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52 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | September 2016 2016 Editors' Picks Food c ucina di c arla s picy s ausage r avioli $7.99 www.carlaspasta.com Fresh pasta and clean, cooked ingredients unite beautifully in Cucina di Carla Spicy Sausage Ravioli. Large pillows of fresh tomato pasta are filled with a cooked mixture of Italian sausage, red bell peppers, pecorino Romano and whole- milk mozzarella cheeses. An admirable ingredient statement and excellent- tasting pasta add up to dinner in minutes. d asani s parkling s lim c ans $3.49/8-pack www.dasani.com/sparkling/ Coca-Cola has given its sparkling water, launched in February 2014, a needed packaging makeover, putting it in striking silver 12-ounce slim cans. Rather than 12-packs of standard 12-ounce cans, Dasani Sparkling is now available in 8-packs of slim cans. New varieties include trendy Raspberry Lemonade and Tropical Pineapple. The new look supports the natural clean label for the simple, zero-calorie flavored sparkling water. Existing varieties include Lime, Berry, Black Cherry and Lemon. d eep r iver s nacks Honchos Peach Habanero t ortilla c hips $3.79 deepriversnacks.com Speaking of sweet and salty, these tortilla chips from Deep River Snacks took us by surprise — we'd seen sweet heat in a barbecue sauce, but on a tortilla chip? Our tasters weren't unanimous in their admiration of the peach-habanero marriage, but overall we appreciated the innovation, and its advocates really liked the flavor mashup. Made with organic, non-GMO ingredients, Honchos also tells a great brand story: The company's founder was inspired by his autistic son, who couldn't tolerate artificial dyes in many snack chips. Plus, Deep River donates 10 percent of its annual profits to a different charity partner for each flavor. d ove c hocolate Fruit & Nut $3.99-$4.29 www.mars.com Mars already has a winner with its Dove branded line of dark chocolate-enrobed fruit and took the idea up a notch by adding spiced nuts to the mix, leveraging three growth areas in the snack category. This line extension debuted in three flavor combinations: Strawberry & Cocoa Almond, Blueberry & Vanilla Cashew, and Raspberry & Honey Roasted Almond. The chocolate is derived from 100 percent pure cocoa butter and specially selected cocoa beans. d uke's s moked s horty s ausage Pouches $1.99/1.25-ounce single-serve package www.thanasifoods.com As longtime fans of Duke's small-batch meat snacks, we eagerly await the addition of new flavors to the lineup. But we were even more impressed when its latest flavors were accompanied by an innovative packaging format. Still offered in multiserve resealable bags, Duke's now offers its Shorty smoked sausages in single-serve pouches. They're great for convenience and portion control, as well as for creating new merchandising options for retailers. We enjoyed both new varieties, Hatch Green Chile and Chorizo & Lime, which, along with the brand story — sausages hand-hung and slow- dried for days in limited-size batches — answer the growing call for bold, authentic flavors.

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