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Top 100 Food Trends in September

From Snackable Lobster Bites to Bunless Plant-Based Burgers

— October 15, 2021 — Lifestyle
The September 2021 food trends present a variety of notable developments and innovations across a wide range of food industry categories. From clever grab-and-go meals and keto-friendly alternatives to brownie batter-infused milkshakes and digitized restaurant makeovers -- there were a seemingly endless number of exciting trends for foodies to sink their teeth into this month.

A standout theme within this collection, however, comes from the prevalence of newly launched meat-free alternatives. A&W partnered with Beyond Meat to release extra-crispy, vegan chicken nuggets, Burger King unveiled a bunless plant-based burger, and the 'Impossible Sausage' finally got a nationwide retail launch.

In a similar vein, numerous better-for-you snacks were released this month. Chef Protein launched a series of healthy, protein-packed dressing and sauce alternatives, while Calbee Harvest introduced a range of chip-like lentil crisps. Within the kids food category, Pure Flavor released nano-sized cucumbers, designed for back-to-school lunches, and a new healthy kids meal-kit brand called Sunnie opened in Canada.
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Activity
Freshness
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Plant-Based Comfort Meals
Plant-Based Comfort Meals
Freshly's Plant-Based Line Features Clean, Whole Food Ingredients
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99
Old-Fashioned Curling Pepperoni Pizzas
Old-Fashioned Curling Pepperoni Pizzas
The Little Caesars Pepperoni Palooza Pizza is Crispy
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98
Lentil-Based Snack Ranges
Lentil-Based Snack Ranges
The Calbee Harvest Snaps Range is Launching in the UK
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97
Keto Brownie Bites
Keto Brownie Bites
LUNA's Low-Carb Treats are Made with Almond Flour
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96
Low-Glycemic Ayurvedic Protein Bars
Low-Glycemic Ayurvedic Protein Bars
These New Bars are Low in Sugar and High in Ashwagandha
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95
Plant-Based Shrimp Bowls
Plant-Based Shrimp Bowls
Clo-Clo Vegan Foods' Bowls Use Konjac Root as a Seafood Alternative
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94
Mini Cheese-Packed QSR Tacos
Mini Cheese-Packed QSR Tacos
The Jack in the Box Spicy Tiny Tacos Come in Two Options
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93
Flash-Frozen Lobster Pastas
Flash-Frozen Lobster Pastas
Cadence Kitchen's Lobster Tortellini Elevates Frozen Food Options
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92
Free Pizza Menus
Free Pizza Menus
Domino's is Giving Away Millions in Free Food to Randomly Selected Customers
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91
Plant-Based Egg Alternatives
Plant-Based Egg Alternatives
Nabati Foods Launches a Plant-Based Egg That is Healthy and Flavorful
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90
Triple-Patty Beer-Infused Burgers
Triple-Patty Beer-Infused Burgers
The Burger King Guinness Stacker is Arriving in South Korea
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89
Crispy Thin Snack Bars
Crispy Thin Snack Bars
CLIF Bar Thins are Slimmed-Down Snacks with Just 100 Calories Per Two Bars
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88
Food Flavoring Innovations
Food Flavoring Innovations
Wixon Has Launched a New Flavor Technology Called 'FlavorFresh SR'
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87
Keto-Friendly Organic Snacks
Keto-Friendly Organic Snacks
Keto Queen Kreations Offers a Range of Sweet Desserts
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86
Monstrous Hybrid Breakfast Cereals
Monstrous Hybrid Breakfast Cereals
The General Mills Monster Mash Cereal Features Retro Branding
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85
Clean-Label BBQ Sauces
Clean-Label BBQ Sauces
Born Simple's Clean Barbecue Sauces Avoid Unnecessary Extras
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84
Double-Sized Breakfast Sandwiches
Double-Sized Breakfast Sandwiches
The Jack in the Box Stacked Croissant Sandwich is Tasty
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83
Baby-Friendly Baking Mixes
Baby-Friendly Baking Mixes
Happy Baby Made Simple Mixes Support Healthy Development in Kids
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82
Better-for-You Glazed Donuts
Better-for-You Glazed Donuts
Urban Legend Makes Treats with Less Sugar & a Patented Steam Process
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81
Smoked Cauliflower Steaks
Smoked Cauliflower Steaks
Lucille’s Slow-Smoked Cauliflower Steak is a Veg-Centered Entree
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80
On-the-Go French Toast Breakfasts
On-the-Go French Toast Breakfasts
The Hardee's French Toast Dips Offer a Convenient Breakfast
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79
Breakfast-Inspired Cookies
Breakfast-Inspired Cookies
Insomnia Cookies is Celebrating Back-to-School with New Sweets
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78
Cocktail-Inspired Chocolate Bites
Cocktail-Inspired Chocolate Bites
After Eight Mojito & Mint Offers a Crisp, Refreshing Flavor
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77
Plant-Based Chicken Nuggets
Plant-Based Chicken Nuggets
The Beyond Meat A&W Vegan Chicken Tenders are a Limited Time Offer
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76
Boba-Infused Ice Creams
Boba-Infused Ice Creams
Magnolia's Boba Ice Cream is Full of Fun Flavors & Textures
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75
Organic Premium Olive Oils
Organic Premium Olive Oils
Kosterina Launched a New Organic EVOO, Delivering on Taste & Refinement
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74
Clean-Label Protein Powders
Clean-Label Protein Powders
Ascent Plant Protein Supports Cleaning Eating
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73
Snack Cake Breakfast Products
Snack Cake Breakfast Products
These New Hostess Breakfast Snacks Offer Twists on Favorites
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72
Hybrid Baked Good Desserts
Hybrid Baked Good Desserts
The Little Caesars Cookie Dough Brownie is Available Nationwide
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71
Limited-Edition Tangy Snack Chips
Limited-Edition Tangy Snack Chips
Doritos Tangy Ranch is Arriving Alongside a Returning Favorite
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70
Microdosed Cannabis Seltzers
Microdosed Cannabis Seltzers
Lift Seltzer Has 2mg of THC and 6mg of CBD Per Can
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69
Starfruit-Infused Salad Bowls
Starfruit-Infused Salad Bowls
Sweetgreen's New Tropical Starfruit Bowl Features Fresh Fruits
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68
Bunless Plant-Based Burgers
Bunless Plant-Based Burgers
Burger King Has Released the New Vegan 'Version 2 Whopper'
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67
Skull-Themed Toaster Pastries
Skull-Themed Toaster Pastries
The Limited-Edition Pop-Tarts Día de Muertos Box Honors Latinx Art
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66
Premium Japanese Steak Meals
Premium Japanese Steak Meals
Yoshinoya Grilled Steak is Around for a Limited Time
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65
Hybrid Pizza Calzones
Hybrid Pizza Calzones
Little Caesars' Crazy Calzony Shares a New Way to Enjoy Pizza
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64
Fall-Themed At-Home Cafe Products
Fall-Themed At-Home Cafe Products
Starbucks Fall Grocery Store Products are Arriving This Month
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63
Functional Plant-Based Tonics
Functional Plant-Based Tonics
Plants By People Tonic Comes in Powdered Single Servings
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62
Globally Sourced Gourmet Chocolates
Globally Sourced Gourmet Chocolates
Marcolini Celebrates 20 Years with Grand Cru Chocolate Tablets
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61
Halloween-Themed Chocolates
Halloween-Themed Chocolates
Hershey Co. Announces Fall Candy Line Including Kit Kat 'Witch's Brew'
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60
Chocolate-Covered Carrot Snacks
Chocolate-Covered Carrot Snacks
Rootles Come in Milk and Dark Chocolate Flavors
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59
Holiday-Ready Candy Products
Holiday-Ready Candy Products
The 2021 Mondelēz International Christmas Products Have Been Unveiled
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58
Plant-Based Sausage Expansions
Plant-Based Sausage Expansions
The 'Impossible Sausage' Gets a Naionwide Grocery Store Launch
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57
Bold Ice Cream Designs
Bold Ice Cream Designs
JDO Unveils Branding for Its New Plant-Based Ice Cream 'Idyll'
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56
Free-From Cookie Snacks
Free-From Cookie Snacks
REAL Cookies from Get Real Foods Come in Three Flavors
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55
Hashbrown-Infused Breakfast Casseroles
Hashbrown-Infused Breakfast Casseroles
Cracker Barrel Has a New Bacon n’ Egg Hashbrown Casserole
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54
Snackable Lobster Bites
Snackable Lobster Bites
Long John Silver's Lobster Bites Tail Pack Has a Seafood-Inspired Form
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53
Meme-Inspired Hot Dogs
Meme-Inspired Hot Dogs
Oscar Mayer Created "Hot Doge" Wieners to Raise Money for Charity
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52
Internationally Inspired Chocolate Products
Internationally Inspired Chocolate Products
The Ritter Sport 'Taste the World' Range is Accessible
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51
Spiced Pumpkin Instant Noodles
Spiced Pumpkin Instant Noodles
Cup Noodles' Pumpkin Spice Ramen Flavor Speaks to Gen Z
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50
Convenient Metabolism-Tracking Apps
Convenient Metabolism-Tracking Apps
Lumen Announced Its New Apple Watch App That Tracks Metabolism
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49
Plant-Based Meal Lines
Plant-Based Meal Lines
Nestlé Brand 'Freshly' Debuts 100% Plant-Based Menu Called 'Purely Plant'
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48
Premium Textural Chocolate Bars
Premium Textural Chocolate Bars
These New Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Bars Come in Three Flavors
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47
Organic Superfood Nut Bars
Organic Superfood Nut Bars
The YOE! Superfood Bars Help Support a Health-Focused Lifestyle
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46
Reneneratively Farmed Eggs
Reneneratively Farmed Eggs
Helpful Hens Eggs are Farmed with Regenerative Practices
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45
Mono-Material Baby Food Packaging
Mono-Material Baby Food Packaging
This Heinz Baby Food Pouch is Highly Recyclable
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44
Musical Breakfast Cereal Boxes
Musical Breakfast Cereal Boxes
Reese’s Puffs Created Playful Packaging That Interacts with AR
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43
Brownie Batter-Infused Shakes
Brownie Batter-Infused Shakes
Burger King's New Brownie Batter Shake is Rich and Creamy
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42
Chocolaty Reward Program Sodas
Chocolaty Reward Program Sodas
The Dr Pepper FANtastic Chocolate Soda Won't Be Available in Stores
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41
Patty Shaped Hot Dogs
Patty Shaped Hot Dogs
The Rastelli's Round Hot Dogs are Quick and Easy to Prepare
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40
Chocolate Pizza Kits
Chocolate Pizza Kits
The Cadbury Pizza Kit Shares a Sweet Base, Sauce and Wine Gums Toppings
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39
Immune Support CBD Lollipops
Immune Support CBD Lollipops
Feel Well Lollys Deliver Hemp-Derived CBD, B12, Zinc & Elderberry
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38
Holiday Gifting Chocolate Products
Holiday Gifting Chocolate Products
These Ferrero Christmas Products are Arriving for 2021
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37
Vegan-Friendly Bedtime Drinks
Vegan-Friendly Bedtime Drinks
The Sleep Well Oat Drink is Available at Holland & Barrett Stores
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36
Curated Food Delivery Platforms
Curated Food Delivery Platforms
'Foxtrot Anywhere' is a Delivery Service Favoring Local Businesses
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35
Child-Focused Immunity Support Drinks
Child-Focused Immunity Support Drinks
Actimel Kids Comes in Two Flavor Options
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34
Health-Focused Cultural Centers
Health-Focused Cultural Centers
Triptyque Architecture's New Mixed-Use Complex Redefines Health
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33
Poppable Savory Clusters
Poppable Savory Clusters
Clif Pop'n Crunch Snacks are Crispy and Rich in Texture
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32
Reusable Bottle Birch Waters
Reusable Bottle Birch Waters
ÖselBirch x Andre Fangueiro Fermented Birch Water is Limited-Edition
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31
Digestive Health-Focused Yogurts
Digestive Health-Focused Yogurts
The Gut Glory Yogurts Come in Two Pack Sizes
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30
Green Marbled Restaurant Experiences
Green Marbled Restaurant Experiences
The Elgin Cafe Boasts an Emerald Green Marble Interior
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29
Bite-Sized Veggie Snacks
Bite-Sized Veggie Snacks
Pure Flavor Launches Uno Bites 'Nano Cucumbers' For Back-To-School Season
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28
Exclusive Pop-Up Diners
Exclusive Pop-Up Diners
The Amex Gold Card Pop-Up Diner Shares an Experience for Cardholders
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27
Anime-Themed Instant Noodles
Anime-Themed Instant Noodles
Nissin Launches a Special Set of Neon Genesis Evangelion Cup Noodles
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26
Designer Ice Cream Bags
Designer Ice Cream Bags
Rebecca Minkoff and Magnum Ice Cream’s Debuted a New Insulated Handbag
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25
Functional Chocolate Supplements
Functional Chocolate Supplements
Fx Chocolate Supports Immune Health, Focus, Sleep & More
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24
Empowering Children's Campaigns
Empowering Children's Campaigns
Rice Krispies Treats and Idina Menzel Look to Support School Kids
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23
Fortune-Telling Chocolate Campaigns
Fortune-Telling Chocolate Campaigns
Cadbury Targets Millennials by Playfully Predicting the Future
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22
Candy-Inspired Seasoning Shakers
Candy-Inspired Seasoning Shakers
The TWIX Sweet Seasoning Shaker is Layered with Flavor
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21
Well-Balanced Kids Meal Kits
Well-Balanced Kids Meal Kits
Sunnie Disrupts the Kid's Food Space with Innovative To-Go Meals
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20
Sensorial Museum-Inspired Bars
Sensorial Museum-Inspired Bars
YOD Group Revealed its Mysterious Design for the Buddha-Bar Chain
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19
Nutrient-Loaded Food Smashes
Nutrient-Loaded Food Smashes
Solvasa’s Fastify is Designed to Fight Stress Eating
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18
In-Store Ghost Kitchens
In-Store Ghost Kitchens
Kroger & Kitchen United are Offering On-Demand Meal Pick Up and Delivery
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17
Better-for-You Protein Sauces
Better-for-You Protein Sauces
Sauce by Chef Protein Features Zero Sugar and No Added Sugar
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16
Frozen Smoothie Pops
Frozen Smoothie Pops
reBLEND Smoothie Pops are Packed with Nutritious Superfood Ingredients
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15
Walk-Thru Billboards
Walk-Thru Billboards
McDonald's Walk-Thru Billboard Serves Up McFlurrys in London
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14
Robotic Pizza Makers
Robotic Pizza Makers
Food Automation Startup 'Picnic' Has Launched Its First Pizza Making Device
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13
Extreme Full English Breakfast Dishes
Extreme Full English Breakfast Dishes
Shepherds Place Farm Debuted the 'Terminator Armageddon'
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12
Automated Pizza-Making Machines
Automated Pizza-Making Machines
800 Degrees by Piestro Makes Custom Pizzas in 90 Seconds
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11
Halloween Advent Calendars
Halloween Advent Calendars
Ferrero's Halloween Countdown Calendar is Full of Spooky Surprises
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10
Playful Greengrocer Pop-Ups
Playful Greengrocer Pop-Ups
Anya Hindmarch Launches Local Grocery Shop Called 'Anya’s Fruit & Veg'
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9
Fry Stealing Musicals
Fry Stealing Musicals
McDonald's 'Steal My Fries' Celebrates Friendship and Canada Reopening
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8
Biodegradable Produce Packages
Biodegradable Produce Packages
Morning Kiss Organic Launches New Products and an Eco Packaging
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7
Frozen Lobster Bites
Frozen Lobster Bites
SeaPak's Lobster & Shrimp Bites are Enhanced with Cheese & Shallots
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6
Outdoor Recyclable Coolers
Outdoor Recyclable Coolers
The Wooly Eco-Friendly Cooler Uses Wool for Insulation
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5
Ready-to-Eat Modular Meals
Ready-to-Eat Modular Meals
Squareat Aims to Disrupt the Food Industry with 50-Gram Squared Food
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4
Exclusive Cookie Brand Cafes
Exclusive Cookie Brand Cafes
The Oreo Cafe Shares Limited-Edition Treats, Merch and More
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3
Croissant-Waffle Hybrids
Croissant-Waffle Hybrids
NYC's Croffle House Serves Sweet & Savory Croissant-Like Waffles
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2
Exclusive Collaborative Milk Shakes
Exclusive Collaborative Milk Shakes
Shake Shack and Milk Bar Introduce Two Limited Edition Shakes
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1
Digitized Fast Food Restaurants
Digitized Fast Food Restaurants
The 'Taco Bell Defy' Store Offers an All-New Fast Food Experience
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