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Corner Store Adds to Fresh Food Lineup

New summer snacks include whoopie pies and smoked sausages on the expanding menu of fresh choices. New sweet and savory snacks are coming to Corner Stores this summer, as the menu of fresh-made items continues to expand. Corner Store’s new German Chocolate Whoopie Pie and Eckrich Applewood Smoked Sausage with Monterey Cheese will round out

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Celebrates Growth

Expo sees fourth straight year of aggressive growth in attendance, exhibitors and square footage.  Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo hosted a sold out show at Chicago’s McCormick Place to an audience of more than 15,000 qualified industry professionals. The Expo which was held May 21–23 is billed

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Sweets And Snacks Expo Showcases 2013 Trends

Comfort, spice and little bites dominate candy and snack category trends. The 2013 Sweets and Snacks Expo, presented by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) took place in Chicago at McCormick Place May 21-23. The show brought together more than 15,000 manufacturers, buyers and industry leaders from 70 countries. More than 600 companies debuted treats, and

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Kids, Teens Are Top Snackers

Women outpace men when it comes to convenience snacking, according to NPD report. The typical American eats more than 1,000 snack-oriented convenience foods throughout the year, and kids and teens are the heaviest users of this assortment of snacks, which include fresh fruit, sweet, and savory snacks, reports The NPD Group, a global information company. 

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Understanding Consumers Key to Salty Snacks

Whether it’s embracing healthy snacks or sticking with tried-and-true brands, convenience stores must closely monitor sales data to track what their customers are buying in this important core category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Recent consumer research seems to suggest that many convenience store customers looking to buy salty snacks leave the store empty-handed. Knowing

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Del Monte Launches Find Your Inner Chef Contest

Customers encouraged to create recipes using Del Monte fruits and vegetables. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. is set to hold its first ever “Find Your Inner Chef” contest. The contest launched April 15 and runs through June 15, 2013. The “Find Your Inner Chef” contest encourages consumers to submit their own favorite recipe, using

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Jack Link’s, Seattle Mariners Announce Partnership

Jack Link’s to sponsor team beginning this season; will host bat night giveaway April 27. America’s favorite meat snacks and America’s national pastime: it’s a perfect pairing happening this season and beyond through an exciting new partnership between Jack Link’s Beef Jerky and the Seattle Mariners. Jack Link’s, the No. 1 U.S. meat snack brand,

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Consumers Craving Meat Snacks

America’s craving for dried protein-rich meat snacks is showing no signs of slacking as jerky sales hit $1 billion and other dried meat snacks $1.1 billion, according to Chicago-based research group SymphonyIRI. During the 52-week period ended Jan. 27, 2013, dollar sales for non-jerky, dried meat snacks grew 5.4%, said Jamil Satchu, a partner with

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Nuts and Seeds Boost Salty Snack Sales

At Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart convenience stores, sales of nuts and seeds increased 13% last year over 2011, said Category Manager Danna Huskey. That is right in line with the double-digit growth (10.4%) tracked for the $4.6 billion total snack nuts, seeds and corn nuts category for the latest 52 weeks ended Jan. 27, 2013,

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Potato Chips Continue Reign Over Salty Snacks

Even with the health and wellness trend continuing, consumers are still reaching for bags of potato chips in large numbers, which is good news for c-store retailers. Technomic, in its March Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend report noted that consumers are snacking significantly more now compared to 2010, with 48% of consumers polled saying they’re now

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Convenience Valet Partners With Wholesome Goodness

Convenience Valet has teamed with Wholesome Goodness to introduce a broad assortment of affordable, all-natural and great tasting foods that are “simple, naturally delicious.”  All Wholesome Goodness  foods are made with a nutrition-minded approach, and an emphasis on natural ingredients such as whole grains and fiber and other beneficial nutrients such as antioxidants and Omega-3’s. 

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Honey BBQ Cracker Chips

Kellogg’s Special K Cracker Chips is adding Honey Barbecue to its appealing Sea Salt, Cheddar, Southwest Ranch and Sour Cream & Onion flavor offerings. Now the salty snack known for the airy crunch of a chip and the crispy texture of a cracker has flavors as diverse as its consumer base. At 110 calories per

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Meat Snacks Go Gourmet

Innovative flavors and new packaging target female and young snackers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Manufacturers are finding other ways to woo women into choosing their products over chips and cookies when mid-day hunger pangs strike. One way is by emphasizing the snacks’ “better-for-you” attributes. Oh Boy! Oberto retooled its recipes to make them all-natural,

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Pemmican Beef Jerky Launches Online Shop

Pemmican Beef Jerky users can now buy Pemmican Brand snacks online. Marfood USA has announced that it has launched an online store to sell its Pemmican Beef Jerky to consumers via the Internet. The new online store features bright outdoor imagery and gives Pemmican Beef Jerky consumers a chance to order a variety of Pemmican

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Bake-Up Brownies

Otis Spunkmeyer Bake-Up Brownies are frozen brownie nuggets that are pre-portioned and ready to bake for a fresh-baked indulgent brownie experience. Bake-Up Brownies can be baked using either round Otis Spunkmeyer branded baking cups or traditional square silicone molds, both available from Otis Spunkmeyer. They are available in three-ounce Arriba Chocolate (104 per case)—made with

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C-stores Join Mobile Futures Network

Nine start-ups to launch new mobile pilots in just 90 days. After receiving hundreds of applications, Mondelez International announced the nine start-ups selected to participate in the company’s first of its kind Mobile Futures program aimed at shaping the future of mobile marketing. The final start-up companies will have the opportunity to partner with company’s

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Registration Opens

New large-scale exhibitors and well-known speakers highlight the opening of registration for the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. Registration has opened for the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo, to be held May 21-23, 2013, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the 2013 Expo is poised to be the most successful

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Oberto Brands To Open Production Facility in Nashville

New facility helps Oberto keep pace with growing meat snack demand. Oberto Brands, a national leader in the meat snacks category and maker of the popular Oh Boy, Oberto! jerky line, is opening a new production facility in Nashville, Tenn. in the first half of 2013, bringing hundreds of jobs to the area. The new

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Hostess To Close Its Doors

Company blames striking employees for bankruptcy, while unions point to company mismanagement. Hostess Brands, the bankrupt producer of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is seeking permission from the court to go out of business after failing to get wage and benefit cuts from thousands of its striking bakery workers, the Chicago Tribune reported. A strike that

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The Facts on Meat Snacks

The meat snack industry has seen unprecedented growth over the past decade. With beef jerky leading the way, the industry has seen double-digit growth in eight of the last 10 years. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Meat snacks like beef jerky, meat sticks, nuggets, pork rinds and more have long been convenience store mainstays, but

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Better For You Chips

General Mills Convenience is bringing the No. 1 tortilla chip in the natural channel  to convenience stores with the introduction of Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips in three popular flavors, including Multigrain, Sweet Potato and Jalapeno. Specially formatted for convenience stores, each pegged, 1.5-ounce bag of Food Should Taste Good chips has a suggested

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New Snickerdoodle Flavor

General Mills Convenience is adding more variety to its popular Chex Mix Muddy Buddies line by introducing the new Snickerdoodle flavor. Chex Mix Muddy Buddies Snickerdoodle is a mix of cinnamon and sugar flavors, available in a 4.5-ounce snack bag with a suggested retail price of $2.49. The new Snickerdoodle flavor is the latest addition

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Pemmican Beef Jerky Supports U.S. Troops

Pemmican Beef Jerky partners with Operation Gratitude to repeat its successful promotion, resulting in a donation of more than $20,000 in beef jerky to deployed U.S. Troops Marfood USA has announced that for the second consecutive year, through its Pemmican Brand Operation Gratitude promotion, the company was able to make a sizable donation of Pemmican

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Jack Link’s Acquires Manufacturing Facility

Acquisition provides increased production capacity to meet growing demand both now and in the future. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky is acquiring a packaged meat snack products manufacturing facility located in Bellevue, Neb., from Skylark Meats LLC, a subsidiary of American Foods Group LLC. The transaction is expected to close by the end of October 2012,

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Strong Year for Meat Snacks

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 dozens of popular meat snack varieties under the Jack Link’s and MATADOR brands. Overall, meat snack sales soared 10.3% to

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