7-Eleven Launches a Flavorful Promotion

7Rewards members can now receive a free bag of 7-Select chips with the purchase of a 7-select beverage. Through its latest promotion, “One Million Chip Free-For-All,” 7-Eleven Inc. will be giving away one million single-serve bags of 7-Select chips through Sun., Aug. 7. 7Rewards members can purchase any 7-Select bottled beverage and scan the 7-Eleven

A Cool Category

With ice cream remaining a hot commodity, there is opportunity in this category for convenience stores that make the necessary space commitment. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor Ice cream is no longer a seasonal indulgence, which makes it an even more viable category for the convenience channel. A recent survey for National Ice Cream Day

Health Bars Enjoy Boost

Clean labeling and diverse options bolster category sales, attract new customers.   By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Each day after Jen Morton’s workout, she reports back to her husband on what snacks her fellow health enthusiasts brought to the gym that day. In turn, Ryan Morton, category manager for snacks, HBA and grocery at Maverik of

Snack Medleys

Kar’s Nuts has introduced two new Second Nature five-count pantry packs. The pantry packs are available in Wholesome and California Medley for on-the-go healthy snacking. The pantry packs were unveiled at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in May. These Medleys are non-GMO, gluten free, low in sodium or sodium-free and made with no artificial preservatives, […]

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Global Processed Snacks Market Forecast

The global processed snacks market is expected to grow significantly by 2020. A new report from Trchnavio has revealed that the global processed snacks market is expected to encounter significant growth over the next four years. In fact, the market study from Technavio indicates that the global processed snacks market will grow at a CAGR

Meat Snacks Market Evolves

Meat snacks are finding favor among the health conscious consumer, but some manufacturers of these snacks are struggling to meet consumers’ needs. Over the past few years, as consumers have become more health conscious, meat snacks (jerky and other snacks such as meat sticks) have become a go-to in the snacking world. These snacks appeal

New Summer Applesauce Flavor

Knouse Foods has now added a new flavor to its Musselman’s Apple Sauce line. This new, on-trend flavor, Mixed Berry, is available in the 4.5-ounce format. Made from fresh-picked apples for peak flavor and strawberry, red raspberry and blueberry puree, the new Mixed Berry is sodium free, with no artificial flavors, added sugars or high-fructose […]

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Healthy Snacks are a Hot Commodity

Healthy-ingredient snack market growth outpaces overall food and beverage sales growth. Over the past five years, snacks with healthy ingredients have gained immense popularity, and today the segment is thriving. Healthy-ingredient snacks combine portability, label transparency and healfulness to create the perfect snack item for modern food industry trends. According to recent data, the healthy-ingredient snack

Peanuts with a Kick

Kar’s Nuts has introduced a blazin’ new flavor to its line of snacks. Kar’s Sriracha Bold & Spicy Peanuts have just the right blend of spices with a little ‘hot-cha-cha’ to put you back in business. Available in 2.5-ounce, 3.5-ounce and 6.5-ounce bags, the new peanuts sell for an SRP of 99 cents to $2.89. […]

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Subtly Salty Popcorn

Popcorn, Indiana has introduced Himalayan Pink Salt to its Popcorn portfolio. Inspired by the small town that bears its name, these delicious little bursts of joy that come out of the big red bags are enhanced with Himalayan Pink Salt, offering rich popcorn flavor with a subtle, pleasing salt taste. All Popcorn, Indiana products are […]

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Clean Label Hot Pockets

Nestle Professional has announced the launch of newly- improved Hot Pockets grab-and-go sandwiches, complete with a cleaner label and quality ingredients. With no artificial flavors or partially-hydrogenated oils, newly-improved Hot Pockets have lower levels of sodium and saturated fat. Each sandwich is comprised of superior ingredients such as 100% Angus beef, hickory ham, signature peperoni […]

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Single-Serve Ice Cream Cups

Timed for July’s National Ice Cream Month, Yuengling’s Ice Cream has announced the launch of its new eight-ounce single-size serving cups, complete with spoon attached inside the lid. The product combines the convenience and novelty of a “grab-and-go” serving and a more satisfying and substantial size than competitors 3.4-ounce or five-ounce cup products. This new […]

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Sweet and Savory Snack Mix

Kar’s Nuts has announced the addition of an exciting new flavor to the Kar’s Fresh Harvest line. The new Kar’s Salted Caramel Delight brings together a trio of America’s favorite flavors to create a decadent treat. Milk chocolate sea salt caramels, decadent caramel covered peanuts and gently roasted, salted peanuts team up for a mouth-watering […]

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Cumberland Farms Releases National Ice Cream Day Survey Results

Cumberland Farms has introduced a new frozen treat, just in time for National Ice Cream Day. Just in time for National Ice Cream Day, which is Sun. July 17, Cumberland Farms has released the results of its recent consumer survey where consumers indicated their personal ice cream preferences. Cumberland Farms’ National Ice Cream Day survey

All-Natural Meat Snacks

With the growing demand for more natural and healthy snack options, Old Wisconsin has introduced a new lineup of all-natural, smoked snack bites, sticks and summer sausages—Natural Cut. By producing items with no nitrates, preservatives or fillers, Natural Cut products provide consumers with the quality and flavor every snack lover is looking for. Natural Cut […]

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Ghostbusters-Themed Twinkies

Hostess Brands and Sony Pictures have teamed up for a collaboration of epic proportions to celebrate the July 15, 2016 theatrical release of Ghostbusters, with a limited edition flavor and packaging on store shelves. Thirty years after Dr. Egon Spengler equated the amount of psychokinetic energy in New York to a 35-foot long Twinkie—sparking one […]

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Fiery Flavors

Kellogg’s Cheez-It brand has launched two new on-trend flavors into the convenience channel: Cheez-It Snack Mix Sriracha and Cheez-It Grooves Hot & Spicy. Bold and extreme flavors are now the fastest growing salty snacks in c-stores, up 28% over the past two years, followed by cheese flavor, up 14%, according to Nielsen c-store ending Oct. […]

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Fiery Flavors

Kellogg’s Cheez-It brand has launched two new on-trend flavors into the convenience channel: Cheez-It Snack Mix Sriracha and Cheez-It Grooves Hot & Spicy. Bold and extreme flavors are now the fastest growing salty snacks in c-stores, up 28% over the past two years, followed by cheese flavor, up 14%, according to Nielsen c-store ending Oct. […]

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Single-Serve Snacks

Reichel Foods has introduced four new flavor combinations to its successful Pro2snax product line. Pro2snax single‐serve snacks include fresh produce paired with a healthy protein. These top quality “fresh to go” combinations are versatile, reasonably priced and can go in many snacking sections: produce, dairy, deli, grab and go, etc. Currently, fresh fruit is the […]

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Crispy Tortilla Chips

From the makers of Pretzel Crisps, Snack Factory has reimagined the tortilla with the introduction of the new Snack Factory Tortilla Chips. As the brand’s first snack innovation beyond pretzels, Snack Factory Tortilla Chips deliver a modern take on an ancient favorite: the corn tortilla. Thinner and crispier than an ordinary tortilla chip, this uniquely […]

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Premium Rosemary Popcorn

Go LITE! Snacks has announced the addition of the new Rosemary & Olive Oil Popcorn variety to its premium snack food product line. Seasoned with olive oil, coconut oil and a hint of rosemary, this new flavor creates a delicious, guilt-free snack for consumers to enjoy. GO LITE! Rosemary & Olive Oil Popcorn is 45 […]

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Limited Edition Kettle Chip Bags

To start summer off right, Cape Cod has introduced the new #RoadTripChip limited edition bags to kettle-cooked potato chip-loving travelers. These new bags are sold only in convenience stores through Labor Day. The bags are available in seven flavors and feature inviting images of famous U.S. landmarks and picturesque destinations to inspire travelers to hit […]

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Meat Snacks Feed Demand

Meat snacks appeal to consumers for a lot of reasons, and each of them presents opportunities for c-store operators to bolster sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Most snackers prefer savory quality, robust flavors, inherent convenience, relatively low price points, health benefits and, of course, related promotions. Savvy retailers know how to take the best

Crunch Time for C-Stores

Some Americans crunch for comfort, others to satisfy cravings for something savory and salty. Retailers tell how they follow flavor, texture and “better-for-you” trends to keep customers snacking happy.      By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor When you think of comfort food, you might envision mom’s meatloaf or grandma’s apple pie. But as growing numbers of today’s

Lil’ Drug Store Products Expands Healthy Snack Distribution in Convenience Store Channel

LDSP and Calbee North America are working together to provide convenience stores greater access to the Harvest Snaps snack line. Lil’ Drug Store Products (LDSP) has partnered with Calbee North America to offer their popular Harvest Snaps salty snack line to the convenience store channel. “We are thrilled to be offering Harvest Snaps to our

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