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Hy-Vee opens two new c-stores

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Midwestern supermarket-pharmacy chain Hy-Vee announced Tuesday the opening of two new convenience stores in Iowa and Missouri.

A Hy-Vee spokeswoman told Drug Store News that the 4,350-sq.-ft. Iowa store in the town of Waukee includes a gas station and an attached Caribou Coffee shop with a drive-through, and stands on the site of a Hy-Vee store currently under construction.

The Liberty, Mo., store is on the site of an existing Hy-Vee location.

 

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Kettle Brands adds baked chip to lineup

BY Barbara White-Sax

SALEM, Ore. — Kettle Brand has added toasted snacks to its portfolio of all-natural snacks. New Kettle Brand Bakes are toasted rather than kettle-cooked and contain 65% less fat than Kettle’s fried chips. They contain no trans fats, no artificial colors or flavors, and no preservatives.

Kettle Brand Bakes are the only baked potato chip on the market made from slices of real potato seasoned with natural, savory flavors. Competitive baked crisps are made using dehydrated potato pulp and flakes.

The new chips are available in five flavors: three classic Kettle favorites (Hickory Honey Barbeque, Sea Salt & Vinegar and Sea Salt) plus two new flavors (Cheddar & Roasted Tomato and tangy Sour Cream & Onion).

The product, which comes in new bold packaging that includes appetizing taste cues and visuals of whole slices of real potato, is available in 4 oz. bags for a suggested retail price of $3.39.

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Crunchmaster introduces healthy, kid-friendly crisps

BY Barbara White-Sax

LOVE’S PARK, Ill. — Crunchmaster has added kid-friendly snack crisps to its lineup of gluten-free crackers.

Crunchmaster Crisps are made with a blend of California brown rice, whole corn, whole sorghum and other gluten-free grains. They are made from 100% whole grains, are peanut-free and certified gluten-free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization. The snacks contain 3 g of fat per 30-g serving, and are a good fit for consumers’ healthy lifestyles.

The new crisps are available in Cheddar Cheezy, Cinnamon & Sugar Grammy and Sea Salt Multi-Grain flavors. Crunchmaster Crisps are packaged in a foil bag in a box to maintain quality and freshness; suggested retail price is $2.58.

The new snacks debuted in Walmart and will soon roll out to supermarkets nationwide.

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