Three Twins Ice Cream, Petaluma, Calif., added two new frozen novelties. The lemon ice cream wafer sandwich contains 180 calories, 7 grams of fat, 16 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein per 4-ounce bar.
Skinny Cow, a brand of Nestlé, Oakland, Calif., updated the recipes for all of its frozen treats, redesigned all its packaging and added frozen Greek yogurt bars in two flavors: Salt-Kissed Caramel and Chocolate Fudgetastic Swirl.
For a fermented dairy beverage that originated in the Caucasus Mountains more than 2,000 years ago, kefir sure is having a moment. Innova Market Insights reports that the number of kefir launches grew more than threefold globally between 2011 and 2016. In the United States, beverages featuring kefir accounted for 40% of the drinking yogurt/fermented beverage introductions in 2016.
Blue Bunny, a brand of Wells Enterprises, Le Mars, Iowa, launched Bunny Snacks. These bite-sized stickless ice cream bars are available in four flavors: salted caramel pretzel, chocolate vanilla twist, chocolate chip cookie and cookies ‘n cream.
As noted in the nondairy beverage article in our May issue, consumers are seeking functional and no-sugar-added options for beverages — and some juice segments are taking a hit in sales because of it. Sales are down in orange, apple and juice/drink smoothies segments, but ticking up in refrigerated lemonade, fruit drinks and vegetable juice blends.
Growing consumer demand for natural and clean-label products has sparked a movement in the food industry. Specialty and organic retailers are on the rise and mainstream retailers are putting more natural and organic products on the shelf.