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80 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | September 2016 2016 Editors' Picks Food s imply Artisan s imple s easons Feta and Blue c heese $5.49 www.litehousefoods.com Litehouse Foods scores with these shaker jars of crumbled cheese, sold under its Simply Artisan Reserve brand. The company has excelled at cheesemaking for more than half a century, with particular skill in blue cheese, and Simple Seasons puts it in a handy, accessible format that's sure to promote more frequent use as a recipe ingredient or topping. The shaker-top glass jars contain either feta or blue cheese made from five simple ingredients. s ir Bananas Bananamilk $3.49/half-gallon carton http://sirbananas.com With sales of traditional fluid milk lackluster of late, products that provide added protein and nutrients to milk drinkers who are tired of the norm can pique interest. WhiteWave Foods Co.'s Sir Bananas, said to be the first- ever packaged milk blended with bananas, contains 7 grams of protein and 27 percent of the recommended daily allowance of potassium per 8-ounce serving. Available in two varieties — Bananamilk two varieties — Bananamilk and Chocolate Bananamilk and two varieties — Bananamilk and Chocolate Bananamilk Chocolate two varieties — Bananamilk and Chocolate Bananamilk Bananamilk two varieties — Bananamilk and Chocolate Bananamilk — the beverage is free f — the beverage is free from high-fructose corn syrup, gluten, carr corn syrup, gluten, carrageenan, and artificial flavors, co and artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners. Our taste te sweeteners. Our taste testers tried the Chocolate Ban tried the Chocolate Bananamilk variety, which they foun variety, which they found creamy and milkshake-like, simi and milkshake-like, similar to a liquefied banana split. Kids can enjoy it as an alternative to ice cream, or adults as a post-workout recovery drink. s kippy P.B. Bites P.B. Bites $2.89-$3.19 www.hormel.com For many co For many consumers, Skippy mea Skippy means peanut butter, and butter, and parent company Ho company Hormel Foods' inno Foods' innovation takes this favorite this favorite spread into the sna into the snack aisle. Skippy P.B. Skippy P.B. Bites are a portab are a portable, poppable sn poppable snack featuring a crunchy cen crunchy center with a soft, with a soft, nonsticky peanut butter coating. The first pro The first product of its kind in the category, it offers 5 grams of protein per serving. Some of our tasters found them potentially addictive. The bites come in two varieties — pretzel and double peanut butter — to satisfy fans of both creamy and crunchy. s kylar r ae c herries $5.99-$6.99/pound www.stemilt.com We have tasters who are mad for Rainier cherries, which ters We have tasters who are mad for Rainier cherries, which who are mad for Rainier cherries, which may have met their match in the Skylar Rae variety from et may have met their match in the Skylar Rae variety from their match in the Skylar Rae variety from Stemilt. These orangey-red-yellow cherries are firm, se Stemilt. These orangey-red-yellow cherries are firm, orangey-red-yellow cherries are firm, crisp, juicy and wonderfully sweet. According to Stemilt, they contain the highest sugar levels of any commercially grown cherry. In any case, the Skylar Rae — which was found growing by chance 12 years ago in Washington state — is a winning product with a bittersweet brand story: It's named for the late infant daughter of the growers who discovered the cherry on their farm. The fruit comes in pouch bags and clamshells.