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Period: July 10, 2022 to July 17, 2022
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Once Again’s Graham Cracker Sandwiches Wins Good Housekeeping's 2022 Healthy Snack Award

Once Again’s Sunflower Seed Butter Graham Cracker Sandwiches have been selected as a winner in Good Housekeeping's 2022 Healthy Snack Awards in the Best Crave-Worthy Cookies Category. The organic, gluten-free snack is a vegan and allergy-friendly alternative to the traditional peanut butter filled cracker sandwiches. It is hand-crafted in small batches will ethically sourced, clean ingredients. The plant-based product is also part of Once Again's Honest in Trade program, an initiative that seeks to improve quality of life through environmentally, economically and socially fulfilling partnerships from farm to fork. The product is sold in-store at Whole Foods and Sprouts and online through the brand's website and Amazon. 

"Once Again Wins Good Housekeeping's 2022 Healthy Snack Award", PR Newswire, June 29, 2022


BDSI Survey Shows Chips Are The Most Popular Snack In Germany

Results from the latest consumer study from Germany’s BDSI confectionery sector have placed chips as the most popular snacking item for consumers within its national market. The study found that potato chips were favoured by 76 percent of respondents, followed by nuts or nut mixes (69 percent) and salty peanuts (57 percent), peanut flips (57percent), pretzel sticks/pretzels (48 percent) and trail mix (43 percent). As the BDSI noted, there have been recent changes in eating habits, with the enjoyment of snack items increasingly moving to daytime, including between meals and on the go. Furthermore, the BDSI noted the salty snacks category has seen steady growth in Germany for a number of years.

"BDSI survey shows crisps continue to top German snacks favourite polls", Confectionery Production, June 28, 2022

Deals, M&A, JVs, Licensing  

Calbee Group Acquires Majority Stake In Greenday Group

Japanese snack company Calbee Group has acquired a 75 percent stake in Thailand-based healthy snack maker Greenday Group. The acquisition will help Calbee group increase its global reach and production capabilities. Calbee, which supplies North America, the UK, China, Australia, and Southeast Asian markets, said it has positioned the expansion of its overseas business as one of the growth pillars in its 2030 vision, Next Calbee. The company has a focus on North America, Greater China, the U.K. and Indonesia.

"Japan’s Calbee snaps up Thailand snacks peer Greenday", just-food global news, July 05, 2022

Innovation & New Ideas  

South African Entrepreneur Processes Edible Caterpillars

South African chemical engineer, Wendy Vesela, has set up a business that harvests and processes edible caterpillars known as "mopane worms”. Vesela steams and slices the caterpillars to be used as pizza toppings and also dries and grinds them into flour that can be used in savory biscuits, cereals, and protein bars. The caterpillars are high in protein, fats and minerals and are sustainable to farm as they require no extra water or land. Vesela claims she has found domestic and international customers for her organic products and plans to expand the business in the near future. 

"S. African entrepreneur seeks to turn caterpillars into tasty snacks", Manila Bulletin, July 03, 2022

Legal, Legislation, Regulation, Policy  

Insane Grain To Launch With Non-HFSS Knobbly Sticks

U.K. start-up Insane Grain is debuting with its Baked Knobbly Sticks, a non-HFSS competitor to Nik Naks that reportedly contains up to 52 percent less fat. The gluten-free snack is made from sorghum and contains vitamin B12 and probiotics. The snacks will roll out in three flavors - Cheese, Salt & Vinegar and Truffle & Cheese – and will be available in Asda, Ocado and John Lewis by the end of July 2022. The launch comes after Warburtons invested £250,000 in the brand last year through its Batch Ventures bakery innovation fund.

"Startup Insane Grain to challenge Nik Naks with non-HFSS Knobbly Sticks", thegrocer.co.uk, July 04, 2022

Products & Brands  

Wonderworks Foods Launches Keto Cereal In Aldi Stores

Wonderworks Foods has recently launched its keto friendly cereal in Aldi stores across the U.S. Its cereal contains 6g of fat, 3g of carbs, and 14-17g of protein per serving, and is available in four flavors: chocolate, cinnamon, peanut butter and frosted. However, Aldi customers have complained about the cereal’s flavor and price. On @aldi.mademedoit’s Instagram post of the product, the users in the comments section took issue with the $7.98 price point. Others complained about the flavor, claiming ‘It’s nasty and has a soapy aftertaste’ and it ‘tastes like soggy cardboard.’ 

"The Reason Some Aldi Shoppers Aren't Happy With Its Keto Cereal", mashed.com, July 04, 2022

Hickory Harvest Celebrates 50 Years Of Business

Nut and snack manufacturer Hickory Harvest is celebrating 50 years of business. Hickory Harvest started in 1972 as a smoked sausage and cheese stall at county fairs. Now, the company remains a family operation, but has grown significantly. Hickory Harvest is looking to further its growth through future acquisitions, consistent product innovation, and an emphasis on private label products. 

"Family-owned Hickory Harvest traces 50-year trail of snack successes back to humble start", Akron Beacon Journal, July 02, 2022

Snacks From The Sun Expands To Asia

Canadian-based, vegan brand Snacks from the Sun has announced the expansion of its sun-baked chips into Asia. The brand will first expand into a supermarket chain in the Philippines through Global Brand and Export Development LLC. The supermarket chain is a leading player in the mid-premium supermarket segment of Southeast Asia and is in 25 cities and municipalities across the Philippines.


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