Summer snacking season is back, and dips and spreads suppliers are working on summer promotions while also preparing for what is coming in the fall.

At the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) show June 9-11 in Houston, Beaverton, Ore.-based Reser’s Fine Foods showcased the new look for its line of Stonemill Kitchens premium deli dips among its other new deli offerings.

“We’ve innovated across our entire portfolio to bring bold new flavors and convenience to consumers,” said Anne Nelson, senior deli brand and strategy manager. “Our deli department partners have the opportunity to offer a variety of restaurant-inspired prepared foods that showcase trending ingredients and bring an unexpected twist to comfort food classics.”

Reser’s said it is investing more in the Stonemill Kitchens brand, including new packaging for the dips line, which features the following:

  • Additional facing opportunities within the same footprint
  • No artificial ingredients
  • Better visibility of ingredients and appetite appeal
  • Elevated entertaining and product usage cues 
  • Same great taste and bold flavors

At the show, Reser’s also debuted its new seasonal Stonemill Kitchens dip flavor: Pumpkin Pie.

Some of the other premium dip flavors Reser’s offers in the Stonemill Kitchens line include Roasted Street Corn; Artichoke & Parmesan; Spinach, Artichoke & Parmesan; Artichoke, Jalapeño & Parmesan; Garlic & Herb Feta; Spicy Cheddar & Bacon; and more.

Building a platter: Tips for success from Stonemill Kitchens

A table topped with platters of delicious and beautiful food isn’t only an easy option for feeding a crowd, it’s also a nice way to bring people together. Thoughtful platters of assorted meats and cheeses served alongside foods like fruit, nuts, and of course, premium dips, set a casual and inviting tone for people to help themselves and mingle with others. A perfect charcuterie board or platter is a vibrant and visually appealing display, full of complementary flavors that offer a little bit of something for everyone.

If you need inspiration to get you started, here are some ideas for creating a fun and flavorful platter, perfect for any occasion.

  • Start with a large, flat board or platter. Any cutting board or oversized serving plate will do.
  • Combine colors and textures to create an interesting and vibrant display.
  • Place your dips and empty bowls on your platter first, and arrange your meats, cheeses, and crackers around them.
  • The arrangement of your platter is up to you. Leave space between elements, or pile on additional pairings for a care-free, indulgent effect.

Pairing suggestions

  • Meats: About 3-4 slices of thinly sliced meat per person.
  • Cheese: 1 or 2 oz per person. Tip: cut and bag hard cheese ahead of time and put out in “waves” if you are entertaining, to keep it fresh.
  • Dips: We think our dips are truly the life of the platter. Try 1-2 to create some flavor punch and include a small spoon in each for scooping.
  • Bread and crackers: Use a variety of crackers with different textures and tastes, pretzels, or thinly sliced baguettes.
  • Fruits and vegetables: Dried fruit, fresh berries or grapes add color. Vegetables like sugar snap peas, radishes or carrots add color and crunch.
  • Pickles, olives, nuts: Try salty additions served in small bowls throughout the board to add dimension.

From hosting and entertaining to solo snacking, a charcuterie board peppered with Stonemill Kitchens Premium Dips is a fresh and flavorful addition to any table. The best part? Just about anything goes. Build your own masterpiece with cheeses, fruits, nuts, crackers and an assortment of Stonemill Kitchens Premium Dips for a robust combination of big flavor and tasty bites that will keep everyone coming back for more.

Source: Stonemill Kitchens

Fresh social media marketing

In the spring, Stonemill Kitchen hosted a sweepstakes called “Let’s Get Together,” which wrapped up at the end of May. The campaign featured the brand’s limited-time Lemon Bar Dessert Dip and encouraged consumers to enter through a link in the bio on its Instagram, @StonemillKitchens.

The first grand prize for the sweepstakes was a $200 Visa gift card and an assortment of the brand’s dips, and the second prize was a handcrafted charcuterie board.

This article is an excerpt from the June 2024 issue of Supermarket Perimeter. You can read the entire Dips & Spreads feature and more in the digital edition here.