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Cultured Dairy, Condiments and Spreads 2018 - 2019

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


  • KICK-UP YOUR CRANBERRY (posted November 28, 2019)
  • La Terra Fina spices up the holidays with Cranberry & Jalapeno Dip & Spread.
  • Starting with a cream cheese base, the dip/spread provides sweet heat described as a medium spice level.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 80 calories and 6 grams of fat.
  • (It’s a great replacement to mayo in day-after-Thanksgiving turkey salad!)

  • CONVENIENT SOUR CREAM PACKAGE (posted November 20, 2019)
  • Prairie Farms Dairy introduces a 12-ounce squeezable pouch of all-natural sour cream.
  • “We understand families are busier than ever and our new pouch sour cream makes it easy and fun to top off their favorite food and recipes. We’re happy to provide them with a quick option for an impressive presentation,” says Rebecca Leinenbach, vice president of marketing and communications. “Support from our farmer-owners allowed us to invest in the technology to bring this product to the dairy case. Unlike many sour cream brands on the market today, Prairie Farms’ award-winning sour cream is made with local milk and cream that travels from our family farms to our manufacturing facilities within 24 hours. Local and fresh is our brand promise.”
  • The new format makes it easier than ever to top off tacos, chili bowls and potatoes, then put the rest back in the fridge for later.
  • Prairie Farms’ all-natural sour cream is a best-in-class product as judged by the 2019 Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky State Fairs.
  • It’s made with three simple ingredients, including cream and real skim milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PROBIOTIC SHOTS WITH FUNCTIONAL INGREDIENTS (posted November 12, 2019)
  • Good Culture introduces Wellness Probiotic Gut Shots.
  • The gut shots start with a base of pasture-raised kefir that supports digestive health and boosts immunity, while rebalancing gut flora and improving digestion. The 50 billion live and active cultures are what give Good Culture’s kefir its gut-friendly strength.
  • The shots are lightly sweetened with sweet potato juice and coconut sugar (lower glycemic index) and contain no synthetic hormones, preservatives, gums, nor anything artificial.
  • The four varieties are:
  • Chai + Matcha to create calm, focused energy for mind and body (80 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 5 grams protein and 9 grams sugar)
  • Chocolate + Chaga to boost energy and deepen immunity (80 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 5 grams protein and 9 grams sugar)
  • Pineapple + Turmeric to support brain function and joint health (80 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 4 grams protein and 9 grams sugar)
  • Vanilla + Collagen to strengthen hair, skin and nail health (90 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 10 grams protein and 8 grams sugar)
  • “Probiotic shots are an emerging category, and we saw a void in the space with an opportunity to merge functional ingredients with probiotics. Good Culture is built on the mission to deliver healing foods made with clean ingredients. As we looked to expand our portfolio of pasture-raised cultured dairy products, we wanted to offer an easy on-the-go way to get your daily dose of gut-friendly probiotics,” says Jesse Merrill, co-founder and CEO. “With our kefir shots, we’re excited to provide consumers with an option that is both delicious and functional.”
  • Good Culture’s Wellness Probiotic Gut Shots will be available at Whole Foods Market nationwide this month.
  • They are sold individually with a suggested retail price of $5.99.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SMOOTH COTTAGE CHEESE SNACK CUPS (posted October 24, 2019)
  • Dean Foods introduces DairyPure Smooth Cottage Cheese.
  • Made with double-blended cottage cheese for a thick, richly smooth texture, DairyPure Smooth Cottage Cheese is a high protein, on-the-go snack, made with only real, non-GMO ingredients.
  • The 5.3-ounce containers come in three varieties.
  • Original is plain 4% milkfat smooth cottage cheese. It contains 160 calories, 6 grams of fat, 7 grams of sugar and 19 grams of protein.
  • Raspberry is 4% milkfat smooth cottage cheese with raspberries on the bottom. It contains 180 calories, 5 grams of fat, 14 grams of sugar and 16 grams of protein.
  • S’mores is 4% milkfat smooth cottage cheese with marshmallow crème on the bottom. It includes a dome of fudge chips and Graham pieces for mixing into the cottage cheese. It contains 220 calories, 7 grams of fat, 19 grams of sugar and 15 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • FRUIT-ON-THE-BOTTOM COTTAGE CHEESE (posted October 14, 2019)
  • Graham’s Family Dairy introduces single-serve pots of Goodness Cottage Cheese to the Scottish marketplace.
  • The fruit-on-the-bottom probiotic cultured dairy food comes in Black Cherry, Peach and Strawberry varieties.
  • The 2.5% milkfat cottage cheese comes in 165 gram pots, with each pack containing 140 calories and 18 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • CREAM CHEESE CONDIMENT (posted October 8, 2019)
  • Bayernland introduces Grill & Dip.
  • The new seasoned cream cheese line is intended for topping grilled meat, poultry, fish or vegetables. It may also be used as a sandwich/cracker spread or crudité/chip dip.
  • The 100-gram portions come in three flavors: Balkan (savory and tangy paprika), Houig Seuf (honey mustard) and Wasabi.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • FRESH INGREDIENT CREAM CHEESE DIPS (posted September 25, 2019)
  • Crazy Joe’s markets boldly flavored all-natural dairy dips.
  • The Mushroom Onion Jalapeno Dip is made with onions and mushrooms that are marinated for two weeks in one of Crazy Joe’s mixture of spices and red wine vinegar. These ingredients get blended together with cream cheese and jalapenos for a spicy kick.
  • On the sweeter side, there’s Cranberry Walnut Dip, which makes the perfect spread for appetizers and even leftover turkey sandwiches.
  • Crazy Joe’s dips are created in the Northwoods of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and are currently distributed in select markets in Michigan and Wisconsin.
  • The recipes were created by chef “Crazy Joe” with intentions to bring flavor to the world.
  • The dips are gluten free and contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives.
  • They come in 12-ounce containers and are typically sold in the deli department among fresh salsas and hummus.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • HEAT-AND-EAT QUESO DIPS (posted August 26, 2019)
  • Cacique Inc., a leading U.S. manufacturer of authentic Hispanic cheeses, creams and chorizos, is rolling out Mexican-Style Queso Dips and Fully Cooked Chorizos.
  • Made with bold, authentic flavors, each new product features high-quality ingredients in convenient, microwavable packaging that makes preparing an authentic Mexican meal or snack easier than ever.
  • The Cacique Queso Dips have queso fresco as the first ingredient and are free from any artificial preservatives.
  • Packages have the “Real California Milk” seal.
  • The dips come in four flavors: Chipotle, Jalapeño, Queso Blanco and Southwestern.
  • The 16-ounce tubs have a suggested retail price of $4.49 to $4.99.
  • “As a leader in category innovation, we recognize that many of today’s consumers expect not only the high-quality ingredients and authenticity that we’re known for, but also seek convenience, especially when it comes to the busier moments in their lives,” says Gil de Cárdenas, CEO. “With the addition of our new Mexican-Style Queso Dips and Fully Cooked Chorizos, as well as the Cacique Homestyle Salsas we introduced earlier this year, we couldn’t be more delighted to answer this need and provide consumers with all the ingredients necessary to enjoy an authentic Mexican meal or snack anytime.”
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • LABNEH YOGURT CHEESE DIPS (posted August 22, 2019)
  • Hannah International Foods introduces a line of Mediterranean-seasoned dips.
  • The new refrigerated dips come in 8-ounce clear plastic tubs with lids that showcase the flavorful toppings.
  • There are five varieties: Cilantro & Chive, Garlic & Mint, Jalapeno, Olive Tapenade and Plain.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 50 to 60 calories, 4 to 4.5 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • GARDEN FRESH REFRIGERATED DAIRY DIPS (posted August 12, 2019
  • Lakeview Farms introduces the Fresh Creations Deli Recipes Dip line.
  • The new line comes in 7 varieties. They are: Classic Spinach, Dill, Mediterranean, Mexicali, Spinach Artichoke, Street Corn and Sweet Home Jalapeno.
  • The dips rely on numerous dairy ingredients, including sour cream, cream cheese, natural cheese and Neufchatel.
  • The Street Corn variety is a blend of roasted corn, sour cream, parmesan, jalapeño and green onions.
  • Mediterranean is a blend of artichokes, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, sour cream and mayonnaise.
  • Mexicali is a blend of jalapeno, tomato, onion, bell pepper and spices sour cream, Monterey Jack and cream cheese.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 70 to 140 calories, 6 to 14 grams of fat and 1 to 2 grams of protein, depending on variety.
  • The dips come in either 10- or 11-ounce tubs.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SKYR NOW COMES LACTOSE-FREE, COLD BREW AND IN MULTI-PACKS (posted August 7, 2019)
  • Siggi’s grows its skyr offerings.
  • The maker of Icelandic yogurt with simple ingredients and not a lot of sugar, is rolling out four-packs of 4.4-ounce cups of its fan-favorite 2% milkfat flavors. These flavors are: Blueberry, Mixed Berry and Vanilla.
  • There’s also new siggi’s Lactose Free whole milk skyr in Plain and Vanilla in 24-ounce tubs.
  • Plain has 18 grams of protein and only 5 grams of sugar per serving, while Vanilla contains 17 grams of protein and only 11 grams of sugar per serving.
  • Siggi’s 4% Coffee Skyr is the first coffee yogurt on the market to use arabica cold brew for an authentic coffee flavor, according to the company.
  • Each whole milk cup boasts 13 grams of protein and only 8 grams of sugar per serving.
  • Siggi’s Simple Sides, the only product in the category to offer yogurt with no-added-sugar mix-ins, is relaunching with the brand’s 2% milkfat skyr.
  • Each cup is 200 calories or less and filled with 15 to 16 grams of protein and 10 to 12 grams of sugar, depending on the variety.
  • Available in 5-ounce cups, the four flavor combinations are: Vanilla and Cinnamon yogurt with apples, almonds and oats; Honey yogurt with dried figs and walnuts; Vanilla yogurt with almonds and dried cherries; and Vanilla yogurt with dried coconut and cacao nibs.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • COTTAGE CHEESE BAR (posted August 6, 2019)
  • Baltic Marketing introduces Speka.
  • The Speka cottage cheese bar is described as having super snack value with its unique balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat to satisfy now, but also later.
  • Imported from Latvia, the refrigerated bars have a cottage cheese center and a coating of chocolate or caramel.
  • The three varieties are:
  • Greek Yogurt: tangy cottage cheese with a sweet, buttery chocolate coating. (150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein and 9 grams of sugar)
  • Salted Caramel: slightly sweet cottage cheese in a coating with a bit of salt and sweet, buttery caramel taste. (150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein and 10 grams of sugar)
  • Vanilla: cottage cheese with a hint of vanilla and a chocolate coating (140 calories, 8 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein and 8 grams of sugar)
  • Single-serve bars sell for about $2.29.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PLANT-MEETS-DAIRY DIP SNACK (posted June 24, 2019)
  • Stonyfield introduces Organic Yogurt and Hummus Snack Packs
  • The 2.25-ounce single-serve snacks contain a dip that combines hummus with 2% milkfat yogurt along with a dipper.
  • The three varieties are:
  • Classic dip with multigrain tortilla chips--one pack contains 140 calories, 7 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein.
  • Garlic dip with pretzels--one pack contains 100 calories, 2 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein.
  • Roasted Red Pepper dip with pretzels--one pack contains 110 calories, 3 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein.
  • The yogurt contributes five strains of live and active cultures, including probiotics.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SPREADS WITH A TEXAS TWIST (posted June 19, 2019)
  • To the Moon Family Foods introduces a line of gourmet cheeses.
  • The company was created by two families coming together to develop and produce some very unique Texan specialty foods.
  • The Nutty Carrot Spread is a cream cheese base that gets mixed with ground carrots and pecans and a secret spice blend.
  • It can be used as a dip or cracker spread, or even as a stuffing for baked chicken, as a topping for pork and fish, or rolled into balls, coated with bread crumbs and fried.
  • The Candied Jalapeño Pimiento Cheese is cream cheese with chopped pimientos blended with company’s sweet-with-heat candied jalapeno peppers.
  • The cheese can be served hot or cold, as an appetizer or a sandwich spread.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • MAKING ORGANIC CULTURED DAIRY MORE CONVENIENT (posted June 10, 2019)
  • Clover Sonoma is rolling out Organic Cream Cheese Spread.
  • Made with six simple ingredients—organic milk, organic cream, organic whey, cheese cultures, salt and organic carob bean gum—the spread comes in 8-ounce tubs.
  • One 2-tablespoon serving contains 90 calories, 9 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.
  • It has a 180-day refrigerated shelflife.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • CREAM CHEESE SPREADS WITH KICK (posted June 6, 2019)
  • Lakeview Farms introduces Fresh Creations Party Spreads.
  • The new 11-ounce spreads feature a cream cheese base topped with a savory, sweet sauce.
  • Varieties are: Pineapple Habanero and Thai Sweet Chili.
  • The spreads come in an unprinted clear container that’s ready for serving.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • CHEF-DEVELOPED CULINARY CREAM CHEESE (posted May 21, 2019)
  • Savencia Cheese USA introduces Smithfield Pourable Cream Cheese.
  • Debuting at the National Restaurant Association 2019 expo, this new light, flowable cream cheese product was created for chefs by chefs.
  • It is ready to use right out of the fridge and is designed to be poured directly into recipes.
  • It requires zero upfront prep and whips in seconds.
  • The all-natural cream cheese contains no additives or fillers.
  • It can be used in everything from cheesecakes to frostings and dips to sauces.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • EXTRA CREAMY CHEESE SPREAD (posted May 16, 2019)
  • Bel Brands USA introduces The Laughing Cow Spreadable Cheese.
  • Made with a variety of dairy ingredients--cheese, cream, butter, nonfat dry milk and whey protein concentrate—the spreads come in four varieties. They are: Goat, Original, Red Chili Pepper and White Cheddar.
  • The spreads contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
  • The spreads come in 150-gram tubs, with a 30-gram serving containing 70 to 80 calories, 6 to 7 grams of fat and 3 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the April 26, 2019, blog on plant-based products in the dairy department.

  • AUTHENTIC GREEK SPREADS (posted April 22, 2019)
  • MEZESsf introduces traditional all-natural Greek spreads for retail and foodservice.
  • When Chef Nikos Maheras moved to California from his home outside of Athens, Greece, he wanted to introduce the Greek flavors and spices he grew up with to the San Francisco Bay area, while also promoting healthy and tasty nutrition habits.
  • The company’s first two products are dairy spreads.
  • The Htipiti (pronounced tee-pee-tee) is Greek feta cheese, roasted red peppers, Greek yogurt, Greek olive oil and spices.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 60 calories, 5 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.
  • The Tzatziki is Greek yogurt, cucumbers, Greek olive oil and spices.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 35 calories, 4 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.
  • The spreads contain no preservatives, added sugars or gluten and are made with non-GMO ingredients.
  • They come in 8-ounce retail cups with a suggested retail price of $5.99 to $6.99, and gallon foodservice pails that sell for $48.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SUPERFRUIT COTTAGE CHEESE (posted April 18, 2019)
  • Gay Lea Foods grows its Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese line with Blueberry Acai.
  • Nordica Smooth was the first of its kind to launch in Canada four years ago.
  • Like the other products in the brand, Blueberry Acai uses only natural flavors.
  • The product comes in 450-gram multi-serve containers.
  • Packed with protein, Nordica Smooth Blueberry Acai has all the benefits of cottage cheese without the lumpy texture.
  • The company was mindful of sugar content, so each serving actually has more protein than sugar.
  • A 125-gram serving contains 120 calories, 2 grams of fat, 13 grams of protein and only 11 grams of sugar.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • DOUBLE CREAM COTTAGE CHEESE (posted April 10, 2019)
  • Good Culture brand adds keto-friendly cottage cheese variety.
  • New Simply Classic Double Cream 6% Milk Fat cottage cheese delivers 14 grams of protein per serving.
  • The “simply” position is designed to satisfy consumers’ desires for real food with high protein with less sugar and simple ingredients.
  • Made from pasture-raised milk from free-roaming cows on sustainable family farms, the cottage cheese is also loaded with live and active cultures, and contains no additives such as stabilizers, thickeners or artificial preservatives.
  • Good Culture was co-founded in 2015 by Jesse Merrill and Anders Eisner, who saw a gap in the market for high-quality cottage cheese that had the potential to lead the real food movement.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SAVORY SINGLE-SINGLE SERVE COTTAGE CHEESE (posted April 1, 2019)
  • Dean Foods grows its DairyPure Mix-ins line of cottage cheese.
  • DairyPure Mix-ins launched in 2018 with four fruit flavors: Blueberry, Peach & Pecan, Pineapple, and Strawberry & Almond.
  • The brand is now expanding with two savory flavors--Creamy Jalapeño & Tortilla Strips and Sundried Tomato & Croutons—and adding another fruity option: Blackberries & Granola.
    DairyPure Mix-ins is a low-fat, high-protein cottage cheese product packaged in single-serve containers, making them convenient for on-the-go snacking.
  • “At Dean Foods we saw an opportunity to shift the perception of cottage cheese as old-fashioned and provide exciting options in a category that has long suffered from a lack of innovation. Our new line of Mix-ins does just that,” says Joe Reske, senior director of marketing for the brand. “Our campaign highlights the nutritional benefits of eating cottage cheese, as well as the convenience and innovative flavors Mix-ins offers, all aimed at helping consumers maintain an active and flavor-filled lifestyle, while mixing up their snacking routines.”
  • DairyPure is supporting the launch with an integrated marketing campaign, which includes engaging digital ads, in-store shopper promotions, social media content, and earned media and influencer programs. The campaign’s overall creative theme showcases the simplicity of mixing in the good stuff for a sensational, protein-packed nutritious treat.
  • DairyPure Mix-ins have no artificial flavors, sweeteners or artificial growth hormones, and are backed by DairyPure’s exclusive 5-Point Purity Promise.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ARTISANAL CHEESE SPREADS (posted March 21, 2019)
  • Spicy Mo’s handcrafts Smoked Gouda Cheese Spreads
  • El Segundo, Calif.-based Spicy Mo’s is expanding distribution of its handcrafted cheese spreads, which are made with artisanal smoked gouda cheese blended with locally sourced spices, cream cheese and fresh mayonnaise.
  • Current distribution is Southern California, Las Vegas and the greater Phoenix region.
  • The gourmet spreads come in Spicy and Mild varieties.
  • The all-natural spreads are sold in 7-ounce containers intended for consumption after five days of opening. They are that fresh!
  • The spreads are great on crackers and with crudites, or even as a topping on pasta, vegetables or center-of-plate protein.
  • A 1-tablespoon serving contains 60 calories, 5 grams of fat and 3 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • HAND-CRAFTED, ARTISAN CREAM CHEESE (posted January 10, 2019)
  • Melanie’s Medleys grows its cream cheese spreads line.
  • The clean-label, small-batch cream cheese now comes in Garden Vegetable, Honey, Fig & Pistachio, Jalapeno, Mixed Berry, Triple Onion and White Truffle.
  • The new flavors are making their debut exclusively to Whole Foods Markets in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • 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.

  • PRIVATE-LABEL PREMIUM DIPS FOR ENTERTAINING (posted January 1, 2019)
  • Aldi offered three Park Street Deli Specialty Dip varieties this winter season.
  • Based on cream cheese, the dips come in Bacon Cheddar, Buffalo Style Chicken Blue Cheese (made with all white meat chicken) and Caramelized Onion varieties.
  • The dips can be consumed right from the refrigerator or warmed in the over or microwave. They can also be used as cooking sauces---warm or cold—over pasta, with vegetables and in casseroles.
  • A two-tablespoon serving contains 80 to 130 calories.
  • They are sold in 16-ounce deli-style square containers for $3.79.

  • CULINARY-INSPIRED CHEESE SPREADS AND DIPS (posted November 26, 2018)
  • Lactalis Group introduces Président Gourmet Pairings.
  • The line is debuting in three flavor combinations: Feta with Roasted Red Pepper, Blue Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Aged White Cheddar with Apple Chutney.
  • The smooth and creamy cheeses with culinary-inspired gourmet toppings are for spreading and dipping. They come in 7-ounce tubs intended for merchandising in the specialty cheese department.
  • The ready-to-serve packaging is designed with a clear, semi-circle, cut-out window for visible toppings and a clean aesthetic for easy display.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SQUEEZE CREAM CHEESE MEAT AND FISH TOPPER (posted October 31, 2018)
  • DeJong Cheese of The Netherlands is rolling out Cream Cheese & Cooking.
  • Multi-use recloseable squeeze pouches feature flavored cream cheeses intended for use as a meat or fish topping, or to be used in the creation of sauces or other creative cooking applications.
  • For steak, there’s a chili curry-flavored cream cheeses.
  • For chicken, there’s tandoori-flavored cream cheese.
  • For fish, there’s furikake-flavored cream cheese.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • YOGURT AND KEFIR COMBINE FOR A NEW CULTURED DAIRY PRODUCT (posted October 25, 2018)
  • Farmi introduces Yofir.
  • Yofir is a combined product of yogurt and kefir, and includes extra probiotic cultures in order help boost immunity.
  • Yofir comes in four varieties in 150-gram cups. They are: Apple and Muesli; Avocado, Mango and Orange; Passionfruit; and Strawberry.
  • The product joins the Estonian company’s other kefir products.
  • The Kefir Dessert line now has a Mixed Berry variant, joining Blueberry and Peach.
  • There’s also new Kefir Marinade, a liquid seasoned kefir intended to be poured over raw meat and allowed to soak in the refrigerated for an hour before cooking. The kefir tenderizes the meat. The remaining marinade can be cooked into a sauce.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SATIRICAL AD CAMPAIGN FOR NEW SINGLE-SERVE FRUITY COTTAGE CHEESE LINE (posted October 8, 2018)
  • Saputo Dairy Foods USA introduces Friendship Dairies Fruit on the Bottom cottage cheese snack.
  • The 1% milkfat cottage cheese line comes in 5-ounce cups in three varieties: Peach, Pineapple and Strawberry.
  • The brand is using a satirical ad campaign to launch the line. The video spots spoof ‘80s-style fashion industry advertising--complete with thumping house music and jeans pockets bedazzled with fruit images--before hitting its punchy reveal, “Fruit on the Bottom Jeans? Ridiculous. Fruit on the Bottom cottage cheese? Delicious!”
  • “The campaign pokes fun at the outdated and ridiculous messages women often get from the fashion industry,” says Ray Langton, senior product manager of Friendship Dairies. “Our Fruit on the Bottom campaign parodies these messages with humor, creating stopping power that confidently puts focus on what’s real and what’s good.”
  • “This campaign speaks to confident women. Part of being confident is the ability to laugh at the ridiculous. In addition, we wanted to explore a disruptive, double-take creative approach that leapfrogs old ideas about the cottage cheese category,” says Sharon Napier, CEO of Partners + Napier, the Rochester, N.Y. agency responsible for the campaign. “It’s about introducing a new snack idea and making people laugh along the way.”
  • The new campaign continues the agency’s strategy to avoid cottage cheese category clichés.
  • In 2017, the campaign for the brand’s multi-serve cottage cheese products was called Share Friendship. It celebrated the power of friends connecting, demystifying a product category that has been associated with ‘70s-era bland dieting. The video series showed that the “Power of Friendship” can convert cottage cheese haters to lovers when they are tricked into trying a recipe made with cottage cheese.
  • The new campaign’s videos, print and radio executions are on social video channels and digital/online, and further being promoted through a network of influencers, public relations, local radio, email and in-store display.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the October 5, 2018, blog titled "Cheese Innovation: Curds Come in Many Ways."

  • PICKLED CREAM CHEESE AND BEAN DIPS (posted September 26, 2018)
  • Darling Foods offers Darling Pickle Dips, a line of refrigerated dips made from a cream cheese and white bean base.
  • The base is blended with pickled vegetables, herbs and spices into four varieties.
  • They are: Fiery Jalapeno & Roasted Tomato, Original Dill Pickle, Spicy Pickle and White Cheddar & Mustard.
  • The cream cheese gives the dips richness, while the pureed beans provide a slightly chunkier texture than most creamy dips. Each variety has some taste of dill pickle without being overwhelming.
  • The dips were developed by two life-long friends--Sara Doherty and Britt Jungerberg—in their quest for something different and better-for-you in the premium dip category.
  • Darling Foods LLC is one of six dairy companies recently selected to participate in the 2018 Land O’Lakes Inc., Dairy Accelerator, a program supporting the dairy industry by providing tailored coursework and mentorship to dairy entrepreneurs. To qualify for consideration, each company was required to utilize dairy as a primary ingredient in their products.
  • “Our 2018 participating companies span dairy categories, demonstrating the vitality and versatility of dairy,” says Raquel Melo, vice president of innovation and new business development at Land O’Lakes. “We’re excited to support the dairy industry by nurturing these innovators and entrepreneurs in the accelerator program.”
  • Throughout the three-month course, participants will meet with both Land O’Lakes and external business mentors and will attend seminars focused on topics including finance, brand building, sales and leadership development.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • A NEW SKYR FOR CANADIANS (posted September 12, 2018)
  • General Mills introduces Liberté Skyr.
  • This Icelandic-inspired yogurt contains either 19 grams (plain) or 17 grams (raspberry and vanilla bean) of protein per three-fourths-cup (175 grams) serving.
  • Sold in 500-gram multi-serving tubs, Plain has no added sugars. A serving contains 140 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 5 grams of sugar (from inherent lactose).
  • A serving of Raspberry or Vanilla Bean contains 150 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 10 grams of sugar.
  • New Liberté Skyr contains no preservatives, food additives, artificial coloring or gelatin and is certified kosher.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PREMIUM WHIPPED COTTAGE CHEESE (posted September 11, 2018)
  • Agropur introduces Natrel Whipped to the Canadian market.
  • The new cultured dairy product is made from low-fat cottage cheese and functions as both a dip and spread.
  • The curds and cream are whipped to a smooth, creamy texture and come Plain or with seasonings.
  • The two seasoned varieties are: Chive & Garlic and Roasted Red Pepper.
  • The product comes in 250-gram tubs.
  • High in protein and low in calories, a 2-tablespoon (30 grams) serving contains 25 calories, 0.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of sugar and 3 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • REFRIGERATED DAIRY-BASED FROSTING (posted September 3, 2018)
  • Walmart introduces Great Value Cream Cheese Frosting in vanilla and chocolate varieties.
  • This smooth and creamy refrigerated frosting can be spread on brownies, cupcakes and cookies, or simply enjoyed by the spoonful. For best results, soften frosting at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before spreading.
  • It comes in vanilla and chocolate varieties and is sold in 16-ounce recloseable tubs.
  • The frosting is merchandised alongside other refrigerated cream cheese products.
  • Cream cheese is the first ingredient.
  • A two-tablespoon serving contains 140 calories.

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the August 17, 2018, blog titled "Selling Dairy Proteins and Milkfat: An Opportunity in Cottage Cheese and Quark."

  • ORGANIC LACTOSE-FREE COTTAGE CHEESE (posted August 16, 2018)
  • Green Valley Creamery, formerly Green Valley Organics, continues to expand its award-winning line of lactose-free, real dairy products with the introduction of organic lactose-free cottage cheese.
  • It is made with simple, clean ingredients--organic milk and cream, Celtic sea salt, lactase enzyme and live, active cultures—and has a rich, creamy taste and mild cultured flavor.
  • With 4% milk fat, the cottage cheese contains no additives and is made without any gums, stabilizers or preservatives.
  • Each serving provides 12 grams of protein and only 3 grams of carbohydrates.
  • “Cottage cheese is by far the most-requested item by our customers. It is high in protein and is a delicious, versatile dairy product that can be enjoyed in numerous ways,” says Rich Martin, vice president of sales and marketing. “We are proud to introduce another real dairy product to serve the estimated 30 to 50 million Americans who are lactose-intolerant or lactose-sensitive. We strive to bring the joy of real dairy back into people’s lives, and our organic, lactose-free cottage cheese is another positive step in that direction.”
  • The suggested retail price for a 12-ounce container is of $5.29.
  • All of Green Valley Creamery’s lactose-free dairy products are certified organic, kosher and gluten-free.
  • The company uses a simple enzymatic process to break down the lactose in milk and cream, leaving its nutritional value intact. This renders the milk free of lactose and digestible to even those with severe lactose intolerance.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PREMIUM CREAM CHEESE DIPS (posted August 7, 2018)
  • Kraft Heinz introduces Philadelphia Dips.
  • With Philadelphia cream cheese as the base ingredient, the new dips are loaded with robust ingredients.
  • The four varieties are: Buffalo Style with Celery, Jalapeno Cheddar, Southwest Style Black Bean & Corn, and Spinach & Artichoke.
  • The dips come in 10-ounce containers.
  • A 30-gram serving contains 50 to 70 calories, 4 to 6 grams of fat, and 1 to 2 grams of protein, depending on variety.

  • GOATS MILK, PROTEIN-PACKED CREAM CHEESE (posted July 25, 2018)
  • Belle Chevre introduces Chevre Cream Cheese.
  • The spreadable cream cheese is three times higher in protein than regular cream cheese.
  • “Belle Chevre has always been focused on innovating and modernizing traditional cheeses. Cream cheese is an American favorite from breakfast to dessert, from bagels to cheesecake, and now it’s being made better,” says Tasia Malakasis, CEO. “Belle Chevre’s cream cheese is all-natural, three-times higher in protein, lower in fat and calories, and has the exceptional flavor that a fresh cheese should plus it is made by real people in a real creamery. It is the product that you are proud to bring home to your family.”
  • The spread comes in five varieties—Cinnamon, Coffee, Fig, Honey and Original—in 6- ounce plastic tubs.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 6 grams of protein, less than 8 grams of fat and only 100 calories.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ICELANDIC-STYLE CREAM CHEESE (posted June 18, 2018)
  • Arla Foods introduces Arla Skyr Cream Cheese, a better-for-you cream cheese with higher protein per serving, yet with lower fat and sugar than traditional cream cheese.
  • An Icelandic delicacy for centuries, skyr is well-known in Europe, where Arla markets a drinkable skyr yogurt.
  • New Arla Skyr Cream Cheese is made with Icelandic-style yogurt, which has also grown increasingly popular in the U.S. as the trend for higher-protein dairy products has caught on with health-conscious consumers.
  • “We created Skyr Cream Cheese as a new way for fans to enjoy the benefits of skyr,” says Donald Stohrer Jr., manager of Arla’s U.S. operations. “It’s another great option for consumers who don’t want to sacrifice flavor and creaminess, with more of the taste and protein they want, and less of what they don’t want, like sodium and sugar.”
  • Made with skimmed milk instead of whole milk, Arla Skyr Cream Cheese is naturally produced to be thick and filling with fewer calories.
  • As with all Arla products, Skyr has no artificial flavors or preservatives and few ingredients: buttermilk, skyr (skim milk, cheese culture, rennet), cream, milk protein, salt and cheese culture.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 45 calories, 3 grams of fat and 3 grams of protein.
  • Arla Skyr Cream Cheese comes in an Original flavor, joining five flavors of traditional cream cheese: Blueberry, Herbs & Spices, Mediterranean Garden, Original and Strawberry, all of which come in 7-ounce tubs.
  • For more information, link HERE


  • BOLD-FLAVORED CHEESE DIP AND SPREAD (posted May 23, 2018)
  • On the heels of its 2017 brand and packaging refresh, La Terra Fina, the 35 year-old company known for its flavorful refrigerated dips and quiches, is expanding its robust line of dips and spreads to include two new craveable offerings.
  • The new gourmet flavors can be enjoyed warm or chilled, and are crafted in small batches using only clean, simple ingredients. The new offerings are:
  • Queso Cheese: rich Monterey Jack cheese blended with red bell peppers, jalapeños and poblano peppers
  • Sriracha Three Cheese: a zesty balance of sriracha combined with the smooth, creamy taste of mild cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses
  • “The innovation team tasted many varieties of peppers, spices and cheeses, looking for just the right textures and flavor combinations to modernize these classic dip flavors,” says Stephanie Robbins, vice president of marketing and innovation. “These new dips nicely round out our line of dips and spreads, offering something for everyone, and as always, are made with only the best ingredients.”
  • The dips are free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Consistent with the full line of La Terra Fina dips and spreads, they are certified gluten-free and made with dairy from cows not treated with artificial growth hormone.
  • A 10-ounce package has a suggested retail price of $4.99.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the April 20, 2018, blog titled "Contemporizing Curd."

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the April 20, 2018, blog titled "Contemporizing Curd."

  • BREAKFAST IS SERVED: KEFIR WITH OATS (posted April 18, 2018)
  • A&M Gourmet Foods introduces Simply Simple Kefir + Overnight Oats.
  • “Rethink the way you eat” is the brand’s tagline. With this recent innovation, it’s a new approach to a wholesome homemade breakfast.
  • The ready-to-eat product is gluten-free rolled oats blended with kefir and real fruit and/or spices.
  • The individual 150-gram packs contain 140 to 180 calories, 2 to 2.5 grams of fat, 12 to 17 grams of sugar, and 3 to 4 grams of protein, depending on variety, of which there are five.
  • They are: Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, Chai, Field Berries and Matcha.
  • Made with GMO-free ingredients, all five varieties are a source of iron and low in sodium.
  • The unique package includes a spork (spoon/fork) for on-the-go dining.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • DILL PICKLE DIPPING (posted April 9, 2018)
  • The HP Hood LLC family of brands grows its Heluva Good! dip line in the U.S.
  • Already a top seller in Canada, Heluva Good! has finally brought this on-trend flavor to the U.S. market.
  • The company is producing this flavor in its Arkport, N.Y. facility.
  • For now, it’s a limited-edition release.
  • This sour cream-based dip contains bold spices that savor with tangy flavor.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 60 calories and 4.5 grams of fat.
  • A 12-ounce tub sells for $2.19.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SNACKING RICOTTA WITH FLAVORFUL SIDES (posted March 27, 2018)
  • RifRaf introduces dual-compartment Ricotta Cups.
  • The dairy aisle is getting a shakeup with the launch of RifRaf Ricotta Cups, a first-of-its-kind ricotta cheese snack. 
  • Combining spoonable, lightly cultured whole milk ricotta and a sidecar of adventurously flavored jams and honeys, RifRaf is positioned to upset an otherwise uniform yogurt category.
  • The concept for RifRaf Ricotta Cups came to David Eisenman, CEO of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based creative agency Madwell, the way lots of good ideas do. That is by accident.
  • “Believe it or not, RifRaf came to me as I was making lasagna in my kitchen, eating spoonfuls of ricotta cheese and thinking how well this would pair with honey,” says Eisenman. Eisenman immediately shared the idea with longtime friend and business partner Chris Sojka.
  • “He talked me into buying a pint of ricotta to see what’s out there, and I instantly thought it would be something exceptional to snack on,” says Sojka.
  • Confident there was an opportunity to give consumers a new take on a snackable dairyproduct, the two tapped Chef Will Hickox to help bring that vision to life. With his background in recipe development and years of experience in the restaurant industry, including a notable position at Blue Hill, Hickox, too, recognized that the category was ripe for something refreshing.
  • “One of the reasons RifRaf is such an innovative idea is because if you look at consumer packaged goods trends over the last few years, they tend to mimic the restaurant industry,” says Hickox. “That industry can obviously move much quicker, so you see this trickle-down effect of things starting out at a fine-dining level—premium ricotta being served as appetizers or desserts with different garnishes—and then moving to conventional dining. Once they’re accepted in conventional dining, they can launch into the C.P.G. world.”
  • The team spent months perfecting the texture and flavor of the ricotta. The result: a fresh, fine-curd texture with a subtly salty-sweet ricotta base that can easily pair with a whole range of curated jams and honeys, including some of the savory flavors consumers might experience in a restaurant.
  • RifRaf Ricotta Cups is launching in five flavors. They are: Meyer Lemon, Serrano Pepper Honey, Strawberry Balsamic, Sun-Dried Tomato and Wildflower Honey.
  • The ricotta is made from milk from grass-fed cows, with each cup providing 10 grams of protein
  • The product comes in 4.6-ounce dual compartment cups and retails for $3.39.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • WHOLE MILK PROBIOTIC SKYR (posted March 20, 2018)
  • Green Mountain Creamery introduces skyr, which is “Born in Vermont. Raised on Good Nature,” the brand’s tagline.
  • The new skyr comes in plain and four flavors. They are: Key Lime, Salted Caramel, Strawberry Cream and Vanilla Bean.
  • The flavored varieties come in 5-ounce containers, providing 150 to 160 calories, 4 grams of fat, 12 to 13 grams of sugar, and 12 to 13 grams of protein.
  • Plain and Vanilla Bean come in 24-ounce containers.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • COTTAGE CHEESE, REINVENTED (posted March 12, 2018)
  • Alpina introduces No Curd Cottage Cheese.
  • This high-protein dairy snack is made with blended 2% milkfat cottage cheese, which yields a spoonable cultured dairy product with a unique texture, one without distinguishable curds.
  • Made with all-natural ingredients, and probiotic cultures, the 5.3-ounce single-serve cup includes a spoon in the lid.
  • The plain variety contains 25 grams of protein. It’s also available in a 16-ounce multi-serve container.
  • There’s four blended fruit options, all delivering 21 grams of protein, 130 calories and only 4 grams of added sugars. The fruit varieties are: Blueberry, Peach, Pineapple and Strawberry.
  • For more information, link HERE.

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

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the March 2, 2018, blog titled "Expo West 2018: Protein Preview."

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the March 2, 2018, blog titled "Expo West 2018: Protein Preview."

  • HIGH-PROTEIN CULTURED DAIRY SNACK (posted February 28, 2018)
  • Bio-tiful Dairy introduces Kefir-Quark to the U.K. marketplace.
  • Free from any artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or added sugars, the 150-gram cups of kefir and quark made with British milk contain probiotic cultures, including Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus rhamnosus.
  • The original variety contains 90 calories, 18 grams of protein, 0.6 grams of fat and 3.5 grams of sugar (inherent to the milk).
  • The Cranberry & Chia variety has a dome cup with a topping composed of dried cranberries, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
  • Each cup contains 191 calories, 21.4 grams of protein, 7.2 grams of fat and 6.7 grams of sugar (inherent to the milk and the topping).
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SINGLE-SERVE COTTAGE CHEESE WITH A TWIST (posted February 21, 2018)
  • Dean Foods introduces DairyPure Mix-Ins.
  • The new line of 5.3-ounce cups of cottage cheese come in four varieties.
  • Two are simply fruit with the cottage. These varieties are Blueberry and Pineapple.
  • The other two are fruit with cottage cheese, along with a dome of a crunchy inclusion. The varieties are: Peaches with Pecans and Strawberries with Almonds.
  • A single-serve cup contains 15 to 17 grams of protein, depending on variety.

  • WHOLE MILK SKYR IN FUNCTIONAL FLAVORS (posted February 14, 2018)
  • The New Nordic Dairy Company grows its skyr line up.
  • Norr Skyr is made by a couple of young dairy men from Scandinavia.
  • Though their strained cultured products are rooted in Scandinavian dairy tradition, the traditional and whole milk single-serve containers of skyr are manufactured in Upstate New York using the finest local milk from 19 organic family farms.
  • The farms are small with an average herd size of 25 cows, and are given access to pasture year round and fed a grass-intensive organic diet.
  • The original nonfat line comes in Blueberry & Lavender, Elderflower, Gooseberries, Plain and Sea Buckthorn varieties.
  • The new whole milk line comes in Black Currant, Matcha, Plain and Raspberry & Rosewater varieties, with the flavored options touting wellness benefits.
  • Black currants contain twice the antioxidants of blueberries and four times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges.
  • Matcha is potent in antioxidants and amino acids.
  • Rosewater is beauty potion with anti-inflammatory qualities.
  • All of the skyr products come in 5.3-ounce containers.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • AUSSIE-STYLE YOGURT DIPS (posted February 12, 2018)
  • DanoneWave introduces Wallaby Organic Dips.
  • The new refrigerated dips start with a base of Australian-inspired nonfat yogurt.
  • The 10-ounce plastic tubs will debut in three varieties. They are: Everything Bagel, Spicy Red Pepper and Zesty Buffalo.
  • A 30-gram serving contains 0 to 0.5 grams of fat, 20 calories and 3 grams of protein.

  • MEAT-CENTRIC DAIRY DIPS (posted February 2, 2018)
  • Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer recently introduced some hearty dips ideal for Super Bowl snacking.
  • Merchandised in the self-service deli department, the “fresh from Meijer” line of meat-infused dairy-based dips come in All American, Buffalo Style Chicken and Pepperoni Pizza varieties.
  • The All American Dip is the most unique. It has fully cooked beef crumbles as its first ingredient. The dip description is “hearty dip made with beef patty mix, cheese sauce, cream cheese and bacon.”
  • Sold in 7-ounce clear plastic containers, with a callout to serve hot or cold, having meat as the number-one ingredient keeps calories and fat content down while boosting the protein content of what is normally a high-fat chip accompaniment.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving (28 grams) contains 50 calories, 3 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of protein. This is not your typical chip dip. It’s a paleo follower’s indulgence.
  • All of the dips carry a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection stamp of approval because of the meat ingredients. It is important for non-meat processors to note that including meat and poultry ingredients in non-meat foods often requires USDA inspection.
  • The regulations exempt meat and poultry products from inspection if they contain very small quantities of meat and/or poultry ingredients. These quantities are 3% or less raw meat; less than 2% cooked meat or other portions of the carcass; or 30% or less fat, tallow or meat extract, alone or in combination. In the case of poultry, these quantities are less than 2% cooked poultry meat; less than 10% cooked poultry skins, giblets or fat, separately; or less than 10% cooked poultry skins, giblets, fat and poultry meat (limited to less than 2%) in any combination. For dried products containing poultry, these percentages are computed on the basis of the moist cooked chicken in the ready-to-serve product when prepared according to the directions on the consumer package. Also important to note, these are not international exemptions; therefore, foreign countries may require USDA inspection stamps if a product contains any amount of meat or poultry ingredients. 

  • PREMIUM SALMON AND CREAM CHEESE SPREAD (posted January 24, 2018)
  • Gerard& Dominique Seafoods introduces Smoked Salmon Lox Schmear.
  • This new cream cheese-based schmear contains chunks of the company’s signature European-style lox with a hint of lemon.
  • It’s free of artificial ingredients.
  • The 6-ounce product ships frozen and has a two-week refrigerated shelflife.
  • The schmear joins the company’s cream cheese-based mousse products, which come in smoked salmon and halibut varieties.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • GRASS-FED ORGANIC SKYR (posted January 3, 2018)
  • Lifeway Foods now offers traditional Icelandic-style skyr.
  • Known for its rich flavor, creamy texture and potent health benefits, skyr has been a part of Icelandic cuisine for centuries.
  • Made in small batches, Lifeway Skyr contains 14 probiotic cultures, including 2 strains that are essential to authentic Icelandic Skyr.
  • The cultured dairy product is made with organic whole milk and packed with 18 grams of protein.
  • There are five varieties. They are: Ancient Grains, Blueberry, Honey, Plain and Wildberry.
  • The organic skyr is sold in a resealable cup with a spoon for a suggested retail price of $1.99.
  • For more information, link HERE.

 

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.