Welcome to our seventh annual Best New Retail Products contest.
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ editor-in-chief Marina Mayer reviewed all of the new retail products published in print and online at www.RFFmag.com from July 2018 to February 2019. From the hundreds of products, she nominated 26 refrigerated and frozen foods and beverages to be named Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ Top 5 Best New Retail Product of 2019.
How it works:
- Vote for your favorite new retail product.
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- Products were selected based on uniqueness to the market, packaging enhancements, on-trend flavor profile, consumer need and better-for-you ingredients. Products were NOT selected based off of samples. Seasonal, limited-time only or special-edition products not applicable.
- The Top 5 winners will publish in Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ July 2019 State of the Industry issue. The special report will include an online-only interview on new product development, industry trends and what’s to come in the future.
- Voting takes place March 4-29, 2019 at midnight CST.
Steak Bowl Meal Kits—American Foods Group
American Foods Group, Green Bay, Wis., in collaboration with Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner., which is funded by the Beef Checkoff Program, created Steak Bowl meal kits.
These kits create a complete beef meal featuring globally inspired flavors. Meal options include Korean Style
Bulgogi Beef Bowl, Steak Burrito Bowl, Steak & Tzatziki Bowl and Steak and Mash Bowl.
Garlic Teriyaki Barramundi—Australis Aquaculture
Australis Aquaculture, Greenfield, Mass., introduced Garlic Teriyaki Barramundi to its frozen retail line of
sustainably ocean-farmed barramundi.
Garlic Teriyaki Barramundi come in sweet and savory pre-glazed “ready-to-roast” portions in a 12-ounce bag.
Each piece is packed with omega-3s, contains 18 grams of protein per 4-ounce serving and is made with non-GMO
The Laughing Cow Dunkable Cheese Cups—Bel Group USA
Bel Brands USA, Chicago, expanded its The Laughing Cow brand to entail new Cheese Cups, available in a
portable, dunkable cup.
Made from real cheese with no artificial colors, preservatives or artificial flavors, The Laughing Cow Cheese
Cups are available in Creamy Swiss Original, Creamy Swiss Garlic & Herb and Creamy White Cheddar Flavor.
Single-Serve, On-the-Go Hummus Packs—Blue Moose
Blue Moose, Boulder, Colo., launched what is said to be the first and only Organic On The Go Hummus Snack
Pack and Organic Moose Minis 100 Calorie Single Serve Cups.
"With the shift in trends toward snacking, we're filling a void in the marketplace to ensure our customers
don't have to sacrifice convenience for quality or taste," says Tenley Satre, president. "We're thrilled to
be able to deliver nutrient-dense organic snacks that you can truly feel good about."
CAULIPOWER, Los Angeles, launched a new frozen, ready-to-make cauliflower tortilla line with Original and
Grain Free varieties.
CAULIPOWER tortillas are the gluten-free solution to quesadillas, burritos, tacos, wraps and more, with fewer
calories, less fat, more fiber and vitamin C. The Grain Free Cauliflower Tortilla features chickpea flour
with 7 grams of protein and only 8 net carbs per tortilla.
Organic Butternut Shells and Cheese—Cece’s Veggie Co.
Cece’s Veggie Co., Austin, Texas, launched a new product line of shells and cheese made from organic
A remake of the classic mac and cheese made with pasta, this butternut version is gluten-free and offers
fresh, 100% organic butternut squash cut into elbow-style shells, perfect for cradling the organic cheese
that accompanies the squash shells. Butternut Shells & Cheese comes in a dairy-based cheddar cheese sauce or
a vegan cheddar cheez option. The vegan Shells & Cheez sauce is said to be the first organic vegan “cheese”
sauce for pasta on the market.
Silk Oat Yeah Oatmilk—Danone North America
Danone North America, Broomfield, Colo., expanded its Silk brand to include new Silk Oat Yeah oatmilk.
Oat Yeah is dairy-free and soy-free of dairy, offers creamy texture, versatility and nutrition and delivers
fewer calories and less sugar than other refrigerated oatmilk brands.
Meatless Alternatives Made with Pure Plant Protein— Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods
Dr. Praeger’s, Elmwood Park, N.J., released Pure Plant Protein, a new, vegan meatless product line.
This soy-free, gluten-free line consists of plant-based burgers, nuggets, breakfast sausage and chick’n tenders.
fairlife, LLC, Chicago, launched fairlife smart snacks, a new collection of snack-sized beverages designed to help curb hunger between meals.
fairlife smart snacks are made with fairlife ultra-filtered milk, which is dairy milk that has been cold-filtered to remove the lactose while delivering 50% more protein and 50% less sugar than regular milk. The milk is blended with a touch of honey for sweetness and oats for a rich, creamy texture, as well as real strawberries, cocoa and vanilla for flavor.
American Grilled Cheese Sticks—Farm Rich
Farm Rich, St. Simons Island, Ga., cooked up new premium appetizers, available in the freezer section of
Walmart and other select grocery stores nationwide.
American Grilled Cheese Sticks are made with melty American cheese sandwiched between toasty white bread.
They can be microwaved in minutes and served as a snack or with soup or salad for a wholesome, comforting
meal. American Grilled Cheese Sticks deliver a suggested retail price of $6.99 for a 17-ounce carton.
Portable Refrigerated Chicken Snacks—Foster Farms
Foster Farms, Livingston, Calif., introduced Bold Bites, a new on-the-go chicken snack that’s fully cooked
These chicken breast pieces deliver 15 grams of protein per serving, and are packaged in grab-and-go,
Grab-and-Go Salsa & Tortilla Chips Snack Pack—Fresh Cravings
Fresh Cravings, Phoenix, Ariz., added a new grab-and-go product to its line.
Salsa and Tortilla Chips snack packs consist of fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and crisp, hand-picked
vegetables, zesty peppers and spices in Restaurant Style and Mild varieties.
Go-Gurt Dunkers—General Mills
General Mills, Minneapolis, debuted Go-Gurt Dunkers, which combines Strawberry, Vanilla and Cotton Candy Go-
GURT yogurt flavors with honey graham- and chocolate-flavored sticks.
This new snacking option contains 8-9 sticks per tray, and boasts a suggested retail price of $3.99.
Kobe Beef Sliders—Hak’s
Hak's, Los Angeles, elevated its portfolio of 30-minute meal kits for retail with new Kobe sliders.
The Kobe slider 30-minute meal kit includes six Kobe beef slider patties topped with organic American cheese
and caramelized onions, six pretzel buns that feature a tangy, mustard aioli and a side of pan-fried sweet
Plant-Based, Cheese-Style Dips—The Honest Stand
The Honest Stand, Louisville, Colo., developed new plant-based, cheese-style dips made from simple whole food
ingredients such as organic potatoes, cashews and yellow onions, plus sea salt, natural flavor and organic
Each serving delivers no more than 30 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.
Honeydrop Cold-Pressed CBD Lemonades—Honeydrop Beverages
Honeydrop Beverages, Brooklyn, N.Y., partnered with Evo Hemp, Boulder, Colo., to launch a line of Honeydrop
cold-pressed CBD lemonades.
Made with 20 mg of premium U.S.-grown CBD sourced by Evo Hemp and a teaspoon of raw U.S. honey, the new CBD
lemonades contain only 4 grams of sugar per bottle and come in REVIVE (Matcha), RELAX (Lemon) and REHAB
Horizon Organic High Protein Milk—Horizon Organic
Horizon, Broomfield, Col., introduced what is said to be the first multi-serve organic protein milk.
Horizon Organic High Protein delivers 12 grams of organic protein per 8-ounce serving, and provides 50% more
protein per 8-ounce serving than traditional dairy milk offerings.
SKIPPY PB&J Bites—Hormel Foods Corp.
Hormel Foods Corp., the Austin, Minn.-based maker of SKIPPY peanut butter, launched SKIPPY P.B. & Jelly
Minis, a frozen snack made with real SKIPPY® Creamy peanut butter and grape or strawberry jelly.
“We know that consumers continue to look for more and more ways to find easy protein solutions for snacking
and quick meals on-the-go,” says Jennesa Kinscher, brand manager. “With the launch of SKIPPY P.B. & Jelly
Minis, peanut butter and jelly lovers everywhere now have another way to enjoy the classic PB&J in a fun and
Nourish Bowls Breakfast Line—Mann Packing
Mann Packing Co., Salinas, Calif., expanded its Nourish Bowls breakfast line with new Denver Scramble and
Fiesta Scramble options.
Just add 1-2 eggs and microwave for 4 minutes for a superfood fresh veggie breakfast bowl at 330 calories or
less and up to 25 grams of protein.
Side-By-Side Yogurt Pairings—Noosa
Noosa yoghurt, Bellvue, Colo., introduced side-by-side yogurt pairings.
The Strawberry & Banana kind consists of sweet strawberry yogurt alongside creamy banana yogurt.
High-Protein, Keto-Friendly Frozen Pizza—Quest Nutrition
Quest Nutrition, Los Angeles, introduced new high-protein, low-carb, keto-friendly frozen thin crust pizza.
“Of the many high carb foods that people give up in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, pizza is the one they
miss the most,” says Suzanne Ginestro, chief marketing officer. “We are on a quest to make high-protein,
low-carb foods that feed people’s cravings, so we’re thrilled to introduce this new pizza.”
Tropical Immunity Superfruit Packs—SAMBAZON
SAMBAZON, San Clemente, Calif., debuted frozen Tropical Immunity Superfruit Packs.
The Tropical Immunity Superfruit Packs fuse organic acerola, pineapple and banana that can be blended into a
smoothie. One serving contains 10 times the vitamin C of an orange, is only 40 calories and has no added
SKINNYPIZZA Frozen Pizza—SKINNYPIZZA
SKINNYPIZZA, a Roslyn Heights, N.Y.-based fast-casual restaurant, is bringing its premium pizzas to the
freezercase of grocery supermarkets nationwide.
"SKINNYPIZZA, a clean label pizza, represents what every mom wants to feed the family. We are thrilled for
this enormous opportunity to finally bring SKINNYPIZZA to the supermarket chains. I always asked why a
healthy pizza can't be next to all the leading brands. Why do they need to be in a healthy food section?"
says Joseph Vetrano, founder and CEO.
Nancy’s 100% Grass-Fed Yogurt—Springfield Creamery
Springfield Creamery, Eugene, Ore., added six new organic 100% grass-fed yogurts to its line of Nancy’s
These rich, cream-on-top-style yogurts are made with milk from grass-fed cows who enjoy a diet of organic
grass and no grains. Nancy’s sources the milk from organic family-owned farms, all within 60 miles of
Springfield Creamery. Plus, these 100% grass-fed yogurts contain 41 billion CFUs (Colony Forming Units) of
live probiotics per 6-ounce serving at the time of expiration.
Organic Snack Packs—Stonyfield Organic
Stonyfield Organic, Londonderry, N.H., introduced three new snacking options for families on the move.
Organic Snack Packs feature a duo of creamy organic low-fat yogurt paired with either organic graham crackers
or organic pretzels for dipping.
Complete Family Meal Kit—STOUFFER’S, a unit of Nestlé USA
STOUFFER’S, a unit of Nestlé USA, Arlington, Va., introduced complete family meal kits, which offer full
serving of vegetables, protein, whole grains and sauce.
These frozen meal kits are pre-chopped, pre-measured and ready in less than 25 minutes.