Brands debut plant-based innovation.
Kellogg’s Frosted Grape Pop-Tarts are returning to grocery store shelves. The toaster pastry features a grape jelly-flavored filling, white icing and purple “crunchlets.”
“Frosted Grape has been among the top flavors fans have been asking us to bring back,” said Heidi Ray, senior director of marketing, portable wholesome snacks at Kellogg Co.
Hormel Foods Corp. is introducing Hormel Plant-Based Chili with Beans, made with textured vegetable protein and soy-based crumble. The product is free from dairy, egg and gluten and contains no artificial flavors.
“With the plant-based category growing at double the rate of food overall and the fact that roughly two-thirds of plant-curious consumers are eager for plant-based canned chili, we wanted to provide a convenient and delicious solution,” said Sarah Johnson, senior brand manager for Hormel chili. “Now plant-curious and plant-committed consumers can enjoy America's No. 1 selling chili brand.”
Gerber Products Co., a business unit of Nestle, is introducing Plant-tastic, a range of organic, plant-based pouches, meals and snacks for toddlers. The products are formulated with beans, whole grains and vegetables.
“We hear from parents they want more plant-based protein options that align with their food and climate values,” said Tarun Malkani, president and chief executive officer of Gerber. “Gerber Plant-tastic offers stage-based nutrition across milestones starting with organic toddler pouches, snacks and meals. We are proud the full range of Plant-tastic products is certified carbon neutral, furthering our commitment to climate forward nutrition.”
MorningStar Farms, a business unit of Kellogg Co., is adding a new breakfast offering to its plant protein portfolio. MorningStar Farms Incogmeato Pancake and Sausage on a Stick is 100% plant-based and has 72% less fat than the leading pancake and sausage on a stick, according to the company, with 9 grams of protein per serving
Haven’s Kitchen has expanded its line of refrigerated sauces with the addition of a Thai-inspired coconut cashew sauce, which combines ginger, lemongrass, makrut lime and coconut milk. The product is gluten-free and vegan and may be used as a simmer sauce, dressing or marinade.
Tropicana Products, Inc. is launching new island-inspired beverages. Tropicana Premium Drinks Peachy Pineapple Paradise blends peach and pineapple flavors. Tropicana Light Tropical Sunrise has notes of mango and passion fruit and contains no added sugar. Tropicana Light Berry Colada blends the flavors of strawberry with pineapple and coconut and has no added sugar.
Ferrara Candy Co., a related company of the Ferrero Group, is expanding its Laffy Taffy Laff Bites lineup with a new tropical mix, combining red orange, mango, pineapple and guava flavors. The bite-size treats contain taffy in a crunchy candy shell.
Plant-based foods brand Wicked Kitchen has launched a line of frozen desserts formulated with lupini beans. Pints include vanilla, chocolate, mint chocolate chip and cookie dough. Novelties include chocolate and almond sticks, which have vanilla frozen dessert with toasted almond pieces and chocolate-flavored coating; berry white sticks, with vanilla frozen dessert, a berry sauce swirl and white chocolate-flavored coating; and chocolate and red berry cones, containing vanilla frozen dessert, red berry sauce and chocolate chips in a gluten-free maize cone.
“The ultimate ice cream experience is luscious creaminess, rich mouthfeel, zero aftertaste and bold flavor, and the Wicked Kitchen plant-based ice creams and novelties are unlike anything else in the US market,” said Pete Speranza, chief executive officer of Wicked Kitchen. “It is impossible to contain our excitement about these new stellar treats because of their exceptional taste, texture, and dynamic flavors. These products are gamechangers and won’t be considered an alternative — just great tasting premium ice creams.”
Cali’flour Foods is debuting two new flatbreads: taco and chili lime. The grain-free wraps are made with mozzarella, egg whites, spices and cauliflower.
Innovative plant-based offerings debut.
The Specialty Food Association awarded companies best new product in a variety of categories.