New. Now.

The NACS Show is the world’s largest c-store, a showcase of innovation for convenience retailers unlike any other in the industry. Operators from across the country will meet today in Chicago to hike the halls of McCormick Place, hunting for their next best seller.

The following pages don’t come close to even approximating the number of new products that will line the aisles. Simply, this is a taste. But these products represent trends from across categories, from foodservice to confection. They represent advancements in flavor, equipment and technology. And they embody the changing c-store landscape, one that caters to a more modern consumer; one that thrives on its nimbleness and its resilience.

Showgoers can use this list of what’s hot right now to help guide their show strategy. But even if you’re not heading to the NACS Show, use it as an indication of what the new-product landscape—and c-store shelves—will look like in the year to come. Click through to see for yourself.

Hershey’s Gold Caramelized Creme with Peanuts and Pretzels

Booth #4616

New Hershey’s Gold bars feature a rich creme that is slowly heated to deliver a buttery, sweet flavor that is a distinctively new Hershey’s experience, the company says. The caramelized creme also includes a combination of salty, crunchy bits of peanuts and pretzels. Hershey’s Gold Caramelized Creme with Peanuts and Pretzels will be available beginning Dec. 1, 2017, in a standard 1.4-ounce bar with an SRP of $1.29, and a 2.5-ounce king bar for an SRP of $1.99.

Snickers Peanut Butter Crisper

Booth #6524

Rolling out in December, Snickers Peanut Butter Crisper comes in four portionable squares. It features a balance of sweet, salty, creamy and crispy, according to the company, and provides the satiation of peanut butter with a crunchy texture.

Alo Coco

Booth #445

Five distinct lines make up the Alo portfolio, including its newest Alo Coco line, which consists of two different varieties: original Alo Coco and Alo Coco + Watermelon. Alo Coco is a blend of two ingredients—pure coconut water and real aloe vera juice—while Alo Coco + Watermelon adds watermelon juice. The Alo Original line consists of 10 flavors packaged in 16.9-ounce bottles. 

Combos Honey Sriracha

Booth #6524

Combos Honey Sriracha is rolling out in 2018. The filling delivers a well-balanced, sweet honey profile with garlic and chili pepper Sriracha flavors, the company says.

 

Kar Nut Products Thai Sweet Chili Mix

Booth #1555

A bold new flavor is joining the Kar’s Fresh Harvest line: Kar’s Thai Sweet Chili mix marries the bold heat of Thai chili peppers with the sweet infusion of pineapple, honey sesame sticks and orange-flavored cranberries. Thai Sweet Chili mix is available in 2.5- and 5-ounce packages for an SRP range of $1 to $2.89.

Extra Chewy Mints

Booth #6524

Extra is extending into the mints category with the December 2017 launch of new Extra Chewy Mints in two flavors: Peppermint and Polar Ice. Extra Chewy Mints are chewable mints packed with all the flavor and freshening power of Extra gum, according to the company. Each mint has a thin, crispy outer shell and a chewy core to deliver an instant fresh feeling.

 

Juicy Fruit Mixies

Juicy Fruit Mixies

Booth #6524

Launching in December 2017, Juicy Fruit Mixies gum contain four fruity flavors in each bottle: Original, Strawberry, Watermelon and Grape. Juicy Fruit Mixies are available in a 15-piece, single-serve bottle and a 40-piece bottle.

 

El Monterey Breakfast Empanadas

Booth #5362

El Monterey Breakfast Empanadas are made with a light and flaky crust and are available in a new Egg, Sausage, Cheese & Potato flavor. Also available is Tornados Grande, a premium seasoned beef sausage link and cheesy sauce wrapped in a bold flavored tortilla and served hot from the roller grill or hot case. The 4.5-ounce product is available in Cheesy Beef & Bacon and Spicy Italian Beef & Cheese flavors. 

 

Three Bold Brothers Premium Burritos

Booth #5362

New to the NACS Show is Three Bold Brothers premium burritos, which are marked by restaurant-quality ingredients such as grilled steak or chicken, Monterey jack cheese, black beans and cilantro lime rice, all packed into a pressed tortilla. The burritos are wrapped in authentic butcher paper for consumers who want a fresh, high-quality burrito without sacrificing speed and convenience, according to the company. 

Crispy Stix

Booth #7275

Van’s Kitchen is offering five bold Crispy Stix flavors: Cheeseburger, Buffalo Chicken, Korean BBQ Pork, Chicken Taco and Orange Chicken. Crispy Stix are a competitively priced handheld snack that also delivers profitability to operators, the company says. The brand can be merchandised in a hot case in the supplier’s branded sleeves.

Himalayan Natural Mineral Water

Booth #2114

Himalayan natural mineral water is a premium water from a pure underground moving stream aquifer, which is about 400 feet below the surface in the foothills of the Himalayas. Every drop travels through layers of rock, sand and silt for more than 20 years. These layers act as natural filters and during the journey allow water to pick up essential minerals from which it acquires its unique composition and taste. 

Bigs All-American King-Size Seeds

Booth #940

Packaged in 6-ounce gusseted bags and containing 12% more seeds that the brand’s 5.35-ounce bags, Bigs All-American King-Size Seeds have no artificial flavors or preservatives and delivers 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving. The 6-ounce seeds carry the same SRP ($1.99) as Bigs’ existing 5.35-ounce bags.

goodnessknows

Booth #6524

In 2018, goodnessknows is expanding beyond its traditional fruit and nut line by adding six new flavors to the lineup: Peanut Butter Crunch, Nut & Sea Salt, Maple Cinnamon & Almond, Honey Almond Bourbon Vanilla, Mocha & Almond and Oats Raisins & Almond. These new flavor combinations blend sweet and salty and also feature a higher protein content.

Duke's Brisket Strips

Duke's Brisket Strips

Booth #940

Duke’s is improving its existing steak strips line and moving to 100% grass-fed brisket. Enhancements include 100% grass-fed brisket for a more tender eating experience; improved marinade for better taste and flavor; and new packaging and graphics. Flavors include the new Chile Lime, along with existing flavors including Traditional Sea Salt, Honey Bourbon and Chipotle BBQ. 

Hatco Toast-Qwik Conveyor Toasters

Booths #5939 and #5739

Redesigned with a modernized look, advanced controls and increased production capabilities, Toast-Qwik Conveyor Toasters now include a touchscreen control panel to allow implementation of up to 12 programmable product settings. With a USB port located on the front for easy transfer of product information and software updates, the TQ3 uses the patented ColorGuard Sensing System to monitor and adjust conveyor speed for consistent toast results.

Dove Dusted Editions

Dove Dusted Editions

Booth #6524

In 2018, Dove is debuting Dove Chocolate Covered Dusted Nuts in three varieties: cashews dipped in milk chocolate dusted with sea salt; almonds dipped in dark chocolate dusted with cinnamon; and cashews dipped in dark chocolate dusted with cocoa. 

McLane Divinely Sweet

Booth #1706

A McLane Co. private-label product within its Consumer Value Products company, Divinely Sweet is made with high-quality ingredients. Whether a consumer is looking for a milk chocolate peanut butter cup or Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Grahams, Divinely Sweet offers a line of confections that are designed to cater to a multitude of decadent cravings.

AdvancePierre Fresh-Cut wraps, wedges and subs

Booth #4667

AdvancePierre introduces 13 new Fresh-Cut sandwiches that feature homestyle breads, natural cheeses and premium meats. All products have a front-of-pack calorie callout. Sandwiches include Fresh-Cut Wraps (Chicken Caesar Wrap and Southwest Turkey Wrap); Fresh-Cut Wedges (Smoky Ham & Natural Cheddar, Turkey Breast & Natural Cheddar, Chicken Salad and Tuna Salad); and Fresh-Cut Hearty Size Wedges and Fresh-Cut Subs. 

Barefoot Rose line extension

Booth #6515

E. & J. Gallo has introduced a new line extension of its Barefoot Rose offering. It comes in multiple size offerings: 1.5-liter, 750-ml and 187-ml, the latter of which is available in a four-pack. The 10.5% ABV product is light-bodied, refreshing and fruit-driven, according to the company, and regarded as the driest Barefoot pink still wine. 

PowerBar Plant Protein Bars

Booth #6118

The brand’s first plant-based snack bar within its Clean Start initiative, PowerBar Plant Protein Bars are considered a better-tasting option not typically seen in the plant protein category, according to the company. With no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, the bars’ protein comes from simple ingredients such as cashews, almonds or peanuts, pea protein crisps and rice protein crisps. 

Slim Jim Premium Smoked Sticks

Booth #5718

A premium meat snack available in both sticks and jerky, Slim Jim Premium Smoked Sticks deliver high-quality ingredients and sophisticated flavors, according to the company. Each protein stick is grass-fed 100% beef or 100% premium pork, raised without hormones and with no artificial colors, flavors or MSG. It comes in three flavors: Smokehouse Original, Thai Style Chili and Memphis Style BBQ. Varieties are available in 1.2- and 4.1-ounce resealable packs for an SRP of $1.79 and $4.99, respectively.

Ne-Mo’s Cake Squares

Booth #2444

Ne-Mo’s Bakery is introducing four innovative Cake Square flavors: Vanilla Birthday Cake with Buttercream Icing, Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing, Lemon Cake with Buttercream Icing, and Peppermint Mocha Cake with Cream Cheese Icing. These join classic cake flavors Chocolate, Banana, Red Velvet and Black & White. 

Deli Express Market Salads

Booth #6544

New Deli Express Market Salads are convenient, better-for-you options for on-the-go consumers. Market Salads have been created with intriguing flavors and wholesome ingredients appealing to health-focused consumers, with trend-driven varieties that include Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad, Italian Pasta Salad, Egg Salad with Bacon and Homestyle Tuna Salad. 

Arcadia Bay Select Coffee Program from Core-Mark

Booth #5125

An upscale lineup, the new Arcadia Bay Select Coffee program from Core-Mark offers a fully branded, turnkey line of modern brewing and dispensing options, installation and service for c-store operators. Using its successful strategic alignment with Boyd Coffee Co., Arcadia Bay Select Coffees includes 10 varieties of both single-origin and blended, 100% Arabica bean coffees. The program comes complete with menu boards, prefab kiosks, branded cups and varying roast levels. 

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar

Booth #7323

Coca-Cola Zero is receiving a new name, a new look and a new recipe with the launch of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. According to the company, the new Coca-Cola Zero Sugar has more real Coca-Cola flavor, but without the sugar. The bottler’s latest zero-sugar product innovation is available in stores, on fountain and Coca-Cola Freestyle machines.

Swisher Sweets Banana Smash

Booth #906

Joining the Swisher Sweets limited-edition lineup is the brand’s Banana Smash cigarillos, which provide a bold yet sweet blend of banana and strawberry. Swisher Sweets Banana Smash cigarillos are available in a resealable two-count pouch with the company’s “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. The product comes in two-for-99-cents, save-on-two and two-for-$1.49 price options. 

​Airio Micro Tar Reducing Cigarette Filter

Booth #2155

Noted for being small and discreet, the Airio Micro Tar Reducing Cigarette Filter reduces tar and other harmful chemicals, and it comes equipped with an attractive counter-friendly display. The supplier is offering retailers an introductory display deal: Buy 10 packs and receive two packs free. A 20-count pack is available for an SRP of $1.99.

KPS Global walk-in cooler

Booth #6781

KPS Global is launching its newest product line, and will now stock commonly sized walk-in coolers and freezers that are ready to ship to customers within 48 hours. As with its custom-built walk-in solutions, KPS is offering everything an operator needs to outfit a quick ship walk-in, including jamb guards, closers, LED lights and a thermometer. 

NestFresh Pasture Raised Organic Eggs

Booth #7987

NestFresh Eggs is expanding its line of pasture-raised eggs with Pasture Raised Organic Eggs, Pasture Raised Non-GMO Eggs and Pasture Raised Soy Free Eggs, all available in either 12-count plastic or pulp cartons. The line is designed to cater to consumers looking for a healthful way to enjoy eggs with an added element of convenience. The expanded lineup joins its existing line of hard-cooked eggs.  

Perdue Sliced Smoked Turkey and Dark Turkey Burgers

Booth #7781

Perdue Foodservice is introducing two new products—Sliced Smoked Turkey and Dark Turkey Burgers—to the Perdue Harvestland all-natural turkey portfolio. Turkey Burgers are a 100% vegetarian-fed turkey product that are ground, lightly seasoned and formed into a 4-ounce turkey burger, while Sliced Smoked Turkey is also 100% vegetarian-fed that’s cooked, lightly smoked and sliced into 0.67-ounce slices, and then packaged in a 2-pound resealable package. 

Nestle Waters Regional Spring Water Sparkling

Booth #4625

Six Nestle Waters North America brands, including Arrowhead, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Ozarka, Poland Spring and Zephryhills, blend the regional natural spring water brands with newly reformulated natural flavors and carbonation, creating a sparkling water that is free of calories, sugars, sweeteners and colors. The new lineup is available in redesigned PET bottles (0.5-liter, 1-liter and a new 20-ounce immediate-consumption bottle) as well as 12-ounce cans. 

Reese’s Crunchy Cookie Cup

Booth #4616

A new Reese’s variety comes stuffed with chocolate cookie bits. The added texture delivers a sensorial experience that adds a crunchy bite to complement the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, the company says. Reese’s Crunchy Cookie Cup is available in a standard two-cup size at 1.5 ounces for an SRP of $1.09, and in a king two-cup, Big Cup size at 2.8 ounces and an SRP of $1.79.

Sour & Chewy Bears and Worms

Booth #1530

Each peg bag of this new Candy Dynamics offering features 5 ounces of sour treats in five flavors including pineapple, strawberry, lime, blue raspberry and tangerine. Each bag has bright, colorful and fun artwork designed to grab the attention of any child in the candy aisle. Each case contains 12 peggable units, and each peg bag has an SRP of $2.49. Bulk purchasing options are also available. 

Coconut Almond Medley

Booth #1555

A combination of indulgent dark chocolate chunks with roasted and lightly salted almonds and lightly toasted coconut chips, Kar’s Coconut Almond Medley is non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, low in sodium and made with no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. Kar’s Coconut Almond Medley is available in 5- and 12-ounce resealable pouches for an SRP range of $3.99 to $6.49.