Better-for-you breakfast items, Greek yogurt and gluten-free pastas, granola bars and dough among latest batch of launches.
The Kellogg Co. is introducing Special K Nourish, a line of hot cereal and bars. With such ingredients as quinoa, fruit, nuts and seeds, the individually packaged products offer both portability and nutrition benefits.
A line of gluten-free, allergy-friendly energy bars is debuting from Zego, a maker of healthy snacks. Made with organic sunflower seeds, the nut-free, soy-free and dairy-free Zego bars are available in two varieties: chocolate and sunflower. The bars contain 10 grams of protein and 210 to 220 calories. Ingredients include quinoa, brown rice syrup and pea protein.
Barilla Group plans to combine non-bioengineered corn and rice to create a new line of gluten-free pasta that will debut in select markets later this year before a national roll-out set for 2014. The pasta, Barilla Gluten Free Pasta, will be made in a dedicated gluten-free facility in Italy and will be available in four varieties: spaghetti, penne, rotini and elbows.
Dunkin’ Donuts is adding its own twist on the pretzel bread trend with a pretzel roll roast beef sandwich, featuring a warm pretzel roll with roast beef, white cheddar cheese and a creamy Dijon sauce. The pretzel roll may be served as part of any Dunkin’ Donuts bakery sandwich, including ham and cheese, turkey, cheddar and bacon, chicken salad and tuna salad. Dunkin’ also is adding a line of caramel coffees and lattes, available hot or iced and including caramel turtle, caramel almond, caramel mocha, caramel coconut and caramel swirl flavors.
Toasted ravioli, fried pickles and chili cheese bites join Farm Rich’s line of frozen snacks, available nationwide at Wal-Mart and select grocery retailers.
Two crazes combine to create the latest launch from the Hain Celestial Group’s Greek Gods brand: salted caramel and Greek yogurt. Honey salted caramel joins the family of flavors in the Greek Gods Greek-style yogurt line, which also includes honey lemon, honey blueberry, honey strawberry, honey orange and vanilla honey.
A line of squeezable, shelf-stable Greek yogurt pouches debuts from Happy Family, a division of Groupe Danone. Made with organic ingredients and no artificial colors or flavors, the Happy Squeeze Greek Yogurt line is gluten-free and available in raspberry, peach and strawberry flavors. Each pouch contains 2 grams of protein.
Kind Healthy Snacks is launching a line of gluten-free granola bars made with amaranth, quinoa, millet buckwheat and gluten-free oats. With 19 to 22 grams of whole grains per serving, Kind Healthy Grains Bars feature five varieties: dark chocolate chunk, peanut butter dark chocolate, oats and honey with toasted coconut, maple pumpkin seeds with sea salt and vanilla blueberry.
General Mills, Inc. is launching its first-line of refrigerated gluten-free dough through its Pillsbury brand. The new offerings include a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough, a gluten-free thin crust pizza dough and gluten-free pie and pastry dough.
Screamin’ Sicilian frozen craft pizzas are hitting select grocery stores in Chicago and Milwaukee. Featuring a stone-fired artisan crust and a sauce made with vine-ripened tomatoes, the pizzas come in five varieties: cheese, Italian sausage, pepperoni, Italian combination and supreme. Toppings include Wisconsin whole-milk mozzarella, thick-cut pepperoni and fire-roasted onions.
Latching on to a hatching trend in quick-service restaurants, Sonic Drive-In is offering egg whites as a substitute in its breakfast sandwiches and burritos. The chain also is unveiling a coffee platform with its Red Button Roast blend, made with 100% Arabica beans, and five flavors for custom drinks, including chocolate, caramel, French vanilla, hazelnut and English toffee.
Taco Bell, a division of Yum! Brands, Inc., is expanding its highly successful Doritos Locos Taco platform with a third flavor. The Fiery Doritos Locos Taco features a crunchy red Doritos shell with a spicy chili flavor and a hint of lime.
General Mills, Inc. is introducing the Ultimate Helper line of skillet meals and Betty Crocker Ultimate Potatoes. The Ultimate Helper line includes two hamburger options: creamy stroganoff and three-cheese marinara; and two chicken varieties: cheddar broccoli and creamy parmesan. Under the Betty Crocker banner comes Ultimate Potatoes, featuring 100% real potatoes and a creamy cheddar sauce in three flavors: cheddar mashed potatoes, loaded mashed potatoes and au gratin potatoes.