Bard Valley Natural Delights® Named "Best Dates" in Good Housekeeping Awards; David Baxter and Stefani Sassos Comment
YUMA, AZ - Bard Valley Natural Delights® has secured its second major media award for a recently debuted product. The brand’s Sweet and Salty Almond Mini Medjools were named “Best Dates” in this year’s Good Housekeeping Healthy Snack Awards, having launched last fall and continuing to gain category momentum.
“It’s extremely encouraging to receive another award for Mini Medjools, which we anticipated would be positively received by shoppers and nutrition experts alike,” added David Baxter, Director of Marketing for Natural Delights. “This recognition of quality, flavor, and health benefits fuels our continued effort to innovate using Medjool dates as a key ingredient for wholesome snacking.”
The Good Housekeeping Nutrition Lab results called Natural Delights Sweet and Salty Almond Mini Medjools, “a wholesome snack option that stood out to our judges for its fiber and potassium.” According to a press release, the lab added, “the naturally sweet option was a hit with testers of all ages, who described it as ‘flavorsome and totally innovative.’”
Registered dietitians and culinary professionals in the Good Housekeeping Institute Nutrition Lab poured over nutrition facts, ingredient lists, and flavor profiles of hundreds of snacks. Nearly 2,000 taste testers evaluated over 5,300 samples, which had to meet the following criteria:
- Made with real, recognizable ingredients
- Prioritize fiber-filled and protein-rich sources
- Free from trans fat and partially hydrogenated oils
- 300 calories or less per serving
- 10 g of added sugar or less per serving
- 300 mg sodium or less per serving
“Mini Medjools impressed us with their high-quality ingredients and delicious flavor profiles,” said Stefani Sassos, MS, RDN, CDN, Deputy Director of the Good Housekeeping Nutrition Lab. “The premium quality of the dates are what really stood out to our judges, making for a light and satisfying snack at any time of day.”
Natural Delights recommends that retailers prominently showcase Mini Medjools in a display bin in the produce section or on an endcap with other healthy snacks. Retail displays are available on the brand’s Trade Resources page.
Congratulations to Natural Delights on another win!