Cookie Crumbles

Combine passion for chocolate with the premium reputation of Otis Spunkmeyer and its newest flavors in the Sweet Discovery cookie dough line—Chocolate Obsession and Double Chocolate Brownie. Made with rich and distinctive Barry Callebaut chocolate, both flavors have a dark chocolate cookie dough base. Chocolate Obsession is loaded with 70% cacao chocolate chunks for a

Guilt-Free Snacking

  LesserEvil Snack Co. introduces its new line of all-natural better-for-you kettle corn snacks. This new collection of gourmet kettle corn is naturally sweetened with brown rice syrup and evaporated cane juice, and comes in four tantalizing flavors: KettleCorn, slightly sweet, slightly salty gourmet popcorn; SinNamon, kettle corn that’s been hit with a cinnamon stick;

Seed

Zotes prides itself on finding new ways to impress taste buds and has a full-flavor lineup of sunflower seeds, including Bleu Cheese, TequilaLime, Spicy Nacho and many more. The product comes in 5-ounce resealable jars with convenient flip-top lids, with an SRP of $1.79 to $1.99. Grow the category without cannibalizing it with more bagged

The Hershey Co.

The Hershey Co. The Hershey Co. has seized share leadership in the mint category. Crediting success to breakthrough innovations like IceBreakers Liquid Ice, IceBreakers Sours and BreathSavers 3 Hour Mints, Hershey’s is now bringing innovation to the gum arena with the introduction of IceBreakers Ice Cubes. IceBreakers Ice Cubes is a patented new Ice Cube

Pretty Pickle

Pucker up because here is the newest addition to the Van Holten’s Pickle Family: Sour Sis, which has enough pucker to satisfy with a tart and tangy taste. She joins other character pickles such as Big Papa, Hot Mama, Garlic Gus and Little Pepe. All are individually packaged in a take-and-go pouch, and come packed

Pricing, Promotions Key for Salty Snacks

When the American Public Health Association highlighted a December 2009 study on candy, snack and sweetened beverage availability in non-food retailers, it was worried about obesity. Convenience store retailers are only worried about thin margins. The Tulane University researchers found snack food in 41% of all stores whose primary merchandise was not food. Candy was

Churro Fries

Looking for an innovative, versatile new product feature on your appetizer and dessert menus? J&J Snack Foods introduces TIO PEPE’S Churro Fries—authentic churros in a fun, new shape. Rolled in cinnamon sugar, TIO PEPE’S Churro Fries offer the perfect anytime item. Bite-size/mini offerings were ranked the No. 4 trend on the “What’s Hot” Chef’s Survey

Home Recipe Favorite

General Mills has introduced Chex Mix Muddy Buddies to convenience store retailers. Inspired by the popular homemade recipe, Chex Mix Muddy Buddies is a combination of chocolate and peanut butter Corn Chex cereal pieces tossed in a sweet powdery coating. Each 4.5-ounce bag has a suggested retail price of $2.19. The snack mix aims to

Energy for Busy Lifestyles

Marathon energy bars offer the sustained energy and nutrients needed for a busy life. As a low glycemic index food, Marathon energy bars provide the brain and working muscles with long-lasting energy and come in five flavors: Chewy Chocolatey Peanut, Chewy Peanut Butter, Crunchy Dark Chocolate, Crunchy Honey & Toasted Almond and Crunchy Multi-grain. Marathon

California Churros Acquired By J&J Snack Foods

J & J Snack Foods Corp. of California, has acquired the assets of California Churros, a premium manufacturer of churros located in Colton, Calif.  California Churros had sales of approximately $11 million in 2009. The founding Martinez family will be staying on to serve with the company, which will remain in Colton. “We are pleased

Breakfast of Champions Bar

General Mills brings the iconic 85-year-old Breakfast of Champions brand to the bar category with the introduction of Wheaties FUEL energy bars. Developed specifically for c-stores and co-created with five of today’s elite athletes and a leading sports nutritionist, each 2.26-ounce bar delivers 15 grams protein and 100% of the daily value of five B

Raising the Bar on Snack Sales

Energy bars are most often associated with top athletes and endurance sports. But as consumers have found themselves pressed for time—and energy—the category has morphed into an array of tasty, low-cost products that provide a quick meal solution across multiple dayparts. More importantly, the category has evolved to include a multitude of variations from healthy

Slim Jim To Sponsor Wrestlemania XXVI

Slim Jim, a ConAgra Foods brand, has signed on to be the Official Meat Snack of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the presenting sponsor of WWE’s WrestleMania XXVI, in Glendale, Ariz. on March 28 and SummerSlam, in Los Angeles on Aug. 15. As part of the deal, WWE Superstar Edge will serve as a

Raising the Bar on Energy Sales

The first sports and energy bars in the U.S. were marketed primarily to serious athletes, through alternative channels such as health food stores. These bars did not have wide appeal or distribution as recently as 1990, but over the past two decades these products have since gained mass appeal and distribution after greatly improving flavor

Fruit Snacks Go Tropica

Promotion In Motion Companies Inc. is ramping up sales of Welch’s Fruit Snacks Island Fruits variety.  Island Fruits is a combination of on-trend tropical flavors, including Strawberry-Banana, Mango, Guava-Kiwi, Pomegranate-Passion Fruit, Pink Grapefruit and Tropical Punch.  Like all Welch’s Fruit Snacks, new Island Fruits is made with real fruit and fruit juices and is fat

New Beef Jerky

Matador by Jack Link’s expands its meat snack line with the introduction of new Matador beef jerky. Available nationwide in four flavors—Sizzling Sweet, Smokin’ BBQ, Original and Teriyaki—new Matador beef jerky combines a bold taste with a tender bite to deliver a satisfying new snacking experience. Jack Link’s launched the Matador brand in spring 2009

Healthy Options Push Salty Snacks

TOP PERFORMERS Frito Lay Cheez-It (Kellogg’s) Chex Mix (General Mills) HONORABLE MENTIONS Combos (Mars) Cape Cod (Lance) Pringles (P&G) The down economy has inspired a consumer trend toward eating in and choosing less expensive home-entertainment options, which has been a boost to the salty snacks category. Customers are likely to choose snacks they perceive as

Baked Goodness

TOP PERFORMERS Oreo (Nabisco/Kraft) Kellogg’s/Keebler Chips Ahoy (Nabisco/Kraft) HONORABLE MENTIONS Bon Appetit Mrs. Freshley’s (Flowers Foods) Prairie City Bakery Sweet snacks purchases are on the rise at convenience stores creating new sales opportunities across all dayparts. Packaged sweets accounted for 2.6% of the $114,010 stores acquired through average monthly sales in 2008, according to the

A Functional Boost to Confections

You know the truism about Americans wanting more of everything is, indeed, true when we begin demanding more from our candy, gum and mint products than just good taste. As with beverages over the last decade or so, so-called functional snacks are slowly gaining respect in the convenience store channel, as major manufacturers roll products

Growing Snack Sales

Sunflower seeds, which have quietly built a loyal following both as planned and impulse purchases, are garnering more shelf space these days as c-store retailers expand this category. Randy Adams, buyer for Huck’s Food and Fuel in Carmi, Ill., found that sunflower seeds have proven so popular that when he recently completed a nuts and

Getting Cheesy

Utilizing its unique category focus and a new approach of utilizing its expertise to create powerful business solutions, the Kellogg Convenience Store Team is excited to launch Cheez-It Duoz baked snack crackers to its salty snack set. With two flavors in one bag, Cheez-It Duoz baked snack crackers offer consumers the tasty crunch and bold

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

Meat Snacks / Jerky

TOP PERFORMERS Jack Links Beef Jerky Slim Jim (ConAgra Foods Inc.) Pemmican (ConAgra Foods Inc.) HONORABLE MENTIONS Gardetto’s (General Mills) Keebler (Kellogg Co.) Accounting for $836 million in sales at convenience stores last year, meat snacks seem to be a category tailor-made for convenience consumers. Jerky is a quintessential impulse item that appeals greatly to

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