Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wild Garden Hummus Dip served to astronauts on International Space Station

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Ray Hanania
Jan. 19, 2011                                                                                    rghanania @

Wild Garden Hummus Dip served to astronauts on International Space Station

Cicero, IL – Astronauts on the International Space Station are now able to enjoy the healthy and great tasting benefits of Wild Garden Hummus Dip with their meals.

Ziyad Brothers Importing based in Cicero, Illinois markets the garbanzo-bean Hummus dip under its Wild Garden label. The Hummus comes in both a 13.4 ounce jar in six flavors and a 1.76 ounce single-serve tetra-packet in two flavors. The single-serve packets are among the food options served to the astronauts to augment the standard menu on the International Space Station. 

Wild Garden Hummus Dip is an all-natural, vegan vegetarian garbanzo bean-based food that features the healthiest ingredients available. Wild Garden eliminates preservatives and unnecessary additives creating a shelf-stable product that does not need refrigeration until it is open, making it ideal for space voyage. It is GMO and Gluten free.

“Wild Garden Hummus Dip is an authentic Mediterranean dip with great-tasting flavor that is growing in popularity across the United States. We are excited the astronauts can now enjoy it,” explained Mark D. Smith, vice president of sales for Wild Garden.

“Hummus has become more of a mainstream food choice. Our shelf-stable hummus is available from nearly every major retailer across the United States and in Canada. The single-serve Hummus Dip tetra-packet is now popular in schools and is available as a gourmet menu choice on four airlines. We are very proud that NASA has included Wild Garden Hummus Dip among the many food items now served to our nation’s astronauts and to the astronauts on the International Space Station.”

Research shows garbanzo beans are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. Their high-fiber content reportedly prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making them beneficial for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. When combined with whole grains such as rice, garbanzo beans provide virtually fat-free high quality protein.

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Wild Garden Hummus Dip is supplied to NASA by Minimus Inc., a supplier of condiments and single serving food items.

“We are proud we can do our part to help our Space Program, all the astronauts from across the many countries involved in our space program by providing a healthy food item choice,” Smith said.