January: What’s new in the dairy aisles?

By Jim Cornall

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It's a big month for launches, including at Unilever, which has announced the launch of 19 new frozen desserts. Pic: Unilever
It's a big month for launches, including at Unilever, which has announced the launch of 19 new frozen desserts. Pic: Unilever

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It's a bumper month for new launches in the dairy aisles in January, in part due to the influence of many plant-based launches for Veganuary.

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Unilever introduces 19 new frozen treats for 2022

Unilever has unveiled its new 2022 portfolio offerings across four of its packaged ice cream and frozen novelty brands in the US, including Breyers, Klondike, Magnum ice cream, and Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto.

These new creations which will be available in major retailers nationwide throughout January and February 2022 include a reimagined twist on classic American flavors, unexpected pairings, and the expansion of fan favorite lines, better-for-you offerings and non-dairy options.

Breyers reimagines iconic American desserts

In 2022, Breyers is introducing five new offerings.

Breyers debuts M&M's MINIS Caramel Fudge ice cream; Breyers Very Berry Cobbler (Breyers Strawberry with a black raspberry swirl and a cobbler crumble mixed throughout) and Banana Split (banana frozen dairy base with strawberry pieces and a chocolate swirl); and Breyers CarbSmart in two flavors, Brownie a la Mode and Mint Fudge Cookie.

Each CarbSmart 48 oz. tub contains nine servings per container (serving size is 2/3 of a cup) with 120 to 130 calories, 5g net carbs, 4g of fiber and 4g to 5g of total sugar per 2/3 cup serving.

More Klondike Cones combinations

Klondike is expanding its existing line of Klondike Cones with five new flavors: Coocoo for Caramel, Vanilla Caramel Classic, Cookies 'n Cream, REESE'S Peanut Butter, and REESE'S Chocolate.

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Klondike Coocoo for Caramel Cones includes a caramel base paired with a caramel sauce core, a crispy wafer cone, and topped with chocolatey coating and crunchy roasted peanuts.  

Klondike Vanilla Caramel Classic Cones includes a base with a sweet caramel sauce core, a crispy wafer cone and topped with chocolatey coating and crunchy roasted peanuts.

Klondike Cookies 'n Cream Cones includes a vanilla base swirled with chocolatey cookie pieces paired with chocolatey sauce core, a crispy chocolatey wafer and topped with chocolatey coating and more chocolate cookie bits.

Klondike REESE'S Peanut Butter Cones includes a creamy REESE'S peanut butter base, a crispy wafer cone, and topped with chocolatey coating.

Klondike REESE'S Chocolate Cones includes a chocolate base paired with REESE'S peanut butter sauce core, a crispy wafer cone, and topped with chocolatey coating

The new flavors will debut in three different multi-flavor pack offerings: a caramel obsession pack that includes Coocoo for Caramel & Vanilla Caramel Classic, a cookie lover pack with Cookies 'n Cream & Nuts for Vanilla, and a REESE'S peanut butter and chocolate fan pack with REESE's Peanut Butter & REESE'S Chocolate.

Magnum Ice Cream

Magnum ice cream introduces Magnum Duets, the first ice cream bar to be dipped in two types of chocolate, debuting in three flavors: Almond Duet, Chocolate Duet, and Cookie Duet.

Magnum ice cream Almond Duet Bars feature almond ice cream swirled with brown sugar almond butter, dipped in milk chocolate with almonds and half dipped in dark chocolate. Made with 39% cacao and 68% cacao chocolates. 

Magnum ice cream Chocolate Duet Bars are vanilla ice cream with a raspberry swirl dipped in a white chocolate shell and half dipped in a milk chocolate shell. Made with 33% cacao and 44% cacao chocolates. 

Magnum ice cream Cookie Duet Bars combine vanilla ice cream with chocolate ganache swirl, dipped in white chocolate with chocolate cookie pieces and half dipped in milk chocolate. Made with 33% cacao and 39% cacao chocolates. 

Non-dairy flavors

Magnum ice cream expands its non-dairy offerings to include new flavors, Hazelnut Crunch and MINI Variety Pack, featuring Non-Dairy Classic and Non-Dairy Almond flavors. 

Magnum Non-Dairy Hazelnut Crunch Bars feature a hazelnut base with a salted caramel swirled throughout, dipped in caramelized hazelnuts and non-dairy chocolate.

Magnum Non-Dairy MINI Variety Pack offers Non-Dairy Classic and Non-Dairy Almond, now available as MINI bars.

Talenti Gelato

In February 2022, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto welcomes its new Talenti Gelato Pairings line with four flavors: Strawberry Margarita, Bourbon Fudge Brownie, Salted Chocolate Churro, and Caramel Pretzel Blondie.

Talenti Strawberry Margarita Pairings features Strawberry Sorbetto and Lime Sorbetto with agave from Mexico. Talenti Bourbon Fudge Brownie Pairings combine Belgian Chocolate gelato, baked brownies pieces, dark fudge and Oak-Aged Bourbon gelato. Talenti Salted Chocolate Churro Pairings is Belgian Chocolate gelato and Cinnamon gelato with salted caramel and churro pieces, while Talenti Caramel Pretzel Blondie Pairings combines Talenti Sea Salt Caramel gelato made with a Dulce de Leche and Salted Pretzel gelato. 

Ben & Jerry's Adds Two New Flavors to its Non-Dairy Collection

Ben & Jerry's has added two more flavors to its certified vegan, non-dairy choices.

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Non-Dairy Boom Chocolatta is a mocha and caramel frozen dessert with fudge flakes, gluten-free chocolate cookies and a gluten-free chocolate cookie core. Non-Dairy Bananas Foster has a banana and cinnamon base with almond toffee pieces and a salted caramel core.

Ben & Jerry's now offers 18 non-dairy flavors, almost 40% of the company's range.

"We know that people who choose non-dairy frozen desserts love variety,"​ said Dena Wimette, head of innovation for Ben & Jerry's.

Ben & Jerry's began making non-dairy frozen desserts in 2016, due to demand. Since then, the company's non-dairy strategy has been to offer classic favorites with an almond or sunflower base, and some new flavors created exclusively for the non-dairy line.

In addition to being non-dairy and vegan, both new additions are also certified gluten-free.

"Our flavor gurus believe in creating concoctions for all,"​ said Wimette.

Boom Chocolatta and Bananas Foster will have a suggested price of $4.49-5.79.

Turkey Hill debuts mystery flavor

US ice cream brand Turkey Hill has added a new limited-edition flavor to its portfolio, but the flavor is a mystery.

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Turkey Hill is using the flavor to run a contest for US consumers to guess the flavor for a chance to win free ice cream for life.

“Surprising our fans with a delicious, but mysterious new flavor is what the Mystery Flavor is all about,”​ said Kriston Ohm, vice president, marketing.

“We like to have fun at Turkey Hill and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring the unexpected to the freezer aisle.  Our new Mystery Flavor is sure to sneak some mystery and intrigue intohomes across the nation—we can’t wait for you to try it.”

The Mystery Flavor will be announced March 14. The Mystery Flavor is available in freezer aisles at retailers nationwide, starting at an SRP of $4.29.

Cold Stone Creamery introduces new Silk plant-based frozen dessert

Cold Stone Creamery is teaming up with Silk in the US to introduce a new plant-based flavor, Silk Chocolate Almondmilk Frozen Dessert.

Along with the new flavor, Cold Stone is introducing the Don't Cry Over Spilled Silk Creation, made with Silk Chocolate Almondmilk Frozen Dessert, Banana, Peanut Butter and Roasted Almonds.

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"We're absolutely thrilled that Cold Stone Creamery chose to work with Danone North America and the Silk brand to bring the ice cream parlor's first-ever plant-based frozen dessert to Cold Stone customers,"​ said Derek Neeley, vice president of marketing for Silk, Danone North America.

"Cold Stone's creativity and leadership in frozen desserts paired with our expertise in plant-based dairy alternatives and strong track record of delivering great taste and texture, is a powerful combination for bringing a delicious, plant-based dessert collaboration to frozen treat lovers across the country."

"Cold Stone is delighted to share our very first plant-based flavor,"​ said Sara Schmillen, vice president of marketing for Kahala Brands, parent company of Cold Stone Creamery.

"We pride ourselves on our high flavor standards. It was important for us to innovate with an equally high quality and well-respected brand like Danone and their Silk Almondmilk product.”

Silk Chocolate Almondmilk Frozen Dessert is available at Cold Stone Creamery stores nationwide.

Fit Cheese launches in the UK

Fit Cheese is lactose free, cholesterol free and made using traditional cheddar crafting methods and with added vegetable oil. It contains 80% less saturated fat than cheddar and has 15% less calories than cheddar.

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Developed in partnership with food manufacturer Bisham Foods, Fit Cheese is produced by Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses in Preston, UK.

The company said Fit Cheese is aimed at people who take statins to reduce their cholesterol and who are advised not to eat high cholesterol foods such as cheese. It hopes to also appeal to 30m other consumers in the over-45 age group who want to manage cholesterol.

Steve Wheatley of Bisham Foods said, "I know from experience how challenging managing your cholesterol is and so this product is a dream come true for me as a cheese lover and for the millions of people currently taking statins or aiming to be more health conscious.

“What we do at Bisham Foods is produce products that are natural, healthy and taste good and that is why we're so excited about Fit Cheese. We've developed a process that allowed us to make the cheese in the same way as cheddar, using the cheddaring process.”

Silk debuts Silk Nextmilk

Silk Nextmilk, from Danone North America, is now available in the US.

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The drink is a source of six key nutrients found in dairy, including calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A, B12, riboflavin and phosphorus. Silk Nextmilk also delivers 4g (8% DV) of plant-based protein per serving. Silk Nextmilk is lactose-free, Non-GMO Project Verified and has 30% fewer calories than dairy milk.

"Some consumers remain skeptical about plant-based food and beverages due to taste and texture, but Silk Nextmilk is on a mission to change that. We deconstructed dairy to create this revolutionary product that delivers the taste and texture we think dairy drinkers will love,"​ said John Starkey, president of plant-based food and beverages, Danone North America.

"Thanks to Silk Nextmilk—a true category game changer—we're confident dairy lovers will want to cross the aisle."

Danone North America said its research team deconstructed the dairy drinking experience—including key nutritional factors, molecular composition and sensory elements—and reconstructed it with plants that mirrored the different components of dairy's flavor curve and mouthfeel, in partnership with its own dairy experts.

Silk Nextmilk is now available in Whole Fat and Reduced Fat varieties in multiserve cartons (MSRP: $4.99/59-oz. carton) in the refrigerated section at grocery stores nationwide, including Target, Kroger, Publix, HEB and more.

Glebe Farm extends range

British oat producer, Glebe Farm has extended its range of oat drinks with a new look including barista SKU, which launched into Morrisons stores nationwide in January, and are also available on Amazon and the Glebe Farm website.

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Both Glebe Farm PureOaty Barista and Glebe Farm PureOaty Creamy & Enriched will retail with an RRP from £1.80.

Glebe Farm is the home to Britain’s first and only production plant for making oat drink from scratch in the UK.

The Glebe Farm PureOaty Creamy & Enriched option is fortified with calcium and vitamins D, B2 & B12.

“We couldn't be more excited to bring our British barista grade oat drinks to our customers,”​ said Rebecca Rayner, co-founder of Glebe Farm.

“Plant-based milk is more popular than ever, driven by changing consumer tastes, and considerations around health and sustainability. A lot of people are increasingly looking to eat British foods and our oat milks tick all the boxes - especially with their best-in-class carbon footprint.”

Renewal Mill Teams Up with Salt & Straw with upcycled vegan ice cream flavor

Renewal Mill, a US upcycled ingredient supplier, has partnered with small batch ice-cream company Salt & Straw to create a custom chef-driven vegan ice cream flavor, Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcake.

The new flavor is made using Renewal Mill’s baking mix, Dark Chocolate Brownie, and is a part of Salt & Straw’s annual “Veganuary’s Vegandulgence Series” campaign to raise awareness about vegan food options.

Renewal Mill’s Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcake is available to purchase in-store at Salt & Straw’s 25 locations, and online at Salt & Straw’s website through Jan. 31, 2022.

Renewal Mill’s Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix is made with upcycled organic okara flour, which Renewal Mill crafts by upcycling the soybean pulp generated during soymilk production.

By upcycling the soybean pulp that would otherwise go to waste and release greenhouse gases which cause global warming, Renewal Mill is fighting climate change and global food loss by converting food manufacturing by-products into ingredients.

“According to leading research, around 1.3bn tons of food gets wasted each year with much of it ending up in landfills and contributing to climate change,” ​said Caroline Cotto, co-founder of Renewal Mill.

“By improving the efficiency of our food system, Renewal Mill is helping ensure that the next-generation of eaters have a healthy planet and a sustainable future. Upcycling is about respect: respect for all the resources that go into growing and producing our food, and the people who do it. We are honored to collaborate with Salt & Straw and help not only raise awareness about food loss and climate-friendly food options, but prove that eating sustainably doesn’t sacrifice taste.”

“At Salt & Straw, we make some of the most indulgent and thoughtfully crafted vegan ice creams in the world,"​ said Tyler Malek, co-founder and head ice cream maker at Salt & Straw.

"Partnering with Renewal Mill was one of our most important initiatives in this menu because their products have captured that perfect mix of being revolutionarily thoughtful, as well as downright delicious. Their brownie mix is really, really good. We simply bake that mix off, slather it in a homemade caramel vegan frosting, and stud it into an oat milk ice cream to create one of the most delicious desserts you'll ever taste.... vegan or not."

Ilchester partners with Sainsbury's to list ‘best melting vegan cheeze in the market'

British cheese supplier Ilchester has a new listing in Sainsbury's for its newest plant-based cheese alternative, the Ilchester Vegan Melting Mature block.

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The sixth product in the Norseland portfolio of vegan cheese alternatives, which includes Applewood Vegan Block, Applewood Vegan Slices, Applewood Vegan Grated, Mexicana Vegan and Ilchester Vegan Blue, is available in 459 Sainsbury's stores and will retail at £2.35.

Lisa Harrison, senior brand manager for Ilchester, said, "This is a fantastic way to start 2022 and to celebrate Veganuary with a listing for one of our newest cheeses, our Ilchester Vegan Melting Mature which only launched in July 2021.

"To secure another listing for the Melting Mature is really the icing on the cake as we want as many people as possible who are keen to try a flexitarian, vegan or vegetarian diet to have access to our plant-based cheese alternatives.

"The demand for vegan food isn't shown any signs of slowing down as the pandemic has really focused people's thoughts on eating healthy and strengthening their immune systems.

"Figures for 2020 showed that there was a 40% increase in people following a vegan diet in Britain, up from 1.1m to 1.5m, equivalent to three percent of the population."

Daiya adds new Mac & Cheeze flavor

The Canadian plant-based cheese alternative brand Daiya has added a flavor to its Daiya Deluxe Mac & Cheeze range, with new Cheddar Jalapeño Style.

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The new variant joins five other flavors: White Cheddar Style, Cheddar Style, Alfredo Style, Four Cheeze Style with Herbs, and Meatless Bac'n & Cheddar Style.

 "If you're looking to leap into 2022 with tasty, plant-based foods at the dinner table, Daiya's better-than-ever Deluxe Mac & Cheeze varieties will no doubt bowl you over with unexpected flavor that you may not expect from a dairy-free version,"​ said Dan Hua, VP of marketing at Daiya.

Califia Farms expands dairy-free line

US plant-based beverage brand Califia Farms is kicking off the new year with a variety of new dairy-free beverages.

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The new variants are Zero Sugar Oatmilk and Oat + Almond Plantmilk Blend, as well as Cookie Butter Almondmilk Creamer and Cinnamon Roll Oat Creamer.

Zero Sugar Oatmilk has 0 grams of sugar per serving, and is a source of calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D.

Oat + Almond Plantmilk Blend has 60 calories per serving, and is also a source of calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D.

As with all Califia Farms products, the four new offerings are made with plant-based, dairy-free ingredients, including gluten-free oats, and are Non-GMO Certified, Kosher, vegan, and free from carrageenan.

The new plant milks have an MSRP of $4.19, and the plant-based creamers have an MSRP of $4.59. They are available at national retailers including Kroger, Target and Whole Foods.        

Rodda’s secures Tesco deal

UK Cornish clotted cream brand Rodda’s has secured a new distribution deal with retailer Tesco.

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Rodda’s clotted cream is now available at Tesco, with its 227g product in more than 800 stores in the UK. The brand will continue to stock its full range, the 113g, 227g and 453g clotted cream products across Tesco stores within its heartland, the South West of England.

Managing director Nicholas Rodda said, “Rodda’s have had a close relationship with Tesco for over 25 years and we are grateful for the support that we have from their team to deliver the national roll out of our clotted cream within their stores.

“We have big ambitions to increase awareness of Rodda’s on a national level, so the opportunity to be listed nationally in new geographic areas will help us to showcase the brand to new audiences, who haven’t previously been able to purchase our clotted cream.”

Light + Fit debuts Lemon Cream and Orange Cream Greek Nonfat Yogurt

Dannon’s Light + Fit is teaming up with Dress for Success Worldwide, the only global nonprofit employment resource for women, to create new Lemon Cream and Orange Cream Greek Nonfat Yogurts to support and celebrate women's economic empowerment.

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This includes the new yogurt packs, along with an additional $100,000 donation to Dress for Success to further the mission of the organization.

New Light + Fit x Dress for Success Lemon Cream and Orange Cream Greek Nonfat Yogurts have 12 grams of protein, 7 grams of total sugar, 0 grams of fat, and are a source of calcium. Each flavor has 80 calories per 5.3 oz serving.

The new Light + Fit x Dress for Success flavors will be available on shelves at select retailers nationwide across the US for $3.99 per 4-pack.

Ben & Jerry's adds to Topped range

Ben & Jerry's has added two new products in the US: Topped Chocolate Milk & Cookies – Chocolate Ice Cream with Chocolate Chip Cookies & Chocolate Cookie Swirls Topped with Milk Chocolatey Ganache & Fudge Chips; and Topped Dirt Cake – Vanilla Pudding Ice Cream with Chocolate Sandwich Cookies & Chocolate Cookie Swirls Topped with Milk Chocolatey Ganache & Chocolate Cookie Crumble.

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The new flavors join the Topped line, introduced a year ago, which features a fudgy ganache layer across the top of every pint of ice cream.

"The 2021 Topped line up was one of our most successful innovation launches ever,"​ said Ben & Jerry's flavor guru, Colleen Rossell.

"So, we can't wait for fans to literally DIG into these new flavors. If you're looking for a treat loaded with nostalgia that brings you back – these two new Topped flavors deliver."

Topped Chocolate Milk & Cookies and Topped Dirt Cake will appear on shelves across the US in the first quarter of 2022 at a suggested retail price of $4.99-5.49. Dirt Cake will also be available as a flavor and as a one-of-a-kind special sundae in Scoop Shops across the US in the coming weeks.

Hudsonville Ice Cream launching seven Little Debbie snack cakes flavors

Hudsonville Ice Cream and Little Debbie are collaborating again with seven new ice cream flavors. The snack cakes-inspired ice cream flavors will debut at Walmart stores on February 1.

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The seven flavors are: Oatmeal Creme Pies (vanilla creme ice cream with soft oatmeal cookie pieces and a hint of molasses); Cosmic Brownies (brownie batter ice cream filled with mini rainbow chips and brownie pieces); Zebra Cakes (white cake ice cream with yellow cake pieces and a milk chocolate fudge swirl); Honey Buns (honey bun flavored ice cream with glazed honey bun pieces and a sweet cinnamon swirl); Strawberry Shortcake Rolls (white cake ice cream with yellow cake pieces and a tart strawberry swirl); Swiss Rolls (chocolatey cake ice cream with chocolate cake pieces and a swirl of whipped cream); and Nutty Bars (peanut butter ice cream swirled with chocolatey waffle cone pieces and a thick fudge swirl).

The pints will retail at $2.50 each. All seven flavors will be available year-round.

So Delicious introduces Dairy Free Yogurt Alternatives with botanical extracts

So Delicious Dairy Free is introducing a new line of Coconutmilk Yogurt Alternatives with Botanical Extracts in the US in three flavors.

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The variants are: Strawberry with Elderberry Extract; Mango with Ginger and Turmeric Extracts; and Mixed Berry with Chamomile Extract.

All flavors are made with organic coconut and have 7-8g of sugar, and no artificial sweeteners or preservatives.

"Here at So Delicious, we're focused on dairy-freeing minds with great taste—and our new yogurt alternatives with vibrant botanical extracts are making it easier than ever to indulge in mindful microbreaks throughout the day,"​ said Lia Stierwalt, senior director of marketing, So Delicious Plant-Based Yogurt Alternatives.

So Delicious Yogurt Alternatives with Botanicals Extracts (MSRP: $1.99/single-serve cup) are now available at Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmer's Market.

Oreo debuts as frozen treats

Mondelēz International brand Oreo is launching a line of Oreo Frozen Treats ranging from scoopable tubs to snackable bars, cones, sandwiches and more.

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A few highlights from the portfolio, which is made up of Oreo Frozen Bars, Oreo Frozen Sandwiches, Oreo Frozen Cones, and 2-in-1 Oreo & Chips Ahoy! 48 oz. tubs and more, include: Oreo Bars, which feature creme-flavored base packed with Oreo cookie pieces, dipped in a coating made from crushed Oreo wafer pieces; Oreo Cones, with crispy, chocolatey cones filled with creme-flavored base packed with Oreo cookie pieces, dipped in a coating of crushed Oreo wafer pieces; Oreo Sandwiches, which include creme-flavored base mixed with Oreo cookie pieces, sandwiched between two Oreo cookie wafers; and Oreo 48oz and 14oz tubs, with a creme-flavored base with Oreo cookie pieces packed in a scoopable tub.

"We continually seek ways to playfully reinvent our classic cookie and are excited to bring this new Oreo innovation to the freezer aisle,"​ said Justin Parnell, vice president, Oreo US.

Oreo Frozen Treats are available now at select retailers and will be available nationwide in March 2022.

:ratio KETO Dairy snack

Expanding its line of :ratio KETO Dairy Snacks, made with yogurt cultures, the US brand has launched three NEW flavors: peach, mixed berry and blueberry.

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The KETO Dairy Snack includes 1g of sugar and 15g of protein in each single serve cup.

Ingredients include pasteurized ultra-filtered nonfat milk, pasteurized milk, milk fat and avocado oil.

:ratio KETO Dairy Snack is available at retailers nationwide.

Yeo Valley relaunches cream in a bottle

UK dairy company Yeo Valley Organic has re-launched its organic fresh creams in a fully recyclable, practical bottle format.

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The 220ml bottles are made from 50% recycled plastic and are 100% recyclable, contributing to the circular economy.

The new products, with an RRP of £1.50 for the double cream and £1.30 for the single cream, are available in Waitrose and Sainsburys.