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Flaxmilk looks to provide consumers with dairy-free drink option

BY Allison Cerra

GOODRICH, N.D. — A new dairy-free milk product made from cold-pressed flax oil has made its debut.

Flaxmilk is a plant-based beverage that is enriched with vitamins A, D and B12, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. One 8-oz. serving of Flaxmilk contains 50 calories and provides as much calcium as cow’s milk with zero cholesterol and zero trans fat, according to Flax USA, the make of Flaxmilk.

"In addition to our full line of omega-3 flax products, including flax seed, flax oil and pet food, we were excited to be the first to produce 100% natural Flaxmilk so that consumers could enjoy a lactose-free, dairy free, soy-free, gluten-free milk product derived from flax," Flax USA president and CEO Stephanie Stober said.

Flaxmilk, available in original and vanilla flavors, is sold in 0.5-gal. containers at Walmart for $2.98.

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Nestle Aguas Frescas inspired by Hispanic culture

BY Allison Cerra

GLENDALE, Calif. — Nestle USA is looking to reach Hispanic consumers with new ready-to-drink beverages.

Nestle Aguas Frescas include Jamaica and Horchata flavors. Nestle Aguas Frescas Jamaica is made from hibiscus flowers and Tamarindo — made from tamarind puree — making it an excellent source of vitamin C. The Nestle Aguas Frescas Horchata beverage is made from rice and cinnamon, and is an excellent source of calcium, Nestle USA said.

The drinks are hitting store shelves this summer.

"Consumers with roots in the Hispanic culture will find that Nestle Aguas Frescas remind them of home, of growing up," said Nestle spokesman Juan Motta, head of domestic emerging markets. "It’s another way to blend the best of two cultures. Nestle Aguas Frescas delivers the refreshing and authentic taste of home with the convenience of a ready-to-drink format for the U.S. lifestyle."

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Kashi introduces TLC peanutty dark chocolate layered granola bars

BY Allison Cerra

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Kashi has introduced a decadent addition to its TLC layered granola bars line.

The new peanutty dark chocolate flavor, which joins dark chocolate coconut and pumpkin pecan TLC layered granola bars, features Kashi’s signature seven whole grains blend, as well as 4.5 g of fiber and 4 g of protein in each bar.

Kashi’s TLC peanutty dark chocolate layered granola bars now are available at grocers and natural food retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.89.

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