Monday, May 30, 2011

REAL ICE CREAM WARNING ISSUED
BY DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA

Ice cream lovers warned to avoid being fooled by 'frozen desserts'

MONTREAL, May 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is warning Canadians to avoid being fooled by 'frozen desserts' pretending to be real ice cream. DFC is urging consumers to look for the 100% Canadian Milk symbol on the package as a guarantee they are buying the real thing. DFC is also directing ice cream lovers to visit www.realicecream.ca to get the scoop on how to make sure they are buying real ice cream and not 'frozen desserts'.

The ice cream freezer in grocery stores has recently become home to an increasing number of products that are not ice cream at all, but rather, 'frozen desserts'. Unlike real ice cream, 'frozen desserts' are made mostly with edible vegetable oils that lack the nutrients naturally found in milk. In fact, the oils used in 'frozen desserts' — such as palm kernel oil or coconut oil — are the very same oils consumers are trying to avoid in their diets. Real ice cream, on the other hand, is made from wholesome milk, including ingredients derived from milk and nothing else.

"Just because something looks like ice cream, doesn't mean it is ice cream. It's often difficult for consumers to spot the difference," says assistant director, marketing and nutrition communications at Dairy Farmers of Canada, Solange Heiss. "Consumers are often unaware that the brands they buy and trust are not ice cream at all, but rather a lesser product masquerading as the real thing."

'Frozen desserts' are marketed in similar packaging and labelling as ice cream; they're merchandised in the freezer alongside ice cream; and the words 'frozen dessert' are often stamped on the package in very small print that is easy for consumers to miss.


Look for the 100% Canadian Milk Symbol
Dairy products bearing the 100% Canadian Milk symbol certify the origin of the milk used - renowned for its high quality, purity and great taste - and buying it supports local dairy producers and the economy. Dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk are rich in essential nutrients and are part of a healthy diet.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada
Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) strives to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry, today and in the future. DFC works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy producers and to promote quality Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk as part of a healthy balanced diet.

Dubba's Note: Sorry, but I had to post this one. Question is, I wonder if this argument holds up for the U.S.? I've checked Breyers and Edy's, but I'm not seeing a whole lot of oil in the frozen dairy desserts.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Kemp's Next Flavor

Do you live in  Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin? Are you 18 or older? Then you can think up a new flavor to submit to Kemp's and maybe you will win the $2500 prize!

Check out more info at kempsnextflavor.com

Dubba's note: site appears to be going for the whole facebook integration thing

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Poppy Seeds and Basil in Ice Cream?
Only at Cold Stone Creamery This Summer

Lemon Poppy Seed, Strawberry Basil just two
of the new Cold Stone ice cream flavors

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Cold Stone Creamery’s Tastemaster™ is unveiling four new innovative ice cream flavors as part of the Gold Cone™ Collection. Throughout the prime ice cream season, Cold Stone Creamery locations will add these unique flavors and new ice cream Creations into the lineup of indulgent treats.

The Gold Cone Collection began in April 2010, showcasing a rotation of ice cream flavors each exhibiting the gold standard of super-premium ice cream. All Gold Cone flavors are available for a limited time only in all Cold Stone Creamery locations nationwide. In addition, each Gold Cone ice cream flavor will be featured in a Creation™, a delectable pairing of the ice cream with perfectly complementary mix-ins specifically chosen by our Tastemaster.

“No culinary trend is out of reach for the ice cream industry, and I’m excited to bring several unique trends to Cold Stone Creamery locations this summer. The tastes you’ll experience will remind you of your favorite bakery items, herbal fruit blends and even summery cocktails - the nonalcoholic version of course,” said Ray Karam, Cold Stone Creamery Tastemaster.


The Cold Stone Tastemaster has developed an intriguing palate of ice cream flavors, kicking off the summer with the surprising sweet and tangy combination of Lemon Poppy Seed Ice Cream in May. The beautifully bright yellow ice cream sprinkled with real poppy seeds exhibits the unmistakable taste of a lemon poppy seed muffin.

The month of June will feature Chocolate Hazelnut, an ice cream flavor created by Cold Stone’s Gold Cone Facebook contest winner, Megan Miller. Megan flew to the Cold Stone headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., to compete in developing a new ice cream flavor that Cold Stone lovers around the country would love. With the perfect blend of chocolate and hazelnut, Megan’s ice cream flavor creates the nostalgic taste of a decadent childhood snack.

“The Gold Cone contest gave me the opportunity to work with some of the most devoted fans, which was such an amazing and rewarding experience,” said Karam. “I had a lot of fun being Megan’s assistant in the lab, making a brand new ice cream flavor.”

Cold Stone has pioneered many popular ice cream trends, from layered ice cream cakes to the delicious Cake Batter Ice Cream. Now the ice cream giant is introducing herbs to the menu for the first time in July. Strawberry Basil captures the essence of a classic Italian sweet herb flavor combination that is perfectly refreshing for summer. The unique combination served as a frozen dessert opens new and delicious doors for the ice cream industry.

Rounding out the summer months, Cold Stone locations will serve in August a delicious lime and mint infusion guaranteed to invigorate the taste buds. The new flavor, Mojito Sorbet, is reminiscent of the adult beverage but created in a way for everyone, including children, to enjoy. This nondairy treat has a tantalizingly refreshing effect, making it the perfect relief in the scorching heat.

Following these flavors, the Gold Cone Collection will continue to introduce more unique flavors throughout 2011.

To become a fan of Cold Stone Creamery and learn more about upcoming flavors, visit www.facebook.com/coldstonecreamery.

About Cold Stone Creamery
Cold Stone Creamery delivers The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Cold Stone Creamery is a subsidiary of Kahala, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 12 quick-service restaurant brands. Cold Stone Creamery operates more than 1,500 locations in 17 countries.

For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit www.coldstonecreamery.com. For more information about Kahala, visit www.kahalamgmt.com.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery Presents New Flavors, Combinations and Shakes With Its "Maggie at the Moovies" Celebration

MaggieMoo's Will Debut Four New Flavors, 13 New Ice Cream Combinations, Two New Shakes and an Ice cream Float Each Week Throughout the Summer

ATLANTA, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery announces its "Maggie at the Moovies" celebration, which treats our customers with 16 exciting new ice cream products each week throughout the summer. Maggie will also introduce four new ice cream flavors including Root Beer Ice Cream, Pretzel Ice Cream, Green Apple Ice Cream and Chocolate Malted Ice Cream. The program will kick-off on May 27, 2011 and run for 16 weeks. MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery is managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group.

MaggieMoo's "Maggie at the Moovies" celebration will feature 16 new products, each reminiscent of concession stand-style foods that are prominently featured at movie theatres across the country.

MaggieMoo's "Maggie at the Moovies" weekly releases include:


Krispy Treat – May 27
Udderly Cream Ice Cream, Rice Krispies®, M&M's®, Marshmallow Topping

Cotton Candy – June 3
Cotton Candy Ice Cream, Rainbow Sprinkles, Gummy Bears, Marshmallow Topping

Twisted Pretzel – June 10
Pretzel Ice Cream Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Pecans, Chocolate Syrup

Chocolate Covered Waffle – June 17
Chocolate Ice Cream, Goobers®, Chocolate Covered Waffle Cone, Pieces of Sea Salt, Caramel Topping

Root Beer Float – June 24
Root Beer Ice Cream, Pop Rocks®, Bottle Caps®, Marshmallow Topping

Strawberry & Blueberry Shake – July 1
Udder Cream Ice Cream, Strawberry Topping, Fresh Strawberries, Blueberries, Strawberry Garnish

Caramel Apple – July 8
Green Apple Ice Cream, Sprinkles, Mini Marshmallows, Caramel Topping

Maggie's Birthday Float! – July 15
Coke Float with Udderly Cream Ice Cream

Watermelon Taffy – July 22
Watermelon Taffy Ice Cream, Mini Marshmallow, Rainbow Sprinkles, Marshmallow Topping

Chocolate Covered Clusters – July 29
Cocoa Caramel Ice Cream, Snickers®, Peanuts, Caramel Topping

Buttered Popcorn – August 5
Butter Pecan Ice Cream, Caramel Popcorn, Heath Bar®, Caramel Topping

White Chocolate – August 12
Udderly Cream Ice Cream, Snow Caps, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups®, Fudge Topping

Malted Milk Balls – August 19
Chocolate Malted Ice Cream, Whoppers®, Heath Bar®, Chocolate Syrup

Chocolate Covered Raisins – August 26
Chocolate Ice Cream, Rasinets®, White Chocolate Chips, Strawberry Topping

Chocolate Mint Shake – September 2
Mint Chocolate Ice Cream, York Peppermint Patties®, Snow Caps, Snow Caps Garnish

Chocolate Crunch – September 9
Chocolate Ice Cream, Butterfinger®, Heath Bar®, Fudge Topping


"At MaggieMoo's, we pride ourselves on our creativity and innovation," said Hilliard Creath, Brand R & D Manager – Ice Cream for GFG Management, LLC. "This summer's "Maggie at the Moovies" products are sure to excite our customers, especially with the introduction of our new Root Beer Ice Cream, Pretzel Ice Cream, Green Apple Ice Cream and Chocolate Malted Ice Cream flavors."

"Summer is a great time to enjoy MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery and with our new 16 innovative products, customers can return all summer long and try something new each time," said Jenn Johnston, chief marketing and operations officer for GFG Management, LLC. "MaggieMoo's is continually striving to develop new and exciting ice cream products that are not only fun, but very delicious for our customers to enjoy."

To order your MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery Cake, Cupcakes or MaggieMia's Ice Cream Pizza or to find out more information about the "Maggie at the Moovies" program, customers can visit MaggieMoos.com and join MaggiE-mail, follow Miss Maggie Moo on Twitter® or become a Facebook® Fan.

About MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery® (www.maggiemoos.com)

Inventor of the ice cream cupcake, ice cream pizza and a number of specialty ice cream flavors, MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery is known for ice cream innovation. Opening its first store in 1989, MaggieMoo's has been serving up super premium ice cream and cakes for over 20 years and has consistently been awarded blue ribbons by the National Ice Cream Retailers Association. MaggieMoo's brand icon is Miss Maggie Moo, an ice cream celubutante, who focuses on giving back to the community by working with celebrities to raise money and awareness for local and national causes.

About Global Franchise Group, LLC (www.globalfranchise.com)

Global Franchise Group, LLC is a strategic brand management company with a focus on franchising. The company owns a portfolio of franchise brands that includes five quick service restaurant (QSR) franchise concepts: Great American Cookies®, MaggieMoo's®, Marble Slab Creamery®, Pretzelmaker® and Pretzel Time®, as well as two retail franchise concepts: TAF® and Shoebox New York®. The brands are managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group, LLC. Global Franchise Group, LLC is an affiliate of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, an independent investment firm, with approximately $5 billion of capital under management and substantial franchise management experience.

Dubba's Note: I was going to complain that they seem to have stolen Marble Slab's weekly treat idea, but if notice both companies are owned by Global Franchise Group, LLC.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Marble Slab Creamery "Shakes Up Summer" With 16 New Signature Shakes to Debut Each Week

ATLANTA, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Marble Slab Creamery is "Shaking Up Summer" beginning May 27, by introducing a new signature shake each week for 16 weeks throughout summer. Marble Slab Creamery is managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group.

Four of the new signature shakes to be released will introduce exciting ice cream flavors including Pretzel Ice Cream, Red Velvet Ice Cream, Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream and Hazelnut Ice Cream.

Marble Slab Creamery's "Shakes Up Summer" New Signature Shake line-up includes:

Raspberry Delight – May 27
Sweet Cream Ice Cream, Strawberries, Raspberries, Strawberry Puree, Whipped Cream, Raspberry Garnish

Strawberry Shortcake – June 3
Strawberry Ice Cream, Yellow Cake, Strawberry Puree, Whipped Cream, Strawberry Puree Garnish

The Pretzel – June 10
Pretzel Ice Cream, Pecans, Fudge, Whipped Cream, Pretzel Pieces Garnish

Peach Berry – June 17
Peach Ice Cream, Raspberries, Simple Syrup, Graham Crust, Whipped Cream, Graham Crust Garnish

Rocky Road – June 24
Chocolate Swiss Ice Cream, Chocolate Chips, Marshmallows, Simple Syrup, Whipped Cream, Chopped Walnuts Garnish

Red, White and Berries – July 1
Sweet Cream Ice Cream, Cheesecake Chunks, Raspberries, Graham Cracker, Simple Syrup, Whipped Cream, Graham Crust Garnish

Red Velvet – July 8
Red Velvet Ice Cream, Chocolate Cake, White Chocolate Chips, Simple Syrup, Whipped Cream, Chopped Pecans Garnish

The Coffee Bar Shake – July 15
Coffee Ice Cream, Snickers®, Heath Bar®, Simple Syrup, Whipped Cream, Hershey Syrup® Garnish

Birthday Cake – July 22
Birthday Cake Ice Cream, Yellow Cake, Assorted Sprinkles, Whipped Cream, Assorted Sprinkles Garnish

Amoretto Coffee – July 29
Amoretto Ice Cream, Chocolate Cake, Almonds, Coffee Simple Syrup, Whipped Cream, Chopped Almonds Garnish

Banana Split Shake – August 5
Chocolate Swiss Ice Cream, Bananas, Strawberries, Fudge, Whipped Cream, Cherry Garnish

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie – August 12
Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream, Raisins, Marshmallow Cream, Granola, Whipped Cream, Granola Garnish

Cookies N' Cream in my Coffee – August 19
Coffee Ice Cream, Chopped Oreo® Cookies, Simple Syrup, Whipped Cream, Chopped Oreo® Cookies Garnish

Bananas Foster – August 26
Vanilla Ice Cream, Bananas, Caramel, Whipped Cream, Cinnamon Garnish

Labor Day Lake Trip – September 2
Strawberry Ice Cream, Chocolate Cake, Simple Syrup, Whipped Cream, Hershey Syrup® Garnish

Hazelnut - September 9
Hazelnut Ice Cream, Simple Syrup, Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Syrup

"Marble Slab Creamery, who is known for innovation being the inventor of the frozen slab concept, is continually developing new and exciting ice cream treats for our customers to enjoy," said Hilliard Creath, Brand R & D Manager – Ice Cream for GFG Management, LLC. "The 'Shakes Up Summer' program is a terrific opportunity for Marble Slab Creamery to add to our extensive line of ice cream products, especially with the addition of our four new flavors, Pretzel Ice Cream, Red Velvet Ice Cream, Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream and Hazelnut Ice Cream."

"The 'Shakes Up Summer' program from Marble Slab Creamery is the perfect way to treat our loyal customers to 16 exciting New Marble Slab Shakes," said Jenn Johnston, chief marketing and operations officer for GFG Management, LLC. "Summer is all about ice cream and we believe our new signature shakes are a great addition to our selection of Ice Cream Combinations and offer customers another delicious way to enjoy Marble Slab Creamery."

To order your Marble Slab Creamery Ice Cream Cake or to find out more information about the "Shakes Up Summer" program, customers can visit www.marbleslab.com. For more information on Marble Slab Creamery, please visit www.marbleslab.com and join Marble Mail or become a Facebook® fan.

About Marble Slab Creamery® (www.marbleslab.com)

Marble Slab Creamery, a leading purveyor of chef created super-premium hand-mixed ice cream and the innovator of the frozen slab technique, was founded in 1983. Every batch of Marble Slab Creamery ice cream is fresh made in small batches in store using dairy from local farms and flavor ingredients from around the world. Today, Marble Slab Creamery is enjoyed by consumers across the globe with locations in Bahrain, Canada, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Oman, Scotland, United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

About Global Franchise Group, LLC (www.globalfranchise.com)

Global Franchise Group, LLC is a strategic brand management company with a focus on franchising. The company owns a portfolio of franchise brands that includes five quick service restaurant (QSR) franchise concepts: Great American Cookies®, MaggieMoo's®, Marble Slab Creamery®, Pretzelmaker® and Pretzel Time®, as well as two retail franchise concepts: TAF® and Shoebox New York®. The brands are managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group, LLC. Global Franchise Group, LLC is an affiliate of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, an independent investment firm, with $5 billion of capital under management and substantial franchise management experience.

exclusive Truvia iskream based in Connecticut

I was doing my usually news check the other day when I stumbled upon this story about "Sandra Lee and Susan Patrick, with the help of restaurateur Biagio Barone, developed the brand -- the first to use Truvia, a plant-based natural sweetener." Now I've seen Truvia in the all natural section at Shaws, but to me the big scoop here is that the pair has locked up the exclusive rights to use Truvia for the next several years. Now that's planning ahead.


Just for the record, I hate when words are spelled wrong, it just seems like a n00b move to me... sorry, couldn't resist. iSKREAM (ISkream, Iskream, iSkream, etc) is available at several locations including some local Whole Foods stores. I'm hoping that at some point they'll move north from their southwest Connecticut base so I can let everyone know how it is.

iSkream is on facebook and I wish them the best of luck!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Baskin-Robbins Strikes It Rich With New Golden Oreo Gold Rush Flavor

The May Flavor of the Month is sure to Start a Stampede to Taste this Unique Ice Cream Treat

CANTON, Mass., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Who says you need to head west to find gold? Simply head to the nearest Baskin-Robbins for its newest flavor creation, Golden Oreo Gold Rush ice cream. The May Flavor of the Month is a perfect blend of solid gold flavors – lemon custard ice cream and Oreo icing ribbon, topped with Golden Oreo cookie pieces.


"We love creating bold new ice cream flavors that generate excitement," said Brian O'Mara, Baskin-Robbins Vice President of Marketing. "Golden Oreo Gold Rush combines one of America's favorite flavors – lemon custard – with one of the world's most beloved cookies – the Oreo – to create the gold standard that is sure to excite taste buds everywhere."

In Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide during the month of May, Golden Oreo Gold Rush ice cream is available by the scoop – in a cup or cone – or as a Baskin-Robbins classic sundae. Also available in hand-packed pints, quarts and half-gallons, ice cream lovers can bring Golden Oreo Gold Rush home to enjoy with family and friends or create their own specialty ice cream desserts.

"This May, ice cream lovers and flavor pioneers will be able to experience a true taste rush," adds O'Mara. "With these flavors, we might even see another national gold rush – this time to local Baskin-Robbins stores in search of Golden Oreo Gold Rush."


About Baskin-Robbins

Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine's 31st annual Franchise 500® ranking, Baskin-Robbins is the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium ice cream, specialty frozen desserts and beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 6,400 retail shops in 42 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,000 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin' Brands, Inc. family of companies. For further information, visit www.baskinrobbins.com.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Skinny Cow is Redefining Candy with New Chocolatey Indulgences - No Freezer Required

GLENDALE, Calif., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- There's a widespread belief that a moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips? Well, rules were meant to be broken! Skinny Cow®, known for breaking the rules with yummy, satisfying low-fat ice cream treats, is redefining the world of chocolate candy with the launch of NEW Skinny Cow Candy! A delectable and amazingly satisfying candy treat containing only 110-120 calories for those who want to enjoy the sweeter things in life without compromise. You'll scream "too good to be true" with every unbelievable bite. Available in four luscious flavors for those who can't live without a chocolatey treat... everyday!


The Skinny Cow candy line includes:

Skinny Cow® Dreamy Clusters – bite-sized treats with crunchy crisps, drenched in creamy caramel, and covered in either rich, milk chocolate or decadent dark chocolate

Skinny Cow® Heavenly Crisp candy bars – delicate wafers layered with either smooth, creamy chocolate or peanut butter filling and drenched in a luscious chocolatey coating

"The Skinny Cow brand has a long history of turning 'better for you' skeptics into avid enthusiasts," said Tricia Bowles, spokesperson, Skinny Cow candy. "Now, we want to do the same thing for the candy aisle by adopting Skinny Cow's tradition of deliciously rich, indulgent flavor that's surprisingly low-calorie."

All four Skinny Cow candy flavors are currently available nationwide with a suggested retail price of $0.99 for single candy bars and $4.29 for take home boxes. For additional product or nutritional information, visit www.skinnycow.com.

Want to connect with other fans of the Skinny Cow brand on Facebook and Twitter? Log on to www.facebook.com/TheSkinnyCowUS, or follow @TheSkinnyCow to scoop up the latest product and flavor news, tips on eating smart, luscious offers and more. Check it out!

About The Skinny Cow Brand

So much satisfying deliciousness to choose from! The Skinny Cow brand is a decadent portfolio of low-fat frozen snacks, including ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cones, ice cream cups and ice cream bars, and fewer calorie candy bars and clusters. Unlike other "better for you" alternatives, Skinny Cow frozen snacks and candies don't skimp on flavor and are a great tasting, "no-trade off" alternative. With Skinny Cow, you really can have it all! For additional product news and information, visit www.skinnycow.com.

About Nestle USA

Named one of "The World's Most Admired Food Companies" in Fortune magazine for fourteen consecutive years, Nestle provides quality brands and products that bring flavor to life every day. From nutritious meals with LEAN CUISINE® to baking traditions with NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE®, Nestle USA makes delicious, convenient, and nutritious food and beverage products that make good living possible. That's what "Nestle. Good Food, Good Life" is all about. Well-known Nestle USA brands include: NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE®, NESTLE® NESQUIK®, NESTLE® COFFEE-MATE®, STOUFFER'S®, LEAN CUISINE®, HOT POCKETS® and LEAN POCKETS® brand sandwiches, NESCAFE®, NESTLE® JUICY JUICE®, BUITONI®, DREYER'S/EDY'S®, NESTLE® CRUNCH®, NESTLE® BUTTERFINGER®, WONKA®, DIGIORNO®, TOMBSTONE® and CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN® frozen pizza. Nestle USA, with 2010 sales of $10.4 billion, is part of Nestle S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world's largest food company with a commitment to Nutrition, Health & Wellness — with 2010 sales of $105 billion. For product news and information, visit Nestleusa.com or NestleNewsroom.com.