles Gotham Greens and urban agriculture's boom in Brooklyn, NY.
Multiple Organics moved its headquarters and opened its first owned warehouse facility in Hercules, CA Dec. 28, 2012.
North Carolina retailer of coffee products AJW Ventures LLC introduced its new website, designed to provide a one-stop shop for coffee enthusiasts.
The operators behind Lucky's Market in Boulder, CO, are planning to expand the grocery concept throughout the Midwest.
Michele's Granola founder, Michele Thornett, didn't know how to make granola before she started experimenting in her house eight years ago.
Endangered Species Chocolate is extending its current line of 12 natural bars with the addition of two new flavors.
London's first popcorn shop opened in the Notting Hill neighborhood at the end of 2012.
The Maine Meal features Maine-grown food from local farms, fishermen and producers.
Active Health Foods, maker of Active X, announces a merger agreement with Manos Beverages Inc.
Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Seafood is using konjac, also known as konjaku, konnyaku, and elephant yam, to create their alternative to seafood products.
Beginning this year, Steaz's entire line of USDA Organic, Fair Trade Certified sparkling teas, iced teas and energy drinks will be green tea-based.
University of Maine students collect salad greens inside a campus greenhouse where the temperature approaches a balmy 50 degrees.
A growers' coalition is helping stock an Atlanta Whole Foods Market store with more vegetables grown in Georgia.
Bada Bing Cherries from Tillen Farms were featured in several holiday drinks at PF Chang’s China Bistro nationwide.
It is starting to become a familiar pattern: an artisanal food-maker goes from market stand to opening his or her own store.
A newly launched website, FarmerOwned.com, now makes it easier for consumers and other potential customers to more easily look for and find America's farmer-owned companies, products and brands.
Whole Foods Market announced today that boutique, farm-raised Point aux Pins oysters produced in Grand Bay, AL and processed at Bon Secour Fisheries are now available in the retailer's stores in the South region.
Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington, VT, is making an effort to learn more about cacao-bean handling and in turn, educate its consumers.
Wai Lana, host of the long-running PBS TV series, "Wai Lana Yoga," introduces her new Wai Lana’s Kitchen line, featuring gourmet salsas and pasta sauces.
UNFI East and West will now carry more products by King’s Cupboard.
America’s Farmstand, Stonington, CT, launches a virtual farmers market with an online retail link between family farms and consumers.
Launched in 2003, the newly located and expanded Kodiak Island Brewing Co. is the first and only in the remote fishing town of Kodiak, AK.
New online specialty food marketplace JelliJar is now in beta release, with a full site launch planned for the first week of January 2013.
Endangered Species Chocolate has named its 10 percent GiveBack partners for 2013–2015.
Elaine McCabe's Red Kite Candy confections in Thetford, VT, includes soft, buttery caramels, nut-studded nougat and chocolate-rich toffee.
Lynne Rossetto Kasper of The Splendid Table and Tom Crann of All Things Considered spotlighted a variety of Minnesota-produced truffles.
Sterling Caviar hopes its home base will discover its gourmet product, with new labeling, a new website and a higher profile as a sustainable crop.
Navitas Naturals, Novato, CA, has introduced the Navitas cardboard point-of-purchase display, a new presentation tool for superfoods that is being provided free to retail store customers.
Food & Wine magazine selected GalloLea Pizza Kits to feature in its December issue's Top 25 Perfect Pick Gifts list.
Eric Pateman opened Edible Canada in 2006, showcasing British Columbia's burgeoning artisanal food scene.
Kids Gourmet, a natural brand extension of Baby Gourmet aimed at school-age kids, launched and introduced its first snack line, Squoosh.
Loud Foods has introduced new Orange Sunshine mango habanero sauce.
Pop Gourmet Popcorn, Renton, WA, has partnered with local company Brown & Haley, the makers of the Almond Roca products, to create Butter Toffee Popcorn.
International humanitarian lawyer Natalie Kabasakalian opened The Kindly Fruits in Rye, NY, featuring fair trade treats alongside ethical trinkets.
Jane Beltz, owner/manager of the General Store in North Salem, NY’s historic Union Hall, opened doors in October.
CitySprout launched a program in Austin in which members create online communities that band together to attract offers of fresh food from local farms by combining members' collective buying power.
Acme Smoked Fish Corporation, Brooklyn, NY, launches a newly redesigned, environmentally friendly packaging for the Ruby Bay line of smoked salmon and seafood specialties.
Julie Holahan and her husband Michael have owned Pennsylvania General Store since 1987.
A hometown soup-to-nuts natural-product store in Concord, MA, was recognized as one of the top women-led businesses in the region.
Kashi has introduced two new USDA certified organic cereals.
FarmedHere has earned organic certification for its indoor aquaponic and aeroponic operations that were recently moved to a new 90,000-square-foot post-industrial building in Bedford Park, IL.
Canada's Transcend Coffee has built a strong reputation charging customers a fair price for high-quality coffee that includes a sustainable amount for the farmers who grow the beans.
Woodland Foods has received the highest level of British Retail Consortium accreditation.
Central Washington's plethora of produce has created a robust secondary market of jams, jellies, chocolates, oils and other goodies from Yakima Valley.
Mount Juliet, TN-based Jay’s Hole in the Wall Foods makes all-natural sauces, suited for both main meals and side dishes alike.
King’s Cupboard, Red Lodge, MT, has expanded its distribution relationship with DPI West.
The Warehouse Craft Beers brewpub opened Nov. 23, and the homemade suds have been flowing steadily since.
Basking Ridge residents not only have a new source for buying natural foods, but a place where they can become part of a community that supports people seeking to "incorporate wellness in their lives."
Chocolatier Sarah Dwyer has been preparing since August for winter holiday retail.
Cape Cod Provisions’ Harvest Sweets brand of fruit truffles are now kosher certified.
Better Bean, Portland, OR, launches new refrigerated ready-to-eat beans.
New York Daily News profiles interesting gifts made exclusively in NYC.
Glazed pork chops, sizzling bacon, a gargantuan slab of spare ribs - increasingly, people are choosing to buy these succulent staples from sustainable meat farms instead of the industrial kind.
After working with Colin Gasko at Rogue Chocolatier in Minneapolis, Ashlee Olds decided that ice cream was her passion and began quietly selling Sweet Science Ice Cream in August 2011.
SunMoon Kitchen in Boca Raton makes all-natural, fresh, handmade dressings that are vegan, low sodium, gluten free, sugar free and preservatives free.
Wicked Local profiles several bakeries offering Hanukkah treats around Boston.
Barry Callebaut announced that its joint venture partner Biopartenaire is now Rainforest Alliance Certified.
Cookeville, TN, salsa makers Darrell and Amy Jennings strip their Naked Salsa down to the bare vegetables.
Belli Osteria Italian restaurant, in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, held its grand opening Dec. 6.
All of Bolla Market’s New York–area convenience stores are switching to serving only top-quality, artisanal specialty coffee.
The Melt, a Bay Area grilled-cheese chain with a Silicon Valley pedigree, is betting that health-conscious Angelenos will embrace its comfort-food offerings as it expands into Southern California this month.
Masala Pop has an Indian-inspired twist on traditional flavored popcorn.
The newly opened Sweet Boutique in Clayton, MO, features a candy counter stocked with molded chocolates, chocolate-covered Oreos, handmade truffles and pretzels swirled in chocolate and sprinkles.
Mill Eats, a new specialty food store in the heart of Dover, NH, will have its grand opening Dec. 8.
Torie & Howard, New Milford, CT, has gained national press recognition for its natural, organic hard candy.
The Record rounds up food and dining gift options unique to New Jersey.
Dorval Premium, Nanuet, NY, introduces Dutch-processed, unsweetened cocoa under the Dorval Premium Collection.
Each Friday, Tom Dancer, co-owner of Tap Dancers Specialty Coffee, delivers the specialty coffees he roasts himself to customers in the Omaha metropolitan area.
Beyond the Olive has opened its second store and tasting bar in Riverside, CA.
Bent Bean candy shop has opened in Urbana, IL.
The Natural Products Consulting Institute is offering its popular seminar and networking event, "Becoming a More Effective Sales Manager in the Natural and Specialty Channels."
Norseland Inc., debuted its Jarlsberg Hickory Smoked at New York’s Food Film Festival.
Torn Ranch, Petaluma, CA, has launched a new website to give consumers and retailers an enhanced browsing experience as well as live e-commerce shopping for the company’s full line of all-natural snacks and specialty chocolates.
Detroit Free Press rounds up companies that specialize in niche, locally made items from around Michigan that are stocked for the holidays.
CocoaJoe LLC, Denver, has officially launched, selling 100 percent organic and all-natural brewing cocoa.
Grate Roots' Premium Horseradish, Sweet Blessing Bakery's salted caramel bars and Queen Creek Olive Mill's olive oils are some Arizona holiday food gifts profiled by AZCentral.com.
Over the past few years the cult of Sriracha sauce has grown to the point that artisanal versions are now for sale in Brooklyn, NY.
Cucina Fresca Gourmet Foods updated its retail packaging for all fresh pasta offerings to improve its footprint by using less plastic by weight and increase shelf life by upwards of 20%.
Philadelphia offers a bevy of locally made food gifts for the holidays.
Butterfly Gourmet, Purcellville, VA, is neatly packed with kitchen utensils and gourmet goodies, including jams, soup mixes, dried pastas and locally sourced hickory syrup.
Whole Life Kitchens added a new all-natural dark chocolate brownie mix to the market that is entirely sweetened with low glycemic organic coconut palm sugar.
Yum Yum Cupcake food truck in Orlando, FL, has converted from a retro mobile dessert kitchen into the Yum Yum Holiday Shoppe for the holiday season.
Back to the Roots, maker of the acclaimed sustainable Grown Your Own Mushroom Garden kit, has launched a new home aquaponics kit via Kickstarter.
ForageSF's Wild Kitchen dinners provide a safe, gourmet introduction to locally foraged foods.
Dolce Confections in Hewlett, NY, is a sweet shop that offers gourmet chocolates and top-quality treats.
The Boston Globe profiles five New England–made artisanal foods.
Eli's Marketplace has rolled out its newest holiday gift items for shipping across the country.
Torn Ranch, Petaluma, CA, re-introduces its line of all-natural Mashuga Nuts snacks with new packaging designs and two new varieties.
In time for the holidays, King’s Cupboard all-natural, OU kosher certified Bittersweet and Cream Caramel dessert sauces are now available in all King’s and Balducci’s stores.
Bonlife Coffee, Cleveland, TN, is expanding and is set to open a second Cleveland location opening Dec. 1 in the Cleveland Public Library.
Premium bottled water company Waiakea, Los Angeles, has been awarded CarbonNeutral certification on the company level, and for its product, Waiakea, by reducing its carbon footprint to net zero.
A group of Colorado social entrepreneurs is launching Nepali Tea Traders, a company that sells premium and rare teas exclusively from small tea gardens in Nepal.
Rishi Tea introduced its first line of specialty tea sachets.
Tribes-A-Dozen LLC, Washington, DC, introduces its new line of three Voilà Hallah Egg Bread Mixes.
Dee's One Smart Cookie, a gluten-free bakery in Glastonbury, CT, features dairy-free, soy-free and peanut-free products.
Vollie Austin Toffee, Aloha, OR, produces its confections in small batches with local ingredients.
Serve: Gourmet Gadgets & Goods opened in Austin on Nov. 13.
USDA awarded more than $4.5 million in grants for 68 projects, spanning 37 states and the District of Columbia, to connect school cafeterias with local agricultural producers.
Polska Foods Pierogi, a provider of authentic Polish pierogi made with organic ingredients, announced a new distribution agreement with Tony's Fine Foods.
Open since September, Q’s Nuts, Somerville, MA, offers varieties such as bananas foster pecans and Guatemalan almonds.
Gourmet Mushroom Products offers shiitake, trumpet royale, pom pom blanc, Sonoma brown, and blue oyster mushroom-growing kits for the holidays.
Wolfgang Puck Iced Coffee is now available at Jungle Jim's International Market in its Eastgate and Fairfield, OH, locations.
Monforte Dairy Company opened its first standalone store in Toronto earlier this month.
Southern Skillet Vinegar uses sweet satsuma mandarins in its products.
Upfront Foods, a new producer of gourmet granola that's kosher and non-GMO verified, is adding distribution in the Northeast and Florida.
Organic Alliance has begun shipping the world's first fair trade certified heirloom tomatoes to U.S. retailers and distributors nationwide.
Entertainer Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dog, formed a new partnership in support of the Mind Gardens Project to establish sustainable, organic community gardens for schoolchildren in Jamaica.
Chuck and Gail Allen of Leesburg, FL, have taken their 30-foot trailer filled with produce to retirement communities since 1997.
Robinhood Meetinghouse, a Gagné Foods brand known for its cream cheese biscuits, pastries and petite pies, will be selling its biscuit varieties, pecan sticky buns and cinnamon rolls with expanded distribution for the upcoming holiday season.
North Las Vegas gluten-free bakery Jadon Foods moved to a larger location in neighboring Centennial Hills and opened to the public Oct. 19.
Bi-Rite Market, San Francisco, features a private label created for and by the community marketed under the Public brand.
Milk & Honey Market's local-only procurement plan now influences about 70 percent of the store's offerings.
JoJo's Sriracha makes homemade batches of Sriracha that use a variety of locally sourced peppers and organic palm sugar.
Colorado Proud, a program created by the Colorado Department of Agriculture to encourage consumers to support Colorado food and agricultural businesses, is promoting some unique holiday gifts.
New York's Union Square holiday market will feature a "Little Brooklyn" section.
Homemade Harvey, Los Angeles, adds two new flavors to its line of refrigerated, squeezable snack pouches, with new packaging.
Louie's Local Meats in Wooster, OH, uses old-fashioned methods to produce gourmet sausage and hamburgers.
Alter Eco, Hawthorn Woods, IL, has received Non-GMO Project verification for its entire line of organic and fair trade chocolate, royal quinoa, heirloom jasmine rice and unrefined cane sugar products.
G.H. Cretors' Just the Caramel Corn is caramel corn of the old-fashioned kind, made with butter and brown sugar and a sprinkling of sea salt.
Nesugar, manufactured by Caribbean Liquid Sugar, Rochester, NY, offers manufacturers an all-natural, organic, and GMO-free alternative to high-fructose corn syrup.
Tennessee Gourmet produces a variety of sauces, pepper jellies and salad dressing.
Legato Gelato, Nashville, TN, uses local and seasonal products prominently, with growth-hormone-free milk sourced from Gammon Family Dairy in Orlinda, TN.
The Cheese Wizards serve up comfort food in the form of gourmet grilled cheese and tomato soup in Ballard, WA.
Navitas Naturals, Novato, Calif., introduces new Coconut Water Powder, freeze-dried instant drink powder.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Fairway Market is offering its first glatt kosher catering menu available in three locations: Stamford, CT, Westbury, NY, and Paramus, NJ.
Giant Eagle launched Good Cents Grocery + More on Nov. 4.
Kane Candy Chocolate Party Cups are now available in five retail packs: Kane Candy Chocolate Tuxedo Cups, Chocolate Pastel Flower Cups, Chocolate Cordial & Toasting Cups and new Chocolate Heart Cups. The cups, a quick solution for making chocolate desserts, are all natural, gluten-free and ...
Zhena's Gypsy Tea, Commerce, Calif., introduces a line of three fair-trade chai concentrates and a new line of five functional teas that boast great flavor along with herbal efficacy. The chai concentrates are available in Caramel Chai Tea, Classic Chai Tea and Coconut Chai Tea. ...
Sacramento was proclaimed to be "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital" on Oct. 31 by Mayor Kevin Johnson.
Look for a shop selling all-natural, allergen sensitive baked treats coming to 29th & S streets around Valentine's Day.
Smithfield Foods, Smithfield, Va., has moved up in Newsweek magazine’s latest ranking of the environmental performance of America’s 500 largest public companies. In Newsweek’s 2012 ranking, Smithfield Foods finished 328 among the 500 largest U.S. businesses, compared to the company’s 417 “green ranking” one year ...
Mondelez International announced an expanded effort to make its coffee business more sustainable.
Kroger is aggressively expanding the number of products it's offering in the fast-growing organic and natural foods segment.
Sweet Marguerites Chocolate Cafe in South Portland, ME is run by a family, making and sharing handmade chocolates for six years out of their home-based production center.
Grandma Hoerner's, a leading producer of high quality natural and organic foods and makers of Big Slice Applesauce, will offer their organic and all natural gifts for Christmas 2012.
Toronto chef Andrea Nicholson has kept busy creating artisanal condiments that showcase sustainable farming.
Daelia’s Food Company Ltd., Cincinnati, has been certified Halal by Infanca in addition to the kosher certification that it has had since its launch.
Canaan Fair Trade, Camas, WA, introduces "The People and The Olive," a documentary film about Canaan's farmers in Palestine
BODY of Santa Fe introduced its handmade truffles and raw, vegan and organic collection of holiday chocolates for the 2012 season.
The founders of Back to the Roots, Oakland, CA, were honored at the White House Empact100 List ceremony.
Abigael's on Broadway, the world largest kosher restaurant, has created 'dinners to go' entrees that will debut in two Fairway Market Manhattan locations.
Dean Foods will spinoff its higher-margin WhiteWave Foods organic and soy business into an independent company with an initial public offering expected Oct. 26 and valued at $300 million.
Saffron Road’s Three-Cheese Lasagna entree was named a Taste Test Award Winner as part of Cooking Light's third annual Taste Test Awards, also known as "The Tasties."
Columbus Foods launched the Farm to Fork Naturals line, all minimally processed with no added nitrites or nitrates, and made from hogs and turkeys humanely raised on family farms.
Blue Bandana Chocolate Maker launched this year by Eric Lampman, son of Lake Champlain Chocolates founder Jim Lampman.
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company will open a 45,000-sq. ft. LEED-certified store in Wayland, MA.
Columbus-based artisanal coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea rolled out a new brand identity that emphasizes its 21 years of specialty coffee expertise, focus on sustainability and commitment to community.
Urban Barns Foods is an emerging company specializing in "cubic farming," a type of farming that increases yields of vegetables with diminished water consumption compared with conventional farming.
Dutch conglomerate Ahold has added Saffron Road frozen entrees, manufactured by American Halal Co., Stamford, CT, to 500 of its supermarkets, including Stop & Shop, Giant, Giant Carlisle, Peapod and Martin’s.
OregonLive.com profiles five fair trade Portland chocolateries.
This fall, Organicgirl Good Clean Greens will introduce its newest product, Vive la France, a classic French salad mix.
E-commerce websites such as Foodoro, Gilt Taste, The Pantry and FoodiePages are among consumers' sources for local artisanal food experiences.
Piller's Fine Foods introduced Piller's Simply Free, a line of deli meats with natural ingredients free of gluten and other major food allergens, including milk, peanuts, tree nuts, mustard, sesame, egg, fish, soy and sulphites.
For Immediate Release:News from the Specialty TradeUpfront Foods, Boca Raton, Fla., now has OK Kosher certification and non-GMO project verification for its signature granola with pecans and almonds in a single-serving grab-and-go pouch. Full Release • Product Image
For Immediate Release:News from the Specialty TradeNumi Organic Tea, Oakland, Calif., invites consumers to join its campaign to celebrate freedom from pesticides and genetically modified organisms by joining the organic tea party movement at VoteOrganicTeaParty.com. Full Release
Lowes Foods sourced more than 20% of its total produce from farmers within North Carolina from May through August as part of the 10% Campaign.
Bloomberg Businessweek profiles Grass Roots Jerky beef jerky, all-natural jerky free of the preservatives, and the process of becoming USDA certified.
Livingston's Bulls Bay Seafood, McClellanville, S.C., has become the 300th supplier on FishChoice.com
Shaw's Supermarkets added several new species of sustainable fish to its fresh case, now offering 18 products certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or verified though the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Full Story
Organic, artisanal greens and microgreens supplier Ecopia Farms recently launched EcopiaDirect, its home delivery service.
Corvallis, OR-based Afton Field Farm will raise 10,000 broiler chickens, 60 head of cattle, 80 head of sheep, 200 hogs, 400 turkeys and almost 1,000 laying hens as part of a sustainable agro-ecosystem on its 106 acres, reported OregonLive.com. Full Story
The Artisan Market in New Albany, IN, allows local artisans to showcase their goods, from gourmet vinegars to small batch hot pepper sauce on the shelves in the 1,100-sq.-ft. space.
BrightFarms partnered with Schnuck Markets to build a new greenhouse.
Hy-Vee opened its first gold-level LEED certified convenience store on Aug. 30.
ShopRite is introducing reportedly America's first durable yet compostable non-woven reusable shopping bag.
News from the Specialty TradeGourmet International's Kane Candy Chocolate Party Cups, all natural, gluten-free and kosher dairy, are now available in retail packs in five flavors. Full Release
Starbucks in Hong Kong is testing out an innovative recycling process that turns stale baked goods and coffee grinds into bio-plastics and laundry detergent in an attempt to lessen its environmental footprint.
Door to Door Organics has teamed up with organic farmers and creators of natural food products to deliver boxes of groceries to its customers.
Local Choice, in Portland, OR is a 10,000-sq.-ft. market stocked almost entirely with products made, grown or distributed locally.
Door to Door Organics received $2 million of venture capital from investment fund Greenmont Capital.
Wholesome Goodness will offer its line of all-natural foods at Rite Aid stores nationwide.
Florida Fresh Organics delivers fresh produce from certified organic farmers to homes throughout Tampa Bay and has now launched services in Bradenton.
Excellere Partners made a strategic equity investment in Flavours, a developer and contract manufacturer of organic, natural and healthy beverages and snack foods.
Crustic, an artisan bread delivery club, is based in Long Beach, CA.
Maison Kayer opened its first US brasserie-styled cafe in the Upper East Side on Aug. 8. With 25 Maison Kayser bakeries in Paris and nearly 80 others around the globe since 1996, the renowned fourth-generation French Master Baker was on hand for the opening of ...
Walmart will soon use a wind turbine to help run a distribution center in Red Bluff, CA. The new wind turbine, its first onsite large-scale wind turbine pilot, should be up and running by this fall.
Teatulia is a producer of artisanal organic teas and herbal infusions harvested from its own 100% organic single garden located in Bangladesh. The company offers 10 unique organic teas such as Bengal Breakfast and Earl of Bengal.
Mahwah, NJ-based Southtown Farms sells up to 120 dozen eggs a week from free-range chickens raised on a 10-acre farm.
A Monsey, NY 7-Eleven franchise became the first in the nation to offer a kosher hot dog grill blessed by a local rabbi, reported Newsday.
Package-free grocer In.gredients opened a 1,300-sq. Ft. zero-waste location in East Austin, TX.
Hummingbird Tea Room & Bakery in The Woodlands, TX, features an authentic English-style tea room with a variety of organic, free-trade teas.
PBS KIDS formed a partnership with Whole Foods Market to provide easy-to-use tools and educational resources to help families make educated decisions about organic foods and encourage healthy lifestyles.
Gourmet Grassfed Meats in Oshkosh, WI promotes organic, sustainable farming and foods throughout the Fox Valley through its bold original and cherry chipotle flavored jerky.
The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees voted to move forward with creating an organic food store on campus, reported Central Florida Future.
Distant Village, Chicago, has been named as one of Chicago's Top 14 "Eco-preneurs" by NBC Chicago. The company recently introduced innovative and sustainable Pure Labels, made from wild grass and hemp paper.
Organic Alliance signed an organic and conventional produce supply contract with a Central Mexico-based greenhouse grower of certified organic vegetables which it expects will generate $1.75 million in sales revenue.
A new ShopRite in Brodheadsville, PA opening on Aug. 5 will feature an array of green technologies, including solar panels, a bio-digester and an electric car charger.
Organic grocery delivery service Mile High Organics is reportedly the first grocer in Colorado to screen out all trans-genetically modified ingredients.
Key Food's full-scale organic gourmet market in New York City is scheduled to open by mid-August. The upscale specialty market with a sushi counter, organic produce, an array of international cheeses and a sunlit seating area is three-levels and named 55 Fulton Market for its ...
Wildomar, CA-based Barons Market is a specialty food store that focuses on offering organic labels at prices discounted 25% and selling home-grown fruits and vegetables.
Jewish food trucks are flourishing, serving a range of Jewish and kosher food. A former "Top Chef" contestant opened the Sixth and Rye truck in Washington, DC in May 2011, reported The Jewish Daily Forward.
Giumarra Borquez's asparagus fields in Obregon, Mexico are now Fair Trade Certified and is the only asparagus grower in North America to be certified.
Frozen acai berry puree importer Amafruits was recently certified organic under USDA standards.
Crooked Tree Coffeehouse Dallas has helped bridge the gap between Texas and coffee plantations around the world by specializing in Fair Trade Coffee, reported Pegasus News.
Wild Carrot Farm in Canton, CT manufactures its own organic tomato sauce, organic salsa and heirloom tomato sauce, reported Avon Patch.
Totally Green was selected by the Rachael Ray talk show to supply bottled spring water for its seventh season.
New York's Rescue Chocolate launched Beyond Bars, vegan and kosher/pareve granola bars.
Twin Rivers Paper Company introduced Acadia Natural, a compostable and recyclable paper made from unbleached pulp and for use in packaging applications such as fast-food sandwich wraps, french fry and carry-out bags, and basket liners.
Domino's Pizza is the first U.S. customer for GreenTech Automotive's low-speed cars.
The movement toward local food is creating a vibrant new economic laboratory for American agriculture.
Mamma Chia launched three new organic chia-based beverages.
Sodexo introduced Local Artisan, a farm-to-table, chef-driven dining concept that brings locally-grown menus to corporate cafes.
News from the Specialty TradeThe Paris Region Economic Development Agency will host a conference on current food and hospitality trends, including culinary globalization, sustainable development, and health and nutrition, to be held on July 9 in New York City. Full Release
All-natural beverage importer and distributor Epicurex launched Aloic, a fusion of organic aloe vera juice and added pulp.
Frank Organics' organic extra virgin olive oil will be featured in Pop Karma popcorn. Full Story
Kashi is introducing two new cereals, Simply Maize and Indigo Morning.
Reed's introduced its organic Reed's Culture Club Kombucha into natural foods and mainstream supermarket channels, in four, ginger-based formulas:Goji Ginger, Cranberry Ginger, Lemon Raspberry Ginger and Hibiscus Grapefruit Ginger. Full Story
After being closed for two years, the Leonia, NJ-based Leonia Market will reopen this week.
Supervalu's Cub Foods division is testing an antibacterial, antimicrobial, lead-free reusable bag, according to the bag's manufacturer, Go Clean.
Ready Pac Foods introduced a new line of organic single serve salads to its Ready Bac Bistro Bowl Salads.
Mommy's Yummies of Astoria, NY launched in April.
Torie & Howard's line of USDA organic and kosher-certified hard candy has additional distribution through UNFI, Providence, R.I., Haddon House,Medford, N.J., and Quality Frozen Foods of Brooklyn, N.Y., along with representation by six brokers
Through a new partnership with Associated Buyers, Canaan Fair Trade, Camas, Wash., will receive greater distribution in New England and the Hudson River Valley of New York for its Canaan Fair Trade organic and extra virgin olive oils as well as for its traditional foods ...
The nonprofit Fayette Community Action Council plans to turn a warehouse once used by IGA into a place where locally grown food is processed.
"There has been a 6.5% increase in exhibitors this year versus last summer who identify themselves as having natural/organic products," stated Louise Kramer, communications director for NASFT.
Arizona-based Shamrock Farms is celebrating 90 years of serving dairy.
Two Oregon-based businesses, "farm-to-cone" ice cream shop Salt & Straw and French bakery Saint Honore, will open new locations.
Plum Organics is expanding into the organic kids snack category with the launch of the Plum Kids line.
California's Secretary of State certified an eighth measure for the November 6 General Election ballot that would require the labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Some 24 Rudi's Organic Bakery and Rudi's Gluten-Free breads and baked goods were given the Ashley Koff Approved (AKA) stamp.
Safeway, in another sustainability effort, is switching to reusable product containers from corrugated boxes for the shipping of produce.
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop opened its third location in Costa Mesa, CA.
Kroger recently began stocking more than 55 specialty Michigan-made products at 21 of its 130 Michigan stores.
Coolhaus, a Los Angeles-based ice cream truck, offers organic ice-cream sandwiches.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced an amendment to the Farm Bill that would improve crop insurance for organic farmers to ensure adequate compensation when harvests fail, there is crop damage or if prices plunge, reported OregonLive.com.
Rockville Center, NY-based Pure Bliss Eats is an online health food provider.
The Florissant, MO-area features several specialty food stores.
San Francisco-based Bi-Rite Market is getting ready to build on its success. The grocery, founded in 1940, has become something of a favorite among area residents for its stock of local and organic foods and knowledgeable employees.
Stop & Shop opened a second location in Pembroke, MA.
Kings Food Market is following a new initiative providing its customers with fresh local produce 24 hours after it is harvested.
Furmano Foods opened a multimillion dollar expansion of its waste water treatment plant in Northumberland, PA that will generate about 30% of its own energy.
Five global companies including Coca-Cola and Heinz will work together to develop and use plant-based plastics.
Ana Docta's Kasana Good-To-Go business seeks to offer fresh, flavorful, organic food in vending machines in the halls of schools, businesses and other facilities.
The National Organic Program is renewing several listings that were scheduled to expire this year for substances allowed or prohibited in organic agriculture, according to AMS.
Organic grocery store Earth Fare made its metro Birmingham, AL debut, and its fourth store in the state.
Beginning June 1, certified organic products of the U.S. and the EU can be represented as organic in each other's markets, according to USDA's National Organic Program.
Rouses Markets is the first grocer in the country to develop its own aeroponic urban farm on its own rooftop. The vertical aeroponic Tower Garden uses water rather than soil, and allows food to grow up instead of out. Parsley, basil and cilantro are among ...
Mount Kisco, NY-based sauce maker Cucina Antica Foods is now using eco-friendly, biodegradable packing peanuts made of corn starch. The company also recently launched an organic line of dressings and ketchup.
Weis Markets began the construction of environmentally innovative 65,000-sq. ft. superstore in Fogelsville, PA.
Washington state grocery co-op PCC Natural Markets is unveiling a "harvester" system for dealing with food waste developed by WISErg to produce liquid fertilizer.
Organic farming can be just as efficient as conventional farming using the right techniques, a study finds. Organic farming has been touted by supporters as a more environmentally sustainable method of farming that's better for consumers because crops contain fewer man-made chemicals.
Half a dozen Portland, OR health food stores put local food first while focusing on sustainability and supporting the local economy. Alberta Co-op Grocery emphasizes products from local, organic and socially responsible sources, while Food Front Cooperative Grocery donates proceeds from certain apple and pear ...
Hy-Vee is launching two sustainability initiatives. The grocer formed a partnership with FishWise, a non-profit organization that helps retailers develop and implement sustainable seafood policies, and launched Hy-Vee 360, a website devoted to sustainability and healthy living.
The more than 300 colleges and universities utilizing Aramark's trayless dining system diverted more than 15 million-lbs. of food waste from landfills this year. The intiative reduces waste by approximately 2-oz. per person, per meal, according to a study from the company.
Two Weis Markets' stores received a "silver" certificate from the EPA's GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership for meeting benchmarks on cutting refrigerant emissions, reported Supermarket News.
Supervalu aims to have 300 additional stores divert 90% or more of their waste from local landfills by the end of the current fiscal year. Supervalu transitioned 54 stores to 90% waste diversion during the past year, exceeding its original target of 40 locations.
A Nugget Market Inc. store and a Safeway Inc. store agreed to supply food residuals to startup California Safe Soil LLC. The company, which opened a pilot plant in Sacramento, CA last week, will convert leftover food from supermarkets into a low-cost, nutrient-rich soil amendment ...
Saratoga Springs, NY-based Cody's Fresh Foods is expanding its reach throughout Saratoga County. The company, an organic and fresh food delivery service, sources local, regional, and fair trade products, all of which are organic or sustainably grown, reported Times Union.
Wholesome Sweeteners, Sugar Land, Texas, launches what it believes to be the first fair trade certified agave.
Retailer Patagonia is entering the packaged food industry with the introduction of Patagonia Provisions, a line of sustainable foods.
The food truck Tako Taco will debut in Buda, TX. The truck, which will use mostly organic food items, will specialize in an array of taco options and sides, reported Hays Free Press.
Peter Rabbit Organics introduced five new flavors to its line of USDA Certified Organic fruit and veggie puree snacks.
BJ's Wholesale Club's locally grown produce program, "Farm to Club," will be available in each of its 195 clubs by the end of this summer. Farm to Club produce includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables including zucchini, tomatoes, corn, green peppers, yellow squash ...
St. Louis, MO-based food truck Lulu's Local Eatery will serve its cuisine composed, in part, of herbs and greens grown in a garden built on its roof. The rest will come from area farmers, and, eventually, from the owners' own urban farm, reported STLToday.com. Full ...
New York City's Waldorf-Astoria plans to install six beehives in a rooftop space on the 20th floor next month. By August, the hotel expects to have 300,000 bees in residence and will use the honey in the restaurant's dishes.
Colorado-based producers of organic products could benefit from new rules designed to encourage exports to Europe because the state is one of the nation's biggest producers of organic crops and products.
Maryland fisheries officials hope to increase sales by touting the state's sustainable fishing methods.
Starbucks released its 11th annual Global Responsibility Report. In fiscal 2011, the company more than tripled the availability of in-store recycling, now in more than 1,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada.
Whole Foods Market unveiled its kosher-for-Passover lineup including Avvio Organic Grape Juice and Glick's Macaroons.
Chef Jen Johnson launched Hip Chick Farms, offering products made with all-natural, sustainable ingredients. Products include chicken meatballs and chicken stock.
Happy Family, New York, N.Y., a leading premium organic food brand, introduces 15 new products, as part of its line of functional, healthy meals and snacks for kids.
The Agricultural Marketing Service intends to request approval for a new information collection, National Organic Program (NOP); NOP Import Certificate.
Multiple Organics introduces organic black chia seeds, expected to be fair trade certified by late spring.
With Passover just weeks away, a new app released by the Orthodox Union aims to help consumers keep kosher throughout the eight-day Jewish festival.
Barry Callebaut launched a $43 million cocoa sustainability initiative to boost farm productivity, increase quality and improve family livelihoods in key cocoa producing countries in West and Central Africa and Indonesia over 10 years.
The number of "gluten-free chocolate" searches went up 40% from the same time last year, while "organic" and "vegan chocolate" searches are up 10%, according to Google.
BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. implemented a new sustainable seafood policy.
SuperValu Inc. is expanding its seafood sustainability program and entering into a partnership with the Global Aquaculture Alliance to implement a comprehensive procurement policy, adopt a Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification and ensure that all farm-raised products are BAP certified to the farm level by ...
Many of the Walkers Nonsuch toffee products, imported to the U.S. by BWI Inc., Westlake Village, Calif., are now kosher certified.
Whole Foods Market launched Dark Rye, an online magazine that explores food, art, health and sustainable living.
Newly formed Elevation Brands, LLC will source, manufacture and market products that help solve common environmental, sustainability and health issues.
Bell-Carter Foods is rolling out several new sustainability projects that focus on reducing the company's carbon footprint.
Melrose, MA-based natural food store Green Street Natural Food offers all organic and vegetarian products.
Mars Chocolate North America opened a solar garden at its Henderson, NV chocolate factory.
Pacific Natural Foods, Tualatin, Ore., has added a selection of organic vegetarian bisques to its growing line of hearty, ready-to-eat soups.
A Polson, MT couple built a solar-powered cheese factory for their Flathead Lake Cheese labeled cheeses.
A proposed natural foods business incubator could open in Louisville, CO.
All three of the baking and production facilities of The Gonnella Baking Company, Chicago, are now certified as being capable of producing kosher products.
Several Cadbury cookie items, imported by Acme Import Co., Montclair, N.J., are now kosher certified.
Bold Organics, a new line of delicious, high-quality pizza that is gluten- and dairy-free, with 85 percent of the ingredients certified organic, is launching in hundreds of stores nationwide.
The Hershey Company achieved "Zero-Waste-to-Landfill" status for three of its manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania.
SunRidge Farms, Pajaro, Calif., has completed a new solar panel expansion atop its candy-making facility, just in time for the company's 30th anniversary.
Numerous food retailers were named on EPA's Top 20 Retail list of the largest green power purchases including: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (No. 2); Whole Foods Market (No. 3); Starbucks (No. 4); and Ahold USA (No. 7). Wal-Mart stores ranked No. 3 on EPA's National Top ...
Allen, TX's Economic Development Corp. is investing $200,000 over five years in Greenling, an Austin-based online grocery store specializing in local and organic products that also delivers, reported The33tv.com.
Developer and manufacturer of natural and organic-compliant fruit flavors Blue Pacific Flavors received a strategic capital investment from Wilmar International Limited.
Some 36 Kraft Foods facilities achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status, including 24 plants in Europe and 12 facilities in North America.
Saffron Road will begin shipping four All Natural, Halal Certified, premium vegetarian entrees and side dishes to Whole Foods Market nationally in January. Full Story
Toronto-based Real Food for Real Kids provides fresh, locally sourced meals and snacks to nearly 200 daycares and elementary schools. The company sources raw ingredients locally whenever possible and is looking to expand to hospitals, reported The Globe and Mail. Full Story (Free Registration Required)
Local Arizona food producers are part of a growing group of entrepreneurs who are trying to meet the demand for locally produced, artisanal eats. The Phoenix Public Market features more than 70 small food-making businesses in the twice-weekly open-air markets last year, reported The Arizona Republic. Full ...
Whole Foods Market is carrying USDA Certified Organic NSA wines from Italy and Spain. Full Story
Austin, TX may ban disposable plastic and paper bags at checkout counters three years earlier than originally planned. A revised draft of the ban moves the effective date to January 2013. The new draft would require retailers to charge customers 10 cents per disposable bag ...
The University of Missouri's Columbia campus dining halls are looking implement a system that recycles food waste into fertilizer, which in turn is used to grow food. The dining halls use about 3,000 gallons of cooking oil a year, which the school plans to turn ...
Hudson, NY-based saltwater fish farm Local Ocean is providing hamachi fish to retail stores and chefs including New York City's Eataly; the fish is also available through Fresh Direct. The product will soon be available at Fairway, reported The New York Times on the Web. ...
Caribou Coffee's coffees and espresso are now fully sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, which meet the standards of the Sustainable Agricultural Network. Full Story
Best opportunities for U.S. organic products exported to Finland lie in products not produced domestically (dried fruits and nuts, wines, rice) and processed fruits and vegetables. In 2010, the turnover of organic food products reached $105 million and every fifth Finnish household purchased organic products ...
Kinnikinnick Foods, its facilities and all of its current products were certified OU kosher pareve by the Orthodox Union. Kinnikinnick Foods is a North American manufacturer of gluten-free baked goods and snacks. Full Story
Testa Produce's 91,000-sq. ft. refrigerated food distribution facility earned LEED Platinum certification. The facility has a 750kW wind turbine; a partially vegetated roof; and solar panels that heat 100% of the building's hot water. Full Story
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. renovated a Bergenfield, NJ-based Pathmark store with triple the assortment of kosher products and the availability of fresh kosher meat and seafood. The 54,000-sq. ft. store also offers prepared kosher foods and a re-merchandised kosher bakery. Full ...
The Seattle City Council voted to ban single-use plastic bags from groceries and other retail stores. The ban takes effect in July 2012 and includes a provision to charge a nickel fee for the use of paper bags to encourage people to bring their own ...
French chocolatier Michel Cluizel introduced a line of chocolates and pastries made under kosher supervision in a New Jersey plant, including a pareve chocolate menorah, reported The New York Times on the Web. Full Story (NYT Subscription Required)
United Natural Foods, Inc. received LEED Gold Certification for its Lancaster, TX distribution center. Full Story
The city of Austin, TX debuted the first draft of a planned ordinance that would ban single-used plastic bags. Under the plan, the city will teach consumers about the ban under a one year education period beginning next month. Beginning in 2013, for three years ...
Intentional Chocolate's Organic + line uses cocoa from Rainforest Alliance farms and is certified vegan, kosher and is gluten free. Full Story
SunOpta Inc.'s SunOpta International Foods Group will expand its fair trade and organic coffee business with the development of operations in the Republic of Cape Verde. Trabocca B.V., 65% owned by The Organic Corporation B.V., in conjunction with a local Cape Verde partner, formed Fogo ...
Sweet sorghum could be a sustainable and ecological future biofuel crop for Arizona, claims a plant geneticist in the UA's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, reported Western Farm Press.
Publix Super Markets Inc. and Waste Management opened the Organics Recycling Facility in Okeechobee, FL.
MOM's Organic Market formed a carbon offset partnership with TerraPass Inc. in which the retailer will purchase carbon credits from TerraPass in direct proportion to the emissions released from its customers' shopping trips.
Walmart opened its first store in the U.S. that incorporates all LED lighting in the interior in Wichita, KS. The company expects to see a 40% savings on the energy-efficient lights.
About 65% of Kroger's top 20 wild-caught fresh and frozen species are sourced from fisheries meeting sustainable standards. Kroger aims to source 75% of the top 20 species by volume from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified fisheries by 2015. At present, approximately 50% of Kroger's top ...
California's Fresno Valley is seeing increasing demand for grass-fed meat. The Valley is home to at least half a dozen grass-fed ranchers, including free-range poultry producers Pitman Family Farms of Fresno County. Sold under the Mary's brand, the Pitmans raise free-range and organic chicken and ...
As kosher foods continue to expand beyond its ethnic roots, Paul Bensabat, co-chief executive of the Manischewitz Company is profiled by The New York Times on the Web. Saveur Food Group merged with the 123-year old Manischewitz in 2009, a leader in the kosher food ...
Some Hudson, MN residents are looking to establish a cooperative grocery store that would focus on local, sustainable and organic foods, reported TwinCities.com. Full Story (Free Registration Required)
News from the Specialty Trade Choice Organic Teas, Seattle, has received the Responsible Packaging Award from the Food Trade Sustainability Association for its compostable, staple-free tea bags and tags, and 100 percent recycled paperboard/65 percent post-consumer content cardboard box. Full Release
Organic baby food company Babyfull Foods is growing, offering delivery as far north as Palmetto, FL and reaching out to the Manatee, FL-area by joining the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. Sarasota, FL-based Babyfull Foods, which opened in August, uses locally grown, organic produce packaged in ...
The Sierra Madre Vineyard achieved Sustainability In Practice (SIP) Certification, a program recognizing wines produced from grapes grown with sustainable vineyard management practices. The vineyard received its SIP Certification following successful efforts at conserving water and ensuring water quality as well as promoting both safe ...
USDA awarded 23 new grants to research and extension programs working to help organic producers and processors grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. The grants total $19 million. Full Story
Numerous food-related companies were named to Newsweek's Green Rankings for 2011 list, including: Walmart (No. 52); Starbucks (No. 82); Coca-Cola (No. 87); Whole Foods Market (No. 106); and Supervalu (No. 149). Full Story
Honest Tea released Keeping It Honest, the second edition of its annual Mission Report, detailing environmental progress such as converting all of its teas to Fair Trade Certified. Full Story
Berlin Packaging partnered with Ecologic Brands, Inc. to introduce the eco.bottle, a molded fiber bottle that will be available beginning in January. Full Story
Sodexo, Inc. detailed progress in its sustainable seafood initiative, Your Better Choice in Seafood. The initiative doubled the available selection of Marine Stewardship Council and Best Aquaculture Practices certified sustainable seafood products to more than 150 SKUs for Sodexo clients and customers. Full Story
Organic producers nationwide are facing high production costs and low farm prices, according to a director with the Organic Farming Research Foundation. Currently 14,500 family farms produce organic foods ranging from fruits and vegetables to milk and meat. At an annual sales growth of 10%, ...
The Mesoamerican Development Institute at UMass Lowell works to create a more sustainable coffee-producing system. The group helps coffee producers stay viable by using renewable energy to dry coffee beans, reported The Boston Globe. Full Story (Free Registration Required)
Target Corp. committed to selling only sustainable and traceable seafood in its stores by 2015. The initiative will be achieved through a partnership with FishWise and continued engagement with industry and vendor partners, and will apply to all of Target's fresh and frozen seafood products. ...
BioMass Packaging developed a compostable, nearly clear bag for retail produce sections, reported The Packer Online. Full Story
How to choose an eco-label for a brand is profiled by Advertising Age. More than 400 different eco-labels or green certification systems are now on the market, ranging from single product attribute to self-certification programs and voluntary U.S. government labels. Full Story (Free Registration Required)
Seattle's Pike Place Market was recognized by the Seattle Aquarium and California's Monterey Bay Aquarium for becoming what is believed to be Washington's first independent fish market selling only sustainable seafood. The sustainability effort started in the summer of 2010, reported Puget Sound Business Journal. ...
Reckitt Benckiser achieved 75% of its Carbon 20 program goal that seeks to reduce the company's carbon footprint by 20% by 2020, according to its 2010 Sustainability Report. Full Story
PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division unveiled its Casa Grande, AZ facility as "near net zero." The company planned to transform an existing facility so that it would be as far "off the grid" as possible and run primarily on renewable energy sources and recycled water, ...
Louisiana Food Company's Voodoo Roast Dark coffee will be packaged in "paper cans" during the first half of its fourth quarter. According to the company's president, the paper cans are more environmentally friendly and cut its packaging cost almost in half. Full Story
Source Organic plans to offer a certified organic greenhouse pepper and tomato import program in North America starting in mid-November. Souce Organic represents three organic exporters operating in Israel, with several pepper and tomato varieties available, reported The Packer Online. Full Story
News from the Specialty Trade The third national gathering of the Slow Money Alliance--a movement focusing on investing in local food producers as a way to strengthen the economy and communities--is scheduled to be held in San Francisco October 12 through 14. Read More
Monterey Mushrooms unveiled eco-friendly packaging, reported The Packer Online. Full Story
Maple Leaf Foods opened a 385,000-sq. ft. commercial bakery in Hamilton, Ontario, which produces numerous fresh bakery products. It is designed to obtain certification under the LEED New Construction program. Full Story
Mars Chocolate and Fairtrade International formed an agreement to introduce the first Fairtrade labeled Mars product and to work together to enable farmers to have sustainable livelihoods and increased productivity. As part of the initial phase of the agreement, the first Mars product to carry ...
ChromaDex Corporation entered into a supply partnership with Organic Revolution Worldwide LLC to launch a series of gourmet snacks and grocery items under the Dodo Organics label. The company will introduce pTeroPure into its Dodo Organics line of nutrition bars and cookies. Full Story
News from the Specialty Trade Straus Family Creamery, Petaluma, Calif., is now offering single-serve, organic, cream-top 2 percent milk in its signature, reusable pint-sized bottles. Full Release
EPA Region Eight supermarkets were recognized for environmental achievement under the agency's GreenChill partnership. Several supermarket companies, including Sprouts Farmers Market, Whole Foods and Supervalu, were recognized for their achievements in refrigerant management. More than 7,300 stores belong to the GreenChill Partnership, 20% of the ...
Sysco pledged to assess its current seafood supply and to develop ways to improve the sustainability of its seafood-buying practices and standards by 2015, as part of a multiple-stage World Wildlife Fund (WWF) commitment. Specifically, the company will obtain its top 10 Sysco brand wild-caught ...
USDA rolled out loans and grants for more than 500 agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. Full Story
California growers cut use of older and more regulated pesticides by 66% over a 12-year period, according to research commissioned by the Alliance for Food and Farming. Organophosphate and carbamate classes of pesticides declined from 9.6 million-lbs. in 1998 to 3.3 million-lbs. in 2009, a ...
Nestle Waters North America's Stamford, CT-based headquarters received LEED Gold certification, verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. This marks the company's 10th LEED-certified building. Full Story
Multiple Organics, Inc. is offering USDA- and EU-certified organic chocolate ingredients made in a dedicated facility that does not process any major allergens. These products are also free of soy-lecithin. Full Story
MOM's Organic Market now uses LED bulbs in all of its stores. The LEDs last an average of 25,000 hours and use 18 watts per bulb. Full Story
Lufa Farms Inc. formed a cooperative agreement with green industrial-park specialist Le Groupe Montoni to develop LEED-certified industrial buildings capable of supporting commercial greenhouses. The agreement is expected to result in several new rooftop farms in and around Montreal, beginning next year. Full Story
The Consumer Goods Forum released the Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability (GPPS) to enable the consumer goods industry to better assess the relative sustainability of packaging. Full Story • Full Report
News from the Specialty Trade Williams-Sonoma now carries a 1-pound box of Canaan Fair Trade Maftoul, Palestinian couscous, in all stores in the U.S. and Canada and through its catolog and internet division. www.canaanusa.com Full Release
At least three Philadelphia-area companies offer produce deliveries to local workplaces. The three - Common Market, Fruit Guys and Harvest Local Foods - all include fliers with information on the specific farms they buy from, the growing methods used and recipes for making the most ...
Princeton, NJ-based First Field produces First Field Jersey Ketchup from sustainably grown tomatoes seasoned with onions, cider vinegar, organic sugar, soybean oil, salt and spices. The product is sold seasonally at Whole Foods Market, reported The New York Times on the Web. Full Story (NYT ...
Organic Revolution Worldwide, L.L.C. has developed a portfolio of organic products available through its ecommerce partner Alice.com. Full Release
Syracuse, NY-based Fennell Market offers local products such as seafood from New England's Foley Fish Co., reported The Post-Standard. Full Story
CVS/pharmacy's distribution center in Chemung County, NY was awarded LEED Gold certification. Examples of sustainable design elements incorporated into the facility include: energy-efficient, white PVC insulated roof; interior and exterior lighting with daylight sensors and timers; and high-efficiency, low-flow plumbing fixtures. Full Story
Rumiano Cheese Company, Crescent City, Calif., has received Non-GMO Project Verification for its line of organic products. Full Release
USDA's Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program gave $100,000 in federal funds to New Mexico's Rio Grande Community Development Corp. to help local producers in its food incubator expand production and access to retail markets, reported New Mexico Business Weekly. Full Story (Free Registration Required)
Baltimore's InterContinental Harbor Court hotel unveiled its first apiary on a third-floor courtyard. The apiary will be maintained by local nonprofit Baltimore Honey and could produce as much as eight to 10 quarts per year. The honey bees will help pollinate herbs the Intercontinental grows ...
Former VP of the American Humane Association's American Humane Certified farm animal welfare program Tim Amlaw launched a venture called Sustainable Food Development, Inc.
Tulsa, OK-based Akins Natural Foods' groceries cannot contain sulfites, artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, growth hormones or synthetic MSG. Its produce is 100% certified organic and contains neither pesticides nor irradiation, reported Topeka Capital-Journal. Full Story
University of California-Davis will begin enrolling students in a new sustainable agriculture and food systems program this fall. Additionally, Washington State University began offering an organic agriculture certificate online, reported The Yakima Herald-Republic. Full Story (Free Registration Required)
Online organic specialty food store Culinary Kiosk released a line of specialty organic foods including organic sauces and baking mixes. The owners of the company maintain an 80-acre organic farm and sell products at Upstate New York farmers markets. Adding physical stores in Upstate New ...
SPOT Bagel's artisan, organic bagels are now available throughout San Francisco, Berkeley and Burlingame, CA in gourmet grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, corporate cafeterias and via caterers. Full Story
Ontario issued approximately $1.5 million in grants to increase the amount of local food served across a variety of taxpayer-funded institutions, including municipalities, postsecondary schools and a northern native reserve. Some of the money will go to support small distributors who specialize in forging local ...
Poultry farms that transitioned from conventional to organic farming have significantly lower levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria than conventional poultry farms, according to a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, reported HealthDay. Full Story
MOM's Organic Market is scheduled to complete its College Park, MD store's remodeling and expansion project on Aug. 19. The store will have 40% more shelf space with wider aisles and a greater selection of all natural and organic products. Its entire line of energy ...
Minneapolis, MN-based ice-pop producer 10,000 Licks began selling at the Fulton Farmers Market
Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market will add 25 compressed natural gas vehicles to its distribution fleet as part of a partnership with Ryder System, Inc. Fresh & Easy's new natural gas vehicles produce 20% to 30% less emissions than comparable diesel vehicles. Full Story
Telluride Gift Baskets launched a line of gift baskets featuring artisanal food products made in the Rocky Mountain region. Full Story
California Natural Products released its first Corporate Social Responsibility Report.
Weis Markets will purchase more than 24 million-lbs. of local produce.
Wal-Mart encourages its managers to buy produce grown within 450 miles of its distribution centers, even if local produce cost more than crops produced across the country.
Some California Bay Area cities are following San Francisco's lead in revising zoning laws to allow the cultivation and sale of locally-grown produce in all neighborhoods.
McKinney, TX-based Local Yocal Farm to Market butcher shop offers numerous local products, as well as organic milk and cheese and fresh grass-fed beef the owners raise themselves, reported The Dallas Morning News.
Massachusetts is seeing a burgeoning interest in locally farmed meat.
Portland, OR's city council unanimously voted to support restrictions on plastic bags issued at retailer check-out stands.
Giant Eagle and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership formed a relationship to develop a comprehensive sustainable seafood procurement strategy.
Single-use plastic shopping bags could be banned in Portland, OR as soon as Oct. 15 under an ordinance proposed by the city's mayor.
After an extensive renovation, Chicago-based Old Orchard shopping mall will reopen its food court as an open-air market called Wilde & Greene.
The Brothers Lane LLC will debut a sustainably-minded grocery concept, in.gredients, in Austin, TX.
Organic farm and artisan food provider Full Circle is expanding its organic produce delivery service to Boise, ID, covering Ada and Canyon counties.
In an effort to bring in more gourmet food, some college students are forming co-op buying clubs with local producers.
The New York City Parks Department plans to devote an entire acre at Battery Park to an urban farm.
Several Chicago buildings are being converted into indoor farms.
Boston University (BU) is expanding its sustainability efforts, from offering more local and organic produce in the dining halls to expanding compost and recycling options.
Dorothy Lane Market launched Honestly Local, a membership-based local food club.
East Tennessee organic farmers are seeing increased demand from rising popularity for locally grown produce.
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. began an initiative to expand its Kosher product offerings.
Retailers are invited to host local events as part of this year's World Fair Trade Day.
Fair trade and organic news from the March 31, 2011, Specialty Food News. Jammin Java Corp. is selling its premium line of gourmet fair trade organic coffee on Amazon.com.
Local food news from the March 24, 2011, Specialty Food News. Some 85% of California consumers believe it is important to purchase local foods.
Local food news from the March 18, 2011, Specialty Food News. About 92% of Pacific Northwest (PNW) consumers believe it is important to purchase local foods grown in the PNW.
Local food news from the March 17, 2011, Specialty Food News. Sales of local food are rising at British grocery chains, leading Tesco PLC to expect local food sales to reach $1.6 billion this year.
Eco-friendly news from the March 9, 2011, Specialty Food News. Some 44% of U.S. consumers consider the 'greenness' of their grocery store.
Fair trade news from the March 8, 2011, Specialty Food News. Sales of Fair Trade Certified products increased 24% at grocery stores during 2010.
Locally grown food news from the February 25, 2011, Specialty Food News. Routinely cooking for 2,000 or more, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is revamping its menu with food locally grown when possible.
Organic product news from the February 25, 2011, Specialty Food News. AMS plans to review the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations to determine whether they should be continued without change, amended or rescinded to minimize the impacts on small entities.
Organic news from the January 20, 2011, Specialty Food News. Milwaukee, WI-based Organicville Foods Inc. launched a line of organic ice creams.
Organic news from the January 20, 2011, Specialty Food News. Deardorff Family Farms unveiled a new organics label.
1/14/11 Organic news from the January 14, 2011, Specialty Food News. The percentage of U.S. consumers purchasing organic products held steady in the 38% to 39% range for the third straight year, according to TABS Group, Inc.
Brooklyn's Kingsborough Community College will introduce an urban farming program this spring.
New Bern, NC-based restaurant Persimmons supports local community
Eight in 10 natural and organic consumers regularly read ingredient labels for health and nutrition content, according to Mambo Sprouts Marketing MamboTrack research. About 39% are interested in buying functional foods with added health, nutrition and dietary benefits. Consumers expressed the most desire for foods ...
The Record profiles the various kosher restaurants opening in Teaneck, NJ. To compete, many of them, such as Fish of the C's, are trying to appeal to both the kosher and non-kosher community. Full Story
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