Alisa Fleming ~ We’ve finally arrived; today is the last dozen of the new product announcements for our Expo West 2011 round-up. To be honest, there were some more, but I had to stop myself, lest I spend an entire month researching and writing about all of the fabulous new dairy-free products.
What an amazing year we are already having for the dairy-free community. Okay, before I get all teary-eyed … read on, enjoy, and get excited about these great new products …
Food for Lovers Vegan Queso (www.food-for-lovers.com) – Being promoted as “The World's First Vegan Queso,” this dip contains only 20 calories per serving, absolutely no fat, soy, nuts, dairy, cholesterol or preservatives and 50% less sodium than regular queso. Yeah, I know what you’re sarcastically thinking, “mmm, sounds so good.” But seriously, this stuff is selling like hotcakes and is getting rave reviews. The Vegan Queso is already being sold in some Whole Foods Markets and online from various vegan retailers.
Hail Merry Raw Chocolate Almond Butter Miracle Tart (http://www.hailmerry.com/) – For such a new company, Hail Merry has one heck of a product line. They are a completely gluten-free, vegan, and raw “snack” company boasting various flavors of macaroons, grawnolas, seasoned nuts, and what they call “Miracle Tarts.” But the latest and greatest is their new Chocolate Almond Butter Miracle Tart that garnered a “Best of Show” award from VegNews. The new tart will be rolled out in April.
Pure Naturals Bars (http://www.thepurebar.com/) – Pure Bar has come out with a new line called Pure Naturals, which includes three flavors: Chocolate Almond, Peanut Raisin Crunch, and Superfruit Nutty Crunch. All are gluten free and vegan fruit and nut bars with 5-7 grams protein and 5 grams fiber. These seem to be similar to their organic line, but aren’t 100% organic, and are thus a bit less expensive.
Solterra Vegan Cheese Pizza (www.solterrafoods.com) – It looks like Amy’s has some more competition. Solterra is a relatively new gluten-free foods company, and they have just released a new “bake-in-bag” pizza line that includes a dairy-free pizza made with Daiya cheese alternative. And, get this, even though it is a gluten-free pizza (with no eggs mind you!), the Solterra Vegan Pizza won a “Best of Show” award from VegNews. Yes, those folks at VegNews were seriously busy taste-testing!
Solterra Baking Mixes (www.solterrafoods.com) – Solterra is well known for their gluten-free pastas, gnocchi, and now pizza (see above), but they are also trying their hand at sweets with a new line of baking mixes. The selection includes Happy Body Brownie Mix, French Vanilla Mini Chip Cake Mix, and Key Lime Cake Mix. Though I couldn’t locate ingredients for these products, Solterra is a gluten-free company. I’ve also read that all of the Solterra products are dairy-free and soy-free (but check the ingredients of course!).
XO Baking Co. Mixes (www.xobakingco.com) – This is a new gluten-free baking mix company, but where it stands out from the rest is in their use of coconut flour. Their standard mix uses Brown Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Organic Coconut Flour, Tapioca Flour and Xanthan Gum. At Expo West, they announced their entire line of mixes, which includes All-Purpose Flour, Banana Bread, Cornbread, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gingerbread Cookies, and Fudge Brownies.
Gardein the Ultimate Beefless Burger (www.gardein.com) – With famed vegan Chef Tal Ronnen singing the praises of Gardein, this brand has launched quickly in food service and retail. But even with their rapid growth, innovation continues, and has resulted in their latest vegan product, the Beefless Burger. This is definitely a true “mock meat” product with a soy and wheat gluten base.
Chocolate Pirate’s Booty (www.piratebrands.com) – The infamous snack food Pirate’s Booty now comes in a chocolate variety too! It is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan, and from what I hear, quite tasty. This isn’t an “in your face” kind of chocolate sweet. Rather it is a nice light sweet meets savory kind of snack. I read that it is exclusive to Whole Foods, but haven’t verified this.
EcoVegan Blissful Bits (www.ecovegan.com) – This San Francisco-based vegan company supplies faux meats to the Loving Hut restaurants across the country, and over the past year has added several retail products for consumers. At Expo West, they announced their latest product addition, Blissful Bits. This new faux meat is described as having a subtle flavor, making it versatile for a variety of recipes. Blissful Bits are soy and wheat-based, but they are also non-GMO.
Kinnikinnick Gluten-Free Thin Pizza Crusts (www.kinnikinnick.com) – The new 10” family-sized thin crusts join the Kinnikinnick’s current lineup of family-sized thick pizza crusts and personal-sized pizza crusts. The crusts are free of dairy and nuts. Though the new thin pizza crusts are focused on food service, they will be available to consumers via retail and through the Kinnikinnick website.
And Last, but certainly not least …
Soy-Free Vegenaise (www.followyourheart.com) – The entire Vegenaise product line has a new look, but there is another member that has been added to this vegan mayo family, soy-free! It deserves an exclamation point as this will be the first egg-free, soy-free mayo to be widely available via retail. And current Vegenaise fans will be happy to know that it is reportedly, “just as tasty as the original.”
And a few final notes:
Udi’s Gluten Free launched seven new products in total, including two varieties of hamburger buns (Original and Whole Wheat), hotdog buns, two kinds of Ancient Grain Breads (Omega-Salba and Millet-Chia) and three flavors of cookies (Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin). However, we were unable to confirm which, if any of these products were dairy-free (there was conflicting information online), and we didn’t hear back from the company prior to writing these articles.
There were some other awesome product announcements at the show, but we already reported on those. You can see the news releases on all of the following on Go Dairy Free:
- New Pepper Jack flavor of Daiya Vegan Cheese Alternative
- New Cookies and Chocolate Chunks from Enjoy Life Foods
- Sjaak’s Launches New Line of Vegan Candy Bars
- WholeSoy & Co. Announces New Unsweetened Dairy-Free Yogurt
There you have it, over 60 (no joke!) new dairy-free products announced or even launched at Expo West 2011, the largest natural products show. Simply amazing.
Article by Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org, blogger at Alisa Cooks, and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.