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SEP 2016

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56 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | September 2016 2016 Editors' Picks Food Gallo Family Vineyards s weet Wines with Natural Fruit Flavors $8 These sweet wines from E.J. Gallo Winery were perhaps more appealing to the non-wine drinkers among our tasters. The fruity, light-bodied quaffs aren't intimidating to the uninitiated and are actually pretty refreshing. Among the varieties, Sweet Peach seemed to be the favorite, offering the crisp taste of fresh peaches along with hints of tropical fruit. A fine, slightly fizzy summer refresher, the wine also comes in Sweet Berry and Sweet Pineapple flavors. Golden i sland c hili Lime Beef Jerky and s riracha Pork Jerky $6.49-$6.99 The latest varieties from Golden Island stand as further testament to how far the meat snack category has come, from a few pegs of peppered and teriyaki jerky at the c-store or front end. Chili Lime Beef Jerky balances heat and zing with the tart citrus flavor of lime. Sriracha Pork Jerky is subtly hot with the bold flavors of red chilies and garlic, with a balanced intensity that doesn't sacrifice flavor for heat. Each piece of gluten-free jerky is individually sliced and marinated, and then fire-grilled or kettle-cooked to maximize its intense flavors and moist, tender texture. Good Food Made s imple Pancake Puffs $3.99 There's plenty of room for growth in the breakfast category for supermarket retailers, and these pancake puffs from Good Food Made Simple are a standout. The brand name alone is a selling point. Described as Belgian- style gourmet bites, they thaw in minutes on your room- temperature plate. The puffs are offered in Original and Banana (there was no clear favorite among our tasters — we liked them both). We also like that they're preservative- free and made with real eggs, butter and milk. Frieda's Adorable k umquats Market price/8-ounce pouches Our tasters weren't sure they'd ever eaten a kumquat before encountering these samples from Frieda's, a leader in specialty and exotic produce. We weren't unanimously enthralled by the mouth-filling burst of intense sweetness and tartness, but these little citrus bombs have the potential to bring some excitement to the produce section. Additionally, Frieda's has definitely made the experience shopper-friendly: The kumquats come in resealable stand-up pouches with convenient handles and colorful labeling that includes usage tips right on the label.

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