September 2007's Best New Food Products

The latest new food products for Septemer include Tyson's Chicken Any'Tizers, a yogurt drink just for kids and a cola with a buzz. Read on for more, including web exclusives.

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Chicken Any'Tizers for anytime

As part of an ongoing effort to provide consumers with fast and flexible food options, Tyson Foods Inc., Springdale, Ark., introduces Tyson Any'Tizers, a line of restaurant-style frozen snacks. Any'Tizers make great appetizers; your teens will love them as an afternoon or late-night snack; serve them at a party or even as a light meal. Just heat for 12-18 mins. in a conventional oven, or 2 mins. in the microwave and eat.

Varieties include: Buffalo Style Boneless Chicken Wyngs, Honey BBQ Boneless Chicken Wyngs, Cheddar & Jalapeño Chicken Bites, Cheddar & Bacon Chicken Bites, Homestyle Chicken Fries and Ranch Flavored Chicken Fries. The Any'tizers line also includes some of Tyson's existing snack products, such as Barbeque Style Chicken Wings and Popcorn Chicken.

"Americans snack almost as often as they eat regular meals because of the fast pace and demands of their lives," says Shawn Walker, senior vice president-Value Added Meal Solutions for Tyson Foods. "We believe our new Any'tizers line will help meet consumer demands for great-tasting, protein-based snacks that offer versatility, variety and are easy to prepare."

Suggested retail price is $3.69.

Yogurt drink just for kids

Minneapolis-based General Mills introduces Yoplait Kids Yogurt Drink, a sippable, portable beverage which contains 16mg of naturally sourced omega-3 DHA, an important nutrient that supports brain growth during early childhood development. It contains 25 percent less sugar than the average of leading kids' yogurts and no artificial flavors or sweeteners.

Flavors include: Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, Mixed Berry and Banana. Just add a straw -- or lift the lid -- and let the flavorful fun begin.

"We think both kids and their parents will be pleased with the new yogurt drinks," says Phillip Zinda, Yoplait marketing. "With calcium, vitamins A and D and now omega-3 DHA, Yoplait Kids has broadened the dietary benefits for young yogurt lovers."

Suggested retail price for six 3.1-oz. bottles is $2.99.

Promise takes a shot at cholesterol

Nearly 76 million Americans are living with high or elevated LDL, otherwise known as "bad" cholesterol, and many others are concerned about their cholesterol levels. Unilever North America, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., rolls out Promise activ SuperShots, the first fruit and yogurt mini-drink with added natural plant sterols, ingredients that are clinically proven to help actively remove cholesterol as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

Plant sterol-containing foods should be used twice a day with meals. But it would take about 100 lbs. of fruits, vegetables and nuts to get the 2g of plant sterols found in these SuperShots.

Available in three flavors -- Strawberry, Peach and Raspberry -- the mini-drink also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and it is a good source of vitamin E.

"Plant sterols can help reduce LDL cholesterol for most people, when used daily as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol," says Douglas Balentine, director of nutrition and health. "This new product innovation is an example of Unilever's commitment to helping people maintain a healthy heart and to stay healthy for longer."

Suggested retail price for a pack of four is $3.99.

Cola with extra buzz

Pepsi-Cola North America Purchase, N.Y., will give you a buzz with Diet Pepsi Max, an invigorating zero-calorie cola with ginseng and more caffeine (46mg per 8 oz.) than a typical energy drink.

Sweetened with a blend of aspartame and acesulfame potassium, Diet Pepsi Max is available in 20-oz. bottles, 2-liter bottles and 12-packs of 12-oz. cans.

"It's evident that Americans are tired and could use an extra kick to help get them through the day," says Russell Weiner, VP-colas. "Diet Pepsi Max was designed to offer a great-tasting solution with a unique formula that invigorates the mind and body, preventing those ill-timed yawns from taking over."

According to a new Harris Interactive survey of 1,102 adults, commissioned by Diet Pepsi Max, 84 percent of Americans experience a daily "afternoon slump." They're also having a tough time being discreet about it. More than half of respondents admit to yawning up to five times a day and another 86 percent believe that those yawns are contagious. The yawn is the focus of an ad campaign for Diet Pepsi Max, which features the tag line "Wake up, people!"

One-third of Americans blame the workplace as the reason for their exhaustion. But the workplace is also becoming the solution, because half of all survey respondents have caught someone asleep on the job and 28 percent have confessed to falling asleep at work. The most popular ways respondents overcome their slumps at work include walking around the office (58 percent) and consuming caffeinated beverages (52 percent). Zzzzzz.

Kraft delivers on superpremium pizza


Kraft Foods, Northfield, Ill., delivers DiGiorno Ultimate, superpremium delivery-style pizza in four varieties: Four Cheese (mozzarella, brick, fontina and Parmesan Reggiano); Four Meat (capicolla ham, Genoa salami, pepperoni and sausage); Supreme, (sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, red onion and green and red peppers) and Pepperoni.

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