A spread is no longer just a spread. That’s because today’s dips, spreads and hummus combine rich, sweet flavors, ethnic ingredients and a pinch of heat for every occasion.

Every time is hummus time
Tribe Mediterranean Foods, Taunton, Mass., is giving consumers “everything” they want in a hummus with the introduction of its Everything Hummus. This hummus is whipped up using perfectly roasted sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic and onion—a modern take on the classic everything bagel.

Tribe also added Cocktail Time Hummus to its line of hummus and dips. Cocktail Time is the second flavor in Tribe’s Limited Batch Series, which is said to be the category’s first-ever rotating line of hummus.

Growers Marketing, LLC, Salinas, Calif., expanded its Green Giant Fresh portfolio to include a lineup of all-natural hummus varieties. They come in Classic Hummus with Sesame Seed Topping, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Red Pepper Coulis Topping, Roasted Garlic Hummus with Roasted Garlic Topping, Roasted Pine Nut Hummus with Pine Nut and Sundried Tomato Topping, Artichoke Spinach Hummus with Roasted Red Pepper & Spinach Topping, Garden Vegetable Hummus with Roasted Vegetable Topping, Mediterranean Hummus with Tapenade Topping and Sundried Tomato & Basil Hummus with Onion and Balsamic Vinegar Topping.

This dip’s for you
HP Hood, LLC, Lynnfield, Mass., introduced Heluva Good! Limited Edition Roasted Garlic & Caramelized Onion dip. This new dip combines the rich, sweet flavors of roasted garlic and caramelized onion blended with the creamy taste of sour cream to create a big, bold taste that pairs well with any pretzel, crudité or pita chip.

Mediterranean yogurt spreads
Karoun Dairies, Turlock, Calif., livened up the yogurt and cream cheese category with Blue Isle Mediterranean Yogurt Spreads. Free from growth hormones, this OU kosher and Real California Milk-certified spread is rich in calcium, low in sodium and contains live and active yogurt and probiotic cultures. The spreads come in Original, Honey, Blueberry, French Onion and Spicy Vegetable varieties.

Chef-inspired dips
Fresherized Foods, Fort Worth, Texas, added bean dips to its line of pre-packaged dips. Dip flavors include Taco Bean Dip & Guacamole (featuring the timeless flavors of Hass avocado, pinto beans, roasted corn and tomato), Black Bean Dip & Homestyle Guacamole (consisting of black beans, corn, garlic and cumin, all layered on top of the Wholly Guacamole Homestyle dip) and Avocado, Black Bean & Roasted Corn Dip (combining chunks of avocado, whole black beans and fire-roasted corn with spicy red bell pepper, a bit of cilantro and a hint of jalapeño pepper).

Buttery spreads with a twist
Unilever USA, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., introduced two new spreadsI Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Deliciously Simple and Country Crock Simply Delicious. The rich, creamy spreads are a blend of simple ingredients such as canola oil, non-fat yogurt, salt and natural flavors. With no artificial preservatives and 0 grams of trans-fat per serving, both spreads are said to offer a better-for-you nutritional profile than butter.

Made from the perfect blend of the healthiest fruit- and plant-based organic oils, each serving of Melt Organic light spreads, produced by Prosperity Organic Foods, Inc., Boise, Idaho, is truly good for you. Melt’s Fair Trade-certified organic virgin coconut oil is said to be the healthiest, most versatile, unprocessed dietary oil available. The Rain Forest Alliance-certified organic palm fruit oil is produced from the fruit of the palm. The organic, non-GMO flaxseed oil is one of the best sources of omega-3s. And, the organic, non-GMO hi-oleic sunflower oil is almost exclusively monounsaturated fat and a good source of vitamin E.

Protein-packed, better for you
Fans of PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese will now find its spreads with more fruits and vegetables than before. These spreads, produced by Kraft Foods, Northfield, Ill., come in Strawberry, Garden Vegetable, Blueberry and Chive & Onion, and now feature even more fruit, such as whole, juicy blueberries, vine-ripened strawberries and more crisp vegetables, such as diced carrots, red peppers and onions.

A helping hand with the sauté
Land O’Lakes, Arden Hills, Minn., expanded its line of Sauté Express Sauté Starters with the addition of Teriyaki, bringing the bold flavors of ginger and sesame to any Asian dish. Each square cooks one-half pound of protein, or about two chicken breasts, two pork chops or two fish fillets.

Seafood dips
Phillips Foods, Inc., Baltimore, Md., released two new frozen seafood dips under its Soup For One brand. Honey Chipotle Crab is a sweet and spicy dip with crab, chipotle peppers, cumin, cilantro, corn and black beans, whereas the Bacon Horseradish Seafood is a spicy, smoky cream cheese-based dip with plenty of shrimp, crab and bacon and a touch of horseradish for heat.

To learn more about these and other new retail dips, spreads and hummus, go to http://bit.ly/19VCNBi.