Food manufacturers introduce new products that cater to convenience and shorten meal prep time.
Riviana Foods Inc. is introducing two aromatic international flavors to its Minute Rice line: Minute Thai Jasmine Rice and Minute Basmati Rice. With a cook time of 10 minutes, both rice varieties are gluten-free and packaged in pre-portioned bags for convenience.
To make adding protein to meals a little easier, Hormel has released its line of taco meats and hot sandwich meats along with bacon sprinkles. Hormel’s taco meats are fully cooked, lightly seasoned and come in four varieties: shredded seasoned chicken, shredded seasoned beef, ground seasoned beef crumbles, and shredded seasoned pork. The hot sandwich meats line features Philly style steak and buffalo style chicken. To spice up soups, salads and more, Hormel is introducing real bacon sprinkles.
Post Foods has brought the best of breakfast and dessert together in the new Ice Cream Pebbles – Rainbow Sherbet Flavor cereal. Containing 10 vitamins and minerals, the cereal is composed of pink, orange and lime green flakes. Ice Cream Pebbles cereal is available nationwide for a limited time only.
Hot Pockets is increasing the snackability of its products with new Hot Pockets Snack Bites and Breakfast Bites. The snack bites come in pepperoni pizza, hickory ham and cheddar, four cheese pizza, and cheesy beef nacho varieties, while the breakfast bites are available in bacon, egg and cheese, ham, egg and cheese, and sausage, egg and cheese varieties. The varieties do not contain any artificial flavors. Consumers may find Hot Pockets Snack Bites and Breakfast Bites at retailers nationwide for around $5 per two 9-oz packs and $5.49 for a 24-oz pack.
Boulder Canyon Foods has expanded its potato chip line by offering Coconut Oil Kettle Cooked Potato Chips. Made of only potatoes, coconut oil and sea salt, the chips are gluten-free, Kosher-certified, non-bioengineered and contain no trans fats, MSG or cholesterol. Boulder Canyon Coconut Oil Kettle Cooked Potato Chips are available nationwide for around $3.49 to $3.99 per 5.25-oz bag.
Sky Valley has released a line of Sparkling Soda that are organic, gluten free and non-bioengineered. Available in black cherry, Concord grape, pear, green apple, ginger brew, mandarin orange, root beer, and honey green tea and elderflower, the sodas are made using organic juices and sugar cane. Sky Valley’s sparkling sodas are also lower in sugar than the competition. Sky Valley Sparkling Sodas are sold at Whole Foods Market in four-packs of 12-oz bottles for around $6.99 or in single-serve 12-oz bottles for about $1.79.
CedarLane Natural Foods is launching a new Quinoa and Vegetable Enchiladas frozen meal. Offering 12 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber, the meal includes two gluten-free enchiladas. The enchiladas, topped with a Poblano Crema sauce, are stuffed with quinoa, black beans, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, roasted Anaheim peppers, tomatillos, corn, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, yellow squash, black olives and zucchini. The 9-oz boxes contain two enchiladas and retail for around $5.49.
Old Wisconsin is catering to consumers who want protein pronto with its new line of Fast Fuel Sausage Sticks and Bites. Both the Snack Sticks and Snack Bites are available in Honey Brown Sugar Turkey Sausage as well as Beef Sausage varieties. The meat snacks are 40 calories or less, provide 4 grams of protein per serving, contain zero trans fats and are gluten-free.
In the Raw is introducing a line of soft drinks that contain half the amount of sugar as leading full-calorie brands. The beverages, available in Tea with Natural Lemonade Flavor, Lemonade, and Cola varieties, contain 70 calories per 12-oz bottle and are sweetened with Fair Trade Certified Sugar in the Raw and zero-calorie stevia. Containing no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, In the Raw soft drinks will be sold in 4-packs for around $6.99.
Fisher has married two snack favorites, nuts and popcorn, in its new Fisher Nut Exactly snack bites. The snack features roasted nuts and whole grain popcorn rolled into bite-sized snacks that are dipped in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut butter or salted caramel. Nut Exactly snack bites are available in four varieties: Almond Popcorn Dipped in Milk Chocolate, Almond Popcorn Dipped in Dark Chocolate, Pecan Popcorn Dipped in Salted Caramel, and Peanut Popcorn Dipped in Peanut Butter.