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KeHE Celebrates On Trend Winners

KeHE Distributors celebrated its On Trend winners at the 2023 KeHE Holiday Show, who were selected out of a pool of 45 finalists for innovation, purpose, ingredients, and scalability. They include:

• Best of Show: Konscious Foods, a maker of plant-based frozen sushi rolls, onigiri, and poke bowls.

• Appetizers and Snack Foods: You Need This, a plant-based snack brand.

• Baking Sweeteners and Spices: Kodiak, a better-for-you breakfast and snack company.

• Beverage: Parch, a maker of non-alcoholic agave cocktails.

• Breakfast and Bars: Nature’s Bakery, a better-for-you snack brand.

• Candy and Confections: Oatmeal brand Oatally Awesome and chocolate brand TCHO.

• Condiments and Spreads: Roots Kitchen & Cannery, a small-batch jam and pickle brand.

• Dairy and Refrigerated: Hope and Sesame, a maker of sesame milk.

• Diversity: Sweet Logic, a maker of keto-friendly sweets.

• Fresh: Oh Snap! Pickling Co., a pickle brand.

• Frozen: Balkan Bites, a maker of frozen, ready-to-heat bureks.

• Pantry Staples: Louisiana Fish Fry, a maker of seafood breading mix.

• Wellness Nutrition: Wonderbelly, maker of antacid tablets.

Deb Conklin, president and CEO of KeHE, shared in her State of the Industry address that the company plans to invest in innovative new resources and products, specifically fresh products such as cheese, that differentiate and customize KeHE’s service.

“We are so impressed with the unique, high-quality brands that attended our Holiday Show,” said Conklin in a statement. “This event is a great opportunity to put passionate, emerging brands in front of retailers searching for exceptional products to sell to their consumers for the holidays.”

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