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SweetPea launches chickpea ice cream alternative
SweetPea is a new plant-based, non-dairy ice cream in the US made from chickpeas.
"We're excited to finally share SweetPea with ice cream lovers everywhere," said SweetPea co-founder Heather Romens.
"It was important for us to provide a non-dairy frozen dessert that is both delicious and can be enjoyed by everyone. We're incredibly proud of the pints we've created."
SweetPea is available to order online at www.sweetpeawow.com for nationwide delivery, with in-store availability anticipated later this year.
SweetPea's nine flavors are: That's a Mean Vanilla Bean, Peanut Butter Bomb; Must Do Cold Brew; Mango Tango (feat. Peach); One 'n Only Cookies 'n Cream; Salted Caramel's Sweet Talkin' Pralines; T.G.I.PieDay: Raspberry; 3 Parts Chocolate; and Hello, Cookie Dough!
Hälsa launches Zero Sugar Oatmilk Yogurt
Hälsa is expanding its product line in the US with the addition of a 24 oz. family size Plain Unsweetened Zero Sugar oatmilk yogurt alternative.
"This simple oat yogurt has no naturally occurring sugar and no added sugar," said Hälsa co-founder Helena Lumme.
"It's a great way to get your daily pre- and probiotics without adding any sugar to your diet. And the whole grains oats are an ideal vehicle for gut-loving probiotics to fully benefit your body."
The new Zero Sugar oatmilk yogurt alternative has only 90 calories per serving and has multiple uses as a base for making probiotic smoothies, dips, sauces, salad dressings and many other plant-based recipes at home.
Hälsa is also adding a new Organic Vanilla Oatmilk Yogurt in both 5.3 oz cups and a 24 oz family size. It's made with organic vanilla extract and lightly sweetened with organic apple juice. This new flavor joins the current four flavors: Strawberry, Blueberry, Mango and Plain.
"We founded Hälsa on one simple principle: Never to use a single artificial ingredient," company co-founder Mika Manninen explains.
"We cracked the code by developing a next generation manufacturing process that is 100% clean and keeps all the nutritional benefits of whole grain oats intact."
Hälsa — Swedish for health — said it is the only plant-based yogurt alternative that does not use enzymes or chemicals to alter the grain during the process, and the product is free of all artificial and processed ingredients like gums, emulsifiers, phosphates and processed sugar.
Hälsa is currently sold in the North East, Pacific Northwest and expanding to California this spring. It is also available online at Fresh Direct.
Outshine launches Simply Indulgent dairy-based frozen snack bars
US frozen fruit bar producer Outshine has launched its Simply Indulgent bars - a new line of dairy-based frozen snacks.
Simply Indulgent bars contain five grams of protein per bar.
The new line will be available in four varieties: Strawberry, Mango, and the brand's first non-fruit flavors in the portfolio – Chocolate and Coffee. The Coffee bars provide 20mg of caffeine, about ¼ the amount in a cup of coffee. All flavors of Outshine Simply Indulgent bars are made with no GMO ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, sweeteners or gluten.
"The Outshine brand strives to help our consumers shine brighter from the inside out with our refreshingly real frozen fruit bars. Our new collection of Simply Indulgent bars are a good source of protein made with the goodness of real milk, providing the indulgence of a dairy-based frozen snack with the simple ingredients and delicious taste expected from Outshine," said Joanna Komvopoulos, Outshine brand manager.
The six-count, single-flavor boxes will be available in retailers nationwide by April 2021. Price varies per retailer and product. SRP is $4.69.
Borden Dairy brings back original High Protein Milk
Borden High Protein Milk is returing to stores across Texas and Louisiana. A 16 oz glass of Borden High Protein Milk has 20 grams of protein.
"Everyone needs protein to build strong bodies and improve fitness, which is especially important for kids, but getting them to eat enough high protein foods can be tough," said Borden national sales and marketing director Mike Arsenault.
"Borden High Protein Milk is an excellent protein-rich option, offering the energy kids need for that fun playdate or a tasty after-school snack."
Borden High Protein 2% Reduced Fat Milk can be found in major retail grocery stores and convenience stores throughout Texas and Louisiana. The MSRP is $4.59 for a gallon and $3.49 for a half-gallon.
Tailspring goat milk-based pet foods debuts with milk replacer for puppies and kittens
US goat milk producer Meyenberg is now creating nutrient-rich, premium nourishment for pets.
Tailspring is a goat milk-based milk replacer for puppies and kittens. The milk replacer is the first offering in the new product line. Tailspring uses 100% human grade milk and is the first pet product line based on goat dairy.
The “formula” is made for puppies and kittens who are still in the nursing phase yet have been separated from their mothers, are unable to nurse, or are part of an unusually large litter where the mother’s milk is in short supply.
Tailspring further bolsters goat milk’s composition by adding other essential nutrients needed during an animal’s early stage of life, including essential amino acids, fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins.
“We are excited to launch a goat milk product made for pets, especially for our most vulnerable furry friends. At Meyenberg, we’ve been hearing from customers for decades how goat milk helped their animals to thrive—sometimes even saving lives—and we really wanted to serve the community of pets and their owners as well. Now we have a product that has all the benefits of our nutrient-packed goat milk plus all the other essential nutrients a pet needs to thrive,” said Tailspring brand manager, Kate Slaney.
Tailspring comes in two formats for both puppies and kittens: 16oz puppy pouch of powdered milk ($29.99), 12oz kitten pouch with 336 teaspoons of liquid product using the dilutions suggested on the package, and 12 fl oz cans of ready-to-feed fluid milk ($8.99 for puppies; $9.99 for kittens). Initially, Tailspring is available for purchase online, at Amazon, and will be available soon at Jeffers Pet.
Ripple Plant-Based Kids Milk
Ripple Plant-Based Kids Milk is a new 100% vegan, milk alternative developed with pediatricians to support optimal nutrition for kids ages one to five years old.
The product includes DHA omega-3s, choline, and prebiotic fiber, and has 8g of plant-based protein, vitamins A, D and B12 and 50% more calcium than 2% dairy milk.
The product is 100% vegan, lactose-free, nut-free, soy-free, GMO-free and gluten-free. The company said Ripple has a small environmental footprint, as yellow peas grow in regions that naturally require little or no irrigation. Also, as a pulse crop, yellow peas produce their own nitrogen and do not require the harmful nitrogen fertilizers needed to grow oats or wheat.
The new product is available nationwide in Target and Whole Foods from February 1.
Busy times at Tillamook
Oregon-based Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA), the more than 110-year-old farmer-owned dairy co-op, has launched Maker's Reserve 2011 and 2018 vintages into their Maker's Reserve program. The cheeses are part of a broader assortment of Maker's Reserve Extra Sharp White Cheddar vintages available this year, including 2015, 2016 and 2017.
"Tillamook Maker's Reserve is a true testament to our passionate craftsmen and women," said Jill Allen, director of product excellence for TCCA.
"We make these exceptional Extra Sharp Cheddars with pride, passion and a double dose of patience for truly unforgettable flavor."
In January of each year, TCCA releases a new vintage of white cheddar made three years prior. These three-year cheddars are released to last through their 10-year anniversaries, hence this year's releases of the 2018 (three-year) and 2011 (10-year) vintages.
The 2018 Maker's Reserve can be found at Safeway and Market of Choice in Portland, Ore., The Tillamook Creamery and The Tillamook Market at Portland International Airport. It's also available for shipping nationwide through Tillamook's online shop.
The 2011 Maker's Reserve will be available for purchase at Whole Foods Market stores across the country beginning in May.
Also, to celebrate National Cheddar Day on February 13, Tillamook introduced the limited-edition Mother Loaf, a 40-pound block of sharp yellow Cheddar.
The launch is part of the limited-edition release of the Cheddar Capsule, a collection of cheesy items only available in the brand’s new online shop.
The Cheddar Capsule includes a select amount of the Mother Loaf ($112), while also including Cheddar clothing and other products: Cheddar Tie-Dye Sweatshirt ($50); Cheddar Tie-Dye Sweatpants ($55); Cheddar Tie-Dye Long Sleeve T-shirt ($40); Cheddar Lounge Shorts ($38); Baby Loaf Bag ($40); Squeaky Curds Dog Toy ($20); Medium Cheddar Nail Polish ($12); Baby Loaf Trio ($60); Curd Lovers Bundle ($48); and Maker’s Reserve 2010 Extra Sharp White Cheddar ($23).
Halo Top brings back Strawberry Cheesecake
One of Halo Top’s fan-favorite flavors Strawberry Cheesecake will return to shelves for a limited time this season.
Halo Top’s Strawberry Cheesecake delivers a classic dessert in a pint, with strawberry cheesecake flavored light ice cream, packed with cheesecake pieces and a graham cracker swirl.
The product, available for a SRP of 4.99, has 380 calories, 18g of protein, and 32g of sugar per pint.
Strawberry Cheesecake is available now while supplies last.
Kerrygold launches Irish Butter with Olive Oil
Kerrygold, an international brand of Ornua, has introduced Kerrygold Irish Butter with Olive Oil to the US market.
“We know consumers are increasingly looking for convenient ways to elevate their cooking experience, so this spreadable creation, with the subtle texture and flavor of added olive oil, was a natural extension to our portfolio,” said Alexandra Vinci, marketing executive at Kerrygold.
“Not only will the product appeal to our existing customers who love our uniquely delicious taste, but it will also attract a new set of consumers who have long enjoyed the qualities of olive oil and are not yet familiar with our brand.”
Free from artificial flavors or preservatives, Kerrygold Irish Butter with Olive Oil is made from only pasteurized cream, salt and olive oil. Kerrygold farmers are members of local milk cooperatives, owned by the farmers themselves, and these coops help preserve family farming traditions that have been passed on for generations.
Good Moo’d Lactose-Free Milk debuts in select markets
In the US, Good Moo’d has unveiled a new line of lactose-free milks. Made with patented ultra-filtration, the brand contains 25% less sugar than the leading lactose-free milk.
“Happy digestion leads to a happier day,” said Jeremy Faa, chief operating officer of fairlife, LLC, the makers of Good Moo’d.
“Good Moo’d doesn’t compromise. Its lactose-free, great tasting and a better-for-you choice in what was – before today – a category with limited options.”
The company said Good Moo’d’s ultra-filtration approach, paired with the addition of the lactase enzyme, removes all lactose without compromising the creamy, natural taste of milk.
“Whether it be milk in your morning coffee or a cold glass with a chocolate chip cookie, Good Moo’d removes the barriers and delivers a new, great tasting choice for consumers seeking lactose-free milk. We’re confident that consumers will agree when they try it,” said Faa.
The full range of Good Moo’d whole, 2% and fat-free milks is available now at select grocery and retails stores in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and West Coast regions of the US.
Hot Cross Buns and Chocolate Orange get cheese makeover
UK specialty cheese company Norseland has launched two new Easter-themed cheeses in its Ilchester range: Ilchester Spiced Blueberry Hot Cross Bun Wheeler - a Cheddar cheese, blended with blueberry pieces, orange peel, dark raisins and lightly spiced with cinnamon; and Ilchester Double Chocolate and Orange Wheeler - a Wensleydale combined with shards of milk and white chocolate as well as orange pieces.
The two products will be available from 350 Asda stores from March 18.
Lisa Harrison, senior brand manager at Norseland, said, "On 19 March, we as a country will have endured a whole year of restrictions to our freedom as a result of the pandemic, and we are now in the third national lockdown.
"We were really keen to create some new products that can help lift our spirits as we approach Easter. And while we are unsure about whether we will be able to celebrate the Easter break with family and friends, these tasty, unique and innovative cheeses will provide us with a novel addition to our indulgent Easter gastronomical experiences that we can really look forward to enjoying.
"We are confident that the British public will love the novelty factor of these cheeses and will a great alternative for cheese lovers who would rather a cheesy delight than a chocolate one this Easter."
Van Leeuwen launches new line of premium ice cream bars
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, producer of dairy and vegan ice creams in the US, has announced the launch of Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Bars, a new line of dairy and vegan treats inspired by classic favorites.
The line features three dairy flavors and three vegan flavors.
The new bars are available in six flavors: the dairy-based Vanilla Caramel Swirl, Toffee Brown Sugar, and Raspberry Cheesecake; and the vegan varieties, Vanilla Wildberry Swirl, Brown Sugar Honeycomb, and Triple Chocolate Swirl.
"We haven't been this excited about a product launch since we introduced our vegan line eight years ago - ice cream bars have long been a dream for us at Van Leeuwen," said Ben Van Leeuwen, co-founder and CEO of Van Leeuwen.
"We've spent the past 12 months perfecting every element and we are blown away by what we have been able to create. Our six ice cream bar creations feature the ice cream and vegan ice cream our customers know and love, enrobed with thick, custom blended, high-quality fair trade chocolate and crunchy coatings that create an entirely new Van Leeuwen experience. They aren't keto, low fat, or sugar free. But they taste good and will make you happy!"
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Bars are now available in 4-packs through Van Leeuwen's online store for nationwide shipping. The bars will be available in select grocery stores across the country beginning in March 2021, including Whole Foods, Giant, Central Market, Big Y and Heinen's.
Klondike goes cones
Klondike, the makers of the chocolate-dipped bar, has finally entered the cones category in the US.
The new products feature a swirled shape top with sauce distributed throughout the center of the cone.
Klondike Cones are available now in five flavors and at major retailers nationwide for $6.99: Vanilla Chillin’ with vanilla, chocolate sauce core and a wafer cone; Nuts for Vanilla, with vanilla, chocolate sauce core, wafer cone and roasted peanuts; Classic Chocolate with chocolate, chocolate sauce core, wafer cone and roasted peanuts; Double Down Chocolate with chocolate base, chocolate sauce core, chocolate wafer cone and chocolate ribbon curls; and Unicorn Dreamin' with strawberry and bubblegum, strawberry sauce core and a green wafer cone.
Magnum launches Double Gold Caramel Billionaire
Unilver’s brand Magnum is adding to its Doubles range in the UK with Magnum Double Gold Caramel Billionaire. It is inspired by one of the nation’s most favoured British confection treats, Millionaire’s Shortbread, also known as Billionaire Shortbread.
Available in both an under 250 calorie handheld stick format and a tub option, the new flavor has been created with caramel sauce filling, coated in a golden caramel chocolate, and biscuit pieces on the outside, with a swirl of two ice creams, which are a combination of pecan and biscuit flavors.
Magnum is the first ice cream brand globally to pioneer recycled polypropylene plastic (RPP), a technology that is used to create its tubs. The multipack cartons are also made from recyclable materials.
Magnum Double Gold Caramel Billionaire is available in stores nationally in the following variants: Magnum Double Gold Caramel Billionaire 3 x 85ml, 231 kcal per serving/stick, RRP £3.69 (Stick multipack); Magnum Double Gold Caramel Billionaire 440ml, 231 kcal per portion (Serving Size portion = 100ml/68g) RRP £4.00 (tub); Magnum Double Gold Caramel Billionaire 85ml, 231 kcal per serving/stick, RRP £2.00 (single stick); and Magnum Double Gold Caramel Billionaire 6 x 55ml, 161 kcal per serving/stick, RRP £3.89 (mini-stick multipack).
Better Than Milk available in US
Better Than Milk Organic Beverage is making its US debut.
The plant-based milk-alternative brand is made with USDA Organic ingredients and is environmentally-consciously packaged.
Made from spring water from the Lessini Mountains of Northern Italy, Better Than Milk is available in five flavors: Unsweetened Almond Drink, Almond Drink, Unsweetened Oat Drink, Unsweetened Rice + Calcium Drink, and Rice Hazelnut Drink. All are USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan, plant-based, and Kosher Parve.
The entire line is free from gluten, dairy, lactose, soy, sulfites, and artificial flavors. They are packaged in recyclable cartons that are aseptic, with plastic bio caps made of renewable sugar cane.
Available in 1-liter cartons at a suggested retail price of $3.99, it can be found at specialty/natural and grocery retailers nationwide such as Jewel-OSCO, Erewhon Market, Woodman’s Fresh Market, Buehler's Fresh Foods, Pete's Fresh Market, and on Amazon.
New from TINE
Norwegian dairy cooperative TINE has launched its spring products, available from February 22.
Norvegia Spreadable Protein Rich Light Cheese with Paprika & Pepper has 9.7% fat and is rich in protein, and is lactose-free.
Go’morgen UTEN (without) comes in a pouch in vanilla and raspberry flavors. It is without added sugar, with a natural content of sugar from the milk and berries, and contains sweeteners. The yogurt is high in protein, has 30% fewer calories.
TINE Norwegian mild cheddar has a bright orange color and good melting properties.
TINE Real Grated Cheese Protein-rich Light Cheese is a light cheese mixture with 16% fat and a high content of protein from the milk. The mixture is made from Norvegia light and Jarlsberg light. It has a round and mild taste, and has good melting properties.
Selbu Blue Soft is a soft, Norwegian mold cheese, with a slightly milder taste than the original. The cheese can easily be spread on biscuits, crispbread and bread. It can also be used in cooking, such as on pizza and in pies.
TINE also launched YT Protein Milk in two varieties, natural and with cocoa. The protein milk is suitable for anyone who wants protein-rich products. The milk is filtered to bring up the protein content. The natural variant has 66% more protein than regular milk, and the cocoa variant has 68% more protein than other chocolate milk. In addition, they are fat-free, lactose-reduced and without added sugar, with a natural content of sugar from the milk.
TINE Ice Coffee Espresso Macchiato Lactose Free includes less milk and sweet taste than other iced coffee varieties. The product has no added sugar, but with a natural content of sugar from milk. It contains caffeine equivalent to about four cups of espresso and is lactose free.
For the first time in Norway, TINE has created a light dairy butter. TINE Light Dairy butter has 30% less fat, but has retained the butter taste. Some of the fat has been replaced with water.
Modern Meat introduces kitsCheeze
Modern Meat Inc., a Canadian plant-based food manufacturer, has announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, kitskitchen Health Foods Inc., is set to launch a selection of dairy-free artisan cheese alternatives. Currently, four plant-based products are being developed under the name kitsCheeze.
kitsCheeze will launch with four cheese alternatives including a Crumbled Parmesan, Mozzarella Brine, Cheddar Cheeze, as well as a variety of Cheeze Sauces including a mac n cheeze recipe, and a tangy and spicy pickled jalapeno queso and nacho sauce.
"We developed the new vegan cheeses to broaden our plant-based offering even further and demonstrate that there's no need for compromises on taste and flavour when it comes to vegan eating and cooking," said Tara Haddad, founder and CEO of Modern Meat.
"Creating premium quality plant-based cheeses was a natural evolution for us as the vegan alternative cheese category continues to see rapid growth. The upside of the dairy replacement market is not only exciting but very substantial."
Joni Berg, co-founder of kitskitchen soups, has teamed up with Modern Meat product development specialists to bring the new line to market.
Modern Meat plans to roll out kitsCheeze to select retailers in May 2021.