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The ginger boom

Ginger has undergone an undeniable boom in popularity, finding its way into sodas, juices, snacks and more. Here are just a few on-trend ginger products showing up on store shelves

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Skratch Labs

The Ginger & Miso Anytime Energy Bar from Colorado–based Skratch Labs is a savoury snack made from a blend of candied ginger with red pepper flakes, soy sauce, golden berries, sesame seeds and almond butter. The bars contain no artificial sweeteners, colouring or flavouring, and are also non—GMO, vegan, kosher and gluten free.

Gourmet Garden

Gourmet Garden’s Lightly Dried Ginger is ideal for consumers who want to easily add real ginger to their stir-fries, curries, dressings, juices, cookies and more. Australia-based Gourmet Garden (now owned by McCormick & Company) describes it as fresh ginger that’s been dried “just enough” to last four weeks once opened. And because it’s only lightly dried, it offers a flavour and aroma that’s as close to fresh ginger as possible.

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Toronto-based Cedar Juice offers six cold-pressed juices that feature ginger in a starring role, including Zest of the Bunch (with orange, grapefruit, turmeric and ginger), Maca Sun (with orange, carrot, ginger root and maca), and For the Love of Greens (cucumber apple, spinach, celery, lemon, swiss chard and ginger root). Cedar juices are all unpasteurized; instead, the cold-pressed method is used to maximize the nutrients in every gulp.

Red Bull

When you hear the name Red Bull, you likely think “caffeinated energy drink”—but think again. The brand recently branched out by launching a new line of organic carbonated soft drinks that includes a zesty ginger ale. Organics by Red Bull Ginger Ale is caffeine free with a nice spicy taste, thanks to the natural flavouring of ginger extract mixed with bergamot and concentrated lemon juice.

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Part of Vij’s line of frozen Indian foods—created by renowned Canadian chef Vikram Vij—Vij’s Coconut Ginger Green Beans combines ginger and onions with a spicy coconut taste. Suitable for vegans as well as people on dairy- and gluten-reduced diets, this frozen vegetable curry contains no artificial flavours or colours.

This article appeared in Canadian Grocer’s June/July 2018 issue.

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