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Milo debuts plant-based Milo in Thailand
Nestlé has launched a new plant-based version of Milo in Thailand.
The new ready-to-drink product is based on soy combined with the Milo malt flavor, to provide a nutritious plant-based alternative.
A 180ml carton offers around 5g of protein, is high in calcium and contains vitamins and minerals. The carton is designed for recycling and comes with a paper straw.
Chaiyong Sakulborrirug, business executive officer – dairy & adult nutrition, Nestlé (Thai) Ltd., said, “Milo is a much-loved and iconic brand, so we are proud to offer people this new soy version. Plant-based beverages are becoming increasingly popular in Thailand as people look to lessen their environment impact and take care of their health. We believe this launch will help create a positive trend towards plant-based alternatives."
According to a recent survey by GlobalData, over 40% of consumers in the Asia region are shifting to more plant-based diets, with 11% opting for vegetarian and vegan food, and a third moving to a 'flexitarian' diet that is lighter on meat and dairy products.
Nestlé's R&D center in Singapore serves as the regional innovation hub for the development of plant-based meat and dairy alternatives in Asia. It contributes to the innovation of dairy alternatives for both powdered and ready-to-drink beverages, both regionally and globally, for brands such as Milo, Nescafé and Starbucks.
"We're expanding our plant-based offerings with nutritious, tasty, products that complement the everyday diet of people in Asia for many different meal occasions. We leverage our expertise in dairy proteins, nutrition science, plant sciences, as well as culinary arts, to adapt the products to local preferences and needs," said Guglielmo Bonora, head of Nestlé's R&D center in Singapore.
New Chewy Gooey Cookie Ice Cream from Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's has launched its newest ice cream flavor, Chewy Gooey Cookie, which features milk chocolate and coconut ice creams with fudge flakes, shortbread cookies and caramel swirls.
"This flavor is loaded. Period. You cannot add any more chunks than what we've packed in there," said Craig Koskiniemi, who led the development of Chewy Gooey Cookie.
"It has a perfect balance of milk chocolate and coconut as a base, the caramel swirl for sweetness, and a great cookie crunch for texture. Ben & Jerry's fans are going to love it."
Chewy Gooey Cookie is hitting freezers across the US throughout the first quarter of 2022 at a suggested retail price of $4.99-5.49.
Chewy Gooey Cookie will also be available in a caramel-lined waffle cone at participating Scoop Shops across the US in the coming weeks.
New from Activia
Also in the US, Danone North America's Activia is rolling out its newest innovation, Activia+ Multi-Benefit Probiotic Yogurt Drinks.
The product is packed with billions of live and active probiotics to help support gut health, as well as vitamins C and D and zinc to support the immune system.
Tim Hortons Ice Cream
Tim Hortons is introducing Tim Hortons Ice Cream, a lineup of five ice cream flavors inspired by the tastes of Tims: Salted Caramel Iced Capp, Double Chocolate Donut, Birthday Cake Timbits, Apple Fritter and Fruit Explosion.
Tim Hortons Ice Cream is made in Canada in partnership with the Tillsonburg, Ont. -based ice cream producer Shaw's.
"Tim Hortons has been a beloved taste of Canada since 1964 and we're really excited to be re-imagining some of our most popular flavors as ice creams," said Sourabh Malik, vice president of CPG at Tim Hortons.
"Canadians are going to love Tim Hortons Ice Cream and how we've brought our unique, only-at-Tims tastes to a new dimension. These new ice cream pints are bursting with inclusions like caramel, apple and chocolate donut pieces."
Tim Hortons Ice Cream expands the Tims brand's footprint in grocery stores, where Canadians can already pick up Tims soups, breakfast cereals, granola bars and, of course, make-at-home coffees and other hot beverages.
Tim Hortons Ice Cream will be available at grocery stores across Canada in the weeks ahead, including at Co-Op, Loblaws (Maxi, No-Frills, Real Canadian Super Store, Provigo, Loblaws Great Food, Fortinos and Your Independent Grocery), Longo's, Metro (Ontario), Sobeys/Safeway and Walmart.
Daiya launches Italian 4 Cheeze StyleBlend
Plant-based company Daiya has announced the launch of its Italian 4 Cheeze Style Blend.
Made with chickpea, the addition to Daiya's Cutting Board Shreds collection features thinly shredded Parmesan, Mozzarella, and two new Daiya Shred flavors Provolone and Asiago.
Now available online, the new Italian 4 Cheeze Style Blend, with an SRP of $5.49, is the second dairy-free four-cheese blend to market after Daiya's Mexican 4 Cheeze Style Blend, which was introduced in 2021.
Dan Hua, vice president of marketing at Daiya, said, "This Italian variety — the first of its kind on the market in North America — is finely shredded to give a fast and consistent melt every time."
Icelandic Provisions debuts Cherry & Almonds Fruit & Nut Skyr
Cherry & Almonds is the newest addition to Icelandic Provisions Fruit & Nut Skyr line in the US, combining skyr with fruit and nuts.
The new flavor, which has 11g of protein per serving, is made with ripe black cherries, crushed almonds and a blend of nuts and seeds.
With an MSRP $1.99 per cup Icelandic Provisions Cherry & Almonds Fruit & Nut Skyr is available now in Whole Foods stores, with additional retailers rolling out in later this year.
Primal Kitchen adds Queso to dip range
Primal Kitchen has launched No-Dairy Queso-Style Plant-Based Dip.
The new queso dip launched exclusively at Whole Foods Market in January for a 120-day period, rolling out to other retailers in spring 2022.
The new Primal Kitchen Mild Queso is made with pumpkin seed butter, jalapenos pureed with organic spices and vegetables like diced tomatoes and bell peppers.
The shelf-stable dip is nut-free, sugar-free, vegan, Keto Certified and Whole30 Approved.
“When Primal Kitchen launched, we set out to break the mold on categories many ingredient-conscious consumers had previously avoided. We offer classic, beloved tastes and products made with elevated ingredients: tackling family favorites like mayonnaise, dressings, and our best-selling Buffalo,” said Mark Sisson, founder of Primal Kitchen.
“Now we're excited to bring Queso into our line-up of cleaned-up pantry staples with truly innovative, real ingredients.”
Primal Kitchen Queso will also be available on PrimalKitchen.com. The suggested retail price is $7.99 a jar.
Chobani adds two new platforms with Chobani Ultra-Filtered, and goes green for St. Patrick’s Day
Chobani has launched Chobani Ultra-Filtered Milk, a lactose-free ultrafiltered milk, and Chobani Half & Half.
The new items are made from locally-sourced milk and come in paper-based packaging widely recyclable across the US.
“With our lactose-free, reduced sugar and protein-packed Chobani Ultra-Filtered Milk, we’re making dairy accessible to more people and giving consumers a great option to trade up to a more advanced, functional and delicious product,” said Peter McGuinness, Chobani president and CEO.
Chobani Ultra-Filtered Milk is made using a special filtration process to help remove lactose and reduce sugar by half. It is rich and creamy in texture, a source of calcium and vitamin D, and it provides all nine essential amino acids.
Available in Whole, Reduced Fat 2%, Fat Free, and Chocolate, Chobani Ultra-Filtered Milk is on shelves this month.
Chobani also announced the launch of Chobani Half & Half, a new product category for the company.
Chobani, maker of dairy-, oat- and plant-based coffee creamers, is offering both classic Plain and Lactose-Free Half & Half options.
“We’ve seen incredible consumer love for our coffee creamers and they asked us to bring the same craft and quality to dairy-based half & half while offering a lactose-free option as well,” McGuinness said.
Chobani has also launched Chobani Coffee Creamer Paddy’s Lucky Batch, a mint and cookie flavored green coffee creamer.
Halo Top launches Devil’s Food Cake ice cream
Halo Top has launched Devil’s Food Cake pints, which are available are on shelves in the US until April.
Halo Top’s Devil’s Food Cake is a frozen pint made with chocolate light ice cream, a white icing swirl and chocolate cake pieces.
The product has 360 calories per pint and 19g of protein.
Devil’s Food Cake (SRP: $4.99/pint) will be available now through the end of April in the frozen aisle of grocery stores nationwide.
New HP Hood cottage cheese flavor
In the US, HP Hood has launched a new flavor in its cottage cheese range.
Beginning its rollout to New England and New York in February, Hood Cottage Cheese with Everything Bagel Seasoning is a blend of onion, garlic, flaxseed and poppyseed.
Though Everything Bagel Seasoning has made its way into chips, salads and even ice cream, this is the first of its kind for cottage cheese.
The new flavor will be available in 16oz tub size for an MSRP between $3.59 - $3.79.
Crosta & Mollica expands Italian range
Tartufi, directly translated as truffles, are the latest launch from Crosta & Mollica, as the modern Italian food brand capitalizes on the growing UK market for Italian food, with Brits continuing to widen their palate for Italian cuisine.
Shifting from the savoury market, Crosta & Mollica enters the dessert category with three SKUs of the traditional frozen Italian dessert Tartufi. Each dessert combines two gelato flavors, hand-rolled and coated in a layer of light dusting to create a gelato truffle.
The Tartufi are available in three flavors: Caffè Latte, Chocolate & Hazelnut and Pistachio & Almond. The Crosta & Mollica Tartufi range is available online and in store from Waitrose and Ocado at RRP £5.00 (x2 Tartufi per box).
Tartufi Caffè Latte is coffee & cream gelato tartufi, with an inner gelato layer of Italian coffee and an outer layer is a fior di latte gelato with Madagascan vanilla – each tartufo is then hand-rolled in a light cocoa and almond biscotti crumb.
Tartufi Chocolate & Hazelnut has an inner gelato layer of hazelnuts while the outer layer is a slightly bitter dark chocolate layer – each tartufo is then hand-rolled in a dark cocoa and hazelnut nib crumb.
Tartufi Pistachio & Almond features an inner gelato layer made with pistachio while the outer layer is an almond gelato – each tartufo is then hand-rolled in a pistachio crumb.
Eleven years later, we’re still busily criss-crossing Italy in search of authentic, artisanal, regional Italian specialties that deserve to be in the kitchens and on the tables of food-lovers everywhere.
Silk expands plant-based creamers lineup
Silk, a Danone North America plant-based brand, has expanded its creamer portfolio with Silk Enhanced Almond Creamers and Silk Sweet Oat Latte Creamer.
The new almond creamers, available in two variants – Vanilla Latte Almond Creamer and Salted Caramel Almond Creamer – have 4g of protein per 4-tablespoon serving (8% DV).
Silk Enhanced Creamers are Non-GMO Project Verified, certified vegan, and free from gluten, cholesterol, carrageenan, and artificial colors and flavors. The creamers are now available at Walmart stores for an MSRP of $4.49/quart.
“More consumers are looking to the ‘better-for-you’ category for both great taste and convenience in food and beverage options,” said Amanda Simerman, senior director of plant-based and organic creamers.
“New Silk Enhanced Almond Creamers are a delicious and easy way to add enhanced benefits to your morning brew.”
The new Silk Sweet Oat Latte Creamer is available at grocery stores nationwide for an MSRP of $4.79/quart.
New Alden’s Organic Novelties
Alden’s Organic is kicking off the year with five new products ranging from signature swirl bars, to a gluten-free dairy-free sammie.
The products are: Dairy Free Dark Chocolate Almond Bar (SRP: $6.49), a dairy-free vanilla with a coating of organic dark chocolate and chunks of crunchy almonds; Dairy Free Dark Chocolate Vanilla Bar (SRP: $6.49), dairy-free vanilla dipped in organic dark chocolate; Gluten Free Dairy Free Vanilla Bean Round Sammie (SRP: $7.99), a dairy-free vanilla bean dessert sandwiched between gluten-free chocolate cookie wafers; Dairy Free Coffee Swirl Bar (SRP: $6.49), a dairy-free, fair trade mocha dessert with swirls of dairy-free vanilla; and Strawberry Cream Swirl Bar (SRP: $6.49), organic cream swirled with strawberry sorbet.
“Consumers are snacking more than ever, and they are reaching for portion-controlled novelties to satisfy cravings throughout the day. Our new novelties are a delicious way to add a moment of indulgence, joy, or connection, and we have a variety of options that everyone can enjoy,” said SVP of sales and marketing, Joelle Simmons.
“The plant-based category is only continuing to grow, and we want to stay at the forefront. It is important to us to develop allergen-friendly products with true-to-flavor taste and texture that fill a need for consumers and stand out from the competition.”
The new products are currently on shelf at Sprouts and Natural Grocers nationwide and at aldensicecream.com.
Boursin Cheese debuts Boursin Bites and Boursin Cooking Cream
Cheese brand Boursin has added two new culinary-inspired products to its portfolio, Boursin Bites Garlic & Fine Herbs and Boursin Cooking Cream Garlic & Fine Herbs.
Boursin Bites have the same flavor and texture as the traditional Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese in bite-size pieces.
Boursin Cooking Cream includes garlic and fine herbs for incorporation into soups, sauces and other recipes.
"For years, Boursin Cheese has been a staple in kitchens across the country – featured as the centerpiece of a cheeseboard while entertaining and incorporated into home-cooked meals. But now, we're making it even simpler to elevate any dish," said Jamee Pearlstein, brand director of Boursin.
"Through consumer feedback, shared recipes and social posts, we've seen the many ways our fans love to incorporate Boursin's unique taste and texture in their dishes, and we're thrilled to introduce these two new offerings to make it easier than ever for them to add Boursin to their favorite recipes."
Boursin Bites and Boursin Cooking Cream are beginning to rollout starting this month and will soon be available at major retailers across the US, including Albertsons, ACME, Meijer, Hannaford, and more for the suggested retail prices starting at $4.49 and $5.49, respectively.
Ilchester rolls out new trio snacking at Costco
UK cheese company Ilchester is launching a new snacking net that will be available to buy from UK trade and bulk-buy supermarket Costco.
The Trio of Cheeses net, with an RRP of £4.59, will be available from March 1 from the membership-based warehouse club retailer.
The trio comprises of 24 portions of Ilchester Mature, Edam and Ilchester Red Leicester.
Lisa Harrison, marketing manager for Ilchester, said, "We are so pleased to be establishing a strong relationship with Costco in the UK. As the days get warmer and we venture outdoors Ilchester's popular snacking nets are perfect for lunchboxes and picnics. Our snacking nets are a hit in the spring and summer months and are an easy way to have a snack on the go, or to add to a barbecue or picnic event. And they are particularly popular with mums and dads looking for healthy snack options for their kids' school lunchboxes too, so our snacking nets really are popular all-year round.
"And each portion of cheese is less than 100 calories so great for cheese lovers who are counting the calories but still want to get their fix of cheese.
"Also, with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations taking place in June, our Trio of Cheese snacking nets are the perfect street party food!"
New cheese from Eatlean
In the UK, Eatlean has launched its new Eatlean Tasty Mature cheese, which features 10% fat (70% less fat than cheddar).
Founder of Eatlean, George Heler, said, “For so many of us now nothing is more important than our health and the health of our loved ones. Eatlean Tasty is a ground-breaking solution for people wanting to lead healthier lives, and still enjoy the foods that they love.”
Eatlean business unit director Barrie Saxby said, “With 70% less fat than cheddar, Eatlean Tasty Mature sits between the half fat cheese range and our original 3% fat Eatlean, offering a fantastic alternative for those wishing to make health gains.”
Matured longer for full flavor, the lactose-free Eatlean Tasty is available as 350g block (RRP £4.00), 180g grated (RRP £2.00) or in 7 x 30g snack bar packs (£3.00) directly online at Eatlean.com.