Slideshow: New products from Hershey, Sonic, J&J Snacks Foods

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The Hershey Co. debuts chocolate and peanut butter Reese’s spreads

HERSHEY, PA. — The Hershey Co. is introducing the launch of Reese’s spreads. The spreads are based on the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup with a combination of chocolate and peanut butter in a spreadable form. Reese’s spreads are available nationwide at food, mass, drug, and convenience stores in 13-oz jars for a suggested retail price of $3.89.

Hammond’s Candies announces popcorn flavors

DENVER — Hammond’s is rolling out new popcorn flavor varieties. The selections include mango habanero and honey peanut. The popcorn comes in 12-count cartons. New flavors join the original lineup, which includes Chicago style, chocolate caramel, sweet cinnamon toast, and standard caramel. Hammond’s popcorn is available for a suggested retail price of $3.99 to $4.99.

Dunkin’ Donuts adds steak to menu

CANTON, MASS. — Dunkin’ Donuts is expanding its menu with the addition of steak. New items include the Angus steak and egg breakfast sandwich and the Angus steak and egg wake-up wrap. The Angus steak and egg breakfast sandwich features an Angus steak patty, egg, American cheese, and an oven-toasted bagel. The Angus steak and egg wake-up wrap features half of an Angus steak patty, half of an egg, and American cheese on a flour tortilla. Both sandwiches may be customized with Dunkin’ Donuts baked goods. “We’ve had Angus steak as part of our menu for a limited time at different points over the past couple of years, and it has always been quite popular with guests seeking innovative and interesting sandwich options, and the chance to enjoy a classic steak and eggs breakfast on the go, any time of day,” said Jeff Miller, Dunkin’ Brands’ executive chef and vice-president of product innovation. Both sandwiches are available nationwide.

J&J Snacks Foods introduces Oreo Churros

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. — J&J Snack Foods Corp. is partnering with Mondelēz International to release Oreo Churros. The churros feature a crispy coating with Oreo cookie pieces throughout the churro. Oreo Churros will be sold nationwide in the food service channel.

Sonic debuts hand-crafted sodas

OKLAHOMA CITY — Sonic Drive-In is announcing the addition of a line of hand-crafted sodas. The sodas may be made to order for customer specifications. The base is sparkling filtered water with the option to infuse real fruit flavors. Some of the flavor options include peach, raspberry, berry, fresh lemon, and blackberry pineapple. “Our guests are increasingly interested in drinks of a lighter variety, but still want something special when they pull into a Sonic stall or drive-thru — it’s why they come to us,” said Chef Claes Petersson, vice-president of product innovation at Sonic. “We knew we had to continue to bring our consumers bold and original flavors, while balancing sweetness and fizz. As a result, our Sonic Splash hand-crafted sodas satisfy the need for something special while still offering guilt-free hydration. Our culinary innovation team really nailed it — we are so proud of the flavors we’ve created.” Sonic hand-crafted sodas are a permanent addition to the lineup.

Nature’s Path expands Qi’a lineup

RICHMOND, B.C. — Nature Path’s Qi’a is rolling out breakfast cereals. The cereals include the Qi’a superfood base as a blend. New flavors include superseeds and grains, creamy coconut, and cinnamon pumpkin seed. Qi’a superfood oatmeal features chia, hemp, and buckwheat with gluten-free rolled oats. The oatmeal doesn’t contain added salt or sugar. Nature’s Path Qi’a is available in health and natural food retail stores for a suggested retail price of $5.49.

Umpqua Oats debuts organic vanilla almond crunch flavor

LAS VEGAS — Umpqua is launching a crunchy vanilla almond granola product. The single-serve oatmeal includes custom-milled oats, oven-roasted almonds, Bourbon vanilla, and honey. Umpqua oats are available at retail outlets nationwide.

Kraft Foodservice introduces Pure Dressings

NORTHFIELD, ILL. — Kraft Foodservice is rolling out Pure Kraft Dressings. The dressings don’t contain artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, or high-fructose corn syrup. Offerings include farmhouse ranch, asiago Caesar, blue cheese, honey mustard, and balsamic. Pure Kraft Dressings are available for food service operators in four 1-gallon cases.

Red Rose Tea brews new flavors

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. — Red Rose Tea is announcing the introduction of three black tea blends in single-serve cup formats. The three blends include original, naturally decaffeinated, and English breakfast. Red Rose Tea is gluten-free and contains no calories or sugars. The single-serve cup tea is available in 12-count boxes for a suggested retail price of $6.99.

Wonderfully Raw rolls out new products

WATSONVILLE, CALIF. — Wonderfully Raw is debuting new Coco-Roons and Brussel Bytes flavors as well as a product line for 2015. Coco-Roons will be available in an orange flavor for a suggested retail price of $7.99. Brussel Bytes will be available in Cheezy Herb for a suggested retail price of $5.99. In addition, Wonderfully Raw will be selling Dipperz, which are pre-dipped broccoli, cauliflower, and carrot crunchies. Each 1.5-oz pack contains a pound of vegetables. Dipperz are available in three flavors: cheese, ranch and lemongrass chili.

Green Valley Organics debuts lactose-free cream cheese

SEBASTOPOL, CALIF. — Green Valley Organics is introducing a lactose-free cream cheese product. The cream cheese is made in a solar-powered creamery and is certified organic and certified humane. In addition, all Green Valley Organics products are kosher and gluten-free. The lactose-cream cheese is made with four ingredients: cream, sea salt, lactase enzyme and live cultures. Green Valley Organic lactose-free cream cheese will be available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.49.
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