General Mills introduces slew of new products, most focused on health and wellness.
Annie’s is pouring its efforts into the soup aisle with five new organic soup offerings: Star Pasta & Chicken, Tomato, Creamy Tomato & Bunny Pasta, Bunny Pasta & Chicken Broth, and Creamy Carrot & Bunny Pasta. These ready-made soups contain no artificial flavors, synthetic colors, preservatives or high-fructose corn syrup.
General Mills’ Fiber One brand has made cheesecake portable with its new Cheesecake Bars. Available in strawberry and salted caramel flavors, the 150-calorie bars feature layers of graham cracker crust, cheesecake, and toppings like strawberry and salted caramel.
Food Should Taste Good is adding Real Good Bars and Bean Chips to its offerings. Real Good Bars are made with nuts, seeds, fruit pieces and culinary spices and contain no G.M.O.s or artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. The Macadamia Chia flavor, dipped in Fair Trade dark chocolate, features almonds, macadamia nuts, shaved coconut, and a dash of chai. The Hazelnut Sea Salt bar includes hazelnuts, almonds, Madagascar vanilla and a hint of orange zest all dipped in Fair Trade dark chocolate. Food Should Taste Good’s Bean Chips, available in black bean multigrain and pinto bean multigrain, are gluten-free, certified kosher and contain zero grams of trans fat.
Immaculate Baking wants bakers to put their own twist on pretzels with its new ready-to-bake pretzel dough. The dough contains no bleached flour, artificial preservatives or hydrogenated oil.
General Mills’ Nature Valley brand is adding three new products to its lineup: Toasted Oats Muesli, Simple Nut Bars, and Protein Soft Baked Granola Bites. The new Toasted Oats Muesli, available in original and blueberry varieties, features a blend of toasted oats, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, raisins, toasted coconut, almonds and pumpkin seeds. Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars are made with whole nuts, seeds, honey, tapioca syrup and sea salt. These gluten-free bars come in two varieties: almond, cashew and sea salt, and roasted peanut and honey. Nature Valley Protein Soft Baked Granola Bites, available in honey almond and blueberry almond flavors, feature soft-baked granola clusters and 7 grams of protein per serving.
Pillsbury is introducing three new sweet offerings: Cinnabon Mini Pull-Aparts, Pillsbury Melts Caramel Brownie Cookies, and Min Bagels. Pillsbury’s Cinnabon Mini Pull-Aparts include 12 mini pull-apart cinnamon rolls featuring signature Cinnabon cinnamon and frosting. Pillsbury Melts Caramel Brownie Cookies are ready-to-bake cookies featuring caramel filling and a caramel sauce to drizzle on top. The new Mini Bagels, available in cinnamon creamy cheese, strawberry creamy cheese, and plain creamy cheese feature bite-sized soft bagels filled with cream cheese.
General Mills’ Yoplait brand is reformulating its Original products and releasing a new line. Yoplait has nixed 25% of the sugar in its Yoplait Original yogurts and added more milk, increasing the amount of protein per serving from 5 grams to 6 grams and reducing the calories from 170 to 150. Yoplait’s new Plenti line features Greek yogurt filled with ingredients like fruit pieces, whole grain oats, flax seed and pumpkin seeds.
General Mills has added gluten-free Cheerios and Chex Clusters to its cereal lineup. The company created a special grain-sorting process to make gluten-free Yellow Box, Honey Nut, Multi-Grain, Apple Cinnamon and Frosted Cheerios. General Mills is releasing a new Chex cereal variety, Chex Clusters. The gluten-free cereal features fruit pieces, rice crisps and rolled oats clustered together and contains no artificial colors, artificial flavors or high-fructose corn syrup.
A new taco shell is cruising into the Old El Paso lineup: Mini Soft Tortilla Taco Boats. The shells, molded into a boat shape, were designed to fit perfectly in the hand and safely hold all taco-filling passengers.
Progresso is making mealtime a little easier with the debut of its Cooking Stocks and Bistro Cups. Progresso’s new line of premium Cooking Stocks are made by simmering bones, vegetables and herbs and contain no artificial flavors or preservatives. Progresso Bistro Cups are designed to be made with a Keurig brewing system and come in creamy tomato and Parmesan, broccoli and cheese, and Southwestern-style creamy white bean and corn varieties.