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On the Shelf!

New consumer products hitting the market this summer include beer, value-added meat and a range of non-alcoholic beverages

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Tea time
UrbanZen Tea has released a new flavour of bottled tea called Green Tea with Mango & Aloe Vera Juice. All UrbanZen teas are brewed from hand-picked premium whole leaf green tea, and contain spring water, jasmine flower, honey, juice, natural flavour-essence and cane sugar. Teas contain no artificial colours, flavours or GMOs, and can be served chilled or heated.

Premium meats
TMF – The Meat Factory Ltd. has introduced five new premium beef products for the foodservice sector. The precooked products are made with high-quality Certified Angus Beef cuts, offering greater convenience and versatility. Items, available exclusively through GFS in Canada, include: Prime Rib; Pot Roast in Gravy; Smoked Texas-Style Beef Brisket; Whole French-Style Short Ribs; and Inside Round Roast.

Blueberry mustard
Wild Blueberry Honey Mustard is the latest offering in the Wild Blueberries with a Kick product line from Granite Town Farms. With a tangy, full, sweet flavour, the condiment is perfect for topping hamburgers and hotdogs, used in recipes, or as a dip for a variety of snacks.

Fruit flavours
Lucuma and Mamey Sapote are two of the most popular fruit flavours in Central and South America. Now Happy & Healthy Products Inc. offers a taste of both those flavours in its new frozen fruit bar. Fruitfull Mamey-Sapote-Lucuma Frozen Fruit Bar is an all-natural, refreshing snack containing beta-carotene, niacin and other B vitamins. The bars are low in sugar and are an excellent source of calcium and fibre.

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Coffee choice
Consumers who enjoy decaffeinated coffee now have a great taste alternative in Rainforest Alliance Swiss Water Process Firefly Decaffeinated coffee from Reunion Island Coffee. Set to change the notion of a decaf coffee being less flavourful, this brew is a single-origin coffee from a Rainforest Alliance-certified producer in Brazil. The patented Swiss Water process removes caffeine without the use of chemicals, resulting in a rich, aromatic coffee with a medium-dark level. The coffee is sold in 12-oz and one-kg whole bean formats.

Beer to go
Steam Whistle Brewing now offers a convenient new six-pack of 355-mL cans of its signature pilsner beer. Instead of using a standard carrier, the brewery designed its own can carton featuring a sturdy handle and end panels for greater stability. The pack is available at the Beer Store in Ontario and at private retailers in Alberta.

Nut-free snacks
FX-Foods Inc. has launched Martin’s Marvelous Crisps and Martin’s Marvelous Granola, two new gluten- and nut-free snack lines. With a mandate of using more than 95 per cent Canadian-sourced ingredients, all FX-Foods products are free of artificial colours and flavours, chemical additives or GMOs. Crisps are available in four flavours – Rosemary Lavender, Pumpkin Seed Cranberry, Chocolate Molé, and Date & Olive Tapenade – while the granola is available in Sunflower Seed Raisin and Pumpkin Seed Cranberry varieties.

Organic lemonade
Happy Planet’s latest beverage offerings for summer are Lemonade and Raspberry Lemonade. Available only until October 2011, the two beverages are certified 100-per-cent organic, are all-natural and not from concentrate, and contain no preservatives or artificial ingredients. The beverages come in 1.89-L bottles for a suggested retail price of $4.49.

True IPA
Muskoka Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery is a true India Pale Ale, featuring a vibrant aroma, a full, refreshing flavour and a crisp citrusy undertow. The beer is handcrafted in small batches, with all-natural ingredients and no additives or preservatives. Mad Tom is available in 355-mL bottles at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

Carolyn Cooper

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