KANSAS CITY — Light and salty snacks are hitting shelves just in time for the start of summer.

Utz Brands, Inc. introduced a new limited-edition line of potato chips in partnership with Mike’s Hot Honey. The chips feature a “sweet, salty crunch that finishes with a kick of heat,” according to the company.

“We couldn’t think of a better brand to help us create our first potato chip,” said Mike Kurtz, founder of Mike’s Hot Honey. “Not only is the chip the perfect pairing of Utz’s classic, salty crunch and our distinctive sweet with a kick of heat, but it’s the perfect pairing of two brands with rich histories in New York City, now made available nationwide thanks to popular demand. We’re excited about this partnership.”

Ready-to-eat popcorn brand Popcornopolis is expanding its portfolio with its new “Nearly Naked” collection. In updated packaging, the line features three flavors: perfectly salted, white cheddar and jalapeño lime.

“We are thrilled to be expanding on our Nearly Naked line, bringing unforgettable popcorn flavor combinations to the popcorn space and continuing our mission of bringing consumers joy with every bite,” said Daniela Simpson, chief marketing officer of Popcornopolis. “As we strive to meet the needs of modern consumers, we are excited to introduce a new look, while creating delicious flavors and using the same high-quality ingredients that our consumers have come to love.”

Hormel Foods Corp.’s Planters brand released three new takes on its classic nuts. The additions include cinnamon brown sugar cashews, dill pickle cashews and rosemary and sea salt cashews.

“We couldn't be more thrilled to bring these crave-worthy options to life,” said Zeeshan Tarique, senior brand manager at Planters. “Consumers are looking for bold flavor options to complement the snacks they already love, and Planters is here to answer that call. Get ready to satisfy your cashew cravings like never before.”

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