It is an impossible task, but we love impossible tasks here at Deli Market News—they keep us aware, connected, and nimble. The challenge I am referring to, at present, is narrowing down to just a handful of innovations, the products that caught my eye over the course of the month. For me, it comes down to how well such innovations appeal to all my senses as a whole: the look, the feel, the taste, the smell, the scent…Some I have held in my hand, others I have just assessed from afar, but each has a promise of a holistic experience inspired to drive sales and repeat purchases across the buy-side landscape. Here are those products that have made such an impression on this Deli Market News writer.
Savory and sweet? I am in. Blended with real cocoa and dried tart cherries before being rolled in tiny semi-sweet chocolate chips, this is where the cheese category continues to reveal its magic to me. Decadent only begins to describe such a feat and the flavor combination balances out the dessert palate with a splash of tart and tangy. Such a product should be at the gateway to a cheese department and the exit as well.
Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day. In reality, I can eat breakfast foods at any hour—just give me convenience. Graciously, APPLEGATE NATURALS™ has done just that. With the debut of its Frittata Bites, APPLEGATE is bringing consumers eggs and meat Certified Humane, fulfilling the desire for natural ingredients, clean protein, and that coveted convenience. This new line features Egg, Uncured Bacon, and Cheese and Egg, Chicken Sausage, Red Pepper, Onion, and Spinach Frittata Bites.
I love the idea of cheese you can grill. I am a texture fanatic and playing up the flavors with a slight char and a little heat will hook consumers in any season. With FrieslandCampina’s Queso Blanco, shoppers can experience a versatile cheese that is made for cross-merchandising; think a grilling destination or meat department demos. Showcased in the Gayo Azul brand, this product is sure to inspire a sales trajectory worth investing in.
A great partnership can bring together one hell of a meeting of the minds as a recent move by PS Seasoning has done. The spice innovators recently showcased a partnership with two well-known TikTok creators to debut a new series of BBQ rubs. Marco Sanchez of @woodfirewhiskey and Breanna Stark of @marriedtobbq partnered with PS Seasoning to create the company’s first-ever Collaborator Series, a set of custom rubs that include The Eye Opener Coffee Bourbon Rub and Say I Moo Glitter SPG Rub—a magical, edible glitter seasoning. Need I say more? If you want to know how this feat was accomplished, check out the story in full. I, for one, never thought I would love a little glitter with my BBQ.
I am not even gluten-intolerant and I have this bread in my home. I am not exaggerating when I say that it has replaced my traditional bread options many times—and now with a soy-free attribute, it will make a permanent place on my shelves. The quality, flavor, and texture are amazing and bring a line of recipes for everyone: Artisan Baker White, Artisan Baker Multigrain, and Artisan Baker 10 Grains & Seeds Breads. I have even shifted my retailer choices to shops that provide this option and I have a feeling that other consumers will too.
I hope I have given our buy-side audience a little food for thought, if not deliciousness for their bellies. Stay tuned for next month when we bring you our August Picks!