5 new cheese products that offer convenience
The Laughing Cow’s cheese and breadsticks snack
The Laughing Cow, a brand of Chicago-based Bel Brands USA, created a new on-the-go snack — Cheese Dippers. The snack features The Laughing Cow’s creamy Swiss cheese paired with crunchy breadsticks. There are two varieties — classic breadsticks or tomato-and-herb breadsticks. One 1.23-ounce pack has 100 calories, 6 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein. It’s sold in single-serve packs and 5-packs for a suggested retail price of $1.49 and $4.99, respectively. The snack will be available in stores nationwide in May.
Emmi creates a microwavable cheese fondue
Emmi Roth USA, Monroe, Wis., launched Fondü All in One – a portable, microwave and oven-safe dip with all-natural, premium cheese from Switzerland. The cheese is based on the company’s original fondue recipe and can be ready in 7 minutes using a microwave. The packaging is an innovative concept that includes a fondue pan, a support and a candle. The fondue is sold in the refrigerated section of grocers’ deli departments with a suggested retail price of $14.99.
BelGioioso launches sample sizes of new artisan cheeses
BelGioioso Cheese, Green Bay, Wis., introduced La Bottega di BelGioioso – a handcrafted artisanal cheese line. The collection includes hand-wrapped 4-ounce cuts for easy tasting and whole wheels for in-store usage. The flavors are Crescenza-Stracchino (tangy and spreadable); American Grana (aged 24 months); gorgonzola with cow and sheep’s milk; Provolone Extra (aged 24 months); and Peperoncino Asiago con Chili Pepper (spicy and savory). The cheeses are available in select specialty retailers and cheese shops nationwide for a suggested retail price per piece of $3.99 to $4.99.
Cheddar cheese powder for pizza, pasta and salad
Cabot Creamery, Waitsfield, Vt., showcased several products at January’s Fancy Food Show, including Cheddar Shake — a powdered premium Cheddar cheese. The cheese powder is sold in an 8-ounce plastic bottle for an average retail price of $4.99. A 2-teaspoon serving contains 25 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein. The shelf-stable cheese is available in grocery stores on the East Coast, from Maine to Florida.
Portable cheese and meat ‘sandwiches’ from Cady Creek Farms
Cady Creek Farms, Wilson, Wis., showcased a new product called Cheesewich at the Winter Fancy Food Show. The snack comes in four “sandwich” varieties, including — one slice hard salami between two slices of mild Cheddar and one slice hard salami between two slices of pepper Jack cheese. For the Cheddar variety, each 2.5-ounce vacuum-sealed serving contains 290 calories, 25 grams of fat and 16 grams of protein. The ready-to-eat snack is available in select grocery and convenience stores (like Walmart and Casey’s) nationwide for a suggested retail price of $1.99. Cheesewich has a refrigerated six-month shelf life and is gluten-free.