Monday, January 07, 2013

New Year, New Cereals!

Just when it appeared that things were pretty mundane in the cereal world, 2013 could be a turning point. With the new year just beginning a number of new cereals are appearing on store shelves. January has typically been a good time for new cereal introductions, but this is one of the biggest launches I've seen in years, and coming from three of the biggest companies. There are indications of at least half a dozen new cereals, but here some of the most noteworthy:

Kellogg has introduced Cinnamon Jacks, a variety in the new "Jacks" brand. There have been special editions of Apple Jacks over the years, but it appears now that Kellogg wants to build on that brand with new flavors. Could we see such things as Chocolate Jacks, Berry Jacks, etc.?

One other interesting Kellogg addition is new Mini-Wheats Crunch. Here too we have seen a number of extensions, but Crunch appears to be a direct competitor to Quaker Oatmeal Squares. Same look, and even a brown sugar flavor.

General Mills is throwing a new twist into Cheerios. New Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch is the first time Cheerios will be mixed in with other cereal elements - not just O's any longer. Wheat flakes and almonds comprise the medley. [Feb 3/13 CORRECTION: It's actually not the first time. Four years ago they tried oat clusters. Medley Crunch is the first time flakes are in the mix].

Not be outdone, Post is making several additions to its most significant cereal brand, Honey Bunches of Oats, but the one that stands out is the new Greek variety. They are capitalizing on the recent Greek yogurt fad that is sweeping the nation. Yogurt in cereal is not new, but give Post credit for a strong marketing move.

Watch for these and more. Have you seen and/or tried any of these new cereals?

Some of these could be great candidates for Breakfast Bowl reviews in the near future!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. Looks like some good new cereals for me to try in this lineup.

Jim. Rayball.