One-On-One With CEO Mike Hagan of SNAX-SATIONAL As The Brand Hits The Annual Sweets & Snacks Show 

Food & Beverage Magazine caught up with SNAX-Sational Brands CEO ahead of the Sweets & Snacks Show in Indianapolis which kicked off today. The brand is debuting their new Patriotic themed Candy Pop packaging featuring Snickers and M&Ms Minis. Catch them at Booth #20028 through the 16th.

 

Why did you decide to launch a patriotic bag and what is the goal with this seasonal  packing change and  who is the target consumer?

On the patriotic packaging , my thought was to incubate an emotional attachment with our brands , transference to our brand identity by resonating with a broad spectrum of consumers, capturing the pride and emotion of honoring and celebrating the nation’s service men and women on Memorial Day and continuing through the nation’s birthday on July 4th.

Why did Mars and Snaxsational decide to partner on this? 

As the innovator in the semi -indulgence segment of the RTE category we are thrilled to bring the Patriotic bag to life for the Summer selling season along with our incredible partner MARS, highlighting two of our most popular Candy Pop Flavors, M&M’S  Minis and SNICKERS. Consumers can’t get enough!

Any strategic activations to support these SKUs and push to retail? 

We are kicking off the summer with a media and influencer launch event being implemented with retail partner It Sugar at the end of May in Miami.  We are a Florida based company and supporting our retailers in our backyard is always integrated into our ongoing efforts.  This launch will also support other key regional retailer partners such as Publix and Winn Dixie.

In addition, we have activations on the horizon with influencers for organic amplification leading into the 4th of July holiday as well as events planned across the country tapping into American lifestyle happenings such as bbq’s and sports tailgates and Father‘s Day, all supporting our retail partners throughout the country to amplify the Patriotic themed packaging.

Are MMs and snickers your best sellers?

M&M’s & Snickers are our two top sellers in Candy Pop!

Did the flavor profile change?

 We kept the flavor the same as they are consumer favorites.

What is next for this brand, after patriotic? 

We will roll right into our Cookie Pop Oreo Halloween packaging and our seasonal holiday SKUs with theme packaging.

 

One-On-One With CEO Mike Hagan of SNAX-SATIONAL As The Brand Hits The Annual Sweets & Snacks Show 

 

Chief Executive Officer Mike Hagan is CEO at SNAX-Sational Brands (Candy Pop, Cookie Pop, Cereal Pop, Penne Straws),  with over 30 years of experience in the Food & Beverage Industry. Hagan is a Global Management Executive and Business Development Expert successful in driving domestic and international business units to consistently deliver superior top-line growth and profit results, while building world-class brands, leadership teams and organizational capabilities. Demonstrated ability to develop financially sustainable advantage through development and execution of long-term strategies across multiple markets that maximize growth and shareholder value, and strengthen market presence for brands. including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and National Beverage. Having spent time in leadership roles at PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, National Beverage as well as start ups GinnyBakes Organics and Cheribundi; he possesses large company functional expertise with small company DNA, and transforms underperforming organizations to deliver significant bottom-line impact. 

SNAX-Sational Brands’ premiere popcorn brand, inclusive of Cookie Pop, Candy Pop and Cereal Pop, continues retail expansion with the national introduction of a special edition Patriotic themed packaging. Flavors CANDY POP M&M’S Minis®  and CANDY POP SNICKERS® just hit shelves nationwide, and will remain in all retailer partners inclusive of grocer, mass retail and convenience store partners such as Walmart, Publix, H.E.B., Meijer, ShopRite and others, plus e-commerce at www.cookiepopcandypop.com, through summer, and phase out following Labor Day back to the signature packaging.

COOKIE POP M&M’S Minis® and CANDY POP SNICKERS® are two of America’s favorite sweet and savory popcorn treat leading

 flavors, both part of the partnership of Snax-Sational with MARS, now with a red, white, and blue upgrade for Summer! The combination

One-On-One With CEO Mike Hagan of SNAX-SATIONAL As The Brand Hits The Annual Sweets & Snacks Show 

 offers consumers the ultimate snacking duo. The exciting packaging is perfect for Summer

 entertaining from picnicking to beaching, special seasonal occasions like Graduations, Memorial Day, July 4th, Father’s Day and Summer BBQ gatherings. 

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