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Yoplait partners with Girl Scouts of the USA on new yogurt flavors

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Yoplait is teaming up with the Girl Scouts of the USA to bring flavors of their infamous cookies to a whole new range of consumers. The General Mills-owned company is launching three new yogurts that draw inspiration from the organization’s famous cookies.

The new flavors — Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts Thin Mints; Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts Peanut Butter Chocolate; and Yoplait Original Girl Scouts Caramel Coconut will be available at retailers nationwide beginning in December. They also are new permanent, year-round additions to the company’s portfolio.

"For those who wish they had more ways to enjoy their favorite chocolate mint, peanut butter chocolate and caramel coconut flavors, we have three delicious, new yogurts inspired by America's most popular Girl Scout Cookie flavors," Doug Martin, business unit director at Yoplait, said. "Girl Scouts of the USA does extraordinary things for girls like teaching them valuable life and business skills through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which is why we are honored to work with the organization."

The new flavors do not contain high fructose corn syrup, are made with live, active cultures and are gluten-free, the company said. The Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts Thin Mints and Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts Peanut Butter Chocolate flavors will be available in four-oz. cups, and the Yoplait Original Girl Scouts Caramel Coconut flavor will be available in six-oz. cups.

"Girl Scouts of the USA is excited about its relationship with Yoplait to create yogurts inspired by three of the beloved Girl Scout Cookie flavors," Barry Horowitz, GSUSA chief revenue officer, said. "Beyond the delicious flavor, the yogurts will also remind consumers everywhere of the power of Girl Scout Cookies. The cookie program is the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world, and we are pleased Yoplait is working with us to share the message about the program and the impact of Girl Scouts with even more families in America."

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Phocus introduces a caffeinated sparkling water

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Clear/Cut Phocus has put its own spin on water. The Louisville Ky.,-based company is introducing a new sparkling water that contains caffeine, which is derived from green tea.

Phocus sparkling waters were created as a natural alternative to sugary, calorie-laden sodas and energy drinks, the company said. Each product contains as much caffeine as an eight-ounce cup of coffee and is Kosher, vegan, non-dairy, non-GMO and gluten-free.

“As active, health-conscious individuals, we found ourselves, like so many others, wanting to shift away from high sugar, artificially sweetened and otherwise unhealthy coffee and energy drinks, but still wanted a quality beverage that could deliver an energy boost,” Tom O’Grady, CEO of Clear/Cut Phocus, said. “When nothing seemed to fit the bill, we set out to create Phocus, a great tasting energizing sparkling water without any of the ‘bad stuff’ that you’d find in most energy drinks and sodas.”  

Currently, available online and in select Louisville retailers, Phocus comes in an 11.5-oz can for the suggested retail price of $1.99. Each sparkling water comes in four flavors: Grapefruit, Cucumber, Blood Orange and Yuzu and Lime. 

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Alter Eco unveils a new line of products for the snack aisle

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Alter Eco, a brand that looks to provide chocolate-centric, sustainability-directed food to consumers is entering the snack category by launching Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters.

The products are organic and fair-trade snacks, with five grams of sugar per serving, the company said. Each Dark Chocolate Coconut Cluster contains the brand’s 70% Ecuadorian chocolate with coconut flakes substantially harvested from whole coconuts that are sliced and toasted. 

“Our new Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters mark an exciting milestone for Alter Eco,” Edouard Rollet, co-CEO and co-founder at Alter Eco, said. “Forty-six percent of Americans snack more than three times a day, and that number is expected to surge in the next five years. We saw an opportunity to fill a void in the snack aisle and pave the way for a next-level enlightened indulgence – one that’s filled with sustainable, superior ingredients and mind-blowingly delicious flavor.”

The three new flavors are:

  • Original – contains five grams of sugar, a sweet-and-salty flavor sprinkled with sea salt and dark chocolate;
  • Seeds + Salt – contains dark chocolate treat baked with roasty-toasty crisp pumpkin, sunflower seeds and five grams of sugar; and
  • Cherry + Almond Butter – contains tangy-sweet cherries, dollops of creamy almond butter unite with rich dark chocolate and six grams of sugar.

Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters are now available for purchase online and in select retail stores which include National Co+op Grocers, Natural Grocers Vitamin Cottage, Hy-Vee and H-E-B stores. A 3.2-oz. pouch of the product can be purchased for the suggested retail price of $4.79. 

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