Frozen offerings boast functional benefits, flavorful experiences.
B&G Foods is expanding its Green Giant lineup of frozen vegetable products. New restaurant-style side dishes include cauliflower and fire-roasted onions with garlic butter, honey glazed carrots with sage butter, garlic Parmesan green beans and teriyaki cauliflower and broccoli. New zucchini tots are available in Parmesan cheese, sour cream and onion and pizza flavors. A line of vegetable spiral skillet blends combine sauces, zucchini spirals and vegetables. Varieties are marinara, teriyaki and garlic basil.
The Kraft Heinz Co. has partnered with Popbar, a frozen desserts company, to create the Oscar Mayer Cold Dog at select Popbar locations. Inspired by the iconic wiener, the Cold Dog has smoky, umami notes and a swirl of “mustard,” according to the company.
“After the overwhelming fan excitement for our beloved Cold Dog, it was a no-brainer to make this hot dog-inspired frozen pop a reality,” said Anne Field, head of North American brand communications, Oscar Mayer. “For more than 130 years, Oscar Mayer has been sparking smiles and bringing levity into everyday moments, and we are thrilled to bring fans another wonderfully odd way to enjoy our iconic wiener while beating the summer heat.”
Maxine’s Heavenly is introducing soft-baked pumpkin pecan spice cookies for a limited time. The plant-based, gluten-free cookies are made with pumpkin, whole grain oats, pecan pieces, coconut sugar, dates, cinnamon and nutmeg.
“The release of pumpkin spice is a nice signal each year that change is here,” said Robert Petrarca, chief executive officer and co-founder of Maxine's Heavenly. “We’re all about celebrating life’s special moments — big or small — and a new season is the perfect time to take stock of your life and surroundings.”
Plant-based beverage maker Califia Farms has unveiled a pumpkin spice oat barista blend, which froths and steams like dairy milk. The recipe includes pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
BellRing Brands, Inc. is offering a seasonal spin on its ready-to-drink nutrition brand. Premier Protein Pumpkin Spice shakes contain 30 grams of protein per serving, plus vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
The Coca-Cola Co. has launched Coca-Cola Dreamworld, a carbonated soft drink featuring “playfully vibrant flavor notes that evoke the boundless creativity of the human imagination” and the namesake brand’s signature cola taste. The drink is part of the Coca-Cola Creations platform, which also included the launches of Coca-Cola Starlight and Coca-Cola Byte.
“Coca-Cola Dreamworld taps into Gen Z’s passion for the infinite potential of the mind by exploring what a dream tastes like,” said Alessandra Cascino, creative and shopper program director, Coca-Cola North America Operating Unit. “Like the Coca-Cola Creations that came before it, Dreamworld plays with the unexpected and will no doubt provoke discovery and debate among consumers… which we welcome.”
In a partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Illumination Entertainment, Abe’s Vegan Muffins is launching banana chip miniature muffins inspired by “Minions: The Rise of Gru.” The limited-edition product free of the most common food allergens, according to the company.
Dole Packaged Foods, LLC has debuted Dole Boosted Blends Berry Spark formulated with frozen fruit (bananas, blueberries, blackberries) and boosted cubes (dark cherries, acai, flax). The ingredients incorporated in the smoothies are linked to brain and cognitive health support.
“Prompted by the pandemic, consumers today are looking to boost their physical, emotional, and mental well-being more than ever,” said Orzse Hodi, senior vice president and managing director, Americas, Dole Packaged Foods, LLC. “We’ve developed Dole Boosted Blends Berry Spark as a nutritious and convenient smoothie that allows individuals to harness the health benefits of a thoughtfully curated combination of plant-based ingredients to help with memory and focus.”
Ben & Jerry’s, a business of Unilever, has teamed with chocolate maker Tony’s Chocolonely in a shared mission to end modern slavery and child labor in the cocoa industry. Each company will debut a new product inspired by its partner. Ben & Jerry’s will roll out Chocolatey Love A-Fair ice cream, which includes chocolate ice cream, with salted caramel swirls and chunks. Tony's Chocolate Love A-Fair will come in two flavors, a dark milk chocolate bar with brownie bar, and a white chocolate-style bar with strawberry cheesecake.
Mary’s Gone Crackers is launching a pair of plant-based cheese-flavored crackers, available in cheddar flavor and cheese and herb flavor.
“Our newest offering is a delightful testament to the future of vegan and gluten-free alternatives,” said Jason Galante, vice president of sales for Mary’s Gone Crackers. “The crackers taste of tangy cheddarosity that you would never be able to tell is 100% vegan.”
Recent menu additions focus on relaunches of fan favorites.
Seasonal launches lean into sweet and spiced flavors.