Boulder, Colo.-based Boulder Ice Cream (www.figogelato.com) introduces certified organic Italian-style gelato handcrafted in small batches.Offered under the figo! brand (“cool” in Italian), the low-fat, low-air frozen dessert comes in seven “rich, vibrant” flavors: Pure Pistachio, Cool Limone, Chocolate Duet, Salted Caramel Café, Coconut Almond Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Vanilla Trio. Made in the United States, the GMO-free gelatos are expected to sell for $4.99 to $5.99 per pint.
Premium Snacking Cheeses
Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Saputo Cheese USA expands its Frigo Cheese Heads lineup (www.frigocheeseheads.com) with individually wrapped Premium Snacking cheeses. The upscale assortment includes five freshly cut, natural cheese flavors: Chipotle Cheddar, Garlic & Herb White Cheddar, Wisconsin Sharp Cheddar, Wisconsin Colby Jack and Pepper Jack String. Except for the string cheese (in 12-count, 10-ounce packages), the collection is offered in 10-count, 8.3-ounce packages. All five carry a $3.99 SRP.
Greek Frozen Yogurt
The Dannon Co. (www.oikosyogurt.com), White Plains, N.Y., brings its Oikos Greek Yogurt to the frozen aisle. Produced by St. Paul, Minn.-based Kemps, a subsidiary of Dairy Farmers of America, Dannon Oikos Greek Frozen Yogurt comes in six protein-rich flavors: Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate, Black Cherry, Café Latte and Key Lime. Packed with active yogurt cultures, each variety contains half the fat of regular ice cream and 150 calories or less per serving. SRP is $3.99 for 16 ounces.
Gluten-Free Ciabatta Rolls
Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery (www.rudisglutenfreebakery.com), Boulder, Colo., debuts a pair of certified gluten-free, heat-and-serve ciabatta rolls. Ready to eat in about 10 minutes, the frozen rolls are designed to bake up crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Available in both Regular and Rosemary Olive Oil flavors, they’re offered in resealable eight-count, 9.6-ounce bags with a $6.49 SRP. Better-for-You Quiche Union City, Calif.-based La Terra Fina (www.laterrafina.com) launches better-for-you gourmet quiches made with 100% egg whites and other natural ingredients. Previously available only in select Costco stores, the “homemade-style” refrigerated lineup includes three heat-and-eat varieties: Lorraine
(bacon and Swiss), Cheesy Broccoli and Spinach & Artichoke. Each dual-ovenable 23-ounce pie yields about five servings. SRP is $8.99 to $9.99.
Authentic Italian Pizza
Italy-based Mandia Food (www.mandiafood.com) introduces all-natural frozen pizza baked the traditional Italian way in brick ovens. Crafted from hand-stretched artisan dough that produces a lighter, slightly uneven crust, the 12-inch pies come in eight preservative-free-varieties: Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach, Eggplant and Buffalo Ricotta, Four Cheese, Garlic and Cheeses, Margherita, Mediterranean, Portabella Mushrooms and Potatoes, and Vegetarian. Distributed in the United States by Warren, Mich.-based KLT Global (www.kltglobal.com), the 13.4- to 16.4-ounce imported pizzas are expected to retail for around $6.99 apiece.
P.S. Let’s Eat (www.elliquark.com), Irvine, Calif., debuts German-style quark, a fresh, better-for-you alternative to cottage cheese, cream cheese and yogurt for cooking, baking and snacking. Offered under the elli brand, the 95% lactose-free product contains 17 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat and 80 calories per serving — and no added sodium or sugar. Also free of gluten, gelatin, rBST, rBGH and GMO, the locally produced cheese comes in five flavors: Lemon, Strawberry, Plain, Red Velvet and Pineapple. Shelf life is 60 days from the date of production. SRP is $2.29 for 5.3 ounces.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-based Unilever adds two “simple” varieties to its spreads portfolio. Both I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter Deliciously Simple (www.icantbelieveitsnotbutter.com) and Country Crock Simply Delicious (www.countrycrock.com) feature a simplified blend of real ingredients, including canola oil, non-fat yogurt, salt and natural flavors — and no artificial preservatives or partially hydrogenated oils. Excellent sources of omega-3 ALA, the two spreads contain 70% less saturated fat than butter and 0 grams of trans fat. Both are packaged in newly redesigned rectangular 12-ounce tubs that fit easily into a refrigerator. SRP is $3.19 for I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter and $2.39 for Country Crock.
All-Natural Chicken Burgers
Chelsea, Mass.-based Kayem Foods expands its all-natural al fresco lineup (www.alfrescoallnatural.com) with a trio of frozen, ready-to-cook chicken burgers. Free of artificial ingredients, preservatives and fillers, Gourmet Chicken Grillers contain 50% less fat than beef burgers and 70% less fat than pork sausage. Made from lean, skinless chicken meat, the gluten-and-pork-free patties are offered in three flavors: Buffalo & Blue Cheese, Sweet Italian, and Caramelized Onion. Each 28-ounce package includes eight all-natural burgers. Samples are available now and the product will begin shipping in February. SRP is $9.99.
Squeezable Skyr for Kids
Siggi’s Dairy (www.siggisdairy.com), New York, expands its line of Icelandic skyr with a trio of squeezable yogurt tubes for kids. Free of artificial sweeteners, coloring and preservatives, the low-fat treats contain up to 50% less sugar and twice the protein of the leading tube yogurt, says the company. Made with “simple, no-nonsense” ingredients, it’s available in three real fruit flavors: Strawberry, Blueberry and Raspberry. SRP is $3.99 for a 16-ounce package with eight 2-ounce tubes.
Flaky Crust Pies
Minneapolis-based Schwan’s Consumer Brands launches Mrs. Smith’s Original Flaky Crust Pies made with real butter, shortening and seasonal fruits. The unbaked, oven-ready desserts come in six flavors, each with 0 grams of trans fat per serving: Apple, Dutch Apple, Cherry, Peach, Pumpkin and Sweet Potato. Easy to prepare from frozen, each 35- to 37-ounce pie serves eight. SRP is $6.99.
Mini Puff Pastry Cups
Pepperidge Farm (www.pepperidgefarm.com), Norwalk, Conn., introduces a miniature version of its frozen Puff Pastry Shells, ideal for bite-size appetizers and desserts. Pre-formed and ready-to-bake, Puff Pastry Cups can be filled with a variety of sweet and savory ingredients after 20 minutes in a conventional oven. SRP is $3.88 for a 24 cups.
The Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic products pictured on page 23 of our November issue are distributed by the Kroger Co., not Safeway as the caption indicates. We apologize for the error.