Evanston, Ill.-based Tula Foods introduces Better Whey of Life yogurt.

Evanston, Ill.-based Tula Foods introduces Better Whey of Life yogurt. The five-variety line-acai mixed berry, French vanilla, peach mango, plain and strawberry banana-features 15g to 17g of protein in each 6-oz container. With a suggested retail of $1.79 to $1.99, this is the first all-natural, high-whey protein product produced in a convenient on-the-go format, and priced to allow consumers to add whey protein to their daily diet in an affordable manner, according to the company.

The world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé, with U.S. headquarters in Glendale, Calif., introduces Glowelle, a daily beauty drink dietary supplement that claims to protect and hydrate the inner and outer layers of the skin. Glowelle is formulated with a proprietary blend of high-antioxidant vitamins, phytonutrients, and botanical and fruit extracts to help fight the signs of aging by nourishing the skin from within. Directions say to consume one dose daily in order for Glowelle to hydrate the skin and provide antioxidants to help defend against the damage caused by free radicals.

“At Glowelle, we know that looking good is as important as feeling good. It’s really exciting to bring a new product to women that addresses both beauty and wellness holistically,” says Kimberly Cooper, chief beauty officer of Glowelle. “Glowelle works naturally to give skin the nutrition it craves to help let women’s natural beauty show.”

Glowelle is available in ready-to-drink glass bottles (100 calories per single-serve bottle) as well as seven or 30-day powder pack kits (50 calories per packet). Made with real tea, fruit and botanical extracts, Glowelle comes in two flavors, raspberry jasmine and pomegranate lychee. Though the products are non-dairy, the powder packets readily blend into yogurt or a dairy beverage. Further, this concept is adaptable to milk for positioning in the refrigerated dairy case.  

Castro Cheese Company Inc., Houston, introduces La Vaquita brand Panela Fresca and Cuajada Fresca-flavorful and traditional Mexican cheeses for the expanding palette of today’s mainstream consumer. They also strike a familiar cord among Hispanic consumers who enjoy the cheeses that remind them of home. As with all La Vaquita cheeses, Panela Fresca and Cuajada Fresca are produced daily, made to order and are all natural.

Panela fresca is a white, mild, pressed curd, non-cultured cheese with a flavor reminiscent of fresh mozzarella. It pairs with fruits such as pineapple or mango, and can also be sliced and served in sandwiches. Since panela does not melt, it can be pan grilled or fried and served atop a salad or with spicy homemade salsa.

Cuajada fresca is a fresh crumbly cheese whose name literally means “fresh curd.” It is enjoyed as an appetizer, paired with guava paste, crumbled over black beans or topping tostones or arepas. Traditionally formed by shaping the warm curd between the cheesemaker’s hands into egg shaped balls, La Vaquita Cuajada Fresca echoes a long-time tradition offering authenticity in both flavor and presentation.

Fullerton, Calif.-based Wildwood Organics, a division of Pulmuone Wildwood, a leading U.S. provider of soy food products, now offers Probiotic Soymilk. With seven live and active cultures and 8g of soy protein in every 10-oz bottle, Probiotic Soymilk comes in blueberry, pomegranate and vanilla flavors. There’s also a 30-oz family size package with an additional plain flavor option.

According to the Journal of Food Science, researchers from Victoria University in Australia report that adding probiotic bacteria to soymilk may enhance the solubility of calcium up to 90%. The research also reports that adding probiotics to soymilk affects the absorption and metabolism of the isoflavones in the gut.

Pinkberry once again reinvents how people enjoy frozen yogurt with the launch of its new liquid frozen treat: Granita. “At Pinkberry, we’re very focused on giving our customers a unique and unexpected experience-and innovation is one way we can keep things fresh,” says Shelly Hwang, co-founder and chief product officer of the Los Angeles-based company. Pinkberry Granita is made with nonfat yogurt and nonfat milk, and like its uniquely tart nonfat frozen yogurt, Granita is a healthy nonfat treat that is a good source of calcium with live and active cultures. Granita comes in two sizes: small ($3.00) and large ($3.50).

Dairy Foods now offers Dairy Product Innovations (www.dairyfoods.com/dpi), an e-newsletter focused on new dairy products and new products and services from dairy industry suppliers. Subscribers receive Dairy Product Innovations monthly with the occasional special installation or themed issue focusing on specific niches like artisan cheese or organic and natural foods. To subscribe, visit www.dairyfoods.com.

Portland, Maine-based Oakhurst Dairy introduces Oakhurst Super Premium Chocolate Milk to consumers across Northern New England in order to replace the distribution of Hershey’s Chocolate Milk that was recently discontinued. The local, family-run company had been distributing Hershey’s Chocolate Milk for many years and upon learning of The Hershey Co.’s, decision to exit the fresh flavored milk business, Oakhurst made the strategic decision to fill the gap.

Hershey’s Ice Cream’s newest addition to its Signature Line-the Cookies ‘N Cream Bar-is cookies ‘n cream ice cream surrounding a sweet cream filled center and coated in crunchy cookies pieces. The Hershey Creamery Co., Harrisburg, Pa., has no affiliation with The Hershey Co., manufacturers of Hershey’s Chocolate.

Green tea has become one of today’s hottest superfoods, bolstered not only by its antioxidant-rich profile but its metabolism-boosting effects as well. Recently in Europe, Yoplait launched yOptimal, a drinkable yogurt formulated for women to help them stay slim. Green tea extract and fiber are the key weight control ingredients. A single serving claims to contain as much green tea as a 125-ml cup of brewed green tea.

Targeting foods to women is a trend in Europe. In the United Kingdom, Mars has launched a flavored milk under the Galaxy brand. Enriched with protein and calcium, the beverage claims to build stronger bones, healthier skin and shiny hair. It is also made with 2% milk and does not contain any artificial colors or sweeteners-attributes that contribute to its natural halo and weight management benefits. Although many drinkable yogurts have been targeted to women, it is much more unusual to find female-oriented milk. Consumer studies have shown that many women gravitate away from milk after childhood, but products like Galaxy milk reinvigorate the category by appealing to female-specific health and beauty concerns. 

Contributed by Krista Faron, senior analyst, Mintel Custom Solutions,  Global New Products Database (GNPD). For more information call 312/932-0400, or visit www.gnpd.com.

A new branding campaign emerges as GaGa’s Inc., Warwick, R.I., goes gaga! The company’s new logo and package design features its diverse fans who are truly passionate about the product. The new identity was introduced with the launch of its fifth flavor: Rainbow SherBetter. 

“GaGa’s appeals to everyone and we wanted the introduction of our Rainbow flavor packaging to reflect that diversity with the enthusiastic faces of our fans,” says Jim King, founder and CEO. “Our new packaging more aptly describes SherBetter, which is a perfect balance of ice cream and sherbet.”

GaGa’s SherBetter does not fall into the classification of ice cream or sherbet as defined by FDA. King coined the new category “SherBetter” because it falls somewhere between the definition of an ice cream and sherbet. With its low-fat content and all-natural ingredients, it’s a “Sher-Winner” among the health-conscious, according to King. 

Ciao Bella Gelato Inc., Irvington, N.J., introduces the Select Series Gelato line, which debuted with two chef-inspired flavors. There’s spicy and refreshing Maple Ginger Snap and salty and tart Key Lime Graham Cracker. Malted Milk Ball and Chocolate Jalapeno are hitting freezers this month.

Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell Ice Cream, introduces Snickerdoodle Ice Cream, a cinnamon ice cream with chunks of snickerdoodle cookies and a praline cinnamon swirl. “Cookies and milk are a great midnight snack, but cookies and ice cream are even better,” says Paul Kruse, Blue Bell CEO and president. “And, we’re not talking about small crumbles of cookie when it comes to our ice cream. We have actual pieces that look like miniature snickerdoodle cookies. You’ll taste cinnamon and a praline swirl in every bite too. All of the ingredients come together for a great tasting ice cream.”

Just in time for the first kick-off of the season, Perry’s Ice Cream, Buffalo, N.Y., introduced Buffalo Bills Brownie Blitz, which is premium French vanilla ice cream with laces of fudge and brownie pieces, all packaged in classic Bills colors. Western New York’s Perry’s Ice Cream has been named the “Official Ice Cream” of the Buffalo Bills and the commemorative ice cream flavor is just part of their new marketing partnership.

This holiday season, Baskin-Robbins, America’s favorite neighborhood ice cream shop, is every ice cream lover’s home for the holidays. Baskin-Robbins holiday-inspired offerings are infused with seasonal flavors reminiscent of traditional holiday desserts.  This fall, the ice cream icon is welcoming an array of new seasonal cakes and flavors. The new treats include a line of take-home cakes, such as the haunted house, which is an ice cream cake transformed into a spooky haunted house decorated with candy corns, spiders and ghosts. It starts with a layer of the chain’s new fudge crunch cake, a layer of fudge and chocolate crunchies in between a layer of vanilla and chocolate ice creams. There’s also a 6- and 9-inch round pumpkin face. For Thanksgiving Baskin-Robbins takes its classic ice cream cake and shapes it into a turkey-sugar cones are its legs-and for Christmas, an ice cream cake is transformed into a holiday house decorated with Hershey’s Kissables and mini candy canes.