PHOENIX, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading food manufacturer, Inventure Foods (NASDAQ: SNAK), has received a "Best New Product Award" from Convenience Store News (CSN) for its Nathan's Famous Honey Mustard Crunchy Crinkle Fries. The award, presented at the recent NACS Show in Las Vegas, honors outstanding new product innovations geared towards the convenience store industry. The Nathan's Famous Crinkle Fries – a baked snack chip inspired by Nathan's Famous Crinkle-Cut French Fry Potatoes – won the top honors in the Salty Snacks category of this year's CSN Awards. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121025/CL00218 ) Chosen by a consumer panel administered by a New York-based research firm, entries into this year's "Best New Products Awards" were rated on the basis of taste, value, convenience, healthfulness, quality ingredients, preparation requirements, appearance and packaging. This year's winners will appear in Convenience Store News' Show Dailies at the NACS Show in addition to being featured prominently in December's print issue of the magazine. "The unique shape created to resemble the restaurant's french fries, combined with flavorful seasoning is what makes our Nathan's branded specialty snacks a success," said Steve Sklar, senior vice president of marketing for Inventure Foods. "The 'Best New Product Award' provides great third-party validation to our concept, and it's a great nod to our R&D team and the Nathan's brand in general." Inventure Foods manufactures the Nathan's Famous snacks under a licensing agreement with Nathan's Famous, Inc. The snacks were introduced to grocery, vending and convenience store channels in the fourth quarter of 2011. Inventure Foods has a proven track record of translating popular restaurant menu items into ready-to-eat snacks, including decadent offerings like T.G.I. Friday's® chips and better-for-you offerings like the Jamba™ All-Natural smoothie kits. In addition, Inventure Foods manufactures its own popular brands, including Boulder Canyon Natural Foods™, Rader Farms®, Poore Brothers®, Tato Skins® and Bob's Texas Style®. About Inventure Foods, Inc. With manufacturing facilities in Arizona, Indiana and Washington, Inventure Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNAK) is a marketer and manufacturer of specialty food brands in better-for-you and indulgent categories under a variety of Company owned and licensed brand names, including Boulder Canyon Natural Foods®, Jamba®, Rader Farms®, T.G.I. Friday's®, Nathan's Famous®, Poore Brothers®, Tato Skins® and Bob's Texas Style®. For further information about Inventure Foods, please visit www.inventurefoods.com. About Nathan's Famous, Inc. Nathan's products are currently distributed in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Cayman Islands and six foreign countries through its restaurant system, foodservice sales programs and retail licensing activities. The Nathan's restaurant system currently consists of 309 units, comprised of 304 franchised or licensed units and five company-owned units (including one seasonal unit). For additional information about Nathan's please visit our website at www.nathansfamous.com. SOURCE Inventure Foods, Inc.