Donuts and coffee are no longer all that’s on the breakfast menu following the introduction of REV A.M. from Hormel Foods Corp., Austin, Minn. Made with meat, eggs and cheese, the breakfast wraps come in four varieties: bacon, egg and cheese; sausage, egg and cheese; ham, egg and cheese; and maple sausage, egg and cheese. Readily warmed in the microwave or consumed straight from the refrigerator, each hand-held wrap provides sustained energy to keep one fueled longer, making them an alternative to pastries and bars, according to the company.
Hormel Foods also markets Skippy On The Go! Peanut Butter, which is a 1.12-oz. pouch of single-serve, squeezable peanut butter that consumers may put on bagels, bananas, apples, crackers and more, or they can simply squeeze and enjoy. For those who like jelly with their peanut butter, the company will soon be introducing Skippy On The Go! PB&J Grape Jelly Combo single-serve 2.12-oz. packs.
Nuts and seeds of all types are gaining popularity as high-protein snacks. The Warrel Corp., Camp Hill, Pa., introduced Crave mmm! Sweet & Spicy Peanuts seasoned with Old Bay. The 2.5-oz. bags join other Crave mmm! offerings, including Chocolate-Covered Almonds with Sea Salt, Honey Toasted Nut Mix and various pretzel and nut combinations.
TGIFridays Happy Hour Snack Mix features four offerings: cheddar bacon, sriracha ranch, sweet barbecue, and sweet and spicy. They are a combination of miniature crackers and pretzels, along with nuts, seeds and other savory treats with crunch.
With a growing number of convenience stores offering made-to-order sandwiches, bold condiments are making their way into the hands of operators. Tulkoff Food Products Inc., Baltimore, Md., is rolling out Creamy Horseradish Sauce, Extra Bold Cocktail Sauce and Spicy Chipotle Chili Aioli. The 18-oz. bottoms-up squeeze bottles are designed to eliminate mess and prevent over application.
The Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Mich., will soon be introducing Pringles Original with Dip. Each single-serve pack contains 1.4 oz. of the potato crisps and 1.4 oz. of dip in an attached dome cup. There are three dip options: creamy ranch, jalapeno cheddar and honey dijon.
The company is making its recently introduced retail pack of Cheez-It Grooves available in 3.25-oz. snack-size bags. The grooves of this new chip-like cracker make it a lighter, crispier snack with real cheese crunch. Flavors are sharp white cheddar and zesty cheddar ranch.
Boldly flavored and a brand extension, much like many of the other innovations, but also far from better-for-you, is Totino’s Pizza Chips from General Mills, Minneapolis. The chips combine the flavor of pizza with the crunch of a light and crispy chip. The 1.25-oz. single-serve bags, which are exclusive to the convenience store channel, come in two flavors: cheese and pepperoni.
On the sweeter side of the c-store menu is ConeBite, an innovative, grab-and-go, single-serve dessert from Belgian Boys, Farmingdale, N.Y. ConeBites are miniature waffle cones filled with cream designed to resemble ice cream, but at ambient temperature. The three offerings are: cream and candy, caramel cream and hazelnut cream.
Snapple, a brand of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, Texas, is getting in the coconut water business. Come this February, new Snapple Whoa-Conut! will make its way into convenience stores. The line of lightly sweetened drinks that combines the hydration and replenishment of coconut water with the taste of fruit juice comes in four varieties: berry blend, pineapple coconut and tropical medley.