6 refrigerated and frozen products highlight special diet innovations

With fresh, plant-based and clean ingredients still driving sales, the refrigerator and freezer cases are slowly undergoing their own product makeover.

Nancy Coulter-Parker

August 20, 2019

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With the concept of “fresh” penetrating grocery aisles, a wave of new and on-trend refrigerated and frozen foods are taking these sections by storm. Plant-based and dairy-free versions of everything from creamers to yogurts and sour cream are edging in on refrigerator space, while meats, cheese, yogurts and dips have repositioned themselves as healthier-for-you snacks.

Similarly, the freezer section is now plays host to plant-based versions of old and new soon-to-be favorites while also offering cleaner versions of traditional products with improved ingredient profiles.

“In the freezer it has been a renaissance period,” Tracy Miedema, vice president, innovation and brand development at Presence Marketing/Dynamic Presence told us earlier this year. “The freezer once stood for highly processed food with extremely long ingredient panels and a lot of chemical preservatives and unpronounceable words.”

But those days are gone, she says, as the category embraces fresh-to-frozen and upgraded contents to offer deeply nutritious products. Because the freezer offers this extraordinary shelf life, she adds, “You can have this fresh experience straight from the freezer.”

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Nancy Coulter-Parker

New Hope Network


As New Hope Natural Media's former Director of Content, Education and Research, Nancy is the founder of NCP Content + Consulting. In this role, she continues to develop and implement content and research strategies related to all aspects of the natural products industry for media outlets, retail chains, associations and brands. 


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