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New and Noshworthy: Innovation is the name of the game with the latest cheese products that satisfy consumer demand for snacking, easy meal preparation and more.

Today's cheese makers are taking a cue from the hottest food trends with new product introductions that fit into easy entertaining, on-the-go snacking, quick and flavorful meals and much more.

Here's a look at what's new in the wonderful world of cheese.

Cheese on Fire

With summer grilling season around the corner, Champignon North America, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., has launched Rougette Bonfire Grilling Cheeses. The latest innovation from Kaserei Champignon, Rougette Bonfire Grilling Cheeses are meant to be served hot off the grill.

The product line, made with all-natural ingredients, includes two types of cheese: a mild and creamy soft-ripened cheese, which comes in two individually packed cheeses per unit; and a semisoft cheese marinated in herbs, which comes in a convenient ready-to-grill pan.

"Grilling cheeses like halloumi have become more widely known in the U.S. in the last several years but are still an emerging trend," says Flynne Wiley, CEO of Champignon North America. "Our approach is to illustrate the concept of grilling cheese right on the package so that shoppers will know what to do with the cheeses and are inspired to go home and fire up the grill."

With Rougette Bonfire Grilling Cheese, Kaserei Champignon cheese masters have created a soft-ripened cheese that can withstand direct heat without melting or sticking to the grill. Meanwhile, the Marinated Grilling Cheese can be heated for use in salads, mixed with grilled vegetables or melted into a hot dip for sharing.

Klondike Cheese Co. in Monroe, Wis., recently introduced Buholzer Brothers Muenster, brick, Havarti and dill Havarti. Crafted by six Wisconsin Master Cheese-makers, each of the four flavorful cheeses works well in a variety of recipes.

With its complex, earthy flavor and touch of nuttiness, brick cheese is a win on Detroit-style pizza or sliced on a hamburger. Buholzer Brick comes in a 6-pound loaf.

Klondike recommends Muenster for grilled cheese, scrambled eggs or pizza. Buholzer Brothers Muenster comes in a 6-pound loaf and 15-pound long john.

A great melting cheese, Havarti can be sliced for grilled cheese, cubed on salads or served on a charcuterie platter. Buholzer Brothers Havarti comes in 4.5-pound and 9-pound loaves, as well as 15-pound long johns. Its Dill Havarti is available in 4.5-pound and 9-pound loaves.

Snacking and Entertaining

The snacking trend is here to stay, and Cabot Creamery of Waitsfield, Vt., is ready to serve with its Cracker Cuts line of presliced, cracker-size cuts of cheese in six varieties.

Packaged in convenient, resealable trays, Cracker Cuts varieties include Seriously Sharp Cheddar, Seriously Sharp Yellow Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar, Extra Sharp Cheddar, Pepper Jack Cheese and Colby Jack Cheese.

Schuman Cheese, Fairfield, N.J., is launching a full marketing campaign around its new Copper Kettle Chisels snacking cheese under the Cello brand. The brand launch is being supported with numerous initiatives, including sampling and digital advertising, as well as influencer and social media support.

Copper Kettle Chisels are bite-size pieces of Copper Kettle Parmesan, which is crafted in copper. With 9 grams of protein and only 110 calories per serving, Copper Kettle Chisels are considered health-conscious snacks. The 5-ounce cups are economically designed and resealable for nibbling on the go.

"The Cello brand is all about discovery and about making high-quality, distinctive cheeses more approachable and accessible," says Jim Low, EVP of sales and marketing for Schuman Cheese. "When people see new products like our Copper Kettle Chisels in a convenient, snack-friendly format, we think they'll be intrigued to explore, just like music fans hitting play on a hot new track."

Chisels are the latest addition to the Cello lineup, which also includes Parmesan, Romano, Asiago and Fontal cheeses. Schuman has updated the premium packaging for the entire Cello line (including easy-open wedges and tinted cups) with a new logo and brand identity.

Line pricing for the Cello product portfolio is set at $5.99 per unit for wedges (6 ounces each) and $4.99 per unit for cups (5 ounces each), including new Copper Kettle Chisels.

Seeking to capture a share of the booming hummus and spreads market, the New York-based President brand recently launched Gourmet Pairings, a smooth and creamy spreadable cheese featuring gourmet toppings.

Available in three varieties--Aged White Cheddar With Apple Chutney, Feta With Roasted Red Pepper and Blue Cheese With Caramelized Onion--the lineup, from parent company Lactalis Deli, makes elevated snacking easy.

With the new Gourmet Pairings, President has its eye on a potential audience of 49.5 million households composed of 10.1 million purchasers of spreads and 39.4 million purchasers of hummus.

Of this audience, 4.2 million households purchase both hummus and spreads, and 35.2 million households purchase only hummus, according to President, which cites | Engel Research Partners' Consumer Research Report for the 52 weeks ending June 17,2018.

The company is hoping to win over the 35.2 million households who already love hummus and will recognize the ease and delight of a cheese spread enhanced with gourmet toppings that is ready for snacking and entertaining.

Gourmet Pairings feature ready-to-serve packaging that is designed with a clear semicircle cutout window that makes the toppings visible.

The world's leading producer of Gouda, FrieslandCampina U.S (including Jana Foods and Best Cheese USA), is focused on innovation and adding value for consumers from its Paramus, N.J.-based U.S. headquarters.

FrieslandCampina recently introduced Gouda Cheese Cracker Cuts under its Frico brand. This all-natural rich and creamy Gouda cheese imported from Holland with melt-in-the-mouth texture is packaged in easy-peel and easy-reseal 7.05-ounce trays that are ready to display.

35.2%

Amount of U.S. households that purchase hummus

Source: Engel Research Partners

A Gouda That Gives Back

Inspired by the growing popularity of green goddess salad dressings, dips, sandwiches and wraps on blogs and Pinterest, Emmi Roth USA Inc., Fitchburg, Wis., has introduced Roth Green Goddess Gouda, a savory blend of tarragon, parsley, chives and garlic woven into creamy Roth Gouda.

With the help of this flavorful new cheese, Emmi Roth also plans to give back to community leaders through The Goddess Project. "A portion of the proceeds from Green Goddess Gouda sales goes to supporting leaders in communities nationwide, from teachers to activists, who are empowering others," says Abby Despins, senior PR and digital marketing manager.

"Through our history of cheesemaking, we have always been committed to the development and empowerment of leaders, and to helping them inspire others in their communities," Despins says. For more information, visit rothcheese.com/goddessproject.

Caption: Kaserei Champignon has introduced cheeses that can withstand the heat of a grill.

Caption: Cello Chisels come in snack-size portions.
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Date:Apr 1, 2019
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