New product launches from General Mills, Hain Celestial, Mondelez and more.
Larabar, a business unit of General Mills, has added a trio of organic nutrition bars made with superfood ingredients. Launching in Whole Foods Market in April, Larabar Organic Superfoods varieties include hazelnut hemp and cacao, coconut kale and cacao, and ginger and beet. Each bar contains six ingredients, including organic dates and almonds.
Quinn Snacks, formerly known as Quinn Popcorn, enters the pretzel category with the introduction of two gluten-free varieties. Available in honey and sea salt flavors, Quinn pretzels are made with ancient grains and non-bioengineered/non-G.M.O. ingredients such as whole grain sorghum and organic honey. Like the brand’s ready-to-eat popcorn varieties, the products feature farm-to-bag transparency, allowing consumers to trace all of the ingredients.
Enjoy Life Foods, a business unit of Mondelez International, is launching ProBurst Bites, a line of plant-based protein-packed snacks in four varieties: cinnamon spice chocolate, cranberry pomegranate, mango habanero, and cocoa and roasted sunflower seed butter. With at least 6 grams of protein per serving, ProBurst Bites feature a crunchy blend of seeds and spices with a creamy chocolate center. All Enjoy Life Foods products are free of the eight most common allergens.
Popchips, Inc., Los Angeles, is introducing a new line of ridged snack chips in four flavors: salted, tangy barbecue, cheddar and sour cream, and chili cheese. Ridges contain 72% less fat and 55% fewer calories than the leading ridged chip brand, according to the company. Popchips said it spent several years experimenting with its process of combining heat and pressure to develop the chip.
“The new Ridges product was created to appeal to consumers who love crunch in their chips,” said Dave Ritterbush, chief executive officer of Popchips. “The texture of Ridges allows the boldness of our flavors to shine and delivers a big crunch you wouldn’t expect from a chip that is never deep fried. For the first time ever, there’s a big crunch, bold flavor ridged chip that tastes every bit as good as deep fried but with significantly less fat and calories.”
Simple Mills, a Chicago-based maker of gluten-free baking mixes, is extending its reach into the snack aisle with a new line of almond flour crackers. The gluten-free, Non-GMO Project verified crackers are made with a proprietary blend of almonds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds and contain no grain, soy or artificial flavors or fillers. Varieties include fine-ground sea salt, rosemary and sea salt, sundried tomato and basil, and farmhouse cheddar.
Late July Snacks, an independent subsidiary of Snyder’s-Lance, has added a pair of spicy tortilla chips made with U.S.D.A. certified organic ingredients. The buffalo queso variety combines hot and savory buffalo spices with cheddar cheese, and the sriracha fresca variety features the popular hot sauce flavor plus a refreshing twist of lime.
Liberté USA, a business unit of General Mills, is transitioning its entire yogurt portfolio to U.S.D.A. organic certified. Slated to debut this fall, Liberté Organic whole-milk yogurts will be available in such exotic flavors as Ecuadorian mango, Philippine coconut, French lavender and Baja strawberry, among others developed with the brand’s “adventurous” core consumer in mind, a spokesperson said. The products are made with organic milk provided by CROPP Cooperative farmers and sweetened with organic cane sugar.
Among the dozens of product launches unveiled by the Hain Celestial Group, Lake Success, N.Y., at Natural Products Expo West were several new snack offerings from the Terra, Garden of Eatin’ and Sensible Portions brands. The latest additions to the lineup of Terra vegetable chips are celery root with aged cheese and pickled beets with dill. Also new from the brand are freeze-dried fruit snacks in two flavors: honey-infused Fuji apples and tropical fruit blend with coconut oil, pineapple, mango and banana.
New from Natierra, a brand of natural and organic foods from importer Brandstorm Inc., is Chia Crunch. The vegan, gluten-free, organic snacks combine fair trade chia seeds with freeze-dried fruits and vegetables. Varieties include coconut, blueberry, berries, mango, strawberry, beet, and kale spinach.
The latest innovation from New York-based Kind Snacks is a new product line of fruit-based bars made with simple ingredients. Pressed By Kind bars provide two servings of fruit and contain 110 to 130 calories per serving. Varieties include mango apple chia, pineapple coconut chia, pineapple banana kale spinach, apricot pear carrot beet, and cherry apple chia. The products will hit shelves this summer in retailers nationwide.
Kashi, a business unit of Kellogg Co., is introducing a line of culturally-inspired savory bars in three flavors: basil white bean and olive oil, chickpea curry and chili, and quinoa corn and roasted pepper. The bars are gluten-free and Non-GMO Project verified with 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of sugar per serving. Kashi Savory Bars are scheduled to hit shelves in July.
Clif Bar & Co., Emeryville, Calif., is launching a line of organic nut butter-filled energy bars. Varieties include coconut almond butter, chocolate hazelnut butter, chocolate peanut butter and peanut butter. The products will launch nationwide in June with a suggested retail price of $1.79.