Food In Canada


On the shelf! [with photo gallery]

Our latest roundup of new consumer products

Here’s what’s new on the Canadian market this month. See below for a photo gallery of new products.

Low-sodium broth
Campbell Company of Canada has introduced No Salt Added Ready to Use Chicken Broth, a low-sodium broth that is ideal for use in a wide variety of recipes. The new broth contains 40 mg of sodium per 150-mL serving, 90 per cent less sodium than Campbell’s 25% Less Sodium Chicken Broth. It is also fat-free and has no artificial colours or flavours. A 900-L carton of the new broth sells for a suggested retail price of $2.69.

Healthy Shake
New Chocolate Banana Protein Shake from Happy Planet features 37 g of non-GMO soy protein from organic whole beans and eight essential nutrients. The tasty shake is high in iron, is non-dairy, and is a source of vitamin D and potassium. In addition, the drink contains antioxidants from cacao, and vitamin B6, vitamin C and magnesium, making it ideal as an after workout recovery beverage or as a between-meal energy boost. The Protein Shake is available in a 946-mL recyclable bottle.

Premium olive oil
New Zealand brand ilove olive oil is now available across Canada. The 100-per-cent pure extra virgin olive oil is a high-end product, and is intended for finishing foods rather than for cooking. The premium brand is produced by Wairarapa Olives Ltd., and distributed by Favuzzi International. It is available at specialty retailers and gourmet food shops.

Organic candies
Sour Berry Bears is the latest offering from Surf Sweets, producers of organically sweetened gummy candies and jelly beans. The new candies are made with real organic fruit juice, fortified with vitamin C, and free of corn syrup, synthetic dyes, artificial flavours and GMOs. They are also dairy-, gluten- and casein-free, and are produced in a nut-free facility. Sour Berry Bears are available in 78-g bags, with a suggested retail price of $2.49.

All-natural chips
Lay’s Kettle-Cooked potato chips from Frito Lay Canada are made with all-natural flavours, and contain no artificial colours, preservatives, trans fat or MSG. The chips are available in 180-g bags in four flavours – Ketchup, BBQ, Jalapeno Cheddar, and Dill Pickle – and BBQ and Jalapeno Cheddar flavours are also available in 40-g bags.

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Cherry flavour
Canada Dry Mott’s Inc. has introduced Dr Pepper Cherry. The new variety merges a subtle cherry taste with the drink’s 23 unique flavours to create a deliciously different beverage. Dr Pepper Cherry is available in 591-mL bottles at convenience stores and gas stations across Canada.

Low-fat margarine
Becel Buttery Taste Margarine from Unilever Food Solutions is a non-hydrogenated margarine available for use in foodservice operations. With no cholesterol or trans fat, the margarine is also 80 per cent lower in saturated fat than butter, making it suitable for customers following a diet low in saturated fat. In Quebec the product is sold as Becel Gold Margarine.

Coffee whitener
So Nice for Coffee is a new organic soy product from Earth’s Own Food Company Inc. Made with organic non-GMO soybeans, the coffee whitener delivers a smooth, natural taste, and is lactose- and cholesterol-free. The beverage has no artificial colours or flavours, does not contain palm oil, and is sweetened with organic cane sugar. A 500-mL carton of So Nice for Coffee retails for a suggested price of $2.29.

Recyclable packaging
Odwalla’s line of healthy, single-serve fruit juices and smoothies are now available in the fully recyclable PlantBottle, made of 100-per-cent plant-based materials. The beverages contain no preservatives or artificial flavours, and are available in several varieties, including: Original Lifefood – Micronutrient Fruit Smoothie Blend; Mango Tango – Fruit Smoothie Blend; Berries GoMega – Fruit Smoothie Blend; Strawberry Banana – Fruit Smoothie Blend; Chocolate Protein – Soy and Milk Protein Shake; Red Rhapsody – Fruit Smoothie Blend; Pomegranate Limeade – Quencher; and Orange Juice – 100% Pure Squeezed.

Tea to go
Movie Night is a new popcorn tea from Davidstea. The loose-leaf tea is sweetened with maple and apple, has no calories, and is made with green tea. A 50-g bag of tea sells for $6.50.

Quick and easy bread
Making fast and delicious dinners is easy with Dempster’s OvenFresh Roasted Garlic Baguettes from Canada Bread. The tasty, preservative-free bread can be heated in just eight minutes, and because of its vacuum-sealed packaging can be stored for up to 45 days without refrigeration or freezing. The bread is part of the OvenFresh line of baguettes, available in white, multigrain, and rosemary and olive oil varieties. A two-pack of baguettes sells for a suggested retail price of $3.49.

Juice varieties
A. Lassonde Inc. has launched two new varieties of Oasis NutriSource juice in the 1.89-L size: Cranberry-Raspberry-Saskatoon Berry Antioxia; and Prune-Pear Fibre. The latter juice is a blend of prune and pear juice, with natural fruit sugars and inulin, and is high in fibre. Meanwhile, Cranberry-Raspberry Saskatoon Berry Antioxia is a unique new fruit drink that is rich in antioxidants.

Low-calorie beer
Molson Canadian 67 Sublime from Molson Coors Canada is a light, premium beer with a twist of lemon and lime flavour, and just 67 calories per 341-mL bottle. The new beer is brewed with two-row malted barley, a touch of wheat, four different varieties of hops and natural citrus flavours. Molson Canadian 67 Sublime will be available across the country in June 2011.

Ready made cocktails
Twisted Mist is the first consumer-made, ready-to-drink cocktail. An affordable alternative to sugary syrups or expensive alcoholic drinks, Twisted Mist is sold in a kit that can be finished in just four weeks. One kit produces 28 to 30 750-mL bottles. The beverage is available in three varieties – Mojito, Strawberry Margarita and Lime Margarita – each of which are a perfect blend of sweet and tart flavours. The kits are available exclusively at Authorized Winexpert Retailers across Canada. Winexpert is wholly owned by wine maker Andrew Peller Ltd.

Iconic candy
To celebrate its 35th anniversary, Pop Rocks Inc. is re-releasing the original Pop Rocks grape flavour. The popping candy, with its signature sizzle, is available in single packs, and will be supported with anniversary marketing programs including social media activities, blogger campaigns and consumer promotions.

Frozen appetizers
Culinary Destinations Ltd. has added new products to its line of frozen appetizers: Steamed Dim Sum, Phyllo and Puff Pastry items. The company features several different lines, including the Spring Roll Collection, Asian Collection, Latin/European Collection, and Seafood Collection. The company also offers natural products, with no artificial flavours, preservatives or additives, as well as private-label frozen items.

Natural soda
Krisda has launched the first sugar-free, all-natural, zero-calorie line of sodas in Canada. Krisda Natural Sodas contain no artificial sweeteners or sugar, and are instead sweetened with natural Krisda Stevia. The beverages contain vitamin A, C and E, natural flavour and colours, are kosher, and are GMO- and gluten-free. Natural Sodas are currently available in four flavours: Cola, Root Beer, Blood Orange and Black Cherry.

Carolyn Cooper

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