General Mills Buys Annie’s. Will Kashi Mistakes Be Averted?

General Mills Buys Annie’s. Will Kashi Mistakes Be Averted?

  The big news today is that General Mills, the food behemoth with almost $20 billion in annual sales, is acquiring Annie’s, a California company best know for its organic line of snacks and foods. The sale price is $820 … Continue reading

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Ben & Jerry’s non-GMO Status Update

Ben & Jerry’s non-GMO Status Update

Better late than never. Early last year, Ben & Jerry’s announced it would switch to non-GMO ingredients for its various ice cream flavors by the end of the year. That did not happen, but progress is being made, as reported … Continue reading

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Coconut, Yogurt and Other Innovations at the Natural Food Expo

Coconut, Yogurt and Other Innovations at the Natural Food Expo

We are in Anaheim California for Expo West, a natural food trade show that seems to be growing in popularity from year to year. Besides various educational sessions, the big draw is the expo hall where hundreds of food companies … Continue reading

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Going GMO Free, A Food Manufacturer’s Perspective

Going GMO Free, A Food Manufacturer’s Perspective

This post is sponsored by Barbara’s, manufacturer of Non-GMO Project Verified cereals and snacks. We’ve been following the GMO saga quite closely for the last few years. Genetically modified ingredients are found in hundreds of thousands of food products in … Continue reading

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Grape Nuts is Now Non-GMO Verified!

Grape Nuts is Now Non-GMO Verified!

Great News! Iconic Grape Nuts Cereal from Post foods is now non-GMO verified. Earlier this month, we learned that General Mills was removing genetically modified ingredients from their Cheerios Original product. Post is doing the same, but taking it one … Continue reading

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Annie’s Goes Microwave: Mac n’ Cheese Cup Reviewed

Annie’s Goes Microwave: Mac n’ Cheese Cup Reviewed

Mac n’ cheese is on of the top five go-to comfort foods for busy moms. It’s not always a healthy choice, but it gets the job done. For extra-busy moms, microwaveable cups are all the rage. Annie’s, the brand for … Continue reading

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Is Target the New Whole Foods Market?

Is Target the New Whole Foods Market?

Two interesting pieces of news from Target Superstores this week: 1. A new organic and natural line of store brand food items is being introduced this month. The Simply Balanced line will include organic and “all natural” foods. About 250 … Continue reading

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RD reviewed: Healthy Finds at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

RD reviewed: Healthy Finds at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

This is a guest post by Jackie Topol, MS, RD, CDN, a clinical dietitian at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Last week I attended the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, which boasted a wide variety of new products out on the market. The two-day … Continue reading

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Beanitos Bean Chips – The Healthier Chip Alternative

Beanitos Bean Chips – The Healthier Chip Alternative

Beanitos is a niche brand of chips made from beans. When we first encountered the company a few years ago, we were pleasantly surprised at their relatively healthy nutrition profile. Ever since, we’ve been following their story. Last weekend, at … Continue reading

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A Blueberry, Banana, and Acai Berry Walk into a Bar …

A Blueberry, Banana, and Acai Berry Walk into a Bar …

Ok, not a bar, a “granola bites” snack-pack for young children. This is not a joke, it’s a new product – MySuperSnack -  that promises a lot on the nutrition front. But does it also deliver? Background: The grab-and-go toddler … Continue reading

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