The Catholic Church's announcement of the new pope, Francis I, coincided with at least two product launches referencing divinity and holiness in the last week. Skinny Cow and the Dutch soda-makers at Vrumona both attached glistening adjectives to their new products, as you'll see below.
Every week on Food Dive, we spotlights the food and beverage product announcements that caught our attention, and from Detroit to the Netherlands, these were the announcements that made our list today:
1. FAYGO GOLD GINGER SODA
Detroit-based Faygo rolled out its new Gold flavor, a ginger soda which MLive.com reports will compete with a similar product over at Vernors, a brand now owned by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. Dr. Pepper may have even had its feathers ruffled over the announcement on Twitter.
2. CARAMEL AND PEANUT BUTTER CREAM DIVINE FILLED CHOCOLATES
Company: Nestle USA
Nestle's Skinny Cow brand took advantage of American Chocolate Week by announcing its new caramel and smooth peanut butter cream Divine Filled Chocolates. The chocolates come in three-piece, 130-calorie pouches, which in turn come in six-pouch boxes.
(Image credit: Amazon.com)
3. HOLY SODA
Just in time for the new pope, Vrumona broke out this new carbonated beverage in the Netherlands. The holiness apparently comes from its use of all-natural ingredients and low calorie-count claims. The soda comes it apple/raspberry, pear/peach and apple/cranberry taste pairings.
(Image credit: Vrumona)
4. SMIRNOFF SORBET VODKAS
Smirnoff announced three new vodka flavors, Sorbet Light Raspberry Pomegranate, Sorbet Light Mango Passion Fruit and Sorbet Light Lemon, last week. The bottles should be available to U.S. retailers now in standard 750mL bottles for $15.99.
(Image credit: Smirnoff)
5. KERRYGOLD SKELLIG SWEET CHEDDAR CHEESE
Company: Irish Dairy Board
The Irish Dairy Board is pushing to get some more of the Emerald Isle's cheese out into U.S. supermarkets this month with imported Kerrygold Skellig sweet cheddar. The cheese comes with notes of nuttiness and apple, according to the announcement, which anticipates a sweet cheddar trend for American consumers.
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