Sriracha and cinnamon heating up in recent product launches; gluten-free and Greek yogurt still growing.
Modern Oats, a new line of gluten-free oatmeal from Innovative Beverage Concepts, Inc., is made with organic, non-bioengineered ingredients, including goji berries, hazelnuts, hemp seeds and cocoa nibs. Varieties include mango blackberry, chocolate cherry, nuts and seeds, apple walnut, five-berry and goji blueberry. Each cup has 6 to 8 grams of fiber and 8 to 9 grams of protein. The products are certified kosher and vegan.
PB Crave peanut butter from Curt’s Peanut Butter Co. is gluten- and cholesterol-free and contains no hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors or high-fructose corn syrup. Made with fresh-farm peanuts, varieties include Cookie Nookie, made with cookie dough flavor, milk chocolate chunks and honey; Razzle Dazzle, with raspberry flavoring, white and semi-sweet chocolate chunks and honey; Coco Bananas, with honey, semi-sweet chocolate chunks and banana flavor; and Choco Choco, with dark chocolate and honey.
Cinnamon cream cheese and a pair of panini sandwiches are among new seasonal offerings from Einstein Bros. Bagels and Noah’s New York Bagels. The Cinnamon Toast Egg Panini features egg, crisp bacon, melted cheddar cheese and a cinnamon butter blend grilled on a cinnamon raisin bagel. The Cranberry Turkey Panini combines warm turkey, house-made cranberry sauce, whipped cream cheese, melted Swiss and mozzarella cheeses, fresh spinach and crisp bacon on grilled ciabatta bread. Seasonal latte flavors include cinnamon caramel, drizzled with caramel, and cookie crumble, topped with snickerdoodle cookie bits. The beverages are available hot, iced or frozen.
Honest Tea, a business unit of the Coca-Cola Co., is expanding its zero-calorie beverage offerings with an unsweetened lemon tea. Made with organic lemon extract and certified fair-trade black tea leaves from India, the beverage is packaged in 16.9-oz PET bottles.
Combining two hot trends, Lollyphile’s latest addition features flavors of bacon and Sriracha hot sauce. The product is described by the company as “candied, salty, spicy, peppery, porky goodness.” Lollyphile also makes lollipops in such flavors as chocolate bacon, habanero tequila, wasabi ginger and blue cheese.
Debuting from Schwan’s Consumer Brands’ pie portfolio are frozen unbaked pies made with real butter for a flakier crust. The Mrs. Smith’s Original Flaky Crust lineup includes six varieties: apple, dutch apple, cherry, peach, pumpkin and sweet potato.
New flavors and bold packaging are part of B&G Foods’ reboot of its New York Style baked snack brand. New York Style Sweet Swirls debut in two flavors: Cinnabon cinnamon rolls and chocolate. With 130 calories per serving, the small, crunchy bites feature visible swirls of flavor.
Sriracha Shrimp is the newest premium offering from Panda Express. The limited-time item features large crispy shrimp, fresh-cut string beans and sweet red bell peppers wok-tossed in the spicy namesake sauce. Sriracha Shrimp may be ordered as an a la carte item or as part of a combo meal.
Panera Bread is debuting single-serve coffee cups for Keurig-brand brewers. The bakery-café chain partnered with its coffee provider, Distant Lands Coffee, to develop the product line, which includes four varieties: dark roast, light roast, Colombia and hazelnut crème. Featuring Distant Lands’ patented lid to maximize freshness, the cups include a dual-filter system that allows natural flavors and oils to pass through while catching grounds.
Two minty treats will be offered at Sonic Drive-In through December. The Vanilla Holiday Mint Shake blends features blended bits of crushed holiday mints and whipped topping. A Chocolate Holiday Mint Shake also is available. The Chocolate Holiday Mint Molten Cake Sundae includes chocolate cake filled with hot fudge and topped with ice cream, hot fudge, crushed holiday mints, whipped topping and a cherry.
Embracing the red-hot Sriracha trend, Subway has launched a Fiery Footlong collection, featuring a pair of sandwiches with the sauce. The Sriracha Chicken Melt and Sriracha Steak Melt feature grilled chicken strips or steak, topped with a creamy Sriracha sauce, pepper jack cheese and a choice of vegetables.
The latest innovation from Taco Bell isn’t a taco or burrito but a steak sandwich served on a Mexican-inspired flatbread. With three times as much meat as the chain’s grilled steak soft taco, the Triple Steak Stack features grilled steak smothered in a three-cheese blend. Taco Bell also has introduced Cinnabon Delights, frosting-filled bite-sized pastries dusted with cinnamon sugar and served warm.
Honey peach joins the lineup of Greek yogurt flavors from The Greek Gods, a Hain Celestial Group brand. Other varieties include honey lemon, honey orange, honey blueberry, honey strawberry, vanilla honey, cinnamon and orange, fig, pomegranate and honey salted caramel.