New Product Review
Park Cheese Co.Park Cheese Co., Fond du Lac, Wis., recently rolled out two shredded cheese blends under the Casaro brand. Italian 4-Cheese Blend unites the sharp flavors of aged Provolone and Romano cheeses with buttery hints from Parmesan and Asiago. The Mediterranean 4-Cheese Blend features sharp Provolone, feta, Kasseri and Romano cheeses. Both blends come in 6- or 20-oz resealable cups.
Good Humor-BreyersThere is something missing from the ice cream aisle. And thanks to innovative frozen dessert manu-facturers, it is not taste, nor variety. It is carbohydrates. With an estimated 30 to 50 million Americans trying to cut carbs from their diets, Good Humor-Breyers, Green Bay, Wis., has developed Breyers® CarbSmart™ Ice Cream and a line of frozen novelties under the Klondike® CarbSmart brand. Both products debuted in grocery stores nationwide at the end of September.
"Under the Klondike CarbSmart banner, the 3-oz vanilla ice cream bar with milk chocolate-flavored coating contains 170 calories and 5g net carbohydrate, while the 3.5-oz fudge bar contains 100 calories and 3g net carbohydrate. All of the products are sweetened with sucralose.
International: Friesche VlagThis past March, Friesche Vlag rolled out the first products from its new 100 million Euros specialty plant in Nijkerk, The Netherlands. One of those products, Bollino, is a fun and delicious dairy dessert designed for kids. The pourable dessert contains novelty round pieces of chocolate and comes in three flavors: Banana, Caramel and Vanilla. Bollino is packaged in 1-liter cartons.
Tillamook County Creamery Assn.To meet the demand for convenient products designed for busy lifestyles, the Tillamook County Creamery Assn., Tillamook, Ore., introduces Tilla-Moos. Tilla-Moos are individually wrapped 0.75-oz portions of Tillamook® cheese that are sold in 10-pack bags called Pack-it-Pals.
Two varieties are available: Colby Jack and medium Cheddar. The snacking cheeses are avail-able in the Northwest, Northern California and Southern California.
"We've found that consumers are looking for fast, nutritious snacks, and our all-natural cheeses are a good fit for anything from a child's lunch to a fishing or camping trip," says Kathy Holstad, mar-keting director. "We expect these to be quite popular with consumers."
Tillamook cheese has won numerous awards and is one of the top-selling branded natural cheeses in the country. Tillamook Cheddar is made daily from fresh milk supplied by member farmers, using Tillamook's 100-year-old recipe, and is aged naturally, the old-fashioned way, with no additives or preservatives.
Mac Farms Co.Mac Farms Co., Burlington, Mass., with assistance from Cornell University's Department of Food Science, Ithaca, N.Y., has created a carbonated nutritious milk beverage tar-geted to young adults. Called Refreshing Power Milk, or RPM, the beverages are made at a new dairy plant run by Mac Farms in Cooperstown, N.Y. Earlier this summer, a $100,000 grant was awarded to Mac Farms by the New York State Department of Economic Development. The plant is expected to create at least 25 new jobs during the next three years. Mac Farms is the company that introduced e-Moo, the carbonated milk drink for children, also the product of Cornell research.
"The drink provides young adults with a healthful alternative to sports and non-nutritional, fluid-replacement beverages," says Mary Ann Clark, Mac Farms' v.p. for technical services. "RPM," she says, "provides 40% of the daily Reference Daily Intakes for calcium, 10% for magnesium and 15% for potassium. "It is lactose-free, fat-free, low in calories and contains the same nutrition found in grade-A skim milk."
Carbonation extends shelflife up to eight weeks. It also makes the beverage refreshing. It enhances mouthfeel and flavor, according to Hotchkiss.
Noteworthy IntroductionsOrrville, Ohio-based Smith Dairy Products Co., has updated the packaging for Moovers® Santa and Mrs. Claus traditional eggnog, as well as for the low-fat custard-style Toy Soldier eggnog. "Seasonal packaging and products like eggnog spark retail sales," says Bill McCabe, v.p. of marketing. "The . . . package design encourages impulse purchases."
The low-fat eggnog has less than half the fat grams per serving as compared to the traditional style, yet still has a rich, creamy taste, the company says. Both varieties are ultra-pasteurized for extended shelflife. Suggested retail price is $2.39 for the 30-oz bottle and $1.19 for the 11-oz single-serve.