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Nonni’s Foods Introduces Better-for-You Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double ChocolateNonni’s Foods, North America’s leading artisan baker, is introducing an all-new lineup of Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies to retailers nationwide. Taking into account consumers’ evolving interests in snacks that are made with real premium ingredients, the newest addition to the Nonni’s offerings is a thin chocolate chip cookie that both tastes great and provides a better-for-you snack option.

Unlike the typical chocolate chip cookie, Nonni’s Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies are low in sugar, fat and carbohydrates. They’re also dairy-free and contain at least two grams of protein per serving.

Each box of Nonni’s Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies contains six convenient portion-packs for guaranteed freshness. The packs are filled with three chocolate chip thin cookies averaging only 100 calories total – making it the perfect on-the-go treat consumers can feel good about enjoying.

“We are beyond thrilled to be able to offer these delicious new snacks to our consumers. They are the chocolate chip cookie you know and love but with better-for-you ingredients like real dark chocolate, crunchy California almonds and coconut oil,” said Patricia Wong Bridges, Senior Brand Marketing Manager for Nonni’s.

Almond ChocolateNonni’s new chocolate chip thin cookie lineup is available in Almond Chocolate, Double Chocolate and Toasted Coconut flavors for a tasty guilt-free snack with wholesome ingredients baked into every bite. Whether paired with morning coffee or tea, packed in a lunch box for a busy day at the office or tossed in a purse with the day’s essentials, Nonni’s new handcrafted treats satisfy cravings with a delicately sweet taste and crunchy texture.

Nonni’s Almond Chocolate Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies are filled with crunchy California almonds which can be a great source of protein and energy. Nonni’s Double Chocolate Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies are made with 55 percent cacao dark chocolate, which has the benefit of less sugar than many other chocolate snack choices and antioxidants. Nonni’s Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies offer the sweet and natural taste of Sri Lankan coconut and just like the other flavors, are made with coconut oil.

The superior combination of taste and real, quality ingredients makes Nonni’s new chocolate chip thin cookies a healthier snack option that doesn’t sacrifice on flavor. Nonni’s Chocolate Chip Artisan Thin Cookies will be available at select retailers across the nation and retail for $3.50.

Kroger’s Organic Produce Sales Achieve $1 Billion

The Kroger Co.’s organic produce business has achieved $1 billion in annual sales, according to the company. “Kroger offers one of the largest organic produce departments in America, and we are proud to have led the way in making this category more mainstream, accessible and affordable,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s Senior Vice President of Merchandising. “We have a dedicated procurement team that partners with more than 300 organic produce growers and suppliers every year to bring our customers an exciting selection of organic fruits and vegetables.”

According to IRI, the U.S. organic produce market reached $5 billion in 2016 and it is growing. Kroger recently announced Simple Truth® reached $2 billion in annual sales, marking the growing popularity of its brand of natural, organic and free-from products.

2018 sofi Awards: Best in Specialty Food Entries Accepted February 1-28

For more than 45 years, the Specialty Food Association has honored the best in the industry with sofi™ Awards. The sofi recognizes culinary excellence and creativity in multiple specialty categories. Throughout February, entries will be accepted for the awards, considered one of the highest honors in the food world.

“Everyone from senior level buyers to chefs take note of sofi winners,” said Phil Kafarakis, President, Specialty Food Association. “These are remarkable products that help shape and grow industry trends and have a big impact on the marketplace. It’s a tribute to the continuing strength of specialty food in retail, foodservice, and with consumers, that we see such interest year after year in the sofi Awards. We can’t wait to see the products entered for 2018.”

The sofi Awards recognize 154 winners in 39 categories, which range from baked goods to vinegar. Sixty food professionals including chefs, culinary instructors, recipe developers, food journalists and specialty food buyers will gather to blind taste all of the entries. Judges will not see packaging, pricing or any brand identification – the focus is on product only.

For additional information on the sofi awards and how to enter click here. Winners will be announced in April, and the 2018 product of the year will be announced at the Summer Fancy Food Show this June in New York City.

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