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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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Greek Frozen Yogurt

One year after acquiring YoCream International, The Dannon Co. has launched YoCream Greek Frozen Yogurt soft serve mix. The nutritional benefits of fresh Greek yogurt with its calcium and high protein content are widely recognized, and frozen yogurt is perceived as a better-for-you alternative to other dessert and snack options. As the popularity of Greek

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Better Candy Packaging

Promotion In Motion Companies Inc., manufacturers and marketers of America’s favorite candy and fruit snacks brands for more than 30 years, announced the launch of its beloved confection brands in new, resealable, stand-up bag packaging. The packaging features a large portfolio of Promotion In Motion’s leading snacks, including Sour Jacks Watermelon, Sour Jacks Original, Sun-Maid

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Sweet Rewards Line

General Mills Convenience adds variety to its line of Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards bars with the new bites and cookie bars. Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Bites are mini cake bites that can be sold with a suggested retail price of $1.59. The Sweet Rewards Cookie Bars are soft cookies that can be sold for about

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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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New Boneless WingBites

Hunt Brothers Pizza is taking snacking to a whole new level with the launch of their new breaded, boneless WingBites. Available in Hunt Brothers Pizza’s exclusive Buffalo and Home Style flavors, WingBites are made with 100% all-white breast meat and are bite-sized for a fun and flavorful snack on the go or a meaty pairing

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New Products, Variety Enhancing Salty Snacks

Salty snack sales are a surging category and retailers should be going along for the ride. “All chip segments have become accepted mainstream food and that’s not going to change in 2012, said Amer Hawatmeh, president of St. George Oil in St. Louis, operator of six Coast to Coast convenience stores. Part of the attraction

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Technomic Report Analyzes Snacking Habits

Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report shows customers are snacking more as meals get healthier. Consumers are snacking significantly more now than they were just two years ago. Almost half (48%) of consumers polled say they’re now snacking at least twice a day, compared to 25% in 2010. Restaurants are capitalizing on the growing snacking occasion

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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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Beverages Fuel Gas Customers’ In-Store Purchases

NACS releases findings from its 2012 consumer fuels report. Beverage purchases drive gas customers inside the store more than any other item, but new preferences are emerging, with consumers saying that more foodservice, more healthy options and more local involvement could all increase their spending at convenience stores, according to findings released today from the

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7-Eleven Offers Healthy Eating Resolution Advice

Customers on a diet can make better-for-you food choices at their local convenience store. 7-Eleven Inc. Corporate Dietitian Patsy Ross has advice for resolution makers who find themselves often falling short of their New Years goals, and how to make healthy eating choices at their local c-store. She noted some resolution-makers try such drastic changes,

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AWMA Expo Sells Out

Space now being added to accommodate more manufacturers. AWMA’s 2012 Expo is sold out and space is being added to accommodate additional manufacturers at its annual convention and expo to be held Feb. 15 – 17, 2012, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. For the past three years, AWMA has been focused on reinventing

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Tedeschi Completes Weymouth Remodels

Brings fresh food into Weymouth, Mass. stores. Tedeschi Food Shops completed the remodel of two locations in Weymouth, Mass. in 2011. Renovations of the 11 Sea Street and 425 Washington Street stores are part of a company-wide initiative to ensure that all Tedeschi Food Shops offer an increased assortment of fresh, healthy meal and snack

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Snack Fuel for Consumers

Consumers are increasingly craving better-for-you on-the-go snacks. Promotion In Motion Inc. (PIM) has the proven mix of snacks to make the sale. Better-for-you snacks include the new Juicefuls brand, Tuxedos Dark Chocolate Almonds and innovation from Welch’s Fruit Snacks. Juicefuls Juice-Filled Fruit Snacks are the first and only fruit snacks made with real fruit and

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New Twist On Snacking

General Mills is giving convenience store retailers a new twist on growing fruit and candy section sales with new Nature Valley Fruit Twists. A convenience channel exclusive, Nature Valley Fruit Twists are available in cherry and strawberry, provide two servings of fruit in each package, and are also 100% natural and gluten-free. At 1.27 ounces,

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Smokehouse Fresh Jerky Line

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky has launched a new line of Smokehouse Fresh Jerky. Boasting a reformulated recipe, Jack Link’s new Smokehouse assortment is made from premium cuts of meat, perfectly seasoned and smoked. Jack Link’s also introduced a new Smokehouse merchandising system with an innovative and sleek rack with easy-to-clean, easy-to-rotate, peel-n-go freshness trays. Smokehouse

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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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Making the Most Out of Meat Snacks

Led by category captain Jack Link’s, Huck’s Food and Fuel has been experiencing double-digit growth in this core snacking segment. Meat snack manufacturers are targeting new customers with innovative flavors, new packaging and an attractive price point. Leading the charge to meet the changing needs of the consumer is Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, which markets

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NACS 2011 Novamex

Are you capitalizing on the biggest growing demographic in the US? Novamex will help you get there with three outstanding products: Jarritos Mexican Soft Drinks in a variety of flavors, Camaronazo, a shrimp based drink that is a perfect bundling opportunity with snack and beer sales and Cholula, which is the fastest growing hot sauce

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Are you capitalizing on the biggest growing demographic in the US? Novamex will help you get there with three outstanding products: Jarritos Mexican Soft Drinks in a variety of flavors, Camaronazo, a shrimp based drink that is a perfect bundling opportunity with snack and beer sales and Cholula, which is the fastest growing hot sauce

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Jack Link’s To Acquire Underwood, Iowa Warehouse Facility

Acquisition provides increased distribution center capacity to meet growing demand. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky has reached an agreement to acquire a distribution facility located in Underwood, Iowa from The Oriental Trading Co., a direct merchant of party supplies, small toys and novelties. The transaction is expected to close by the end of November, subject to

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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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All Natural Beef Jerky

Consumers seeking more healthful snack options now have something to cheer for since Oh Boy, Oberto! rolled out its new All Natural Jerky line to retail shelves in July. This new snack is made from simple, all-natural ingredients with no preservatives or artificial flavors, resulting in a flavorful, hearty jerky that will satisfy consumers, while

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Pemmican To Introduce New Products At NACS Show

Pemmican Beef Jerky plans to introduce three new product lines to the market during the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show in Chicago, where Pemmican – Marfood USA is inviting retailers, distributors and wholesalers to visit them at NACS booth 540 between Oct. 2 and Oct. 4, 2011. Pemmican will be showing its new

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