The latest innovations from Applegate, Tofurky, Kashi and more.
Applegate Farms, L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hormel Foods Corp., is launching its first meat- and plant-based innovation. The Great Organic Blend Burger combines organic beef or turkey with mushrooms to offer a healthier, sustainable option for consumers.
The beef variety has 35% fewer calories and 45% less fat than a regular ground beef burger, and the turkey variety contains 50% fewer calories and 70% less fat than a regular ground beef burger. The products are U.S.D.A. organic certified, Non-GMO Project verified and Whole30 Approved.
From Justin's, a subsidiary of Hormel Foods Corp., comes Organic Nut Butter Covered Nuts in almond and cashew varieties. The snack combines roasted almonds or cashews coated in almond butter or cashew butter.
"When dreaming up Nut Butter Covered Nuts, I was inspired by the delicious combination of dipping almonds and cashews into our nut butter, but I couldn’t share those with everyone," said founder Justin Gold.
The latest addition to Califia Farms’ line of plant-based beverages is Übermilk, an oat-based beverage with eight grams of protein from pea, oats and sunflower seeds. The product also provides omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids, calcium and vitamin D derived from mushrooms, according to the company. Varieties include unsweetened, unsweetened vanilla and chocolate.
“Übermilk is a leap into the next frontier,” said Greg Steltenpohl, founder and chief executive officer of Califia Farms. “Nutritionally Übermilk is one of the more nutrient dense plant milks on the broader market with a powerful combination of both macro and micro nutrients, and most importantly it wins on taste and texture, thanks to our naturally creamy and great-tasting oatmilk serving as the base.”
Earnest Eats, a maker of hot cereals with “superfood” ingredients, is launching a line of toaster pastries with protein and probiotics. Flavors include chocolate, maple and strawberry vanilla. Each pastry has 9 to 10 grams of grass-fed collagen protein and an almond butter filling.
Earnest Eats Pro Toasty also has less than half the sugar of other toaster pastries, according to the company.
Elmhurst 1925, a maker of plant-based dairy alternatives, is launching the first-of-its-kind Original Unsweetened Hemp Creamer. Elmhurst has roots in the dairy business but recently pivoted into plant-based nut and grain “milks.” The product joins a lineup of beverages made with cashews, walnuts, peanuts, oats and more.
“Elmhurst 1925 is passionate about leading the plant-based milk category with on-trend innovation, and given the explosive growth of the hemp category, we’re excited to announce the industry’s first hemp creamer,” said Peter Truby, vice-president of marketing at Elmhurst. “Crafted simply with just four ingredients, including real hemp cream that’s produced from hemp grown on our own fields, Original Unsweetened Hemp Creamer is the first in a line of on-trend varieties we plan to introduce, starting at Expo West.”
Kashi, a subsidiary of Kellogg Co., is launching Kashi by Kids Organic Super Food Bites. The soft-baked snack bites are made with ingredients such as coconut flour, chickpeas, acai and sweet potatoes. Flavors include mixed berry and chocolate.
Product development included input from the Kashi Crew, a group of children and teenagers who helped co-create Kashi by Kids ready-to-eat breakfast cereal.
“We know parents are looking for healthy food options that their kids will love, so once again we went straight to the source to create a food that’s truly for kids, by kids,” said Jeanne Wilson, director of brand marketing at Kashi. “The Kashi by Kids Organic Super Food Bites provide a twist on your average granola bar, with each bite balancing great taste and mighty nutrition to keep kids and parents satisfied. We’re excited to expand our Kashi by Kids line to offer tasty, good-for-you foods for every moment in the day, and hope that it inspires kids to learn more about all the amazing foods and ingredients in them to spark a lifetime of healthy eating habits.”
Kodiak Cakes is venturing into snacks with the launch of Bear Bites Frontier Graham Crackers. The products are made with 100% whole grains and contain five grams of protein per serving. Flavors include honey, cinnamon and chocolate.
The brand also offers baking mixes, flapjacks, waffles and oatmeal.
Pamela’s Products, a maker of gluten-free foods, is adding a line of single-serve ramen cups with organic rice noodles and vegetables. Varieties include Spicy Beef and Veggie with beef bone broth, Savory Chicken and Veggie with chicken bone broth and Very Veggie with vegetable broth.
Also new from Pamela’s is Vegan Mac, a pasta meal with organic gluten-free noodles and a creamy sauce made with pumpkin and sweet potato. Each serving provides 10 grams of protein.
Founded in 1988, Pamela’s offers a full line of gluten-free baking mixes, cookies, snack bars and more.
This Bar Saves Lives, a social mission-driven brand of nutrition bars, is launching Collagen Bites. Made with grass-fed collagen and other functional ingredients, varieties include Defense, with strawberry, turmeric, ginger and honey; Radiance, with matcha and rose water; and Detox, with dark chocolate, bentonite clay, spirulina, chlorella and peppermint.
The brand was built behind the purpose to fight malnutrition around the world. For each bar purchased, a packet of food is provided for a child in need, according to the company.
Tofurky is expanding its portfolio of plant-based products with a new brand of dairy-free desserts. Moocho Cheesecakes by Tofurky varieties include triple berry swirl, New York-style vanilla and chocolate. The products will be available in select natural and conventional retailers beginning in May.
Also new from Tofurky is a line of frozen pocket sandwiches in three plant-based varieties inspired by combinations such as ham and cheddar, turkey with broccoli and cheddar and pepperoni pizza. Following a successful regional test, Tofurky Pockets will roll out nationwide this spring.
New from Popchips Inc. is Yes Peas, a range of popped snacks made with whole yellow and green peas, sunflower oil and salt. Flavors include Himalayan salt and farmhouse ranch. The snacks are gluten-free with six grams of protein and three grams of fiber per serving.
Frozen snack maker Brazi Bites is expanding beyond Brazilian cheese bread with the introduction of empanadas. Varieties include chickpea veggie, chicken and cheese, beef and bean, and black bean and cheddar. The crispy pastry turnovers are gluten-free and soy-free with eight grams of protein per serving.
Birch Benders, the maker of pancake and waffle mixes, is adding a range of maple syrup in three varieties: Classic Maple, Maple Bourbon and Mind Body Maple, which contains grass-fed collagen and M.C.T. oil. The products are sweetened with monk fruit and contain zero to 15 calories and 1 gram of carbs per serving.
New from Suja, Suja Organic Energy Juice features cold-pressed fruits and vegetables with a caffeine boost from coffee and guayusa tea. Flavors include berry and lemonade with tea.
Cali'flour Foods is introducing frozen pizzas featuring cauliflower crusts. With 12 grams of protein per serving, varieties include Supreme Veggie, Classic Cheese and Artisan Margherita.
Flapjacked, a maker of high-protein pancake mixes, is introducing its first ready-to-eat product line. The Flapjacked Cookie Bar is a soft-baked nutrition bar with prebiotics, probiotics and 10 grams of protein per serving. Varieties include chocolate chip, chocolate peanut butter and chocolate brownie.
New from Beyond Meat, the brand behind the plant-based Beyond Burger, is Beyond Beef, a plant-based ground beef substitute with 20 grams of protein and no soy, gluten, or genetically modified ingredients. The product has 25% less saturated fat than ground beef.
Kellogg Co.'s MorningStar Farms brand is debuting MorningStar Farms Cheezeburger, a plant-based patty with 23 grams of protein per serving and 27% less fat than regular ground beef. The product is described as "ooey, gooey, cheddar-style cheeze in a juicy, meat-like patty." The new product is part of the brand's broader commitment to convert the entire portfolio to be 100% vegan by 2021.
Blue Diamond is expanding its snack almonds portfolio with the launch of Almonds & Fruit, which combines almonds with dried fruit and seasonings. Varieties include Dark Chocolate Flavored Almonds & Toasted Coconut, Fiery Ghost Pepper Almonds & Tart Cherry, Sea Salt Almonds & Whole Blueberry and Sweet Cardamom Almonds & Honeycrisp Apple.
Purely Elizabeth is expanding its line of granola, oats, grains and bars with 10 new offerings, including Purely Elizabeth Cauli Hot Cereal. The grain-free product is made with a freeze-dried cauliflower base and has coconut, chia, flax and almond protein powder. Flavors include strawberry hazelnut and cinnamon almond.
A new offering from Kind Healthy Snacks is Kind Nut Butter Filled Snack Bars, featuring 100% whole grains with a creamy nut butter filling, topped with crushed nuts and a chocolatey drizzle. Flavors include chocolate peanut butter and honey almond butter.
Epic Provisions, a subsidiary of General Mills, Inc., is introducing Rise & Grind bars, which contain organic egg yolks and pork or chicken. Varieties include bacon and egg yolks, with 9 grams of protein per serving; and chicken, egg yolks and apple, with 13 grams of protein per serving.
A round up of innovations from food entrepreneurs throughout the United States.