How To Entice Sales With Meat Snacks

Craving more protein, meat snack-hungry consumers are boosting convenience store profits. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor protein-packed snacks, and meat snack manufacturers are responding with new and varied flavors, from gourmet to bold. To maximize sales, canny retailers are using promotions, packaging, consumer demographics and merchandising to make the most of impulse opportunities. The meat

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Pretzels With A Cause

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Herr’s has partnered with the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.” The company is filling store shelves with its limited edition, ribbon-shaped Whole Grain Pretzels with Flax Seed & Honey in a specially-designed pink bag in support of breast cancer awareness. For every bag sold, Herr’s […]

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Savory Nutrition Bars

Following its successful launch just over one year ago, award-winning Mediterra, the first company to introduce all-natural nutrition bars inspired by the Mediterranean Diet, has added two new Savory Bar flavors: Kale/Pumpkin Seed and Bell Pepper/Green Olive. With these new flavors, Mediterra now offers four truly savory bars that also include Sundried Tomato/Basil and Black […]

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Energy For Winter

CLIF Bar is unwrapping its holiday energy bar lineup. Crafted with organic ingredients by athletes and foodies in the CLIF Kitchen, all CLIF Bar seasonal flavors deliver delicious and wonderfully wintery nutrition for sustained energy. The limited-edition CLIF Bar seasonal lineup includes: Hot Chocolate, Iced Gingerbread and Spiced Pumpkin Pie. All three seasonal flavors are […]

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Churro Flavored Popcorn

Erin’s Popcorn has debuted its most decadent popcorn ever: Erin’s Churro flavored Popcorn. Erin’s Churro Popcorn is sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon and is truly a “hands-on” dessert. Erin’s Churro Popcorn is made with simple ingredients and only uses premium white corn for popping crunch. The Churro Popcorn has an ethnic and on-trend bold flavor […]

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How Time of Day Influences Snack Choices

The NPD Group has found that there is a time and place for certain snacks. A recent study by The NPD Group has revealed that consumer snack preferences are determined by both time of day and location. The study found that consumers’ tastes for savory and sweet snacks are determined by the time of day, while better-for-you

China Welcomes belVita Breakfast Biscuits

Three new belVita breakfast options have been released in China. Mondelēz International has officially launched belVita breakfast biscuits in China. The launch follows belVita’s successful rollout in more than 50 markets around the world. Mondelēz International already markets in China with beloved brands such as Oreo, Chips Ahoy! and TUC. Leveraging consumer snacking trends around health and nutrition, the company

Royal Danish Pastries

Celebrate National Pastry Day Dec. 9, with coffee’s perfect partner: Schulstad pastries. Crafted in classic European tradition, these uniquely delicious Royal Danish Pastries combine 24 layers of flaky dough and high quality fillings to deliver a memorable treat patrons crave. Pre-proofed, pre-glazed and pre-filled, these pastries can go straight from freezer to oven to customer […]

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Funny Bones Returns

Drake’s Funny Bones are officially making a much anticipated return to store shelves in the Northeast. Since Drake’s Cakes came back on the market in 2013, customers have flocked to social media sites asking for the return of Funny Bones. Unaffiliated Facebook pages, such as “Bring Back Drake’s Cakes Funny Bones,” have also popped up […]

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How to Appeal to Snackers

From candy and chips to popcorn and jerky, U.S. snacking isn’t defined by one consumer trend. Still, convenience stores are positioned to capture the bulk of them. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor There are few things closer to Americans’ hearts than snacking—in all its textures and flavors. So, it’s not surprising that the snack category

Old Wisconsin Contest Offers $10,000 Grand Prize

A new recipe contest from Carl Buddig & Co. and Old Wisconsin offers a $10,000 grand prize for the best recipe! Carl Buddig & Co. and Old Wisconsin, owned and operated by the Buddig family. Family traditions, especially at mealtimes, are of the utmost importance to the company. Carl Buddig & Co. considers its employees, sales

All-Natural Jerky

Fusion Jerky introduces an all-natural jerky that infuses Asian-style tender texture with innovative American flavors. Featuring its Island Teriyaki Pork Jerky, Fusion Jerky uses premium cuts of pork sourced only in the U.S.A. Fusion Jerky is carefully handcrafted in small batches and produced in the company’s own plant in Nebraska to ensure premium quality. Fusion […]

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Craveable Danish

Building on the popularity of its premium, bakery-style goodies for the packaged bakery set, General Mills Convenience is adding to its line-up of Pillsbury Minis with two new craveable Danish. The fruit Danish come in mini-form, making them easy to eat on the go and perfect for satisfying sweet cravings at breakfast and throughout the […]

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Flame Grilled Jerky

Tyson Convenience has introduced Ball Park Flame Grilled Jerky. Ball Park, the maker of America’s Favorite Beef Hot Dog, has reinvented jerky because meat from the grill just tastes better. The product is dried for toughness then flame grilled for a tender texture and superior char-grilled flavor. Flavors include: Ball Park Flame Grilled Original Jerky, Ball […]

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Healthier Energy Solution

Consumer behavior is widely shifting in a more health-conscious direction, where cleaner products are king and no artificial additives is the ruling law. More and more food and ingredients companies are feeling the pressure to evolve with this trend, and the energy market specifically is desperate for something new to fill void. That’s where new […]

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Pumpkin Breakfast Biscuits

Pumpkin season is here! In fact, 93% of Americans consider Pumpkin Spice the official flavor of fall, according to a 2015 belvita survey. belVita has responded with the launch of Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Biscuits. Available for only eight weeks, belVita Pumpkin Spice are delicious, nutritious breakfast biscuits providing three-grams of fiber, 19 grams of whole […]

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Pumpkin Spice Treats

Hostess is introducing Pumpkin Spice CupCakes—cream cheese-frosted pumpkin spice cake with creamy filling and fall foliage sprinkles. In addition, cinnamon-glazed Pumpkin Spice and Maple Glazed Donettes are also now available nationwide, rounding out the company’s range of seasonal items this fall. Consumers can expect additional seasonal items from Hostess to hit stores in time for […]

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Flavored Pretzel Sticks

Ezaki Glico U.S.A. has introduced five flavors of Pretz sticks to the U.S. These five flavors are Hot Chili Salad, Pizza, Tom Yum, Original and Sweet Corn. Pretz sticks have a texture similar to pretzels and are covered from end to end with a dust of savory seasonings. The Hot Chili Salad pairs the satisfying […]

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Whole Grain Cookies

Mrs. Freshley’s has introduced two new treats:  7 Grain Cookies and 7 Grain Creme Cookies. These new treats will soon be available in convenience stores nationwide. These new cookies feature rough cut whole grains for a home-style texture and are topped with a chocolate drizzle. With 12 grams of whole grains per pack, the 7 […]

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Autumn-Themed Pastries

Tastykake has introduced five new fall-inspired limited edition snacks for consumers nationwide. The new snacks include Caramel Apple and Pumpkin Spice Mini Donuts, Pumpkin Spice Cupkakes, Salted Caramel Kandy Kakes and Karrot Kake Kandy Kakes. The Pumpkin Spice Mini Donuts feature a pumpkin spice donut covered in cinnamon and the Caramel Apple Mini donuts feature […]

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Spicy Chex

General Mills Convenience has introduced two new flavors of Chex Xtreme that are exclusive to convenience stores. The single-serve “slampack” packages, available in Spicy Sriracha and Hot Chile & Lime, were specifically designed to meet c-store shoppers’ demand for portability and on-the-go consumption. Samples of Chex Xtreme will be available at the General Mills Convenience […]

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Trans-Fat Free Cookie Dough

Bake’n Joy has expanded its FreshBakes Preportioned Cookie Dough line to include one-ounce cookies in a convenient 240-count pack. The line expansion includes varieties including: Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, M&M Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Sugar and 100% Whole Grain Cranberry Chocolate Granola. Each individual one ounce cookie is under 150 calories. The cookie […]

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How Nutrition Labels Help People Make Healthful Choices

Young people are encouraged to be aware of nutrition facts when making food choices. In an effort to fight childhood obesity, and in order to encourage healthy choices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encourages kids to Read the Label. The Nutrition Facts Label is a simple tool available on food and beverage packages. It lets kids

Limited Edition Caramel Corn

G.H. Cretors has introduced three new flavors to its Limited Edition popped corn collection. The brand’s new artisanal varieties will feature combinations of caramel corn with the most popular flavors of the season: Orchard Apple Caramel Corn, Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn and Double Chocolate Caramel Corn. A holiday tin will also be offered, which will include […]

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Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Jif has introduced NEW Jif Peanut Butter Granola Bars. These bars are made with the perfect combination of creamy peanut butter and chewy granola and are the brand’s first granola bar. These bars are available in three delicious varieties: Creamy Peanut Butter, Crunchy Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Chocolate Flavored. Jif Bars are a satisfying […]

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