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Snacking News December 2017

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SNACKING NEWS SAVORY SEE PAGES 12-14 n Pork Rinds Get a Face-Lift With New Flavors, Artisanal Production n Go Cubes Offer Coffee in a Chewable Snack www.snackingnews.com December 2017 Volume 1 • Issue 2 BY LORRIE BAUMANN This year's NACS Show offered some real surprises: among them, insight into the ex- tent to which convenience stores are going after a share of consumers' grocery shop- ping dollars, with some surprising brands eager to help them do it. The NACS Show is the annual trade show for the Associa- tion for Convenience Retailing, and it was held October 17-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. This year's show fea- tured dozens of first-year exhibitors, and among them were a host of brands that we're more used to seeing at events like the Fancy Food Shows or the Natural Products Expos. Rhythm Superfoods, for instance, makes Kale Chips and Beet Chips, and the At Popcornopolis, Every Day Brings a Delicious Reward BY ROBIN MATHER From its beginnings as a single store in Southern California, Popcornopolis has grown to be a mail-order and wholesale powerhouse producer of gourmet popcorn snacks. The company, which Wally and Kathy Arnold founded in 2002, began with a year of trial and error as they partnered with popcorn growers in Indiana and Nebraska and consulted premium ingredient suppli- ers. In 2003, satisfied with their first prod- uct, they opened a 1700-square-foot store in Hollywood, California, on Universal's Continued on Page 6 Plan Now to Attend the Winter Fancy Food Show BY ROBIN MATHER Registration is now open for the 43rd Win- ter Fancy Food Show, to be held from Sun- day, Jan. 21 through Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Cal- ifornia. Some 25,000 makers and buyers are ex- pected to attend the 2018 show, according to officials at the Specialty Food Associa- tion, which stages the show. "This is a precedent- setting time for industry buyers from all channels," says Phil Kafarakis, President of the Spe- cialty Food Association, which stages the show. "As they work to meet consumer interest in high quality ingredients and Continued on Page 9 Continued on Page 8 Continued on Page 7 BY ROBIN MATHER As a busy mother of three herself, Joy Bauer definitely understands the grab-and- go lifestyle, and why so many parents reach for snacks to satisfy their children – and themselves – between meals. "I think every- one is so over- scheduled and juggling so many things in their lives that they're often not sitting down to eat tradi- tional meals any- more," Bauer says. "So grab-and-go snacks that actually pro- vide nutritive benefits to your body and give you quality energy have become super, super important." Bauer thinks about these issues a lot. She's a registered dietitian, the nutrition and health expert for NBC's "Today Show," a monthly columnist for Woman's Day magazine and the official nutritionist for the New York City Ballet. She's writ- ten 12 best-selling books – the most re- cent, "From Junk Food to Joy Food: All the Foods You Love to Eat...Only Better," published last year – and was the Director of Nutrition and Fitness for the Depart- ment of Pediatric Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, New York. She's also the founder of Nourish Snacks, a line of sensibly indulgent gra- nola bites in five flavors – Blueberry Apple, Chocolate Banana, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Double Chocolate and Snacking Can Be a Big Part of Healthy Lifestyle Premium Brands Cater to Convenience Channel SWEET SEE PAGES 15-18 n The Untold Story of Manhattan's Oldest Chocolate House n Superfood Credentials Butter Up Chocolate Introductions

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