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Post rolls out Pebbles Treats snack bars

BY Rob Eder

BOSTON — Yabba-Dabba-Doo! Post’s new Pebbles Treats snack bars come in Fruity and Cocoa flavors, and are packed in boxes of eight single-serve bars.

The new Pebbles snack bars tap into the $185-million rice treat category, according to SymphonyIRI Group data through the end of 2010 in food, drug and mass including Walmart, and also tie into the new gluten-free movement.

The new snack bars performed well in test markets, exceeding volume forecasts for fiscal 2011 by more than 20%, according to Post.

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Kozy Shack makes its way to retail with Coffeehouse Blends, SmartGels

BY Rob Eder

BOSTON—DSN editor Rob Eder, suffering through week four on the Caveman Diet, almost threw in the towel when confronted with Kozy Shack’s newest temptations. Available now for the food service industry — but coming soon to a MAJOR retailer near, well, everybody — is Kozy Shack’s new Coffeehouse Blends pudding. The gluten-free treat comes in three flavors: caffe latte, cappuccino and caramel macchiato.


And currently making its way to retail is Kozy Shack’s new SmartGels, which uses a natural vegetarian-based (carrageenan) ingredient to create a Kosher, gluten-free alternative to gelatin-based desserts. Available in convenient 3.5-oz grab-n-go cubs, SmartGel flavors include orange and sugar-free orange, strawberry and sugar-free strawberry, tropical and sugar-free tropical and cherry.

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McLane takes the guesswork out of ‘fresh’

BY Rob Eder

BOSTON — Fresh is one of the biggest buzzwords in drug store retailing today. But getting into the business can be particularly challenging for small-box retailers like drug stores.

Enter McLane, an industry-leading supply chain services company that has taken away the guesswork for drug store retailers, complete with customized coolers and a full array of fresh product offerings, including sandwiches, salads, fruit juices, fresh-cut fruit and yogurt.

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