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Dove unveils 3 new flavors with fruit and spiced nuts

BY Gina Acosta

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Chocolate and nut lovers now have a new way to enjoy both at once thanks to Mars Chocolate North America.

The company has introduced three new flavor combinations as part of the Real Fruit Dipped in DOVE Dark Chocolate lineup: Strawberry & Cocoa Almond, Blueberry & Vanilla Cashew and Raspberry & Honey Roasted Almond. The three new flavors expand the DOVE Dark Chocolate lineup from last year including Cranberries Dipped In DOVE Dark Chocolate, Cherries Dipped In DOVE Dark Chocolate and Blueberries Dipped In DOVE Dark Chocolate.

"Spiced nuts are the perfect addition to the Real Fruit Dipped in DOVE Dark Chocolate product line," said Kerry Cavanaugh, brand director, DOVE Brand. "Our fans were asking for a variety of flavors and textures and we wanted to deliver for them. This is why we evolved the line further by bringing in popular nut flavors."

The new products are available at retailers nationwide in 5.50 oz. pouches for a suggested retail price of $3.58 each.

 

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Boulder Canyon reveals new flavors

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PHEONIX — Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods has introduced three new potato chip flavors cooked in premium, better-for-you oils. Coconut Oil Pineapple Habanero, Olive Oil Sweet Vinegar and Olive Oil Red Chili kettle-cooked potato chips are cooked in 100% natural oils and are seasoned with clean, simple ingredients. All Boulder Canyon snacks feature no cholesterol, no trans fats and no MSG. Additionally, the chips are non-GMO certified, gluten-free, kosher and vegan. The new chips are now available with a suggested retail price of $3.49 per 5.25-oz. bag.

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Consumers seek out real ingredients in snack foods

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Consumers are driving change in the snack category with their ever-increasing demand for organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free and other more natural snacks.

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A key trend at the moment is “clean labeling,” and major CPG companies are following up with commitments to remove artificial ingredients.

“Shoppers are making different buying decisions, especially when it comes to snacks,” said Sally Lyons Wyatt, EVP and practice leader, snacks at IRI. “For many consumers, in particular millennials and boomers, snacking is now a regular part of their day.” According to IRI, U.S. consumers have increased their snacking frequency over the past five years, from 1.9 snacks per day to 2.8 snacks per day (up 67%) — and 51% report consuming three-plus snacks per day.

The data also show that shoppers are looking for cleaner labels on salty snacks and better-for-you options like bars, nuts and dried fruit snacks.

Sales of “natural” and “organic” snacks in the past two years alone have grown 24% and 28%, according to Nielsen’s 2015 Global Health and Wellness Survey, driven by products that are perceived as more healthy. And they are confident that trend will continue. By 2020, sales of natural and organic food are expected to represent nearly 14% of total food sales.

Leaders in the category, such as Mondelez, are introducing products to meet this new demand.

Mondelez launched Good Thins snack chips in March. The brand starts with real ingredients and doesn’t add artificial flavors, colors, partially hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup.

“At Mondelez International, what’s import ant to consumers is important to us. We’re regularly taking a consumer pulse on ingredient and flavor preferences, and we’re excited to launch a brand that delivers on a broad range of these interests,” said Danielle Brown, marketing director for Good Thins at Mondelez International.

Abbott Laboratories is another entrant into the healthy snack category. The company introduced a “foodie-inspired” snack bar line called Curate in February. “Even with countless nutritious snack options in store, people told us they still weren’t quite satisfied and were often looking to make their own snacks using ingredients from their kitchen,” Dustin Finkel, general manager of nutritious snacks at Abbott, said. “We saw this as an opportunity to create a snack brand that tastes handcrafted, with ingredients you can find in nearly every grocery or natural food store.”

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