Live video: SkyFOX over rush hour traffic

Hershey’s to start selling meat bars

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

HERSHEY, Pa. — It’s what every young child desperately saves his or her allowance for: The chance to go to the supermarket and buy a delicious Hershey’s … blueberry barbecue beef bar.

Yes, that’s a meat bar, though “we aren’t going out there saying it is a meat bar,” a Hershey’s marketing vice president tells the Wall Street Journal. “We’re saying it is a Krave bar.”

For any nondried-meat aficionados, Krave currently exists, it being a beef jerky line Hershey acquired in 2015 that turns out jazzed-up flavors like pineapple orange.

The chocolate king’s line of Krave protein bars, which debut in August, are geared toward the health-minded.

“It is a very low calorie, high protein choice,” Shane Chambers, the general manager of Krave Pure Foods, told Food Business News last month.

“It is all natural, has no preservatives, and features additional ingredients like fruit and ancient grains, like quinoa,” Chambers said.

The Journal points to a slew of data that suggest the move is far from a fool’s errand: Market-research firm IRI found that from 2010 to 2015, chocolate sales grew at a slowed pace of 4.2 percent a year, which is less than half of meat snacks’ 10.4 percent annual rate.

And Quartz reports there are new challenges among the chocolate set itself, including rising costs, heightened competition, and more consumer interest in “higher-end companies” with a “smaller-batch feel.” (Hershey’s Kisses underwent a major change in October.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: Hershey’s Will Start Selling Meat Bars

More From Newser

Saudi Prince’s Plan: End Kingdom’s ‘Oil Addiction’
After 125 Years, a High-Tech Change for Cracker Jack
$200B in Gold Sits Beneath the Streets of London