Meat Sales Set to Grow

Be it chicken or beef jerky, protein demand is giving meat sales a boost. While consumers remain ‘mindful’ of meat consumption, their not stopping their consumption any time soon. Meat and poultry products are consumer favorites, food industry mainstays, and protein powerhouses—all factors that will keep the U.S. industry for animal protein growing despite challenges


Chocolate Cake Twinkies

In response to consumer flavor trends and as part of its ongoing innovation efforts, Hostess announced the introduction of Chocolate Cake Twinkies: chocolate cake with creamy filling, in the same iconic Twinkie shape. From seasonal favorites—including Pumpkin Pie Twinkies—to limited-edition items such as the Ghostbusters Green Slime Twinkies, Hostess Brands has created numerous innovative flavors […]

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Alternative Ingredient Snacks Woo Customers

Consumers’ quest for healthier snack options is changing the face of traditional c-store offerings. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. A new national study by Amplify Snack Brands and the Center for Generational Kinetics indicates Millennials have been the driving force behind the growth of the better-for-you snack category. Among the findings, 64% of Millennials—more than


Conagra Brands Acquires Thanasi

Previously announced acquisition closes, bringing Duke’s and BIGS into the Conagra Brands’ portfolio. Conagra Brands Inc. has completed the acquisition of protein-based snacking businesses Thanasi Foods LLC, maker of Duke’s meat snacks, and BIGS LLC, maker of BIGS seeds (collectively, Thanasi). The definitive agreement to acquire Thanasi was announced on March 16, 2017. Financial terms


BFY Coated Corn Puffs

Lehi Valley Trading Co.’s Snackworthy brand, a budget-friendly line of high-quality, great-tasting and authentic better-for-you (BFY) snacks for Millennials, has launched a line extension consisting of coated corn puffs called Snackworthy Simply Puffs. The puffs are uniquely delicious, light and crispy corn puffs coated with a variety of rich and mouth-watering flavors, including butter toffee, […]

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100% Grass-Fed Beef Sticks

Perky Jerky is launching a new line of 100% grass-fed beef sticks in the same bold flavors that make the brand’s jerky offerings a favorite amongst athletes, outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts and Millennials alike. As the meat snack category continues to grow in popularity, Perky Jerky has entered the market with a unique product offering. Filling […]

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Premium Snack Bites

Smart Flour Foods, a provider of premium, ancient-grain based frozen pizzas, is introducing Snack Bites, a new lineup of better-for-you, bite-size pizza snacks. Made with the company’s proprietary flour blend of the ancient grains sorghum, amaranth and teff, these new pizza snacks provide a wholesome, innovative and cleaner take on a popular snacking favorite and […]

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Snack Crackers

Snyder’s-Lance Inc.’s Lance brand is introducing new products. Lance Power Break Sandwich Crackers are sure to be a hit. This sandwich cracker packed with double-digit protein (11-12 grams) and great taste is offered in Chocolate Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter flavors and also is a good source of Vitamin B and whole grains. Lance is […]

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Studying Examines Millennials’ Better-for-You Snacking

Great taste, fewer ingredients are among key Millennial demands when it comes to snacks. Better-for-you snacking has gone mainstream and Millennial preferences have played a huge role in this shift. A new national study by Amplify Snack Brands Inc. and the Center for Generational Kinetics discovered that Millennials have been the driving force behind the


Protein Craze Spurs Meat Snack Demand

Nielsen outlines salty snack, jerky and meat stick sales. Nielsen has reported that in the last year (week ending Feb. 25, 2017), salty snacks generated more than $27.8 billion in sales. While salty snacks are bringing in sales, customers are also on the hunt for protein, meaning meat snacks have a huge opportunity in c-stores.


Coconut Chia Bites

Bare Snacks is launching an innovative new snack line, bare Chia Coconut Bites. Available in three crave-ably crunchy flavors including Chia + Vanilla, Chia + Pineapple and Chia + Flax, the new snacks combine the superfood power of chia and coconut into one deliciously crunchy bite for the ultimate nutritious snack. Each variety is made […]

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Avocado Oil Chips

Good Health is adding to its robust portfolio of better-for-you snacks with an exciting new line of Avocado Oil Ridge Cut Potato Chips. Harnessing the nutritional power of pure avocado oil, the crunchy new varieties are Certified Gluten Free and available in four flavors for every snacker: Sea Salt, Creamy French Onion, Jalapeño Cheddar Jack […]

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Puffed Snacks

Snikiddy, a line of tasty snacks made from simple, wholesome, real-food ingredients, is launching two on-trend puffed snack lines—Organic Cheese Puffs and Purple Corn Puffs. The Organic Cheese Puffs are available in the two cheesy flavors including Grilled Cheese and Mac & Cheese, while the Purple Corn Puffs tout flavors like Sea Salt and White […]

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Protein-Packed Snacks

Our Little Rebellion has introduced a new line of light and crispy protein-packed snacks, Protein Crisps. Boasting 10 grams of plant-based protein per serving, the new Protein Crisps will be available in three addictively delicious, crowd-pleasing flavors: Wasabi Ginger with Honey, Hot Buffalo and Sweet & Smokey BBQ. New Protein Crisps combine bold and spicy […]

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Consumer-Centric Innovation

America’s growing desire for better snacks highlights the new products Snyder’s-Lance Inc. is introducing to store shelves nationwide this spring. The new releases include a variety of innovative offerings crafted to change the way the world snacks through better ingredients, quality and taste. The innovation includes revolutionary new baking and cooking methods to meet the […]

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Springtime Snacks

Tastykake has introduced a new line of seasonal snacks including Lemon Kandy Kakes, Peach Cobbler Mini Donuts and Frosted Strawberry Mini Donuts. Lemon Kandy Kakes are a springtime twist on a Tastykake classic. These treats feature moist, white cake layered with lemon flavored filling covered in white confectionary coating. Available in two-ounce packs of three […]

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Better-For-You Snacks

Snack Factory has introduced a brand new produce line: Snack Factory Fruit Sticks and Veggie Sticks. Created from fresh fruit and vegetables, light and crispy Fruit Sticks and Veggie Sticks are gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified and free from added sugars. Both better-for-you snacks can be found in the produce, natural or dried fruit sections […]

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Plant Protein Bar

Ona has launched its new Functional Fuel Plant Protein Bars with Probiotics. The line features three SKUs: Chocolate, Almond Coconut and Ancient Energy. Each 1.8-ounce bar is grain-free and has at least 10 grams of plant protein. Each bar in Ona’s Functional Fuel line is made with a blend of sunflower and pumpkin protein, as […]

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Meaty Treats

Thanasi Foods’ Duke’s brand has introduced a new Brisket line and Cajun Andouille Shorty Sausages. Duke’s new brisket line includes 100% grass-fed brisket steak. The brisket line will be available in April/May in three flavors: Chipotle BBQ, Honey Bourbon and Traditional Sea Salt, in 2.5-ounce bags. Duke’s new Andouille-style Smoked Shorty Sausages are smoked with […]

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Flavorful Potato Chips

Inventure Foods’ Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods brand has introduced Rice Bran Oil Kettle Cooked Potato Chips. The chips are available in three different varieties, including Teriyaki Ginger, Roasted Jalapeño and Himalayan Pink Salt. The product is set to debut on store shelves in April with a suggested retail price of $3.49. Boulder Canyon Rice Bran […]

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Clean Label Bars

PowerBar is launching its new Plant Protein bars this spring. This new line of “clean label” bars were officially previewed at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim this March. The new PowerBar Plant Protein bars are made with nuts, seeds and crisped rice, are free of artificial flavors or sweeteners, and are dipped in dark […]

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Snacks for Breakfast?

Technavio sees global snack market growth including at breakfast time. According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global savory snacks market is expected to reach USD $175.85 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of more than 5%. This research report titled ‘Global Savory Snacks Market 2017-2021’ provides an in-depth analysis of


Sweet Snack Sales Surge

As customers continue to be starved for time, convenience stores are in an ideal position to fill their meal and snacking needs. The proof is in the rise in sweet snack sales across the board. Total packaged pastry and doughnut sales for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 25, 2016 increased 3.62% to $1.54 billion, according


Variety Vital in Seeds, Nuts

Many customers dash into a Maverik convenience store looking for a quick snack to take along on whatever adventure they have planned, whether it’s heading to the office or on a mountain hike. Often they choose a package of seeds or nuts, according to Ryan Morton, category manager for snacks and groceries at Maverik, the


Stimulating Salty Snacks Sales

Convenience stores continue salting away profits by catering to Americans’ never-ending cravings for potato, corn and tortilla chips, peanuts, pretzels, popcorn, cheese snacks, crackers and many other types of indulgent snack foods. Slowly, but surely, indulgent snacks options are being pushed by healthier items. Threading the salty-but-healthy snack combination is a major key in appealing