CHICAGO – The 7-Eleven Franchise Owners Association of Chicagoland (FOAC) hosted its seventh annual holiday party and trade show on Nov. 15 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago North Shore in Skokie, Ill. The show featured Jaimin Pandya, president of FOAC, as well as the organization’s officers and board of directors, working with snack, candy, beverage and general merchandise suppliers looking to get their products on the convenience-store chain’s shelves.
The better-for-you snacking trend doesn’t appear to be declining, as many of the sweet and salty treats at the show targeted health-conscious consumers. Nonetheless, new takes on traditional snacks were highlighted as well.
Here were five snacks on display at the 7-Eleven FOAC trade show …
1. Be Better Protein Squares
Be Better Protein Squares are gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free protein bites that resemble the texture of thick granola. They are available in five flavors: Caramel & Almonds, Almonds & Hemp Seeds, Coconut Trail Mix, Cranberry & Oats and Honey Oats. Each variety contains between 10 and 14 grams of protein and between 2 and 6 grams of fiber.
2. Optimum Nutrition Protein Almonds
Fitness brand Optimum Nutrition’s Protein Almonds have twice the protein of traditional almonds, the company says. Each almond is dipped in a whey-enriched confection coating and dusted with cocoa. They come in three flavors: Chocolate Jalapeno, Dark Chocolate Truffle and Cinnamon Roll, each of which contains 10 grams of protein and 230 calories per serving.
3. Pringles Mega Stack
The Kellogg Co. has launched its new Pringles Mega Stack, a 7.16-ounce canister of the crunchy chips. The Mega Stack towers over Pringle’s traditional cans, which stand at 5.2-ounces. These cans arrive in two classic Pringles flavors: Original and Sour Cream & Onion.
Continue reading to see what else Kellogg showcased at the 7-Eleven trade show …
4. Bear Naked Chunky Almond Butter Bars
Kellogg’s Bear Naked brand showcased its Chunky Almond Butter Bars at the show. The 1.94-ounce bars come in two flavors, Chocolate Chip Banana and Dark Chocolate Mocha. Its ingredients include almond butter, almonds, peanuts, tapioca syrup, date paste, gluten-free whole-grain oats, gluten-free whole-oat flour and cashews. Kellogg showcased these bars in retail packs, which contain 48 bars in one case.
5. Gorilly Goods Clusters
Organic snack maker Gorilly Goods displayed its Cluster snacks at the trade show. These chunky snacks combine various nuts, seeds, fruit and chocolate into a single bite. They come in two flavors: Jungle Banana Nut Crunch and Forest Dark Chocolate Covered Banana Nut Crunch. They’re organic, gluten-free, low-glycemic, non-GMO, vegan and paleo. One box contains 12 1.7-ounce packages, while a case contains 36 packages.