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Blue Diamond intros gourmet almonds line

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Blue Diamond is adding a variety of flavors to its line of almonds created specifically for entertaining purposes. To create the line, almond skins are removed for a smooth texture and nutty crunch, then they are roasted, seasoned and cured with a blend of herbs and spices, the Sacramento, Calif.-based company said.

“Gourmet foods are an exciting new genre for Blue Diamond and this is an example of our dedication to food innovation,” Blue Diamond’s senior vice president, global consumer division, Raj Joshi said. “We were inspired by foodies and moments of celebration when developing this Gourmet line. People love finding new delicious foods and sharing them with friends and family. We hope this new line becomes a go-to addition for any special occasion, whether it’s a dinner party, holiday, book club, or happy hour.”

Blue Diamond’s crafted gourmet almonds are available in four different flavors — pink Himalayan salt, black truffle, garlic herb and rosemary and sea salt.

“With high-quality ingredients, and an elevated new package and overall presentation, this is much more than just a new line of almonds,” Joshi said. “From the orchard to the table, special care goes into each bag of Blue Diamond Crafted Gourmet Almonds.”

The new launches will hit major retailers later in March. Further product information can be found on Blue Diamond’s website.

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Halo Top Creamery releases seasonal blueberry offering

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Halo Top Creamery has announced its brand new seasonal flavor — blueberry crumble. This new offering from the Los Angeles-based company contains flaky pie crust, blueberry swirls, 360 calories and 20 grams of protein per pint.

“Blueberry crumble is a direct result of requests and suggestions we have received, and we truly believe it may be our best flavor yet,” Justin Woolverton, founder and CEO of Halo Top, said. “We want to continue to deliver exciting and special flavors to our fans and are thrilled to be able to share our latest one with them!”

This new flavor comes on the heels of the brand also releasing the seasonal gingerbread option during the holiday season and expanding its vegan and non-dairy lines. Halo Top Creamery’s blueberry crumble will hit the freezer aisles nationwide in March and be available for purchase until the end of May.

Further product information can be found on Halo Top Creamery’s website, and social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The seasonal flavor also can be purchased on the company’s e-commerce site.

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Gatorade fuels recovery with whey protein almond butter bars

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Gatorade is looking to help athletes — or anyone performing extraneous activity — recover with the help of a protein bar. The Chicago-based company is expanding the offerings in its popular whey protein bar line, with the introduction of the new recover whey protein with almond butter.

The bars deliver 20g of protein to jumpstart muscle recovery after training but with lower calories and sugar than other of its whey protein bars, the company said. Each product is made with recognizable ingredients and no artificial flavors or added colors.

Gatorade’s recover whey protein with almond butter bars will come in three flavor options, chocolate cookie dough, almond butter and salted caramel. The bars also contain whey and milk proteins, 23 to 24g of carbohydrates to aid in muscle uptake of the amino acids supplied by protein, and 220 calories the company said.

Each of the three offerings come in single-serve bars and six-count multipacks that contain two flavors each. The protein bars are available nationwide in grocery, convenience, mass and drug stores as well as Amazon and Gatorade’s website for the suggested retail price of $1,60 to $2.49 for a single 2.0-oz. bar.

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