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Vital Juice: Spread 'em!

Spread 'Em!
Fall for Sabra's new veggie dips.
August 25, 2011

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Hummus tends to be our go-to condiment.

But we have a new crush. We use it as a dip for crudités, spread it on sandwiches instead of mayo and slather it on bagels instead of cream cheese.

Sabra Greek Style Veggie Dips are cool and creamy. Since they're made with thick Greek yogurt, they have the consistency of sour cream...without the extra fat. They're all-natural, lowfat, kosher and contain about 30 to 40 calories per serving. And they come in four fun flavors. (This one's our fave.)

Make them main-dish worthy this Chicken Kebabs recipe.

Find them at a store near you.

Take a dip.

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Foodie Friday: Sabra Greek Yogurt Veggie Dips
Health editors taste test the latest in healthy eats
September 1, 2011
Eating Well/ Snacks
By Sarah DiGiulio

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Picnics scream for chips and dip (and veggies, too). These yogurt-based grocery-aisle picks keep the calories slim and the flavor full.

The product: Sabra Greek Yogurt Veggie Dips in Roasted Garlic, Spinach & Artichoke, Sun Dried Tomato, and Onion & Fresh Herbs ($3.99 for 10 ounces; available at grocery stores nationwide)

The taste factor: Roasted onion, sautéed garlic, and fresh parsley keep the classic-flavored Onion and Fresh Herb dip zesty. And the chopped veggies in Spinach & Artichoke keep the standby tasting fresh. For a Mediterranean bite, try the tangy Sun Dried Tomato with fresh pita.

The health factor: The nutrition labels on these picks let you dip with ease. Low-fat, Greek-style yogurt keeps them light—fewer than 40 calories for 2 tablespoons for each flavor (about a third the calories of similar sour-cream-based varieties) and just 1.5 grams of fat. Bonus: The yogurt swap saves you 100 milligrams of sodium, too.

Editor’s pick: I couldn’t stop dipping into the Spinach & Artichoke; try red peppers for a refreshing crunch. Leftovers? Spread into a pita pocket with hummus and extra veggies for a quick, light lunch.

Why we love it: Get the dips you love without the calorie- and fat-splurge!

Specialty Food News: New Product News

New Product News
May 6, 2011

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Sabra Dipping Company will enter several new categories, introducing lines of salsa, guacamole and Greek yogurt-based vegetable dips under the Sabra brand. The company will also expand its hummus line with two new flavors.

RFF Retailer: 2011 All-Star Team Product Awards

2011 All-Star Team Product Awards
by Rich Mitchell
August 11, 2011

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If there is a certainty in the refrigerated and frozen foods merchandising sector, it is that forecasting the top-growing brands in each category is, and will always remain, an exercise in uncertainty.

With such variables as a shifting economy, evolving shopper lifestyles, changing taste preferences and the rollout of new selections, merchandisers face a constant product positioning challenge.

To assist retailers in pinpointing the items with significant revenue-generating potential, Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Retailer is presenting its annual All-Star Team Product Awards.

The awards are based on dollar and unit sales data compiled by SymphonyIRI Group—a Chicago-based market research firm—for the 52 weeks ending May 15, 2011.

Analysis was done on the top-10 brands based on dollar sales in approximately 200 refrigerated and frozen categories.

While many brands are consistently the top revenue generators for their respective categories, most of those leaders are not recipients of a 2011 All-Star Team Product Award because of negligible sales growth compared to the year-earlier period.

Award-winning products are recognized in four classes:

• The MVP is given to brands with the largest dollar volumes in their respective categories and at least a 10-percent increase in both dollar and unit sales.

• Grand Slam awards are bestowed on brands that had a 100-percent or more increase in both dollar and unit sales. • The Home Run is for brands with at least a 10-percent increase in both dollar and unit sales.

• Rookie of the Year spotlights the newer brands that are among the top-10 dollar sales generators in their respective categories.

With new products consistently being launched, and some suppliers likely to discontinue items despite their appearance in the top-10 listings, the 2011 All-Star Team Product Awards are just a snapshot of a moment in time. But such moments can pay great dividends to merchandisers who are able to detect and leverage the hottest-selling selections....

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RFF Retailer: That's Greek To Me

That's Greek To Me
by Rich Mitchell
June 1, 2011

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For many shoppers, Mediterranean eating is healthy eating.

And that is having a powerful halo effect on the refrigerated spreads and dips sector.

Refrigerated spreads revenues were up 22.2 percent and unit sales grew 24.6 percent for the 52 weeks ending March 20, 2011 compared to the year-earlier period, reports SymphonyIRI Group, a Chicago-based market research firm. The sales breakdown reveals that Mediterranean-oriented products are key category drivers.

The leading refrigerated spreads supplier, Sabra Dipping Co. LLC, White Plains, N.Y., had revenues of $183.1 million, up 43.1 percent for the year ending March 20.

Revenues for spreads from Taunton, Mass.-based Tribe Mediterranean Foods Inc. totaled $44.8 million, up 9.4 percent. “The Mediterranean diet is considered a healthier diet,” says Marcia Schurer, president of Culinary Connections, a Chicago-based food market research and consulting firm. “And foods from regions that border the Mediterranean Sea usually have a great taste profile that appeals to most consumers.”

Hummus is perhaps the most popular Mediterranean dip and spread. It typically is made with such ingredients as mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.

Schurer notes that increasing demand for hummus is resulting in larger arrays of flavors, and suppliers also are starting to produce additional types of dips and spreads, including tzatziki and baba ghanouj... Read More

Refrigerated and Frozen Foods: Sabra to expand refrigerated profile

Sabra to expand refrigerated profile

Posted: May 6, 2011

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Refrigerated hummus processor Sabra Dipping Company LLC, White Plains, N.Y., said it plans to expand its refrigerated product line and enter several new categories with Sabra fresh salsa, guacamole and Greek yogurt-based vegetable dips. A joint venture between PepsiCo and Strauss Group, Sabra also said it will also expand its hummus line with two new flavors.

"Consumers are broadening their food horizons and seeking a variety of fresh, healthy and authentic foods and snacks," said Ken Kunze, chief marketing officer. "Sabra has been on trend with hummus and is now expanding into more vegetable-based snacks. What Sabra brings to the table is a fresh approach to some authentic favorites by tapping into the flavors of the world while delivering the same quality and superior taste that has become synonymous with the Sabra name. We are thrilled to give consumers an opportunity to discover new experiences of the world right at their table."

Kunze said Sabra is preparing a national, summertime roll-out of ...

... Sabra salsa

Sabra will launch its Salsa line in four flavors: Classic, Southwestern Style, Home-style, and Chunky Pico de Gallo. Officials say Sabra Salsa will come in convenient, dip-friendly, recyclable and attractive bowls making it easy to serve. All varieties of Sabra Salsas are fat free, gluten free and kosher. The salsas will be available in the refrigerated section of the deli aisle at club stores and supermarkets nationwide.

... Sabra Greek yogurt veggie dips

Four new flavors include Roasted Garlic, Spinach and Artichoke, Sun Dried Tomato and Onion & Fresh Herbs. Officials say the new offerings will "provide a much needed, great tasting alternative to fattening sour cream based white dips" with 67 percent fewer calories and 88 percent less fat than the leading sour cream dip. The veggie dips will be available in the refrigerated section of the deli aisle, where Sabra products are sold.

... Sabra guacamole

Sabra says two new offerings, Classic and Spicy guacamole, use an "authentic recipe of all natural Guacamole made fresh from Mexican-grown Hass avocados." Like Sabra's other products, the guacamole will come ready-to-serve, dip-friendly, recyclable containers. Sabra Guacamole is all natural, gluten free and kosher and can be found in the refrigerated section of the deli aisle.

Officials also announced two new hummus flavor additions: Basil Pesto Hummus and a Buffalo Style Hummus.

Sabra said it operates one of the country's only a silver LEED-certified factories in Colonial Heights, Va., and in 2011 received an A-Classification from the British Retail Consortium audit board for food safety for its Oceanside, Calif., plant.

Self: Healthy Food Awards

June 2011
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