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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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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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Salty Snack Sales Surging

Healthier fare is certainly not the only trend in packaged snack foods, but it is by far the most important and widespread one affecting convenience stores. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Salty snacks and chips is abuzz with activity: new products and line extensions, multi-million-dollar advertising and promotional campaigns and innovative in-store merchandising. When combined

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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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Food Environment Not To Blame For Obesity

New study shows state policies on food to have little to no impact on Americans’ weight. According to a new study posted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, environmental factors such as food prices or restaurant location play a minuscule role in America’s increasing rates of obesity. The new study conducted by Drs. Charles Baum

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Beefing Up Snack Sales

The prevalence of meat snacks has grown a great deal in recent years as the market has expanded with innovative flavors and new varieties. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The meat snacks category, which many Americans consider all but synonymous with convenience stores, continues to build sales as well as prestige. New and exotic flavors

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Driving Snacks Sales

While private label products are improving, quality and value remain critical components for all snacking options. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor “Yes, but…” That’s the all-too-common answer to the question of whether or not price promotions can drive snack sales in convenience stores. Yes, in a lousy economy people look for and respond to savings.

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Forecasting Snack Bar Sales

The food bar category experienced double-digit sales growth in 2010, but 2011 could prove to be a challenging year. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The snack bars/granola bars category experienced sharp sales gains in 2010 as on-the-go consumers were looking for quick meal solutions that wouldn’t break the bank. Total snack bar sales jumped 11.26%

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Pemmican Partners With Operation Gratitude

Starting this May, every time a customer buys Pemmican beef jerky, the company donates a bag to support deployed U.S. Troops. Marfood USA has partnered with Operation Gratitude to donate a minimum of $100,000 worth of Pemmican Beef Jerky to deployed U.S. troops. Specially marked Pemmican–Operation Gratitude shipper displays will be in stores from May

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Chips Entice Customers with Healthier Options, New Flavors

Salty snacks continue to drive business to convenience stores. Retailers should look to partner with suppliers to capitalize on promotional activity to boost margins and profits, as well as looking at local suppliers as consumers continue to demand products made closer to home. Steve Nalu, president of Towns Mart convenience stores in Romeo, Mich., saw

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Strong Forecast for Meat Snacks in 2011

Meat snacks had a robust 2010 at U.S. convenience stores, bringing in a total dollar volume of $859,071,196, according to Nielsen Co. data for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 22, 2011, up 4.8% from the previous year. The top products driving the meat snacks category for the year in dollar volume were traditional sticks at

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Meat Snacks Kick Up the Heat

Turn up the heat on meat snack sales with the new BOLD product line from Old Wisconsin. Featuring BOLD Sweet Heat Snack Bites, Snack Sticks and Beef & Cheese Packs, this innovative new product line grabs youth appeal and adds a daring flavor profile to the current Old Wisconsin selection. To learn more about how

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Beef Jerky Giveaway Starts Tomorrow

Pemmican plans to give away a free bag of beef jerky every 20.11 seconds on April 1, while simultaneously donating to Safari Club International Foundation’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program. Marfood USA’s Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky plans to give away one free bag of beef jerky every 20.11 seconds on Pemmican Beef Jerky April 1, to

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April Fool’s Day Beef Jerky Giveaway

Pemmican Beef Jerky partners with Safari Club International Foundation’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program to help feed those in need. Marfood USA’s Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky plans to give away one free bag of beef jerky every 20.11 seconds on April 1, to kick off its new Pemmican Trail campaign. Participants simply visit www.pemmican.com between 12:01

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All-Natural Snacks

Kettle Brand is launching a new line of outrageously natural snacks, full-flavored TIAS! Tortilla Chips. TIAS! are available in Nacho Cheddar, Zesty Ranch, Salsa Picante, Sweet Baja Barbecue and Chili con Queso, and feature a blend of all-natural seasonings layered on a light, crispy chip for big flavor in every bite. TIAS! are made for

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U.S. Armed Services Members Win Pemmican Giveaway

Pemmican Beef Jerky customers can still enter to win the $5,000 grand prize. Marfood USA’s Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky has awarded its $1,000 weekly Giveaway to six families who are part of the U.S. Armed Services. Elizabeth Johnson of Sun City West, Ariz., purchased Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky from Luke Air Force Base just before

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Wal-Mart Announces Healthy Foods Campaign

More healthful and affordable food options are set to become available to shoppers over the next four years. Wal-Mart and Michelle Obama have partnered on a healthy foods program wherein the big box retailer will offer more healthy foods and push its suppliers to do the same, the Washington Post reported. Wal-Mart plans to make

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CSD Partners with MSA and Paradigm Sample

In our ongoing effort to provide the most relevant and timely industry data, Convenience Store Decisions has reached a deal to serve as the excusive media sponsor of the new Convenience Consumer Insights Panel (cciPanel) launched last month by Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA) and Paradigm Sample. The cciPanel is the consumer research field’s first

Variety Spicing Up Salty Snacks

In the midst of the recession, more consumers are opting for at-home entertainment, which is good news for the salty snacks category. This trend may account for a jump in sales of chips and popcorn, the quintessential counterparts for an at-home movie.  Last year, salty snack sales totaled $4,962 with a profit of $1,867, a

Salty Snacks Make for Sweet Sales

U.S. Potato Chip Sales in Conveniece Stores Brand Dollar Sales Unit Sales Lays Potato Chips $134,799,200 118,439,400 Ruffles Potato Chips $66,052,770 50,400,370 Pringles Potato Chips $49,686,480 33,452,710 Lays Kettle Cooked Chips $16,943,230 12,468,950 Baked Lays Potato Chips $13,905,450 12,278,340 Wavy Lays Potato Chips $12,319,640 5,579,530 Utz Potato Chips $11,325,480 9,010,104 Cape Cod Potato Chips $11,185,150

Staying Alive: Planning to Thrive!by Jim Callahan, Convenience Solutions

Staying Alive: Planning to Thrive! Staying Alive is both the title of an old disco tune, as well as a description of the challenge that today’s c-store operators face. C-store growth in numbers as well as quality continues unabated. I certainly don’t have all the answers about staying relevant, but I have some very interesting

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