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Category Spotlights

FROZEN ASIAN FOOD SALES UP 11%

A 22.5% gain by snacks and appetizers drove the advance. But household penetration remains low, leaving plenty of room for additional growth. While inflation stifled

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Category Spotlights

BREAKFAST RISES & SHINES

Up 12%, the category is outperforming the frozen department as a whole. New products are all about convenience and protein. While the frozen breakfast category

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Category Spotlights

VEGGIE INNOVATION TAKES ROOT

The once sleepy frozen vegetable category has become a hotbed of new product development, which could help jumpstart growth. During the 12 weeks ended April

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Category Spotlights

HISPANIC FOODS UP 13.8%

With a surge of new plant-based and other better-for-you options, the category broadens its appeal. Dollar sales of frozen and refrigerated Hispanic foods jumped 13.8%

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BREAD & DOUGH CLEANS UP

The category outperformed the frozen department as a whole, but consumer demand is shifting from comfort foods to better-for-you Although dollar sales are up across

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SHELL-SHOCKED

An outbreak of avian flu combined with rising input costs is driving retail prices up and volumes down. But specialty eggs are holding their own

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New Products

New Products

Plant-Based Frozen Meals

Wicked Kitchen (wickedkitchen.com), Minneapolis, adds four heat-and-eat frozen meals meant to appeal to both vegans and omnivores to its expansive line of flavor-forward plant-based foods.

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New Products

Corndog Wraps & Mini Pie Crusts

Minneapolis-based General Mills expands its Pillsbury (pillsbury.com) lineup with two new refrigerated dough products. Each 11.5-ounce can of Corndog Wraps contains eight pre-cut dough wraps.

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New Products

Brick Oven Crust Pizza

Montclair, N.J.-based Rao’s Homemade (raos.com), part of the Sovos Brands portfolio, introduces a line of authentic Italian Brick Oven Pizzas. The artisanal pies are built

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New Products

Plant-Based Italian Beef

Chicago-based Upton’s Naturals (uptonsnaturals.com) teamed with The Buona Companies to create Plant-Based Chicago Italian Beef & Gravy. Made from Upton’s thinly sliced and seasoned seitan,

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New Products

Plant-Based Whipping Cream

Country Crock (countrycrock.com), owned by Hackensack, N.J.-based Upfield, expands its line of dairy-free products with a “no-sacrifice” certified plant-based alternative to heavy whipping cream. Country

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New Products

Hot Sauce-Flavored Chicken Bites

Building on the success of a springtime LTO, John Soules Foods (johnsoulesfoods.com), Tyler, Texas, rolls out a complete line of Hot Ones Boneless Chicken Bites,

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