What's new in the dairy aisles this month?

By Jim Cornall

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We present our monthly round-up of some of the dairy and dairy alternative launches for September 2021.

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Kaukauna debuts seasonal Cheese Balls

US spreadable cheese brand, Kaukauna, a part of Bel Brands USA, has released two new cheese ball varieties, Cranberry & Cream Cheese and Four Cheese & Sun Dried Tomato.

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Kaukauna's Cranberry & Cream Cheese 9 oz. cheese ball is the brand's first sweet variety – made with cream cheese and blended with cranberry juice and dried cranberries to create a sweet and tart flavor.

Kaukauna's Four Cheese & Sun Dried Tomato 9 oz. cheese ball is made with romano, asiago, parmesan, and cheddar cheeses to give the product a sharp and nutty taste, with the herby basil and sun-dried tomatoes.

"Kaukauna cheese balls are a casual classic — the perfect centerpiece for simple entertaining that can be enjoyed so many ways, whether the core of a cheese plate or as a stand-alone snack served with your favorite vegetables and crackers,"​ said Michael Averbook, senior associate brand manager of Kaukauna.

"We're excited to introduce these two new seasonal flavors just in time for fall and holiday gatherings, so friends and families can spend less time stressing about hosting and more time spent creating memorable moments and traditions together."

The new seasonal flavors join Kaukauna's existing year-round line-up of cheese balls: Parmesan Ranch Cheese; Port Wine Cheese; Rosé White Cheddar Cheese; Sharp Cheddar Cheese; Smoky Bacon Cheese; and White Cheddar Cheese.

Kaukauna Cranberry & Cream Cheese and Kaukauna Four Cheese & Sun Dried Tomato cheese balls are available at major retailers nationwide — including Kroger, Albertsons, and Publix.

Kaukauna Cranberry & Cream Cheese and Kaukauna Four Cheese & Sun Dried Tomato Cheese Balls will be available for the suggested retail price of $4.49-$5.99.

Sartori Cheese to launch Garlic & Herb BellaVitano

Wisconsin company Sartori Cheese has added to its BellaVitano Cheese range.

Inspired by Italian flavors, Garlic & Herb BellaVitano debuts fall 2021.

Sartori's cheesemakers said they balanced savory and sweet with the new BellaVitano.

To create Garlic & Herb BellaVitano, each wheel is hand-crafted with a blend of garlic, lemon vest, Aleppo chili pepper, parsley and extra virgin olive oil.   

"Garlic, oregano and rosemary – these are the smells and tastes that take me back to the memories of growing up in an Italian family,"​ said Sartori.

"We are very excited to bring these flavors to life in our newest BellaVitano."

Garlic & Herb BellaVitano launches in specialty cheese shops and regional retailers for the 2021 holiday season.

Vermont Creamery debuts high fat cultured sour cream

Vermont Creamery, which produces fresh and aged goat cheeses, cultured butter, and culinary creams, has launched its first Cultured Sour Cream, rolling out in dairy cases throughout the Northeast region starting September 2021.

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The new flavors are Roasted Onion & Chive and Crème-Style Classic. The new products will be in Hannaford and Walmart in September and at Stop & Shop and Market Basket in October.

"Dining habits have shifted over the past year with many consumers rediscovering the joy of cooking at home,"​ said Adeline Druart, president of Vermont Creamery.

"Cooking devotees and even those dabbling in the culinary world for the first time continue to show an increased desire for new experiences, with many looking to rich, indulgent tastes right from their kitchen. Our cultured sour cream refreshes a classic staple and delivers a sense of surprise and delight. Our sour creams are made with 22% milkfat – as compared to 18% in regular sour cream – for a luxuriously thick texture and differentiated flavors that deliver an elevated experience."

MILKLAB Oat Milk launches in Singapore

Australia's barista milk for coffee has added oat milk alternative to its range. MILKLAB Oat milk is now available in Singapore through select participating cafés and food service outlets.

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MILKLAB Oat milk is suitable for both hot and cold beverages.

"Our team has spent countless hours working with baristas, coffee roasters and café owners to ensure our Oat milk offering would complement the comprehensive range of MILKLAB products,"​ said Peter Brown, regional director, China, Southeast Asia and Middle East, Freedom Foods Group, the brand owner of MILKLAB.

New seasonal eggnog and whipping cream flavors from Shamrock Farms

Shamrock Farms is introducing eggnog and whipping creams inspired by fall and holiday flavors.

"People tell us they love our whipping cream and each year it becomes increasingly popular,"​ said Ann Ocaña, chief marketing officer for the US company.

"Not only are people using it in recipes or to top beverages and desserts, but they're also enjoying it as a treat on its own. Now with four new indulgent flavors, these first-of-a-kind whipping creams offer even more ways to enjoy our delicious creams in unexpected ways."

The new whipping creams are made with rBST-free cream and sweetened with cane sugar.

Available in 16-ounce resealable bottles with a flip top lid, Shamrock Farms Whipping Creams can be found in the dairy case regionally across the West and Northeast in Albertsons, Fry's, Giant Food, Giant Martin's and locally at Walmart and Target in Arizona.

Shamrock Farms' eggnog will also be available beginning this month in three new flavors: Pumpkin Spice, Irish Whiskey and Pecan Pie.

Available in 32-ounce bottles with resealable closures, the new line up of Shamrock Farms Eggnog is now in dairy cases regionally at Fry's, Albertsons, Giant Food and BevMo and locally at Walmart and Target in Arizona. Additionally, Shamrock Farms Eggnog is now available nationwide at ALDI and Dollar General.

El Ventero launches its first fresh cheese made with animal welfare milk

Spanish company El Ventero has added to its range of fresh cheese with a product launched under the Animal Welfare certificate.

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The Animal Welfare certification (Welfair), endorsed under the AENOR seal, guarantees the milk with which El Ventero Fresco cheese is made has been obtained from cows that live in ethically responsible welfare conditions in accordance with the four parameters established by the protocols of the European Welfare Quality and AWIN (Animal Welfare Indicators) projects: good nutrition, optimal health, adequate accommodation and satisfactory behavior.

The Ventero Fresco is made entirely in the factory that the Lactalis Group owns in Zamora.

Ignacio Elola, CEO of the Lactalis Iberia Group, said, “The Animal Welfare certification reinforces our commitment to society to produce milk and cheese in a way that is increasingly respectful of the environment and animals. We are committed to the elaboration of beneficial health products that guarantee sustainability and generate a positive impact on the environment.”

Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses launches “This is Proper”

Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses has launched its sustainable “This is Proper” farmhouse cheese range in ASDA stores in the UK.

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The Proper range consists of six variants: Creamy Lancashire, Crumbly Lancashire, Double Gloucester, Tasty Lancashire, Red Leicester and Goats Cheese.

All cheeses in the range are made from milk within a 10-mile radius from Butlers’ family herd, are graded by strength and available in 100% recyclable packaging.

The full range in 250g packs, RRP £3, is available now in 60 northern ASDA stores with plans to roll out nationally. Proper Tasty Lancashire and Proper Goats Cheese are also now available nationally in Tesco, and Proper Goats Cheese is stocked in M&S.

This is Proper is also available to buy at the Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses online cheese store.

Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses owner, Matthew Hall, said, “More shoppers are looking for speciality cheese in the fixture than ever before. They’re also making a conscious choice to buy products with purpose, support British, artisan producers and put their pounds into the rural economy.

“This is Proper allows this new breed of shopper to choose real, proper, handmade farmhouse cheese and do their bit for the environment with fully recyclable packaging and sustainable production. Clear, on-pack messaging about the farmhouse-way is clear and easy to understand.”

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The company is also launching its Perfect British Cheeseboard and Goat Cheeseboard variety packs in Waitrose stores nationwide in November.

The cheesemaker has also secured its first national listing at the retailer for Button Mill, its soft cheese (150g, RRP £3.50).

 All Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses at Waitrose are available in 100% recyclable packaging.

The Perfect British Cheeseboard combines Butler’s 18-month aged, Lancashire cheese Sunday Best with Button Mill and Blacksticks Blue, with its orange hue and mellow blue tang (RRP £3.50).

 The Goat Cheeseboard offers a hard, soft and blue cheese handmade. It contains Beacon Blue, Kidderton Ash and This is Proper Goats cheese (155g, RRP £5).

Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses owner, Matthew Hall, said, “More consumers are looking for speciality, British cheeses than ever before and so we’re pleased to expand our range in Waitrose and fly the flag for quality, British produce that can reach your plate without traveling around the world to get there.

“Button Mill is a genuine alternative to a French Brie that’s made right here in rural Lancashire and our cheeseboards allow shoppers to continue to support smaller, artisan British producers, while meeting all of their cheese needs – especially as we approach Christmas – with a one-stop purchase of our best, much-loved cheeses.”

New limited-edition Oui by Yoplait French Florals Collection

The new Oui by Yoplait French Florals collection is available on shelves now.

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The Limited-Edition French Florals Collection from Oui by Yoplait is a set of three glass pots, each inspired by flowers from different areas in France: Paris Magnolias, French Alps Globe Flowers, and Provence Lavenders.

All Oui by Yoplait flavors will be sold in these uniquely designed glass pots at retailers and grocery stores across the US for an SRP of $1.49.

Oui by Yoplait is also bringing back some limited time fall flavors including Apple Pie, Pumpkin Caramel and new Dairy Free Pumpkin Caramel.

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Flavored with real spices, the fall flavors are on shelves now at all national retailers with an SRP of $1.49 for the core products and $1.99 for the dairy-free option.

All products are sold individually.

Yasso celebrates with birthday cake launch

In the US, novelty dessert brand Yasso has launched its new flavor, Birthday Cake.

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Yasso co-founder Drew Harrington said, “When Yasso launched in 2011, we saw a white space to deliver great tasting desserts with superb nutritionals and quality ingredients within the frozen aisle and we are proud and grateful, to still be here progressing that mission forward. We wanted our newest flavor to commemorate Yasso’s 10th birthday and be symbolic of the milestone itself - an awesome celebration of delicious fun!”

The new Birthday Cake bar joins Yasso as the 12th core bar flavor. Filled with rainbow sprinkles and chunks of cake dough, the offering has 90 calories per bar, 5g of protein and no artificial ingredients.

Yasso is available at retailers nationwide and for online delivery. The Birthday Cake flavor is currently available for purchase online and will be available at select Target locations in October.

Oppo Brothers adds Cookies & Cream

In the UK, Oppo Brothers has added a new flavor to its ice cream range – Cookies & Cream.

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 Following a taste test with more than 1,000 ice cream lovers, the ingredients were tweaked, the flavour enhanced, the chunks made bigger, the cookies crumblier, the vanilla ice cream creamier and a cocoa swirl added.

The new ice cream has 199 calories per half tub (237ml/140g), and is available in the UK in Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado and Boothes, as well as Dunnes and Musgrave in the Republic of Ireland.

Perfect Day partners With Villa Dolce on new animal-free gelato

Perfect Day, an animal-free dairy biotechnology company, has partnered with Villa Dolce to introduce gelato and bakery items to the food service industry, including seven gelato flavors and four Ready to Bake Desserts that incorporate Perfect Day's animal-free dairy protein.

Villa Dolce is the company's first entrance into food service with new applications of its animal-free whey protein. With less fat and lower air content, gelato relies on milk proteins for its dense texture and rich flavor, and Perfect Day delivers an animal-free option which lives up to Villa Dolce's standards.

The new gelato flavors using Perfect Day ingredients are: Sea Salt Vanilla & Honeycomb, Caramel Cold Brew, Chocolate all'Arancia, Strawberry After Dark, Burnt Caramel Praline, Pistachio Latte, and Tahitian Vanilla Bean; and the ready to bake desserts include: Cookie Dough, Pistachio Cake, Southern Brown Butter Cake, and Lava Cake.

The new products will be available through DOT foods, North America's largest food industry redistributor, which has stocked the seven-flavor collection of Villa Dolce x Perfect Day gelato and four Ready to Bake Desserts, offering it to over 2,000 distributor customers nationwide.

Villa Dolce services many of the country's top restaurants, casinos, hotels, and universities. Students at Arizona State University and UCLA, vacationers at Ocean Properties in Florida and New England, Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, and more will soon be enjoying Villa Dolce products made with Perfect Day protein.

"We're thrilled to be able to offer our food service partners an option that can meet their need for sustainable, animal-free products, without compromising the taste and texture we are known for. We've been looking for a solution that lives up the Villa Dolce name, and we've found it through Perfect Day,"​ said Villa Dolce's CEO Monte Marcaccini of the launch.

Ravi Jhala, Perfect Day's global head of commercial, said, "We're thrilled to partner with Villa Dolce to create kinder, greener gelato and bakery products. With Villa Dolce's broad reach to customers across the country, and their premium products, this collaboration is ideal for our first foray into the food service space."

Ilchester Marmite Cheddar Cheese Bites go green

Marmite Cheddar Cheese Bites, which are made by UK cheese maker Norseland in Ilchester, are now available in new recyclable yellow pods made from APET-R material and the Bites now have an updated recipe.

Dorota Dziedzic, assistant brand manager for Ilchester, said, "We are really keen to ensure that sustainability is firmly at the heart of everything we do and the lockdown gave us the opportunity to rethink the pods that the Bites come in and find a product that is up to 70% recyclable, which we are pleased about.

"Our pods' improved recyclability offers peace of mind for Marmite cheese bites lovers and especially parents keen to make sure their children's lunch boxes are packed full of nutritious and eco-friendly food. Our Bites have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and contain folic acid and vitamin B12, which are essential for minds and bodies.”

The Ilchester Marmite Cheddar Cheese Bites will be available to buy in 778 Tesco stores, 697 Sainsbury's, 314 Waitrose and 170 Morrisons and retail at RRP £1.30.

New RTD latte from Sapphire Dairies

Sapphire Dairies Pvt. Ltd. provides consumers dairy products by managing the collection and packaging of milk from start to finish in Pakistan.

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Caffètru, its newly launched RTD Latte, has a blend of Arabica and Robusta coffee with milk from its own farm.

“Caffètru offers coffee aficionados the authentic coffee experience made from the finest coffee blend,”​ said Hassan Sami, senior marketing manager at Sapphire Dairies.

Packaged in an Ecolean Air Aseptic 125 ml it offers ease of use and less packaging weight when consuming on the go.

Tims Dairy launches two new yogurts

Sainsbury’s the UK’s second largest supermarket chain, is now stocking two of Tims Dairy’s big pot (450g) Greek style bio-live yogurts – Greek style Vanilla and Greek style Blackcurrant.

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The two skus launch into 72 stores in the south-east region of the UK.

Their ‘proper’ Greek style yogurts are bio-live made with live active cultures, in new 100% recycled PET pots which are also 100% recyclable, feature natural ingredients and reduced levels of added sugar.

“We’re delighted to be launching into selected Sainsbury’s,” said managing director Chris Timotheou.

“Over the years we have received many consumer pleas for us to be listed in Sainsbury’s and we hope this will be the beginning of a branded partnership and growth with a retailer of quality and heritage too.”

DPO launches “National Milk”

Dairy Farming Promotion Organization of Thailand (DPO) has introduced a new “National Milk” product range.

Value is added by selecting local tropical fruits and vegetables such as Rainbow or Mahachanok mango and taro, which contribute to new taste experiences.

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These market innovations are available in SIG’s combiblocXSlim 150ml on-the-go carton packs and are aimed primarily at the younger generation and office workers, who are increasingly purchasing products via online delivery services during the Covid 19 pandemic.

The objective is to offer them new drinking occasions and equally convenient and sustainable packaging solutions.

Suchart Chariyalertsak, acting DPO deputy director, said, “The launch of new products is also in line with DPO's vision to become the "National Milk" by 2022, aiming to provide more opportunities for the Thai people to enjoy high-quality dairy products. This is also in line with the vision of enabling Thai dairy farmers to run stable and sustainable farms.”

DPO said it is aware of the importance of promoting Thai agricultural products and the productivity of dairy farmers as well as improving the sustainability of products.

The products are packaged in SIG’s combiblocXSlim carton packs with SIGNATURE Full Barrier packaging material, where 94% of the raw materials are linked to renewable, forest-based wood sources independently certified via a mass balance system. This results in CO2 savings.

SIG said the small amount of polymers used is linked to certified forest-based renewable materials – an innovation in Asia.

Two returnees from Enlightened

Enlightened is bringing the holiday season to the frozen aisle in the US with the return of two seasonal no-sugar-added ice cream flavors in a licensing partnership with Delish.

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The Enlightened + Delish Fall Collection has 1g net carbs per serving -- 95% fewer net carbs than traditional pumpkin ice cream.

Pumpkin Cheesecake is a pint of pumpkin ice cream with a cream cheese swirl. Peppermint Brownie features a swirl of green and red peppermint ice cream with brownie bites and chocolate chips.

These ice cream flavors are available online and in select retailers nationwide, including Lowe’s, Sprouts Farmers Market, HEB, Albertsons, Safeway, Woodman’s and Sendik’s, for a limited time only.

Winter Tarn Dairy to debut mini butter portions

Winter Tarn Dairy, based in Cumbria in the UK, has launched individual portions of salted and unsalted butter in food service 10g portions.

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The new foil wrapped butter portions will be available in packs of 100 direct from the dairy or through selected wholesalers.

The company also sells 200g rolls for use in the home and 1kg catering blocks.

Mexicana Extra Hot to launch in Sainsbury's in October

A spicier version of UK spicy cheese Mexicana is set to become more widely available as Sainsbury's prepares to stock the cheese in the pre-pack section of 387 of its stores across the country.

Mexicana Extra Hot is the spicier alternative to Mexicana original. It fuses British cheese and hot chillies, jalapeno and bell peppers and an exotic spice mix.

Lisa Harrison, senior brand manager for Mexicana, said, "Our Mexicana brand has gone from strength to strength and we are over the moon that Sainsbury's will be featuring Mexicana Extra Hot in its stores across the UK.”

Mexicana Extra Hot will have an RRP at £2.25 for 200g wedges in 387 Sainsbury's stores across the UK from October 10.

Boursin Cheese's adds Caramelized Onion & Herbs

Boursin Cheese has added a new seasonal variety, Caramelized Onion & Herbs, for the US market.

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"This fall we're excited to launch our new limited-edition flavor, Boursin Caramelized Onion & Herbs to elevate any culinary experience,"​ said Jamee Pearlstein, brand director of Boursin.

"As a leader in the gourmet spreadable cheese category, we're continuously innovating and looking for new flavors to meet the evolving needs and taste preferences of cheese-lovers everywhere."

The limited-edition flavor joins Boursin's existing line up of cheeses, which are also available in five year-round varieties and one dairy-free version: Boursin Basil & Chive Cheese; Boursin Cracked Black Pepper Cheese; Boursin Fig & Balsamic Cheese; Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese; Boursin Shallot & Chive Cheese and Boursin Dairy-Free Cheese Spread Alternative Garlic & Herbs.

The seasonal product is available in the deli section of major retailers nationwide including Hy-Vee, Schnucks, Albertsons, Publix, Jewel, and more through the holidays starting at a retail price of $5.99.

Pumpkin is back at Halo Top

Frozen dessert maker Halo Top is bringing back a seasonal pint for fall – Halo Top Pumpkin Pie.

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Each pint is filled with pumpkin light ice cream and has flaky pie crust pieces throughout.

Available now across the US for a limited time through the holiday season, with an SRP of $4.99/pint, Halo Top Pumpkin Pie has 360 calories and 18g of protein per pint.

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