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recognized the importance of offering quick, convenient cheese snacks. The Darien, Conn.-based company, which celebrated its 60th anniversary earlier
this year, recently introduced Jarlsberg Cheese
Snacks, an all-natural, portion controlled snack
with only 70 calories and 5-grams of protein.
“These individual cheese sticks are perfectly
sized for snacking and travel everywhere from a meeting to a lunchbox
to after school snacking,” says Debbie Seife, general manger, marketing
for Jarlsberg. “These new Jarlsberg Cheese Snacks will fly off the shelves
and appeal to consumers’ taste for wholesome on-the-go snacking.
“Cross merchandising trends at the cheese case include cheese accompaniments such as fanciful crackers and cheese toppings,” Seife adds.
Jarlsberg Cheese Crisps, which are crunchy
baked crackers made with shredded
Jarlsberg Cheese, sit above the cheese
case to offer consumers an option
for to how to create their own cheese
board or accompaniment, she says.
John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks also
offers artisan CheeseCrisps in addition
to CheeseSticks and SweetSticks. “Our
products pair exceptionally well cheese, wine and coffee,” Schwartz
says. “Pairing cheese with crackers and wine, which are both growing
at a faster pace than cheese, will therefore help to increase cheese sales.”
Offering innovative solutions for at-home chefs is another way for
retailers to captivate consumers and boost sales. Lotito Foods, based in
Edison, N.J., is looking to do just that with the introduction of its Folios
line of lightly baked sheets of cheese. Folios are available in three fla-
vors: Parmesan, Cheddar or Jarlsberg Cheese.
“Folios, made entirely of cheese, give consumers
a way to create anything—including wraps, roll ups,
crispy edible bowls and chips, etc.—that are both gluten-and carb-free,” says Seife, who also does marketing for
Lotito Foods. “At the same time, consumers are looking to
emulate gourmet chefs at home, and Folios are the perfect
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