Cultured Dairy, Condiments and Spreads

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


  • YOGURT-BASED DIPS AND COOKING SAUCES (posted December 5, 2016)
  • Habibi Gourmet continues to expand distribution of its recently introduced all-natural Dip-It dairy line beyond Southeast Texas.
  • The company prides itself on offering a line of all-natural yogurt-based dips with unique flavors and textures.
  • The five varieties are: Chipotle, Cilantro, Jalapeño, Olives and Piquín.
  • The fresh-tasting, culinary-inspired product can be used as a base to create salad dressings and sauces for pasta, fish, shrimp and chicken. It can be used as a dip or spread to accompany bread, crackers and crudites.
  • The business is owned and operated by Pilar Gonzalez, a food connoisseur, with a vast amount of knowledge in food preparation and marketing. She uses her knowledge and experience to develop recipes and serving suggestions.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • COTTAGE CHEESE-BASED DIP AND SPREAD (posted November 29, 2016)
  • A&M Gourmet introduces simply simple.
  • Low-fat cottage cheese gets blended with herbs and spices into a smooth dip and spread.
  • Two varieties of 8-ounce cups are already in the marketplace. They are Chipotle Lime and Herb & Garlic. More are in development.
  • Both flavors also are available in 2-ounce single-serve portion containers sold in four packs.
  • The 2-ounce portions are currently part of the brand’s Protein Pickup refrigerated snack pack, which also contains quinoa crackers and an energy bar.
  • All of the simply simple dips and spreads are made with GMO-free ingredients and are gluten free.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PRIVATE-LABEL CULINARY-INSPIRED CREAM CHEESE SPREADS (posted November 24, 2016)
  • Supervalu offers Culinary Circle Cream Cheese Spreads.
  • The gourmet spreads can be used on bagels, crackers, crudites and more.
  • The four varieties are:
  • Blueberry & Lemon Zest Cream Cheese;
  • Honey, Almond & Vanilla Cream Cheese;
  • Kalamata Olive & Feta Cream Cheese; and
  • Sriracha & Scallion Cream Cheese.
  • Each two-tablespoon serving contains 100 calories.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • MAKING CREAM CHEESE AN ON-THE-GO SNACK (posted November 9, 2016)
  • Kraft Heinz introduces Philadelphia multi-grain bagel chips and cream cheese dip snacks.
  • The 2.5-ounce dual-compartment pack varies in flavor of cream cheese dip.
  • There are four. They are: Brown Sugar and Cinnamon, Chive and Onion, Garden Vegetable and Strawberry.
  • With snacking now ubiquitous--more than three in five (64%) consumers agree that snacking is necessary to get through the day, including 77% of millennials, according to research from Chicago-based Mintel—cheese marketers such as Kraft Heinz are aggressively developing what they believe will be a winner with the growing number of snackers.
  • Mintel data also show that millennials are more likely to be motivated by healthy snack options (68%); and that three in four (73%) consumers are willing to pay extra for snacks made with high-quality ingredients.

  • CHEF-INSPIRED REAL SOUR CREAM DIPS (posted November 1, 2016)
  • Just in time for holiday entertaining, Prairie Farms is launching a specialty dip line that is on-trend with evolving food cultures.
  • The bold and spicy dips, made with simple ingredients, are bursting with flavor and are sure to instantly accelerate taste buds from 0 to 100.
  • Prairie Farms Chef’s Splendor Dips are available in three varieties: Roasted Red Pepper, Spicy Ranch and Tzatziki.
  • They are made by blending real sour cream with different vegetables and spices to achieve a delicious, thick and creamy texture.
  • The full-flavored dips are crafted in small batches with milk and cream from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones, use natural ingredients and are gluten free.
  • According to Prairie Farms’ Chef Rob Lagerlof, “They’re not just for dipping. I’ve been busy creating quick and easy recipes and serving suggestions using Prairie Farms Chef’s Splendor Dips for my new video series. My tasty signature recipes for Spicy Ranch Chicken Sandwich, Tzatziki Burger and Four Layer Dip will disappear bite by bite, guaranteed!”
  • “We’re thrilled to add the new dip flavors to our growing line of Prairie Farms Chef’s Splendor specialty products,” says Rebecca Leinenbach, vice president, marketing and communications at Prairie Farms. “The foodie movement is all about creativity in the kitchen, and our specialty line of products provides options for our customers to experience incredible new taste sensations from their favorite brand that has been trusted for over 75 years and is instantly recognized throughout the Midwest. Our line of specialty products will also increase opportunities for new distribution in specialty food stores.”
  • Prairie Farms Chef’s Splendor specialty milk lineup, which was the company’s first introduction in the specialty food category, was launched in 2015 and has received industry recognition for bringing exciting seasonal flavors to the dairy case. (Indeed, Prairie Farms is the leader in the U.S. premium flavored milk category.)
  • The new Prairie Farms Chef’s Splendor Dips are packaged in 12-ounce plastic containers.
  • The high-definition graphics are printed on a clear container and define the essence of the product with craft lettering and crisp images of the corresponding flavor inspirations that allow consumers to easily identify the flavors.
  • Marketing efforts include targeted ads in digital and social channels, in-store sampling, product giveaways, Chef Rob’s video series, special promotions and point of sale.
  • The dips can be found in dairy departments and are being cross-marketed in produce departments.
  • The suggested retail price is $2.39.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • DUAL-COMPARTMENT, SINGLE-SERVE COTTAGE CHEESE (posted October 20, 2016)
  • Switzerland’s Zuger Frischkase introduces cottage cheese with a savory topping at SIAL this week in Paris.
  • Attending SIAL? Check out the product in Hall 7 Booth D 025. It is a Select SIAL Innovation 2016.
  • This 140-gram dual-compartment product houses whole milk cottage cheese on the bottom and a savory blend of dried vegetables and seeds in the attached dome.
  • Each single-serve container provides 190 calories, 9.5 grams of fat and 15 grams of protein, making this a very satiating snack or meal replacement.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • HAND-CRAFTED, ARTISAN CREAM CHEESE (posted October 5, 2016)
  • Melanie’s Medleys grows its cream cheese spreads line.
  • The clean-label, small-batch cream cheese now comes in Cinnamon Toast and Salted Caramel flavors, which join Blueberry, Chives, Garlic & Herb, Honey Pecan, Horseradish & Cheddar, Plain Whipped (regular and reduced fat), Raisin Apple & Cinnamon, Scallion (regular and reduced fat), Strawberry, Vanilla Walnut & Raisin and Vegetable (regular and reduced fat), as well as limited-edition seasonal Cranberry and Pumpkin Pie.
  • The 7.5-ounce tubs of gluten-free spreads contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and are made with all non-GMO ingredients.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SINGLE-SERVE FARMER CHEESE CUPS (posted September 26, 2016)
  • Lifeway introduces plain and flavored farmer cheese in individually portioned cups.
  • Farmer cheese is a dry-curd cultured dairy product.
  • This product line is made in small batches and comes in single-serve 6-ounce cups.
  • There are six varieties. They are: Apricot, Blueberry Lavender, Cherry, Plain, Plum and Strawberry Rosehip.
  • The new line is made with 2% reduced-fat milk sourced from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones and comes loaded with the company’s proprietary blend of 12 probiotic cultures.
  • The fruited varieties all contain 230 calories, 7 grams of fat and 13 grams of protein.
  • Plain contains 210 calories, 8 grams of fat and 16 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link to the September 23, 2016, blog titled “Expo East 2016 Highlights for Dairy Foods Processors: Value-Added Dairy Products that Appeal to Millennials,” by linking HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link to the September 23, 2016, blog titled “Expo East 2016 Highlights for Dairy Foods Processors: Value-Added Dairy Products that Appeal to Millennials,” by linking HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link to the September 23, 2016, blog titled “Expo East 2016 Highlights for Dairy Foods Processors: Value-Added Dairy Products that Appeal to Millennials,” by linking HERE.

  • HIGH-PROTEIN CULTURED DAIRY PRODUCT (posted September 22, 2016)
  • Jersey Girls Dairy introduces Vermont Quark.
  • The new fresh curd product is made in small batches from the skimmed milk of Jersey cows.
  • It is hand-packed in 8-ounce, 2-pound and 5-pound containers.
  • Jersey Girls Dairy Vermont Quark is also offered in Sweet Spreadables and Savory Spreadables, in 8 ounce sizes, as well as in multiple pack sizes for retail or restaurant use, including an 8-ounce 12-pack, 1-pound six-pack and 2- or 5-pound chef packs for foodservice.
  • The Sweet Spreadables come in three flavors. They are: Caramelized Onion and Chive, Local Blueberry Jam, and Honey and Cracked Black Pepper.
  • The Savory Spreadables come in three flavors. They are: Bacon and Horseradish, Fresh Herb Blend, and Local Smoked Trout.
  • Quark is a soft and mild fresh cheese made from pasteurized skimmed milk. It can be used as a spread for toast or a bagel, as well as a base ingredient for dips and sauces
  • It’s a high-protein replacement in most recipes for cream cheese, ricotta, sour cream or yogurt.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • CLEAN-LABEL REFRIGERATED DAIRY DIPS (posted August 29, 2016)
  • Garden Fresh Gourmet LLC, introduces Simple Earth dips.
  • These refrigerated dips start with a base of whole milk sour cream and nonfat yogurt.
  • Ingredient statements are simple and feature only common, every day ingredients.
  • The 8-ounce dips come in three gluten-free varieties. They are: French Onion, Spinach and Tzatziki.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 30 calories, 2 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link to the August 26, 2016, blog entitled "Probiotics and Lactose Free: Product Attributes Driving Innovation in the Cultured Dairy Products Sector," by linking HERE.

  • BIG, BOLD FLAVOR SOUR CREAM DIP FOR BBQ AND TAILGATING SEASON (posted August 25, 2016)
  • HP Hood LLC introduces Heluva Good! limited-edition Tabasco flavor dip.
  • The new flavor features the peppery punch of Tabasco brand Original Red Sauce.
  • Heluva Good! partnered with Tabasco, a registered brand of McIlhenny Company, Avery Island, La.
  • This new hot and spicy sour cream-based dip has been available since the onset of summer in dairy cases throughout the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest U.S.
  • “Heluva Good! Dips are known for bold, mouthwatering flavors, so the introduction of limited-edition Tabasco flavor is a natural fit,” says Sarah Barow, spokesperson for Heluva Good!.
  • “Big, bold flavor is at the heart of everything we do at McIlhenny, so we are very excited to be partnering with Heluva Good! to bring our signature flavor to the dairy case,” says Jason West, McIlhenny Company Chief Marketing Officer.
  • Heluva Good!’s existing dip varieties include Bacon Horseradish, Bodacious Onion, Buttermilk Ranch, French Onion, Jalapeño Cheddar and White Cheddar & Bacon.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • QUARK WITH FRUIT IN A POUCH (posted August 17, 2016)
  • Protein brand Fuel10K introduces an ambient pouch dairy protein product to the U.K. market.
  • The new Quark with Fruit squeezy pouches deliver yogurt-style, high-protein meals in handy resealable packs that are low in fat and free from added refined sugar, according to the company.
  • The new product will launch in supermarket Sainsbury’s, followed by Asda, in the last quarter of 2016.
  • The 150-gram pouches come in four flavor combinations. They are: Mango and Passionfruit, Raspberry and Blueberry, Strawberry and Banana, and Vanilla Bean and Honey.
  • “Fuel10K is all about delivering fast, easy and healthy protein breakfasts that taste great. Quark has some fantastic qualities that are a perfect fit. It’s an excellent source of natural protein that helps you feel fuller for longer and it’s low in fat. We have been working on the project for over 18 months so it is great to finally have something for both our retailers and consumers,” says Barney Mauleverer, company founder.
  • An integrated marketing campaign will support the launch of Fuel10K’s new Quark with Fruit, including an extensive sampling exercise as part of its role as the official breakfast of Tough Mudder, the endurance race designed to challenge the toughest of athletes.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SINGLE-SERVE LOW-FAT COTTAGE CHEESE CUPS (posted August 10, 2016)
  • Muuna cottage cheese debuts in the U.S.
  • The brainchild of Gerard Meyer, the former CEO of Soda Stream North America, Muuna is set to modernize the cottage cheese industry by offering a new taste and creamy texture experience by combining the innovative dairy technology with a proprietary recipe and high-quality ingredients, according to the company.
  • The 150-gram cups come in plain, as well as five fruit flavors, all made with 2% milk.
  • The plain option provides 120 calories, 3 grams of fat, 4 grams of sugar and 19 grams of protein.
  • The five fruit-on-bottom offerings are: Blueberry, Mango, Peach, Pineapple and Strawberry.
  • They contains 130 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 15 grams of protein and 9 to 11 grams of sugar, depending on variety.
  • Free of artificial colors, flavors and sweetener, as well as gluten, the cottage cheese gets a protein boost from the addition of milk protein concentrate.
  • “Cottage cheese has been around forever, and mainly thought of as a diet food. The same was true for yogurt, but yogurt innovated while cottage cheese remained stuck in the past,” says Meyer. “At Muuna, we decided to reimagine cottage cheese, inside and out, down to our unique, beautiful cup. Today’s consumers want good food that tastes delicious, but cottage cheese has developed a reputation as boring and bland. So we spent years creating a proprietary recipe that delivers a melt-in-your-mouth, creamy cottage cheese combined with premium, real pieces of fruit, which will surprise and delight your taste buds.”

  • The single-serve cups have a suggested retail price of $1.69. There are also 16-ounce multi-serve containers of select flavors selling for $3.49.

  • Product debuts this week in the Northeast United States.

  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SMALL BATCH, FROM SCRATCH GOURMET DIPS (posted July 25, 2016)
  • Robert Rothschild introduces a line of premium dairy-based dips.
  • Fancy food purveyor Robert Rothschild has built a business around the mantra of being “small batch and from scratch.”
  • That’s what you get with the new dairy-based dip and spread line that debuted at the Summer Fancy Food Show at the end of June.
  • The farm-fresh dips that are free of preservatives come in six culinary-inspired varieties. They are all on-trend flavors, often having sweet meet heat.
  • They are: Artichoke Spinach, Buffalo Blue Cheese, Hot Pepper Peach, Onion Blossom Horseradish, Roasted Pineapple & Habanero, and Roasted Red Pepper & Onion.
  • The dips come in 8-ounce plastic tubs and will be merchandised in specialty deli and dairy cases.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • Read about this pistachio cream bread spread in the July 15, 2016, blog entitled "Glocal Dairy Indulgence: Adding Culinary Inspiration to Future Innovations" by linking HERE.

  • AUTHENTIC SKYR DEBUTS IN U.S. MARKET (posted June 30, 2016)
  • Icelandic Provisions introduces skyr made with heirloom skyr cultures.
  • The company’s initial rollout includes five flavors. There’s the classic Plain and Vanilla, and three Nordic-derived varieties: Strawberry with Lingonberry, Blueberry with Bilberry, and Peach with Cloudberry. Coconut and Raspberry will be available in about a month.
  • An authentic product rooted in the Icelandic way of life, Icelandic Provisions is made with preserved and treasured heirloom skyr cultures, a proprietary ingredient that is centuries old.
  • Skyr is a nourishing dairy product made with unique cultures to produce its one-of-a-kind creamy texture and deliciously complex, mild taste.
  • Icelandic Provisions is protein rich. Each cup contains four times the amount of milk as a cup of yogurt.
  • Skyr has been Iceland’s signature food for nearly a thousand years dating back to the 9th Century when it’s believed that Vikings brought skyr on their journeys.
  • Each Icelandic Provisions package features a “fruit cairn” as a nod to its Icelandic heritage. Vikings used traditional cairns, man-made piles of stones, as navigational landmarks. And today, cairns are used throughout the country as trail markers.
  • Each 5.3-ounce cup contains 14 to 17 grams of protein, is naturally low in sugar and contains 1.5% fat.
  • The skyr is made with milk from a farmers’ co-op that feeds their cows a largely grass-filled diet and abstains from using artificial growth hormones.
  • Icelandic Provisions does not contain artificial preservatives, thickeners, sweeteners, flavors or colors.
  • The company was co-founded with MS Iceland Dairies, the oldest and largest dairy co-op in Iceland, made up of approximately 600 native farms and milk producers. A group of industry veterans were assembled for the U.S. development and management team.
  • “U.S. consumers are developing a palate for the thick, creamy taste of skyr,” says Einar Sigurðsson, chairman. “They value products with a high-protein content that aren’t packed with the sugar levels you find in the cultured dairy populating grocery shelves across the U.S. We are proud to launch Icelandic Provisions and expand the skyr category with a product that comes directly from the country that invented it and is made with ingredients that are native to the Nordic region.”
  • Icelandic Provisions is currently available in the North Atlantic, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, with plans to expand across the U.S. during the second half of 2016.
  • Each 5.3-ounce cup retails for $1.79 to $1.99.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PREMIUM DAIRY SPREAD MADE WITH FINNISH MILK IMPORTED INTO U.S. (posted June 20, 2016)
  • Finlandia Cheese Inc., introduces Creamy Gourmet Cheese Spreads.
  • The lactose-free spreads are crafted with milk that has passed Finland’s strict quality standards.
  • The 7-ounce oval containers of spread some in five varieties. They are: Black Garlic, Classic, Garden Dill, Sweet Lemon and Vanilla Bean.
  • The product can be used for baking, cooking, dipping and spreading.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 80 calories, 6 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SRIRACHA SOUR CREAM DIP (posted June 14, 2016)
  • Cabot debuted an on-trend sriracha-flavored refrigerated dairy dip at the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) last week in Houston, Texas.
  • The 12-ounce sour cream-based dip joins the Northeast cooperative’s successful dip line consisting of Bac’n Horseradish, French Onion, Garden Veggie, Ranch and Salsa Grande varieties.
  • Cabot is owned by 1,200 dairy farm families throughout New York and New England. The coop manages four plants in three states, employing more than 1,000 people.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • WORLD’S FIRST SPREADABLE ITALIAN CHEESE STARTS WITH PREMIUM WHEY (posted June 7, 2016)
  • Bertozzi Corporation of America introduced the Gran Festa line of spreadable Italian cheeses at the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) this week in Houston, Texas.
  • Imported from Italy, Gran Festa comes from the Bertozzi Creamery, a family-owned dairy established in 1901.
  • Artisanally crafted using high-quality whey, freshly ground spices and crispy vegetables, Gran Festa comes in three varieties: Garlic & Herb, Pink Peppercorn and Sweet Chili.
  • The spreadable cheeses come in 8-ounce tubs, with a 2-tablespoon serving containing about 40 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 1.5 grams of protein.
  • The company explains that the spreads are made from the most nutritious part of milk: whey.
  • The gluten-free, preservative-free spreads have a light and airy texture and mouthfeel with a rich, creamy flavor profile.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SPREADABLE CHEESE SNACKS IN SWEET AND SAVORY FLAVORS (posted June 1, 2016)
  • The Kraft Heinz Company grows the Philadelphia Cream Cheese line.
  • Made with farm fresh milk, cream and real fruits and vegetables, Philadelphia Cream Cheese spreads provide a creamy canvas, not just for breakfast, but also as a spreadable snack option.
  • The new additions are Olive and Peach, as well as Black Cherry, which debuted last fall.
  • “Philadelphia Cream Cheese is most recognizably known as a breakfast spread atop your favorite bagel or as an appetizer in a crowd-pleasing dip,” says Ken Padgett, associate director, Philadelphia Cream Cheese. “Now we want to inspire cream cheese lovers to think beyond the bagel with our 12 flavorful spreads. From Jalapeno to Peach, Blueberry to Olive, there is a flavor for everyone that pairs perfectly with snack time favorites.”
  • To inspire consumers to think about the endless snacking combinations with Philadelphia Cream Cheese spreads, the brand is launching the #PhillyFlavors contest. Running now through July 6, Philadelphia encourages fans to share a photo of their most creative snack ideas featuring Philadelphia Cream Cheese spreads, using #PhillyFlavors and #contest on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to win big.
  • The fun does not stop there. From July 13 through July 21, fans can vote for their favorite combinations to help determine the top three finalists. The lucky three will receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the ultimate snacking showdown. Official Philadelphia spokespersons and celebrity judges, Haylie Duff and Brandi Milloy, will select the grand prize winner, the recipient of a $5,000 check and ultimate bragging rights.
  • Other Philadelphia Cream Cheese spreads flavors are: Blueberry, Brown Sugar & Cinnamon, Chive & Onion, Garden Vegetable, Honey Pecan, Smoked Salmon, Pineapple, Spicy Jalapeno and Strawberry.
  • The spreads come in 8-ounce tubs and have a suggested retail price of $2.79.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ARTISAN-STYLE FINE-CURD SAVORY COTTAGE CHEESE (posted May 17, 2016)
  • Smith Foods grows its Artisa high-protein cultured dairy snack brand.
  • Artisa made its debut about one year ago in six fruit flavors.
  • To read more about the original launch, link HERE.
  • The new varieties are all about savory flavors.
  • They are: Black Bean and Corn Salsa, and Cucumbers and Cream.
  • Artisa features a slow-cooked, fine-curd cottage cheese that is about 50% smaller than standard small-curd cheese, resulting in a unique smooth and creamy texture.
  • The brand name Artisa is derived from “artisan” because of its hand-crafted and all-natural origins.
  • The new savory flavors each deliver 15 grams of protein per 5.3-ounce single-serve cup.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • INDULGENT COTTAGE CHEESE (posted May 9, 2016)
  • Hood adds two sweet flavors to its cottage cheese line.
  • New Honey & Pear and Maple & Vanilla are made with whole milk small curd cottage cheese.
  • A half-cup serving of the new multi-serve 16-ounce tubs of cottage cheese are a good source of calcium and protein.
  • A half-cup serving provides 130 calories, 3.5 to 4 grams of fat and 10 to 11 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PROBIOTIC YOGURT SPREAD AND DIP (posted April 11, 2016)
  • Mexico’s Interdeli markets DelCielo Jocoque.
  • Based on strained yogurt, Jocoque has a thick texture and rich, creamy mouthfeel making it a better-for-you option to sour cream and cream cheese.
  • There are four varieties: Garlic & Herbs, Mexican Mix, Plain and Smoky Chipotle.
  • Each 8.8-ounce tub has about eight 2-tablespoon servings, with each serving containing approximately 50 calories, 3 grams of fat and 3.5 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • MEDITERRANEAN KEFIR YOGURT SNACK (posted March 31, 2016)
  • Kronfli Brothers introduces probiotic cultured dairy snack.
  • New Labni Mediterranean Kefir Yogurt Snack comes in four varieties: Classic, Lavender + Honey, Mint + Garlic, and Sundried Tomato + Basil.
  • Intended to be used as a dip or spread, each 210-gram cup contains seven 2-gram servings, with each serving providing 2 grams of protein, along with 35 to 45 calories and 2.5 to 3 grams of fat, depending on variety.
  • The all-natural and gluten-free cultured dairy product contains five live and active probiotic cultures.
  • Labni, the base ingredient, is made with cultured pasteurized Grade A milk and cream, condensed skim milk, whey protein concentrate, pectin and salt.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • FARMER’S CHEESE WITH FLAVOR (posted March 17, 2016)
  • Yooli Foods introduces new concept to U.S. cultured dairy category.
  • New Yooli Farmer’s Cheese Crème comes in Honey Lemon Zest, Strawberry and Vanilla varieties.  
  • Each 4.4-ounce single-serve cup contains 170 to 190 calories, 3.5 to 4.5 grams of fat, 12 to 19 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fiber and a whopping 16 to 19 grams of protein.
  • Chief Executive Officer Yuliya Flynn explained at Natural Products Expo West that after coming to the U.S. from Eastern Europe she longed for the high-protein, flavorful, and not-too-sweet cultured dairy products that were part of her family’s culture.
  • Based on farmer’s cheese, this artisan-style flavored cultured dairy product resembles rich, thick and creamy Greek yogurt melded with smooth, creamy cottage cheese. It’s the best of both.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • Read more about this product in the March 11, 2016, blog entitled "Less Sugar, More Fiber: A Recurring Theme at RCA and Expo West...and how OODA can get you there," by linking HERE.

  • HIGH-PROTEIN GREEK YOGURT DIPS (posted February 23, 2016)
  • Chobani rolls out savory dips in Australia.
  • The Chobani Meze Dips contain 14 to 15 grams of protein, 4 grams of fat and about 130 calories per 150 gram container.
  • Chobani Meze Dips are made using strained Chobani yogurt and come in four varieties:
  • Chilli Lime Ranch: Fresh lime and spicy chilies
  • Herbed Tzatziki: Cucumber and lemons mixed with herbs
  • Roasted Red Pepper: Roasted red peppers with onion and garlic
  • Salsa Rojo: Green peppers, chilli and jalapenos mixed with coriander and lime
  • According to the company, it uses three cups of milk to make one cup of Chobani yogurt. To create the perfect base for the dips, the company went one step further by straining four cups of milk to make one cup of yogurt.
  • Chobani says all of the dips contain no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • CLEAN AND SIMPLE CREAM CHEESE (posted February 17, 2016)
  • Denmark’s Arla Foods exports cream cheese spreads into the U.S.
  • Made in Denmark specifically for the U.S. market, Arla cream cheese spreads come in 7-ounce rectangular tubs that sport the tagline “Your naturally good.”
  • The company states on its website: With less than half of the ingredients and a better nutrition profile than other common bagel spreads, Arla Cream Cheese is a simple, wholesome and delicious spread you’ll feel good about buying for your family.
  • The cream cheese products are made with only four core ingredients: milk or buttermilk, cream, cheese culture and salt.
  • The four full-fat varieties are: Blueberry, Herbs & Spices (dill, garlic, onion and paprika), Original and Peppercorn (pink peppercorns and black pepper).
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 60 to 80 calories, 4 to 7 grams of fat and 1 to 2 grams of protein.
  • By using naturally sweet blueberries, the blueberry variety only contains 3 grams of sugar per 2-tablespoon serving. (The other varieties contain only 1 gram.)
  • There’s also a Light variety. Buttermilk, which is not typically used in cream cheese, gives this lighter calorie and fat spread full-fat richness and mouthfeel.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving of Light contains 60 calories, 5 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.
  • All five varieties tout on package front panels that the spreads are free of added hormones, artificial flavors and preservatives.
  • Arla is 100% farmer owned. The company states that it makes the cream cheese at its own dairies from its farmers’ milk, so you always know where it comes from, “from our dairy farm to your fridge.”
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • POURABLE GREEK YOGURT DRESSINGS IN TRENDY FLAVOR COMBINATIONS (posted February 8, 2016)
  • Litehouse Foods grows its Opa dressing line with pourable option.
  • New Opa by Litehouse Pourable Salad Dressings come in five varieties:
  • Avocado Cilantro—a creamy combination of avocado and cotija cheese, blended with fresh cilantro and topped off with a spicy kick of poblano chiles
  • Curry—an Indian-inspired combination of garlic, green onion and red pepper
  • Roasted Garlic—a bold blend of roasted garlic cloves will kitchen spices
  • Strawberry Poppyseed—a sweet combination of strawberries and poppy seeds
  • Tzatziki Ranch—a refreshing option with tastes of cucumber and dill for Mediterranean food lovers
  • The new product line is big in flavor and low in calories. The dressings contain zero trans fat, no MSG, no artificial preservatives, no high-fructose corn syrup and are gluten-free.
  • Opa by Litehouse spoonable jarred dressings were launched in 2013 and currently have 91% share of the Greek yogurt dressing market, reports the company.
  • “We have had incredible retail and consumer response to the Opa by Litehouse line and are proud to be the category leader and innovator,” says Alison Kellogg, brand manager. “Our new flavors reflect consumer desire for international spice and flavors and our new bottles offer a convenient way to pour on the flavor.”
  • The new line can be found in the refrigerated produce department of U.S. retailers nationwide in mid-February for a suggested retail price of $4.49 per 11.25-ounce glass bottle.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • BETTER-FOR-YOU QUARK (posted February 3, 2016)
  • Finish dairy introduces Valio Better.
  • This new spreadable dairy product combines light quark, Finnish rape seed oil and butter.
  • “We set out to create a completely new kind of spread with a full-fresh taste and soft texture, approaching its development from an entirely original angle,” says Annamari Jukkola, product developer. “Better spread combines the full taste of butter with the lightness of quark in a brand new way. Using quark in the recipe turned out to be the perfect choice.”
  • Valio Better contains 37% quark.
  • The company says that the addition of quark reduces the product’s fat content, giving it a fresh taste and softer texture.
  • Finnish rape seed oil adds alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3).
  • According to sensory research, nearly 80% of consumer respondents found the new spread to be better than their current spread.
  • Valio Better is suitable as a spread and can be used in baking, but is not suitable for frying.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • CHARGING UP FOR SUPERBOWL SUNDAY (posted January 28, 2016)
  • Kemps introduces Zesty Buffalo Sour Cream Dip.
  • Sold under the Mid-America Farms brand, a long-time brand of Kemps’ owner Dairy Farmers of America, this sour cream-based dip can be used with chips, crudites or to Top the Tater.
  • It comes in 12-ounce tubs, with a 2-tablespoon serving containing 60 calories, 5 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.
  • Zesty Buffalo joins Chive-Onion, Taco Fiesta and Veggie Ranch.
  • As the Official Dairy Partner of the Green Bay Packers, the Chive-Onion option comes in a 12-ounce tub adorned with the Packers’ logo and team colors.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • You can read more about this product and other cultured dairy foods by linking to the January 22, 2016, blog entitled “Cultured Dairy Products: Trends 2016.” Link HERE.

  • You can read more about this product and other cultured dairy foods by linking to the January 22, 2016, blog entitled “Cultured Dairy Products: Trends 2016.” Link HERE.

  • You can read more about this product and other cultured dairy foods by linking to the January 22, 2016, blog entitled “Cultured Dairy Products: Trends 2016.” Link HERE.

  • COWS AND GOATS MILK GREEK YOGURT DIPS (posted January 5, 2016)
  • Aldi is on trend in 2016 with Greek yogurt-based savory dips.
  • Sold under the private-label retailer’s Friendly Farms brand, the refrigerated dips come in two varieties: Cucumber Dill and Jalapeno.
  • The base is probiotic-containing Greek yogurt made from a blend of cows and goats milk, which is often described as a rounded, authentic Mediterranean cultured dairy flavor.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 50 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.
  • The 12-ounce tubs sell for $2.29.

  • ORGANIC DAIRY BREAD SPREAD (posted December 30, 2015)
  • Germany’s Andechser Molkerei Scheitz introduces Bio Ofen-Brotaufstrich.
  • This blend of 40% cheese and 25% vegetables (diced onions, tomatoes and zucchini), along with butter and Mediterranean herbs is designed to be spread on bread and warmed in a toaster oven.
  • The result in a melted, bubbly baked toast that serves as an appetizer or quick lunch.
  • The spread comes in a 200-gram tub.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SPECULOOS COOKIE MAKES ITS WAY INTO DAIRY SPREAD (posted December 23, 2015)
  • Trader Joe’s introduces first-of-its-kind cream cheese.
  • For the winter holidays, the private-label retailer introduced Speculoos Cookie Butter Cream Cheese, which is described as being reminiscent of gingerbread and made with crushed biscuits.
  • Sold in 8-ounce tubs, a 2-tablespoon serving of the spread contains 130 calories, 11 grams of fat, 6 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.
  • The indulgent spread can be used on bagels, cookies, crackers and fruit.

  • SWEET AND SAVORY GOURMET CHEESE SPREADS (Posted December 14, 2015)
  • Toronto’s A&M Gourmet Foods introduces new line of spreads to select Walmart stores located in the Northeast U.S.  
  • Sold under its Authentic Menu brand, the gluten-free premium cream cheese-based spreads come in 8-ounce tubs in four flavors: Artichoke Asiago Jalapeno, Mandarin Orange, Sundried Tomato and Triple Berry.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 80 to 100 calories, 7 to 8 grams of fat and 1 to 2 grams of protein, depending on variety
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • LAYERS OF SWEET AND HEAT MELD WITH CULTURED DAIRY
  • Germany’s Popp Feinkost GmbH received taste15 accolades for its new Streichduett line at Anuga this past October.
  • Held biennially in Cologne, Germany, Anuga is the world’s largest food exhibition. The trade fair focuses on new products, innovative trends and future-oriented concepts.
  • More than 830 companies, for a record number of more than 2,000 submissions, entered the taste15 competition, which recognizes the best new products at the exhibition. This competition functions as a trend barometer for buyers and as a source of inspiration for the global food business.
  • Popp Feinkost was honored for its Fig-Mustard Streichduett.  
  • This layered sweet and savory cultured product can be a dessert, an appetizer, a sandwich spread or even a mini meal.
  • The winning variety consists of exotic figs, sweet honey and spicy mustard bedded on a cheese cream of ricotta, mozzarella and feta. The layers can be mixed, as desired, or enjoyed separately.
  • The new innovative line includes two other variants: Mango-Chili and Tomato-Basil.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • GREEK YOGURT DIPS IN NEW SAVORY AND SWEET FLAVORS (posted November 12, 2015)
  • Litehouse expands its popular Opadipity Greek Yogurt Dip line.
  • New Cinnamon Swirl, Greek Olive and Spicy Asiago Artichoke make their debut just in time for the holiday entertaining season.
  • Since launching Opadipity in 2014, the dip quickly became a category leader.
  • The Litehouse brand is responsible for fueling 56% of the veggie dip category growth in the U.S. in just the last few weeks, according to IRI Info Scan for the 13 weeks ending August 16, 2015.
  • “The retail and consumer response to Opadipity has been amazing, and we are proud to continue to innovate with these latest flavor offerings,” says Camille Balfanz, brand manager. “These new dips continue to deliver on the promise of extraordinary everyday fun, giving consumers more better-for-you snack options that are not only convenient, but can be used in so many inspirational and delicious ways.”
  • The new Opadipity Greek Yogurt dip flavors provide a thick, creamy consistency that fans love with fewer calories than traditional dips, according to the company.
  • They are also gluten free with no preservatives or monosodium glutamate.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving ranges from 50 to 100 calories, depending on variety.
  • The 12-ounce tubs, which are merchandised in the produce department near refrigerated premium salad dressings, have a suggested retail price of $3.99.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PREMIUM CULTURED DAIRY PACKAGED IN GLASS JARS (posted November 9, 2015)
  • Riviera introduces Petite Pot culinary products.
  • This Quebec, Canada-artisan dairy invites consumers to discover how little clear glass jars can pack a lot of taste with the launch of Petit Pot, a new line of yogurts and culinary products inspired by French cuisine.
  • Available in grocery stores across Canada, the new products combine the savoir-faire of Laiterie Chalifoux, producer of the brand Riviera, and current culinary trends.
  • With four generations of experience, Laiterie Chalifoux is one of Quebec’s great entrepreneurial successes. Under the Riviera brand, it established itself as a dairy trend setter, launching innovative products, and demonstrating a focus on craftsmanship, from the choice of ingredients to the fine details of the packaging.
  • The Petit Pot product line includes three varieties of yogurts--or yogourts, in French—as well as a crème fraiche, a sour cream and three cultured butters, all presented in the new Petit Pot, made of glass.
  • The jars are 100% recyclable and reusable.
  • Petit Pot harkens back to the old-fashioned glass bottles used for dairy products but is inspired by current products popular in Europe.
  • The three varieties of yogurt all come in four packs of 120 gram jars. The varieties are:
  • Set-style Yogourt with probiotics. This 2% milkfat yogurt has a thick, creamy texture and comes in Coconut, Lemon, Plain and Vanilla varieties.
  • Organic Yogourt with probiotics. This 2% milkfat yogurt has a rich, creamy texture with real fruit pieces at the bottom and comes in four-European inspired flavors: Apricot, Fig, Nuts and Rhubarb.
  • Goat Milk Yogourt. This set-style yogurt with 9% milkfat is made with ultra-filtered skim goat milk and comes in two varieties: vanilla yogurt or plain with strawberry coulis.
  • The Petite Pot line also includes:
  • Crème fraiche with 35% milkfat comes in a two-pack of 120-milliliter jars.
  • Sour Cream with 14% milkfat comes in a two-pack of 120-milliliter jars.
  • Cultured Butter comes in unsalted or slightly seasoned with sea salt crystals varieties. The butter is packed in 125-gram ramekins.
  • Goat Milk Butter comes in small 125-gram ramekins
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • QUARK COMBINES WITH CEREAL AND FRUIT IN POUCH PACKAGE (posted October 20, 2015)
  • Germany’s Elsdorfer brand debuts Musli To Go.
  • Sold in 90-gram pouches, six to a pack, the refrigerated product targets health-conscious consumers who don’t want to skip the most important meal of the day but whose lifestyle requires breakfast to be consumed on the move.
  • The product combines quark cream with a four-grain cereal mixture and other flavorful ingredients.
  • There are two made-with-real-fruit varieties: Apple-Banana and Cherry-Chocolate (with chocolate flakes).  
  • The company, Heideblume Molkerei Elsdorf-Rotenburg AG, debuted numerous high-protein, on-the-go dairy foods at Anuga, including Elsdorfer Quark Yogurt + Protein in both a cup and pouch.
  • To read more, link HERE.

  • You can read more about this product and other cultured dairy foods by linking to the October 16, 2015, blog entitled “Anuga 2015 Report: Innovations in Yogurt, Cultured Dairy Foods and Dairy Desserts—It’s all about Clean Label.” Link HERE.

  • You can read more about this product and other cultured dairy foods by linking to the October 16, 2015, blog entitled “Anuga 2015 Report: Innovations in Yogurt, Cultured Dairy Foods and Dairy Desserts—It’s all about Clean Label.” Link HERE.

  • You can read more about this product and other cultured dairy foods by linking to the October 16, 2015, blog entitled “Anuga 2015 Report: Innovations in Yogurt, Cultured Dairy Foods and Dairy Desserts—It’s all about Clean Label.” Link HERE.

  • You can read more about this product and other cultured dairy foods by linking to the October 16, 2015, blog entitled “Anuga 2015 Report: Innovations in Yogurt, Cultured Dairy Foods and Dairy Desserts—It’s all about Clean Label.” Link HERE.

  • You can read more about this product by linking to the October 9, 2015, blog entitled “Mostly Plant-Based Diets Include Dairy Foods—Make Sure You Are Included.” Link HERE.

  • CULTURED CREAM PLUS ENZYME (posted September 24, 2015)
  • Saputo Dairy Foods USA markets Monticello Sour Cream.
  • At a glance there’s nothing extraordinary about this product that has been in limited distribution for less than a year and is starting to expand its presence.
  • The cup is solid white—lots of white--with no graphics. The typeface is simple, in only blue and green. (The UPC code is black.) But that’s what catches the consumer’s eye.
  • Package simplicity equates to product simplicity.
  • This full-fat sour cream identifies only two ingredients on the label: cultured cream and enzymes.
  • It’s delicious. The way sour cream should taste.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 60 calories, 6 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.

  • HIGH-PROTEIN SMOOTH COTTAGE CHEESE SNACK IN DECEDENT FLAVORS (posted August 17, 2015)
  • Ontario, Canada’s Gay Lea Foods Co-Operative introduces Nordica Smooth, a smooth cottage cheese snack.
  • Consumers can now enjoy all the benefits of cottage cheese without the lumpy texture, one of the biggest deterrents to this original high-protein cultured dairy food, according to the company.
  • Each 100-gram cup provides 10 grams of protein, 110 calories and less than 2 grams of fat.
  • The snack-size cups are sold in packs of four.
  • The product started appearing in the retail sector at the beginning of August.
  • The new 100% smooth cultured dairy products comes in two varieties: Salted Caramel and Vanilla Bean.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • HEAT-AND-EAT SHELF-STABLE PREMIUM CHEESE DIP (posted July 16, 2015)
  • PepsiCo appeals to convenience shoppers with new Tostitos Dip-Etizers.
  • This easy-to-serve appetizer cheese dip goes from pantry to microwave to table in a presentable festive, resealable bowl in minutes.
  • The dips come in 10-ounce containers and in two varieties.
  • Mexican Style Four Cheese combines Monterey Jack, sharp cheddar, asadero, and queso quesadilla cheeses with chopped tomatoes, mild peppers and onions.
  • Spinach & Artichoke combines Monterey Jack and aged Parmesan cheeses with a hint of garlic and a blend of spinach and artichokes.
  • The suggested retail price is $3.99.

  • NUTRIENT-FORTIFIED CULTURED DAIRY SNACKS, DESSERTS AND MORE (posted June 29, 2015)
  • 3D Dairy Foods is “dairy done differently.”
  • On October 26, 2014, 3D Dairy Foods, a dairy innovation and marketing company based in Milwaukee, filed to trademark a range of CheeBrands for use on all types of dairy products except frozen items. It was issued on May 26, 2015, and the company wasted no time getting the first two of 12 concepts in the CheeBrand family to market.
  • Produced by Westby Cooperative Creamery, a 110-year old cooperative of family dairy farms located near La Crosse, Wis., the first two concepts are Cheeserts NutriDairi Dessert and Cheenaks NutriDairi Snack.
  • Both are based on soft, small cheese curds in a flavored creamy sauce.
  • Each concept comes in 11 flavors.
  • The dessert flavors are: Blue Moon Cream, Butter Cream Frosting, Caramel Cream Flan, Cooke Crème, Crème Brulee, Lemon Cheesecake, Key Lime Cream Tart, Red Velvet Cream, Strawberry Shortcake, Tiramisu Lulu and Vanilla Nut Custard.
  • The snack flavors are: Apple Burst, Banana Boom, Berry Blast, Black Cherry Crisp, Ginger Pear, Mellon Munch, PB&J Cream, Peanutty-Buttery, Pecan Peach, Pumpkin Spice and Watermelon Wisp.
  • Both non-fat cultured dairy concepts come in 5.5-ounce single-serve cups containing 140 calories, 15 grams of protein and 13 to 16 grams of sugar, depending on flavor.
  • They are also gluten free and enriched with calcium and vitamins A thru E.
  • The product is rolling out in Wisconsin with plans to expand throughout the Midwest.
  • Future concepts include a line of cheesy salad toppings, dips, side dishes and breakfast bowls.
  • To read about the company’s founder and his vision, link HERE.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • CREAMY CHEESE AND CHUNKY VEGETABLES COME TOGETHER IN A NEW TYPE OF DIP (posted June 24, 2015)
  • BC-USA rolled out Alouette Le Bon Dip at the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association expo.
  • “Dip differently,” is how the company describes the new product line.
  • Starting with a base of Greek yogurt and cultured creamy cheese, these dips come loaded with premium, flavorful herbs and chunky vegetables.
  • Sold in 9-ounce tubs, a 2-tablespoon serving contains 45 to 50 calories and 2.5 to 3 grams of fat, depending on variety, along with 2 grams of protein.
  • Varieties are: Basil Parmesan Zucchini, Fire Roasted Vegetables, Roasted Red Pepper & Chickpea and Zesty Garden Salsa.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • RANCH IS FRESHER THAN EVER (posted June 10, 2015)
  • Sabra Dipping Company, best known for its hummus dips and spreads, adds Farmer’s Ranch to its line of Greek yogurt dips.
  • “Our Greek Yogurt Dips blend the delicious taste of small-batch Greek yogurt with healthier ingredients, like our farm market-fresh chopped vegetables,” says Joe Franzino, senior brand manager for Sabra Greek Yogurt Dips. “Besides sour cream and yogurt dip, Ranch dips account for 30% of the white dips segment. And it’s the number-two salad dressing flavor with $820 million in retail sales annually.”
  • In a blind taste test, consumers love the brand’s new dip, citing both Sabra’s taste and chopped veggies as superior to other ranch dips.
  • Sabra is the only ranch dip made with chopped farm market-fresh vegetables like carrots, celery and cucumbers, not dehydrated or powdered vegetables like other brands, and no artificial colors or flavors, according to the company.
  • The new variety will join Crisp Bell Pepper, Cucumber Dill, Diced Onion, Mediterranean Herb and Tzatziki this August. 
  • A 10-ounce tub has a suggested retail price of $3.99.
  • The company first introduced Greek-Style yogurt veggie dips in the fall of 2012. The original line came in four varieties: Cucumber & Dill, Onion, Roasted Garlic and Spinach & Artichoke.
  • You can read about the line HERE.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ALL-NATURAL, HAND-CRAFTED DIPS (posted May 26, 2015)
  • Blue Moose of Boulder, an all-natural producer of hand-crafted hummus, salsa and spreads, introduces Spicy Feta Dip to its Ciolo line of products.
  • Spicy Feta is a Mediterranean-inspired feta dip that blends fresh tomatoes, creamy feta, garlic and roasted red peppers with just a touch of heat.
  • Although Spicy Feta is referred to as a dip, consumers will find it to be much more versatile. It can be used for topping appetizers, salads and small plates, as well as finishing off fish or adding some creamy flavor to a sandwich or wrap.
  • The Ciolo brand, a Whole Foods exclusive, can be found at Whole Foods Market in the Rocky Mountain region, as well as select Whole Foods coast to coast.
  • Family owned and operated since 1997, Blue Moose of Boulder is known for its hand-crafted, all-natural, preservative-free hummus, dips, spreads, tapenades, pesto and salsa.
  • The Ciolo line is handmade in small batches using only the best natural ingredients the company can source, according to the company.
  • The chef-inspired dairy dip and spread lineup includes flavors such as: Garlic Basil Blast, Green Chile and Aged Cheddar Spread, Roasted Red Pepper Dip, Smoked Gouda Pimento Cheese, Tex-Mex Smoked Gouda, Truffled Ricotta Dip and White Balsamic & Fig Spread.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ARTISAN-STYLE FINE-CURD COTTAGE CHEESE ENTERS U.S. MARKETPLACE (posted May 20, 2015)
  • Smith Dairy Products introduces Artisa (ar-TEES-ah), a first-of-its-kind high-protein dairy snack.
  • Artisa features a slow-cooked, fine-curd cottage cheese that is about 50% smaller than standard small-curd cheese, resulting in a unique smooth and creamy texture.
  • The brand name Artisa is derived from “artisan” because of its hand-crafted and all-natural origins.
  • Artisa is hand-crafted using traditional artisan processes and locally sourced all-natural ingredients. 
  • Each batch begins with fresh milk from local dairy farms. Its creamy texture comes from eight hours of slow cooking and careful churning.
  • The cheese is hand-cut into fine curds and carefully layered over all-natural fruits, ensuring a delectable artisan taste.
  • Smith Dairy spent more than 18 months researching consumer attitudes toward cottage cheese, using focus and sensory panel groups to help identify preferred texture, creaminess and flavor profiles. Both groups perceived cottage cheese as healthy and indicated desire for a more flavorful, consistent smooth texture.
  • That’s what consumers get with Artisa, which come in a convenient 5.3-ounce cup with natural fruit on the bottom.
  • “Our consumer research looked at users and non-users of cottage cheese and they were not told the product was cottage cheese,” said Penny Baker, marketing director, in an exclusive interview with The Daily Dose of Dairy. “We learned non-users don’t like curd texture, which is why we developed the finer size.”
  • “They also told us they prefer the fruit to be on the bottom and they want to see it,” she said.
  • Clear plastic cups provide the transparency that consumers are looking for in their food today, according to Baker. “Not only do consumers want transparency in food labeling, meaning simple and understandable ingredients, but also in packaging. They want to see what is inside that container,” she said.
  • Artisa is making its debut in six fruit flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Peach, Pineapple, Raspberry Pomegranate, Strawberry and Wild Berry.
  • Savory flavors are under development in the company’s new state-of-the-art R&D facility and will roll out before the end of the year.
  • Artisa has 15 to 18 grams of protein and just eight to 14 grams of sugar per single serving, depending on the flavor, which means more protein and less sugar than Greek yogurt.
  • The product is all natural, with no preservatives or additives, free of artificial growth hormones and high fructose corn syrup, and is gluten-free.
  • Artisa Fine Curd Cottage Cheese started rolling out this week in varied retail stores throughout northeast and central Ohio.
  • With a 35-day-plus refrigerated shelflife, the company has plans to take Artisa national.
  • The suggested retail price is $1.49.
  • Family-owned since 1909 and headquartered in Orrville, Ohio, Smith Dairy Products Company has related production facilities in Indiana (Wayne Dairy Products Inc.) and Missouri (Pacific Valley Dairy Inc.). Smith Dairy manufactures a full line of foodservice and retail dairy products and brands, and is a co-packer of these products, too.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • LIMITED-EDITION BOLD-FLAVORED DAIRY DIP (posted April 29, 2015)
  • Heluva Good! launches Beer Battered Onion Ring dip.
  • The new flavor blends crispy, golden fried sweet yellow onions with a hint of lager and creamy sour cream for a big, bold taste that brings the delicious taste of this American favorite to all types of snacking occasions.
  • The dip comes in 12-ounce containers and retails in the dairy department for about $2.19.
  • “This is a bold addition to an already flavorful family of dips,” says Sarah Barow, spokesperson for Heluva Good!. “Our consumers enjoy the experience of snacking, and we wanted to create something for them that is familiar yet unexpected. Beer Battered Onion Ring is a powerfully seasoned dip that can be enjoyed with friends watching a game or at a backyard BBQ.”
  • Heluva Good!’s existing seven dip varieties are: Bacon Horseradish, Bodacious Onion, Buffalo Wing Dip, Buttermilk Ranch, French Onion, Jalapeno Cheddar and White Cheddar & Bacon.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ACID WHEY-BASED SMOOTHIE MADE BY UNIQUE PROCESS (posted April 22, 2015)
  • Choopoons markets innovative smoothie made with whey developed during labneh production.
  • Choopoons Mediterranean Labneh is a double-strained, spreadable whole milk yogurt that’s a unique and nutritious alternative to cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise or even chévre. (See item directly below.)
  • The natural liquid acid whey produced during the production of Greek yogurt as well as labneh is typically strained out to achieve a creamy final product. Though acid whey (with a pH level comparable to a glass of orange juice) provides many nutritious elements for the human body, it is not as helpful to the environment, as it pulls oxygen from bodies of water as it decomposes. Choopoons’ process combats this disposal issue by incorporating the strained-off acid whey from its spreadable labnehs into its drinkable smoothies.
  • This symbiotic relationship enhances the rich texture of the labneh and packs the smoothies with nutrients, electrolytes and probiotics, ensuring minimal environmental waste and a rich and flavorful final product, for a healthy body and a healthy planet.
  • Common practice in the Mediterranean and Middle East for hundreds of years, Choopoons is the only yogurt company currently using this process in the U.S., according to the company.
  • There are two varieties: Original and Cucumber Mint.
  • The drink comes in plastic 14-ounce bottles with an 8-ounce serving containing 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein and a mere 12 grams of sugar, all which are inherent to the milk.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • MEDITERRANEAN LABNEH EXTENDS YOGURT BEYOND BREAKFAST (posted April 13, 2015)
  • Choopoons LLC markets a dozen varieties of this cultured whole milk dairy spread.
  • Choopoons Mediterranean Labneh is a double-strained, spreadable whole milk yogurt that’s a unique and nutritious alternative to cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise or even chévre.
  • Though many think of yogurt as simply a convenient morning staple, Choopoons takes yogurt beyond breakfast.
  • The natural liquid acid whey produced during the production of Greek yogurt as well as labneh is typically strained out to achieve a creamy final product. Though acid whey (with a pH level comparable to a glass of orange juice) provides many nutritious elements for the human body, it is not as helpful to the environment, as it pulls oxygen from bodies of water as it decomposes. Choopoons’ process combats this disposal issue by incorporating the strained-off acid whey from its spreadable labnehs into its drinkable smoothies, which will be featured at a later date.
  • This symbiotic relationship enhances the rich texture of the labneh and packs the smoothies with nutrients and probiotics, ensuring minimal environmental waste and a rich and flavorful final product, for a healthy body and a healthy planet.
  • Common practice in the Mediterranean and Middle East for hundreds of years, Choopoons is the only yogurt company currently using this process in the U.S., according to the company.
  • The labneh comes in 12 varieties. They are: Apricot Pistachio, Barberry, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Bean Nut, Garden Grapes & Almonds, Orange, Plain, Rose Petal, Sweet Lemon, Walnuts & Honey, White Mulberry and Yellow Cherry.
  • The labneh comes in 8-ounce glass jars.
  • Each 2-tablespoon serving contains 40 to 50 calories, 2.5 to 2.5 grams of fat, 1 to 6 grams of sugar and 2 to 3 grams of protein, depending on variety.
  • Choopoons Mediterranean Labneh contains no artificial ingredients, no gluten and has a mere 2.5% lactose content.
  • It is naturally sweetened with whole fruit, sometimes with a touch of honey or cane sugar.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ORGANIC LASSI IN TRADITIONAL INDIAN FLAVORS (posted April 9, 2015)
  • Dahlicious redesigns lassi package and adds new flavors and sizes.
  • This line of authentic Indian lassi is a probiotic blend of Indian-style (mild-tasting) yogurt and real fruits.
  • The company uses 100% grass-fed, non-homogenized organic whole milk and only 100% organic whole fruit and spices without any flavorings and very little added sugar.
  • The chef-created very simple recipe includes 12 hours of culturing to achieve a smooth, creamy, never tart taste.
  • Dahlicious Lassi now comes in three flavor collections.
  • Comfort Collection:  Chocolate Garam Masala, Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Portland Mocha, Pure & Plain, Smooth Coffee Latte and Strong Black Coffee.
  • Fruit Collection: Alphonso Mango, Island Coconut, Oregon Raspberry, Oregon Strawberry, Peach and Wild Main Blueberry.
  • Spice Collection: Banana Masala, Cinnamon Toasted Basmati, Cucumber Mint Lemon, Ginger and Golden Turmeric.
  • An 8-ounce serving contains 150 to 200 calories, 8 to 10 grams of fat, 11 to 19 grams of sugar and 8 to 10 grams of protein, depending on variety.
  • The lassi comes in multi-serving 32-ounce containers as well as single-serve 8-ounce bottles.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SWEET GREEK DIPS FOR HEALTHFUL SNACKING (posted March 18, 2015)
  • Litehouse Foods expand its Opadipity Greek Yogurt Dips line with three sweet flavors.
  • Greek yogurt as the base allows for a thick, creamy consistency with fewer calories and more protein than sour cream-based dips.
  • New Creamy Cheesecake, Strawberry Delight and Vanilla Almond join Chipotle Ranch, Creamy Ranch, Cucumber Dill and Spinach Parmesan, which were introduced about six months ago.
  • The suggested retail price for a 12-ounce tub is $3.99.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • COTTAGE CHEESE, BUT BETTER (posted February 16, 2015)
  • good culture launches a namesake line of sweet and savory organic cottage cheese.
  • The company states that cottage cheese is an overlooked superfood. BerryOnDairy agrees.
  • Read about cottage cheese being the original high-protein cultured dairy food HERE.
  • Read how dairies can contemporize cottage cheese HERE.
  • good culture will introduce this new line at the Natural Products Expo West Show in Anaheim, Calif., this March 6 to 8. Visit them at booth #8519.
  • The initial rollout includes five varieties. In addition to classic cottage cheese, the line includes both sweet and savory varieties. They are: Blueberry Açaí Chia, Kalamata Olive, Strawberry Chia and Sundried Tomato.
  • The single-serve containers come in convenient, on-the-go 5.3-ounce packs.
  • “We were tired of searching for great-tasting cottage cheese that wasn’t loaded with thickeners, stabilizers, hormones and high-fructose corn syrup sweetened flavors, so we decided to make our own,” says co-founder Jesse Merrill. “Grandma’s cottage cheese/pineapple combo just wasn’t cutting it.”
  • “Cottage cheese is filled with nutrition and loaded with protein,” says co-founder Anders Eisner. “It has more protein than most Greek yogurts on the market and it tastes delicious.”
  • Each pack contains 120 to 130 calories, 2.5 to 3.5 grams of fat and 16 to 18 grams of protein per serving.
  • The product is certified organic and contains non-GMO ingredients, uses grass-fed milk from respected cows on sustainable family farms in Wisconsin and has probiotics, according to the company.
  • The company has partnered with 1% for the Planet to support food transparency. Each time a consumer purchases a cup of good culture, 1% of the sale goes to a global network of nonprofit organizations dedicated to protecting the environment.
  • “Responsible farming practices and food transparency should be the standard,” Merrill says. “People deserve to know where their food comes from and how it got to their plate.”
  • The good culture team has plans to offer other cultured food products in the future.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ORGANIC/NATURAL CULTURED DAIRY PRODUCTS (posted January 7, 2015)
  • Sierra Nevada Cheese Company debuts handcrafted Cultured Classics dairy products.
  • The new products include: Cultured Classics Cream Cheese and Cultured Classics Créme Kefir.
  • The Cream Cheese comes in Garlic & Herb and Original flavors.
  • The Crème Kefir, also known as Labne, is a thick and creamy cultured dairy product that has been a staple of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine for centuries. It is used as a spread, much like cream cheese.
  • There are also new organic products, including Cultured Classics Organic Cream Cheese, an old-fashioned, vat-cultured cream cheese made with only simple ingredients: locally sourced organic cultured milk, cream and salt.
  • The new Cultured Classics Organic Créme Fraîche is made from local cream, is rich in milkfat (40%) and cultured to a slightly nutty tangy flavor. It is ideal for cooking.
  • All of the new handcrafted cultured dairy products come in 8-ounce retail containers, and 2- and 24-pound tubs for foodservice. 
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PREMIUM DAIRY DIPS DEBUT IN TERRACOTTA POTS (posted December 17, 2014)
  • Australia-based Mediterranean dips company Chris’ Dips launches a new range of dips perfect for holiday entertaining.
  • The new Heritage premium dips line uses only the highest-quality ingredients, according to the dip and yogurt company founded in 1982.
  • There are eight varieties in the new line.
  • The five cheese varieties (all containing cream cheese as a base, plus the characterizing cheese in the variety name) are: Artichoke, Parmesan & Green Chilli; Blue Cheese, Fig & Pistachio; Smoked Gouda & Almond; Vintage Cheddar & Caramelised Onion; and Vintage Cheddar & Marinated Onion.
  • Classic Greek Tzatziki is yogurt based and comes with a packet of each paprika and red chili peppers for garnishing.
  • There are two non-dairy offerings: Hommus & Black Sea Salt and Roasted Beetroot & Chickpea.
  • The 170-gram refrigerated dips come in terracotta pots that go from refrigerator to table for easy entertaining.
  • For more information, visit www.chrisdips.com.au.

  • SPREADABLE YOGURT FOR BAGELS AND AS A TOPPING (Posted December 10, 2014)
  • A&M Gourmet Foods has developed a unique spreadable yogurt that can be sold refrigerated or frozen.
  • Sold under its Authentic Menu brand, and also available for private label, the spreadable yogurts comes in four flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Maple, Strawberry and Triple Berry.
  • Made with Greek yogurt, fruit is the number-one ingredient.
  • The product is intended to be spread on top of bagels or used as a topping on crepes, French toast, pancakes and waffles.
  • The unique formulation allows the product to be merchandised in the freezer, right next to frozen breakfast foods, or in the refrigerated dairy or bagel case.
  • For more information, visit www.amgourmetfoods.com.

  • DAIRY DIP AISLE HEATS UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS (posted November 24, 2014)
  • Ventura Foods licenses the Dean’s brand from Dean Foods for its line of refrigerated dairy-based dips.
  • Just in time for the holidays, the company is launching some new spicy options that are bound to appeal to the millennial consumer, one of the biggest users of boldly flavored condiments such as refrigerated dairy-based dips.
  • The two new offerings are Sriracha Spicy Thai Chili and Buffalo Ranch.
  • Both varieties come in 8- and 16-ounce tubs.
  • A serving is 2-tablespoons, and contains 50 calories, 4 to 4.5 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.

  • FIRST LACTOSE-FREE CREAM CHEESE ENTERS U.S. MARKETPLACE (posted November 12, 2014)
  • In response to increasing demand for lactose-free dairy products, Green Valley Organics expands its award-winning line with the introduction of the first real dairy, lactose-free cream cheese available in the U.S. market.
  • Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Cream Cheese is made in a solar-powered creamery using a simple, carefully crafted recipe that delivers a superb flavor, according to the company.
  • Like all Green Valley Organics products, the cream cheese is minimally processed and made with milk from a local family farm, which is certified organic and Certified Humane. All Green Valley Organics products are also certified kosher and gluten-free. 
  • “Our customers have been asking for cream cheese since we first introduced Green Valley Organics in 2010,” says Jennifer Bice, CEO and president. “When it comes to dairy, people want the ‘real deal,’ which is exactly what we make. It just also happens to be lactose free.”
  • The cream cheese is also a clean and simple formulation, containing only four ingredients: pure organic cream, sea salt, lactase enzyme and live, active cultures.
  • Flourish, the company’s proprietary blend of 10 different probiotics, provides the live and active cultures.
  • Starting in November 2014, Green Valley Organics Cream Cheese will be available nationwide at a suggested retail price of $3.49 at Whole Foods Markets, with a wider availability in other natural food stores in early 2015. 
  • For more information, visit www.greenvalleylactosefree.com.

  • CLEAN AND SIMPLE PREMIUM CREAM CHEESE FOR HOLIDAY BAKING (posted November 6, 2014)
  • Kraft introduces a limited-edition Philadelphia cream cheese brick.
  • Crafted with only five ingredients, special-edition Baker’s Reserve Cream Cheese encourages holiday baking and cooking.
  • The five ingredients are: pasteurized milk and cream, salt, carob bean gum and cheese culture.
  • A 1-ounce serving contains 100 calories, 10 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.

  • GREEK YOGURT AND BUTTERMILK PREMIUM REFRIGERATED DRESSINGS (posted October 21, 2014)
  • Bolthouse Farms expands its dairy-based dressings line with new jarred products.
  • Campbell Soup Co.’s Bolthouse Farms’ business puts its new premium refrigerated dressings in 12-ounce glass jars.
  • The new Greek Yogurt Dressings have Greek yogurt as the first ingredient and buttermilk as the second, with the latter providing a unique rich flavor profile…but without significantly impacting nutritionals.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains a mere 40 calories, 2.5 to 3 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.  
  • Varieties are: Bold Blue Cheese, Creamy Basil, Cucumber Dill and Peppercorn Ranch.
  • Labels boast that the dressings do not contain any high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or gluten.
  • The new dressings are merchandised in the produce department alongside Bolthouse Farms’ plastic bottled Yogurt Dressings and Vinaigrettes.
  • For more information, visit www.bolthouse.com.

  • CREAM CHEESE GETS “BACONED” (posted October 13, 2014)
  • Kraft Foods debuts tubs of cream cheese made with real bacon under its Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Oscar Mayer brands.
  • Some might ask what took so long to meld these two popular brands—and foods--into one product, but according to the company, it sounds easier than it is.
  • Further, the kosher community is quite upset, as Philadelphia cream cheese as a brand has long been an acceptable product. With real bacon in the formulation, this new product is far from kosher.
  • “Bacon is a hard flavor to get just right,” said Chris Hjorth, senior director for Philadelphia, noting that the brand wanted to ensure the “bacon notes” came through “loud and clear,” but that they were also balanced with the cream cheese. The product is reported to have taken about 18 months to develop, as reported by Ad Age (October 8, 2014).
  • “Consumers are yearning for more-flavorful options to go on their bagel or piece of toast,” Ms. Hjorth said, noting that some consumers are using cream cheese as a sandwich spread. “It’s being used with turkey a lot,” she added, as reported by Ad Age.
  • Flavors account for 20% to 30% of the brand’s total sales and “it’s what’s driving our growth,” she said, as reported by Ad Age.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 70 calories, 5 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.

  • GREEK YOGURT DIPS FROM POPULAR HUMMUS MARKETER (posted September 30, 2014)
  • Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods expands beyond its borders with a new line of Greek Style Yogurt Dips.
  • The new dips debuted just in time for football tailgating.
  • There are three varieties: Buffalo Bleu Cheese, Jalapeno Artichoke Cheese and Ultimate Spinach with 3 Cheeses flavors.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 60 to 90 calories, 5 to 9 grams of fat and 1 to 2 grams of protein, depending on variety.
  • The dips comes in various retail, club and foodservice sizes, ranging from 11 to 22 ounces.
  • The suggested retail price for the 11-ounce container is $3.49 to $3.99.
  • For more information, visit www.cedarsfoods.com.

  • WHEN YOGURT GROWS UP: AMERICANS GET QUARK (posted September 25, 2014)
  • Misha quark makes its debut at Expo East.
  • Quark may be new to America, but is has been a culinary tradition in Europe for centuries.
  • From Germany (quark) to France (fromage blanc), from Norway (kvarg) to Russia (tvorog), from Austria (topfen) to Denmark (kvark), quark has inspired European palates and snacking appetites for generations. It has limitless culinary applications.
  • The owners of Misha grew up with quark and wanted to bring it to their new home in America.
  • Using European cheesemaking cultures as a foundation and the added know-how of American yogurt craftsmen, the company has created Misha.
  • It is thick and creamy like Greek yogurt, but without the tang.
  • The company says that four cups of milk go into one 5.3-ounce serving of Misha.
  • Misha comes in four varieties: Blueberry, Plain, Peach Mango and Strawberry.
  • Plain contains 120 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 5 grams of sugar (All inherent to milk in the form of lactose, with most broken down by the added cultures.) and 17 grams of protein. The fruit varieties contain 140 calories, 2 grams of fat, 14 grams of sugar and 13 grams of protein.
  • For more information, visit www.mishadairy.com.

  • CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE GOES NUTTY WITH HAZELNUTS
  • The Philadelphia brand adds a layer of sweet, nutty flavor.
  • Mondelez International markets Kraft Philadelphia Milk Chocolate Cream Cheese in select European Union countries.
  • The company has added a hazelnut version to ride the wave of the resurgence in the popularity of Nutella. The spread is described as lighter and easier to spread than Nutella.
  • The dairy-based spread comes in 150-gram containers.
  • A 30-gram serving contains 93 calories, 4.2 grams of fat and 1.7 grams of protein.

  • LOW-CALORIE GREEK YOGURT DIPS (posted August 14, 2014)
  • Once again, Litehouse Foods says Opa!
  • The combination of Greek yogurt and savory flavors for a creamy, delicious and better-for-you dip seems like serendipity, but it didn’t happen by chance, it happened by Opadipity. That’s the store Litehouse Foods tells.
  • The company is expanding last year’s sensation, OPA! Greek Yogurt Dressing, into a new category with the launch of Opadipity Greek Yogurt Dips, to give consumers even more ways to enjoy the delicious flavors Litehouse is known for combined with the low-calorie creaminess of Greek yogurt.
  • “Opadipity is right in line with several trends. Consumers are seeking Greek yogurt and products that include it as an ingredient. They are also snacking at a higher rate than ever before and are looking for healthier options,” says Jake Oliver, assistant brand manager. “Opadipity delivers a better-for-you snack that is delicious, convenient and can be used in a myriad of ways.”
  • Opadipity uses Greek yogurt as a base, allowing for a thick, creamy consistency with fewer calories and twice the protein. The dips are also gluten-free with no preservatives or monosodium glutamate.
  • They come in four flavors: Chipotle Ranch, Creamy Ranch, Cucumber Dill and Spinach Parmesan.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 2 grams of protein, and 50 to 70 calories and 4 to 5 grams of fat, depending on variety.
  • The suggested retail price for a 12-ounce tub is $3.99.
  • For more information, visit www.LitehouseFoods.com.

  • CREAM CHEESE CATEGORY GETS CHALLENGED IN THE U.S. (posted August 5, 2014)
  • Challenge Butter enters the cream cheese category with four premium products.
  • Challenge Butter, a leading U.S. supermarket brand with a 100-year history of selling quality butter products, is entering the cream cheese category.
  • In 2012, resources became available to move Challenge’s products eastward (from its California headquarters) and since doing so, the company has grown rapidly, increasing its product distribution by more than 50%.
  • Challenge has continued to innovate during this time of growth and has just introduced four new cream cheese items of the same caliber as its butter.
  • Challenge Cream Cheese is all natural with no preservatives and is kosher certified.    
  • The Challenge Cream Cheese line includes:
  • Cream Cheese in 8-ounce blocks
  • Spreadable Cream Cheese in 8-ounce tubs
  • Neufchatel in 8-ounce tubs
  • Whipped Cream Cheese in 8-ounce tubs
  • They all have a suggested retail price of $2.49.
  • “With the rapid increase in demand for our butter over the past three years and expansion into new markets, we felt we had the resources and team in place to introduce a cream cheese that would stand up to the quality that we promise,” says Tim Anderson, senior vice president of retail and foodservice for Challenge Dairy Products Inc. “We’ve applied the same dedication to the quality of our cream cheese and look forward to fans tasting the real difference our cream cheese offers.”
  • In 2013, Challenge introduced three spreadable butters: an Italian inspired Garlic and Herb Spreadable Butter, Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt Spreadable Butter and Challenge Spreadable Lite Butter which is a blend of olive and canola oils with Challenge Butter.
  • For more information, visit www.challengedairy.com.

  • PREMIUM CHEESE SPREADS WITH GOURMET INGREDIENTS (posted July 17, 2014)
  • Sauces ’n Love Inc., introduces a line of premium refrigerated dairy dips at the Summer Fancy Food Show.
  • Marketed under the Dips ‘n Love brand, the new specialty dips come in six gourmet flavors. They are:
  • Artichoke Spinach & Parsley (Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Spinach, Cream, Artichokes, Parsley, Lemon Juice, Lactic Acid, Salt, Black Pepper)
  • Blue Cheese & Chives (Sour Cream, Blue Cheese, Cream Cheese, Cream, Chives, Lemon Juice, Lactic Acid, Salt, Black Pepper)
  • Chipotle Cheddar & Thyme (Cream Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, Cream, Red Pepper, Chipotle Chile in Adobo Sauce, Thyme, Lemon Juice, Lactic Acid, Salt, Black Pepper)
  • Horseradish Cheddar & Dill (Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Cheddar Cheese, Cream, Horseradish, Dill, Lemon Juice, Lactic Acid, Salt, Black Pepper)
  • Peppadew Pepper & Rosemary (Sour Cream, Cream Cheese, Cream, Peppadew Peppers, Rosemary, Lemon Juice, Lactic Acid, Salt, Black Pepper)
  • Truffled Ricotta & Sage (Ricotta Cheese, Sour Cream, Cream, Truf?e Oil, Sage, Lemon Juice, Lactic Acid, Salt, Black Pepper)
  • The dips are 100% natural, gluten free and vegetarian.
  • Sold in 8.2-ounce, clear plastic containers, the spreads have a 70-day refrigerated shelf life.
  • For more information, visit www.saucesnlove.com.

  • QUESO BLANCO WITH LAYERS OF FLAVOR (Posted July 2, 2014)
  • The Old El Paso brand enters the refrigerated deli case with Mexican cheese dips.
  • The brand is the number-one brand in the ambient Mexican food aisle.
  • Italian Rose Gourmet Products has licensed the Old El Paso to enter the refrigerated deli case with fresh salsas and dips.
  • The dips launch includes two medium-heat Queso Blanco products: Chipotle Chorizo and Bacon Chipotle.
  • The dips come in 16-ounce plastic tubs and can be microwaved for easy serving.
  • For more information, visit www.italian-rose.com.

  • GOING BOLD IN THE GREEK YOGURT DRESSING CATEGORY (posted June 10, 2014)
  • Litehouse Foods adds three flavors to its refrigerated, jarred Greek yogurt dressing business.
  • Following the most successful launch in the brand’s history, Litehouse Foods is extended its OPA by Litehouse line of Greek yogurt salad dressings with three bold flavors.
  • The new items pull from global flavor inspirations to add interesting and palate-pleasing flavors to the line of traditional favorites. 
  • The new flavors are Jalapeño Ranch, Kalamata Feta and Roasted Pepper.
  • “The Greek yogurt trend continues to grow exponentially, and consumers are hungry for products that incorporate this healthy ingredient. We knew using this as a salad dressing base would deliver on the nutritionals, but we also realized the dressings had to deliver on taste,” says Alison Kellogg, brand manager. “As people are seeking more diverse and flavorful meals, we developed exciting flavors that draw from authentic flavors from around the world.”
  • Last summer, Litehouse launched OPA, the first Greek yogurt-based spoonable salad dressing, to rave reviews. In just seven months, OPA has already reached 50 ACV in 40 of the top 64 IRI markets and is already 21% of the yogurt refrigerated salad dressing category.
  • Utilizing Greek yogurt as a salad dressing base provides a lower-calorie dressing with twice the protein of a traditional dressing.
  • OPA dressings are free of trans fatty acids, have no MSG or artificial preservatives and only 0 to 1 gram of sugar per 2-tablespoon serving.
  • The new flavors provide a balance of creaminess with a layer of spice or richness, with a serving containing 50 to 60 calories, depending on variety.  
  • The new flavors join the existing line of traditional dressing flavors: Blue Cheese, Caesar, Feta Dill and Ranch. 
  • They begin shipping June 9 with a suggested retail price of $4.49 for an 11-fluid-ounce jar.
  • For more information, visit www.litehousefoods.com.

  • SAVORY GREEK YOGURT DIPS (posted June 4, 2014)
  • Klondike Cheese Company expands its Greek yogurt offerings.
  • Long known for its Odyssey Greek-Style Feta Cheese, and more recently for its Odyssey Greek Yogurt, the company is now entering the savory dip category.
  • Adelphos Greek Yogurt Dips debuted at the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) meeting in Denver.
  • The dips are made with Odyssey Greek Yogurt and come in four varieties: Cucumber Garlic, French Onion, Red & Green Bell Pepper and Southwest.
  • The company says the dips contain 25% less sodium, 50% less fat, 50% less cholesterol and three times the protein of similar conventional dips.
  • For more information, visit www.klondikecheese.com

  • PRIVATE-LABEL GREEK YOGURT FRUIT DIPS (posted May 27, 2014)
  • Discount retailer Aldi is one of the first to offer Greek yogurt fruit dips to the U.S. market.
  • The new Friendly Farms All Natural Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip comes in two flavors: Strawberry and Vanilla Bean.
  • The dips come in 12-ounce tubs, with each tub containing about 11 2-tablespoon servings.
  • A single serving provides 70 calories, 4 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.
  • Ingredient legends indicate the dips are made from Greek yogurt and cream cheese, and contain live and active cultures.
  • The 12-ounce tubs sell for $2.49 and are described as a limited-edition product.

  • QUARK AND YOGURT DAIRY DESSERT COMBO (posted May 22, 2014)
  • Danone offers a better-for-you cheesecake dessert.
  • In select European markets, one can now find a line of quark with yogurt dessert products from Groupe Danone. 
  • Danone Danio Special Citroen Cheesecake Kwark en Yoghurt translates to Lemon Cheesecake Quark and Yogurt.
  • It starts with a base of about 40% creamy quark, to which fermented skim milk is added, along with 9% real lemon, 1.5% cookie pieces and real egg concentrate for a true cheesecake flavor.
  • A 100-gram serving contains 110 calories and 3.1 grams of fat, making it a better-for-you option to satisfy cheesecake cravings.
  • Other dessert concepts under the quark and yogurt Danone Special brand include White Chocolate with White Peach and Mango, Kiwi and Banana.

  • CREAM CHEESE SPREADS WITH ETHNIC FLAVOR TWISTS (posted May 8, 2014)
  • Innolact in Spain offers innovative cream cheese spreads.
  • Marketed under the new premium Quescrem Sabores Espanoles brand, the Queso-Crème Con line comes in three ethnic flavors: Algas (seaweed), Chorizo and Aceitunas (olives).
  • There are also two “Crema de Queso Con” offerings, both of which sport D.O.P. labeling. D.O.P. means “Denominazione di Origine Protetta,” which translates to controlled name of origin.
  • The two varieties are: Torta Del Casar D.O.P. 60% and San Simon Da Costa D.O.P. 50%.
  • All of the varieties come in 150-gram containers.
  • A single 25-gram serving contains 50 to 60 calories and 4 to 6 grams of fat.
  • For more information, visit www.quescrem.es/en/.

  • MORE FRUITS AND VEGGIES IN CREAM CHEESE SPREAD (posted April 24, 2014)
  • Philadelphia cream cheese now contains more of the good stuff, another reason to spread it on your bagel or cracker.
  • For more than 140 years, Philadelphia has been making its products with fresh local milk and real wholesome cream to provide consumers with the high-quality cream cheese they know and love, according to the company.
  • Knowing American families are paying closer attention to what they eat and are increasingly seeking out more recognizable ingredients, Kraft Foods is now adding more real fruits and vegetables to its most popular flavors of Philadelphia Cream Cheese. This includes the Blueberry, Chive & Onion, Garden Vegetable and Strawberry varieties.
  • “It’s an exciting time in our history as we’re giving our fans yet another great reason to choose Philadelphia every time they reach for a bagel: more fruits and vegetables,” says Chris Urban, senior brand manager for Philadelphia Cream Cheese. “And, of course, we’re also proud that 22 of our leading cream cheese spreads have no artificial flavors.”
  • In addition to the product enhancements, all Philadelphia packages now have a brand new look and stackable shape that prevents the product from shifting on store shelves, making it easier for consumers to find their favorite varieties without having to turn the labels around.
  • Found in the refrigerated section, the new spreads began rolling out this month and have a suggested retail price of $2.79 for each 8-ounce container.
  • For more information, visit www.creamcheese.com.

  • 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, 2014)
  • 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.