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Saturday, September 25, 2010

New England Natural Bakers : Organic Cereal, Granola Bars, Snack Mixes

New England Natural Bakers is a Massachusetts based company that creates a variety of organic cereals, granolas, granola bars, and bulk snack mixes, all of which (to my knowledge), are quite delicious! NENB isn't just 'another' natural foods company: through a series of well thought out business practices, they are certainly more action than talk and implement sustainable practices and social responsibility into the fabric of their operations.

From the New England Naturals website:

"New England Natural Bakers is committed to environmental and social improvement. On the most basic level, that is one reason why we are in the natural foods and organic industry. Our granolas, mueslis, trail mixes, bars, and flavored nuts are manufactured without preservatives or additives, a practice which is an important step towards environmental responsibility.

New England Natural Bakers also offers several lines of products that are certified organic. Purchase of organic products means a cleaner, safer and sustainable earth for all of us.

We give 10% of our profits to organizations that help support environmental and social improvement causes. For example, one recipient of our donation policy is Amazon Peoples Resource Initiative. APRI works in communities along the Maramon River with health promoters and aqua-culture/agro forestry projects. In addition, each year employees recommend local initiatives to receive donation funding, so that a portion of our profits stay within the community.

We are committed to the concepts of reuse and recycling. Our food waste is donated to small local farms as animal feed and we have our own in-house recycling program. We produce comparatively little trash and recycle cardboard, our major packaging waste. It is our commitment that as we continue to grow, we will discover additional ways in which we can build sustainable systems into our manufacturing and distribution processes while supporting initiatives globally that are aligned with our values. We trust that you will be nurtured and nourished by our services and products."

New England Natural Bakers recently provided me with some very tasty samples of their vegan friendly cereal, granola bars and snack mixes to test out here on the blog! Please note that the manufacturing facility used to make these products also processes dairy, nuts and gluten items so traces of these may be present.

Gluten-Free Crispy Fruity Organic Cereal with Raisins, Cashews and Vanilla:

I loved how extremely flavorful and filling this cereal is. The cereal base consists of organic corn flakes and brown rice crisps speckled with various seeds, nuts, raisins (along with a few other things). Three of the major flavor elements in this cereal are coconut, vanilla & nutmeg which permeate every scrumptious bite. I absolutely loved the mix of flavors, especially the coconut which makes the cereal quite unique. Delish!

This is also one of the rare cereals that contains absolutely no sodium. The product is also gluten free, however, please note that this item is manufactured in a facility that also processes items containing gluten so some cross contamination may occur.

Antioxidant Chewy Granola Bars with Berries, Cinnamon & Vanilla AND Chocolate-Omega Chewy Granola Bars with Flax, Hemp & Walnuts:

The combination of vanilla and cinnamon in the Antioxidant bar was sooo good. The flavors tasted very natural and the dried berries added just the right amount of tart to counteract the delicate sweetness of the bar. The product combines chewy and crunchy elements quite well without the final product being extremely sticky as are some other bars of this type. The Chocolate-Omega bar was similarly textured, but flavored with orange & chocolate chips. The orange definitely gave the bar a unique flavor (as far as granola bars go)- a very fun and tastebud tantalizing option! One of the things I have really come to love about NENB is their affinity toward flavors that are really different from other products on the market.

Tex Mex Mix:

The spiciness level of this mix is great, not too spicy but spicy enough to provide a nice little kick! I absolutely loved all the elements present in this mix, which contains everything from hot cajun corn sticks to cajun sesame sticks to a variety of nuts, seeds and seasonings. The seasoning really is very nice: spicy and salty with a slight chili flavor. A great snack to combine with a cold beverage or to pack into a lunch on the go.

Cape Cod Cranberry Trail Mix:

This is a great, energizing mix of dried fruits, seeds and nuts. The mix is colorful and vibrant which makes it super appealing. The elements of pumpkin seeds, cashews, cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds, almonds, dried apples is a really wonderful and complementary mix. This makes a great post-work out snack or another good option for packing on the go!

New England Natural Bakers products can be purchased online on select websites (including Amazon.com) and most natural food retailers throughout the US. Click here for a store locator.

**I was provided with the product mentioned in this post free of charge. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post & was not obligated to give a positive review of the product. All opinions expressed here are mine. **

1 comment:

  1. Everything looks so good. Nice to see that they have a gluten free cereal too. Thanks for the review.