Whole Foods touts kosher offerings
AUSTIN — Whole Foods is taking the opportunity to reach out to its Jewish consumers by reminding them that it has a number of kosher-certified items for Hannukah, which begins Dec. 20.
The retailer is touting its availability of whole organic turkeys, pumpkin puree and roasted chestnuts to latkes, matzo meal and Hanukkah gelt (chocolate coins).
Specifically, Whole Foods is offering:
Potato pancake, whole wheat matzo meal, latkes, natural cake, stuffing and soup mixes from Streit’s, a family-owned purveyor of kosher food since 1925;
Organic soups and dishes from Fig Food;
Gefen Chestnuts, roasted and peeled;
Yehuda lightly salted and toasted onion gluten-free matzo crackers;
An assortment of Simply Organic gluten-free and vegetarian baking mixes;
Elyon Kosher marshmallows;
Responsibly-sourced, Whole Trade Hanukkah gelt from Divine Chocolate;
Organic concord grape juice and gefilte fish from Kedem, a family business for eight generations;
Exclusive So Delicious chocolate mint milk made from creamy coconut milk; and
Select Whole Foods stores also will offer antibiotic-free kosher poultry options from Kosher Valley including fresh and frozen whole young turkeys and chickens, ground turkey and value pack options, which are all certified by the Orthodox Union and the K’hal Adath Jeshurun.
"Our customers can always count on us for the highest quality holiday products," said Errol Schweizer, senior global grocery coordinator for Whole Foods. "Whether they’re looking for traditional holiday staples or the best organic and gourmet offerings, Whole Foods Market is a great kosher destination."
While Whole Foods may have an impressive selection of kosher products compared with other grocers, it faces stiff competition in largely Jewish areas where entirely kosher supermarkets provide the assortment of products not available at typical food retailers.
Orbit teams up with Bright Pink
CHICAGO — Orbit gum has teamed up with a nonprofit breast cancer prevention organization to encourage young women to be proactive about their breast health.
As part of the partnership, Orbit and Bright Pink have developed the "Pledge to Protect Your Chest" shareable online commitment tool on Facebook, where users can examine a checklist that features ways to be proactive about breast health.
Orbit also said that sales through September and October of its Orbit Bubblemint and Orbit White Bubblemint gum, up to $75,000, will be donated to Bright Pink. Specially marked packs of Orbit White Bubblemint include pellets that have been stamped with a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon.
Nature’s Hand granola shows off new blend, packaging
CHICAGO — Nature’s American Co. has introduced an enhanced granola product.
Nature’s Hand granola features an improved texture and more clustered blend, featuring roasted oats and wheat, nuts and seeds that are sweetened with caramelized brown sugar and honey, the company said. The granola is available in french vanilla almond, cranberry delight, wild blueberry, raisin hazelnut and cinnamon apple and maple pecan varieties. Additionally, Nature’s Hand granola also now features premium packaging that includes a preview window and bold colors to help consumers identify each of the six granola blends in the line.
Nature’s Hand granola carries a suggested retail price of $4.99.