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Bare announces line of coconut chips

BY Ryan Chavis

SAN FRANCISCO — Bare, a snack company, has introduced its All Natural Crunch Coconut Chips, which are crafted from Nam Hom coconuts grown in Thailand’s Central Plains.

The chips will come in five varieties — Simply Toasted, Show Me the Honey, Sweet ‘n Heat, Chocolate Bliss and Sea Salt Caramel — and are expected to appear on store shelves beginning June 2014. Bare will introduce its new line at Natural Products EXPO West, which takes place March 6 to 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

“The coconut trend is hot and here to stay,” said Brad Oberwager, CEO of Bare. “We’ve seen strong consumer demand for coconut water, coconut oil and all things coconut for several years now, and our new Coconut Chips deliver a whole new way for consumers to snack on coconut. We start with fresh coconuts, which are well known for their unique, tropical flavor and inherent nutrition. We crack, slice and bake them to perfection, while adding unique and delicious seasonings to create a range of unforgettable snacks.”

Bare snacks are made with seven ingredients or less, contain no preservatives and are gluten-free and non-GMO. The suggested retail price is $1.99-$2.49 for a 1.4-oz. bag.

 

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Tastykake celebrates milestone with special snack

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PHILADELPHIA — In celebration of its centennial, Tastykake is releasing new, limited-edition Birthday Kake cupcakes, which combines confetti cake with chocolate-flavored icing and colorful sprinkles. The cakes are available in 12-count packs and hit store shelves on Feb. 25.

"Operating any business for 100 years is no piece of cake — even for a bakery," Paul Ridder, Tastykake president, said. "We believe our success comes down to a simple recipe — delicious, fun snack cakes, a focus on quality and freshness, an outstanding team and, of course, our fans. Tastykake would not be here without the 100 years of support we’ve received from our community."

Tastykakes also joined forces with the USO, a private nonprofit with a mission to lift the spirits of America’s troops and military families, to celebrate its centennial. The company has a history of providing support to the military. During World War II, the bakery shipped its snacks to employees stationed overseas, the company said.

"Our ‘Birthday Moments’ initiative supports the USO’s ongoing ‘Every Moment Counts’ campaign, which calls on America to show its support for our military by helping to create real, everyday moments, like birthdays, missed by troops and their families due to their service to our country," Ridder, said. "Throughout 2014, Tastykake will honor servicemen and women and their families with special birthday moments through USO locations and participation in national USO initiatives."

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Ice Breakers Cool Blasts Chews on the horizon

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HERSHEY, Pa. — Hershey in a presentation last week at the 2014 Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference discussed several successes and initiatives in its international markets, which included the recent launch of its line of Hershey’s Spreads and Lancaster Soft Crèmes in the United States.

The company said it plans to continue expanding in the area of product innovation with Ice Breakers Cool Blasts Chews, which are set to make a debut later this year. Hershey considers the product — a quick-dissolving chew that provides a burst of freshness — a "breakthrough" in the category. It’s geared toward consumers who enjoy the experience of chewing gum, but also want a discreet way to freshen their breath.

Hershey, which currently holds a 39% share of the U.S. mint category, said this product will continue to build on it leadership position in the market.

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