New products launched

By Jim Cornall

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Some new products have been launched for the festive season.
Some new products have been launched for the festive season.

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In the UK, Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses has launched a gift for Christmas that keeps on giving, or keeps on maturing.

Blacksticks Blue is a cheese gift pack consisting of one 500g Blacksticks Blue cheese for consumers to mature according to personal taste.

Each cheese comes with a ‘birth certificate’ for keeping track of maturation and an instruction guide allowing cheese lovers to pick their desired taste.

Butlers said the potential Christmas gift offers cheese lovers the chance to take control of the mold and the bring the science of cheesemaking into their own home.

The Mature your Own Blacksticks Blue is available for pre-order online for £20 plus delivery.

Christmas products from TINE

The traditional Edamer cheese and Christmas brown cheese are part of this year's festive assortment from Norwegian dairy company TINE.

The company has introduced two versions of its Edamer cheese, including one stored for a minimum of 12 months to give a richer taste.

TINE Julebrunost is a sweet and spicy Chrostmas brown cream cheese with a taste of cardamom. TINE said the Christmas brown cheese has become a popular favorite for and this year a production record has been set with more than 300,000 produced.

A New Year yogurt has also been added, this seasonal variety features salted caramel and licorice.

Also added to the Christmas products is a long-life TINE Cream.

Borden combines salsa and sour cream

US company Borden Dairy has created Borden Creamy Salsa, which combines fresh salsa flavors with light sour cream.

According to the company, pre-made dips are one of the fastest-growing food product categories, and consumers prefer quality dipping sauces made with fresh ingredients to complement their snacks and meals.

"Borden Creamy Salsa is a truly unique product offering, with no other salsa/sour cream combination currently offered on a wide scale,"​ said national sales and marketing director Mike Arsenault.

Borden Creamy Salsa is available in three flavors: Fire Roasted Creamy Salsa, Hot Creamy Salsa, and Mild Creamy Salsa. All flavors will come in 12 oz. containers at a suggested retail price of $2.99-$3.49.

Moocho debuts dairy-free cheese shreds

Moocho, a plant-based dairy brand and the sister of Tofurky, has launched three variants of its new dairy-free cheese Shreds.

The dairy-free Shreds are available as Cheddar, Mozzarella and Fiesta Blend.

Moocho Shreds are vegan, 100% non-GMO and gluten-free and contain 0% cholesterol, and are made to melt and stretch just as well as traditional dairy-based cheese.

“Category research suggests shoppers see a gap in the plant-based cheese category where brands haven’t been able to provide a taste and texture that people crave,”​ said Jaime Athos, president and CEO of Moocho and Tofurky.

“Moocho aims to improve category perception and impress a market hungry for delicious, affordable and accessible plant-based options. As a category, we can do better now, with more ingredient options available.”

Moocho dairy-free Shreds are now available for purchase in 8-oz. bags with an SRP of $4.99. Moocho Shreds are available in select grocery stores, including H-E-B, as well as foodservice.