What’s new in the dairy aisles: October
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Blue Diamond Mexican Hot Chocolate
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze has a new seasonal Almondmilk product in the US: Mexican Hot Chocolate. It contains flavors of cinnamon, red pepper and allspice, and can be served hot or cold.
It comes after the brand’s success of its Almondmilk Horchata and Almondmilk Nog. The Mexican Hot Chocolate is only available for the holidays through January, and is free from dairy, lactose, soy and gluten.
Suzanne Hagener, director of brand marketing, said, “Following the momentum of our recently launched Almondmilk Horchata, we’ve continued to draw inspiration from the Latin American community and further our commitment to our customers. We know that people across all cultures enjoy the familiar and comforting flavors of these classic beverages, and have made them more accessible than ever with delicious plant-based variations the whole family can savor.”
Velvet holiday ice cream
Ohio-based Velvet Ice Cream brought back its seasonal fall favorites with Pumpkin Pie and Pure Cinnamon. They feature pumpkin ice cream blended with cinnamon, nutmeg and bits of crust, and its Original Vanilla Ice Cream blended with fine-ground cinnamon.
For a limited time this winter, Velvet will also launch a Peppermint Stick Ice Cream and Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches. The peppermint ice cream is infused with red peppermint candies and inspired by candy canes.
Velvet now produces more than 5m gallons of ice cream every year, and the company has been run out of Utica, Ohio, since 1914. Its ice cream products are sold at nationwide retailers, including Walmart.
Peekabo ice cream
Vegetable-based ice cream alternative Peekaboo is now available in Kroger stores across the US. This joins distribution in Safeway, Whole Foods and Shop-Rite. Designed to appeal to kids and get them to eat healthier, Peekaboo contains a daily serving of vegetables, vitamins and minerals.
The brand’s five pint flavors include Vanilla with Zucchini, Cotton Candy with Beets, Mint Chocolate Chunk with Spinach, Strawberry with Carrots and Chocolate with Cauliflower.
Green Valley lactose free Greek yogurt
Lactose-free dairy brand Green Valley Creamery is expanding its portfolio to Greek yogurt, making the popular yogurt style accessible to those with a sensitivity to lactose. US distribution is rolling out to select retailers like Safeway Denver, Fresh Thyme, and New Seasons/New Leaf.
The single-serve 5.3oz cups are available in four different flavors--reduced-fat Plain, Vanilla Bean, Strawberry and Blueberry--and multi-serve 32oz cups come in Plain and Vanilla Bean. The yogurt is made without fillers, stabilizers or preservatives and contains up to 16g of protein per serving.
Rich Martin, managing director of Green Valley Creamery, said “Lactose-free dairy is all we do. We are truly committed to serving this community, which means we do a lot of listening to our customers. Greek yogurt was at the top of the list for most-requested new items and we’re excited to be able to expand our offerings in this way.”
Green Valley said the Greek yogurt launches alongside a new cream cheese product in an 8oz cup and lightly salted butter in a 1lb, four-stick carton.
Serendipity ice cream cups and cakes
New York-based ice cream brand is expanding its novelty products for retail with the launch of its new super-premium ice cream cakes and Serendipity Sundae cups. Its ice cream line debuted earlier this year.
The new eight-inch ice cream cakes are available in Frrrozen Hot Chocolate and Birthday Cake. Serendipity said the sundae cups are ready-to-eat with a soft consistency, available in Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, Birthday Cake, Cookie Dough and Salted Caramel.
Sal Pesce, president of Serendipity Brands, said, “With such a tasty history behind the Serendipity name, we were excited to launch earlier this year to reach Serendipity fans across the country. The two new products are just the beginning, as we look to the future to continue expanding the reach of the brand.”
Borden Gingerbread Eggnog
Seasonal eggnog is back from Borden, and along with the traditional variety is a new flavor, Gingerbread Eggnog.
The drinks can be found in Ohio as well as major retailers in the southeastern US.
The eggnogs will be sold in a variety of sizes, including 32oz bottles, pints, quarts and half-gallons.
Joe DePetrillo, CMO at Borden, said "The holidays are a magical time of year, reuniting families and friends to celebrate and indulge a little. Borden is honored to be part of these joyous moments by offering two deliciously creamy, rich versions of this Yuletide treat."
Revelé plant-based froyo bars
A new desserts company from California is launching a line of non-dairy frozen yogurt bars, featuring the sugar allulose. The chocolate-covered bars were first previewed at the Natural Products Expo West show in March.
Revelé said it uses allulose in the products because its molecular construct allows for low caloric absorption by the body, and its texture is similar to traditional table sugar. The first flavors are Yellow Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Banana, Pink Chocolate Covered Matcha Tea, Dark Chocolate Covered Toasted Coconut, Milk Chocolate Covered Snickerdoodle and Toffee Bits and Milk Chocolate Covered Toffee.
Dr. Jareer Abu-Ali, CEO of Revelé’s parent company, said "What makes allulose such an incredible ingredient in the creation of healthy frozen desserts is that it acts so similarly to traditional table sugar, without any of the negative side effects. The molecular makeup of allulose allows for it to mimic sugar's ability to create the rich, dense and creamy sensation you get when enjoying traditional ice cream.”
“There is no need to pump the product full of air or dilute it with water. At 70% of the sweetness of table sugar and the body's inability to absorb its calories, we are able to use more allulose to match sweetness expectations without impacting how many calories the treat contains. This is a revolutionary way to approach healthy eating, without sacrificing indulgence."
Horizon Growing Years milk
US organic dairy producer Horizon is expanding its portfolio with a milk specifically geared to young kids. The whole milk Growing Years is ideal for those 1-5 years old and was developed in partnership with pediatricians.
Every 8oz serving contains DHA Omega-3 to support brain health, choline to transport DHA in the body, prebiotics, vitamin D and calcium. Horizon said it’s now at select retailers nationwide.
Domenic Borrelli, president of premium dairy at Danone North America, said "This delicate growing and transition period can feel like a big change for parents and kids alike, and it's important to Horizon that we continue to support families every step of the way.”
"Throughout history, milk has been synonymous with childhood nutrition and healthy development, and offering an organic product specially made for those early years is a natural next step for us."
My/Mo Mochi Cool Peppermint
Novelty brand My/Mo Mochi is adding a seasonal variety for the 2019 holiday season. Cool Peppermint features peppermint flavored ice cream sprinkled with crunchy minty bits wrapped in the signature chewy, pillowy mochi dough.
My/Mo leads the mochi category in the US, expanding to more than 20,000 retail locations across the country with 12 dairy and four non-dairy flavors. The new Cool Peppermint Mochi hits shelves in packs of six starting in November.
Silk Oat Yeah zero sugar - silk oat
Building on Silk’s oat-based Oat Yeah beverage line, The 0g Sugar One has launched to select retailers including Target, Albertsons, Safeway and Hy-Vee.
Danone North America said this will give plant-based fans more choices to fit their lifestyle, taking cues from the current popularity of low-sugar drinks.
The new drink is free from dairy, soy, cholesterol, artificial colors and flavors and is Non-GMO Project Verified.
Travis Hayes, brand manager for Silk, said “Silk has the largest unsweetened portfolio of any plant-based beverage brand. In fact, consumer interest in options with zero grams of sugar has doubled in 2019.
"By introducing an oatmilk with zero grams of sugar, we continue to bring innovative options to meet ever-evolving consumer preferences.
“Oat Yeah The 0g Sugar One combines an ultra-creamy texture and balanced taste for versatility. It’s delicious when sipped cold on its own, it serves as an excellent dairy milk alternative in recipes, and it can be used to add a tasty dollop of foam to your morning coffee."
Belle Chevre launches single-serve cream cheese for foodservice
In the US, Belle Chevre has added a 1.5-oz. single-serve package to its roster of chevre cream cheese products for foodservice operators. Two flavors are available, Original and Fig.
Belle Chevre said its 1.5-oz. portion cup will maximize convenience and eliminate waste for bakeries that provide cream cheese with their freshly-baked bagels, while hotels with breakfast bars can offering patrons alternatives to regular cream cheese and butter.
"With the tremendous popularity of cream cheese for bagels and other classic breakfast items, it made sense to offer our ‘better cream cheese’ in a portion size for those vendors seeking a healthier and tastier alternative for their customers," Tasia Malakasis, Belle Chevre CEO, said.
Belle Chevre’s full line of all-natural cream cheeses for foodservice professionals also includes 4-lb. and 8-lb. tubs of its Original product. As with all Belle Chevre cream cheeses, these products have 2.5 times more protein, less fat, less cholesterol, and are easier to digest than regular cheese, the company said.
Müller launches pretzel party and Müller Bliss Mascarpone Style Yogurt
In the UK, Müller has launched its first yogurt that comes with pretzels.
Müller Corner Creations Pretzel Party includes caramel flavour yogurt, and a mixture of pretzel pieces, milk chocolate coated pretzel pieces and dark chocolate coated biscuit balls.
Müller Corner Creations Pretzel Party is available exclusively in Tesco from November 4. It is available in six pack format and the RRP is £3.
Michael Inpong, chief marketing officer at Müller said, “With over 100 new products in the pipeline, we’re working really hard to deliver category growth and excitement for our customers and consumers.”
The company also launched its first ever mascarpone inspired product in the UK, Müller Bliss Mascarpone Style Yogurt.
The new product is an Italian inspired yogurt, inspired by Italian mascarpone, and includes yogurt with a fruit layer.
It is available in Asda and Morrisons in two flavors: Cherry and Peach & Apricot, in 110g four packs and the RRP is £2.89.
Müller is also launching a fat-free version of Müller Quark Yogurt, which also contains 100% naturally sourced ingredients. Shoppers can purchase Müller Quark Yogurt Fat Free in Asda and Morrisons, and Tesco from November 4.
The product will be available in Mango flavor, in 150g singles and the RRP is £1.00.
Džiugas moves the mature cheese market out to 100 months in time for Christmas
For cheese retailers looking to push the boundaries of maturity to attract the Christmas shopper, Džiugas has launched its Special Aged 100-month matured Džiugas in the UK.
Made in Lithuania, the cheese has been recognized by the Italian ‘Premio Roma’ cheese competition in the innovation category. Only 200 wheels of this cheese are being earmarked for release to specialist gourmet cheese retailers.
No artificial colors or flavors are used in the cheese production.
Uber Udder launches in Sainsbury’s
UK milkshake brand, Shaken Udder’s 750ml take-home bottles, Uber Udder, have hit the shelves of Sainsbury's Local this month as part of a new retail deal.
From October onwards, 500 Sainsbury's Local stores will stock Shaken Udder's Chocolush 750ml Uber Udder.
Shaken Udder produces its 750ml Uber Udder in three flavors: Chocolush, Vanillalicious and Strawberries & Clotted Cream.
It also produces a range of 330ml chilled milkshakes in six flavors: Vanillalicious, Salted Caramel, Chocolush, Top Banana, Strawberries & Clotted Cream and Ooh La Latte, RRP £1.35. Ooh La Latte and Chocolush are also available in 330ml ambient ‘EasyPak’ cartons.
To cater for children, smaller 200ml ambient kids cartons are also available in Chocolate and Strawberry flavors.
Glenilen Farms launches cheesecake range
Irish dairy brand, Glenilen Farm, is launching a new range of chilled cheesecakes into Sainsbury’s stores from November 20, with an RRP of £4.50.
Available from mid-November, the range will consist of handmade cheesecakes in two flavors - Lemon and Mango & Passionfruit.
Made with a biscuit base, set with Irish butter and topped with a combination of fromage frais and fresh cream, the lemon variety is prepared with freshly squeezed lemon juice to give it a citrus kick, while the Mango & Passionfruit variety contains chunks of mango and passionfruit seeds inside.
In line with the company’s sustainability mission, the range is presented in a tub made from recycled bottles with a push-up base to ensure easy and mess-free removal.
Alan Kingston, owner of Glenilen Farm said, “Following the success of our glass jar yogurt range which has seen sales grow by 50% in Sainsbury’s YOY, we’re delighted to announce that the retailer will stock our range of handmade cheesecakes just in time for the busy Christmas shopping period.”
Glenilen Farm is a family-run farm set up by husband and wife team, Alan and Valerie Kingston in West Cork, Ireland. The company produces yogurt, cheesecakes and country butter as well as a range of other dairy products.
Cathedral City launches Lactose-Free Nibbles
Saputo Dairy UK extended its range of lactose-free cheese this October with the launch of Cathedral City Lactose Free Nibbles.
Launched in Asda, the new Nibbles SKU - a kids snack with bite-sized nibbles of lactose free Cathedral City Mild Lighter Cheese - joins Cathedral City Lactose Free Block and Slices.
Senior brand manager, Cathedral City snacking, Anca Lazar, said, “Demand for free from alternatives continues to grow, and their appeal is not limited to adult occasions. Our recent snacking research, which highlighted mums’ desire to make good product choices (both nutritious and great tasting) when selecting snacks for their family, uncovered that for some this may mean catering to a child’s dietary intolerance or simply a preference to avoid certain foods in their family’s diet.
“Whilst all aged, hard cheeses are naturally low in lactose, we are therefore going the extra mile and testing every batch of our Lactose Free Nibbles to guarantee there is no lactose left, so that parents can feel absolutely confident in the choice they are making for their family.”
Cathedral City Lactose Free Nibbles contain less than 0.01% lactose, but the company said they are not suitable for milk allergy sufferers.
Made from ‘Mild Lighter’ cheese, with 30% less fat than standard cheddar, Cathedral City Lactose Free Nibbles contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, are high in protein and a source of calcium.
Cathedral City Lactose Free Nibbles have a MRSP of £1.50.
Little Moons launches Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bites
Little Moons, whose mochis are sold in the UK have launched their next taste adventure - Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bites.
Available at Tesco stores nationwide, the dessert features chocolate chip vanilla ice-cream wrapped in chocolate chip cookie dough.
Priced at £4.50 for a box of six, each bite is free from artificial flavorings, colors and preservatives.