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Enlightened seasonal flavors
The Barista Collection from Enlightened ice cream has returned for the fall and winter months. The better-for-you brand says the duo of Pumpkin Spice Latte and White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha “transforms cult-classic seasonal coffee drinks into feel-good ice cream.”
The pumpkin offering contains pumpkin spice ice cream mixed with ribbons of espresso at 70 calories per serving. The mocha flavor is made with coffee ice cream, a chocolate mint swirl and white chocolate chips at 90 calories per serving.
Michael Shoretz, CEO and founder of Enlightened, said “We introduced the Barista Collection for the first time last year, and those flavors quickly became some of our best-selling and most-requested pints through the season.”
“We’re eager to bring Pumpkin Spice Latte and White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha back, and, this year, fans also have the option to order the collection directly to their doorstep through our new website.”
a2 Milk Company Coffee Creamers
The a2MC first brought its milk products to the US in 2015, and is now introducing creamers to its portfolio--Sweet Cream and Creamy Vanilla. Both flavors are made with five ingredients, including a2 Milk and cream.
The products are meant for those with different levels of dairy intolerance, to make dairy consumption easier on digestion and help avoid discomfort. The new creamers will roll out to more than 1,000 grocery stores across the US like Sprouts Farmers Market, ShopRite, Hy-Vee and Earth Fare.
Blake Waltrip, CEO of the a2MC US, said “Every day, we hear from people across the country who are able to drink milk again, thanks to a2 Milk. Now we’re broadening ways for coffee drinkers to enjoy real dairy by adding our a2 Milk Coffee Creamers to their morning routine. Coffee creamer was one of our top requested products by our consumers.”
Dairy Pure Cottage Cheese
Dean Foods expands its cottage cheese portfolio with a double blended smooth line from Dairy Pure. It launched a Mix-Ins line this spring that feature crunchy and fruity toppings, similar to individual yogurt cups.
The new smooth collection is billed as high-protein and more of a sweet, dessert option. Three flavors are a part of the launch--Original, ‘Smores and Raspberry.
The smooth cups contain between 15-19g of protein and no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or growth hormones. Dairy Pure has also redesigned the Cottage Cheese Mix-Ins to better match the packaging of the smooth line.
Z Natural Foods Cashew Milk Powder
A new dairy-free milk alternative powder from Z Natural Foods is made from a cashew base. The company said it mixes well with water and is ideal for drinking, cooking and incorporating into smoothies and cereal.
The powder is made with two ingredients, cashews and inulin, a prebiotic fiber, and contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, calcium, iron, potassium and zinc. Cashews are also a good source of Vitamin A, C, D, E and K and magnesium and copper.
Sam Hirschberg, director of marketing for Z Natural Foods, said "Customers love our Cashew Milk Powder for the taste and flexibility it provides. Our customers really like to mix it with breakfast cereals, and coffee drinkers use it as a tasty, non-dairy creamer."
"Because our Cashew Milk Powder provides so much nutrition, we believe it's the best alternative to traditional milk in the food industry," says Hirschberg.
Oikos Pro Fuel protein drinks
Danone North America has introduced a new high protein drink with the Oikos Pro Fuel caffeinated dairy beverage. Each 10oz bottle contains 25g of protein and 100mg of caffeine, the equivalent to about one cup of coffee.
It is a caffeinated and cultured dairy drink made with non-fat milk, and is a good source of potassium and calcium. The line launched with flavors Vanilla, Mixed Berry, Peach and Strawberry Banana.
Ben Arbib, innovation brand manager for Oikos, said "The energy drink market is a large and growing space with consumers looking for nutritious energy sources to help them focus on their goals."
"Oikos Pro Fuel delivers protein to help build muscle and caffeine to help you feel alert. We're proud to offer a great-tasting beverage with the high-quality protein and caffeine from coffeeberry extract."
James Valdes, senior brand manager for Oikos, said "Oikos Pro Fuel is the first product in a new portfolio, which is focused on high-protein and functional nutrition. Within the new portfolio, we will continue to push boundaries with future innovation that reinvents the yogurt and adjacent categories."
Müllerlight launches gin & tonic inspired yogurt
Müller has launched its first ever gin & tonic inspired yogurt in the UK.
Müllerlight Gin & Tonic inspired yogurt is fat free, high in protein and contains 0% added sugar.
Müllerlight Gin & Tonic inspired yogurt is available in Tesco and Asda in six-pack format (x3 Gin & Tonic flavour yogurt and x3 Pink Gin & Elderflower flavour yogurt) with a RRP of £3.
Michael Inpong, chief marketing officer at Müller said, “We’ve already strengthened the core with a new and improved recipe, and we’re launching two new limited editions, Müllerlight Irish Coffee Flavour Yogurt and Müllerlight Mince Pie Flavour Yogurt.
“We’re also launching disruptive innovations like Müllerlight Amore, and bringing Müllerlight into a segment, where it has been absent, with our first ever range of natural yogurt. Whether eaten on its own, or with fruit, nuts, or granola, we think Müllerlight Natural and Müllerlight Greek Style Natural appeal to everyone, especially those following various weight management programs.”
Lurpak switches from foil to box
In the UK, Arla’s butter brand, Lurpak, unveiled new block butter packaging with the launch of its new Butterbox.
Foil packaging was first introduced in 1957 but Arla said that with no major innovation since then, Mindmover Block Butter Packaging Research in September 2018 revealed 45% consumers agree that block butter packaging is messy to use, and 57% consumers said they would be more likely to purchase block butter if the packaging was easier to open and reseal.
The new Lurpak Butterbox is a reclosable box that Arla says addresses the consumer barriers and frustrations with block butter in foil.
Lucy Hurrell-Morgan, Lurpak brand manager, said, “Block butter is of huge commercial importance to the category and has strong taste and heritage credentials with consumers; however, we know that there are barriers for shoppers when it comes to buying block butter and this has impacted on the value of the category as a whole.
“With over a third of consumers admitting they don’t buy block butter because they believe the packaging is messy, we want to give them a mess-free reclosable box to help overcome these challenges.”
Lurpak Butterbox is available from retailer Asda in 12x225g format.
Yaar launches on Ocado
UK chilled quark bars Yaar are now available through Ocado, just four months since its launch into Sainsbury’s and Whole Foods Market.
Yaar’s quark bars, in cloudberry, vanilla and toffee variants, are available on Ocado for RRP £1.49 per bar.
Andrei Garbuz, founder of Yaar, said, “Yaar has pioneered a new category of handheld dairy snack bars. The new listing on Ocado will make our product available to more consumers than ever before and will allow the brand to meet demand for spoon-free dairy.”
Yaar quark bars are less than 140 calories, gluten free, suitable for vegetarians and have no artificial colors, additives or preservatives.
TINE launches Norway's first lactose-free cottage cheese (and other products)
Norwegian dairy company TINE said that as lactose-free cottage cheese is the product that tops the wishlist of Norwegians, it has launched lactose-free Cottage Cheese.
In Norway, two to three percent of the population is diagnosed with lactose intolerance. That is, reduced ability to digest milk sugar. In addition, more and more people believe that they react to regular milk and that they can tolerate lactose-free products better. Therefore, the products are popular among far more than those who have been diagnosed with lactose intolerance. At the consumer's request, the range of lactose-free Cottage Cheese stomachs is now being expanded.
TINE said its lactose-free cottage cheese is indistinguishable, taste wise, from regular cottage cheese and is rich in protein and calcium. In addition, the new product has only 2% fat, says TINE nutrition director Kirsti Wettre Brønner.
“Today, dairy products are the largest source of calcium in the Norwegian diet, and account for approximately 70% of the calcium intake. With a diverse range of lactose-free products, people with lactose intolerance do not need to replace dairy products,” Wettre Brønner said.
The company has also launched more products in Norway for the fall.
Its Yogurt Enjoy line has been expanded, with New Mango & Chili, and Orange & Ginger, available in 4-125g pots.
An 850g TINE Yogurt without added sugar has launched in mango and apricot flavor.
The company has also launched Piano Panna Cotta, which can be served straight from the package, or it can be melted for other applications.
Piano Light Chocolate Cream has also been introduced, a whipping cream that takes five minutes, and can be used as a topping for muffins, chocolate cake, meringue or as a chocolate mousse with berries.
The Go'morgen Without added sugar range has added Pineapple & Coconut as a new variant.
TINE has also launched Biola Lemon without added sugar; it is a fat-free, acidified milk with a natural content of sugar from milk and fruit, as well as sweeteners.
The company’s previously available chocolate and banana milk, Litago Banana split half-liter seasonal flavor, is back as a limited edition.
In its Sunniva range, Gryr Oat Ice Cappuccino Without added sugar has been launched in 330ml containers. Oat Ice Coffee Cappuccino is made from Brazilian coffee, oatmeal and with a mild taste of cinnamon. The iced coffee contains caffeine equivalent to a cup of coffee and is free of added sugar.