What’s new in the dairy aisles for May?

By Mary Ellen Shoup and Jim Cornall

- Last updated on GMT

A monthly round-up of products in the dairy aisle. Pic: ©iStock/dikobraziy/sergeyryzhov
A monthly round-up of products in the dairy aisle. Pic: ©iStock/dikobraziy/sergeyryzhov
The monthly round-up of products from the dairy aisle and dairy alternatives includes a variety of new spreads, ice cream and beverages.

Companies around the world with new products to promote in this monthly feature can contact us here​; please include an image of the product along with the information.

Laura Chenel’s launches medallion collection

US goat cheese company Laura Chenel’s has introduced a new line of chèvre medallions with five flavors, ranging from Poppy Seed & Peppercorn to Fig & Grapefruit. Rounding out the Medallion Collection of 3.5-ounce goat cheeses is Sun-dried Tomato & Basil, Chives & Shallots, and Original Chèvre.

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The small, disk-shaped cheeses, with a pull-tab for opening, in the Medallion Collection have been created to provide an accessible retail price for goat cheeses.

The full line of 3.5-ounce Medallion Collection of cheeses is made using goat milk from nearby farms in the western region of the US.

“We’ve noticed that consumers are drawn more and more to fresh products in smaller packages, and this is for several reasons,”​ Zachary Pass, Laura Chenel’s national sales manager said.

Laura Chenel’s Medallion Collection will have a Suggested Retail Price of $3.49 per unit.

New look for Shaken Udder 'Uber' Udder

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UK milkshake producer, Shaken Udder, has revamped its Uber Udder packaging, which launched in retailer Waitrose on May 8.

The new see-through 750ml Uber Udder bottles replace the current cartons from this spring, bringing the packaging design in line with the bottles used for the smaller format.

Jodie Farran, co-founder of Shaken Udder, said sales are expected to increase by between 20% and 40% with the packaging change.

The new 750ml Uber Udder bottles in Chocolush and Vanillalicious flavors will be available in Waitrose and Ocado, with a RRP £2.00-£2.40.

Somerdale introduces Savile Row Cheese Co. British cheese range

Somerdale International, an exporter of British cheeses to the US, is set to grow its presence there with the launch of a range of cheeses, tailored for the foodservice sector. 

The Savile Row Cheese Co. (Savile Row) range of British cheeses range will feature British cheeses such as Mature Farmhouse Cheddars and Blue Stilton as well as specially blended cheeses including Cheddar with Mustard Seed & Ale and Cheddar with Horseradish & Parsley. 

The range will also include two non-GMO certified cheeses: a 12-month Mature Cheddar and a Double Gloucester with Chive & Onion. 

The launch will be complemented by the establishing of a dedicated foodservice sales team in Santa Monica, California.

New Flora spread variants

Flora, made by Unilever, is extending its dairy-free spreads range in the UK by adding three new variants: Walnut, Coconut & Almond; and Avocado & Lime.

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Illustrated images of the ingredients are displayed on-pack.

The new variants are available across all trade channels at an RRP of £1.50.  

Plenish launches into Sainsbury’s

Plenish is launching its range of non-dairy M*LK into UK retailer Sainsbury’s.

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Its products are organic, oil-, gum and sugar-free.

The range – which includes Organic Almond M*LK, Organic Cashew M*LK and Organic Hazelnut M*LK – is currently available nationwide through Ocado, in Waitrose and across specialist retailers.

Plenish will add Organic Coconut M*LK to the range when it goes on sale.

Globally the non-dairy milk category more than doubled between 2009 and 2015 to $21bn, according to Euromonitor.

The range has also been reduced from a £3.49 RRP to £2.50.

Somerdale adds non-GMO Westminster Sharp to US Cheddar range

Somerdale International, an exporter of British cheeses and dairy products, has launched a non-GMO British Cheddar. 

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The new ‘Westminster Sharp’ Cheddar has been specially developed by Somerdale in partnership with British cheesemaker Joseph Heler.

The new product is the latest addition to Somerdale’s Westminster cheese brand developed specifically for the US market.

Westminster Sharp is an aged Cheddar cheese matured for at least 12 months. 

Ciao Bella and Diageo partnership

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Ciao Bella Gelato + Sorbetto has partnered with Diageo to launch Baileys sea salt caramel gelato in the US.

"The premium segment in the specialty frozen dessert category has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years,”​ Carlos Canals, CEO of Ciao Bella, said.

The new Baileys Sea Salt Caramel gelato will be available nationwide at a suggested retail price of $4.99 for a 16 oz. pint. Ciao Bella and Baileys said they will continue to collaborate and plan to launch new flavors in the future. 

Unilever launches multiple ice cream products

Unilever has launched multiple ice cream products in the US across its Breyers, Klondike, and Magnum Ice Cream brands.

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New offerings include Breyers first non-dairy ice cream line made with almond milk in vanilla peanut butter and Oreo Cookies & Cream flavors.

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Breyers will also unveil three new flavors to its original line: chocolate mint, cinnamon swirl, and butterscotch blondie. In addition, the Breyers Gelato Indulgences added a three flavors including: cookie dough, pistachio biscotti, and cinnamon roll.

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Klondike has expanded its line of stickless ice cream products with the Klondike brownie fudge swirl bar.

Magnum is expanding its Doubles ice cream line with two new varieties: Double cookies & cream and Double chocolate hazelnut.

Tillamook limited edition ice cream

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Oregon-based Tillamook has launched two new limited edition flavors for summer: monster cookie and Oregon strawberry lemonade.

Monster cookie is a cookie dough ice cream with peanut butter mixed with crispy oats, chocolate flakes, and crunch candies. Oregon strawberry lemonade is a lemonade ice cream with chunks of strawberries sourced from Oregon.

Suggested retail price is $5.49 to $5.99 per 56-ounce container, and both products can be found on-shelf through mid-August at retailers including Fred Meyer, Wal-Mart, and Winco in the Pacific Northwest, California, and Arizona.

Brown Cow yogurt launches refreshed look and goes non-GMO

Brown Cow whole milk yogurt is now a Non-GMO Project Verified brand with milk sourced from US family farms.

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“The higher premium we pay provides family farms the opportunity to remain competitive. These farms are having a positive impact in their communities and are positioning themselves to continue in the dairy industry here in New England for the long term,"​ said vice president of sourcing and sustainability, Rolf Carlson.

Brown Cow yogurt is available nationally and comes in plain, maple, vanilla, blueberry, strawberry, peach, coffee, raspberry, apricot mango, cherry vanilla, chocolate, and lemon in either 5.3-ounce cups and plain, maple, and vanilla in 32-ounce containers.

Greeks God adds maple Greek-style yogurt to lineup

The Greek Gods brand Greek-Style Yogurt has added a maple flavor to its 24-ounce multi-serve flavor selection in the US.

"Maple has been a flavor we have wanted to bring to market for some time,"​ said Stephanos Margaritis, Greek Gods national sales manager.

“The flavor is well-suited as a topping and for use in recipes, smoothies and more."

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Califia Farms launches two non-dairy creamer flavors

Califia Farms unveiled two new flavors of Better Half, its dairy-free alternative to Half & Half. The new Better Half flavors, vanilla and hazelnut, complementing the company’s range of plant-based, clear-label creamers – including Barista Blend, the nutmilk alternative for specialty coffee houses in the US.

Califia’s coffee creamers are made with nut creams, versus oils, and are free of dairy, soy, GMOs, gluten, trans-fat and excess sugars.

Califia Farms Almondmilk creamers are formulated with coconut cream, which naturally adds creaminess and sweetness, while enhancing whitening.

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