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C-stores Help Fight Obesity in Maryland

As Maryland attempts to aid residents in slimming down, it is turning to some local c-store owners to help introduce healthier food options. Four convenience store owners in Charles County, Md., are joining the state’s initiative to help obese residents lose weight and make healthier choices by taking part in the Maryland Healthy Stores program,

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Tedeschi Remodels Falmouth and Randolph Stores

Store upgrades continue, as Tedeschi prepares its locations to offer an increased assortment of fresh foods. Rockland, Mass.-based Tedeschi Food Shops remodeled its East Falmouth and Randolph locations, bringing the number of stores remodeled since 2010 to 26. These remodels are part of Tedeschi’s plan to upgrade all store locations and offer an assortment of

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Mobile Produce Comes To Dari Mart

Dari Mart is testing fresh produce at several of its c-stores with help from the Healthy Corner Stores Initiative. Dari Mart is the latest c-store chain to test fresh produce at its stores located in food deserts, with some help from a local association. The Dari Mart store in west Springfield, Ore., is one of

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Walgreens Expands Food Offering in Bayview

Larger assortment of produce, whole grains and lean protein helps address the need for access to healthier foods in food deserts. Walgreens is celebrating the expansion of its fresh food selection at the location at 3rd Street and Williams Avenue in San Francisco’s Bayview community. The drugstore now offers a larger assortment of fresh fruits,

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Tedeschi Aggressively Remodels Sites

Newly renovated locations offer an array of fresh foods. Tedeschi Food Shops recently remodeled six locations in Massachusetts, bringing the number of stores remodeled since 2010 to 24. Renovations in Dorchester, Stoughton, Millis, Franklin, Saugus and Fall River are part of a company-wide initiative to ensure that all store locations are remodeled and able to

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Dried Fruit Packaging Innovation

Mariani Dried Fruit has introduced TouchLock, a Velcro-like micro-hook closure system, which allows consumers to simply touch to lock and close their dried fruit bag. Mariani has launched the TouchLock feature on all stand-up gusseted packaging. The TouchLock packaging does not have to be perfectly aligned to seal properly, as long as the micro-hooks on

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BP’s ampm Spices-Up Burrito Line

New veggie-friendly option and southwest chicken flavor to entice customers. Convenience store chain ampm has introduced a new flavor to its burrito selection. The new Veggie Adobo Burrito is now available at participating ampm locations. “Our Veggie Adobo Burrito is a food first for ampm and it’s something we’re thrilled to be able to offer

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Doling Out Healthy Snacks

Dole Real Fruit Bites combine three healthy favorites—fruit, yogurt and whole grain oats—into one delicious taste. Each pouch has 90 or fewer calories making it the ideal portion-controlled, healthier treat. Additionally, Dole recently converted its Fruit Bowls line to all natural fruit in 100% juice. Each bowl offers a full serving of fruit in each

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Healthy Options for All Income Levels

As the wellness market matures, consumers across all demographics are looking to manage any number of specific health concerns. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. When Bob Sickles was growing up on his family’s New Jersey farm, he ate plenty of homegrown produce and acquired an affinity for non-processed foods. “Of course, we had Pop Tarts

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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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Gluten-Free Chips

Beanitos are the first Always Corn-Free, gluten-free, low glycemic bean chips made from whole beans. Launched in 2010 the chips come in original flavors Black Bean and Pinto & Flax, as well as new flavors Chipotle BBQ Black Bean and Cheddar Cheese Pinto Bean. In over 5,000 stores nationally, including Whole Foods Beanitos Bean Chips

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All-Natural Beef Jerky

Oberto Brands’ signature Oh Boy, Oberto! beef jerky line is undergoing its first major jerky recipe overhaul in 12 years, as it realigns itself with its core customer demands. Oh Boy, Oberto! now offers an all-natural beef jerky line, which contains simple, all-natural ingredients resulting in a flavorful, hearty jerky that is seasoned, smoked and

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Vermont Rolls Out Fit And Healthy Campaign

State calls on small stores to help fight obesity. The state of Vermont is launching a “Fit and Healthy” campaign aimed at small stores, encouraging them to offer more healthful products in the quest to fight obesity, WPTZ News reported. More than half of all Vermont adults are overweight or obese, while the number of

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Fresh Baked Bars

Otis Spunkmeyer, a provider of premium sweet baked goods to the foodservice industry, has launched 100% whole grain, all-natural Otis Spunkmeyer Tasty Grains Fresh Baked Bars. The new Tasty Grains Fresh Baked Bars enable foodservice operators to easily add natural, fresh-baked appeal to their menus and satisfy health-conscious consumers looking for great tasting, nutritious grab-and-go

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Snacking Solutions

Snacking is on the rise, accounting for 7% of foodservice sales, only 2% less than breakfast sales, according to Restaurant Food & Beverage Market Research Handbook (2010). Plus, the average consumer snacks at least once a day, most often between lunch and dinner, noted Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report, Attitudes and Usage Study (2010). Rich

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Fuel Sales With Energy Bites

Riding the wave of energy bar excitement created by the award-winning Wheaties FUEL Energy Bars, the brand-new Wheaties FUEL Energy Bites give consumers a portable way to energize throughout the day. Available in chocolate peanut butter and double chocolate, each 2.19-ounce package packs 15 grams of protein and 100% of the daily value of five

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Natural and organic burritos

EVOL Burritos, maker of made-from-scratch, natural and organic frozen burritos, announced rapid growth in foodservice sales just months after launching a new line of deli-wrap burritos and hiring former PepsiCo director, Darin Gruenhaupt, as director of foodservice and convenience store sales. The burritos, which can be sold fresh or hot off the shelf, are available

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Fresh-Cut Produce Thrives At C-stores

Convenience stores are a “tremendous growth channel” for fresh produce, notes  United Fresh Produce Association spokesperson. In today’s health-conscious world, convenience stores are stocking up on produce, changing their image in customers’ minds from merely the place to fill up on gas and grab a pack of cigarettes to a one-stop shop for everything from

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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

Variety Spicing Up Salty Snacks

Salty Statistics According to a study by The Nielsen Co. that outlined c-store trends, pretzels and popcorn sales saw strong growth during the 52 weeks ended March 21, 2009, with sales for pretzels up $164 million, a 10.1% increase. Popcorn sales totaled $119 million, a 14.3% increase from the previous year. Potato chips lead the

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

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