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Our latest sampling of new consumer product launches includes Greek yogurt, bread, snacks, beverages and more


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Healthy bread
Dempster’s Country Originals is a full line of breads containing no artificial preservatives, colours or flavours, and no high fructose corn syrup. Made with 100-per-cent Canadian wheat, the bread line, from Canada Bread, includes three varieties: white, 100-per-cent whole wheat, and 12 grain.

Protein-rich yogurt
Oikos Greek Yogurt from Danone Canada is a thick, creamy yogurt available in both organic fat-free and regular two-per-cent low-fat versions. Made with a straining method inspired by Greek tradition, the yogurt is rich, with a smooth texture and unique tangy taste, and double the amount of protein than regular yogurts. Each 175-g serving of Oikos contains between 13 and 17 g of protein. The yogurt is available in packs of four 100-g single-serve cups in blueberry, strawberry and honey flavours, and in 500-g tubs in plain and vanilla flavours.

Organic turkey
Yorkshire Valley Farms is expanding its fresh organic line to add organic turkey, just in time for the holiday season. Certified organic turkeys are raised on feed made with 100-per-cent organic grains containing no antibiotics, hormones or animal by-products, and with higher levels of amino acids and antioxidants than conventional feed. Yorkshire Valley Farms’ organic turkeys are also raised using sustainable agricultural practices.

Healthy juice
Trop50 Pomegranate Blueberry is a new vitamin-enhanced juice beverage from Tropicana. Made with 50-per-cent less sugar and calories than regular orange and pomegranate blueberry juices, the beverage is naturally sweetened with stevia, and is an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamins C and E. Trop50 is also available in Orange No Pulp and Orange Some Pulp varieties. All flavours are available in 1.75-L, 100-per-cent recyclable plastic carafes.

Sweet treats
Saybon is the newest candy brand from The Allan Candy Company. Featuring 11 different candy varieties, the line includes rich and creamy caramelized sugarmilks; handmade batch taffies; smooth hard cooked candies; double crafted centre fills; and sugardust sweets. All of the varieties except sugardust sweets are kosher, and all are peanut free. Saybon candies are available in 176-g packages.

Smooth as honey
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey is the newest offering from Jack Daniel Properties. The alcoholic beverage is a hand-crafted blend of Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey and a proprietary honey liqueur. The new whisky is ideal served straight, or mixed with other beverages. Tennessee Honey is 35-per-cent alcohol/volume, and is available in 750-mL bottles with a suggested retail price of $29.95

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Creamy cheese
Agropur has launched three new Signature classics: Crème d’Oka, Crème de Brie L’Extra and Crème de Champfleury cheeses in spreadable format. The creamy cheese spreads are designed to be paired with crackers, used as dips, used in sauces or to enhance the taste and texture of traditional dishes. Each cheese is sold in resealable, 100-g containers, and sell for a suggested retail price of between $3.99 and $4.99.

Authentic taste
Caribbean food company Grace Foods has launched a variety of authentic-tasting soups and rice that are quick and easy to prepare. Simply add boiling water or microwave for a fast, convenient meal. Instant rice is available in three varieties – Cheese Flavour, Spinach and Seasoned – while the soups include Pepper Pot, Red Pea and Mannish Water varieties. Each 12-oz. package retails for $0.99.

Natural and pure
Icelandic Glacial is the first certified carbon-neutral bottled water, produced using natural, renewable power sources and packaged in recyclable plastic. Renowned for its taste, purity and mineral balance, the super-premium water is sourced from Iceland’s Ölfus Spring, a 4,500-year-old naturally replenished sustainable water source. The company recently announced a new Canadian master distributor, I-D Foods Corporation, which will increase the water’s presence in the Canadian market.

Flavoured vodka
Voli Light Vodka is a line of low-calorie fruit and fusion flavoured vodka that is ideal served over ice or mixed with club soda, with no need for sugary mixers. With just 81 calories per serving, Voli is available in eight refreshing flavours: Lyte, Voli Lemon, Voli Espresso Vanilla, Voli Raspberry Cocoa, and Voli Orange Vanilla.

Fall favourites
M&M Meat Shops has launched two new product lines: Double Decker Microwave Bowls and Fresh Solutions Sides. Double Decker Bowls are microwaveable entrées and comfort food favourites with protein, sauce, veggies and pasta or rice, all less than 300 calories. Varieties include Chicken Tikka Masala; Yellow Curry Chicken; Spanish Chicken and Rice; Chicken Marinara; Teriyaki Chicken; Mango Shrimp; Maple Ginger Salmon; and Red Pepper Alfredo. Each 285-g container sells for $3.99. Fresh Solutions Sides, which retail for $4.99, are perfect pairings with any entrée, and include Whipped Mashed Potatoes; Garlic Smashed Potatoes; Four Mushroom Risotto; Cream Style Corn with Jalapenos; and Homestyle Beans.

Vegetable snacks
Garden Select Vegetable Crisps from Boulder Canyon Natural Foods are all-natural kettle chips offering a blend of 12 vegetables, including carrots, celery, tomatoes, and red and green peppers. With 30 per cent less fat than traditional salty snacks, and no trans fat, the crisps have no cholesterol or MSG, are gluten-free and kosher, and are a good source of fibre. Garden Select Vegetable Crisps are available in five-ounce packages in three flavours: Hearty Cheddar, Red Ripe Tomato, and Sour Cream and Chive.


Carolyn Cooper

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