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Gluten-free goodness

BY Antoinette Alexander

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. — Available now for the food service industry — but coming soon to a major retailer — is Kozy Shack’s new Coffeehouse Blends pudding. The gluten-free treat comes in three flavors: caffe latte, cappuccino and caramel macchiato.


Also making its way to retail is Kozy Shack’s SmartGels, which use a natural vegetarian-based (carrageenan) ingredient to create a kosher, gluten-free alternative to gelatin-based desserts. Available in convenient 3.5-oz. grab-and-go cups, SmartGel flavors include orange and sugar-free orange, strawberry and sugar-free strawberry, tropical and sugar-free tropical, and cherry.

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When it comes to 
yogurt, it’s all Greek

BY Barbara White-Sax


Yogurt and yogurt drinks have become a powerhouse category, with Greek-style yogurts boosting category sales. Mintel International Group estimated that category sales reached $4.4 billion across all three channels in 2010, and there is still room for growth.


Mintel research showed that incidence of use increased over the last five years. Nearly 60% of American adults said they eat yogurt an average of 7.5 times a month. With per capita annual yogurt consumption in the United States only a fraction of what it is in Europe, the category is “far from saturated,” according to the market research firm.


“Prospects for continued growth appear solid,” Mintel recently reported on the category. “The segment will maintain its steady rate of growth over the next five years, fueled by increasing interest in healthier eating and continued heavy marketing support from major corporations.”


General Mills and Groupe Danone dominate the market. Growth of the latter’s Activia and Danimals brands gave Groupe Danone a lead over General Mills last year. Danone also has gained traction with its Stonyfield Oikos and Dannon Greek yogurts.


Greek yogurt brands helped smaller companies make solid gains in the category last year. Chobani, made by Agro Farma, and Fage have seen increases of 200% and 65%, respectively, over last year. 


New products also have helped propel the yogurt category. Mintel reported that new product introductions “picked up substantially in 2010 in both the refrigerated yogurt and drinkable yogurt segments.”

 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Yogurt Buy-In Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.

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Delivering on a ‘fresh’ message

BY Alaric DeArment

Delivering fresh food to underserved communities doesn’t necessarily mean giving up shelf space.


In April, retired Sysco chairman and CEO Rick Schnieders launched MoGro with his wife, Beth, out of concern about growing rates of obesity and diabetes. MoGro is a mobile grocery company that currently delivers fresh produce, meats, dairy, canned goods and staples to Native American communities in New Mexico. The company currently has one truck that serves two communities per day, but hopes to expand so that it can serve six communities per truck. Produce comes from a variety of local and regional suppliers, and the company partners with La Montanita, a five-store natural food retailer.


MoGro is not the first to take the supermarket concept on the road. In Naples, Fla., a Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi launched Kosher on Wheels, which delivers kosher meat, dairy, baked and canned goods in a 28-ft. trailer to observant Jewish families that otherwise would have to drive all the way to Miami.

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