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The Packaging Makes the Difference

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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:

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Grabeez®
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.

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Mofongo Con Camarones Recipe

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Mofongo con Camarones

CHEF
Johnson & Wales Freshman Andrea Defillo

PREPARATION TIME
30 minutes

COOKING TIME
20 minutes

SERVING SIZE
4

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Snacking Healthier : The Rise of the Natural Snack Options

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The natural food revolution of the past few decades has changed a lot about what we eat, where we buy and how we think about our food.  In case you weren’t sure what constitutes a natural food, they are free of preservatives, artificial flavors, colors, and chemicals. Consumers are seeking out healthier snack foods and it’s imperative that you offer more of what the market wants. Stores are seeing growth by replacing the traditional chocolate snacks by the register with healthier nuts and snack mixes. Retailers are also seeing the creation of healthy snack displays within the produce section and other fresh food items. Customers are seeking healthy items in the outside aisles of the grocery store versus being lost in the snack aisle. Consider these retail tips when displaying Tropical’s all-natural snack mixes in your store.

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Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

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RECIPE NAME
Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake

CHEFS
Johnson & Wales Sophomores Claudia Hazelwood and Candice Carter

PREPARATION TIME
15 minutes

COOKING TIME
45 minutes

SERVING SIZE
12
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Marketing Your Unique Snack Mix Selection

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In a previous post, we talked about the different types of snack mixes. We classified mixes into nut & fruit mixes, bar mixes, sweet snack mixes, nut & fruit PLUS, and sweet & savory mixes. An ideal retail setting will have representation from all of these categories and can benefit from selling a strong variety. Now, let’s look at selling in your unique retail setting when it comes to packaging and display.

Colleges and Universities – At many colleges and universities, snack mixes are a vital piece to the grab-n-go snack selection offered at both c-store models and cafeterias. Consider the size of the location and the traffic before choosing the proper package size and rack system. In high volume/high traffic locations with the appropriate room, put in a bulk system with either scoop bins or gravity feed system. Students will enjoy the selection and the flexibility of buying the quantity they prefer. If space is at a premium, a Grabeez® or a spinner rack are ideal. Grabeez® are a convenient grab-n-go cup with 9 snack mixes in its line-up and a smooth fitting round rack that takes up 18” of vertical floor space. A spinner rack will use 12” of vertical floor space and can be stocked with our convenient snack bags, ranging in size from 2oz to 4oz, including a full selection of snack mixes. A spinner rack can be used for our larger stand up resealable pouches, also containing a full assortment of mixes and ranging in size from 4oz to 9oz. In today’s landscape, student and educators are on the go and snack mixes have come to the forefront as a meal replacement, a healthy alternative to chips, a source of energy, and just a great on-the-go snack.

Hospitals – These cafeterias come in all shapes and sizes, but like other cafeteria formats, the patrons are looking for tasty snacks and food. In hospitals, the type of snack mix you choose to display and the location you display it is very important. For the most part, play heavily on the nut & fruit mixes and the nut & fruit PLUS mixes, to generate a feeling of a healthy snack. Display your mixes on a Grabeez® or spinner rack near the register so they are not forgotten while your patrons are constructing their traditional lunch or dinner tray. If your cafeteria is high volume/high traffic, consider a bulk rack near the drinks and chips. More often than not, a drink and a snack is a common purchase. Focus on healthy, clean looking, and convenient when marketing snack mixes at your hospital.

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