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Leftovers is our take a look at a number of of the product concepts popping up all over the place — some are intriguing, some sound wonderful and a few are the sorts of concepts we’d by no means dream of. We won’t write about every little thing that we get pitched, so listed here are the leftovers pulled from our inboxes.

The Pitcher Man will get slimed

It’s getting simpler and simpler for teenagers to get permission to play with their meals earlier than consuming it. 

Craft Metropolis, a craft equipment firm, is partnering with Kraft Heinz to launch Make Your Personal Kool-Support Edible Slime Kits, in response to an announcement emailed to Meals Dive. The kits, which prominently function the basic Pitcher Man on its packaging, at the moment are out there nationwide at CVS for about $15 every. 

Each has the substances to make two slime batches in signature Kool-Support flavors: Cherry and Blue Raspberry. It additionally comes with a bowl, spoon, gloves and confetti so as to add colour and texture to the slime.

This isn’t the primary slime creation from Kraft Heinz. Final yr, the corporate launched an edible Jell-O slime in unicorn-themed strawberry and monster-themed lime flavors. The Kool-Support model could be saved and consumed at a later time, whereas the Jell-O ooze must be thrown out after every use, in response to Individuals journal. That would give this new creation a bonus with mother and father who don’t need to proceed shopping for new slime. 

Slime has skyrocketed in recognition just lately attributable to social media consideration. On the finish of final yr, there have been greater than 20 million slime-related posts on Instagram and hundreds of how-to YouTube movies, Kraft Heinz stated

This new creation additionally might have a bonus with regards to selling it. Karina Garcia, the founding father of Craft Metropolis, is named the “Queen of Slime” together with her YouTube movies that function her taking part in with several types of ooze. Her following of greater than 9 million subscribers on YouTube might assist increase the brand new Kool-Support model. 

Different merchandise have taken benefit of the favored slime theme as nicely. Nickelodeon launched ice cream cups and frozen bars with its basic inexperienced slime at Walmart earlier this yr. Extra manufacturers may be growing their very own slime creations because the development grows. 

Kool-Support has been utilized in completely different merchandise earlier than, together with fruit and greens pickled within the juice and sangria made with the drink. With a fan base for Kool-Support and the recognition of edible slime, this newest equipment might be a success.

—​ Lillianna Byington  

Leftovers: Kool-Aid turns to edible slime; Biscoff chills out in ice cream 1



Biscoff chills out within the ice cream part

The Biscoff cookie has lengthy been a well-liked staple on airplanes and resorts, however now the maker of the famend snack is heading to the frozen aisle.

Lotus Bakeries, the maker of the well-known Biscoff cookie, is introducing a brand new line of super-premium ice cream out there in each pints and bars — enabling the candy to be consumed whereas lounging round at residence or devoured up on the go.

Lotus stated pints are hitting cabinets this month — not surprisingly one of the vital standard months for consumption — with bars anticipated to debut in October. The pints will likely be out there in 5 flavors: Unique, Chocolate Brownie, Salted Caramel, Belgian Chocolate Chip and Blueberry Cheesecake. The bar will dip the ice cream into cookie butter and add a layer of Belgian chocolate. 

Michelle Singer, Lotus Bakeries’ U.S. common supervisor, stated in an announcement that “Biscoff is exploding in the U.S.” If that is true, the family-owned Belgium firm is wise to faucet into a bit of the shop that isn’t related to the model. Retail shops promote the cookies and a Biscoff unfold, and it has even partnered on different gadgets like a cake, however ice cream appears a logical extension, particularly through the sizzling summer season months.

Ice cream and sherbert gross sales rose 0.2% to $6.eight billion within the 52-weeks ended on Nov. 4, 2018, in response to IRI information cited by, with unit gross sales rising 1.1% to 1.eight billion throughout the identical interval. Whereas a lot of the main focus in ice cream currently has been on decrease calorie, decrease sugar and better protein choices like Halo Prime, the phase will not be with out its share of innovation. 

Unilever-owned Talenti just lately launched a brand new line known as Gelato Layers, whereas its Ben & Jerry’s model will create CBD-infused frozen treats as soon as there are laws in place from the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration.

The Worldwide Dairy Meals Affiliation stated vanilla, chocolate, cookies n’ cream, mint chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookie dough are the 5 hottest ice cream flavors. Lotus can solely hope that sooner or later it’ll have a spot on that coveted checklist.

— Christopher Doering

Leftovers: Kool-Aid turns to edible slime; Biscoff chills out in ice cream 2



Sure, we have now no bananas

When somebody says “Chiquita,” most shoppers consider bananas.

The enduring banana has been imported to the USA since 1899, and the blue Chiquita sticker has represented the gold customary for bananas since 1963.

So plainly a brand new launch from Chiquita would have bananas, proper? Nicely, not precisely.

In a partnership with Chiquita-owned packaged salad big Recent Categorical, the corporate is launching Chiquita Bites and Chiquita Sticks. The brand new line has 5 styles of prepackaged wholesome snacks that mix fruit, cheese, nuts, crackers and pretzels. 

However the fruit? Apples, not bananas. 

Whereas the well-known Chiquita banana has been offered for generations, the corporate began promoting sliced apples about 10 years in the past. So this launch is placing collectively the pre-sliced apples with different nutritious gadgets to make a wholesome snack.

Handy and wholesome snacks are particularly essential to younger shoppers. Snacks like these are straightforward to eat on the run, better-for-you and carry the added bonus of an immediately recognizable model identify — even when the snack packs don’t comprise what the corporate is greatest recognized for.

It is sensible for Chiquita to department out past the banana enterprise. Whereas 78% of U.S. shoppers purchase bananas, in response to a survey from the Produce Advertising Affiliation, the fruit isn’t the perfect for including to a prepackaged snack. Extraordinarily tender bananas don’t maintain up nicely as soon as they’re peeled — and have a shelf lifetime of solely a few week. 

Whereas shoppers love bananas, researchers have cautioned {that a} virus deadly to banana bushes is spreading. If the virus reaches South American banana plantations, some consider it might result in the extinction of the Cavendish selection, which is what individuals worldwide are used to consuming. 

Including on-the-go prepackaged apple and protein snacks to its portfolio is an efficient method for Chiquita to department out right into a profitable sector of the market — and retain the corporate’s attraction sooner or later.

— Megan Poinski


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