JACK LINK’S PROTEIN SNACKS
BOO TH #2827
The meat snacks cat-
egory is growing at
an accelerated rate
in center store gro-
cery, and Jack Link’s
is ready to drive more
showcase our entire
house of brands,” says Steve Althaus, vice pres-
ident of sales strategy. “This includes our core
Jack Link’s brand, World Kitchens—our open-
ing price point brand, and Lorissa’s Kitchen,
our newest brand in the super premium cat-
egory that targets the active, health conscious
Minong, Wis.-based Jack Link’s anxiously
anticipates the annual show because “it allows
executives to better understand what is trend-
ing among today’s shoppers, and learn about
product innovations and merchandising vehi-
cles coming to market,” says Althaus.
For Jack Link’s, these innovations include
the company’s Jack Link’s Small Batch Maple
Bacon Jerky; its new brand, Lorissa’s Kitchen;
and its Flame Grilled Smokehouse Beef Jerky.
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Consumers are driven
by health and wellness,
a factor that is prompting retailers to offer
more nutritional snacking alternatives. “We
play a critical role in
empowering consumers to snack mindfully,”
says Diane Striegel,
senior manager industry development for East
Hanover, N.J.-based Mondel;z International.
Mondel;z will present its program, the “Call
For Well-Being,” which focuses on consum-
ers’ expectations regarding mindful snack-
ing, communities, sustainability and safety.
Mondel;z will deliver its message “in a com-
fortable, personal setting within the FMI
Connect Business Exchange (CBX),” says
Striegel. “Last year, this allowed us to focus
our resources on the unique needs of each cus-
tomer we met with.”
During these private meetings, attendees
can try a variety of Mondel;z’s newly launched
items, including its Stride gum, Dentyne Sub-
Zero gum and mints, Trident White gum and
two new Oreo Thins flavors. Striegel says that
the company plans to focus 70 percent of its
new product development efforts on its Well-
Mondel;z will also feature its new belVita Sandwich and new brand, Good Thins!.
“These are two great brands that support our
Well-Being options,” she says.
PARK CITY GROUP/REPOSITRAK
BOO TH #1645
As food safety and traceability become bigger
concerns for consumers and grocers alike,
retailers need to better manage risk scenarios.
For many, this includes automating and managing compliance of corporate and supplier
food safety documents, and regulatory
records. This will become paramount with the
advent of the Food Safety Modernization Act
(FSMA) in September.
Called the largest overhaul of the food
safety regulations in over 70 years, “the FSMA
defines requirements spanning food safety
plans, new import regulations and sanitary
transportation—and every trading partner in
the global food supply chain will be affected,”
says Randy Fields, chairman and CEO of the
Salt Lake City-based company.
One capability that Park City Group will
highlight in this preparation is its New
Vendor Setup Automation, a solution within
ReposiTrak, the company’s cloud-based compliance screening platform.
As grocers continually add new vendors
within their supply chain, the approval and set
up process grows increasingly time-consum-
ing and complex. Reposi Trak screens for com-
pliance and manages the steps of the approval
process. New vendors access and upload all
required business, food safety and regulatory
documents, and Reposi Trak confirms if a new
vendor number should be assigned and when
purchase orders should be generated.
“We help our customers take ‘an active
approach’ to managing their compliance,” he
says. “Our approach helps customers reduce
non-compliance by 70 percent among new
suppliers within the first six months.”
PULSE AREA, CONFERENCE ROOM #4
A long-time provider of POS solutions to grocers around the globe, PCMS only recently
introduced its solutions to the domestic grocery industry. This year marks the company’s
debut at FMI Connect, where it plans to educate
retailers about how its technology can provide a
powerful and intuitive unified commerce platform across sales channels—a move that will
empower brands for the future of grocery.
Featuring a customizable cloud-based
option, as well as hosting and managed services, “we’re focused on making sure that North
American grocers are aware of the ways PCMS
can help them,” says Andy Winans, CEO of the
A sponsor of FMI Pulse events, PCMS will
also share options about how to merge their
physical stores with their digital presence.
“We want to make it painless for grocers to
keep up with ever-changing commerce technology,” he says.
PILOT KNOB COMFORTS
Pilot Knob Comforts has a simple goal: to
introduce as many people as possible to its
specialty hull-less popcorn. The snack, which
contains very few hard pieces, or hulls, often