Snacks

C-stores are all about snacks, portability and immediate consumption, says General Mills' head of convenience category management

Dispatches from Sweets & Snacks Expo 2014

General Mills: We're committed to driving growth in c-store snacking

By Kacey CULLINEY

Merchandizing gaps in convenience stores need to be plugged and snack makers must collaborate to drive progress forward, says the category development head at General Mills Convenience as it launches Nature Valley c-store tailored products.

While microwave popcorn is in decline, sales of ready-to-eat popcorn have been growing strongly in recent years, says Diamond Foods

Diamond Foods bets big on ready-to-eat popcorn as category tops $600m

By Elaine Watson

The US ready-to-eat popcorn category has been “growing in the double-digits for the past 3-4 years” and is now worth “north of $600m in annual [retail] sales”, according to Diamond Foods CEO Brain Driscoll, who says new launches under the Kettle and Pop...

Nestlé said its patent-pending bite-size sports nutrition snacks were portable and tasty compared to performance bars on the market

Patent watch

Nestlé files patent for bite-size sports snacks

By Kacey CULLINEY

Nestlé has filed a patent for high-carb and high-protein bite-size dough snacks for athletes and health-conscious consumers looking to manage nutritional intake before and during exercise.

High-protein meat snacking: The US is ready for meat bars, says Datamonitor Consumer

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Meat bars: The next beef jerky?

By Kacey CULLINEY

Meat snack bars take beef jerky to a new level, appealing to busy and health-conscious Americans, says a Datamonitor researcher.

Nut allergies impact shopper behavior

The power of the 0.9%

By Maggie Hennessy

Although fewer than one in 100 (0.9%) of US consumers is afflicted with a peanut or treenut allergy, the purchasing power of that group extends far beyond those with allergies, according to the recent Nut Allergy Ecosystem survey by Rich Products Corp. 

Blurred lines? Where retail meets foodservice

Supermarket insights from the 2014 NRA Show

Blurred lines? Where retail meets foodservice

By Maggie Hennessy

Just because you sell your products at retail doesn’t mean you aren’t also competing with the restaurant industry. 

Enjoy Life's Joel Warady: “We want to capture the consumer when they’re doing research online before going to the store, making sure our communication is there when they’re researching a product and its nutritional facts—ensuring they can find all that on their mobile device. Mobile is everything.

Enjoy Life: With marketing, mobile is everything

By Maggie Hennessy

Gluten-free and allergy-friendly packaged foods manufacturer Enjoy Life Foods understands the particular importance of word of mouth when it comes to its customers, and the firm has embraced the next generation of this through its investments in social...

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