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Medlee Seasoned Butter market grows
In the US, Medlee Seasoned Butter has expanded into The Fresh Market after its launch recently in Whole Foods Market.
The product, in four flavors, infuses seasoning into rBST-free, Grade AA butter.
The assortment includes sauté starters (used during cooking) and finishing flavors (added after cooking).
Each package contains eight portioned ‘medallions.’
The flavors available are Lemon Herb for vegetables; Red Chile for chicken; Basil Pesto for pasta; and Garlic Parmesan for potatoes.
The SRP is $2.99.
New UK Ben & Jerry’s flavor for refugees
In the UK, Ben & Jerry’s have introduced Home Sweet Honeycomb, to ‘come together for vulnerable refugees.’
The new flavor, which features a refugees welcome sign on front of pack, is the latest instalment of the company’s Together for Refugees campaign. Ben & Jerry’s has teamed up with the International Rescue Committee to ask concerned citizens to contact European leaders and ask them to support legislation to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people rebuild their lives in safety.
Ben & Jerry’s is also reintroducing two previous limited edition winter variants, Minterwonderland and One Love.
Minter Wonderland features chocolatey chunks surrounded by minty ice cream, whilst One Love combines banana ice cream with caramel, cookie swirls and chocolate peace signs. Proceeds of this variant go towards the One Love Youth Camp in Jamaica, supporting young people in reaching their potential through music, dance, and arts.
The 500ml variants will hit freezers with an RRP of £5.49 ($7.19).
Four Koupe protein ice cream variants introduced to UK
Koupe ice cream is now available in the UK.
Already available across Northern Europe, Koupe, founded in Holland, is high in protein and fiber and available in four flavors; Clever Chocolate, Brilliant Banana (20% real fresh bananas), Victorious Vanilla and Smart Strawberry (30% real strawberries).
Koupe contains only a quarter of the sugar of traditional ice cream and is free from artificial flavorings or colorings. Containing no cream, just milk, Koupe is low in fat, and as much fiber as a serving of broccoli.
Koupe is available online through Ocado in 500 ml (pint, 360g) and retails for £5.49 ($7.19).
New Christmas designs for TINE
In Norway, TINE has redesigned its milk cartons for Christmas – each with a different story.
The designs feature the fjøsnissen, a sort of traditional Norwegian ‘barn Santa’ who cleaned both the farm and the barn, looked after people and fairies, and provided goodwill and good crops.
Linn Heidi Lunde, marketing manager at TINE, said consumers like the different designs on products, and this year, TINE has renewed the traditional Christmas design.
"The new Christmas design is part of a larger Christmas campaign from TINE, where Fjøsnissen is central. We know that consumers love the niches that have been for many years, but this year we will take the motives one step further,” Lunde said.
There will also be stories about the cows, and each variant will tell a different story, through the detailed illustrations as well as with text.
Lunde said some of the stories can be brutal, others are fun, some even have a moral.
Baileys ice cream to launch in new markets in the Balkans
The Grandissimo Deluxe Baileys Ice Cream range, topped with a Baileys sauce, launched in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina this summer. It has been announced that the product will be expanded across Eastern Europe scheduled for summer 2018.
Earlier this year, Ledo, a producer and distributor of ice cream and frozen food, entered a partnership under license with Beanstalk client Baileys, to develop the range of Baileys topped ice cream.
Clondalkin Bury creates new Christmas lids for Kerrygold
Pre-cut lids manufacturer Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Bury (formerly Chadwicks) has produced lidding for Kerrygold's Winter Edition yogurt range.
The 50 micron polyester lids cover a range of four, eight-color designs for Kerrygold's newly launched limited edition German range.
Verena Schley, head of marketing at Kerrygold said, "Given the strong awareness and popularity of the Kerrygold brand and the appeal of a special festive limited edition design we are very excited and confident about this new range."
Ken Dunlop, sales manager at Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Bury, added, "We're delighted that Kerrygold chose to work with us on this new product range. We look forward to bringing some festive cheer to the chiller cabinets and supporting Kerrygold in their bid to attract new customers to the brand and boost sales over the Christmas period."
New GHEE EASY secures listing in UK Sainsbury’s stores
GHEE EASY, an alternative to cooking with butter and oils, has secured a nationwide listing in 378 of Sainsbury’s stores in the UK.
A pure form of clarified butter, GHEE EASY has a much higher smoke point of 250°C, unlike butter which starts burning at 130°C, and traditional cooking oils which turn black at 160°C.
GHEE EASY is lactose free, suitable for those following a paleo diet, certified organic, and sourced from grass-fed cows.
GHEE EASY will retail in Sainsbury’s for £6.00 ($7.90) for a 245g jar.
Ornua introduces Kerrygold to South Korea
Ornua has announced a product expansion into the South Korean market with the launch of Kerrygold butter.
The product was unveiled by Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD at a launch in the Hyundai Department Store Samseong-dong in the Gangnam-gu district, Seoul, during the Irish Trade Mission to South Korea and Japan.
Kerrygold will be sold through major Korean retailers.
The announcement of Kerrygold’s entry into the South Korean market is the latest step in Ornua’s growth in Asia, a key market for Irish dairy.
In recent years, Ornua has introduced products in China, Singapore and Malaysia.
Vinamilk launches new Aloe vera soymilk
Vinamilk, the largest dairy company in Vietnam, has launched a new beverage, a combination of Aloe vera and soya milk.
The company said it is expected to create a new trend in the Asian market.
Soya milk is a traditional drink in Asia for thousands years and has widely become popular to the rest of the word from the 90s.
The plant-based protein drink often used as a substitute for dairy milk for individuals who are vegan or lactose intolerant.
Aloe vera can be found in several Vinamilk products, such as Aloe vera yogurt and Aloe vera herbal tea.
Vinamilk Aloe vera soya milk includes chewy Aloe vera chunks. This Aloe vera soya milk is also enhanced with vitamins A, E and B3.
Eatlean launches new Spreadable Protein cheese
Eatlean Spreadable Protein Cheese has been added in the UK to the range that launched in May 2016.
It is available in 150g packs, with an RRSP of £1.79. it contains 17g of protein, 3.1g of saturated fat, and 1.9g of sugar.
The current Eatlean range includes: Protein Cheese (350g block, original); Protein Cheese (350g block, smoked); Protein cheese (180g, grated); and Protein Cheese (210g (7x30g), snacking).
Jeni’s unveils holiday ice cream collection
US ice cream brand Jeni’s has unveiled its seasonal ice cream range of salty caramel, boozy eggnog, dark chocolate peppermint, “The Matterhorn” (wildflower honey ice cream with white chocolate flakes and smoked almonds), pumpkin 5-spice, and sweet potato with torched marshmallows.
The six flavors are available as a set for $68 or individually for $12 per pint at Whole Foods Market and Mariano’s retail location in the US Midwest region.
Shamrock Farms’ new branding
Shamrock Farms has unveiled new branding and packaging to be used across all of its RTD products as part of its “masterbrand strategy.”
The new packaging design, which features a green top, will debut on the company’s Rockin’ Protein fortified milk line (renamed from Rockin’ Refuel) and its Cold Brew Coffee and Milk products.
The rebranding also includes a new PET bottle shape that is slightly indented on the sides designed for “on-the-go” consumption.
The 12-ounce RTD bottles are expected to hit store shelves later this spring, in late March or early April across retail outlets nationwide.
Chobani’s new look and products
Greek-yogurt maker Chobani has announced a major brand update to commemorate its US national distribution achieved in 2008, and its vision to become a ‘complete food’ company.
The revamped packaging includes a new wordmark, packaging design and new products offered regionally.
"We make yogurt but our business is wellness,” Peter McGuinness, Chobani CMO, said.
"It's [new packaging] a beautiful translation of our brand and our purpose that moves us closer to becoming a food-focused wellness company."
Beginning in December, the company is rolling out its first regional offering, Chobani with a Hint Of, available in the Pacific, Northeast and Florida markets; it expands to national distribution in July 2018.
The new range is a blend of Greek yogurt, hand-selected varietal real fruits and spices priced at $1.49 per 5.3-ounce cup.
"A Hint Of" flavors include Madagascar Vanilla Cinnamon, Wild Blueberry, Monterey Strawberry, Gili Cherry, and Alphonso Mango, each made with natural sweeteners (9g of sugar) and 12 grams of protein.
Halo Top Creamery holiday season flavor
Halo Top Creamery has launched its low-calorie “gingerbread house” ice cream flavor for the 2017 holiday season in the US.
The flavor is the latest edition to the company’s 24-flavor low-calorie ice cream range and is made with ginger cookies and vanilla icing.
“Gingerbread House was a really fun flavor to make,” Justin Woolverton, founder and CEO of Halo Top, said.
“We think it’s a great follow-up to our first seasonal flavor, Pumpkin Pie.”
Sweetened mainly with erythritol, each pint contains 360 calories and 20 grams of protein.
Häagen-Dazs gets into holiday spirit
Häagen-Dazs unveiled two seasonal flavors in the UK: rum raisin and salted caramel cheesecake.
The ice cream maker brought back its rum raisin flavor made with whole raisins sourced from California and soaked in rum for 42 days and is launching salted caramel cheesecake for the first time.
“Rum raisin is one of our global cult classics and we’re sure its reintroduction will be popular among Häagen-Dazs fans,” Häagen-Dazs UK and Northern Europe head of marketing, Arjoon Bose, said.
Each flavor is available at major retailers in the UK for a recommended retail price of £5.35.
Rachel’s launches premium yogurt line
Rachel’s Organic, owned by Lactalis, has introduced two organic yogurt varieties to the UK market made with organic Welsh milk sourced from local farmers and a features a newly-formulated recipe.
The two yogurt types, organic natural and 0% fat organic natural, are available in Waitrose for £1.65 per 500g container.
Yooli artisanal Farmer’s Cheese
Yooli has introduced two cultured dairy products to the US market, Farmer’s Cheese Bars and Farmer’s Cheese Crème.
The company’s Cheese Crème line comes in honey lemon, strawberry, and vanilla, packaged in 4.4-ounce single-serve cups with 170-190 calories and 16-19 grams of sugar.
Its Cheese Bars concept blends soft white cheese with coconut, strawberry, or vanilla flavors and are covered in a dark chocolate.
Each 50-gram sized bar contains 110-130 calories and 6-7g of protein depending on the flavor.