Good Natured Selects Tuscan Garden Medley was one of 40 new confectionery and snack products honored for taste, innovation and packaging among hundreds of other new products
WASHINGTON, DC – During the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo held in Chicago in May, Good Natured Selects Tuscan Garden Medley was selected among hundreds of entries as one of the Expo’s Most Innovative New Products of 2013 by an expert panel.
The Most Innovative New Product Awards were created two years ago at the Sweets & Snacks Expo to showcase the most innovative ideas, concepts and products in two of the fastest growing categories, confectionery and snacks.
Good Natured Selects are made from the finest fresh wholesome ingredients. A healthy blend of oats, potato flour and a combination of poppy, flax, sesame and caraway seeds, are blended to create the nutty flavor that will satisfy the most robust appetites. No saturated fats, no artificial ingredients and completely gluten free. Good Natured Selects are available now in Original Grains with Sea Salt, Artisan Cheddar Cheese, which is naturally colored with Beta-Carotene or Tuscan Garden Medley, a blend of carrots, onion and celery, flavored with a touch of roasted garlic, tomato and bell pepper.
The day before the Expo, a panel of experts including top U.S. retailers, food industry icons and trend experts collaborated to narrow the field of more than 200 product entries, which was a 17 percent increase in submissions from 2012.
Panel participants included The NPD Group Trends expert Harry Balzer, Saatchi & Saatchi X’s Worldwide CEO Dina Howell and the Food Network’s Iron Chef winner and restaurateur Chef Homaro Cantu as well as executives from some of the top retailers of candy and snack products in the U.S.
The panel analyzed eight candy and snack segments ranging from chocolate and nonchocolate to savory and salty snacks. Panelists then rated product submissions on taste, packaging, innovation, and go-to-market feasibility and nominated up to five of the top items across the eight different segments. Good Natured Selects Tuscan Garden Medley was one of the the elite few to be hand-selected by the panel as a finalist in the Salty Snacks segment.
On the first day of the Expo, more than 1,000 retail and wholesale trade customers voted electronically for their top picks in each category in the Most Innovative New Product Awards showcase.
The winning products selected by the retailers on the show floor in eight candy and snack segments were announced during a keynote session during the second day of the Expo.
The 2014 Most Innovative New Product Awards will be presented at next year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo to be held in Chicago, May 20 – 22, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.sweetsandsnacks.com/.
About Herr Foods Inc. – A recognized leader in the snack food industry, Herr Foods Inc. is headquartered in Nottingham, Pa. The family-owned-and-operated company began 67years ago in Lancaster, Pa., and now employs over 1,500 people who make 340 delicious snack products that are available worldwide.About the Sweets & Snacks Expo – Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the Sweets & Snacks Expo is the confectionery and snack industry’s most successful, world class event. It is unrivaled in new product launches, business building solutions and innovations in merchandising. More than 15,000 qualified professionals attend with global participation from 90 countries. More than 600 companies displaying 3.5 acres of candy and snacks products exhibited at the 17th annual Expo which is held each May in at Chicago’s McCormick Place.