New products in the dairy aisles: December

By Jim Cornall

- Last updated on GMT

Pic: Getty Images/Kiwis
Pic: Getty Images/Kiwis

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It’s a limited round-up of products this month, partly because we’re publishing a week early, but also because there aren’t as many launches this month.

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Daiya introduces new plant-based Blocks

Cheese alternative brand Daiya has launched reformulated versions of Daiya Blocks, which feature new packaging and an improved recipe made from oats and chickpeas. The new Daiya Blocks are now available across the US and Canada, including major grocery chains Sprouts, Wegmans, Wakefern and Natural Grocers, as well as specialty retailers.

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Made with oats and chickpeas and free from dairy, gluten and soy, Daiya's new and improved recipe offers a creamier, more balanced taste with a semi-firm bite and smooth finish. Available in Medium Cheddar, Jalapeño Havarti, Monterey Jack and Smoked Gouda, the plant-based blocks (SRP: $4.99) are designed to shred, slice, grate or cube.

"As more and more people continue exploring plant-based foods, we're more committed than ever to developing crave-worthy, plant-based versions of their favorite foods that deliver on the delicious taste, texture and flavor they expect,"​ said Daiya's vice president of marketing Dan Hua.

Danone North America Away from Home and 7-Eleven launch Apple Pie Parfait made with Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt

Danone North America Away from Home has launched its exclusive new Apple Pie Parfait Made with Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt in participating 7-Eleven stores across the US.

Made with Oikos Nonfat Greek Yogurt, this 6-ounce parfait has 12g of protein. The parfait combines Oikos with the flavors of apples, cinnamon, and granola with a pecan topper.

"We're excited to partner with 7-Eleven to bring their customers a delicious snack that provides the taste and protein consumers are seeking for on-the-road food,"​ said Surbhi Martin, vice president, Greek & Functional Nutrition, Danone North America.

"Together we developed the Apple Pie Parfait made with Oikos Nonfat Greek Yogurt to meet several top trends among convenience store shoppers, including the desire for on-the-go options, nostalgic flavors and indulgent tastes."

"We're delighted to have the opportunity to partner with one of our customers' favorite brands, Oikos and Danone North America, and dream up an exclusive product, only available at 7-Eleven stores,"​ said Vareesha Shariff, 7-Eleven fresh food product director.

"7-Eleven customers are looking for convenience when they shop with us, so offering them a delicious, protein-packed option like the Apple Pie Parfait, was a no brainer. The parfait also delivers a seasonal flavor we all know and love, inspiring joy and nostalgia during the holiday season."

The 6-ounce Apple Pie Parfait made with Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt can be found in the open-air coolers and will be available through February 2022.

Whisps introduces Cheese Crumbs

US cheese company Whisps Snacks has announced two new products: Whisps Cheese Crumbs and Whisps Cheese Crisps & Nuts.

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Available in Buffalo and Italian Herb, Whisps Cheese Crumbs are made with 14-month aged parmesan cheese and are low carb, gluten free & keto friendly. Each serving provides 13g of protein and is a source of calcium.

The Whisps Cheese Crisps & Nuts line has 8-9g of protein, 3g of net carbs and less than 1g of sugar per serving and is a source of calcium. Whisps Cheese Crisps & Nuts is available in three flavors: Tangy Ranch, a blend of cheddar Whisps, roasted almonds, cashews, and pecans with Whisps' Tangy Ranch spice blend; Smoky Barbeque, a mix of cheddar Whisps, almonds, cashews, and pecans; and   Garlic Herb: Whisps' Garlic Herb spice blend tossed with parmesan Whisps, almonds, cashews, pistachios, and pecans.

Whisps Cheese Crumbs are available at Kroger and select Costco stores nationwide, as well as Amazon, with an SRP of $6.99 per 3oz bag and $8.99 per 8oz bag. Whisps Cheese Crisps & Nuts is available in resealable packages at Kroger markets nationwide with a SRP of $7.99 per 5.75oz bag.

PlantBaby launches Kiki Milk

Hawaiian direct-to-consumer nutrition brand PlantBaby has launched Kiki Milk.

Formulated alongside pediatricians and nutritionists, Kiki Milk is the first certified organic, clean-label, dairy-free milk alternative designed to meet the nutritional needs of growing children.

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Kiki Milk will be initially available in two varieties— Original and Chocolate—packaged in shelf-stable eight-ounce cartons. Kiki Milk is made with organic whole food ingredients and oats, sprouted pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, coconut and Aquamin, creating a blend that is omega-rich and provides plant-based calcium and protein.

Kiki Milk ingredients are non-GMO and third-party tested to verify they are free from glyphosate and heavy metals. Additionally, Kiki Milk does not contain seed oils, gums, refined sugars, natural and artificial flavors, soy or gluten.

“In my 15 years of experience working with families, I’ve seen a cultural shift away from dairy to alternative milk. However, I’ve noticed that the plant-based milk options available tend to be designed for adults and often lack proper nutrients to support the long-term health of children,”​ said Dr Joel Warsh, PlantBaby’s pediatrician advisor.

PlantBaby’s 2022 expansion plans include additional varieties of Kiki Milk in both eight-ounce and 32-ounce formats.

Kiki Milk is now available online and will launch in select retailers in the near future.

New Food Union Premia products

Premia, an Estonian member of the international ice-cream group Food Union, has debuted a new product line: The Cream de la Cream comes in three new flavors all infused with cream.

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The flavors are: Premia Cream de la Cream Vanilla ice cream with cookie dough and salted caramel sauce; Premia Cream de la Cream Banana ice cream with peanut cream and chocolate cookies; and Premia Cream de la Cream Chocolate ice cream.

In addition to new Premia Cream de la Cream line, Premia has created two 500ml carton tubs: one with coffee ice cream with salted caramel filling and waffle balls in milk chocolate and the other bringing together vanilla ice cream with walnuts and maple syrup. The Premia 500ml tubs are environmentally friendly with PEFC-certification.

Premia has also created 1-liter ice creams tubs which are Premia Panna Cotta ice cream with raspberry jam.