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Pace adds new Restaurant Style salsas to portfolio

BY Allison Cerra

CAMDEN, N.J. — Pace is building on the success of its Restaurant Style salsa with three new flavors.

The three all-natural, gluten-free salsas include garden pepper, a blend of bell peppers, jalapenos and lime; garlic and lime verde, made with tomatillos and a touch of garlic and lime; and southwest chipotle, a chipotle chili puree with crushed tomatoes, red peppers and onions. Pace debuted the product line last year in select markets.

"Consumer demand for bold and fresh flavors is strong in the salsa category, and our new restaurant style salsas should appeal to both our most loyal Pace salsa fans, as well as to those people who enjoy sampling a wide array of salsa flavors and styles," Pace brand manager Randy Beck said. "By tapping into the increased interest in bringing the restaurant experience home, we believe the Pace brand will lead a fast-growing category segment."

Pace Restaurant Style salsas will be sold in 16-oz. bottles at a suggested retail price of $2.99.

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Bigs sunflower seeds line gets ranch treatment

BY Allison Cerra

BOULDER, Colo. — Thanasi Foods has expanded its Bigs sunflower seeds line with a new flavor.

Bigs Hidden Valley Ranch-flavored sunflower seeds joins the Bigs lineup of salted and roasted original, Vlasic dill pickle, Bacon Salt sizzlin’ bacon, Frank’s RedHot buffalo wing and sea salt and black pepper flavors, the company said.

Bigs Hidden Valley Ranch sunflower seeds will hit store shelves nationwide in June and will be available 0.7-oz, 2.75-oz. and 5.35-oz. sizes.

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Knauss Foods debuts PJ’s Beef Steak

BY Allison Cerra

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. — Knauss Foods has set its sights on the beef jerky market with the launch of PJ’s Beef Steak.

Knauss Foods, a producer of dried beef products, said its new product is a healthy, all-natural, protein-packed meat snack made from the highest-quality lean cuts of 100% beef and is slow cooked without any artificial preservatives. PJ’s Beef Steak currently is available in original, cracked pepper and teriyaki flavors.

"We’re very excited about this new product launch," Knauss Foods VP sales Bill Carter said. "Today, the beef snack market requires an all-natural offering that meets the market need for healthier protein choices. Thanks to our unique seven-day cooking cycle and all-natural premium ingredients, PJ’s offers a delicious alternative to traditional jerky."

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