New Food & Beverage Product Rollout: July 2021

July 12, 2021
Our editors selected the following food and beverage products to feature in our July 2021 issue of Food Processing. See which products they chose.
Globally Inspired Chicken Sausages

Gilbert’s Craft Sausages, known for its all-natural, antibiotic-free, individually wrapped chicken sausages, has rolled out two new flavors just in time for summer grilling. Ancho Queso brings a medley of bell peppers, ancho and poblano chiles, creamy Chihuahua-style cheese and lime zest. It delivers 11g of protein per link and made its debut at Target starting in May with a suggested retail price of $4.29.

There’s also the Tuscan Recipe, which offers sun-soaked flavors of parmesan cheese and oregano, along with 13g of protein. The initial offering is at Harris Teeter with additional retailers coming soon. The suggested retail price is $5.99. With four sausages per package, the new flavors join Gilbert’s existing lineup of eight unique chicken sausage options, such as Fig & Feta and Bourbon Apple.

“Since we started almost 11 years ago, we’ve continued to strive for ongoing innovation, resulting in sausages unique in both flavor and quality. With this growth also comes new flavors,” says Chris Salm, founder and CEO. “Our sausages are made using an industry-leading sous vide process to create a healthy offering that bring fun and fresh flavor to every meal.”

Guilt-free Snack Mix

It's a little sweet, a little salty and has 70% less sugar than comparable products in the marketplace. That’s what Thinful is all about. Manufactured by Piedmont Candy, Thinful is a low-sugar indulgent snack mix with only 2g of sugar and 60 calories per half-cup serving.

The initial product line is available in five flavors—Birthday Cake, Chocolatey Drizzle, Peanut Butter, Sea Salt Caramel and Snickerdoodle—and includes a base of buttery popcorn, caramel corn, salty twist pretzels and waffle pretzels. This gets flavored with either a sweet drizzle or sprinkled topping.

The company uses erythritol, stevia and a touch of sugar, along with chicory root fiber and soluble corn fiber, to keep sugar content low while also delivering a serving of fiber to eliminate sugar spikes and crashes. The flavor is sweeter than table sugar and void of any aftertaste, according to the company. Made in the U.S., Thinful grew from the simple desire to make healthier snacks that let people indulge without any guilt. The 4.5-oz shareable bag have a suggested retail price of $4.99.

Instant Chinese Breakfast

First generation immigrant Lin Jiang, inspired by her Chinese heritage and love of Chinese cuisine, founded Yishi Oatmeal, a woman-owned functional breakfast brand that meets the nutritional and wellness needs of modern consumers. Yishi, the Chinese word for ritual, is all about nourishing the body with whole, functional foods, according to Jiang. Her products are more than routine, they are a ceremonious event.

The carefully crafted formulations provide functional benefits and come in five varieties. The shelf-stable product comes in single-serve microwaveable cups, just add water or your favorite milk, or it can be prepared the evening before for overnight oats. There are also multi-serve bags.

Matcha Latte features coconut milk and matcha green tea and is designed to increase vitality. Red Bean Berry includes adzuki beans, jujube dates, beet root, goji berries and cherries to promote radiance. Taro Bubble Tea contains taro, chia seed, coconut milk blueberries and black tea for focus. Toasted Black Sesame is made with ground black sesame seeds, black bean powder, walnuts and chia seeds and boosts energy. Sweet Osmanthus features soybeans, osmanthus (fragrant flowers from an evergreen) and turmeric. It encourages calming.

Heat-and-Eat Omelets

Sometimes cooking the perfect omelet means ending up with a pile of scrambled eggs. Thanks to Just Crack an Egg, known for cracking conventions of breakfast with the brand’s scramble bowls, refrigerated heat-and-eat omelets can now be ready in less than a minute in the microwave.

Similar to egg bites, new Omelet Rounds come in four varieties, all made with cage-free eggs. The All American includes uncured bacon and sharp cheddar cheese. Three Meat has pork sausage, uncured bacon and uncured ham, along with cheddar cheese. Classic is made with uncured ham, cheddar cheese, green and red pepper, and onion. As its name suggests, Broccoli Cheddar is simply cage-free eggs with cheddar cheese and broccoli. The omelets are sold in two packs with a suggested retail price of $3.49.

“Omelets are wonderfully delicious but also tricky to make,” says Maureen O’Neill, Just Crack an Egg brand manager for Kraft Heinz Co. “With Omelet Rounds, we want to introduce egg-loving fans to a quick and easy-to-prep way to get the best of a classic egg breakfast in the comfort of their kitchen or on the go.”

Vegan Dairy Spreads

Monty’s was founded in New York City in 2018 by Lauren Montgomery, a Certified Health Coach and Health Supportive Chef. It remained a local brand until now. Monty’s is expanding nationwide with a new look showcasing its whole food ingredients and sustainable packaging.

The plant-based butter is made with sweet cashew cream, coconut and almond oils, and sea salt. It comes in 5-oz. cups. The 6-oz. plant-based cream cheeses are made with cashews and are fermented using live active cultures to develop a bright, creamy flavor, much like dairy cream cheese. Varieties are Original, Everything and Scallion.

“When developing the recipe for Monty’s, it was critical that we offered consumers delicious, plant-based products that were more than just alternatives to dairy, and that were made with ingredients as close to nature as possible, especially in a food category that is filled with highly processed and lab-made products,” says Montgomery. “We’re constantly striving to find the sweet spot on the pendulum where balance is not having to choose between what is good for us, the environment and what we enjoy.”

Sauces Direct from Italy

Mizkan America Inc. is growing its premium sauce line with Bertolli d’Italia Sauces. Inspired by rich, Tuscan traditions and techniques, the new sauces are made in Italy. Like all of the brand’s sauces, Bertolli d’Italia reflects more than 150 years of authentic Italian culinary expertise and are crafted with high-quality ingredients and lightly cooked in Mediterranean olive oil to lock in layers of flavor "the Tuscan Way.”

The sauces come in four varieties. Alfredo is a white sauce made with aged Italian cheeses (Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino Romano), fresh cream and butter. Creamy Rosa is a thick, creamy red sauce comprised of ricotta cheese, Grana Padano Italian cheese and sun-kissed tomatoes. Four Cheese Alfredo is a hearty white sauce made with fresh cream and Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, Fontal and Gorgonzola. The Italian classic—Marinara—is made with chopped Italian tomatoes, Mediterranean olive oil, herbs and garlic.

The shelf-stable, imported sauces come in glass jars. The whites are 16.9 oz. and reds are 24.7 oz. The brand’s website includes authentic Tuscan recipes to bring a taste of Italy to the home table.

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