The dairy aisles are no longer just the usual milk, cheese and ice cream. Today, they’re filled with hoards of ice cream cartons in numerous flavors and varieties, cottage cheese that blends in vegetables and yogurt that comes in many forms.
In fact, yogurt is one of the most preferred dairy products in North America, according to “Yogurt Market-North America Scenario, Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013-2019,” produced by Transparency Market Research, Albany, N.Y. The report shows that the yogurt market is expected to reach $8.11 billion in 2019, growing at a CAGR of 3.23% from 2013 to 2019.
“[Yogurt] is gaining popularity among the kids and youngsters due to its availability in different flavors,” the report shares. “Moreover, the healthfulness of yogurt has raised its demand in North America. One of the most consumed forms of set yogurt in the U.S. is Greek yogurt.”
Mexico is one of the fastest growing markets for yogurt, supported by consumers’ preference for yogurt as a snack between lunch and dinner. Additionally, private label brands are expected to capture a huge market share in North America over the next six years due to their cost effectiveness.
Here’s a rundown of how today’s dairy aisles are decorated with out-of-the-ordinary innovations.
Yogurt goes beyond breakfast
The Dannon Co., White Plains, N.Y., expanded into the frozen food aisle just in time for summer, with the launch of Dannon Oikos Greek Frozen Yogurt, available in Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Café Latte, Black Cherry and Key Lime.
Chobani, LLC, New Berlin, N.Y., introduced Chobani Greek Yogurt Oats, a creamy, authentically strained Greek yogurt mixed with ripe fruit and whole grain steel-cut oats. It comes in Banana Maple, Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry and Cranberry.
Chobani Indulgent, the brand’s first dessert product, is a mix of creamy full-fat Greek yogurt and all-natural ingredients in clear packaging for a decadent treat. Real cream, dark chocolate and ripe fruits meet in Dulce de Leche, Raspberry Dark Chocolate Chunk, Mint Dark Chocolate Chunk and Banana Dark Chocolate Chunk flavors. Made with only natural ingredients, low-fat plain Greek yogurt and real fruit, Chobani Kids is the snack that packs the nutritional high protein, low sugar punch that moms want. Available in Grape, Watermelon and Vanilla Chocolate, they come in fun, finger-friendly snack packs.
Chobani Seasonal, a twist to the core line, is available in Watermelon and Pink Grapefruit. Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt now comes in Key Lime and Pineapple Coconut, but is still said to be the only 100-calorie Greek yogurt made from only natural ingredients.
The introduction of 4% whole milk Chobani Kitchen inspires the chef in everyone and also answers consumers’ call for full-fat dairy products. Available in a multi-serve format for recipes or a single-serve occasion, this culinary-inspired yogurt is perfect for baking or topping off a baked potato, chili or fajatas.
Stonyfield, Londonderry, N.H., collaborated with WikiFoods, Inc., Cambridge, Mass., to launch what is said to be the first of its kind, organic frozen yogurt dessert. Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt Pearls are scoops of Stonyfield organic frozen yogurt enveloped in all-natural, edible skins—like the skin of a grape. The Pearls’ skins are made from organic fruit using the patent-pending WikiPearl technology developed by Harvard professor and WikiFoods founder Dr. David Edwards. They come in Peach & Vanilla, Banana & Vanilla, Banana & Chocolate, Coconut & Chocolate, Strawberry & Chocolate and Strawberry &Vanilla flavors.
Powerful Yogurt, Miami, unveiled Powerful Yogurt PLUS+, a line of high-protein Greek yogurt. Powerful Yogurt PLUS+ has 21 grams of natural protein per 8-ounce serving and is available in Coconut + Quinoa, Tropical Fruit + Oats and Lemon + Chia varieties.
Australia-based COYO introduced the COYO brand to the United States. Made with coconut “cream” rather than milk and water, this coconut yogurt alternative features a slightly thick texture, somewhat akin to Greek yogurt, but is 100% dairy-, gluten-, soy- and egg-free. It comes in Natural, Mango, Mixed Berry and Chocolate flavors.
Ice cream takes indulgence to new heights
Unilever, Englewood Cliffs, N.Y., expanded its MAGNUM brand to include MAGNUM Infinity ice cream bars, the brand’s most decadent chocolate indulgence yet. The new ice cream bars come in Chocolate (which features dark chocolate ice cream with a rich chocolate swirl dipped in dark chocolate and cocoa bean nibs) and Chocolate & Raspberry (which features dark chocolate ice cream with a raspberry swirl dipped in dark chocolate and cocoa bean nibs).
Unilever also expanded its Breyers brand to include Breyers Gelato Indulgences, which feature a trio of textures—creamy gelato, luscious sauce and gourmet toppings—for the ultimate indulgence. They come in Vanilla Caramel, Raspberry Cheesecake, Tiramisu and Triple Chocolate varieties.
Blue Bell Creameries, Brenham, Texas, introduced the perfect addition to any backyard barbecue or family gathering—new Red, White & Blue Bell ice cream, which features strawberry ice cream loaded with strawberries, a creamy vanilla ice cream and a smooth blueberry ice cream combined with real blueberries packaged side-by-side in one carton.
Ben & Jerry’s, Inc., Burlington, Vt., introduced a new line of ice cream that features a core center between two different flavors. New offerings include Hazed & Confused,That’s My Jam, Peanut Butter Fudgeand Salted Caramel.
Wayland, Mich.-based Denali Flavors, developer of the Moose Tracks brand of ice cream, introduced four new ice cream novelty products, including Original ice cream sandwiches and ice cream bars, Triple Chocolate ice cream barsand Caramel Caribou ice cream bars.
Nestlé USA, Glendale, Calif., expanded its Häagen-Dazs brand to include a new limited edition ice cream line, which includes Banana Split (through September), Midnight Cookies & Cream (through December) and Pomegranate Dark Chocolate ice cream bars (through September).
Gelato brings new meaning to frozen desserts
Also new to the Häagen-Dazs brand is a new gelato line, which includes Caramelized Banana Chip, Pistachio, Pomegranate Swirl and Tiramisu flavors.
This year, Nestlé teamed up with the Girl Scouts of the USA, New York, to launch new limited-edition Coffee-mate Girl Scout flavors, available in Thin Mints and Caramel & Coconut.
Also new to Nestlé’s Coffee-mate line are Natural Bliss Low-fat Chocolate creamers, which feature just 20 calories and 1 gram of fat per serving and are made with milk, cream and a touch of sugar.
Nestlé also introduced a new NATURAL BLISS creamer flavor—Cinnamon Cream—which is made with milk, cream, sugar and natural flavor.
More than just milk
Desert Farms, Santa Monica, Calif., is pouring on better health with what is said to be America’s first retail camel milk brand. Desert Farms camel milk is 100% wholesome, raw and natural, packed with protein, calcium and vitamin B1, a good source of potassium and phosphorus and contains just 110 calories per serving. Containing only milk from U.S.-based camels and bottled entirely in America, it comes in Raw Camel Milk, Raw Camel Milk (frozen), Raw Camel Milk Kefir, Pasteurized Camel Milk, Raw Camel Milk Colostrum (1st) and Raw Camel Milk Colostrum (Regular).
New Sargento Tastings from Sargento Foods, Inc., Plymouth, Wis., are specialty snack chunk cheeses that transform every day eating into a savored moment. Sargento Tastings are cut from real block cheese and come in Aged Wisconsin Cheddar, Aged Vermont White Cheddar, Bruschetta Jack, Fiesta Pepper Jack, Medium Asiago, Creamy Havarti, Parmentino and New Zealander.
Not your typical cottage cheese
Hood, Lynnfield, Mass., welcomed spring with the addition of two new varieties to the Hood Cottage Cheese family—Cucumber and Dill and Garden Vegetables. Both options deliver 13 grams of protein per serving, are a good source of calcium and can be enjoyed as a snack, recipe ingredient, topping or a dip.
Cream cheese with smooth spreads
Kraft Foods, Northfield, Ill., expanded its PHILADELPHIA line of cream cheese with PHILADELPHIA 2X protein cream cheese spread, which is said to offer twice as much protein (4 grams vs. 2 grams per serving) as regular cream cheese spread and 70% less fat and calories (per serving) than the leading peanut butter. It’s now available in Regular and Honey varieties.