Winterbotham Darbys new Squeaky Bean range

Winterbotham Darby's new Squeaky Bean range

This week's batch of new products includes US food groups Post Holdings and Hostess Brands coming together to launch breakfast cereals and a chicken alternative from Naturli' Foods.

Winterbotham Darby launches 'dirty vegan' Squeaky Bean range

UK food group Winterbotham Darby is launching a meat alternative brand in the shape of Squeaky Bean.

Subverting what it sees as the "squeaky clean" reputation of vegan food, the Surrey firm has come up with what it dubs "dirty vegan" food.

Squeaky Bean launches in Asda at the end of this month with three lines: Satay Kiev, Fishless Fingers and Nuggets. RRPs are yet to be confirmed

The products are made with soya and wheat protein. 

Sarah Augustine, co-creator of Squeaky Bean, said: "If it leaves crumbs, grease marks or bean juice that's where we're headed. It's time for basic vegan food to be done dirty." 

Deborah Haigh, category planning advisor at Asda added: "These vegan products are perfect for anyone looking for quick, no nonsense tasty food, so we hope our customers, vegan or not, enjoy getting creative in the kitchen with them."

Quorn to introduce vegan fishless fillets

UK meat-free brand Quorn Foods will roll out a range of frozen vegan fishless fillets in March under a "major" new product development programme for 2019.

Battered Fishless Fillets and Breaded Fishless Fillets come in 200-gram pack sizes and carry a recommended retail price of GBP2.99 (US$3.84). Quorn already offers Vegan Fishless Fingers.

The new products include Battered Fishless Fillets with a Salt and Vinegar Batter and Breaded Fishless Fillets with a Lemon Pepper Breadcrumb.

Quorn said the products are different to competitive SKUs as they are the UK's only battered and breaded fishless vegan products replicating the texture and flakiness of fish. 

Alex Glen, marketing director at Quorn Foods UK, said: "Now that sustainability is influencing consumer choice more than ever, we'll continue to make it as easy as possible for consumers to reduce their meat consumption with Quorn."

Sainsbury's to offer ready meals from Japanese restaurant chain Wasabi 

UK supermarket Sainsbury's will launch a range of ready meals from Japanese restaurant chain Wasabi later this month, including a plant-based option.

The Wasabi Home Bento line will roll out on 30 January and consists of five dishes: Sweet Chilli Chicken, Thai Green Curry, Chicken Katsu Curry, Chicken Katsu Yakisoba and Tofu Curry, with the latter suitable for vegetarians and vegans, or those pursuing a flexitarian diet.

All the meals come in 450-gram portions at a retail price of GBP4.00 (US$5.15) each and feature either white rice or stir-fried yakisoba noodles.

Pladis expands Go Ahead! range with low calorie additions

Global snacking company Pladis has launched additions to its Go Ahead brand in the UK and Ireland.

Go Ahead Nutty Crunch includes hazelnut or peanut options, while Go Ahead Fruit and Nut Breaks will be available in apricot and hazelnut, as well as an almond, coconut and chia seeds variant.

The new additions are under 100 calories per bar and are a source of fibre. Pladis said it targeting consumers looking for wholesome, low-calorie snacking options throughout the day.

Christopher Owen, marketing controller at Pladis' UK and Irish business, said: "We're really ramping up our presence in the better for you snacking category, targeting consumers looking to enjoy convenient, delicious snacks throughout the day. 

"Our current portfolio typically appeals to those seeking morning sustenance, whereas the introduction of nutty crunch will target consumers looking for a 'better for you' pick me up."

Go Ahead Nutty Crunch will be available in packs of six 19.5g bars with an RRP of GBP2.29 (US$2.94). Go Ahead Fruit and Nut Breaks will be available in packs of five 20g bars at an RSP of GBP1.99. Both ranges are to roll out in "all major retailers" throughout January.

Lactalis-owned Siggi's takes its Icelandic skyr yogurt into Canada

Siggi's, the US yogurt maker owned by French dairy giant Lactalis, is to make its skyr yogurt product available in Canada.

Manufactured by Parmalat Canada - Parmalat is majority owned by Lactalis - Siggi's skyr will be available at grocery retailers throughout the country, including Metro, Longo's and Whole Foods Market, starting this week.

The initial Canadian product launch will include five varieties in 500 gram tubs: 0% Plain, 0% Vanilla, 2% Strawberry, 2% Blueberry and 2% Black Cherry. 

Its Icelandic skyr is based on Scandinavian dairy traditions that date back more than 1,000 years. The products don't contain any preservatives, thickeners, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavours, or artificial colours. 

For the Canadian market, all Siggi's products will be produced in Canada using 100% Canadian milk.

Siggi Hilmarsson, Siggi's founder, said: "We know Canadians value authentic nutrition, so we're excited for them to discover Siggi's yogurt."

Post and Hostess link up on new breakfast cereals

US food groups Post Holdings, which owns Weetabix, and bakery specialist Hostess Brands have joined forces to launch Taste of Hostess Donettes and Hostess Honey Bun in breakfast cereal form.

Roxanne Bernstein, chief marketing officer at Post's consumer brands arm, said: "With our new Post Hostess Donettes and Post Hostess Honey Bun Cereals, we have been able to provide the sweet flavour of these classic treats in tiny cereal form, for a truly unforgettable cereal.

"We are constantly innovating to bring the most delicious cereals to the breakfast table, and we can't wait for Hostess fans to enjoy these latest additions," 

The cereals will be available this month from major retailers across the US.

Naturli' Foods launches chicken alternative in Denmark

Naturli' Foods, the Denmark-based meat-free supplier, has added to the range of products it sells domestically.

The business has launched Chick Free, an alternative to chicken meat, in Denmark.

More than 300 Rema-1000 stores in the country are stocking the product, which is based on peas and sold in the chilled aisle.

"Many people once believed that hamburgers could only come from a cow. When it came to doing something good for the environment, we had no holy cows, so we came up with the plant-based mince. In that same way, we would like to show the plant way by challenging chicken with the product Chick Free which is made of Danish peas and can be used in the same way as pieces of chicken in all kinds of dishes," Naturli' Foods CEO Henrik Lund said.

The product is being marketed at a recommended retail price DKK25 (US$3.84) for a 180g pack.

Blue Diamond unveils first creamer

US almond-based food group Blue Diamond has launched two new Almond Brezze products in the shape of its first Almondmilk Creamer and an Almondmilk blended with bananas. 

The California company describes its new creamer as "a unique non-dairy creamer with a thick and silky texture," and suggested it could be used in coffee or as a dairy-free substitute to traditional cream in cooking.

It comes in two flavours: Vanilla and Unsweetened Original. Each flavour has ten to 15 calories per serving.

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Blended with Real Bananas has around half a banana in every serving and is 80 calories per cup, with zero added sugars.

Suzanne Hagener, director of brand marketing, non-dairy products at Blue Diamond, said: "Our new Almondmilk Creamer and Almondmilk Blended with Real Bananas exemplify how we are leading the charge in plant-based beverage innovation. These products are exciting additions to our almondmilk line-up."

The new products will be available from this month and sold at major retailers throughout the US.

Danish Crown-owned Tulip and Snaffling Pig join forces on gammon steak range

Meat snacks company Snaffling Pig has teamed up with Danish Crown-owned fresh and processed meats business Tulip to launch a range of gammon steaks to the UK market.

The steaks are 100% British gammon, marinated in "bold, tantalising" sauces. Featuring Snaffling Pig pork crackling, the range is launching with two initial variants; Maple Glazed Gammon Steaks with Maple Crackling Crumb and Apple & Cider Gammon Steaks with Double Cooked Crackling Crumb. The RRP is GBP3.99 (US$5.14).

The products are Snaffling Pig's first venture into uncooked meats.

Nick Coleman, Snaffling Pig founder and CEO, said: "At Snaffling Pig, flavour is crucial to us. We've had great success with our pork snacks, and now we're on a mission to change perceptions that gammon is old fashioned and lacks versatility. The new range is bold, exciting, flavourful. We're bringing excitement to the shelf with our colourful packs and branding, which appeals to a younger audience than is typically buying the cured meat at the moment."