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Meat Snacks Are Getting Hot

Major manufacturers are betting on bolder flavor profiles and textures to help appeal to adventurous and sophisticated palates, and health-conscious lifestyles. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor There is nothing timid about Generations X or Y, especially when it involves their taste buds. And when it comes to flavors, the bigger, bolder, hotter and spicier the

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C-Stores Advertise Low-Sodium Snacks

Thirteen Topeka c-stores join to promote low-sodium snacks in the front of their stores. A handful of convenience stores in Topeka plan to cut back on their salty snack food offerings, and instead, sell more healthy snacks. Each store agreed to create a rack of healthy, low-sodium items. “When you go into convenience stores, you

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Finding the Right Foodservice Equipment

To be a winner in the foodservice arena, break out of the convenience store box and take some equipment cues from quick-service, fast casual and white tablecloth restaurants. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. No one understands the pain of working in a cramped space better than a food truck operator, said Larry Miller, president of

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Fudge Crunch Bars

General Mills Convenience is bringing everyone’s favorite flavor, chocolate, to its popular line of Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards bars with new Fudge Crunch. The newest flavor features a chocolate cookie base with a layer of chocolaty fudge drizzled in milk chocolate. New Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Fudge Crunch complements the growing line of Sweet Rewards

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Innovative Dressings Package

The KRAFT YES Pack, an innovative dressings package introduced in January 2012 by Kraft Foodservice, is designed to deliver maximum yield with greater ease.  Made from flexible yet durable plastic, the YES Pack allows operators to easily squeeze out up to 99% of the dressing inside without creating any inconvenient mess for the user. The

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Seeds in a New Slammer Pack

Thanasi Foods LLC introduces the new BIGS Slammers to its all-star lineup of BIGS Sunflower Seeds. The new BIGS Slammer, a 2.75-ounce tube packed with BIGS Sunflower Seeds, is now available in Salted & Roasted Original and Vlasic Dill Pickle flavors at a suggested retail price of 99 cents. The convenient pack is hitting store

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NACS 2011 Krispy Krunchy

Krispy Krunchy delivers first class graphics, food, product, and training. Training is a critical element of transcending an average program into a huge success for your operation. From inception to re-training, Krispy Krunchy service is second to none. What you expect from first rate QSR’s you’ll get from Krispy Krunchy. New wing program being offered

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Getting Crafty in the Cold Vault

Beer sales are hot right now and driving the push are specialty brews and imports. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Consumer interest in more flavorful food and beverages has led, among other things, to the rise of craft beers. Retailers: Start your engines. Craft beers offer more challenging tastes, authenticity and often even a quirkiness

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90-Calorie Brownies

Convenience store retailers can indulge in more sales with new Fiber One 90-Calorie Brownies, the first baked good offering in the successful Fiber One line of products. Available in Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie, the sweet, indulgent and guilt-free treats have just 90 calories and a full five grams of fiber –

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Healthy Snacking Solution

Mars Chocolate North America has released the new Marathon Smart Stuff Bar, which is a healthful snacking solution that provides balanced nutrition for active minds and bodies. The product was developed in June 2011 to help teens and young adults make smarter snack choices when returning to school this fall. The snack bars include wholesome

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Are You Prepared for FDA Tobacco Inspections?

As the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) begins to implement tobacco regulations, the tumult surrounding tobacco at retail shows no sign of abating. In fact, the future of cigarette retailing will depend largely on retailers themselves. This issue and more will be addressed at the National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, September 10-13th in Savannah,

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New Dates for the 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo

One week after the National Restaurant Association announced new dates for its annual conference, the National Confectioners Association, sponsor of the SWweets & Snacks Expo, said that the dates of the 2012 EXPO have changed to May 8-10 in an effort to avoid G8 Summit activities happening later in the month. Last week, NATO announced

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Cheese Jerky Entices Customers

Snack Patrol’s Cheese Jerky combines premium shredded beef jerky with award-winning farmstead string cheese, offering something new to the market that has never been done before. Often times, string cheese is made from powdered milk, resulting in a much cheaper, bland tasting cheese. Cheese Jerky is made with Grade A milk from Wisconsin cows. Available in

Super Bowl Promotion

Diamond Foods Inc. is offering a promotion across its snack portfolio called Snack Bowl XLV. Consumers will submit applications online and encourage their friends to vote for them utilizing unique tools, such as a Facebook video application. The entrant receiving the most votes will win a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement

New Krispy Kreme Branded Packaging

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. is introducing new branded packaging in convenience, mass merchant and grocery stores. Package upgrades, new signature products and improved display graphics are part of the company’s broader efforts to enhance and grow its presence in these locations. Packaging upgrades include: Adding enhanced graphics to increase shelf impact and visual appeal; improved

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

Mission Foods

Mission Foodservice® is excited to introduce their new authentic tortilla nacho chips that are packed in branded, 3 oz. portion bags assuring the chips stay crisp and fresh. Available packaging options includeMission-branded paper boat or clear, plastic clamshell. Mission’s nacho tortilla chips are perfect for most on-site environments. Booth #7741 Mission Foodswww.missionfoodservice.com/Ideas/NachoProgram.aspx

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  

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.

Walgreens Adds New Snack, Beverage Line

This week Walgreens is bringing a taste of New York to its stores across the country as it begins offering the DR (Duane Reade) Delish line of premium snacks and beverages. Pronounced like the first two syllables of “delicious,” this high quality private brand has been a hit with New Yorkers since it debuted at

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

New Apple Sauce Flavors

To enhance its line of Musselman’s single-serve apple sauces, Knouse Foods is launching two new flavors: Totally Fruit Mixed Berry and Healthy Picks Granny Smith. Perfect for a multitude of foodservice operations, the apple sauce cups are an on-the-go solution, healthy meal accompaniment and anytime snack option. With flavors that appeal to all ages, each

Simply Caramel

Caramel lovers rejoice. Mars Chocolate North America has introduced Milky Way brand Simply Caramel Bar, which provides caramel fanatics with more of what they crave about Milky Way Bar: the brand’s famous, rich, creamy caramel. The indulgent Milky Way Simply Caramel Bar, a decadent blend of caramel covered completely in Mars’ real milk chocolate, is

Van Holten’s Announces New Hire

Waterloo, Wis.-based snack food manufacturer, Van Holten’s, welcomes Jon Florin as its new marketing manager.   Florin joins Van Holten’s with an extensive background in marketing and in the retail food business with his most recent position being marketing director at Madison Media Institute. Florin is now responsible for formulating and executing marketing strategies to help support and

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

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