Having a ball

Thrive Tribe BitesEnergy balls are emerging as a portable, poppable alternative to bars. Brands spotted at the Sweets & Snacks Expo include Bounce, The Protein Ball Co. and Orbs Organic Raw Bite Snacks. From 1908 Brands, Thrive Tribe provides a paleo twist on the trend, featuring a range of grain-free, dairy-free flavors, including banana chip, apricot pecan and ginger spice. Enjoy Life, a subsidiary of Mondelez International, is expanding its allergen-free Protein Bites line with dark raspberry and chocolate banana flavors.

A new product line from pladis North America is Chuah Energy Snack Bites, featuring fruits, nuts and seeds dipped in dark chocolate.

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