Wednesday, March 21, 2012

TCBY Frozen Yogurt at a Wal-Mart (and other places) Near You

SALT LAKE CITY, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TCBY, The Country's Best Yogurt and frozen yogurt pioneer, today announced a licensing partnership with Spring Creek Holdings for a new line of pre-packaged frozen yogurt, "TCBYGrocery", to be sold at approximately 10,000 stores nationwide including national brands like Wal-Mart and Super Target, and regional brands such as A&P, Stop N Shop, Food Lion and Giant.

Mrs. Fields Famous Brands, owner of both TCBY and Mrs. Fields Cookies, and one of America's most recognizable food-related brands, has a solid history of licensing agreements within the grocery market.

"This is a pivotal time for the TCBY brand," says Tim Casey, the company's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Consumers express the need for a variety of healthy indulgences when visiting their local grocery stores, and as the frozen yogurt category leader, increasing our footprint in grocery brings TCBY into the home. Having an established licensing partner in the food service industry such as Spring Creek Holdings, reaffirms our category leadership and benefits the brand and our franchise base."

According to IBIS World, movements in health and nutrition have ushered new products into the frozen desert marketplace as consumers have become increasingly aware of the links between sugar and fat consumption and heart disease. This has caused a shift toward healthier dessert alternatives like frozen yogurt. The frozen yogurt industry has been growing at an annual rate of 4.3 percent and is projected to remain stable as health-conscious consumers and new markets drive growth. Research recently conducted by Spring Creek Holdings uncovered that frozen yogurt shoppers are currently disappointed with the selection at many local retailers, and would like more variety in healthier frozen yogurt options.

"In more than 20 years in this category, developing the TCBY frozen yogurt product line for retail locations is the most exciting program I have ever been involved in," says Jerry Isaacson, President/CEO of Spring Creek Holdings, North American licensee of the TCBY brand. "TCBY holds a place as an iconic brand in our consumer consciousness and I'm thrilled we are partnering to bring delicious frozen yogurt to consumers who love the brand and introduce it to our next generation."

Barrington, Ill.-based Spring Creek Holdings will produce the following flavors under the TCBY label: Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Mint Chocolate Chunk, Toffee Crunch, Cookie Dough, Cookies & Cream, Very Berry Strawberry and Mango Peach. The eight flavors will be released this month in pints and quarts of hard pack frozen yogurt, as well as a variety of novelties including frozen yogurt sandwiches and bars at select nationwide retailers including Wal-Mart, Super Target, Kroger, Publix, Giant and many more with additional exclusive innovations to follow later this year.

For more information, visit www.tcby.com.

About TCBY
Based in Salt Lake City, TCBY, The Country's Best Yogurt has been a frozen yogurt innovator from the day its first shop opened in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1981. Ever since, the great-tasting, low-fat frozen yogurt concept has received an enthusiastic response from an increasingly health-conscious public. With more than 600 locations both in the United States and internationally, TCBY - Best Tasting, Best For You™ - has long been a healthier alternative for consumers looking for a treat or snack. To learn more check out www.TCBY.com.

About Spring Creek Holdings
Based in Barrington, IL, Spring Creek Holdings is a category leader in the frozen dessert segment. Since 1989, Spring Creek Holdings has played a key role in the expansion of frozen dessert sales channels across North America. Known for their ability to make great tasting products, Spring Creek Holdings is a trusted holder of frozen dessert licenses for many well known brands. To learn more about the TCBY grocery line please see www.TCBYGrocery.com.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Mars continues to expand ice cream lineup

As much as I enjoy eating ice cream, I also get a kick out of learning how the ice cream industry fits together. When Snickers ice cream entered the market in 2010, I was confused as to who was producing Mars branded ice cream. Well, the answer is Mars is making Mars branded ice cream. Apparently, way back in 1986 Mars bought Dove from the Stefanos family. They moved production a facility is in Burr Ridge, a suburb of Chicago, and have been there ever since.

I have found memories of the Snickers Ice Cream Bar, they were first made in 1991. Cones and Sticks were added in 2000. All North American novelties are made in Burr Ridge (pints are made by another company in another location).

"That's all great Dubba, but why should I care?"

Photo courtesy of Dairy Foods magazine

Mars has a new full size Milky Way Chocolate Ice Cream bar on the way. Same caramel, same chocolate coating, they've just switched to an ice cream filling. Mmmmmmmmmmm. (my review here)

"Ummm, Dubba, haven't they done that before?"

Ok, technically, there use to be the teeny tiny "Minis Mix" which included ice cream versions of Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, and Twix (my newer review here). The problem was they were 90 calories a piece which meant they were about 0.0034918 inches long and not terribly filling. Actually, you can still buy the mini milky way ice cream bars.

photo courtesy of Dairy Foods magazine

The new full size bars will be out starting March 2012. Despite barely remembering the old version, I'm kinda psyched for the new version.

Anyway, if you want to read more about Dairy Food's visit to Mars production facility, there are two lengthy articles to catch up on. Candy bars to ice cream bars: How Mars makes the transition and also Watching Mars make Dove bars, Snickers ice cream cones.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lifeway Foods Chills Out with New Healthy Frozen Treats: Frozen ProBugs Push Ups, Greek Fro-Yo & More

Expands Footprint in Freezer Aisle with New Flavors and Concepts

Morton Grove, IL (March 7, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — Grocery freezers will soon get a triple boost of probiotic power with a trio of new good-for-you cultured frozen dairy treats from Lifeway Foods, Inc., (NASDAQ: LWAY). The lineup includes a new frozen push-up version of Lifeway’s ProBugs™ probiotic beverages for children, new flavors of Lifeway Frozen Kefir, and brand new Greek Style Fro-Yo capitalizing on the burgeoning popularity of Greek yogurt.

All of the new Lifeway frozen confections will be available for sampling at Lifeway’s Booth #3656 at the Natural Products Expo West trade show running March 9-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. The first products will hit retail stores including Whole Foods, Wegmans, Sunflower, and Sprouts Markets in May.

Chilling out at the Lifeway booth will be:

Lifeway ProBugs Frozen Kefir, a new line of all-natural, push-up frozen dairy pops in kid-friendly Goo-Berry Pie, Orange Creamy Crawler and Strawnana Split flavors. The fun push ups will contain the same 10 live and active probiotic cultures (‘pro bugs’) as Lifeway’s ProBugs dairy drinks, providing a 99% lactose-free, gluten-free dessert option with just 70 calories and healthy doses of both protein and calcium. These delicious frozen snacks also have half the sugar of comparable children’s frozen novelty items.

Lifeway Frozen Kefir was considered the highlight of last year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. Launched in Strawberry, Pomegranate, Mango and Original — new flavors Pumpkin, Chocolate and Dulce de Leche are joining the ranks this season. Featuring all-natural ingredients and 10 probiotic cultures, this tart and tangy frozen yogurt alternative has 90 calories, 1 gram of fat per serving and is 99% lactose-free as well as gluten-free. Al Roker and Hungry Girl creator Lisa Lillien showcased the line on the Today Show this Monday, March 5 as a great guilt free snack.

Lifeway Greek Style Fro-Yo, a new all-natural frozen treat with an extra punch of protein and a choice of Blood Orange Swirl, Chocolate Swirl and Honey Swirl flavors. Inspired by the Greek yogurt craze and its special protein-packed formulation, each serving has 110 calories, 1 gram of fat and 6 grams of protein with 99% lactose free and gluten free benefits.

“Since we introduced the world’s first frozen kefir last year, the response has been overwhelming. The tart n’ tangy frozen yogurt trend has become wildly popular — with Lifeway on the forefront,” said Lifeway CEO Julie Smolyansky. “These new products offer guilt-free and nutritious dessert options with a combination of healthy probiotics, low calorie count, and the tart n’ tangy flavor profile that has been driving the frozen yogurt phenomenon.”

About Lifeway Foods
Lifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY), recently named one of Fortune Small Business' Fastest Growing Companies for the fifth consecutive year, is America’s leading supplier of the cultured dairy products known as kefir and organic kefir. Lifeway Kefir is a dairy beverage that contains 10 exclusive live and active probiotic cultures plus ProBoost™. In addition to its line of Kefir products, the company produces a variety of Frozen Kefir and probiotic cheese products. Lifeway also sells frozen kefir, kefir smoothies and kefir parfaits through its Starfruit™ retail stores. For more information, visit http://www.lifewaykefir.com or follow Lifeway Foods on Facebook; Twitter; Pinterest; Flickr or YouTube.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fill Your Basket With Krispy Kreme’s New HOP Movie-Inspired Doughnuts

I know we don't do too many giveaways, but considering I love Donuts and that James Marsden is pretty cool, I think it's ok if we help celebrate two new HOP inspired egg shaped donuts. Krispy Kreme is letting me give away a Krispy Kreme HOP prize pack. It's HOP Movie DVD, Buy One Dozen/Get A Dozen Original Glaze Doughnuts Free at Krispy Kreme, a 12oz bag of Krispy Kreme House Blend Coffee for home brewing (which my mom approves of), A Krispy Kreme Paper Hat, and a A Krispy Kreme T-Shirt.


To be self serving, I'm going to use this as an excuse to drive everyone over to the new On Second Scoop facebook page. Just leave a comment on the appropriate post and you will be entered to win.



Two New Egg-Shaped Doughnuts Now Available at Participating Krispy Kreme Locations

Winston-Salem (March 14, 2012) Krispy Kreme® is bringing you two delicious, new egg-shaped treats to celebrate the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of Universal Pictures’ Easter-themed family comedy HOP, from the creators of Despicable Me. The new Sprinkled Chocolate Iced Egg with KREME™ Filling and Drizzled Iced Egg with Chocolate KREME™ Filling Doughnuts are available now through April 8th at participating Krispy Kreme U.S. and Canada locations.

“We’ve captured the delightfulness of this hilarious hit family comedy in two great-tasting, egg-shaped treats,” explains Ron Rupocinski, Krispy Kreme Corporate Chef. “They’re a fun and colorful way for your family to celebrate the arrival of spring and the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of HOP.”

The Hunt Is Over! Fill your baskets with these two new tasty treats at participating Krispy Kreme shops and participating Walmart locations:


Sprinkled Chocolate Iced Egg with KREME Filling- A chocolate iced, egg-shaped doughnut featuring spring-themed sprinkles and KREME filling.

Drizzled Iced Egg with Chocolate KREME Filling- An egg-shaped doughnut topped with orange icing and drizzled with blue and green icing.

“We are thrilled to bring the excitement and anticipation surrounding the upcoming Blu-ray™ and DVD event release of HOP to our fans,” says Dwayne Chambers, Chief Marketing Officer for Krispy Kreme. “We are continually seeking ways to bring new and innovative products and partnerships to our retail and wholesale consumers. Partnering with Universal Studios Home Entertainment gives us the perfect opportunity to share the joy that is Krispy Kreme and the fun and humor of HOP with Krispy Kreme fans of all ages.”

Krispy Kreme Sprinkled Chocolate Iced Egg with KREME Filling Doughnuts are also available in assorted six-count boxes on Krispy Kreme displays at participating WalMart locations, March 23rd through April 8th.
Look for HOP on BLU-RAY and DVD on March 23, 2012 at participating retailers. Visit www.hopmovie.com for more information. * HOP Blu-ray ™and DVDs are not available for purchase at Krispy Kreme locations.

Connect with Krispy Kreme at krispykreme.com, KrispyKreme.com/HotLightApp , KrispyKreme.com, Facebook, foursquare and Twitter, and KrispyKremeDoughnuts on YouTube.

About HOP 
From the makers of Despicable Me comes an all-new comedy about candy, chicks and rock ‘n’ roll!

He was destined to be the Easter Bunny, but all he wanted to do was rock! When teenager E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a rock star drummer, he meets Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals. Together the two encounter a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures and in the end help each other recognize the importance of family. “The laughs don’t stop in this movie treat for all ages!” — Pete Hammond, BOXOFFICE
© 2010 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

About Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.

About Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme is an international retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed(R) doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Today, Krispy Kreme can be found in approximately 660 locations around the world and approximately 10,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Visit us at www.KrispyKreme.com.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Blue Bunny® Introduces New Ice Cream Treats

Milk chocolaty Cadbury™ Ice Cream Bars, Sweet Freedom® low sugar 
and low calorie treats, and new flavors inspired by Chef Duff Goldman

Le Mars, Iowa, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — After tasting, refining, and more tasting, Blue Bunny® will unveil new ice cream treats in March 2012! Made with care in the Ice Cream Capital of the World, these new treats showcase the finest flavors and the best options for enjoying ice cream. From Sweet Freedom® to decadent flavor blends inspired by Chef Duff Goldman, experience these newest ice cream delights from Blue Bunny®.

Blue Bunny® is the first national brand to offer an extensive selection of no sugar added ice cream options. It’s not just the no sugar added, all Sweet Freedom® treats have 150 calories or less, eight grams of fat or less, and 30 grams of carbs or less. With new cones, snack size treats, ice cream flavors and a fudge bar and ice cream flavors, Sweet Freedom® offers indulgent treats for every taste. These decadent new flavors with less sugar, carbs and calories are the Sweet Freedom® Snack Size Ice Cream Bars in Raspberry & Vanilla, Caramel & Vanilla, and Chocolate & Vanilla, the Sweet Freedom® Fudge Bar, the Sweet Freedom® Vanilla Ice Cream Cones and 10 flavors of Sweet Freedom® Ice Cream.

Blue Bunny® ice cream has teamed up with Cadbury® chocolate in the creation of four new premium ice cream bars. The Cadbury™ Ice Cream Bar features creamy Blue Bunny® ice cream dipped in thick, rich, Cadbury chocolaty coating. It’s snack size indulgence at a price and size the whole family can enjoy. Look for Cadbury™ Caramello™, Cadbury™ Double Chocolate (my review here), Cadbury™ Vanilla Chocolate, and Cadbury™ Chocolate Almond (Nick's review here) in the freezer aisle of your local grocery store.

Blue Bunny® and master cake baker, celebrity Chef Duff Goldman, have teamed up again in the creation of two new cake-and-ice-cream flavors, featuring real cake pieces swirled in creamy ice cream. 24 Karat Carrot Cake® (my review here) mixes the spiced flavor of carrot cake and the smooth, creamy decadence of cream cheese frosting. In Cup O’ Coffee Cake®, the real taste of coffee in coffee flavored ice cream is mixed with the sweet elements of coffee cake like sweetened cinnamon and the crunchy texture of the traditional coffee shop coffee cake. (Fall 2013 Note: Cup o' coffee cake has been discontinued)

All six Blue Bunny® Chef Duff Goldman-inspired ice cream flavors are now available in pints!

Bring the ice cream parlor experience home—-in a snack size! The new Champ!® Snack Size Ice Cream Cones, miniature versions of the Champ!® Cone, feature a chocolate-coated sugar cone filled with homemade vanilla or chocolate ice cream dipped in chocolate and topped with crunchy peanuts. This fun afternoon snack may be small in size but is sure to satisfy your hunger and craving. With both chocolate and vanilla flavors in one box everyone gets their favorite flavor!

Look for these and other Blue Bunny® ice cream treats at your local grocer. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BlueBunnyIceCream and on Twitter at @Blue_Bunny.

About Wells Enterprises, Inc. and Blue Bunny®
Blue Bunny®, founded in 1913, is a brand of Wells Enterprises, Inc.—the largest family-owned and managed ice cream manufacturer in the United States. Today, more than 500 Blue Bunny®-branded products, including ice cream and frozen novelties, can be found across the US. Always committed to quality, Blue Bunny® products are made with only real ice cream. Wells Enterprises, Inc. is headquartered in Le Mars, Iowa, the Ice Cream Capital of the World.

Dubba's Note: You have to love a company that realizes some of us appreciate the ability to search by "new product" http://www.bluebunny.com/Search/Products/q/New_Products