This week’s batch of new products includes news from companies including Nestlé, Calbee, Ferrero, General Mills and Jack Link’s.

Nestle adds to US frozen stable

The world’s largest food manufacturer is rolling out more frozen products in the US, including the launch of two sub-brands.

Nestlé is offering a new range of pizzas – Stacked – under its DiGiorno brand and marketing two more meal lines under its Stouffer’s brand: Bowl-Fulls and Meals for 2.

The Stacked pizzas have more toppings and “over-the-top” flavours, which Nestlé said are “similar to carry-out and delivery options”.

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Nestlé said the Bowl-Fulls and Meals for 2 items are “comfort dishes” that “bring more ease and flavour to dinner time”.

The company has also added more products to the Lean Cuisine Marketplace range, with products like Buffalo Style Chicken “inspired by popular quick-service restaurants”.

UK baby food firm Piccolo extends range into stock cubes, sauces

London-based organic baby food brand Piccolo is extending its range of products with new cooking ingredients, one pack pouch meals and healthy snacks.

The new products are free from sugar and salt – except the stock cubes which are low in those ingredients – and new stir-in sauces are one of a baby’s recommended five-a-day portions of fruit or veg.

Piccolo’s new stir-in sauces come in three flavours – Tomato & Basil, Beef Bolognese and Pumpkin & Cheese – while its new stock cubes come in Chicken, Vegetable and Beef variants.

Its new complete meal range is made up of Green Vegetable Three Grain Risotto with Cheese, Beef Spaghetti Bolognese with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Three Vegetable Mac and Cheese with a hint of Sage.

Piccolo’s new snacking range is made up of Piccolo Mighty Breadsticks in either Tomato & Basil or Apple & Cinnamon flavours while the company has also launched teething wafer Piccolo Squares in Mango, Banana Blueberry and Sweet Pea varieties.
Cat Gazzoli, founder of Piccolo said: “Our new pouch meals, healthy snacks and cooking range aim to take away the stress of finding food that’s delicious and convenient for cooking at home or when you are on the go – leaving time for what really matters.”

The new products are set to roll out across UK stores from this month with RRPs ranging from GBP0.85 (US$1.07) for the breadsticks and squares to GBP2.30 for the meals.

Japanese restaurant chain Yo Sushi targets grocery retail

Yo Sushi, the London-based Japanese restaurant chain, has launched a range of products in the UK grocery retail channel.

The company has developed a line of sauces and a variety of condiments, which are being sold in “selected” Tesco stores this month.

A range of four sauces – each selling for GBP1 (US$1.29) – include katsu curry and teriyaki. The condiments include a tonkatsu and two different flavours of mayonnaise.

Bells of Lazonby launches new vegan Bells & Whistles brand

UK bakery business Bells of Lazonby has launched a new vegan range in the shape of Bells & Whistles.

The cake slices will be available in three flavours – Berry & Cashew, Nut Truffle and Ginger & Apricot – and are gluten-, wheat- and milk-free.

The vegan slices comprise three layers – a baked base covered with ganache, which is topped with dark chocolate or white vegan chocolate that contains no milk and sprinkled with either berries, roasted hazelnuts or chopped pistachio.

The slices are set to hit shelves in UK ‘big four’ supermarket Sainsbury’s on 9 June with a RRP of GBP2.75 for a pack of four. Other retail listings are set to follow.

Bells of Lazenby’s Josh Boydell-Smith said: “We have launched Bells & Whistles to rewrite the rules in the sector, with branding, packaging and product that defy preconceptions of vegan food and stand out in the ever-growing vegan market.

“Our positioning is disruptive and relevant, taking inspiration from millennial fashion brands – and the focus is on celebrating quality ingredients and our passion for innovation.”

Calbee rolls out new brand in US

Japan-based snacks group Calbee – in which PepsiCo is a shareholder – is launching an addition to its range in the US.

Spudkins is being showcased this week at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago.

Three variants are being launched – honey barbeque, yellow cheddar, plus sour cream and onion – and the snacks are similar to those sold by Calbee in Asia under the Jagabee brand.

“For the past 12 years, the Jagabee brand has been one of the top selling salty snacks for Calbee Japan,” Paul Laubscher, director of marketing for Calbee in North America, said. “We’re excited to leverage Calbee’s international expertise in potato snacks by launching Spudkins, a brand specifically targeted towards North American audiences that builds upon the Jagabee industry-leading heritage. Fry Cuts is the first product in an exciting line of deliciously crisp potato snacks to be launched under the Spudkins brand name.”

Laubscher told just-food no listings had been confirmed yet but he said Calbee had had a “positive response from Stop & Shop, Giant and Martins all in the Upper Mid-West to New York”.

Loma Linda Tuno hits Morrisons

The first major UK grocer to stock Atlantic Natural Foods’ tuna alternative has been revealed.

Morrisons started listing Tuno Loma Linda Tuno this week.

“Morrisons is our first launch with other major retailers to follow later this year, who will be taking the ready meals too,” Eric Woods, the managing director of Worldwide Food Associates, the Liverpool-based distributor of the products, said.

Last autumn, Atlantic Natural Foods announced its plans to launch its Loma Linda brand of plant-based meals in the UK.

Wood said this week: “The more immediate opportunity for the ready meals will be Ocado and the major health food wholesalers, who will be listing a selection of the range – so the likes of Tree of Life, The Health Store, CLF and Suma, who will be servicing the likes of Planet Organic and Whole Food Market.”

Wessanen extends Mrs Crimble’s range in UK with Lunchbox Loaf Cakes

Wessanen, the Netherlands-based healthy food company, is launching gluten-free Lunchbox Loaf Cakes in the UK under its Mrs Crimble’s brand.

Available in two flavours – Jammy and Double Chocolate – the cakes will initially be launched into UK ‘big four’ supermarket Tesco in the free-from aisle.

The Loaf Cakes, which are gluten-free and under 130 calories, are packaged in a box of five individually wrapped cakes with a RRP of GBP2.50 (US$3.16).

Bryan Martins, marketing director at Wessanen UK, said: “We believe the key to well being is all about balance and through the new Mrs Crimble’s Loaf Cakes we can still let consumers enjoy a bit of what they fancy.”

Samworth Brothers make Ginsters vegetable pasty vegan-friendly

Ginsters, the UK pasty brand owned by Samworth Brothers, has reformulated the recipe of its Moroccan Vegetable Pasty to make it suitable for those following a vegan diet.

All animal products have been removed from the new product, which retains the same name. It is now on sale at UK ‘big four’ supermarkets Tesco, Asda and Morrisons for GBP1.60 (US$2.03).

The pasty features a butternut squash, chickpea, and roasted red pepper filling. It has added harissa, apricots, and dates for sweetness and Moroccan chermoula paste, with cumin, paprika, and cayenne.

Kieran Hemsworth, managing director of Ginsters, said: “As the nation’s favourite savoury pastry brand, it’s essential we are part of the vegan conversation, strengthening our product offering to both retailers and shoppers. As food retailers expand their plant-based options for existing and new consumers, we want to support retailers in bringing even more choice to the category with quality high on the agenda.

“Developed for lunch on the go, or a slower in-home meal, our new Ginsters Moroccan Vegetable Pasty hits the mark for both occasions with an incredible deep-filled flavour profile.”

Arla launches mousse, yogurt desserts

European dairy giant Arla is launching a range of mousse and yogurt desserts in Sweden.

Arla Yogurt Dessert comes in two varieties, strawberry, and mango and passion, while Arla Mousse is available in salted caramel, and raspberry with meringue, all made with Greek yogurt.

The Yogurt Dessert salted caramel is topped with honey roasted almonds and carries a recommended retail price of SEK14.90 (US$1.54) for a 135-gram pot.

Yogurt Dessert with raspberries, and meringue dipped in white chocolate, is available in a 142g pot at a RRP of SEK14.90. 

Both the mousse desserts come in 100g pots at a RRP of SEK8.90 each.

Ferrero takes flagship chocolate bar into US

Italy-based confectionery major Ferrero is launching one of its most notable chocolate products in the US market.

Kinder Bueno will hit US stores in November, the company, which has been steadily building its business in the country through M&A, said.

The launch of Kinder Bueno is one of three new products Ferrero is rolling out in the US between now and November.

In September, Ferrero will start to sell Ferrero Golden Gallery Signature boxed chocolates and Tic Tac X-Freeze sugar-free mints.

All three products are being unveiled at this week’s Sweets & Snacks Expo trade show in Chicago.

General Mills links up with Hershey on Fillows cereal

US food heavyweight General Mills has teamed up with Hershey to launch a co-branded breakfast cereal.

Described as “the only cereal to deliver a crunchy shell with a burst of crème filling in every bite, the cereal – marketed under the new Fillows brand – are available in two flavours: Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme and Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll.

The new cereals will be available at nearly 1,700 Wal-Mart stores. The RRP for a family sized box is US$3.98.

Jack Link’s adds to Peperami range in UK

US meat-snacks group Jack Link’s is continuing its product development work on Peperami in the UK.

The company has put pastry around Peperami’s signature meat sticks and launched Peperami Pastry Rolls.

“As sausage rolls are already a favourite amongst consumers, the new Peperami Pastry Rolls will look to capitalise on this by bringing innovation to the meat snacking category, delivering a familiar snack to consumers, while also helping to keep them fuller for longer,” Pavan Chandra, marketing manager at Peperami, said.

Peperami Pastry Rolls are available at Asda, with an RRP of GBP2.50 (US$3.23) for a pack of three 42g rolls.