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Clearwater Country Foods™ Introduces First-of-its-Kind Garden Green Garbanzo™ Beans in Seven Western States

<p class=' bwtextaligncenter'> <i>Costco Locations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Utah Currently Selling the Only Frozen Green Garbanzo Bean; Grown and Harvested in the Northwest United States</i> </p>

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Clearwater Country Foods™ Introduces First-of-its-Kind Garden Green Garbanzo™ Beans in Seven Western States07:07 EDT Thursday, July 15, 2010 GENESEE, Idaho (Business Wire) -- Clearwater Country Foods™, the pioneer of green garbanzo bean production in the United States, has announced its healthy and nutrition-packed Garden Green Garbanzo™ beans are now available in the frozen vegetables section of more than fifty Costco locations in the Northwest and Intermountain West. “Garden Green Garbanzo beans are harvested early and frozen quickly, resulting in a very unique flavor,” said Clearwater Country Foods founder, Doug Moser. “As well, they have a very broad appeal due to their high nutritional value, convenience, and versatility. Green garbanzos also support agricultural sustainability.” Moser became an innovator in green garbanzo bean production in the late 1970's developing new methods to cultivate and grow garbanzos. These methods are now widely utilized throughout the industry today. By 1983, his farm had the capacity to produce over half of all domestic garbanzo production. By early 2000, while still producing the traditional blond garbanzo, Moser developed exclusive techniques to harvest green garbanzo beans early and flash freeze them, ensuring higher nutritional values, a more unique taste, and year round availability, while providing versatility and convenience for the consumer. The company was awarded three patents from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for the technology, novelty, and innovation for Garden Green Garbanzo production in 2003. Green Garbanzos are high in fiber and naturally low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium promoting a healthy heart. Being an excellent source of fiber, green garbanzos contribute to satiety, helping to maintain a healthy weight. They are an all-natural non-allergenic source of protein (4g per serving) and are an excellent source of folate (vitamin B9), containing antioxidant vitamins A & C along with good-for-you phytonutrients. A good source of iron, they contain other minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium for healthy blood and bones. The Garden Green Garbanzo bean has been carefully nurtured without the use of insecticides. Clearwater Country Foods mission is to produce safe food using natural, earth-friendly, and environmentally sustainable methods. The company realized early on that Garden Green Garbanzo plants had the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen into the soil. This nitrogen-fixing process reduces fertilizer needs for Garden Green Garbanzos in crop rotation, by replenishing nitrogen in the soil that has been depleted by other crops. Clearwater Country Foods is committed to keeping soils and water free from contaminates. Green Garbanzos are a Super Food for the consumer and the planet. Clearwater Country Foods™ is an earth-friendly company dedicated to sustainable farming practices. The company operates on the principle that agriculture should be managed in a manner to care for the health and goodness of the soil for both current and future generations as well as for the environment. The family-owned business has been farming the rolling hills of the Palouse, located in North Central Idaho, since the 1800's. For more information visit www.clearwatercountry.usFACT SHEETClearwater Country Foods™The Garden Green Garbanzo™ Bean Produced by Clearwater Country Foods™. Currently available in Costco locations in the Northwest and Intermountain West – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The Garden Green Garbanzo™ is higher in nutritional categories and has less sodium than the common canned garbanzo bean. The early harvesting method keeps the natural sugars from turning into starch, making this the most flavorful garbanzo bean you can buy. Green Garbanzos are high in fiber and naturally low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium promoting a healthy heart. Being an excellent source of fiber, green garbanzos contribute to satiety, helping to maintain a healthy weight. They are an all-natural non-allergenic source of protein (4g per serving). They are an excellent source of folate (vitamin B9) and contain antioxidant vitamins A & C along with good-for-you phytonutrients. A good source of iron, they contain other minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium for healthy blood and bones. The Garden Green Garbanzo™ bean has been carefully nurtured without the use of insecticides. The green garbanzo plant is noteworthy for its ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen into the soil. Green Garbanzos are a Super Food for the consumer and the planet. Costco Locations Carrying the Product in the Frozen Foods SectionAlaska   Idaho   Montana   Nevada• Anchorage (2)• Boise• Billings• Carson City• Juneau• Coeur d'Alene• Bozeman• Henderson• Aurora Vige• Nampa• Helena• Las Vegas• Pocatello• Kalispell• Reno• Twin Falls• Missoula• Sparks   OregonUtahWashington• Albany• Lehi• Bellingham • Puyallup• Aloha• Murray• Burlington• Seattle• Bend• Orem• Clarkston• Sequim• Clackamas• Salt Lake City (2)• Covington• Silverdale• Eugene• Sandy• Everett• Southcenter• Hillsboro• South Ogden• Federal Way• Spokane (2)• Medford• West Bountiful• Gig Harbor• Tacoma• Portland• West Valley• Issaquah• Tumwater• Salem   • Kennewick• Union Gap• Tigard• Kirkland• Vancouver• Warrenton• Lacey• Wenatchee• Wilsonville• Marysville• Woodinville   Clearwater Country Farms Located in Genesee, Idaho. Douglas Moser, owner of Clearwater Country Foods™, is the fourth generation Moser to work the Idaho-based farm. The company began garbanzo bean production in 1980. The original producer of this food in the United States. The company mission is to produce safe food using natural, earth-friendly, and environmentally sustainable methods. The company was awarded three patents from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in 2003 for the technology, novelty, and innovation for Garden Green Garbanzo™ production. Clearwater Country Foods™ and the SunOpta Fruit Group of Buena Park, California have entered into an exclusive distribution agreement. Under the terms of this agreement, SunOpta Fruit Group is responsible for marketing and globally distributing the Garden Green Garbanzo™. SunOpta Inc. The SunOpta Fruit Group is a division of SunOpta Foods headquartered in Toronto, Canada. SunOpta Inc. is an operator of high-growth ethical businesses, focusing on integrated business models in the natural and organic foods and natural health products markets. The Company has three business units: SunOpta Food Group specializes in sourcing, processing and packaging of natural and organic food products integrated from seed through packaged products; Opta Minerals Inc. (TSX:OPM) (66.4% owned by SunOpta), is a producer, distributor, and recycler of environmentally friendly industrial minerals; and SunOpta BioProcess Inc. engineers and markets proprietary steam explosion technology systems for the bio-fuel, pulp and food processing industries. Each of these business units has proprietary products and services that give it a solid competitive advantage in its sector. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSClearwater Country Foods™Q. Are Garden Green Garbanzo™ beans available in any other grocery stores besides the Costco locations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington? A. No, not at this time. However, the company is looking to expand into other markets in the United States soon. Q. How long has Clearwater Country Foods™ been in business? A. Douglas Moser, founder of Clearwater Country Foods™, is the fourth generation Moser to till the Clearwater country and Palouse hills in North Central Idaho. Doug and his wife Judy, along with their three children, Katie, Shane, and Jessi, began producing garbanzos in 1980. Research & Development began on the Garden Green Garbanzo™ in the fall of 2002 and continues through today. The company was awarded three patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for the technology, novelty, and innovation for Garden Green Garbanzo™ production in 2003. Since then, Doug and the Moser family have devoted 100% of their time to continue the development of this exciting new vegetable. Q. What is the history of the garbanzo bean? A. The dried garbanzo bean, or chickpea, has been developed under domestic cultivation dating back over 10,000 years. It was written about in the civilizations of Babylon and Jericho dating back as far as 7,900 BC. Garbanzos were grown by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans and were very popular as a staple food source within these cultures. Q. Where are the most garbanzo beans grown? A. India is the leading producer of garbanzo beans followed by Pakistan and Turkey. Q. How many garbanzo beans are grown in the United States? A. Approximately 90,000 acres were harvested in the United States in 2009. There will be approximately 130,000 acres planted in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Q. What is the difference between a Garden Green Garbanzo™ bean and a regular canned garbanzo bean? A. The Garden Green Garbanzo™ bean has more nutritional value, including less sodium and a more flavorful taste than regular canned garbanzo beans. This is due to the innovative harvesting methods used by Clearwater Country Farms. The Garden Green Garbanzo™ bean is harvested early, and frozen quickly before the natural sugars turn to starch. Q. What are the nutritional values of the Garden Green Garbanzo™? A. Green Garbanzos are high in fiber and naturally low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium promoting a healthy heart. Being an excellent source of fiber, green garbanzos contribute to satiety, helping to maintain a healthy weight. They are an all-natural non-allergenic source of protein (4g per serving) and are an excellent source of folate (vitamin B9), containing antioxidant vitamins A & C along with good-for-you phytonutrients. A good source of iron, they contain other minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium for healthy blood and bones. Q. Why is Clearwater Country Foods™ considered an earth-friendly company? A. The company operates on the principle that agriculture should be managed in a manner to care for the health and goodness of the soil for both current and future generations as well as for the environment. Garden Green Garbanzos™ are insecticide free and the plants have the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen back into the soil. This means that soils and water are free from contaminates. Green Garbanzos are a Super Food for the consumer and the planet. Q. What is the business relationship between Clearwater Country Foods™ and the SunOpta Fruit Group? A. Clearwater Country Foods™ and the SunOpta Fruit Group of Buena Park, California have entered into an exclusive distribution agreement. Under the terms of this agreement, SunOpta Fruit Group is responsible for marketing and globally distributing the Garden Green Garbanzo™. The SunOpta Fruit Group is a division of SunOpta Foods headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=6359523&lang=en