Best New Products of May 2008

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With an estimated 17 million overweight or obese dogs across the nation, it is more important than ever for treats to be low-fat, natural and made with premium ingredients so that they can be easily digested and keep dog obesity in check.

Each 100 Calorie Pack contains 10 Doggie Paw treats. Each treat is only 10 calories with 0.2g fat. They are crunchy peanut butter flavored medallions made with quality bakery ingredients. Each all-natural treat is the size of a quarter and displays a cute dog paw imprint. In addition to being easy to digest, they also help maintain strong teeth and fresh breath.

"Convenience is key for portion control," says Margot Kenly, Blue Dog Bakery's founder. "Our new 100 Calorie Packs make it easy to ensure that dogs watching their weight stay within their daily calorie count.”

Available at Wal-Mart and, suggested retail price for a 7.05-oz. box of eight 100 Calorie Packs is $4.59.

A bit of ice cream heaven

Fairfield, Calif.-based Jelly Belly Candy Co. rolls out five flavors of Jelly Belly Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Parlor Mix inspired by Cold Stone Creamery Signature Creation ice cream flavors. The licensing deal marks the latest move by the inspired candy makers at Jelly Belly to bring jelly bean aficionados more surprising and delicious flavors.

Each jelly bean has tasteful complexity with highlights at just the right proportion to achieve a little bit of ice cream heaven – creamy with multiple flavor notes.

Flavors include Mint Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Devotion, Our Strawberry Blonde, Apple Pie A La Cold Stone and Birthday Cake Remix.

Cold Stone Creamery Jelly Belly beans are available in the five-flavor mix in 10-lb. bulk cases and in 3.1-oz. bags, 6.5-oz. bags and in 8.5-oz. tie-top bags.

Vitamin-enriched extra virgin olive oil

Scarsdale, N.Y.-based Italica Imports introduces Italica Plus Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain, enriched with fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E, making it a rich source of antioxidants.

While all olive oil promotes better health, Italica Plus delivers even greater nutritional benefits with three vital vitamins. Supportive research shows that vitamin A promotes healthy surface linings of the eyes and the respiratory, intestinal and urinary tracts. Vitamin D is associated with healthy bones and regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. And vitamin E acts to protect cells against the effects of free radicals, which can damage cells and may be a factor in the development of cancer and heart disease.

Olive oil, often regarded as a perfect food, is free of trans-fats, great for the heart, and excellent for the digestive system. Scientific evidence suggests that eating about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat.

"Italica Plus Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one the finest cold-pressed virgin olive oils on the market, and today you can use it knowing it's enriched with even more vitamins and health benefits,” says Lucy Landesman, president of Italica Imports. “Make your favorite sauces, salad dressings, marinades and other recipes even healthier for you and your family."

Arnold adds 8-17g of whole grain

Horsham, Pa.-based Arnold Foods Co. Inc., the bakers of Brownberry, takes natural goodness to a new level with five premium Arnold Natural breads. These 100 percent all-natural breads carry forward the Brownberry quality consumers trust in completely updated varieties now under the Arnold brand name.

Varieties include Natural 100 percent Whole Wheat, Natural Soft Wheat, Natural Wheat, Natural Health Nut and Natural Flax & Fiber. Each variety provides 8-17 grams of whole grains per serving, making it that much easier to meet the recommended Dietary Guidelines of at least 48 grams of whole grains per day.

Arnold Natural Breads provide 8-17 grams of whole grains per serving and contain no high fructose corn syrup (which was replaced with natural brown sugar, honey and molasses), no trans fats and no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. In addition, each slice of Arnold Natural Breads provides a good source of whole grains, dietary fiber, calcium, vitamin D and folic acid. They are less than 100 calories per slice and cholesterol-free.

“Other natural breads can be too hard or too bitter. Our expert bakers have worked hard to ensure our customers don’t have to trade off taste and texture for health,” says Jennifer Hartley, business director of bread innovation at parent company George Weston Bakeries. “



Capturing the essence of rose water

Waukegan, Ill. Nielsen-Massey Vanillas  introduces Rose Water to its line of premium flavors for foodservice, industrial and retail use.

Rose Water captures the essence of fresh rose blossoms through steam distillation. Using only the purest of rose petals, the delicate essential oils are extracted from the petals. Use this delicate floral flavor in Middle Eastern, Indian and Greek dishes such as baklava and rice pudding, and to infuse spring into French pastry glazes and creams. Rose Water pairs wonderfully with vanilla, cream, chocolate, rice and mild cheeses, enhancing many recipes.

In addition to adding a new dimension to favorite recipes, Rose Water is known for its therapeutic qualities, and is used in many cleansers, skin care lines and aromatherapy products. Rose Water has also been found to soothe and relax babies.

Rose Water is available in 2-oz. and 4-oz. bottles for retail sale and 18-oz. and gallon sizes for foodservice and industrial use.

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