September is many things to me: the beginning of fall, the return of the PSL, the ability to wear a cardigan in California without collapsing from heat stroke. But it also happens to be a month when flavorful innovations and product launches abound.
To see which products caught my eye—and will catch the eyes of consumers—look no further than my Top Five Picks below…
I am 100 percent a pumpkin spice girlie, so, naturally, when I saw Montchevre’s Spiced Pumpkin goat cheese log, I emitted a sound heard only by those attuned to the spooky things in life. The seasonal flavors also include Cranberry Cinnamon and Truffle, so there’s no end to the autumnal combinations I can create. The logs can be spread, warmed, crumbled—you name it, they have an application for it. My charcuterie board will not be without these amazing flavors, and I suggest you don’t go without either.
Portable. Hummus. Need I say more? I’ve been obsessed with hummus for as long as I can remember, and I never realized how badly I needed a travel-friendly option until Ithaca Hummus released its squeezable pouch, the Ithaca Squeeze. Marketed as extremely kid-friendly, the pouch is protein-packed, meaning that any kid—or kid at heart—will have ample opportunity to get their snack on whenever they need to.
We love a partnership story! Known for their places in the specialty meat sector, Schaller & Weber and Lady Edison are working together to ensure that Lady Edison’s products hit a larger audience. The company’s Extra Fancy Country Ham will be available for distribution out of Schaller & Weber’s warehouse—and I, for one, think that’s a beautiful thing. Dry-cured, unsmoked, and aged for two years, this ham will be exclusively offered by Schaller & Weber. Sounds like a win for both companies!
Cover any fruit in chocolate and I’m there. Make that a date, and I’m knocking down the door! Bard Valley Natural Delights® recently released its Truffles product line, which offers the delectable combination of Medjool dates and smooth chocolate. Bridging the gap across multiple departments, you can merchandise Truffles anywhere from grab-and-go to the produce aisle. Maybe we’ll start seeing more deli items in that space? After all, every charcuterie board needs its cheese, meat, and dates. I don’t make the rules.
A self-proclaimed pumpkin spice girlie, I am also a proud garlic girlie. You know the kind that ignores the suggested instructions of one clove and adds 10 instead? So when Litehouse announced its new Garlic Ranch dressing, I was basically frothing at the mouth. Both dressing and dip, the Garlic Ranch flavor is one I know will be great on everything from a veggie platter to a sandwich wrap. Excuse me while I go buy these in bulk!
October is about to be spook-tacular, so stay tuned for our picks next month!