Lake Tahoma, NC
This past weekend, I took my first official “weekend-cation” up in the valley of the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. And to say the least- I needed this past weekend, not just for the adventures that I had, but also because I needed to detach myself from the hustle and bustle of life in Charlotte. I started working full time right out of school at Tropical Nut & Fruit, actually the week following my 23rd birthday. I genuinely like my job, not just because it is a great place to work and not just for the challenges and the tasks I am given to tackle every day, but also because I stand behind the products we sell. In fact, I LOVE everything from our nuts, snack mixes, and even the different candies as well (I blame that on my rather large sweet tooth).
Back to my weekend-cation to the mountains; so I knew Iwas going to be outside hiking a lot and swimming, as well as helping around our house on Lake Tahoma in the small town of Marion, North Carolina (don’t worry if you have no idea where Marion is, no one does). I was contemplating what I was going to cook for myself and snack on to make sure my body could last the weekend with being outside pretty much 24/7 and that’s when the little light bulb went off in my brain. *Bing* SNACK MIXES…*Bing* NUTS…*Bing* TROPICAL! I knew from the massive amount of articles and research I have read while educating myself on our different products, I knew there were 5 types of nuts I wanted to have for sure-
Autumn Harvest Quail
Johnson & Wales Sophomore Allegra Grant
SERVING SIZE: 4
Many times the terms trail mix and snack mix are used interchangeably to describe a relatively small grouping of items. At Tropical Foods, we sell over 60 different mixes, all with a unique taste and many potential applications for your business.
Nut and Fruit Mix: This category of snack mixes range from a smaller ingredient mix like Student Food which is mainly based peanuts and raisins to a more complex mix like California Mix which contains 14 different nuts and dried fruits. Generally, the application for this type of snack mix is a quick, well-rounded snack, with an extra focus on an energy snack for outdoor enthusiasts. This type of mix may also contain seeds in many cases (pumpkin & sunflower).
Bar Mix: Though this mix will be found in many places other than a bar, it is a general term used to describe a crunchy, sometimes salty, starch-based mixes. The application for this type of mix is often on a bar, to increase beverage consumption, but can also be used in many retail settings. As the flavor profiles are adjusted to create a more dynamic snacking experience, we will see these mixes branch out into different applications. For example, The Big Cheese® is primarily a “bar mix” based in starchy, crunchy snacks, but also provides a full cheese taste, that makes it a great snack any time of the day. This category of mix may also contain a slightly sweet component, such as honey roasted peanuts, to offset the savory crunch.
American’s are hyper-mobile and snack foods are a mainstay of their on-the-go lifestyle. Here’s some interesting statistics about US snack consumption:
Sweetie Pie Soup
Johnson & Wales Senior Michael Daniel
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