What Summer Snacking Means for C-Stores

General Mills has offered advice on how c-store retailers can make the most out of the increased summer traffic. As the summer driving season approaches, convenience stores can expect to see an increase in traffic, as more consumers will be stopping by to refuel and to stock up on snacks for their trips. In an

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New Trends Emerge at 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo

The sweets and snacks industry is expecting increased innovation this year, as manufacturers continue to try and meet evolving consumer needs. A number of new candy and snack industry trends are emerging as the 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo kicks off in Chicago. The National Confectioners Association has revealed the latest industry trends of 2016

Soda Pop Toaster Pastries

Pop-Tarts has introduced its first varieties mashed-up with soda pop flavors: Pop-Tarts, inspired by iconic A&W Root Beer and Crush Orange. Available at retailers nationwide in May 2016, new Pop-Tarts Frosted A&W Root Beer are bubbling with root beer-flavored filling, wrapped inside a golden crust, and are topped with sweet white frosting and brown, red […]

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Premium Protein Snacks

Lorissa’s Kitchen has introduced four new premium protein snack flavors. All Lorissa’s Kitchen protein snacks are composed of real, identifiable ingredients and have no added growth hormones, no MSG, no added nitrites and no preservatives. In addition, all flavors are gluten free and made with sea salt. The four new flavors include Korean Barbeque Beef, […]

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Zebra Treats

Little Debbie has introduced three new Little Debbie Zebra items — Zebra Brownies, Zebra Cake Rolls and Zebra Plus Nutty Bars. Little Debbie Zebra Cake Rolls are inspired by the taste experience of the classic Zebra Cakes but in a roll format — yellow cake, vanilla creme, white icing and a fudge stripe. Little Debbie […]

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Honey Snack Bars

Honey Stinger has introduced a new, low-sugar snack bar line to its growing roster of energy foods. These new Snack Bars are made with simple, gluten-free ingredients such as organic honey, organic apples, nuts and seeds, all of which are GMO free. Honey Stinger Snack Bars are available in four flavors: Peanut Butter and Jelly; […]

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Salty Snacks: America’s Guilty Pleasure

Salty snack consumption is driven by emotion, as many Americans admit to snacking to relieve stress and boredom. New research from Mintel has revealed that, as snacking continues to grow in popularity, salty snacks have risen to the challenge of becoming the new comfort food and guilty pleasure for U.S. consumers. The latest research from

All-Natural Marshmallows

Dandies Marshmallows is rolling out new, updated packaging to promote its all-natural and Non-GMO Project Verified attributes. Designed in shades of refreshing blue, a background of clouds and playful fonts, the bags portray a lighthearted feel and feature the Dandies’ marshmallow man wearing his bow tie that consumers have grown to love. The front of […]

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Sweet Snacks Pack Variety

While indulgent sweets are still preferred by many U.S convenience customers, more consumers are spending their snacking dollars on healthier options. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Convenience store operators continue to walk a tightrope, balancing consumers’ love of sweet snacks with their intent to eat healthier. Still, America’s sweet tooth isn’t going away any time

Fruit In A Pouch

GoGo squeeZ, the maker of all-natural 100% fruit in a pouch, has formed a long-term partnership with Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK), a nationwide nonprofit that supports school-based healthy eating and physical activity. Through this partnership, GoGo squeeZ will further its mission of making families happier and healthier. GoGo squeeZ is providing stipends to 100 […]

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Salting Away Sales

Americans’ continuing hunger for salty snacks is keeping convenience stores at the forefront of a booming industry. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Americans’ love of salty snacks continues unabated as snacking occasions increase, shelf sets include more variety, spicier flavors gain wider acceptance and niche marketing grows in importance. The snacking trend continues to gain

Soft-Serve Gelato

Dannon YoCream has added two new flavors to its line of soft-serve gelato frozen dairy dessert offerings. With its two new flavors, Banana Flambé and Creamy Limoncello, the company’s line now consists of five flavors. In addition to the new flavors, the Dannon offers Hazelnut, Pistachio and Chocolate gelato. With a rich taste and dense […]

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Snacking Does Not Replace the Three Meals a Day

Although snacking is gaining popularity, societal norms are keeping Americans attached to the three daily meals construct. A new report from the NPD Group has revealed that, despite the increase in snacking habits among American consumers, the majority of U.S. consumers are still eating three main meals a day. It’s fact that U.S. consumers snack

Ranch Roasted Chickpeas

The latest all-natural creation from Biena packs big taste and texture that’s also non-GMO, guilt- and gluten-free. Biena combines the humble chickpea with the spirit of snacking innovation with its debut of Rockin’ Ranch, the latest in its line of award-winning Roasted Chickpea Snacks. Already touted as one of the “Best New Grocery Store Snacks […]

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Industry Executives Discuss Snacking Trends

The 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo will host snack-focused presentations by industry executives from IRI, Geometry Global and Integer. Presentations on the current state of the snacking industry will be delivered by executives from IRI, Geometry Global and Integer at the 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo, from the National Confectioners Association. Additionally, these executives will

Wholesome Meal Bars

SOLA Snacks LLC has introduced the new, irresistible Sola Bar. These flavorful, healthy and versatile bars are going to peel the wrappers off the growing nutrition bar market. With only one gram of sugar, these nutrition bars offer nutritional value in a savory, wholesome meal bar. SOLA Snacks’ patent-pending process removes the need to use […]

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Cheese Snack Bites

Sargento Foods has introduced the new Snack Bites cheese snacks, so consumers can to add bold flavor to their snacking routine. Snack Bites cheese snacks are small sticks of natural cheese that pack big flavor into little bites with fewer than 20 calories per stick. The new snacks are available in dairy aisles nationwide. Snack […]

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Peanut Butter Bites

The makers of the SKIPPY brand have taken the big taste of real SKIPPY peanut butter and put it into bite-size snacks with new SKIPPY P.B. Bites. Portable and poppable, this new snack is packed with double the peanut buttery goodness. Featuring a crunchy center with a soft, non-sticky peanut butter coating, the product is […]

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A Crunchier, Healthier Chip

popchips inc. has introduced an entirely new product line called Ridges. popchips spent several years experimenting with its innovative process of combining heat and pressure to create an extraordinarily crunchy and bold tasting ridged chip. The new Ridges line rolls out to retailers nationwide in June in four taste bud-tempting flavors: salted, tangy barbeque, cheddar […]

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M&M Snack Boxes

Mars Inc. has announced the relaunch of the M&M’S Brand Box Packs. The relaunch is being incorporated into the 2016 “M&M’S Brand Movie Mania,” Mars’ blockbuster summer promotion, starring the iconic M&M’S Characters. M&M’S Brand Box Packs are available in three flavors – Milk Chocolate, Peanut and Peanut Butter – and boast an attractive lower […]

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S’mores Any Time

Snyder’s of Hanover has introduced Sweet & Salty Pretzel Pieces S’mores. It’s the perfect snack for customers who crave the family-favorite campfire treat s’mores. The product contains Snyder’s of Hanover sourdough hard pretzels, but with so much bold flavor they had to be broken into bite-sized pretzel pieces! Taste the marshmallow and chocolate flavors in […]

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Packs of Protein

Duke’s has unveiled a new look and feel, new products and new flavors. The new Shorty three-pack, a single-serve innovation, will hit stores this spring. Focused on the healthy, protein-based snack trend, Shorty three-packs contain zero to one gram(s) of sugar per nine or 10 grams of protein. Shorty’s are crafted in small batches with […]

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Cheese Dippers

The Laughing Cow has introduced its newest innovation, Cheese Dippers, a portable, individually-portioned snack featuring The Laughing Cow’s rich, creamy cheese and crunchy breadsticks. The brand’s new offering addresses consumers’ increasingly on-the-go lifestyles and appeals to adults and children alike. Each serving provides an excellent source of calcium, delivers four grams of protein and contains […]

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Larger Gluten-Free Pretzel Crisps

Snack Factory is expanding its Gluten Free Pretzel Crisps line with the addition of new Deli Style Gluten Free Original Pretzel Crisps. Previously, all Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Gluten Free offerings were mini size, but the new Deli Style Gluten Free Original Pretzel Crisps are larger and allow for dipping, topping, pairing and sharing. The […]

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Protein-Packed Snacks

Enjoy Life Foods has launched a new portfolio of allergy-friendly, bite-size snacks. The new snacks include a line of plant-based protein-packed ProBurst Bites and smaller, snack-size versions of the company’s cookies: Soft-Baked Cookie Minis and Crunchy Cookie Minis. These new innovations are Certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified and are free-from the eight most common food […]

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