This week’s batch of new products includes yogurts for babies from US-based Stonyfield and a vegan-friendly pea snack from the UK’s Brave Foods .

Voortman Bakery ‘s sugar-free push

Canada-based Voortman Bakery is rolling out a line of sugar-free products in its domestic market.

The company has launched a range of sugar-free breakfast biscuits, which it said is “hitting shelves in mass market retailers nationwide”.

Voortman said recent investment in innovation had given the business the highest per cent growth rate over the past two years propelling itself into the largest share player in the sugar-free segment”. 

Arla rolls out “in-between-meal” range in Denmark

European dairy business Arla Foods is rolling out a nine-strong range of “in-between-meals” in Denmark.

The Arla & More line of smoothies, Icelandic Skyr-style yogurts, curds and breakfast oats contain only natural ingredients and are a source of protein. Arla has sought to ensure they are low in sugar and fat. 

There are two 200-millilitre smoothies flavoured with coconut and pineapple or raspberry and beetroot, both selling for a recommended retail price of DKK13.95 (US$2.13) each.

Arla & More also includes two 230-gram porridge variants in vanilla and cardamom or apple and cinnamon, also retailing for DKK13.95.

And the twin range of Skyr yogurt and oats are available in blueberry or apricot for a 190-gram serving at DKK9.95. 

Skyr single yogurts come in a pair too, in vanilla or raspberry and cranberry at DKK15.95 for 450 grams.

Lastly, raspberry flavour Skyr with granola retails at DKK13.95 for 250 grams.

Mondelez International introduces Milka Dark Milk

Confectionery giant Mondelez International has introduced Milka Dark Milk chocolate in Germany.

It is a mixture of dark and milk chocolate.

Mondelez said: “The new tablet combines the delicacy of Alpine milk chocolate and the intense taste of dark chocolate. So nobody has to decide between Alpine milk chocolate and dark chocolate and gets both with a bite.”

Milka Dark Milk is available in dark alpine milk, almond, raspberry and salted caramel variants and has a cocoa content of 40%.

Mondelez suggested a new production method takes out any bitter taste from the chocolate.

Philipp Wallisch, associate marketing director DACH at Mondelez International, said: “We can now offer the extended chocolate tasting experience to an extended audience.”

Unilever -owned Talenti brings out organic gelati line

Talenti, the US-based gelati and sorbetti maker owned by Unilever, has launched Talenti Organic, a range of gelati made with all-organic ingredients.

The new range is available in four flavours: Talenti Organic Ginger Matcha Gelato, Talenti Organic Oak-Aged Vanilla Gelato, Talenti Organic Chocolate Mousse Gelato and Talenti Organic Brown Butter Caramel Gelato.

Talenti is also expanding its Crafted with Less Sugar line with a Lemon Bar Gelato option.

Josh Hochschuler, founder of Talenti, said: “We know more consumers are looking for organic options – especially in the ice cream and gelato category, We’re thrilled to offer a line that meets this demand, while still delivering that same delicious taste consumers have come to expect from Talenti.” 

The RRP for the organic range is US$5.49-$6.49 per pint, and Talenti Crafted with Less Sugar Lemon Bar Gelato is $4.49-$5.49 per pint. 

Bob Evans Farms launches Steamables side dish line

US food group Bob Evans Farms has introduced a new side dish line in the shape of Steamables.

The new chilled product line is launched with three varieties of potato wedges – Sea Salt Red Potato Wedges, Steak House Red Potato Wedges and Garlic Red Potato Wedges. 

They are available in a 22-ounce bag, and contain 100 calories or less per serving. Steamables are ready after five minutes in the microwave and come in a bag with a resealable zipper.

Chris Lambrix, SVP retail business development at Ohio-based Bob Evans Farms, said: “We listened to our consumers who were asking for more options to make meals easier. Steamables are a great way to add fresh, never frozen, pre-cooked redskin potatoes to any meal without sacrificing time or taste.” 

The company has also added two more products to its Family Classics product line: Italian Sausage Marinara Pasta and Beef Stroganoff Pasta. 

Lithuania’s Zemaitijos Pienas gets first Tesco listing for dessert bar 

Lithuanian dairy company Zemaitijos Pienas has secured its first Tesco listing for the curd-based dessert bar Magija.

Magija contains chocolate-infused curd and chocolate chips covered in a chocolate glaze, with no artificial additives or flavourings. Other varieties available in Tesco are vanilla, toffee, coconut and caramelised hazelnuts. The average retail price is GBP0.70 (US$0.92).   

Zemaitijos Pienas, which has recently opened an office in the UK, based in Bloomsbury, London, said Magija “contributes to the recommended daily allowance in terms of calcium and proteins, and compares favourably for fats and sugars against chocolate bars or other sweet chocolate-based snacks or puddings”. The dessert bars are a favourite in Eastern Europe, where they are consumed as a snack or sweet pudding.  

Late last year, Zemaitijos Pienas also won a deal with Sainsbury’s to stock the Magija bar, along with three cheese products: Džiugas, a hard-cheese alternative to Parmesan; Pik-Nik, a fresh Mozzarella cheese stick; and Germanto, a Gouda-type cheese suitable for vegetarians.

Lactalis-owned Stonyfield introduces YoBaby Veggie yogurt

Stonyfield, the US organic yogurt business owned by French dairy giant Lactalis, has brought out a product designed for babies.

Its YoBaby Veggie yogurt feature organic whole milk and is available in two flavours: YoBaby Veggie Purple Carrot and YoBaby Veggie Sweet Potato. The products, which have no added sweeteners, contain certified organic ingredients free from artificial hormones, pesticides and GMOs.

Natalie Levine, brand director at Stonyfield Organic, said: “With YoBaby Veggie we’ve made it easy for parents to introduce vegetable flavours to their little ones and help expand baby’s palate from an early age.” 

YoBabyVeggie is available in a 4 oz. 6-pack format in Kroger, Hannaford , Market Basket & Wakefern supermarkets for a RRP of US$4.59. 

UK’s Dairy Crest launches Promovita Daily Shots high fibre digestive supplement 

Dairy Crest, the UK dairy products group, has entered a new category with the launch of Promovita Daily Shots, a high-fibre digestive supplement in  liquid sachets.

Promovita is intended to help promote friendly bacteria in the gut. Each shot of Promovita contains galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) derived from the lactose in cow’s milk, which can travel to the lower gut intact. Here, they feed the good bacteria that are already there, such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli.

Dairy Crest said the launch targets a growing number of consumers whose busy lifestyles mean they can’t look after their digestive health in the way they would want.

Neil Stewart, marketing controller, said:  ‘Many of us are proactive about looking after ourselves through things like exercise and work-life balance, but what about supporting our gut? There is an increasing body of evidence on the importance of looking after gut bacteria.”

Promovita carries an RRP of GBP12.99 (US$17.09) per box of 28 x 8g sachets.

Plant-based brand Brave Foods launches new pea snacks

UK plant-based brand Brave Foods is rolling out a new chocolate and salted caramel snack made from peas.

Brave claims its chocolate and salted caramel pea snacks contain 40% less sugar than other market alternatives. With 16 grams of sugar for each 100 gram, the snacks also offer five grams of protein, and use vegan, single-origin dark chocolate sourced from the Dominican Republic.

The sweet, salty and crunchy snacks will be available in Sainsbury’s at a recommended retail price of GBP1.19 (US$1.56) for a 30-gram pack. Other national listings and foodservice listings will follow in the next two months.