Slideshow: New products from Nana's Nola, Post, Rudi's
by Maggie Young
Inventure Foods adds Vidalia Brands kettle-cooked potato chips
PHOENIX — Inventure Foods, Inc. is expanding the Vidalia Brands product line with the addition of kettle potato chips. The chips are available in sweet onion and sweet onion barbecue varieties. Kettle potato chips are made from American-grown potatoes and cooked in safflower and sunflower oils. In addition, they are free from gluten and trans fats and contain 150 calories per serving. “Onion flavors have traditionally fared well in the snack food aisle,” said Steve Sklar, senior vice-president and general manager for Inventure Foods, Inc. “However, never before has a potato chip been seasoned with Vidalia sweet onions, and, I must say, the result is tremendous. The sweetness of these unique onions pairs perfectly with a moderately-salted profile and a crunchy bite. Frankly, it’s one of the most distinctive flavors we’ve ever developed.” Vidalia kettle potato chips are available in 4.5-oz bags for a suggested retail price of $2.39 to $2.49 per package.
Nana’s Nola rolls out organic and gluten-free granola
ONEONTA, N.Y. — Nana’s Nola is offering crunchy gluten-free granola snacks made with organic whole grains and organic sweeteners. The granola product does not contain soy, artificial additives, or preservatives. Nana’s Nola granola snacks are available in 2-oz bags in 80 Mirabito Convenience Stores located in the southern tier in New York state and throughout Pennsylvania.
Mediterra creates Mediterranean nutrition bars
NEW YORK — Mediterra is introducing Mediterranean-inspired nutrition bars to the market. All bars are free of G.M.O.s and gluten. Mediterra’s new line of bars comes in three varieties with two bar flavors in each category. The first category, savory bars, includes tomato/basil/caper as well as olive/walnut/chives. Another category, sesame honey energy bars, includes sesame seed/pistachio/Greek honey and sesame seed/orange/Greek honey. The last section, yogurt and oat bars, features yogurt/oat/cherry and yogurt/oat/apricot pistachio. Mediterra bars are available for a suggested retail price of $1.99.
Oregon Cherry Growers introduces line of dried fruit
SALEM, ORE. — Oregon Cherry Growers is announcing a chef-test dried fruit line of cherries, blueberries and strawberries. The dried fruit may serve purposes for both bakers and consumers. Oregon Cherry Growers dried fruit works for both hot and cold applications and are ready to use for year-round baking. In addition, the fruit is made without artificial colors or additives and is Non-GMO Project Verified. The dried fruit is available in 18-oz stand-up pouches, 2.5-lb bags, and 25-lb bulk.
Post rolls out breakfast shake
PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Post Foods, L.L.C. is expanding into the beverage category with the new breakfast shake product. Post Goodness-To-Go shakes are available in three flavors: Tahitian vanilla, Dutch chocolate, and mocha. The shakes don’t contain artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners. Instead, the shakes are sweetened with agave, monk fruit and stevia. In addition, Goodness-To-Go shakes pack in 15 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 170 calories per serving.
Rudi’s Organic Bakery innovates with pretzel rolls
BOULDER, COLO. — Rudi’s Organic Bakery is stepping up the bun scene with the introduction of organic pretzel buns. As the only certified U.S.D.A. Organic pretzel rolls on the market, the buns are created with 10 non-bioengineered ingredients. The pretzel roll buns are available nationwide at natural food retailers and select mainstream supermarkets.
Annie’s adds to Bernie’s Farm line
BERKELEY, CALIF. — Annie’s is expanding its Bernie’s Farm product lineup with four new additions, including animal cookies, cheddar crackers, fruit snacks, and microwavable macaroni and cheese cups. The products feature barnyard-shaped bites colored with fruit and vegetable extracts such as beet, blueberry, and carrot. The new Bernie’s Farm products don’t contain artificial flavors or synthetic colors and preservatives.
Pirate’s Booty introduces macaroni and cheese
PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Pirate’s Booty, a business unit of B&G Foods, is debuting macaroni and cheese products. Made with organic wheat pasta, the macaroni and cheese contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and 0 grams of trans fats. The pasta product is available in four varieties: shell-shaped aged white cheddar, elbow-shaped aged white cheddar, mild cheddar, and pirate-themed shaped aged white cheddar. Pirate’s Booty macaroni and cheese is available nationwide.
General Mills pumps up cereal with protein
MINNEAPOLIS — Cheerios, a business unit of General Mills, Inc., is stepping up the cereal market with the introduction of Cheerios Protein. Traditional Cheerios are combined with granola clusters to create two flavors: oats and honey and cinnamon almond. Oats and honey features 29 grams of whole grain, while cinnamon almond packs in 27 grams of whole grain. Both varieties contain 7 grams of protein, which compares with 3 grams of protein in yellow box Cheerios. 2Cheerios Protein is sold nationwide is 14.1-oz boxes.
TeamTNR launches energy bar for food allergies
DETROIT — TeamTNR is introducing energy bars created for individuals with food allergies or special diets. The bars are available in a chocolate chip trail mix variety and are free from gluten, casein, corn, soy, and nuts.