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January 23, 2022, to January 30, 2022

Scottish Snack Brand Based on Seaweed Focused On Growth

Seaweed snack brand, Shore, based in Wick, Scotland, has been operating for some five years, and recently launched a new range of plant-based foods. An overall goal is the promotion of a viable edible seaweed sector in Scotland based on sustainability, beneficial to the coast and supporting local communities. Co-founders Peter Elbourne and Keith Paterson point to the fact that  seaweed needs no intervention to grow and absorbs carbon dioxide. Harvesting seaweed in Scotland has a long tradition, but kelp has recently been given ‘superfood’ status, with nutrition benefits like prebiotic fiber, protein, magnesium antioxidants and iodine, and it is low-fat. The 17 different types of seaweed Shore harvests are hand-picked from the shore before being washed and dried. As well as the chips, seaweed is also used in pestos and tapenades, and as ingredients for food and drinks manufacturers. Elbourne and Paterson say they have retained the umami flavor of the kelp without any fishiness. The chips can be found online and at branches of the Coop and Sainsbury’s supermarkets, as well as in health stores and farm shops in the U.K.

Hormel Foods Rolls Out Upgrade For Planters

The peanut brand, acquired by Hormel Foods, has re-branded with a new logo and packaging, which includes a new "plant-based protein" seal, endorsed by the iconic Mr. Peanut character. The new owners want to turn around the fortunes of a brand that cost $3.3 billion from Kraft Heinz Co. in June 2021, but which has faltered despite fitting into consumer trends such as increased snacking and protein-rich eating. Hormel says it has big ambitions for the brand by extending beyond the nut aisle. The Corn Nuts brand was a part of the acquisition and is also getting strong support, which has already started to pay off. 

The Once Again Nut Butter Brand Pushed Into The Snack Aisle

available in peanut butter and sunflower seed butter varieties. The snacks are single-serve and on-the-go products, gluten-free and certified organic, made with organic sorghum flour, oat flour and cassava flour. They use palm oil certified by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil as well as sustainably sourced cane sugar and will appear on retailers’ shelves in March. 

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January 16, 2022, to January 23, 2022

New Survey Highlights Snacking At Home As A Major Eating Trend

The 10th annual "What's Trending in Nutrition" survey by Pollock Communications and Today's Dietitian spotlights 2022 trends and provides a look back at the last decade, in the eyes of over 1,000 Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). One key trend identified is increased snacking as people work from home and seek comfort food. Other trends include the emergence of keto dieting, plant-based eating and options like gluten-free and vegan. They see emerging purchase drivers as immunity support and emotional well-being, and new functional ingredients like CBD and collagen. Attributes that appeal to consumers include convenience, taste, healthy and natural. The Top 10 superfoods are once again headed by fermented foods, but regulars like avocados, seeds and nuts also appear. Popular diet trends for 2022 are expected to include intermittent fasting, ketogenic and clean eating. Top RDN recommendations include more vegetable servings, less highly processed and fast foods, more higher fiber foods, but fewer foods with "added sugars".

Plant-Based Snack Company Spudsy Launches Sweet Potato Fries At Whole Foods Market

Following news that the company had secured a new funding round, Spudsy’s new Sweet Potato Fries are coming to Whole Foods Market nationwide in January 2022. This will be Spudsy’s second product sold by the retailer. Spudsy uses sweet potatoes that might be rejected by consumers because of their size or shape and turns their flour into savory snacks. 

The 56th Big Game Gets A Boost From Wonderful Pistachios

The pistachio-focused California snack company has launched a new campaign aimed at people snacking while watching the Big Game this February. Spectators going to the game can take advantage of discounted transport from Alto, a Los Angeles-based rideshare company, and in-car snacking; those watching at home are invited to enter a social media competition to win an entertainment system. The company says that its snacks are the perfect accompaniment to watching the game, as each ounce contain six grams of plant protein and three grams. The range includes different flavors as well as shell-on and shell-off varieties. 

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January 02, 2022, to January 16, 2022

Nestlé Develops Optimum Ratio Formula For Ceereal Carbs, Fiber, Sugar

Collaborating with scientists from Australia, Singapore, and Tufts University (Boston, Mass.), Nestlé has developed and validated a new nutritional concept for carbohydrate quality in a porridge or cereal format. The Grainsmart balance concept is a defined ratio between carbohydrates, fibers, and sugars that aims to limit the number of free sugars and increase the number of fibers, which helps to shift to healthier products and balanced products diets. This ratio is 10:1:2 and indicates that for every 10 g of total carbohydrates, there should be a minimum of one gram of fiber and no more than two g of free sugars when developing certain products such as cereals. Products that meet the 10:1:2 ratio can include the Grainsmart balance logo on pack. Nestlé has launched the first products based on Grainsmart balance, consisting of an oatmeal cereal product range with Nutri-Score A rating in Europe.

Cereal Sales Were Rejuvenated During Pandemic, But Seem To Be Slowing

With consumers confined to their homes during the pandemic, they turned back to an old breakfast staple: cereals. As a result, U.S. cereal sales bounced back above $9 billion in 2020, good news for General Mills and Post Consumer Brands that together sell half of all of the ready-to-eat cereal in the U.S. However, as lockdown stockpiling eased, cereal sales slipped this year to $8.66 billion, according to market researcher IRI. Kellogg says the performance of key brands in the U.S. was also impacted by supply complications in North America, though international growth has been healthy. Despite slippage here and there, the sales outlook for cereal has been revived somewhat by the lasting effects of pandemic-era grocery shopping and a permanent shift to more people working from home.

Potato Cultivation Kits From Japan’s Calbee

In an effort to raise awareness of potatoes, Tokyo-based potato chip-maker Calbee is selling kits that make it easy for people of all ages to grow their own potatoes. Two products that work together to grow potatoes were released by Calbee in December to home and garden retailers in the Kyushu area of Japan. The Poroshiri kit, named for Calbee’s in-house potato variety, contains two seed potatoes – not “potato seeds” – to get a garden started. Potato Bag, meanwhile, is a 10-kilo sack full of coconut peat, palm mulch, and fertilizer. Just plant the seed potatoes, water as necessary, and “behold as the miracle of life takes place before your very eyes.”

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December 26, 2021, to January 02, 2022

Flavorchem Highlights Four Food Flavor Trends

The Downers Grove, Ill.-based flavor and ingredient supplier said it gleaned four key trends for 2022 from monitoring new product releases, market intelligence reports, data sources, and social media buzz. They are: the further rise of citrus fruit flavors and ingredients – yuzu, blood orange, kumquat, tangerine – as consumer interest in immune-boosting food and beverage products grows; more keto diet products, including snacks, cereals, bars, breads, and cookies; more pre, pro, and post-biotic ingredients supporting gut health in nutritional drinks, juices, snacks, and dairy; and continued consumer interest in ethically and environmentally conscious practices (transparency, the environmental impact of packaging, upcycled ingredients, and the next generation of proteins.

As Supply Costs Rise, Snack Maker Monitors Frito-Lay’s Pricing Tactics

Like many businesses in the U.S., Better Made Snack Foods of Detroit feels the pinch of supply chain disruptions and inflated prices for potatoes, oil, and other ingredients during the pandemic. The company knows it has to hike prices at some point, but it is waiting to see how much Texas-based, market leader Frito-Lay raises prices on Ruffles and Lay's potato chips. "If you raise your price over what the major national brand is selling for, you're not going to be in a very good marketplace," said company President David Jones. "So we've got to see what the national leader is doing and then we follow right behind them." Better Made, which distributes snacks in 20 states, says prices have increased 20 percent for potatoes, 30 percent for seasonings, 20 to 30 percent for corrugated cardboard, and 158 percent per pound for cotton seed oil.

Price Increases Inflate Value Of U.K.’s Bagged Snack Sales

Higher production costs and fewer promotions are driving up the price of snacks in the U.K. The bagged snacks category made an extra $174 million over the past 12 months – a four percent increase – but volumes rose by just 1.8 percent. That means the 2.2 percent rise in average price was the main driver of that gain. The average price of Pringles, for example, is up by 10.3 percent. One factor behind these changes is higher production costs: the price of packaging, energy, deliveries – and ingredients such as oil and potatoes – is moving upwards. At KP Snacks, the price of its nuts brand is up an average four percent. KP seems to be bucking a trend, though: despite price increases, volumes are up 7.8 percent.

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December 19, 2021, to December 26, 2021

Breaking Through India’s Snack Product Clutter Is No Easy Task For Start-Ups

Food industry analysts in India say sustained profitability is tough for snack start-ups, but there is a demand-supply gap that new companies can leverage. There are plenty of packaged and healthy snacks on the market, so new brands try to rise above the clutter by straddling the indulgence-versus-health marketing message: “no chemicals or preservatives,” “baked instead of fried.” and “no added sugars” have become the buzzwords that attract buyers. Entry-level pricing also plays a role in luring consumers. “We want to democratize the better-for-you category with healthier snacking at an affordable premium positioning,” says Anuj Krishan, co-founder of Forbidden Foods. Other marketing ploys include free sampling at stores and alternate consumer outreach channels, like partnering with local sports, cultural, and lifestyle events.

RIND Introduces “Island Inspired” Snacks

The New York-based company known for its upcycled dried fruit peel snacks is introducing a limited-edition, island-inspired rind blend made with made with rescued, overripe, and slightly imperfect skin-on fruits. The new Island variety includes sweet honeydew melon, mandarin orange, and banana bites. The Island snacks have no added sugar or sulfites, contain 100 calories per serving, four grams of fiber per bag, and are vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and non-GMO verified. Island Blend will be available on RINDSnacks.com for a limited time while supplies last.

Hain Celestial Group Acquires Parmcrisps Maker In $259M Deal

The Lake Success, N.Y.-based maker of organic and natural products paid $259 million to Clearlake Capital Group (Santa Monica, Calif.) for Proven Brands, Inc. and KTB Foods, Inc. (That's How We Roll, Montclair, N.J.), the makers of the Parmcrisps crisps and Thinsters crunchy cookies brands. The purchase will be financed with loans. Clearlake acquired the company in 2014 and subsequently acquired Kitchen Table Bakers, the makers of ParmCrisps, in 2016.  

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December 12, 2021, to December 19, 2021

KP Snacks Cultivates Green Farming Methods

The scale-up of regenerative farming practices is part of a partnership with agricultural sustainability experts Future Food Solutions. The Hayes, U.K.-based producer of the McCoy’s and Tyrrells potato chip brands is working with a number of potato growers in the country. They will grow cover crops between food crops in the farm rotation to sequester atmospheric CO2 and improve soil health by increasing soil organic matter. The project also has two pilot farms where Sustainable Futures will partner with growers to demonstrate additional regenerative practices, as well as collect data to share with the whole supply chain.

Sagacious IP Expects Patents For Healthy Snacks To Increase In 2022

The Seattle, Wash.-based intellectual property specialist says the number of patents granted and published globally for healthy snacks should increase in 2021, compared to the past four years. By November of this year, 507 patents related to healthy snacks had been granted and published. There were 509 in 2020, 497 in 2019, 509 in 2018, 477 in 2017, and 653 in 2016. Nestlé SA (Vevey, Switzerland) filed the highest number of patents (115) from 2016-2021, followed by Roquette Group (Lestrem, France), Mondelez International (Chicago), and PepsiCo (Purchase, N.Y.). China was the leading country with 12,876 patents filed from 2016-21, followed by Korea at 718 and the U.S. at 443.

Sustainability Of Peanut Farming Plays Big Role In Record Consumption Levels

The National Peanut Board (NPB) says the consistent rise in the nut’s popularity, even during the pandemic, is largely due to its healthfulness and significant sustainability figures that resonate with consumers. Peanut consumption in the U.S. has hit record levels for the second year in a row: an all-time high of 7.9 pounds (3.5 kg) per American in 2021, topping the previous record level of 7.6 pounds (3.4 kg) in 2020. During the pandemic, peanuts helped people meet their nutritional needs during stressful and hectic times. As to sustainability, peanut farmers long ago began taking extra steps to care for their land because they knew it was key to being able to farm well into the future. Eco-conscious Gen Zers are among the biggest consumers of peanut products, though Millennials, Gen Xers, and Boomers also place the environment on the top of their list of priorities.

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November 21, 2021, to December 12, 2021

Louisiana Entrepreneur Grows His Dream Business From South American Seeds

Aaron Gailmor’s healthy snacks venture – two-year-old Brass Roots – began when he encountered sacha inchi seeds in the bulk foods aisle of a California grocery store. The South American and Caribbean sacha inchi plant produces fruit with large, edible seeds that can be roasted, ground into powder, or pressed to extract oil, and are rich in protein, fiber, and heart-healthy fats. They are also free of many of the allergens associated with peanuts and tree nuts. After forging a relationship with a Thailand-based grower/supplier, he launched in New Orleans at the end of 2019. The company now makes three butters, three varieties of roasted seeds, and three “puffs,” essentially healthy versions of Cheetos. The company’s first round of investment came from a small venture capital firm in Chicago. A second round came in January 2021 from John B. Sanfilippo & Son Inc.

Cereal-Loving Millennials Want Healthier Breakfasts For Their Kids

Thanks to the breakfast preferences of Millennial parents, today’s cereals might come out of a box that promotes social justice, probably contain high protein and less sugar, and might be paired with milk that’s better for the planet. Breakfast cereals have also kept up with social media trends, including pop-ups like KITH Treats, collaborations between Supreme and Wheaties, and cereal milk latte recipes found on TikTok. Popular cereal brands on the market today swap out the sugar for added protein. Magic Spoon frosted snacks, for example, mimic the nutritional composition of a protein bar or keto smoothie, sweetened with monk fruit, stevia, and a rare, non-glycemic sugar called allulose. Three Wishes cereal is made with chickpeas and pea protein. Also available are “nostalgic” cereals like Schoolyard Snacks, which markets “old school,” keto-friendly cereals in vintage packaging. 

European Food Community Wants To Make Food Health Claims Comprehensible

To help food product developers communicate, and help consumers better understand, health claims, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has launched the Health Claims Unpacked project. The idea is based on the need for multinational producers to overcome the challenges in communicating health claims to European consumers from differing societies and cultures. Funded by EIT, the project wants to find out how consumers respond to health claims presented on food packages; what is the impact of wording, location on pack, and use of symbols and pictures; and how to help producers cope with regulatory requirements while appealing to consumers,

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November 14, 2021, to November 21, 2021

Que Pasa Introduces Organic Taco Shells In Canada

The Richmond, B.C.-based producer of Mexican-style organic corn tortilla chips has launched a line of organic taco shells. Que Pasa Taco Shells are made with organic, non-GMO ingredients, without any artificial colors or flavors. They come in two varieties, organic yellow or blue corn, and are available at major Canadian retailers, including Loblaws, Fortinos, Real Canadian Superstore, Maxi, Provigo, and Save On Foods stores. Que Pasa became part of organic breakfast and snack food company Nature's Path Foods in 2012. 

Hershey Expands Salty Snack Line With Pretzel Company Acquisition

The Pennsylvania-based candy company, whose salty snacks include SkinnyPop popcorn and puffed rice-and-corn treat Pirate’s Booty, is expanding the portfolio with the purchase of Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels. Hershey said it will spend $1.2 billion for North Dakota-based Dot’s Pretzels LLC as well as Pretzels Inc., an Indiana-based manufacturer of Dot’s Pretzels that operates three plants. The deal is expected to close later this year.

The Naked Market Raises $27.5M In Institutional Series A Round

The San Francisco-based food and beverages startup says the new cash, which brings the total funding raised to $33.5 million, will help it “create a new market of consumer products for Millennials.” The company uses a proprietary tool that collects purchase data from platforms like Shopify, Amazon, and search engines to determine which products have the most appeal to Millennials in the United States. The funding will allow further development of the tool while also boosting in-house incubation efforts, scaling existing brands, and focusing on acquisitions. The two-year-old company has launched five snack and food brands: Flock Chicken Chips, AvoCrazy, Project Breakfast, Rob’s Backstage Popcorn, and Beach House Bowls. 

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November 07, 2021, to November 14, 2021

Acti-Snack Launches Line Of Granolas

The Northern Ireland-based specialist in healthy snacking’s two new granolas are High Protein Peanut Butter Granola, made with 30 percent peanut butter plus wholegrain oats, nuts and seeds, and Keto Dark Choc Almond Granola (toasted coconut, nuts, seeds and cocoa), which “taps into the demand for low-sugar and lower-carb products.”  Each serving of the peanut butter-based granola has 23 percent protein, plus fiber, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Kestrel Foods, owner of Acti-Snack, serves the retail, foodservice, and ecommerce channels for both Acti-Snack and Forest Feast products.

Mercadona Debuts Own-Brand Breakfast Cereals In Its Stores

The Spanish supermarket chain’s “cereal mix” is a blend of top-quality healthy cereals: oats, puffed rice, cornflakes, and quinoa, and contains no added sugar or sweeteners. The company says the cereals can be combined with milk, yogurt, vegetable drinks, or liquid yogurt, as well as toppings, such as nuts, pure cocoa, or fruit. According to the company, puffed oats are high in fiber and provide 10 percent plant-based protein. Quinoa is a low-fat food that also delivers a significant dose of fiber.

Ireland’s Valeo Foods Buys Savory Snack Maker

In its second acquisition since since being acquired by private-equity giant Bain Capital earlier this year, the Dublin-based multinational producer of branded food and beverage products has acquired savory-snacks supplier Freshers Foods, based in northwest England. The company’s main product is pork scratchings (fried pork rinds) that it sells under its own brand, Openshaws, and co-manufactures for the Snaffling Pig Co and Awfully Posh brands. In August, Valeo Foods acquired U.K. meat-snacks business New World Foods Europe, the owner of brands such as Wild West beef jerky. Valeo Foods plans to house Freshers Foods with New World Foods.

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October 31, 2021, to November 07, 2021

Added Fiber Benefits Cereal, Bakery, Snack Applications

The demand for fiber in foods continues to grow, and food manufacturers have numerous opportunities to boost fiber content in their products, especially in snacks, bakery, and cereals. Nutrient-dense snacks, beverages, and even indulgent desserts are fortified with varying levels of added fiber to help people meet their wellness goals. Health-conscious shoppers and everyday athletes actively seek out fortified snacks, bars, sparkling waters, shakes, and smoothies, making them ideal targets for increased prebiotic fiber. Market data show that cereal and bakery account for two-thirds of all product launches with fiber claims. Cargill, for example, has created baked and rotary molded biscuits, gelatin jellies, ice cream, and fruit yogurts that achieve “high in fiber” claims along with a 30 percent sugar reduction.

Good Sense Foods Re-Brands, Gains Non-GMO Project Certification

The New Hope, Minn.-based producer of healthy salad toppings and snack foods, including nuts, seeds, trail mixes, and dried fruit, has upgraded its packaging, rebranded, and announced Non-GMO Project certification. According to Good Sense, the parent company of Salad Pizazz! and Good Sense Snacks, the new packaging look represents “a more contemporary approach” that relates to current trends and presents the brand in a more health-oriented and transparent way. Many of the company’s products are low in sodium, USDA organic, and made without the use of artificial flavors or colors. The snacks can be purchased online or at U.S. retail stores, including Target, Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons, Menards, Safeway, Publix, and Meijer, among others.

Core Foods Adds Shelf-Stable Oat Snack To Refrigerated Portfolio

The Oakland, Calif.-based maker of refrigerated Core Bars and Core Keto Bars launching Core Fiber Powered Oat Snacks, a variant that will go beyond the refrigerated section of grocery stores. The gluten-free snacks are made with plant-based ingredients, including whole grains and five grams of prebiotic fiber. They are shelf-stable and will be available in Vegan Ranch, Sea Salt & Olive Oil, and Peanut Butter flavors in the snack foods aisle at Whole Foods Markets nationwide.
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