In 2020 – the year of quarantining and social distancing – many Americans have chosen to indulge in comfort food. A new poll of 2,000 Americans found that two in three are reverting to childhood food favorites and eating more comfort food during the pandemic. That includes an uptick in such favorites as pizza (55%), hamburgers (48%), ice cream (46%), French fries (45%), mac and cheese (38%), spaghetti and meatballs (32%) and others.
SeaPak introduces Shrimp Sea Pals, shaped like turtles and starfish, and designed to encourage kids to eat at least two servings of seafood each week, as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. SeaPak says the new product offers a quick and hassle-free option for families who like to have a little fun with their food.
Pandemic-related labor and supply chain issues in the Philippines earlier this year led to current shortage, according to Ramar Foods.
August 26, 2020
Due to high demand, Ramar Foods announces a shortage on its ube (purple yam) supply. Purple Yam has been the popular comfort food for the diaspora and has been enjoyed in several ice cream flavors under Ramar's Magnolia brand. The all-natural ube supply is experiencing a shortage. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and surges in grocery, the supplies are going to be limited.
A Jaffle is a retro pocket sandwich originating In South Africa in which a sweet or savory filling is placed between two slices of bread, then placed in a “Jaffle Iron”, and toasted. Jafflz were created by South African native Meryl van der Merwe, a classically trained gourmet chef and doting mom dedicated to making flavorful, wholesome meals for health-conscious people on the go.
More than 90 years ago, the Mickey Mouse character was born of Walt Disney’s spirit of imagination and wonder. Today, that spirit is captured in films, cartoons, theme parks, merchandise, even everyday snacks. Farm Rich is collaborating with Disney to spark inspiration at snack-time with the new Disney Mickey Mouse & Friends Mozzarella Shapes. The product includes character shapes from the beloved franchise – a Mickey Mouse shape and Minnie Mouse’s bow – in a wholesome snack that’s both easy to make and delicious.
RollinGreens, the plant-based food company known for its better-for-you comfort food alternatives, is expanding its retail presence into new Kroger and Walmart stores this summer. First introduced at retail in May 2015, RollinGreens’ products are 100% clean, gluten-free, whole, allergen-friendly, and vegan, made from sustainable crops and never produced in a lab.
Monogram Foods has entered into a licensing agreement with Utz and Zapp’s brands to launch a line of unique and different take-home hot appetizers. Consumers can now enjoy their favorite snack flavors in hot appetizers, available in the frozen appetizer section of leading retailers.
Veggies Made Great, a leader in unique veggie-rich foods, expands its distribution in both number of stores and available product offerings at Target by popular consumer demand. In June, Target will carry two new flavors; the popular Veggies Made Great Blueberry Oat Muffins and the top selling Spinach Egg White Frittatas.
Check out the September 2020 edition of Refrigerated & Frozen Foods: Cold storage construction and COVID-19, how foodservice is adapting to coronavirus challenges, SugarCreek, 2020 cold storage construction guide & directory and much more!