Global flavors and cultural cuisine are trending in new product innovation.
The Kellogg Co.’s MorningStar Farms brand is extending its vegetarian heat-and-eat vegetable bowls line with five new flavors. The new varieties offer internationally-inspired varieties as well as unique twists on classic favorites.
The Japanese Soba Noodles bowl contains soba noodles, veggie steak strips, edamame, bamboo shoots and a zesty soy ginger garlic sauce.
The Moroccan Medley bowl features a blend of peppers, sweet potatoes, green beans and veggie Chik’n Strips over couscous in a spicy Harissa sauce.
The Chik’n Tikka Masala bowl includes a spicy blend of vegetables, veggie Chik’n Strips, authentic spices, a savory tomato curry sauce and a side of naan.
The Italian Sausage Bake bowl is a combination of spinach, zucchini, Veggie Sausage Crumbles and cheese layered with béchamel and tomato basil sauces.
The Chik’n Pot Pie bowl features Veggie Chik’n Strips and a wine and herb sauce topped with a biscuit crust.
“Our new protein-packed veggie bowls combine a blend of flavorful ingredients and seasoning with superior taste and texture,” said Todd Smith, director of brand and innovation marketing at MorningStar Farms. “We know that more and more people are looking for convenient and nutritious meal options, including tasty alternatives to meat. That’s why we’re excited to debut our latest line-up of tasty, veggie-full products that are not just good for you, but that are also good for the planet.”
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Enjoy Life Foods has added two new globally-inspired flavors to its line of Plentils chips: Thai Chili Lime and Moroccan Spice. The allergy-friendly lentil snacks are certified gluten-free, Non-GMO Project verified, kosher and halal certified.
“Now more than ever, the influential millennial demographic is demanding foods made with exotic flavors that not only deliver in taste, but in nutrition and texture,” said Joel Warady, chief sales and marketing officer at Enjoy Life Foods. “Our new Thai Chili Lime and Moroccan Spice Plentils were created to satisfy millennials’ adventurous palates while giving everyone an allergy-friendly, crunchy and high-protein snack that tastes even better than traditional chips – all while spicing up the Free-From category.”
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Vintage Italia, the parent company of the Pasta Chips brand, is expanding its baked snack portfolio with new Pasta Bow Ties. Crafted from pasta dough, the baked bowtie-shaped pasta chips feature durum wheat semolina flour and farro. Pasta Bow Ties are available in four flavors: Meatball Parm, Creamy Ranch, Honey Butter and Smooth Cheddar.
“With Pasta Chips, we really created an entirely new snacking category — chips baked from fresh pasta dough,” said Jerry Bello, founder and chief executive officer of Pasta Chips. “Pasta Bow Ties takes this innovation a step further, offering a better-for- you and flavor-packed option perfect for snacking straight out of the bag, and easily found alongside conventional chips in your local snack aisle. We maintain our dedication to using the same quality durum wheat semolina flour, as well as integrating protein-dense ancient grains and the Italian herbs that pay homage to our traditional Italian heritage.”
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Rich Products’ Farm Rich brand is launching a new line of frozen baked goods called Farm Rich Bakery. As part of the line’s introduction, the company is unveiling five Farm Rich Bakery premium breakfast and snack items.
The lineup includes Sausage, Egg and Cheese Pull Aparts, Donut Holes in cinnamon sugar and chocolate varieties, Blueberry Scones and French Toast Sticks.
“Breakfast products continue to expand in supermarkets nationwide, with more and more consumers enjoying breakfast food any time of day — and there’s been a need for more convenient, high-quality ‘bake-shop’ products in stores” said Shannon Gilreath, director of marketing for Farm Rich. “Our new bakery products have broad appeal and give consumers additional options with their morning routines, as well as filling snacks or dessert items for any time of day. They’re sweet and savory, easy to stock up on and ready in minutes.”
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PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division is revealing a new bold nacho snack: Doritos Loaded. The bite-size, triangle-shaped snacks are stuffed with melted cheese and covered in a crispy Doritos-flavored crust. Doritos Loaded are available in two flavors: Nacho Cheese and Jalapeno & Cheese.
“Doritos celebrates people stepping outside of their normal routine and doing new things,” said Marissa Solis, vice-president of marketing for Frito-Lay North America. “That definitely applies to Doritos Loaded, a snacking experience that takes bold to the next level. By increasing Doritos Loaded’s availability, we’re daring snackers everywhere to try it.”
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Revolution Foods is unveiling two new lines of speed scratch meal solutions for busy consumers.
Dinner Hero meal kits include recipes and feature whole grains, custom spice blends and sauces. The consumer needs only to add protein for a complete meal. Containing no artificial colors or flavors, Dinner Hero kits are available in four flavors: Coconut Curry, Sesame Garlic, Smoky Tomato Sausage and Fiesta Taco. Each kit offers 42 to 49 grams per serving of whole grains from a brown rice and quinoa blend of brown rice and bamboo rice.
Breakfast Hero is a line of thaw-and-pour pancake batter that requires no added water or mixing. Made with whole milk, the products contain no artificial colors or flavors. The boxes each make 15 pancakes and come in three varieties: Original, Multigrain and Chocolate Multigrain.
“As busy working moms ourselves, we understand the challenges that busy parents face every day, especially when it comes to meal preparation,” said Kirsten Saenz Tobey, chief impact officer and co-founder of Revolution Foods. “We are solving parents’ desire to prepare a home cooked meal within 30 minutes with our culinary-inspired speed scratch solutions. Our new Dinner Hero and Breakfast Hero lines are a healthy alternative to current offerings that require consumers to trade off quality or nutrition for convenience. We simplify meal preparation and enable faster cooking to make parents heroes and help them prepare a home cooked meal, even when they are short on time.”
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18 Rabbits Organics is adding two new products to its Jr. line. The Chocolate Cherry Jr. Cereal consists of cherries and cocoa folded together with whole grains, seeds and honey. The Chocolate Strawberry Jr. Bar is made with strawberries, dark chocolate, whole grains, seeds, maple syrup and honey.
The new products are USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project verified and gluten-free.
“We’re exploring new ingredients we love across every category of our products,” said Alison Bailey Vercruysse, founder and chief executive officer of 18 Rabbits Organics. “We’re committed to bringing healthy and delicious packaged foods for consumers to enjoy their favorite flavors both at home and on-the-go.”
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A new brand has popped up in the snack aisle, offering a mini popcorn product. The Little Kernel popcorn is popped in 100% olive oil, made with whole grains, and contains no artificial ingredients and is gluten-free, G.M.O.-free and dairy-free. The mini popcorn snack is available in six varieties: Truffle Sea Salt, Sweet & Salty, Pink Himalayan Salt, White Cheddar, Butter and Naked (No Salt Added).
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Garden Lites is introducing two new frozen waffle varieties, both made with 23% vegetables and 18 grams of whole grains. The Homestyle and Blueberry waffles’ primary ingredients are butternut squash and carrots, and they are certified gluten free, dairy-free and kosher.
“Consumers demand better choices in their foods for themselves and their families,” said Andy Reichgut, executive vice-president of Garden Lites. “Garden Lites continues to fulfill consumer’s needs by creating delicious and convenient products that offer the health benefits of vegetables, fiber and nutrients. Our consumers asked for healthy and delicious waffles, and we listened.”
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GNP Co.’s newest product roll-out is designed to shake up traditional meal preparation. The company is introducing a line of chicken breast strip kits to help time-challenged consumers prepare high-quality food in under 20 minutes.
Available in Savory, Sweet Chili, Jamaican, Honey Barbeque and Chipotle Adobo varieties, Gold'n Plump Shakers are sold fresh, not frozen. The boneless skinless breast strips are sized for snacking or as ingredients in other dishes. Each 20-oz Shakers package includes 16 oz of chicken, 4 oz of seasoned Panko-style breadcrumbs and a zip-seal bag for shaking.
“As schedules get more hectic, people tend to prepare last-minute meals, and want products that offer quick-and-easy prep and the enjoyment of making something themselves,” said Tracy Miller, director of innovation and management for GNP Co. “The Shakers line offers ready-to-cook fresh chicken raised with No Antibiotics–Ever; more preparation involvement with minimal extra work; and superior quality and flavor compared to similar frozen products.”
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