just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.

Nestle launches Galak Passatempo bar in Brazil

Nestle has introduced a new product in the Brazilian market which brings together two of its major brands.

The Galak Passatempo ‘tablet’ is said to combine the creaminess of Nestle’s white chocolate product, Galak, with the crispiness of its biscuit-based product, Passatempo.

The new product reaches the main retail chains in the country in the last week of December in a 98g package, with a RRP of BRL5.49 (US$1.64).

Kallo’s Protein-Packed Lentil Cakes to land on UK shelves in January

New Kallo vegetarian and vegan-friendly lentil-based snacks are due to arrive on the shelves of the UK’s Waitrose in January to cater to demand for healthier eating.

Made with lentils, chick peas, sprouting peas, rice and corn, the Protein-Packed Lentil Cakes from Wessanen contain no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours. They are both gluten and wheat free.

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With 30 calories per cake, the snacks come in a “jumbo-roll format” and will be priced at GBP1.89 (US$2.5).

“Consumers are increasingly making purchasing decisions based on health needs and are looking for snacks that have a higher nutritional value,” said Hayley Murgett, Kallo brand controller at Wessanen.

My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream adds bite with new range

My/Mo Ice Cream with Mochi Bits is about to hit US retailers in the new year offering consumers pint-sized gluten-free treats.

The snacks from US-based My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream bring together ice cream and a sweet rice mochi dough in a “fusion of fan favourite flavours”: strawberry, mango, green tea, chocolate and salted caramel.

Since starting out in January, the company has won business with 6,000 retailers across the US and has expanded its range to both the freezer and bakery aisles.

“After the overwhelmingly positive response to My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, we are excited to expand our offerings with the launch of My/Mo Ice Cream with Mochi Bits,” said chief marketing officer Russell Barnett. “As our brand’s vision is to bring the snackability of mochi ice cream to the masses, this was a natural progression and delivers another way for consumers to chew their ice cream.” 

Mochi ice-cream maker Bubbies sets out stall.

Cook’s Pantry new line debuts from Katalina Holding

Katalina Holding Company has launched its Cook’s Pantry range of sauces, condiments, vegetables and fruit spreads, which are organic and kosher. 

The full line, some of which are allergy-friendly, is expected to be available in US stores by the new year. Products within the range include whole grain mustard from Dijon, spicy harissa and grilled artichokes from Tunisia and fruit spreads from Corsica. 

Cook’s Pantry president Matt Hately said: “The opportunity to combine my two greatest passions, cooking and travel, has been a dream come true.”  

Life Health Foods UK brand launches vegan, gluten-free Breakfast Balls

On-the-go breakfast specialist Life Health Foods UK, a venture part-owned by Australian major Sanitarium, is launching Breakfast Balls into the British market via its Up & Go brand.

The vegan, gluten-free product is made with oats, fruit and nuts, sold in bags of three balls. They contain 15% protein, zero added sugar and are high in fibre.

The range is available in three flavours: banana, almond and flax seed; cacao, hazelnut and chia seed; and strawberry, cashew and golden linseed.

The balls will be available in the new year with a RRP of GBP2 (US$2.67) per 48g bag. 

The company will also launch Up & Go Kids Breakfast Drinks in banana, chocolate and strawberry flavours in the new year at a RRP of GBP3 for a pack of four.

The Up & Go brand began life in Australia in 1999.

Interview from August 2017: “We can really make a dent in the food industry” – Chris Laidlaw, CEO of Sanitarium’s Life Health Foods UK, on new growth strategy

Allied Bakeries brand Allinson’s launches artisanal-style loaves

Allinson’s, an Allied Bakeries bread brand, is tapping into the “artisanal baker boom” with the launch of a new range of “premium” loaves.

The UK baker – ultimately owned by Associated British Foods – has launched Ten Seeds & Grains, Olive & Rosemary and Honey & Wholemeal loaves. The variants are each available in an unsliced 410g cob.

Allinson’s said the loaves are “cut and dressed by hand” and suggests they “provide the best bread experience within the wrapped bread segment, bridging the gap between in-store bakery whilst providing the shelf life of wrapped bread”. 

The new year will also see the existing Allinson’s range move to paper packaging with a new pack design.

Allinson’s went through a re-brand in early 2017.
Its new product range will be available throughout the UK from January, with a RRP of GBP1.89 (US$2.53).

Nestle Brazil launches portable version of Chamyto children’s yogurts

Nestle Brazil has launched a variant of its Chamyto children’s yogurts which can be kept out of the refrigerator for up to six hours.

Chamyto Go is, the company says, “yogurt in a special packaging, in practical format and ready to use. {It is} sturdy and can stand up to six hours out of the fridge.”

The yogurts, which have contain ingredients such as live lactobacilli and the mineral zinc, are available in strawberry and vitamin flavours.

The 100g packs have a RRP of US$1.99.

The Black Farmer launches antibiotic-free pork products

The Black Farmer, a UK-based business best known for its sausages, has launched a range of pork products using meat raised without antibiotics.

The Devon company says it has worked closely with partner farms to establish farming and production methods in response to the rising resistance to antibiotics. It claims these are the first such products to be made available in major UK supermarkets.

The range comprises shoulder joint, fillet medallions, loin steaks, loin chops, belly joint and belly slices.

Business owner Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones said: “I believe that there are a growing number of consumers who prefer not to be consuming meat raised with antibiotics, just as there are consumers who prefer their meat to be reared to organic standards or within RSPCA Approved guidelines.”

The RRP per kg ranges from GBP8.49 (US$11.36) for the shoulder joint to GBP12.99 for the loin steaks.