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Yofix Launches Clean-label, Plant-based Yogurt Alternative

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Yofix starts full production of its plant-based yogurt alternatives using zero-waste process

Yofix Probiotics Ltd., the winner of PepsiCo‘s European Nutrition Greenhouse Programme 2018 announced last week, launches its first dairy-free, soy-free yogurt alternative line with three fruit flavors. The products are based on a unique, clean-label formula made from just a few natural ingredients. It is traditionally fermented and contains live probiotic cultures plus the prebiotic fibers that feed them.

The new product line is environmentally friendly and vegan, and leaves a low carbon footprint since there is no use of cow milk and, unlike almond or cashew, does not require a great amount of water. Most importantly, the production process is carefully designed to ensure zero waste. All raw materials utilized in production remain in the final product.

Health-conscious consumers recognize yogurt as an immune-boosting source of beneficial probiotics. But these same consumers are increasingly conforming to vegan and flexitarian diets and are seeking plant-based dairy alternatives, as are millions of lactose-intolerant and lactose-sensitive consumers.

Increasingly important to health-minded consumers is the health of the environment, driving them toward sustainable products that leave a minimum footprint. Unfortunately, most of the yogurt alternatives on the market can’t meet dairy yogurt when it comes to taste, texture, and nutrition. Or, to be a good source of protein, calcium and fiber, they compromise organoleptic characteristics. Yofix offers a new-generation yogurt alternative that hits all the marks for flavor, texture, nutrition, and eco-friendliness. It has no added sugars, flavors, colors, or preservatives.

Behind Yofix is Ronen Lavee, an agricultural mechanical engineer with lactose intolerance. Lavee returned to Israel after eight years in Asia, and could not find a dairy-free yogurt alternative with good flavor and texture. He experimented with more than 100 fermented formulas based on natural ingredients until he found the “Bio 5 formula.” It uses no added sugars, preservatives, or colors. Yet has the texture and great flavor of yogurt.

Typically, gums and thickeners are added to dairy-free yogurts to stabilize them, but the Bio 5 formula, together with Yofix’s advanced technology, created similar texture and stability of yogurt, without additives. Moreover, since dairy-free yogurts often lack key vitamins and minerals, fortification is required to match dairy yogurt’s nutritional value. “I did not want to compromise on taste or nutrition in the product, nor compromise on the natural aspect” says Lavee, CEO and founder of Yofix. “The ingredients used in our products are simply grains, seeds, fruit and live cultures.”

Most dairy alternative yogurts available are high in fat, and use a single base ingredient such as soy, almond, or coconut. They have low amounts of calcium, iron, and fiber. Also, almond and coconut milk are not high in protein, a nutrient in high demand by yogurt consumers. But Yofix’s “Bio 5 formula” contains all these nutrients naturally, without need for fortification.

“Yofix will be launched globally,” says Steve Grun, CEO of Yofix. “And, we will be developing new plant-based dairy substitutes for milk, yogurt drinks, cream cheese, coffee creamers and even ice cream. Our proprietary manufacturing technology and formulations are highly flexible and require minimum investment for versatility.”

The company launched the plant-based yogurt line with Strauss Dairies in Israel last month under the ONLY brand in three flavors to target the rapidly expanding demand for vegan, flexitarian, and lactose-intolerance populations. The start-up was the first company to join The Kitchen, the leading food-tech incubator and seed investor in Israel, and part of the Strauss Group Ltd., the main investor in Yofix.

 

 

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Station Cold Brew Coffee eyes expansion into CBD-infused beverages

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Introducing a true ‘plant-based’ addition to your morning routine

Station Cold Brew Coffee Company, pioneers in the cold brew coffee category in Canada, announced today that they are planning to expand their portfolio by introducing a lineup of CBD-infused beverages in partnership with Canada’s largest craft cannabis organization, Pasha Brands Ltd.

The announcement comes in anticipation of April 20th (also referred to as 4/20), which is affectionately known by the cannabis community as a day to celebrate and consume the plant. Station believes it is no coincidence that April 20th also happens to be National Cold Brew Coffee Day and that the pairing of the two is a natural match. Through this move, the Canadian cold brew coffee manufacturer is positioning themselves to capitalize on the infused beverage market, which is set to become legal in Canada this coming October.

“We firmly believe that non-psychoactive cannabis compound cannabidiol (“CBD”) will become a prominent wellness ingredient within the functional beverage space and that coffee is the perfect vehicle to introduce it to consumers,” said Mitchell Stern, Co-Founder & VP Sales & Marketing for Station. “There is a common misconception that CBD will make you sleepy, which isn’t true. The reality is that CBD delivers a calm, clear and focused feeling which can lead to increased productivity. We believe that when paired with the stimulating effects of caffeine, it creates a unique and beautiful balance that is perfect to start your day with.”

Under the new partnership, Pasha Brands will formulate and manufacture CBD-infused beverages for Station Cold Brew Coffee. The Vancouver-based organization boasts an extensive portfolio of craft cannabis brands with proven capabilities in cannabis cultivation, genetic research and development, product, processing, and retail.

“This is a historic time for the cannabis industry in Canada and we’re glad to be at the forefront,” said Patrick Brauckmann, Executive Chairman of Pasha Brands. “With the legalization of recreational cannabis in October 2018, established brands have begun to realize the potential of expanding their businesses through the introduction of cannabis products. We are delighted to work with Station Cold Brew to create high-quality products which are desired in the cannabis community and adhere to Health Canada regulations.”

Station Cold Brew Coffee will be releasing further details on the CBD-infused beverages in the coming months in line with anticipated regulations for edibles & consumables.

About Station Cold Brew Coffee

Station Cold Brew is Canada’s largest dedicated cold brew coffee company and was born to broaden the possibilities of the coffee ritual. SCB is on a mission to handcraft products that sit at the crossroads of quality and convenience and never sacrifice flavour for function. Station is crafted with purpose to fuel every moment without compromise.

Their line-up of all-natural products can be found in over 1500 retail locations across the country.

About Pasha Brands

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Pasha Brands is a vertically integrated organization that is firmly rooted in BC’s craft cannabis industry, which boasts an international reputation as the home of the world’s finest cannabis. When operating, pre-legalization, the brands under the Pasha Brands portfolio ranked in the top five among revenue-producing cannabis companies in Canada.

With proven capabilities in cannabis cultivation, genetic research and development, product, processing, and retail, Pasha is uniquely positioned in the new legal cannabis market through its network of hundreds of craft cannabis suppliers under the Pasha umbrella.

With its final or late-stage Licenced Producer applicant, Pasha’s subsidiary, BC Craft Supply Co. Ltd. is developing a craft cannabis campus, which is dedicated to bringing craft quality into the newly legal cannabis market in Canada. The LP facility will include a standard cultivation nursery, standard processing facility and an analytical testing laboratory located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. BC Craft Supply Co. Ltd. is driven to assist craft growers in obtaining security clearance and licensing to grow as micro-cultivators, specializing in education and compliance to bring growers into the regulated cannabis supply market.

 

SOURCE: Station Cold Brew Coffee

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Our Daily Wines Celebrates 30 Years of Organic Winemaking

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Our Daily Wines is #1 selling organic wine brand in US

Since 1989, Our Daily Wines has been committed to organic, environmentally-friendly winemaking. After 30 years of uncompromising focus, consumers recognize that effort and have made Our Daily the #1 best-selling organic wine brand*. Being certified as USDA Organic, Our Daily Wines has no added preservatives, no detectable sulfites, and are vegan and gluten-free. www.ourdailywines.com

“Our fans choose Our Daily Wines because we are USDA Organic Certified; they appreciate the important distinction that we are an organic wine vs a wine made with organic grapes. This means that not only is our wine made from organic grapes, the wine is produced in a certified organic facility and with certified organic ingredients,” said Natasha Hayes, Vice President of Marketing, WX Brands. “At a time when more and more consumers are looking for organic options, it is nice to offer Our Daily Wines which has been committed to delivering a pure expression of organic wines for over 30 years.”

There’s a lot to love about Our Daily Wines, starting with the USDA Organic Certification. This year, Our Daily is making it easier to spot the USDA Organic Certified logo, moving it center stage on the front label and on the cartons.

USDA Organic Certified
There is a significant difference between wines made with organic grapes and those that are USDA Organic Certified. The former is produced with certified organically-grown grapes. To be USDA Organic Certified -in addition to using organic grapes – the wines are produced in a certified organic winemaking facility and any additional ingredient used is certified organic.

Vegan
Our Daily Wines do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or dairy products. Unlike some conventional wines, Our Daily does not use fining agents such as egg whites, gelatin, casein (a milk derived product) or isinglass (derived from fish) to clarify the wines.

No Detectable Sulfites
Our Daily Wines are among the few commercially available wines that have no detectable sulfites. Sulfites occur naturally in small amounts in wine. Most winemakers add additional sulfites to prevent oxidation and the growth of undesirable yeast or bacteria. Instead of sulfites, the winemaking team at Our Daily uses natural, technologically-advanced techniques to ensure freshness and purity.

Gluten Free
No grain-derived coloring or flavoring are used in Our Daily Wines. They contain no proteins that occur naturally in wheat, rye, barley or other hybrids of these grains.

Our Daily Red Blend and Cabernet Sauvignon are both available nationally with a suggested retail price of $11/750ml. They are part of the WX Brand portfolio of nationally-available wine brands which also includes Bread & Butter Wines, the Jamieson Ranch Vineyards portfolio (Double Lariat, Reata, Whiplash and Light Horse), Chronic Cellars, Jelly Jar and Reckless Love Wines. Established in 1999, WX Brands is currently a top 20 US wine company.

 

SOURCE: Our Daily Wines

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Village Farms International Applauds Texas Department of Health and Human Services Actions in Descheduling Hemp and Initiates Selective Breeding Program

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Village Farms International, Inc. (“Village Farms” or the “Company”) (TSX: VFF) (NASDAQ: VFF) applauds the actions of the Texas Department of Health and Human Services in descheduling hemp, including its cannabinoids (except for delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)) in compliance with the 2018 Farm Act and Texas law.  Under Texas law, the removal of hemp from the controlled substances schedule will be effective on April 5, 2019, 21 days after the schedule’s publication. Texas still must pass a hemp bill to enable the creation of a State Hemp Plan under the 2018 Farm Act and develop a thoughtful regulatory regime to support the hemp industry and protect consumers.

Village Farms plans to commence hemp cultivation in a portion of its Monahans, Texas, greenhouse operation upon a State Hemp Plan in Texas becoming effective, or earlier if permitted by Texas law.  In anticipation of the Texas legislation passing, Village Farms has begun design and development of the site-specific growing and technical systems to enable hemp production at the Monahans facility.

“The descheduling of hemp in Texas is a very encouraging step forward and we would like to publicly acknowledge the efforts of all those working in support of the full legalization of hemp in Texas with thanks in particular to lobbyist Susan Hays and the U.S. Hemp Roundtable,” said Michael DeGiglio, Chief Executive Officer, Village Farms. “We look forward to the opportunity to work with officials in Texas toward a roll out of hemp production, including the processing and sale of CBD products.”

Mr. DeGiglio added, “With the potential for passage of a hemp bill in Texas by the end of this coming May, we are readying a portion of our Monahans greenhouse to be able to commence production quickly upon legalization. Upon legalization, we also plan to initiate an outdoor hemp cultivation program in Texas through our joint venture Village Fields.”

Village Farms Initiates Genetics Testing and Trials to Support Large-Scale Commercial Outdoor and Greenhouse Hemp Production

Village Farms also announced that it has initiated a selective breeding program in tandem with genetic testing to support both its commercial scale indoor and outdoor hemp production programs.  The initiative aims to accelerate the development of true-to-type chemical varieties (chemovars), desirable cannabinoid characteristics including high CBD content and low THC levels at crop maturation that are compliant with federally mandated criteria, as well as developing new varieties suitable for specific climates with increased production yields.

Additionally, Village Farms’ joint venture, Village Fields, has reserved substantive quantities of seed to support the initiation of field cultivation as soon as legally permitted. As previously announced, Village Fields plans to have 500 to 1,000 acres in production during 2019.  Village Fields also plans to have extraction capabilities in place by the end of 2019 to enable it to begin supplying CBD oil on a wholesale basis while it commences production of branded CBD products for “big box” retailers in 2020. Village Fields intends to conduct its operations in locations where it is fully legal to do so on a federal and state level.

 

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Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (“forward-looking statements”). Forward-looking statements may relate to the Company’s future outlook or financial position and anticipated events or results and may include statements regarding the financial position, business strategy, budgets, litigation, projected production, projected costs, capital expenditures, financial results, taxes, plans and objectives of or involving the Company. Particularly, statements regarding future results, performance, achievements, prospects or opportunities for the Company, Pure Sunfarms, the greenhouse vegetable industry or the cannabis and hemp industries are forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by such terms as “outlook”, “may”, “might”, “will”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “occur”, “expect”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “intend”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential”, “continue”, “likely”, “schedule”, “objectives”, or the negative or grammatical variation thereof or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts.

Although the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon assumptions that management believes are reasonable based on information currently available to management, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, that may cause the Company’s or the industry’s actual results, performance, achievements, prospects and opportunities in future periods to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the factors contained in the Company’s filings with U.S. and Canadian securities regulators, including as detailed in the Company’s annual information form and management’s discussion and analysis for the year-ended December 31, 2018.

When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, the Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these statements, as forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties and should not be read as guarantees of future results, performance, achievements, prospects and opportunities. The forward-looking statements made in this press release only relate to events or information as of the date on which the statements are made in this press release. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

SOURCE: Village Farms International, Inc.

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