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SEP 2016

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78 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | September 2016 2016 Editors' Picks Food r eese's s nack Mix $1.99/ 2-ounce tube pack This hybrid snack combines sweet and salty in a handy portion-controlled package — a triple- trend threat. Plus Reese's Snack Mix cleverly extends an iconic brand's reach. In fact, it includes Reese's two famous treats: peanut butter cups — in this case, minis — and Reese's Pieces, along with peanuts and pretzels. What's more, the tube pack is perfect for on-the-go snacking. s alem Baking Gluten Free Moravian c ookies — s alted c aramel and t oasted c oconut $5.99 We've enjoyed many products from Salem Baking Co. over the years. The company excels at creating upscale cookies and snacks, and more recently, as demand for free-from foods has grown, it has raised the bar considerably for the taste and quality of gluten-free products. One of Salem's flagship products is the light, thin, crispy Moravian cookie, and the gluten-free version rivals the original in taste and texture. Our favorites were the Salted Caramel and Toasted Coconut varieties. Made with pure cane sugar and whole eggs, the cookies contain no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. s imply7 k ale c hips $2.99-$3.49 Kale might be everywhere these days, but that doesn't necessarily mean it belongs everywhere, with many consumers put off by the flavor or texture issues of so many kale-rich products. Enter Simply 7 Snacks' Simply7 Kale Chips, said to be the first-ever kale-and-potato chips on the market. We tried three flavors — Sea Salt, Dill Pickle, and Lemon & Olive Oil — all of which are kosher-certified, Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free and vegan. While all three provided a satisfying crunch and were durable enough for dipping, the last of the trio proved to be the favorite among our tasters, who enjoyed its fresh, delightful Mediterranean flavor, which made it tough to stop snacking. The excellent texture and flavor almost made us forget that we were enjoying the health benefits of a traditional kale chip without any artificial ingredients. [email protected] 1-855-USGLASDON (general inquiries: 804-726-3777) Are you targeting zero waste?

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