New Product Review
Gourmet Cream CheeseCompany: Sorrento Lactalis Inc.
Location: Buffalo, N.Y.
Introduced: November 2002
Details: Sorrento Lactalis, a leading provider of fine natural cheeses in the United States, introduces President® Cream Cheese. The President brand is associated with some of the best premium natural cheeses, and now is setting a new standard for cream cheese, says the company. Flavors include Berry, Herb & Garlic, Honey/Cinnamon/ Raisin, Ranch, Horseradish and Garden Vegetable.
Botanical Yogurts (International)Company: Onken Dairy Ltd.
Introduced: September 2002
Details: Onken Biowild is a line of low-fat yogurts that combine fruit with beneficial natural plants, herbs and flower extracts. The yogurts come in 175g pots with an outer recyclable sleeve that can be unwrapped to reveal information on the benefits of the functional ingredient. Varieties include Apple & Hawthorn; Blackberry, Elderberry & Lavender; Blueberry, Elderberry & Passion Flower; Peach & Lemon Balm; and Pear, Rosehip & Marigold. Distribution: United Kingdom
No-Sugar-Added Ice CreamCompany: Pierre’s French Ice Cream Co.
Introduced: November 2002
Details: Pierre’s joins the no-sugar-added ice cream trend with the introduction of Slender™ No Sugar Added Reduced Fat Ice Cream. Made using Splenda® sucralose, new Slender comes in five classic flavors—Butter Pecan, Chocolate, Neapolitan, Strawberry and Vanilla—and three indulgent flavors—Caramel Pecan, Crunchy Peanut Butter Cup and Moose Tracks®. The ice cream is sold in 56-oz square-round containers at a suggested retail price of $4.99-5.99.
Distribution: Select Midwest states, as well as Kroger banner stores throughout the country
Coffee Milk BeveragesCompany: Bella Caff?r> Location: Lake Forest, Calif.
Introduced: April 2002
Details: Bella Caff?rinks are 100% premium espresso blended with whole milk, and are made using a proprietary cold brewing process. The patented cold brewing process removes excessive oils and acids that can damage the flavor of coffee, says the company. Because the rich flavor is not damaged in the brewing process, the company does not use excessive amounts of sugar or flavors to mask bitter off notes that can occur in such drinks. Bella Caffe comes in five varieties: Espresso Squisito, Mocha Magnifico, Mocha Magnifico Lite, Mocha Mint and Vanilla Vero. The Lite product, which is sweetened with sucralose, contains only 50 calories and 3g fat per 10-oz bottle. The other four varieties contain 130 calories and 3 g fat.
Premium Ice Cream BarsCompany: Brigham’s Inc.
Location: Arlington, Mass.
Introduced: to hit freezers in February 2003
Details: For the first time in Brigham’s 88-year history, the company’s premium vanilla ice cream will be available as a frozen novelty, which is vanilla ice cream enrobed in premium-quality chocolate coating. The Brigham’s Ice Cream Bar comes in two varieties: Creamy Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate. The 3-oz stickless bars come in four-packs and will sell for about $3.49 when they debut in grocery stores next month.
Distribution: Select New England markets
Noteworthy IntroductionsOrlando-based Galaxy Nutritional Foods, a leading producer of nutritious plant-based dairy alternatives for the retail and foodservice markets, introduces Ultra Smoothie™ in single-serve containers. The cups join the dispenser-assisted, semi-frozen product already available through various foodservice venues. Initial product shipped in October.
Ultra Smoothie is a combination of Tropicana® fruit juices and Galaxy’s Veggie Milk™. This new product delivers a complete serving of soy protein, meeting the FDA health claim standard on soy, and 1.5 servings of juice in each 8 oz cup. It is a good source of nine vitamins and minerals, including 100% of the Daily Value of Vitamin C and 30% DV of calcium.
“For the Bison Nacho Jalapeño Dip, we blended Cheddar cheese, jalapeño, green bell peppers and garlic to create a zesty flavor that goes great with tortilla chips, potato chips, pretzels, veggies and as a bread dip,” says Mark Serling, dir. of marketing. It is also perfect as a chicken wing sauce or melted over a hotdog.
Galactic Chocolate™ is a cool combination of chocolate ice cream and marshmallow swirl amidst a galaxy of yellow and blue cookie dough stars. Vanilla Treasure™ unleashes a solar explosion of vanilla ice cream with a fudge swirl and colorful fudge-filled Treasure Planet shapes featuring the movie's characters.
“We’ve blended a smooth vanilla flavor with a kick of malt to make a refreshing, unique flavor like nothing on the market today,” says Annette Jim, dir. of marketing.