Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Flavored Cottage Cheese

A brand new product is hitting store shelves this month: it's a six ounce, single-serving cottage cheese cup available as unflavored or mixed with fruit. Made by Westby Creamery in southwest Wisconsin, it comes in three fruit flavorings: pineapple, mandarin orange or peach.

I tried the pineapple version last night, and it's pretty good. The cottage cheese is extremely fresh and the fruit is not over-powering. It's just the right size for a lunch pack. I can envision kids really liking this stuff.

Westby Creamery General Manager Pete Kondrup said his farmer-owned cooperative decided to launch the new 2 percent lowfat single-serving cups after a similar product made with zero fat didn't test well with consumers a few years ago. This new product is faring much better - it's newly available in all Kwik Trip stores in Wisconsin.

When I stopped in at my local Kwik Trip last night, they only had a couple left on the shelf and the manager said it's selling really well. Kondrup says he's also been in touch with a half dozen Wisconsin school districts and nursing homes who want to add it to their lunch programs.

Good stuff.

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