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2020-03-20 15:54 Friday


Silk debuts range of Almondmilk Mix-Ins Yogurt Alternatives

Danone-owned plant-based beverage brand Silk has expanded its line of yogurt alternatives in the US with a range of new Almondmilk Mix-Ins Yogurt Alternatives.

The new range offers an all-in-one plant-based snacking option in four vegan combinations, pairing an almondmilk base with a 'unique mix-in'.

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Each combination contains 5-6g of plant-powdered protein, is free of dairy, soy, gluten artificial flavours and high-fructose corn syrup, and are non-GMO Project Verified.

Coconut Chocolate combines coconut-flavoured yogurt alternative with almond pieces, toasted coconut and dark chocolate.

Apple Cinnamon and Maple Chocolate Banana both feature vanilla yogurt alternative. The first variety includes dried apple pieces and cinnamon granola, while the latter mixes the yogurt with banana, granola, maple almond slices and dark chocolate chips.

Mixed Berry Chia Granola, meanwhile, contains flax and chia seed granola in a mixed berry yogurt alternative.

"Silk is committed to providing its consumers with plant-based options for snacking on the go by expanding our dairy-free yogurt options," said Joshua Cook, brand manager of Silk.

"Silk Almondmilk Mix-Ins Yogurt Alternatives are yet another way to easily swap plant-based options into your family's diet without sacrificing great flavour."

The new range adds to the brands existing yogurt portfolio which includes four oat milk yogurts within its Oat Yeah portfolio and almondmilk and soymilk yogurt alternatives.

Most recently, the Danone-owned Silk brand entered the ready-to-drink coffee category with two new lattes, released a new dairy-free half and half alternative, and a dairy-free whipped cream alternative. 

Silk Almondmilk Mix-Ins Yogurt Alternatives are available now for an RRP of $2.29 per cup at retailers nationwide.

Earlier this month, Danone North America also expanded its So Delicious Dairy Free portfolio with new line of coconut yogurt alternatives paired with curated toppings.

Myprotein launches 'world's first' clear vegan protein shake in US

UK sports nutrition brand Myprotein has introduced a clear plant-based protein shake to the US market, as it seeks to capitalise on the growing consumer demand for vegan products.

The Clear Vegan Isolate, which comes in powdered form, is available in two flavours: Coconut & Mango and Pear & Ginger.

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The product reportedly features essential vitamins for a plant-based diet such as vitamin B12 and contains 10g of protein per serving.

Myprotein also claims that the Clear Vegan Isolate contains no fat or sugar and is instead 'naturally' sweetened with stevia and monk fruit extracts.

Commenting on the launch, Myprotein's head of product development Gareth Gray said: "There is an increasing demand for plant-based protein sources and particularly clear options which can be seen as more refreshing compared to traditional milk proteins.

"The Clear Vegan Isolate is low in calories, a high source of protein and a great refreshing flavour to fuel any workout. Ready-to-drink consumables are something we will be continuing to develop over the next 12 months."

A clear vegan protein powder has been available from Myprotein since February in the UK, where the brand has also been expanding its portfolio. At the end of last year the company added Peanut Butter Cups to its high-protein snack offering.

Biotiful Dairy launches spreadable Kefir Cheese in UK

Biotiful Dairy is introducing a range of spreadable Kefir Cheese pots, reportedly the first of its kind to launch in the UK.

The company, known for its kefir drinks and snacks such as quark, claims its new line-up is set to shake up the soft cheese category and offers a healthier alternative to cottage or cream cheese.

Made with British milk and kefir cultures with gut-friendly bacteria, the cultured spreadable soft cheese is available in three savoury flavours: Original, Herb & Garlic, and Red Pepper & Cumin.

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According to Biotiful, its new range is high in protein and calcium whilst containing only 30 calories and 0.3g or less of fat per 30g serving.

With its new launch, Biotiful aims to offer a convenient, tasty and healthy lunch option that can be enjoyed as an accompaniment to salads and crudites or as a topper for toast, crackers and jacket potatoes.

Founder of Biotiful Dairy Natasha Bowes said: "We are really excited to be bringing our expertise in gut health to a new category with the launch of our ground-breaking Kefir Cheese."

"The soft cheese category has been crying out for innovation, and we have the right product range to bring excitement to shoppers, who are looking for better nutrition, coupled with great flavour in a convenient format. All this will ensure we are bringing new consumers into natural gut health."

Biotiful's Kefir Cheese full line-up is available nationwide in Sainsburys for an RRP of £1.50 per 150g pot, whilst Waitrose will be launching Herbs & Garlic and Red Pepper & Cumin in April.

Nestlé launches plant-based Milo powder in Australia

Nestlé's Milo brand has released a plant-based version of its signature malt beverage powder in the Australian market.

The core ingredients in the new plant-based Milo powder are the same as the original Milo - malt, barley and cocoa - but the company has replaced milk powder with soy and oats to create a dairy-free version.

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Nestlé claims that the product contains less sugar than the traditional Milo powder, and it includes a combination of vitamins and minerals to support energy release.

The release of the plant-based product represents Nestlé's latest attempt to broaden its global plant-based portfolio. It follows on from the introduction of oat- and pea-based Ninho Forti + drinks in Brazil in December 2019, as well as the launch of oat-based and pea-based Nesquik GoodNes in the US earlier this year.

Trevor Clayton, head of the dairy business unit at Nestlé, said: "People are looking to vary their diets with more plant-based options, including to lower their environmental footprint and for health reasons.

"We already have some great plant-based products and are now adding one of our biggest global brands with Milo. We're continuing to make good on our promise to offer consumers food that is right for them and right for the planet."

Magnum expands its dairy-free range with three new variations

Unilever has expanded its dairy-free Magnum portfolio with a new ice cream dessert bar and two tubs featuring its signature chocolate shell.

Suitable for vegans, the vanilla base is made with a blend of coconut oil and pea protein, with chocolate made from cocoa beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.

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The Magnum ice cream brand released its first-ever range of dairy-free ice cream dessert bars in February last year and the new editions will join its current line-up of Classic and Almond dairy-free bars.

Magnum Non-Dairy Sea Salt Caramel Bars offer a non-dairy sea salt caramel base dipped in a non-dairy chocolate shell.

Meanwhile, Magnum has extended its dairy-free range to include its ice cream tubs, which were first introduced in 2018 and re-imagines the signature Magnum chocolate ice cream bar into a 'scoopable' format.

Each tub features a Belgian chocolate shell encasing the ice cream which consumers will break into creating a mix of chocolate shards and ice cream.

The two new flavours include Magnum Double Almond Brown Butter, featuring almond ice cream with swirls of brown butter sauce, and Magnum Double Pistachio Honey, featuring pistachio ice cream with swirls of honey.

"At Magnum Ice Cream, we're obsessed with delivering a next-level bite," says Leslie Miller, director of marketing, Ice Cream North America.

Miller added: "Caramel is Magnum's most popular ice cream flavour in dairy bars and tubs, so it's exciting to bring it to market in an equally delicious Non-Dairy Bar. Our new Magnum Tubs varieties are inspired by popular 'perfect pairings' in desserts that we are thrilled to bring to ice cream."

The brand is also introducing a new cacao claim, with new packaging that indicates the cacao percentage in each product, which will be rolled out this year on its Classic Ice Cream Bars.

Magnum Non-Dairy Sea Salt Caramel Bars, Double Pistachio Honey Tubs and Double Almond Brown Butter Tubs are now available at grocery stores in the US for an RRP of $4.49-$5.99.

Earlier this year, Unilever also launched new Magnum ice cream bars featuring ruby chocolate in a move to offer "the ultimate luxury ice cream experience".

 

Source:FoodBev Media


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