Best New Products of April 2008

The top new food products of April 2008

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Suggested retail price is $2.49.


Haagen-Dazs inspired by global flavors

Haagen-Dazs, a brand of Oakland, Calif.-based Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Inc. (itself a part of Nestle USA), launches Haagen-Dazs Fleur de Sel Caramel ice cream to its Reserve line, inspired by global flavors.

Exploring the classical tastes of the French shores of Brittany, Fleur de Sel Caramel features Fleur de Sel caramels covered in a chocolaty coating blended into caramel ice cream with caramel ribbons and French sea salt accents. Don’t worry: one deliciously indulgent serving (1/2 cup) contains only 160mg of sodium plus 280 calories.

Other varieties in the Reserve line include Brazilian Acai Berry Sorbet, Amazon Valley Chocolate, Pomegranate Chip, Hawaiian Lehua Honey & Sweet Cream, Toasted Coconut Sesame Brittle and Pomegranate & Dark Chocolate Bar.

Suggested retail price for a pint is $4.99.


Naked Juice intros 100% probiotic juice smoothie

Naked Juice, Azusa, Calif., introduces Naked Juice Probiotic,declaring it to be the first 100% juice smoothie with probiotics, microorganisms which may aid in digestive and immune health. The smoothies also contain a prebiotic, an ingredient used to help stimulate good bacteria that are already in the digestive tract.

All-natural 100% juice with no added sugar or preservatives, Naked Juice Probiotic is available in Tropical Mango, a blend including mango, orange, and pineapple.

Suggested price for a single-serve 10-oz. bottle is $2.99.



Healing teas promote good health

Lynden, Wash.-based Flora Inc. adds four new flavors to its line of Bija Healing Teas to help promote optimal health.
Flavors include:

  • Deep Defense, a blend of astragalus, cranberry, rooibos, peppermint and three types of echinacea formulated to support the body’s natural defense system (94 percent organic)
  • Pure Peppermint,designed for those suffering from digestive disorders, seasonal symptoms and insomnia -- the leaves are certified organic
  • Holy Basil, revered in India for over 5,000 years as a tonic herb, this wild-crafted proprietary blend includes Krishna, Vana and Rama Holy Basil, as well as rooibos to help reduce stress, lower cortisol levels to promote a sense of well-being
  • Soothing Chamomile a certified organic variety of an old favorite used for relaxation.

Bija uses tea bags made from hemp and tree fibers, and the environmentally friendly bags are whitened with hydrogen peroxide, not chlorine. 

Available in health food stores nationwide, Bija Healing Teas are packaged 20 to a box, at suggested retail prices ranging from $6.49-7.99.



S-shaped breakfast treats
 
Bronx, N.Y.-based the Stella D'oro Co. introduces a line of 100-Calorie items featuring its famous Breakfast Treats in two flavors: Original and Chocolate. Designed using the company's signature "S" cookie shape, each pouch has approximately 18 mini Breakfast Treats.

"We are delighted with the introduction of these great new items," says Chairman Henk Hartong. "The famous Stella D'oro Breakfast Treat was first introduced to the market in the 1950s and we are confident our loyal customers will enjoy this tasty new variety."

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



The votes are in
For the past four years, Salem, Oregon-based  Kettle Foods  has turned over product development to fans, inviting chip lovers to help select new flavors to join the existing line by voting for their favorites. Inspired by passionate requests for the ultimate hot chip, People’s Choice IV took a spicy turn with five fiery flavor nominees. The theme, Fire and Spice, challenged the company to create flavors that delivered on more than just mouth burn. Kettle Foods responded with a lineup that fulfilled expectations for complex heat made with all natural spices including Wicked Hot Sauce, Mango Chili, Jalapeño Salsa Fresca, Orange Ginger Wasabi and Death Valley Chipotle.

Thousands of Kettle Potato Chip fans flocked to www.kettlefoods.com and chose Death Valley Chipotle with its nuanced balance of savory smoke and layered chili flavors, as the winning flavor.

“The Fire and Spice theme exposed flavor loyalists in a variety of camps – the sweet lovers lobbied for Mango Chili, vinegar fans loved the tang of Wicked Hot Sauce while ‘throat’ and ‘nose’ hot folks divided over Jalapeño Salsa Fresca and Orange Ginger Wasabi,” says Kim Sheridan, chief flavor architect. “From the very beginning, though, Death Valley Chipotle’s blend of red chili, cayenne, chipotle and habanero held the lead with its slow, smoky burn.”



Sweet and spicy Wasabi treat

Los Angles-based BrandStorm Inc. rolls out Himalania Wasabi covered Goji berries, a snack combination of dried Goji berries and the hot crunch of Wasabi coating which creates a distinctive sweet and spicy treat that is 100 percent natural, with no artificial color – a rare feat for Wasabi.

A staple for hundreds of years in Japanese cooking, Wasabi (Wasabi japonica) is a semi-aquatic vegetable in the crucifer category that also includes broccoli and cauliflower. The Wasabi plant features a thick stem that is ground into a paste, and served alongside sushi because of its antibiotic and antimicrobial properties that defend against parasites in raw fish. Other benefits claimed by Wasabi lovers include anti-coagulants to prevent harmful blood clots, asthma relief, dental health, and even cancer prevention

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