Convenience Store Decisions » Snacks http://www.csdecisions.com Convenience Store Community and News Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:19:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gluten-Free Granola http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/gluten-free-granola/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/gluten-free-granola/#respond Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:51:11 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52542 Nana’s Nola introduces grab-and-go gluten-free granola, offering consumers and Celiac’s a healthy snack that packs a powerhouse of multiple organic whole grains, all natural organic sweeteners, and two grams of both protein and fiber. Nana’s Nola contains no soy, artificial additives or preservatives. Nana’s Nola is off to a roaring start as bags of Nana’s

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Innovative Product Nominee http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/09/innovative-product-nominee/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/09/innovative-product-nominee/#respond Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:38:48 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52034 GIANTS Snacks Inc. is one of the proud nominees for the 2014 Most Innovative New Product Award. The company attended Chicago’s Sweets & Snacks Expo in May and received the nomination for its newest Sunflower Seed flavor, Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce. GIANTS Snacks Inc. has partnered with Huy Fung Foods to bring you the Original

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All-Natural Coconut Chips http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/09/natural-coconut-chips/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/09/natural-coconut-chips/#respond Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:31:29 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52036 BARE, creators of delicious “Snacks Gone Simple,” announced two new varieties of All-Natural Crunchy Coconut Chips: Sea Salt Caramel and Chocolate Bliss. Crafted from sweet and fragrant Nam Hom coconuts grown exclusively in Thailand’s Central Plains, the new All-Natural Crunchy Coconut Chips are toasted to perfection, and lightly flavored to satisfy sweet cravings with a

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Dried Fruit http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/03/dried-fruit/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/03/dried-fruit/#respond Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:58:56 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51916 Stoneridge Orchards, dried fruit experts and the consumer brand of Royal Ridge Fruits, have introduced a wide variety of new products, ranging from dried fruits lightly dipped in rich, premium dark chocolate or smooth and creamy Greek yogurt, to the company’s signature Montmorency Tart Cherries, exclusively flavored with all-natural Tajin, the top seasoning blend sold

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“Hangry Moments” Campaign http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/03/hangry-moments-campaign/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/03/hangry-moments-campaign/#respond Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:53:56 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51913 Jack Link’s has debuted its new national brand campaign, “Hangry Moments,” which brings to life how “hangry” feelings demand protein-packed Jack Link’s Jerky. In each spot, the lead character’s intense hunger comes in the form of a wild animal—a wolf, puma and eagle—that literally emerges from his or her stomach, personifying the “hangry” feelings that

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Snacks Remain A Mainstay http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/21/snacks-remain-mainstay/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/21/snacks-remain-mainstay/#respond Wed, 21 May 2014 16:07:13 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51727 Salty snacks again are grabbing a lion’s share of c-store snack sales, but healthier offerings are making noise. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience stores represent five times their fair share when it comes to grab-and-go snacking occasions, beating out grocery stores and even discount stores, according to a 2013 study by market research firm

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Gluten-Free Oatmeal Bars http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/15/gluten-free-oatmeal-bars/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/15/gluten-free-oatmeal-bars/#respond Thu, 15 May 2014 11:39:01 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51625 Protein products company Forward Foods LLC, the maker of the award-winning Detour bar, has introduced a new line of natural, gluten-free, whole grain oatmeal bars. The new SMART bars come in three delicious fruit flavors and mark the company’s entry into the natural foods category. The new Detour SMART bars are independently certified by the

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Quick Chek To Offer The Perfect SNAQUE http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/14/quick-chek-offer-perfect-snaque/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/14/quick-chek-offer-perfect-snaque/#respond Wed, 14 May 2014 19:25:41 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51611 The single-serve line caters to health-conscious customers. The Perfect SNAQUE, a leader in the healthy, whole sprouted food snacking trend, announced that its new single-serve line is available for purchase at Quick Chek, which operates 130 locations in the New York and New Jersey region. The convenience chain will specifically carry the ready-to-eat Coconut Almond

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Protein To Go http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/05/protein-go/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/05/05/protein-go/#respond Mon, 05 May 2014 20:49:04 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51460 Big John’s pickled eggs are the perfect on-the-go protein snack,  appealing to breakfast patrons, pickled-snack consumers, egg lovers and healthy snack buyers. These shelf-stable, individually-wrapped pickled eggs are easy to merchandise in various areas of the convenience store for maximum impact. Big John’s pickled eggs are brought to you by Red Smith Foods, a pickled

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New Line Extensions http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/04/30/new-line-extensions/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/04/30/new-line-extensions/#respond Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:30:56 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51352 KIND has introduced two new flavors to its KIND Nuts & Spices line: Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond and Caramel Almond & Sea Salt. These seemingly indulgent flavors expand the line to include eight flavors containing only five grams of sugar (or less)—and nothing artificial. They are further proof that you can naturally lower the sugar

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Nuts For Nut Clusters http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/04/30/nuts-nut-clusters/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/04/30/nuts-nut-clusters/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:50:53 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=51362 St. Louis snack food brand What-A-Ya Nuts?! cracked into the market with four great-tasting nut cluster varieties for people who want to “Snack in Sanity.” Available in savory and sweet varieties, What-A-Ya Nuts?! provides snackers with rich, yet surprisingly subtle flavors and a signature crunch. The combination of shape, texture and taste creates a unique

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Bite-Sized Rice Krispies Treats http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/04/07/bite-sized-rice-krispies-treats/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/04/07/bite-sized-rice-krispies-treats/#respond Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:39:45 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=50740 To satisfy on-the-go consumers’ cravings for variety and unique tastes when they snack, Kellogg’s adds Rice Krispies Treats Crackle Snaps to its top selling line up.  These bite-sized puffed rice crisps are blasted with marshmallow flavor and drizzled with rich fudge or creamy caramel to create two distinctive experiences. With this twist, consumers have a

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Jack Link’s Acquires Unilever Meat Snack Business http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/04/01/jack-links-acquires-unilever-meat-snack-business/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/04/01/jack-links-acquires-unilever-meat-snack-business/#respond Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:18:40 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=50630 “Jack Link’s mission is to be the No. 1 provider of branded meat snacks throughout the world,” says CEO of Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. Jack Link’s announced Tuesday that it has completed the acquisition of Unilever meat snacks, which are primarily sold under the BiFi brand (Germany, Benelux, Austria and Switzerland) and the Peperami brand

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Healthy Snacking Providing New Opportunities http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/20/healthy-snacking-providing-new-opportunities/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/20/healthy-snacking-providing-new-opportunities/#respond Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:59:52 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=50414 The sweet snacks category shows no sign of slowing down, thanks to a combination of product innovation, smaller portion sizes, enduring brand power and retailers’ recognition that it earns every inch of its shelf space. “The category is doing great,” said Wade Hollis, senior manager of category buyers for Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores.

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Seeds and Nuts Bolster Healthy Snack Sales http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/20/seeds-nuts-bolster-healthy-snack-sales/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/20/seeds-nuts-bolster-healthy-snack-sales/#respond Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:44:33 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=50409 Nuts and seeds satisfy too many of Americans’ basic needs—starting with health and convenience—for the brisk sales they are enjoying to slow down any time soon.“People are looking for healthier food,” said John Tomlinson, director of purchasing and merchandising for Duchess Shoppes, in Heath, Ohio, which operates 123 Duchess Shoppes. “That’s why they are heading

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Strong Outlook for Meat Snacks http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/20/strong-outlook-meat-snacks/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/20/strong-outlook-meat-snacks/#respond Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:22:55 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=50403 Estimates from Chicago-based Mintel Group, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey and other data, project solid growth for meat snacks all the way through at least 2015, when they should top $1.3 billion While regular-flavored meat and beef jerky products are the most popular based on usage, the research showed, teriyaki

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Organic Kettle Corn Snacks http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/20/organic-kettle-corn-snacks/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/20/organic-kettle-corn-snacks/#respond Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:49:48 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=50394 Popcorn lovers who thought their favorite snack food couldn’t get any better may just find that conclusion turned on its head after trying KettlePop. As snack foods go, popcorn is one of the healthiest, packed with antioxidants. KettlePop scours the globe for the best organic, non-GMO ingredients and works closely with farmers to ensure that

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New Cereal Bars http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/20/new-cereal-bars/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/20/new-cereal-bars/#respond Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:13:17 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=50378 Leveraging the huge popularity of Kellogg’s Krave Cereal, Kellogg’s introduces a deliciously different treat: Kellogg’s Krave Treat Bars. Like the cereal, Kellogg’s Krave Treat Bars are made with multi-grains and real chocolate, but take deliciousness to a new level by adding marshmallow crème to the S’mores flavor and chocolate crème to the Brownie flavor. Both

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Protein Packed Snack http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/20/protein-packed-snack/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/20/protein-packed-snack/#respond Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:02:11 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=50374 The Oscar Mayer brand has introduced P3 Portable Protein Pack, packs of meat, cheese and nuts, designed for active consumers looking for a snack to help keep them going throughout the day. Supported by a major national marketing effort, P3 Portable Protein Pack is poised to become a major force in the growing $19 billion

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Cookies With M&M’S http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/20/cookies-mms/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/20/cookies-mms/#respond Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:51:54 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=50370 Keebler and Mars Inc. have teamed up to introduce three irresistible cookies filled with M&M’S; the new cookie line-up now available nationwide. The new additions to the cookie kingdom include Chips Deluxe Rainbow Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies with Mini M&M’S, which made their first appearance in stores late February. These cookies feature miniature M&M’S and

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Snacking Presents New Ways To Drive Traffic and Sales http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/17/snacking-presents-new-ways-drive-traffic-sales/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/17/snacking-presents-new-ways-drive-traffic-sales/#respond Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:11:16 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=50238 Today a wider range of foods—and beverages—are now viewed as snacks, according to a report by Technomic. Snack consumption is on the rise, as half of today’s consumers (51%) say that they eat snacks at least twice a day, an increase from the 48% who said the same in 2012. And about a third of

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Unique Nuts http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/13/unique-nuts/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/13/unique-nuts/#respond Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:49:26 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=50176 Ricky’s Lucky Nuts offers crystal-coated, flavor-packed, peanut-crunchy goodness. These all-natural snack peanuts come in 1.75-ounce bags and are GMO-free and made in the USA. A healthy, everyday, grab-and-go snack, the peanuts come in a variety of sweet, savory and spicy flavors, including Spicy Chile Chipotle, Black Pepper & Sea Salt, Real Coffee, Thai Red Curry

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New Blueberry Biscuits Procedure http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/12/new-blueberry-biscuits-procedure-2/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/12/new-blueberry-biscuits-procedure-2/#respond Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:05:40 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=50143 Krispy Krunchy has announced a new procedure for its Blueberry Biscuits. This includes a change in the topping, from vanilla icing to its amazing honey butter. This will give the product an overall better taste, along with increased moisture and shelf life. To familiarize yourself with the new process, view the instructions below. Discard your

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Better-For-You Pretzel Crisps http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/06/better-pretzel-crisps/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/06/better-pretzel-crisps/#respond Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:49:03 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=49977 Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps has introduced two new flavorful additions and a new product line to its better-for-you snack offerings. Expanding the popular Deli Style line of Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps are HONEY MUSTARD & ONION and SEA SALT & CRACKED PEPPER, two versatile options that, like all Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, are perfect for

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Whole Grain Snack http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/06/whole-grain-snack/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/03/06/whole-grain-snack/#respond Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:10:46 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=49968 Mondelez International Inc. has announced that Wheat Thins Popped is hitting retailers nationwide beginning this March 2014 for a suggested retail price of $3.69. Wheat Thins Popped will boast the same great taste as Original Wheat Thins and will be the first popped whole grain snack with wheat as the first ingredient. With less than

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Jack Link’s To Acquire Unilever Meat Snack Business http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/02/21/jack-links-acquire-unilever-meat-snack-business/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/02/21/jack-links-acquire-unilever-meat-snack-business/#respond Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:58:56 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=49681 Sale is set to close at the end of March. Jack Link’s has announced plans to purchase Unilever’s meat snacks business, primarily sold under the BiFi brand (Germany, Benelux, Austria and Switzerland) and the Peperami brand (UK and Ireland). The sale is expected to close by the end of March. Terms of the deal were

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KIND Sues Clif Bar For Alleged Trademark Infringement http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/02/14/kind-sues-clif-bar-alleged-trademark-infringement/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/02/14/kind-sues-clif-bar-alleged-trademark-infringement/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 05:42:10 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=49546 Lawsuit is focused on redesigned Clif MOJO bars that KIND says mimic KIND’s distinctive look. Late last week, KIND filed a lawsuit against Clif Bar in federal court in Manhattan seeking to prevent Clif from releasing its Clif MOJO snack bars in packaging, which mimics the unique and distinctive packaging of KIND bars. In addition

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Better-for-You Trend Drives Double-Digit Growth of Snack Bars http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/02/12/better-trend-drive-double-digit-growth-snack-bars/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/02/12/better-trend-drive-double-digit-growth-snack-bars/#respond Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:30:59 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=49511 “Snack bars meet the needs of today’s on-the-go consumer who is looking for a convenient, nutritious snack or meal replacement,” says vice president, NPD SupplyTrack. Convenient, portable, and often better-for-you, snack bars’ broad appeal as a snack or meal replacement has made this compact edible a double-digit growth category across foodservice channels, reported The NPD

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Bacon & Cheddar Crinkle Fries http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/02/06/bacon-cheddar-crinkle-fries/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/02/06/bacon-cheddar-crinkle-fries/#respond Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:40:56 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=49376 Inventure Foods Inc. has expanded its licensed Nathan’s Famous snack food line with the addition of Bacon & Cheddar Crunchy Crinkle Fries. The new flavor is currently available in vending, convenience and grocery stores nationwide in 1.125, 2.0 and 3.5-ounce bags with a suggested retail price of $1–$2.49 per package. Bacon & Cheddar Crunchy Crinkle

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Nielsen Reports On Consumers’ Super Bowl Snacking Plans http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/01/29/nielsen-reports-consumers-super-bowl-snacking-plans/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/01/29/nielsen-reports-consumers-super-bowl-snacking-plans/#respond Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:06:49 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=49206 Super Bowl XLVIII sees customers returning to beer, pizza and wings and away from the veggie platters of last year. Last year, Americans tried to go healthy when planning Super Bowl snacks with vegetable platters, water and healthy alternatives to chips such as granola and trail mix. This Super Bowl sees a return to traditional

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BIGS Sunflower Seeds Announces New Promotion http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/01/17/bigs-sunflower-seeds-announces-new-promotion/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/01/17/bigs-sunflower-seeds-announces-new-promotion/#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:45:53 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=48978 BIGS Sunflower seeds and Jay Mohr Sports, the Premiere Networks/FOX Sports Radio nationally syndicated radio program, have joined together to create an advertising and promotional partnership intended to remind sports fans that “Everything’s Better with BIGS.” The campaign, which includes live reads, 60-second advertisements and social media contests, kicks off Jan. 27-31, 2014 when BIGS

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Opportunities Abound in Meat Snacks http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/01/07/opportunities-abound-meat-snacks/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/01/07/opportunities-abound-meat-snacks/#respond Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:37:57 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=48804 Mintel forecasts sales will top $1.3 billion by the end of 2015. By John Lofstock, Editor Estimates from Chicago-based Mintel Group, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey and other data, project solid growth for meaty snacks all the way through at least 2015, when they should top $1.3 billion. The research

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Pilot Flying J Adds Big Papa Dill Pickle Popcorn http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/01/02/pilot-flying-j-adds-big-papa-dill-pickle-popcorn/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/01/02/pilot-flying-j-adds-big-papa-dill-pickle-popcorn/#respond Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:21:43 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=48728 The addition marks the first national listing for the product.   Pilot Flying J Travel Centers have made Big Papa Dill Pickle Popcorn a permanent snack item in all 500+ locations across the U.S. This marks the first national listing for the unique new popcorn flavor that was launched by Van Holten’s Pickles in June

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Carl Buddig & Co., Old Wisconsin Sponsor Chicago Blackhawks http://www.csdecisions.com/2013/12/24/carl-buddig-co-old-wisconsin-sponsor-chicago-blackhawks/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2013/12/24/carl-buddig-co-old-wisconsin-sponsor-chicago-blackhawks/#respond Tue, 24 Dec 2013 15:08:44 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=48647 Hometown brands celebrate family traditions with the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks. As the Chicago Blackhawks hockey season gets into full swing, Carl Buddig & Co., the maker of popular Buddig lunchmeats and Old Wisconsin sausage and meat snack products, are sponsoring the defending Stanley Cup champion team and hometown NHL favorite for the 2013-14

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Enhancing Meat Snack Sales http://www.csdecisions.com/2013/12/03/enhancing-meat-snack-sales/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2013/12/03/enhancing-meat-snack-sales/#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:19:06 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=48246 As customers continue to crave variety and new taste profiles, meat snacks manufacturers are staying on their toes, and providing c-stores with a range of new options to keep shoppers coming back for more. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. When Americans want to snack, nothing holds them back. Time constraints paired with consumer demand for

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