The votes are in for Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ 2019 Best New Retail Products contest. Congratulations to the Top 5 processors, and thank you to all of our readers for your participation.
1. CAULIPOWER: Cauliflower Tortillas
CAULIPOWER, Encino, Calif., launched a new frozen, ready-to-make cauliflower tortilla line with Original and Grain Free varieties. Click here to read the exclusive interview with Gail Becker, founder and CEO, to discuss the “winning” product, why veggie-first is the start of a “VEGolution” in the freezer aisle and what’s in store for the future of vegetable-enriched products.
2. SKINNYPIZZA Frozen Pizza
SKINNYPIZZA, a Roslyn Heights, N.Y.-based fast-casual restaurant, brought its premium pizzas to the freezercase of grocery supermarkets nationwide. Click here to read the exclusive interview with Joseph Vetrano, founder and CEO, to discuss the “winning” product, how fast-casual restaurants can succeed in the retail market and what’s in store for the future of better-for-you frozen pizza.
3. FoodStory Brands: Fresh Cravings Salsa and Tortilla Chips Snack Packs
FoodStory Brands, Phoenix, Ariz., expanded its Fresh Cravings brand with new grab-and-go Salsa and Tortilla Chips snack packs, which consist of fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and crisp, hand-picked vegetables, zesty peppers and spices in Restaurant Style and Mild varieties. Click here to read the exclusive interview with Jay Whitney, president, to discuss the “winning” product and why grab-and-go convenience is the wave of the future.
4. Farm Rich: American Grilled Cheese Sticks
Farm Rich, St. Simons Island, Ga., cooked up new premium appetizers, including American Grilled Cheese Sticks, which are made with melty American cheese sandwiched between toasty white bread. Click here to read the exclusive interview with Shannon Gilreath, director of marketing, to discuss the “winning” product and why frozen snacks reign in consumers’ home freezers.
5. Quest Nutrition: Thin Crust Frozen Pizza
Quest Nutrition, Los Angeles, introduced new high-protein, low-carb, keto-friendly frozen thin crust pizza. Click here to read the exclusive interview with Dave Ritterbush, chief executive officer, to discuss the “winning” product and why high-protein, keto-friendly frozen pizzas fill the void for today’s health-conscious consumers.
About the 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’ seventh annual Top 5 Best New Retail Product. Products were selected based on uniqueness to the market, packaging enhancements, on-trend flavor profile, consumer need and better-for-you ingredients. To check out the contest, or to review the other nominees, click here.