New dairy and dairy alternative product launches in August

By Jim Cornall

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There are lots of products in our monthly look at some of the new products launched in August.  Pic: Getty Images/sergeyryzhov
There are lots of products in our monthly look at some of the new products launched in August. Pic: Getty Images/sergeyryzhov

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Has another month gone by already? That means it’s our monthly look at some of the new products being launched.

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Violife launches butter alternative

UK vegan food company Violife has launched its first butter alternative, Vioblock, which will be available at Asda stores nationwide from August 2.

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The new Vioblock is a vegan alternative to butter that is 100% plant based as well as containing vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12 and folic acid.

Bianca Harris, UKI marketing manager for Violife, said, “Launching our first butter alternative Vioblock is a milestone moment for Violife as we look to expand our product offering further within the dairy alternatives category. With dairy alternatives out-growing the dairy sector by almost 3 to 1, yet representing only 5% of the total dairy sector, there is sizable headroom for growth of the dairy alternatives sector and expansion for Violife beyond the dairy alternative to cheese category.”

Violife’s new Vegan Vioblock is now available at Asda for an RRP of £2, with other national retailers to be announced shortly.

Heritage Foods adds to range

Indian dairy company Heritage Foods Ltd., has added to its product portfolio.

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The company has introduced Shrikhand and Amrakhand variants in Hyderabad and Mumbai regions, and Malai Paneer in Mumbai.

Heritage Kesar Shrikhand is a semi-soft, sweetish-sour, thick, creamy Indian dessert. It is prepared traditionally with kesar, has zero preservatives, no artificial flavor or synthetic food colors. The company has also launched Heritage Amrakhand, which is prepared with mango pulp.

The company has also launched Heritage Malai Paneer Fresh, which is a source of protein, vitamin A and calcium.

N Brahmani, executive director, Heritage Foods Limited, said, "Aligning with the company's strategy of expanding value-added products portfolio, Heritage Foods launched Shrikhand Kesar, Amrakhand and Malai Paneer Fresh. Shrikhand and Amrakhand are common desserts consumed across age groups in India during the festive season or as a part of meal dessert delicacy.

“Both products are now available in Mumbai and Hyderabad through the company's omnichannel distribution network in 100g, 250g and 500g packs. The Shrikhand and Amrakhand market in India is likely to grow at CAGR of 15%."

Müller launches new gut health yogurt brand

Driven by a global wellness trend, Müller has launched its first stand-alone yogurt brand in the UK, Gut Glory.

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The company is targeting category growth through the new gut-health yogurt brand.

The company said its research found while the digestive health market was experiencing 12% value growth, potential shoppers were put off by existing options that were too scientific or functional.

Gut Glory is a creamy yogurt which contains gut-friendly cultures and is a source of calcium.

The Gut Glory range will be available in two pack sizes. Shoppers can choose 450g big pots, available in Salted Caramel and Strawberry with fiber, and four pack single flavor 125g pots, in Strawberry, Rhubarb and Peach & Mango with fiber.

The new range is available in Asda, with other retailers in the coming months. The 450g pot RRP is £1.80 and the four pack 125g RRP is £2.25.

Michael Inpong, strategy and marketing director at Müller Yogurt & Desserts said, “We have seen a natural move towards increased awareness and concern for health, which would explain the growth we are seeing in the digestive health yogurt segment.

“We identified demand, and a unique growth opportunity to introduce an exciting and contemporary new gut-health brand.”

Good Culture launching new products

Good Culture, the B-corp-certified, cultured foods brand is debuting four new products, including its first-ever lactose free line and a squeezable, classic sour cream pouch. The four new products include gut-friendly live and active cultures. These new products can be found in retailers nationwide starting this summer.

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Good Culture's new products include Lactose Free Sour Cream, Lactose Free Cottage Cheese with Probiotics and the first squeezable lactose free sour cream pouch.

The Lactose Free Cottage Cheese has 14g of protein per serving and is made from milk, cream, sea salt, live and active cultures and lactase enzyme. It will be available in a 15-ounce tub for an SRP of $3.49.

Good Culture's Squeezable Lactose Free Sour Cream Pouch and Lactose Free Sour Cream Tub are lactose free versions of the brand's cultured sour cream currently in-market. They will be available in a 12-ounce pouch for an SRP of $2.99, and a 15-ounce tub for $2.99.

Good Culture's Squeezable Whole Milk Classic Sour Cream Pouch will be available in a 12-ounce pouch for an SRP of $2.99.

Kyäni, Inc. launches Kyäni Origin plant-based shake

US company Kyäni, Inc. has launched a macronutrient-balanced, plant-based shake called Kyäni Origin to support its newly announced Nitro Nutrition program.

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Origin is a natural, macronutrient-balanced shake developed to support the Nitro Effect, which Kyäni said is an experience in the body that “enables a healthy inflammatory response, promotes circulation, naturally balances blood sugar, optimizes digestion, and supports collagen resistance.”

Kyäni Origin features a plant-based protein blend of fava beans, peas, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds, which the company said supports strong muscles, helps fuel metabolism, helps maintain a healthy weight, and supports healthy blood sugar levels. In addition to 20g of plant protein, Origin has MCT for long-lasting energy, L-citrulline malate to support natural nitric oxide production, and prebiotic fiber to support healthy gut flora. Origin comes in chocolate and vanilla flavors.

Bluestone Lane and Califia Farms launch Draught Oat Flat White

Bluestone Lane, Australian-inspired specialty coffee roaster and cafe chain, unveiled its new Draught Oat Flat White, made with Califia Farms' gluten-free Oat Barista Blend and Bluestone Lane's Flagstaff blend cold brew, at all US locations.

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Bluestone Lane said its Draught Oat Flat White with Califia is balanced, creamy and smooth with notes of chocolate and vanilla.

"Bluestone Lane and Califia Farms share a commitment to the best quality beverages on the market. We believe in taking time to achieve the perfect flavor and consistency of our products, and the new Draught Oat Flat White is an exceptional result,"​ said Nick Stone, founder and CEO, Bluestone Lane.

"We are energized by collaborating with like-minded brands that provide our customers with delicious coffee and food to nourish them."

"We are proud to partner with Bluestone Lane to bring our loyal customers a draught flat white made with Califia's best-selling Oat Barista Blend,"​ said Suzanne Ginestro, chief marketing officer of Califia Farms.

"Gen Z and young millennials love Bluestone Lane for its fresh and aspirational, yet authentic, cafe experience, which is the same experience we deliver at home through our wide variety of premium, plant-based products. Now, people looking for a delicious Califia oat milk coffee beverage can find one at a Bluestone Lane cafe."

Yili and Westland create new product for Chinese consumers

A cross-cultural R&D project has turned milk from New Zealand’s remote West Coast into a product suitable for Chinese bakers.

Yili Pro UHT Whipping Cream will be available to Chinese consumers this October.

Resident director for Yili in New Zealand, Shiqing Jian, said the two-year collaboration between Westland Dairy Company Limited and parent company Yili had managed to overcome the inherent variability of grass-fed milk to produce cream with a consistency suitable for Chinese bakers.

Jian said Yili’s growth as an international brand relied on innovation and R&D investment. New product sales accounted for 16% of Yili’s total revenue in 2020 with Yili now ranked the fifth largest dairy producer globally.

“Yili’s international growth has been based on a philosophy of ‘global mindset-local operations’,’’​ Jian said.

“It’s extremely rewarding to see an international vision translated into new business capabilities in New Zealand and Asia through this kind of global collaboration.’’

Westland CEO Richard Wyeth said overcoming the different milk and production methods of New Zealand and China was the first hurdle teams from China and Westland had to overcome in proving the New Zealand dairy operation could produce a whipping cream suitable for the Chinese market.

“Chinese whipping cream is produced from milk from dairy cows commonly housed in feedlots,​’’ Wyeth said.

“The consistency of this feed creates milk with more consistent properties compared to our nutrient-dense, grass-fed product. The different ways of using cream by the chefs in China compared to NZ chefs led to very different requirements of our cream. Our production methods in New Zealand also needed to be rethought to produce whipping cream suitable for a number of applications such as milk foam, cake decorating and mousse.’’

Norco launches Tasty Cheese Range

Norco, Australia’s only 100% farmer-owned dairy cooperative, has announced the launch of a new Tasty Cheese Range at Coles stores throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales.

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The new range is an addition to Norco’s portfolio of dairy products, which includes white milks, creams, custard, butter, and Hinterland ice-cream.

The launch follows what the company said is an increased demand for the cheese on social media.

Norco CEO, Michael Hampson, said, “Over the past year, we’ve seen more and more customers looking to buy and support local producers, and asking us when we will be extending our range to allow them to do just that.

“We’re really proud to be able to meet this demand and offer more choice to local consumers, while also diversifying our product range and continuing to provide value to our farmer members with the launch of the new Tasty Cheese range.”

The new range is available in a 500g cheese block, 500g shredded cheese bag and a 500g (30-piece packet) stack of cheese slices, all retailing for between A$8.00 and A$9.00, with 100% of profits supporting Australian farmers. 

Eatlean adds new reduced-fat cheese

UK company Eatlean has launched a new reduced-fat cheese product.

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The 30g mature cheese snack bar has 35% fewer calories, 60% less fat, and 30% more protein than regular cheese. Here’s the breakdown of the bar’s nutritional value:

The lactose-free snack has 80kcal, 4.3g fat, 2.6g of which saturates, 10g of protein, 252mg of calcium and 0.6g salt.

The Tasty Snack Bars are available to purchase on Eatlean’s website in a pack of seven bars, delivered nationwide. They retail for £3 but are currently on an introductory offer for just £2.50.

The Tasty Snack Bars will soon be stocked at some of the biggest supermarkets nationwide.

Vital Farms debuts Pasture-Raised Butter with Sea Salt & Avocado Oil

Vital Farms, a Certified B Corporation, has introduced its newest product: Pasture-Raised Butter with Sea Salt & Avocado Oil.

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The new product is the first US nationally-distributed tub butter made with pasture-raised butter and avocado oil. It also contains the highest fat content of any nationally-distributed product in the category. The product is a combination of three ingredients—pasture-raised butter, avocado oil, and sea salt—and ash an 85% butterfat content.

“We are always challenging ourselves to raise the standards of food production. Staying true to this commitment and our mission to bring ethical food to the table, we created a tub butter unlike any other in the grocery store,”​ said Shep Kowalski, brand manager, Vital Farms.

This is the sixth product in Vital Farms’ butter portfolio, alongside Pasture-Raised Sea Salted Butter, Pasture-Raised Unsalted Butter, Pasture-Raised Original Ghee Butter, Pasture-Raised Himalayan Pink Salt Ghee Butter and Pasture-Raised Original Ghee Butter Squeeze Bottle.

Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Butter with Sea Salt & Avocado Oil is available nationwide at Sprouts and will be available nationwide at Whole Foods Market and other retailers beginning August 30.

UK cheesemaker adds seasonally-inspired cheeses

UK cheese producer Ilchester, a part of Norseland, is kickstarting the fall season with four new cheeses inspired by the flavors, ingredients and key events of the season.

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The four products are Ilchester Smoky Bonfire Cheddar with Smoky Chipotle and Chilli; Ilchester Wensleydale Cheese with Fig & Orange; Ilchester Wensleydale with Spice Apple, Date & Raisin; and Ilchester West Country Cheddar with Sticky Red Onion.

Lisa Harrison, senior brand manager for Ilchester, said, "The great British autumn has so many flavors and events that have inspired our cheeses. We have worked hard to create a really strong range of seasonal cheeses this year that use the best of the autumnal harvest ingredients and flavors.”

The four new cheeses will be available to buy, in portions cut from 500g half wheels from counters in 250 Waitrose stores from September 29 to November 20.

Silk launches New Silk Greek Style Coconutmilk Yogurt alternatives

Silk, which produces plant-based food & beverages, has developed Silk Greek Style Coconutmilk Yogurt Alternatives in the US.

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“70% of plant-based beverage buyers are not yet buying plant-based yogurt alternatives​,” said Lia Stierwalt, senior director of marketing, Silk Plant-Based Yogurt Alternatives.

“We saw an incredible opportunity to appeal to those who are already familiar with a plant-based lifestyle, as well as those who love Greek style yogurt. Silk is already a plant-based yogurt aisle favorite, and now we are tackling the elusive Greek Style category head-on. As part of our product innovation process, we tested Silk Greek with many consumers. We are confident that we’re delivering a fantastic tasting, high-protein, plant-based yogurt alternative.”

Free of dairy and artificial sweeteners, Silk Greek contains 10g of plant-based protein, live and active cultures, and is certified vegan.

The new yogurt is available in four flavors: Vanilla, Strawberry, Lemon, and Blueberry, all with a coconutmilk base. Also, all of the water used to make Silk Greek Style yogurt alternatives is restored back to nature.

The new plant-based line is currently available in select retailers nationwide, including Albertson’s, Safeway, Publix, Jewel, Giant Food, Stop n’ Shop, ShopRite, HyVee, and Raley’s.

NGS launches Grow Daily Boys 10+ nutritional shake

Israeli company Nutritional Growth Solutions, Ltd. has introduced its “Grow Daily Boys 10+” protein drink powder supporting growth and development in boys 10 and older.

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Launching in the US, the new line contains a patented mixture of macronutrients designed to boost an adolescent’s growing body and increase muscle mass.

Grow Daily Boys 10+ was formulated with the specific nutritional needs of boys 10 and older in mind. The blend incorporates higher levels of macro- and micronutrients needed to support the physical development of young males entering pre-teen and teenage years.

Each serving of Grow Daily Boys 10+ contains 18g of whey protein, lipids, complex carbohydrates, plus micronutrients scientifically proven to be related to growth. These include zinc, calcium, iron, and vitamins A, D, and C.

The new line is available in three flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, and Plain (a neutral base).

Grow Daily Boys 10+ Plain is crafted to be added to milkshakes, fruit smoothies, yogurt, or other recipes.

“While nutritional needs are similar for young boys and girls ages 3-9, during puberty they have different nutritional needs,” ​said Dr Michal Yackobovitch-Gavan, director of clinical studies at NGS.

“For this reason, we dedicated this line for boys for the 10 years and up age group and will design another product line for girls at the same age. There are more than 20m children in the US between ages 10-14, but while this group of rapidly growing adolescents has unique nutritional needs, there are very few products addressing these needs, let alone products that have been clinically tested.”

"We typically see a higher demand for our existing products for boys and have a greater number of inquiries from parents requesting a supplement solution for their pre-teen boys,”​ said Liron Fendell, CEO and managing director of NGS.

“This is what prompted the development of our latest product. In addition to the physical needs, this is also the age where active boys begin to become more conscious of their body image.”

NGS is conducting a clinical study on a formula unique to girls.

Grow Daily Boys 10+ was designed to supplement a boy’s regular diet and ensure the optimal amount of calories, macronutrients, and micronutrients needed for regular growth and development.

“It is hard enough to manage kids’ diets at home, but with school beginning, many parents worry that their children will not get a proper meal at school or will skip lunch,”​ Fendell said.

“With Grow Daily Boys 10+, they can just add 6oz of water or low-fat milk to two scoops of the formula to a portable shaker bottle, and put it in their son’s backpack or have it waiting for them when they come home.”

Grow Daily Kids 3+ and Grow Daily Boys 10+ are the new product names under the evolving Healthy Heights brand. The Healthy Height product was developed and tested by pediatricians and clinically shown to help children aged 3-9 years old grow taller.

McConnell’s launches new line of dairy-free frozen desserts

In California, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams is introducing its new Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert line.

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The new line is made at McConnell’s Family Dairy, using a base of oat milk-alternative, cocoa butter, and coconut oil.

The company said the product is free from a coconut, oat, or nutty aftertaste or smell. There are also no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

All flavors are allergen free, kosher, and non-GMO.

McConnell’s Dairy-Free Frozen Desserts is launching with six flavors online for US-wide delivery.

The variants are Chocolate Fudge & Cookies; Coffee Cookie Crumble; Cookies & Cream; Passion Fruit Lemon Swirl; Salted Caramel Chocolate Swirl; and Vanilla Bean, with more to come.

Flavors will gradually roll out across McConnell’s scoop shops on a monthly basis starting with Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch, Cookies & Cream and Passionfruit Lemon Swirl.

New Zealand ice cream now a flavored milk

Lewis Road Creamery has launched Hokey Pokey Flavoured Milk, the dairy brand’s twist on the Kiwi flavor.

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Lewis Road’s latest flavored milk blends its whole milk with a hokey pokey sauce, honeycomb and vanilla extracts to create the distinctive caramelized flavor.

“At Lewis Road we love nothing more than to celebrate the food history of New Zealand.  And we also take pleasure in innovating and creating dairy that Kiwis just love to love.  So, we thought why not combine the two?

“The result is the collision of quintessential Kiwi with a twist of Lewis Road magic. It’s creamy, delicious and full of childhood memories,”​ said Lynette Maan from Lewis Road Creamery.

Kiwis’ love of hokey pokey started more than 100 years ago when William Hatton, a confectioner from Dunedin, registered and patented the honeycomb flavor back in 1896. 

Lewis Road Creamery Hokey Pokey Milk is available at supermarkets nationwide, with an RRP of NZ$4.49 for a 300ml bottle.

New from Silk

In the US, Silk is launching several new products.

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Silk Maple Brown Sugar Oatmilk Creamer is a limited edition flavor blending maple brown sugar in oatmilk. It has an SRP of $4.59, and is available nationwide in-store for the season.

Silk Pumpkin Spice Almond Creamer is also available nationwide, and is a combination of pumpkin spice and almondmilk. It retails for an SRP of $4.59.

Silk Unsweet Pumpkin Spice Almond Creamer, with zero grams of sugar, is also available nationwide for the season with an SRP of $4.59.

Silk Almond Dark Chocolate Peppermint Creamer is a mix of dark chocolate notes with a minty finish and blended with almondmilk. It is also available with an SRP of $.459 for the season nationwide.

Clover Sonoma debuts kids’ organic Clover the Rainbow beverages and snacks

Clover Sonoma, a US dairy and Certified B Corporation, has announced its new dairy brand for children, Clover the Rainbow.

Designed to teach kids about eating the ‘rainbow’ of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet, Clover the Rainbow debuts with three organic yogurt smoothies: Strawberry Carrot, Blueberry Beet, and Strawberry Banana Butternut.

Each smoothie is a source of protein and calcium, has billions of probiotics to help support gut health, is made with fruit and vegetables, and has no artificial flavors or sweeteners. Clover the Rainbow organic smoothies are also the only American Humane Certified smoothies in the dairy aisle and the first of many products to join the line.

Clover Sonoma CEO Marcus Benedetti said, “Understanding the role a nourishing diet plays in overall well-being, we leveraged our knowledge and experience to bring families Clover the Rainbow. This new organic food brand provides necessary nutrition to growing kids, and helps support good eating habits through a balanced diet. We’re starting Clover the Rainbow with organic smoothies, with much more goodness to follow soon.”

Clover the Rainbow organic smoothies are bundled with four, six-ounce bottles packed in three flavors: Strawberry Carrot, Strawberry Banana Butternut, and Blueberry Beet. They are available at Sprouts, Whole Foods and independent retailers in California with an MSRP of $6.49.

Nomadic adds two new Bircher flavors

UK yogurt maker, Nomadic Dairy, has added two new flavors to its Breakfast Bircher range with the launch of Raspberry and Vanilla Birchers.

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The products will be available in over 300 Asda stores from the end of August, priced £1.30/140g pot and available as part of the 4 for £3 promotion. Both flavors will be exclusive to the retailer until the end of the year.

The Birchers, made with rolled oats and soaked in Nomadic’s live yogurt, are combined with raspberries or vanilla. The pots are also a source of protein.

This follows the recent launch of Nomadic’s Chocolate & Vanilla Breakfast Bircher, which is now also available as part of Sainsbury’s Meal Deal.

Bethan Miles, brand manager at Nomadic, said, “With breakfast occasions on the rise, health remains a key focus and consumers are choosing yogurt, oats and fruit as their top three ingredients. Everything our Birchers include. Yet, we know that taste is something they are not willing to compromise on when it comes to a healthy breakfast.”

Keto chocolate ice cream from Enlightened

Enlightened is expanding its partnership with Delish to launch a chocolate ice cream in the US, Triple Chocolate Brownie Dough.

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Triple Chocolate Brownie Dough is a keto-friendly pint of rich chocolate ice cream with chunks of fudgy brownie bites, chocolate chips and a chocolate swirl. Like all of Enlightened's low-carb ice creams, the flavor is gluten-free, made with no added sugar and has 7g of net carbs for the entire pint.

This pint follows the brand's 2020 collaborations with Delish, including Enlightened's P.B. Cookie & Brownie Dough and seasonal Fall Collection.

Triple Chocolate Brownie Dough is available for purchase online and, later this fall, in Whole Foods Market, Thrive Market and others.

Kite Hill Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese  

Many US consumers associate fall with pumpkin flavor.

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Kite Hill, makers of plant-based foods, is adding a new, limited-edition flavor to its dairy-free cream cheese alternative lineup, Pumpkin Pie.

The product has an MSRP of $6.99 for 8oz, and is available on shelves across the US from September 2021 through November 2021 at Whole Foods, Sprouts and select grocery stores.

Laird Superfood Pumpkin Spice plant-based creamers

Also in the US for the fall season, Laird Superfood is re-introducing its Pumpkin Spice plant-based coffee creamers.

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Pumpkin Spice Superfood Creamer combines the brand’s Original Superfood Creamer with pumpkin and festive spices.

Aloha OatMac Superfood Creamer is a special blend of OatMac creamer, with the flavors of pumpkin spice and macadamia and oats, without any artificial flavors or sweeteners.

New Brie hits shelves

French company Fromager d’Affinois has launched a limited-edition Roasted Pumpkin Seed Brie, available in Kroger and its family of stores across the US from August 15 through November 6.

The product has a thin rind speckled with pumpkin seeds, and is made in the French Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

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