Garner, N.C.-based Butterball (www.butterball.com) introduces ready-to-grill Butterball Every Day Turkey Chops with 24% fewer calories and 50% less fat than traditional pork chops. Made from fresh, 98% fat-free cuts of turkey, the chops are available either unseasoned or pre-marinated in Barbeque or Applewood Smoke flavors (under the Grillers sub-brand). Made with I-55 portioning equipment to ensure consistent size, they’re sold in four-count, vacuum-skin packages for maximum freshness and product visibility. Butterball also debuts Every Day Chef Selects, a line of fully cooked, microwaveable turkey dinners. Ready in minutes, the 15-ounce, three-serving meals come in three varieties: Turkey Breast & Gravy, Turkey Meatloaf and Turkey Pot Roast & Vegetables. All six new items are sold refrigerated and typically retail for between $6.49 and $7.19.
Frozen Cooking Bases
Goddess Gourmet (www.flavorbombs.net), Port Washington, N.Y., launches a line of all-natural, fresh-frozen Flavor Bombs designed “to turn everyday dishes into gourmet meals.” Pre-cooked so consumers can use them to start or finish a meal, the gluten-free, recipe-ready bases come in five flavors: Basil, Sage, Rosemary, Mirepoix and Soffritto. Offered in re-usable 2-ounce containers, each Flavor Bomb can be used to create a dish for up to four people. SRP is $5.99 to $6.99.
Brunswick, Maine-based Gelato Fiasco (www.gelatofiasco.com) adds three flavors to its line of all-natural, artisanal gelato pints, now made with certified organic milk and cream from Maine family farms. Like all Gelato Fiasco products, the newcomers are free of artificial ingredients and corn syrup. They include Maine Wild Blueberry Crisp, Dark Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt, and Torched Marshmallow S-more. In addition, all 24 of the company’s hand-packed pints, including several dairy-free sorbettos, are now offered in clear, recyclable, canning jar-style containers featuring metal twist-top lids, monogrammed bases and die-cut top bands. SRP is $6.99 per pint.
Non-GMO Free-Range Eggs
Fullerton, Calif.-based NestFresh (www.nestfresh.com), a division of Hidden Villa Ranch, recently earned Non-GMO Project verification for its line of cage-free, free-range eggs. Billed as the first nationally distributed line to receive the Non-GMO Project seal, the eggs come from chickens fed a non-GMO diet of corn and soybeans grown on small farms. NestFresh Non-GMO Eggs are available in both large white and large brown. SRP is $3.49 to $4.99 per dozen.
Greek Yogurt-Based Dip
Lynnfield, Mass.-based HP Hood (www.heluvagood.com) rolls out Greek Style Yogurt Dips with a third less fat and 37% fewer calories than hummus. Offered under the Heluva Good! brand, the dips come in four flavors: French Onion, Herb Ranch, Southwestern Chipotle and Fire Roasted Vegetables. Billed as a better-for=you chip or veggie dip, the product can also be used as a sandwich spread, meat marinade or baked potato topping. Each serving contains 40 to 45 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein. SRP is $2.99 for a 12-ounce container.
Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods (www.drpraegers.com), Elmwood Park, N.J., debuts a trio of all-natural, kosher-certified veggie pancakes. Free of saturated fat, cholesterol and trans fat, the frozen vegetarian pancakes come in three seasonal flavors: Roasted Corn, Root Vegetable (vegan) and Zucchini & Carrot. All but the Roasted Corn variety are gluten-free. SRP is $4.99 for a 12-ounce box of six individually wrapped pancakes. They’re available exclusively at Whole Foods through January.
Football Ice Cream Cake
Wilbraham, Mass.-based Friendly’s Ice Cream (www.friendlys.com) introduces a limited-edition football-shaped ice cream cake hand-dipped in the company’s chocolate truffle coating. Topped with whipped icing that mimics football stitching, the frozen dessert features peanut butter ice cream laced with swirls of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Each 36-ounce cake serves eight to 10. SRP is $14.99.
Asian Skillet Meals
Kahiki Foods (www. kahiki.com), Gahanna, Ohio, rolls out frozen Asian entrees for two ready to eat in less than 12 minutes. Offered under the Kahiki StirFresh label, the all-natural meals come in five flavors: General Tso’s Chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken,Beef & Broccoli, Orange Chicken and Garlic Shrimp & Vegetables. Free of preservatives, artificial flavors and MSG, the entrees are packaged in space-saving 22-ounce bags designed to fit five to a 30-inch shelf. SRP is $7.99.
Nutraceutical Ice Cream
Thrive Ice Cream (www.thriveicecream.com), Windermere, Fla., adds four flavors to its nutraceutical ice cream lineup: Salted Caramel, Mint Fudge, 99% Sugar-Free Vanilla and 99% Sugar-Free Milk Chocolate. Made with the same ingredients as liquid nutritional drinks like Ensure, the easy-to-swallow, vitamin- and mineral-rich frozen desserts contain 9 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 550 mg of potassium per serving — plus four probiotic cultures. The gluten- and 99% lactose-free product is available in vertical two-cup packages that allow more SKUs per shelf. SRP is $2.99 to $3.49 for 12 ounces.