Margaret Malochleb

Margaret Malochleb

New Products Tea

The Fleur Collection from Tea Forté was created in collaboration with The New York Botanical Garden and features black, green, white, and herbal teas.

New Products Almond Flour Bars

Soft-Baked Almond Flour Bars from Simple Mills combine the easy-to-eat texture of a soft-baked cookie with the crunch of almonds and seeds.

New Products Honey

The four varieties of Artisanal Honey produced by Bee K’onscious are 100% pure, unfiltered, unpasteurized, and non-blended to maintain nutritional value.

Tea collection brings summer inside

Just in time for summer, Tea Forté is launching its newest limited-edition collection, Fleur. Designed in collaboration with The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), the collection includes five organic tea blends, each packaged in custom botanical artwork. Four percent of sales through retail outlets will support NYBG’s research, conservation, horticulture, and education efforts.

Three of the teas—Earl Grey, Jasmine Green, and Blueberry Merlot—feature ingredients inspired by the Botanical Garden’s living collections, while the fourth and fifth—Peach Blossom and Hibiscus Blossom—are new organic floral blends created to commemorate the partnership with NYBG.

Fleur will take tea drinkers on a journey through the lush tropical botanicals of NYBG’s Conservatory, through the fragrant and softly beautiful Herb Garden, to the serene tranquility of the Native Plant Garden, where blueberries ripen among the wildflowers,” said Meredith Counts, director of licensing and product development for the NYBG, in a press release.

The Fleur Collection is available in a standalone presentation box with 20 infusers, a standalone petite presentation box with 10 infusers, and a 15-serving Single Steeps Sampler for suggested retail prices of $20 to $34, and can be found online at as well as at select premium retailers, including the NYBG Shop.

Almond flour bars

Simple Mills is bringing a new entrant to the whole-food snack bar category with its line of Soft-Baked Almond Flour Bars. Featuring the texture of a soft-baked cookie along with the chewiness and crunch of raisins, almonds, coconuts, flax seeds, carrots, and chia seeds, the bars are naturally sweetened with honey and molasses.

The gluten-free snack bars are made without gums, emulsifiers, or flavors and do not contain grains, dairy, soy, corn, cane sugar, or high-fructose corn syrup. They are available in Banana Nut, Peanut Butter, Carrot Cake, and Dark Chocolate Almond varieties.

Set to launch at Whole Foods stores and other retailers this fall, the bars will be available in individually wrapped packages of five for a suggested retail price of $5.99.

Artisanal single-source honey

Denver-based startup Bee K’onscious has introduced four varieties of its Artisanal Honey, each of which is sourced from a single origin and labeled with a QR code so consumers can trace the honey to the beekeeper who produced it.

The four varieties—Brazilian Cipo Uva, Brazilian Marmeleiro Prateado, Montana Clover, and California Sage—are 100% pure, unfiltered, unpasteurized, and non-blended to maintain their nutritional value. In line with the company’s commitment to sustainability, all honey is packaged in glass jars and shipped using recyclable, corrugated packaging.

The Bee K’onscious team works with beekeepers across the globe who integrate best practices and maintain ethical and sustainable beekeeping practices. The Artisanal Honey line can be found online at for a suggested retail price of $18 a jar.

About the Author

Margaret Malochleb, Associate Editor, produces content for the News, New Products, Books, and IFT World departments and researches and writes feature articles on a variety of topics.
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