New products in the dairy aisles: February

By Beth Newhart and Jim Cornall

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Ice cream, Yogurt, Cheese, vegan, Unilever, Dfa

February was a busy month for dairy launches, and in this round-up, we also include an interview with Unilever’s business development manager, Rachel Brooks, on the new range of products being launched, from the Ice Cream and Gelato Expo held in Harrogate, in the UK, in February.

So much so, that we even split out a separate article on ice cream launches in the US. Of course, it’s impossible to cover every new product launch, and we are always grateful for your contributions – if you have a new launch, please send us the details​, as well as a photo of the product.

GAIL’s Bakery partners with Quicke’s to cut waste

In the UK, GAIL’s Bakery and cheese company Quicke’s are working together to ensure that nothing from the Devon-based cheesemaker’s Clothbound Cheddar goes to waste. With Cheddar, whey butter and offcuts all incorporated into the London bakery’s menu, GAIL’s has launched products inspired by the cheesemaking process.

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GAIL’s has combined Quicke’s Buttery Clothbound Cheddar with roasted ham, mustard butter and its French Dark Sourdough. GAIL’s has also created a new Cheddar Sourdough Stick to put the cheese chunks to good use.

The craft bakery is also topping its toast with Quicke’s Whey Butter.

In October, GAIL’s launched the UK’s first loaf made using leftover bread. The Waste Bread sourdough, made by turning surplus bread into a porridge which is then added into the dough, represents the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and the reduction of food waste.

GAIL’s Ham & Cheese Sandwich and Cheddar Sourdough Stick, both made using Quicke’s Cheddar, are available to buy from its 48 bakeries across London, as well as online.

Speakeasy Ice Cream expands range with three new flavors in Ocado

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Speakeasy Ice Cream has launched three new flavor collaborations in the UK with craft alcohol brands, Lazzaroni and Conker Spirit. The products are available in Ocado for £5.99 ($7.96).

Working in partnership, and under licence, with Italian producers Lazzaroni, Speakeasy has developed two flavors using spirits Amaretto and Limoncino.  The third new flavor comes from Dorset craft producer, Conker Spirit, with whom Speakeasy Ice Creams has teamed up to create Coffee Liqueur, using Conker’s Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur. 

Speakeasy’s existing Ableforth’s collection includes three flavors: Ramos Gin, Spiced Rum and Cherry Brandy.

DMK ready for the summer

After DMK Ice Cream and Baileys brought the cream liqueur to ice cream shelves for the first time last year, the company is now introducing a new take on the classic by giving it the waffle cone treatment. And from March 2019, ice cream lovers will also be able to enjoy the new MILRAM MOIN ice cream as well as another variation of the MILRAM Skyr ice cream.

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Germany’s largest dairy cooperative can also look back on a successful level of development through its DMK Ice Cream division, which has quickly become one of the top-five industry players in Europe.

“With our creations, we bring added value for our customers by creating new points of contact for their brands and products,”​ Marcus-Dominic Hauck, COO of DMK Ice Cream, said.

“With MILRAM and Baileys, last year we proved that we can also successfully transfer brands that are established in other categories to the world of ice cream. With this tailwind, we’re striving to create more strategic partnerships in this field.”

DMK Ice Cream is kicking 2019 off with a new development for MILRAM. From March, the MILRAM MOIN ice cream will be available on retailers’ ice cream shelves as 500ml fresh pack cups. In this new format, the ice cream will be available in vanilla, strawberry and chocolate variants with at least 70% milk content.

“The increasing demand for these formats is clearly reflected in the sales figures. Within the household packaging category, the 500ml cup size is the clear growth driver. In 2018, the container grew faster than the market as a whole,” ​Hauck said.

“Without a doubt, the driving force behind this trend is the change in consumer behavior and the associated income situation. In looking to the future, we generally see things trending towards smaller containers. Today’s standard sizes of 1000 ml and 2500 ml will take up less and less shelf space in the ice cream market. The way we see it, the current trend will continue to manifest itself and even intensify in the future.”

With the MILRAM Skyr ice cream, ice cream lovers can now also enjoy the fruity “blueberry-elder” combination in addition to the “raspberry-cranberry” and “apricot-seaberry” varieties. Due to the use of Skyr, the ice cream clearly differs from the conventional varieties in that it’s less sweet.

In addition, DMK Ice Cream and Baileys are bringing another new item to the table: Bailey’s ice cream in a waffle cone.

The “Vanilla Chocolate Desire” variety combines Baileys ice cream and vanilla ice cream, interspersed with crunchy chocolate layers and chocolate sauce. For chocolate fans, the “Double Chocolate Luxury” variety offers extra chocolate with Baileys ice cream and chocolate ice cream.

Happy Milk launch

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Happy Milk, the organic dairy brand from Bengaluru, India, has launched its farm fresh, Mishti Doi, made from organic milk from its farm.

Starting from 'Jamaisasthi' to ‘Bhai Phota’ and for every 'Rice Ceremony', Mishti Doi is part of every celebration in Bengal.

Happy Milk’s Mishti Doi is packed in traditional mud pots, going back to the roots of the dessert. It is nutritionally rich in protein and does not contain any chemicals or preservatives.

The price is INR 40 ($0.56) for 100g and INR 120 ($1.69) for 400g.

The newly launched Mishti Doi is available for home deliveries and in stores. When stored in ambient temperature, the Mishti Doi has a shelf life of 10 days from the date of manufacturing.

 Happy Milk was founded by 22-year old Mehal Kejriwal in December 2017, with a small dairy farm near Tumkur, bringing farm-fresh, ready-to-drink milk in glass bottles.

The company currently has 14 products, available on Daily Ninja, BigBasket and Amazon, in 22 SKUs, including milk, ghee, curd and paneer.

New recipe for Shaken Udder Kids milkshakes, new products at Morrisons

 UK milkshake producer, Shaken Udder, has overhauled the recipe for its kids’ carton range of milkshakes.

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Shaken Udder's Kids 200ml cartons are available in two flavors: Chocolate and Strawberry and the improved recipe has been developed over the past six months.

The new Shaken Udder Kids milkshakes contain less than 5% sugar, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and are a good source of calcium and protein. Gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians, they also offer nutrients and vitamins including B12.

Shaken Udder Kids 200ml cartons can be stored at ambient and have a long shelf-life.

Shaken Udder Kids are available from The Co-Op and other outlets throughout the country, RRP 80p-£1.00 ($1.06-$1.33).

The company has also agreed to supply Morrisons with its full range and two brand new launches.

As part of the deal, Morrisons will sell Shaken Udder's full range of 330ml bottles and 750ml Uber Udder bottles and two new dairy drink launches.

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Shaken Udder's Ooh La Latte, is a new milkshake aimed at coffee lovers. Available in a 330ml bottle, Ooh La Latte is made from Arabica coffee beans and blended with semi-skimmed milk.

It is gluten-free, contains less than 5% sugar and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Alongside Ooh La Latte, Shaken Udder is also expanding its Uber Udder range, with the launch of a 750ml version of its Strawberries & Clotted Cream milkshake.

Andy Howie, co-founder of Shaken Udder, said, “Morrisons will be the first multiple retailer to stock our full range of bottled milkshakes and it's fantastic to support them with NPD.”

Shaken Udder produces a range of 330ml milkshakes in six flavors: Vanillalicious, Salted Caramel, Chocolush, Top Banana, Strawberries & Clotted Cream and Ooh La Latte. Its Uber Udder range is available in Chocolush, Vanillalicious and Ooh La Latte.

Shaken Udder products are available from Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, Boots and WHSmith.

Unilever and Ferrero ex bring KINDER Ice Cream to the UK

Unilever has announced a first-time collaboration with Ferrero to bring KINDER and Kinder Bueno Ice Cream to the UK, following a launch in Europe last year.   

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The two new ice cream ranges include three KINDER Ice Cream products, in addition to a Kinder Bueno Ice Cream Cone.

KINDER Ice Cream Stick, KINDER Ice Cream Sandwich and KINDER Joy Ice Cream are all 100 calories or less and made with fresh milk. Each variant comes in small portion sizes, with packs featuring Unilever’s ‘Responsibly Made For Kids’ logo,

Noel Clarke, vice president for refreshment, Unilever UK, said, “This is an extremely exciting time for ice cream, with the category growing by almost 20% year-on-year. Now that the countdown to summer is officially on, we can’t wait to launch KINDER and Kinder Bueno Ice Creams to satisfy shoppers that are always on the hunt for new and exciting products to try.

“Kids’ ice cream has been a missed opportunity up until now, with little in the way of ground-breaking innovation – even though the segment is growing ahead of the total category. Well, we’re about to change that by bringing kids not one, but three KINDER Ice Creams to fall in love with.”

Kinder Bueno Ice Cream Cone, 90 ml (£1.40/$1.86)

Kinder Bueno Ice Cream Cone, 90 ml Multipack of 4 units (£3.50/$4.65)

Kinder Ice Cream Sandwich, 60ml Multipack of 6 units (£3.50/$4.65)

Kinder Ice Cream Stick, 36ml single unit (£0.80/$1.06)

Kinder Ice Cream Stick, 36ml multipack of 10 units (£3.50/$4.65)

Kinder Joy Ice Cream, 60ml single unit (£2.50/$3.32)

Ben & Jerry’s latest: Love Is…

Ben & Jerry’s latest topped creation in the UK is Topped Love Is…

Topped Love Is… features Buttery Brown Sugar Ice Cream, laced with a Cookie Swirl, scattered with Pink Salted Caramel Cups and topped off with a pink layer of chocolate and Pink Hearts.

Christina Dunn, Ben & Jerry's UK & IE country business lead, said, “We believe that Love Is… giving a warm welcome, whether that’s to a new flavor, its ingredients, or to refugees and people seeking asylum. So we’ve unapologetically dreamed up a flavor straight from the heart to share a little love with our friends at Refugee Action for those who need it most.”

The other variants in the Topped range are Topped Salted Caramel Brownie and Topped Chocolate Caramel Cookie Dough.

Ben & Jerry’s Topped Love is… has an RRP of £5.95 ($7.92).

Borden Cheese adds to portfolio

Borden Cheese has expanded its product offering with the additions of Whole Milk Mozzarella String Cheese, Snack Bar flavors available in Habanero Cheddar and Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese and Thick Cut Shreds available in Ultimate Nacho Blend, Ultimate Mac & Cheese Blend and Ultimate Pizza Blend.

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The new Borden Cheese products are rolling out now to major grocery stores and independent retailers across the US.

Borden Cheese is used under license by Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).

Müller adds new yogurt

Müller UK & Ireland is launching Müllerlight Amore, an Italian inspired luxury yogurt that is fat free.

Müllerlight Amore is fat free, with an average total sugar content of 6.2g.

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Müllerlight Amore will be available to UK shoppers in Asda from March 4, and Morrisons from March 25.

It will be available in three flavors: Hazelnut, Morello Cherry and Lemon, in 130g single packs and the RRP is £1 ($1.33).

The launch is part of Müller’s UK investment of more than £400m ($532m), over the next three years, to develop, manufacture and market new branded and private-label dairy products.

First in the world chickpea protein in vegan protein powder

CP-Pro70, a chickpea protein concentrate by InnovoPro Ltd, is part of a new vegan athletes’ ready-to-drink formula that was launched in Israel this month by Hadassa Bymel Pharmacy and Nature.

Plant-based proteins are expected to witness the fastest growth at a CAGR of 7.9% from 2018 to 2025 as a result of growing popularity among consumers including vegans, vegetarians, and those individuals allergic to dairy and egg products.

Sports nutrition was the largest and fastest growing application segment of the plant-based category and accounted for approximately 75% of the overall market revenue in 2018.

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In addition, the growing demand for sports nutritional supplementation to promote lean muscle growth, improve performance and stamina, and weight reduction coupled with the increasing number of gym goers is expected to fuel market demand.

The chickpea protein is highly soluble and has a strong emulsification capacity.

“We are sure that this is just the beginning of many launches in various food categories. During 2019 we expect to see more launches worldwide with our CP-Pro70 in categories such as dairy alternatives, vegan spreads and functional beverages,”​ Taly Nechushtan, CEO of InnovoPro, said.

Hadassa Bymel Pharmacy & Nature Ltd. is expanding its nutritional products and is now launching a powdered vegan nutritional shake to the market, under the brand name: “Pro body” a nutritional plant-based protein powder, targeting a growing market of consumers who are keen on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and are interested in supplementing with a vegan nutritional beverage. Pro body is the first launch of such a product and it contains a blend of plant-based proteins including InnovoPro’s "CP Pro 70, chickpea protein.

Craigs Creamery

The Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has partnered with eight New York-area farm families to launch Craigs Creamery, a new cheese brand distributed on the east coast. DFA said the decision for the brand came “in response to growing consumer interest in wanting to know who produces their food.”

Doug Glade, executive VP of commercial operations at DFA, said, “As a cooperative, we’re committed to responsibly producing milk and bringing high-quality dairy products from our family farms to family tables. With Craigs Creamery, consumers get to know where their food comes from and can have confidence it was sourced responsibly, which we know is highly important to today’s consumer.”

The products will be made with all-natural ingredients and no added hormones, focusing on innovative agriculture methods. One of the farms features a biodigester powered by animal waste that powers the creamery. It is the only digester in the US that fuels an on-site plant.

Craigs Creamery is starting out with Whole Milk Mozzarella, Swiss, Mild/Medium/Sharp Cheddar and Muenster cheeses, all of which are available in slices, shreds, chunks and snack bars.

Caves of Faribault artisanal cheese

Prairie Farms Dairy’s specialty cheese division Caves of Faribault is launching two new artisanal varieties – St. Helga's European Style Swiss and Cherubic Heavenly Young Gouda. The cheeses are made in Wisconsin and then matured in sandstone caves in Faribault, Minn.

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The Young Gouda cheese will be the first in a new line called the Commission collection, modeled after the concept of commissioning fine art. It will allow the company’s cheese-making partners to craft cheese to their ‘exact standards of excellence.’

The St. Helga’s Swiss will have pronounced nutty tones to differentiate itself from traditional Swiss. Both are available nationwide in 5lb random weight wheels and wedges.

Splenda Coffee Creamers

Low-calorie sweetener brand Splenda has a new line of coffee creamers that are free of sugar and corn syrup. Launching in French Vanilla, Sweet Cream and Hazelnut, each flavor contains 15 calories per serving.

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Ami Krishan, senior brand director at Splenda, said, “The no. 1 thing people add to their coffee is sweetener, and Splenda is the no. 1 low-calorie sweetener they use.  The no. 2 thing people add to their coffee is creamer, and consumers have been asking us to expand our Splenda brand low-calorie, great-tasting product portfolio to give them a better-tasting coffee creamer option, with no sugar and no corn syrup."

The creamers will roll out first to Shop-rite, Safeway, Market Basket, Weis Markets, Giant Martin's and Shaw's locations in the northeast.

Darigold Fit Milk

A new high-protein milk is hitting the market from Darigold. Fit is an ultrafiltered, lactose free milk that has 75% more protein and 40% less sugar than regular 2% milk. The ultrafiltration process naturally concentrates protein and removes sugars.

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Darigold developed this milk after observing consumers’ desire to reduce their sugar consumption and up their protein intake.

It will be available at certain Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, QFC, Safeway and Walmart locations in 59oz and 14oz containers.

Duane Naluai, senior VP at Darigold, said, “The desire for high-protein, low-sugar food continues to increase, and we are thrilled to launch another product that provides healthy options for families.”

Califia Farms Ubermilk

Plant-based beverage company Califia farms is branching out with a new line of Ubermilks that are high in protein and nutrient-dense. The Unsweetened, Unsweetened Vanilla and Chocolate flavors have 8g of protein per serving.

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They also contain all eight essential amino acids and fatty acids from plant oils for Omegas 3, 6 and 9, as well as Calcium, Iron, Vitamin D, Potassium and Vitamin E. They will launch at Whole Foods nationwide in the spring.

Califia Farms said, “The food industry is experiencing a seismic shift as more consumers globally reject ultra-processed 'big food' products and start to experiment with a more plant-based lifestyle.”

The Ubermilks will source a blend of protein from peas, oats and sunflower seeds, joining Califia Farms' existing line of plant-based dairy alternatives that include almond, coconut and cashew.

Greg Steltenpohl, founder and CEO of Califia Farms, said, “Übermilk is a leap into the next frontier. Nutritionally Übermilk is one of the more nutrient dense plant milks on the broader market with a powerful combination of both macro and micro nutrients.”

Olivio butter alternatives

Olivio manufactures butter and margarine alternatives with an olive oil base. It has traditionally sourced its olives from the Mediterranean but is updating its formulas and switching completely to a base of California olives.

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Ned Hentz, founder of Olivio, said, “once we expanded into California we learned that the same climate that produces some of the best wine in the world also produces exceptional olive oil. As a company dedicated to creating great tasting food, we knew we had an opportunity here to bring the unique flavors of California olive oil to everyday foods.”

The reformulated line includes an Original Buttery Spread, a Light Buttery Spread and a Butter Spray, all made with zero cholesterol, less fat and fewer calories than traditional butter.

Good Karma plant-based dips

Good Karma Foods is known for its plant-based milk and yogurt alternatives, and now plans to expand its range to include vegan dips. Plant-based Sour Cream, French Onion Dip and Ranch Dip are launching in 16oz tubs. They will have 50%-65% fewer calories and up to 115mg less sodium per serving than dairy dips.

Good Karma said, “Existing plant-based sour creams and dips have a noticeable aftertaste, thick, paste-like texture and are made with allergens like soy and cashews, and thickeners like carrageenan. Good Karma’s new plant-based Sour Cream, French Onion Dip and Ranch Dip are free of all major allergens, MSG and carrageenan.”

The Sour Cream and Dips are also made using a traditional culturing process, making them the only plant-based option with live and active cultures. They will launch at this year’s Natural Products Expo West in March and hit retail shelves in the spring.

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