Uncle-Larry's

Jalepeño Flavored Meat Snacks

Uncle Larry’s started with two fresh homemade lemonade stands and a premium beer stand at a Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks minor league baseball ballpark. Its customers were seeking an alternative to the traditional ballpark snacks and, in response, the company created its special Uncle Larry’s Beef Shtix blend with the vivid taste of jalepeño. Today, its products

MrsFreshleys-Apple-Danish

New Danish Flavors

Flowers Foods’ Mrs. Freshley’s snack cake and pastry brand is introducing two fresh varieties—apple and strawberry cheese. These pastries are baked with real fruit filling, wrapped in a golden, crust and drizzled with icing. The apple and strawberry cheese Danish join Mrs. Freshley’s already extensive line of Danish pastries that includes cherry cheese and cinnamon,

Little Debbie Launches Million Smile Promotion

Little Debbie snacks has introduced a “smiling” giveaway, a coinciding eight-month national tour and a free photo uploading adventure where submitted photos are compiled in a mosaic that makes up Little Debbie’s iconic smiling face. Little Debbie rolled out its Little Debbie Million Smile Mission Giveaway on Oct. 11 at littledebbie.com. As part of the

BP’s ampm Adds Hispanic Snacks

BP’s ampm brand is adding some spice to ampm convenience store shelves with the introduction of a new line of proprietary Hispanic snacks. The snacks, which hit the shelves in several ampm markets earlier this year, debuted under the store’s El Mero brand. “Hispanic consumers are looking for products with authentic flavors,” said Bill Fry,

Marfood USA

  Marfood USA is proud to announce the revived and refocused Pemmican Brand. New packaging. New product. New promotions. And most importantly, a new passion for returning to the traditions that built the Beef Jerky category. You know what we’ve done so far in 2010, now join us at NACS booth #4127 to see where

Outlook Strong for Salty Snacks

The recession of the past couple of years has not swayed consumers from their salty snack habits. In almost every type of data, salty snacks continue to thrive. According to NACS’ 2010 State of the Industry report, convenience store salty snack sales climbed 3.4%, while margin dollars climbed 4.8%. Since 2007, sales of salty snacks

Elevating Snack Sales

The weak economy has not taken much of a bite out of meat snack sales. Americans are loathe to sacrifice edible indulgences, even in times of financial crisis. All three NACS snacks categories—salty, packaged sweet and alternative—showed increases in average sales per store from 2008 to 2009, and showed gross-margin percentage and average gross-margin-dollar-per-store gains.

Kellogg’s

  The Kellogg Convenience Store Team is excited to introduce Keebler® Fudge Shoppe® Jumbo Fudge Sticks and other new products this year from our innovative and powerful brands.  Come see us at NACS booth 4953 for more information.  888-289-5554. Booth #4953 Kellogg Conveniencewww.kelloggconvenience.com  

Top Snack Trends

The Food Channel has released its top 10 snack trends, one of its regular trend reports prepared in conjunction with CultureWaves, Mintel International and the International Food Futurists. “These trends are meant to inspire your back-to-school snacking,” said Kay Logsdon, editor-in-chief of The Food Channel. “But they also show how people are eating today, with

Rice Krispies Snack Mix

The Kellogg Convenience Team has introduced Rice Krispies Treats Crunch Mixes. Rice Krispies Treats Crunch Mixes are mixtures of Rice Krispies Treats clusters, cookies, pretzels, chocolatey-coated pieces and other delicious goodies, packed in a four-ounce pouch. Available in both Classic and Chocolatey flavors, this new line of sweet snack mixes combines the strength of the

Guilt-Free Snacking

  LesserEvil Snack Co. introduces its new line of all-natural better-for-you kettle corn snacks. This new collection of gourmet kettle corn is naturally sweetened with brown rice syrup and evaporated cane juice, and comes in four tantalizing flavors: KettleCorn, slightly sweet, slightly salty gourmet popcorn; SinNamon, kettle corn that’s been hit with a cinnamon stick;

Pretty Pickle

Pucker up because here is the newest addition to the Van Holten’s Pickle Family: Sour Sis, which has enough pucker to satisfy with a tart and tangy taste. She joins other character pickles such as Big Papa, Hot Mama, Garlic Gus and Little Pepe. All are individually packaged in a take-and-go pouch, and come packed

Smooth-ie Talker

Yoplait Go-GURT, the leading kid yogurt brand, makes its Go-GURT Smoothie available nationally, following a successful introduction in 19 states earlier this year. New Yoplait Go-GURT Smoothie provides a fun way for parents to give their kids the benefits of yogurt in a great-tasting snack. Packaged in 5-ounce bottles, go-GURT Smoothie is an excellent source

Cookie Crumbles

Combine passion for chocolate with the premium reputation of Otis Spunkmeyer and its newest flavors in the Sweet Discovery cookie dough line—Chocolate Obsession and Double Chocolate Brownie. Made with rich and distinctive Barry Callebaut chocolate, both flavors have a dark chocolate cookie dough base. Chocolate Obsession is loaded with 70% cacao chocolate chunks for a

Muffin Bluffin’

To appeal to the estimated 32 million carb-watching consumers, Bake’n Joy has developed CarbSubtract 3.33-ounce Predeposited Frozen Muffin Batters. Now available as part of the FreshBakes freezer-to-oven line of predeposited frozen batters, these tasty muffins will be initially available in two delicious flavors—Almond and Blueberry Almond. Predeposited muffins are premeasured batter units deposited into paper-lined

Carb Cunning

Turtle Mountain Inc. has a new line of dessert products with absolutely no carbs, and no artificial sweeteners. It is too sweet to be true. Turtle Mountain, Inc. introduces its new Carb Escapes line, the first all-natural frozen dessert that contains no artificial sweeteners, bulking agents or flavors that are commonly found in other low

Dunk This

Cookies do not have to be high in fats, carbs and sugar to be delicious! For carb-watching cookie lovers, Otis Spunkmeyer has a new line of fresh-baked cookies that have only seven net carbs per cookie, no sugar added and zero trans fats. The new line appeals not only to the carb-counting consumer, but also

Guilt-Free Cookie Flavors

  Luna, the whole nutrition bar for women, introduces three new cookie flavors—-Peanut Butter Cookie, Cookies ‘n Cream Delight and Iced Oatmeal Raisin—-giving women the delicious taste of cookies in an all-natural bar they can eat without the guilt. Iced Oatmeal Raisin combines the sweet taste of oatmeal, plump organic whole raisins, a touch of

Redefining ‘Chipped Beef’

OhBoy! Oberto Beef Jerky Crisps are a first-of-its-kind snack designed to bridge between beef jerky and traditional snack chips—providing the best of both. Oh Boy! Oberto Jerky Crisps combine the great taste of seasoned, oven-roasted lean beef snacks with the thin crispy, crunchy texture of a traditional snack chip. The 2.2-ounce package, available in delicious

Cookie Crumbles

Yogurt Raisin Sensation cookie dough, the newest addition to Otis Spunkmeyer’s Sweet Discovery line, contains zero trans fat and is loaded with the wholesome goodness of oatmeal and yogurt-covered raisins. Yogurt and dried fruit sales are on the rise. When consumers see “yogurt,” they think healthy. And when they taste the new Yogurt Raisin Sensation

Pricing, Promotions Key for Salty Snacks

When the American Public Health Association highlighted a December 2009 study on candy, snack and sweetened beverage availability in non-food retailers, it was worried about obesity. Convenience store retailers are only worried about thin margins. The Tulane University researchers found snack food in 41% of all stores whose primary merchandise was not food. Candy was

Home Recipe Favorite

General Mills has introduced Chex Mix Muddy Buddies to convenience store retailers. Inspired by the popular homemade recipe, Chex Mix Muddy Buddies is a combination of chocolate and peanut butter Corn Chex cereal pieces tossed in a sweet powdery coating. Each 4.5-ounce bag has a suggested retail price of $2.19. The snack mix aims to

Customer Surge in Snacking

The dried meat snacks category overall (including jerky) celebrated a healthy 2009 ringing up more $872.48 million in total dollar sales, up about 1% compared to 2008. Unit sales, however, slipped 3% to 424.43 million for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 27, 2009, according to Information Resources (IRI) . Breaking down the category by segment,

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