This week’s product news includes a new milk product from Canada’s Saputo and the exclusive launch in India of a mint version of Perfetti Van Melle’s Center Fresh gum brand.
Nomadic unveils on-the-go Lovely Live Yogurt range
Irish yogurt maker Nomadic has launched a trio of layered yogurts with spoons built into the lid.
The Co. Donegal firm has paired its Lovely Live Yogurt with a layer of salted caramel, Alphonso Mango and Raspberry in the new range.
Nomadic managing director Alan Cunningham said: “We recognise that consumers need convenience, so it’s natural for us to include a spoon – it blows our minds that it seems a revelation to some of our competitors and not important to others.”
The Lovely Live Yogurt range is now available throughout the UK with an RRP of GBP1.30 (US$1.66). Also available are 450g pots with a RRP of GBP2.20.
Nestlé launches Nesquik Alphabet cereal in Spain
Food giant Nestlé has launched a lower sugar cereal aimed at children in Europe.
Its Nesquik Alphabet cereal has been pilot launched in Spain
The chocolate-filled cereal contain 40% less sugar than its counterparts on the market, Nestlé suggests. The letter-shaped pieces are made from wholegrain wheat and are fortified with calcium, iron, vitamin D and B vitamins. The sugar content is 15%.
The level of salt is also lower than in many other cereals, Nestlé says.
Kellogg debuts new Hi Happy Inside cereal
US food giant Kellogg has launched a new better-for-you cereal in the shape of Hi Happy Inside.
The company said its new line contains “the power of 3-in-1” by supporting digestive wellness with pre-biotiocs and fibre.
Aleta Chase, marketing director for Hi Happy Inside, said: “Hi Happy Inside is a delicious cereal with three powerful ingredients to support digestive wellness.
“This new cereal provides a proactive real food solution to people who want to incorporate more pre-biotics and pro-biotics into their diet.”
Hi Happy Inside delivers one billion live pro-biotics from active strains and has 2.5 grams of pre-biotics and 8-9 grams of fibre.
The cereal is made with a blend of fruit and ‘yogurty’ pieces, and is made with 100% whole grains. It is available in three flavours, Simply Strawberry, Bold Blueberry and Coconut Crunch.
It is sold in 34.5 oz resealable bags at Costco and Boxed with an RRP of US$12.99.
Individual cups with a RRP of $1.99 will be available from retailers nationwide in early 2019.
Nestle introduces ‘premier’ chocolate collection in India
Nestlé has also introduced Les Recettes De L’Atelier, a “premium collection of visibly authentic and irresistibly uneven chocolate tablets” in India.
The range – which translates as “recipes of the artisan’s shop” – is handmade and includes pieces of fruit and nuts.
Suresh Narayanan, chairman and managing director of Nestlé’s operations in India, said: “We are always seeking to deliver authentic and iconic products to our consumers. Nestlé Les Recettes De L’Atelier is a testament to our rich chocolate making legacy, providing a genuine experience in taste, texture and look.”
The chocolate will be available in four variants – three in dark chocolate and one in milk chocolate. The range consists of Milk Chocolate Raisins Almond Hazelnuts, Dark Cranberry Almonds, Dark Roasted Almonds, and Dark Raisins Almonds Hazelnuts.
The range will be available across select e-commerce players and select stores in major cities.
Conagra Brands rolls out on-the-go Evol meal bowls
Conagra Brands-owned Evol Foods is rolling out a range of on-the-go nutrition and breakfast bowls in the US.
The four varieties of frozen Modern Nutrition Bowls contain vitamins and nutrients such as iron, protein and fibre, complete with vegetables, rice and meat. Flavours include Warrior Bowl, Vitalize Bowl, Boost Bowl, and Balance Bowl.
Morning Bowls also include four varieties: Breakfast Sausage & Uncured Bacon Bowl; Spicy Chipotle Chorizo Bowl; Smoked Uncured Ham Benedict Bowl; and Creamy Basil Veggie Bowl.
All eight products are available in US grocery and mass retailers nationwide.
Triskalia launches another range under Payson Breton brand
France-based agri-food co-op Triskalia is using its Payson Breton brand to launch a range of frozen, organic vegetables.
Triskalia’s Payson Breton brand is perhaps best-known for dairy products but vegetables are sold under the brand.
The line of organic vegetables – carrots, broccoli, peas and green beans – are grown and processed in France.
Retailers listing the products include Leclerc, Systeme U, Casino and Carrefour.
School of Wok launches stir-fry meal kits
UK cookery school and Asian food brand School of Wok has launched a new range of stir fry meal kits.
The kits will launch into more than 150 Waitrose stores followed by 472 Tesco stores this month.
They come in three flavours, Sweet & Sour, Black Bean and Spicy Sichuan with a RRP of GBP2.99.
Each kit includes three pre-made elements such as a marinade, spice mix and sauce and leads customers through three steps to achieve a Chinese stir-fry. Consumers need to add the fresh ingredients.
Company founder Jeremy Pang said: “We believe the world f category is ripe for disruption and with the launch of our stir fry kits we are proud to be bringing a more premium and authentic offering into the supermarkets.”Hormel Foods Launches Asian-Inspired House of Tsang Mix’n Dip sauces
America’s Hormel Foods has launched a new line of Asian mix’n dip sauces
House of Tsang Mix’n Dip sauces are available in three flavours – Thai Style Peanut, Sweet Chili and Sweet & Sour.
They are designed to mix with cream cheese, sour cream or Greek-style yogurt to create an Asian-inspired dip.
Corrine Hjelmen, brand manager at Hormel Foods, said: “Our new Asian Mix’n Dip sauces provide yet another way for consumers to enjoy their favourite Asian-inspired flavors as a simple, versatile snack dip.”
The House of Tsang product portfolio already includes a variety of stir-fry sauces, dipping sauces and cooking oils.
House of Tsang Asian Mix’n Dips have a RRP of US$1.69-$1.99 and are available in select Wal-Mart stores across the US.
Kind introduces Minis portion snacks
Healthy snacks producer Kind is launching small portion, single-serve snack bars called Minis.
The New York-based firm said Minis contain 100 calories or less and have more “nutrient-dense ingredients and provide a greater amount of positive nutrients, like protein and fibre”, compared to other low-calorie snacks on the market. They also have fewer refined carbohydrates.
Minis varieties include Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt and Caramel Almond & Sea Salt. Some of the bars also contain fruits such as cranberries and cherries.
The bars can be found online and at national retailers.
“We opted to create a snack with a minimally processed, nutrient-dense first ingredient like nuts versus enriched flour or refined sugar,” said Stephanie Perruzza, a registered dietitian and health and wellness expert at Kind.
Saputo debuts ultra-filtered milk brand Joyya
Canada-based dairy group Saputo is rolling out Joyya, an “ultra-filtered” milk which it says has 25% less sugar than regular milk.
Joyya is made from milk sourced in Canada and contains 16 grams of protein per 250-ml serving, which Saputo claims is 75% more protein than traditional milk. It has no artificial flavours or colourings.
Joyya comes in a one-litre format and is available at Canada’s community grocery stores and independent speciality stores in four varieties: Skim Milk, Partly Skimmed Milk, Whole Milk, and Chocolate Dairy Partly Skimmed.
Perfetti Van Melle launches mint version of Center Fresh gum brand in India
Italian confectioner Perfetti Van Melle is launching a mint version of its Center Fresh gum brand.
The roll-out of Center Fresh Mints is exclusive to the Indian market, although the stockists were not disclosed.
The three-layer, sugar-free mints are available in two flavours – Peppermint and Strawberry Mint – at a recommended retail price of INR10 (US$0.13).
Rohit Kapoor, Perfetti Van Melle’s marketing director for India, said: “It’s the first extension of the brand in the non-gum segment. Globally, we have seen powermints as a category gaining a lot of traction and we would like to develop the category further in India with the launch of Centerfresh Mints.”