Cheese 2018

(Natural and Processed)


  • HOMEMADE CHEESE SAUCE KITS (posted May 22, 2018
  • Tillamook introduces Sauce Starter, which is described as “real cheese meets expertly blended spices to give you creamy, homemade cheese sauce in half the time.”
  • Sauce Starter is a 6.5-ounce package of shredded cheese with a packet that contains seasonings and other saucy ingredients, namely emulsifying and stabilizing agents. 
  • The consumer combines the cheese and dry mix with one cup of cold 2% milk. The mixture should be stirred over medium heat until the cheese melts. It makes 1.5 cups of sauce.
  • There are four varieties. They are:
  • Aged Cheddar: Sharp and Extra Sharp Cheddar with Parmesan
  • Creamy Alfredo: White Cheddar, Parmesan and Monterey Jack with a hint of garlic and nutmeg
  • Spicy Queso: Medium Jack, Pepper Jack and Habanero Jack with a dash of habanero pepper and garlic seasoning
  • Three Cheese: Medium Cheddar, Colby Jack and Monterey Jack
  • The package has a suggested retail price of $3.99.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PREMIUM CHEESE SNACKS (posted May 3, 2018)
  • Eggland’s Best introduces new snack packs.
  • More and more consumers (34%) are eliminating big breakfasts and replacing it with a small morning meal, followed by a “second breakfast” snack. Two-thirds (66%) of consumers say they find breakfast snacks appealing. Overall, snacks in general are being consumed more throughout the day, with 14% of consumers admitting that they consume five or more snacks each day, up from 11% just last year.
  • To meet this growing need, Eggland’s Best introduces Eggland’s Best Snacks.
  • This new line contains a nutritious Eggland’s Best hard-cooked and peeled egg, along with cheese and one other food in a portable and convenient snack tray.
  • The four unique combination snack packs are one egg with: Bacon and Cheddar Cheese, Chocolate-Covered Almonds and Cheddar Cheese, Olives and Feta Cheese, and Salame and Provolone Cheese.
  • A single-serve pack contains 10 to 20 grams of protein and sells for about $3.29.
  • Compared to ordinary eggs, EB eggs contain six times more vitamin D, 25% less saturated fat, more than double the omega-3s, 10 times more vitamin E, and more than double vitamin B12. EB Eggs are also an excellent source of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin B5. EB’s superior nutrition is due to its proprietary all-vegetarian hen feed that contains healthy grains, canola oil and a wholesome supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and vitamin E.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • IMPORTED SLICED CHEESE (posted April 30, 2018)
  • Finlandia Cheese introduces seven varieties to the U.S. market.
  • Finlandia Cheese is a subsidiary of Valio Ltd., and has been importing cheese to the U.S. since the 1950’s.
  • The seven imported flavor-packed varieties are: Cheddar-Gruyere, Edam, Gouda, Havarti, Muenster, Light Swiss and Swiss.
  • New Finlandia Imported Cheese Slices are made from non-GMO ingredients and milk from cows free from artificial growth hormones.
  • They are a great source of protein and calcium and are naturally lactose free, according to the company.
  • Ten slices of cheese are packaged in convenient easy-to-open and resealable 7-ounces pouches and have a suggested retail price of $3.99 to $4.49.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ARTISAN CHEESE IN PORTION PACKS (posted April 16, 2018)
  • Schuman Cheese introduces Cello Grab & Go.
  • This premium-positioned product is the company’s most revered Cello cheese flavors sold in four packs of individual portions.
  • The cheeses are designed for on-the-go snacking, salads, pastas, sandwiches and cheese boards.
  • The Shaved Aged Parmesan comes in 0.75-ounce containers.
  • The Sliced Dutch Gouda, Cubed Creamy Fontina, and Sliced and Cubed Sharp Cheddar come in 1-ounce containers.
  • All of these cheese have a 120-day refrigerated shelflife.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • For more information on this product, link HERE to the April 13, 2018, blog titled "Next-Generation Cheese Innovations."

  • For more information on this product, link HERE to the April 13, 2018, blog titled "Next-Generation Cheese Innovations."


  • AUTHENTIC HISPANIC CHEESES IN VARIED FORMS (posted April 10, 2018)
  • Dairy Farmers of America introduces Borden Hispanic cheeses.
    The new line includes:
  • Quesadilla cheese. This rich and creamy melting cheese comes in slice and shred form. Use it to create authentic quesadillas or cheesy dips or try it on nachos or huevos rancheros.
  • Oaxaca cheese. This semi-soft cheese has a salty flavor and is a similar texture to mozzarella. It comes in slice and shred form. Oaxaca cheese is best served with enchiladas, burritos or as a topping on soup. 
  • Queso Fresco. The name means “fresh cheese” in Spanish. It has a mild and creamy taste and is often used to balance the flavor in spicy Mexican dishes. It is a crumbling cheese that serves as a topping on tacos, salads, soups and grilled vegetables.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • FLAVORFUL GOAT CHEESE LOGS (posted April 4, 2018)
  • Vermont Creamery adds three new fresh goat cheese flavors to its growing lineup of high-quality cheeses and butter.
  • With a focus on unique flavors and high-quality ingredients, Vermont Creamery is heading to market with the first round of new 4-ounce chèvre logs: Clover Blossom Honey, Wild Blueberry Lemon & Thyme and Smoky Pepper Jelly.
  • “In the 34 years since we made our first fresh chèvre, Vermont Creamery has grown while staying true to our core values,” says Adeline Druart, president. “As we expand our offerings, high-quality, unique ingredients remain a focus of our innovation efforts. The search for the newest flavor selections was rigorous, and the result is an elevated collection of fresh goat cheese that’s made in Vermont.”
  • Inspired by the beloved pairing of fresh goat cheese and honeycomb, Clover Blossom Honey chèvre combines Vermont Creamery’s fresh chèvre and pure, liquid honey produced in North Dakota. The tart, creamy chèvre is blended with honey for a subtly sweet, floral flavor.
  • Blueberry Lemon & Thyme chèvre is made with dried wild blueberries that are satisfyingly sweet and bursting with flavor. Taking inspiration from a traditional blueberry lemon cake, candied lemon peel adds tartness and the savory spice of thyme complements the sweetness of the berries.
  • Sweet meets heat in the new Smoky Pepper Jelly flavored log. A twist on an American classic-- coupling creamy fresh chèvre and sweet and smoky pepper jelly—this log is hand-rolled in a rich dry rub that boasts flavors of poblano peppers and hickory smoke.
  • The trio of new flavors join the existing lineup including: Classic, Herb de Provence, Cranberry, Orange & Cinnamon and Three Peppercorn.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • RAISING THE STANDARDS IN CHEESE (posted March 14, 2018)
  • Applegate’s new all-natural cheeses speak to consumers’ desire for clean label and transparency in manufacturing.
  • Applegate, a leading U.S. natural and organic meat brand, is progressing its core values of taste, truth and transform with the launch of a new natural cheese line hitting stores this April.
  • These new offerings reflect the brand’s mission--Changing The Meat We Eat--by raising standards in cheese sourcing and production, as they have done with meat for 30 years.
  • “Our mission has been rooted in the idea that food can transform people’s lives--from the farmer who grows it to the person who eats it--and this new cheese line exemplifies that idea,” says Nicole Glenn, vice president of marketing. “The uncompromising standards for this new cheese line support a thriving community of farmers, their cows and the land to produce what we like to call clean, crave-able food.”
  • Naturals Sliced and Shredded Cheese is made with a transparent, traceable milk pool sourced from pasture-raised cows on independent farms in the Midwest. The cows are humanely raised and never administered antibiotics or growth hormones, and the cheese has no added colors or artificial ingredients. Applegate is also proud to officially announce its first-ever Non-GMO Project Verified cheese.
  • The new line includes six sliced varieties, including a proudly not-processed American-Style Colby, as well as Medium Cheddar, Provolone, Muenster, Pepper Jack and Mozzarella.
  • There’s also three shreds. They are: Italian Blend, Medium Cheddar and Mexican Blend. Swiss is slated to debut in 2019.  
  • The suggested retail price is $4.99 per package.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • For more information on this product, read the March 9, 2018, link HERE to the blog titled "Innovation Knows No Limits at Expo West 2018."

  • For more information on this product, read the March 9, 2018, link HERE to the blog titled "Innovation Knows No Limits at Expo West 2018."

  • IT’S A CHEESE EGG (posted February 26, 2018)
  • Asda introduces CheEaster Egg.
  • Recent statistics revealed 60% of Brits would choose cheese over chocolate, so the U.K.’s Asda responded by creating a confection to appeal to these cheese fans.
  • Debuting in a few weeks in the U.K., Asda’s new savory Easter basket treat contains a half egg-shaped cheese piece (172 grams), along with a pack of mini oatcake crackers and a packet of caramelized onion chutney.
  • This cheesy twist on an Easter classic is crafted using Blacksticks Blue Cheese. It is made using freshly sourced local milk and traditional Farmhouse Dairy methods.
  • In addition to being a basket filler, the new CheEaster Egg makes a great hostess gift.

  • ORGANIC CHEESE AND SAUSAGE SNACK PACKS (posted February 20, 2018)
  • Organic Valley enters the snack kit category.
  • All three varieties feature Organic Valley cheese, Organic Prairie charcuterie and organic stone-ground wheat crackers. The varieties are:
  • Mozzarella cheese and roasted garlic beef summer sausage
  • Pepper Jack cheese and beef summer sausage
  • Sharp cheddar cheese and beef summer sausage
  • Each single-serve snack kit contains 13 or 14 grams of protein.
  • The company says this is the first line of organic snack kits for adults.

  • NEW SPECIALTY CHEESES DEBUT AT WINTER FANCY FOOD SHOW (posted February 1, 2018)
  • Président is launching a range of new cheeses in 2018.  
  • Président is a French dairy brand owned by the Laval-based Lactalis company. The brand was created in 1968 by André Besnier.
  • New products include:
  • Marinated Feta Cubes in Olive Oil, Herbes de Provence and Pepper Medley flavors.
  • Brie with Truffles, a creamy brie round with specks of shaved black truffles
  • Butter in individual sticks
  • Emmental cut and wrap wedges
  • Madrigal cut and wrap wedges
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED CHEESE MEDALLIONS (posted January 22, 2018)
  • Emmi Roth introduces new cheese snacks.
  • The company is rolling out three varieties--Cheddar, Gouda and Whole Milk Mozzarella—of Roth Snack Cheese.
  • “We’ve spent a lot of time discussing cheese and snacking trends with customers and consumers,” says Heather Engwall, director of marketing. “Premium branded deli snacks have been stealing share from traditional dairy snacks for the past few years and the trend is continuing as consumers seek specialty items. Roth Snack Cheese is that product for grocers looking to drive sales in their deli area.”
  • Available in 6- and 10-count bags, each 0.75 oz. round portion is crafted from milk free of artificial-growth hormones and preservatives.
  • One snack contains 70 calories and 5 grams of protein.
  • “We created this new snack line to meet the needs of consumers looking for a high-quality, good-tasting snacking option,” says Engwall. “Each cheese has a unique, creamy texture and taste unlike any other snack cheese on the market. It’s made using all of the standards of our existing specialty cheeses that customers know and love, including the use of fresh, local rBST-free milk. This is the type of snack cheese a mom would buy for her kids, but will include it in her lunch, too.”
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • AUSTRALIANS ENJOYED NEW CHEESE FLAVORS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON (posted December 26, 2017)
  • Warrnambool Cheese & Butter released the Heritage Flavours range.
  • The Aussie cheese company debuted Vintage Cheddar, Lightly Smoked Cheddar, Red Bell Pepper Cheddar and Maple & Toffee Cheddar in 200 gram blocks.
  • When creating the new varieties, the company took into consideration the science behind contrasting flavor combinations.
  • “With the new Heritage Flavours range we looked at how we could use different sweet, salty, spicy and creamy flavours to challenge the traditional cheddar and create flavour explosions in every mouthful,” says Philip Forbes-Pryer, product manager. “All of the cheeses have their own distinctive and exciting flavours, while still maintaining the high quality of the Warrnambool Heritage brand.”
  • Maple & Toffee flavored cheddar is a blend of sweet and savory, while the red bell pepper flakes pressed into the matured club cheddar provides a more subtle spicy sweetness in the Red Bell Pepper Cheddar variety. The Lightly Smoked Cheddar has a smoky depth and complexity. The classic Vintage Cheddar is both rich and complex.
  • For more information, link HERE.
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