DeeDee Navarro, founder of Charlotte’s The Bungalow Picnic Company, won a Best New Product award from Convenience Store News for her company’s Dark Chocolate Sunflower Granola. Courtesy DeeDee Navarro
DeeDee Navarro, founder of Charlotte’s The Bungalow Picnic Company, won a Best New Product award from Convenience Store News for her company’s Dark Chocolate Sunflower Granola. Courtesy DeeDee Navarro

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Charlotte granola company nabs ‘Best New Product’ award

By Celeste Smith

cesmith@charlotteobserver.com

December 15, 2015 06:00 PM

DeeDee Navarro, founder of Charlotte’s The Bungalow Picnic Company, can add a “Best New Product” title to her achievements.

The award, from Convenience Store News, is in the healthy snacks category for her company’s Dark Chocolate Sunflower Granola.

CSNews honored 25 top new products for 2015, and said this about Navarro’s granola:

“The health-conscious convenience store consumer needs grab-and-go snacks that do not break the budget. Hand-crafted Dark Chocolate Sunflower Granola fits the bill. It is made with homemade sunflower butter, pecans, dried cherries and Himalayan pink salt. The Bungalow Picnic Co.’s granola mixture is an excellent source of protein, fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats. There are no preservatives, no added wheat or dairy, and no trans fats or cholesterol.”

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Last year, Navarro’s granola was selected among a pool of more than 1,000 businesses nationwide to provide products for gift bags given to news media executives, reporters and filmmakers at the 35th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards.