Atkins announces healthy breakfast sandwiches
DENVER — Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. is introducing low-carb breakfast sandwiches. The sandwiches are comprised of low-carb English muffins, eggs, cheese, and premium meats. Each Atkins sandwich contains 230 to 340 calories with 4 grams of net carbs. The four varieties include sausage with egg and cheese, Canadian bacon with egg and cheese, bacon with egg and cheese, and sausage with egg. Atkins breakfast sandwiches are sold nationwide at a suggested retail price of $3.99.
Probar adds new flavors to lineup
SALT LAKE CITY — Probar is announcing the addition of two new flavors to the meal bar line. The new additions — almond crunch and strawberry bliss — are made with fruit, nuts, seeds and oats. As with the other Probar flavors, the additions are produced with 100% plant-based ingredients, Non-GMO Project Verified, QAI Certified Organic, and aren’t baked. The bars are available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.29.
Sauces ‘n Love introduces gluten-free pasta line
NEW YORK — Sauces ‘n Love is rolling out a gluten-free pasta line. The varieties include Ravioli, Tagliatelle, Rigatoni, and Gnocchi pair with the brand’s pasta sauces. “We’re excited to introduce the first gluten-free pasta and gluten-free sauce that’s so good you won’t notice the difference” said Paolo Volpati-Kedra, founder of Sauces ‘n Love. “Our pasta forges a new niche in the refrigerated and frozen section with everything you need for supreme gluten free dining.”
Calabasas Cake & Cookie Company launches Ultimate Stuft Cookie
CALABASAS, CALIF. — Calabasas Cake & Cookie Company is rolling out the Ultimate Stuft Cookie. Each 4-oz cookie is stuffed with a treat and can feature customized labeling for any occasion. The first four flavor offerings include: chocolate chip stuffed with fudge brownie, fudge brownie stuffed with peanut butter and pretzels, sugar cookie stuffed with lemon bar, and confetti cookie stuffed with birthday cake. All cookies are wrapped individually.
Smucker’s innovates with Fruit-Fulls
ORRVILLE, OHIO — Smucker’s, a business unit of The J.M. Smucker Co., is releasing a new product called Fruit-Fulls. Fruit-Fulls feature blended fruit, including apples, cinnamon and berries. The on-the-go snacks come in 4-oz pouches that may be consumed either chilled or at room temperature. The fruit snacks don’t contain preservatives, added sweeteners, or artificial flavors and colorings. In addition, each pouch is 90 calories or less. The four available varieties include: apple, apple cinnamon, apple strawberry, and apple mixed berry. Smucker’s Fruit-Fulls are available nationwide for a suggested retail price of 99c for individuals; $4.49 for 4-packs; and $7.99 for 8-packs.
thinkThin delivers new lean protein and fiber bars
LOS ANGELES — thinkThin is rolling out lean protein and fiber bars. The bars, which include 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, contain 150 calories. To top off the health profile, the bars are gluten-free and contain 5 grams of sugar. The flavor varieties include chocolate almond brownie, chunky salted peanut, salted caramel, honey drizzle peanut, and cinnamon bun white chocolate. thinkThin lean protein and fiber bars are available nationwide.
Kayem introduces artisan sausage line
CHELSEA, MASS. — Kayem Foods is launching a line of artisan sausages produced with premium cuts of pork sirloin and blended with ingredients such as pineapple, uncured bacon, Andouille, and sweet pepper provolone. The sausages are fully cooked and do not contain artificial flavors, MSG, or gluten. Kayem artisan sausages are available in select retail markets in New England, Michigan, and Northern California.
Crazy Cuizine launches sweet-chili chicken entrée
SANTA FE SPRINGS, CALIF. — Crazy Cuizine is releasing a new flavor variety to the frozen family-style entrée lineup. The new flavor, sweet-chili chicken, is created with lightly battered chicken breast meat and sweet-chili sauce. The entree is fully cooked and ready to consume in 18 minutes or less and may be prepared in the oven or on the stovetop. The family-style entree serves four with 270 calories and 15 grams of protein per serving. “We’re thrilled to be one of the first manufacturers to introduce this classic, tangy sweet-chili flavor to the category,” said David Weinberg, marketing director at Day-Lee Foods, Inc. “Consumers are developing more sophisticated palates and this blend of sweet and spicy is more popular than ever. We’re also seeing an uptick in shoppers favoring international flavors, and with Asian cuisine as one of the most preferred categories in the ethnic section, we want to expand the category to offer our consumers more meal variety. We plan to roll out a variety of new ‘crazy quick, crazy good’ products in 2014, each touting innovative new flavor profiles.” Crazy Cuizine products are available at grocery stores such as Jewel in Chicago, Safeway, Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs, Food for Less, Raley's, SaveMart, Lucky Supermarkets. In addition, the sweet-chili chicken flavor is available in another line called Crazy Cuizine Express, which is available at select superstores throughout California and Nevada.
Smucker’s debuts ice cream toppings
ORRVILLE, OHIO — Smucker’s, a business unit of The J.M. Smucker Co., is offering new ice cream toppings. New toppings include salted caramel, chocolate coconut, dark chocolate, hot fudge, and a microwavable dark chocolate. The new shell flavors include chocolate pretzel and rainbow sherbet. All Smucker’s toppings are available nationwide.
Simply Asia Indian Essentials releases seasoning mixes
SPARKS, MD. — Simply Asia Indian Essentials is announcing the release of five Indian Essentials seasoning mixes. All seasonings are produced with natural spices and don’t contain MSG. The five varieties include: butter chicken, chicken biryani, chicken tikka masala, chicken curry, and saag aloo. The new seasonings are available in the ethnic foods aisle at stores such as Jewel, Meijer, Wal-Mart and Strack & Van Til in the Chicagoland area.
Cascadian Farm introduces granola made with organic pea protein
SEDRO-WOOLLEY, WASH. — Cascadian Farm is rolling out protein granola in two flavors: dark chocolate coconut and apple crisp. Each serving of protein granola packs in 10 grams of protein and is made with non-bioengineered ingredients. “Alternative, plant-based protein sources are trending globally as consumers seek ways to incorporate more of it into their daily diets,” said Taylor West, marketing manager for Cascadian Farm. “Following the January release of our Protein Chewy Bars, we’re excited to give consumers even more organic protein alternatives with our two new Protein Granola varieties.” Cascadian Farm protein granola is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $4.49.
Digiorno debuts customizable frozen pizza
SOLON, OHIO — Digiorno, a business unit of Nestle USA, is launching a customizable pizza kit. The kit includes a full-size Digiorno cheese pizza, individually wrapped premium meats, vegetables, shredded cheese, and a seasoning packet. The custom frozen pizza kits are available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $6.79 to $8.99.
Starbucks expands cold beverage offerings
SEATTLE — Starbucks is unveiling Fizzio handcrafted sodas and Teavana shaken iced teas. Fizzio sodas are carbonated and offered in three flavors: spiced root beer, golden ginger ale, and lemon ale. The sodas do not contain artificial flavors, preservatives, or high-fructose syrup. In addition, the 16-oz size has 100 calories or less. The Teavana lineup of shaken iced teas includes a new flavor called blackberry mojito tea lemonade and returning flavor peach green tea lemonade. Fizzio sodas will be available at Starbucks nationwide and Teavana varieties will be available nationwide and in Canada.
Inventure Foods adds Vidalia Brands kettle-cooked potato chips
PHOENIX — Inventure Foods, Inc. is expanding the Vidalia Brands product line with the addition of kettle potato chips. The chips are available in sweet onion and sweet onion barbecue varieties. Kettle potato chips are made from American-grown potatoes and cooked in safflower and sunflower oils. In addition, they are free from gluten and trans fats and 150 calories per serving. “Onion flavors have traditionally fared well in the snack food aisle,” said Steve Sklar, senior vice-president and general manager for Inventure Foods, Inc. “However, never before has a potato chip been seasoned with Vidalia sweet onions and, I must say, the result is tremendous. The sweetness of these unique onions pairs perfectly with a moderately-salted profile and a crunchy bite. Frankly, it’s one of the most distinctive flavors we’ve ever developed.” Vidalia kettle potato chips are available in 4.5-oz bags for a suggested retail price of $2.39 to $2.49 per package.
McKee Foods debuts single-serve Little Debbie premium muffins
COLLEGEDALE, TENN. — Little Debbie, a business unit of McKee Foods Corp., is offering single-serve premium muffins. The muffins come in two flavors: banana nut and blueberry. “The new muffins are designed specifically for the needs of the convenience store shopper looking for an on-the-go snack,” said Chuck Clevenger, product manager for Little Debbie Snacks. The muffins will be available in stores early in September.
Oregon Cherry Growers introduces line of dried fruit
SALEM, ORE. — Oregon Cherry Growers is announcing a chef-test dried fruit line of cherries, blueberries, and strawberries. The dried fruit can serve purposes for both bakers and consumers. Oregon Cherry Growers dried fruit works for both hot and cold applications and are ready to use for year-round baking. In addition, the fruit is made without artificial colors or additives and in Non-GMO Project Verified. The dried fruit is available in 18-oz stand-up pouches, 2.5-lb bags, and 25-lb bulk.
Larabar rolls out RenolaMINNEAPOLIS — Larabar is announcing the launch of Renola, which is a variety of granola made with nuts, fruits, seeds, and spices. Renola is grain-, gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free. In addition, all ingredients are non-bioengineered. The three Renola flavors include: cinnamon nut, cocoa coconut, and berry. Cinnamon nut features almonds, pecans, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, cinnamon, and pure vanilla extract. Cocoa coconut is produced with a combination of cocoa nibs, almonds, pecans, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, toasted coconut, coconut oil, and cocoa powder. Lastly, the berry flavor is a mix of nuts, cinnamon, molasses, and dried blueberries. Larabar Renola is available for a suggested retail price of $1.79 at select Target stores nationwide and a variety of grocery stores, including Kroger, Meijer, Ahold, Safeway, Shaws at a suggested retail price of $2.99.