New Product Roundup

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The 2019 NAMA Coffee Tea & Water (CTW) show was filled with educational discussions, thought-provoking speakers and essential training sessions, giving operators the necessary tools for continued success in office coffee service (OCS). The CTW show floor was packed with suppliers promoting new and recently released products offered to OCS, micro market, pantry and vending channels. Here’s a roundup of new products incorporating some of the most exciting trends in coffee service.

Dairy alternatives

La Colombe’s Oatmilk Draft Latte is a vegan, gluten-free, ready-to-drink (RTD) beverage available in original, vanilla and caramel. The creamy, rich, plant-based beverage has 120 milligrams of caffeine and an unmatched texture due to the company’s patented packaging process using nitrous oxide.

Silk’s Oat Yeah Oatmilk Creamer, previously available in 32-ounce cartons, is now offered in single-serve packaging in The Oatmeal Cookie One flavor. The vegan creamer has zero grams of saturated fat per serving and is free from dairy, nuts, soy and cholesterol. A carton comes with 192 Oatmilk Creamer singles.

Cold brew bag-in-box and concentrate

Wandering Bear’s Bag-in-Box keg is a shelf-stable, 5-gallon, bag-in-box keg that contains 107 servings and is designed for use in a kegerator. Like Wandering Bear’s other offerings (fridge packs, tetra paks) the coffee is sugar- and dairy-free and 100 percent organic and fair trade.

La Colombe’s Pure Black Cold Brew Concentrate comes in a 32-ounce bottle and is formulated to make 1 gallon of cold brew (one bottle of concentrate mixed with three bottles of filtered water) to be enjoyed in single servings or large batches. The end user can also mix in their favorite dairy or non-dairy creamer. The cold brew is made with cold-pressed espresso that is extracted from La Colombe’s single-origin Brazilian coffee.

Eco-friendly single-cup

Copper Cow Coffee offers disposable single-serve pour over coffee packets in a ready-to-display box. To brew, a disposable filter is placed on top of a coffee cup, and the user pours hot water over it. Copper Cow Coffee has affordable monthly subscription plans offering black or assorted coffees (including Vietnamese coffee, which comes with a separate tube of sweetened, condensed milk) and classic and non-dairy creamers to meet the needs of its customers. Steeped Coffee’s single-serve bags are nitro-sealed to ensure a long shelf life and pre-portioned for optimal taste and strength.

Steeped Coffee’s guilt-free packaging is made with renewable and compostable materials, and the coffee is ethically sourced directly from farmers in micro batches. To make a single cup of coffee, the user simply places the bag in a cup (like a bag of tea) and pours 8 ounces of hot water over the bag and steeps.

Ready-to-drink cans

SToK Triple Shot Cold Brew Coffee, offered in signature cold brew and creamy vanilla flavors, packs 225 milligrams of caffeine into a 15-ounce can. Despite the power punch of caffeine, the beverage is smooth, not bitter, as it’s brewed “low and slow” — Arabica beans are brewed at lower temperatures and steeped for 10 hours. The vanilla flavor contains real dairy and cane sugar and has no artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors.

International Delight has two exciting new iced coffee flavors in RTD, pulling in a favorite from the snacking segment: Oreo and Caramel Macchiato. These iced coffees, packaged in 15-ounce cans, are made with real milk, cane sugar and cream, providing a nice balance of creaminess to coffee.

Tea

Tea Drops are bagless, dissolvable tea capsules that instantly transform when added to hot water, eliminating the need to steep. Tea Drop single-serves use 20 percent less packaging than normal tea bags and are 100 percent recyclable. Offered in multiple flavors (Blueberry Acai, Chai Spice, Chocolate Earl Grey, Turmeric and Matcha Green Tea), Tea Drops are organic and fair-trade

Twinings Cold Infuse herbal water enhancers are single-serve pouches that are easy to add to a water bottle — simply shake and wait five minutes for the blend of fruit and herbs to brew. The infusers are low-calorie, sugar-free and contain all-natural flavors. They are offered in packs of 100 infusers per case and come in three flavors: Passionfruit, Mango and Blood Orange; Strawberry, Watermelon and Mint; and Blueberry, Apple and Blackcurrant.

Snacks/pantry

Natural foods company Purely Elizabeth offers non-GMO project verified, certified vegan and gluten-free products that contain no soy or artificial additives. Its new offering is the Cauli Hot Cereal, the first grain-free hot cereal made with cauliflower, a paleo- and keto-friendly ingredient that mimics the look and feel of traditional oats. The cereal, made with a base of diced and freeze-dried cauliflower, coconut, chia and flax, is available in Cinnamon Almond and Strawberry Hazelnut flavors. The 1.4-ounce cups have 8 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.

Jif Power Ups Creamy Clusters are crunchy granola bites with peanut butter centers. Offered in Creamy Peanut Butter or Chocolate Chip flavors, these 1.3-ounce single-serve packages are a balance of protein, fiber and fats — peanuts are the first ingredient. The 10-count box offers flexible merchandising options, as it can be placed on a shelf, or the single-serve packages can hang on pegs.

Rip Van Wafels Protein Singles are the first protein waffle cookie on the market. This low-sugar, high-protein option contains 10 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and 5 grams of sugar. The individually wrapped snacks are displayed in a box of 12 and are available in Snickerdoodle, Cookies & Cream and Honey & Oats flavors.

Launched this December, Clif Bar & Company’s Luna Mash-Ups combine two favorite Luna flavors in one bar and are available in two flavors: Lemonzest + Blueberry and Peanut Butter + Fudge. The bars are gluten-free, non-GMO, have 7 to 8 grams of protein per bar and are made with organic oats.

Tosi SuperBites are nutrient-dense, organic, vegan, gluten-free, nonGMO and glyphosate-free snacks that are easily portable. The plant-based protein bars are available in four new flavors: Almond Dragonfruit, Cashew Coconut, Peanut, and Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt.

Organic RealBars are cold-pressed bars made with freeze-dried fruit bits, a protein base including cashew or almond butter, and superfood ingredients like quinoa crisps, chia seeds and prebiotic fiber. The cold-pressing process retains more nutrients from the fruit than other drying processes, and the bars are organic, kosher and gluten-free (vegan options are available). Flavors include Almond Cacao Nib, Chocolate and Pea Pumpkin.

Caffeine-infused snacks

Clif Bar & Company launched the Clif Bar Coffee Collection this December. Each plant-based bar contains 65 milligrams of caffeine and is made with organic coffee beans. The bars are non-GMO, have nine grams of protein and are available in three flavors: Caramel Macchiato, Dark Chocolate Mocha and Vanilla Almond Latte.

Eat Your Coffee’s Caffeinated Snack Bites are made from whole ingredients and contain no added sugar, delivering a shot of espresso in every bar. The individually wrapped bites come in a case of 20 and are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher, fair trade and contain 65 milligrams of caffeine.

AWAKE Chocolate launched a new flavor of its supercharged chocolate bites: Dark Chocolate Mint. Dubbed “snacks that wake you up,” one bite equals a half cup of coffee. Offered in single-serve packages in a box of 200, the bites are gluten-free, contain no artificial colors or flavors, and are 80 calories.

Coffee beans

The Folger Coffee Co. now offers its Premium 1850 Coffee Roasts in 2-pound, whole bean bags in the 1850 Pioneer Blend Medium Roast and the 1850 Black Gold Dark Roast. Ideal for coffee drinkers who want a more authentic gourmet experience, 1850 is a bold but smooth coffee made with 100 percent Arabica beans.

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