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Honey Showcased at The Natural Products Expo West

The 35th annual Natural Products Expo West took place March 4-8, 2015
in Anaheim, CA.

This is the largest natural, organic and healthy products event in the world with 71,000 industry members in attendance and more than 2,700 exhibiting companies. With the trends toward Paleo and minimally processed, nutrient-dense products, honey made a strong showing in many new product launches.  Here are just a few of the delicious honey-infused creations exhibited at the expo.

Bare Show Me the Honey Coconut Chips

Bare’s Show Me the Honey Coconut Chips are made with honey and make for a great snack. The company started 12 years ago in Washington by creating baked apple chips. Each product, including these chips, are made with seven ingredients or less and contain no added sugar, no GMOs, and are gluten, dairy, and nut free. This delectable baked coconut snack gets the stamp of approval from just about every diet.

Dave’s Killer Bread Seeded Honey Wheat

This organic bread not only comes with great taste, but it also comes with a great story. Dave Dahl, an ex-felon, started Dave’s Killer Bread in 2005 with help from his brother and nephew in Portland, Oregon. The company has grown quickly and began to ship internationally last year. Dave’s Killer Bread continues to have a focus on second chances with 1 out of 3 employees hired having a criminal background. At 5g of protein per slice and almost four tablespoons of pure organic honey in each loaf, this Seeded Honey Wheat doesn’t get much better than this.

Lifeway Lowfat Honey Fig Kefir

Lifeway began in 1986 in Skokie, Ill. when Russian immigrant Michael Smolyansky decided to share kefir, a popular dairy drink in Eastern Europe, with his new home. Lowfat Honey Fig Kefir is a tangy and tart cultured milk smoothie with 12 active probiotic cultures. It’s an all-natural, protein and calcium-rich drink that you can enjoy any time of the day.

Blue Isle Honey Mediterranean Yogurt Spread

Karoun Dairies recently introduced Blue Isle’s Honey Mediterranean Yogurt Spread. The Sun Valley, Calif.-based company uses only fresh, growth hormone-free California milk and has done so since its founding in 1990. This subtly sweet spread has the consistency of cream cheese but comes in at almost half the fat and with probiotics. Use it as a spread, as part of a dip or in a recipe for a tasty treat.

Bonk Breaker Almond Cherry Chunk

Candy or protein bar? Your mouth won’t be able to tell with Bonk Breaker’s Almond Cherry Chunk.  Created by two elite athletes in 2005, Bonk Breaker has been named the Official Energy Bar of the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series and the Official Bar of USA Cycling. This gluten-free bar pairs almonds, cherries and chocolate before sweetening it with some honey. With 13g of protein in each bar, this is a treat without having to cheat on your diet.

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From the honey bee to the honey you put into you baked goods, beverages, snacks, candy and dairy products, the harvesting of honey is a multifaceted story.

This great infographic takes you through how honey is harvested and the multiple benefits this great product has as an energy booster, skin care product and cough soother.

Download the Story of Honey Infographic!

The Story of Honey

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Breakfast Foods Take Center Stage at CAGNY

Every year, executives from the top food and beverage companies in the world trot out their new product introductions at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference.

As expected, this year’s trends catered to consumer cravings for better-for-you products aimed at the growing breakfast category.

The Kellogg Company made a splash at this year’s event promoting its new Origins line of cereals, mueslis and granolas with no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. The new line is packed with whole grains and fiber, plus honey. Kellogg’s Origins Ancient Grains Blends prominently promotes a “touch of honey” on the front of the package and shows a honey dipper.

The company says the new line of products will debut this summer and is part of its strategy to “move from emphasis on absence of negatives (low fat, low calorie, low carb) to the presence of positives (fresh, unprocessed).”

The company describes the new Origins line as “Real food prepared simply,” and said the new products will be made with ingredients you can see and pronounce.

Denver-based WhiteWave Foods debuted its recently acquired Yulu brand of Australian yogurt, which includes a Honey variety. The yogurt is characterized by its creamy texture and 9 grams of protein per serving. Other varieties include Vanilla Bean, Strawberry, Blueberry and Raspberry.

Rounding out the new breakfast offerings was Minneapolis-based General Mills, who announced five of its Cheerios products will be going gluten-free in July. The popular Honey Nut Cheerios will join the company’s gluten-free offerings.

“This is exciting news for the cereal category, probably the biggest news since our commitment to whole grain in every box,” says Jim Murphy, president of General Mills’ Big G cereal division. “We know there are many consumers—as much as 30% in the U.S.—who avoid gluten. And, people are looking for more gluten-free options for cereal so it’s important that we make these five varieties of gluten-free Cheerios available.”

Expect manufacturers in the breakfast category to continue to develop products designed for consumers wanting to start the day with clean-label, better-for-you products. And, expect honey to be a key cornerstone of these formulations.

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