Road tripping to see Companion bakery in St. Louis April 18th, 2014

The National Honey Board recently went on a road trip from St. Louis to Minneapolis, visiting bakers, brewers and confectioners formulating amazing products with honey.

Check out our first installment on Companion bakery in St. Louis.

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Angell Organic Candy Bars April 15th, 2014

Angell’s Snow Angell Bar includes organic honey.

Other organic ingredients include brown rice crisp, oats, coconut, almonds, chocolate, sea salt and tapioca syrup. Since honey is a natural sweetener with both antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, Angell says that it adds a nice complexity to the sweet notes in its Snow Angell Bar.

Christopher and Suzanne Angell always have loved candy bars, but wanted them to be better for people and the planet. Angell bars are created from organic and Fair Trade Certified ingredients. Angell is a family-founded and family-owned company.

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Gluten-Free Product Demand Reaches All-Time High April 11th, 2014

If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, chances are you are part of the $10.5 billion gluten-free food industry phenomenon.

However, you are only a small part. According to, even though people who have gluten sensitivities are part of the growing demand for gluten-free products, they only amount to one-quarter of that market. Three-quarters of gluten-free purchasers do so simply because of a belief that it is a healthier choice.

The Mayo Clinic reports that only 1.8 million Americans have celiac disease. Only about 6% of the population has gluten sensitivity. However, the gluten-free retail food and beverage category grew 44% from 2011 to 2013 according to Chicago-based Mintel International. The market research firm reports that the category will continue to rise in the future, with a $15.6 billion by the year 2016 prediction. This is due in part to flavor innovations and better quality products. Simply put, gluten-free products continue to taste better.

Gluten-free products sweetened with honey, particularly in the bakery category, have a better chance of a great taste because honey masks off flavors found in some ingredients used in gluten-free products.

Honey, a natural humectant, also offers gluten-free foods a distinct flavor, color and textural enhancement by retaining moisture. Honey’s moisture content is about 17%, which helps keep gluten-free foods moist. Honey also is an all-natural mold inhibitor.

French Meadow Bakery’s Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread is certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. Made with organic honey, egg whites, rich bran and corn starch, this sandwich bread is also great for stuffing and toast.

Cybros Gluten-Free Rice Rolls are sweetened with wildflower honey. Cybros is the leading producer of fresh sprouted grain breads, which enhance naturally occurring nutrients.

Rudi’s Gluten-Free Multigrain Hamburger Buns and Organic Harvest Seeded Muffins both are sweetened with organic honey. Rudi’s Organic Bakery currently is the only nationally available brand offering a full line of certified organic bread and baked goods.

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