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Soylent, Big Geyser partner on New York distribution

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Soylent its expanding its retail distribution. The Los Angeles-based company, which specializes in producing healthy functional foods that are good for the body and planet, announced a long-term distribution agreement with Big Geyser — an independent non-alcoholic beverage distributor in the metro New York area.

“We can’t wait to bring Soylent to stores and offices across New York so the millions of busy, on-the-go New Yorkers who are skipping meals or making unhealthy food choices have a better alternative,” Soylent CEO Bryan Crowley said. “Jerry Reda and the entire Big Geyser team have already been invaluable collaborators, and I know they share our passion for providing complete, convenient meals that fuel people’s days.”

Soylent made its retail debut back in July 2017, in a group of 7-Eleven locations in the greater Los Angeles area. The company’s sales pace led to expansions in more than 1,000 locations across Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Austin, Seattle and Portland. Soylent also signed distribution partnerships with Broadline Distributing and Austin Provision for the Los Angeles and Austin areas.

“Soylent has done a fantastic job of building its eCommerce business, and we’re excited to help them achieve that same success with our retail partners in New York,” Big Geyser COO Jerry Reda said. “This truly innovative meal replacement line is a great addition to our portfolio of brands, and we all look forward to the success we’ll share together.”

Additional product information and store availability can be found on Soylent’s website.

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Muuna launches new flavor offerings

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Muuna, a company focused on reimagining cottage cheese has announced it would be expanding its product portfolio by adding three new flavor launches. The new additions, black cherry, vanilla and raspberry are being introduced alongside the already released pineapple, peach, blueberry, strawberry, and mango flavors, on the heels of the New York City-based company’s retail expansion.

The line is distributed in more than 80% of the Northeast, where cottage cheese category dollars sales trends outpace those for yogurt and several other dairy products, the company said.

“Backed by extensive research, including a deep-dive into consumer flavor demand in the yogurt category, our in-house R&D team created these new flavors. The debut of Black Cherry and Vanilla mark a first in the cottage cheese category, as consumers previously have only seen these flavors available in yogurt,” Gerard Meyer, CEO of Muuna said. “Cottage cheese continues to gain popularity as it’s listed among 2018’s top food trends; plus, the on-the-go portability of our single-serve cups meets consumer demand for delicious, nutritious snack foods.”

Muuna products contain 15 to 19 grams of protein per 5.3-oz. cup, 9 grams of sugar, and 120 to 130 calories per cup. The snacks also contain real pieces of fruit, no artificial colors, sweeteners or flavors, the company said.

Products from Muuna are available for purchase in retailers such as Walmart, ShopRite, Giant, Stop & Shop among many others. A complete list of locations along with product availability can be found on the company’s website.

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Pure Balance, Walmart give dogs extra nutrition

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Now more than ever, people are playing a close eye to the kind of nutrition that goes into the food of their furry family members. Tools have been created to help owners keep track of their furry companion’s nutrition levels, sleeping habits and health habits and an app-enabled pet door have even been added to the mix. So naturally, it would only make sense that a retailer — specifically, Walmart would find a way to join this very in-demand category.

The private brands team at the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer partnered with Frontenac, Kan.-based Ainsworth back in 2012 to create a premium brand of pet food called Pure Balance. Both teams worked to design a dog food that contains high protein content and grain-free options that many premium pet store brand foods have.

“Working with animal lovers like Ainsworth, Walmart strives every day to bring its customers high-quality products at an affordable price,” the company said.

The line includes no soy, wheat or corn additives, no artificial colors, no preservatives and no chicken by-products. One of the main ingredients in every bag either real lamb meat or poultry and it contains a blend of omega 6 and three fatty acids good for a healthy coat and skin, the company said.

Pure Balance has seven different dry formulas, a dozen more in wet dog food and can be purchased in all Walmart locations in the nation.

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