New Bakery Products in the Latin America Region, May 02, 2008
by BSI Staff

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• All natural, delicious and indulgent, Quaker’s Galletas de Avena con Pasas (Oat Cookies with Raisins) from Grupo Gamesa, San Nicolas de la Garza, Mexico, are made from signature Quaker oats. With 0 g trans fat and naturally nutritious ingredients, the cookies benefit from a healthy profile. They are available to consumers in Guatemala in a 50-g box for 2.50 quetzals (US$0.33, €0.22).

Los 5 Hispanos, Buenos Aires, Argentina, targets kids with fun new packaging for its Krach-Itos Papas Fritas Tradicionales (traditional potato crisps). The kid-friendly packaging features Isidoro, a popular comic book character. The crisps are trans fat free and sold in a 65-g bag. Krach-Itos retail for 2.25 Argentine pesos (US$0.72, €0.48).

• Parati, Sao Lourenco do Oeste, Brazil, is offering Torrada Salgada (salted toasts). The crispy toasts are trans fat free. The Parati company is a strong supporter of the Fundacao Abrinq (Abrinq Foundation), a nonprofit children’s foundation in Brazil, as well as the Instituto Bom de Bola. The toasts sell for 1.85BRL (US$0.91, €0.68).

• Companies continue to fortify their product offerings in line with an ongoing emphasis on good-for-you products. Bimbo de Centroamerica, Chimaltenango, Guatemala, introduces its Multigrano Linaza multigrain linseed snack that contains whole grains, oat, wheat fiber, barley, sunflower and linseed. The snack is enriched with vitamins and minerals. Low in saturated fat and a key source of protein, the 42-g pack retails for 3.75 quetzal (€0.37, US$0.49).

Black Plum & Coconut Wholegrain Diet Cookies from Jasmine, Parana, Brazil, are sugar- and trans-fat-free. Marketed as a source of fiber and protein, the 150-g product has been approved by the National Diabetic Assistance Association. The cookies retail for 2.70 Brazilian Real (€0.98, US$1.31).

• Continuing in the omega-added bread trend, Fargo Bio Bread Natural Balance has been introduced in Argentina by Compañía de Alimentos Fargo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The product contains omega-9 fatty acids and is both cholesterol- and trans-fat-free. The bread contains a high amount of fiber, and the 390-g pack retails locally for 3.59ARS (€0.9, US$1.14).

Nutrisa in Chile launched the appropriately titled Healthy Cookies. Headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico, Nutrisa fortifies the cookies to be rich in omega-3 oils and merchandises them as a high source of fiber. Each pack of three cookies is free of cholesterol. They can be found in chocolate chip, rice and wheat germ varieties. Locally, the cookies retail for 699 Chilean pesos (€0.72, US$0.89).

Alimentos Kellogg S.A., Caracas, Venezuela, launched Nutri-Grain Manzana Bars. The apple-filled bars are made with wheat dough, and an apple filling. The filling is fortified with 12 vitamins and minerals. The Nutri-Grain Manzana Bars contain Pro Defense, a component that is said to help strengthen body defenses. The product is available in a 234-g box of six bars and retails for 4956.15 Bolivars (€1.87, US$2.31).

Tequeños de Hojaldre, a cheese-filled bread stick, is the latest addition to the K-T-Dra line from Alimentos Mulcoven, Venezuela. The bread sticks are kept frozen until ready for consumption, at which time they are to be baked in the oven. The package of 18 breadsticks retails for 14,552.65 Bolivars (€5.31, US$6.78).

• Ruben Franchino, Buenos Aires, Argentina, launched a new variety of crepes called Panqueco Crêpes con Espinacas. The crepes are handmade and available in 12-count, 200-g packages. Also in the line are the Maxi Crêpes, an unflavored variety, available in a 400-g pack containing 12 units. The crepes retail for 3.55 Argentinian pesos (€0.90, US$1.15).

Frito Lay, Bogotá, Colombia, introduced Margarita Dips, a new chip product. Each pack of chips contains eight 32-g packets. The packets are full of mayonnaise and mustard dipping sauce, with each sachet weighing 16 g.
The chips retail for COL$6,010.00 (€1.90, US$2.44).

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