A sampling of the latest new consumer products includes single-malt Scotch, cider, brandy, chocolate, cracker chips, seafood and no more tears onion seasoning blends
For women looking for nutritious, low-calorie snacks with flavour, Montreal-based Danone has introduced the new Silhouette yogurt line. The line now doesn’t contain gelatin, aspartame, and artificial colours or flavours. The company also introduced Silhouette Greek yogurt. The high-protein snack (twice as much as regular stirred Danone yogurt) has 50 calories per 100-g serving and comes in five flavours. And it has no added sugar. It also comes in five flavours, such as: Vanilla Twist, Strawberry Kiss, Refreshing Apple, Tropical Delight, and Berry-licious.
GraceKennedy (Ontario) Inc., which is based in Toronto, has launched pulp-free, no-sugar added Coconut Water Cans. The beverage, which comes in a 310-mL can size, is high in potassium, offers six essential electrolytes, is gluten-free and it’s low in sodium. The company says after water, coconut water is the purest liquid. Grace Coconut Water is available at all major grocery stores across Canada and can be found in the international food aisle.
Consumers no longer have to shed a tear – when they’re peeling and chopping onions. McCormick Canada, which is based in London, Ont., has launched the new Club House One Step Onion Plus seasoning blend. The blend has notes of caramelized and toasted onions, and subtle flavours of leeks and chives. Onion Plus features a unique peel-back label that is filled with recipes, making it an easy shopping experience for that next home-cooked meal. The blend is found in most major grocery stores across Canada and retails for about $4.99. It’s kosher, and contains no trans fats, artificial colours or flavours.
Consumers can out-decorate any fancy bakery with the help of Cake Mate’s new cupcake icings from McCormick Canada. The three homemade-tasting buttercream flavours and rich chocolate flavour are simple to use with the can’s convenient nozzle and four decorating tips that are included under the cap. Consumers need only press the nozzle with a thumb or index finger to start the icing flow, no spreading or mixing is necessary. The four decorating tips include writing, ribbon, leaf and star shapes. The icings are dense, textured and can hold their shape. Besides the chocolate flavour, the buttercreams cupcake icings come in three pastel colours (sky blue, petal pink and cloud white flavours). Each 181-g can will ice about 12 standard cupcakes or 24 mini cupcakes. Each retails for about $4.99. The icing does not contain peanuts, tree nuts, soy, dairy, gluten or eggs.
Kelowna’s Tree Brewing of Kelowna, B.C. has added its popular Dukes Cider to its big cans lineup, which are 500-mL in size. The company launched Dukes in 2011 and today it’s one of the top-selling ciders in Canada. The cider is crisp, clean and refreshing with a subtle apple flavour and a dry finish. It’s also now available in a six-pack can format. Consumers can find the cans at liquor stores in B.C., Alberta and Ontario.
Brick Brewing Co., which is based in Kitchener, Ont., has launched Seagram 80 in flavours such as blood orange and black cherry. Seagram 80 is a naturally sweetened, 80-calorie vodka cooler. The company says it collaborated with Group Krisda Stevia.
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St-Rémy has unveiled its St-Rémy Extra Old Réserve Privée, a brandy with a distinct blend. The brandy is enhanced by an eau-de-vie that was aged for an additional 10 years by the cellar master in French oak barrels. The company says St-Rémy Extra Old Réserve Privée is a highly sophisticated blend with myriad dry fruits and spiced aromas. It has an intense gold amber colour. Its scent includes stone fruits, perfumes of oak vanilla wood, honey and gingerbread tones, and warm and intense notes of musk, leather and coffee. On the palate it has softness and roundness and becomes more intense. It exposes notes of nuts, hazelnuts, crystallized fig, and a wood and vanilla aroma. It finishes with flavours of honey, dry fruits and some distinctive spices.
Valor chocolate has made its debut into the Canadian market. The leading premium chocolate brand from Spain uses cocoa beans from plantations from around the world and does not use pre-processed cocoa paste. The premium chocolates come in 100-g and 150-g bars. The company says it uses the “from bean to bar” manufacturing process, whereby the company controls the complete production. The company also only uses whole pieces of Marcona almonds.
Canada’s first supergrain cracker chip is now on store shelves. Kitchener, Ont.-based Dare Foods Limited has just introduced Breton Popped! The supergrain cracker chip is air-popped into naturally flavourful, nutritious cracker chips, making it a healthy alternative to satisfy crunchy cravings. The super grains include quinoa, amaranth and millet. The crackers are also trans fat and cholesterol free, low in saturated fat and contain no artificial colours or flavours. Each 20-g serving (17 or 18 cracker chips) equals about 90 calories. Breton Popped! come in three flavours: barbecue, cheddar and sea salt. All three varieties are available in 100-g packages at major grocery and mass merchandise stores across Canada and retail for about $2.99. They also come in a 25-g size.
Ozery’s Pita Break Morning Rounds have a new look. The newly packaged Morning Rounds Toastable Fruit & Grain Breakfast Pitas now come in zip lock bags. At six rounds per 450-g package, each round is a source of fibre and iron. Flavours include: Muesli, Apple Cinnamon, Cranberry Orange, and Multi Grain. All four flavours are heart healthy, free of artificial preservatives, free of saturated and trans fats, kosher and vegan.
Texas Pete Hot Sauce from TW Garner Food Company of North Carolina is now available across Canada including Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic region. Texas Pete Original Hot Sauce comes in a 322-mL size, and the Original Hot Sauce, Garlic Hot Sauce and Hotter Hot Sauce comes in a 162-mL size. TW Garner distributes through Acosta Sales and Marketing Canada.
Popchips Inc. has launched its product in ketchup flavour. The new flavour debuted in Loblaw stores in February in 23-g and 85-g bags. The company says the flavour has a bold and sweet ketchup taste, with a hint of tang at the finish. Popchips have the flavour of potato chips but less than half the fat. They’re also low in calories, free of artificial colours and flavours and not greasy.
A.C. Covert, a distributor based in Dartmouth, N.S., has launched a brand of wild-caught seafood called Jail Island Seafood. The seafood meets strict product specifications and will be sourced from local fishers around the province, then branded and sold under Jail Island. The initial line up is expected to be hook and line caught halibut, haddock and swordfish, depending on what is in season and what meets the Jail Island specifications. The company says the brand is designed to deliver on five key promises: to be fresh, local, premium, traceable and responsible.
Flat Oven Bakery/Boulangerie Pain Plat from Weston Bakeries Limited has introduced a line of authentic ethnic bakery products under the same brand name. Flat Oven Bakery products include naan breads, soft and thin pitas, flatbreads, roti and wraps. The company says the naan breads are soft and buttery and come in Plain, Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, and Roasted Garlic and Parsley. The Barbari Flatbread is an age-old Persian staple, and the Chapati Roti have a light texture and are made with bran. The Soft Pita comes in Olive Oil, while the Thin Pita is Lebanese-style.
A new seafood solution has arrived on grocery store shelves. Clearwater Seafoods has launched the new garlic cream Scallops & Sauce. The product is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council and consists of garlic-cream enrobed scallops. The product is available on grocery store shelves and will roll out to more grocery chains across North America and restaurants throughout 2013. Clearwater garlic cream Scallops & Sauce come individually packed in eight-ounce portions for retail and six-ounce portions for foodservice with additional flavours to follow. The product is available under the Clearwater brand or can be customized for private label.
Alexander Keith’s has added a new line of ales to its family of brews that the company says pays homage to beer’s aromatic ingredient: the hop. Alexander Keith’s Cascade Hop Ale and Alexander Keith’s Hallertauer Hop Ale were available across Canada at pubs and retailers in early March. Hops, which provide bitterness, taste and aroma to beer, will be a key focus for Alexander Keith’s Hop Series. The company is also focusing on hop education with a national sampling program, a TV spot and in-bar sensory challenges. The Hop Ale is brewed with hops from the Cascade Mountain region os fhte Pacific Northwest U.S. The Hallertauer Hop Ale uses hops from the Hallertau region of Germany and has a more herbal, spicy note. The Hop Series will be available in a variety of different SKUs across the country including six-pack bottles, mixer 12-pack bottles and 473-mL cans.
This spring Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch will introduce an original single malt to Canada, the Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Rich Oak. The company says it’s the first single malt in history to be finished with both virgin American and virgin European oak casks. After spending 14 years maturing in Spanish oak and American bourbon casks, Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman used a pioneering combination of finishing casks exclusive to the distillery. Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Rich Oak features notes of vanilla sweetness followed by zesty fruit flavours and wood spice. Initial contact on the nose is rich, vibrant vanilla with spicy oak notes. Kinsman explains that the taste is very lively with a long, lingering finish that displays warming oak notes. Only 400 cases of the Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Rich Oak will be released to the LCBO in Ontario on April 29 and will retail for $59.95.