20 New Products to Jump-Start the New Year


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 new dairy-free yogurts and protein milks to spicy chips and reach-in freezers.

Here’s what hit the market in January …

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1. Diet Coke flavors

diet coke

The Coca-Cola Co. launched two new Diet Coke flavors, Strawberry Guava and Blueberry Acai, which are available in stores nationwide. The new flavors come in slim 12-ounce cans and can be purchased as single-serves and eight-packs.

These drinks are an expansion on last year's relaunch of Diet Coke, which included redesigned packaging and the addition of four flavors: Ginger Lime, Twisted Mango, Zesty Blood Orange and Feisty Cherry.

Photograph courtesy of The Cola-Cola Co.

2. 7-Eleven Go Smart

7-eleven cold pressed

7-Eleven Inc. began the new year with the release of three new additions to its 7-Select Go Smart organic cold-pressed juice, this time in 100% single-juice varieties. The varieties include Pomegranate, Melon and Blackberry, all of which are sold in 11.2-ounce glass bottles, with one serving per bottle. They are available for a suggested retail price of $2.99; for a limited time, customers can get two for $5.

Photograph courtesy of 7-Eleven

3. M&M’s Flavor Vote varieties

m&ms toffee peanut

Mars Wrigley Confectionery launched yet another M&M’s Flavor Vote Campaign to bring a potential new variety into the candy's permanent lineup. The company debuted three limited-edition flavors—Mexican Jalapeno Peanut, Thai Coconut Peanut and English Toffee Peanut—at retailers nationwide Jan. 28, and these flavors will be available until May 17, during which fans can vote for the flavor they most enjoy. The company will announce the winning flavor in August, which will continue to be sold at stores around the country.

Photograph courtesy of Mars Wrigley Confectionery

4. 7-Eleven Chips Ahoy Hot Chocolate

7-eleven chips ahoy

7-Eleven debuted its Chips Ahoy Hot Chocolate on shelves earlier this month. For a limited time, the convenience-store chain is offering the drink and the rest of its hot beverage lineup for $1 at participating locations.

This is not the first time the chain has released a mashup with a Nabisco cookie or another product. Four years ago, 7-Eleven was the first retailer to introduce Original Oreo hot chocolate, according to the company. The item was the best-selling limited-time offer of 2015, so the chain followed up with mint Oreo hot chocolate in 2017.

Photograph courtesy of 7-Eleven

5. Leer Inc. space-efficient freezer

reach-in storage freezer open

Ice vending merchandiser Leer Inc. rolled out its Reach-In Storage Freezer, which has 100 cubic feet of internal freezer storage and adjustable shelving units that can each hold 100 pounds. The product aims to free up valuable in-store real estate and allow retailers to relocate excess items outside, the company said. Leer plans to continue to build out the line with Reach-In Storage Coolers, as well as multiple sizes for both products.

Photograph courtesy of Leer Inc.

6. CBDfx juice

cbdfx juice

CBD industry leader CBDfx launched its newest line of flavored CBD vape juice, a collection that combines organically harvested hemp oil with various natural flavors. The juices come in six flavors: Blue Raspberry, Fruit Cereal, Rainbow Candy, Strawberry Kiwi, Strawberry Milk and Wild Watermelon.

Photograph courtesy of CBDfx

7. Hofman Sausage Co. grab-and-go items

hunter stix

The Hofmann Sausage Co. added two new grab-and-go items to its portfolio: Pork Hunter Sticks and Prime Rib Beef Jerky. The Pork Hunter Sticks come in six flavors: Original Recipe, Jalapeno Cheddar, Teriyaki, Honey Pepper Bacon, Garlic and Hot & Spicy, all of which are available in 6-ounce packs for an SRP of $5.99. Hofmann’s new beef jerky product, Prime Rib Beef Jerky, is available in select stores for $6.99 per 3.5-ounce package.

Photograph courtesy of Hofman Sausage Co.

8. Ben & Jerry’s

ben & jerry new flavors

Ben & Jerry's released three new cookie dough flavors to begin 2019. They include Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Core, Sweet Like Sugar Cookie Dough Core and Wake & "No Bake" Cookie Dough Core. The flavors are available at retailers nationwide for SRPs of $4.29 to $4.99 per pint.

Photograph courtesy of Ben & Jerry's

9. Stonyfield Snack Packs

stonyfield snack packs

Yogurt manufacturer Stonyfield Organic added new varieties to its Whole Milk Pouches and Snack Packs lines. The additions to its Whole Milk Pouches line include Apple Cinnamon Sweet Potato and Blueberry Apple Carrot flavors, both of which have 35% less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt, according to the company. They come in 3.5-ounce pouches.

Stonyfield’s new Snack Pack flavors include Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt & Chocolate Cookie and Strawberry Lowfat Yogurt & Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Photograph courtesy of Stonyfield Organic

10. Doritos Flamin’ Hot Nacho

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Doritos launched its newest spicy flavor, Doritos Flamin' Hot Nacho, in stores nationwide earlier this month. The chips combine Doritos’ traditional nacho cheese flavor with a spicy kick of heat that builds with each bite, according to Frito-Lay. Doritos Flamin' Hot Nacho comes in 9.75-ounce and 3.15-ounce bags for SRPs of $4.29 and $1.89, respectively. Doritos will also feature the new flavor in a commercial during Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3.

Photograph courtesy of Frito-Lay

11. Thinsters


Cookie brand Mrs. Thinster's Cookie Thins debuted its newest item, Thinsters, at select retailers nationwide. The new product aims to merge healthy with tasty in the cookie category, according to the company. Thinsters come in six flavors: Cinnamon, Vanilla Bean, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Chip, Toasted Coconut and Blueberry, all of which are available for an SRP of $2.99 per 4-ounce pouch.

Photograph courtesy of Thinsters

12. Oat Yeah oatmilk

oat yeah milk

Plant-based milk brand Silk debuted its newest variety, Oat Yeah oatmilk, in select retailers nationwide. Oat Yeah is available in three varieties: The Plain One, The Vanilla One and The Chocolate One, all of which have an SRP of $4.49 per half-gallon cartons. Oat Yeah is free of dairy, soy, cholesterol and artificial colors and flavors; it’s also Non-GMO Project verified and Vegan Action certified.

Photograph courtesy of Silk

13. One Brands Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Bar

one dark chocolate bar

Earlier this month, protein bar company One Brands debuted the newest addition to its portfolio: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt. Each 2.1-ounce bar contains 20 grams of protein and 1 gram of sugar. The bars are available on the company’s website and are set to arrive at select retailers this year for an SRP of about $2.50, according to One Brands.

Photograph courtesy of One Brands

14. Daiya dairy-free yogurt

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Canadian dairy-alternative food company Daiya launched its new coconut cream, dairy-free yogurt cups in select retailers across the United States. Each 5.3-ounce yogurt cup contains 6 grams of protein and is free of gluten and soy. It comes in six flavors: Plain, Vanilla Bean, Strawberry, Peach, Blueberry and Black Cherry, all of which are available for an SRP of $1.99.

Photograph courtesy of Daiya

15. Pringles Wavy

pringles way cheddar

The Kellogg Co. introduced the newest addition to its Pringles lineup, Pringles Wavy, which boasts a thick, wavy texture to deliver a bold crunch in every bite. The chip comes in two flavors, Fire Roasted Jalapeno and Applewood Smoked Cheddar, both of which were inspired by grilling, according to Kellogg. Pringles Wavy arrive in the classic resealable Pringles can and in 46-count displays for retailers.

Photograph courtesy of the Kellogg Co.

16. Two Good Greek Lowfat Yogurt

two good yogurt

Danone North America launched the latest addition to its line of Greek yogurt products, Two Good Greek Lowfat Yogurt. Each 5.3-ounce cup contains 12 grams of protein, 3 grabs of carbohydrates, 2 grams of sugar and 80 calories. Two Good comes in five flavors: Strawberry, Peach, Mixed Berry, Blueberry and Vanilla, all of which will arrive at retailers nationwide in February for an SRP of $1.49.

Photograph courtesy of Danone North America

17. Coffee-mate coffee creamers

snickers coffee creamer

Nestle debuted the newest flavors of its Coffee-mate coffee creamer brand: Snickers and Dove Dark Chocolate Almond, both of which are available in the refrigerated aisles at retailers nationwide. Each flavor comes in a 32-ounce bottle for an SRP of $3.59.

Photograph courtesy of Nestle

18. Horizon Organic High Protein milk

horizon protein milk

Organic dairy producer Horizon launched its first multiserve protein milk, Horizon Organic High Protein, at retailers nationwide. Horizon Organic High Protein is available in three flavors: Reduced Fat Chocolate, Reduced Fat Plain and Vitamin D, all of which contain 12 grams of protein per 8-ounce serving. The new milk is USDA-certified organic and high in vitamin D, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B12 and phosphorus. Each 64-ounce carton is available for an SRP of $5.99.

Photograph courtesy of Horizon

19. Chomptown Protein Cookies

chomptown cookies

Chomptown Protein Cookies are the newest sweet snack riding the protein trend. The 2.75-ounce cookies are made with various nut butters and pea protein and come in five flavors: Honey Peanut, Coconut Caramel Nut, Lemon Cranberry, Nutty Fudge Brownie and Peanut Butter Choco Chip. Chomptown Protein Cookies are available for an SRP of $2.99 and are gluten-free, dairy-free and non-GMO.

Photograph courtesy of Chomptown Protein Cookies

20. Good Snacks protein bars

good snacks protein bars

Plant-based snack producer Good Snacks debuted its new protein bars, which are made from a blend of fava and brown rice, at select retailers nationwide. The bars come in six flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookie, Chocolate Mint, Lemon, Peanut Butter and Blueberry. Each bar contains 15 grams of plant-based protein, 11 grams of fiber and less than 10 grams of sugar. They are free of dairy, soy and gluten.

Photograph courtesy of Good Snacks