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KANSAS CITY — Consumer packaged goods brands are flexing their food service muscles by teaming up with restaurant chains to launch new menu items.

Mondelez International, Inc. joined forces with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to transform two of its classic cookies into donuts. The chain is introducing Chips Ahoy! Cookie Doughnuts and Nutter Butter Cookie Twist Doughnuts.

Lancaster Colony Corp.’s T. Marzetti Co. dressing adds the Southwest kick to Wendy’s new Southwest Avocado Chicken Sandwich and Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad. Both offerings feature Marzetti Simply Dressed Southwest Ranch Dressing.

Goo Goo Cluster candyStandard Candy Co.’s Goo Goo Cluster candy was the inspiration for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s new Goo Goo Cluster Latte. The beverage features the caramel, milk chocolate, peanut and nougat flavors of the candy and is topped with chopped Goo Goo Clusters.

King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls are the stars of four new French toast offerings at IHOP. The Original King’s Hawaiian French Toast, Strawberry Banana King’s Hawaiian French Toast, Cinnamon Toast King’s Hawaiian French Toast and Big Island Breakfast Stack dishes all feature King’s Hawaiian original sweet rolls that are sliced and French toasted.

Salsas de Jalisco Cacu’s Cholula hot sauce spices up Jack in the Box’s new sandwich and loaded fries. The sauce lends its heat to the new Cholula Buttery Jack and Cholula Fries.

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