What’s for dinner tonight…
THE BIG QUESTION AT 4 OR 5 O’CLOCK
More than half the dinners in the U. S. are planned an hour or less before they are made. The hard part of cooking
dinner isn’t the cooking – it’s the planning, shopping and preparing, according to the Hartman Group Consulting Firm.
Now’s the ideal time to offer meal planning as a service to your consumers.
And, at TC Robbie, we make it easy for you to offer personalized meal alternatives to your consumers in two different formats
of meal solutions. One is fully prepared by you and just needs cooked, while the other lets them indulge their love of cooking
without all the hassle.
Cultured Dairy Center Store
consumers looking for a more rich and indulgent cultured product, possibly as an ice cream
or traditional dessert alternative. “Cabot’s
new Triple Cream Vanilla Greek Yogurt was
created to be a more indulgent, dessert-like
product, while still providing an excellent
source of calcium, vitamin D and protein that
our customers look for,” she says.
Earlier this year, Minneapolis-based General Mills launched Oui Petites under its
Yoplait brand also to provide consumers with
an option that balances taste and health.
“The product line consists of French-style
yogurt in more indulgent flavors like Chocolate With Shavings and Sea Salt Caramel packaged in petite glass pots,” says Melissa Gallant,
senior marketing manager for Yoplait.
For younger consumers and their families,
the company’s Go-Gurt brand launched a
Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Creme flavor in June.
“Cookies and cream is the No. 3 kids flavor
profile, and now kids can enjoy it from a tube,”
Mixing Things Up
“Though total yogurt consumption is down,
consumers—particularly iGens [or Generation
Z]—are eating yogurt more often as a snack,”
says the Mintel yogurt report. “Consumers are
interested in healthful, functional snacks and
the snack occasion represents a key opportu-
nity for yogurt brands.”
Mintel points to yogurts that are packaged
with other ingredients that can be mixed in
for a convenient snack or breakfast option as a
growth area. According to the report, sales of
Chobani Flip now surpass $371 million.
Last month, Norwich, N. Y.-based Chobani
introduced Chobani Greek Yogurt With Nut
Butters in five varieties: vanilla with almond
butter, plain with almond butter, honey with
almond butter, chocolate with hazelnut butter
and vanilla with cashew butter.
The platform combines low-fat Greek
yogurt with nut butter blends on the bottom of
each cup. The varieties are made with natural,
According to Mintel’s 2018 U.S. Yogurt and
Yogurt Drinks report, 17% of yogurt buyers report
consuming less dairy to stay healthy. At the same
time, says Mintel, nondairy yogurt has been
perceived by many consumers as being low in
protein. The rise of the plant-based movement,
which includes nondairy yogurts that are high
in protein and probiotics, will likely broaden the
appeal of this category.
“While the entire plant-based food category
is growing, the plant-based yogurt alternative
category is growing at more than 50%,” says
Michael Neuwirth, senior director of external
communications for Danone North America.
“Plant-based yogurt alternative growth presents
an opportunity to grow the category the way we
Danone has launched two new oat milk
products in the plant-based yogurt alternative
space: Silk Oat Yeah Oatmilk Yogurt Alternatives,
which combines gluten-free oats with live and
active cultures and comes in Vanilla, Mixed Berry,
Strawberry and Mango flavors; and So Delicious
Oatmilk Yogurt Alternatives in Triple Berry, Spiced
Pear & Fig, Strawberry Rhubarb and Sweet Mango.