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Daily Dose of Dairy

Cultured Dairy, Condiments and Spreads 2018 - 2024

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

  • Arla Foods introduces Puck Zaatar Cream Cheese in the Middle East.
  • This is the brand’s first limited-edition cream cheese offering.
  • The refrigerated spread comes in 450-gram jars.
  • “We’re thrilled to introduce our latest delicious innovation: Puck Zaatar Cream Cheese, which represents a fusion of tradition and innovation. In our pursuit of the ideal match for the rich creaminess of cheese, we turned to the region’s beloved ingredient, zaatar,” said Katrina Davison, regional marketing manager at Arla Foods. “Our aim is to provide convenience and to add something fresh and exciting to the breakfast table. With Puck cream cheese being a staple in households across the region, the introduction of this limited-edition flavor underscores our commitment to providing unique and delightful creations for families everywhere.”

  • To learn more about this product, link HERE to read the June 14, 2024, blog titled "Indulgence and Flavor Adventure Dominated IDDBA 2024."

  • To learn more about this product, link HERE to read the June 14, 2024, blog titled "Indulgence and Flavor Adventure Dominated IDDBA 2024."

  • To learn more about this product, link HERE to read the June 14, 2024, blog titled "Indulgence and Flavor Adventure Dominated IDDBA 2024."

  • PREMIUM REFRIGERATED DAIRY DIPS (posted June 12, 2024)
  • Gordo’s enters the non-cheese Premium Dip category.
  • The three new dips use a sour cream and cream cheese base and come in 12-ounce tubs.
  • Flavors are: Creamy Jalapeno, Smokey Tomato (and chiles) and Zesty Ranch.

  • MEDITERRANEAN DAIRY DIPS (posted June 4, 2024)
  • Cedar’s Foods grows its Feta Dips line.
  • Feta cheese is trending these days, so Cedar’s Foods is providing consumers a new way to enjoy it.
  • The three new offerings include Tyrokafteri (Spicy Pepper), Garlic & Chive and Kalamata Olive.
  • All three dips are crafted with Cedar’s Foods’ commitment to quality: USDA organic, non-GMO verified, gluten-free and vegan.

  • Emmi Roth is rolling out Roth Cheese Dips & Spreads.
  • The five varieties are:
  • Buffalo Ranch—made with real buffalo ranch gouda cheese.
  • Buttery Garlic & Herb—made with real butter and cheese for a creamy texture paired with a savory herb taste.
  • Caramelized Onion—made with award-winning Roth Grand Cru cheese for a creamy texture with a savory sweet taste.
  • Chunky Blue Cheese—made with real Havarti and blue cheese for a bold, sophisticated taste.
  • Jalapeno Havarti—made with award-winning creamy Roth Jalapeno Havarti cheese laced with pickled jalapenos.
  • The spreads come in 8-ounce retail packs and are available in larger-sized options for foodservice.

  • The Kraft Heinz Company is introducing Velveeta Queso.
  • This is the iconic cheese brand’s first-ever queso offering.
  • It comes in three shelf-stable varieties: Queso Con Salsa, Queso Blanco and Jalapeno.
  • Velveeta has long-been synonymous with queso, as the Velveeta loaf comes with a decades-old recipe. This is the first ready-to-eat version.
  • “At Velveeta we are continuing to take big swings to establish ourselves as part of culture, pushing the boundaries not just in marketing but also innovation as we strive to captivate a younger audience,” says Alison Kelly, director for the brand.

  • DAIRY DIPS WITH KICK (posted May 1, 2024)
  • Aldi introduces Park Street Deli Pimento Dips.
  • The refrigerated dairy-based dips come in Ghost Pepper and Smoked Gouda varieties.
  • The Ghost Pepper is mayonnaise based and contains white cheddar cheese and Neufchatel. A 2-tablespoon serving contains 120 calories.
  • The Smoked Gouda is Neufchatel based and contains pasteurized process gouda cheese. A 2-tablespoon serving contains 90 calories.
  • A 10-ounce container of either variety sells for $3.29.

  • CUTTING OUT THE LACTOSE (posted April 17, 2024)
  • Prairie Farms rolls out four new Lactose-Free Dairy Foods.
  • The new lactose-free lineup includes Cottage Cheese and Sour Cream in 16-ounce tubs and gallons of Whole and 2% Milk.
  • “With the introduction of lactose-free milk in conventional gallons, we’re not tapping into a trend, but instead normalizing the lactose-free category. By this, I mean we’re addressing the affordability and accessibility of fresh lactose-free milk by offering a family-size gallon,” says Matt McClelland, CEO and executive vice president. “And, we’re not stopping there because a lot of people are missing out on the unrivaled great taste of Prairie Farms award-winning cottage cheese and sour cream. With our new lactose-free options, they too can enjoy the nutrition and versatility that only 100% real dairy can deliver.”
  • The company relies on lactase to eliminate the lactose.
  • After a soft launch in April in the St. Louis metro area, distribution of the Prairie Farms lactose-free lineup will expand throughout America’s heartland in June, just in time for dairy month.
  • To mark its entry in the category, an on-pack QR code links to a page dedicated to lactose-free products, coupons, recipes and more information about the co-op’s farm-to-table journey of all its products.

  • DAIRY DIPS FOR PRODUCE DEPARTMENT (posted March 21, 2024)
  • West Madison Foods is rolling out Marie’s Fresh Produce Dips
  • Crafted with real, premium ingredients to help elevate snacking and dipping experiences, Marie’s new Fresh Produce Dips leverage the brand’s expertise in refrigerated foods to reach to a wider range of consumers while also catering to more diverse palates and lifestyle needs.
  • The four varieties are: Chunky Blue Cheese, Creamy Ranch, Southwest Ranch and Everything Bagel. The latter is a tribute to the trending everything bagel flavor craze, with each creamy bite featuring a fusion of sesame seeds, garlic, onion and a dash of salt.
  • The dips are described as being thicker and more scoopable than Marie’s refrigerated dressings.
  • The first two ingredients in all varieties are skim milk and whey. Additional and varied dairy ingredients are used in the four varieties.

  • Good Culture introduces Organic Sour Cream.
  • The B-corp-certified, clean-label cultured foods brand known for helping revolutionize cottage cheese for the modern age, has launched Organic Sour Cream, setting a new standard in organic, pasture-raised dairy.
  • Like Good Culture’s other products, the new sour cream contains powerful probiotics.
  • The product, adhering to USDA organic standards, is available at Whole Foods and Sprouts this month, with plans to roll out in additional natural grocery stores over the following weeks.
  • This launch is not only about a superior sour cream experience; it also embodies Good Culture’s dedication to environmental responsibility, according to the company. The Organic Sour Cream is part of the 1% For The Planet partnership, donating 1% of net sales from select products to support responsible farming practices, including a focus on regenerative agriculture and planned grazing. With every purchase, consumers contribute to an earth-friendly impact.
  • A 16-ounce tub of the new Organic Sour Cream has a suggested retail price of $4.29.

  • PREMIUM LOWER-FAT DIPS (posted March 6, 2024)
  • Aldi introduces Park Street Deli Creamy Herb Dip in two varieties.
  • Made with Neufchatel cheese, the varieties are: Herbs de Provence and Garlic Rosemary.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 60 calories.
  • The dips come in 10-ounce tubs and sell for $3.39.

  • ASIAN-INSPIRED CREAM CHEESE SPREAD (posted February 27, 2024)
  • Kerrygold introduces limited-time Fresh & Creamy Cream Cheese Curry & Mango to select markets.
  • The spread has a fruity-fresh taste with some slight spiciness for an exotic cream cheese spread experience.
  • The flavored Fresh & Creamy Cream Cheese line is a newer product range for the company.
  • Other varieties include Beetroot & Horseradish, Cherry Pepper and Smoked Salmon.

  • DIPPING INTO A CULINARY ADVENTURE (posted February 19, 2024)
  • Knott’s Foods introduces Fried Pickle Dip.
  • The refrigerated dairy dip combines the classic flavor of fried dill pickles with the creamy goodness of ranch dressing.
  • “We noticed a surge in interest for specialty pickles online, which got us thinking: ‘why not transform this beloved snack into a delectable dip?’” said Chloe Knott, sales and marketing lead at Knott’s Foods. “Our goal was to capture the crispy, tangy essence of a fried pickle dipped in ranch. People have been getting creative with it. It’s not just a dip. It’s a culinary adventure waiting to happen.”
  • The gluten-free dip comes in an 8-ounce container.

  • EXTRA-CREAM CREAM CHEESE (posted January 29, 2024)
  • Tillamook County Creamery Association enters the Brick Cream Cheese category.
  • The cooperative is adding more milkfat by weight (derived from cream) than required for cream cheese, resulting in an extra creamy, extraordinary, cream cheese.
  • It has a balance of sweet cream and tangy flavor without gums or preservatives.
  • “Tillamook consumers have been asking for a brick cream cheese for a long time. Historically, there hasn’t been much variety and the shelf was ripe for a premium, extra creamy, Brick Cream Cheese,” says Stephanie Carson, senior director of category growth. “Tillamook Brick Cream Cheese is made with the highest-quality ingredients. In our opinion, this cream cheese, like all our products, tastes better because it’s made better, whether you’re adding it to a soup, baking a cheesecake or spreading on a bagel.”
  • The new Tillamook Brick Cream Cheese joins the brand’s Cream Cheese Spreads portfolio, which boasts five bold flavors: Original, Seriously Strawberry, Very Veggie, Chive & Onion and Jalapeño Honey.

  • You can read more about this product by linking HERE to the January 26, 2024, blog titled "Every Day This Week was a Great Day for Dairy: Let’s keep up the momentum."

  • NEW PICKLE DIP VARIETIES (posted January 22, 2024)
  • Plucky Pickle Dip introduces two sweet flavors.
  • The women-owned company adds Sweet Pickle and Sweet + Spicy to its spread and dip line.
  • The base for the product is a blend of white beans and cream cheese.
  • Both include tangy, sweet bread and butter pickles and savory spices.
  • The spicy variety includes jalapeno honey.
  • A 2-tablspoon serving contains 60 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.

  • Walmart gets creative with its seasonal Marketside Dips.
  • Premium store brands have become big business for national retailers.
  • Two of Walmart’s most recent cream cheese-based Marketside dips are Smokehouse Burnt Ends (chunks of real smoked beef brisket in a cream cheese flavored with brown sugar, green onions and barbecue seasonings) and Onion Blossom.
  • The dips come in 12-ounce clear plastic containers ready for serving.
  • Walmart sells them for $5.74 in the self-service deli department.

  • CREAM CHEESE WEDGES (posted November 22, 2023)
  • Grassland Specialty Brands has entered the flavored cream cheese space.
  • Six 0.67-ounce individually foil-wrapped spreadable wedges come in cardboard round containers and sell for about $2.50.
  • Flavors are Everything Bagel, Onion Chive and Strawberry.
  • One wedge contains 45 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.

  • CREAM CHEESE DIPS FOR THE SWEET TOOTH (posted November 7, 2023)
  • Meijer introduces own-brand dessert dips.
  • Just in time for the winter holidays, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer Meijer is debuting its own brand of premium cream cheese-based dessert dips.
  • Varieties are Salted Caramel Pretzel and Butter Pecan.
  • A 2-tablspoon serving contains 130 and 150 calories, respectively.
  • The dips may be served with fresh fruit, cookie wafers, crackers or pretzels.
  • A 7-ounce container sells for $4.99.

  • THICK AND CREAMY YOGURT SPREAD WITH A KICK (posted October 24, 2023)
  • Cedar’s Foods introduces Sizzling Scallion Labne Dip.
  • This tangy blend of scallions, spicy red pepper flakes and smooth labne has all the flavor of sour cream and onion dip with a hot Mediterranean kick.
  • The number-one ingredient is yogurt. It gets combined with sour cream and labne.
  • The product comes in 8-ounce containers and is described as having medium heat.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 45 calories, 3 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein and no added sugars.

  • NEW FORM OF SPECIALTY CHEESE (posted October 17, 2023)
  • Sartori Cheese now offers BellaVitano Spread & Dip.
  • The Wisconsin-based artisan cheese company is expanding the ways to enjoy its cheese with the arrival of its first Spread & Dip options.
  • Garlic & Herb BellaVitano is crafted with the spicy warmth of garlic, the brightness of lemon zest and the earthy taste of parsley combined with savory BellaVitano cheese.
  • Merlot BellaVitano is a rich, creamy cheese dip highlighted with the berry and plum notes of a robust red wine and savory BellaVitano cheese.
  • The versatility of the new Spread & Dip products allows consumers to enjoy Sartori’s signature BellaVitano cheese in a variety of applications, such as a flavorful sandwich spread or a dip for chips, crackers and veggies.
  • The new products are being introduced exclusively to Publix stores.

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the October 13, 2023, blog titled "Anuga 2023: Seven Observations and a Bunch of Cool Dairy-Related Products."

  • CONVENIENT REAL DAIRY SOUR CREAM (posted July 19, 2023)
  • Hiland Dairy Introduces New Shake and Squeeze Sour Cream Packaging.
  • Fresh milk and cream are the main ingredients.
  • The new package has a space-saving design with a flip-top cap that keeps the bottle upright. It is also the perfect size to fit in refrigerator doors.
  • By minimizing the amount of air exposure, the design helps to maintain the product’s freshness.
  • Hiland’s senior vice president, Shawn Pinon, stated that they considered feedback from retailers and consumers when developing their new sour cream and packaging.
  • The Hiland Squeezable Sour Cream bottle is recyclable.

  • Litehouse Inc. is launching a new line of yogurt-based Lower-Calorie Creamy Dressings in four of the brand’s popular flavors.
  • They are: Avocado Cilantro, Classic Caesar, Creamy Ranch and Tzatziki Ranch.
  • “At Litehouse, we believe you should never have to sacrifice taste,” says Krystle Turnbull, product manager. “These new yogurt-based Creamy Dressings offer consumers a way to indulge in their favorite flavors at just 40 calories per serving. We’re excited to bring these delicious products to the market, just in time for salad season, because there’s nothing more refreshing than a crisp, cool salad topped with a flavorful dressing.”
  • The new dressings come in 12-ounce refrigerated bottles with a suggested retail price of $4.49 to $4.99.

  • 7 Mile Brands introduces chef-inspired Mosa refrigerated dairy dips and sauces.
  • Mosa, an acronym for “make ordinary stuff amazing,” uses yogurt in three of its new squeezable condiments.
  • The Green Sauce is a bright, Peruvian-style sauce made with serrano and habanero peppers.
  • Tzatziki features cucumber, dill and lemon.
  • The White Sauce is all about garlic.
  • The new perishable condiments come in 12-ounce plastic bottles.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • Yaza Foods is rolling out three varieties of Labneh made using the traditional straining method.
  • These spreadable, tangy dips are low in fat, contain no added sugars and are kosher.
  • The Plain variety is made with only pasteurized cultured milk and salt.
  • The Spicy Chili and Za’atar Olive Oil varieties start with the plain base and include clean-label seasonings.
  • All three varieties come in 6- and 12-ounce retail packs, as well as a case of six 32-ounce tubs for foodservice.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • INTERACTIVE COTTAGE CHEESE (posted May 31, 2023)
  • HP Hood introduces Hood Cottage Cheese Medleys.
  • The new line of single-serve, flavor-packed snacks features real fruit and crunchy mix-ins.
  • The three offerings are: Blueberry with Crunchy Oat Granola, Pineapple with Honey Roasted Almonds and Strawberry with Graham Crackers and Chocolate Chips.
  • With the new 5-ounce dual-compartment containers, consumers simply flip, stir and go.
  • One serving contains 200 to 210 calories, 6 to 10 grams of fat, 12 to 13 grams of protein and 17 to 19 grams of sugar, of which 12 to 15 grams are “added sugars.”
  • These convenient flavorful cottages cheeses join the brand’s single-serve 5.3-ounce containers of cottage cheese with blueberries, chives, peaches, pineapple or strawberries.
  • To celebrate the launch, the brand is sponsoring free exercise classes in Boston and New York where attendees will receive samples to refuel after their workouts.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • DAIRY DIPS FOR ALL TASTE BUDS (posted May 16, 2023)
  • La Terra Fina introduces four new Dip and Spread flavors. They are:
  • Caramelized Onion with Roasted Garlic Dip & Spread: cheeses and cream come together with sweet, caramelized onions with a touch of roasted garlic to create this rich, savory dip to enjoy with vegetable dippers or a grilled chicken sandwich.
  • Chocolate with Chocolate Chips Dessert Dip: a cream cheese-based dip that is a versatile companion to fruits and pretzels or can be used as a topping for your favorite dessert recipes.
  • Dill Pickle Dip & Spread: a Greek yogurt and cream cheese-based tangy blend with an abundance of pickles and dill that can be enjoyed right out of the tub with fresh veggies, pretzels, chips, fries, or slathered-on sandwiches and burgers.
  • Jalapeño Hot Pepper Jelly Dip & Spread: an Asian-American inspired dip and spread that is the perfect way to kick any recipe up a notch, from grilled meats and veggies to toasts and sandwiches. It’s a sweet yet mildly spicy complement to crackers, chips and cheese on charcuterie boards. It’s a blend of cream cheese with tangy cherries and mildly spiced jalapeños.
  • “For the last 40 years, La Terra Fina has been creating dips and spreads that transport consumers on a journey where flavor reigns supreme,” says Chhaya Bhatia, director of marketing. “Always putting flavor first, we keep our finger on the pulse of what flavor profiles consumers are gravitating towards while also remaining true to our mission of using fresh, wholesome ingredients that are always in season. From sweet-heat ingredients to new chocolate experiences and comforting throwback flavors, we’re proud to introduce delicious new products for everyone across the country to enjoy.”
  • In line with La Terra Fina’s dips and spreads, the brand’s new flavors are gluten-free, keto-friendly, rBST-free, and contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
  • A 10-ounce container has a suggested retail price of $5.49.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • Aldi introduces Park Street Deli Fundido Dips.
  • The refrigerated dips come in two varieties in 10-ounce plastic tubs.
  • Beef Fundido Dip is described as sour cream, tomatoes, Neufchatel cheese, roasted red bell pepper, cooked beef, jalapeno peppers and spices.
  • A 2-tablspoon serving contains 60 calories, 5 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.
  • Chorizo-Style Fundido Dip is described as creamy cheese, tomatoes, cooked beef, jalapeno peppers, green chilies and spices.
  • A 2-tablspoon serving contains 70 calories, 6 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.
  • The dips are intended to be served warm after microwaving.

  • DAIRY MAKES PLANTS TASTE BETTER (posted April 24, 2023)
  • Aldi introduces Little Salad Bar Yogurt Dressing & Dip.
  • Varieties are Cilantro Avocado and Ranch.
  • Yogurt and real buttermilk are the dominant ingredients.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 60 calories, 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of protein.
  • The perishable product comes in 12-ounce plastic bottles and sells for $3.29.

  • BETTER-FOR-YOU CREAM CHEESE (posted March 14, 2023)
  • Good Culture introduces three varieties of Probiotic Cream Cheese Spread.
  • Like the brand’s cottage cheese and sour cream, the new line of cream cheese spreads is made with only a few simple ingredients.
  • They are cream, nonfat milk, sea salt and live and active cultures (Bifidobacterium spp.).
  • The three offerings are Chive, Original and Strawberry.
  • The flavored varieties include fruit or herbs.

  • MEXICAN-STYLE SWEET MILKY SPREADS (posted February 23, 2023)
  • Nestle USA is rolling out La Lechera Spreadable “Untable” dessert spreads.
  • Imported into the U.S. from Mexico, La Lechera Spreadable comes in two varieties.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk is made with only two ingredients: milk and sugar. One 2-tablespoon serving contains 130 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 22 grams of sugar (18 grams are added sugars) and 3 grams of protein.
  • Dulce de Lecha has milk and sugar as the top-two ingredients. One 2-tablespoon serving contains 120 calories, 3 grams of fat, 21 grams of sugar (17 grams are added sugars) and 3 grams of protein.
  • The spreads are sold in the ambient aisle in 11.47-ounce tubs. They require refrigeration once opened.
  • Labels boldly flag “made with real milk.”

  • SPORTS BAR FAVORITES IN DAIRY DIP FORMAT (posted February 13, 2023)
  • Ventura Foods grows its Dean’s Dips line with March Madness favorite flavors.
  • There are two new flavors in Dean’s Dips’ Sports Bar Favorites lineup of refrigerated dairy-based dips.
  • New Loaded Potato Skins and Zesty Nacho Cheese come in 12-ounce tubs.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PASTA SAUCE STARTERS (posted February 2, 2023)
  • Norseland Inc., is growing its Lotito Presto Cacio e Pepe Pasta Starters.
  • The refrigerated line, available now, comes in four varieties: Original, con Pomodori (with sundried tomatoes), con Erbe (with wild herbs) and con Picante (with Calabrian chilies).
  • The dried blends have sheep’s milk Italian Pecorino Romano cheese as the number-one ingredient. Whole milk powder and whey powder are critical components of sauce mix.
  • To use the mix, simply cook one pound of pasta, drain but save one cup of the hot water. Add sauce starter and hot water to the pasta. Mix and serve.
  • Two shelf-stable varieties—Original and Black Truffle--will be entering the market this spring.

  • Dairy Farmers of America’s Kemps business unit is rolling out Smooth Cottage Cheese Blends.
  • The new product comes in four packs of 4-ounce cups.
  • Featuring licensed characters, the four varieties are Peppa Pig Strawberry Banana, PJ Masks Power Heroes Strawberry and Transformers Mixed Berry.
  • A single-serving container has 130 calories, 4 grams of fat, 11 grams of sugars (9 grams are added sugars) and 10 grams of protein.
  • The product contains three probiotic cultures: Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus paracasei.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ON-TREND LABNE SPREAD AND DIP (posted January 23, 2023)
  • Karoun introduces Lactose Free Mediterranean Style Labne Kefir Cheese.
  • The product is designed to be smoother for digestion while at the same time improving gut health.
  • The creamy strained yogurt-type product is packed with gut-friendly probiotics.
  • One serving contains 60 calories, no added sugars and no artificial additives.
  • Labne may be served as a dip for pita bread and vegetables and or a spread in sandwiches. It also tenderizes meats and poultry and adds creaminess to soups.
  • Containers state "Made with California Milk."
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SWEET CREAM CHEESE DIPS (posted January 4, 2023)
  • Taste of the South grows sweet dip line.
  • Creamy Chocolate Ganache and Salty Caramel join Vanilla Cream Cheese.
  • All three sweet dips have cream cheese as the number-one ingredient.
  • They come in 12-ounce containers and are sold in the refrigerated dip section in the supermarket.
  • The Creamy Chocolate Ganache dip is a reimagined southern family favorite. This creamy, silky smooth treat is great dipped with fruit, pretzels, cookies and even works great as a cupcake topper.
  • The Salted Caramel dip is a fluffy, creamy take on the traditional caramel apple dip. It’s lower in calories and sugar than the leading caramel dip, according to the company.
  • A 30 gram serving of either contains 90 calories, and 6 to 7 grams of fat and of sugar.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SHELF-STABLE DAIRY DIPS (posted December 27, 2022)
  • Frito-Lay North America, the convenient foods division of PepsiCo Inc., is rolling out Doritos Dip.
  • The dips come in Cool Ranch Jalapeno and Spicy Ranch flavors.
  • The dips are designed to go with all kinds of foods, from pizza to pretzels, veggies and more.
  • Both dips are vegetable oil based and rely on dairy ingredients, including buttermilk, cheese, milk proteins and whey, for mouthfeel and flavor.
  • “Doritos has always embraced the bold,” says Leslie Vesper, vice president of brand marketing, Frito-Lay. “As Doritos disrupts the dip aisle with the release of Doritos Dips, our goal is to deliver new and unexpected experiences to consumers. Whether paired with their favorite foods or our other Doritos product offerings, we hope Doritos Dips help fans think outside the box, just like we’re thinking outside the chip bag with this innovation.”

  • AUTHENTIC LATIN AMERICAN CREMAS (posted December 19, 2022)
  • V&V Supremo Foods introduces five Mexican, Central American and Salvadoran Cremas with deep roots and flavor profiles that will take consumers on a delectable journey through Latin American cuisine.
  • “With this expansion, our consumers will be able to find more options that cater to their needs,” says Gilberto Villaseñor II, chief visionary officer at the Chicago-based company.
  • Crema is one of the most important ingredients in Mexican cooking and is also a popular element in other Latin American cuisine.
  • Crema Chihuahua is the crème fraiche of Mexican cremas. It has full dairy notes and a hint of tanginess.
  • Crema Mexicana is the quintessential authentic Mexican-style crema agria with a light golden hue. Its slightly tangy flavor makes it ideal for all applications within Mexican cuisine, from rustic to refined.
  • Crema Mexicana de Casa is a traditional crema with a very slight tang and creamy hue. It is perfect for all authentic Mexican cuisine and for enhancing dishes across cultures.
  • Crema Centro Americana is a cultured product with a savory, dairy-rich flavor, a very slight tang, a touch of salt and a pale golden hue.
  • Crema Salvadoreña has a savory, dairy-rich flavor, a very slight tang, a touch of salt and a pale golden hue.
  • All the new products are made in small artisanal batches with 100% pasteurized Grade A whole cow’s milk with no preservatives or artificial hormones.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • DeLallo introduces three premium Cheese Dips.
  • Jalapeño Artichoke Dip features tender marinated artichokes and hot jalapeño peppers in a whipped blend of sweet cream cheese and sharp aged white cheddar.
  • Pepperazzi Pepper & Cheese Dip is a sweet and spicy cream cheese dip made with tangy-sweet peppadew peppers along with red-hot jalapeño peppers.
  • Three-Cheese Pepperoncini features briny, spicy Greek pepperoncini peppers in a blend of feta, blue cheese and cream cheese.
  • The perishable dips come in 7-ounce contains and retail for about $7.99.
  • They may be served cold or hot.

  • Mondelez International rolls out Philadelphia Intense.
  • The new cream cheese spread speaks to consumers’ desire for bold, authentic flavors, all-natural ingredients and unique textures.
  • Philadelphia Intense comes in two flavors: Garlic & Herbs and Herbes de Provence.
  • The spread is described as a soft white gourmet cheese that delivers an intense taste experience and an extra creamy, aerated texture.
  • “Our research suggests that over half of those buying Philadelphia Intense will come from outside the cream cheese category, allowing retailers to attract new incremental sales,” said Nancy Galvin, brand manager for Philadelphia at Mondel?z International. “The range is set to be particularly popular with younger adult shoppers looking for that ‘treat myself’ moment within the category.”
  • Philadelphia Intense comes in distinctive packaging with a re-closeable lid for maximum stand-out on shelf and ease of use for consumers.
  • The 140-gram tubs are made from recyclable plastic, reflecting the brand’s ongoing sustainability commitments.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the November 18, 2022, blog titled “Five very different approaches to playing in the plant-based space. Is one of them right for you?”

  • SIMPLE-INGREDIENT CREAM CHEESES (posted November 10, 2022)
  • Arla is rolling out Tre Stelle Cream Cheese to the Canadian marketplace.
  • The product is made with just four simple, natural ingredients: milk, cream, salt and culture.
  • “This means none of the stabilizers or artificial ingredients typically found in other cream cheese brands are included, making Tre Stelle the cleanest cream cheese choice,” says Brendan McDonough, senior brand manager.
  • Canadians will experience this first-hand when they open the pack and see water droplets on top. This is the natural result when no additives are included, showcasing the purity of the brand.
  • “Our cream cheese is produced in the same dairy where the fresh milk is collected, giving it a smooth, clean and creamy taste that we believe is unrivalled,” says McDonough.
  • Tre Stelle Cream Cheese comes in Original, Organic, Light, Lactose-Free and Herbs & Spices.

  • WHIPPED DAIRY DIPS AND DRESSINGS (posted October 6, 2022)
  • Alamance Foods now offers aerated Flip Whip.
  • Flip Whip flips the dip world on its head with classic flavors whipped to creamy perfection, according to the company.
  • The concept is debuting in two flavors: Bleu Cheese and Creamy Ranch.
  • The top-four ingredients in both are cream, cultured buttermilk, sweet cream buttermilk and whole milk.
  • They come in 6.5-ounce cans and rely on nitrous oxide for aeration.
  • One 2-tablespoon serving contains 15 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.
  • The dips are gluten free and keto friendly.

  • CLEAN-LABEL DAIRY DIPS (posted September 29, 2022)
  • Daisy Brand is entering the ready-to-eat Sour Cream Dip category.
  • Known for its all-natural, clean-label sour cream and cottage cheese, Daisy Brand will soon offer Dairy Sour Cream Dips in Creamy Ranch and French Onion varieties.
  • Creamy Ranch’s ingredient statement reads: Cultured cream, sea salt, dried garlic, cheddar cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), dried onions, spices, dried chives, dried parsley.
  • French Onion’s ingredient statement reads: Cultured cream, dried onions, salt, dried garlic, spices, dried parsley.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving of either contains 60 calories, 5 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.

  • AEROSOL CREAM CHEESE (posted September 19, 2022)
  • Old Fashioned Cheese offers Cream Cheasy in three flavors.
  • The refrigerated aerosol product comes in Original, Garlic & Herb, and Strawberry varieties.
  • The 8-ounce can is perfect for tailgating, games, parties, snacking or anytime, according to the company.
  • Cream cheese is the first ingredient. Other dairy ingredients include cream and nonfat dry milk.
  • A 1-ounce serving contains 2 grams of protein along with 90 to 100 calories and 8 to 9 grams of fat, depending on variety.

  • SNACK-SIZE CREAMY COTTAGE CHEESE CUPS (posted August 25, 2022)
  • Mondelez International extends the Philadelphia brand to single-serve cups of Cottage Cheese in Germany.
  • The product is made from cream cheese and acidified milk.
  • The company markets it as “Simply irresistibly delicious and refreshingly different! Discover Cottage Cheese from a new side: Whether for breakfast, dinner or as a protein-rich, fresh snack in between, Philadelphia Cottage Cheese is your ideal companion through the day, whether you prefer to spoon it with fresh fruit or spread it on bread. It contains a lot of protein and little fat for a conscious diet.”
  • A 75-gram serving contains 60 calories, 1.8 grams of fat and 8.3 grams of protein.

  • SOUR CREAM POUCHES DEBUT DOWN UNDER (posted August 9, 2022)
  • The Collective introduces Straight Up Sour Cream to the New Zealand marketplace.
  • The new offering is the first venture for the company outside the yogurt category.
  • Straight Up comes in 125 gram and 250 grams “squeezers.”
  • It’s described as “made just the way sour cream should be, thick n’ creamy, no gelatin, no bull!”
  • The pouches are made from soft plastics and are recyclable with like material in New Zealand.

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the August 5, 2022, blgo titled, "Navigating Consumer Perceptions of Plant-Based: and how dairy processors can use this knowledge for future innovation."

  • PREMIUM DAIRY DIPS FROM DOWN UNDER (posted August 2, 2022)
  • Cantire Foods is bringing its new Chris’ Heritage Dips to the U.S.
  • The dips come in four varieties in 6-ounce reusable terracotta pots.
  • Each variety contains a separate packet for the consumer to sprinkle on top of the dip prior to serving.
  • Blue Cheese, Fig & Pistachio with pistachio chips; Vintage Cheddar & Caramelized Onion with black pepper; and Vintage Cheddar & Jalapeno with chili flakes have milk and cream as the first and second ingredient.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 100 calories, 9 to 10 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.
  • Goat Cheese & Black Truffle with black pepper is made with cows milk, goat milk and cream.
  • A 2-tablespoon serving contains 90 calories, 8 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • NEW CONCEPT IN PLANT-BASED DAIRY DIPS (posted July 25, 2022)
  • Fresh Innovations introduces Yo Quiero! Avocado Cream Cheese Dip.
  • The new refrigerated dip line comes in four flavors: Avocado Bacon, Ranch and Cheddar; Avocado Jalapeno Popper; Avocado Spinach Artichoke; and Avocado Spinach Bacon.
  • According to Yo Quiero!, 70% of millennials say they prefer to eat more small snacks rather than fewer large meals.
  • “The past 36 months have seen a shift in snacking trends,” says Jay Alley, co-owner and vice president of sales. “For instance, with people working from home, more are snacking and eating smaller meals rather than eating large meals. While some changes have been seemingly temporary, others have shown more permanence, and studies show that 88% of people will continue their snacking patterns as the pandemic eases.”
  • As snacking continues to replace meals, there has been more consumer demand for filling, nutrient-dense snacks. Yo Quiero! found a way to meet that demand with a healthy dip that is packed full of flavor.
  • The dips contain 33% fewer calories, 33% less total fat, 29% less saturated fat and 33% less cholesterol than leading dairy dips, according to the company.
  • “We are taking our experience in avocado to disrupt the category by offering healthier snacking solutions to our customers,” says Alley. “Avocado is the first ingredient in each of our four dips.”
  • Tara Murray, vice president of marketing. Says, “As consumers expand their interest in better-for-you snacking options, avocado consumption is growing at a record pace. Over the past 20 years, avocados have been on an upward trajectory. Americans now eat 8.5 pounds per person per year, up 278% since 2000. Avocados are naturally nutrient-rich, and the array of vitamins and minerals they contain are not often found together in one place.”
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ON-TREND REFRIGERATED DAIRY DIPS (posted July 18, 2022)
  • Fresh Cravings rolls out two veggie-centric dips.
  • As an elevated take on traditional recipes, these thoughtfully crafted dips provide unique flavor experiences and are packed with whole food ingredients and zesty spices.
  • Kale Artichoke comes in an 8-ounce tub. It is a combination of vegetables and cheese, packed with hearty kale, and diced, roasted whole artichokes.
  • The Poblano Street Corn comes in a 10-ounce tub. It is made from poblano peppers, roasted corn, cotija cheese, lime and spices.
  • “As we continue our mission to elevate snacking and bring people together to ‘Crave Goodness,’ our goal is to offer unique flavors that can be enjoyed alongside loved ones,” says Jay Whitney, chief marketing officer of FoodStory Brands. “In addition to the distinctive flavors these new products provide, our expansion into dairy-based dips reflects our commitment to provide snack-lovers with thoughtfully curated recipes and affordably priced products.”
  • The dips are launching nationwide at Kroger-owned stores.

  • Bel Brands USA is giving its Price’s line of pimiento cheese a makeover and adding new flavors.
  • The makeover is actually a return to its original “look,” because everything old is new again.
  • The new varieties are Bacon, Buffalo-style and Sweet Tangy. Rich & Savory was formerly known as Southern Style.
  • Made with real cheddar cheese and mayonnaise, pimiento cheese dips have become popular with keto dieters. Whey is also included in formulation.

  • MEATY CHEESE DIPS (posted June 20, 2022)
  • Aldi introduces Park Street Deli Meat-based Dairy Dips.
  • Cream cheese, sour cream and whey protein concentrate are all part of the formulation.
  • The Gyro Style Dip is made with beef and feta cheese.
  • The Reuben Style Dip is made with cured beef and sauerkraut.
  • The dips come in 12-ounce containers and sell for $3.99.
  • One 2-tablespoon serving contains 70 calories, 6 grams of fat and 2-3 grams of protein.

  • LIGHTER, SMOOTHER COTTAGE CHEESE (posted June 15, 2022)
  • HP Hood introduces Hood Whipped Cottage Cheese.
  • The Boston-based dairy processor’s latest addition to the cottage cheese category is made from milk, cream, whey protein concentrate and whey, among other ingredients.
  • This smooth, creamy version is basically a blended version of curds and whey.
  • It comes in 16-ounce tubs.
  • One half-cup serving provides 120 calories, 5 grams of fat, 13 grams of protein and no added sugars.
  • The product is marketed as a snack, dip, topping and spread.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • CREAM-CHEESE BASED SWEET DIP (posted June 7, 2022)
  • Reser’s Fine Foods introduces Stonemill Kitchens Dessert Dip, joining the brand’s savory dairy-based dips.
  • The cream cheese-based dip line is making its debut in Churro Cheesecake.
  • The dip comes in 10-ounce containers, with a 2-tablespoon serving (30 grams) containing 90 calories, 6 grams of fat, 6 grams of sugar (5 grams are added sugars) and 1 gram of protein.

  • BOLDLY FLAVORED SOUR CREAMS (posted May 24, 2022)
  • Litehouse Inc., a 100% employee-owned company and the No. 1 refrigerated salad dressing brand in the U.S., is rolling out a new line of thick and creamy Litehouse Dips & Spreads.
  • The new line features bold flavors for every dip-worthy occasion, including the very popular “snack time.”
  • Industry data shows that 69% of consumers use sour cream-based and creamy-based dips as snacks, according to 2021 Ibotta Insights survey.
  • These insights, combined with flavor trends and strong sales for Litehouse dressing flavors, led to the development of the new line of flavor-forward dips and spreads.
  • The new dips and spreads are an evolution of Litehouse’s popular 15-ounce Veggie Dips line.
  • Developed to satisfy consumers’ evolving palettes, the new dips and spreads feature cleaner ingredient labels, bolder flavors and better taste.
  • Additionally, the packaging has been refreshed with new 12-ounce tubs featuring vibrant visuals that pop on-shelf and demonstrate product versatility.
  • “We are continually innovating to keep pace with flavor trends and consumer preferences,” says Krystle Turnball, brand manager. “Our new dips and spreads enhance everyday meals and snacks, including expanded use cases like pizza, wings and sandwiches.”
  • Varieties are: Avocado Ranch, Dilly, Homestyle Ranch, Southwest Ranch and Spinach Parmesan.
  • The suggested retail price is $3.99.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • GREEK YOGURT GETS SAVORY (posted May 10, 2022)
  • La Terra Fina introduces Tzatziki with Feta Dip & Spread, where feta cheese comes together with cucumbers in a Greek yogurt base.
  • Perfectly balanced with a smooth and creamy texture, the feta adds a delicately tangy, slightly salty flavor to the freshness of this dip.
  • With its thick texture, it is versatile enough to be used as a sandwich spread and in recipes.
  • La Terra Fina uses no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
  • Appealing to consumer demand, the new flavor is keto-friendly, gluten-free, and the dairy used to make it comes from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones.
  • The new product comes in 10-ounce tubs made with 100% recyclable #1 PET plastic.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • For more information on this product, link HERE to the April 29, 2022, blog titled "Protein: The Rate of Change is Accelerating, Get on Board!"


YogiBalls markets Pariva yogurt bites.

Similar to labneh, a popular Mediterranean and Middle Eastern yogurt spread that is often topped with olive oil, Pariva yogurt bites are crafted by straining whole cow’s milk yogurt before being formed into opalescent bites and then immersed in heart-healthy oils with herbs and spices where they subtly absorb the mélange of flavors in the jar while allowing the tanginess of the yogurt to shine through.

The original offering--Garlic & Rosemary—is now joined by new Tandoori and Za’atar varieties.

Tandoori features a blend of paprika, cumin, cardamon and ginger.

Za’atar is a mixture of toasted sesame seeds, sumac, thyme, marjoram and oregano.

There are many ways to enjoy this creamy, spreadable yogurt snack: served on toast or crackers, as a salad garnish or simply as a healthy snack. Like cheese, you can serve Pariva yogurt bites as part of a grazing board or as an elegant hors d’oeuvre.

“As consumers are increasingly concerned about what they put in their bodies, we’re delighted to offer a product that not only tastes good, but does not compromise on its ingredients,” says Manjarrie Saha, founder. “While yogurt is rich in protein and full of probiotics that fight off ‘bad bacteria’ and help maintain a healthy digestive system, both extra virgin olive oil and sunflower oil reduce inflammation in the digestive system. Thanks to its healthy fat content, extra virgin olive oil not only heal one’s gut, but enhances the digestive tract’s nutrient absorption.”

For more information, link HERE.

LABNEH YOGURT CHEESE SPREADS (posted April 13, 2022)

Picnic Gourmet Spreads is expanding distribution of its namesake product.

This specialty spread line was created by spouses Brady Marz and Heather O’Donovan almost a decade ago and is now expanding distribution into North-East Costco stores and mainstream retail grocers along the East Coast and they are ready to go national.

The product uses a base of labne, which is a fresh cheese made from strained yogurt that is rich in probiotics and active cultures. Herbs and spices are added.

Varieties are: Chipotle Sage, Herbed Goat Cheese, Moroccan Cilantro, Tandoori Garlic and Parmesan.

Picnic Gourmet Spreads are all-natural, low in sodium and sugar, gluten free, vegetarian and keto friendly.

An 8-ounce container sells for $5.99 to $6.99.

For more information, link HERE.


Karoun Dairies is rolling out Parmalat Jocoque Seco premium dips in three varieties.

The thick and creamy spreads and dips are made with rBST-free Real California Milk.

Jocoque Seco is a healthier alternative to dips, mayonnaise, cream and cream cheese, according to the company.

They are versatile enough for use in breakfast, lunch or dinner, as they are perfect as a topping for a tostada or simply as a dip with chips.

The three varieties are: Chipotle, Jalapeno Cheddar and Natural.

For more information, link HERE.

SNACK-SIZED COTTAGE CHEESE (posted March 28, 2022)

Prairie Farms now offers Cottage Cheese Snack Cups.

The small-batch, made with local milk cottage cheese comes in seven varieties in 5-ounce single-serve cups.

There are two unseasoned options: Plain Small Curd and Plain Low Fat.

The three fruity options are Peach, Pineapple and Strawberry.

There are also two savory varieties: Garden Vegetable and Zesty Fresh.

Garden Vegetable includes a seasoning made of beets, carrots, celery, garlic, onions, parsley and tomatoes.

Zesty Fresh’s seasoning is complex and includes dehydrated black beans, bell peppers, cilantro, cheese, garlic, jalapeno, lime, onions, and tomatoes.

Each 5-ounce cup contains 12 to 14 grams of protein.

For more information, link HERE.

To read more about this product, link HERE to the March 25, 2022, blog titled "Cultured Dairy Disruptors."

To read more about this product, link HERE to the March 25, 2022, blog titled "Cultured Dairy Disruptors."


Springfield Creamery is rolling out Nancy’s Garlic & Herb Organic Cream Cheese, among other new items.

The newest addition to Nancy’s lineup is made with organic milk from Northwest farms and real organic garlic and herbs.

It is the only cream cheese brand in the U.S. with billions of live probiotics in every serving, according to the company.

The addition of organic sunflower oil, which is low in saturated fat and high in essential fatty acids, helps keep this flavorful topping smooth and spreadable.

The new spread joins the original variety. Both are USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified.

The folks at Springfield Creamery in Eugene, Oregon, have a history of making history. They were the first to put Lactobacillus acidophilus in their flagship Nancy’s Yogurt back in 1970. When the family business found itself on shaky ground, the Grateful Dead rolled into town to save the creamery with a benefit concert (50 years ago this year!).

Other new products coming out this year include Grass-Fed Organic Whole Milk Yogurt and Strawberry Hibiscus Oatmilk Yogurt.

For more information, link HERE.

COTTAGE CHEESE WITH EVERYTHING (posted February 21, 2022)

HP Hood in rolling out Hood Cottage Cheese with Everything Bagel Seasoning to New England and New York.

The seasoning blend includes onion, garlic, flaxseed and poppyseed for the perfect “everything” flavor in every bite.

The new limited-edition product comes in a 16-ounce tub and has a suggested retail price of $3.59 to $3.79.

Packed with 13 grams of protein per serving and no added sugar, Hood Cottage Cheese with Everything Bagel Seasoning makes for a great snack, ingredient, spread, topping or dip.

For more information, link HERE.

CREAM CHEESE GETS POUCHED (posted January 24, 2022)

Kroger now offers Squeezable Cream Cheese.

Flexible film pouches are becoming more common with spreads and condiments. This is a first in cream cheese.

The reclosable pouch pack contains 10.5-ounces of Kroger’s original cream cheese. This is considered 10 servings.

One serving contains 80 calories, 8 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.

The suggested retail price is $3.99.

For more information, link HERE.

SOUR CREAM THAT FLOWS (posted January 19, 2022)

Kemps now offers Mexican Style Sour Cream.

The company starts with its traditional sour cream, which is simply cultured cream, and then through creative use of tapioca starch and tara gum, produces a product that can be poured or drizzled as a topping.

It is thinner than sour cream, yet thicker than authentic crème. It’s not flavored or spicy.

A 2-tablespoon serving has the same nutritional content as regular sour cream: 60 calories, 5 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.

For more information, link HERE.

SAVORY WHIPPED CREAM CHEESE (posted December 15, 2021)

Kraft Heinz grows its Philadelphia Cream Cheese brand with Buffalo Style Whipped Cream Cheese Spread in 7.5-ounce tubs.

Other new savory whipped flavors are Chive, Garlic & Herb and Roasted Red Pepper.

They join Original and Mixed Berry.

Whipped cream cheese has a light and fluffy texture that is perfect for spreading on bagels and dipping right out of the container for a snack.

The Buffalo Style variety is made with milk, cream and cayenne pepper puree and contains no artificial preservatives, flavors or dyes.

A 2-tablespoon serving contains 45 calories, 3 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.

FESTIVE DESSERT CHEESE (posted December 13, 2021)

Whole Foods is offering limited-edition Cherry au Chocolat Cheese Ball.

Sold frozen, but intended for serving at refrigerated temperature, the 7-ounce “locally made” cheese ball was found at the Whole Foods Midtown Manhattan.

Cream cheese is the first ingredient.

It gets blended with mascarpone and other ingredients and rolled in dark chocolate chips and cherries.

CREAM CHEESE WITH KICK (posted November 29, 2021)

Aldi introduces Park Street Deli spicy cream cheese spreads for the holidays.

The 11-ounce clear plastic tubs are a layer of spreadable cream cheese topped with either Pineapple Habanero sauce or Sweet Chili sauce.

The seasonal product sells for $3.99.


Global dairy group Parmalat introduces an innovative cream spread set to carve out a new category in the Hispanic U.S. dairy market.

Nata Crema para Desayuno (Nata Breakfast Cream) is a naturally sweet clotted cream made with real California whole milk.

Popular in Mexico and Latin America, the spread can be used on toast topped with honey, put a spoonful on fruit, or mix it into a dessert.

Parmalat Nata is certified kosher and halal and made with rBST-free fresh California whole milk.

It is now available at select grocery retailers in Southern California and Chicago.

A 12-ounce tub has a suggested retail price of $3.99.

A 2-tablesploon serving contains 100 calories and 10 grams of fat.

The ingredient statement reads: Pasteurized Grade A Cream and Milk, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Nisin and Potassium Sorbate (to maintain freshness).

Parmalat’s latest innovation comes as the brand’s controlling group, Lactalis, is experiencing robust growth. The product is produced by Karoun Dairies, which was acquired by Lactalis Group in 2017.

For more information, link HERE.

A VERY DIFFERENT TYPE OF DAIRY DIP (posted October 7, 2021)

Trader Joe’s introduces Pumpkin 4 Cheese Greek Style Yogurt Dip.

Some folks feel that Trader Joe’s has taken the pumpkin spice season too far with its new limited-time-offering that is described as “a savory pumpkin dip with shredded Monterey Jack and sharp cheddar cheeses, cream cheese and parmesan cheese.” This is blended into a Greek-style yogurt base enhanced with milk protein concentrate and contains a very bold pumpkin spice blend.

Directions say to heat it in the microwave for 20 seconds and then stir before serving.

A 2-tablespoon serving contains 60 calories, 4 grams of fat and 3 grams of protein.

The perishable product must be kept refrigerated and used within three days after opening.

The 9-ounce container sells for $3.69.

ANIMAL-FREE DAIRY CREAM CHEESE (posted October 4, 2021)

The Urgent Company introduces Modern Kitchen Animal-Free Cream Cheese.

This is the second product from the company. The first was Brave Robot Animal-Free Ice Cream, which debuted in 2020. Both are made with Perfect Day animal-free milk protein.

The spreads come in three chef-inspired flavors—Harissa Pepper, Spring Onion + Chive, and Strawberry—and are naturally lactose free, hormone free and cholesterol free.

“By applying science and technology, we’re able to make better versions of the same dairy products consumers love,” says Paul Kollesoff, co-founder and general manager at The Urgent Company. “And, of course, it’s more sustainable than other options on the market because that’s just what we do.”

The animal-free cream base is made of water, coconut oil and non-animal whey protein. It is stabilized with non-GMO modified potato starch and non-GMO modified corn starch and fortified with potato protein.

The spreads come in 8-ounce tubs and carry the descriptor: Made from plants and flora.

There’s also the disclaimer: Contains milk allergen.

For more information, link HERE.

TUMMY-FRIENDLY COTTAGE CHEESE (posted August 19, 2021)

Good Culture introduces Lactose-Free Cottage Cheese.

Good Culture, a B-corp-certified, clean-label cultured foods brand that helped revolutionize cottage cheese for the modern age, continues to deliver disruptive innovation with the debut of Lactose-Free Cottage Cheese.

Made with simple ingredients, including gut-friendly live and active cultures as well as pasture-raised milk sourced from small family farms in the Midwest, the new thick and creamy cottage cheese boasts 14 grams of protein per serving.

Lactase enzyme breaks down milk’s inherent sugar—lactose—to make the cottage cheese available to those with lactose intolerance or sensitivity.

The product comes in 15-ounce tubs and has a suggested retail price of $3.49.

“We are excited to drive continued expansion with more convenient pack formats and lactose-free options at leading retailers,” says Jesse Merrill, chief executive officer and co-founder of Good Culture. “We are thrilled to make Good Culture accessible to lactose-sensitive folks looking for a clean, nutrient-dense and delicious experience.”

Good Culture’s latest innovation comes as the brand is experiencing robust growth in the cottage cheese category. Good Culture’s growth was 54.6% in multi-outlet channels, according to SPINS data for the 52 weeks ending July 11, 2021, as compared to a year ago.

For more information, link HERE.

MESS-FREE SOUR CREAM (posted August 16, 2021)

Westby Cooperative Creamery is rolling out all-natural Squeezable Sour Cream in flexible pouches.

“Consumer needs and preferences are ever changing, and this new product--sour cream in a pouch--addresses two key trends: convenience and cleanliness,” says Emily Bialkowski, creamery sales and marketing manager. “Dispensing sour cream in a pouch eliminates the need for utensils, such as a spoon, and that means less clean-up for consumers. Additionally, pouches are fully enclosed, meaning your household chef won’t have to leave an open container of sour cream sitting out potentially collecting bacteria.

“This project also provides another layer of security for our farmers, who need a consistent place to send their milk,” she says. “When demand is high for the products we make, farmers can be assured 100% of their milk is used by the Creamery.”

The project began in 2018 when the Creamery sought new ways to increase its sour cream sales. The squeezable sour cream pouch checked all of the necessary boxes. Not only will it drive sales, it also allows the Creamery to compete with other well-known brands.

The Creamery expects to increase sour cream sales by three million pounds annually and, as a result, four jobs will be added.

Considerable time and energy has gone into bringing this 14-ounce pouch to life. To start, the Creamery purchased a filler for packaging the pouches, and the plant had to undergo renovations to ensure production could run smoothly.

“Innovation is crucial to remain relevant in the food industry, especially for a small dairy cooperative like Westby Creamery. We have to be willing to try new products and techniques,” says Ryan O’Donnell, plant manager. “It’s what will keep us around for many years.”

Westby Cooperative Creamery dairy products are widely distributed in the Upper Midwest.

For more information, link HERE.


Aldi introduces seasonal Park Street Deli Feta Dips to the U.S. market.

They start with a blend of feta cheese, Neufchatel cheese and Greek yogurt.

The news dips come in two varieties--Lemon & Herb and Spicy Pepper—in 8-ounce containers.

A 2-tablespoon serving contains 80 calories, 7 grams of fat and 3 grams of protein.

DIPS THAT SCREAM FALL FOOTBALL (posted August 3, 2021)

Ventura Foods introduces Dean’s Dairy Dip Sports Bar Favorites.

The new 12-ounce refrigerated dips have skim milk and whey as the first two ingredients. Sour cream is also part of the formulation.

The dips come in four varieties. They are: Classic Pepperoni Pizza, Crispy Deep Fried Pickle (seasoned with ranch and a hint of horseradish), Spicy Nashville Hot (charged with cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, brown sugar and a bit of garlic) and Tangy Buffalo Wing. The latter gains its authentic taste with the inclusion of chicken and chicken fat along with ranch.

A 2-tablespoon serving contains 50 to 60 calories, 4.5 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.

For more information, link HERE.


Vermont Creamery, known for its consciously crafted line of fresh and aged goat cheeses, cultured butter and culinary creams, announced it will be rolling out the brand’s first Cultured Sour Cream in September.

Two distinct, nuanced flavors sit alongside a crème-style classic sour cream to establish a new industry standard for discriminating palates.

“The last 15 months generated consumer demand for new taste experiences and the desire to shake things up from the norm,” says Adeline Druart, president. “Our cultured sour reinvents a beloved staple into a more luxurious offering, setting the new high bar for a rich and velvety sour cream experience. With 22% milkfat--as compared to 18% in regular sour cream--and the same blend of cultures as our award-winning crème fraîche, Vermont Creamery has once again delivered on its promise to make dairy that tastes better because it’s made better.”

The culinary team at Vermont Creamery was intent on developing flavors that would elevate consumers’ experience beyond a mellow dip, leaning into robust condiments and high-quality standalone ingredients to fill the gap.

Taking inspiration from slow smoking, charcoal cookery and fire roasting with different woods and preparations, they developed hundreds of flavor concepts before narrowing the field. The team tested the best concepts on a variety of foods and selected two finalists.

The new flavors, designed around complementing Latin-inspired food and potatoes, cover a combined 70% of sour cream usage occasions.

Cilantro Lime is an ideal pairing for spicy dishes, delivering a cool and refreshing counterpoint to the heat in tacos, chili and cheesy quesadillas with hot sauce. It may be used as a topping or as a base to build a dipping sidekick for favorite dishes.

Fire Roasted Onion & Chive embodies a savory sweetness with smokey and roasted notes that is the perfect complement to loaded potatoes, crinkle chips, chilis and stews.

Not to be outdone, the Crème-style Classic is anything but plain, with a rich, velvety texture, cultured notes and just the right amount of tang for pairing with traditional favorites.

Vermont Creamery’s Cultured Sour Cream will first launch in the Northeast where the premium sour cream category is experiencing strong growth, and growing nearly three times the rate of non-premium.

The launch program will include social media initiatives to drive awareness with videos, influencer seeding and a virtual tasting event, in addition to in-store displays and post engagement programs.

“Premium food is on trend because consumers want to eat something they believe in,” says Kate Paine, director of marketing. “We feel these next generation, ‘2.0 flavors’ are approachable, but elevated and have no competition in today’s marketplace. Our sour cream, obsessively created with heart and soul, using simple ingredients, time and craftsmanship, gives people the opportunity to finally love a sour cream worth loving.”

For more information, link HERE.


Crystal Farms, a brand of Michael Foods, which is owned by Post Holdings, markets David’s Deli Triple Cream Cheese Spread.

Introduced in late 2020, the product has been challenging to find, but is available in limited select markets.

The 8-ounce container comes in six premium offerings.

They are Blueberry Lemon Zest, Everything (pepper, garlic, onion, poppy seeds and salt), Olive and Rosemary, Onion and Chive, Plain, and Strawberry and Cream.

The extra-rich spread contains 100 calories and 9 grams of fat per two-tablespoon serving. Traditional cream cheese spread is about 80 calories and 7 grams of fat. 


Duke Brands Foods introduces Taste of the South Fried Pickle and Ranch Dip.

Sour cream and cream cheese are the first two ingredients in this dip that first debuted in Sam’s Club last year in 24-ounce tubs. Now it’s available at Walmart in 12-ounce containers.

The dip is loaded with chopped dill pickles, and even some bread crumbs, to simulate the taste of real fried pickles.

A 2-tablespoon serving contains 50 calories, 4 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.

Other Southern dips awaiting distribution include Sweet Heat BBQ Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie.

For more information, link HERE.


Birdie’s is expanding distribution of its small-batch Pimento Cheese.

Pimento cheese is just as welcome at a wedding shower as it is at a tailgate in the South, according to Robin and Glenn, otherwise known as Birdie and Bubba, who developed the spreads and own the company.

Familiar and unique at the same time, Birdie’s Pimento Cheese first debuted in 2014 at farmers markets, festivals and local groceries.

Product is currently distributed primarily in the company’s home state of Virginia and neighboring North Carolina, but is ready to ship throughout the country.

Birdie’s Pimento Cheese comes in six varieties, two of which are seasoning offerings.

Classic is traditional pimento cheese (shredded cheddar, diced pimento peppers, mayonnaise and seasonings) with a touch of vinegar and a slight sweetness.

Cream Cheese + Black Pepper is a seasonal flavor that includes tangy cream cheese with a black pepper bite.

Garlic Parmesan is Classic with the distinct flavors of garlic and parmesan.

Jalapeno is Classic with local peppers, giving it some fresh heat.

Olive is a seasonal flavor where the saltiness of olives stands out against the sharp cheddar cheese.

Smoked Gouda + Roasted Red Pepper has a mellow, smoked flavor with a bit of sweetness.

For more information, link HERE.


Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Lakeview Farms introduced Rojo’s Cantina Dips.

The refrigerated dips come in three authentic Mexican flavor combinations in microwaveable 10-ounce containers.

Chicken Enchilada Verde Dip contains diced chicken, Neufchatel cheese, sour cream, tomatillos, cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses, jalapeños, green chiles and spices.

Chicken Fajita Dip features diced chicken, cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses, roasted red peppers, green bell peppers and spices.

Beef Taco Dip is made with chopped beef, cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, tomatoes and spices.

One 2-tablespoon serving contains 60 calories and 3 grams of protein.

“Protein-inspired dips have become increasingly popular with consumers,” says Eloise Cabral, director of marketing for the Rojo’s brand. “Inspired by favorite Mexican dishes, Rojo’s Cantina Dips are delicious hot or cold.”

For more information, link HERE.


Prairie Farms Dairy, a cooperative owned by more than 800 dairy farm families, is launching Small Batch Cream Cheese Spreads.

The refrigerated spreads are made with the co-operative’s award-winning Neufchatel cheese.

The 3.5-ounce right-size cups are available in six varieties. They are: Garden Veggie, Honey Vanilla, Onion & Chive, Plain, Sea Salt Caramel and Strawberry.

For more information, link HERE.


Lakeview Farms introduces Tribe Mezze Dips.

The new dips come in six varieties, with the most complex being the Mediterranean Layered Dip made with hummus, tzatziki, red peppers and herbs.

There’s also Original Style Tzatziki made with Greek yogurt, cucumber and dill.

The three feta-based dips are: Red Pepper, Roasted Garlic and Spicy Tomato.

“The Mediterranean Diet continues to rank as the best overall diet amongst consumers and experts,” says Nate Everett, brand manager. “Our Mezze dip line was developed in response to increasing consumer demand for the Mediterranean style of eating and features an authentic and flavorful variety of ready-to-serve refrigerated deli dips and spreads.”

Tribe Mezze Dips are Kosher certified with no artificial preservatives and they are gluten-free.

The 8-ounce dips have a suggested retail price of $4.99 to $5.99.

For more information, link HERE.


Mondel?z International introduces special-edition Philadelphia Cadbury Dairy Milk Marble Cream Cheese.

The new limited-time offering contains Cadbury Dairy Milk milk chocolate and chocolate hazelnut flavored cream cheese spread swirled with cream cheese.

It comes in 230-gram tubs and can be used as a spread or in dessert making.


Daisy Brand enters the single-serve cottage cheese category.

Plain low-fat and 4% milkfat varieties come in 5.3-ounce containers and are sold in packs of two.

The three 4% milkfat fruited offerings—Blueberry, Pineapple and Strawberry—also come in 5.3-ounce containers, which include a dome top of 1.5-ounces of real fruit compote.

Like the company’s original cottage cheese lineup, these portion-control cups include cottage cheese made with three simple ingredients: cultured skim milk, cream and salt.

The “real fruit” is emphasized in the marketing platform.

The all-natural fruit preparation is lightly sweetened with cane sugar.

The fruited varieties contain 140 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 10 grams of sugar (including 4 grams of added sugars) and 12 grams of protein.

For more information, link HERE.


Aldi introduces private-label Park Street Deli Mushroom Medley Simmer Sauce.

Sour cream is the first ingredient in this new cooking sauce, with parmesan and asiago also dominant ingredients.

Sold in 22-ounce plastic tubs in the refrigerated section, the sauce is fully cooked. It may be poured over pasta or add chicken for further cooking.

One serving is a one-fourth cup, with the tub containing about 10 servings.

One serving contains 110 calories, 9 grams of fat, 2 grams of total sugar (none are “added sugars”) and 3 grams of protein, making this a keto-friendly product, especially if consumed as soup.

GREEK YOGURT-BASED DRESSINGS (posted February 25, 2021)

Litehouse Inc., is rolling out Purely Balanced refrigerated salad dressings.

The thick and creamy dressings are only 45 calories per serving and are gluten free, have zero grams of added sugar and do not contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners.

The dressings come in 9-ounce plastic squeeze bottles in five flavors. They are: Basil Lemon, Cilantro Lime, Garden Ranch, Garlic Caesar and Tzatziki Ranch.

The suggested retail price is $3.49.

For more information, link HERE.


Knott’s Foods introduces Knott Yo Grandma’s Pimento Cheese into two varieties: Original and Jalapeno.

The clean-label cheese spreads are made with simple ingredients--shredded cheddar cheese, cream cheese and mayonnaise--just grandma would use.

They contain no preservatives and are gluten free.

“Knott Yo Grandma’s Pimento Cheese is more than a sandwich spread. It provides today’s families with the simple goodness they enjoyed at their grandmother’s table with ingredients they can feel good about eating,” says Josh Knott, president. “We see people enjoying it as a burger topper, adding zest to vegetable trays and using it as a dip for parties.”

A 12-ounce tub has a suggested retail price of $5.99.

A family-owned and operated business since 1947, Knotts Foods Inc., began in the kitchen of Cedric and Mildred Knott in Paris, Tennessee. Currently, the third generation of the Knott’s family is at the helm, leading the West Tennessee team in the mission of exceeding customer expectations by providing the best product on the market.

For more information, link HERE.


Good Foods rolls out new dip flavor with a rebrand.

The new packaging follows the lead of the refreshed guacamole line and plant-based dips with a new illustrative design.

Good Foods’ dairy dip line now consists of three flavors: Feta Cucumber, Creamy Ranch and the newest addition to the line, Spinach Artichoke Parmesan.

Used as an appetizer or in recipes like stuffed chicken and scalloped potatoes, the Spinach Artichoke Parmesan dip is available just in time for the holidays.

“Adding an additional dip to our dairy line and refreshing the packaging to be more on trend and cohesive with our brand has been no small task,” says Danyel O'Connor, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Through our work with an outside agency, focus groups and surveys, we knew this transition was the right move for our brand and we’re so excited to complete the design refresh of all our dips.”

Good Foods made the decision to switch from photography-focused packaging to a more illustration-focused design as research revealed consumers found that to be more reflective of the fresh and natural product.

For more information, link HERE.

HEATING UP THE DAIRY DEPARTMENT (posted November 24, 2020)

Borden Dairy introduces Borden Creamy Salsa, a line of refrigerated dips that combine fresh salsa flavors with real light sour cream.

The dips come in three flavors: Fire Roasted, Hot Creamy and Mild Creamy.

They come in 12-ounce containers and have a suggested retail price of $2.99 to $3.49.

Each container provides about 12 2-tablespoon servings, with one serving containing 25 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.

“Borden Creamy Salsa is a truly unique product offering, with no other salsa/sour cream combination currently offered on a wide scale,” says Mike Arsenault, national sales and marketing director. “With Borden Creamy Salsa, you get a fresh, delicious, one-of-a-kind snack your family will love along with the trusted name of Borden.”

For more information, link HERE.


Cedarlane introduces line of premium refrigerated dips.

The new 10-ounce containers come in four varieties and feature either chicken or beef, along with varied dairy ingredients, including butter milk, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese and sour cream.

Varieties are: Beefy Cheese Dip, Chicken Enchilada, Chicken with Buffalo, and Ranch Chicken.

The line is exclusive to Walmart and sells for $4.58.

The dips are best served warm and can be microwaved in their container.

A 2-tablespoon serving averages 80 calories.

LIMITED-EDITION GREEK YOGURT DIP (posted October 28, 2020)

Aldi introduces Park Street Deli Everything Bagel Dip.

The private-label retailers’ newest refrigerated condiment starts with a Greek yogurt base, and includes “everything” you would find on an “everything bagel.” That would be sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic and onion.

The dip debuted on October 21 in 8-ounce tubs, which sell for $3.29.

A 2-tablespoon serving contains 70 calories, 6 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.


Dairy Farmers of America expands Kemps brand flavored-cottage cheese into family-size containers, encouraging consumption during pandemic.

This marks the first time the brand has offered flavored cottage cheese in multi-serve containers.

The 15-ounce containers come in four flavors, two sweet and two savory.

They are: Cucumber Dill, Garlic Parmesan, Peach and Pineapple.

A half-cup serving contains 110 to 120 calories, 4 to 5 grams of fat and 11 to 13 grams of protein, depending on flavor.

The brand provides usage suggestions for newbie home cooks.

Garlic Parmesan, for example, may be used as a topper or a dip. It also is perfect for homemade lasagna.

For more information, link HERE.

AUTHENTIC STREET FARE (posted August 31, 2020)

Lakeview Farms is rolling out Rojo’s Mexican Style Street Corn Dip to its lineup of restaurant and homestyle salsas and dips.

Made with a blend of yellow corn, roasted corn, green chilis, cheddar and cotija cheeses, Rojo’s newest dip comes in a 12-ounce microwaveable container and has no artificial flavors or preservatives.

Rojo’s Mexican Street Corn Dip will be available in refrigerated dairy and deli cases at grocery stores nationwide beginning in September.


Aliments Morehouse Canada introduces Le Grec Dips to the North American marketplace, joining the brands line of refrigerated dressings.

Based in Montreal, the chef-inspired dips and dressings are named after a famous restaurant in Trois-Rivières.

The dips comes in 280-gram tubs and are made with Greek yogurt produced from ultra-filtered milk.

The four varieties are: Garlic & Parmesan, Homestyle, Original and Ranch.

For more information, link HERE.


Hall’s Beer Cheese takes its restaurant’s famous Benedictine Spread to retail.

The Hall’s Benedictine Spread became available on May 27, 2020, at Liquor Barn retailers across Kentucky. The product is also available online.

The Benedictine Spread features a cream cheese and mayo base with crisp cucumber flavor that pairs with a range of accompaniments, from crackers to bagels.

The company is best known for Hall’s Beer Cheese, the original beer cheese that debuted in 1930s, and since now includes a hot version added. It’s made with Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese.

“We wanted to bring back an old southern favorite which meets the elevated palates of today’s consumers who appreciate fresh and diverse flavors and textures,” Kit Crase, owner. “Our success with the Hot and Original Beer Cheese is a tough act to follow so we wanted to make sure we got this one right. The feedback has been tremendous on the Benedictine and we are excited that consumers can now try it for themselves.”

For more information, link HERE.


Kemps introduces Bold Cottage Cheese.

The new product line is targeted to the male consumer looking for protein without sugar and is interested in strong, bold flavors.

Bold Cottage Cheese comes in 7.3-ounce single-serve cups, much larger than most single-serve cups that range from 4 to 6 ounces.

The four varieties are: Bacon Cheddar (with real bacon bits and cheddar cheese), Bacon Ranch (with real cheddar cheese and zesty ranch seasoning), Chipotle (with tangy, smoky chipotle seasoning) and Jalapeno Cheddar (with real cheddar cheese and jalapeno pepper bits).

Each serving provides 210 to 230 calories, 9 to 10 grams of fat and 23 to 25 grams of protein.

Whey protein concentrate helps reach that protein content.

For more information, link HERE.

SPREADABLE FETA CHEESE (posted March 31, 2020)

Land O’Lakes is growing distribution of Philia across the U.S. (posted March 31, 2020)

Growing up in a Greek family, food was at the center of every social gathering for Philia founder Mike Rakes. When people got together, the house always felt livelier and the aroma of fresh Mediterranean herbs, spices and garlic filled the air.

Mike created spreadable feta cheese in 2009, when he needed an appetizer for a dinner party and couldn’t find anything he liked in the grocery store. He based his first spread on a recipe that’d been in his family for years, and his new creation quickly became a favorite with his friends.

He started selling Philia in local farmer’s markets in 2012, and launched in in local grocery stores two years later.

In 2017, Land O’Lakes acquired the company. The brand recently had a makeover and is now taking the spreads national.

The 7-ounce tubs come in four flavors: Dill and Garlic, Habanero Pepper, Roasted Red Pepper, and Rosemary and Basil.

Feta cheese is the first ingredient, followed by cream cheese.

For more information, link HERE.

DESSERT CHEESE SPREAD (posted March 19, 2020)

Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese introduces Chocolate Mascarpone.

Mascarpone is an Italian cream cheese produced through acidification of sweet cream to coagulate curd into a velvety texture.

Crave Brothers Farm is blending its award-winning mascarpone with chocolate Irish crème.

The alcohol-free flavor of classic Irish cream liqueur makes Chocolate Mascarpone suitable for chocolate fans of all ages.

For more information, link HERE.


Fage enters the source cream category with 8- and 16-ounce cup sizes.

The product is simply made with cultured cream and enzymes and is Non-GMO Project Verified.

A 2-tablespoon serving contains 60 calories, 5 grams of fat, 1 gram of carbohydrate (from inherent milk sugar), 1 gram of protein and a mere 15 milligrams of sodium, as the product contains no added salt.

For more information, link HERE.

SIMPLY MADE CREAM CHEESE SPREADS (posted February 5, 2020)

Tillamook introduces Farmstyle Cream Cheese Spreads.

The new line comes in four flavors, including the first Aged Cheddar Cream Cheese Spread, which is made with Tillamook’s sharp white cheddar.

The additional flavors are: Original, Seriously Strawberry and Very Veggie. The new spreads are made without gums, fillers, stabilizers or preservatives, offering a cleaner option that delivers on the taste of what cream cheese spread should actually taste like with fewer ingredients than most cream cheese and cream cheese spreads found on store shelves today, according to the company.

The spreads come in 7-ounce tubs and sell for about $3.99.

Initial distribution is in the Western half of the U.S.

To celebrate the new line, the farmer-owned cooperative is launching the first-ever Shmear Shop with Postmates on February 23. For one day only, in select markets, consumers can order the ultimate cream cheese and bagel kit to be delivered for free, straight to their doors.

For more information, link HERE.

GOAT CHEESE FOR DIPPING (posted January 22, 2020)

Vermont Creamery grows its goat cheese line with convenient dips.

“We have seen incredible growth in the goat cheese category over the past couple of years,” says Adeline Druart, president of Vermont Creamery. “Goat cheese can be used in so many ways, from cheeseboards to crumbled on a salad and as centerpieces on a party spread. Fostering the growing excitement for new usage occasions and flavors is our passion, and we saw an opportunity to add a fresh new offering to the cheese dip category by blending fresh, creamy goat cheese with unique flavors.”

Hitting stores this spring, Vermont Creamery’s new trio of Goat Cheese Dips are where bright, herby, vegetal flavors meet the mild freshness of creamy goat cheese, while boasting clean ingredient labels and sustainable packaging.

The dips come in 5-ounce tubs in three varieties: Classic, Garlic & Herb, and Red Pepper & Lemon.

For more information, link HERE.

SINGLE-SERVE COTTAGE CHEESE (posted January 6, 2020)

Hiland Dairy expands its convenience line with new cottage cheese products.

The new 5-ounce grab-and go cups come in seven varieties.

There are three sweet varieties: Peach, Pineapple and Strawberry.

There are two savory offerings: Garden Veggie and Zesty Fiesta.

There’s also two plain options: small curd made with 2% milkfat and 4% milkfat.

Each cup provides 12 to 14 grams of protein.

The suggested retail price is $1.29 to 1.39 each.

For more information, link HERE.

RANCH FLAVOR-FOCUSED DIPS (posted December 19, 2019)

Duke Brands and Hidden Valley Food Products introduce a line of refrigerated appetizer dips.

Made with real cream cheese, the dips make signature Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning the star.

The new hearty dips come in four varieties. They are: Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip, Buffalo Ranch Chicken Dip, Southwestern Ranch Bean and Cheese Dip, and ranch-seasoned Spinach Artichoke Dip.

The dips may be served hot or cold.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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


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."


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.