Raising the Bar

Clif Bar Inc. has created CLIF Nectar, the entirely organic fruit and nut bar, which is minimally processed and contains just four or five ingredients. The four-flavor CLIF Nectar lineup—Dark Chocolate & Walnut, Cinnamon Pecan,Lemon, Vanilla & Cashew and Cranberry, Apricot & Almond—carriesa $1.79 SRP.  Melt-in-the-mouth moist and delicious, these bars are the essence of

Better-For-You Snacks

C-stores can now stock a healthier version of Doritos and Tostitos snacks. Frito-Lay launches a line extension of Doritos and Tostitos that has less than half the carbohydrates of its top-selling tortilla chip brands. The new great-tasting products, which are named Doritos Edge and Tostitos Edge, have a total of six net carbs, 10 grams

Stick To It

  Old Wisconsin Sausage Co. unveils four new products to complement the sausage maker’s extensive line of handcrafted sausages: 8-ounce Snacker Stackers in Pepperoni & Beef flavors, 4-ounce Beef Snack Sticks and the single-serving Beef & Cheese Stick and Beef & Jalapeno Cheese Stick. Snacker Stackers in Pepperoni & Beef Flavors come in 8-ounce portions

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

Sweet / Salty Treat

Snyder’s of Hanover announces a special edition pretzel variety: Chocolate Dips made with Hershey’s brand Chocolate. The Pretzel Dips feature Snyder’s of Hanover Mini pretzels enrobed in Hershey’s Milk and White Chocolate. Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Dips add that sweet/salty variety to its traditional lineup of products, which include Pretzel Pieces and Pretzel Sticks. Pretzel

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

Energy for Busy Lifestyles

Marathon energy bars offer the sustained energy and nutrients needed for a busy life. As a low glycemic index food, Marathon energy bars provide the brain and working muscles with long-lasting energy and come in five flavors: Chewy Chocolatey Peanut, Chewy Peanut Butter, Crunchy Dark Chocolate, Crunchy Honey & Toasted Almond and Crunchy Multi-grain. Marathon

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

Churro Fries

Looking for an innovative, versatile new product feature on your appetizer and dessert menus? J&J Snack Foods introduces TIO PEPE’S Churro Fries—authentic churros in a fun, new shape. Rolled in cinnamon sugar, TIO PEPE’S Churro Fries offer the perfect anytime item. Bite-size/mini offerings were ranked the No. 4 trend on the “What’s Hot” Chef’s Survey

California Churros Acquired By J&J Snack Foods

J & J Snack Foods Corp. of California, has acquired the assets of California Churros, a premium manufacturer of churros located in Colton, Calif.  California Churros had sales of approximately $11 million in 2009. The founding Martinez family will be staying on to serve with the company, which will remain in Colton. “We are pleased

Breakfast of Champions Bar

General Mills brings the iconic 85-year-old Breakfast of Champions brand to the bar category with the introduction of Wheaties FUEL energy bars. Developed specifically for c-stores and co-created with five of today’s elite athletes and a leading sports nutritionist, each 2.26-ounce bar delivers 15 grams protein and 100% of the daily value of five B

Raising the Bar on Snack Sales

Energy bars are most often associated with top athletes and endurance sports. But as consumers have found themselves pressed for time—and energy—the category has morphed into an array of tasty, low-cost products that provide a quick meal solution across multiple dayparts. More importantly, the category has evolved to include a multitude of variations from healthy

Slim Jim To Sponsor Wrestlemania XXVI

Slim Jim, a ConAgra Foods brand, has signed on to be the Official Meat Snack of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the presenting sponsor of WWE’s WrestleMania XXVI, in Glendale, Ariz. on March 28 and SummerSlam, in Los Angeles on Aug. 15. As part of the deal, WWE Superstar Edge will serve as a

Raising the Bar on Energy Sales

The first sports and energy bars in the U.S. were marketed primarily to serious athletes, through alternative channels such as health food stores. These bars did not have wide appeal or distribution as recently as 1990, but over the past two decades these products have since gained mass appeal and distribution after greatly improving flavor

Fruit Snacks Go Tropica

Promotion In Motion Companies Inc. is ramping up sales of Welch’s Fruit Snacks Island Fruits variety.  Island Fruits is a combination of on-trend tropical flavors, including Strawberry-Banana, Mango, Guava-Kiwi, Pomegranate-Passion Fruit, Pink Grapefruit and Tropical Punch.  Like all Welch’s Fruit Snacks, new Island Fruits is made with real fruit and fruit juices and is fat

New Beef Jerky

Matador by Jack Link’s expands its meat snack line with the introduction of new Matador beef jerky. Available nationwide in four flavors—Sizzling Sweet, Smokin’ BBQ, Original and Teriyaki—new Matador beef jerky combines a bold taste with a tender bite to deliver a satisfying new snacking experience. Jack Link’s launched the Matador brand in spring 2009

Healthy Options Push Salty Snacks

TOP PERFORMERS Frito Lay Cheez-It (Kellogg’s) Chex Mix (General Mills) HONORABLE MENTIONS Combos (Mars) Cape Cod (Lance) Pringles (P&G) The down economy has inspired a consumer trend toward eating in and choosing less expensive home-entertainment options, which has been a boost to the salty snacks category. Customers are likely to choose snacks they perceive as

Baked Goodness

TOP PERFORMERS Oreo (Nabisco/Kraft) Kellogg’s/Keebler Chips Ahoy (Nabisco/Kraft) HONORABLE MENTIONS Bon Appetit Mrs. Freshley’s (Flowers Foods) Prairie City Bakery Sweet snacks purchases are on the rise at convenience stores creating new sales opportunities across all dayparts. Packaged sweets accounted for 2.6% of the $114,010 stores acquired through average monthly sales in 2008, according to the

A Functional Boost to Confections

You know the truism about Americans wanting more of everything is, indeed, true when we begin demanding more from our candy, gum and mint products than just good taste. As with beverages over the last decade or so, so-called functional snacks are slowly gaining respect in the convenience store channel, as major manufacturers roll products

Growing Snack Sales

Sunflower seeds, which have quietly built a loyal following both as planned and impulse purchases, are garnering more shelf space these days as c-store retailers expand this category. Randy Adams, buyer for Huck’s Food and Fuel in Carmi, Ill., found that sunflower seeds have proven so popular that when he recently completed a nuts and

Getting Cheesy

Utilizing its unique category focus and a new approach of utilizing its expertise to create powerful business solutions, the Kellogg Convenience Store Team is excited to launch Cheez-It Duoz baked snack crackers to its salty snack set. With two flavors in one bag, Cheez-It Duoz baked snack crackers offer consumers the tasty crunch and bold

Packaged Healthy Snacks

TOP PERFORMERS Chex Mix (General Mills) Planters Trail Mix/Sunflower Seeds (Kraft Foods Inc.) Kellogg’s Special K Nutra Grain Bar HONORABLE MENTIONS Gardetto’s (General Mills) Keebler (Kellogg Co.) While some retailers are still debating whether they should add healthy snacks to their product mix, others are creating entire programs based on healthier concepts. Entire brands, in

Meat Snacks / Jerky

TOP PERFORMERS Jack Links Beef Jerky Slim Jim (ConAgra Foods Inc.) Pemmican (ConAgra Foods Inc.) HONORABLE MENTIONS Gardetto’s (General Mills) Keebler (Kellogg Co.) Accounting for $836 million in sales at convenience stores last year, meat snacks seem to be a category tailor-made for convenience consumers. Jerky is a quintessential impulse item that appeals greatly to

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