Recent launches reflect trends in quinoa, Greek yogurt, spicy flavors, gluten-free and comfort food with a twist.
Marking the brand’s first flavor extension in more than 20 years, Campbell Soup Co. is adding a cheeseburger flavor to its SpaghettiOs line. CheeseburgerOs features the iconic O-shaped pasta in a cheeseburger-flavored meat sauce and contains a full serving of vegetables.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is partnering with Atlanta-based Cinnabon, Inc. to produce the brand’s bakery-inspired coffee in K-Cup packs for the Keurig single-cup brewing system. The Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll K-Cup is a smooth, light-roast coffee blended with cinnamon, brown sugar and frosting flavors.
Hodgson Mills is introducing quinoa and brown rice side dishes in Italian, garlic and herb, lemon pepper, spicy and Mediterranean flavors. With 5 grams of protein 2 grams of fiber per serving, the low-sodium side dishes are certified kosher and packaged in a gluten-free facility.
In what the company has billed as the “biggest relaunch in its 30-year history,” Nestle Prepared Foods Co. is making over its Hot Pockets brand sandwiches, adding new premium cuts of meat, new buttery seasoned crusts and real cheese. The new meats include 100% Angus beef, hickory ham, signature pepperoni and white meat chicken. Additionally, Nestle said it has added a new garlic buttery seasoned crust to its pizza varieties and a crispy buttery seasoned crust to its deli sandwich varieties.
KFC cranks up the heat with Hot Shot Bites, deep-fried breaded bites of white chicken breast meat seasoned in a hot and spicy marinade.
Nestle USA’s latest Lean Cuisine line extension includes six varieties made with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives. Lean Cuisine Honestly Good features lean proteins, whole grains and vegetables, packaged with a separate pouch of flavored sauce.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has brewed up a collaboration with Lipton Tea, a division of Unilever, to launch hot and iced tea K-Cups. Varieties include an iced black tea sweetened with cane sugar, a rich black tea and a smooth green tea.
General Mills is adding Stand ‘N Stuff soft flour tortillas to its Old El Paso portfolio. The patent-pending product is bowl-shaped and flat-bottomed, allowing for easy filling and eating. Also new from Old El Paso are Mexican cooking sauces in roasted tomato, chipotle and chile and roasted garlic flavors.
Pepperidge Farm, a division of the Campbell Soup Co., is targeting teenagers with its latest variety of Goldfish snacks. Made in a certified gluten-free facility, Goldfish Puffs are available in Buffalo wing, cheddar bacon and mega-cheese flavors. The snacks contain 10 grams of whole grains per serving and are made with no artificial preservatives.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a division of AFC Enterprises, Inc., is launching Chicken Waffle Tenders. The all-white meat chicken tenders are marinated in Louisiana spices and hand-battered in a waffle batter-style coating, served with a honey maple dipping sauce.
Jamba Juice Co. and The Quaker Oats Co., a subsidiary of PepsiCo, Inc., have entered into a partnership to offer easy-to-blend whole grain oats as a smoothie boost at Jamba Juice stores. For 25c, the add-in contributes 16 grams of whole grains to a fruit smoothie.
Shamrock Farms, a family-owned and –operated dairy, is dipping into the sour cream category with three flavors: creamy ranch, French onion and zesty jalapeño.
Joining StarKist Co.’s line of shelf-stable seafood products is Gourmet Selects Sardines, skinless, boneless sardine fillets packed in flavorful sauces. Varieties include extra virgin olive oil, Tuscan-style tomato sauce and whole grain Dijon mustard.
A cheese- and sauce-smothered burrito and a fudgy brownie sandwich are recent introductions from Taco Bell. The Smothered Burrito contains shredded chicken, seasoned beef or marinated thick-cut steak with Latin rice, beans and creamy chipotle sauce and topped with red sauce, melted cheeses and reduced-fat sour cream.
A reformulated and repackaged version of Yoplait Greek from General Mills, Inc. will hit shelves in August. The new variety features Greek-strained yogurt blended with fruit pieces. Flavors include blueberry, strawberry-raspberry, tangerine, coconut, pineapple and vanilla. Made without artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors, the product contains 150 calories or less and 11 grams of protein per serving.