- 5 Inventive Natural Food Industry Brands to Watch
- Is it a good thing when big businesses invest in your favorite healthy brands—or will it change what you love about them? Keep reading to find out.
- Why it’s happening
- What an acquisition or investment means for your fave healthy brands
- What it means for you
- 1. Whole Foods Market:
- 2. Urban Organics:
- 3. Earth’s Best Organics:
- 4. Wildwood:
- 5. Mary’s Gone Crackers:
- 6. Amy’s Kitchen:
- 7. Green And Black’s:
- 8. 365 Everyday Value:
- 9. Organic Valley:
- 10. Big Tree Farms:
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- Amy’s Kitchen
- Green & Black’s
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- Organic Valley
- 1. Whole Foods Market
- 2. Trader Joe’s
- 3. Publix Super Markets
- 4. Natural Grocers
- 5. Kroger
- 6. Fresh & Easy
- 7. Sprouts Farmers Market
- 8. Safeway
- 9. Wegmans
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- Purely Elizabeth.
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- Enjoy Life
- Harmless Harvest
- Pacific Foods
- Wholly Guacamole
- Kite Hill
- Evol Foods
- Ripple Pea Milk
- GT’s Kombucha
- Love Grown
- Rhythm Superfoods
- Beyond Meat
- Crazy Richard’s
- Amy’s Kitchen
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5 Inventive Natural Food Industry Brands to Watch
Clean eating is in, and is more than likely here to stay.
It’s no secret that healthy, mindful eating is on the rise. A 2017 report found that 54 percent of consumers were looking for foods with a short list of recognizable ingredients, and another 50 percent were looking for foods with little-to-no sugar. These statistics seem to indicate a continuing trend among consumers to seek out clean, safe, and organic options.
In the past few years, hundreds of food brands have emerged — many of which are replacing old, less nutritional foods with healthier swaps. Read on as we explore some inventive food brands redefining the food scene.
Keith Belling, the founder of Popchips, launched his newest healthy venture in early 2019. RightRice, a shelf-stable vegetable rice grain, is the first of its kind on the market and aims to replace similar but far less nutritious rice sides. Each of the four flavor varieties is made from a blend of lentils, chickpeas, peas, and rice. The end result is a bowl with double the protein, five times the fiber, and 40 percent fewer net carbs than the average bowl of white rice. RightRice is already getting accolades from consumers, retailers, and the media for its flavorful, nutritious line of products — and is positioned for strong growth, leveraging accelerating health and wellness trends. The company is well funded and has assembled a small, talented management team along with a team of advisors and investors that includes successful entrepreneurs, industry veterans, and notable celebrities.
2. Magic Spoon
Cereal is a go-to breakfast for many that doesn’t have a great reputation for being very healthy — often packed with added sugars, preservatives, and empty carbs. The need for healthier versions of more classic cereals is what lead Gabi Lewis and Gregory Sewitz, former college roommates, to create Magic Spoon. The duo spent more than a year perfecting their formula. The end result is a snack with 12 grams of protein and only 3 grams of net carbs. Their four varieties are sweetened with a blend of monk fruit, stevia, and allulose (a natural sugar found in things like figs) — meaning that you can indulge without the guilt.
3. Stryve Biltong
Gabe Carmini was a first-round NFL draft pick before he changed career paths and became the founder and CEO of Stryve. Understanding the importance of healthy, protein-packed snack options, but not satisfied with anything on the market, Carmini developed his own: Beef Biltong. Packed with nine essential amino acids, zero grams of fat, and only 1 gram of sugar, Stryve is similar to jerky except that it’s air dried and never infused with sugar-loaded marinades or preservatives. With 50 percent more protein than traditional jerky, any of Stryve’s half-dozen flavors would make a perfect afternoon or post-workout snack.
4. Quinn Snacks
Packaged snack foods are one of the top sellers in the U.S., but nearly all of them are full of additives, plastics, and chemicals. Not so, at Quinn Snacks. This inventive healthy food brand is setting out to reinvent beloved snacks, one ingredient at a time. After the birth of her first child, Quinn’s founder Kristy Lewis decided to transform what we’re eating, and started whipping up pretzels and microwavable popcorn in her own kitchen. All of Quinn’s products are made with real, sustainable, and farm-sourced ingredients, and the team strives to be transparent with consumers about where everything comes from.
Blame the low-carb movement for quite literally putting pasta on the back burner. But Banza is setting out to change that. Made entirely of chickpeas, each serving has 25 grams of protein, 13 grams of fiber, and 40 percent fewer net carbs than a serving of traditional pasta. Launched in 2014, Banza has recently been picked up by Whole Foods, Target, and Jet.com making it much easier for the average diner to get their hands on a box. And that they are: Banza pasta is currently the best selling-pasta at Whole Foods and the second best selling pasta at Target. Gluten-free and non-GMO, Banza noodles taste just like regular pasta.
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Sixteen months ago, jaws dropped when Amazon acquired Whole Foods, but it certainly isn’t the only surprising partnership that’s forged. Now more than ever, mega brands like Mars (owner of Twix, Snickers, and more cash register mainstays), General Mills, and PepsiCo are investing in or acquiring your fave go-to healthy companies.
Some headlines you may or may not have seen: PepsiCo acquiring Health Warrior and KeVita kombucha (The company also owns Quaker Oats, which will be getting in on the oat milk trend in 2019.); General Mills investing in Purely Elizabeth, No Cow, Farmhouse Culture, and most recently, Kite Hill; Mars investing in Kind; and Peet’s investing in Revive Kombucha. Some pretty strange bedfellows, right?
What exactly does it mean for you that the owner of Lucky Charms is now investing in your favorite gluten-free adaptogenic granola? Or that your trusted small batch kombucha brand is being brought to the masses? Here, the CEOs from all the companies named here—on both sides of the partnerships—give an honest look behind the curtain, revealing exactly how the partnerships work and, most importantly, what it means for you.
Is it a good thing when big businesses invest in your favorite healthy brands—or will it change what you love about them? Keep reading to find out.
Why it’s happening
Companies like General Mills and Nestle already house long lists of brands under their umbrellas, so it’s natural to wonder why they’d go after healthy startups instead of making tweaks to their existing products. But the truth is, they’re doing both. Nestle is cutting the sugar in its candy by a whopping 40 percent—that’s major. And Kraft, the maker of your childhood fave meal of fluorescent mac and cheese, is ditching artificial preservatives and colors and will use spices like turmeric instead. So, to be fair, the moves mega companies are making toward health are happening in a variety of ways.
But similar to how you want to tell all your friends (and post to Instagram!) when you learn about an awesome new food, these companies get excited when they discover a cool brand, too—they just spread the word in a much different (and bigger way). “As one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies, we have the responsibility and opportunity to help people eat and drink better every day, which includes looking for innovative ways to make it possible for more people to access nutritious choices,” says Seth Kaufman, the president of PepsiCo’s North American nutrition division of the decision to acquire KeVita.
“We have the responsibility and opportunity to help people eat and drink better every day.” —Seth Kaufman, president of PepsiCo’s North American nutrition division
According to Eric Lauterbach, the chairman of Coldcraft and president of consumer at Peet’s Coffee, the brand viewed investing in Revive as a way to stake a claim in another craft-brewed beverage market. “Kombucha is a natural consumer adjacency for cold brew,” he says, because his target consumers tend to love both. “And knowing the increasing value consumers are placing in health and wellness products, and how our own line of coffee—from beans to bottled—meets those needs, our investment in Revive reflects our belief in the strength and promise of the brand.”
Of course, these investments and the push toward healthier options aren’t just being made out of the goodness of their hearts—it’s clear wellness is booming and the demand for nutrient-dense food is growing. Sure, processed and sugar-filled foods are still selling big-time, but it pays (literally) to diversify.
So, what happens once a deal is made? Is it similar to when your fave indie band got signed to a big label and was suddenly everywhere and, well, different?
What an acquisition or investment means for your fave healthy brands
Daniel Katz was only 20 when General Mills offered to financially back his protein line No Cow. (He’s 22 now and founded his company at the ripe old age of 19.) “As soon as we got the partnership underway, they pretty much allowed full access to anything General Mills as a company has to offer,” Katz says. When he decided to give his brand a redesign, he was able to tap General Mills’ innovation and design teams—something he says would have cost him a lot of money otherwise. Other ways General Mills gave a leg up: managing vendor relationships and shipping costs.
As far as changes to the products themselves, Katz says General Mills wanted him to alter…well, nothing. “The concept of them buying into what we were doing is a key point,” he says. “One of the commitments they made to us early on was that they wouldn’t start changing the ingredients, adding sugar, or doing other things . Overall, the partnership has only changed things for the better, not worse.”
“One of the commitments they made to us early on was that they wouldn’t start changing the ingredients, adding sugar, or doing other things .” —Daniel Katz, founder of No Cow
John Haugen, the vice president and general manager of General Mills’ 301 Inc. division and the interim CEO of Kite Hill, echoes that sentiment from the other side of the deal. “We are an investor in , and by being an investor, we’ve really bought into what’s great about them,” he says. “We want them to run their businesses.”
It turns out General Mills’ stance is not the exception. “While a global partnership with Mars will help accelerate our entrance into new countries, it will not change our approach to innovation,” says Kind CEO Daniel Lubetzky of his company’s recent partnership. “All Kind snacks will continue to be developed under my guidance.”
Revive CEO Sean Lovett says the investment he’s received from Peet’s has actually enabled him to focus more on his mission: “If you’re constantly looking for money, it could cause you to alter your strategy,” he says. “It’s allowed us to be genuine and stay true to our purpose and really run super fast, laser-focused toward goal.”
To Lubetzky—and the other healthy brands included in this article—the deals mean they’re able to get their products into the hands of more people. Katz says that before General Mills’ investment, No Cow was only available in CVS, The Vitamin Shoppe, and GNC. Soon, it will be in Wegmans and Sprouts, too. Lovett says the financial backing has upped distribution for Revive, too. And as far as what’s changed in the product: nothing.
What it means for you
So far, the deals seem like a win for both indie brands and the mega companies that buy them. But what about you? Is it a win for you, too? Yes! The more resources available, the more places you’ll start seeing your fave healthy go-tos pop up. (Revive is even offered on tap at several gas stations out west.)
One of the criticisms of the Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition is that small, local brands might lose the shelf space they have now. With that threat looming, these investments could mean more than ever. It’s not the only way healthy brands are getting creative, too: Online retailer Brandless is able to sell everything for $3 or less by getting the goods straight from suppliers. And co-working culinary space Pilotlight gives startup food brands a place—and path—to grow their businesses.
“This is a very exciting time to be in food,” Haugen says. “Ultimately our success will be shown through the brands that we work with. The proof is in the pudding—well, in this case, yogurt.”
Originally published January 10, 2018. Updated October 31, 2018.
Kroger has gotten big into wellness, too. And so has Wal-Mart.
Top 10 Organic Food Brands Available In Market preeti bhatt Hyderabd040-395603080 July 31, 2019
Organic food is safe, natural and wholesome. It is fresh and offers amazing health benefits. The goodness of organic food remains unbeaten. However, you should know which brands to pick when it comes to shopping for the best tasting organic food items.
Insecticides and pesticides have contaminated the complete human food chain these days. What options are we left with then? Is our only choice ingesting chemically affected food? No, look around and you will find a gift from nature and that is organic food. Organic food is gaining more and more acceptance these days because of its purity and health benefits.
Have a look at the 10 best international organic food brands you should think of buying:
1. Whole Foods Market:
This amazing organic food brand is a good option for people in search of gluten free food items. It also offers the option of buying your favorite organic food items online. This brand is the tag owner of over 400 food stores across US, UK and Canada. John Mackey, the current CEO of the brand founded the Whole Foods Market on September 2, 1980.
2. Urban Organics:
Urban Organics is yet another trusted brand name in the organic food industry. It is known for supporting local farmers and local organic food producers. This brand supplies fresh and raw food items to the innovative kitchens via local support.
3. Earth’s Best Organics:
This brand, now a part of the Hain Celestial Group Inc., is a baby food brand that offers freshest organic baby food items and snacks. Their mouth-watering food recipes are flavorsome and healthy feast for toddlers. Their fresh curries and soups offer natural taste. This baby food organic brand demotes the use of pesticides and artificial fertilizers. They stick to natural ways of food cultivation and recipes. DHA and ARA are two essential ingredients of their toddlers and infants special recipes.
Wildwood is a giant brand name in the organic food industry, mainly popular due to its fresh sprouted tofus. This brand runs a chain of Wildwood restaurants that offer flavorsome organic recipes like protein-rich tofus, burgers, crumbles and much more. You must not miss out on the fantastic organic dishes served fresh by this organic food brand.
5. Mary’s Gone Crackers:
This is yet another organic brand that offers amazing gluten-free recipes. This brand focuses on the conscious eating agenda that insists on sticking to natural food items. It offers a splash of fresh organic whole grains those are presented as twisted fresh veg. recipes.
6. Amy’s Kitchen:
This brand offers homely organic food treats to organic food lovers. This family business venture came to existence in the year 1987 and was named after the daughter of the couple (Rachel and Andy Berlin) who founded this brand. Organic Enchilada Verde and baked ziti are two special organic recipes of this organic food brand.
7. Green And Black’s:
Green and Black’s are the leading manufacturers and suppliers of organic chocolates worldwide. Jo Fairley and Craig Sams are the two co-founders of this amazing organic chocolate brand. The Maya Gold Chocolate is their flavorsome chocolate recipe loaded with the goodness of organic cocoa, native to Belize.
8. 365 Everyday Value:
As the name suggests, this organic food brand stays on its toes all the year round to serve you with some of the freshest organic food recipes. This American organic food brand is certified for safe consumption by CCOF. Whole Foods is yet another famous name of the 365 Everyday Value brand only.
9. Organic Valley:
This is an award winning organic food brand. It came into existence with the collective efforts of over 1300 families who were in search of safe and natural food items.
10. Big Tree Farms:
This is a small organic venture that is still budding in the huge organic food industry. However, this brand has already started making big news with its revolutionary food items like coconut palm sugar. It offers various tempting organic food recipes that are not found anywhere else.
So the list of organic food brands ends here. All these certified organic food brands are global hits amongst customers looking forward to quality, safety and variety.
Which organic food brand stands as your personal favorite? Did you ever get a chance to explore the variety of these amazing international organic food brands? Share your feedback with us in the comment section.
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The pressure industrialized food production has on the planet affects us all—from the toxic agro-chemical genetically modified seed industry, to the billions of animals raised for food, to the artificial ingredients that flavor, preserve and color processed foods—it’s enough to make any stroll through a local supermarket feel surreal, even scary. Aisle after aisle of packaged foods contain more unrecognizable ingredients than recognizable ones.
We’ve come to rely on the health food store as panacea to the supermarket, blindly filling our shopping cart with items we assume to be healthy. But even our beloved organic foods can contain non-organic stabilizers, gelling agents and flavors, some with known human health risks. And it makes sense as many of the major multinational corporate conglomerates that dominate conventional supermarkets also own many of the natural food brands we love. Discernment can be tricky.
What we know for sure is that less is more. Buying ingredients instead of “products” is the best way to a truly healthy meal. This means fresh fruits and vegetables—best when local and seasonal, and even better when you grow your own. Buying bulk grains, beans, seeds and nuts, and again, making your own meals from scratch decreases your risk for foodborne illnesses, excess salt, sugar, trans fats and other unsavory ingredients. While this is the goal for many of us, it is not often a reality. So we cut corners, buying boxed cereal instead of making our own, pasta sauce from a jar, frozen pizza, and so on.
If we look to food brands as a condiment to our otherwise pure diets, there are some worthy of supporting. And in this modern world where we can research products at the swipe of a smart phone, we owe it to our healthiest selves to make sure what we put in our bodies is of the highest quality.
While it may seem as if there would be hundreds of natural food brands worthy of recognition, coming up with just 20 was a task. Some well-known brands did not make this list for several reasons. First: Amy’s. While we love that Amy’s is still family-owned and uses a roster of recognizable ingredients, most of the products are made for the microwave. And we simply cannot recommend that as a healthy method of cooking. The brand does however offer a few items that are not meant for a microwave, but also beware of the canned soup line, as the brand does not say it uses BPA-free packaging.
Another brand not on this list is White Wave/Silk. Not only is the brand owned by the largest dairy conglomerate in the U.S., Dean Foods (although they’re looking to sell it), they’ve also replaced organic soybeans in the soymilk and soy products with non-organic. And, most every nondairy milk brand available contains non-organic ingredients like gelling agents, including carrageenan–a known carcinogen also connected with digestive disorders. You can easily make your own instead.
Also not included on this list are any dairy or meat brands (and not just because I am a vegan). Research has shown that most consumers who truly understand the benefits of organically raised animal products, also value the locally raised model and support regional farmers and ranchers. As a general rule, we recommend this as well. Get to know a local dairy farmer. Go visit a chicken farm or a cattle ranch. Chances are there are several near you, and if you do consume animal products, it’s much to your advantage to see where your animals come from. Smaller farms are better farms. Period.
Organic foods are always recommended when possible. Not all of these brands are organic; but all employ quality standards and ingredients, and some even observe Fair Trade practices as well.
Our criteria included recommendations taken from The Cornucopia Institute Scorecards (soy and carrageenan). As well, we looked at the operation of the business, relationship to suppliers and producers, and the taste and quality of the actual food items themselves.
In suspenseful reveal fashion, we’re listing our favorite last, so read on…drumroll please!
The Top 20 Most Credible Natural Food Brands
20. Wildwood: The organic sprouted tofus are GMO-free but some of the processed fodos including yogurts, can contain ingredients to avoid.
19. Rejuvenative Foods: High quality fermented foods.
18. Kettle Chips:Stick with the organic options.
17.Lundberg Farms: Beware the packaged risottos with “butter flavor.”
16.Tofurky: Generally clean organic tofu products, but some of the more processed items, including the pizzas, contain questionable ingredients that are best to avoid.
15. Reed’s: Ginger is medicine, and these sodas are amazing, but they do however contain a lot of sugar. Like all soft drinks, save for special occassions.
14. Mary’s Gone Crackers: Gluten-free, whole grain and clean ingredients when snacking is a must.
13. Sunshine Burger: Pretty much the only soy-free, wheat-free veggie burger option besides your own recipe. They essentially do just one thing, and they do it well.
12. Field Roast: Very clean mock-meats, but wheat-based and non-organic. Still, better than most else out there when you can’t make your own.
11. Equal Exchange: An emphasis on Fair Trade coffee and chocolate. Check ingredients on processed items.
10. Theo Chocolate: You can find a lot of locally made chocolates now in most major cities, but a good default option is Theo’s organic and Fair Trade varieties. Not all vegan.
9. Artisana: High quality clean nut butters in glass jars.
8. Bob’s Redmill: Stick with the solo ingredients rather than the mixes.
7. Dr. Bronner’s: They mostly make the world’s best soap, but their coconut oil is now available in stores and it’s the best-tasting Fair Trade coconut oil currently available. Hopefully they bring more products with integrity to our food supply.
6. Big Tree Farms: A newcomer to the food industry, but they’re doing some revolutionary products including coconut palm sugar. And working with thousands of farmers in Bali as a cooperative is also pretty cool.
5. Traditional Medicinals: Pharmacopeial grade herbs formulated by professional herbalists for high-quality, effective teas.
4. Nature’s Path: The go-to brand for organic cereal and a commitment to non-GMO ingredients, but beware, they still use a lot of sugar and ingredients like soy oil.
3. Food for Life: Sprouted grains are edible grains. No fillers; impeccable quality.
2. Bragg’s: Trust people who make their money on apple cider vinegar. And drink it daily.
1. Eden Foods: BPA-free cans, organic soy, no gelling agents in the soymilk, commitment to organic, local and traditionally made foods for three decades. Family-owned.
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If you want to start eating organic, you want to start with the very best, right? So many wonderful organic food companies are out there, but we’ve narrowed it down to our top five favorites.
Give your baby the best with Earth’s Best Organic baby food. The company has led the organic baby food market for 25 years. Their products are made from organic ingredients grown without harmful
pesticides. The company adds no salt, modified starches or refined sugars to their products and uses no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Earth’s Best does not use genetically engineered
ingredients (GEI), either, so parents can rest assured that they are giving their babies healthy, natural and delicious food.
Rachel and Andy Berliner, who named the company after their daughter, started this family business in 1987. The company maintains strong relationships with local farmers, in fact, more than half
the vegetables in their food items are grown within 200 miles of Amy’s “kitchen.” Amy’s organic offerings include frozen whole meals such as organic enchilada verde and kids’ meals such as baked
ziti, as well as salsas and pasta sauces, soups, burritos and even desserts.
Green & Black’s
Green & Black’s produces some of the world’s most decadent organic chocolate. The company remains true to its original values of ethical trading and organic products. Founders Jo Fairley and
Craig Sams initiated an agreement with local farmers in Belize, where they get the cocoa beans for their signature Green & Black’s Maya gold chocolate. They pay a premium for their organic
cocoa as well as an additional Fair Trade price. The company produces delectable organic chocolate in bars and bags, baking chocolate, hot chocolate and even ice cream. Who says you can’t indulge
on an organic diet?
365 Everyday Value/Whole
Whole Foods Markets strive to exceed their customers’ expectations and offer the highest quality natural and organic products available. Though organic products are often a bit pricier than their
traditional counterparts, Whole Foods’ 365 Organic Everyday Value brand aims to bring organic products to the masses at incredible value. Whole Foods is certified by CCOF, an independent,
USDA-accredited, third-party certifier. CCOF’s Organic Certification Program ensures that the company abides by strict USDA guidelines for handling organic goods.
Organic Valley is a cooperative of 1,326 farm families who produce premium, market-certified organic food products. In addition to selling quality organic foods, the cooperative’s mission is to
encourage a farming future that emphasizes ecological and economic sustainability. In 2008, Organic Valley received the Ecological Farming Association’s “Sustie Award” (short for “Steward of
Sustainable Agriculture”), which honors those “who have demonstrated in word and action a long-term significant contribution to the well being of agriculture and the planet.”
Your diet is the foundation of your fitness program, which makes your weekly or daily trips to healthy grocery stores extremely important. If you aren’t loading your shopping cart up with the freshest and healthiest ingredients, you aren’t going see the gains you’re looking for. Many supermarket chains have been rapidly expanding their health food offerings, but which ones are outdoing the competition? Check out these healthy grocery stores that are stocked with the all-natural, nutritious food you need to help meet your fitness goals and keep your meal management program on track.
1. Whole Foods Market
With 420 stores in the US, Canada, and UK, Whole Foods Market is one of the largest supermarket chains. Boasting an amazing assortment of locally produced and organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, free-range chicken, and freshly caught seafood, Whole Foods is a bastion of healthy eating. In addition to their stellar selection of fresh produce and healthy meats, Whole Foods offers several delicious prepared foods that are clearly labeled and loaded with healthy ingredients.
2. Trader Joe’s
While your average store my carry over 50,000 items from bad-for-you mainstream brands, Trader Joe’s stocks about 4,000, 80% of which are branded with one of the chain’s own brands. The store’s impressive and delicious brands of food contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservative, and no MSG, trans fats, or genetically modified ingredients. Self described as “your unique grocery store”, Trader Joe’s products include gourmet foods, organic foods, vegetarian foods, an assortment of unusual frozen foods, imported foods, domestic and imported wine and beer, alternative food items, and staples like produce, eggs, and bread. With 457 stores in 39 states and Washington D.C., Trader Joe’s is a leader when it comes to organic and fresh food.
3. Publix Super Markets
Publix sets itself apart from the competition by making healthy eating a family affair. Publix Baby Club is a program pregnant women can sign up for in order to receive special coupons and a newsletter about infants’ developing needs. They also have a free FamilyStyle magazine that includes simple tips complete with recipes for cooking fast family dinners. Publix produces their own brand of fresh and packaged natural and organic foods, which they named “GreenWise”. In each store Publix helps guide customers towards the produce that’s most in season so they get food when it’s freshest and most nutritious. They have also launched Publix GreenWise Market, an offshoot of the main chain that focuses on natural and organic foods. These healthy grocery stores can be found in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama.
4. Natural Grocers
Natural Grocers is a Colorado based health food chain that operates over 90 healthy grocery stores in Colorado, Texas, Utah, Oklahoma, Oregon, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Nebraska, Idaho, Arizona, Washington, and Wyoming. Their shelves are stocked with vitamins, dietary supplements, natural and organic food, organic produce, and natural body products. Natural Grocers is also a longtime proponent of consumer education and runs an ongoing free lecture series with nutrition and health experts for both customer and employee education. As part of this education, they have made their “What We Do Not Sell and Why” manifesto available on their website. This list includes items such as artificial colors and flavors, irradiated food, and meat raised with artificial hormones and antibiotics among others. Each store also makes the services of a free trained “Nutritional Health Coach” available to all its customers.
In addition to the more than 2,625 Kroger stores located in the Midwestern and Southern United States, Kroger also operates many stores under various additional names including City Market, Smith’s, Harris Teeter, and many more. Kroger grocery stores feature a nutritious selection of fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, and a variety of natural foods; including national brands like HorizonÃ‚® and KashiÃ‚®, and exclusive brands such as Simple TruthÃ¢€ž¢ and Simple Truth OrganicÃ¢€ž¢.
6. Fresh & Easy
Fresh & Easy’s mission is to save customers time by making fresh and natural food more available and affordable. Stocked with hundreds of new unique fresh products, including eggs stamped with a laid on date, in-store growler program, and the first USDA certified grab & go sandwiches and salads in America, Fresh & Easy grocery stores are delivering on the company’s commitment to be a destination for value and products that don’t exist at other grocery chains. With 111 stores in California, Arizona, and Nevada, Fresh & Easy is a great option for West Coast shoppers looking for healthy grocery stores.
7. Sprouts Farmers Market
Similar to established mega brands like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, Sprouts Farmers Market is a chain of over 200 grocery stores that are smaller than your typical supermarket and focus on fresh foods, produce, healthy foods, vitamins, and supplements. Sprouts is dedicated to providing fresh, organic food at prices that make it extremely competitive with their higher-priced competitors. You’ll find fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables, wholesome grains, nuts and sweets, a full-service deli, and meat and seafood counters-complete with handmade burgers and sausages. Sprouts also stocks freshly baked goods, tasty and convenient, ready-to-eat meals, gourmet cheeses, sensibly priced vitamins and supplements, and thousands of natural, organic, and gluten-free groceries. Sprouts Farmers Market serve Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Missouri.
Safeway by all appearances appears to be a traditional grocery store, but if you look closer you’ll see signs of a health transformation. Between developing their own organic brands, expanding their produce selection to include locally grown items, and their SimpleNutrition shelf tags throughout the store, Safeway is working hard to help their customers make better nutrition choices. The SimpleNutrition program was developed by registered dietitians and tags designated products with a key attribute (e.g. gluten free, made with whole grains, good source of fiber, etc.) and the number of Carb Choices in a serving. Safeway primarily serves the Western and Central United States.
This East Coast chain has 85 stores located in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Back in 1992, they began developing a line of health focused products they dubbed “Food You Feel Good About.” These products are created to taste great naturally. Specifically, their “Food You Feel Good About” products are fee of artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils, and high fructose corn syrup, and only use fresh meats from animals not given antibiotics, hormones, or animal by-products. Wegmans also support their “eat well, live well” mission by offering an impressive selection of over 3,000 organic items throughout their stores.
Bonus: Organic Store Locator
This organic food directory is a great tool for finding healthy grocery stores near you. In addition to grocery stores, the locator also provides you with list of restaurants that are serving up all-natural, organic food. Our list of healthy grocery stores focuses mostly on large national and regional chains, but local natural food stores and farmer’s markets are also great places to get healthy, organic food for your meal management system. Tell us about your favorite places to shop healthy in the comments section below!
The Top 11 Health Food Stores in the United States
Recently, we highlighted the best 35 Supermarkets in America for 2016. In an effort to provide readers with the ability to find the healthiest food, we’ve decided to create a new subset of this list. Thus, we present to you The Top 11 Health Food Stores in the United States.
While all favorites lists are subjective, we can tell you that all 11 stores featured on this list provide some of the healthiest edibles (and drinkables) out there. Offering things like sustainable wild-caught fish from top companies, every variety of organic salad green you could ever want, a slew of health-promoting dark chocolates, and more, a health food store is defined as any store that offers nutritionally sound, environmentally conscious products and does its best to reduce humankind’s footprint. If you’ve ever been to a supermarket that just feels hip (perhaps one that doesn’t provide plastic bags but does offer freshly made juices), you’ve probably been to a health food store as defined by us.
You’ll certainly recognize some of the large, national chains on this list, but many of the healthiest stores in our country are smaller chains with just a handful of locations. We’ve compiled this list using various other lists on the internet as well as information from sources like the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association, filtering the information for what we believe to be the best of the best based on sustainable practices, customer and community integration and education, allergy-related mindfulness, and, of course, availability of the healthiest types of food. Say goodbye to GMOs and hello to health.
The Organic Revolution in Paris: The Best Bio Shops In the City of Light
L’épicerie du Verre Volé
With more and more people in Paris paying attention to the quality and origin of their food, it’s no surprise that independent, organic stores are increasingly popular. A focus on ingredient-based cooking in restaurants has inspired a focus on ingredients in the home and specialty food shops like Terroirs d’Avenir and L’épicerie du Verre Volé provide the everyday consumer with options for locally sourced and artisanal ingredients.
If you’re looking to go “bio”, or organic, in Paris, there are several options for certified organic shopping. Three open-air markets, Marché Batignolles, Marché Raspail, and Marché Brancusi, are exclusively organic- with everything from fruits and vegetables to meats and cheeses all cultivated respecting traditional and natural methods. If you can’t make it to the market, there are quite a few options for organic shopping in Paris. Chain stores such as the Monoprix group owned Naturalia and the swiftly expanding Bio C’ Bon abound and are easily found in most neighborhoods, but if you’re looking for something with more of a family-owned feel here are a few independent and ethically engaged organic shops that you shouldn’t miss:
Le Carillon d’Olivier is a precious, independently owned organic shop in the heart of Montmartre. While the sprawling terrasses of the rue des Abesses tourist-friendly restaurants have their appeal, your best bet for food in this area is self-catering an organic picnic and Le Carillon d’Olivier is just the place to stock up on bread, cheese, apples, and charcuterie.If you’re feeling thirsty, pop into the La Cave des Abbesses (43 rue des Abbesses, 75018) for a bottle of natural wine, including fantastic bubbly from the Loire region.
Le Carillon d’Olivier, 34 rue des Abesses, 75018
Le Retour à la Terre Rive Gauche a member of the biocoop collective of organic coops with stores all over France, this outpost in the 5th arrondissement stands out for its great location and superior selection of all things organic. The friendly staff is happy to help answer questions about the wide range of organic and homeopathic beauty and health products. The carefully curated selection of craft beers, natural wines, and other regional specialties make this biocoop a true joy to shop in. Pick up an in-house prepared organic quiche, tarte, sandwich, or salad from the deli counter and head to the nearby Jardin du Luxembourg for an organic déjeuner sur l’herbe.
Le Retour à la Terre Rive Gauche, 1 Rue le Goff. Tel: +33 (0)1 56 81 10 37.
Bien L’épicerie is the newest addition to the list of organic options. A google search will reveal nothing about this seemingly elusive shop, which has somehow managed to exist without a webpage or any online presence. However, a leisurely stroll in the Marais, just north of Place des Vosges, will take you to the doorstep of this modern organic shop, stocked with a selection of bulk goods, fresh produce, and organic juices, salads, and other healthy snacks.
Bien L’épicerie, 20 rue Saint Gilles, 75003.
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Les Nouveaux Robinson is another organic cooperative, à la biocoop. With stores across Paris and France, these independently operated stores vary in size and selection. While technically just outside city limits, the Nouveux Robinson in Montreuil is a favorite among whole food loving Parisians. An easy trip on the line 9 will take you to this mecca of organic produce, which stocks 7,000 brands of organic foods and has one of the most impressive bulk food selections in the city. More than just a place to shop, this store is an institution and its warm welcome inspires conversation and exchanges among the loyal clientele.
Les Nouveaux Robinson, 49 rue Raspail, 93100 Montreuil-sous-Bois.
Canal Bio is a trailblazer in the organic food movement, claiming to be one of the first organic shops to open in the capital. Selling produits bio to the people since 1995, Canal Bio boasts an impressive selection of fresh bread, dried fruits and grains in bulk, and a large selection of natural cosmetics and household cleaners. Located near the banks of the Bassin de la Vilette, the shop is an ideal place to stop by and stock up for a canal-side picnic or apéro.
Canal Bio, 46 Quai de la Loire. Tel: +33 (0)1 42 06 44 44.
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12 Natural and Organic Brands Owned By Big Food
A significant (and growing) number of shoppers have spurned traditional food and drink brands in favor of “better” choices. Instead of Tropicana and Tostitos, they’re reaching for Naked Juice and Garden of Eatin’ all-natural chips. Instead of Ball Park franks, they’re opting for Applegate Farms nitrite- and nitrate-free hot dogs. These alternatives cost more but people are willing to pay, in large part because they see these brands as being smaller, healthier, more responsible choices.
What many don’t realize, though, is that a lot of these “niche” companies are owned and operated by the very corporations many shoppers are trying to avoid. Healthy, environmentally aware brands have seen huge sales growth in recent years, and big names like Coca-Cola, General Mills and Perdue all want a piece of the action. Their ownership of once-independent brands isn’t a secret—but it isn’t actively promoted either.
The natural question, of course, is whether or not this actually matters. Is the integrity of a smaller brand really compromised when it is bought by a big company? On the one hand, a Coca-Cola or a Campbell’s can increase the availability of natural and organic options. On the other hand, as experts like Philip Howard at Michigan State University have noted, big companies tend to tinker with formulas to make them easier to mass-produce. And then there’s the issue of a parent company reflecting negatively on its subsidiaries, as when General Mills, Kellogg’s and others funded opposition efforts to California’s GMO labeling proposition at the same time that some of their “natural” brands were promoting the non-use of GM ingredients.
As we ponder the answer to this and other related questions (such as: why doesn’t the “natural” label mean anything?), here are some natural and organic brands that have gone big in recent years.
1. ANNIE’S HOMEGROWN
The brand best known for boxes of mac and cheese with the cute little bunny on them sold to General Mills for $820 million in 2014. Since then, Annie’s has branched out into additional product categories, including cereal, which it had struggled to develop as an independent entity. John Foraker, founder and president of Annie’s, says the company hasn’t had to compromise its values or ingredients under the new ownership. But consumers, and even some employees, are skeptical.
2. HONEST TEA
Founded in 1997 by a Yale business school grad and one of his professors, Honest Tea has surged over the past several years to become one of the leading bottled tea companies in America. That’s due in large part to a big investment from soda giant Coca-Cola. In 2008, the company bought a 40 percent stake in Honest Tea, and then completed the acquisition three years later. The sale brought some accusations of “greenwashing,” but Honest Tea founder Seth Goldman has adamantly fought the idea that “big” equals “bad” in the organic world.
3. APPLEGATE FARMS
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Last summer, the natural and organic meat company—makers of preservative- and antibiotic-free deli meats, hot dogs and sausages—sold to Hormel, maker of that most unnatural of meat products: Spam. The $775 million deal incensed some customers, who regularly take to the company’s Facebook page to vent their frustrations. In response, Applegate says it operates independent from Hormel, and that its acquisition came with safeguards to maintain its focus on clean ingredients and animal welfare.
4. NAKED JUICE
In 2006, the fruit juice company known for catchy flavors like “Blue Machine” and “Mighty Mango” sold to PepsiCo for a reported $450 million price tag. Pepsi filed the acquisition under its “better-for-you” brand portfolio, but recent years have seen Naked Juice come under fire for its high sugar content and “natural” labeling. In 2013, Pepsi settled a class action lawsuit brought by consumers who contested the label’s “100% Juice” and “All Natural” claims, among others. Pepsi paid out $9 million and agreed to stop printing “All Natural” on its Naked Juice bottles.
The Kellogg Company bought this pioneering natural foods brand back in 2000, well before these sorts of acquisitions were trendy. The payoff came through several years of sustained growth as Kashi rode the wave of demand for natural and organic products. But Kellogg’s faltered as competition increased, and in 2012 Kashi faced major criticism over what consumers saw as its abuse of the “natural” label. Follow that with Kellogg’s financial contributions to defeat California’s mandatory GMO-labeling law—and this after Kashi promised to remove GMOs from its products—and the company has found itself backpedaling of late.
6. FOOD SHOULD TASTE GOOD
Founded in 2006, the plainly named snack company hit a sweet spot with uniquely flavored chips like olive, sweet potato and chocolate. This success didn’t go unnoticed by General Mills, who bought FSTG in 2012. Since then, General Mills has increased its distribution to major supermarkets, club and convenience stores. Along with brands like Larabar and Cascadian Farm (yep, they’re in there too), General Mills projects its “better for you brands” could top $1 billion in sales by 2020.
7. EARTHBOUND FARMS
The country’s largest grower of organic greens began as a 2.5-acre raspberry farm in Carmel, Calif. Since then, it has grown to include more than 50,000 acres and become what food-ag guru Michael Pollan called “industrial organic farming at its best.” Two years ago, Earthbound sold to WhiteWave Foods, formerly a subsidiary of dairy giant Dean Foods, for $600 million. The acquisition brings expansion opportunities, but organic advocacy groups are worried about WhiteWave’s integrity under CEO Gregg Engles, who oversaw Dean Foods during sourcing controversies involving its Horizon and Silk brands.
8. BEAR NAKED
Two high school friends from Connecticut built up this granola company the old-fashioned way: through local sales and word-of-mouth. In 2007, Kellogg’s-owned Kashi bought them out for a cool $60 million. In the ensuing years, the brand has expanded to include energy bars, snack bars and trail mixes.
9. STONYFIELD FARM
In 2001, France’s Group Danone (now known as Danone), whose brands include Dannon and Evian, bought a 40 percent stake in organic yogurt company Stonyfield, and completed the acquisition two years later. Stonyfield founder and CEO Gary Hirshberg had actively sought an investor, and the buyout came with demands that his company stay independent. In the ensuing years Stonyfield, now the country’s leading organic yogurt company, has gotten some flack for its sugar content, but Hirshberg has remained a very public advocate of the company’s “big with a purpose” ethos.
10. BOLTHOUSE FARMS
Started in 1915 as a commercial farm in western Michigan, Bolthouse grew to prominence selling fresh carrots, including a ready-to-eat packaged variety that became incredibly popular in the ‘90s. In 2005, private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners bought Bolthouse, then in 2012 sold the company to the Campbell Soup Company for $1.55 billion. Over the past few years, Bolthouse has expanded its lineup of fruit beverages and moved into categories like salad dressing.
11. COLEMAN NATURAL
The nation’s largest producer of organic chicken sold to Perdue back in 2011. This raised some eyebrows in industry and advocacy circles, especially considering Perdue’s checkered past with animal welfare. But Perdue, along with its main competitor, Tyson, has seen growing demand for natural, humanely raised meat. Last year, both companies agreed to severely limit or cut out the use of sub-therapeutic antibiotics on chickens. Perdue also purchased Niman Ranch, which has strict standards for animal welfare. Advocacy groups are keeping a close watch, meanwhile, and caution that the organic standard, despite its high price, is the only true, federally regulated guarantee for “better” meat.
12. GREEN & BLACK’S
In 2005, the organic chocolate company sold to UK-based Cadbury. Five years later, Cadbury was bought by Kraft, which then funneled many of its global snack brands, including Green & Black’s, into a spin-off company it called Mondelez. Confused yet? Welcome to the global packaged foods economy. In the U.S., Mondelez is best known for brands like Triscuit, Chips Ahoy!, Tang and Sour Patch Kids—all of which may seem at odds with the gourmet, ethical-sourcing image Green & Black’s has cultivated. Mondelez seems to realize this, too, and doesn’t even list the chocolate company under its portfolio of brands. The company’s founder, meanwhile, wishes he’d never sold Green & Black’s in the first place.
For a full look at who owns who in the natural and organic food industry, check out this graphic from Philip Howard of Michigan State University.
Natural and Organic Foods Companies
Acirca Inc/Walnut Acres Organic Brands Walnut Acres is America’s first organic food company… Adrienne’s Gourmet Foods Adrienne’s Gourmet Foods offers the finest in organic and Kosher cookies… Albert’s Organics Albert’s Organics is the nationâs leading distributor of quality organically grown produce and perishable items… Alive & Radiant Foods Manufacturer of high quality organic foods. Aloha Tofu Factory Aloha Tofu Factory started from very humble beginnings in… Amazon Herb Company Drawing upon 27 years of rainforest expertise, Amazon Herb… American Botanicals American Botanicals buys roots, herbs, barks and other natural… American Rice Inc. American Rice, Inc. one of the world’s foremost marketing and milling… Amy’s Kitchen, Inc. We didnât set out to become the nationâs leading natural frozen… Annie’s Naturals At Annie s Naturals we believe that genetic engineering… Bakery Barn Bakery Barn is a manufacturer of great tasting, innovative, protein fortified bar solutions. Private label manufacturing products for some of the biggest companies in the sports nutrition industry, Bakery Barn is growing and so are the quality department needs. Bakery On Main, Inc. The Bakery On Main plant is certified Kosher Parve by the Orthodox Union and is certified for organic production… Banyan Foods Co. The indigenous tofu culture consisted of small operations selling… BarTech Make Organic and Natural products that are convenient and portable… Barbara’s Bakery Barbara’s makes all-natural cereals and snacks that not only… Barney Premium Foods Barney Butter is an all natural almond butter made with Premium California Almonds. It is craveably delicious… Bedemco Inc. Bedemco Inc. has become a leader and innovator in the import, export, packaging, market. We supply bulk and packaged dried fruit… Betty Lou’s Inc. 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Cascade Specialties has been committed to producing quality dehydrated onion and garlic since itâs establishment in 1993… Central Market Central Market is for people with a passion for fresh and… Ciao Bella Gelato, CO Nationally Branded Natural Foods Company Coleman Natural Foods, LLC Since 1875 Coleman has pioneered the natural and organic animal raising practices that represent the highest standard of meat production… Columbia Grain International A leader in Pacific Northwest grain markets, focused on customer… Corazonas Foods, Inc. Corazonas Foods, Inc. is an early stage, venture-backed company that is on a mission to create great-tasting, all-natural, heart-healthy snacks… Cornfields, Inc. Cornfields Incorporated is a leader in the private label healthy snack market. In 1885, our family invented the popcorn machine… Crunchies Food Crunchies Food Company, LLC was established in response to the rapid and overwhelming demand for good-tasting and truly healthy natural snacks on the market. The company sought to develop a line of pure foods that would blend the tasty fun of potato chips, but still be completely free of the preservatives, added sugars, trans fats and excessive sodium that are so prevalent among many snack food products. Dr. Kracker Based in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Kracker produces a line of deliciously wholesome, stupendously satisfying organic Flatbreads… Drew’s All Natural Chef Drew Starkweather founded Drewâs All-Natural in 1995… Earth Circle Organics Fast-growth importer, packer and distributor of Raw Foods and Superfoods to the global Natural and Organic Foods market. Earth Island Natural Foods Leading Natural Foods Manufacturer in Chatsworth. Salad Dressings and Sauces. Echoes of Summer Echoes of Summer, a small family-run business based in Chatham… Eden Foods Inc. Eden began in Ann Arbor in the late 1960s with friends sourcing natural food. Young folks motivated by their study… Enjoy Life Foods Enjoy Life Foods is a leading brand in the fast growing gluten-free/allergy friendly food category. At Enjoy Life, we are focused on continuing our growth and expansion. This dynamic company has been recognized by INC Magazine as being one of the fastest growing, privately held food and beverage companies in the US for the past 6 years. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about their professional career growth to fuel our continued growth Equal Exchange Equal Exchange, founded in 1986, is the oldest and largest… Ever Better Eating At Rustic Crust, we mix time-honored tradition with whole grain health to make the world’s best organic and all natural pizza crust… Falcon Trading Falcon Trading is a manufacturer and distributor of natural and organic foods… Farmhouse Culture Raw, Live and Organic: This is not the pasteurized, canned kraut you grew up with- Made with only organic ingredients, we never heat or pasteurize our krauts so you get the full benefits of those wonderful, living probiotics. This also means lots crunch and big, tangy flavor in every mouthful. Flavor Producers Flavor Producers, Inc. founded in 1981 produces and distributes flavoring products. FoodShouldTasteGood FoodShouldTasteGood(TM) produces a line of unique, natural corn tortilla chips… FoodTech International, Inc. The natural foods company sprung from one of Soglowek’s marketing… Foodology Foodology is an experienced, innovative food manufacturer that blends the art of preparing great tasting foods… Fresca Foods, Inc – Pasta Fresca Inc Fresca Foods is a Boulder, Colorado based natural food co-packer. For the last 15 years… Frontier Natural Products Co-op Bulk natural and organic herbs, spices & seasonings, organic and fair trade teas… Fullei Fresh Fullei Fresh grows twent varieties of fresh sprouts, and produces… GENESIS TODAY, INC. Genesis Today is a mission-driven, nutrient-rich health products company that delivers unique superfood products made with all natural super fruits. Our heritage started with Dr. Lindsey Duncan in a nutritional clinic over 25 years ago where we began our journey of discovery and learned that the best medicine is really our food. We are committed to harvesting, blending and providing the earthâs most nutrient-rich foods to help counter act the impurities and stress our bodies are subjected to every day. We view our company more as a healer than a marketer. Our heritage combines the most diverse roots in a perfect merging of businessacumen, nutritional knowledge, compassion, integrity and caring. Genesis Today was formed to truly make a difference in people’s lives. Galaxy Nutritional Foods Galaxy Nutritional Foods introduced the first healthy cheese… Gardenburger Inc. A man named Paul Wenner invented the original veggie burger… Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation Gilster-Mary Lee is a leading Private Label food manufacturer, headquartered in Chester, Illinois, a small, southern Illinois… Glaser Organic Farms Glaser Organic Farms grows certified organic fruits and… GloryBee Foods GloryBee Foods is built upon a foundation consisting of… GoPicnic, Inc GoPicnic produces individually boxed meals that feature all-natural and organic food shelf-stable food… Gold Hills Nut Company Gold Hills Nut Company, Inc. is a grower, buyer and processor of California almonds. Established in 1987… Golden Kernel Pecan Company Golden Kernel Pecan Company provides quality pecans. Golden Peanut Co. Golden Peanut Company, LLC, is a major sheller and processor of peanuts… Goodness Greeness Leading organic produce wholesaler located in the Midwest Green Shoots Distribution Green Shoots Distribution is the fastest-growing national distributor of natural and organic food and beverage products. Our mission is to become the leading refrigerated DSD provider to retailers in the top natural markets in the country and?the preferred go-to-market partner for innovative independent brands. Hampton Farms Hampton Farms roasts, packs and markets finished peanut products direct to customers… Harmony Foods Corp. Harmony Foods is the leader in quality snack foods. Sold under… Hawaii Herbal Blessings Inc Hawaiian Herbal Blessings, Inc. is the original traditionally… Health is Wealth All natural foods manufacturer providing fat free, soy, meatless… Heartland Food Services Heartland Foods produces the patented, good-for-you soybeans… Heartland Mill We believe that a business must have a soul. And we do… Heather’s Tummy Care Heather’s Tummy Careâ¢ ~ Complete Product Line for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms. Herb Pharm Liquid herbal extracts & herbal healthcare products. Hero Nutritionals, LLC Established in 1995, Hero Nutritionals is the leader in creating innovative and unique delivery systems in the natural products industry. With the desire to improve the health and well-being of children, Hero was the first company to integrate vitamins and minerals into a gummy vitamin delivery system. Yummi BearsÂ® became the #1 selling childrenâs vitamin in the industry. Due to the overwhelming success of the Yummi BearsÂ® line for children, Hero has since launched Slice of LifeÂ®, a full line of all natural gummy vitamins for adults. In more recent years Hero has also expanded dark chocolate vitamins and calcium supplements. Honey Acres Inc. Now in its 5th generation, Honey Acres began in 1852 when… Hoopeston Foods Hoopeston Foods is a leading manufacturer of quality shelf stable food products… Horizon Dairy Horizon Organic is committed to the long-term success of the organic community… Hot Mama’s Foods Hot Mama’s Foods is a leading specialty food manufacturer, co-packer and private label resource for innovative organic… House Foods House Foods America Corporation (HFAC) is composed of three… Ian’s Natural Foods The only all natural, antibiotic and hormone free line of beef… InterNatural Foods, LLC We specialize in nationwide distribution of natural and organic… J.Lieb Foods, Inc. J. Lieb Foods, Inc. produces conventional and organic foods in two processing areas… KIND Healthy Snacks At KIND, we believe âyou are what you eatâ, which is why we take pride in crafting healthful foods made from wholesome ingredients you can see and pronounce… Kalani Organica Coffee We began Kalani Organica in the spring of 1992 with a few… Kangaroo Brands, Inc. Kangaroo Brands, Inc., is the US leading manufacturer… Kettle Foods, Inc. Over the years, weâve carefully added new flavors, and even expanded our line to include the Krinkle Cutâ¢ variety, Kettle Brand… Knappen Milling Company Knappen Milling Company is a third generation family owned flour and wheat processing facility started in 1929… Kozlowski Farms Kozlowski Farms manufactures a unique line of specialty foods… La Tortilla Factory Laura’s Lean Beef Laura’s Lean Beef is all natural beef, raised on family farms… Lightlife Foods We enhance the health and well being of our customers… Litehouse Foods Litehouse Foods is a salad dressing maker based in Sandpoint… Living Intentions Malt-O-Meal Company Malt-O-Meal Company still makes its well-known hot wheat cereals and instant oatmeal… Marjon Specialty Foods We are proud to manufacture and produce bean sprouts… McFadden Farm McFadden Farm produces organic Herbs, herb blends, garlic… Miguel and Valentino Miguel&Valentino was started in 1995 by Miguel Puig of Barcelona… Monte Vista Farming Company Monte Vista Farming Company is a long established processor and marketer of California almonds… Moosewood Foods The Moosewood Collective has long been a pioneer in the world of vegetarian and vegan cooking… Morningstar Farms Morningstar Farms is America’s number one leading brand of… NORTHWEST NATURAL FOODS INC Northwest Natural Foods is wholly owned and operated by Lee Guilford and Gene Maltzeff… NOW Health In 1968, NOW Foods was founded under the belief that good health was not a luxury available only to the wealthy. For the past forty years, we have made it our life’s work to offer health food and nutritional supplements of the highest quality, at prices that are fair and affordable to all those who seek them. Today, NOW Foods is one of the top-selling brands in health foods stores, an award-winn ing manufacturer, a respected advocate of the natural product industry, and a leader in the fields of nutritional science and methods development. And while we have grown considerably over the past four decades, one thing has never changed â our commitment to providing products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives. Natural Ovens Bakery Natural Ovens Bakery was founded in 1976 by Paul Stitt… Nature’s Earthly Choice Natureâs Earthly Choice was conceived in 2005 located in Eagle Idaho. Our company was founded on the principles of creating delightfully healthy products. Our first products were healthy juices created in a manner that is âTrue to the fruit.â Honoring the natural goodness of the fruit itself, our juices allowed the true flavors to shine and taste the way nature intended. No added sugars, colors or preservatives, just true delightful goodness. Nature’s Path Foods We are passionate about food that is good and good for you! Founded in 1985, Natureâs Path Foods employs over 350 people at its facilities in both Canada and the United States… Nature’s Way Located in the mountain valley of Springville, Utah, Nature’s… Natureâs SunGrown Foods, Inc. Nature’s SunGrown Foods is certified as an Organic Trader by… Nest Collective The Nest Collective is a close and driven group of passionate people trying to create a different type of company… New Hong Kong Noodle Co., Inc. New Hong Kong Noodle Co., Inc. is a privately and family owned business that has been running its operation… New World Pasta New World Pasta is the leading branded dry pasta manufacturer in the United States and Canada, producing many of the high-quality products… NorSun Food Group LLC NorSun is the Industry leader in the processing specialty roasted, baked, seasoned and water cooked potatoes… Northwest Naturals Corp Northwest Naturals is recognized as one of the industry leaders in the production of specialty blended, all natural, fruit juice concentrates… OCEAN ORGANIC PRODUCE INC organic products ORGANIC TECHNOLOGIES Organic Technologies (formerly Wiley Organics) was founded in 1981 to supply modest quanties of specialty chemicals… PR Organics Peter Rabbit Organics is a small entrepreneurial firm which started in the UK and is rapidly growing in the US. We are passionate about providing healthy, nutritious and natural fruit & vegetable based snack foods for babies, young children and families. Pacific Natural Foods Pacific Natural Foods is an Oregon corporation founded in 1987. As a pioneer in natural foods… Penguin Natural Foods, Inc. Penguin Natural Foods, Inc. is committed to developing, producing, and marketing flavorful, unique, and easy to prepare dry food products… Phyto-Technologies Inc Phyto-Technologiesâ commitment to herb research and technology was solidified with an award from the National Institutes of Health… Pines International PINES Wheat Grass is a concentrated green vegetable… Plum Organics Plum Organics is a values-driven company committed to nourishing the next generation with great tasting, nutritious food from high chair to lunchbox. We specialize in organic baby food, organic lunchbox snacks, organic toddler snacks, BPA-free spouted pouch packaging, organic kid snacks Prime Choice Foods, Inc Prime Choice Foods is an approved and certified manufacturer of organic and natural snacks… Primex Farms Llc Primex Farms, LLC. is our new pistachio processing plant located in Wasco, California… Purac America, Inc. Natural clean label ingredients for safe, healthy and delicious food products, thatâs our focus! Our ingredients are produced from renewable agricultural products and are used in a broad range of foods and beverages;… Quorn Foods Inc. Quornâ¢ is the brand name of a premium line of all-natural, meat-free frozen foods… R.W. Garcia Co. Inc. At R.W. Garcia, we are committed to using only the finest natural ingredients in our products. Our tortilla chips and Salad Eatos… Really Cool Foods Fresh prepared food using natural ingredients. Regenie’s All Natural Snacks Regina takes great pride in knowing that she created the first all-natural pita chip. She’s proud of this distinction… Road’s End Organics Here at Road’s End, we are committed to providing delicious… Road’s End Organics Road’s End Organics manufactures Chreese (R) the delicious, organic, kosher, vegan cheese alternative… Rudy’s Tortillas S N O Pac Foods, Inc. Sno Pac Foods, a family owned and operated organic farm and… Santini Foods, Inc. Santini Foods, Inc. was founded in 1987. Since that time the company has been animated by a simple, straightforward vision… Small Planet Foods Small Planet Foods was established in 1997 by Gene Kahn, the original owner of Cascadian Farm… Sonora Mills Foods, Inc. – popchips Based in Southern California, Sonora Mills is a leading manufacturer of popped rice, corn, soy and other grain based snack food… Spectrum Foods Whether you are looking for high-stability frying oils to replace partially-hydrogenated oils in order… Spectrum Organic Products Spectrum’s product offerings have expanded to include… Sprout Foods, Inc. Sprout is a Children’s Organic Food Company. Spruce Foods, Inc At Spruce Foods, Inc. provide a wide range of certified organic grocery products… SunOpta SunOpta Inc. is a leading global company focused on natural, organic and specialty foods…. SunOpta Sunwarrior Sunwarrior is a plant based super food company. Our mission is to elevate and enlighten humanity and transform the planet,one warrior at a time. Suzanne’s Specialties, Inc. We are focused primarily on supplying natural and Organic sweeteners to health food processors. Our product portfolio includes Rice Syrups, Honey, Agave Nectar, Natural Sugars, Molasses, Malt Extract, and Chicory Syrup…. T. W. Burleson & Son, Inc. T. W. Burleson & Son is the Southwestâs oldest and largest honey packer… The FRS Company About The FRS Company: FRSÂ® is a full line of products based on clinical scienceânot marketing hype. (And they taste great, too!) FRS was originally developed by health scientists to provide sustained energy for chemotherapy patients. Today it is used by elite athletes, wellness experts and anyone who wants to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. All FRS products feature quercetin, a powerful all-natural antioxidant found naturally in many fruits and vegetables. It has been shown in multiple clinical trials to provide sustained energy, increased endurance, immune system support along with many other health benefits. FRS products are now championed by some of the worldâs most elite athletes such as NFL star Tim Tebow, Captain of the US Womenâs National Soccer Team Christie Rampone and over 20 professional sports teams. The Wizard’s Cauldron The Wizardâs Cauldron facilities are located in the Piedmont area of North Carolina in the town of Yanceyville… Tulocay and Company Tulocay & Company is rapidly becoming one of the leading all natural food companies in the United States… Turtle Mountain, Inc Turtle Mountain LLC, creators of the So DeliciousÂ® Dairy Fee brand, is a privately held natural foods company… United Natural Foods Inc UNFI is the leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products… ViSalus ViSalusâ¢ is the company behind the Body by Viâ¢ 90-Day Challenge, the #1 weight-loss and fitness Challenge platform in North America. Working at ViSalus means having a job with meaning. 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36 Healthiest Brands in the Grocery Store
As shoppers become more health-conscious and wary of what they throw into their carts, legacy food giants notice sales taking a nosedive. Take Kraft Heinz Company—maker of iconic household staples such as Velveeta, Philadelphia, Grey Poupon, Jell-O, Oscar Mayer, and more. The merged brand recently revealed that its fourth-quarter sales plummeted 1.1 percent in the U.S. (the company’s largest market) and 0.6 percent globally with overall sales decreasing 0.3 percent since last year.
While this is quite unfortunate news for big food, their loss of sales is paving the path for smaller, rising companies to usurp the forefront of healthy eating. In an ode to these budding stars, we’ve compiled a list of wholesome brands shaking up the grocery scene due to their use of clean ingredients, transparent labels, and implementation of sustainable and fair practices. Below, find out if any of your favorite brands are gaining traction. In fact, many of them were deemed our own go-to best snacks for weight loss.
Courtesy of Spindrift
One 12-ounce can of Coke: 39 grams of sugar. One 12-ounce can of Spindrift Raspberry Lime: 1 gram of sugar. The look on your face when you hear that Spindrift is made with real fruit juice, no added sugars, no artificial or natural flavors, and no non-nutritive sweeteners (yes, that includes stevia): priceless.
Spindrift’s delicately flavored sparkling waters are a must-have in every household that prioritizes exceptional taste and real food over chemicals. And if you weren’t already proud to drink Spindrift based on their nutrition facts and ingredient list alone, know that the company also participates in 1% For The Planet: a group of companies that pledges to donate one percent of annual sales (not just profits) to environmental causes. Swapping out soda for Spindrift can save you 131 calories a can. For more helpful swaps, don’t miss these food swaps that double weight loss.
Spindrift Raspberry Lime
9 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (1 g sugar), 0 g protein
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Siggi’s yogurts truly live up to the brand’s slogan: “simple ingredients, not a lot of sugar.” When siggi’s founder, Siggi Hilmarsson, was working in New York in 2004, he longed for the version of yogurt he grew up with in Iceland—known as skyr—that was thicker, lower in sugar, and free of the artificial flavors that plagued many of the cartons that lined American dairy aisles. His small beginnings selling homemade skyr at a local farmers market grew into transforming what Americans expect of yogurt now: lower sugar (siggi’s yogurts contain between 5 and 11 grams of sugar), real ingredients (seriously, no fake stuff), and high protein (10-17 grams per tiny container). The yogurts’ superb nutritionals landed them the number one spot on our list of yogurt brands ranked by nutrition!.
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Dave’s Killer Bread
Courtesy of Dave’s Killer Bread
When you think of “ultra-processed foods,” things like soda, chips, and chicken nuggets come to mind. But did you know that store-bought bread is considered to fit into the same category? Traditional store-bought breads are filled with fiber-devoid refined white flour, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fat-like fats such as mono- and diglycerides, bleaching agents like calcium peroxide, and countless other unfamiliar additives. Dave’s Killer Bread has none of these things. They make real whole grain, organic, high-fiber bread with none of the ultra-processed additives.
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Courtesy of Banza
One of the worst carbs in America got a major makeover. By changing one ingredient—swapping out highly-refined semolina or wheat flour for high-fiber, high-protein chickpeas—you can make a pasta that tastes like the original but with many more satiating macronutrients. Banza’s chickpea pasta has double the protein, four times the fiber, and nearly half the net carbs as regular pasta.
Once Banza forged the path to better pasta, many companies followed with bean-based pastas of their own. We’re also huge fans of Modern Table (their blend of red lentil flour, white rice, and pea protein tastes the most like real pasta) as well as Ancient Harvest (their POW! pasta line features shapes made from either black beans, green lentils, or red lentils).
2.5-oz serving: 190 calories, 3.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 60 mg sodium, 32 g carbs (8 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 14 g protein
Courtesy of Applegate
Applegate was one of the first processed meat companies to focus on both how livestock is raised as well as what their final product is processed with. They source humanely-raised meat with no antibiotics or hormones ever, and use only non-GMO ingredients, no fillers, and no artificial additives (like chemical nitrites, nitrates, or phosphates that are rampant in the cured meat industry). Our Eat This! pick listed below is made with pork, water, cane sugar, salt, and spices whereas competitor pork sausages like Banquet’s Brown ‘N Serve are made with pork, mechanically separated turkey, water, soy protein concentrate, salt, flavorings, sugar, dextrose, citric acid, BHA, and BHT.
Applegate Naturals Classic Pork Breakfast Sausage
3 links: 170 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 400 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 11 g protein
Bob’s Red Mill
Courtesy of Bob’s Red Mill
From baking essentials for those who want more than refined white flour to nutritional boosters to ancient grains, Bob’s Red Mill makes it easy to eat a healthier diet filled with more whole grains and seeds.
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Courtesy of Hope Hummus
Because hummus is generally recognized as a health food, its ingredients usually are glazed over. But what you’re missing is mildly unsettling. Some of the worst hummus brands use inflammatory vegetable oils, high levels of sodium, and sketchy preservatives like potassium sorbate. Hope changes all that. Their organic hummus is the closest store-bought product you can get to making it at home. (And you’ll want to buy their tubs after you see their interesting flavors like earthy Black Garlic and zesty Sriracha.) Their tubs are made with organic garbanzo beans, organic extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, spices, and a touch of citric acid as a safe preservative.
Hope Black Garlic Hummus
2 Tbsp: 40 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 160 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 1 g protein
Courtesy of Kashi
Husband and wife duo Gayle and Phil Tauber founded the Kashi Company in 1984 to make healthy, whole-grain, ready-to-eat cereals available to all Americans. While they were certainly forerunners in the quest to provide low-sugar, whole grains back in the 80s, Kashi has set out to revolutionize farming in America most recently in 2016.
Kashi teamed up with Quality Assurance International (a USDA-accredited organic product certifying agency) to create a new type of certification: Certified Transitional. The transition from conventional to organic farming takes three years, and many farmers struggle or can’t afford to farm organic products but sell them at conventional prices. That’s where Kashi’s certification comes in. “Transitional” crops are grown on land that is in the process of converting from conventional to organic practices. They’re essentially organic, but have yet to officially earn the USDA Organic seal of approval.
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Food for Life Baking Co.
Food for Life Baking Co./Facebook
Rather than heading to the bread aisle, Food for Life Baking Co. has you beeline for the freezer section. That’s because their breads are made with sprouted grains. These activated grains are higher in bioactive micronutrients and make for a lower-gluten, higher-fiber bread that people obsess over.
Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Bread
1 slice: 80 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 75 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 4 g protein
Courtesy of Halo Top
Back in 2011, former lawyer Justin Woolverton started making ice cream in his own kitchen because he had hypoglycemic diet restrictions. And thus, a lower-calorie, lower-sugar, lower-fat, and higher-protein tub of ice cream was born. Halo Top’s appeal is simple: you can scarf down a pint of low-sugar, high-protein ice cream guilt-free for between 240 to 360 calories. Compare that to an entire pint of Haagen-Dazs or Ben & Jerry’s that well exceeds 1,000 calories. Followingly closely behind Halo Top in 2013, Enlightened ice cream is also worth checking out. We actually ranked it as one of the top pints in our report: diet ice creams—ranked!
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Courtesy of Purely Elizabeth
Remember how granola is one of the ‘healthy’ foods nutrition experts want you to stop eating? That’s because it’s sneakily filled with lots of added sugars. That all changed with purely elizabeth. Elizabeth Stein’s line of granola is filled with a mix of healthy whole grains and seeds and is surprisingly low in sugar. Since her granola came out in 2011, purely elizabeth. has expanded to providing even more phenomenal low-sugar, grains-based products from oatmeal cups to bars.
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Courtesy of Safe Catch
Canned tuna is one of the most popular and most affordable sources of protein and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids at the grocery store. Unfortunately, tuna also happens to be one of the most over-fished seafood and biggest contributor to mercury in our diet, according to the EPA. Companies like Wild Planet Foods pioneered making sustainable fishing practices mainstream, and Safe Catch doubled down on sustainability as well as mercury safety. They are the only company that tests every single tuna for mercury levels. As a result, their tuna has the lowest levels of mercury of any brand. For an extra layer of excitement, Safe Catch cans tuna in exciting flavors like Citrus Pepper, Chili Lime, and Garlic Herb, to name a few.
Safe Catch Elite Single Serving Pouch
2 oz: 60 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 230 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 14 g protein
You may recognize Enjoy Life as the company behind your favorite chocolate chips, but this gluten-free brand is the first of its kind to receive non-GMO status for all of its products. In fact, all of their products—ranging from the baking mixes to the mini cookies and protein bites—are free of the top 14 allergens, allowing you to “Eat Freely.”
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Harmless Harvest produces organic coconut water that’s not only seriously delicious, it’s also naturally pink! Rather than using unnatural dyes, this potassium-rich drink gets its intriguing hue via the reaction caused by the coconuts’ antioxidants’ exposure to light. Harmless Harvest is known for sustainably harvesting Thailand-grown coconuts and gaining the prestigious “Fair for Life” seal thanks to its environmental stewardship and commitment to giving back to communities.
Harmless Coconut Water
8.75-oz bottle: 70 calories, 0 g fat, 40 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (0 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 0 g protein
By sourcing supplies from sustainable farms and local greenhouses, Pacific Foods is able to deliver tasty and organic soups, broths, meals, and more. The brand is all about label transparency and concocts each of its products with few, simple, quality ingredients. Swap bouillon cubes (which are usually filled with inflammatory palm oil, questionable dyes, and a serious amount of salt) with Pacific’s convenient, collagen-packed bone broth.
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Caulipower—the cauliflower-based pizza crust that’s a delicious gluten-free alternative to processed, refined white flour—is overhauling the frozen food aisle. The brand offers ready-made Veggie, Margherita, and Three Cheese pies as well as a plain crust for a DIY dinner. With less sodium and sugar and more fiber than leading wheat-based crusts, Caulipower is revolutionizing pizza night.
Caulipower Veggie Pizza
1/2 pie: 310 calories, 14 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 500 mg sodium, 37 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 10 g protein
Rather than mashing avocados with sketchy chemicals and preservatives, Wholly Guacamole uses an all-natural high-pressure processing method that maintains the fruit’s creamy texture and rich flavor while killing any harmful bacteria. America’s number one guacamole brand just made us look forward to Taco Tuesdays that much more!
Simply Avocado Sea Salt Spread
2 tbsp: 65 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 115 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (2 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 1 g protein
If you’re lactose-intolerant, vegan, or just trying to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet, Kite Hill will become your holy grail. The almond milk-based alternatives to your favorite dairy products range from delicious yogurts to artisanal cheeses and shockingly good cream-cheese-style spreads. To replicate the taste and texture of real dairy cheeses, Kite Hill combines traditional cheese-making techniques with proprietary cultures and enzymes, pasteurizing its products every morning to retain absolute freshness and quality.
Kite Hill Chive Cream Cheese Style Spread
1 oz: 78 calories, 6 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 3 g protein
Frozen dinners gained a pretty bad rap over the years, thanks to their highly processed ingredients and sketchy preservatives, which is why Evol aims to revolutionize the frozen food aisle. It packs its beef burritos with sustainably-raised and antibiotic- and hormone-free beef, real cheddar, and wholesome spices.
Shawarma Style Chicken
1 bowl: 300 calories, 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 440 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (3 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 17 g protein
Ripple Pea Milk
Ripple’s pea-based milk alternatives disrupted the dairy alternative market since its inception in 2015. The brand has expanded Ripptein, its proprietary pea protein, into a line of DHA omega-3-spiked half and half creamers as well as Greek yogurt alternatives, using GMO-free ingredients and 100 percent recycled plastic bottles. Feel free to douse your morning bowl of cereal or cup of Joe with this stuff.
Ripple Unsweetened Original
8 oz: 70 calories, 4.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 130 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 8 g protein
Inspired by his mother’s miraculous cancer recovery, GT Dave began bottling his homemade kombucha at age 15 and sharing the fermented, probiotic-packed beverage with the world ever since. Now, as the number one best-selling kombucha brand, GT’s Kombucha is making the raw drink and its gut-healing properties mainstream.
GT’s Organic Raw Kombucha, Original
8 oz: 30 calories, 0 g fat, 10 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein
Unlike Tony the Tiger or Toucan Sam, Love Grown’s line of kid-centric cereals—such as Polar Puffs, Comet Crispies, and Sea Stars—are baked with a nutritious navy, lentil, and garbanzo bean blend and feature no more than eight grams of sugar per serving. What’s more, all of the cereal, oatmeal, and granola offerings are gluten-free are concocted with only natural colors and flavorings.
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While many popular microwaveable popcorn bags are laced with chemicals and plastic, and the kernels tainted with artificial flavors and preservatives and hydrogenated oils, Quinn’s popcorn features organic corn packed in a moisture-wicking paper bag. Quinn is currently looking to further revolutionize its pure-pop bag by making it unlaminated and recyclable and is doing so by experimenting with biodegradable options. Not to mention, the popcorn is undeniably delicious!
Quinn Aged Parmesan & Rosemary Microwave Popcorn
3 cups popped: 170 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 4 g protein
Rhythm Superfoods recognizes that potatoes are no longer the “it” vegetable, which is why it’s turning nutritious vegetables such as beets, carrots, and kale into snackable crisps. Rather than frying or baking them in oil, Rhythm dehydrates its superfoods and tosses them with more nutrient-dense powerhouses such as sunflower seeds, turmeric, and tahini. Craving the crunch of greasy potato chips? Grab a bag of Rhythm’s super-crisp carrot sticks guilt-free.
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Beyond Meat is the mastermind behind the Beyond Burger: A revolutionary plant-based patty that cooks, looks, and tastes just like a real beef burger. Each four-ounce patty has an impressive 20 grams of protein, three grams of fiber, and is GMO-, soy- and gluten-free. The result of over seven years of well-worth research and experimentation has landed itself the top spot in our exclusive veggie burger taste test.
The Beyond Burger
4-oz patty: 290 calories, 22 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 450 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 20 g protein
Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter/Facebook
Crazy Richard’s makes its peanut butter with one simple ingredient: peanuts. Each nut butter is without any added sugar, oils, or additives, which is hard to come by for most grocery store peanut butters. And it’s not just the jarred crunchy and creamy varieties that won us over; the powdered peanut butter is made with just peanuts and clocks in at only 50 calories, 1.5 grams of fat (0 grams saturated fat), 0 milligrams of sodium, 3 grams of carbs (2 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar), and 6 grams of protein per 2-tablespoon serving. Scoop some powdered peanut butter into your morning smoothie or make a yummy peanut sauce for a boost of peanut butter flavor (and protein!) without the excess fat or calories.
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Canned soups generally get a bad rap, what with all the added sodium and questionable additives. Amy’s has made soup-in-a-can a healthier alternative with its line of organic, reduced-sodium, and light-in-sodium soups. But it’s not just soups; Amy’s has a line of frozen entrees, bowls, burritos, wraps, and more with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options for people who are meat-free. There are also gluten-free offerings, and all of the ingredients are simple, recognizable, and quality.
Amy’s Organic Fire Roasted Southwestern Vegetable Soup, Light in Sodium
1 cup: 140 calories, 5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 340 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (4 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 4 g protein
Protein bars can be a minefield of added sugars, questionable sweeteners, and sketchy chemicals. But KIND makes its bars with nothing but clean ingredients: nuts, honey, chocolate, peanut butter, fruit, spices. And even with sugar listed in the ingredients panel, most KIND bars only log around 8-10 grams of the sweet stuff—much less than the 18 grams found in a Larabar Apple Pie. Plus, the KIND protein bars are all from plant-based protein: nuts, peanut butter, and soy protein. KIND also has other all-natural snacks, such as the fruit bites which are made simply from dried fruit and no added sugars. In a pinch, swap your favorite protein bar or fruit snack for something KIND.
KIND Protein Toasted Caramel Nut
1 bar: 250 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 75 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (5 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 12 g protein
Jerky may be a high-protein snack, but many of the convenient gas station brands contain excess sodium, added sugars, and MSG. But Field Trip keeps the ingredients simple with meat, low-sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, fruit juice as sweeteners, apple cider vinegar, and other spices. This results in just a couple grams of sugar per item, and a fraction of the sodium as other brands. We also like Think Jerky and EPIC meat bars and jerky for the same reasons: clean ingredients, low sugar, and low sodium.
Field Trip Cracked Pepper Turkey Jerky
1 oz: 70 calories, 0 g fat, 310 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 12 g protein
Skinny Dipped Almonds
Skinny Dipped Almonds/Facebook
Chocolate-covered almonds tend to be a pretty indulgent snack with up to 12 or more grams of sugar per serving. Skinny Dipped Almonds only have 6 grams of sugar per serving and are free of artificial ingredients or the wax or polishes that typically accompany chocolate-covered almonds. They are dipped in a thin layer of dark chocolate and dusted with either cocoa, espresso, or raspberry.
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It’s hard to find a frozen meal that isn’t packed with a day’s worth of sodium and questionable additives. Luckily, Grainful has filled in that gap with healthy frozen meals made with 100 percent whole grain steel-cut oats. That’s right—oats aren’t just for breakfast. With meals such as Thai curry, vegetarian chili, and jambalaya, Grainful proves this morning staple can be a savory meal enjoyed at lunch or dinner, all at under 300 calories. The oats mean each meal is packed with filling fiber, and the ingredients are simple and clean. Although some of the meals can have up to 600 milligrams of sodium, most are in the 400-500 range, which is still less than many frozen entrees on the market. For a dinner-in-a-pinch, be sure to stock your freezer with Grainful meals.
Grainful Thai Curry
1 bowl: 290 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 620 mg sodium, 33 g carbs (5 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 9 g protein
Even naturally-made fruit leathers can be packed with sugar—up to 10 or more grams. Veggie Go’s don’t have any added sugar, which means only 2 grams of the sweet stuff per serving. Plus, each pack is more than just fruit; spinach, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and kale also make an appearance, meaning each leather has one serving of fruit and veggies. These better-for-you fruit snacks are perfect for kids and adults.
Veggie-Go’s Berry, Apple, and Spinach Strip
1 strip: 15 calories, 0 g fat, 5 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (1 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein
Gluten-free snacks usually fall into one of two camps: It replaces the gluten with too much extra sugar and calories, or it tastes like cardboard. Luckily, Simple Mills is neither. The crackers are made with a nut and seed flour blend, including almonds, sunflower seeds, flax, and cassava. Simple also makes ready-to-eat cookies (just 6 grams of sugar for 3 cookies), almond flour baking mixes, and sprouted seed crackers. If you’re gluten-free or paleo, this is a brand to stock up on.
Simple Mills Rosemary and Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers
17 crackers: 150 calories, 8 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (2 g fiber, less than 1 g sugar), 3 g protein
Mary’s Gone Crackers
If you’re looking for a base for your favorite cheese, hummus, or guacamole without the refined carbs of other crackers, look no further than Mary’s Gone Crackers. The crackers are simply a seed patty made up of high-fiber superfoods including brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds, and sesame seeds. This translates to around 3 grams of filling fiber per serving and 3 grams of protein and will help stabilize your blood sugar, especially when paired with other toppings. Try the original, herb, or jalapeno crackers.
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Now you can enjoy your beloved chips and salsa guilt-free, thanks to Beanitos tortilla chips. The chips are made with beans, meaning they have more fiber and protein. The chips are also made with simple ingredients: beans, sunflower oil, rice and sea salt, plus other seasonings (depending on the flavor). Plus Beanitos has other fiber-filled snacks such as cheese curls and sweet cinnamon twists. For your salsa and guac obsession, Beanitos is definitely the way to go.
Beanitos White Bean Chips with Hint of Lime
1 oz: 130 calories, 7 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (4 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 4 g protein
Eating healthier means giving up your favorite junk foods, like cheese puffs. Except with Hippeas: the puffs are made with chickpea flour instead of corn, which means they have more protein and fiber than corn puffs. Hippeas are also made with simple ingredients such as chickpea flour, rice flour, seasonings, and spices. Bonus: They won’t turn your fingers bright orange.
Hippeas Sriracha Sunshine
1 oz: 130 calories, 5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 4 g protein
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8 Organic Food Companies We are Loving Right Now
Organic food is not just better for you, it also plays a huge role in improving animal welfare and saving the planet. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited about these eight food companies that are revolutionizing the organic food scene.
Amy’s Kitchen has been an organic foods pioneer since they opened in 1987. They specialize in manufacturing organic and non-GMO convenience and frozen foods. In 2015, Amy’s opened its first restaurant in Rohnert Park, Calif, Amy’s Drive Thru. Amy’s Drive Thru is a take on the classic American fast-food joint. They serve veggie burgers, fries, sodas, and milkshakes on the menu, as well as soups, salads, pizzas, mac ‘n’ cheese, and burritos.
Biochemist Patrick O. Brown, the founder of Impossible Foods Inc., invented a “magic ingredient” that solves what he calls the planet’s biggest environmental problem – beef. Founded in 2011, Impossible Foods now supplies meatless products to more than 1,500 restaurants in the United States. Its signature product, the Impossible Burger, is made with ingredients like wheat, potatoes and coconut oil. According to Brown, he’s not interested in offering vegans another option. Instead, he wants to win over omnivores with plant-derived products that are so delicious, nutritious, and affordable they completely replace meat from animals by 2035.
Daiya is a rapidly growing plant-based food platform. Founded in 2008, Daiya was among the pioneers in developing delicious, plant-based cheese alternatives. Its line of plant-based food features Greek Yogurt Alternatives, Pizzas, Cheezecakes, Cream Cheeze Style Spreads, and wonderful cheese alternatives. Daiya is passionate about celebrating delicious food that is dairy, gluten and soy free.
Gardein is insanely passionate about helping the world eat less meat. According to the Gardein website, their meat substitutes are made from soy, wheat and pea proteins, vegetables, and ancient grains. Their wide variety of products from beefless tips to chick’n strips makes them a suitable substitute for many dishes.
Ripple foods are the creators of Ripple, a revolutionary plant-based milk that is both nutritious and delicious. Ripple milk boasts lower sugar content than most other milks. In addition, production uses 25 times less water than milk and has half the carbon footprint. Ripple is vegan-friendly, lactose, nut, and gluten-free and doesn’t make use of GMO products. The product is packaged in 100 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic containers, which 94 per cent of consumers can easily recycle.
Daily Harvest is a subscription service that sends healthy superfood eats to your home either weekly or monthly. Their products are packed with nutrients, pre-portioned and freezer ready. Their products range from ice cream to soups to stir-fry bowls. Daily Harvest makes use of an innovative ‘farm-freezing’ technique in which it freezes organic produce that has been picked at peak ripeness and frozen right at the farm to best lock in nutrients, according to the company. The food combinations are developed by a nutritionist and a chef, and the company is backed by big names like Gwyneth Paltrow and Serena Williams.
Beyond Meat is planting the future of protein. The company is most famous for its plant-based Beyond Burger. It was the first vegan meat sold alongside traditional meat counters when it launched in 2016. Since its inception, Beyond Meat has sold more than 11 million Beyond Burgers. Bill Gates and Leonardo DiCaprio are among investors who have partnered with Beyond Meat to help propel its success.
New Wave Foods
Enjoy seafood made from sea plants with New Wave Foods’ plant-based shrimp. They make shrimp from algae and natural ingredients with no sea animal products. They offer both raw and crispy shrimp options. During blind taste tests, CEO Dominique Barnes reports that consumers had no clue they were consuming an algae-based replacement. Fishing for wild shrimp can be environmentally destructive and its carbon footprint is ten times greater than beef’s. That’s what makes New Wave Foods’ plant-based shrimp such a revolutionary innovation.
We are excited to see these companies, focused on sustainable plant-based products, that make choosing healthier options easier for everyone.
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It’s no secret that millennials, the current dominant drivers of market direction, are interested in food that is both fresh and healthy.
To remain competitive, corporate giants have to follow the organic food trend.
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For most conglomerates, that doesn’t mean changing the products they already have, but rather buying organic food producers that have been around for a while.
Companies with market caps of more than $5 billion, like WhiteWave Foods and General Mills, have acquired multiple organic food producers over the years, giving them a fair portion of the organic market share.
The Wall Street Journal recently published a chart showing who owns what in the organic packaged foods markets. Here’s a breakdown of which publicly-traded companies own the most market share.
1. WhiteWave Foods Company
WhiteWave Foods (NYSE: WWAV) owns two giants in the organic goods space. The first is Horizon Organic, which holds 4.2 percent of the organic market share (the most of any single brand). Horizon traditionally makes milk, cheese and other dairy products, but has expanded its product offerings to include snack crackers and macaroni and cheese.
WhiteWave also acquired Earthbound Farms earlier this year. This California-based organic food producer mainly offers fruits, vegetables and salad greens, but also offers herbs and snacks like cookies and granola. Earthbound has about 1.2 percent of the organic market share, giving WhiteWave a combined 5.4 percent of the total market share.
2. Hain Celestial Group
Although Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ: HAIN) owns the most companies on the list, it doesn’t necessarily have the biggest market share percentage. What it does have is the most diverse set of organic product offerings and a combined market share of 4.7 percent split between four companies.
The first Hain’s company is Earth’s Best, which makes organic food products for infants, toddlers and children, along with all-natural home-cleaning products. Earth’s Best has 2.6 percent of the market share.
Next on the list of Hain’s-owned companies is Health Valley, maker of low-sodium soups, in addition to nutrition bars, cereals and snack crackers. Health Valley owns 1.2 percent of the market share.
Hain’s also owns Arrowhead Mills, which maintains .6 percent of the market share. This Texas-based company started by growing corn and wheat, but has since expanded its products to include pancake, waffle, cake and brownie mixes, nut butters and a variety of gluten-free products.
The last company owned by Hain is Garden of Eatin’. With more than 20 varieties of natural tortilla chips, Garden of Eatin’ owns 0.3 percent of the organic market share.
3. General Mills
While General Mills (NYSE: GIS) is mostly known for its cereals, baking goods and snacks, it also owns a couple companies with a decent amount of the organic market share. Cascadian Farms balances out sugary cereals from General Mills with healthy, organic cereals and granola bars. The Washington-based company also offers frozen fruit, vegetables and potatoes, as well as fruit spreads, juice concentrates and relish.
Cascadian Farm maintains one percent of the organic market share.
The other General Mills company on the organic food radar is Muir Glen, maker of organic, artisan tomatoes. This Denver-based food producer offers tomatoes in a variety of different forms: diced, fire-roasted, crushed and whole. Tomato-based products like ketchup, salsa and pasta sauce are also available. Muir Glen holds 0.7 percent of the organic market share, giving General Mills an overall 1.7 percent.
4. The Others: Little Guys With Big Market Shares
There is also a myriad of small, privately-owned organic food producers who own a good amount of the market share. Nature’s Path Foods (3 percent), Amy’s Kitchen (2.2 percent) and Newman’s Own (2.1 percent) also made the list.
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