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SoL™ Sunflower Beverage Announces "Embrace the Sun" Summer Recipe Contest Winners

Delicious SoL™-infused Pistachio Gelato and Khao Soi entries claim People's Choice and Judge's Choice prizes, respectively

Hope, MN - (June 18, 2012 ) – Nothing says summer like a cold, creamy scoop of gelato, and Cathi Iannone’s vegan version of the popular frozen dessert bested the competition to claim the People’s Choice prize in Sunrich Naturals’ SoL™ Sunflower Beverage“Embrace the Sun” summer recipe contest.  The New York, NY-based designer and creator of the Brooklyn Ragazza food and travel blog’s winning recipe combines SoL™ with homemade pistachio paste, avocados, and almond flavoring for excellent pistachio flavor and outstanding mouth-feel.   Salem, WI-based home cook foodie Kellie Foglio put a healthier spin on a Northern Thai classic noodle dish by using SoL™ instead of coconut milk as the base for her spicy and luscious Khao Soi, wowing the judges and earning her the Judge’s Choice prize. 

Each winner will receive a $500 gift card to Williams Sonoma.

“We were amazed at the creativity of the recipes submitted by all of the contestants and the absolutely delicious results they achieved using SoL™ Sunflower Beverage,” said Tina Nelson, vice president of Sales & Marketing, Consumer Products, SunOpta Grains & Foods Group.  “In both sweet and savory preparations, from breakfast to main course to dessert dishes, these recipes showcase SoL’s amazing versatility as an ingredient.”
The winning recipes above can be found online at –


Sunrich Naturals’ “Embrace the Sun” summer recipe contest launched on April 27, 2012 and accepted entries through May 31 via the Sunrich Naturals’ Facebook page.  Contestants were required to use SoL™ as a key ingredient in their recipes.  In addition to receiving the $500 gift cards and bragging rights for their winning creations, Iannone and Foglio will have their recipes featured on the Sunrich Naturals web site, blog and Facebook page.

“I found the creaminess of SoL™ to match the creaminess that dairy milk would offer, but without the heaviness that dairy can leave behind,” said People’s Choice winner Cathi Iannone.  “SoL™, in tandem with the creamy avocado, provided the perfect base consistency for the gelato.   Additionally, as I was making this dessert, I began generating other ideas for future SoL-based gelato flavors, such as adding canned coconut milk, or cocoa powder, instead of the pistachios.  Those two flavor ideas are up next on my gelato list. Adding fruit would be a great idea, as well!”

SoL™ is available in three flavors – Unsweetened, Original, and Vanilla - in shelf stable, aseptic 32 ounce Tetra Pak containers.   The beverage is an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, Phosphorus, Folic Acid, Calcium and Vitamin D. Each 8 oz. serving provides 50% of the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin E, 30% for Calcium, 25% for Vitamin D, and 20% for Folic Acid.

SoL™ can be found at fine supermarkets, health food stores and natural food retailers nationwide.  For a store locator, visit


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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