Chipotle Cheddar Chips
Taking part in the trend toward more exotic flavors, Shearer’s Foods Inc. now offers its signature Kettle Cooked potato chips in chipotle cheese. The new chips feature a blend of mild chipotle peppers and bold cheese flavors. Blended with the creaminess of cheese, Shearer’s chipotle cheese-flavored Kettle Cooked potato chips have a simmering, mildly spicy taste.
— Shearer’s Foods Inc., 692 North Wabash, Brewster, OH 44613; 1-888-GREAT-CHIPS; www.shearers.com
Mrs. May’s, a global, all-natural snack food company, now offers its new Trio bar, a crunchy health bar made from three types of nuts, seeds and natural fruits. The bars are vegan, non-GMO, cholesterol-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, certified gluten-free, kosher and contain no artificial flavors and colors. The company also offers slow dry-roasted snacks as well as bite-sized snacks for healthful convenience.
— Mrs. May’s Naturals, 860 East 238th St., Carson, CA 90745, 877-677-6297; www.mrsmays.com
Organic Pet Treats
Helping to keep Fluffy and Spot fit and healthy, Hampshire Pet Products offers pet owners organic pet treats. New to the company’s product line are the holistic formulas featuring baked dog food, baked cat foot and crunchy snacks. Holistic formulas are designed to provide the nutrients pets need for good health from multiple sources of ingredients. Each organic pet treat contains three types of protein, fats, fibers and grains.
— Hampshire Pet Products, 7502 East 26th St., Joplin, MO 64804; 417-206-6137; www.hampshirepetproducts.com
Ford Gum & Machine Co. has added four new Lunch Box Gummies to its line of novelty items for kids. Lunch Box Gummies Spaghetti & Meat Balls, Bacon & Eggs, Submarine Sandwiches and South of the Border Tacos all have been added to the company’s perennial favorites
— Taco Factory, Burger & Fries and Hot Dog Lunch Boxes.
Each colorful Lunch Box contains a “complete meal” of sweet and sour fruit-flavored gummies and a variety of gummie textures and shapes. All Lunch Box Gummies are packed in colorful powerwings, counter or floor displays, and feature 12 displays per case.
— Ford Gum & Machine Co. Inc., 640 Margate Dr., Lincolnshire, IL 60069; 847-955-0003; www.fordgum.com
Organic Pancake and Waffle Mix
Flour producer Central Milling Co. recently has launched its new organic pancake and waffle mixes. The 2-pound packages are available in buttermilk, buckwheat and 100 percent whole-wheat options. The mixes are quick and easy to use by just adding water. Not only are they USDA-approved organic, but they also have no trans-fat. Central Milling Co. also offers all-purpose flour, as well as whole-wheat flour and germade.
– Central Milling Co., 122 East Center St., Logan, UT 84321; 888-670-6625; centralmilling.com
Seapoint Farms recently added dry-roasted edamame to its line of nutritional and convenient edamame products. The new blend is available in lightly salted or wasabi flavors and contains eight essential amino acids without any cholesterol or trans-fat. Like other Seapoint Farm edamame products, the dry-roasted blend can be used for salads, soups, stir-frys or as a side dish.
In addition, Seapoint Farms is pairing up with Nickelodeon to add characters such as Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Square Pants to its product packaging in an effort to encourage kids to eat more healthfully.
– Seapoint Farms, 2183 Fairview Road, Suite 222, Costa Mesa, CA 92627; 888-722-7098; seapointfarms.com
Organic Coconut Oil
Tap the health and beauty secret that Pacific Islanders have been using for more than 2,000 years with Organic Fiji’s body care line of products. The products contain organic virgin coconut oil extracted from fresh coconuts using a cold-press process that helps the oil retain its natural nutrients. This certified-organic coconut oil is the foundation for all products in the Organic Fiji body care line, which includes soaps, lotions and body polishes. The products are rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants that hydrate, condition and protect the skin.
Organic Fiji is dedicated to supporting and participating in a Fair Trade program within the Fiji Islands. The company does not test its products on animals and uses recyclable paper packaging.
– Organic Fiji, 547 Calle San Pablo, Camarillo, CA 93012; 888-848-8126; organicfiji.com
Organic Super-Premium Ice Cream
Humboldt Creamery has expanded its lineup of creamy ice cream with its new Organic Super-Premium Ice Cream. The ice creams are made with 100 percent organic milk, cream, nuts, fruit and flavoring and contain no artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors. The new ice cream is available in a pint size with flavors such as strawberry, butter pecan and espresso chip.
– Humboldt Creamery, 572 Hwy 1, Fortuna, CA 95540; 707-725-6182; humboldtcreamery.com
Peterson Farms Fresh recently introduced its new Bake at Home: Apple Crisp. The apple crisp includes 1 pound of fresh-cut, peeled and sliced apples combined with spices and a crumb topping to create a homemade taste in just minutes. This dessert is convenient and consumer-friendly while offering the freshest quality fruit.
Peterson Farms Fresh is the largest privately owned fruit producer in Michigan. The family-owned and operated company also produces apples, grapes and oranges.
– Peterson Farms Fresh Inc., 3104 W. Baseline Road, P.O. Box 115, Shelby, MI 49455; 231-861-2274; petersonfarmsinc.com
New on the Shelf
New Line of Energy Drinks
For that extra energy boost, Circle K has added two new flavors and a new 24-ounce can size to its line of energy drinks. New to the Talon Energy line is the 16-ounce Talon Blood Punch, which puts a new twist on traditional fruit punch with the help of natural blood orange flavor. Talon Energy also is clawing its way into the larger can market with a new 24-ounce can in the line’s original flavor. The company’s line of Vixen Energy drinks also is expanding with the introduction of Vixen Foxpunch — a new 16-ounce energy beverage that features a variety of citrus flavors.
— Circle K, Corona, Calif.
Costco has made available exclusively at its stores Kentucky Natural Farms All Natural Black Forest Ham. Using a family recipe, the hams are processed naturally, using a natural technique to create a uniquely tender and flavorful ham. The Kentucky Natural Farms All Natural Black Forest Hams do not contain sodium nitrite or other added nitrites, nor do they contain chemical preservatives, phosphates, fillers or additives.
— Costco Wholesale, Issaquah, Wash.
New in Packaging
Colored Aluminum Cans
For packers looking for a new way to grab consumer attention, Silgan Containers has available a line of colored, aluminum cans. The two-piece, aluminum draw/redraw (DRD) cans now can be manufactured in a variety of translucent color choices for maximum shelf-appeal and differentiation.
Additionally the color capability is a perfect complement to the company’s Quick Top line of easy-opening (EZO), full-panel ends. Ideal applications include a wide variety of food and pet food products where product differentiation is a critical component of the brand’s marketing strategy.
— Silgan Containers Inc., 21800 Oxnard St. # 600, Woodland Hills, CA 91367; 818- 348-3700; www.silgancontainers.com