2016 Innovative New Protein Products

Originally Published: December 21, 2015
Last Updated: February 4, 2021
2016 INNOVATIVE New Protein Products FEATURE

Most all of following 2016 innovative new protein products promoting their protein content have been introduced since Global Food Forums’ 2015 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar. Most of these products will be part of the Protein Product Sampling Station at the 2016 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar’s Formulating with Proteins Program on May 4th. The Station is sponsored by Cosucra.

Check back as more products will be added, particularly novel protein ingredients entering the marketplace from pumpkin seed protein to advances in insect protein. Many will be added to the Protein Sampling Station.

NOTES: Ingredient statements and nutritional information may be subject to change due to product reformulations and other factors. Also, click here to view the 2015 New Protein Foods, Beverages & Nutritional Products gallery and 2017 Trends in Protein-centric Foods, Beverages & Nutritional Products gallery.

Lifeway’s line of Protein Kefir


Varieties: (4): Salted Caramel Protein Kefir, Mixed Berry Protein Kefir, Banana Protein Kefir, Vanilla Protein Kefir

Ingredients: Pasteurized Cultured Nonfat Milk, Cane Sugar, Whey Protein Concentrate, Pectin, Natural Banana Flavor, Natural Flavors, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D3. [allergens: contains milk]

Nutrition Facts: (40g per serving) SERVING SIZE 1 CUP (240ml): Calories 160, Fat Cal 0, Total Fat 0g, Sat Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 125mg, Total Carb 20g, Fiber 0g, Sugars 20g, Protein 20g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 0%, Vitamin D 25%, Calcium 30%, Iron 0%

Comment from Website: “With 20g of protein per serving, Lifeway Protein Kefir is the perfect way to promote muscle recovery. It’s a probiotic-plus-protein punch utilizing the carbohydrates in kefir to increase protein absorption, while providing the immunity-enhancing benefits of our 12 live and active probiotic cultures to help keep both casual exercisers and serious athletes in the game.”

Topline Milk Company’s Low & Slow Pasteurized Milk

Topline Milk Company’s Low & Slow Pasteurized Milk

Ingredients: Milk

Nutrition Facts: The product is not standardized. The USDA (https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/70) gives the composition of a whole milk with 3.25% fat as follows: 1 cup (244g) serving, Calories 149, Protein 7.69g, Total fat 7.93g, Carbohydrate (by difference) 11.71g, Sugars 12.32g. [Note: Lactose is the principle milk sugar]
Comment from Website: “At Top Line Milk Company we obtain all of our milk directly from our own Holstein dairy cows at PH Ranch. PH Ranch is recognized as a “Gold Standard Dairy” by Dairy Farmers of America for its animal welfare and high-quality milk. Quality milk starts with quality cows, of course, so we work hard to give our cows the very best care and nutrition.”

GFF Comments: While this product does not call out its protein content, protein is considered a key benefit of milk. According to a company representative at its booth during 2016 Natural Product Expo West, the product is meant to combine the benefits of a “raw food” while still being safe. He noted the definition of “raw” can be subjective. Top Line pasteurizes its milk on-farm by heating to 145 degrees for 30 minutes in insulated vat pasteurizers. Thus it is on the opposite end of the processing spectrum from the trend towards high temperature short time pasteurization. The product also isn’t homogenized.

Amazing Grass’s Amazing Meal Vanilla Chai


Ingredients: [Protein Blend]: Organic brown rice protein, organic hemp protein, organic pumpkin seed and organic quinoa. OTHER INGREDIENTS: Organic guar gum, natural flavors and organic Madagascar vanilla.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 95; calories from fat 10; total fat 1.5, 2%; Cholesterol 0g; Total carbohydrate 8g, 3%; Dietary fiber 4g, 16%; Sugars 1g; Protein 12g, 24%; Vitamin A (as beta carotene) 1,988IU, 40%; Vitamin C 10mg, 17%; Vitamin K 22mcg, 28%;  Riboflavin .16mg, 29%; Niacin .18mg, 1%; Vitamin B6, .04mg, 2%; Vitamin B12 .05mcg, 1%, Calcium 59mg, 6%, Iron 5mg, 28%, Iodine 5mcg, 3%, Selenium 2mcg, 3%, Manganese 1mg, 50%, Sodium 3mg, 1%, Potassium 160mg, 5%

Comment from Website: “Amazing energy…amazing health. Amazing Meal Vanilla Chai Infusion is a powerful blend of nutritious greens, phytonutrient-packed fruits, veggies, cereal grasses, digestive enzymes and probiotics. Combined with 11g of premium plant based protein containing all essential amino acids…plus the great flavor of organic, caffeine-free vanilla and chai.”
GFF Comment: Product previously introduced but has added protein from a variety of plant sources, including sprouted quinoa. Using sprouted grains, nuts and seeds to improve nutrient availability is a growing trend. Product also includes digestive enzymes and probiotics … “To support healthy digestion.”

 Modern Table Mixed Lentil Penne Bean Pasta


Ingredients: Green Lentil Flour, Red Lentil Flour, Oat Fiber, Calcium Sulfate, Xanthan Gum.

Nutrition Facts: About 2/3 cup (55g dry). Calories190, Calories from Fat 5, Total Fat 0.5g (1% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0%), Cholesterol 0mg (0%), Sodium10 mg (0%), Total Carbohydrate 33 g (11%), Dietary Fiber 3 g (12%), Sugars 1g, Protein 14 g

Comment from Website: “Started by a group of busy moms, we are here to make it easy to bring healthy, yummy, and easy meals to everyday life. Because we know life gets crazy sometimes, and when it does, you don’t have to compromise health for convenience.”

GFF Comment: A number of companies were marketing pulse-based (e.g., beans, lentils) pastas at Natural Products Expo West this year. Price paid online from Vitacost $5.19 per 10oz bag.

Chicago Bar Company’s RXBAR


Ingredients: (for chocolate mint variety): Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, Cacao, Peppermint Oil, Sea Salt
Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1 bar (1.83oz or 52g), Amount per Serving (% My Daily Value), Calories 210Kcal (12%), Calories from Fat 80Kcal (12%), Total Fat 9g (14%), Saturated Fat 2g (12%), Trans Fat 0g (0% ), Cholesterol 0mg (0%), Total Carbohydrate 24g (10%), Dietary Fiber 3g (12%), Sugars 14g (33%), Added Sugars 14g (58%), Protein 12g (25%)

Comment from website: “Refreshing peppermint, rich cacao and crunchy almonds collide for a cool yet decadent taste. Packed with 12g of egg white protein and antioxidants, this bright, rich bar has no added sugars and is love at first bite.”

GFF Comment: GFF Editor tried chocolate mint bar at Natural Products Expo West. Great, clean taste. She was told most of the protein comes from egg whites, while the “6 almonds, 4 cashews, 2 dates” on the label represented what the bar contained. Paid $33.57 (including shipping) for a box of twelve 1.83oz bars.

Upton’s Naturals BBQ Jackfruit 


Ingredients: Jackfruit, tomato paste, vinegar, molasses, filtered water, onion, evaporated cane juice, sea salt, garlic, black pepper, chili powder, paprika, liquid smoke.
Nutrition Facts: (Bar-B-Que) Serving Size 2.65 oz (75g); Servings Per Container 4; Calories 45, Total Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Sodium 250mg, Total Carbohydrate 10g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 4g, Protein 1g
Comment from Website: “Native to Southeast Asia, Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world and is capable of reaching up to 100 pounds! With a spiky exterior and fibrous interior, the fruit’s varying stages of maturity yield both different textures and flavors.”

Designer Protein Sunshine Protein

Variety: Sunflower Protein & Essential Nutrients (vanilla-flavored)

Designer Protein Sunshine Protein

Ingredients: DP COMPLETE A PLANT PROTEIN BLEND (organic sunflower protein, organic pea protein, organic sprouted pumpkin seeds) DP DIGESTIVE FIBER BLEND [organic acacia prebiotic fiber, organic sunflower sprout, probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus, B. longum, L. planetarium), digestive enzymes (protease)], organic natural vanilla flavoring, DP OMEGA GREEN BLEND (organic flax sprout, organic kale extract, organic Spirulina extract], organic cane sugar, organic acerola, DP WELLNESS AND SUPPORT BLEND (organic amaranth sprout, organic quinoa sprout, organic millet sprout, organic buckwheat sprout, organic garbanzo bean sprout, organic lentil sprout, organic adzuki sprout, organic chia sprout, organic sesame sprout, organic green tea), monk fruit, citrus fruit extract.

Nutrition Facts: Serving size of 35 g, Calories 120, Calories from fat 20, Total fat 2g (3% Daily Value), Saturated fat 0g, Trans fat 0g, Total carbohydrate 12g (4% DV), Dietary fiber 6g (24% DV), Sugars 2g, Protein 16g (32%)

GFF Comments: From company website – “Gram for gram, organic sunflower seeds contain the highest level of essential amino acids and glutamine, compared with other commercially available proteins such as rice, soy, hemp, and whey, including whey isolate.”
This product also exemplifies a number of trends in the natural products industry including sprouted grains and seeds, a digestive enzyme, probiotics, plant proteins from a variety of sources, including pulses, to the emerging pumpkin seed protein.

  Earth Balance Peanut Protein Blend

Earth Balance Peanut Protein Blend

Ingredients: Peanuts, Pea Protein, Agave Syrup, Palm Fruit Oil and Salt

Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 2 Tbsp. (32 g), Amount Per Serving (% Daily Value), Calories 180 , Calories from Fat 130 , Total Fat 14 g (22%), Saturated Fat 2.5g (13%), Trans Fat 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat 11g, Total Carbohydrate 7g (2%), Dietary Fiber 2g (8%), Sugars 2g, Protein 9g (11%)

Comment from Website: “Add a plant-based protein kick to your toast, post-workout smoothie and your stir-fry. With 25% more protein than Earth Balance Creamy Peanut Butter, this powerhouse is sure to satisfy your taste buds, and your appetite. [Vegan, Gluten-Free, Expeller-Pressed Oils, Sweetened with Agave, Non-GMO, 0g Trans Fat]”   $5.99 per 16oz from Vine.com

 Primal Kitchen Dark Chocolate Almond Bar with Grass-fed Collagen

Primal Kitchen Dark Chocolate Almond Bar with Grass-fed Collagen

Ingredients: Almonds, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Grass-Fed Hydrolyzed Collagen, Isomaltooligosaccharides (Cassava Root), Water, Coconut Flakes, Honey, Natural Flavors, Coconut Oil, Bitter Chocolate, Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Nibs, Himalayan Pink Salt, Monk Fruit Extract, Tocopherols (Vitamin E)

Nutrition Facts: [Serving Size 1 bar (48g) Servings Per Container 12] Calories 230; Calories from Fat 140; % Daily Value*; Total Fat 15g, 23%; Saturated Fat 4g, 20%; Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg, 0% ; Sodium 70mg, 3%; Total Carbohydrate 14g, 5%; Dietary Fiber 6g, 25%; Sugars 3g; Protein 15g

Comment from Website: “Made with grass-fed collagen, Turkish almonds and pumpkin seeds. Turkish almonds and roasted pumpkin seeds enrobed in a chewy, dark chocolate, caramel coating.”

GFF Comments: Collagen as a source of protein appeared in several products at Natural Product Expo West. The product did not associate health claims with it on the package, but its website explained “Animal foods like muscle meat, eggs and dairy get a bad rap because they’re high in the amino acid methionine, which animal trials have shown can decrease life span. But the grass-fed collagen protein that’s in our protein bars is packed with glycine, and studies have shown that glycine can counteract the effects of methionine…” Also noted was “More collagen than a cup of bone broth! Only 3 grams of sugar and 8 grams of net carbs. Excellent source of fiber.” [Paid $14.00 for a box of 12 bars with a discount at https://thrivemarket.com].

Follow Your Hearth’s Earth Island VeganEgg

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Earth’s Island VeganEgg

Ingredients: (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-gmo, soy-free): Whole Algal Flour, Whole Algal Protein, Modified Cellulose, Cellulose, Gellan Gum, Calcium Lactate (Plant Source), Carrageenan, Nutritional Yeast, Black Salt.

Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 2 TBSP (10g); Calories, 40; Fat calories, 15 [Amount/serving/%DV]: Total fat 1.5g, 2%; Sat fat 0g; Trans fat 0g; Cholesterol 0g; Sodium 110mg, 5%; Total carbohydrates 4g, 1%; Fiber 4g, 16%; Sugars 0g; Protein 1g

Comment from Website: “Delight in the taste and texture of eggs with this incredible new whole egg replacer! Enjoy the versatility you expect from eggs while positively impacting your health, the environment, and creating a more humane world. Bake cookies, muffins, cakes, and even cook up fluffy scrambled eggs and omelets!”

GFF Comments: Claims include 100% plant-based egg replacer that can be used to bake, serve as scrambled “eggs.” It’s also vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, soy-free, cholesterol-free, and kosher parve. It drew a good size crowd at the 2016 Natural Products Expo West, Anaheim, California. A “four egg” carton contains a bag of enough yellow powder to make about a dozen eggs. Price paid at Fruitful Yield, a retail grocery store: $6.95.

 Vega USA’s Vega Sport Performance Protein

Vega USA’s Vega Sport Performance Protein

Ingredients (for Berry Flavor): Pea Protein, Cocoa Powder, Organic Pumpkin Seed Protein, Organic Sunflower Seed Protein, Alfalfa Protein, Tart Cherry, Probiotics (Bacillus Coagulans [Provides 1 Billion CFU/Serving]), Bromelain, Turmeric Extract, Black Pepper Extract, Contains less than 2% of: Beetroot Powder (for color), Sea Salt, Natural Mocha Flavors, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Stevia Extract, Xanthan Gum. [Made without Dairy or Soy ingredients.]

Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1 Scoop (43g) [Amount per serving/%DV]: Calories 150; Calories from fat 25; Total fat 3g, 5%; Sat fat 0g, 0%; Trans fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg, 0%; Sodium 370mg, 15%; Total carbohydrate 5g, 2%; Dietary fiber 3g, 12%; Sugars 1g; Protein 30g, 56%; Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 15%; Iron 20%

Comment from Website: “Level up your protein for next-level performance. Build and repair strong muscles, and reduce recovery time with Vega Sport Performance Protein.”

GFF Comments: This product stood out for its use of four types of plant proteins as a sports product while calling out 6g BCAAs (amino acids) and 6g glutamine (amino acid), which research has found to be beneficial to athletes. Front label claims note it is for a post workout product and also contains turmeric, tart cherry and probiotics. $43.99 for 28.3oz canister through Amazon.com

Campbell’s (CSC Brands LC) V8 Protein Bars
(6 pack, 1.73 oz bars)


Ingredients (Chocolate Peanut Butter variety): Chocolate Coating (Sugar, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Powder [Processed with Alkali] Lactose, Soy Lecithin), Sweet Potato Juice Concentrate, Soy Protein Isolate, Roasted Peanuts, Brown Rice Syrup, Soluble Corn Fiber, Rice Crisp (Rice Flour, Salt, Barley Malt Extract), Glycerine, Peanut Butter, Peanuts, Oats, Dehydrated Carrots, Sugar, Contains Less than 2% of: Partially Defatted Peanut Flour, Chocolate Liquor, Flavoring, Roasted Peanut Oil, Salt, Dehydrated Whey, Soybean Oil, Enzyme Modified Butter, Cocoa Butter, Dehydrated Butter, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum, Vanilla Extract, Peanut Oil, Annatto and Turmeric for Color, Butter (Cream), Sesame Seed Oil, Vitamins and Minerals

Nutrition Facts (Serving Size1 bar, 1.73 oz) (DV or Daily Value): Calories 210, Calories from Fat 80, Total Fat 9g (14 %), Saturated Fat 3g (15 %), Cholesterol 5 mg (2 %), Sodium 170 mg (7 %), Total Carbohydrate 23 g (8%), Dietary Fiber 5 g (20 %), Sugars 13 g, Protein10 g (16 %), Vitamin A (50%), Vitamin C (20 %), Calcium (40%), Iron (6%)
Trans Fat 0g.

Comments form website (Accessed December 2015): Our delicious bars are wholesome and satisfying, giving you the protein you want and 1/4 cup of vegetables so you can feel good about your choice. Try Chocolate Peanut Butter, which blends soy, sweet potato and carrots with cocoa, peanut butter and peanuts.

GFF Comments: Front label claims: 10g protein, 5g fiber, NO High Fructose Corn Syrup.  $62.61 for box of 48 1.73 oz. bars through Amazon.com

Birds Eye Steamfresh® Protein Blends Varieties: Southwest Style, California Style, Italian Style, Asian Style


Ingredients (Southwest Style): Vegetables (Seasoned Black Beans [Cooked Black Beans and Ferrous Gluconate, Soybean Oil, Salt] Corn, Cooked Lentils, Red Bell Peppers), Sauce (Water, Seasoning [Maltodextrin {Corn}, Tomato Powder, Salt, Natural Flavors, Corn Flour, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract, Spices, Paprika, Sunflower Oil, Silicon Dioxide (Anti-Caking Agent), Sugar, Dextrose, Cheddar Cheese {Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt Enzymes}, Modified Corn Starch, Whey, Garlic Powder], Soybean Oil, Lime Juice Concentrate, Roasted Red Pepper Concentrate [Roasted Red Bell Peppers, Sugar, Potato Flour, Salt, Flavoring, Corn Oil], Corn Starch, Spice, Cilantro, Spices, Xanthan Gum), Cooked Whole Grain Brown Rice (Water and Rice), Cooked Whole Grain Tomato Acini Di Pepe Macaroni Product (Water, Whole Grain Tomato Acini Di Pepe Macaroni Product (Whole Durum Wheat Flour, Semolina Wheat, Dried Tomato, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid)).

Nutrition Facts (Southwest Style): Serving Size – Cup (1 2/3 Cups (239) Frozen, 1 Cup Cooked (239 grams); Calories 320, Calories From Fat 40, Sodium 550 mg, Total Fat 4.5g, Saturated Fat 0.5g, Total Carbs 53g, Dietary Fiber 17g, Sugars 5g, Trans 0g, Protein 14 g, Cholesterol 0mg, Vitamin A 8%, Calcium 8%, Vitamin C 30%, Iron 30%

Carnation Breakfast Grab ‘n Go Protein Smoothie

Carnation-Breakfast-Essentials-Protein-Smoothie-Grab 'n Go

Ingredients (Mixed Berry variety): Yogurt (cultured low-fat milk, nonfat milk, pectin, gelatin), apple puree, strawberry puree, sugar, blueberry puree, whey protein concentrate, tapioca starch and less than 2% of canola oil, gum acacia, fructooligosaccharide (soluble fiber), malic acid, carrot juice concentrate, calcium phosphate, pectin, inulin (from chicory), potassium citrate, sunflower oil, ascorbic acid (vitamin c), black carrot extract color, natural flavor, lactic acid, alpha-tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), paprika extract color, cultured cream, vitamin D3.

Nutrition Facts: (serving size 1 pouch = 170g) (DV or Daily Value) Total Fat 4g, 6%; Saturated Fat 1g, 5%; Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 10mg, 3%; Sodium 110mg, 5%; Potassium 310mg, 9%; Total Carbohydrate 34g, 11%; Dietary Fiber 3g, 12%; Sugars 24g; Protein 6 g, 12%; Vitamin A, 2%; Vitamin C, 100%; Calcium 30%, Iron 2%; Vitamin D 25%; Vitamin E 10%; Phosphorus 15%

Comment from Website: (Mixed Berry) “Delight your taste buds with the strawberries and blueberries in our Mixed Berry Grab ‘n Go! Protein Smoothie. Plus it’s made with real yogurt and fruit, great to go”!

Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes and Bars

skinny girl protein shake 2016 protein product sampling

Varieties: Vanilla Bean Sundae and Rich Chocolate Brownie

Ingredients (Vanilla Bean Sundae variety): Water, Milk Protein Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Cellulose Gel, Cellulose Gum, Salt, Stevia Extract, Monk Fruit Extract, Carrageenan

Nutrition Facts: (serving size = one 11.5oz bottle) (DV or Daily Value): Total Fat 1.5g, 2%; [Saturated Fat 1g, zero Trans Fat]; Cholesterol 15mg, 5%; Sodium 310mg, 13%; Potassium 60mg, 2%; Total Carbohydrate 5g, 2%; [Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 0g]; Protein 12g, 24%

Comments from webite: Claims listed – 80 Calories, 0g Sugar, 12g Protein, Low Fat, Gluten Free

Slimfast Advanced Smoothie Mix

Slimfast Advanced Smoothie

Ingredients (Creamy Chocolate variety): Whey Protein Isolate, Soy Protein Isolate, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Gum Arabic, Cellulose Gel, Buttermilk Powder, Soy Fiber, Maltodextrin, Xanthan Gum, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Carrageenan, Dextrose, Potassium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Sucralose. Vitamins And Minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Oxide, Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin E Acetate, Ferric Orthophosphate, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamin Mononitrate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Chromium Chloride, Riboflavin, Biotin, Copper Gluconate, Folic Acid, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenite, Phytonadione (Vitamin K1), Potassium Iodide, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) And Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12). Sweetened With Nutritive And Non-Nutritive Sweetener. Contains Milk And Soy.

Nutrition Facts: Shake Mix%DV* Total Fat 3.5g, 5%; Saturated Fat 0.5g, 3%; Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol <5mg, 1%; Sodium 190mg, 8%; Potassium 200mg, 6%; Total Carbohydrate 8g, 2%; Dietary Fiber 5g, 20%; Sugars <1g; Protein 12g, 24%

with 8 fl oz Fat Free Milk%DV*
Total Fat 3.5g, 5%; Saturated Fat 0.5g, 3%; Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 5mg, 2%; Sodium 290mg, 12%; Potassium 580mg, 17%; Total Carbohydrate 20g, 6%; Dietary Fiber 5g, 20%; Sugars 13g; Protein 20g, 40%

Comments from website: “SlimFast Advanced Nutrition Smoothie Mixes are high in protein and bursting with great taste. With 20g of protein, 5g of fiber, and less sugar, you can control hunger in a delicious way. Look no further than these high- protein, low-sugar mixes. This rich, decadent smoothie comes with more protein and less sugar, so you can indulge in chocolatey goodness and shed some pounds.” $14.49 for 11.01 oz.from Amazon.com.

MYOS Corporation’s Rē Muscle Health™ (line of non-GMO protein bars, shakes, pudding mixes)

Rē Muscle Health™ line of non-GMO protein bars, shakes, pudding mixes

Ingredients (Chocolate Re Muscle Health Shake and Pudding Mix): Protein blend [calsium caseinate, milk protein concentrate, milk protein isolate, sodium caseinate], egg yolk powder, cocoa powder [processed with alkali], dextrose, skim milk powder, medium chain triglycerides, natural flavors, high oleic sunflower oil, salt, glucose syrup, magnesium oxide, sunflower lecithin, cellulose gum, sucralose & acesulfame-potassium [non-nutritive sweeteners],silicon dioxide, soy lecithin, mono- & diglycerides, tocopherols

Nutrition Facts (Chocolate Re Muscle Health Shake and Pudding Mix): Serving Size 1 packet (37g)/% DV; Total Fat 6g, 9%; Sat. Fat 2.5g, 13%; Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 130mg, 43%; Sodium 270mg, 11%; Total Carbohydrate 6g, 2%; Dietary Fiber 1g, 4%; Sugars, 4g; Protein 20g

Comments from website: Products contain Fortetropin®, which “is a bioactive proteo-lipid complex containing various proteins, lipids, peptides and bioactive molecules isolated at a specific stage of development from fertilized egg yolk using a proprietary process that retains the biological integrity and bioactivity of the mixture.” “It’s nature’s perfect protein source taken from fertilized egg yolk. It increases muscle size, lean body mass, strength and power.”

GFF comments: Products not necessarily recently introduced, but contains an ingredient of note, ingredients from “fertilized egg yolk.” $23.99 ($3.43 / Count) + $8.27 shipping  for seven-9.1oz packets through Amazon.com

Life Choice Protein Brownie

Life Choice Protein Brownie (from Life Choice Foods)

Ingredients (Lemon Variety): Sugar, glycerin, soy protein isolate, palm and palm kernel oils, enriched wheat flour (leached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), lemon flavored pieces (sugar, palm kernel oil, whey, whole milk, yellow 5, citric acid, natural flavors, soy lecithin), vegetable oil blend (high oleic canola oil, and/or high oleic sunflower oil), dried egg whites, contains less than 2% of fructose, leavening (sodium aluminum phosphate, baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), nonfat dry milk, whole grain wheat flour, natural and artificial flavors, corn starch, xanthan gum, salt, soy, lecithin, citric acid, dry whole milk, cocoa butter, lactic acid, caramel color, yellow 5 lake.

Protein Blend: (Soy Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Hydrolysate, Calcium Caseinate, Milk Protein Isolate), Chocolate Flavored Coating (Sugar, Palm Kernel Oil, Alkalized Cocoa Powder, Soy Lecithin [An Emulsifier], Natural Flavor, Whole Milk Solids, Salt), Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Water, Alkalized Cocoa Powder, Natural Flavor, Corn Syrup, Tapioca Starch, Vitamin And Mineral Blend (Tricalcium Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid, Ferrous Fumarate, D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide, Copper Gluconate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin Potassium Iodide, Cyanocobalamin), Canola Oil, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Almond Meal, Peanut Flour, Wheat Germ.
Contains milk, peanuts, soy, almonds, and wheat.

Nutrition Facts: Serving Size 1 brownie (45g) Amount Per Serving; Calories 190 Calories from Fat 70 (% Daily Value) Total Fat 8g (12%), Saturated Fat 3.5g (18%), Trans Fat 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 3.5g, Total Carbohydrate 23g (8%), Dietary Fiber 1g (4%), Sugars 11g, Protein 7g (12%)

Comments from website: “Good Source of Protein: 7 grams of protein per serving; No high-fructose corn syrup; Naturally flavored; Kosher”

GFF Comments: Front Label Claim: 7g of Protein, Good Source of Protein, first seen at 2015 FMI Expo.

Oscar Mayer’s P3 Nut Clusters (in Dark Chocolate Peanut Almond Nut Clusters, Original 3 Protein Pack and Grilled Snackers varieties)

Ingredients: (Dark Chocolate Peanut Almond Nut Clusters variety): Peanuts, Almonds, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Dark Chocolate (Chocolate Liquor, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin – an Emulsifier, Vanilla, Milk), Sea Salt, Soy Lecithin. Mild Cheddar Cheese: Cheddar Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, Annatto [Color]), Contains Less than 2% ofModified Food Starch, Natamycin (a Natural Mold Inhibitor).

Nutrition Information: Calories 200; Calories from Fat 110; Total Fat 12g, 18%; Saturated Fat 5g, 25%; Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 25mg, 8%; Sodium 420mg, 18%; Total Carbohydrate 11g, 4%; Dietary Fiber 1g, 4%; Sugars 5g; Protein 11g, 21%

Comments from website: “Now you can get a little sweetness with your protein snack. 11-13g protein from meat, cheese and sweet nut clusters, with no artificial preservatives. Why Buy? Excellent Source of Protein, P3 Portable Pack–it’s the original protein.”

Boca Essentials (from the Boca Foods Company) Varieties include: Scrambles, Chile Relleno and Roasted Vegetables & Red Quinoa

Boca Essentials (from the Boca Foods Company)

Ingredients (Roasted Vegetables & Red Quinoa variety): red quinoa, roasted green bell peppers, water, roasted zucchini, roasted red bell peppers, rolled oats, soy protein isolate, asiago cheese (pasteurized part-skim milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes, potassium sorbate as a preservative), brown rice, corn oil, wheat gluten, balsamic vinegar (wine vinegar, grape juice, water), roasted onions, contains less than 2% of methylcellulose, salt, dried garlic, natural flavor (non-meat, contains celery), yeast extract, maltodextrin, dried oregano, dried basil, sugar, black pepper, soy sauce, dried onions, dextrose, spices and herbs. browned in corn oil.

Nutrition Information: Calories 150 (Calories from Fat 60)% Daily Value*: Total Fat 7g 11%; Saturated Fat 1.5g, 8%; Trans Fat 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat 2.5g; Monounsaturated Fat 1.5g; Cholesterol <5mg, 1%; Sodium 410mg, 17%; Total Carbohydrate 13g, 4%; Dietary Fiber 2g, 8%; Sugars 1g; Protein 9g, 14%; Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 4%; Calcium 4%; Iron 10%; Contains Wheat, Milk, Soy.

Comments from website:  “Our patties combine fabulous taste with “Complete Protein” containing 9 essential amino acids.”


 Nudges Dog Treats

Varieties: Grillers, Sizzlers and Jerky Cuts varieties In beef, chicken, pork and duck flavors.

Nudges Dog Treats

Ingredients (Sizzlers’ Chicken Bacon variety): Chicken, pork, ground rice, vegetable glycerin, sugar, natural flavors distilled vinegar, salt, natural smoke flavor, colored with paprika.

Nutrition Facts: [guaranteed analysis]: Crude Protein (Min.) 22%; Crude Fat (Min.) 12%; Crude Fiber (Max.) 1%; Moisture (Max.) 25%

Comment from Website: “Nudges® wholesome dog treats are made from proteins 100% sourced and raised in the USA. These tender, all-natural treats are made from real farm-raised meats with beef, chicken or duck as the #1 ingredient. They don’t contain any artificial flavors or fillers – just the good stuff.”

GFF Comments: Product’s claims are the same as on many more-human foods, such as emphasizing “farm-raised” proteins, “all-natural” and also “made from proteins 100% sourced and raised in the USA,”with an U.S. flag on the front of the package. $3.99 for 3 oz bags through Amazon.com

Kellogg’s To Go Cinnamon Roasted Candied Pecan Breakfast Mix Varieties: Salted Caramel & Praline Almond, and Cinnamon Roasted Candied Pecan

Kellogg's To Go Cinnamon Roasted Candied Pecan Breakfast Mix

Ingredients (Cinnamon Roasted Candied Pecan variety): Long grain brown rice flour, sugar, cinnamon roasted pecans (sugar, pecans, butter [cream, salt], cinnamon, salt, BHT for freshness), whole grain oat flour, wheat flour, soy protein isolate, oat fiber, contains 2% or less of honey, canola oil, sea salt, caramel color, salt, natural and artificial flavor, cinnamon, annatto extract color, BHT for freshness. Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), niacinamide, reduced iron, zinc oxide, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin A palmitate, vitamin B1 (thiamin hydrochloride), folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin D3.

Nutrition Facts: (serving size: 45g) Servings Per Container: 1; Calories: 190.0; Calories from Fat: 45 (%DV), Saturated Fat: (0.5g 3%), Total Fat: 5mg (8%); Carbohydrates: 34g (11%) ; Fiber: 3g (10% ), Sugar: 18g (0%); Protein: 4g (0%)

Comment from Website: New Kellogg’s To Go Breakfast Mix combines delicious cereal pieces and delectable nuts in two savory options. They come in single-serving pouches and are made to be enjoyed without milk.
GFF Comments: Product handling benefits are stated as “No Milk Needed.” The cereal pieces are larger than traditional cereal, for optimal finger-to-mouth munching, and the re-sealable pouch is “ergonomically designed to allow fingers to easily access the food and to fit in a car’s cup holder.”

Flapjacked Mighty Muffin Varieties: Double Chocolate

Flapjacked Mighty Muffin

Ingredients: Gluten-Free Oat Flour, Bittersweet Chocolate (Unsweetened Chocolate (processed with Potassium Carbonate, Sugar, Cocoa Butter), Soya Lecithin), Whey Protein Isolate (Whey Protein Isolate (MILK), Soy Lecithin), Pea Protein, Cocoa Powder, Buttermilk, Butter (Butter (Cream, Salt), Dry Buttermilk), Baking Soda, Baking Powder (Monocalcium Phosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Non-GMO Corn Starch), Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Monk Fruit, Natural Flavor, Probiotic (Skim Milk Powder, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086).

Nutrition Facts: (Double Chocolate Variety) 1 serving = 55g, 1 serving/container. Calories 220, Calories from fat 70; Total fat 8g, 12% [DV]; Saturated fat 4g, 20%; Trans fat 0g; Cholesterol 5mg, 2%; Sodium 350mg, 15%; Total carbohydrate 21g, 7%; Dietary fiber 6g, 24%; Sugars 6g; Protein 20g, 40%

Comment from Website: “We use hearty gluten-free oats, natural cocoa powder, and chunks of pure bittersweet chocolate that will melt in your mouth with every bite. We’ve even added Probiotics to help you support Immune Health as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.”

GFF Comments: Company websites notes that “We’ve even added Probiotics to help you support Immune Health as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.” And, Just 220 calories, 20 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber in each serving (1 container). $31.84 for 12 – Upon reordering – $37.33 for 12. See “Killer Carter” video reviewing and making the product.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVaOeuSXbSk

Abbott’s Curate Bar Varieties: Dark & Tempting Balsamic Fig & Hazelnut; Salted Decadence Dark Chocolate & Almond; Sweet & Tart Berry Bliss; Delicious Blend Almond & Apricot; Irresistible Dark Chocolate; Indulgent Dark Chocolate & Hazelnuts

Abbott's Curate Bar

Ingredients: (Dark & Tempting Balsamic Fig & Hazelnut variety) Hazelnuts, Dried Mission Figs, Brown Rice Syrup, Almond Butter, Organic Crisp Quinoa, Pea Protein, Whole Oats, Brown Sugar, Sunflower Kernels, Fig Paste, Expeller Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Fig Concentrate, Orange Peel and Pulp; Less Than 2% Of The Following: Rice Flour, Wine Vinegar, Grape Must, Natural Flavor, California Sea Salt.
Nutrition Facts: (% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet.) Total Fat 9g, 14%; Saturated Fat 1g, 5%; Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg, 0; Sodium 100mg, 4%; Potassium 210mg, 6%; Total Carbohydrate 23g, 8%; Dietary Fiber 3g, 12%; Sugars 12g; Protein 6g [Not a significant source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron]
Comment from Website: “Curate™ bars are a delightful combination of carefully selected ingredients. Each flavor is artfully mixed to deliver an extraordinary taste, texture, and snacking experience. Go ahead—taste the unexpected.”
GFF Comments: Website explains that “…we take a culinary approach to create snacks that use simple, nutrient-dense ingredients. Then we combine these ingredients in the same way a chef does, surprising and delighting you with snacks that defy your expectations.” Claims include: No artificial preservatives, flavors or colors; Non-GMO; Gluten-free; Soy-free; 6g protein; Good source of plant-based fiber.  $20.39 for 12 1.59oz bars through Amazon.com

Exo Cricket Flour Protein Bars (also sampled at the 2015 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar)

FROM THE WEBSITE: Exo makes nutrient-dense real food bars, designed by a three-Michelin-starred chef. We combine minimally-processed cricket flour protein with ultra-premium ingredients for a bar without compromise. No gluten, grain, soy, dairy or refined sugars. Perfect as a meal-replacement, healthful snack or pre/post-exercise. Sustainable fuel for the explorers among us. Additional claims: All Natural; Soy, Dairy, Grain and Gluten Free; Paleo Friendly. NOTE: Price paid through Amazon.com = $36 for one box of twelve 2.1oz bars.

GFF COMMENTS: Included in Protein Products Sampling at 2015 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar. Price $36.00/Box of twelve 2.1 oz [60g] bars, free shipping and handling, ordered from www.exoprotein.com

INGREDIENTS: (Cacao Nut variety): Almonds, Dates, Coconut, Honey, Cricket Flour (Acheta Domesticus), Cacao Nibs, Cacao Powder, Ground Flaxseeds, Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt.
Contains almonds, coconut. If you have a crustacean shellfish allergy, you may be allergic to crickets.

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1 Bar (60g), Calories per serving 300, Calories from Fat 180. Amount per Serving (% Daily Value); Total Fat 20g (31%), Saturated Fat 4.5g (23%), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 10mg (3%), Total Carbohydrates 23 g (8%), Dietary Fiber 7g (28%), Sugars 13g, Protein 10g (16%)


White Bean Nacho Cheese


Ingredients: Whole Navy Beans, Pure Sunflower Oil, Long Grain Rice, Cheddar Cheese Blend (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Enzymes, Whey, Buttermilk, Annatto), Sea Salt, Tomato, Onion, Garlic, Black Pepper, Lactic Acid, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Citric Acid.

Nutrition Facts: (Serving size: 1oz)—Calories 140, calories from fat 60; Total fat 7g (11%); Sat fat 1g (5%); Trans fat 0g; Cholesterol 0g; Sodium 180mg (5%); Potassium 150mg (4%); Total carbohydrate 16g (5%); Dietary fiber 5g (20%); Sugars 0g; Protein 5g

Comment from Website: “In a world of unhealthy snacks, there are chips made of corn, potato and other stuff… then there are Beanitos. We turned our favorite superfood, BEANS, into a delicious finger food with infinite snacking possibilities…packed with rich, delicious flavor and amazing wholesome goodies like fiber and antioxidants.”

GFF Comments: Product not introduced in 2016, but was unable to obtain several new varieties with the claim of containing a “complete protein.” Protein from rice and cheddar cheese blend would enhance amino acid profile of beans. $8.17 for box of 6-1oz bags from Amazon.com

Marifit Protein Poppers Varieties: Gluten-free Vegan Coconut; Almond Crunch; Chocolate Covered; Cherry Bomb


Ingredients: Amino acid infused protein blend (pea protein isolate, artichoke protein, organic sprouted amaranth powder and organic sprouted quinoa powder), BCAAS (l-isoleucine, l-leucine, l-valine, and l-glutamine), peanut butter, unsweetened coconut, sweetened coconut (desiccated coconut, sugar, water, salt), 100% pure organic blue agave nectar.

Nutrition Facts: (Gluten-free Vegan Coconut variety) Serving size 28g (one ball) Calories 110; Calories from fat 50; Daily fiber 9%; Total fat 6g, 13%; Sat fat 2.5g; Trans fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg, 1%; Sodium 15mg, 3%; Total carbohydrates 9g, 8%; Dietary fiber 2g; Sugars 7g; Protein 7g

Comment from Website: “…the perfect pre and post workout snack”

GFF Comments: We ran across the Protein Poppers at 2016 NPEW and were intrigued by the “Gluten-free Vegan Coconut” which was described as being “amino-infused.” FDA regulations do not allow added amino acids to be included as part of the PDCAAS calculation of protein quality in foods (it is permitted in supplements). However, it is an innovative addition for a sport nutrition product. Other claims include “handmade” and “fresh Ingredients” which may contribute to its steep price. Price $5.00/ 2 = 28gm balls (1 oz) + $15 shipping.

Wild Zora Lamb & Veggie Bars


Ingredients: Natural Lamb, Organic Vegetables, & Fruit (Spinach, Apricots, Dates, Garlic, Onion), Sea Salt, Oregano, Organic Celery Powder, Rosemary, Turmeric.

Nutrition Facts: Serving size 1pkg (28g): Calories 120, from fat 60; Total fat 7g, 10%; Sat fat 3g, 14%; Trans fat 0g; Cholesterol 25mg, 8%; Sodium 200mg, 8%; Total carbs 8g, 3%: Dietary fiber 1g, 6%; Protein 6g

Comment from Website: “Meats are 100% grass-fed and free-range with no added hormones, antibiotics, or nitrites (except those naturally occurring). Each package contains a full serving of certified-organic fruits and veggies. Gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, milk-free, and nightshade-free. No nuts/peanuts/tree-nuts. No MSG or chemical additives. No added sugar.”

Emerging High Protein Ingredients

  Refined Cricket Protein Powder

refined vs convention cricket protein powder

Source: All Things Bugs LLC

Composition: Ingredients: Whole Crickets (Acheta domesticus). Nutrition: In 100 grams: Protein 67g, 470 Calories, Total Fat 22g, Saturated Fat 7g, Trans Fat  0g, Cholesterol 305mg, Total Carbohydrates 6gm, Dietary Fiber 7g, Sugars 0g, . 

GFF Comment: A Thai source of cricket protein flour was available for tasting at the 2015 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar. That ingredient was relatively too dark, gritty and a bit aromatic to be easily used in many food products. The owner of this company has been developing a process  to produce a refined whole cricket powder. It is produced in the USA from farm-raised crickets.

Hemp Protein Powder


Source: Bob’s Red Mill (retail)

Composition: Ingredients: Hemp protein powder (45% protein)

Retail Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1/4 c (31g); Protein 14g; Total Fat 3g,Total Carbohydrate 10g; Dietary Fiber 8g ; Sugars 1g.

GFF Comments: From Website: Hemp seeds are one of nature’s best sources for plant-based protein. Containing all of the essential amino acids the body needs, our hemp protein powder is a perfect boost to your day. Our Hemp Protein Powder is especially convenient as a smoothie or shake add-in for breakfast, or a pre- or post-workout protein boost. ….You can use hemp protein to replace up to 25% of the flour in baked goods. NOTE: Not a recently introduced item, but an example of interest in plant-based proteins. Retail price, Fruitful Yield retail grocery, Chicago area = $10.79 for a 16oz bag.

Cricket Flour Protein Powder (Included in 2015 Protein Product Sampling Session – Included again to show contrast with refined cricket protein)

Source: JR Unique Foods (retail)

FROM 2015 WEBSITE: “Crickets are raised on FDA-registered farms and fed a diet of vegetables in hygienic conditions….The flour is produced at our FDA approved factory where the crickets are cleaned, processed and packed ready to be shipped off to you in handy foil pouches. Each 100 grams (0.22 pounds) of cricket flour contains approximately 1,112 of our premium Acheta domestica crickets! It takes approximately 1,100 crickets to make this bag of 100% pure cricket flour.
ON 2016 PACKAGE: “Made from farmed Acheta Domestica crickets…and processed at our GMP factory. Product of Thailand.  PRICE: 2016, $8.99 per 0.22lb. bag (through Amazon.com).

Composition: 100% cricket (Acheta domestica Sp), Nutrition: Based on One Pouch 100g (0.22 pounds) Protein 67.8g, Fat 5.6g, Calcium 125mg, Fiber 0.5g, Carbohydrate 5.5g, Vitamin B12 3.2 mg, Iron 5mg

Potato Protein:

Source: Mid-American Food Sales

Composition: Protein 90+ %

Wolfiia (Dried Asian Watermeal):

Source: Hinoman

Composition: 100% Wolffia; Protein 40% min. [product a Sampling Station 46%], Fiber 21-27%, Fat 5-9% [primary fatty acid is Omega 3 (alpha linolenic acid)], Ash 11-17%, water 8% max.

Pea Protein:

Source: A&B Ingredients

Composition: Protein 88 – 90%

GFF Comments: GFF considers pea protein no longer emerging, it is used in a broad range of mainstream food products in the USA. Included here as a courtesy to Cosucra, sponsor of the “Protein Product Sampling Station.”

Lupine Protein:

Source: Austrade Inc.

Composition: Protein 39%

Pumpkin Protein:

Source: Austrade Inc.

Composition: Protein 60%

Coconut Protein:

Source: Austrade Inc.

Composition: Protein 16%