Taking center stage

Compiled by Elizabeth Louise Hatt

Packed with new products and flavors for retailers’ fresh departments, IDDBA’s Deli-Dairy-Bake 2011 runs June 5 through 7 in Anaheim. Here is a selection of items retailers need to check out.

DAIRY

Gouda, Cheddar & 3 Cheese
The 100% farmer-owned cooperative that makes Borden Cheese introduces two varieties of Borden Singles Sensations, Extra Sharp Cheddar and 3 Cheese Italiano, as well as Gouda cheese, available in chunks, slices and shreds. Borden Cheese is marketed by Global Dairy Products Group, a division of Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. www.FriendsOfElsie.com.

Goat milk goodness
Couturier North America’s Soignon goat milk products are a good source of protein and calcium. The company’s goat cheeses are available ripened or fresh, semi-soft or with a rind.

Crystal Farms adds cheeses
Crystal Farms offers a line of white and yellow Premium American Cheese and a Smoked Cheddar Cheese, all available in 8-ounce chunk and 8-ounce deli slices. www.crystalfarmscheese.com.

More flavor, less fat
All-natural and lactose-free, Finlandia Lacey Swiss Cheese is made from pure cow’s milk and has less fat and sodium than other cheeses. www.finlandiacheese.com.

Cracker-cut cheese
Great Lakes Cheese Co.’s new package of cracker-cut cheese slices includes 30 slices in a ready-to-serve, recyclable, tamper-proof tray that stacks for merchandising. www.greatlakescheese.com.

Flavorful butter
Marketed by Global Dairy Products Group, a division of Dairy Farmers of America, Plugrá European-Style Flavored Butters are infused with premium herbs, spices and fruit. Flavors include Chive & Onion, Sun-Dried Tomato Herb and Honey with Orange Zest. www.plugra.com.

Nuts for almond butter

Ready Roast Nut Co. has introduced Natural Almond Butter, made from dry-roasted almonds, in a convenient 12-ounce jar. info@readyroast.com.

Cheese with a kick

Debuting at IDDBA, Steakhouse Onion Cheddar, made by Yancey’s Fancy New York State Artisan Cheeses, is a mix of cheddar cheese, onion and horseradish. Also available is a Fresh Killer Dill Cheddar. Both are available in wheels and wedges. www.yanceysfancy.com.

DELI

Free Au Jus
Charlie’s Pride Meats is offering free Au Jus mix. Retailers can attract customers and increase deli sales by offering one packet free with every purchase of one pound or more of Charlie’s Pride Beef, say officials. www.charliespride.com.

Baked and popped
Classic Foods introduces Baked Classics Popped Crisps, available in Mesquite BBQ, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper and Vanilla Frosting flavors. They are packaged in 110-120 calorie, single-serve bags. www.classicfoods.com.

Saucy sandwiches
Conroy Foods introduces Beano’s Smokey Bacon Sandwich Sauce. This creamy savory blend is perfect on turkey sandwiches, cheeseburgers, baked potatoes, scallops and appetizers, say officials. www.conroyfoods.com.

Black angus roast beef
Creekstone Farms Black Angus Roast Beef is made from genetically verified Black Angus cattle raised in the U.S. Company officials say the roast beef has ultimate flavor and tenderness. www.creekstonefarms.com.

Full of falafel
Falafel Republic introduces fresh, heat and eat falafel that is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. Available in convenient 6-ounce packages, the falafel comes ready for merchandising. www.falafelrepublic.com.

Crunchy crackers

With seven all-natural, gluten-free varieties, including new flavors White Cheddar and Roasted Vegetable Multi-Grain, Crunchmaster Crackers are the perfect complement to your gourmet dips, Artisan cheeses and other toppings, say company officials. www.crunchmaster.com.

Have a ball
Hormel Foods’ Cheese Ball Party Tray includes Hormel Honey Ham, Hormel Pepperoni, a 10-ounce Kaukauna Mild Cheddar Cheese Ball coated with Almonds and 8 ounces of Keebler Townhouse crackers. The tray will be available to ship Sept. 1. www.hormelfoods.com.

Southern smoked

Old Southern Smoked Pork Ribs and Old Southern Smoked Chicken join IFS’s offerings. The pork ribs are hand rubbed and then sweet hickory smoked for hours to lock in flavor, while the chicken is hand rubbed in a 24-spice blend and then slow smoked, say officials. www.ifs-dw.com.

Beans & bacon
Kettle Cuisine adds Yankee Bean & Bacon Soup to its line of premium quality, all-natural soups, chilis and chowders. This creation combines slow-cooked white beans, uncured bacon, tender potatoes and sautéed onions in simmered tomatoes and handcrafted beef stock. www.kettlecuisine.com.

Meatball party

King’s Command Foods introduces a Certified Angus Beef Meatball Party Platter. This two compartment microwavable tray comes frozen with two meatball packages, Sweet Chili sauce and BBQ sauce. www.kingscommand.com.

Mediterranean tastes
Mediterranean Brands introduces Falafel Crisps, Falafel Burgers and Mediterranean Hummus. www.mediterraneanbrands.net.

Tasteful crackers
Partners Gourmet Artisan Deli Crackers are now packaged in attractive cellophane. They are available in three flavors and two sizes—flatbread or hors d’oeuvre—and come in approximately 5-ounce packages with nine per case. facebook.com/partnerscrackers.

Chicken wings and strips

Pilgrim’s Pride Honey-Dipt Boneless Wings are made with a crunchy, crispy batter and deep-seasoned with real honey. Also available are Tempura-Battered Chicken Strips, made with a light tempura batter and prepared in a classic Asian style with 100% breast meat. www.pilgrims.com.

Heat n’ serve
Raybern Foods offers its authentic New York Deli Style Heat N’ Serve Sandwiches. With classics like Philly Cheesesteak and a variety of others, the sandwiches take only 90 seconds to cook in the microwave. www.raybernfoods.com.

Low ‘n’ slow

Officials at Rocky Mountain Products say their Real Pit BBQ Tri-Tip and real wood smoked Real Pit Pulled Pork are barbecued “low ‘n’ slow.” Both are ready serve in less than five minutes. www.rockymountainproduct.com.

Pasta hats
Rosina Food Products’ new Celentano Cappelletti pasta is filled with a blend of creamy ricotta cheese, Pecorino Romano cheese and a mixture of savory spices. www.rosina.com.

Thin and crispy pizza
S.A. Piazza’s Fire Baked Thin Crust Pizza is made the old fashioned way, with only the finest ingredients, say company officials. The pizza is available in Pepperoni and Supreme. www.sapiazza.com.

Pizza for one
Stefano Foods’ 7.5-ounce European Style Tuscanni Handheld Pizza is fully baked, pre-labeled and shipped frozen packaged in a plastic clamshell with a marinara dipping sauce. www.stefanofoods.com.

U.S. Potato Board
Retailers can receive a free booklet of new deli-tested potato recipes and ideas to attract customers from the U.S. Potato Board. For recipes and nutrition information, visit potatogoodness.com/foodService. www.uspotatoes.com.

BAKERY

Simple cupcakes
Bake’n Joy’s 2.5-ounce premixed and pre-measured cupcake batter comes in today’s most popular flavors, including red velvet, chocolate and yellow. www.bakenjoy.com.

Coffee cakes
Made with pure, natural ingredients and zero trans fat, Boston Coffee Cake’s 21-ounce All Natural Coffee Cakes are available in four popular flavors, Cinnamon Walnut, Apple Cinnamon Walnut, Blueberry and Marble Madness. www.bostoncoffeecake.com.

Monkeying around

Bridgford introduces single-serve monkey bread. The sweet cinnamon pull-apart bread treat is already baked and ready to heat and eat after 30 seconds in the microwave. www.bridgford.com.

Seasonal sweets
DecoPac presents Seasonal Theaters, It’s Fangtastic and Cupcakes for Santa seasonal programs for cake, cupcake and confectionary decorations and merchandising. www.decopac.com.

One at a time
Lawrence Foods’ Pie-At-A-Time allows consumers to make one 9-inch pie in just four easy steps. Each box contains one 40-ounce pouch of ready-to-use whole fruit filling in apple, blueberry, cherry and peach varieties. www.lawrencefoods.com/Pie-At-A-Time.aspx.

Holy cannoli

Golden Cannoli products are all-natural, kosher, have zero trans fat and no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. www.goldencannoli.com.

Gourmet treats
Seattle Gourmet Foods’ Deluxe Butter Biscotti Bites are made with the finest ingredients and dipped in the highest quality chocolate, say company officials. They come in a variety of sizes to provide retailers with merchandising options. www.seattlegourmetfoods.com.

PACKAGING

Keeping it crisp
Anchor Packaging’s award-winning Crisp Food Container relieves moisture so fried foods remain crispy. The containers hold up to 8 large pieces of chicken or fried foods with a 6-inch by 9-inch version coming soon. www.anchorpac.com.

Staying power
Dart Container Corp.’s StayLock clear-hinged lid container line and the PresentaBowls clear bowl line are now available in freezable, crack-resistant PETE. www.dart.biz.

Sample-size
Georgia-Pacific Professional’s Dixie Mini Trays are poly-coated, making them durable and resistant to grease and moisture. Made from one of two sustainable material options, they come in a 4-ounce size. www.gppro.com.

Sandwich safety

Inline Plastics Corp. introduces its Safe-T-Fresh Sandwich Wedge, a clamshell container that highlights its contents and increases shelf life. The tamper resistant container includes the company’s Safe-T-Guard technology. www.inlineplastics.com.

Curtains closed
Miralor USA’s California Gold night curtains keep product safe up to six hours in a power outage, say company officials. The night curtains are equipped with a braking system for smooth release of blinds and are available with two different closures, hooks or magnets. www.miralorusa.com.

Bakery safe
Placon’s Dimensions bakery line keeps muffins, cookies and other bakery items protected from the store to home, say company officials. Made from EcoStar Recycled PET, the packages provide clarity all around to promote in-store sales. www.placon.com.

Hot and fresh
Robbie Fantastic Flexibles introduces two new deli packaging options. Heat N’ Eat Pouches for the cold case and Fresh To Go for the service counter are designed to offer consumer value-added benefits, say company officials. www.robbieflexibles.com.

Staying warm… and cold
ThermoSafe Brands offers its Insulated Shippers in expanded polystyrene or polyurethane. The company also offers its PolarPack refrigerant gel packs and U-tek phase change materials for temperature-sensitive payloads. www.thermosafe.com.

Perfect printing
Westgate Products ElixirPrint Rigid Plastic Packaging offers 4-color process printed containers. Made of microwave-safe, rigid polypropylene, the ElixirPrint process provides high-quality printing for rigid plastic packaging, say company officials. www.westgateproducts.com.

In the oven

WP Kemper Bakery Systems’ Superior Tower Oven is a combination steam convection oven and stone-hearth electric deck oven with networkability. www.wpbakerygroupusa.com.

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