New Food Product Rollout: January 2008

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Now we know her secret -- Special K Bliss bars,  the newest Special K snack option from. Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Mich. Special K Bliss bars come in two flavor combinations: Chocolatey Dipped Raspberry and Chocolatey Dipped Orange. With their combination of sweet, fruit-flavored pieces, crispy cereal and a chocolaty bottom layer, they offer women (especially) the unique flavor combinations of chocolate and fruit and the crispness of crunchy cereal.

With only 90 calories, 2g of fat, 1g of saturated fat and zero trans fat per serving, each bar contains no cholesterol, 70mg of sodium and 9g of sugar. So they’re perfect for hoarding in your desk drawer for an afternoon snack.

“I am excited to find a bar that steps it up a notch by offering a bold and out-of-the-ordinary flavor combination,” says Lisa Cohn, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Special K brand. “And, at 90 calories per bar, it’s a perfect between-meal snack.”

Suggested retail price for a six-bar box is $3.49.

Chi-Chi’s salsa-on-the-go

Chi-Chi’s Snackers, a brand of Austin, Minn.-based Hormel Foods Corp., brings salsa, one of America’s most popular condiments, out of the cupboard and into your lunch bag.

Single-serving, 4-oz. portable packages offer consumers a chance to create a fiesta at any meal with three of Chi-Chi’s most popular varieties: Mild Salsa, Medium Salsa and Nacho Cheese. The fun-sized packs pair great with chips or provide a tasty alternative to ketchup or mayonnaise on a sandwich or wrap.

We’d love to see a line extension of portable salsa packs with tortilla chips.
Suggested retail price for a four-pack is $2.99.

Big flavor in a small package

 Now that the holidays are over, a perfect way to watch calories is with 100 Calorie Cookie Pouches from Norwalk, Conn.-based Pepperidge Farm, a Campbell Soup company. The indulgent treat is big on flavor, yet not so big on calories, and contains no artificial flavors or preservatives.

Varieties include: Chocolate Chunk, golden cookies filled with dark chocolate chips; Chessmen, velvety butter cookies; and Chocolate Chessmen, delightfully rich chocolate butter cookies.

“The 100 Calorie Cookie Pouches are the perfect complement to our current line of 100 Calorie Goldfish Cracker Pouches,” says Michael Simon, vice president/general manager of the snacks division at Pepperidge Farm. “By offering both sweet and savory snacks, there’s something for kids and adults to enjoy, all wrapped up in a perfect 100-calorie serving.”

Suggested retail price for a box of five pouches is $2.99.

Pop-Tarts go to school

With evolving K-12 nutritional guidelines, foodservice directors are facing some real challenges to keep a la carte offerings balanced between better nutrition and strong student appeal. Now Kellogg’s Food Away From Home, Elmhurst, Ill., provides a solution for school foodservice operators to offer one of students’ favorite breakfast choices with new Pop-Tarts One Serving of Whole Grain.

Pop-Tarts One Serving of Whole Grain has a crust made with 16g of whole grain in two of the most popular Pop-Tarts flavors, Strawberry and Brown Sugar Cinnamon, topped with a drizzle of sweet frosting. Each pastry provides 1.25 USDA bread equivalent, meets common K-12 a la carte requirements (35 percent or less calories from total fat, 10 percent or less calories from saturated fat and 35 percent or less sugar by weight and zero trans fat per serving). They’re packaged in a colorful and convenient single-serve package that is microwavable. Toaster pastries are one of the most popular breakfast items, and Kellogg claims Pop-Tarts is America’s favorite brand.

For details and complete nutrition information, go to the Kellogg’s Food Away From Home web site at www.kelloggsfoodawayfromhome.com or call 877-511-5777.

Think pink

Los Angeles-based BrandStorm Inc. rolls out in specialty food and natural markets a unique package of its popular Himalania pink crystal salt, a 4-oz. portion of rock salt and a custom mini-grater in a glass jar.

Himalania pink salt is 100 percent natural, unrefined and unpolluted. Sourced from the mountains of the Himalayas at elevations of 10,000 feet, this fossilized marine salt, formed more than 200 million years ago, has a natural pink color thanks to its high iron content. Himalania pink salt is also naturally rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium and copper, making it a healthy addition to everyday dishes.

Once a year each spring the Himalayan people transport this salt to the Nepalese valleys for trade, as they have for centuries. Heavily burdened yaks carry the salt, traveling along narrow sloping paths, often carved in cliffs. BrandStorm has worked with these people for several years to bring this legendary salt to the West, where it is appreciated for its flavor, texture and color.

“We developed a full line of Himalania pink salt, but this package design is specifically intended for home chefs and others who care about flavor, purity and quality, as well as presentation,” says BrandStorm CEO Thierry Ollivier. “With one taste, it’s easy to understand why salt has been so precious to mankind.”

The new package design is ideal for dinner parties, and makes an attractive display on a tabletop because of its unique pink color. Grating salt is a fun and novel experience for even seasoned eaters, enhancing the flavor, presentation and interactivity of salads, soups, vegetable dishes, meats or fish.

Suggested retail price is $10.99.

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