9 Innovations in Dairy Snacking


As nondairy and plant-based protein options proliferate, dairy food producers are cultivating value-added innovation to keep pace.

Click through to view recent dairy innovations across five segments: yogurt, milk, cheese, coffee creamers and ice cream.

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1. Yogurt: Chobani

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Yogurt sales fell 3.4% during the 52-week period ending Jan. 26, 2019, but there are signs of recovery recently. Sales were down a more modest 1.9% over a 12-week period ending in late January, according to Nielsen all-channel data.

Chobani was the only major brand to show growth in January and February with dollar share up 1.9% over a four-week period spanning mid-January into February, according to Nielsen data. The new Gimmies by Chobani line for kids is an example of generating incremental sales by bringing new consumers into the category. One flavor is Best Birthday Ever Yogurt Crunch.

Photograph courtesy of Chobani

2. Creamer: International Delight

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International Delight has expanded its lineup of more than 20 creamers with a Peeps-flavored creamer. Rolling out as part of a partnership with Peeps & Co., the marshmallow flavor brings an Easter-inspired taste to the lineup, catering to coffee drinkers seeking a twist on the creamer category.

Photograph courtesy of International Delights

3. Creamer: Danone


As part of a licensing agreement between Danone North America and Diageo, Baileys has introduced a line of coffee creamers that include a reformulated recipe and refreshed packaging. Available in three flavors—The Original Irish Cream, Vanilla Cream and Mocha Mudslide—the nonalcohol creamers offer an indulgent, premium taste within a recipe that adds more real dairy cream and Baileys Original Irish Cream flavor. The new line is available for an SRP of $3.99.

Photograph courtesy of Danone North America

4. Milk: Pure Protein

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Pure Protein 30g Shakes contain 30 grams of protein, less than 1 gram of sugar, 4 grams of fiber, 24 vitamins and minerals, and 140 calories per serving. The shakes come in Rich Chocolate and Vanilla Milkshake flavors.

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5. Milk: Fairlife

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Fairlife’s new smart snacks are snack-sized beverages designed to curb hunger between meals. The drinks are made with dairy milk that has been cold-filtered to remove lactose. The milk is blended with a touch of honey for sweetness and oats for a rich, creamy texture, according to the company. Smart snacks come in Rich Chocolate, French Vanilla and Creamy Strawberry flavors, each with 15 grams of protein and 5 grams of dietary fiber per 8-ounce bottle.

Photograph courtesy of Fairlife

6. Ice cream: Nightfood

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Nightfood Ice Cream hits store shelves with a goal to be expressly positioned for nighttime consumption. The company website asks visitors, “Do you ever eat ice cream before bed?” Available in eight flavors, Nightfood lists Dr. Michael Breus, "The Sleep Doctor" and one of the nation’s most prominent sleep experts, as a company adviser.

Photograph courtesy of Nightfood

7. Ice cream: Tasty

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Tasty, the social food network known for signature recipe videos, brought its franchise to the frozen aisle with the launch of Tasty Ice Cream in four flavor combinations. Tasty collaborated with Nestle USA to create and distribute the limited-edition ice creams, which were inspired by Tasty’s audience insights. “Our exclusively limited-edition ice cream gives us the chance to do what we do best: Continue innovating in the kitchen and sharing our tastiest creations with consumers,” said Talia Halperin, general manager of Tasty Commerce.

Photograph courtesy of Tasty

8. Cheese: Borden

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Borden Cheese expanded its product offering with Whole Milk Mozzarella String Cheese; Snack Bars in Habanero Cheddar and Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese; and Thick Cut Shreds in Ultimate Nacho Blend, Ultimate Mac & Cheese Blend and Ultimate Pizza Blend.

Photograph courtesy of Borden

9. Cheese: Broaster Co.

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During Fall 2018, Broaster Co. began offering Beer Battered Cheese Curds, soft and chewy cheese bites with a hint of craft beer blended in. The cheese curds are also available in a zingy Sriracha Spicy flavor profile.

Photograph courtesy of Broaster Co.