- SOUP'S ON
TUALATIN, Ore. — Pacific Natural Foods, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, has added an organic line to its soup shelf. Each of the eight new offerings is an update of existing flavors, including chicken and penne pasta, beef steak and fusilli pasta, and savory chicken and wild rice. The offerings come in newly engineered cans that, according to the company, have easy-pop tops and a longer shelf life. Available in 14.5-ounce cans at a suggested retail of $2.99 to $3.49.
- BIO BOTTLES
AZUSA, Calif. — Naked Juice is tapping into the probiotic trend this fall with a 100% juice smoothie that's packed with the in-demand micro-organisms. Dubbed Naked Juice Probiotic, the drink contains several strains of probiotics and one prebiotic. Both are naturally occurring bacteria reputed to aid digestive health. Juices comes in a variety of flavors, including orange, mango and pineapple, and contain no added sugar or preservatives. Available in individual 10-ounce bottles at a suggested retail of $2.49.
- FLOUR POWER
SEATTLE — New to stores this fall from Stone Buhr is a locally grown all-purpose flour. Grown exclusively by Northwest farmers, the wheat used in the flour is sustainably grown under a no-till system, which uses less energy and prevents soil erosion. For this, Stone Buhr's flour has received certification from the nonprofit Food Alliance, which promotes environmentally friendly agriculture. Available in 5-pound bags at a suggested retail of $2.99.
- HARD STUFF
HILLSIDE, N.J. — Recently released in stores is a new line of organic hard candy from Hillside, a company that's been making sweets since 1945. Appearing under Hillside's GoNaturally label, the candy pieces are made by hand using only three or four organic ingredients, including cane juice and brown rice syrup. The line is also gluten-free, and comes in four different flavors: Ginger, Honey Lemon, Cherry and Honey. Available in 8-ounce tubs for a suggested retail of $3.99.
- HAVE HEART
LOS ANGELES — Corazonas, makers of heart-healthy snacks, will add three new flavors to its line of tortilla chips this fall. The company makes its chips using plant sterols, which may help lower cholesterol and improve heart health, studies show. The chips are also free of cholesterol and trans fat, and low in saturated fat. The new flavors — Margarita Lime, Cilantro Salsa Fresca and Baja Bean Dip — are available in 7-ounce bags at a suggested retail of $2.99.
- STRING ALONG
RICHFIELD, Wis. — The DCI Cheese Co., under its Organic Creamery label, has added organic string cheese to its selection of specialty offerings. Marketed to kids and, more specifically, their health-conscious parents, the new “Silly Cheese” comes individually wrapped and bundled in a colorful package. Each 6-ounce package contains six string cheese sticks. Suggested retail is $4.59 to $4.99.
- BAKERY FRESH
LOS ANGELES — Artisan bread specialist La Brea Bakery has announced the release of four limited-edition breads this fall. First to arrive are the seasonal breads — an apple raisin spice loaf and a fruit and nut loaf. Then later in the season La Brea will release its two holiday breads, Chocolate Sour Cherry Round and Cranberry Walnut. All breads are baked using the company's signature sourdough starter, pioneered by founder Nancy Silverton. Available in 13.5-ounce bags; suggested retails vary by market.
- SOLID GOLD
MAHWAH, N.J. — Premium Gold Flax Products has recently introduced a line of pre-ground flax seed, labeled Dash O' Flax. Marketed as a healthy addition to foods like cereal, salad and smoothies, Dash O' Flax is gluten-free and contains zero grams of trans fat. According to the company, studies have linked flax consumption to heart health and an improved immune system. Available in 10-ounce containers at a suggested retail of $6.99.