In Supermarket Perimeter's March 2023 issue, we highlighted three innovative products that are new to the fresh perimeter. You can read this story and more in our digital issue here.

New churros from J&J

Production on J&J Snack Foods’ new ¡Hola! Churros has been expanded to give foodservice operators a steady, reliable supply of a variety of churros for the new year. ¡Hola! Churros fulfill the growing demand by consumers for globally-inspired menu items, specifically desserts, that are sharable and hold well for takeout, delivery or catering. The new ¡Hola! Churros brand strengthens J&J Snack Foods’ existing position among churro manufacturers by combining the best of two legacy brands. The new brand elevates the options for unique menu applications as an easy to prepare snack, dessert or breakfast item. Available in loops, regular churros and bites, operators can customize the products with a variety of flavors or sweet fillings.

Ocean Mist adds Broccoli Slaw to fresh-cut line 

Ocean Mist Farms has added Broccoli Slaw to its line of fresh-cut vegetables. The retail bags of fresh-cut vegetables are pre-washed and ready to eat, microwave or cook. Along with the new Broccoli Slaw, Ocean Mist Farms’ fresh-cut line includes Broccoli Florets, Brussels Sprouts Halves, Brussels Sprouts Whole, Cauliflower Florets, Cauliflower Rice, Floret Medley, Spinach and Vegetable Medley. The Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli Florets and Vegetable Medley are also available in larger family-sized packs. “Our recently expanded fresh-cut value-added line is the perfect complement to Ocean Mist Farms’ award-winning Season & Steam products,” said Mark Munger, senior director of marketing at Ocean Mist Farms. “This growing line of value-added vegetable solutions provides consumers an even wider selection of healthy eating options to kick-start 2023.”

New vintage cheddars from Tillamook at Whole Foods

Tillamook County Creamery Association added two aged cheddars to its Maker’s Reserve portfolio, with vintages from 2013 and 2020 now available. Tillamook releases 10-year and three-year aged extra sharp white cheddar every year as part of its reserve program. The farmer-owned cooperative describes its 2013 cheddar as having hints of sweet cream and rich buttery brioche, plus notes of toasted nuts. Tillamook shared that the 10-year vintage cheese has a flaky texture. It recommends pairing the product with porter beer, champagne, fruit spritz, fresh strawberries and grilled vegetables. The reserve from 2020, meanwhile, includes “an herbaceous, rich creamy aroma,” per the cooperative, with notes of wild mushrooms and dark bread. The texture is described as smooth and rich by Tillamook, which suggested pairing the three-year cheddar with lagers or sparkling drinks such as prosecco or sparkling apple juice, and candied hazelnuts and prosciutto. Both the 2013 and 2020 cheddars are being sold online through Tillamook’s shop. The farmer-owned cooperative also will sell the 2013 vintage exclusively at Whole Foods Market locations beginning in February.