Monday, July 28, 2014

Kinnikinnick Non-GMO Road Map

For several years, we've been getting requests from a portion of our customers to reduce or eliminate the use of GMO ingredients in our products. This is a huge and difficult undertaking given the other restrictions that we already have on our supply chain (gluten free, dairy free, peanut & tree nut free and kosher). We use a lot of  specialized ingredients and finding substitutes in the quantities we require can be very problematic. 

However, we have spent the last 2 years identifying non-GMO replacements for most of our ingredients that are currently GMO and have begun testing them throughout our entire product line. Starting with our new Vanilla Wafers, we are beginning the transition to non-GMO ingredients. It is our hope that all new products released will contain non-GMO ingredients. 

Coming this fall, we will be rolling out new packaging for existing products indicating when an ingredient is Not a product of genetic engineering .

It's important to note that we only indentify ingredients where there are GMO & non-GMO versions. There are no GMO versions of things like Potatoes, Rice and Cane Sugar that are currently approved for use in North America so we don't add any indicator. They are always non-GMO. 

Our current plan is to make the changes gradually starting with the staples; breads, buns and bagels. As we use up existing stocks of packaging, we will be reprinting them with the new identifying language. Cookies, donuts and mixes will follow but we don't have a timeline for completion of this project. 

At this time we do not plan to be "certified" Non-GMO, but we believe our labeling will be informative to those consumers who care about such things.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Introducing Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Vanilla Wafers

Over the years, our top product requests have been gluten free "oreos", gluten free graham crackers and gluten free Vanilla Wafers. Well you've been able to get the first 2 in our Chocolate Vanilla KinniTOOS and S'moreables for a few years now. We are really pleased to announce that the final product that you've been requesting for so long is now available.
Almost everyone who has tried these has said "Oooh I can make that banana pudding thing again!" and yes you can but these are also great for all sorts of things including schools lunches and snacking right out of the box.

Like all our products, they are Gluten, Dairy, and Nut Free, OU kosher and they are also our first product to be made with non-GMO ingredients.

The New Kinnikinnick Vanilla Wafers are available now from our website and will be rolling out to retail stores over the next couple of months.

Since they are brand new, there's only a few stores who have committed to carrying the Vanilla Wafers and none have them in stock just yet.

We've developed a handout you can give to your Local Store. There's room on this letter for your comments, so you can let the store know you'd like to see them and why.

If you are a family of celiacs or belong to a support group, photocopy this letter, distribute to your family/group and hand them to the store manager. A stack of letters can really make an impact on retailers deciding whether or not to stock a product.

Download the letter now (pdf) 
Of course you can always order directly from us. 

And in case you've forgotten

Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding
It's what Vanilla Wafers are made for!
  • 1 box Kinnikinnick Vanilla Wafers
  • 1 Recipe Vanilla Custard (below) OR 1 package prepared vanilla pudding mix (gluten free)
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 4 medium bananas sliced in to 1/4" slices
In 4-6 small dessert dishes or glasses, add a Vanilla Wafer, a Banana slice and a layer of pudding/custard (about 3 tbsp). Repeat until dish is 3/4 full. Top with whipped cream. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until ready to serve. For variety try Chocolate, Banana or Coconut Cream pudding.
Vanilla Wafer Pudding
Vanilla Custard
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Place egg yolks in a bowl and whisk until combined, set aside. In a saucepan combine milk, sugar, and salt; whisk over medium heat while slowly adding cornstarch. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to thicken and comes to a boil (about 12-15 minutes). Remove from heat. Slowly whisk ½ cup hot milk mixture into egg yolks; then gradually pour yolk mixture into the saucepan, stirring constantly. Cook over medium-low heat, slowly stirring, until mixture begins to bubble, approximately 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and add in vanilla.
See more in the Recipe Section of our website.