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decide when to make adjustments.
At Sargento, Plymouth, Wis., the company
recognized that consumers were seeking more
convenient choices that delivered flavorful
options.
" Our teams uncovered this consumer insight
years ago, well before mainstream media
and leaders were discussing it and continue
to keep track of how consumers' needs are
evolving, " said Kristi Jankowski, executive vice
president of innovation for Sargento. " However,
when talking popular flavor trends, we may
be innovators, but at our core we're familyowned
and we live for the decades, not the
fiscal quarters. Because of this, we are all about
keeping a long-term view of our business. While
other businesses may operate in the short-term
space, Sargento focuses on the long-term. This
forward thinking keeps us competitive, as we
encourage our teams across the company to
always be creating new ideas and collaborating
with one another. "
Sargento has a dedicated innovation team
which prioritizes creating new products and
innovating. Jankowski said the company
encourages employees to apply for patent
developments, which improves processes and the
pipeline of products. But innovation takes time.
" Timing varies product by product, flavor
by flavor, " Jankowski said. " Our products are
natural, and they age naturally, so we can't rush
through timelines and manufacture a flavor - it
has to develop over time. "
The process helped the company introduce
its latest string cheese offerings, Fiesta Pepper
and Smokehouse, which reflect the desire from
consumers for new, bolder food experiences.
" Bringing smoky, rich, hickory flavors - our
Smokehouse String Cheese - as well as the heat
from the Fiesta Pepper String Cheese further
answers the call for more variety, convenience,
fun and wholesome natural cheese for
consumers, " Jankowski said.
Other dairy processors are following suit.
Kraft Heinz, Chicago, introduced new flavors
to join its Kraft Singles product line for the first
time in close to 10 years, debuting JalapeƱo,
Garlic & Herb, and Caramelized Onion options.
The brand said the three new flavors
highlight its " commitment to innovating and
meeting consumer demands. "
Organic Valley, La Farge, Wis., revealed
that it prioritized distinctive tastes when
developing its newest premium cheese line,
Flavor Favorites.
The cooperative's new crafted cheeses
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