Slideshow: Smoothies, salted caramel popular among product launches

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Chobani adds exotic flavors

NEW BERLIN, N.Y. – Exotic new flavors are churning up across Chobani’s range of Greek yogurt product lines.

Joining the lineup of Chobani Flip, a parfait-style product packaged with toppings, are blueberry yogurt with chia and hemp seeds and walnuts, banana yogurt with honey-roasted and salted almonds and dark chocolate, peach yogurt with pistachios and dark chocolate, and pineapple-coconut yogurt with toasted coconut, hazelnut and granola.

New selections from the 100-calorie Chobani Bite line of snack-size indulgences include honey with ginger and mint with dark chocolate chips.

The Chobani Champions line of children’s Greek yogurt is expanding with dragonfruit-flavored yogurt tubes, as well as 3.5-oz cups in blueberry and strawberry flavors.

Chobani’s 6-oz cup offerings will now feature fruit-on-the-bottom products in low-fat apricot and non-fat blackberry varieties and a trio of blended low-fat yogurts in coconut, key lime and orange vanilla flavors.

“Our new products are designed to surprise and delight consumers — welcoming some to Greek yogurt for the first time through a familiar format like our blended yogurt, challenging the taste buds of others with exotic and trending ingredients like chia seeds and ginger, and servicing new occasions like snacking and mindful treats in order to help expand the category,” said John Heath, senior vice-president of innovation at Chobani. “We know that the yogurt market in America is just beginning; European consumers eat up to seven and a half times more yogurt per capita. So this launch, and every launch, for Chobani is about giving people new and exciting ways of experiencing our Greek yogurt.”

The new products will be available nationwide beginning in July.

Kellogg’s introduces breakfast shakes

BATTLE CREEK, MICH. — Answering consumer demand for morning meal portability are Kellogg’s To Go breakfast shakes and mixes in milk chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavors.

The ready-to-drink option is shelf-stable with 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving. When combined with a cup of skim milk, the shake mixes contain 13 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving.

The products are available nationwide in the breakfast aisle.

Greek cheese spread debuts

DELRAY BEACH, FLA. – Cream cheese maker Franklin Foods is launching Green Mountain Farms Greek Spreadable Cheese in cucumber garlic, garlic and herb and roasted red pepper varieties.

Containing live and active cultures, the small-batch cheese has three times the protein and half the fat of traditional cheese spreads, according to the company. The product line is available for a suggested retail price of $3.99 to $4.59.

Bolthouse Farms rolls out dressings, drinks

BAKERSFIELD, CALIF. – Bolthouse Farms, a Campbell Soup Co. brand, is adding a pair of low-calorie dressings and four new beverages.

With 25 calories per serving, the Italian Vinaigrette dressing combines herbs, garlic, onion and red pepper. Miso Ginger Vinaigrette is made with organic soybeans and sesame oil and contains 40 calories per serving.

Bolthouse Farms Daily Greens vegetable juice includes spinach, cucumber, kale, green tea and wheatgrass with a hint of lemon and sweetness from pear juice and kiwi and banana puree.

Rounding out the beverage lineup are a mango ginger and carrot smoothie, Multi-V Goodness vitamin-packed smoothie with a blend of red fruits and berries, and a salted caramel latte made with low-fat milk, Arabica coffee, caramel syrup and a dash of sea salt.

The products are available nationwide.

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish recast as pasta

NORWALK, CONN. – Pepperidge Farm, Inc. is recasting its Goldfish brand of snack crackers in a new line of macaroni and cheese.

Made with real cheese sauce and no artificial preservatives, Goldfish Mac & Cheese is available in four varieties: cheddar, nacho cheese, cheesy pizza and butter parmesan. The products are available at Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

Jennie-O trots out turkey steaks and burgers

WILLMAR, MINN. – Jennie-O Turkey Store, a division of Hormel Foods Corp., is launching jalapeño jack turkey burgers and two varieties of turkey breast steaks.

The third-pound all-white-meat turkey patties are flavored with jalapeño seasoning and Monterey Jack cheese. The burgers are available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $9.99 for a 6-count box.

Turkey breast steaks in original and seasoned varieties are available nationwide in sizes of 16- to 24-oz for a suggested retail price of $7.99.

Non-bioengineered simmer sauces unveiled

STAMFORD, CONN. – American Halal Co. expands its Saffron Road packaged food brand offerings with three Non-G.M.O. Project-verified single-use simmer sauces.

The Harissa variety infuses piri piri, a Saharan red pepper, with spices and herbs. Korean Stir Fry features hints of pear, Korean gochugaru peppers and toasted sesame seed oil. Thai Red Curry includes flavors of galangal ginger and kaffir lime.

The sauces are available in select natural food retailers nationwide.

Food for Life launches gluten-free black rice tortillas

CORONA, CALIF. – Antioxidant-rich black rice stars in the new gluten-free tortilla from Food for Life, maker of sprouted grain bread and baked goods.

Free of conditioners, additives and artificial ingredients, each tortilla contains 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber. Black Rice Tortillas are available in the chilled section of natural food stores and supermarkets nationwide.

Jamba goes green with new smoothie

PHOENIX – Green Fusion is the latest flavor of frozen at-home smoothie kits from Jamba Juice Co., Inc. and Inventure Foods, Inc. Combining green apple, mango, pineapple, kiwi, banana, broccoli, spinach and spirulina, each serving packs a full serving of fruit for 120 calories.

Jamba’s smoothie kit line, which also includes strawberry, mango, raspberry, orange and tropical varieties, contain frozen blocks of fruit and vegetables that make two 8-oz servings when combined with a cup of apple juice.

Green Fusion is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $2.99 to $3.49.

Alpina Foods expands, rebrands Greek yogurt

MIAMI – Alpina Foods is expanding and rebranding its Greek yogurt selection.

Debuting this summer is Alpina Greek, made without artificial thickeners or flavoring and available in six varieties: blueberry, strawberry, vanilla bean, mango, peach and black cherry.

Additionally, Alpina is reintroducing its Alpina Revive Greek yogurt as Alpina Greek with Artisan Granola. The product features Udi’s brand gluten-free granola mix-ins and is available in seven flavors: blueberry with almond berry granola, strawberry with almond berry granola, vanilla bean with chai spices granola, honey with chai spices granola, mango with tropical chia granola, peach with tropical chia granola and plain with superfoods granola. The products will be available at select retailers nationwide.

Starbucks brews up new food, drink selections

SEATTLE – Starbucks Coffee Co. is launching salad bowls and summery drinks.

Valencia Orange is the latest addition to the Refreshers line of handcrafted beverages made with fruit juice and green coffee extract. Made with Valencia orange and clementine, the variety features notes of jasmine, cardamom and apricot.

The company also is introducing orange spice iced coffee and shaken iced peach green tea lemonade for a limited time.

New salad bowls include chicken and greens Caesar, with fresh kale and roasted tomatoes; zesty chicken and black bean, which has roasted corn, fresh jicama, spring greens and quinoa; and vegetable and brown rice, featuring roasted butternut squash and beets tossed with chopped kale and red cabbage, steamed broccoli, garden peas and a lemon tahini dressing. 

Krispy Kreme hops on salted caramel craze

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Pretzels add a twist to Krispy Kreme’s latest limited-time donut offerings, which includes a chocolate cream-filled yeast donut topped with caramel icing, salted pretzels and a caramel drizzle.

Also featured are a chocolate cake donut with caramel icing and Ghirardelli chocolate chips and a cream- and caramel-filled yeast donut topped with dark chocolate icing and a caramel icing drizzle.

The flavors are available through Sept. 1 at participating locations.
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