New product launches for September 2018

By Beth Newhart and Jim Cornall

- Last updated on GMT

This month's nrew products include launches in India, Vietnam and Germany.
This month's nrew products include launches in India, Vietnam and Germany.

Related tags: Milk, Cheese, Dairy, Danone, Arla, vinamilk, Coca-cola

September saw a lot of launches around the world in most dairy categories, including from some of the big players in the markets.

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Goodness! Beverages increases range

Bangalore-based, three-year old beverage startup Goodness! Beverages announced today that they are proud to go to market with a new claim - that their products are 'Better Than Milk'. 

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Goodness! co-founder Chaitanya Chitta also announced that the company’s entire range of products is now available on Amazon Prime across India. This is besides the partnerships that the beverage brand already enjoys with other online retailers like Big Basket, pan-India distribution tie-ups with movie chain Carnival Cinemas, coffee chain Barista and corporates such as Google, apart from retailers in Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Chitta said, "Our customers don't struggle to make their kids have milk. We heard it from our customer's feedback that our beverages are better than milk and we adopted the claim as something we want the world to know."

Made out of milk (or) yogurt and real fruits, Goodness! is available in six flavors. It ranges from yogurt-based smoothies available in two flavors Mixed Berry and Mango, Oats + Milk drinks available in vanilla and chocolate, and cold brewed coffee + milk drinks available as a classic variant, or with an extra punch of hazelnut.

The company said a normal serving of milk has 3.5 grams of protein in 100 ml, while all Goodness! beverages have at least 6 grams of protein. It said the products contain no artificial ingredients, colors, flavors, aromas or preservatives, and a combination of heat and pressure treatment and not chemicals retain freshness without the need for refrigeration.

Elmhurst 1925 extends unsweetened nut line

US company Elmhurst 1925, maker of plant-based nut and grain dairy alternatives, has launched Unsweetened Milked Walnuts and Unsweetened Milked Cashews, extensions of its Unsweetened nut line made with only two ingredients – walnuts/cashews and water.

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Joining the ranks of Unsweetened Milked Almonds and Unsweetened Milked Hazelnuts, the new plant-based dairy alternatives offer varieties without added sugar.

Like all Elmhurst products, Elmhurst Unsweetened Milked Walnuts and Unsweetened Milked Cashews are crafted through a HydroRelease method. Using just water, HydroRelease separates the components of a nut, grain or seed, before reassembling them as a creamy, beverage-ready emulsion. The original ingredient’s nutrition is maintained, and no added gums or emulsifiers are needed to hold the product together.

All Elmhurst plant beverages, including these two new unsweetened nut products, are certified vegan, gluten-free, Non-GMO Project Verified, dairy-free, OU kosher and made without artificial flavors, carrageenan, gums or other emulsifiers.

The product also contains 1,400mg of ALA omega-3 per glass.

Elmhurst Unsweetened Milked Walnuts and Unsweetened Milked Cashews are available in 32-oz. cartons with an SRP of $5.99 and will be hitting retailers in fall 2018.

Elmhurst plant milk varieties are available in natural and traditional grocers nationwide, including Whole Foods Market, Walmart, Wegmans, Bristol Farms Gelson’s, Publix, Fairway, Shaws and more, plus online at Elmhurst1925.com and Amazon.com.

New products from Vinamilk

Vinamilk is the first Vietnamese dairy company to launch Greek style yogurt products in Vietnam.

In recent years, Greek yogurt has become one of the most popular style yogurts globally.

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Vinamilk Greek’s style yogurt provides about 5.4g protein, only 1g fat and 160mg of natural milk calcium in 100g product, less fat by 50% and double the protein of normal yogurt, but the company said the product still keeps the typical taste of Vinamilk yogurts.

There are two flavors, peach and mixberry.

The company has also launched Black rice Yogurt, a popular home-made dessert in the country.

 Black rice, known as “royal longevity rice” has a black/purple color due to its anthocyanin antioxidants, which the company said could lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer due, at least in part, to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. One spoonful of black rice bran contains as much anthocyanin as a spoonful of blueberries.

Black rice also has other nutritional benefits with dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals and does not contain amylose, and is gluten free.

Shaken Udder launches coffee milkshake as part of new Dreamcap range

UK milkshake brand, Shaken Udder, has launched a new Dreamcap range featuring its Chocolush flavor and all-new Coffee Milkshake, Ooh La Latte.

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Shaken Udder's new 330ml Dreamcap cartons offer a long shelf-life, ambient storage (for best taste served chilled) sturdy design and resealable cap. The new Ooh La Latte flavor has been developed in response to the growing demand for coffee-flavoured products and joins the Chocolush Dreamcap product, which launched on easyJet in July.

Ooh La Latte is made from Arabica coffee beans for a strong coffee taste, whilst Chocolush is made using two types of Belgian chocolate. Both products are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians.

The new Ooh La Latte and Chocolush Dreamcap milkshakes contain less than 5% added sugar.

The new Dreamcap range joins the rest of the Shaken Udder line, which includes its 330ml range, kids cartons and Uber Udder 750ml range.

Lewis Road announces new Gold Top premium milk

In New Zealand, Lewis Road Creamery has launched a new premium milk: Gold Top, organic, white Jersey milk containing A2 ß-Casein protein.

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The new Gold Top milk is non-homogenized, organic Jersey milk that only contains A2 ß-casein protein and is sourced from Jersey Girl Organics in Matamata. 

The partnership means Lewis Road will now be supplying Jersey Girl Organics nationwide. Owner of Jersey Girl Organics, John Vosper, says the deal with Lewis Road enables them to extend the distribution of their Jersey milk across the country.

Lewis Road Creamery Gold Top Milk is available from supermarkets nationwide. Like the rest of Lewis Road’s white milks, it will be packaged in an rPET bottle made from 100% recycled plastic that is 100% recyclable.

In addition, Lewis Road is releasing some of its Gold Top Milk in glass bottles. Limited capacity for glass at the bottler means only a small run of 300 bottles per week is able to be produced. Initially, Gold Top Milk glass bottles will be available exclusively from Farro supermarkets in Auckland.

Ben & Jerry’s launches new line of lighter ice creams

Light on fat, new Ben & Jerry’s Moo-phoria in the UK contains 128-132 calories per serving.

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Rolling into freezers nationwide, the new Moo-phoria family has been designed to tap into the growing trend for low-calorie ice cream. The new range has 60- 65% less fat and 35-36% fewer calories per portion than similar ice cream products on the market.

Moo-phoria uses Fairtrade-certified ingredients and is available in two flavors:

•  Chocolate Cookie Dough, featuring chocolate ice cream with chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough. 132 calories per 100ml serving

•  Caramel Cookie Fix – vanilla ice cream with a salted caramel swirl and shortbread cookies. 128 calories per 100ml serving

Moo-phoria’s packaging is clearly labeled with calories per portion and Fairtrade messaging, with a new lighter shade of blue to differentiate the range. The new flavors include a visual that shows the delicious layers of chunks and swirls inside each Moo-phoria tub.

New Ben & Jerry’s Moo-phoria light ice cream has an RRP of £4.60.

New Arla yogurt in Germany

As the consumer demand for healthy, natural products increases, Arla Foods has created a new fruit yogurt for the German market. Driven by the dairy cooperative’s desire to create products with no added or unnecessary ingredients, Arla Bio Nur is the first product of its kind for the company anywhere in the world and consists of only organic yogurt (75%) and organic fruit (25%).

With an increasing number of consumers recognizing the average fruit yogurt in Germany contains around 14g of added sugar, this is leading to a decline in the category. Arla Bio Nur has no added sugar and contains between 6.8g and 7.7g of sugar, depending on the fruit variant, and consists of only natural ingredients.

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Christian Trgo, innovation director for Arla Germany, said, “This gives consumers an opportunity to reduce sugar consumption and still enjoy something new. We are committed to offering natural products that provide an alternative without added sugar and additives.”

Developed as a collaboration between Arla’s Innovation Centre in Denmark and teams in Germany, the timescales, technical challenges and taste requirements gave Arla and its innovation team one of the toughest product development tasks ever faced in the company.

Lukas Leutgoeb from Arla’s research and development department at its Innovation Centre, said, “When we began speaking to fruit prep suppliers, they told us it was impossible to create a product like this. Traditionally fruit and yogurt only would be a very sour combination so getting the right proportion, flavor and size of fruit was key if we could achieve a product that had no added sugar but still tasted great.”

Arla Bio Nur is available across Germany now and comes in strawberry, tropical fruits and red fruit variants. Produced in Uphal, Germany, it will launch into other European market in 2019. 

Pumpkin spice latte back

La Colombe’s seasonal-batch Pumpkin Spice Draft Latte has returned to shelves for the fall.

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Each Draft Latte can delivers 120mg of caffeine, protein (14% DV), calcium (20% DV) and vitamin D (25% DV).

Pumpkin Spice Draft Latte has 4g of added sugar.

The drink is made with cold-pressed espresso and milk, and combined with pumpkin puree and a blend of natural spices. The brand uses no artificial ingredients.

La Colombe Pumpkin Spice Draft Latte is available online, in cafés, and at select retailers nationwide. 

It retails at $2.99 per can.

Boursin Maple Bourbon Cheese

French cheese brand Boursin has launched a limited edition Maple Bourbon Cheese to compete with the popularity of pumpkin spice flavors.

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Maple has been trending in food and drink for fall 2018 and is poised to challenge pumpkin in the coming years.

Boursin says the new cheese “combines sweet maple with subtle bourbon notes that pair well with sweet or savory crackers, fall fruit and more.”

It hit shelves nationwide in the US on September 3.

Elmhurst 1925 Barista Editions & Unsweetened flavors

Elmhurst 1925 produces a variety of plant-based dairy alternatives including nut and grain beverages in the US.

This month it introduced a new line of coffee creamer-style drinks: Milked Oats Barista Edition, Milked Almonds Barista Edition and Milked Brown Rice Barista Edition. The new options contain just five ingredients.

Peter Truby, VP of marketing at Elmhurst, said, “Specifically designed for elevating the coffee-drinking experience for all, our new Barista Editions are the perfect plant-based alternatives to dairy milk.”

Elmhurst also recently launched unsweetened versions of two of its nut products: Unsweetened Milked Walnuts and Unsweetened Milked Cashews. They contain just two ingredients with walnuts or cashews and water, with zero added sugar.

Halo Top Canada Pumpkin Pie

Halo Top Creamery is bringing its seasonal favorite Pumpkin Pie flavor to Canada for the first time. The low-cal ice cream pint delivers a pumpkin taste with pie crust pieces. It’s available in stores now through mid-November.

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Doug Bouton, president and COO of Halo Top Creamery, said, "Pumpkin Pie was one of our most successful flavours in the US last fall, and we can't wait to bring it to our Canadian fans this fall."

Pumpkin Pie was Halo Top’s first official seasonal flavor when it launched in the US. It joins Halo Top’s 16 dairy and non-dairy flavors already offered to Canadian consumers.

Daiya dairy-free snacks

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US dairy, soy and gluten-free brand Daiya has developed three new on-the-go products marketed for the back-to-school, lunch-packing season. New Daiya Burritos have up to 8g of protein with flax, chickpea flour and vegan cheese alternatives. The frozen burritos are available in Tex-Mex, Santiago, Santa Fe and Tuscan.

Daiya Deluxe Cheeze Sticks are a plant-based cheese stick alternative available in cheddar and mozzarella. Daiya Duets are an alternative to yogurt cups with a coconut cream base. Paired with separate crunchy mix-ins, the cups come in Chocolate Coconut, Key Lime Crumble, Cranberry Harvest and Salted Caramel Crunch.

The new products are available at Sprouts, Natural Grocers, Lucky's Farmers Markets and more retails locations across the US.

Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid smoothie

Coca-Cola India has expanded its Minute Maid portfolio with Minute Maid Smoothie.

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The smoothie is made from locally-sourced fruits, and has been designed to suit the Indian palate and “cater for mothers looking for a combination of nutritious goodness and taste for their children.”

Vijay Parasuraman vice president, Coca-Cola India & South West Asia, said, “Minute Maid Smoothie contains real mango juice that gives it a great taste kids love, puree of banana which makes it filling, goodness of whole milk that mothers trust and topped up with nutrients such as Vitamin B3, B6, Vitamin E, Zinc and Calcium that play a key role in metabolism and building strength and stamina.”

Minute Maid Smoothie is available in Mango & Banana variants, priced at INR 30 for 250ml.

The product is initially available in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, and will be rolled out to other states.

Coca-Cola India will expand the range by introducing other flavors in the coming months.

Danone North America

A series of seasonal products from Danone North America brands have launched this month, including International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer, Light & Fit Original Greek Pumpkin Pie Nonfat Yogurt, Oikos Greek Pumpkin Pie Yogurt and Silk Pumpkin Spice Almond Creamer.

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All are available nationwide for a limited time.

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