The cheeses have been created following analysis by Cheshire-based DFI to identify key trends among consumers.
The new range includes: Quark, a soft cheese high in protein and fat free; Veganarella, a dairy-free alternative to cheese; Burland Bloom British Brie, a soft, smooth, baby British Brie; Cricket St Thomas Camembert, a British-made Camembert; and Butlers Spreads/hot dips, a trio of dips or spreads.
Svitlana Binns, customer relationship manager at DFI, said: “Following a comprehensive market study, we have honed-in on trends we know will be important to consumers when making food choices in the near and long term.”
“In addition to examining consumer diet trends, our product development team also analysed cuisine and flavour trends and what impact these had on the dairy sector. From this, we developed a diverse and speciality product offering that is proactive rather than reactive.”
“This new range will complement DFI’s core portfolio, and provides a new and exciting product range to enable our food manufacturing and foodservice customers to ensure their offering is relevant and aligned to the changing attitudes and trends of consumers.”
DFI isn’t the only cheese producer launching NPD. Dairy Crest is planning to launch two Cathedral City snack bars later this month, relaunch its kids snacking range, and introduce a lactose-free offering.
Elsewhere in dairy, processor Müller UK & Ireland posted an operating loss of £132m for the 12 months ending 31 December 2017. The business attributed this to the acquisition of Dairy Crest in 2017 and growing competition in the milk market from national and local processors.