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Back to Nature reformulates juices

NAPLES, FLA. — Back to Nature Foods Co., L.L.C., has reformulated its 100% juice line in apple, fruit punch and berry flavors. With a Non-GMO Project verification, the juices are made with real fruit and contain no added sugar or artificial preservatives, flavors or colors.

“We reformulated to create a superior tasting juice and redesigned the packaging to better align with Back to Nature branding across our other categories,” said Vincent Fantegrossi, president and chief executive officer. “Non-GMO Project Verification is essential for the Back to Nature brand. We are working on verification for all our other products. We know it is important to be transparent about our ingredients.”

The juices will be available in 8-count cartons at Whole Foods Markets beginning in July and will expand to grocery stores and natural retailers soon after.

Clif Bar expands energy bars

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Sierra Trail Mix joins the lineup of energy bar varieties offered by Clif Bar & Co. Made with sustainably grown cocoa and 70% organic ingredients, the product contains peanuts, chocolate, raisins and pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Each bar has 250 calories, 8 grams of fat and 10 grams of protein.

The new flavor is available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $1.39.

Auntie Anne’s rolls out mini pretzel dogs

LANCASTER, PA. – Mini pretzel dogs are popping up on Auntie Anne’s menu this summer. The bite-size snacks feature all-beef Nathan’s Famous hot dogs wrapped in fresh-baked pretzel.

“Like our Pretzel Nuggets, the Mini Pretzel Dogs are a delicious portable treat for the on-the-go shopper, and they’re perfect for pairing with our seven different kinds of dips,” said Heather Neary, chief marketing officer. “After a successful menu test in 2012 that exceeded our sales expectations and earned overwhelmingly positive customer feedback, we decided to make Mini Pretzel Dogs a full-time addition to our roster.”

The item is available in 8- and 12-count servings at participating stores through the end of the year.

Eli’s Cheesecake adds honey Mediterranean variety

CHICAGO – Eli’s Cheesecake Co. is adding a honey Mediterranean variety to its line of cheesecakes. The 10-inch round, pre-sliced dessert is made with wildflower honey and ricotta with a topping of salted honey, toasted pistachios and almonds and vanilla mousse.

The product is available in select Midwest and East coast retailers and on-line at elicheesecake.com.

Hummus with Greek yogurt debuts

ALPHARETTA, GA. – Eat Well Enjoy Life, a Tryst Gourmet brand, is introducing hummus made with Greek yogurt in five varieties: classic, roasted garlic, roasted red pepper, spicy and pine nuts.

Greek yogurt adds a smooth texture while reducing calories and fat, according to the company. The products are gluten-free and vegetarian with 50 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein per 2-tablespoon serving.

The line is available at select retailers nationwide.

Double Cola launches QUAD Energy drinks

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. – The Double Cola Co. is launching a lower-priced alternative to energy beverages with QUAD Energy, which is suggested to retail at 99c per 16-oz can.

Available at retailers beginning in June, the product line features five varieties, including original, low-carb, lime, berry and orange.

MOM Brands expands oatmeal line

CHICAGO – MOM Brands is pumping up its Better Oats portfolio with the addition of three steel-cut instant oatmeal varieties: classic, maple brown sugar and apples and cinnamon.

Made with flax seed, microwavable Oat Revolution Steel Cut Oats contain omega 3 fatty acids and 3 to 4 grams of fiber per serving.

The line will roll out to retailers nationwide over the coming months.

Panera Bread macaroni and cheese to hit shelves

FALL RIVER, MASS. – Hitting supermarket shelves this fall are microwavable servings of macaroni and cheese under the Panera Bread brand from Blount Fine Foods. The chain’s signature pasta dish will be available in 10- and 16-oz cups at grocery stores nationwide starting in September.
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