Summer 2015 new product showcase
It’s that time of year again at General Mills – new product season.
Today, we unveiled our line-up of new products set to hit shelves this summer.
We have products that address a whole host of tastes. If you are following a diet focused on wellness, we have foods that are gluten free, high protein, organic, and products made with simple ingredients.
If you like to cook, we have contemporary solutions to help save time in the kitchen.
If you like to indulge once in a while, we have sweet and tasty treats.
And if you like to have fun with your food, we’ve got cereal, yogurt and snacks featuring some of today’s hottest movie equities like Minions, Star Wars and Disney’s Frozen.
I recently sat down with Jeanine Bassett, vice president of Global Consumer Insights at General Mills, to learn more about what consumers are looking for in food today. One of the leading trends is wellness.
She discusses what this means in this video:
Read on for a closer look at our newest products.
What are you hoping to try? Just click on the category boxes below to hop down the page.
Gluten Free Cheerios
Although Cheerios are made with oats, which are naturally gluten free, the oats are often unintentionally mixed with gluten-containing grains such as barley and wheat during growing, harvesting and transporting. So that Cheerios can enjoyed by all, Cheerios created a special process to sort out those grains to ensure the oats we use are gluten free.
25% Less Sugar Yoplait Original
Sweet on less sugar? Yoplait has reduced sugar in Yoplait Original by 25 percent per serving while still living up to our promise on taste.
Yoplait is now using more milk in the Original recipe, which increases the protein in a 6-ounce cup of yogurt from 5 grams to 6 grams. The lower sugar recipe is also less calories, reducing from 170 to 150 calories.
Nature Valley Toasted Oats Muesli
Put more good in your morning!
Nature Valley Toasted Oats Muesli blends together a mix of toasted oats, sun flower seeds, dried cranberries, raisins, toasted coconut, almonds and pumpkin seeds – all with less than 5 grams of sugar per ¼ cup serving.
Toasted Oats Muesli is delicious plain with milk or yogurt. In the U.S., try Original or Blueberry flavors, and in Canada our varieties are Field Berry and Coconut Almond.
Fill your cup with plenti-full goodness.
Yoplait Plenti is a hearty, protein-packed yogurt filled with wholesome ingredients including fruit pieces, whole grain oats, flax seed and pumpkin seeds.
With 12 grams of protein in each cup, Yoplait Penti is available in eight flavors including blueberry, black cherry, coconut, peach raspberry, spiced apple, strawberry and vanilla.
Annie’s Organic Soup
For the first time, Annie’s introduces organic goodness to the soup aisle with five new organic soup offerings, including Star Pasta & Chicken, Tomato, Creamy Tomato & Bunny Pasta, Bunny Pasta & Chicken Broth and Creamy Carrot & Bunny Pasta.
Annie’s new varieties are delicious alternatives to conventional ready-made soups, without artificial flavors, synthetic colors, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup.
It’s the simple things that make life more joyful. Chex Clusters stay true to that simple truth by keeping everything you love about Chex and adding a few more wholesome ingredients. With real fruit pieces, rice crisps, and rolled oats clustered together, every spoonful is loaded with a flavorful crunch.
It’s also gluten free, and does not contain colors from artificial sources, has no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup.
Cascadian Farm Honey Oat Crunch
New Cascadian Farm Honey Oat Crunch is made with organic whole grain flakes, crunchy oat clusters and sweetened with natural sugar, honey and molasses.
Food Should Taste Good Real Good Bars
Combining large, whole nuts, seeds and real fruit pieces with unexpected culinary spices, Food Should Taste Good Real Good Bars are gluten free and contain no-GMOs and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
They’re available in two unique flavors, Hazelnut and almonds with Madagascar vanilla, a hint of orange zest and dipped in Fair Trade dark chocolate; Almonds and macadamia nuts, shaved coconut, a dash of chai and dipped in Fair Trade dark chocolate.
Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar
You can make Nature Valley’s new Simple Nut Bars in your kitchen, but if you don’t have the time, we’ve got you covered. Simple Nut Bars are made with whole nuts, seeds, honey, tapioca syrup and sea salt.
Naturally gluten free, Simple Nut Bars come in two varieties, Almond, Cashew & Sea Salt, and Roasted Peanut & Honey.
Nature Valley Soft Baked Granola Bites
Once tried, twice bitten!
Nature Valley Protein Soft Baked Granola Bites have all the great taste and nutritious benefits of regular granola with a chewy, soft-baked texture and 7 grams of protein per serving.
Available in Honey Almond and Blueberry Almond.
Food Should Taste Good Bean Chips
Food Should Taste Good Bean Chips are a new line of bean tortilla chips that combine wholesome ingredients with real bean flavors for a balanced and hardworking snack.
Each Food Should Taste Good Bean Chip variety is gluten free, has zero grams trans-fat and is certified Kosher.
Fitness Granola with Protein*
This could shape up to be your favorite snack with clusters of whole grain oats and a touch of sweetness with 13.5 grams of protein per 100-gram serving.
Fitness Granola with Protein* from Cereal Partners Worldwide, General Mills joint cereal venture with Nestle, is a simple and versatile way to add protein throughout the day.
Fitness with 30% Less Sugar*
In Europe, fans of Fitness cereal can now enjoy 30% less sugar.
We’ve reworked the recipe for this crunchy, whole grain cereal to reduce the total sugar from 17 grams to 11.8 grams per 100g serving. We did this by increasing the amount of whole wheat and rice, all while maintaining the great taste and texture.
*From Cereal Partners Worldwide.
In Canada, Cheerios Plus combines delicious toasted Cheerios, crunchy granola clusters mixed with nutritious protein or flax seed. Enjoy both varieties – Cinnamon Coconut and Honey Almond – plain, with milk or with yogurt.
*Available only in Canada
This drinkable yogurt has big fruit pieces that require an extra-large straw to drink. It is one of three different lines of Yoplait launching this summer in China, which also includes Perle de lait, a thick and creamy French style yogurt, and Panier de fruits, a fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt.
*Available only in China
Cascadian Farms Multicolored Carrots & Beets
Root vegetables can be enjoyed year round with Cascadian Farm’s new frozen Organic Beets and Multi-Colored Carrots.
Cascadian Farm frozen veggies lock in all the nutrients, mouthwatering flavors and gorgeous rainbow colors.
Progresso Cooking Stock
Cooking like a culinary chef is easy with Progresso’s new line of premium Cooking Stock.
These premium Cooking Stocks are made by simmering real bones, vegetables and herbs to create a meaty, homemade taste. And, with no artificial flavors or preservatives, you can feel good about making Progresso Cooking Stock a go-to starter for soups, sauces and other culinary creations.
Progresso Bistro Cups
Soup’s on, no ladle required!
Make a fresh cup of warm, hearty soup at the touch of a button with new Progresso Bistro Cups. Designed to be made with a Keurig brewing system, Bistro Cups are available in three delicious, hearty varieties, Creamy Tomato & Parmesan, Broccoli & Cheese and Southwestern-Style Creamy White Bean & Corn.
The Good Table
Have a seat. We’re serving up a delicious new menu.
Chicken and fish don’t have to be boring with The Good Table Sauce & Coating mix.
Made with no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup and no colors from artificial sources, you’ll want to try all four gourmet flavors, including Parmesan Herb, Southwest Tortilla, Crunchy Thai Peanut and Lemon Herb.
Immaculate Baking Pretzel Dough
Bake up some good fun. Put your own personal twist on this ready-to-bake pretzel dough!
Kids will love twisting, turning and curling the ready-to-bake pretzel dough into fun shapes and sizes.
And, moms will love Immaculate Baking’s Honestly Delicious promise of no bleached flour, no artificial preservatives or hydrogenated oil.
Old El Paso Mini Soft Tortilla Taco Boats
Bring on the mariachi band and say yes to tacos with Old El Paso’s new Mini Soft Tortilla Taco Boats.
It’s mini size fits perfectly in your hand, and the boat shape makes tacos easier to serve and hold, even packed full of all your favorite fresh fixings.
Green Giant Fire Roasted Vegetables
Now you can veg out anytime!
For the first time, Green Giant is bringing mouthwatering fire roasted vegetables to the frozen aisle, making it easy to create restaurant inspired dishes at home.
Try all four varieties, Fire Roasted Zucchini, Carrots and Onions; Fire Roasted Corn, Peppers &Onions; Fire Roasted Root Vegetables with Red Onions; and Fire Roasted Tri-Color Peppers.
Latina Fresh Gluten Free*
Now gluten-free households in Australia can enjoy a yummy pasta dinner together with new Latina Fresh Gluten Free Pastas.
Made with quality ingredients and no artificial colors or flavors, this new gluten free line is available in Fettuccini, Lasagna sheets, Beef Ravioli, and Ricotta & Spinach Agnolotti varieties.
*Available only in Australia.
Cinnabon Mini Pull-Aparts
Pillsbury brings Cinnabon’s deliciously fluffy and gooey cinnamon rolls home in delectable, bite-sized pieces. New Cinnabon Mini Pull-Aparts comes with 12 mini pull-apart rolls and signature Cinnabon cinnamon and creamy frosting.
Pillsbury Melts Caramel Brownie Cookies
Sometimes it’s perfectly alright to have a meltdown.
Soft baked cookies with ooey-gooey filling are a simple treat thanks to Pillsbury’s ready-to-bake Melts, now available in Caramel Brownie Cookie with creamy caramel inside and out.
Fiber One Cheesecake
Cheesecake that’s just 150 calories? YES!
With irresistible layers of graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake and flavorful toppings like strawberry and salted caramel Fiber One Cheesecake Bars are truly a guilt-free indulgence. Yes, I’ll have another!
Not licked yet!
In France, Häagen-Dazs introduces a new line of ice cream stick bars in five flavors: Macadamia Nut Brittle, Salted Caramel, Pralines & Cream, Vanilla Caramel Almond, and Chocolate Choc Almond.
All of these bars are made with Häagen-Dazs super premium ice cream which uses real milk and cream.
*Available only in Europe.
Betty Crocker Mug Cake*
Brazil takes the cake. Betty Crocker makes baking effortless at homes in Brazil without using an oven with new Betty Crocker Mug Cakes.
Simply add baking mix to a mug, stir in 50ml of milk, pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds and enjoy. Available in Brigadeiro, Beijinho, Paçoca and Orange flavors.
*Available only in Brazil.
Yoplait Go-Gurt Featuring Disney’s Frozen
This go-to snack has fun down cold!! GO-GURT portable lowfat yogurt makes on-the-go snacking slurpably fun featuring characters from Disney’s Frozen.
Plus, Go-Gurt is made with all natural colors and flavors and no high-fructose corn syrup.
Star Wars Cereal
The force is strong inside Limited Edition Star Wars Cereal. Each box includes fruity cereal pieces in fun Star War-themed shapes like X-Wing Fighter, Tie Figher, Millennium Flacon, tossed with marshmallows shaped like red and blue Lightsabers, Storm Troopers, Yodi, Jedi Star Fighter and R2-D2.
With only 9 grams of sugar and 10 gram of whole grain in each serving, Star Wars fanatics of all ages will love a bowlful of Star Wars Cereal.
Pillsbury Mini Bagels
Introducing the breakfast option that’s in a class by itself. Kids in K-12 schools can enjoy Pillsbury Mini Bagels that are soft bagels on the outside with delicious cream cheese filling inside.
From General Mills Foodservice, their easy prep, mini size and great taste are sure to be a crowd pleaser in the classroom or cafeteria.
Star Wars Fruit Snacks
Star Wars enthusiasts won’t have to choose between the Dark Side or Light Side with the new Star Wars Fruit Snacks. Each box features collectable Light Side and Dark Side designs and fun Star Wars shapes, including Storm Troopers, R2-D2, Yoda, C-3PO, Darth Vader and Tie Fighter.
Minions & Frozen Soft Baked Bars*
Kids will go bananas over these!
New Betty Crocker Soft Baked Snack Bars are being introduced in Canada in two varieties, Minion-shaped, Chocolatey Banana bars and Frozen’s Olaf-shaped Oats & Chocolate Chip bars.
Made with whole grain oats and no artificial flavors or colors, Soft Baked Bars are a great snack kids will love and moms can feel good about.
*Available only in Canada
Mmmmm-Minions! Our Limited Edition Minions Cereal is made with whole grain oat squares and dusted with banana berry flavor – Minions’ favorite snacks.
With 11 grams of whole grains per serving and playful Minion designs on each cereal square, a bowl of Minions Cereal is a bowlful of fun.
*Available in select retail stores nationwide and in Canada