Pacific Natural Foods has extended its soup range and added to its non-dairy beverage line.

The US organic food manufacturer said yesterday (10 March) that it is launching a line of soup starters and bases. The range will include Vietnamese-style Beef Pho, Chicken Pho and Southwest Tortilla.

Vice president of sales and marketing Tim Ramsey said the company is launching the range because, while "people don't have eight hours to make a traditional Pho base, they still want to enjoy the complex flavours of labour-intensive soups at home."

The company is also extending its line of carton soups with five new flavours. The products will use organic chicken meat raised without added hormones. The flavours include: Organic Santa Fe Style Chicken, Organic Chicken Noodle, Organic Chicken & Wild Rice, Organic Chicken Spinach Pasta, and Organic Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs. The range has a SRP of US$3.49-3.69.

Pacific Natural Foods also plans to expand its non-dairy beverage line with the launch of 7 Grain. 7 Grain will be sold in Original and Vanilla flavours and contains oats, brown rice triticale, wheat, barley, spelt and millet. The company said it is a "naturally sweetened source of calcium and B vitamins and features 500mg Omega 3 ALA from Flax oil".

The products will be available from the summer.