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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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7 Layer Dip In A Bite Sized Snack

New COMBOS Baked Snacks 7 Layer Dip Tortilla combines real cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado, tomato, refried beans, onion and spicy jalapeño peppers. Seven-layer dip has been a long-time party food favorite, and COMBOS Brand brings this unique flavor combination to a convenient snack. COMBOS Brand has a significant national media spend in 2013 to

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Tracking Changes In Confections

While a few big gum and mint brands have the cache—and steady sales—to merit prime display space, hordes of newcomers are trying to snare a share of this valuable retail real estate. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In its “New Product Pacesetters” report, research firm SymphonyIRI Group revealed that the gum and mint sector accounted

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New Jerky Tastes

Golden Island Jerky Co., a leading producer of jerky products based in Southern California, plans to launch six new flavors of jerky, made in America and inspired by flavors from around the world. Golden Island’s latest flavors include the following: hickory black pepper (beef), chili lime (beef), mandarin orange (beef), teriyaki (pork), grilled barbecue (pork)

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7-Eleven Adds Mini Tacos

Four-for-$1 Mini Tacos joins 7-Eleven’s food line-up, appealing to the growing number of round-the-clock snackers. 7-Eleven Inc. will spice up its hot foods menu with the addition of Mini Tacos, a tasty south-of-the-border treat for hungry consumers looking for a quick, hot snack. Suggested retail price is just $1 for four Spicy Beef Mini Tacos,

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New Turkey Meat Snacks

Appealing to growing demand for lean meat snacks that are delicious and better for you, Old Wisconsin has introduced two new turkey meat snack products. Old Wisconsin Turkey Snack Slices and Old Wisconsin Turkey Summer Sausage feature the authentic, hardwood-smoked flavoring the brand is famous for, but with less fat and calories than traditional meat

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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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Giving Props To Beef Jerky

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky celebrates National Jerky Day with jerky art and a new campaign. C-stores, retailers and beef jerky fans can celebrate National Jerky Day Tuesday for its popularity and its history. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky partnered with renowned mosaic artist Jason Mecier to create an original tribute to jerky through his artwork for

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Coca-Cola’s Frozen Drink Treats

The Coca-Cola Co. has several frozen beverage options that are great for consumers who want a cool, refreshing snack as temperatures hit highs this summer. Minute Maid Smoothie mixes from the Coca-Cola Co. are available to c-store retailers in shelf-stable and frozen varieties. There are three shelf-stable flavors, and ten trendy frozen flavors this year.

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Healthier Kind Of Fruit Snacks

  Promotion In Motion Inc., makers of America’s leading fruit snacks brands, launches JUICEFULS, the first and only fruit snacks made with real fruit and filled with 100% real fruit juices in the center. JUICEFULS will be available in three flavors: Fruit Wave, Berry Mania and Strawberry Blast! The better-for-you product contains 100% the recommended daily

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New Cheddar Design

Kellogg’s Convenience Team changed its packaging for its Cheez-It Snack Mixes to better reflect the product and better market the snack crackers to convenience store consumers. Although the packaging changed, Cheez-It fans can expect the same flavor from the snack. Cheez-It snacks are the No. 1 cracker brand in convenience stores, driving more than 39%

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Sandwich Cracker Snacks

General Mills introduces the Gardetto Sandwich Crackers to retailers in the convenience store industry. The new product is available in two flavors, Cheddar Bacon and Garlic Cream Cheese, and comes in a 1.3 ounce package. The suggested retail price is $1.09. The crackers offer a strong taste that could be popular among adult consumers.  

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Nutty Energy Bars

LÄRABAR über is now available from General Mills Convenience. The sweet and salty LÄRABAR über is filled with fruits, nuts and spices. The 1.42 ounce bar comes in an Apple Turnover or Roasted Nut Roll flavor for a suggested retail price of $2.05. The new energy bar category is growing in convenience stores. Recent reports

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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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C-Stores Missing Significant Snack Sales Opportunities

Consumer research from MSA and Paradigm Sample suggest the majority of customers looking to buy salty snacks leave the store empty-handed, a serious no-no for convenience stores. By Trish Temmerman, Management Science Associates (MSA). Nearly eight in 10 convenience store customers looking to buy salty snacks on a shopping occasion have left the store without

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Big Bar For Big Cravings

The Kellogg Convenience Team is expanding the Rice Krispies Treats Big Bar product line, adding Buttery Toffee and Chocolatey Chip to the current Original and Double Chocolatey Chunk flavor offerings. The two new on-trend flavors complement the existing crispy marshmallow bars, which are made from oven-roasted rice cereal. Also new is the packaging, updated with

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Ready-to-Serve Yogurt Parfait

The Dannon Co. is making yogurt parfaits a whole lot easier for foodservice operators to offer with its new Dannon Ready-to-Serve Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt Parfait. With the launch of its new parfait, Dannon is continuing its pursuit of the mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible via an innovative way

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Chicken Dippers

On-the-go snacking and packaging portability are more important today to people in their cars, starved for time and starving for great tasting food. Chicken Dippers from Champs Chicken deliver on all fronts with this marinated, hand-breaded, all white meat chicken. Consumers will love the flavor. Convenience retailers will love the profit. For More Information From

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Satisfy Between-Meal Hunger

RITZ CRACKERFULS is now wrapped up in a striking new look designed to grab attention and boost between-meal snack sales. Ninety-five percent of consumers indulge in a snack at least once a day, either between meals or in place of a meal, according to Technomic Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report, 2010. RITZ CRACKERFULS offer an

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Sundried Tomato And Basil Wheat Thins

Wheat Thins has added the zesty flavor of Sundried Tomato and Basil to its vending lineup to help operators capture additional sales from the 81% of consumers (according to International Food Information Council Food and Health Surveys 2006-2009) trying to incorporate more whole grains into their diets. Wheat Thins Sundried Tomato & Basil features a

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Grab-and-Go Snack Cups

Inline Plastics Corp. has introduced new grab-and-go 12-ounce snack cups, the newest version of the company’s breakthrough Safe-T-Fresh line of products. These easy open and close snack cups lock in freshness, extend shelf life and are available with either flat or dome lids. These new clamshell containers, which are designed to fit most automobile cup

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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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DUKE’S Goes All Natural

Thanasi Foods LLC has announced the conversion of its DUKE’S Brand of Beef Jerky, Steak Strips and Beef Brisket Strips to all-natural ingredients. In addition to being preserved by all-natural ingredients, the switch to all natural will include the removal of hydrolyzed soy protein, MSG, erythorbate and sodium nitrites. The initiative keeps up with DUKES’

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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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Hunt Brothers Introduces WingBites

Hunt Brothers Pizza is teaming up with the Country Music Association a grand prize sweepstakes prize to get customers excited about the new wings offering. Hunt Brothers Pizza is taking snacking to a whole new level with the launch of its new breaded, boneless WingBites. Available in Hunt Brothers Pizza’s exclusive Buffalo and Home Style

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