Cheese-based snacks are on trend as nutritious, clean label options.
Denver-based WhiteWave Foods has been in the cheese business for a number of years with organic chunks, slices and shreds, as well as multi-serve packs of sticks and shapes for snacking. Now the company is entering the grab-and-go segment with individually wrapped 1-oz sticks of organic mozzarella that come in convenient 24-pack merchandising units. There is also a new 1-oz pouch of organic cheddar and organic Colby and jack bites.
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Sargento Foods, Plymouth, Wis., grows the Balanced Breaks line with sweet offerings that combine natural cheese pieces with dried fruits and dark chocolate. Each of the four sweet varieties features 5 to 7 grams of protein and fewer than 200 calories. The original line features cheese bites with dried fruits and salted nuts. Earlier this year, the company introduced 6-oz multi-serve bags of Sargento Snack Bites. Varieties include chipotle BBQ cheddar and savory garlic and herb jack.
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Long known for squeaking when you eat them, cheese curds are a fresh product that goes direct from vat to pack before being shaped into blocks of cheese. Chanhassen, Minn.-Bongards Premium Cheese is making cheese curds a more convenient and portable snack with new 2-oz packs that deliver 14 grams of protein. The randomly shaped curds come in ranch cheddar, cheddar and garlic cheddar varieties. The company also offers individually wrapped 1-oz cheese sticks in display-ready shippers. Pepper jack recently joined cheddar, marble jack and mozzarella.
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Described as “the better way to snack,” Cheese Fusions are scheduled to hit retail shelves in early 2017. Marketed by Norseland Inc., Darien, Conn., the new 2-oz single-serve packs of flavor blasted cheese bites come in four varieties, including buffalo jack, habanero jack, smoked chipotle cheddar and sour cream and onion jack. For less-daring consumers, there’s also original cheddar.
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Direct from Sonoma, Calif., new Sonoma Creamery Bacon Cheddar Crisps combine cheddar cheese with certified gluten-free organic quinoa, organic brown rice and organic oat bran into a crispy crunchy treat that is baked. Bacon cheddar joins cheddar and Parmesan varieties. All three options are wafer thin, square shaped, making them a versatile cracker for snacking, topping and dipping. The crisps follow the success of Mr. Cheese O’s, which are made with a similar recipe and come in cheddar, French onion, Parmesan, sweet chili, Tuscan herb and zesty BBQ varieties.
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Bel Brands USA, Chicago, introduces The Laughing Cow Cheese Dippers. This new shelf-stable snack comes in two varieties, both containing the brand’s original Creamy Swiss spreadable cheese. The variation is with the breadsticks, which come in either classic or tomato and herb flavors. In early 2017, Kraft Heinz Co., Chicago, will introduce Philadelphia multi-grain bagel chips and cream cheese dip snacks. The 2.5-oz dual-compartment pack varies in flavor—brown sugar and cinnamon, chive and onion, garden vegetable or strawberry — of dip.
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Fiorucci Foods Inc., South Chesterfield, Va., now packs its popular cheese and meat rolls into single-serve two packs. There’s mozzarella with hard salami, pepperoni or prosciutto, as well as hard salami with pepper jack. The Cheesewich Factory, Lyons, Ill., markets a namesake hand-held snacking combo of cheese (Colby jack, milk cheddar, pepper jack or provolone) and salami. As the name suggests, the product is two slices of cheese with salami in the center. Each individually wrapped Cheesewich, which comes in case-ready packs of 24, is 2.5-oz and has a six-month refrigerated shelf life.
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In early 2017, Chicago-based Kraft Heinz Co. will be rolling out new Kraft Snack Trios, which are 1.5-oz snack trays. As the name suggests, each tray has three compartments. One contains cheese cubes. The others include chocolate chunks, dried fruit or granola clusters. The company is also growing its P3 line with fruit medleys. Also a three compartment tray, the new medleys include cheese, cubes, dried fruit and salty nuts.
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