Emerging multicultural wellness ingredients July 20th, 2015

According to the latest Packaged Facts’ Culinary Trend Tracking Series report, multicultural wellness ingredients are emerging as a new trend.

While most Americans want to eat healthier, most that do are aged 35 and older. Likewise, the Americans that are trying new foods are mostly aged 18 to 44, said Packaged Facts Research Director David Sprinkle in the report.

Multicultural wellness ingredients are bringing these two groups together. The ingredients appeal to adventurous young shoppers, as well as health-conscious older shoppers.

Teff, avocados, matcha, pumpkin seeds and lentils are five increasingly popular ingredients that the report mentioned. Check out these four products that use these ingredients and are Made With Honey!

Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Bread
French Meadow Bakery

French Meadow Bakery, Minneapolis, was the first certified organic bakery in the United States. Its Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Bread is prepared using a whole-grain blend of amaranth, quinoa, millet, sorghum and teff, and is sweetened with a touch of organic honey.

Sparkling Matcha Green Tea

Motto, Boston, is the first bottled beverage delivering all the health benefits of matcha green tea. The Sparkling Matcha Green Tea is made with premium matcha, apple cider vinegar and fresh lemon juice, and is lightly sweetened with honey.

Great Harvest Bread Company

The Great Harvest Bread Company, Dillon, Mont., was established in 1976. The company bakes products with whole-grain and simple ingredients. In the Dakota, sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame seeds are generously kneaded into whole-wheat dough sweetened with honey for flavorful bread.

Honey Barbecue Sprouted Lentils
The Perfect Snaque

The Perfect Snaque, Hamilton, N.Y., was launched in 2011, and is a non-GMO certified company that produces snacks with superfoods. The Honey Barbecue Sprouted Lentils are gluten-free with 80% less fat than most potato chips. These lentils are packed with protein, and are lightly sweetened with honey powder.

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America is going organic July 6th, 2015

America is going organic

New data from the Organic Trade Association shows that the organic food industry grew to $35.9 billion in 2014. Organic food sales accounted for close to 5% of total U.S. food sales last year.

Organic items used to be limited to upscale grocery stores and other niche retailers, but recently, the products have gone mainstream. Even WalMart started offering organic products in 2014.

To recognize the growth of this category, we spotlighted some of our favorite organic products made with honey:

Alpine Valley Organic Honey Whole Wheat

Alpine Valley Bread, Mesa, Ariz., specializes in manufacturing and distributing flavorful Organic Whole Grain Bread, as well as private label breads, buns and rolls. The family-owned and operated business is dedicated to providing consumers with natural, organic whole grain breads that have no added fat, cholesterol, artificial flavors, dairy products or preservatives.

Alpine Valley’s Organic Honey Whole Wheat is made with 100% organic whole grain wheat flour and is sweetened with organic honey. This delicious bread is packed with protein and fiber.

Annie’s Organic Honey Wheat Pretzel Bunnies

Annie’s Organic Honey Wheat Pretzel Bunnies are great for snacking on the go. The pretzels have no hydrogenated oils, synthetic colors or preservatives. The pretzels have organic honey and sea salt to give them a not-too-sweet taste.

Annie’s Homegrown Inc, Berkeley, Calif., was founded in 1989 with a mission to cultivate a healthier and happier world through nourishing foods and honest words.

Wolaver’s Wildflower Wheat

Wolaver’s Organic Ales, Middlebury, Vt., became the first certified organic brewery in the United States in 1997. The company combined a passion for brewing ales with a strong belief in the benefits of organic farming. The ales have been brewed and bottled at the Otter Creek Brewery since 1998. Wolaver’s Wildflower Wheat is a delicious, unfiltered wheat ale, brewed with organic chamomile flowers and organic honey.

Green Valley Honey Yogurt

Green Valley Organics, Sonoma County, Calif., is a small family business that has been producing award-winning goat milk dairy products since 1968. The products are free of artificial coloring, preservatives and stabilizers. Green Valley Honey Yogurt has a naturally sweet flavor and a creamy texture. It is made with 100% organic fresh farm milk and organic wildflower honey.

Liberty Chocolate Dark Chocolate

Liberty Chocolate is a Vermont-based confectioner that creates chocolate with organic cacao beans from Peru and organic honey. This organic chocolate gets its sweet taste from the honey, which is an essential ingredient in every single bar. Liberty Chocolate Dark Chocolate is the signature flavor of Liberty Chocolate and has a robust, full flavor that is sweetened with organic honey.

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Fast-Paced Lives Lead to Fast Meals July 2nd, 2015

As physical activity becomes more important, adults of all ages are turning to food and beverages for convenience and energy.

According to market research publisher Packaged Facts, 36% of all adults in the U.S. consume sports drinks, and the nutrition bar market grew 8% in 2014.

New findings by Packaged Facts show that there has been a shift away from unhealthy drinks and snacks. More consumers are demanding natural sports drinks and nutrition bars, and consumer interest for more natural food and beverage products has extended to sports drinks.

Many market leaders have been reformulating their products to address criticism by highlighting the use of natural ingredients and using more natural sweeteners. Honey can be a great ingredient in sports drinks. Kerri Walsh Jennings, three-time beach volleyball gold medalist, uses honey as a natural energy booster in her workout regimen.

DIY Natural has a great recipe for a homemade, natural sports drink that uses honey.


  • 3 cups filtered water
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅓ cup juice from 1 lemon and 1 lime


Juice a lemon and a lime, straining out any seeds (and pulp if you wish). Add all the ingredients to a container with a tight-fitting lid, and shake well until honey and salt are dissolved. Chill in the refrigerator.

This makes about 1 quart.

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