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NOV 2014

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70 Convenience Store News | NOVEMBER 2014 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM Ice Cream & Frozen Novelties: New Blue Bunny Premium Ice Cream Pint Flavors. Blue Bunny Ice Cream from Wells Enterprises has embraced the Hispanic influence on the total market with a unique line of flavors, including Coconut Mango Swirl, Cuatro Leches, Flan and Hot Chocolate con Chur- ros. These on-trend flavors provide a unique experience by bringing popular Hispanic desserts and fruits to ice cream. The high quality and smooth texture of each ice cream was noted by our panelists. They enjoyed all the unique flavors, but one stood out: the Coconut Mango Swirl, a refreshing combination of ice cream and sorbet. Meat Snacks: Jack Link's Small Batch Handcrafted Jerky. Consumers are snacking more often and always looking for foods high in protein. This meat snack checks off all the boxes. Jack Link's Small Batch Jerky is a premium beef jerky that is made with hand-cut slices of tender beef, slow-cooked in small batches and smoked in a traditional smokehouse. Our testers tried the three flavors: Original No.11, Peppered No.15 and Teriyaki No.17. The Original was their fa- vorite. The smaller packaging was appealing, and the handcrafted marketing was clever and worked with the $5.99 price. Non-Edible Grocery: Beneful Healthy Smile Twists. This wholesome, tasty dog treat two- pack from Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. is a low-cost solution for the impulse-driven dog treat catego- ry. Beneful Healthy Smile Twists General Merchandise: Power Bank Portable Rechargeable Battery Backup. With so many personal commu- nication devices today needing to be charged, it makes perfect sense to have a reliable power companion available to use while on the go. The Power Bank Portable Rechargeable Battery Backup from Mark Feldstein & Associates Inc. ensures you never run out of battery power on your smartphone, tablet and other portable electronics. The Power Bank is durable, compact and lightweight for easy travel. A micro USB cable is included. Our panelists liked the ease of use and the four "smart" colors available. Health & Beauty Care: Rolaids. Rolaids antacids relaunched by Chattem and distributed to the conve- nience channel by Lil' Drug Store Products offer a unique dual-ingredient formula of cal- cium and magnesium, which the company claims is up to 44 percent more effective than Tums. One in four consumers suffers either from heartburn, acid reflux or indigestion, and nearly 60 percent treat these symptoms with an antacid or similar item. The iconic Ro- laids brand is a name consumers trust. The packaging and entry-level price of 99 cents to $1.49 is great for on-the-go purchasing at c-stores. Healthy Snacks: Pomegranate Pistachios Premium Blend. This conveniently packaged and flavorful nut mix from Sahale Snacks is "awesomely addictive" with its 160-calorie-per-ounce blend of Moroccan-spiced pistachios, almonds and dried cherries. One of our testers said, "This snack has an energizing zing to it." Our panel also noted that it's refreshing to see a trail mix with antioxidant and fiber components — an upscale, healthful trail mix indeed. From left to right: Doug Marquardt and Ken Erickson From left to right: Josh Schroeter and Erika Cottrell From left to right: Tony Dunning, Jeff LeFever, Troy Link, Jack Link, Nate Springer and Mike Sprinkle John Reynolds From left to right: Cindy McEntire and Michael Dambrosi

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