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Customer Spotlight: MW Hunter Lowcountry Gourmet Baskets & Gifts

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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CUSTOMER NAME:

Morgan Hunter, Marketing/Sales, MW Hunter Lowcountry Gourmet Baskets & Gifts

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS AND CUSTOMERS:

We’re a family owned and operated business located out of Charleston, SC. We specialize in giving everyone a taste of Charleston in our handmade baskets. Our customers range from all ages including men and women.

WHAT TROPICAL PRODUCTS DOES YOUR BUSINESS SELL?

Yogurt pretzels, white chocolate drizzled popcorn, chocolate covered cherries, peach slices, chocolate covered nuts, chocolate covered blueberries, and jelly beans. We do a lot of corporate gifts, and everyone especially loves the popcorn and yogurt pretzels from Tropical!

HOW DO YOU MERCHANDISE YOUR PRODUCTS FOR MAXIMUM SUCCESS? ANY TIPS & TRICKS?

We mainly promote all our products through Facebook and Instagram. With our business people love to see posts about prepared baskets or individual products.

PERSONAL FAVORITE TROPICAL PRODUCT?

The white chocolate drizzled popcorn

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Best Selling Bar Snack Mixes

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Interested in what snacks sell best at bars and breweries? Here’s our list of our best selling snack mixes. As expected, salty always pairs well with beer.

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Customer Spotlight: Highland Park High School

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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CUSTOMER NAME:

Joan Bayes, Food Service Director, Highland Park High School PTA Food Service

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS AND CUSTOMERS:

We are a high school food service operated by the PTA and have been a Tropical customer for 16 years.  We have 16 to 20 different volunteer parents that serve the students and staff each day. We serve grades 9-12 with over 2200 students and 200 staff.

WHAT TROPICAL PRODUCTS DOES YOUR BUSINESS SELL?

We sell a variety of bulk snack mixes and candy, energy bars and snacks.

HOW DO YOU MERCHANDISE YOUR PRODUCTS FOR MAXIMUM SUCCESS? ANY TIPS & TRICKS?

Students love visiting the Blue Cart to snack with friends and have Barbara make suggestions. We have a separate bulk area next to the cart so students can easily choose some of their favorite snacks for an afternoon energy boost.

PERSONAL FAVORITE TROPICAL PRODUCT?

My personal favorite is anything dark chocolate. For the students, they always reach for the sour candy.

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2017 Preview

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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While 2016 was a great year for us at Tropical Foods, next year is on track to be even better. Here is a sneak peek below at a few things we have brewing for 2017.

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  • In early 2017 we will be launching our trEAT4u snack bag line.  This line contains 7 snack mixes, nuts and dried fruit items.  trEAT4u was built around a 10 point nutritional criteria that’ll meet many health and nutritional needs.  Some of these criteria include calorie limits, no artificial ingredients and portion control.

Praline Bags

  • Tropical Foods will be launching a line of sweet coated nuts in early 2017.  This line will include Butter Toffee Peanuts, Praline Pecans and Praline Nut Mix. All 3 items contain no artificial ingredients and have a short, easy-to-read ingredient list. This will be a perfect snack to cure any afternoon craving.

Snack Treasures

  • Our Snack Treasures line will launch in early 2017.  Snack Treasures is a line of 7 different snacks, packaged in a decorative retail gable box.  Snack Treasures is the perfect retail item for an upscale look or a gift display.  Standouts in the line include Poppin’ Nut Crunch and Key Lime Cookies, a couple of the snacks that will keep you coming back for more.

40th Anniversary

  • In February 2017, we will celebrate 40 years as a company.  From our beginnings as a small bulk natural food supplier to our national retail offerings, we have gone through many changes over the past 40 years. We’re looking forward to celebrating this achievement all year long.

National Sales & Marketing Conference

  • August of 2017 will mark our largest National Conference yet.  Every year our sales team and outside vendors get together for 3 days of education, fun and food and 2017 will not disappoint.  As we continue to add key positions as they are needed and address growth opportunities as they arrive, the 2017 National Conference is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet.
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2016 Company Highlights

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

2016 has been a year of exciting developments for Tropical Foods. As 2017 approaches, we wanted to revisit and share some of the highlights from this past year. A huge thank you to all of our customers and staff for making this such a great year!

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Sodexo Strategic Diverse Supplier Partner of the Year

Tropical Foods was honored by Sodexo North America as their 2016 Strategic Diverse Supplier Partner of the Year. Sodexo is a major supporter of minority and diversity owned companies including women-owned businesses. Tropical Foods has been a certified WBENC business since 2002 when sisters Angela Bauer and Carolyn Bennett became majority owners.

Honored at the awards presentation, Tropical Foods won for demonstrating a strategic and collaborative approach when working with Sodexo by providing innovative ideas to increase product utilization and developing differentiated products that address trends and consumer preferences in our marketplace. Tropical Foods has excelled in the area of customer service and continuously demonstrated our extensive product knowledge and best-in-class deployment processes which has resulted in a 45% program increase.

 

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New Garden Chips™  packaging

York’s Harvest® Garden Chips™ continue to grow in the “better-for-you” snack category and we felt it was time for a brand and packaging refresh. Garden Chips™ debuted a new logo and packaging that better evokes the healthier lifestyle of the brand. The health benefits of the product are highlighted on the front of packaging to appeal to consumers’ cravings for “better for you” snack options. For buyers, the new packaging offers some necessary specifics like a tamperproof seal and the ability for Garden Chips™ to hang on racks or lie flat or sideways on shelves. Consumers are looking for healthier snack options, so Garden Chips™ have been a great growth item for us. We’re happy to see the new branding and packaging match the innovation of the product.

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