5 New Crunchy Snacks Featured at the 2018 McLane National Trade Show

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To say crispy snacks were top of mind at the recent 2018 McLane National Trade Show would be an understatement. Various finger-licking, salty treats were scattered throughout the sizable showroom and caught consumers’ attention with vibrant packaging and crunchy chewing sounds. Among the newest products featured at the event were spicy takes on traditional snacks and unique twists on veggie treats.

Here were some new crunchy snacks seen at the show …  

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1. Giants Dill Pickle Cashews

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Nuts and sunflower seed manufacturer Giants is bringing pickled-flavored cashews to the market. The Dill Pickle Cashews, which are rich in protein and other nutrients, combine salty pickle and nutty flavors into one product. The company calls the product a “dill-icious” snack. It is available in Mega Size packages, which contain six 4-ounce bags for $25.50.

Photograph by Brett Dworski

2. Small Batch Pork Rinds

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Snacking company Southern Recipe Small Batch showcased its Small Batch Pork Rinds, which come in four flavors: Korean Kimchi BBQ, Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper, Spicy Dill and Pineapple Ancho Chili. The gluten-free snacks are fried in sunflower oil. They come in 4-ounce bags.

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3. TGI Fridays Party Bites

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TGI Friday’s displayed two new varieties of its Party Bites: Chipotle Cheese and Cheddar Bacon. The puffed corn snacks come in 6.75-ounce bags and are also available in Buffalo Ranch and Mac & Cheese.

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4. Jalapeno Cheddar Combos

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Mars’ Combos Stuffed Snacks were on display in the product's newest flavor, Jalapeno Cheddar. The snack contains spicy cheese wrapped in a baked tortilla coating. It is available in 6.3-ounce pouches. This expands the Combos flavor roster, which already features varieties such as Pizzeria Pretzel, Pepperoni Pizza Cracker, 7 Layer Dip Tortilla and Buffalo Blue Cheese.

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5. Snak Club Tajin Chili & Lime Toasted Corn

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Century Snacks showcased the newest product in its flagship brand, Snak Club, that merges spicy and sweet flavor notes. Tajin Chili & Lime Toasted Corn expands the brand’s repertoire of nearly 30 varieties, including Southwestern Snack Mix and Hot and Spicy Peanuts and Honey Cashews. The Toasted Corn snacks come in a resealable bags in various sizes, none larger than 4 ounces.

Photograph by Brett Dworski