Convenient breakfast items debut from Hillshire and Kellogg; high-protein snacks hot among recent launches.
Uncured bologna is the latest lunchmeat variety from Applegate Naturals. Made with 100% beef and pork with no fillers, the product contains less fat and sodium than conventional brands and is free of antibiotics and hormones.
General Mills, Inc. has partnered with The Hershey Co. to introduce a dozen new baking products, including a new line of cookie mixes, cupcake mixes and frostings made with such candy flavors as Hershey’s, Reese’s and Almond Joy. Products include three new cupcake mixes: Betty Crocker Hershey’s Chocolate, Betty Crocker Hershey’s s’mores, and Betty Crocker Reese’s Peanut Butter and Chocolate; three new cookie mixes: Betty Crocker Hershey’s Chocolate Chunk, Betty Crocker Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme and Betty Crocker Reese’s Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chunk; and six new frosting flavors: Betty Crocker Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Special Dark, Chocolate Caramel; and s’mores and Cookies ‘n’ Creme with sprinkles; and Betty Crocker Peter Paul Almond Joy.
Olive oil and avocado oil are the newest varieties of Canyon Cut kettle-cooked potato chips from Boulder Canyon Natural Foods, a brand of Inventure Foods, Inc. Ridged potato chips are cooked in small-batch kettles with 100% avocado oil or olive oil and feature a touch of sea salt. Containing all natural ingredients and no trans fats, cholesterol or M.S.G., the products are gluten-free, certified kosher and Non-G.M.O. Project verified.
Hearty cheeseburger, spicy chicken quesadilla and Philly-style cheesesteak join the lineup of Campbell’s Chunky soup flavors from the Campbell Soup Co. Inspired by football season fare, the three new varieties will be available nationwide beginning in September. Improved recipes for Campbell’s Chunky soups including New England clam chowder, old-fashioned vegetable beef and beef with country vegetables also are set to debut.
Campbell Soup Co. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. have announced the introduction of Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup K-Cup packs. The new products will allow consumers to have a Campbell’s soup product that may be made in a Keurig brewer. The companies anticipate three varieties of soup, including Homestyle Chicken Broth and Noodle, will be introduced in 2014. The products will consist of a broth K-Cup pack and a packet of dry pasta and vegetable blend garnish.
MOJO Organics, Inc. is launching Chiquita Tropicals, a Chiquita Brands-licensed line of 100% fruit juice drinks in banana strawberry, mango, pineapple and passion fruit varieties. The beverages are gluten-free and made with no bioengineered ingredients, preservatives or added sugar.
Hiland Dairy hops on the Greek yogurt bandwagon with a line of nonfat varieties in seven flavors: vanilla, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, black cherry, peach and pineapple.
The J.M. Smucker Co. pumps up its Jif portfolio with whipped peanut butter spreads and almond and cashew butters. Packaged in wide-mouth tubs for dipping and spreading, Jif Whips have a smooth and fluffy texture with a creamy peanut butter taste in original and peanut butter chocolate varieties.
Hillshire Brands expands its Jimmy Dean frozen breakfast options with savory sandwiches and a better-for-you bowl. Under the Delights by Jimmy Dean line of lower-calorie products, the Garden Blend Breakfast Bowl contains egg whites, diced potatoes, cheddar cheese, peppers and onions with 240 calories, 10 grams of fat and 18 grams of protein. New Jimmy Dean sandwiches include a croissant packed with egg, red peppers, onions and pepper jack cheese, and a snack-size sandwich featuring a sausage patty between two maple pancakes.
A line of specialty peppers debuts from Lindsay, a condiment and olive producer. Varieties include sweet banana peppers, whole and sliced golden Greek pepperoncinis, hot chili peppers, jalapeno peppers, roasted red peppers and mixed giardiniera, which includes carrots, cauliflower, Sicilian olives, red peppers and celery.
The McDonald’s Corp. is adding steak to its breakfast menu. Customers may substitute a round, seasoned steak patty topped with grilled onions on any breakfast sandwich, including McMuffin, biscuit and bagel sandwiches. A steak, egg and cheese McMuffin has 430 calories, 27 grams of protein and 23 grams of fat per serving.
Mondelēz International Inc. has introduced Nabisco Rice Thins, a new gluten-free snack. Made with rice that is baked until crisp, Mondelēz describes Nabisco Rice Thins as “a light-textured, crispy snack with delicious flavor and an irresistible crunch.” The new rice thins are available in a variety of flavors, including white rice original, brown rice sea salt and pepper, and brown rice white cheddar.
Mizkan Americas, a global condiment manufacturer, has expanded its Nakano line of seasoned rice vinegar products with two sweetened varieties. Mango and citrus flavors join a lineup that includes roasted garlic, red pepper, basil and oregano and balsamic. The products are fat-free, gluten-free and low in calories.
Seapoint Farms is introducing Crunchy Coated Premium Black Edamame, a gluten-free, high-protein snack made with sea salt.
New breakfast options from The Kellogg Co. include Special K Coffee House shakes, on-the-go, shelf-stable drinks in chocolate mocha and vanilla cappuccino flavors. Each shake contains 200 calories, 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, plus the same amount of caffeine as a 5.5-oz cup of coffee.
Dawn Foods Products, Inc. is adding two treats to its Weight Watchers-licensed line of sweet baked foods. Triple Chocolate Brownie Bliss bars feature a brownie layered with creamy chocolate ganache and a chocolate coating. Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss bars include a brownie layered with creamy peanut butter and a chocolate coating.