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Avocados From Mexico launched Avo University, the avocado industry’s first educational guide and certification program designed specifically for retail and foodservice professionals.
Online, free of charge and easily accessible, Avo University takes just about half an hour. Among the topics included is information on blooms, how to receive and store avocados, sizing, ripening, proper temperature levels, and product merchandising strategies. The curriculum also helps dispel common misperceptions about avocados and offers tips and techniques to maximize avocado sales and reduce shrinkage. Full Story
Panera Combines Two Fan Favorite Menu Items
Panera is marrying two classic menu items into an entirely new creation: Broccoli Cheddar Mac & Cheese.
Broccoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese was developed by combining two distinct cheddar cheese sauces into a singular velvety blend, simmered with a burst of seasoned broccoli florets and julienned carrots. Guests can now order Broccoli Cheddar Mac & Cheese in Panera bakery-cafes nationwide, starting at $5.79 or as part of a You Pick 2 order. Panera Broccoli Cheddar Mac & Cheese is also available in the refrigerated deli area at select grocery retailers nationwide as the newest addition to Panera’s line of cafe-inspired grocery products. Full Story
Sweet and Savory Breakfast from Cinnabon
Cinnabon is launching the first-ever Cinnabon frozen breakfast creations line.
Now available in the breakfast freezer section retailers nationwide are six new frozen breakfast creations featuring three sweet and three savory dishes. Options include Caramel Pecan Ooey-Gooey Rolls, the Frosting Filled CinnaPastry, Frosted CinnaSweet Swirls, the CinnaBiscuit Chicken Sandwich, Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Bites, and the CheddarRoll Sausage & Egg Sandwich. The line expands on a lineup of sweet grocery products inspired by the classic flavors of Cinnabon, including Breyers Cinnabon, Pillsbury Grands! Cinnamon Rolls, Keurig Cinnabon K-Cup Pods, and International Delight Cinnabon Creamer. Full Story
Sip MTN Dew Cocktails at Red Lobster
Red Lobster and PepsiCo are teaming up for a variety of new menu items, starting with the DEW Garita—the first official MTN DEW cocktail.
Made using a top-secret recipe, the new cocktail will begin rolling out to select Red Lobster restaurants in September and will be available nationwide by the end of 2020. The Red Lobster and PepsiCo innovation teams are also working together to leverage PepsiCo brands across the Frito-Lay and Quaker range of products to co-create tasty menu items. Full Story
Chick-fil-A Adds New Dessert and Coffee Drinks to Menu
Chick-fil-A added a new Chocolate Fudge Brownie and a new blend of specialty grade THRIVE Farmers Hot Coffee to the menu.
A seasonal Mocha Cream Cold Brew beverage—which includes a swirl of cold-brewed coffee, sweetened cream, and chocolate flavored syrup over ice—will also be available at participating locations for a limited time. The new brownie features rich semi-sweet chocolate melted into the batter as well as fudgy chunks. Each treat comes individually wrapped and can be purchased separately or by the tray. Full Story
Guilt-Free Keto-Friendly Ice Cream for the Holidays
Enlightened is getting in the holiday spirit early with the launch of two new seasonal Keto Collection ice cream flavors in a licensing partnership with Delish.
The Enlightened + Delish Fall Collection takes the nostalgic, festive flavors of the holidays and turns them into a duo of keto ice creams with only 1 gram of net carbs per serving with no added sugar. The Pumpkin Cheesecake flavor includes a pint of pumpkin ice cream with a rich cream cheese swirl, while Peppermint Brownie features a swirl of green and red peppermint ice cream packed with fudgy brownie bites and chocolate chips. Full Story
Put Plant-Based Pizzas in Your Freezer
American Flatbread is selling a new line of plant-based, flash-frozen pizzas called Meatless Evolution.
The line, which includes vegetarian and vegan options, has been one of the most highly requested items by American Flatbread consumers. There are four varieties: Vegan Pepperoni, Vegan Meat Lovers, Plant-Based Pepperoni, and Plant-based Supreme. Each 10-inch pizza in the Meatless Evolution line contains three servings per container and will retail for $8.99. They can be purchased starting mid-September at select Harris Teeter locations as well as on the brand’s website. The pizzas will also be available to purchase via the brand’s Amazon storefront page starting in October. Full Story
Captain Morgan Puts a Twist on Classic Fall Fruit
Diageo is launching Captain Morgan Sliced Apple Spiced Rum.
The company took the flavor of Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Rum and added a subtle hint of ginger and fused it together with the taste of fresh cut apples. The beverage can be enjoyed on its own or be used to add variety to signature cocktails like Captain Morgan Apple Crisp or Captain Morgan Apple Mule. It is available nationwide in a 750 mL bottle with an ABV of 35%, and the suggested retail price is $15.99. Full Story
Pringles Delves into Pop Culture with Rick and Morty
Kellogg’s is expanding its collection of limited-edition Pringles flavors inspired by Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty.
In addition to the popular Pickle Rick crisps, the two newest flavors include Honey Mustard Morty and Look at Me! I’m Cheddar & Sour Cream. Honey Mustard Morty has a sweet flavor profile designed to embody Morty Smith’s “well-mannered and blissfully ignorant nature,” while the hint of tanginess reflects the “risky adventures he’s unwillingly roped into by his Grandpa Rick.” Look at Me! I’m Cheddar & Sour Cream captures “Mr. Meeseeks tall, powder-blue figure,” which is naturally emulated in the narrow can. The limited-edition cans will be available at Walmart and on Walmart.com while supplies last. Full Story
Jelly Belly Goes Gourmet
Jelly Belly is introducing gourmet chocolate truffles and bars featuring its iconic shape and flavors.
Jelly Belly Gourmet Milk Chocolate Truffles will combine milk chocolate with one of the nine featured flavors including Chocolate, Orange, Very Cherry, Coconut, Strawberry Cheesecake, Mint, French Vanilla, Lemon Meringue Pie, and Blueberry. The truffle flavors are available in a 16-piece gift box. The chocolate bars include bean shaped centers encased in meltaway milk chocolate. The bars are available in Very Cherry and Mint and have six break-apart squares. Full Story
Boost Immunity with Elderberry Sparkling Water
Weller, provider of functional and wellness-focus beverages, is introducing its first non-CBD product, Sparkling Immunity.
The latest fizzy innovation was motivated by increased consumer interest in immune-boosting products due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Freshly squeezed elderberry juice is the sparkling water’s main ingredient, filling each can with natural immune-boosting power from antioxidants and vitamins, while secondary fruit flavors like peach, strawberry and lemon-lime round out the palate. Its core nutrient profile consists of vitamin C, vitamin D3, zinc, and magnesium. In conjunction with the product launch, Weller will donate beverages to frontline workers and organizations. Full Story