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Nonni’s unveils new line of thin artisan cookies

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Nonni’s Foods, a company focused on creating artisan items such as cookies and biscotti’s, is expanding its line of offerings. The Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based company unveiled three new additions to its Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies, which will be available for purchase in retail locations nationwide.

These new cookies are low in sugar, fat, carbohydrates and dairy-free with at least two grams of protein per serving, the company said. Each box of Nonni’s Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies contains six portion-packs, and each cookie averages about 100 calories.

“We are beyond thrilled to be able to offer these delicious new snacks to our consumers. They are the chocolate chip cookie you know and love but with better-for-you ingredients like real dark chocolate, crunchy California almonds and coconut oil,” Patricia Wong Bridges, senior brand marketing manager for Nonni’s, said.

The brand’s new offering is available in three different varieties:

  • Nonni’s Almond Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies contain California almonds.
  • Nonni’s Double Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies features dark chocolate that is made from 55% cacao.
  • Nonni’s Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies contain Sri Lankan coconut and are made with coconut oil instead of butter.

Nonni’s Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies are available for purchase in retailers such as Target, Walmart, Shop Rite and others for the suggested retail price of $3.50.

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Lucky Charms gets the unicorn treatment, adds new marshmallow

BY Gisselle Gaitan

After 10 years of sticking to its tried-and-true marshmallow shapes, Lucky Charms has decided to add a new marshmallow to the lineup — a unicorn. The Minneapolis-based company selected this new shape with the help of its young consumers.

“Our goal is to not only create a cereal that families and cereal fans will love and enjoy but to inspire magical possibilities and help spark imagination and fun no matter what the age,” Josh DeWitt, marketing manager of Lucky Charms, said. “That’s why, after 10 years, we decided to introduce a new charm with the help of the keepers of magic themselves — kids. They spoke, and after hearing their love for the magical unicorn, we listened.”

The new unicorn charm, which features hues of bright purples and blues, is the first ever marshmallow to be inspired and created by kids, the company said. As this new shape becomes a staple within the well-known General Mills product, consumers also will have to say goodbye to the hourglass marshmallow, which has been part of the lineup for more than a decade.

Lucky Charms will continue to feature eight charms within its cereal, including the hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers, blue moons, rainbows, red balloons and now magical unicorn.

The new unicorn charms have already begun to appear in boxes of original and chocolate Lucky Charms, and will be expanding availability to major grocery retailers and big box stores beginning in March.

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Kashi adds Cinnamon French Toast to Certified Transitional portfolio

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Kashi is adding a new product to its Certified Transitional portfolio. The Solana Beach, Calif.-based company unveiled the new Cinnamon French Toast cereal, which is made of corn puffs, cinnamon and maple syrup.

The brand, which falls under Kellogg’s portfolio of products, also announced that it will source Certified Transitional ingredients from more than 4,200 acres of U.S. farmland.

“We’re proud to support thousands of acres of U.S. farmland transitioning to organic through the Certified Transitional program since its inception in 2016,” Nicole Nestojko, Kashi’s senior director of supply chain and sustainability, said. “When people enjoy a bowl of our new Cinnamon French Toast cereal — or any Certified Transitional product — they are helping increase the amount of organic farmland in the U.S., one box at a time.”

Cinnamon French toast is the second cereal to carry the Certified Transitional seal and is building upon the success of the previously launched dark cocoa karma shredded wheat biscuits and chewy nut butter bars, the company said. Kashi also has an additional eight products in the Certified Transitional line which also includes two chewy nut butter bar flavors — salted caramel pecan and double chocolate almond butter — which launched last fall.

The inspiration behind Kashi’s French toast cereal came from Bostock, a French breakfast brioche that contains notes of cinnamon, almonds and maple syrup. Each serving of the product contains 5g of fiber, 14g of whole grains and 6g of sugar. Product availability and pricing can be found on Kashi’s website.

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