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September 11, 2020

New products – B&G Foods bets on cauliflower; Restaurant chain Zizzi makes UK grocery bow; Pukka Pies’ plant-based duo; Nestle’s NAT children’s cereal range

This week's selection of new products includes a new healthier-profile children's cereal range launched by Nestle in Spain and Danone entering the dips category.

This week’s selection of new products includes a new healthier profile children’s cereal range launched by Nestle in Spain, Danone entering the dips category in France, and plant-inspired lines from B&G Foods and Pukka Pies.

B&G Foods now offers taco shells, tortillas with cauliflower

B&G Foods, the US group that owns the Green Giant brand, has expanded its Mexican product line with the introduction of taco shells and tortillas with cauliflower. 

Launched in grocery stores across the US under the Ortega brand, the Cauliflower & Corn Taco Shells and Cauliflower & Flour Tortillas are joined by a range of Ortega Street Taco Sauces and an Ortega Taco Pizza Kit.

The Street sauces come in Asada 3 Chile & Garlic, Tinga Chipotle Tomato Habanero and Mojo Chile Lime.

Restaurant chain Zizzi makes UK grocery debut

Zizzi, the UK-based Italian restaurant chain, is making its grocery bow with a frozen pizza range.

A trio of pizzas, based on the restaurant’s hand-stretched Rustica pizzas, are to be sold by Sainsbury’s.

The range is made up of Piccante Pepperoni, Margherita Classic and Vegan Jackfruit Pepperoni. The first two have a RRP of GBP4.00 (US$5.13) with the jackfruit variety coming in at GBP4.50.

They will be available in 307 Sainsbury’s stores from Sunday (13 September).

The range uses Italian grain leavened dough, hand stretched to 30cm, topped with Zizzi’s restaurant recipe tomato sauce and “premium” ingredients. Each pizza comes complete with a mini chilli or basil oil to drizzle. 

Harry Heeley, managing director at Zizzi, said: “This is an important step for us as a business as we grow beyond restaurants, and what better way to start than with a true Zizzi favourite.”

Pukka Pies makes vegan debut with plant-based duo

UK savoury pies supplier Pukka Pies has launched a range of plant-based pies – the first time the brand has launched a vegan product. 

Pukka’s chilled vegan range will see two of the brand’s bestselling pie recipes trade their ingredients for 100% vegan alternatives, bringing shoppers Vegan Chicken & Mushroom and Vegan Minced Steak & Onion.  

Vegan Chicken & Mushroom pie has soy protein vegan ‘chicken’ pieces, sliced mushrooms and a savoury vegan creamy sauce encased in puff pastry. Vegan Minced Steak & Onion is made from minced soy protein vegan ‘steak’, paired with chopped onions in a gravy.  

In a statement the privately-owned company said: “Research has found that 55% of shoppers are actively reducing their meat intake, while the number of vegans in the UK has risen +305% in the last year. This demonstrates there’s a real opportunity to offer shoppers vegan alternatives to two of our most popular pie recipes which don’t compromise on taste, and we’re confident that retailers will benefit from incremental sales by stocking our new range.” 

Pukka’s Vegan range launches into Morrisons from 16 September and Sainsbury’s vegan aisle from 23 September with a RRP of GBP1.89 (US$2.44).

Nestle launches NAT children’s cereal range in Spain

Switzerland-based food giant Nestlé has launched a new range of healther-profile children’s cereal in Spain under the NAT brand.

The company describes the range as “the first children’s breakfast cereals made with ingredients of natural origin and sweetened with honey and fruit juices”.

All NAT varieties have whole oats as the first ingredient and are, according to Nestlé, “ideal recipes for families looking for healthy, nutritious and tasty options for the first meal of the day”.

NAT Ositos are designed for children between four and eight years old. They are available in honey and chocolate variants.

NAT Cereals are aimed at children from eight to 12 years. They are made with pieces of fruit, almonds and chocolate and are available in two variants – honey and almonds and chocolate and strawberry.

Danone enters dips category in France

French dairy major Danone has entered a new category in its home market with a six-strong range of yogurt-based flavoured dips.

Danone à partager comes in dried tomatoes with basil and Espelette pepper; cucumber with mint; grilled vegetables; green olives and oregano; carrot and cumin; and black pepper with Guerande salt.

The 170-gram pots display the Nutri-Score health label, with the dips classified as an A rating, the healthiest score on a scale of A to E. They have no additives or artificial flavourings and are made with milk sourced in France.

Piccolo launches high-fibre kids’ snacks, oat bars

Baby food and infant-formula business Piccolo in the UK is launching new high-fibre organic snacks and oat bars.

Mighty Melts and Oaty Bars have been rolled out to coincide with schools and nurseries returning to classes.

Mighty Melts offer 7.6 grams of fibre per 100g (0.5g per 6g bag) and are made with real yogurt and fresh fruit.

Oaty Bars contain 13.5g of fibre per 100g (2.7g per 20g bar) with no added sugar. They are made with “textured” multi-grains and are designed for kids aged 12 months and over. The bars are free-from dairy and gluten, and suitable for vegans.

Mighty Melts will be available in Sainsbury’s from 13 September at a RRP of 65 pence per 6g bag.

Piccolo said it has secured a new yet to be disclosed retail account for the Oaty Bars, which will launch on 28 September at a RRP of GBP2.95 (US$3.77) for a multi-pack containing six 20g bars.  

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