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IN THE AISLES By Richard Turcsik
Snacking Italian Style
La Panzanella Artisanal Foods Co. has launched Croccantini Bites, a cracker-style snack billed
as ideal for today’s on-the-go generation seeking healthy, natural and palate-pleasing snacks.
Croccantini Bites are based on La Panzanella’s original recipe, but add baked-in, natural herbs
and are finished with a light seasoning on top. According to company officials, the crackers are
truly bite-sized, about half the size of the company’s popular Croccantini Minis.
Croccantini Bites are available in three flavors: Italian Herb, Sundried Tomato & Basil and
Spicy Olive, a savory olive flavor with a spicy red pepper adding a touch of heat. All are packaged
in a re-sealable, stand-up 4.75-ounce pouch, with a suggested retail price of $3.99.
“La Panzanella is delighted to introduce our new Croccantini Bites that are right on target
with the latest trends in healthy snacking and consumers’ growing desire for bold, spicy flavors,”
says Paul Pigott, CEO of La Panzanella, based in Tukwila, Wash. “In creating the new Bites, we
remained true to our original recipe and hand-crafted nature of our product using only natural,
wholesome ingredients. Our customers have come to love the unique crunch and texture of our
Croccantini crackers and now they get all of that plus new exciting flavors in a snacking format.”
For more information, visit lapanzanella.com.
A TWIST ON TORTILLA CHIPS
Snack Factory, the Snyder’s-Lance division known for Pretzel Crisps,
has reimagined the tortilla with Snack Factory Tortilla Chips, the
brand’s first snack innovation beyond pretzels.
According to company officials, Snack Factory Tortilla Chips deliver
a modern take on the corn tortilla by being thinner and crispier than
an ordinary tortilla chip, while offering a unique shape and satisfying
crunch that holds up to hearty dips and toppings.
Snack Factory Tortilla Chips are available in two flavors: Sea Salt
Tortilla Chips, packaged in an 8-ounce bag, and Garlic Hummus
Tortilla Chips, packaged in a 7-ounce bag. Both have a suggested
retail price of $3.29 and are usually merchandised in the deli section
of the supermarket.
“As the creators of America’s favorite flat pretzel, we know a thing or two about quality and taste,”
says Eric Van De Wal, vice president of marketing for the Clearview Foods Division of Snyder’s-Lance,
based in Charlotte, N.C. “Snack Factory Tortilla Chips are made with wholesome, non-GMO ingredients, carry the whole grain stamp, and are conveniently located in the deli section.”
For more information, visit snackfactory.com.
Since biblical times the olive branch has
connoted peace. Now consumers can have
a peaceful cup of tea thanks to Bel Lavoro
Olive Orchards, which has launched
Steep Echo, a line of herbal tea made with
“The olive leaf has all of the medicinal
qualities that olive oil has, and it is all-natural and caffeine-free,” says Kimberly
Branun, founder of Steep Echo at Bel
Lavoro, based in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Produced with American-grown olive
leaves, Steep Echo is available in five varieties: Ascent, combining olive leaves with
cinnamon, a touch of vanilla and sweet
monk fruit; Bloom, olive leaves with peppermint, echinacea and savory herbs to
improve immune defense, along with licorice root and cranberry; Hush, olive leaves
with ginger, peppermint, fresh lemon
myrtle and a touch of maple; Repose,
olive leaves with chamomile, linden and
floral blossoms; and Tend, olive leaves
combined with corn silk, couch grass and
notes of lemon myrtle, mango and pomegranate, designed to aid proper digestion.
The teas are packaged in special biodegradable sachets produced in Seattle and
merchandised in boxes of 12, with a suggested retail price of $15.
For more information, visit steepecho.com.