Cultured Dairy, Condiments and Spreads

(Cottage Cheese, Cream Cheese, Dips, Dressings, Sour Cream and Spreads)


  • SAVORY-FLAVORED COTTAGE CHEESE (posted April 7, 2014)
  • Hood adds two flavors to its multi-serve cottage cheese lineup.
  • The original high-protein dairy food—cottage cheese—is making a comeback as consumers embrace its versatility and nutrient density.
  • An excellent source of protein and a good source of calcium, Hood Cottage Cheese is a healthy food that can be enjoyed as a snack, a recipe ingredient, a topping or as a dip.
  • The new flavors--Cucumber and Dill and Garden Vegetables--are a good source of calcium and contain 13 grams of protein per half-cup serving. The product comes in a 16-ounce container.
  • The new flavors join two other savory options--Chive and Chive & Toasted Onion—and three fruit options: Pineapple, Pineapple & Cherry and Peaches.
  • “Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein, which plays a key role in eating satisfaction and may help with weight control,” says Elizabeth Ward, R.D. and the Hood Answer Mom. “What I really love about cottage cheese is how easy it is to incorporate into regular meal planning. Hood’s savory cottage cheese is delicious on its own, and is a great ingredient in many different dishes.”
  • For more information, visit www.hood.com.

  • GREEK YOGURT DIPS AND TZATZIKI WITH KICK (posted April 2, 2104)
  • Premium hummus and salsa manufacturer Zilks grows its dairy dips business.
  • The company now offers five varieties of dairy-based refrigerated dips.
  • The original Tzatziki, which entered the marketplace in 2012, got some kick at the beginning of 2014 with the introduction of Hatch Green Chili and Jalapeno varieties.
  • Tzatziki is a Greek word that means “goes good on everything,” which is exactly how this Austin, TX-based company positions this premium dairy-based refrigerated condiment.
  • At Natural Products Expo West, the company debuted two Greek yogurt dips: Artichoke & Parmesan and French Onion.
  • The tzatziki line is currently in distribution in the Midwest, Rocky Mountains and Southwest regions, with plans to expand to the West Coast soon. The Greek yogurts will follow a similar rollout. 
  • The suggested retail price for the 12-ounce containers is $5.99.
  • For more information, visit www.zilksfoods.com.

  • BOLD NEW REFRIGERATED YOGURT DRESSINGS (posted March 26, 2014)
  • Bolthouse Farms started off the New Year with a delicious bang by expanding its refrigerated yogurt dressing line.
  • The new flavors are Cilantro Avocado and Mango Chipotle.
  • These better-for-you dressings are currently available throughout the U.S.
  • Rich in flavor and texture, a 2-tablespoon serving contains a mere 40 calories thanks to the yogurt base.
  • The Latin-inspired Cilantro Avocado variety features a combination of creamy avocado, chopped cilantro, cotija cheese crumbles and poblano pepper bites.
  • Mango Chipotle marries the sweet taste of ripe mango puree with the smoky spice of chipotle pepper.
  • For more information, visit www.bolthouse.com.

  • CELEBRITY CHEF INTRODUCES GREEK YOGURT-BASED DIPS (posted March 13, 2014)
  • Iron Chef Cat Cora teams up with Grecian Delight to introduce ethnic food line.
  • Grecian Delight Foods Inc., a leading manufacturer, national marketer and distributor of Mediterranean and ethnic-inspired foods, made a splash at Natural Products Expo West with the rollout of Cat Cora’s Kitchen.
  • The new ethnic food line includes all-natural artisan flatbreads, premium hummus and Greek yogurt-based dips.
  • With Mediterranean food quickly becoming the top-emerging ethnic food in retail, Cat Cora’s Kitchen products were well received at the trade show.
  • “The Mediterranean food segment is exploding and Grecian Delight has a lot to offer to the natural products category this year,” says Peter Cokinos, general manager and executive vice president at Grecian Delight Foods. “We’re thrilled that celebrated chef Cat Cora trusts in the brand to partner and produce on-trend Mediterranean food options. Natural Products West Expo is the perfect place to showcase Cat Cora’s Kitchen with Grecian Delight Foods.”
  • The two dip varieties are an original Greek Yogurt and a Greek Yogurt with Feta.
  • For more information, visit www.greciandelight.com/cat-cora.

  • CLEAN-LABEL DELI-STYLE CREAM CHEESE DEBUTS (posted February 27, 2014)
  • Kraft introduces cream cheese made with only five simple ingredients.
  • New Philadelphia Deli Style debuted in Costco in packs of two 11.5-ounce tubs.
  • Front labels tout the fact that the cream cheese contains no preservatives and is made with five simple ingredients.
  • Ingredient legends identify those ingredients as being: pasteurized milk and cream, salt, carob bean gum and cheese culture.
  • Regular Philadelphia cream cheese contains: pasteurized milk and cream, whey protein concentrate, whey, salt, carob bean gum, xanthan gum, guar gum, sorbic acid (as a preservative), vitamin A palmitate and cheese culture.
  • The two-pack of deli-style sells for $5.99. 

  • NEW PACKAGE ENABLES CONSUMERS TO SCOOP UP COTTAGE CHEESE GOODNESS (posted February 13, 2014)
  • Dean Foods introduces innovative new package for various cultured dairy foods.
  • If you missed the original posting of this new package in the blog entitled “Contemporizing Cottage Cheese,” you can view it HERE.
  • Since early January, the company has been phasing in its new package throughout the upper Midwest United States.
  • The packaging concept, originally developed and used throughout Europe, provides several consumer benefits.
  • “The curved bottom profile of these packages allow consumers to easily scoop up every last
  • bit of the product,” says Rob Hollandsworth, group vice president of Dean Foods, the parent company of the Dean’s brand. “Customers also tell us they love how they stack very well in their crowded refrigerators.”
  • The new packaging addresses a number of key trade issues, as the package structure design results in less negative space between packages; in the case, on the truck and ultimately on the shelf. 
  • “All in all, we are delivering a far more environmentally responsible packaging solution, and one that always has the primary display panel neatly facing the consumer versus the old round-style packages, which often ended up spun in different directions,” says Hollandsworth.
  • Consumer research verified that the new packages are convenient for scooping up the product with a spoon, a chip, a vegetable, a cracker or other ways. It also verified that consumers find the stackability a real benefit. 
  • Lastly, the new packaging concept addresses environmental concerns.
  • “As a supplier to most major retailers throughout the country, Dean Foods accepts its responsibility to deliver products that are friendly to the environment,” says Lee Falk, vice president of logistics for Dean Foods. “This new packaging line is completely recyclable and conforms to almost all sustainability programs.”
  • The launch of the new cultured packaging program is supported by a comprehensive consumer marketing program including outdoor, radio, in-store activities, public relations, fleet graphics and promotional activities.
  • For more information, visit www.deanfoods.com.

  • MEDITERRANEAN YOGURT SPREADS DEBUT AT FANCY FOOD SHOW (posted January 29, 2014)
  • Karoun Dairies livens up the spreads category with new Blue Isle Mediterranean Yogurt Spreads.
  • Similar in consistency to cream cheese, the spreads come in five varieties: Blueberry, French Onion, Honey, Original and Spicy Vegetable.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 60 to 70 calories, depending on variety, and 6 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.
  • The spreads also contain probiotic cultures and are rich in calcium.
  • For more information, visit www.karouncheese.com.

  • GREEK YOGURT DRESSING (posted January 13, 2013)
  • Litehouse Foods uses Greek-style yogurt in its new line of refrigerated dressings.
  • OPA! by Litehouse Greek Style Yogurt Dressing comes in four flavors: Blue Cheese, Caesar, Feta Dill and Ranch. 
  • The new dressings are available in 11-ounce glass jars and merchandised alongside other refrigerated dressings in the produce department.
  • Litehouse is excited to launch the OPA by Litehouse Greek Style Yogurt spoonable dressing line,” says Doug Hawkins, senior business development manager. “We did extensive consumer studies to fine tune the final flavors, graphics and packaging. Consumers love the fact that it offers a low-calorie, high-protein dressing option and still delivers a great taste, perfect for the health-conscious consumer. We also found that consumers prefer a glass bottle, which conveys premium and highest quality. When tested independently against competitive full-fat/full-calorie regular products, OPA by Litehouse Greek Style Yogurt Dressing scored significantly higher.”
  • According to Hawkins, “Another measure of consumer acceptance is the knowledge of the Greek yogurt category. It is one of the fastest-growing categories in the entire grocery store. Up until now, it has been used in about everything but a spoonable refrigerated salad dressing. OPA by Litehouse changes all of that.”
  • The dressings are described as being “made fresh with high-quality ingredients.” 
  • They have zero trans fat, no MSG, no artificial preservatives and are gluten free. 
  • The launch is supported with a national consumer advertising campaign, digital and print trade advertising, point of sale materials, digital and on pack coupons for trial, and a strong social media campaign—including chef-created recipes.
  • For more information, visit www.LitehouseFoods.com.

  • GREEK-STYLE SOUR CREAM AND NONFAT YOGURT (posted November 11, 2013)
  • Breakstone’s combines full-fat sour cream with nonfat strained yogurt.
  • Breakstone’s Greek Style Sour Cream & Nonfat Yogurt has sour cream taste with all the goodness of Greek yogurt.
  • Since the Breakstone Brothers started their dairy business in the States in 1882, current brand owner Kraft Foods Group maintains the sibling’s tradition of using the freshest, most wholesome ingredients.
  • This new cultured dairy product has a very simple ingredient statement that reads: Sour Cream (Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Cream [from Milk], Enzymes), Nonfat Yogurt (Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk).
  • Labels state that the product is made with Greek strained yogurt for half of the fat of sour cream.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 40 calories.
  • The product comes in 16- and 32-ounce tubs.

  • CREAM CHEESE WITH DOUBLE PROTEIN (posted October 17, 2013)
  • Cream cheese fans have a new protein option for the morning or at snack time with the first-of-its-kind offering from Kraft Foods.
  • The new Philadelphia 2X Protein Cream Cheese Spread not only offers twice as much protein (4 grams vs. 2 grams per serving) as regular cream cheese spread, but also has 70% less fat and calories (per serving) than the leading peanut butter, another common bread spread.
  • According to the Natural Marketing Institute, protein diets are a growing trend with consumers from every walk of life. High-protein eating habits are catching the attention of the general public due to greater awareness of the benefits of its protein. 
  • “We know our fans regularly purchase a variety of items that have protein,” says Kathy Burns, director of consumer research at Kraft Foods. “We created this new item to help consumers satisfy their desire for a diet with protein, but in a product that they enjoy--cream cheese spread.”
  • The spread comes in two varieties: regular and honey.
  • The 7-ounce tubs have a suggested retail price of $2.99.
  • For more information, visit www.creamcheese.com.

  • ARTISAN SEASONED BLUE CHEESE DIPS (posted September 10, 2013)
  • Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company turns its award-winning namesake blue cheese into a line of premium dips.
  • The new Blue Cheese Dips from the Giacomini family farm in Marin County, CA, are loaded with Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese.
  • Just like homemade, the premium dips are made with only all-natural ingredients, including mayonnaise, sour cream, whipping cream, cider vinegar, lemon juice, green onions, cane syrup, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, kosher salt, cayenne and spices.
  • Varieties are: Bacon & Caramelized Onion (smoky and sweet with a hint of Kentucky bourbon); Original Blue; Port, Cherry & Pistachio (sweet and nutty with port-soaked Bing cherries and toasted pistachios) and Truffle & Sage (deep earthy flavors with layers of savory umami).
  • The dips come in 6-ounce tubs and have a suggested retail price of $6.99.
  • For more information, visit www.pointreyescheese.com.

  • HELUVA GOOD GREEK DIPS (posted August 27, 2013)
  • HP Hood LLC enters the Greek yogurt dip market.
  • The Heluva Good! brand introduces four Greek-Style Yogurt Dips.
  • Varieties are: Fire Roasted Vegetables, French Onion, Herb Ranch and Southwestern Chipotle.
  • “Heluva Good! Greek Yogurt Style Dips give consumers the big, bold taste they love without the guilt. These delicious new dips make snacking and cooking not just good...Heluva Good!” says Sarah Barow, company spokesperson.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 40 to 45 calories, depending on variety, and 2.5 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.
  • The dips come in 12-ounce containers and have a suggested retail price of $2.99.
  • Distribution is throughout the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast.
  • For more information, visit www.heluvagood.com/greekyogurtdip.

  • SAVORY LABNE (posted August 13, 2013)
  • Karoun Dairies introduces a line of flavored yogurt cheeses.
  • Karoun Labne is a centuries-old Mediterranean-style spreadable yogurt cheese loaded with probiotic cultures.
  • Labne has a distinctive tangy flavor and is smoother and thicker than yogurt.
  • This soft cheese now comes in three savory flavors: Creamy Ranch, French Onion and Spicy Garden Vegetables.
  • The flavored labnes can be used as dips or spreads and function as a better-for-you alternative to cream cheese and sour cream.
  • For more information, visit www.karouncheese.com.

  • PRIVATE-LABEL PREMIUM GREEK YOGURT DIPS (posted August 6, 2013)
  • Safeway rolls out yogurt-based dips for the deli department.
  • Sold under the Open Nature 100% natural private-label brand, the new premium dips come in 10-ounce containers and are merchandised in the self-serve deli.
  • Though the dips are made with Greek yogurt, they remain rich and indulgent, with a 2-tablespoon serving containing 40 to 60 calories and 2.5 to 6 grams of fat, depending on variety.
  • All varieties contain 1 gram of protein per serving.
  • Varieties are: Caramelized Onion, Roasted Red Pepper & Asiago, and Spinach Artichoke & Parmesan.
  • The product retails for $4.99.

  • SINGLE-SERVE GREEK COTTAGE CHEESE DEBUTS (posted July 29, 2013)
  • Kemps is going Greek with its cottage cheese!
  • New Kemps Greek Cottage Cheese comes in single-serve 5.7-ounce cups for on-the-go dining.
  • This is the first dairy to market cottage cheese under the higher-protein “Greek dairy” halo.
  • Based on cultured skim milk, each single-serving contains an impressive 19 to 21 grams of protein thanks to the addition of whey protein concentrate and milk protein concentrate.
  • A serving also contains a mere 2 grams of fat along with 130 to 180 calories, depending on variety.
  • There are four varieties: Cucumber Dill, Peach, Pineapple and Plain.
  • Product began shipping in early July and has a suggested retail price of $1.29.
  • For more information, visit www.kemps.com.

  • FLAVORED SOUR CREAM FOR TOPPING AND DIPPING (posted July 23, 2013)
  • Shamrock Farms introduces line of flavored sour creams.
  • The refrigerated cultured dairy condiment comes in three varieties: Creamy Ranch, Zesty Jalapeno and French Onion.
  • “This is the product the dairy aisle has been waiting for. It’s wholesome, real, fresh dairy with a pop of flavor to meet consumers’ desires for products that ‘do more.’ It’s a dip. It’s a recipe ingredient. It’s a dish topper. And it’s delicious,” says Sandy Kelly, senior director of marketing for Shamrock Farms.
  • Shamrock Farms flavored sour cream is made with real sour cream, giving it a noticeable taste advantage and making it more versatile than vegetable oil-based dips currently in the market.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 60 calories and 6 grams of fat.
  • The company is helping people get started on their own flavor adventures with a Facebook App that shows ways to dip, mix and top the new product. Ideas include a little something of everything, daring consumers to stretch their flavor expectations and try new things.
  • The product comes in 12-ounce cups and is debuting with an online coupon to save 50 cents at www.shamrockfarms.net/products/coupons/contact.
  • For more information, visit www.facebook.com/shamrockfarms.

  • GREEK KEFIR CONSUMED WITH A SPOON (posted July 15, 2013)
  • Evolve introduces a new cultured dairy concept: Spoonable Greek Kefir.
  • Family-owned and -operated, Evolve is growing its namesake probiotic kefir range.
  • Made in New York’s Catskills region, the low-fat product comes in four flavors: Blueberry, Peach, Plain and Strawberry.
  • The fruit varieties contain ample chunks of real fruit on the bottom of each cup for easy mixing.
  • Sold in 5.3-ounce cups, each serving is loaded with 12 premium cultures and contains double the protein of regular yogurt.
  • The product debuted in May throughout the New York metro region with a suggested retail price of $1.99.
  • The New York Daily News produced a video on the company and the new product. You can view it HERE.
  • For more information, visit www.evolvekefir.com.


  • DAIRY DIP AND PRETZELS SNACK PACKS (posted July 4, 2013)
  • New single-serve dairy dips with pretzels roll out for the refrigerated grab-and-go case.
  • Produced by Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods Inc., the new line includes hummus with pita chips, salsa with tortilla chips and two dairy-based dips with pretzels.
  • The Spinach Dip variety is made with Greek yogurt. The entire 85-gram pack contains 195 calories, 10 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein.
  • The Tzatziki Dip variety is made with yogurt. The entire 85-gram pack contains 16 calories, 6 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein.
  • The products have a 55-day refrigerated shelf life.
  • For more information, visit www.cedarsfoods.com

 


  • DANNON ENTERS THE REFRIGERATED DAIRY DIPS CATEGORY (posted June 27, 2013)
  • The Oikos brand is now on Greek Yogurt Dips.
  • New Dannon Oikos Dips come in four flavors: Cucumber Dill, French Onion, Roasted Red Pepper and Vegetable & Herb. The latter is a medley of carrots, peppers and a savory-sweet hint of basil.
  • All the dips start with a base of Dannon Oikos Traditional Greek Yogurt and contain 25 calories, 1 gram of fat and 2 grams of protein per 2-tablespoon serving.
  • Sold in attractive 12-ounce plastic containers in the dairy dip case, the product retails for $3.99.
  • For more information, visit www.oikosyogurt.com.

  • HEARTY GREEK YOGURT DIPS (posted June 11, 2013)
  • The T.G.I. Friday’s brand can now be found on refrigerated Greek yogurt dips.
  • Introduced to select Walmart stores at the end of 2012, the six-variety line is now ready to go national.
  • Produced by Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods Inc., under a licensing agreement with the namesake chain restaurant, the dips are infused with favorite T.G.I. Friday’s menu item flavors.
  • All made with Greek yogurt, varieties are: Buffalo Blue Cheese, French Onion, Jalapeño Artichoke and Cheese, Loaded Baked Potato, Signature BBQ with Roasted Red Pepper and Ultimate Spinach with Three Cheeses.
  • The flavors range significantly in calorie and fat content, with a 2-tablespoon serving of the spinach dip containing 90 calories and 9 grams of fat, while the BBQ Dip has only 35 calories and 2 grams of fat per serving.
  • Besides functioning as a chip or crudités dip, the product can be used as a sandwich spread or condiment.
  • Sold in 11-ounce tubs for merchandising either in the dairy dips case or alongside premium dips such as hummus and salsa in the self-service deli department, the dips have a suggested retail price of $3.99.

  • GREEK YOGURT WITH PITA CHIPS (posted June 3, 2013)
  • YoCrunch introduces a convenient, better-for-you snack containing Greek yogurt dip.
  • Yopa! Dips deliver on the Greek yogurt experience consumers expect, as the dip is made with authentic strained Greek nonfat yogurt.
  • The dual-part container houses a single serving of pita chips on top and Greek nonfat yogurt dip on the bottom. 
  • The Greek yogurt component is 3.5 ounces and provides 60 calories and 9 grams of protein.
  • The Greek yogurt combined with the pita chips delivers a total of 190 calories and 13 grams of protein.
  • The new snack item comes in two varieties: Cucumber Dill and Spicy Three Pepper.

  • SHELF-STABLE, DAIRY-BASED SPREAD AND DIP (posted May 16, 2013)
  • Hidden Valley has the recipe to create craveable sandwiches.
  • Best known for its ranch salad dressing, Hidden Valley has created an innovative new sandwich spread and dip line.
  • Sold in the ambient grocery aisle with salad dressings and other condiments, the new line comes in four craveable flavor combinations: Country Herb Ranch, Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesan, Smoked Bacon Ranch and Spicy Chipotle Pepper.
  • Packaged in 12-ounce glass jars, a one-tablespoon serving contains 25 calories and 1.5 to 2 grams of fat, depending on variety.
  • The product is designed to be a sandwich spread or a dip for chips, crackers and veggies.
  • With cream cheese as a base ingredient, similar concepts can be developed for the fresh dairy sector.
  • For more information, visit www.hiddenvalley.com

  • FRIENDSHIP DAIRIES TAKES ITS COTTAGE CHEESE TO THE STREETS (posted May 7, 2013)
  • Friendship Dairies debuts its first food truck, serving up a menu of on-the-go cottage cheese creations.
  • From the beginning of May through June 4th, a new food truck is rolling out across the New York City metro area offering a free menu of Friendship protein-packed, on-the-go cottage cheese creations.
  • Friendship’s truck will announce locations via Facebook and Twitter that hungry fans can track at facebook.com/friendshipdairies and follow on Twitter at @FriendshipDairy. 
  • Today, Tuesday, May 7th, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito is serving up his special Friendship Apple Pie Smoothie created with 1% Low Fat Friendship Cottage Cheese for the food truck launch. 
  • DiSpirito is passionate about following healthy lifestyle choices and for the past seven years has been on a mission to prove that healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive.
  • Both Friendship and DiSpirito are dedicated to showcasing the versatility and great taste of all-natural, low-calorie cottage cheese and re-introduce people to all of its culinary wonderments.
  • Throughout the month at sampling venues, Friendship’s food truck will offer free 5-ounce cups of Friendship Fit to Go 1% Low Fat, 1% Low Fat Pineapple and 4% Regular Cottage Cheese.
  • Samplers can add a variety of featured mix-ins, such as Instant Wasabi (crispy onions and wasabi peas) or Granola Glee (granola, dried cranberries, pumpkins seeds and maple syrup).
  • The creative mix-ins highlight how easy it is to turn a wholesome snack into a delightful treat.
  • Friendship’s truck features its iconic white dove on a blue background, with the Fit To Go logo, so it is easy for consumers to spot.
  • For more information, visit www.friendshipdairies.com.

  • CHEESY TAPENADE (posted April 4, 2013)
  • Olives and cheese make a great couple!
  • Sugar Brook Farms, marketers of the Kelly’s Kitchen gourmet cheese product line, is showing consumers tapenade does not need to be just olives.
  • There are four varieties in the new spread line:
  • Traditional Tapenade with Feta (kalamata olives, green olives, capers, garlic and parsley in olive oil)
  • Mediterranean Tapenade with Goat (Peppadews, black olives, goat cheese, garlic and parsley in olive oil)
  • Spanish Tapenade with Roth GranQueso (roasted tomatoes, kalamata and black olives, Roth Gran Queso, and spices in olive oil)
  • Italian Tapenade with Parmesan (pepperoncini, sweet peppers, green and black olives, Parmesan cheese, garlic and basil in olive oil).
  • Cheesemaker Kelly Longseth says the ingredients and texture make her tapenades unique. “Our ingredients are chopped, not blended to a paste like some current products available,” she says. “They have a 90-day shelf live from time of production.”
  • The product comes in entertaining-ready clear 6-ounce containers.
  • For more information, visit http://sugarbrookfarms.net/kellys-kitchen/.

  • GUACAMOLE MADE WITH GREEK YOGURT (posted February 20, 2013)
  • Greek yogurt cuts the fat and calories in new Trader Joe’s Chunky Guacamole.
  • Private-label retailer Trader Joe’s combines avocados with low-fat Greek yogurt in a new “reduced-guilt” guacamole.
  • Trader Joe’s Chunky Guacamole contains 50% less fat and 40% fewer calories than regular guacamole.
  • Sold in 12-ounce tubs, a 2-tablespoon serving has 30 calories and 20 grams of fat, as well as 1 gram of protein, a nutrient typically not present in guacamole.
  • The product sells for $3.59.

  • FLAVORFUL CREAM CHEESE SPREADS (posted February 6, 2013)
  • Weight Watchers scores the right points with two new chocolate-flavored cream cheese spreads.
  • The Weight Watchers Cheese brand, which Green Bay, WI-based Schreiber Foods Inc., licenses from Weight Watchers International Inc., New York, continues to grow with the introduction of two new cream cheese spread flavors.
  • Whipped Reduced Fat Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread and Whipped Reduced Fat Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cheese both contain 33% less fat than regular cream cheese.
  • The inclusion of inulin assists with the fat reduction and also provides 2 grams of fiber per 1-ounce serving.
  • A singles serving is also just 60 calories and has a PointsPlus value of 2.
  • The new chocolate whipped cream cheeses can be enjoyed as a dip for fruit, pretzels and a smarter frosting option.
  • An 8-ounce tub has a suggested retail price of $2.52.
  • For more information, visit www.weightwatchers.com

  • PREMIUM SPREADABLE CHEESE SPREADS (posted Jan. 29, 2013)
  • Swiss Colony Retail Brands, under its “The Wisconsin Cheeseman” brand, introduces Incredible Spreadables.
  • These premium cheese spreads debuted at the Winter Fancy Food Show.
  • They combine Wisconsin cheddar cheese and cream cheese with all types of seasonings, vegetables and seafood.
  • The product is sold in 8-ounce tubs and comes in eight varieties: Crab Delight, Garden Vegetable, Garlic,
  • Lobster Delight, Shrimp Scampi, Smoked Salmon, Spinach and Sweet Hot Peppers.
  • Smooth, creamy and easy to spread, these versatile cheeses can be served with crackers, vegetables, pretzels, bagels or on sandwiches.
  • For more information, visit: www.scretailbrands.com

  • VANILLA CREME FRAICHE (posted December 19, 2012)
  • Well-known for its savory goat cheeses, Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery is introducing Crème Fraiche with Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla, which combines the sublime flavor of pure vanilla with tart crème fraiche.
    Crème Fraiche is a longtime staple of French cuisine and Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery has been making the plain variety for 25 years.
  • It is best described as a premium, cultured sour cream that is less sour and higher in butterfat than traditional U.S. sour cream.
  • This new flavored version is subtly sweet, with a rich and nutty taste, making it well suited as a topping on fruit tarts and pies, for mixing into brownies or as a base for crème brulee.
  • The product is available exclusively at Whole Foods Markets. “We love collaborating with Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery to provide our shoppers with unique ingredients that add interest to their cooking,” says Cathy Strange, global cheese buyer for Whole Foods Market.
  • For more information, visit www.vermontcreamery.com.

  • GERMAN-STYLE QUARK HITS U.S. MARKET (posted December 11, 2012)
  • Quark by elli is a new, fresh, German-style soft cheese, similar to cottage cheese but with a smoother and creamier texture, and offering a milder taste than Greek yogurt.
  • elli answers a growing need for an all-natural, nutrient-dense source of protein and calcium, without the added sodium found in cottage cheese or high sugar content of some yogurts.
  • elli can be enjoyed straight out of the cup or be used as an ingredient to create sweet and savory recipes that often call for cottage cheese, cream cheese, ranch dressing or yogurt.
  • The new nonfat product, which rolls out this month, comes in four flavors--Lemon, Pineapple, Red Velvet and Strawberry—plus plain.
  • The single-serve 5.3-ounce cups contain 14 to 17 grams of protein and 80 to 90 calories, depending on variety.
  • Sweetened with a proprietary blend of two all-natural, zero calorie sweeteners--stevia and erythritol—the company is able to keep calories low, as well as sugar (5 grams) and carbohydrate (less than 10 grams) content.
  • For more information, visit http://elliquark.com/

  • GREEK YOGURT TZATZIKI (posted December 12, 2012)
  • The Greek yogurt craze continues. Fage now offers Total Tzatziki Sauce.
  • Using its namesake authentic strained yogurt as a base, the richly seasoned sauce includes olive oil, cucumber, garlic and traditional tzatziki spices.
  • Because it is made with Fage yogurt, the dip contains the same five live active cultures: Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidus and Lactobacillus casei.
  • Serving suggestions include serving it with pita bread as an appetizer or functioning as a condiment by spooning onto roasted meat dishes as. It also complements fried potatoes and vegetables such as zucchini.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 25 calories and 1.5 grams of fat, making it a better-for-you option when compared to similar condiments such as ranch dressing or sour cream.
  • For more information, visit www.fageusa.com/

  • VEGETABLES AND HERBS GO FOR A DIP WITH GREEK YOGURT (posted November 27, 2012)
  • Move over garbanzo beans. Greek yogurt is the base for a new line of innovative refrigerated dips from La Terra Fina.
  • The dips are merchandised in the self-service deli case next to hummus.
  • “Consumers don’t need another hummus, but they do want fresh alternatives and new flavor experiences that are just as healthy and convenient,” says La Terra Fina’s General Manager and COO Tim Ramsey. “After a lot of research and mixing it up in the test kitchens, we’ve produced three new product lines that are inventive and original, yet on-trend with our foodie culture and increasingly refined palates.”
  • “We tested these dips with consumers during the development process and received high marks for creative and enjoyable flavors, while maintaining a hummus-like consistency,” adds David Joiner, vice president of production.
  • Each of the three lines has two flavors. They are:
  • 1)    Salad Inspired: A riff on gourmet salad entrees, these dips pair fresh chopped vegetables with Greek yogurt, resulting in combinations with approximately half the fat and calories than regular dips.
  • Greek Kalamata Olives & Spinach: Leafy spinach and sun-dried tomatoes are blended with creamy Greek yogurt then finished with a fresh squeeze of lemon and salty Kalamata olives.
  • Balsamic Beet & White Bean: The natural sweetness of nutrient-rich beets is a perfect complement for Greek yogurt, with a savory touch of basil and salty Parmesan cheese and a splash of Balsamic vinegar.
  • 2)    Creamy Vegetable: A blend of summer vegetables, herbs and Greek yogurt, the vegetable fusion flavors are ideal for a light dip or sandwich spread as an alternative to hummus, but with up to 65% less fat and fewer calories.
  • Roasted Yellow Pepper & Lentil: Yellow bell peppers are roasted, then blended with savory red lentils and tangy Greek yogurt for a perfect balance of sweet and savory.
  • Red Lentil Curry: Roasted garlic and spicy curry add a rich layer to this blend of creamy Greek yogurt and simmered red lentils for a hearty dip.
  • 3)    Mediterranean Classics: An update on snacking favorites, the classics line adds chef-influenced flavors to popular stand-bys.
  • Creamy Spinach & Bacon: Roasted garlic and smoky bacon kick the classic spinach dip up a notch.
  • Caramelized Onion: Rich caramelized red onions with a hint of balsamic are blended with tangy Greek yogurt for a healthier and more flavorful alternative to this party favorite.
  • The six new Greek yogurt varieties join Artichoke & Jalapeno, a cream cheese-based dip that was introduced last year.
  • In an effort to minimize environmental impact, the packaging is made from 100% recycled PET bottles and shaped in 10-ounce squares for more efficient stocking and shipping.
  • The dips have a suggested retail price of $4.99.
  • For more information, visit www.laterrafina.com

  • PRIVATE-LABEL YOGURT-BASED REFRIGERATED DRESSINGS (posted November 14, 2012)
  • The Safeway supermarket chain now offers a line of private-label yogurt-based dressings under its new Safeway Kitchens brand.
  • The line, which requires refrigeration and is merchandised in the produce department, includes three varieties: Creamy Blue, Creamy Caesar and Creamy Ranch.
  • With yogurt as the base ingredient, the perception is that the condiment should have a better-for-you nutrition profile, yet a 2-tablespoon serving contains 70 to 90 calories, and 6 to 8 grams of fat, depending on variety.
  • The retailer previously marketed a line of yogurt-based dressings under its Eating Right label. These dressings had about a third fewer calories and half the fat.
  • A 12-ounce plastic bottle sells for $3.99.

  • FIRST GREEK CREAM CHEESE LAUNCHED (posted October 11, 2012)
  • Franklin Foods introduces the industry’s first Greek Cream Cheese.
  • Made with a combination of premium cream cheese and Greek yogurt, Green Mountain Farms Greek Cream Cheese is produced with farm-fresh milk and cream at the company’s Enosburg Falls, Vermont, manufacturing facility.
  • The product delivers twice the protein and half the fat of regular cream cheese, and contains live and active cultures.
  • Green Mountain Farms Greek Cream Cheese is starting to show up in the dairy case of more than 2,000 retailers in the Northeast, Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions with expanded distribution planned in 2013.
  • It comes in 8-ounce bars—perfect for baking and cooking and can be used in any recipe calling for cream cheese.
  • There’s also a soft version in 8- and 12-ounce tubs, and a whipped version in a 12-ounce tub.
  • “Our experience and passion is crafting great cream cheese and we want to share this with people that desire delicious foods. We want people to join us and usher in a whole new era of cream cheese that better matches the way we all strive to eat and maintain healthier eating goals,” says Rocco Cardinale, director of marketing.
  • The suggested retail price is $2.29 to $3.29.
  • For more information, visit www.eatgreekcreamcheese.com.

  • GREEK-STYLE YOGURT VEGGIE DIP (posted September 24, 2012)
  • Inspired by some of the world’s most cherished and authentic recipes, Sabra Dipping Company, the country’s leading hummus manufacturer, now markets Greek-style yogurt-based vegetable dips under the Sabra brand. 
  • Varieties are: Cucumber & Dill, Onion, Roasted Garlic, and Spinach & Artichoke.
  • Sold in 10-ounce containers, a 2-tablespoon serving contains 35 calories and 2.5 grams of fat, which is about 67% fewer calories and 88% less fat than traditional sour cream dips.
  • A serving also delivers 2 grams of protein, which comes from the milk protein concentrate and whey protein concentrate used in the manufacture of the Greek-style yogurt.
  • For more information, visit https://sabra.com/products/category/Veggie-Dips

  • COTTAGE CHEESE: AN EXCELLENT SOURCE OF PROTEIN (posted September 1, 2012)
  • HP Hood LLC is promoting its cottage cheese as an “Excellent Source of Protein,” with call-outs prominent on front display panels.
  • The company claims that a half-cup serving of its 4% milkfat chive variety has 85% less sugar and 117% more protein than a 6-ounce serving of regular low-fat yogurt.
  • A serving of the chive variety contains 120 calories, 13 grams of protein and a mere 4 grams of sugar.
  • The chive variety, as well as the 4% milkfat pineapple variety, are now both available in multi-serving 24-ounce tubs.
  • For more information, visit HERE.
  • www.hood.com/Products/prodDetail.aspx?id=655&lb=876S

  • ASIAN-INSPIRED CREAM CHEESE SPREAD (posted July 24, 2012)
  • Rising Sun Farms adds Thai Cilantro & Lime to its award-winning, all-natural DipnSpread line. 
  • Created to meet the growing demand for unique flavor profiles, Thai Cilantro & Lime brings together the flavors of lemongrass, lime, cilantro and fresh ginger with a dash of coconut milk in a base of cream cheese. 
  • The Rising Sun Farms research and development team was focused on creating a flavor that would stand out amongst the competition and, according to the company, the resulting harmony of Thai-inspired flavors is unlike any other dip or spread on the market.
  • Other flavors include Artichoke Parmesan, Gorgonzola, Roasted Sweet Pepper, Roasted Garlic & Chive and Bacon Cheddar with nitrate-free bacon. 
  • This line of cream cheese-based dips was designed for spreading on sandwiches, tortillas, cooked fish and burgers. They are also ideal as chip, shrimp or veggie dips. 
  • All DipnSpreads are naturally gluten free.
  • For more information, visit www.risingsunfarms.com.

  • GREEK YOGURT DIPS (posted May 22, 2012)
  • Kronos Foods Inc., a leading manufacturer of premium gyros and other Mediterranean and specialty foods, is introducing Kamari by Kronos Greek Yogurt Dip.
  • The 24-ounce tub line comes in four varieties: Blue Cheese & Cranberry; Roasted Red Pepper & Feta; Spinach, Artichoke & Feta; and Sweet Potato, Brown Sugar & Cinnamon. 
  • The base is Greek yogurt made in the company’s recently USDA-certified dairy facility, which is also making Greek yogurt specifically for the foodservice industry.
  • If you missed my BLOG about the growing popularity of Greek yogurt in foodservice, you can read it HERE.
  • For more information, visit www.kronosfoodsinc.com.

  • NUTTY, CHEESY CONDIMENT (posted April 20, 2012)
  • To make its new Blue Cheese Roasted Pecan Dip, private-label retailer Trader Joe’s combines blue cheese crumbles and chopped pecans with cream cheese and sour cream.
  • Roasting the pecans provides extra flavor, as well as locks in some crunch.
  • The dip is considered a premium product thanks to the visually appealing crumbles of cheese and decent-sized pieces of pecans.
  • This perishable, refrigerated savory condiment complements crackers, as well as veggies, and also functions as a sandwich spread.
  • Sold in 8-ounce tubs, a 2-tablespoon serving contains 110 calories. 

  • WEIGHT WATCHERS YOGURT SALAD DRESSING (posted May 25, 2012)
  • Read about this on my May 25, 2012 BLOG.

 

Nutty, Cheesy Condiment

To make its new Blue Cheese Roasted Pecan Dip, private-label retailer Trader Joe’s combines blue cheese crumbles and chopped pecans with cream cheese and sour cream.

Roasting the pecans provides extra flavor, as well as locks in some crunch.

The dip is considered a premium product thanks to the visually appealing crumbles of cheese and decent-sized pieces of pecans.

This perishable, refrigerated savory condiment complements crackers, as well as veggies, and also functions as a sandwich spread.

Sold in 8-ounce tubs, a 2-tablespoon serving contains 110 calories.