15 New Products We Saw in November

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With so many products being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to stock. At the end of every month, Convenience Store Products offers a rundown of the hottest snacks, candies, beverages and general merchandise that hit retailers over the past four weeks. This batch includes items ranging from granola bars and bubble gum to tobacco-free vape pens and CBD strips.

Here’s what hit the market in November …

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1. Kellogg's Bear Naked Almond Butter Bars

bear naked dark chocolate mocha bar

The Kellogg Co.’s Bear Naked Almond Butter Bars are made with almond butter, fair-trade chocolate, almonds, peanuts, tapioca syrup, date paste, gluten-free whole-grain oats, gluten-free whole-oat flour and cashews. The 1.94-ounce bars come in two flavors: Chocolate Chip Banana and Dark Chocolate Mocha, both of which contain between 9 and 10 grams of protein and less than 11 grams of sugar per bar. Bear Naked Almond Butter Bars are Non-GMO Project verified and gluten-free.

Photograph courtesy of the Kellogg Co.

2. Dove Bars

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Mars Wrigley Confectionery announced it is launching four new varieties of Dove Chocolate Bars in December, including Bourbon Vanilla Dark Chocolate, Salted Caramel Blonde Chocolate, Raspberry Rose Dark Chocolate and Almond Brittle Milk Chocolate. Each 3.3-ounce bar will be available for a suggested retail price of $1.99.

Photograph courtesy of Mars Wrigley Confectionery

3. Van Holten's Pickle Rick

van holtens pickle rick

7-Eleven partnered with pickle manufacturer Van Holten’s to offer the brand’s flagship product, Pickle-in-a-Pouch, for National Pickle Day earlier this month for a limited time. The c-store chain shelved Van Holten’s bagged pickle item in its Pickle Rick variety—a nod to the animated TV series "Rick and Morty"—in 2,800 stores nationwide. Pickle Rick Pickle-in-a-Pouch is an individually wrapped jumbo dill pickle, featuring the show’s main character, Rick, on the front of the package.

Photograph courtesy of Van Holten's

4. Bazooka Ring Pop Gummy Gems

bazooka ring pop gummy gems

Bazooka Candy Brands is riding today’s two-in-one flavor trend with its new Ring Pop Gummy Gems. The candy contains a sweet gummy outside and a drop of sour gel on the inside. It comes in four flavors: Cherry Apple, Blue Raspberry Watermelon, Lime Blue Raspberry and Tropical Pineapple Orange, all of which will arrive at retailers nationwide in January.

Photograph courtesy of Bazooka Candy Brands

5. No Cow Energy Bars

no cow energy bar

Protein bar brand No Cow has launched its flagship product, No Cow Energy Bars, at 15,000 retailers nationwide. No Cow Energy Bars contain 45 milligrams of coffee bean flour—a patented caffeine source that is the equivalent of a half cup of coffee—as well 1 gram of sugar and 12 grams of protein per bar. They are also made with various oats, nuts and almond butters. The bars are free of dairy, gluten and soy and are non-GMO.

Photograph courtesy of No Cow

6. Inhale Health

melatonin

Inhale Health, a biotechnology company, launched its flagship product of the same name: a set of inhalable nutraceuticals that it says provides functional benefits. The nutraceuticals arrive in three varieties: Caffeine, Melatonin and Vitamin B12. Each one uses proprietary thermochemistry, which allows active micronutrients to transition to aerosol while remaining bioactive. Inhaling these nutrients vs. drinking or swallowing in pill form is the most efficient way for them to enter the bloodstream, according to the company. Each device has a 400-breath, or 1-month, supply.

Inhale Health nutraceuticals are made with pharmaceutical-grade active ingredients homogenized in an organic base. They are vegan-friendly and free from nicotine, propylene glycol and calories.

Photograph courtesy of Inhale Health

7. Tastykake Winter Offerings

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The Tasty Baking Co., maker of the Tastykake snack line, has launched limited-edition winter offerings, which will be available through March 8. The offerings include:

  • Chocolate Mint Glazed Pies, available in 4.5-ounce packages for an SRP of $1.79.
  • Red Velvet Mini Donuts, available in 3-ounce and 10-ounce packages for SRPs of $1.79 and $2.99, respectively.
  • Salted Caramel Mini Donuts, available in 3.4-ounce and 11.5-ounce packages for SRPs of $1.79 and $2.99, respectively.
  • Maple Sweet Rolls, available in 14.4-ounce boxes for an SRP of $2.99.
  • Mint Kandy Kakes, available in 8-ounce boxes for an SRP of $4.49

Photograph courtesy of Tasty Baking Co.

8. Harvest Snaps New Flavors

harvest snaps new flavors

Snacking company Calbee North America has launched two new Harvest Snaps flavors, as well new packaging for the salty pea snacks, at retailers nationwide. The new flavors are Southern Style BBQ Black Bean and White Cheddar Green, both of which will join the Original Lightly Salted variety in the new 10-ounce resealable pouches.

The baked Harvest Snaps contain 30% to 60% less fat than traditional potato chips and 130 calories per 22 crisps. They are free of soy, nuts, wheat and eggs.

Photograph courtesy of Calbee North America

9. Big League Chew Softball

big league chew softball

Ford Gum has revealed the newest Big League Chew shredded bubble gum variety, which will feature a softball player on the front of the pouch instead of a baseball player. The new character will be featured on Big League Chew’s top-selling flavor, Outta Here Original. It will be available Feb. 1, which is also National Bubble Gum Day, for an SRP of $1.49.

Photograph courtesy of Ford Gum

10. Kickass Beef Jerky

kickass beef jerky

Meat snacking company Kickass Beef Jerky has launched its lines of Snack Sticks and bags of Premium Cut Beef Jerky. The Snack Sticks are available in Original, Honey BBQ, Spicy, Garlic, Jalapeno, Bacon and Cheddar and Teriyaki flavors, all which are made with a beef and pork mixture. The Premium Cut Beef Jerky comes in 3-ounce bags in Original, Old Fashioned, Teriyaki, Peppered and Hot varieties. All Kickass Beef Jerky products are gluten-free.

Photograph courtesy of Kickass Beef Jerky

11. Giant Sized Sunflower Seeds

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South 40 Snacks LLC has launched its flagship product, Giant Sized Sunflower Seeds, at select retailers and online. The sunflower seeds are batch-roasted, seasoned with salt and arrive in 8-ounce resealable pouches for an SRP of $4.99. They are non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Photograph courtesy of South 40 Snacks LLC

12. Snickers' Hungerithm

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For the second year in a row, Mars Wrigley Confectionery is launching Hungerithm, a tool that monitors the hunger mood of the internet. When online consumers appear to be hungry, Mars increases Snickers’ coupon discounts at participating 7-Eleven stores. The promotion began on Nov. 7 and runs through Dec. 31.

Hungerithm began under Snickers’ "You're Not You When You're Hungry" campaign, which launched in 2010. Hungerithm checks social media posts against a list of 3,000 commonly used words and phrases to determine sentiment and capture a snapshot of how consumers are feeling. When "hanger" goes up, the coupon value goes up as well.

13. Instant Brand CBD Strips

instant cbd strips

The Asian American Trade Associations Council (AATAC) and Vertical, a cannabis product development company, have launched Instant brand CBD Strips in convenience-stores nationwide. The CBD Strips will arrive in stores in Florida, Texas and North Carolina before spreading throughout the country.

Instant CBD Strips are taken orally and reach the bloodstream within minutes, according to the companies. The strips provide high bioavailability, minimal wait time and precision dosing. 

14. Kind Minis

kind minis

Kind Healthy Snacks has launched Kind Minis, a 100-calories-or-less treat that targets consumers seeking on-the-go snacks that taste good and are healthy, according to the company. Kind Minis arrive in six flavors: Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt; Caramel Almond & Sea Salt; Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate; Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew; Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Nut; and Dark Chocolate Almond & Coconut, all of which are available at retailers nationwide.

Photograph courtesy of Kind Snacking

15. Wenzel's Farm New Packing

wenzels farm 2 oz pack

Small batch meat snack producer Wenzel’s Farm has relaunched its Beef With Pepperjack, Beef With Bacon and Zesty Honey BBQ flavored snack sticks in brand-new 2-ounce packages. The smaller packages are made for on-the-go consumers, according to the company.

Besides the revamped packaging, Wenzel’s Zesty Honey BBQ flavor has been reformulated with real honey and extra spice.

Photograph courtesy of Wenzel's Farm