Potato ToppingCompany:National Harvest
Location:Kansas City, Mo.
Details:National Harvest introduces the first line of shelf-stable liquid baked potato toppings under the brand Load-It®. The first variety, Fully Loaded, is a sauce blend of sour cream, butter, Cheddar cheese, real bacon and chives. For Thanksgiving, the company grew the line with Sweet Potato, a blend of butter, brown sugar, sugar, pecans and cinnamon. Load-It has a nine-month, no-refrigerated shelflife and is sold in the produce department. The sauces come in 4-oz pouches and contain enough to completely cover two baked potatoes. Suggested retail price is 99 cents to $1.19.
Drinkable YogurtCompany:China Premium Foods Corp., a subsidiary of Bravo! Foods International Corp.,
and Heilongjiang Wonder Sun Harbin Dairy Industry Co.
Introduced: November 2002
Details:New Looney Tunes™ branded flavored milks and drinkable yogurts are UHT-processed and packaged in 220-ml aseptic plastic bottles. The packaging includes a new umbrella brand for both product lines—Beng Beng Le—which roughly translates to Leaping and Jumping Fun. Both lines have a six-month ambient shelflife. Initial roll out of Beng Beng Le features eight flavored milks and four flavors of drinkable yogurts.
Distribution:Initial roll out is in Northeast China, with national China distribution planned.
Ice Cream SnackCompany: Nestl?ce Cream Co., LLC
Location: San Ramon, Calif.
Introduced: February 2003
Details: Leveraging the trend of mini snacks and portability, Nestl?ce Cream introduces a first-of-its kind: Nestl?eg; Snack-A-Bites™ ice cream treats. These bite-sized snacks have an artificially flavored-vanilla ice cream center and rich chocolate coating blended with crunchy crispies. Their fun, tiny size allows you to pop them into your mouth one after another.
Gourmet Ice Cream Dessert CupsCompany:Wells’ Dairy Inc.
Location:Le Mars, Iowa
Introduced: September 2002
Details:Now foodservice operators can offer consumers gourmet layered ice cream desserts made with premium Blue Bunny® ice cream. Sold to operators in individual, specially designed cups where the bottom easily pushes out for dispensing onto a plate for serving, Friaz?s comes in five varieties. Caramel Pecan Passion™ is caramel ice cream blended with praline caramel fudge pieces and layered with a caramel mousse, rich caramel sauce and crunchy glazed pecans. Cookie Craze™ is layers of cookies and cream ice cream, vanilla mousse and chocolate fudge, all topped off with crushed chocolate sandwich cookies. Double Fudge Frenzy™ is rich chocolate ice cream blended with chewy brownies and layered with chocolate mousse, chocolate fudge and chewy bittersweet brownie pieces. Key Lime Melt Down™ combines key lime ice cream with layers of whipped vanilla mousse, key lime sauce and graham cracker crumbs. Lastly, Peanut Butter Panic™ is made with peanut butter ice cream and rich peanut butter revel, and is topped with peanut butter mousse, rich chocolate sauce and chopped Reese’s peanut bitter cups.
Distribution: National for foodservice
Ethnic Baked Bread CheeseCompany: Bass Lake Cheese Factory
Location: Somerset, Wis.
Introduced: November 2002
Details: Bass Lake has developed a new cheese variety based on traditional Finnish-style bread cheese. It’s called Juustoleip?Pronounced “HOO-stah-lee-pah,” it is a flat, slightly squeaky cheese with a buttery flavor. Unusual in that it is literally baked until browned at the end of the cheesemaking process, Juustoleip?s served warm or cold, dipped in coffee or accompanied by honey, jelly or fruit. Juustoleip?s available in 8-oz random weight rectangles approximately 0.75-inch thick. There are two varieties: Original and jalapeño.