Convenience Store News

NOV 2016

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52 Convenience Store News | NOVEMBER 2016 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM ALTERNATIVE SNACKS: Duke's Chorizo & Lime Smoked Shorty Sausages Let's face it, Americans love their meat snacks, and millennials are all over this new one. Duke's Chorizo & Lime Smoked Shorty Sausages from Thanasi Foods brings a delicious, high-protein, better-for-you option to c-stores. Duke's is disrupt- ing the dried meat snacks category by offering the first-to-market, freshly crafted smoked meats with real, whole ingredients (rather than just dried spices) and mini- mal sugar. The products are made in small batches with fresh, never-frozen meats and freshly chopped fruits and vegetables. Duke's meats are slow- smoked over real hardwoods such as avocado wood, bourbon casks and red- wine barrels before — in the case of the Smoked Shorty Sausages — being hand-hung and dried for days. The upscale packaging for the 1.25-ounce size and $1.99 price point received high marks from our testers. Tapping Into Today's CONSUMER TRENDS CSNews honors 17 top new products of the year during the NACS Show BY SUSAN DURTSCHI I nnovation is alive and well among companies that make products for convenience stores. This year, for the 20th time, Convenience Store News recognizes and honors the makers that exemplify the best quality and in- novation in new products. The latest trends are all represented here: small bites, healthy snacks, low sugar, high protein, global cuisine inspiration, grab-and-go conve- nience, nostalgic treats, and more. Today's timetables for work, play and eating continue to shift. The new normal is all-day snacking with a beverage nearby, interrupting the ritual of any sort of traditional mealtime. This "purposeful snacking" has taken over the day and is great for the convenience store business. Another shift is being seen in consumers' attitudes about being healthy, moving away from restrictions. It is not about good food vs. bad food. It's about having a small treat, and transparency of the ingredients in that treat. It's about balance, as well as fun. Convenience store shoppers today are instantaneous decision makers. Speed has become more of a driver in consumers' choices. Every day, consumers vote with their wallets for the products that fulfill their on-the-go needs. And, in the 20th annual CSNews Best New Products Awards contest, consumers voted for the favorite products among scores of new items introduced into the convenience channel in the past year. After a month of testing, consumers chose 17 winners that were recognized during the NACS Show in Atlanta last month. Judging for the 2016 CSNews Best New Products Awards was supervised by Past Times Marketing, a New York-based consumer research and product testing firm. Contest entries were rated and awarded points by consumers based on the criteria of taste, value, convenience, healthfulness, ingredients, preparation requirements, appearance and packaging. This year's best new products are: cover story

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