New Food Products from Functional Foods Weekly – Sept 2020

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Australia’s Fenn Foods Launches World’s First Carbon-Neutral Vegan Mince

Queensland company Fenn Foods has created the world’s first carbon-neutral, plant-based mince, with Co-founder and CEO Alejandro Cancino stating: “One day people will look at the sustainability rating the same way they look for sugar content now.” As we reported in April, Australia’s animal agriculture sector could lose up to $3.2 billion by 2030 according to The Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) which warned that 84% of this loss will be due to rising animal advocacy and an increase in veganism. As is the case with markets around though, meat reducers are the biggest and most important demographic rather than existing vegans, with 32% of Australians now identifying as flexitarian. By 2030, Australian consumers are expected to spend between $1.4B and $4.6B on plant-based alternatives. In Australia, direct livestock emissions alone count for around 10% of greenhouse gas emissions and with the government’s target of a 26-28% reduction in emissions by 20304, carbon-neutral food could be an important future market according to Fenn Foods……. Read

Roberts Bakery unveils ‘breakfast-inspired’ snacks range

UK-based Roberts Bakery is entering the snacking category with the launch of a new ‘breakfast-inspired’ range this September. A source of fibre, Roberts’ Porridge Loaf is made with oats and will be available in apple, raisin and cinnamon, and cranberry and coconut flavours. The Pangel, a high-protein pancake-bagel fusion, comes in two flavours: raspberry and chia, and chocolate and coffee. Combining a soft brioche bun with a swirl of cookie, the Brookie will be available in chocolate orange, and apple and cinnamon flavours. Each snack reportedly contains less than 250kcal and comes individually wrapped in compostable packaging. Roberts’ new ready-to-eat offerings are designed to be enjoyed by both adults and children, at any time of the day, and are said to make ‘a particularly good addition to lunchboxes’. Alison Ordonez, innovation director at Roberts Bakery, said: “Five months ago, when we were preparing to launch this range, we were targeting an OTG [on-the-go] consumer in a market set to top £23 billion by the end of 2022. Since the outbreak of the pandemic – thanks to the agility of our brand and operations – we’ve quickly adapted to take advantage of new opportunities….. Read

Bimbosan and ProAmpac Announce ProActive Renewable Bio-Based Packaging for Baby Nutrition

ProAmpac, the flexible packaging leader, has announced that it is producing its first ProActive Renewable products for the baby food market with Bimbosan®’s newest premium baby formula, cereal supplements & cereal paps. The new bag, which utilizes 65% bio-based resin in the sealant layer, was a collaborative innovation between Bimbosan, a producer of premium specialty baby food, and ProAmpac. “As the trend toward more organic options for baby foods and formula continues to grow, so does the demand for sustainable packaging alternatives. The ability to create a bag containing renewable material that is designed to meet the unique requirements for organic baby formula without sacrificing barrier properties or graphics is what makes ProActive Renewable a remarkable innovation,” says, Adrian Haeberli General Manager for ProAmpac’s Global Flexibles Division. Bimbosan’s premium baby formula, cereal supplements & cereal paps utilizes ProAmpac’s ProActive Renewable solution, containing a bio-based resin that comes from non-fossil fuel sources. The flat-bottom form fill sealed bag contains more than 65% bio-resin in the sealant layer and results in the total package being comprised of over 40% bio-based material. The cultivation of bio-resins utilizes carbon dioxide and released oxygen to give bioplastic a negative carbon footprint……. Read

Nestle introduces new alt-dairy products

Nestlé said it is developing a wide range of plant-based dairy alternatives that are nutritious, great-tasting and have a favorable environmental footprint. The plant-based and lactose-free products are suitable for consumers with lactose intolerance or those following a dairy-free or vegan diet. The company recently launched its first fully pea-based beverage under its Nesfit brand in Brazil. “Peas are one of the most environmentally friendly sources of plant-based protein, but when used alone, it can be challenging to turn them into a great-tasting beverage,”Swen Rabe, head of Nestlé’s R&D Center in Konolfingen, Switzerland, said. /”By using our proprietary technologies, as well as our expertise in creating shelf-stable dairy products, we were able to develop a delicious pea-based beverage with a reduced sugar content when compared to similar products in the market.”/​ Made from yellow peas, a 200 ml glass of Nesfit Sabor Natural contains as much protein (7g) and calcium as cow’s milk, and is fortified with vitamins A and D, the company said. Plant-based products made from pea protein is a key focus area, Nestlé added………….. Read

Earnest Oats unveils instant oatmeal with probiotics

San Diego-based breakfast brand Earnest Oats has released new instant oatmeal packets in two lines featuring protein, probiotics and superfoods. Available in the US, the new products expand the brand’s line of whole grain breakfast solutions and offer a new instant single-serve format, joining existing cup and bag formats. Both lines feature Earnest Eats’ signature gluten-free supergrain blend of quinoa, oats and amaranth for slow-release carbs. Protein + Probiotic Instant Oatmeal Packets contain 9g of whey protein isolate and 500 million CFUs of probiotics, which the brand says has clinically-proven protein bioavailability and digestive health. The line features two popular flavours: Mighty Maple and Apple Crush. Superfood Instant Oatmeal Packets also comes in two flavours – Apple + Cinnamon and Maple + Almond – and features whole ingredients such as sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and dried apples. Each serving of the vegan product contains 4-5g of plant-based protein and 3-4g of fibre. “Instant packets are still one of the hottest formats in the oatmeal category, because it’s a super easy way to take them with you, and we wanted to find a way to make our nutritious whole food options more accessible and affordable for shoppers in this aisle,” said Andrew Aussie, president and founder of Earnest Eats……. Read

Kite Hill to Launch Vegan Cultured Almond Milk Butter

This month, California-based vegan brand Kite Hill debuted its newest product, Plant-Based Butter Alternative, exclusively at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide and will soon launch the new vegan butter at Target. The spread is made with a base of cultured almond milk and a combination of oils (such as sunflower and coconut) that undergoes traditional butter-making methods. The result is a European-style butter that melts, tastes, and spreads identical to dairy butter. Kite Hill’s new butter is available for a suggested retail price of $5.99 per 8-ounce tub.  Founded in 2013 by a team that includes vegan chef Tal Ronnen (owner of Los Angeles vegan restaurant Crossroads Kitchen) and Impossible Foods founder Patrick O. Brown, Kite Hill was previously focused on producing almond milk-based products such as vegan cheese and yogurt. Last year, Kite Hill’s parent company, Lyrical Foods, received a $10 million investment from a single undisclosed donor, which will be used to explore new bases beyond almond milk and develop new products. Currently, Kite Hill offers a variety of vegan dairy products, including four flavors of cream cheese, almond milk-based ricotta, regular and Greek yogurt varieties, dips, sour cream, and cheese-filled pastas……. Read

Arla Foods Ingredients brings organic micellar casein isolate to market

Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI) is bursting into the organic space with the launch of its micellar casein isolate. MicelPure is rich in native milk proteins and is suitable for food, functional health foods and active nutrition applications. This introduction marks the first time the company has offered an ingredient in an organic version, made from certified organic milk. Furthermore, the company says that as the first-ever organic micellar casein isolate on the market, MicelPure Organic meets a clear consumer need. “When consumers hear ‘organic,’ they think healthy, [environmentally] sustainable and wholesome. However, a shortage of natural, organic protein ingredients has prevented many manufacturers from entering this market. MicelPure Organic fills the gap, allowing companies to extend their portfolios with products that are both organic and packed with high-quality protein,” says Barbara Jensen, Business Development Manager at AFI. The casein is extracted from milk using gentle processing without the addition of acids. The protein maintains its chemical structure, allowing the creation of products that are as close to nature as possible, thus appealing to a broad consumer market. According to Innova Market Insights, NPD with natural claims has seen a CAGR increase of 5 percent over the past three years (2017-2019), growing at around 8 percent annually compared to the past year…… Read

Koia Introduces New Line of Oat Milk Adaptogen Drinks

Koia—a low-sugar and high-protein vegan drink brand—debuts their new line, Koia Thrive. The ready-to-drink beverage will be available for purchase on August 10th, 2020. Koia Thrive, a line of oat milk adaptogen drinks, utilizes functional ingredients to reduce stress and regulate mood naturally. The brand is known for their Koia Keto, Koia Coffee, and original Koia Protein options, and the new Thrive line has a similar nutritional panel. Thrive is available in three flavors, including Miracle Matcha (with added spirulina and moringa), Chill Dark Chocolate (which contains L-Theanine to aid in relaxation and sleep), and Golden Turmeric (which utilizes turmeric powder, black pepper extract, and ginger for anti-inflammatory benefits). The use of oat milk and superfoods sets Thrive apart from the other products offered by Koia, but they remain vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Koia is available at several major retailers nationwide including Target, Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Wegmans, Publix, H-E-B, Fred Meyer, and Kroger, and online at, Amazon Fresh, Peapod, and Jet….. Read

Silk debuts Pumpkin Spice beverage and creamer

Danone-owned plant-based brand Silk has expanded its beverage portfolio in the US with the introduction of new Pumpkin Spice products. Silk Almond 0g Sugar Unsweet Pumpkin Spice Creamer is a limited-edition offering which blends the flavour of pumpkin spice with almond milk. The sugar-free coffee add-in retails at $3.29 per pint. Also available for a limited time only, Silk Almond Hint of Pumpkin Spice Beverage combines the brand’s Almondmilk with notes of pumpkin spice. The drink retails at $3.29 per half gallon. The new Silk products will be available from grocery stores nationwide starting this month. Silk recently entered the ready-to-drink coffee category with two new lattes, released a new dairy-free half and half alternative, and a dairy-free whipped cream alternative.  The brand has also expanded its line of yogurt alternatives in the US with a range of new Almondmilk Mix-Ins Yogurt Alternatives, offering an all-in-one plant-based snacking option in four vegan combinations…….. Read

Vital Farms introduces ready-to-eat breakfast Egg Bites

Vital Farms has unveiled a new ready-to-eat breakfast offering, Egg Bites, made using its pasture- raised eggs. The refrigerated bites are free from gluten and come in two-bite packs, each of which contains 16-18g of protein. Ready in 45 seconds, Egg Bites can be heated in the microwave in their recyclable and BPA-free tray. Egg Bites are available in uncured bacon & cheddar cheese, and uncured ham, bell peppers, onions & cheddar cheese variants. Both are said to be made with ‘humanely raised’ meat. The range includes two vegetarian-friendly options featuring ‘creamy’ pasture-raised mozzarella: roasted red pepper & mozzarella cheese, and sun-dried tomato, basil & mozzarella cheese. “People are staying at home more than usual right now and, for many, their days are busier than ever,” said Meghan Shookman, director of innovation at Vital Farms. “We know a growing number of consumers crave a protein-packed breakfast made with fresh ingredients, but don’t always have the time. “Egg Bites are made with the ethically sourced ingredients that we believe consumers love and expect from Vital Farms. “They were created with an emphasis on convenience for mornings when there isn’t time to cook breakfast from scratch. They are the ‘I don’t have time to make eggs, eggs!’”….. Read

Shaken Udder launches plant-based milkshake sister brand

UK milkshake brand Shaken Udder has entered the plant-based market with the introduction of a dairy-free sister brand, Shaken Other. Made using coconut milk, Shaken Other is described as smooth and creamy and is currently available in two flavours: chocolate and strawberry. Each 330ml bottle is under 200 calories, contains less than 5% added sugar and is gluten free. The product is also high in calcium, vitamin D and is free-from artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Shaken Other plans to launch more flavours, larger formats as well as enter other product categories in the dairy and plant-based sector. According to Andy Howie, co-founder of Shaken Other, the inspiration for the name came from the challenge that ‘Udder’ is so strongly associated with milk and Shaken Other is a play on words. He added: “We wanted to reassure our loyal consumers of our commitment to flavour whilst also being clear that this is a milk alternative. We believe that dairy-free drinks shouldn’t compromise on taste or choice. “Packed with real ingredients and a yummy coconut-milk base, our exciting range of dairy-free drinks deliver uncompromising taste for anyone who can’t drink dairy, chooses not to, or just fancies a change.”…… Read

Oggs Launches World-First Aquafaba-Based Egg Product into UK Supermarkets

Plant-based egg substitutes brand Oggs has announced it is launching its liquid egg alternative in major UK supermarkets. The product, made with aquafaba, will soon be available at Asda and Sainsbury’s. Oggs claims that its aquafaba is the first ever patented product to replace liquid eggs in baking. It is made from the liquid left over after cooking chickpeas. Unlike ordinary aquafaba, it has a long shelf life and can be kept at ambient temperatures. A carton is equivalent to four eggs, and the product can be poured directly out of the package. The brand will also be launching a larger container aimed at the foodservice industry later this year. Oggs Aquafaba has been available at Waitrose since June, but now the company has announced it will be stocked at Sainsbury’s from September and at Asda soon afterwards. The brand also produces vegan cakes, which are available at Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, and Ocado……. Read

Kerry’s Ganeden BC30 Probiotic Launched in new Product

Qia Qia Food is a well-known nut brand in China, most known for selling sunflower seeds, but in recent years the company has been trying to explore other fields as competitors have emerged. Qia Qia launched a new strategic product “Nut+”, the first chewable probiotic nuts in the market, in order to enter the probiotic field. In addition to the “Nut+”, Qia Qia also introduced the small packs of Daily Breakfast Nut Oatmeal, of which 100,000 bags were sold during the three-month trial period. The package clearly displays Ganeden BC30 strain of probiotics logo, which belongs to Kerry Nutrition and Wellness portfolio of Ingredients……. Read

Tillamook Takes Snacking by Storm with Thoughtfully Crafted Snacks You’ll Crave

Tillamook believes there’s no need to skimp on snacking satisfaction or deliciousness. Tillamook’s approach to top-quality dairy products with unforgettable flavors transcends into the world of snacking through the growth of their thoughtfully crafted Tillamook Cheeseboards  – craveable combinations of Tillamook cheese, fruit spreads and artisanal crackers – available in select markets across the country. With unique flavor combinations including Sharp Berry Crunch and Sharp Strawberry Heat, Cheeseboards take the guesswork out of delicious and mindful snacking. And with Tillamook innovations in the last five years outweighing those of the previous fifty, it is no surprise that Cheeseboards are the first of more snacking innovations to come. “At Tillamook, we believe in doing right by every bite, and that includes snacking,” said Sibel Candemir, Vice President of Categories for Tillamook. “Tillamook Cheeseboards allow for elevated food moments that are accessible in any place, at any time. We believe all snacking moments should be satisfying and delicious… so much so that we’re starting a movement. We invite you to join us and make your own Snack Pact today and never settle for subpar snacks again.”…… Read

Vermont Creamery adds three goat cheese dips

Vermont Creamery said it added a trio of fresh goat cheese dips. The dips’ flavors include Classic Chèvre, Garlic & Herb and Red Pepper & Lemon. “We’ve been making fresh goat cheese here in Vermont for 36 years and have built a reputation for making the highest quality dairy that tastes better because it’s made better — from start to finish,” said Adeline Druart, president of Vermont Creamery. “Continuing to lead in the goat cheese space by offering new ways to enjoy it is our passion.” According to the Websterville, Vt.-based company, the dips are smooth, creamy and delightfully dippable; their elevated flavor profiles are the perfect addition to a backyard grazing table, alfresco cheeseboard or socially distant game night snack spread. The dips have sustainable packaging and a clean ingredient label. Dairy-based dips — especially those with high-quality ingredients and clean labels — are increasingly favored among shoppers, said Vermont Creamery, citing recent IRI data that show premium dairy dips growing five time faster than the dip category overall. Dairy dips are growing 2.5 times faster than established nondairy dips. Vermont Creamery is uniquely poised to deliver on this trend, with its long-standing commitment to consciously crafted dairy made with fresh, local milk and cream……. Read

Life Extension launches nootropic formula

Millions of Americans are looking for a way to stay alert, remain focused and think faster to navigate the world around them. Life Extension has introduced Quick Brain, a new nootropic formula. “Enhanced brain performance-for everyone! That’s Quick Brain,” said Dr Michael Smith, Life Extension’s Director of Education. “We’re excited about this supplement because it brings us into the field of nootropics, where the focus is on faster and more effective information processing for supporting brain function.” Nootropics, or “brain boosters,” are compounds that can enhance cognitive performance by increasing the speed of pathways in the brain involved in retention, recall and processing. It is these pathways that are responsible for how effective and accurate the brain is at receiving, processing and recalling new information. Studies with both young and older adults have shown positive cognitive results, suggesting that nootropic supplementation benefits occur regardless of age. Life Extension’s Quick Brain Nootropic formula combines three clinically-studied ingredients shown to encourage faster processing, memory and concentration: BaCognize bacopa extract, standardised gotu kola extract and carotenoid-rich marigold extract……. Read

Bolthouse launches plant-based dressings, keto drinks

Bakersfield, Calif.-based Bolthouse Farms has introduced two new product lines: plant-based keto protein beverages, available in three flavors, and plant-based refrigerated dressings, available in four flavors. “The new Bolthouse Farms was born out of a vision and passion for guiding a new way for people to eat and live healthier lifestyles,” CEO Jeff Dunn said in a news release. “We are constantly looking for ways to innovate and bring plant-based products to the marketplace that not only taste great but also deliver on functionality and great value. These new lines are just the beginning of a range of innovations to come.” Made with coconut milk and pea protein, the drinks are vegan, non- dairy, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free and without artificial ingredients, per the release. They contain 12 grams of protein, one gram of sugar and 2-3 net carbs. Mocha Truffle Latte, Cinnamon Horchata and Hazelnut Fudge are the available flavors. “As Bolthouse Farms continues to innovate healthier and more functional beverages, we saw an opportunity to provide consumers with a great-tasting, plant-based protein beverage option for those following keto or those looking for lower-sugar and plant-based choices,” vice president of marketing AJ Bernstein said in the release. “We think these new plant-based protein keto beverages fill that need and provide great flavor not found in the market today.”……… Read

Starbucks Launches Vegan Oat Milk Across Canada

This week, coffee chain Starbucks added oat milk to its menu at all Canadian locations. The new vegan milk option is the chain’s fourth dairy alternative, joining soy, almond, and coconut milk. The new oat beverage is made without preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, and is made with oats sourced from Canada. To celebrate the launch, Starbucks created a featured vegan Apple Oat Flat White—which is only available in Canada—made with espresso, steamed oat milk, roasted apple syrup, and a clove sugar topping. The chain has also added an Oat Latte made with espresso and steamed oat milk. Stateside, Starbucks added Oatly’s vegan oat milk to the menu at approximately 1,300 locations earlier this year in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. The dairy-free milk offerings aim to support the company’s global sustainability commitments to be resource- and planet-positive by 2030…….. Read

Impossible Burger Patties Launch in 2,000 Kroger Stores Nationwide

This week, plant-based meat brand Impossible Foods is launching packages of two pre-formed, quarter-pound (4-ounce) burger patties in the meat section of more than 2,000 Kroger and Kroger-affiliated grocery stores nationwide. The patties ($6.99) follow the retail launch of Impossible Burger’s 12-ounce packages, which debuted last fall and are now available in more than 9,000 grocery stores nationwide. To celebrate the launch, Impossible Foods is hosting an interactive—but contactless—pop-up in Los Angeles on August 26 so that consumers can experience the product while getting a free car wash. The brand is also giving away free product coupons through the Ibotta coupon app for the first 10,000 shoppers.  “Burger patties have been increasing in popularity for nearly a decade because they’re simple and fast. And now more than ever, Americans crave convenience and speed in the kitchen,” Ravi Thakkar, Impossible Foods’ Vice President of Product Management, said. “Our patty packs enable home chefs to create the perfect dish, whether that’s a classic-style burger or a juicy patty melt. In just four minutes, your Impossible Burger can go from the refrigerator to the grill to your plate.”  Impossible Burger patty packs will become available at additional retail locations over the next several weeks……. Read

Ice Cream Brand Halo Top Reformulates Vegan Flavors with Fava Beans

Ice cream brand Halo Top Creamery recently reformulated its line of vegan ice cream with fava bean protein. The new ingredient addition provides a softer texture and creamy taste to the coconut-milk-based, low-calorie ice cream. The new formulation will be available in all seven existing vegan flavors beginning in September with Birthday Cake, Peanut Butter Cup, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. The remaining flavors of the revamped line—Candy Bar, Chocolate, Chocolate Almond Crunch, and Sea Salt Caramel—will hit store shelves in October. “As a leader in the better-for-you category, Halo Top is always looking for new ways to innovate and bring forward quality products our consumers will love,” said Shilpa Gadhok, Senior Brand Manager for Halo Top. “With our dairy-free line, we replaced brown rice protein with fava bean protein for a creamier texture that’s packed with flavor. Plant-based demand is higher than ever, and we want to provide our fans with an offering they feel great about eating—so they don’t have to choose between pursuing a plant-based lifestyle and enjoying dessert.” The ice cream brand first debuted its line of vegan flavors in 2017 after requests from customers to make a dairy-free version of its popular low-calorie ice cream pints……… Read

Utz Quality Foods debuts organic cheese snacks in US

Utz Quality Foods has introduced a new line of organic cheese snacks under its Good Health brand, in partnership with Organic Valley. Organic Baked Cheese Puffs and Baked Cheese Fries are made with real cheese from Organic Valley’s pasture-raised cows, an independent dairy cooperative and organic food brand. The trio of flavours – Mac & Cheese Puffs, Cheddar Fries and Hot & Spicy Fries – will join Good Health’s wide portfolio of snacks such as Veggie Sticks, Veggie Straws, air-popped Half Naked Popcorn and potato chips cooked in olive oil and avocado oil. The gluten-free and USDA Organic certified products are aimed at families looking for healthier, better-for-you snacking options. The product launch aims to capitalise on the growing category of cheese snacks and the increasing popularity of organic foods. “We’re thrilled to bring these delicious, high quality snacks to consumers with a renowned partner like Organic Valley,” said Bill Blubaugh, senior vice-president of marketing at Utz Quality Foods. He added: “By launching Baked Cheese Puffs and Baked Cheese Fries, Good Health Organic is off to a great start. We look forward to Good Health Organic delivering tasty snacks to families.”…….. Read

Tillamook debuts yogurts with two flavours per cup

US dairy cooperative Tillamook County Creamery Association has launched a low-fat yogurt line which includes two side-by-side flavours. Tillamook’s Creamery Collection is made by blending milk with a proprietary blend of nine cultures and probiotics to create a “mild and creamy yogurt”. The range features six flavour combinations: Oregon Strawberry paired with Plain; Northwest Raspberry paired with Blackberry; Oregon Blueberry paired with Vanilla; California Peach paired with Plain; Dark Cherry paired with Plain; and Vanilla Bean paired with Plain. Described as “not too sweet and not too tart”, the yogurts contain 13-14g of protein and 9-10g of sugar per serving, with no artificial sweeteners, flavours or preservatives. According to Tillamook, consumers can add their choice of toppings to the yogurts making them ideal for breakfast or as a snack…… Read

New Zealand alternative protein firm Sustainable Foods is planning a 2021 launch for its hemp-based meat analogues.

New Zealand alternative protein firm Sustainable Foods is planning a 2021 launch for its hemp-based meat analogues, which will be made will locally-grown hemp and processed using a private hydroelectric power plant. The hemp-based meat will be marketed under the firm’s retail brand The Craft Meat Co, which already sells a range of plant-based products including mince, burgers, sausages and ready meals. “Most of our products already include some hemp for its nutritional value, but the new meat analogue will be using hemp as its base which means it will have a total consumable protein content that is higher than even that of animal-based protein sources due to hemp being naturally so high in protein,”Sustainable Foods Co-founder Kyran Rei told FoodNavigator-Asia. “Hemp-based meat will also contain very high levels of dietary fibre, up to 19% of the recommended dietary intake (RDI), an benefit that is not available from traditional animal meat or in many other plant-based meats.” “Hemp is a very viable crop for New Zealand growing conditions, and we are partnering with medical cannabis producer Greenfern Industries as our exclusive grower to make our hemp-based meat analogues from 100% locally-grown hemp.” Rei also highlighted that Greenfern Industries had built its own hydroelectric power plant, complete with a dam and electricity generator, and this would power the processing and production of its products, vastly increasing the sustainability of its processes. “Having found a way to successfully utilise hydropower for processing and production has been a really big thing for us – New Zealand as a whole is predominantly regenerative when it comes to electricity as it is, and we like to think we’re a little, independent version of that too,”he said. “Sustainability is obviously a very big thing for us, and as it is all our packaging in New Zealand is already made using Forest Stewardship Certified material for paper stock…… Read

Jimmy Dean unveils new breakfast bites and wraps in US

US breakfast brand Jimmy Dean is expanding its portfolio with the introduction of new Casserole Bites and Breakfast Wraps. Jimmy Dean Casserole Bites come in three varieties: Sausage, Egg & Cheese, Meat Lovers and French Toast. The baked ‘poppable’ Bites can be enjoyed for breakfast, or as a midday snack or pick-me-up. Containing 13-14g of protein, Jimmy Dean Delights Breakfast Wraps are available in Spinach & Bacon, Turkey Sausage & Veggie and Southwest Style variants. The new breakfast offering is said to be made with whole wheat tortillas and to be free from artificial colours or flavours, with 17g of whole grains per wrap. “Breakfast plays a comforting role in people’s lives and daily routines, especially as many of us continue to navigate new and changing schedules,” said Scott Glenn, senior director of marketing at Jimmy Dean. “We’re proud to continue to provide quality products that meet the evolving needs of individuals and families.”….. Read

John West launches two tuna meatball ready meal ranges

John West has released two new ready meal ranges featuring tuna meatballs in the UK, claiming that the new products represent a ‘category first’. The two new ranges – John West Tuna Bowls and John West Bites for Kids – both pair tuna meatballs with a selection of vegetables and either pasta, beans or rice to create convenient, microwaveable meals. Three flavour variants are available in both ranges. John West Tuna Bowls range includes Chilli & Garlic, Tomato Sauce with Penne Pasta; Fajita Sauce with Beans, Red Peppers and Rice; and Smokey BBQ Sauce with Sweetcorn and Rice. Meanwhile, the John West Tuna Bites for Kids range includes Tomato Sauce with Penne Pasta; BBQ Sauce with Sweetcorn and Rice; and Cheesy Tomato Sauce with Macaroni. Jon Burton, marketing director at John West, said: “We’re committed to product innovation and driving growth by responding to consumer needs. “Our new tuna meatballs make it even easier to incorporate fish – a fantastic natural source of protein – into our diets, and John West Tuna Bowls and John West Tuna Bites for Kids provide a quick, easy meal that you can feel good about.”….. Read

Nestlé Pure Life Launches Fruity Water for Kids

Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water is making water more fun for parents and their kids with the introduction of Nestlé Pure Life Fruity Water, a new, refreshing flavored water collection. Fruity Water is 100% pure quality water with a touch of natural fruit flavors and electrolytes for taste. Fruity Water is a product parents will love with zero sugar, sweeteners, preservatives or artificial colors. And their kids will love the flavors and packaging designed with them in mind. Fruity Water is packaged in the first Tetra Pak® carton with a paper straw in the U.S. and it is sold in packs of 8, 24 and 32. The packaging is vibrantly colored and features sassy fruit characters. The product comes in three kid-friendly flavor varieties – Apple, Watermelon and Tropical Twist – making it an exciting and flavorful hydration option for kids…… Read

Sol Cuisine launches Spinach Chickpea Bites in Canada

Plant-based producer Sol Cuisine has introduced soy-free and non-GMO Spinach Chickpea Bites in Canada. The brand says that the newest addition to its portfolio can be enjoyed as an appetiser or snack. The Spinach Chickpea offering joins Spicy Black Bean and Crispy Chick’n variants in the company’s range of Bites. “This is the perfect product for those seeking a healthy and great-tasting veg-forward option,” said Sol Cuisine founder, Dror Balshine. “Our Spinach Chickpea Bites feature a delicious blend of vitamin-loaded spinach and high-in-protein chickpeas. Being soy free, non-GMO and a good source of iron, these tasty bites are great for appetisers, snacks and make a perfect side dish for any meal.  “Partnering with Costco is very exciting. We think these Spinach Chickpea bites can be enjoyed by the entire family. They are simple, healthy and easy to prepare as the fall gets busy for everyone.” Sol Cuisine’s Spinach Chickpea Bites are available at all Costco locations in Western Canada….. Read

Kate Farms unveils latest plant-based medical formulas

Plant-based formula producer Kate Farms has launched two new organic, plant-based products – the Kate Farms Standard 1.4 formula and Kate Farms Pediatric Peptide 1.0 formula. As with all Kate Farms formulas, these are created for patients with chronic diseases who are experiencing food intolerance. Made with plant-based, USDA organic, non-GMO ingredients and without major allergens or artificial sweeteners, the formulas are suitable for lactose-free, vegan and gluten-free diets and can be used for either tube feeding or oral intake. “For the general consumer, heightened awareness of the benefits of a plant-based diet have become both more familiar to them and desired by them. That’s why we are seeing the incredible growth of consumer brands such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, nut milks and cheeses and other plant alternatives to popular, but less healthy, fare,” a Cynthia Ambres, Kate Farms Chief Medical Officer Cynthia Ambres, MD, tells NutritionInsight. The new Standard 1.4 formula is a high-calorie, plant-based organic formula designed to benefit patients ages 14 and over with difficulty gaining or maintaining weight. Standard 1.4 formula is also marketed as ideal for patients with cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease and other conditions who can benefit from calorie-dense formula options. ….. Read

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