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NOV 2016

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58 Convenience Store News | NOVEMBER 2016 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM American adults suffers from dry eye, and while it is one of the top-selling eye care segments in other markets, dry-eye products are not often available on c-store shelves. Lil' Drug Store Products, however, now distributes Systane Ultra to convenience stores. Systane Ultra is the No. 1 doctor-recommended solution for the treatment of moderate dry-eye symptoms. Our panelists were quite familiar with Systane Ultra and it received high praise for its effectiveness. Of all the health and beauty categories, consumers are most brand-loyal in eye care — 42 percent say they would leave a store to find their preferred eye care brand. HEALTHY SNACKS/BARS: Mediterra Savory Bar With Kale & Pumpkin Seeds Consumers these days love healthy, on-the-go nutrition bars, but not all of them want sweet bars. Mediterra Savory Bar ingredients are native to the Mediterranean region, and the bars adhere to the Mediterranean Diet, con- sidered by scientists to be one of the healthiest lifestyles in the world. With low sugar and plant-based pea protein, the Mediterra Savory Bar With Kale & Pumpkin Seeds has only has one gram of sugar (from honey and fruit) and provides healthy, on-the-go conve- nience. It's real food — you can see the fruits and seeds in the product. Our testing panel was pleasantly surprised by this bar. They thought the size was perfect, and liked the satisfying texture, flavor and the fiber content. HEALTHY SNACKS/PEG BAGS: Rockin' Ranch Chickpea Snacks Boasting the cool creaminess of traditional ranch, combined with a slight kick of tang, Rockin' Ranch Chickpea Snacks deliver big flavor and vegetarian-friendly nutrition. At 120 calories, 5 grams of protein and 24 percent of the recommended daily value of fiber per serving, these flavorful roasted chickpeas feature the trifecta of high protein, fiber, and significantly less fat than nuts or chips. "Power snack- ing" has been getting a lot of attention recently and this new product from Biena ticks all the boxes. Our panel thought it delivered the "best of both worlds" in regards to taste and nutrition. They also liked the 1.2- ounce size and $1.69 price. be microwaved on-demand from the cold case or served hot in the sandwich warmer. The key to this breakfast sandwich is its flavor and packaging; it is wrapped in quality paper. Our testers were impressed by the fresh flavors and easy-to-hold concept of this square wrap. The sandwich did not fall apart like other tortilla wraps. The quality and value for $2.49 was viewed as a positive factor, too. FOODSERVICE/LUNCH: Tyson Chicken Sandwich Spicy flavors are on fire, with more than 50 percent of consumers today saying they prefer hot or spicy foods and sauces. The Tyson Chicken Sandwich is available in original (topped with ched- dar cheese) or spicy (topped with pepper jack cheese) to meet this trend. Both sandwiches feature juicy, tender chicken and have a great texture. Our testers thought that both offerings were hearty, flavorful, and the soft bun did not get soggy after heating. Tyson's butcher-wrapped sandwiches for c-stores keep getting better and better. EDIBLE GROCERY: Zukti Tamarind Sauce Millennials get a lot of attention from all sorts of people trying to figure them out. They are unpredictable and spontaneous. Nine out of 10 millennials prepare dinner at home three or more times per week, but they do not follow their mother's recipes from the Betty Crocker cookbook. They experiment with unique ingredients, espe- cially ones with health benefits. There has been major growth in the popularity of tamarind to the Western world because of its unique taste and major health ben- efits. Zukti Tamarind Sauce can be used in a wide range of dishes. The tangy sauce is made with tamarind pulp and all-natural flavors. There are no additives or artificial food coloring. The "ketchup of the East" is a tasty, con- venient, sweet-and-sour sauce based on an ancient Indian recipe. This product was prepared several ways for our testing panel — the most popular were as a dipping sauce for chicken nuggets, a salad dressing, and for marinated chicken wings. Our testers' comments included: "mouth- watering" and "such a quick prep." HEALTH & BEAUTY CARE: Systane Ultra In the blink of an eye, consumers are seeking out emer- gency solutions for dry eye in the health and beauty care aisle of their local c-store. Research shows one in eight cover story

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