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Salted Snack

Salted Snack
Van Wyk Confections'
Sweet & Salty Pretzel

This year's winner of the Salted
Snack category was Van Wyk Confections' Sweet & Salty Pretzel.
Featuring crunchy, salty Bavarian
pretzels dipped in premium milk
chocolate and covered in crunchy
toffee, the treat is irresistible. Van
Wyk Confections has been a supplier since 2000 in the fundraising arena and has expanded this
product into vending and micro
markets with the help of Burdette
Beckmann, Inc.
"The Sweet & Salty Pretzel
TWISTS are unique and bring a
fun twist to this market," Mark
Van Wyk, owner of Van Wyk Confections, said. "We are proud of this
product and excited to grow it in the
vending channels."

Protein or Meat Snack

Protein or Meat
Hillshire® Snacking
Small Plates

Cold Beverage
Push Strawberry Soda


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This category made its debut this year
to distinguish it from both the Food
and Salted Snack categories.
The winner this time was Hillshire® Snacking Small Plates, a
premium, refrigerated adult snack.
Each serving includes at least 15
grams of protein and no artificial
ingredients. Tyson Foods rolled
out six flavors, which each include
salame, prosciutto or pepperoni as
well as either natural white cheddar
cheese or natural gouda cheese with
toasted rounds.
"We're constantly innovating
to provide solutions that meet the
evolving needs of our consumers,
especially as many look for snacks
to do more for them - whether it's a
quick pick me up, or a substantial
protein rich offering to get them
through the day," said Mike Fanelli,
marketing director of Hillshire
Snacking at Tyson Foods. "We're
honored to be recognized for developing meal and snack solutions that
support how people are eating and
are excited for the future of elevated
protein snacking."

April 2019

Naked Fruit, Nut & Veggie Bars

Naked Fruit, Nut & Veggie Bars
brought home the gold this year for the
Healthy/FitPick® category. These bars
mark the Naked brand's first extension
beyond premium juices and smoothies. The innovative product line of
chilled snack bars is packed with real
fruits and vegetables in three flavors:
Blue Machine, Green Machine and
Red Machine. None contain preservatives, and they are all excellent sources
of vitamins A, C, E and iron.
"As experts in fruits and vegetables, I'm thrilled we are bringing the
convenience, nutrition and taste we
are known for at Naked into the chilled
bars space," said Becca Kerr, former
senior vice president, North America
Nutrition Fruit and Vegetable portfolio, in the press release announcing the
product's debut. "Since it's not always
convenient to fit fruits and vegetables
into your daily routine, we're expanding our lineup, continuing to provide
consumers with yet another option to
make sure they are getting their daily
dose of goodness."

Cold Beverage
The 2019 awardee for Cold Beverage is Push Strawberry Soda, which
joined Push Beverages' lineup of several fruit-flavored sodas in August
2018. The soda, which comes in
20-ounce bottles with a calorie count

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