Fiery flavors flourish in food innovation.
The Campbell Soup Co. is launching Well Yes! Power Bowls, a new line of protein-packed microwaveable soups.
The Harvest Vegetable variety is made with butternut squash, red quinoa, carrots, garbanzo beans, corn, kidney beans, toasted barley, spinach, whole grain spelt, soy sauce, garlic and salt. Each bowl contains 190 calories, 8 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber.
The Southwest Style Chicken bowl blends chicken, black beans, corn, farro, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, red peppers, pea beans, roasted poblano chili peppers, whole grain spelt, garlic, onions and paprika. Each bowl contains 170 calories, 13 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber.
The Spiced Chickpea soup contains garbanzo beans, carrots, red peppers, kidney beans, toasted barley, pea beans, spinach, tomato, whole grain spelt, red quinoa, carrot, roasted garlic, onions and curry powder made up of cumin, turmeric, black pepper, red pepper, cardamom, fenugreek and coriander. Each bowl contains 200 calories, 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber.
The Veggie Chili flavor features diced tomatoes, black beans, green peppers, red peppers, black barley, corn, whole grain spelt, soy protein, onions, jalapeno peppers, chipotle adobo puree, natural smoke flavor, cabbage, celery and paprika. Each bowl contains 200 calories, 13 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber.
The Cajun Style Chicken bowl is made with chicken, celery, green peppers, red peppers, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, toasted barley, kale, whole grain spelt, onions, carrots, cabbage, nonfat milk, garlic and paprika. Each bowl contains 180 calories, 13 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber.
MacFarms, LLC is expanding its line of Royal Hawaiian Orchards macadamia nuts with a new mango habanero flavor. The spicy snack is Non-GMO Project verified and features dry roasted macadamia nuts, habanero chili pepper, paprika, lime oil, cane sugar and natural flavors.
Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. is expanding its Setton Farms portfolio of premium pistachio kernels with two new selections: scorpion pepper and raw. Both snacks are certified gluten-free and Non-GMO Project verified.
The scorpion pepper pistachios are made with Trinidad scorpion peppers.
The raw variety features natural California pistachios with no shells.
PepsiCo, Inc. is introducing Mtn Dew Thrashed Apple, featuring a blend of Mtn Dew’s citrus taste with green apple flavor. Beginning Sept. 13, the soda will be available at Kroger’s family of companies in 20-oz bottles and 12-packs of 12-oz cans. A 20-oz bottle contains 270 calories and 72 grams of sugar.
"Dew is thrilled to introduce Mtn Dew Thrashed Apple in partnership with Kroger, a long-standing partner who has embraced bold Dew flavor innovations," said Pat O'Toole, vice president of marketing for Mtn Dew. "With the perfect combination of tart and sweet, Thrashed Apple is a refreshingly bold drink that only Dew could deliver. We have created Mtn Dew Thrashed Apple with the confidence that it will become a quick favorite amongst Dew Nation."
New from Mars, Inc. is Twix Salted Caramel, featuring layers of crispy cookie, soft salted caramel and milk chocolate. The candy bar is available at select retailers and will be available nationwide in 2022 in single 1.4-oz and shareable 2.8-oz sizes.
"We're thrilled to bring better moments and more smiles to fans by introducing Twix Salted Caramel, the perfect treat for those who favor cookie and sweet and salty flavor combinations," said Michelle Deignan, senior brand director for Mars Wrigley. "While Twix fans will still need to pick a side when it comes to choosing between right Twix or left Twix, they will no longer have to decide between a sweet or salty treat with Twix Salted Caramel."
Elmhurst 1925 is rolling out five new products — two pistachio-based offerings and three new fall products. The offerings are certified vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and Non-GMO Project verified.
The Pistachio Crème Creamer blends whole grain oats, pistachios, filtered water cane sugar, hemp seeds, dipotassium phosphate and natural flavors. Each 1-tablespoon serving contains 1 gram of sugar and half the fat of other oat creamers, according to the company.
The Pistachio Barista Edition is a two-in-one steamer and creamer made with just six ingredients: pistachios, filtered water, rice, cane sugar, dipotassium phosphate and Himalayan salt. Each 8-oz serving contains 7 grams of sugar.
Elmhurst Oatnog blends whole grain oats, cashews, cane sugar, salt and natural flavors. Each 4-oz serving contains 9 grams of sugar.
The Pumpkin Spice Oat Creamer combines oat milk, hemp cream, cane sugar and natural flavors. Each serving contains 1 gram of sugar.
The Caramel Macchiato Oat Creamer features oat milk, hemp cream, cane sugar and natural flavors. Each 1-tablespoon serving contains 1 gram of sugar.
Clean Energy, a new clean label, plant-based sports nutrition company, is debuting on-the-go smoothie pouches as its first product. Clean Energy’s shelf-stable, single-serve smoothies are made with organic bananas, strawberries, blueberries, spinach and flaxseed. Formulated with no added sugars, each pouch contains 70 calories and is USDA certified organic, plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, non-dairy and non-GMO.
“The terms ‘natural’ and ‘natural flavors’ have become misleading and confusing and don’t always mean what consumers expect,” said Ted Volz II, founder of Clean Energy. “We believe that consumers deserve to know what’s in their food, and that’s why Clean Energy eliminates uncertainty and offers full transparency. Clean label is an important part of eating healthy, and eating healthy can help you feel and look better, which is exactly what Clean Energy works to deliver in a convenient and nutritious format.”
Yasso is celebrating its 10-year anniversary of launching on grocery shelves with a new bar flavor: birthday cake. Filled with rainbow sprinkles and chunks of cake dough, the Greek yogurt bars contain 90 calories and 5 grams of protein each.
"When Yasso launched in 2011, we saw a white space to deliver great tasting desserts with superb nutritionals and quality ingredients within the frozen aisle, and we are proud and grateful to still be here progressing that mission forward,” said Drew Harrington, co-founder of Yasso. “We wanted our newest flavor to commemorate Yasso's 10th birthday and be symbolic of the milestone itself - an awesome celebration of delicious fun."
Primal Kitchen has created two new shelf-stable dips that are formulated without dairy or sugar: ranch and buffalo ranch. Made with avocado oil and organic cage-free eggs, the dips are paleo friendly, certified gluten-free, Whole30 Approved and keto-friendly.
“Consumers continue to focus on ingredient integrity in all occasions, snacking and dipping included,” said Mark Sisson, founder of Primal Kitchen. “We’re empowering folks to keep their favorite foods on the menu without compromising ingredients for next-level dipping that the whole family will love.”
Organic India is launching Tulsi Immune Teas, made with the adaptogenic herb tulsi, commonly referred to as Holy Basil. Tulsi is prized for its medicinal attributes in India and is used to help decrease stress, uplift mood and promoted sustained energy levels, according to the company. All four varieties of Tulsi Immune Teas are USDA certified organic and Non-GMO Project verified.
Tulsi Immune Daily is made with guduchi and amla.
Tulsi Immune Active contains ginger, cinnamon and black pepper.
Tulsi Immune Throat features fennel seed, amla and guduchi.
Tulsi Immune Breathe blends cardamom, pushkarmool and licorice root.
“We are committed to developing products that deliver real-time benefits by utilizing the ancient wisdom of ayurvedic herbs to deliver true value to our consumer,” said Miguel Gil, chief executive officer of Organic India USA. “The introduction of these new functional sets offers added benefits like immune or cognitive support while preserving the stress-relieving nature of tulsi and the tea ritual itself.”
Blake’s Seed Based is ringing in fall with new Pumpkin Spice Rice Crispy Treats, the first limited-edition flavor of its rice crispy treats line. Each gluten-free treat contains 90 calories and features cinnamon, clove, ginger, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and sunflower seeds.
“Pumpkin spice is everything we love about the start of the fall season, without any risk of allergens,” said Blake Sorensen, chief executive officer and founder of Blake’s Seed Based. “This better-for-you take on a sweet, nostalgic flavor can be safely enjoyed by anyone. This is the season of sharing, and we’re proud to introduce a treat that makes pumpkin spice more inclusive. I know I would have loved Trick-or-Treating for a Fall-themed Rice Crispy Treat on Halloween growing up.
Rotten, a new low-sugar candy company, is launching gummy worms as its flagship product. Available in regular and sour versions, the gummies come in four flavors: strawberry, lemonade, grapefruit and watermelon. Rotten gummy worms are made with real fruit and allulose and contain 70% less sugar than traditional gummy worms, according to the company.
"I wanted to lower the sugar in gummy worms without sucking the soul out of it," said Michael Fisher, founder and chief executive officer of Rotten. "Rotten Gummy Worms are fun to eat. But most importantly - and something most other ‘better for you’ brands forget — they actually taste good. You can feel good about what you eat and still enjoy the weird, ridiculousness of candy."
Buddha Brands is adding two new flavors to its line of Hungry Buddha Keto Bars: lemon blueberry and mint chip. The keto-friendly bars are made with MCT oil, sunflower seeds, cocoa butter, chicory root fiber, pea protein and monk fruit. Containing 9 grams of protein and 2 grams of sugar each, the bars are certified vegan and keto, Non-GMO Project verified and gluten-free.
“We’re laser focused on creating snacks that not only taste great, but are made with clean, powerful and plant-powered ingredients,” said Chris Magnone, chief executive officer and co-founder at Buddha Brands. “We’re thrilled to expand beyond our core flavors with two new iconic combinations: Lemon Blueberry and Mint Chip. Although many brands on the market offer peanut flavored options, as a brand focused on eliminating allergens, that wasn’t an option for us. Naturally, we wanted to expand outside of the norm and offer consumers something special, and we are extremely pleased with these two delicious new additions. Despite the overall decline in the snack bar category last year, we’re seeing continued success with both consumers and retailers as keto-friendly, plant-based products resonated extremely well. The category has been poised for disruption for years as most bars are loaded with sugar, allergens and subpar ingredients. As consumers seek out better brands and products to support their keto-lifestyle, we expect to be at the forefront of that growth. Hungry Buddha Keto Bars offer a low-sugar and allergy-friendly snack bar to support healthy and conscious life choices, and our hope is to continue inspiring people to make nutritious decisions that make them feel good.”