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Good sweet treats

Food service supplier Otis Spunkmeyer is branching out into retail goods throughout the country and launching a slew of new products including muffins, cookies and frozen cookie dough. Overall, the company is releasing about 20 new retail-line foods in flavors including frosted chocolate, cinnamon, iced lemon, blueberry, banana and more. Products are available at Wal-Mart, and also sold online via Amazon Fresh. Cost of the new goods ranges from about $3.50 per package to around $4.70.

Good nut butters

California-based Naturally More lunched a line of protein-rich nut butters boosted with probiotics and flax seeds. Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Roasted Almond Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut Spread are sold in 12- and 16-ounce jars as well as 5.6-ounce squeeze pouches. Pouches cost around $3 to $5 and the jars run $7 to $9. Available at Wal-Mart, Kroger and other large retailers.

One good study

Canon U.S.A. Inc. recently released its inaugural photography trends study detailing the biggest consumer food trends in photography.

Key highlights included:

Compiled by Steve Pardo

There is an increased appetite for food photography: More than half of consumers (55 percent) take photos of their food, primarily to show off a personal creation or new recipe. More than one in four consumers admit they share photos of food to brag.

Ice cream is inspiring the majority of food photos: The trend for decadent ice cream dishes is inspiring consumers to capture more photos, with ice cream coming in as the most commonly photographed dish (51 percent).

American food still reins: Almost half (43 percent) confirmed that American cuisine inspires most of their food photography, with Italian cuisine coming in second place (22 percent), and Japanese and Chinese in third and fourth place.

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