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Sprite brings back holiday beverages

Sprite winter spiced cranberry

The holiday season is right around the corner and Sprite is helping consumers get into the spirit by bringing back two holiday-inspired beverages — winter spiced cranberry and winter spiced cranberry zero sugar.

To celebrate the relaunch of the beverages, the brand is working with UNWRP on custom holiday greeting cards inspired by the bold flavors of the returning soft drinks, the company said.

Sprite winter spiced cranberry has 120 calories and 32 g of sugar per 12-oz. serving, while the winter spiced cranberry zero sugar offering contains 0 calories and 0 g of sugar per 12-oz. serving, the company said.


Little Bites’ apple cinnamon muffins sweeten up fall

Little Bites apple cinnamon muffins

Little Bites is bringing all the fun flavors of fall to its latest limited-edition snack — apple cinnamon muffins.

Available through March, the muffins are made with real apple, cinnamon and no high fructose corn syrup or trans-fat, the company said.  

“For more than 20 years, we’ve continued to release flavor innovations that make snacking just as fun as it is delicious. That’s why we’re excited to reintroduce Little Bites apple cinnamon muffins this fall!” said Moira Flood, senior brand manager for Little Bites Snacks. “As the perfect addition to all of your favorite festivities this season, our limited-edition apple cinnamon muffins are guaranteed to help families make memories on-the-go.”

Packaged in pre-portioned pouches that clock in at 200 calories per serving, consumers can find Little Bites’ apple cinnamon muffins available for purchase at most retailers nationwide.


Haribo’s Berry Clouds look to the sky

haribo berry clouds

Haribo has a brand-new triple-layered gummy with a soft and sweet chew.

Berry Clouds, which come in cloud shapes that highlight their soft and fluffy texture, are available in a mixed assortment that includes blueberry, wildberry and strawberry flavors.

“We know that gummi fans are looking for texture and flavor excitement, so we created an unexpected treat that delivered on both,” said Rick LaBerge, chief commercial officer at Haribo of America. “The result is an innovative, whimsical take on gummi shapes that are sure to spark joy for Haribo fans of all ages, especially on National Candy Day.”

Consumers can find Haribo’s Berry Clouds available for purchase in small, medium and large peg bags at major retailers across the nation.


Califia Farms whips up dairy-free heavy whipping cream

Califia Farms Heavy Whip

Califia Farms is adding a new dairy-free product to its portfolio — Heavy Whip.

The plant-based swap for heavy whipping cream is unflavored and unsweetened, and can be used exactly as dairy-heavy whipping cream when cooking, the Los Angeles-based company said.

Made from a coconut oil base, Califia Farms’ Heavy Whip comes in a 16.9-oz. carton that can be found in the refrigerated aisle of Whole Foods Markets and Sprouts Farmers Market among other retailers for a suggested retail price of $4.89.


General Mills continues Marvel collaboration with superhero-inspired fruit snacks

general mills marvel

General Mills is continuing its multi-year collaboration with Marvel by releasing two fruit-flavored snacks.

Inspired by its superhero characters, new launches consumers can be on the lookout for include:

  • Marvel Avengers Character Fruit Snacks: Gummy treats made without artificial flavors, featured characters include Black Panther, Iron Man and Thor; and
  • Black Panther Fruit Roll-Ups: Available in strawberry sensation and blue raspberry flavors, each features Black Panther tongue tattoos on each roll.

Consumers can find the Marvel Avengers Character Fruit Snacks and Black Panther Fruit Roll-Ups at retailers nationwide.


Hostess puts holiday-inspired twist on classic snacks

hostess holiday snacks

Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, Hostess Brands is putting a seasonal twist on four of its classic and iconic snacks.

New launches from the brand include Holiday HoHos, Holiday CupCakes, Mint Chocolate Flavored Twinkies and Hot Cocoa & Marshmallow Flavored Donettes.

“With the holiday season right around the corner, consumers are anticipating the return of special flavors that capture the joy, delight and traditions of the season,” said Christopher Balach, general manager of Hostess Brands. “From the classic chocolate sponge cake and refreshing mint flavor of our Mint Chocolate Flavored Twinkies to the rich and creamy hot chocolate flavor of our Hot Cocoa & Marshmallow Flavored Donettes, we think consumers will love our holiday snacks.”

Each of Hostess’ seasonal snacks will be available for a limited time in a multi-pack at grocery retailers nationwide.