Peculiar pairings are popping up in product innovations.
PepsiCo is splicing spice and soda with its new limited-edition beverage, Pepsi Fire. The drink is a cola with a cinnamon flavored twist.
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The Hershey Co. is launching a line of limited-edition products featuring flavors inspired by summer destinations in the United States.
The Kit Kat Strawberry Flavored Candy is made with crispy wafers and strawberry crème and was inspired by the annual California Strawberry Festival.
The Hershey’s Kisses Coconut Almond Flavored Candies were inspired by the beaches of Hawaii.
New PayDay BBQ Flavored Bars, inspired by Texas, combine barbecue-seasoned peanuts with a chewy caramel center.
Reese’s Honey Roasted Flavored Peanut Butter Cups are a tribute to Georgia and feature a mixture of sweet and salty peanut butter combined with a hint of floral, amber and molasses.
Twizzlers Key Lime Pie Filled Twists and Orange Cream Pop Filled Twists were inspired by Florida and feature the sweet and tart tastes of key lime pie and classic Florida oranges with a smooth cream filling.
The Hershey’s Cherry Cheesecake Flavored Bar, inspired by summers in New York, features the flavors of creamy New York cherry cheesecake.
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Garden Fresh Gourmet, a subsidiary of The Campbell Soup Co., is launching three new salsas and two new lines of hummus.
New Restaurant Style Salsa, available in mild, medium and hot varieties in both organic and conventional formats, is a classic red salsa that combines ingredients such as tomatoes, onion and cilantro with varying amount of jalapeño.
The Mango Salsa is a combination of sweet mango chunks, red peppers and cilantro.
The Salsa Verde Avocado Salsa blends chunks of avocado with tomatillo, poblano and jalapeño peppers.
The Poblano Corn Hummus features roasted poblanos, corn and cilantro and is a Latin-inspired hummus with a mild level of spice.
The Chipotle Adobo Hummus features chipotle peppers blended with roasted red pepper and topped with corn and black beans, providing a medium level of spice.
The Roasted Habanero Hummus is a habanero and roasted pepper hummus with a spicy heat level.
The Zesty Black Bean Hummus is a black bean hummus topped with corn, fire roasted peppers and a dash of chipotle.
The Tuscan White Bean Hummus is a creamy blend of white bean and basil with a bruschetta-style tomato topping.
The Lentil Mocha Mole Hummus features coffee and cacao blended with lentils and topped with red chili flakes and a hazelnut sprinkle.
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Michael Foods, a subsidiary of Post Holdings, is moving into the protein snack space with new Ready, Egg, Go!. The snack packs feature 18 to 21 grams of protein, contain individually packaged hard-boiled eggs and are available in four varieties: Hard-boiled egg with pistachios and cheddar cheese; hard-boiled egg with cashews and Gouda cheese; hard-boiled egg with roasted peanuts and Colby Jack cheese; and hard-boiled egg with almonds and white cheddar cheese.
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Nestle has tapped into Asian and Italian cuisine in its six new Lean Cuisine frozen entrees.
New Garlic Sesame Noodles with Beef contains rice noodles, prime rib beef, broccoli florets, ribbon cut carrots and julienned red peppers in a sesame soy garlic sauce.
The Limited Edition Mango Chicken with Coconut Rice entree is gluten-free and features white meat chicken, edamame, long-grain white rice, diced mango, julienned cut red bell peppers and toasted coconut in a sweet and savory mango sauce.
The Sesame Chicken entree has been reformulated and now includes white meat chicken, pasta, julienned red peppers, cut green beans, plum sauce, soy sauce and toasted sesame seeds.
The Chicken Fried Rice entree, which has been reformulated to be gluten-free and contain no artificial preservatives, includes white meat chicken, white rice, peas, diced carrots, green onions and scrambled eggs with a roasted garlic sesame soy sauce.
The new Limited Edition Roasted Garlic White Bean Alfredo entree features organic fettuccine, grated Parmesan cheese, spinach, yellow shoestring cut carrots and a creamy roasted garlic and white bean Alfredo sauce with a splash of olive oil.
The Spicy Penne Arrabbiata, made with organic ingredients, contains organic penne pasta, spicy tomato basil sauce and aged Parmesan cheese.
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Pinnacle Foods is launching four new Birds Eye product lines.
Birds Eye Steamfresh Veggie Made Pasta contains no artificial ingredients and is available in four varieties: zucchini lentil pasta, spinach lentil pasta with alfredo sauce, zucchini lentil pasta with cheddar sauce and zucchini lentil pasta with marinara sauce.
Birds Eye Veggie Made Mashed contains no artificial ingredients and is available in original cauliflower, sour cream and chives cauliflower, roasted garlic cauliflower and sweet potatoes and carrots with brown sugar varieties.
Birds Eye Steamfresh Superfood Blends combine vegetables, grains and fruit with light sauces and are available in four varieties: barley and kale, chick peas and spinach, quinoa and spinach and black rice and edamame.
Birds Eye Steamfresh Organic Vegetables are USDA Certified Organic and are grown with no pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics or G.M.O.S. Varieties include sweet peas, super sweet corn, cut green beans and mixed vegetables.
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The Kraft Heinz Co. is pumping up its protein offerings with three new protein-packed lines.
New Oscar Mayer Natural Meat & Cheese Plates are combinations of Oscar Mayer Natural cold cuts, Kraft cheese and whole wheat crackers. Free from artificial preservatives, ingredients and flavors, the plates contain at least 16 grams of protein and are available in three varieties: Slow roasted turkey, white cheddar and whole wheat crackers; Uncured hickory smoked ham, Monterey Jack and whole wheat crackers; and Honey roasted turkey, Asiago and whole wheat crackers.
New P3 Protein Plates contain 60% more food than regular P3 packs and include combinations of natural cheese, meats, nuts and dried fruit. The plates each contain at least 16 grams of protein and each meat includes is free of artificial preservatives. P3 Protein Plates are available in four varieties: Turkey, almonds, Monterey Jack and dried blueberries; Ham, cashews, cheddar and chocolate-covered dried cranberries; Chicken, almonds, Colby Jack and dried blueberries; and Turkey, cashews, cheddar and dried cranberries.
New Planters P3 packs contain Planters roasted nuts alongside premium-cut lean jerky and seeds. Each pack contains 13 grams of protein and is shelf-stable. Planters P3 packs are available in three varieties: Chipotle peanuts, original beef jerky and sunflower kernels; Honey roasted peanuts, maple ham jerky and sunflower kernels; and Honey roasted peanuts, sweet and spicy Teriyaki beef jerky and sunflower kernels.
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Upton’s Naturals is entering the meal kit category with its new line of Thai-inspired, vegan meal kits. Free of trans fat, cholesterol, G.M.O.s and preservatives, the shelf-stable meal kits contain pre-cooked noodles, fresh and never freeze-dried vegetables and Thai spices.
The Pad See Ew meal kit features rice noodles, carrots, Chinese kale and tofu topped with sesame seeds.
The Massaman Curry meal kit is made with potatoes, carrots, green beans, purple rice and ground peanuts.
The Thai Spaghetti meal kit contains strong green curry and tomato basil sauce.
The Thai Curry Noodles meal kit is Upton’s take on the traditional Thai recipe Kaho Soi; it features curry, seitan, winged beans and crunchy fried onions.
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Ben & Jerry’s is paying homage to Bob Marley with its new ice cream flavor, One Love. The new variety features banana ice cream, chocolate peace signs and caramel and cookie swirls.
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McKee Foods is introducing Little Debbie Big Pack Peanut Clusters. The crunchy molasses cookies are topped with salted caramel, sprinkled with dry-roasted peanut halves and enrobed in fudge.
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B&G Foods’ Green Giant brand is launching a new line of brick-oven baked beans. Available in original, vegetarian, maple and Country Style varieties, the beans are slow-baked in traditional iron pots and brick ovens.
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Unilever is launching Knorr Selects, a new line of gluten-free rice dishes made with dairy produced in the Midwest, garlic grown in California and rice responsibly grown by Arkansas farmers. Containing no artificial flavors or artificial preservatives, Knorr Selects are available in six varieties: Four cheese risotto; white cheddar broccoli; roasted garlic Alfredo; Rustic Mexican rice and beans; spinach and artichoke; and Asiago cheese and cracked black pepper.
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Riviana Foods is debuting two new offerings and one new line of products under its Minute Ready to Serve brand.
New Minute Ready to Serve White & Red Quinoa is a blend of white and red quinoa that is 100% whole grain and gluten-free.
Minute Ready to Serve Multi-Grain Medley is now gluten-free and features a blend of brown rice, flax seed, red quinoa and chia seeds.
Riviana is launching its new Minute Ready to Serve Organics line, including three varieties: Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice, Organic White Rice and Organic Red Quinoa and Brown Rice with Garlic. The products are 100% whole grain and gluten-free.
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Mediterra is adding two new varieties to its savory nutrition bar lineup: Kale, apple, quinoa and almonds; and kale, pomegranate, quinoa and almonds. The bars also contain nuts, herbs, protein from pea crisps and olive oil. They are gluten-free, certified kosher, vegan, dairy-free, non-G.M.O. and contain less than 3 grams of sugar.
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Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water has added two new fruit-flavored varieties to its portfolio. Perrier Strawberry and Perrier Watermelon are sugar-free, fruit-flavored sparkling beverages with zero calories and zero sweeteners.
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