Sriracha remains red hot in a number of new launches.
From Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, a business unit of Snyder’s-Lance, comes a new sriracha and lime variety. The new flavor combines the zesty hot sauce with a cool hint of lime in a pretzel-shaped cracker. Each serving contains 110 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. Other varieties in the Pretzel Crisps line include jalapeño jack, chipotle cheddar, garlic Parmesan and buffalo wing.
Set to heat up the hummus category is a new limited-batch sriracha variety from Tribe Hummus. The product combines creamy hummus with the trendy chili-pepper based sauce, topped with red pepper flakes. The new flavor spans day parts, kicking up eggs at breakfast, sandwiches and salads at lunch, and veggies and crackers at snack time, according to the company.
Frito-Lay is expanding its Doritos franchise into new dimensions with the introduction of Doritos Jacked 3D. True to the namesake, the tortilla snacks feature a three-dimensional shape and bold flavors in every bite. Inspired by Doritos 3D’s snacks of the late 1990s, the new product line debuts with a jalapeño pepper jack flavor, and a bacon cheddar ranch variety is slated to hit shelves this summer for a limited time.
Oh My Yog!, the latest yogurt innovation from Stonyfield, features three layers, with fruit on the bottom, honey-infused yogurt in the middle and cream on top. Made with organic whole milk and fruit, the product line includes such varieties as Madagascar vanilla bean, wild Quebec blueberry, Pacific Coast strawberry, gingered pear, apple cinnamon and orange cranberry. “Whole milk is part of the growing food trend of healthy fat making a comeback,” said Ben Angeloni, vice-president of marketing for Stonyfield. “We have fans ask us for full fat yogurt every single day, and we're excited to deliver something exceptional with Oh My Yog!”
The popular Moose Tracks ice cream flavor treks to the snack aisle in three new trail mix products. Denali Foods, developer of the Original Moose Tracks ice cream, has partnered with Georgia Nut Co. to create the ready-to-eat snack mixes in original, extreme chocolate and caramel varieties. The products feature waffle cone pieces coated with vanilla, fudge or caramel, peanuts, fudge-coated peanuts, and miniature cups filled with peanut butter, caramel or fudge, depending on the variety. The product line will debut in grocery and convenience stores beginning this spring for a suggested retail price of 99c per single-serve pouch.
Jolly Time Pop Corn is entering the ready-to-eat category with three varieties endorsed by Weight Watchers. Flavors include sweet and salty, sea salt and white cheddar. With 25 to 35 calories per cup, the new offerings are made with non-bioengineered kernels and contain 0 grams of trans fat and 0 grams of hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. The products are available at select retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $2.99 for a 4-oz bag.
StarKist Co. has announced a new line of internationally inspired tuna pouches featuring wild-caught, premium tuna and real vegetables. StarKist Gourmet Selects features a Thai variety with diced chili peppers in sunflower oil, a Mexican variety with diced jalapeños and sunflower oil, and a Mediterranean variety with chopped sundried tomatoes in extra virgin olive oil.
Spearmint Mix joins the line of Tic Tac varieties from Ferrero U.S.A., Inc. Representing the brand’s first mint flavor since 2010, the new offering combines artificially flavored mild, light green pills with intensely fresh, dark green pills in a single pack. The product is available at select grocery, drug, mass and convenience stores beginning in February and joins a portfolio that includes Freshmints, Powermint and Wintergreen, as well as fruit flavors and seasonal mixes. “The introduction of Spearmint Mix Tic Tac mints gives us an opportunity to return to our roots while putting an innovative twist on a classic mint flavor that our fans have come to expect from us,” said Todd Midura, marketing category manager of Tic Tac mints at Ferrero U.S.A., Inc.
The gardein brand of plant-protein-based products expands with a new line of handheld meals. Made with non-bioengineered soy and wheat, ancient grains and vegetables, gardein Pocket Meals are available in three varieties: Crispy Chick’n, featuring kale, barley and sundried tomatoes; Italian Meat-Free Sausage, with roasted red peppers, sweet potatoes and spinach packed in a soft dinner roll; and BBQ Pulled Porkless Shreds, featuring a tangy sauce in a soft dinner roll. The products contain 6 to 22 grams of protein. “Today's consumer wants a healthier protein meal they can eat on-the-go," said Yves Potvin, founder of gardein, which was acquired in 2014 by Pinnacle Foods. “We hand crafted these products to meet their needs in a delicious and sustainable way.”
Organic sodas are launching from Honest Tea, a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Co. The company has converted all varieties of the Honest Fizz line of zero-calorie soft drinks and is adding a new flavor, golden ginger ale. The beverages, which also include lemon lime, root beer, orange and spiced cherry varieties, are sweetened with organic stevia and erythritol. Also new from Honest Tea is a pair of unsweetened, caffeine-free herbal iced teas. In cinnamon sunrise and ginger oasis varieties, the zero-calorie beverages will be available in natural food stores and natural food aisles of mainstream grocery stores beginning in March. “When we launched Honest Fizz three years ago we made a long-term commitment to convert the line over to organic certification,” said Seth Goldman, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Honest Tea. “We’ve been working with our ingredient and packaging suppliers to make our entire Fizz line affordable, organic and delicious. It’s another step in our ongoing journey to democratize organics.”