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Gardein intros vegan skillet meals

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Meat alternative brand Gardein is expanding its portfolio of products to include skillet meals. The Boulder, Colo.-based company’s latest introductions — skillet meals — are vegan meal solutions for two.

Gardein owner Boulder Brands said that the skillet meals marry the brand’s signature meatless meats with a variety of vegetables, grains and pastas in various sauces that can be prepared in minutes. The four new launches are Non-GMO Project Verified, certified vegan, dairy-free and made with plant protein. They include:

  • Asian Style Chick’n Fried Rice, which is made with Gardein’s chick’n bites, broccoli, peppers, edamame and an Asian-style sauce;
  • Chick’n Fiesta, which features a medley of veggies, beans and spices combined with chick’n bites;
  • Chick’n Florentino, which contains chick’n bites, broccoli and spinach in a roasted garlic and lemon sauce; and
  • Italian Style Rigatoni n’ Sausage, which features a combination of pasta, peppers and onions and Gardein’s new Italian saus’ge bites in a marinara sauce.

“Consumers today want healthier, sustainable options that fit into their busy schedules,” Andy Judd, vice president of marketing at Boulder Brands, said. “As the very first multi-serve meals available in the frozen meatless category, our new skillet meals are outrageously delicious and can be prepared in minutes, making meal time a rewarding experience no matter how brief.”

The new skillet meals currently are available in select retailers and will be expanding to major supermarkets nationwide in the coming months.

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EcosBreeze’s latest launches eliminate bad odors

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Earth Friendly Products, maker of Ecos laundry detergent and other environmentally friendly home cleaners, has launched a line of mood-inspired home air care products.

The two new additions to its portfolio — EcosBreeze Fabric and Carpet Odor Eliminator and the EcosBreeze Room Spray — feature signature natural fragrances and essential oil blends that the Cypress, Calif.-based company uses in its most popular products.

The EcosBreeze Fabric and Carpet Odor Eliminator is designed to bond to and break apart bad odor molecules instead of masking them, the company said. The spray is designed to be safer to people and pets comes in a 20-oz. see-through bottle and is available in three scents — lavender vanilla, lemongrass and magnolia and lily.

“Your sense of smell is your most powerful sense,” Jenna Arkin, vice president of Innovation at Earth Friendly Products, said. “It’s the only sense that’s directly connected to the amygdala and hippocampus — areas of the brain that process emotion and memory. That’s why we’ve combined our new odor elimination technology with our customers’ favorite Ecos scents.”

The products also will come in a see-through bottle and in five of the brands signature scents, which include:

EcosBreeze Room Sprays aim to provide consumers with a safer way to use scents to create an ambiance in their home that fits their mood, the company said. The products also will come in a see-through bottle and in five of the brands signature scents, which include:

  • Fun, which contains magnolia and lily, a blend of clove and patchouli essential oils;
  • True, which features bamboo lemon with a blend of mountain pepper, wild mind and eucalyptus essential oils;
  • Chill, which has lavender vanilla with lavender essential oils and a vanilla scent;
  • Bright, which contains parsley blended with thyme, coriander, balsam Torchwood, and cinnamon essential oils; and
  • Bold, which features honeydew with a blend of ginger and orange essential oils.

“It’s not just a gorgeous bottle, but it’s also a great value with 840 sprays per bottle,” Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, president and CEO of Earth Friendly Products, said. “It’s the perfect blend of luxury home ambiance and sustainable living.”

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Dunkin’ Donuts unveils flavor addition in bottled coffee line

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Dunkin’ Donuts’ line of bottled, ready-to-drink iced coffee beverages is expanding with the introduction of the new cookies and cream flavor.

In partnership with Coca-Cola, the Canton, Mass.-based company has been manufacturing and distributing its bottled beverages — containing Arabica coffee with real milk and sugar — since 2017.

“Through our strong partnership with Coca-Cola, we have quickly become a leader in the growing ready-to-drink coffee market,” Brian Gilbert, vice president of retail business development at Dunkin’ Donuts U.S., said “Cookies and cream is a fun, delicious flavor, and we are excited to add it to the other flavors in our lineup as we head into the warmer spring and summer months. Our ready-to-drink bottled coffees are the perfect choice to enable our customers to run on Dunkin’ wherever they are.”

Available now in refrigerator cases at grocery, drug, convenience stores and mass merchandisers, cookies and cream joins the previously released original, mocha, espresso and French vanilla flavors. Further information can be found on Dunkin’ Donuts’ website.

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