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Johnson & Wales Sophomores Rocky Jokbengboon and Kaitlyn Kuntz
Taste. It’s one of our most vibrant senses and the leading factor when choosing what to eat. The sensation of taste is categorized into five basic tastes: sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness, and umami. Umami is a meaty or savory taste, and can also be found in cheese and soy sauce. The sense of taste is especially important in snacking. While main meals are often chosen to nourish the body and offer important nutrients, snacks are usually selected because of their taste appeal. With two-thirds of Americans snacking between meals, the sales of snacks continue to skyrocket with more competition than ever before.
In addition to bulk nuts, seeds, and candy, Tropical Foods offers custom snack mixes that highlight the basic tastes and a few that combine flavors for a unique experience. Read on about some of Tropical’s most flavorful snack mixes and what taste category they fit into:
Salty is the most traditional flavor profile of snack mixes and is usually associated with nuts, potato chips, and pretzels. Tropical takes saltiness to the next level with some layered snack mixes that combine multiple salty flavors with some additional savory flavors to balance the profile. Some of our favorite include:
Capitol Crunch – A tasty blend of honey roasted peanuts, pretzels, oat bran sticks, and cheese crackers.
French Quarter Blend - A blend of butter toasted peanuts, sesame sticks, roasted and salted peanuts, almonds and cashews.
It’s easy to see why Fall is many peoples favorite season. The cooler weather, the football games, and the beautiful foliage beckon you outdoors. You might find yourself more active than ever! We are always looking for the perfect snack for these activities and Grabeez® is an all-star option. Grabeez® is a re-sealable cup that is offered in twelve varieties of nuts, snack mixes and candies. Designed to provide healthier snacking options in on-the-go portable packaging, Grabeez® is the perfect choice to bring along on your adventures this Fall. We’ve listed some of our favorite fall activities and hot spots, along with a recommended Grabeez flavor. Each activity is based in one of Tropical Foods’ six locations:
- Atlanta, GA
Atlanta has some beautiful parks downtown, such as Piedmont Park, that are perfect spots to enjoy the fall beauty. If you’re looking to get out of the city for the day, head out about an hour north of Atlanta to the small town of Ellijay, on the edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Ellijay is known as the “Apple Capitol of Georgia,” and there are plenty of apple orchards to choose from. RECOMMENDED GRABEEZ®: Banana Split
- Charlotte, NC
In addition to being the home of the Tropical Foods headquarters, Charlotte also houses the U.S. National Whitewater Center. One of the most unique outdoor facilities, the USNWC’s 500+ acres offer a wide variety of outdoor activities for all ages and skill levels. Although whitewater rafting is closed after the summer, you can still enjoy flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rock climbing, zip lines, ropes courses, a canopy tour, and mountain biking on the 25+ mile trail system. For those less adventurous, enjoy the views from the on-site restaurant and bar. You can even pick up Grabeez in the gift shop. RECOMMENDED GRABEEZ®: Diet Delight
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There are a lot of different things that contribute to peoples’ snack choices. Even before taste, packaging is often one of the biggest deciding factors when purchasing snacks. Good packaging is eye-catching and displays what the product inside looks like. Packaging should be convenient and work with the customer’s busy lifestyle. Tropical Foods packaging is designed so that customers can clearly see what the snack looks like and entices people to taste. Packaging is created with ease in mind and each option is specially designed to that target customer. Some of our most popular packaging includes:
Grabeez® is a re-sealable cup that is offered in twelve varieties of nuts, snack mixes and candies. Designed to provide healthier snacking options in on-the-go portable packaging, Grabeez® is a popular choice for school lunches, afternoon snacks, and weekend trips. Grabeez® offers a complete line of grab-and-go products with bold flavors such as Buffalo Nuts®, Mexicali Fire™, and Wasabi Explosion. The snack cups also feature popular selections such as snack mixes Diet Delight®, Fantastix, Sunburst™, Banana Split and candies Mini Yogurt Pretzels, Mini Chocolate Pretzels, Sour Neon Worms and Fruit Slices, and Gummy Bears.