For the Season of Love
McKee Foods is growing its Valentine’s sweet baked snacks with Little Debbie Vanilla Mini Donuts. This sharing bag features bite-sized donuts coated in light pink frosting and adorned with a white icing pattern.
There’s also new Little Debbie Big Pack Valentine Cakes, which is a six-pack box of individually wrapped heart-shaped vanilla cakes topped with light pink frosting and white icing stripes.
The Little Debbie brand is also unveiling fresh packaging graphics across the Valentine’s Day lineup. The new designs showcase a modern and heartwarming aesthetic, perfectly setting the tone for the season of love. With captivating details, including light teal backgrounds and playful pink paper cutout hearts, each package is thoughtfully crafted to make each treat feel even more special.
Restaurant-Quality Fondue Kits
Savoring fondue at home is just a click away with the launch of Melting Pot at Home, an assortment of fresh fondue bundles available with choice of Omaha Steaks dippers, delivered for free to any doorstep. The Melting Pot at Home bundles include choice of Melting Pot Classic Fondue, which is a blend of fresh aged gruyère, raclette and fontina cheeses, and Melting Pot Aged Cheddar and Gouda Fondue.
The concept was inspired by the Melting Pot restaurant experience. Now consumers can simply open the package and warm it up on the stove top, microwave or slow cooker. No fondue pot needed.
The dippers include beef tenderloin tips, wild Argentinian red shrimp, boneless chicken breast chunks, boneless pork chop chunks, all-beef meatballs and kielbasa sausage slices. Kits also include baguettes with garlic butter that bake up in less than 15 minutes, plus caramel apple tartlets for dessert. Kits are customizable and start at $84.99.
Plant-Based Nuggets for Kids
Franklin Farms, a division of Keystone Natural Holdings, is launching new co-branded packaging for six existing Franklin Farms products featuring Disney’s iconic character, Mickey Mouse. The collaboration includes a special landing page on the Franklin Farms website with product information, kid-friendly recipes and links to Disney pages for additional food-related content.
Offerings are Barbeque Veggie Burger, Classic Veggie Burger, Cuban Style Black Bean and Plantain Balls, Lemon Pepper Tofu Bites, Moroccan Style Falafel Balls and Teriyaki Tofu Bites. Packaging features the bespoke Disney Check signifying the products meet Disney’s nutrition guidelines, which are based on rigorous, science-backed nutrition standards and are continually updated to remain current.
In 2006, Walt Disney Co. became the first major media company to establish a nutrition guideline policy to associate its brands and characters with a more nutritious portfolio of foods and beverages. The Disney Check is a quick and easy way for families to identify healthier foods and beverages for kids.
Elevated Italian Cuisine
The Tuscanini Reserve frozen pizza line is the most recent offering from Tuscanini Foods, a purveyor of authentic Italian culinary-inspired foods. The new Margherita and Supermargherita pizzas come in clear window packaging, allowing customers to see the quality before indulging. They have a suggested retail price of $8.99 to $9.99.
Tuscanini curates more than 175 premium products directly sourced from Italy, ensuring that each item embodies the true flavors and craftsmanship of the region. Other offerings include olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, pasta, sauces and an array of frozen and refrigerated products.
“Our mission is to provide food lovers with a genuine Italian culinary experience,” says Harold Weiss, chief sales officer. “We take pride in working with passionate artisans who take great care in their craft, ensuring that our customers can savor the true flavors of Italy.”
Fro Yo Fo the Soul
Sweetkiwi, a manufacturer of health-conscious frozen desserts, has collaborated with Broadus Foods, a company founded by rapper Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus, to launch a range of frozen Greek yogurt bars inspired by Snoop Cereal flavors. Varieties are Cinnamon Toasteez Crunch (brown butter-flavored Greek yogurt with the warm, spicy notes of cinnamon crunch), Fruity Hoops (mixed fruit-flavored Greek yogurt combined with the sweetness of marshmallows) and Graham Honeyz (plain Greek yogurt base infused with honey and graham cereal).
“This collaboration is a significant step forward in the food industry,” says Michael Akindele, director of growth and partnerships at Sweetkiwi. “It’s an opportunity to merge diverse culinary worlds, bringing a unique product to the market that caters to evolving consumer tastes and preferences.”
A Super Bowl Launch
Doritos, a brand of Frito-Lay, itself a wholly owned subsidiary of PepsiCo, has been making Super Bowl appearances for 23 years. This year, the brand will showcase its latest innovation: Doritos Dinamita. Think of the famous chip’s triangular shape, but now rolled into a stick shape for extra crunch.
Chile Limón is the original Dinamita variety. It has a tangy, citrusy heat. Four new spice-packed snacks are joining it: Flamin Hot Queso, Hot Honey Mustard, Smoky Chile Queso and Tangy Fiery Lime. All five flavors of Doritos Dinamita can be found on store shelves at retailers nationwide for $2.49 for a 4 -oz bag and $5.99 for a 10.75-oz bag.
“Doritos has a long history of delivering fan-favorite Super Bowl commercials, but new pack-a-punch flavors, unique shapes and some spicy stars will make Dinamita’s Super Bowl commercial a campaign that will get snackers across the country buzzing like never before,” says Tina Mahal, senior vice president of marketing at PepsiCo Foods North America.