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SoL Sunflower Beverage Introduces Food Allergy Friendly Cupcake Recipe Just in Time for Back to School Parties

Free from the wheat, dairy, and peanuts that allergic reactions in millions of children, SoL's latest creation allows more kids to enjoy traditional classroom celebration treats

Hope, MN - (August 21, 2012) - For the more than 6 million American children who suffer from food allergies, normal back-to-school jitters are magnified by the fear of accidentally eating something while at school that will make them ill - in some cases so ill that immediate medical attention is required. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 to 18 percent of children with food allergies have had allergic reactions to accidental ingestion of food allergens while in school. Furthermore, the classroom is reported to be the most likely location for a reaction to occur.

"Food allergic children often feel left out when other students bring in birthday party cupcakes or other treats to share with the entire class," said Tina Nelson, vice president of Sales & Marketing, Consumer Products, SunOpta Grains & Foods Group and Sunrich Naturals, makers of SoL Sunflower Beverage. "Wheat, dairy, eggs, and peanuts are some of the most common allergens among food allergic children - and are also frequently featured ingredients in cupcakes and other baked goods. To offer kids and their parents a safer choice for classroom sharing and prevent food-allergic children from feeling excluded, we worked with pastry chef Lauren Hoover West to develop a delicious food allergy friendly cupcake recipe devoid of those ingredients."

Hoover-West, author of No Wheat, No Dairy, No Problem Cookbook, was challenged to create kid-friendly cupcakes made with SoL Sunflower Beverage that are vegan, dairy-free, peanut-free and gluten-free.

The result is an irresistible, fudgy, and moist chocolate cake with a silky smooth chocolate ganache frosting that both kids and adults will love. The SoL Chocolate Cake or Cupcake recipe, can be found here.

With 8% of U.S. children suffering from food allergies, and 40% of those kids having a history of severe reactions, parents and schools are looking for a greater selection of foods and beverages that are free from common food allergens. SoL Sunflower Beverage, made from wholesome sunflower seeds grown on American family farms, is naturally free of the eight most common food allergens including milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and wheat. SoL lends itself well to recipes and can be enjoyed in place of dairy or nut milk any time of the day.

In addition to being allergy friendly, SoL is an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, Phosphorus, Folic Acid, Calcium and Vitamin D. Available in three varieties - Original, Unsweetened and Vanilla - each 8 oz. serving of SoL provides 50% of the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin E, 30% for Calcium, 25% for Vitamin D, and 20% for Folic Acid.

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About Sunrich Naturals
Sunrich Naturals, maker of SoL Refreshing Sunflower Beverage, has been working with American family farms to produce wholesome organic and natural foods for over 25 years. Sunrich Naturals believes that healthy, good food starts with a healthy, good Earth. This simple belief guides everything we do - how we work with farmers, handle and process our grains, and produce our natural and organic foods. Our products can be found in many fine supermarkets, natural food retailers, and health food stores nationwide.

Sunrich Naturals is a brand of SunOpta Inc., a leader in natural and organic ingredients, raw materials and consumer products and the largest sunflower processor in the United States.

Media Contact:
Laura Fontanills
Healthy Living Marketing/ Common Language