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Gluten-free beer brand Daura adds a shandy

BY Gina Acosta

STAMFORD, Conn. – A leading gluten-free beer brand is expanding its beverage portfolio by adding a little lemonade.

United States Beverage LLC is introducing Daura Shandy to the market. The company says the new shandy is part of a commitment to innovation and research in the development of new products crafted to remove gluten, specifically for celiac and gluten aware consumers.

Instead of the 50%/50% traditional shandy formula, Daura Shandy has a higher percentage of premium Daura lager to reduce the sweetness of the lemons resulting in a refreshing beer perfect for hot days.

Daura Shandy, together with Daura Lager and the also newly introduced Daura Märzen, are available in a 6-Pack at major retailers for an SRP of $9.99.

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New kids’ snack bars combine nutrition and kid-friendly flavors

BY Gina Acosta

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. – A new brand is out to disrupt the kids’ snacking category with a nutrition bar made especially for children.

Curate Kids is a new line of snack bars made with nutritious ingredients that are kid-approved.

"We want to help parents win the snack time battle with great-tasting, on-the-go options that don't compromise on nutrition," Daniel Marple, general manager, Nutritious Snacks, Abbott, said. "Any parent knows that when it comes to getting your kids to eat what they should, taste is key. Curate Kids is a snack that kids will enjoy and that parents can feel good about."

Curate Kids bars are non-GMO, gluten-free and made with no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. The bars contain 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber, and will launch in three kid-inspired flavors:

  • Oatmeal & Chocolate Chunk: Gluten-free oats, unsweetened chocolate and a hint of vanilla make for a nutritious and tasty combination. Plant-based fiber from organic quinoa and oats come together to create a nut-free snack that will keep the kids lively and their taste buds happy.
  • Chocolate & Banana: The sweet taste of chocolate mixed with the creaminess of bananas. It's paired with nutty almond butter and toasty organic quinoa for a twist on a classic flavor combination.
  • Apple & Cinnamon: Familiar flavors of apples and cinnamon pair with protein from cashews and almond butter to keep tummies full. Plus, the chewiness of organic quinoa and gluten-free oats bring out the perfect taste and texture in every bite.

"Nutritious snacks can help keep kids alert and satisfied in-between meals, making them an important part of a child's eating routine," said culinary nutritionist Katie Cavuto, MS, RD. "As a mom and dietitian, I know it's hard to find options that taste good and fit my nutritional standards. That's why I like Curate Kids bars which contain whole grains as well as plant based fiber and protein – nutrients every kid needs. And best of all, the familiar flavors will please even the pickiest palettes."

Curate Kids snack bars are available at retail stores nationwide – find them in the snack bar section next to original Curate bars. Curate Kids bars' suggested retail price is $4.99 for a 5-pack.

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Alexia goes non-GMO, unveils new side dishes

BY Gina Acosta

CHICAGO — A leading brand of frozen organic vegetables is expanding its offerings with two new products at the same time the company is going non-GMO. 

Alexia announced today that all of the brand's offerings will be non-GMO by the end of 2016. In addition, the entire Alexia line will be Non-GMO Project Verified within the next 12 months.

"We are already 90 percent of the way there with only a few items left to finish the process of Non-GMO Project verification," said Rob Johnson, senior brand manager, Alexia Foods. "We're excited about the commitment we've made and look forward to continuing to evolve our food to meet the Alexia consumer's preferences." 

Building on that commitment, Alexia is also announcing two new side dishes made with organic potatoes: Organic Savory Spice Sweet Potato Fries and Alexia Truffle Fries. 

Consumers can look for the Non-GMO Project logo on Alexia packaging and the brand's website. The ongoing list of Alexia's offerings that are Non-GMO Project Verified is available on the Non-GMO Project website.

Alexia products are available at natural, gourmet, club, grocery and mass retail stores.

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