Noteworthy IntroductionsHolidays and football parties have become quite flavorful with exciting dip offerings. Limited edition Heluva® Good Green Chili Pepper Dip is the most recent entry in Hood's Heluva Good feature flavor dip program. And, G&G Foods, Santa Rosa, Calif., introduces a club-store, 30-oz container
5-Pepper Parmesan Dip sold under the Meza® brand.
Adventurous consumers can double-up on savory cheese taste sensations with new Sar-gento® Duo Packs Deli Style Sliced Cheeses. There are three duo packs: Provolone and
Mild Cheddar, Medium Cheddar and Colby-Jack and Swiss and Baby Swiss. Packaged in 6-oz press-to-close resealable bags, the new line is available nationwide for an approximate retail price of $2.99 to $3.49.
INTERNATIONALThe concept of functional dairy products continues to expand in countries outside the United States. For example, Emmi has introduced throughout Europe a cholesterol-reducing cheese. Called MiniCol, this cheese alternative is said to help reduce cholesterol due to the plant sterols in the formulation. Varieties are Cheddar Style Cheese Alternative, Swiss Style Cheese Alternative and Grated Cheese Alternative.
Plant sterols also appear in Danacol drinkable yogurt from Danone in the United Kingdom. Positioned as a cholesterol-busting yogurt drink, Danacol comes in Original and Strawberry flavors.
To the U.S. consumer, yogurt is not usually considered something upscale. However, we see an increasing number and variety of products in Europe that have a distinctly upscale positioning. U.K. retailer Asda has its Extra Special line of products including Timperley Rhubarb & Vanilla yogurt. It is clearly labeled as being made with a specific type of rhubarb, and that rhubarb is listed as the first ingredient. Surprisingly, whipping cream is listed as the second ingredient, clearly confirming the upscale nature of this full-fat yogurt.
Contributed by Lynn Dornblaser, dir., Global New Products Database (GNPD) Consulting Services, a division of Mintel International, a global research company. For more information call 312/932-0400, or visit http://www.gnpd.com.