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48 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | September 2016 2016 Editors' Picks Food Bud Light Lime Water-Melon- r ita $12.47/12-pack www.budlight.com Anheuser-Busch hit the jackpot in 2012 when it leveraged the heft of its Bud Light brand to launch a line of ready-to-drink margaritas. With a core line augmented by rotating seasonal flavors, the brand continues to drive growth in the beverage alcohol category. The latest hit in A-B's "Rita" family is Bud Light Lime Water-Melon-Rita. Offering the taste of a watermelon margarita with a twist of Bud Light Lime, the beverage proves crisp and refreshing. We expect this new variety will have many fans and continue to drive incremental category growth for retailers. Buck Wild c aramel Bourbon and c hipotle c heddar Popcorn $3.49/4.4-ounce bag www.snackbuckwild.com With myriad cheesy or caramel-covered popcorns on the market today, it's hard to stand out from the crowd without adding a little something extra to kick the flavor up a notch. Understanding the current popularity of all things bourbon- and chipotle-flavored, WildRoots Foods LLC introduced two varieties of popcorn under its Buck Wild brand: Caramel Bourbon and Chipotle Cheddar, both of which offer a twist on traditional favorites. Both are made with real ingredients, and are free from any artificial flavors or preservatives, gluten, trans fats, and high-fructose corn syrup. Our taste testers enjoyed the rich, buttery sweetness of the Caramel Bourbon Popcorn, which was rounded out by smooth bourbon notes, and the zesty cheddar zing of the Chipotle Cheddar Popcorn, which was balanced by a smoky flavor and mild bite. Buck Wild Jalapeño Jack t ortilla c hips $3.49/5.5-ounce bag www.snackbuckwild.com Ingredient decks are getting more attention from consumers than ever before. In response, manufacturers are reformulating current products and developing new ones to contain "real" ingredients. In the salty snack category, WildRoots Foods LLC is following this trend wholeheartedly with its Buck Wild products, and of the line's newest offerings, Jalapeño Jack Tortilla Chips. The whole grain, gluten-free chips are made with real Monterey Jack and Romano cheeses, as well as diced jalapeño peppers. They contain zero trans fats, no artificial flavors or preservatives, and no high-fructose corn syrup. Our taste testers found the chips' flavor refreshingly bold, and their texture delightfully crunchy. The tasters were also pleasantly surprised to see whole pieces of diced jalapeños in the chips — proof that they were enjoying something truly unique. c adbury r oyal d ark s alted c aramel s quares $4.19 www.hersheys.com Consumers still want indulgence, but they want to feel better about it. Enter portion control: These premium chocolate pouches feature individually wrapped tasting squares. The rich, creamy caramel with a hint of sea salt offers a great balance to the Cadbury Royal dark chocolate. Elegant packaging further contributes to the image of a luxury product with a luxurious taste.