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New Snacks Spotlight

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We’ve added some new products to our offerings! With a focus on healthy and grab & go snacks, these two featured new items are much in-demand.

Pressed by Kind™ bars
Pressed by Kind™ bars are full of the simplest ingredients with only fruit & chia or only fruit & veggies pressed into each bar. They have no sugar added and 2 servings of fruit. They’re also a good source of fiber and a quick, convenient way to add fruit to your daily routine.

Available in:
Pineapple, Coconut, Chia – 12/1.2oz
Pineapple, Banana, Kale, Spinach – 12/1.2oz
Mango, Apple, Chia – 12/1.2oz
Cherry, Apple, Chia – 12/1.2oz
Apricot, Pear, Carrot, Beet – 12/1.2oz

CLIF Nut Butter Filled Energy Bars
The athletes and foodies in the Clif kitchen have crafted a whole new kind of energy bar. CLIF Nut Butter Filled Energy Bar brings together two great energy foods – a delicious, creamy nut butter inside an organic energy bar – to deliver sustained energy.

Available in:
Chocolate Peanut Nut Butter Filled – 12/1.76oz
Peanut Butter Nut Butter Filled – 12/1.76oz
Coconut Almond Nut Butter Filled – 12/1.76oz

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Contact your sales rep to purchase these new products

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Meet the Tropical Team: Amy

tropicalteam_amyIn our monthly feature, Meet the Tropical Team, we’ll introduce you to some of the people who make Tropical such a wonderful company. This month meet Amy, who is a Territory Manager for our Memphis office.

NAME:
Amy Origliasso

HOMETOWN:
St Louis, MO

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT TROPICAL?
6 years

A TYPICAL DAY AT TROPICAL CONSISTS OF:
I enjoy getting out to visit existing customers and seeing their businesses grow. I also get the chance to work on getting new customers which is always exciting to help them develop snack programs.

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT WORKING AT TROPICAL?
I love the products we sell and introducing them to new customers. I also appreciate our easy delivery process.

FAVORITE TROPICAL PRODUCTS:
Sweet Caroline and Perfectly Fit

IF YOU COULD CREATE YOUR OWN CUSTOM TROPICAL SNACK MIX, THE INGREDIENTS WOULD BE:
Macadamia nuts, banana chips, yogurt almonds and cranberries.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I love walking around my neighborhood and watching my daughter play soccer.

Interested in joining the Tropical team? Contact us at our Careers page.

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Learn to Cook 25 Southern Classics

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Today is National Read a Book Day and to celebrate, we’re highlighting a new book from the culinary industry. Jennifer Brulé is the author and a chef and food writer who has worked with Tropical Foods on various culinary projects over the years. We’re excited to announce her first cookbook “Learn to Cook 25 Southern Classics 3 Ways” was just released today.

Chef Brulé is on a mission, southern style, to teach people to cook. Her cookbook shows how to master 25 classic southern recipes and then -using similar ingredients and/or cooking techniques – make two other variations, contemporary and international. It’s Southern with a twist.  The contemporary versions offer a healthier option while the international ones provide a global spin based on the seven years Brulé spent living abroad.

Brulé has spent her entire career teaching people how to cook through cooking classes, recipe writing and TV appearances. Every recipe is well annotated with loads of tips and tricks—secrets that make cooking easier for even the most novice chef. In addition to 75 delicious recipes, “Learn to Cook 25 Southern Classics 3 Ways” also has a story behind every recipe and the cookbook can be enjoyed even when you’re not in the kitchen.

Chef Brulé is currently on her book tour with upcoming local dates in Davidson, NC on Thursday, September 8th and Charlotte, NC on Thursday, September 15th. Her full list of upcoming events can be found HERE.

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Meet the Tropical Team: Marion
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Marion Suggs (L) and her sales partner Tammy Esquivel (R)

In our monthly feature, Meet the Tropical Team, we’ll introduce you to some of the people who make Tropical such a wonderful company. This month meet Marion, who is a Territory Manager out of our Dallas office.

NAME:
Marion Suggs

HOMETOWN:
San Antonio, TX

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT TROPICAL?
4 years

A TYPICAL DAY AT TROPICAL CONSISTS OF:
I wake up around 5:30 am for prayer and reflection for 30 minutes, get the family out the door, and get on my laptop. I try to have all overnight and late night emails answered and all orders submitted by 7:45 am. My day consists of seeing my regular customers and a few cold calls. Lunch? Not in my book. I try to keep a snack and a refrigerator bag in arm’s reach to keep me going until around 3:30 pm. At this point, I stop and key any additional orders that have come in after our 2 pm cutoff. Around 4:30, my partner Tammy and I discuss any important notes we may have from our day. Typically, by 5:30 I have finished my day after posting invoices, answering missed calls, creating quotes, and any other to-do’s on my list. All in a day’s work!

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2017 Snack Trends Forecast

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We’re more than halfway through 2016 so we thought it would be the perfect time to revisit some 2016 trend predictions and forecast which trends will continue to rise in 2017. Let’s get started!

New Consumer Habits
In the past 24 hours, 92% of US adults had a snack. When you stop to think about that stat, it’s staggering. Not only are consumers snacking more than ever, but they are also increasingly looking for healthier and more portable options. Busy, on-the-go lifestyles create a demand for quick, nutritional meals. Snacking occasions are also evolving, many becoming small meal replacements. Because of this, consumers are looking for high-carb and high-protein snacks to keep them full. Plant-based proteins continue to do very well in the marketplace as a protein alternative to meat. There is a variety of snacks currently available (and more coming in 2017) with the main protein source coming from beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas and nuts.

Customization is also a huge trend for consumers. They want to be able to customize their eating experience to their personal taste preferences and dietary restrictions. You’ll see more about stores shifting to meet these customization demands when we discuss the changing industry landscape.

A big trend for 2017 will be the continued growth and importance of brands’ digital presence. Millennials and Gen Z in particular turn to digital devices for education about the brand and products they want to engage with. In-store education can no longer be the norm.
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