This week’s batch of new products includes ice-cream supplier Froneri launching a brand internationally and Mondelez International entering the spreads category in India.

Froneri launches Nuii ice-cream brand

Ice-cream supplier Froneri is to launch an addition to its portfolio in a number of markets.

Froneri, co-owned by Nestlé and private-equity firm PAI Partners, is rolling out Nuii, an “indulgent” ice-cream stick.

Nuii is being launched in the UK and “across Europe”. In the UK, the ice creams are being sold in packs of three and as single bars.

Froneri has developed four flavours – Salted Caramel & Australian Macadamia, Dark Chocolate & Nordic Berry, Cookies & Idaho Valley Mint and Almond & Java Vanilla.

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The recommended retail price in the UK for the three-pack is GBP3.80 (US$4.89). The single sticks have a recommended price of GBP2.

As well as the UK, Nuii is being sold in six other European markets – Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria and Portugal.

Fazer debuts Froosh smoothie bowls

Finnish food company Fazer Group is launching Froosh, which it describes as “trendy smoothie bowls, filled with 100% fruit and vegetables, topped with crunchy granola”.

Froosh, which is to be launched in Sweden, comes in three flavour combinations. All are free of additives and added sugar. The flavours are Pear, Kiwi and Avocado, Peach, Passion Fruit and Vanilla and Strawberry, Banana and Grapefruit.

Johanna Strand, brand manager at Froosh, said: “A large part of the products that currently exist in the snack and breakfast segment consists of dairy products, or they contain sugar and additives. We are therefore delighted to be able to offer a plant-based alternative, consisting of only high quality fruit,  topped with crispy granola consisting of oats, seeds and dried fruit.”

Fazer suggests the products are suitable as breakfast alternatives or snacks on the go.

Start-up Smorgasbord wins UK listings for Swedish meatballs

Smorgasbord, a Swedish food specialist, has won listings with two of the UK’s ‘big four’ retailers for its meatballs.

The company, which emerged from the incubator programme The Hatchery run by UK food business The Black Farmer, will be selling its Swedish Meatballs in 400g and 1kg pack sizes via Asda and Sainsbury’s.

Brand owner Chris Monks worked with Wilfred Emmanuel–Jones (AKA The Black Farmer) to develop the concept of a range of “authentic” Swedish-made food products.

More Scandinavian products are being developed to add to the UK firm’s range.

The Hatchery was launched at the beginning of 2018 with the aim of creating an environment in which new food business ideas can be developed.

See Hatching new ideas – Big Food’s Incubator and Accelerator programmes

UK ice cream brand Jude’s debuts stick format 

UK ice cream manufacturer Jude’s is launching its low-calorie ice cream in a hand-held format for the first time.

Jude’s Minis are rolling out in nationwide Sainsbury’s stores this month using the company’s Vanilla Bean ice cream.

They come in boxes of six split between three flavours: Belgium milk chocolate and almond, Belgium milk chocolate, and Belgian white chocolate.

Each 50 millilitre ice cream stick contains 95 calories and will carry a recommended retail price of GBP4.50 (US$5.76) a box.

Mondelez launches Cadbury Dairy Milk Spready in India

Confectionery heavyweight Mondelez International has moved into the spreads category in India with the launch of Cadbury Dairy Milk Spready.

This made-in-India product will be available at all “modern trade outlets” and via e-tailers such as Amazon, Flipkart and Big Basket with a RRP of INR200 (US$2.80) for 200g.
Anil Viswanathan, director of marketing for Mondelez’s chocolates business in India, said: “Chocolate spreads is a strategically important adjacent category witnessing fast retail value growth over the past few years. With our tremendous equity in chocolate, we believe this is an opportune time for Mondelez India to foray into this category.

“This format enables us to enter into our consumers’ homes and their kitchens and be a part of their in-home consumption experiences.”

Arla launches lactose-free milk drinks with oats in Sweden

European dairy giant Arla Foods is launching a three-strong range of lactose-free milk and oat drinks in Sweden.

Arla Lactose Milk & Oat Drinks are made with natural ingredients and contain no additives. The Denmark-based firm claims they have twice as much protein as regular oat drinks and are also a source of calcium, vitamin B12 and phosphorous.

They come in three varieties in one litre pack sizes: Arla Lactose-Free Milk & Oat Drink Original at a recommended retail price of SEK15.50 (US$1.67); Arla Lactose-Free Milk & Oat beverage coffee with a RRP of SEK17.90; and Arla Lactose-Free Milk & Oat Drink Chocolate, also at a RRP17.90.

Arla says the drinks have 250% more protein, 32% fewer carbohydrates and 17% fewer sugars than standard oat drinks. 

Dairy Farmers of America unveils cheese brand Craigs Creamery 

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has launched Craigs Creamery, a new cheese brand, in collaboration with eight New York-based farms. 

The US cooperative says Craigs Creamery will offer a number of product varieties in slices, shreds, chunks and snack bars, including Whole Milk Mozzarella, Swiss, Mild/Medium/Sharp Cheddar, and Muenster cheese.

Its new range is available in Giant Landover, Stop & Shop and ShopRite stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. 

Craigs Creamery is made with locally-sourced milk and was launched “in response to growing consumer interest in wanting to know who produces their food”, DFA said.