Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Be Active Brands, Inc is “Moo-ving” Probiotics to the Next Level in Consumer Goods

Ice Cream Industry Innovator Introduces
Jala™ Bars and Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 27, 2011 - When Marc Wexler and Sam Pugliese, took an impromptu trip to the Kentucky Derby together, one wouldn’t have guessed it would change history. Well ice cream history that is. Both men had successful careers in beer distribution, a thirst for life, and a love of horses, but ice cream never really entered their minds. But it was on this trip that Sam suggested an opportunity to his friend to supply a premeasured yogurt mix to ice cream and yogurt shops. That suggestion then turned into their manufacturing the product on their own and distributing it themselves in the form of frozen dessert sandwiches call “Silhouette.”

Through the contacts they had developed in their earlier careers, Marc and Sam went door to door to retailers, introducing them to the revolutionary confection. With a little luck, and a lot of tenacity, they slowly built up a retail footprint.

When they were opening up their own factory in nearby Brooklyn, they renamed their product to Skinny Cow™, and the rest is history. “It was amazing that this little company of four people was able to put all of that together so well, said Sam Pugliese. “ Now, a few years later, we are at it again at Be Active Brands, launching Jala™ Bars.”

Only this time, the marketplace is very familiar with Sam Pugliese and Marc Wexler, the two men that made ice cream a not so guilty pleasure. Just when people thought good couldn’t get better, the two creative confectionaries formed Be Active Brands™, Incorporated and introduced Jala™ Bars to the market, the all-natural frozen yogurt bars and sandwiches.

Each delicious Jala™ bar contains just 110 calories and is rich in antioxidants and probiotics - which may help to promote healthy digestion and boost the immune system. Jala™ Bars are also a good source of the calcium, offering approximately 10% of the recommended daily allowance for calcium and about one third of the recommended daily allowances of Vitamins A, C and E. The bars come in three delicious flavors, Vanilla Blueberry Swirl, Vanilla Pomegranate Swirl, and Lemon Sweet Tea Swirl. The Jala™ Chocolate Fudge Bars are one of the first ice cream products in the world to feature the potential health benefits of probiotics.


Jala™ Yogurt Sandwiches are available in 2 delicious and low fat flavors - Vanilla Chocolate Combination and Low Fat Vanilla Sandwiches. Each Jala™ sandwich is only 140 calories and contains 2.5 grams of fat. Jala™ Bars and Sandwiches are the only all-natural yogurt and ice cream products that contain active probiotic cultures.

“It’s the mission for us here at Be Active Brands™, we have always believed in developing products that not only taste good, but are good for you. Jala™ Bars is no different,” company co-founder Sam Pugliese states. “We saw a void in the marketplace for a healthy treat that contained essential vitamins, anti-oxidants and probiotics, that how we arrived at Jala™ Bars.”

What is Jala? Jala refers to a traditional Sanskrit term for a form of cleansing practiced in traditional yoga. “Essentially, Jala™ refers to the health benefits of the active probiotics that are in the products themselves,” quotes Marc Wexler, Be Active Brands™ second co-founder. “It also refers to how you feel after having the product itself… all the delicious indulgence without any of the guilt.”

It’s been a fast track to market for Be Active Brands™, partly due the reputation and relationships created when Wexler and Pugliese developed Skinny Cow, then complimented by the product’s quality and taste. Jala™ Bars and Yogurt Sandwiches are already available many retailers throughout New England and southern states such as Stop and Shop, Publix, Shop Rite, C Town Markets, D’Agustino’s Supermarkets, HEB Stores, Giant Foods, Whole Foods, and others.

Be Active Brands is targeting fall 2011 for full national expansion of the brand. If history repeats itself for these two visionaries, that shouldn’t be a stretch at all, haven taken their first product from $o in sales their first year to over $76,000,000 in sales a year. If history does repeat itself, at least in the history of ice cream, it looks like it will just keep getting better for the rest of us thanks to Be Active Brands™. For a complete list of Jala™ product retailers, or for more information about Jala™ Bars and Jala™ Yogurt Sandwiches visit: http://www.Jalabars.com.

About Be Active Brands™: Be Active Brands™, Inc. manufactures frozen yogurt and fudge bars. It offers ice creams and bars in various flavors, such as vanilla pomegranate swirl, lemon green sweet tea swirl, vanilla blueberry swirl, and chocolate fudge. The company provides its products through retail stores in the northeast regions of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and more. Founded by the creators of Skinny Cow Ice Cream products, Be Active Brands™ was incorporated in 2009 and is based in New York, New York. For more information visit: http://www.Jalabars.com

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Friendly's Girl Scouts Thin Mints Cookie Ice Cream Cake Brings Together Two American Favorites

WILBRAHAM, MA--(Marketwire - Apr 25, 2011) - Friendly's introduces the Friendly's Girl Scouts Thin Mints™ Cookies Ice Cream Cake. Under a new license agreement with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the ice cream experts at Friendly's have created a frozen confection that incorporates the top-selling Girl Scout Cookie variety -- Thin Mints.
Friendly's premium chocolate ice cream with chunks of Girl Scout Thin Mints™ brand cookies and a crunchy Girl Scout Thin Mints™ cookie center is covered with rich chocolate truffle. The entire cake is then topped with more Girl Scout Thin Mints™ cookie chunks and a crisscross drizzle of fudge.

"We are very excited to introduce this delicious dessert that combines two of America's best loved treats -- Girl Scout Thin Mints and Friendly's ice cream," said Tim Hopkins, Friendly's Executive Vice President, Retail and Manufacturing.

"Girl Scouts is pleased to be working with Friendly's to expand awareness of our organization to grocery store shoppers, and Girl Scout Cookie aficionados will now have a new way to enjoy their favorite treat," said Barry Horowitz, GSUSA's Vice President and General Manager, Girl Scout Merchandise.

Friendly's Girl Scouts Thin Mints Cookie Cake will be available at all Friendly's restaurants and select retail locations beginning in April.

About Friendly Ice Cream Corporation
Friendly Ice Cream Corporation is a vertically integrated restaurant company serving signature sandwiches, entrees and ice cream desserts in a friendly, family environment with system-wide sales of $700 million and distribution through more than 4,000 retail locations. With a 75-year operating history, Friendly's enjoys strong brand recognition and is currently revitalizing its restaurants and introducing new products to grow its customer base. For additional information please visit http://www.friendlys.com/.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with more than three million girl and adult members. Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girls Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit http://www.girlscouts.org/.

Dubba's Note: This is a 60 fl. oz. cake and will run you about $20

Monday, April 25, 2011

Jack in the Box® Adds Blackberry to Line of Real Ice Cream Shakes

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hail the blackberry! Ballyhooed by various cultures for centuries as a miracle fruit, the blackberry is now set to cure the shake cravings of Jack in the Box® guests. For a limited time beginning today, Jack in the Box restaurants are adding Blackberry to their line of real ice cream shakes.


“This is a great time of year to add the distinct flavor of blackberry to our shake menu,” said Tammy Bailey, division vice president of menu marketing and promotions for Jack in the Box Inc. “Our Chocolate and Oreo Cookie Shakes are still guest favorites, but with the months heating up, a lot of people will be looking for an indulgent treat with a flavor profile that’s a bit more refreshing. When Jack in the Box first introduced a Blackberry Shake in 2007, it was one of our best selling flavors.”

Available in 16- and 24-ounce sizes, the new Blackberry Shake is made with real ice cream and blackberry-flavored syrup and features whipped topping and a Maraschino cherry on top.

About Jack in the Box Inc.

Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK), based in San Diego, is a restaurant company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box® restaurants, one of the nation’s largest hamburger chains, with more than 2,200 restaurants in 19 states. Additionally, through a wholly owned subsidiary, the company operates and franchises Qdoba Mexican Grill®, a leader in fast-casual dining, with more than 500 restaurants in 43 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit http://www.jackinthebox.com/.

Dubba's note: So it's limited and it's new, but it's been around before? Oh I'd complain about the doublespeak, but honestly, this sounds good and I wish I could try it!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Chaney's goes national.... sort of

Kentucky ice cream hot spot Chaney's Dairy Barn went National this week, national TV that is. My beloved FX show "Justified"  shows US Marshall Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) using a pint of Chaney's as a distraction as he sneaks out the back door to go do a little investigating on his own.


Being me, I immediately went to investigate this mysterious ice cream as soon as the show was over. I had a little trouble guessing the spelling, but I got there, and sure enough, my suspicions were confirmed when Chaney's posted the above picture. I'm guessing the use of Chaney's has much to do with the fact that they were picked by USA Today as the best spot in Kentucky. Ofcourse, the real Harlan is over 200 miles east of Bowling Green, and to be honest I'm not even 100% sure those pints even exist, but either way, you can't beat free publicity!

 Only two more episodes left of season 2 of Justified, but don't worry, there will be a season 3!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Kemps to be sold to Dairy Farmers of America

After 7 years, Hood LLC will sell of Kemps to Dairy Farmers of America. Kemps is the upper midwest company responsible for Kemps, Green's, Hagan, and Arrowhead(?) ice cream and treats. They also make private label ice cream for other companies like Stone Ridge Creamery (SuperValu).

There's no press release yet, but read the whole story here.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mayfield Welcomes Warmer Weather
With Debut of New Ice Creamier Flavors

Braves baseball and O’Charley’s dessert inspire new Mayfield Ice Cream flavors

Athens, Tenn. (April 19, 2011) – To celebrate the start of warmer weather, Mayfield Dairy has introduced one new Creamier Churn and four new Select Ice Creamier flavors—and an O’Charley’s dessert-inspired treat leads the field of new additions.

“Our new flavors are delicious additions to our ice cream product line,” said Mayfield President Scottie Mayfield. “Ice cream lovers of all ages will really enjoy these flavors featuring rich, creamy ice cream and premium ingredients.”

If caramel is what you crave, then you can now enjoy the delicious caramel of O'Charley's famous caramel pie by the scoop. Mayfield O'Charley's Caramel Pie Ice Cream is a rich, delectable medley of caramel ice cream, swirled sweet caramel, graham cracker pieces and chocolate-covered caramel cups.

Mayfield Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream is a dream-come-true for ice cream lovers that have longed for a peanut butter and fudge combination from Mayfield. Peanut Butter Fudge features chocolate ice cream with a swirl of peanut butter—simple, delicious and sure to be an instant hit.

Mayfield Bear Claw Ice Cream features creamy dark chocolate ice cream filled with chocolate-coated cashews and luscious swirled caramel. Ice cream connoisseurs will do just about anything to get their paws on a bowl of this new treat.

For Atlanta Braves fans, Mayfield Triple Play is a home run. The official ice cream of the Braves, Triple Play features white chocolate ice cream with a raspberry puree and raspberry-filled chocolate cups. Mayfield Triple Play Ice Cream, in the Atlanta Braves commemorative carton, is available while supplies last in select stores.

And last, but certainly not least, there is Mayfield Creamier Churn Moose Tracks. Featuring vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups swirled with fudge, health conscious ice cream lovers will enjoy this indulgent treat that is made with half the fat of regular ice cream.

“I may be a little biased, but I think these new flavors are going to be a huge hit,” said Mr. Mayfield. “They’re just the latest reasons we say it’s not just ice cream, it’s ice creamier.”

Mayfield’s four new Select Ice Creamier and one Creamier Churn flavors, along with a new pint offering of Mayfield Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, are in stores now.

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About Mayfield Dairy Farms
Founded in 1910, Mayfield Dairy Farms is celebrating 100 years of delivering fresh, great-tasting products customers love. Based in Athens, Tenn., Mayfield offers a full line of milk, cultured and ice cream products and serves nine Southeastern states. Tours of the dairy’s plants in Athens, Tennessee and Braselton, Georgia offer an inside look into the history, production and great flavor of Mayfield products. To learn more about Mayfield Dairy Farms, visit http://www.mayfielddairy.com/, or on Facebook at facebook.com/MayfieldDairyFarms.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

3 more flavors from Mars!

2010 saws the introduction of M&M chocolate ice creamSnickers vanilla ice cream and Twix caramel ice cream (image) from Mars. It apparently went well because there are 3 more flavors coming!! I nearly wet myself when I saw the words "Snickers" and "Rocky Road" next to each other.

SNICKERS® Rocky Road Ice Cream
Chocolate and marshmallow ice cream, chocolate-covered peanuts
and chopped SNICKERS Bar pieces.

TWIX® Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Peanut Butter ice cream, chocolate swirls, cookie balls
and chopped pieces of TWIX Cookie Bars.

MILKY WAY® Ice Cream
Chocolate malt ice cream, smooth caramel and chocolate chunks.
(my review here)

Availability began in January 2011


Building on the success of Mars Ice Cream pints introduced in early 2010, the company is adding three more flavors to the portfolio, bringing the total to six choices.


The new Candy Pints have everything you expect from Mars Ice Cream: real ice cream quality, great taste and iconic brands — all at a good value. The delicious new flavors are ideal for consumers who desire 16 ounces of real ice cream, not a frozen dairy dessert.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Two new Target Ben & Jerry's flavors

Guess what? April is national volunteering month and so Scoop It Forward is back with two new flavors. Check out this article about the new target flavors Volun-Tiramisu and Peanut Butter World. With Brownie Chew Gooder and Berry Voluntary, that makes 4 flavors in all!

photo courtesy of eat my words

Volun-tiramisu (would  looks like Tsunami to me) is coffee mascarpone ice cream with cocoa dusted coffee rum lady finger pieces. As long as it's more tiramisu than it is coffee, it should be decent.

Peanut Butter World is milk chocolate ice cream with peanut butter swirls and chocolate cookie swirls, and since I love pb & chocolate, and since I love that great chocolate cookie swirl, this one should be awesome.

Update: Ok, check out my Volun-Tiramisu review

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Coconut Bliss announces four new flavors


Coconut Bliss Revolutions Ice Cream— Again —
With Four New Flavors Featuring Coconut Sugar & Superfoods.

The Organic, Coconut Milk-Based Frozen Dessert Line Is Still Soy-, Dairy-,
Cholesterol-, Gluten-, And Cane Sugar-Free, But Features Bold And Exciting New Tastes.

EUGENE, OR — A little more than five years after Luna & Larry launched their first retail-ready line of Coconut Bliss ice cream, featuring groundbreaking all-organic ingredients such as coconut milk and agave syrup, the company is blazing a new trail with the introduction of four new flavors featuring coconut sugar, a sweetener new to the food scene, and superfoods.

"Introducing new flavors is big news for us because we only do so after a lot of testing in our home kitchen, months of testing with our tasting team, and when we are sure we have a winner," says Larry Kaplowitz, co-founder of Bliss Unlimited, LLC. "But we are doubly excited this time because of our new ingredient, coconut sugar, which, to our knowledge, no other ice cream maker is using."

According to tester reports, coconut sugar has added a richer flavor and distinct caramel tones to the four new flavors, which include Ginger Cookie Caramel, Chocolate Walnut Brownie, Mocha Maca Crunch, and Lunaberry Swirl.

"Coconut Bliss lovers will be delighted with the new flavors — some of which were inspired by customer requests — and the luscious taste that coconut sugar adds to them. It's quite different than agave syrup." explains Kaplowitz.

All the new flavors feature coconut sugar and are free of soy, dairy, gluten, and cane sugar. All ingredients are certified organic, non-GMO, and are fair trade when possible.


Ginger Cookie Caramel features Spicy Cookies And Creamy Caramel In Rich Vanilla
Ingredients include: Organic caramel sauce made with coconut milk & coconut sugar,
organic gluten free ginger cookies made by Pamelaʼs™ Products with organic coconut sugar.

Chocolate Walnut Brownie is A Divine Treat for Chocolate Lovers
Ingredients include: Organic gluten free chocolate brownies made by Pamelaʼs™
Products with organic coconut sugar & organic walnuts.

Mocha Maca Crunch features Coffee & Cacao Nibs Enhanced with Maca.
Ingredients include: Organic cacao nibs sweetened with organic coconut sugar, organic
maca, organic fair trade coffee, and organic mesquite.

Lunaberry Swirl features Luscious Berries Swirled in Creamy Vanilla.
Ingredients include: Organic wild blueberries, organic strawberries, organic
blackberries, and organic coconut sugar.

Bliss Unlimited, LLC was founded to create a satisfying ice cream without the health
and ecological impacts associated with dairy, soy, gluten, or sugar. As a healthful whole
food, consciously prepared from nutritious, natural, and beneficial ingredients, Coconut
Bliss® is the evolution of ice cream. USDA-certified organic and 100 percent vegan,
Coconut Bliss® is based on naturally rich, cholesterol-free coconut milk — which is
packed with lauric acid and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) — and agave syrup, a
natural low-glycemic sweetener. The company values ecological and social
sustainability, and strives to use the highest quality and most ethically-produced organic
ingredients it can find. The company is privately-owned and based in Eugene, Oregon,
and has been operating since winter 2005. For more information about Coconut Bliss®
products and where to buy it, visit http://www.coconutbliss.com/.

About Bliss Unlimited

NOT NEW - Starbucks Mocha frappuccino Ice Cream Bars

It always amazes that I can go to a place like BJs wholesale club and find what appears to be a new product because I've never seen them before.


Yet I go out on the internet and discover these came out 2 years ago. That's right, they were part of the original Starbucks release. Searching for reviews.... searching for reviews.... here's one from last year FROM MALAYSIA and that's about it.

Hey, if anyone from Starbucks is out there, you might want to consider pushing some free samples out to the bloggers of the world to get more press for these things.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Waffle cone flavored ice cream?

Now it's only available at stands that serve Perry's, but they've come out with a waffle cone flavored base with sprinkles mixed in. Now that's unique (and way tastier than this) Check out their blog post here.

Breyers closing two plants

174 Breyers employees are now out of work now that their 47 year old plant in Framingham is being shut down. About 30 employees with hang around until the official closing at the end of May. It's not that Breyers is having trouble, it's that they've moved production to a more modern and efficient plant in Convington, Tennessee. Breyers Hagerstown, Maryland plant is next in line and will be closed by the end of the year. (per the Boston Globe)

photo from google maps street view

I'm going to miss this plant. I always loved driving down the turnpike and being reassured that fresh Breyers was close at hand.

from bing maps bird's eye view

This shutdown is actually two years in the making and explains why they painted over the silo awhile back... also notice the old Sealtest logo on the building on the right. Funny how brands fade away... well, technically Sealtest still exists in Canada, but they no longer sell ice cream.

It's good that this is a production move and not a shutdown, but it's still sad. Good luck to everyone that was let go, there are lots of people out there who know exactly how you must feel right now.