Innovation in the functional foods category includes probiotic-packed oatmeal, adaptogen-enhanced smoothie mix and energy-boosting gum.
Wildway is launching a new line of functional smoothie beverages crafted with probiotics, plant-based adaptogens and herbs. The blends are free from whey, dairy, grain, gluten and soy and are flavor-neutral.
Wildway Smoothie Bowl Starter Mixes are available in four varieties: Restore, Recover, Relax and Recharge. Each mix contains a blend of 15 to 20 grams of egg white protein, MCT oil powder, collagen peptides and blends of amino acids, functional herbs and plants and 1 billion CFUs of probiotics with the use of Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086.
The Recharge mix contains 70 mg of caffeine from guarana seed and added acetyl L-carnitine, while the Relax mix contains chamomile, lemon balm and green tea. The Restore mix features ashwagandha root, maca root and reishi mushroom, and the Recover mix contains L-Glutamine and collage peptides.
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Earnest Eats is launching Protein + Probiotic Oatmeal, featuring probiotics and grass-fed whey protein. Available in Mighty Maple and Coconut Warrior flavors, the oatmeal contains 15 to 16 grams of protein and one billion CFUs of probiotics per cup. The certified gluten-free breakfast is made with a blend of ancient grains, including organic, whole rolled oats, puffed quinoa and amaranth.
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Ripple Foods is entering the yogurt aisle with its new Ripple Greek Yogurt Alternative, featuring 12 grams of plant-based protein per serving. Made with pea protein, sunflower oil, organic cane sugar and live active cultures, the yogurt alternatives are vegan, lactose-free, nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free and G.M.O.-free. Varieties include original, vanilla, strawberry, blueberry and maple.
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Absolutely Gluten Free is entering the energy bar market with new TahiniBAR, a grab-and-go sesame seed snack with 100 calories per bar. The certified OU Kosher and dairy-free bars are 100% gluten-free and available in three varieties: Cocoa nibs, pistachio and vanilla.
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Vegan Rob’s is taking kombucha from beverages to bars with its new Kombuchabars, featuring probiotics. Made with kombucha, blended seeds, fruit and tapioca syrup, the bars are shelf-stable and available in four flavors: Banana, cranberry, dark cacao and blueberry.
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Apollo Gum Co. is introducing Golf Gum, designed to provide golfers with energy and focus. The spearmint gum contains B vitamins and 80 mg of caffeine, features a liquid center and is sweetened with xylitol.
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Vermont Village is offering new organic Raw Apple Cider Drinking Vinegars. Available in single-serving 14-oz bottles, the drinking vinegars are made via a hybrid brewing process and feature a combination of purees and natural extracts blended with spring water, raw apple cider vinegar and organic unsweetened apple juice. Vermont Village Raw Apple Cider Drinking Vinegars are available in lemon mint and lime ginger flavors.
“Our goal in developing the lemon mint and lime ginger drinking vinegars was to offer a ready-to-drink apple cider beverage that’s not only good for you, but great tasting,” said Andrew Lawrence, vice-president of marketing and sales for Vermont Village. “More than ever, consumers are paying attention to what they’re putting into their bodies, and we’re very excited to introduce another delicious product that helps them enjoy living a healthy lifestyle.”
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Pereg Natural Foods is adding new Sriracha Thai-Style Seasoning to its lineup. The dry seasoning mix features a blend of chili, cayenne peppers, garlic, salt, sugar, natural flavors, vinegar, corn starch and paprika extracts along with a rice hull concentrate to prevent clumping.
“Pereg Sriracha Seasoning adds a punch to almost any dish, but it doesn’t excite only the taste buds,” the company said. “It also offers a wealth of health benefits. Its ingredients are known to help boost metabolism and endorphins, enhance mood and memory, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, help the body fight inflammation, and improve circulation.”
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Alter Eco is entering the snacking category with its new Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters. The U.S.D.A.-certified organic, Fair Trade Certified, Carbon Neutral Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified and certified gluten-free snacks combine ribbons of toasted sustainably harvested coconut with Alter Eco’s signature 70% Ecuadorian chocolate and French sea salt. The Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters are also vegan, paleo-friendly and available in three varieties: Original, Cherry + Almond Butter and Seeds + Salt, which feature toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds. The Original and Seeds + Salt varieties contain 5 grams of sugar per serving, while the Cherry + Almond Butter variety contains 6.
“Our new Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters mark an exciting milestone for Alter Eco,” said Edouard Rollet, co-chief executive officer and co-founder of Alter Eco. “Forty-six per cent of Americans snack more than three times a day, and that number is expected to surge in the next five years. We saw an opportunity to fill a void in the snack aisle and pave the way for a next-level enlightened indulgence — one that’s filled with sustainable, superior ingredients and mind-blowingly delicious flavor.”
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Hampton Creek is introducing Just Scramble, an egg alternative made from mung bean protein isolate. Just Scramble tastes like egg, the company said, and its ingredients require less water and emit fewer carbon emissions than conventional eggs. The product contains 20% more protein than a chicken egg with zero cholesterol, Hampton Creek said.
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Borden Dairy is debuting new Thick Cut Shreds, a line of shredded cheese featuring a “thicker cut for a smoother melt,” the company said. The shreds contain 20% of the daily recommended calcium per serving along with 6 to 7 grams of protein and 110 calories per serving. Varieties include mild cheddar, sharp cheddar, mozzarella, and Mexican.
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My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream is launching a line of ice cream pints with pieces of sweet rice mochi dough mixed in. My/Mo Ice Cream with Mochi Bits is gluten-free and available in five flavors: Strawberry, mango, green tea, chocolate and salted caramel.
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General Mills, Inc. is launching a new line of Yoplait yogurt with flavors inspired by the three most popular Girl Scout Cookie varieties.
New Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts Thin Mints, Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Yoplait Original Girl Scouts Caramel Coconut yogurts are gluten-free, made with live and active cultures and contain no high-fructose corn syrup. The Thin Mints and Peanut Butter Chocolate varieties will be available in 4-oz cups, and the Caramel Coconut flavor will be available in 6-oz cups.
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The Hershey Co. is expanding its Cookie Layer Crunch product line. The new Triple Chocolate variety features milk chocolate layered with chocolate crème and chocolate cookie bits.
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