Progressive Grocer

JAN 2017

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January 2017 | | 111 Better for Baby Understanding parents' interest in seeing not only the foods they eat before buying them, but also those for their babies, Sprout Foods has launched the 20-SKU Sprout Organic Baby Food line in clear pouches. The 4-ounce pouches, with non- GMO food for tots ages 6 months and up, include such varieties as Carrot Apple Mango, Strawberry Pear Banana, Blue- berry Banana Oatmeal, Apple Oatmeal Raisin, Apple Banana Butternut Squash, Mango Oatmeal Butternut Squash, Pear Kiwi Peas Spinach and Apple Blueberry. The 4-ounce pouches have an SRP of $1.69 each. A Cluck Above the Rest The attributes "healthful" and "convenience- minded" — two frequent terms in consumers' vocabulary today — often are at odds, espe- cially when it comes to frozen foods. Bringing them together, GNP Co. has rolled out Gold'n Plump chicken meatballs and sliced sausages made with 100 percent boneless, skinless chicken thigh meat. The frozen products can be prepared in as little as 20 minutes while containing less fat than pork and beef varieties, along with 20 grams of lean protein per serving. With an SRP of $6.99, each 18-ounce zip-top bag contains products made only with clean ingredients — no antibiotics at all — and carries the American Humane Certified farm program seal. Varieties include Homestyle and Pesto Italian meatballs, and Italian Cheese & Peppers and Hickory Smoked sliced sausages. Snack or Meal? It's well known that many today, especially Millennials, have ditched the traditional three-square-meals model of eating and are snacking throughout the day. Taking a cue from this, United Snacks of America has introduced Farmer's Pantry's Meal Snacks. Straddling the line between snacks and meals, the new products are inspired by such traditional American meal recipes as Herb Roasted Turkey with veggies, cranberries and stuffing; Flame Grilled Chicken with slow-roasted corn; and Garden Harvest Chicken with vegetables. Each crunchy shelf-stable snack is created with proprietary natural spices and a slow-cooking method for the meat, and then blended together with slow- roasted, hearty and crunchy vegetables in a 2.5-ounce double-pouched bag, packed in an 8-pack case. The SRP is $5.99 per bag. A Smarter Vape Among a crowded assortment of e-cigarettes and accessories, Blu has found a way to stand out by offering a better vaping experience. The Blu Max e-cigarette offers Responsive Draw technology, which allows the device to respond to the rate of a user's inhala- tion. The technology produces a vapor amount based on draw intensity, with an indicator light on top illuminating to communicate draw strength. More lightweight than its sister products, Blu Max offers an ergonomic mouthpiece that lets users inhale precisely and effortlessly. It also has a proprietary connector for easy refill changes, and a liquid-level indicator that alerts when liquid is low. Available in five flavors with two prefilled refills, each pack has an SRP of $12.99.

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