SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Food & Beverage Development - North AmericaEU edition | APAC edition

Trends > Fancy Food Show

Summer Fancy Food Show

Lotito Foods’ Folios could revolutionize how consumers use cheese

By Elizabeth Crawford

11-Jul-2016
Last updated on 11-Jul-2016 at 14:34 GMT2016-07-11T14:34:46Z

Source: E. Crawford

Source: E. Crawford

Consumers walking down the dairy aisle at a typical grocery store see a wide variety of cheese formats – from blocks to bricks to strings to shakers – but now there is a new format that could revolutionize the way consumers use cheese. 

At the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, Lotito Foods launched Folios, which are par-baked, all-natural cheese that is sliced in large, thin disks that can wrap, roll, melt and even crisp into airy crackers and sturdy serving bowls.

“You can take them and you can wrap them and turn them into a … sandwich wrap, or what makes them very unique is you can put them in the microwave for a minute. When they come out they are warm and toasty and you can mold them … into a cone shape or a bowl or even to a little platter where you can do horderves,” said Chris Lotito, president and owner of Lotito Foods.

He added the Folios also are perfect to melt over a bowl of French onion soup, into pasta or in a quesadilla.

“So, you can melt it, you can crisp it, you could roll, you can wrap it and you can savor it; and that is what is on our package,” Lotito said.

Folios are positioned as a health food

The Folios also have appeal as a healthy food, Lotito added.

He explained:  “Our folios are carb free because they are aged cheeses. They are aged for at least 90 days so by that time all the reducing sugars that are in the cheeses have dissipated so it is very clean, minimal. And if you do the nutritional information there is zero carbs and there is zero sugar.”

In addition, the product taps into consumer demand for protein, Lotito said.

The high protein, combined with the lack of carbs, makes the Folios “an excellent source for anyone working out where you always have the high-protein, low-carb diet. This is an excellent product. A lot of people when they get a wrap, they try to get whole wheat wrap or something lower calorie or lower carb, but using our wrap there is no carb. So it is a healthy alternative,” he said.

The Folios are also low-fat because they are made with part-skim cheese, he noted.

Necessity as the mother of invention

Lotito came up with the idea to make Folios after a customer asked if the company could make, and ship, large Parmesan crisps without the cost of packaging to protect them from crumbling during shipping outweighing the value of the product.

The answer was no.

“To do something like that and the ability to be able to ship nationally a big size was nearly impossible,” Lotito said.

“As we started to argue the product, we realized that if we could package it and ship it to them half way done – par baked – that they are flexible and they can put them in the microwave when they are ready and crisp,” he explained. “From that came the fact that now you can mold them whereas the other ones were already just a flat surface … a disk and you can’t do anything with them.”

The Folios created quite the buzz at the Fancy Food Show, which Lotito says is promising.

“Hopefully we can’t fill the pipeline fast enough! Because I have been doing this show for over 20 years and I have a lot of great unique items, but I have never ever, ever had a show this exciting with so much buzz about this product,” he said, adding, “So, we are hoping we need to build more equipment lines and get more packaging out there. … We are excited about its future.”

Related products

More must be done to make the healthy choice the easy choice CSPI says

Companies, retailers must do more to make the healthy choice the easy choice, CSPI says

Consumer interest in healthy eating is at an all-time high, and in many ways...

FOOD VISION USA 2016 TRAILBLAZERS: Shaka Tea

FOOD VISION USA 2016... THE TRAILBLAZERS: Shaka Tea puts māmaki on the map, 'We're building an authentically Hawaiian brand'

Launching a new brand in the ready-to-drink tea market is not for the faint-hearted,...

FOOD VISION USA 2016 TRAILBLAZERs: Afineur cultured coffee

FOOD VISION USA 2016... THE TRAILBLAZERS: Afineur taps into fermented trend with ultra-smooth cultured coffee

Afineur – one of three winners in this year's trailblazers challenge at Food Vision USA –...

VoxPop: How small brands can keep image after big company acquisition

VoxPop: Do consumers still ‘trust’ smaller brands after they've been acquired by larger companies?

Large companies are buying up smaller brands here and there, yet the size of...

VoxPop: Is a plant-based diet the future?

VoxPop: Is a plant-based diet the future? We ask people in the industry

At November’s FoodVision USA, we snatched several attendees to get their take on the...

Plant-based burger just another protein option, says Beyond Meat

Plant-based burger just another protein option, says Beyond Meat: ‘All of a sudden, the meat aisle becomes the protein aisle’

The Beyond Burger – the first refrigerated plant-based patty to sit in the meat...

6 steps to take to “do good” and expand appeal to modern consumers

6 steps companies can take to “do good” and expand their appeal to modern consumers

Modern Americans expect much more from food companies today than they did in the...

FOOD VISION USA Innovate or die, says Rabobank

FOOD VISION USA: Dude, where's my consumer?

Many ‘legacy’ food and beverage brands are losing market share because they have “lost...

Sally robot salad maker offers mass customization, reThink Food

Rise of the machines: Meet the new wave of robots heading to your kitchen and your favorite restaurant

From robotic hands on rails above your worktop that will make your dinner, and...

Soup-To-Nuts podcast: How doing good can also be good for business

Soup-To-Nuts podcast: How doing good can also be good for business

In today’s highly competitive landscape, many food and beverage manufacturers try to set their...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Using food influencers to market products

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How to select and best use food influencers to market products

While Americans are becoming more adventurous in what they eat, they often still need...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Global cuisine, complex nutrition claims in 2017

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Global cuisine will rise in 2017 along with complex nutrition claims

Despite a rising nationalism in the US born out of the contentious presidential election...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: The rise of vegan cheese alternatives

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: The cultivation and rise of vegan cheese alternatives

There is no denying that vegan is on the rise with consumers looking for...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast Defining, meeting consumer demand for clean label

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Defining and meeting consumer demand for clean label

The predictable upcoming onslaught of annual New Year’s resolutions to “eat better” could lead to surge...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Expanding cranberries’ appeal beyond the holidays & to a new generation

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Expanding cranberries’ appeal beyond the holidays & to a new generation

For most Americans cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple, but it isn’t the dish...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast Evolving soy’s marketing strategy beyond protein

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Evolving soy’s marketing strategy beyond protein

Soy may be best known in America as a source of high-quality protein, but...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Is low-FODMAP the new gluten-free?

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Is low-FODMAP the new gluten-free?

For the 45 million Americans who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, identifying food that...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Ugly produce can help cut costs & generate sales

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How ugly produce can help companies cut costs & generate sales

Most Americans are trained from a very young age to believe that beautiful is...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How to better reach Hispanic shoppers

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How to better reach Hispanic shoppers

With a collective spending power of $1.5 trillion, the Hispanic and Latino population in...

Key Industry Events

 

Access all events listing

Our events, Shows & Conferences...

Promotional Features

Content Provided by Fonterra

Way forward with whey protein