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Laird Superfood Enters Snack Market With Pili Nuts

October 6, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The new snack from the Sisters, Ore.-based marketer of coffee and creamers is available in Himalayan sea salt, matcha, and cacao flavors. Grown on trees in the Philippines, pili nuts are naturally high in fat – 18 grams per serving in the case of the snack – and are a good source of magnesium and vitamin E. Laird Superfood's Pili Nuts are available at the company’s website and at select retailers for $14.95 per 8 oz bag. Laird is known for its coffee creamers, hydration products, beverage enhancing supplements, roasted and instant coffees, teas and hot chocolate.
"Laird Superfood Expands its Plant-Based Product Platform into the Snack Foods Category with the Introduction of Nutrient-Dense Pili Nuts", PR Newswire, October 06, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC.
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Tefftastic Debuts Teff-Based Snack Puffs

October 6, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The new protein + prebiotic fiber-rich Tefftastic Puffs, made with stone-ground black teff, contain eight grams of complete plant protein, nine grams of prebiotic fiber, nine essential amino acids, as well as vitamins and minerals, per snack-sized 70-gram bag. According to the company, Tefftastic Puffs are made in small batches from black teff imported from Ethiopia, The gluten-free snacks, made with no artificial additives, are available in Ethiopian Devil Pepper and Ethiopian Jalapeño + Coriander flavors, on the company website in six-bag packages for $29.95.
"Ethiopia's Top Entrepreneur is on a mission to make snack lovers Feel Tefftastic!", PR Newswire, October 06, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Munchy Seeds Products To Be Sold On British Health Food Chain’s Website

October 6, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Suffolk, U.K.-based seed brand has secured online listings with Holland & Barratt, a British chain of health food shops, as it looks to expand visibility of its roasted seed mixes to health-conscious British consumers. The seed mixes are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein, making them appropriate for sprinkling over breakfasts, lunches, dinners, or after a workout. Among the products are Warm Cinnamon in 25 g packs, Honey Roasted, Sweet Chilli and Mega Omega in resealable 125 g packs, and Mega Omega, Mild Chilli, Honey Roasted and Salted Caramel in the jumbo-size 450 g pouches. Prices range from 79p ($1.02) for the 25-gram size to £8.99 ($11.65) for the 450-gram mega packs.
Fiona Briggs, "Munchy Seeds heads online with Holland & Barratt", Retail Times, October 06, 2020, © RetailTimes.co.uk
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Chulitos LLC Says Its Low-Cal Tortilla Chips Are Healthy, Sustainable

October 5, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
To achieve that result, the Laredo, Texas-based snack company replaces some of the traditional corn used to make tortilla chips with cactus and bakes it without oil. The technique results in a chip with half the calories (75 total), triple the fiber (six grams), and a lot of micronutrients and antioxidants. The key ingredient is cactus, the company says, “an ancient Aztec superfood” that is said to boost immunity, improve gut health, and reduce inflammation. Chulitos, sold in recycled packaging and made with water-saving ingredients, are available on Amazon and will soon be in the snack aisle of specialty grocery stores.
"Chulitos Reveals Mexico’s Best Kept Secret: Guilt-Free Tortilla Chips", Specialty Foods, October 05, 2020, © Specialty Food Association, Inc.
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China’s Dehydrated Vegetable Companies Get A Pandemic Shot In The Arm

October 3, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Thanks to the pandemic, consumers in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and South Korea have increased their snacking. This, in turn, has boosted sales of dehydrated vegetables, a major ingredient in most of the convenience food products. During the first four months of this year, a city in China’s Zhejiang province exported more than 800 metric tons of dehydrated vegetables, up 81.3 percent on a yearly basis. The export value of the products was $2.94 million. Huzhou Fresh Food's dehydrated vegetables were mainly exported to the U.S. and Europe, including dehydrated tomatoes, red peppers, and cabbages to Belgium. Major Chinese snack makers such as Wuhu, Anhui Three Squirrels Electronic Commerce Co Ltd, and Bestore Food Co Ltd, have also benefited from the trend: they have been developing healthier high-quality snacks like fruit and vegetables crunches in recent years.
ZHU WENQIAN, "Dehydrated vegetable companies witness robust demand for products", China Daily, October 03, 2020, © China Daily Information Co (CDIC)
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Innovation – And The Pandemic – Drives Potato Chip Success

October 2, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
An almost overnight change in snacking behavior brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has driven potato chip sales through the roof: up $51 billion for the first quarter of 2020, compared to last year. Innovation in the category with products like kettle-cooked chips has also played a major role in fueling the trend. And producers have responded to consumer preference for healthier snacks by lowering salt and using quality oils with health benefits. Utz’s Boulder Canyon kettle-cooked potato chips, for example, are cooked in healthier oils like avocado, coconut, olive, sunflower, safflower, and rice bran. But flavor is what keeps customers coming back for more. Herr Foods has launched a new Flavor Mix that includes Cheddar and Sour Cream and Onion; Barbecue and Salt and Vinegar; and Red Hot and Honey Barbecue.
Beth Day, "Innovation pays off for potato chip makers", Baking Business, October 02, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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A Teen’s Search For Natural Nut Butters Results In A Lucrative Business

October 2, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
A 15-year-old with a fondness for peanut butter who wanted to do something about her weight problem started looking closely at ingredient labels. The “ton of artificial ingredients” were a turn-off, so she began experimenting in her family’s kitchen with cashews, coconut, honey, almond, dates and pecans to create her own all-natural nut butters. From the kitchen to farmer's markets, to grocery store shelves, and eventually online, Abby Kircher’s business – Abby’s Better Nut Butter – has grown tenfold in the past five years, moving its operations into a manufacturing facility in 2018 and cultivating a huge online following with more than $400,000 in ecommerce sales since the beginning of the year. In addition to its 11 nut butters, the North Carolina-based company has launched a line of grab-and-go Nut Butter Snack Bites that come in four flavors. 
Elise Franco , "Abby's Better launches seasonal nut butter flavors, grab-and-go snack bites", Charlotte Business Journal (North Carolina), October 02, 2020, © American City Business Journals
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Gutzy Keep Moving’s Lineup Of Gut-Healthy Snacks Flourishes In COVID-19 Era

September 30, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The New York, N.Y.-based maker of the Gutzy organic brand of gut-healthy fruit, vegetable, and botanical snacks says its products are now available on refrigerated shelves at Meijer and Ingles retail stores, as well as online at Amazon. The accelerated distribution growth is a result of COVID-era consumer trends, especially the surge in shopping activity that reflects consumers proactively managing their own health. Each pouch of Gutzy snacks has five to six grams of prebiotics. The trend has helped the company expand its distribution to the produce and grab-and-go refrigerated snack sections of about 650 stores and has driven its DTC ecommerce business. The company now offers several DTC flavor options in 32-pouch packs. 
"COVID-19 Era Trends Accelerates Distribution Growth of Gutzy Organic", PRWeb, September 30, 2020, © Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC
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The Squirrel Sisters Expands Beyond Snack Bars

September 29, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
London, U.K.-based maker of better-for-you snack bars has created a range of roasted nuts and seeded crackers containing no added sugar. The nuts will be available in Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper Cashews, Fiery Chilli Cashews, Sea Salt & Apple Cider Vinegar Almonds, and Smoked Almonds at £1.10 ($1.42) for 25 grams. The seeded crackers, available in November, will come in two flavors: Smokey Paprika and Crispy Onion at £1.35 ($1.74) for 25 grams. All Squirrel Sisters products are vegan, paleo, high in fiber, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free.
Abbie Dawson, "Squirrel Sisters enters savory snacks with roasted nuts and seeded crackers", thegrocer.co.uk, September 29, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Pretzels Offer A Good Balance Between Indulgence And Better-For-You, IRI Says

September 29, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Analysts at IRI advise pretzel bakers that shoppers looking for a balance between indulgent and better-for-you snacks, especially during the pandemic, can find that balance in pretzels, for several reasons. Pretzel snacks often feature savory and higher-protein doughs that fit well in several trending diets, including low-sugar, high-protein, and plant-based diets. As bakers struggle with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, they can implement several tactics to drive growth for the category and their own sales. Highlighting health and wellbeing claims on snack packaging is a good place to start. They can also share at-home consumption ideas with consumers that will engage and excite them with options for versatile shelf stable and frozen pretzels. Lastly, bakers should adapt prices and sizes “to ensure a good mix, price and value in conjunction with private label across channels to maximize foot and click traffic as well as sales,” said IRI analyst Sally Lyons Wyatt.[Image Credit: © Couleur from Pixabay]
Nico Roesler, "Pretzels with a healthy-halo poised to succeed in COVID era", Baking Business, September 29, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Relaxing Snacks: A Trend Waiting To Happen?

September 29, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The fact that Americans are sleeping poorly in 2020 and snacking more presents a marketing opportunity for snack makers who develop snacks formulated for better sleeping. More than 85 percent of Americans snack between dinner and bed time, often consuming calorie-packed treats that impair and disrupt sleep. Companies said to be toying with the idea of introducing “Better-for-Sleep” snacks, according to Financial News Media, include PepsiCo, Inc., Nestlé S.A., Mondelēz International, Inc., and Kellogg Company. An early entry into the space is NightFood Holdings, Inc. (Tarrytown, N.Y.), an emerging brand that markets ice cream formulated for relaxation and better sleep.[Image Credit: © Nightfood]
"Foods for Better Sleep Surging into Mainstream, Five Stocks to Watch Right Now", PR Newswire, September 29, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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ParmCrisps Announces Plant-Based Dairy-Free Crisps Line

September 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The N.J.-based maker of oven-baked crackers crafted from aged parmesan cheese says it is on-trend – grocery sales of plant-based foods have grown 29 percent since 2018 – with its new line of Plant-Based ParmCrisps, made from 100 percent dairy-free cheese. The sugar- and gluten-free crisps, developed in partnership with Whole Foods Market, will be available in sea salt and cracked black pepper flavors at Whole Foods in October for an SRP of $4.79. [Image Credit: © That’s How We Roll, LLC]
"ParmCrisps Launches Plant-Based, Dairy-Free Cheese Crisps", PR Newswire, September 28, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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South Korean Government Promotes Its Seaweed Industry

September 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries is promoting a national quality standard, dubbed K-FISH, that must be followed by companies producing, selling, and exporting seaweed-based foods, including snacks. Korea’s dried seaweed exports – edible seaweed or laver (kim in Korean) – soared 50.3 percent in 2017. Seaweed, produced from algae, can be processed into a wide range of products. Seaweed snacks are slowly penetrating the global market with varieties such as a seaweed-fish meat combo and seaweed with ingredients like coconut, grains, and anchovy. The large variety of Korean seaweed snacks has yet to be discovered by foreign consumers, according to the Korean government.[Image Credit: © National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives]
"South Korea Sets Ambitious Development Plan for Seaweed Industry", Jakarta Globe, September 28, 2020, © Jakarta Globe
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Australian Chickpea Farmers See Growth Potential In Chickpea Snacks

September 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
More than 95 percent of Australia’s chickpea crop is exported overseas, but there is growing demand in the country for legume products as a healthy protein source. With that in mind, the West Australia farming cooperative Ord River District Coop has teamed up with food wholesaler Gourmet & More (Perth) to create and distribute the state's first locally grown chickpea snack range. Following three years of university research and several consumer studies, ORDCO has settled on a suite of gluten-free, high-protein products including sweet and savory roasted chickpea snacks, ready-to-eat pre-cooked chickpea pouches, and chickpea flour.[Image Credit: © Alex Dante frim Pixabay]
Courtney Fowler, "Ord Valley farmers on the pulse with new range of value-added chickpea products in WA", ABC Premium News (Australia), September 28, 2020, © ABC
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Kelp-Based Snacks From 12 Tides Offer Health, Sustainability Benefits

September 25, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Another sign of the ascension of kelp (seaweed) as a healthful component of snacks is the line of organic seaweed puffed snacks from San Francisco-based start-up 12 Tides. The roasted, tissue-thin snacks, available in sea salt, chili, and “everything seasoning” flavors, are made from sustainably harvested North American kelp, which is nutrient dense and supports ocean restoration, according to the company. Kelp can grow up to 18 inches in a day, efficiently absorbing a large amount of carbon from the ocean. The company noted that kelp is a zero-input crop requiring no fertilizers, no fresh water, and no arable land. The kelp is also a different species from the Asian nori seaweed, which has a fishier flavor. “We geared the flavor profile and the texture … toward a mainstream audience and are positioning ourselves as a better-for-you alternative to traditional salty snacks like potato chips,” said founder Patrick Schnettler.[Image Credit: © 12 Tides]
Monica Watrous , "Food Entrepreneur: Creating a sea change in the food system", Food Business News, September 25, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Pandemic Gives Rise To Behaviors That Offer Snack Marketing Opportunities

September 23, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The global onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic has convinced many consumers to commit to staying healthy. Market watchers say forward-looking bakery and snack producers can take advantage of that trend, and related sub-trends, by introducing products that balance consumer health concerns with affordability. Among the emerging concerns and trends that snack makers should focus on are: gut health and immune function; plant-based nutrition; weight management and metabolic health; combatting feelings of anxiety and stress with indulgent foods that also offer good nutrition; increasing interest in tailored, personalized nutrition; and increasing interest in value-based shopping, including a growing demand for basic pantry staples, stimulating trade-downs to private labels, and increasing traffic to value retailers.[Image Credit: © Free-Photos from Pixabay]
Gill Hyslop, "Snack Chat: The six emerging behavioral shifts creating snacking opportunities in the increasingly uncertain business environment", BakeryAndSnacks.com, September 23, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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34 Degrees Unveils Redesigned Website, DTC Marketing Platform

September 23, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Denver-based maker of snack crisps announced the launch of a redesigned website along with a new direct-to-consumer online platform. The redesign and change in marketing approach are the direct result of the pandemic’s impact on shopping habits. The “monumental shift to online shopping this year” convinced the company that it needed a friendlier online presence that would enable consumers to have their snack purchases shipped to their doorstep. 34 Degrees products are also available at retailers such as Whole Foods Market, Kroger, Publix, Safeway, and Walmart. But the new online channel will enable the company to “craft unique programs and promotions available to their expanding online community while also introducing the brand's newest innovations and exclusive offerings.”[Image Credit: © Business Wire, Inc]
"34 Degrees Launches New Direct-To-Consumer Capabilities", Business Wire, September 23, 2020, © Business Wire, Inc.
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BFY Snack Formulators Have A Natural Ally In Almonds

September 22, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Health-conscious consumers increasingly opt for snacks that offer nutritional benefits, full transparency, and are “free from” ingredients perceived to be either useless or harmful. So, snack developers are innovating with a focus on natural, familiar ingredients that also offer nutritional benefits; One of these is almonds, which deliver essential nutrients that may be hard to come by in a total plant-based diet, including protein and calcium. In addition, most consumers think of snacks as an indulgence, so mouthfeel and flavor are important. A crunchy ingredient like almonds complements products with softer textures, and roasted almonds pair well with sea salt or high cacao chocolate to add a more premium product positioning. Market data show that almonds continue to be the leading nut used in global new product introductions, with particularly strong growth in the bakery, snack, and confectionery categories.[Image Credit: © Steve Buissinne from Pixabay]
Gill Hyslop, "Almond inclusions add plant-based nutrition and clean label value to baked goods and snacks", BakeryAndSnacks.com, September 22, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Global Diversified Marketing To Add Gourmet Plant-Based Snacks To Portfolio

September 22, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
As soon as it knows what it wants to market, the Island Park, N.Y., food and snack maker will introduce plant-based gourmet snack foods to its product lines in 2021 to meet demands of health- and environment-conscious consumers. The company says it is working out plans with co-packers and other marketing associates to “decide on the best possible specific product choices.” Immediate emphasis will be on gourmet cookies and snacking, two of the company’s bestselling lines. The company's established sales division will handle marketing with the help of partner store sites, and ecommerce channels, including Amazon.com. CEO Paul Adler said he and staff “have been aggressively investigating the best options to add to our product lines so that we can give our valued customers the choices they want most.”[Image Credit: © Global Diversified Marketing Group Inc]
"Global Diversified Marketing Group Moving to Enter the Strongly Emerging Plant Based Foods Sector with New Gourmet Snack Products", GLOBE NEWSWIRE, September 22, 2020, © GlobeNewswire, Inc.
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Coca-Cola Has Its Eye On Post-Pandemic Resurgence

September 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
CEO James Quincey told investors at a Barclays conference recently that his company is determined to emerge from the pandemic with more customers and a more engaged, slimmed down organization. Coke restructuring during the pandemic crisis involved streamlining its portfolio and its global organization. The changes, which include easing its customer supply chain through reduced SKU management, offer a “golden opportunity” for the No. 13 consumer goods company to accelerate the focus on portfolio winners that attract and keep customers globally.[Image Credit: © Business Wire, Inc./The Coca-Cola Company]
Lisa Johnston , "In Restructuring, Coca-Cola Sets Its Post-Pandemic North Star", Consumer Goods Technology, September 21, 2020, © EnsembleIQ
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Nestlé Cereals U.K. Introduces Individually-Wrapped Cereal Portions For Kids

September 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
NAT Bears, a new individually-wrapped breakfast cereal for children from the Gatwick-based food company, contains no artificial colors or flavors, is high in fiber, and comes in honey and chocolate flavors. The brand claims one 32-gram bear equals one bowl of breakfast cereal when added to milk. The product is packaged as pre-proportioned, individually wrapped bears, sold in a pack of six for £2.89 ($3.68). NAT Bears began rolling out in Sainsbury’s and will go on sale in Tesco stores in November. The launch will be supported by a marketing campaign, including social media, digital TV, and shopper activation.[Image Credit: © Nestle]
"Nestlé Launches Pre-Proportioned Breakfast Cereal Product", Kam City, September 21, 2020, © EMR-NAMNEWS Ltd.
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Mondelez Hopes To Extend Its Snack Line With Acquisitions Of Healthy Snack Companies

September 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
As consumers watch their weight, and investors and governments urge action on obesity, the $81 billion Ill.-based maker of Oreo cookies, Cadbury chocolate, and Ritz crackers, is looking to acquire healthier snack brands. The company has made healthy snacks a priority as it diverts billions of dollars’ worth of investments in coffee companies JDE Peet’s and Keurig Dr Pepper. CEO Dirk Van de Put criticized increasingly popular sugar taxes in an interview with the Financial Times, saying they were overly “restrictive” to consumers and would limit the potential for his company to invest. [Image Credit: © Mondelēz International]
"Market Chatter: Mondelez International Seeking To Expand Healthy Snacks Lineup Through Acquisitions", Financial Times, September 21, 2020, © The Financial Times Ltd.
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UF International Launches Chickpea-Based Snack Chips

September 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The British food distributor and wholesaler (Wokingham) is targeting the healthy snacking market in the U.K. with a nutrient-dense snack made from fiber- and protein-rich chickpeas. According to the company, PeaPops have 20 percent plant-based protein, are high in fiber, gluten-free, vegetarian and, because they are popped using heat compression technology, have 60 percent less fat than regular fried chips. Pea Pops are available in Smoky BBQ, Chilli & Lime, and Cheddar & Onion and come in two pack sizes: single-serve 23-gram and 80-gram sharing bags. They are priced with an RSP of 86p ($1.09) for single serve and £1.99 ($2.53) for a sharing bag. UF International will also be selling via its own website and Amazon. The marketing will comprise a social media campaign and future brand activation events.[Image Credit: © UF International Ltd]
Fiona Briggs, "New PeaPops launch in the U.K. and target healthy snacking", Retail Times, September 21, 2020, © RetailTimes.co.uk
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Pipcorn Introduces Baked Cheesy Corn Crunchies In Four Flavors

September 18, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Bethlehem, Pa.-based minority-owned better-for-you heirloom corn snacking brand’s new Heirloom Crunchies are baked, not fried. The crunchy, twisty, cheesy treats have 20 percent less fat than category favorites. Available in cheddar, cheddar jalapeno, and parmesan truffle flavors, Crunchies are made with sustainable heirloom corn and organic cheese, are Non-GMO Project Verified and whole grain, and available for $3.99 a package. The company says Heirloom Crunchies will be launching in retailers that “mirror Pipcorn's commitment to sustainable agriculture,” with Truffle Parmesan & Jalapeno Cheddar available exclusively at Whole Foods Market, and Cheddar on Thrive Market.  The company’s other Heirloom snack lines include Cheese Balls, Corn Dippers, and Crackers, all with less than four ingredients, and whole grain, gluten-free and Non-GMO Project Verified. [Image Credit: © PRNewsfoto/Pipcorn]
"From Munchies To Crunchies: Pipcorn Launches New Baked Cheesy Twists", PR Newswire, September 18, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Magic Spoon Has Benefited From Pandemic’s Boost Of Cereal Industry

September 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The N.Y.-based direct-to-consumer (DTC) start-up offering a keto-based high-protein, low-carb cereal,   has seen its sales “massively” accelerate in recent months along with other cereal brands as people choose comfort food during quarantine. With a very active Instagram (200,000 followers) and Facebook presence, and colorful branding, the company also does many influencer campaigns – Tonight Show drummer Questlove is a big fan and investor – whose success compares in share to bigger channels. Another key factor is word-of-mouth, mainly because Magic Spoon products are marketed with health benefit claims. “It’s better if customers see someone they trust talking about the product and not just us,” says co-founder Gabi Lewis. The company admits its products are pricier than competitors, but notes that “it’s just the reality of selling a healthier product.”[Image Credit: © Magic Spoon]
Trung T. Phan, "Magic Spoon’s Gabi Lewis: “People are looking for food that offers comfort and nostalgia”", The Hustle, September 17, 2020, © Hustle Con Media, Inc
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Peak Rock Capital Buys U.K. Healthy Snack Company

September 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The Austin, Texas-based middle-market private equity firm, owner of the Turkey Hill and Pretzels Inc. food brands, among others, has acquired Halo Foods Ltd., a Welsh maker of healthy bars and snacks. Halo’s portfolio includes cereal bars, fruit and nut bars, and gluten-free, high protein, and nutritionally controlled bars, including the rapidly growing "Skinny" brand. No financial terms were disclosed.[Image Credit: © Halo Foods]
"Peak Rock Capital Affiliate Completes Acquisition Of Halo Foods Ltd. ", PRNewswire, September 17, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Comfort, Flavor, Value, Functionality Were Hallmarks Of Cracker Sales In Early-2020

September 16, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
As homebound shoppers stocked up on familiar and traditional shelf-stable snacks that deliver comfort, nostalgia, and flavor during the pandemic, dollar sales for crackers leapt 14.1 percent for the four months ending April 5, 2020, year-over-year. Sales were up 6.8 percent over the previous quarter ending June 14, 2020. Camden, N.J.-based Campbell Snacks has introduced more than a dozen new cracker products this year. Traditionals like Kellogg’s Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, and Nabisco’s Ritz Crackers earned the most dollar sales. Pepperidge Farm Flavor Blasted Goldfish sales rose 19.6 percent. But customers were also looking for healthful attributes, e.g. fiber as a functional benefit. TH Foods’ Crunchmaster brand launched a line of fiber-rich Grain-Free Crackers. Also high on the shopping list were functional snacks that boost energy or satiate hunger mid-morning or afternoon. Another cracker shopping trend: larger package sizes. Crunchmaster launched a 10-oz Party Pack of its bestselling Multi-Seed Original Crackers to appeal to value-seekers.  [Image Credit: © WikimediaImages from Pixabay]
Beth Day, "What's fueling cracker sales in 2020?", Baking Business, September 16, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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General Mills’ New Keto-Friendly Dairy Snacks, Crunchy Bars, Debut This Month

September 15, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The :ratio brand, marking the food company's first keto-focused product, features yogurt-cultured dairy snacks and crunchy bars that deliver protein, “rich flavor, texture, and convenience.” The company says the :ratio snacks are meant to satisfy consumer demands for lower-sugar (one gram), lower-carb (two grams) treats. :ratio dairy snacks are available in five “fruit-forward” flavors: strawberry, coconut, vanilla, mango and black cherry. The crunchy bars, available in lemon almond and toasted almond, contain almonds and pumpkin seeds. The :ratio dairy snacks and crunchy bars are available at select retail locations across the U.S. or online, for a suggested retail price of $1.49 per cup of dairy snacks and $7.99 per four-count box of crunchy bars.[Image Credit: © General Mills]
"General Mills Launches :ratio, Company's First-Ever Keto* Friendly Line of Products", Business Wire, September 15, 2020, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Amplify Snack Brands Revives Super-Hot Paqui Tortilla Chip Challenge

September 15, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Hershey Company brand announced the return of its Paqui #OneChipChallenge, encouraging fans of spicy snack chips to try “the new, sweat-inducing recipe of the world's hottest chip,” an all-black, individually-packaged tortilla chip formulated with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, Scorpion Pepper, and Sichuan Peppercorn. Each chip comes with a warning that participants taking the challenge should either wear gloves or wash their hands with soap immediately after handling the chip and keep out of reach of children. The challenge, priced at $6.99, is available at participating retail stores nationwide and online at Paqui.com beginning Sept. 22. Fans are encouraged to share their challenge experience by tagging @paquichips on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok along with #OneChipChallenge. The Hershey Company acquired Amplify Snack Brands, Inc., in 2018. Brands include SkinnyPop, Paqui, Oatmega, and Pirate's Booty.[Image Credit: © Amplify Snack Brands, Inc.]
"The (In)Famous Paqui #OneChipChallenge Returns For 2020, Daring Only The Bravest To Go Head-To-Head With New Chip Featuring Carolina Reaper Pepper, Scorpion Pepper And Sichuan Peppercorn Heat", PR Newswire, September 15, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Scottish Snack Company Partners With Farmers To Put “Wonky” Cauliflower To Good Use

September 15, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
As recently as seven years ago, 40 percent of fruit and vegetable waste in the U.K. comprised ugly or “wonky” produce. But consumers, farmers, food makers, and retailers all seem to agree now that ugly vegetables are just as nutritious as the pretty ones, and their use will help reduce waste and make farming greener and more sustainable. An example is a Scottish snack company that has added a cauliflower chip (crisp) to its better-for-you snack line, which includes toasted coconut chips and roasted pulses. Nudie Snacks (Fife) produces the snacks in partnership with Growers Garden, a venture of the East of Scotland Growers collective of 16 farms. The crisps are made from 40 percent fresh, if wonky, cauliflower and come in cheese and caramelized onion and katsu curry flavors. They are low in sugar and roughly 40 percent lower in saturated fat than standard potato crisps.[Image Credit: © Nudie Snacks]
Clare Johnston, "Ugly veg: How wonky cauliflowers and broccoli are helping to power a health snack revolution", The Courier, September 15, 2020, © DC Thomson Co Ltd
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Del Monte Foods Debuts RTD Oatmeal Cups

September 15, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Walnut Creek, Calif.-based company’s Oats To Go oatmeal cups, made with whole grains and 100 percent real fruit, align with the growing popularity of the breakfast on-the-go and oatmeal trends, the company says. Available flavors include maple brown sugar crunch, banana nut, triple berry almond, and apple cinnamon crunch. The cups are “a good source of fiber,” and contain 10 grams of protein, 20 grams of whole grains, and half a serving of real fruit. Del Monte Foods, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Del Monte Pacific Limited. The global oatmeal market is projected to reach $3.32 billion by 2026, according to the company.[Image Credit: © PRNewsfoto/Del Monte Foods]
"Del Monte Foods Introduces Homestyle Oatmeal Goodness with New Oats To Go", PR Newswire, September 15, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Del Monte Introduces Edible Raw Seeds Into Indian Market

September 14, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

Del Monte has launched in India a range of edible raw seeds exclusively on Amazon.com. The range includes flax, sunflower and pumpkin seeds which as per the company's claim are sourced from the best farms and are packed with nutrition. The company says the seeds are rich sources of dietary fiber and protein, and are enriched with antioxidants that help boost immunity. The seeds are available in 250-gram packs: pumpkin seeds ($4.00), flax Seeds ($1.70),and sunflower seeds ($2.72).[Image Credit: © PRNewsfoto/Del Monte Foods]
"Del Monte launches Raw Seeds to strengthen health and wellness portfolio", Mumbai Live, September 14, 2020, © Mumbai Live
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Pringles Hopes To Shed Its “Nightmare” Environmental Packaging Image

September 12, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Kellogg’s brand is revamping its iconic cylindrical packaging in the U.K. to be more environmentally friendly. Pringles was dubbed the greatest villain of the recycling world because of its foil-lined cardboard tubes, metal bases, tear-away lids, and plastic caps – “a nightmare to recycle due to the combination of materials present,” according to the Recycling Association. Kellogg’s is testing a tube made of widely recyclable paper, allowing customers to dispose of the packaging with their regular household recycling. The new tubes are being sold at three Tesco stores in East Anglia as part of a six-week trial. If successful, the tubes (with plastic and cardboard lids) will be introduced to shops more widely across Europe. Kellogg’s pledged in 2018 to make all its packaging reusable, recyclable, or compostable by end of 2025.[Image Credit: © Kellogg NA Co.]
Katie Grant, "Pringles trials eco-friendly packaging to allow snackers to put tubes in with their recycling", Industrial Goods Monitor Worldwide, September 12, 2020, © JPI Media Publications Ltd.
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Whole Kids Snacks Turns To Crowdfunding For Growth Capital

September 10, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Australian certified organic and additive-free children’s snack brand hopes to raise a million dollars in an equity crowdfund campaign conducted on the Birchal crowdfunding platform (Melbourne).that invites investors big and small to own a piece of the company. A purpose-driven business and certified B Corporation, Whole Kids has more than 25 snacks that are free from artificial additives, preservatives, colors, and GMOs. In Australia, Whole Kids products are available in more than 3,000 stores, including Woolworths, Coles, IGA, and Chemist Warehouse. The four-week raise seeks investment with a minimum $100 investment; funds raised will support local and international marketing, new product development, and staff expansion.[Image Credit: © Whole Kids]
"Snack brand seeks investors", Food & Beverage Industry News , September 10, 2020, © Prime Creative Media
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McCabe's Granola To Pitch Its Product To Walmart Buyers In Virtual “Open Call” Event

September 10, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Cincinnati granola maker will present its case to Walmart buyers on Oct. 1, 2020, via virtual pitch meetings that could mean a major leap forward for the Seven Hills Food brand. According to reports, a successful pitch could quadruple the number of stores that carry McCabe’s Granola products if it can convince buyers they belong on Walmart store shelves. Walmart chose 850 companies out of 4,800 applicants for this year's event. McCabe's is made with expensive olive oil, a more healthful ingredient than the canola oil or brown rice syrup that others use. McCabe's keeps prices reasonable by cutting back on some of its profit margins, but the products still cost around $6 to $6.50 while others run about $3.50.[Image Credit: © McCabes Granola]
Steve Watkins, "Cincinnati-based McCabe's Granola gets into Walmart product pitch program", Cincinnati Business Courier (Ohio), September 10, 2020, © Cincinnati Business Courier
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Snack Brands Team Up For "Snack, Watch and Win" Sweepstakes

September 9, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Conagra Brands’ Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn and Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix are teaming up with the Hallmark Channel to sponsor the "Snack, Watch and Win" Sweepstakes, an 18-week campaign of weekly drawings whose grand prize is a walk-on role in an upcoming Hallmark Channel original movie taping. The winner will also get a one-year supply of Orville Redenbacher's microwave popcorn. Other prizes include a limited-edition Swiss Miss & Hallmark Channel mug and a package of Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix. Orville Redenbacher's microwave popcorn with no artificial preservatives, flavors, or dyes.[Image Credit: © Conagra Brands, Inc.]
"Orville Redenbacher's, Swiss Miss And Hallmark Channel's "Snack, Watch And Win" Sweepstakes Returns With Another Walk-On Movie Role", PR Newswire, September 09, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Nature’s Path Introduces Caramel/Pretzel Granola Snack

September 9, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The North American organic breakfast and snack food company’s Love Crunch line of snacks has expanded with Salted Caramel Pretzel Granola, a salty sweet treat that combines pretzel with dark chocolate chunks, caramel puffs, and Himalayan pink salt. The new product is its eighth granola flavor in the Love Crunch line, which also includes dark chocolate & red berries, dark chocolate & peanut butter, espresso vanilla cream, and apple chia crumble. The Salted Caramel Pretzel granola is certified USDA organic, vegan, fairtrade certified, Non-GMO Project Verified, trans fat free and cholesterol free. The product is available at select Kroger stores nationwide and online.[Image Credit: © PRNewsfoto/Nature's Path]
"Love Crunch Salted Caramel Pretzel Granola: A Match Made in Heaven", PR Newswire, September 09, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Sharpham Park’s Rebrand Spotlights Its Premium Status, British Provenance

September 9, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Somerset-based organic spelt farm’s new brand design reflects what it calls its growing national appeal at a time of increased demand for British-grown healthy foods. The company markets a range of breakfast cereals made from spelt, including muesli, bran flakes, multi flakes, porridge flakes, muesli date & coconut, and cherry & berry spelt flakes. The rebrand features a “bold and modern design” that keeps a strong element of provenance through the Union Jack and silhouette of Somerset’s Glastonbury Tor. Other graphics include Sharpham’s walnut trees and the spelt fields themselves.  Sharpham Park’s organic spelt is grown in the U.K. and milled in Somerset. The company also produces spelt pasta, pearls, a spelt drink, and cereal that are available online and at grocery chains Waitrose, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Abel & Cole, Planet Organic, and Farmdrop.[Image Credit: © Sharpham Park]
Fiona Briggs, "Sharpham Park rebrand showcases product provenance and quality", Retail Times, September 09, 2020, © RetailTimes.co.uk
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Research Finds Consumers Wary Of GMOs, Especially In Kids’ Snacks

September 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
A survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation showed consumers were very interested in non-GMO foods and beverages. Non-GMO was the third most influential attribute behind natural and no added hormones or steroids and ahead of organic, locally sourced, and pesticide free. Oddly enough, many organic food marketers add non-GMO label claims to their products even though organic certification requires non-GMO ingredients, according to Mintel. Cargill research found that parents were “especially sensitive” to GMOs when they shopped for snack bars for their children: thirty percent said they would avoid snack bars with GMO ingredients. Twenty-one percent of parents would avoid sweet baked treats containing GMOs. A similar number indicated they would avoid GMOs in candy and salty snacks. But only 12 percent of adults said they would avoid baked goods made with GMOs. Salty snacks and snack bars scored slightly higher.[Image Credit: © Cargill, Incorporated]
Keith Nunes, "Non-GMO claim capitalizes on consumer perception of 'natural'", Food Business News, September 08, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Piccolo Extends Kids’ Snack Range

September 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The U.K. organic baby food company has debuted two high-fiber snacks for toddlers (12 months and older), Oaty Bars and Mighty Melts. Vegan and gluiten-free Oaty Bars, made with multigrains and prebiotic fiber inulin from agave, contain no sugar. Mighty Melts are made with yogurt, which give “a soft melting effect on little palates” with a “natural, fruity yogurt taste.” Mighty Melts will be available at Sainsbury’s beginning September 13;  Oaty Bars will debut in a new retailer for the brand beginning September 28. [Image Credit: © Piccolo]
Daniel Woolfson, "Piccolo adds Oaty Bars and Mighty Melts to kids’ snacking range", The Grocer, September 08, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Nature's Path Unveils Superfood Granolas, Oatmeal Cups

September 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The Canadian cereal and snack maker’s new line includes two granolas and two RTD oatmeal cups containing several functional ingredients. The “superfood” line includes Golden Turmeric Superfood Granola, a “cookie-like” granola with clusters made from gluten free oats and cashews, as well as turmeric (anti-inflammatory) and avocado oil; and Smoothie Bowl Superfood Granola strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and super greens spirulina, barley grass, wheatgrass, broccoli, chlorella, kale, and spinach. [Image Credit: © PRNewsfoto/Nature’s Path]
"Nature's Path Packs a Nutritious Punch With New Superfood Line", PR Newswire , September 08, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Nestlé To Invest Millions In Transition From Use Of Virgin Plastics

September 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The company plans to invest $30 million in the Closed Loop Leadership Fund, a private equity fund of Closed Loop Partners, to help support the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics across the U.S. The goal is to upgrade U.S. recycling infrastructure and secure access to food-grade recycled plastics. It is the first investment from Nestlé’s sustainable packaging venture fund, which was established earlier this year as part of its CHF 2 billion ($2.2 billion) sustainability commitment. The company plans to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, and reduce its use of virgin plastics by one third. Closed Loop will use the money to finance acquisitions of companies advancing circular economies in the U.S.[Image Credit: © Nestlé]
Emma Upshall, "Nestlé invests $30m in U.S. recycling initiative Closed Loop", FoodBev Media , September 08, 2020, © FoodBev Media Ltd
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Small Giants Introduces Savory Snack Made With Cricket Flour

September 5, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The bite-sized savory crackers from the London, U.K.-based snack food start-up are made with cricket flour, a sustainable source of protein, which the founders claim is “a great way to eat insects without the yuck factor.” Company founders Edoardo Imparto and Francesco Majno say their mission is to make consumers aware of the benefits of insect-based snacking to the planet and people’s health. “Small Giant Crackers are the best way to try insects for the first time – and fall in love with them,” says Majno. The oven-baked snacks, available in three umami flavors in 40-gram packs, are made with 15 percent cricket flour. Other ingredients include extra virgin olive oil and wheat flour.[Image Credit: © Small Giants]
Charles Wheeldon, "Small Giants launches insect-based snacks", Nutrition Investor, September 05, 2020, © Investor Publishing
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COVID-19 Lockdowns Drive Growth Of Snack Market

September 4, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
A Transparency Market Research (Albany, N.Y.) report finds that the global lockdowns associated with COVID-19 will be a long-term boon for the snack products market. Companies will be able to expand across untapped regions and opportunities over the next decade. Consumers working from home have fueled a preference for “indulgence on-the-go.” Other trends to watch over the next ten years include: growth in the popularity of vegan snacks; increased focus on sustainability and food packaging; more collaborations between food delivery partners and snack companies; growing interest in clean-label and allergen-free foods; and a surging popularity in ready-to-eat products[Image Credit: © Steve Buissinne from Pixabay]
"COVID-19 lockdowns offer new opportunities for snack market", Candy Industry, September 04, 2020, © BNP Media
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Camacho To Leave Danone For Greener Pastures

September 4, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
After 20 years at Danone, the head of the dairy and plant-based food and beverage unit is leaving to pursue “outside opportunities.” Francisco Camacho has served in a variety of leadership roles at the company, most recently as EVP of Essential Dairy and Plant-Based (EDP) International. Prior to that he was EVP of Danone’s global waters business and chief growth and innovation officer.[Image Credit: © Danone S.A.]
Monica Watrous, "Longtime Danone leader to depart", Food Business News, September 04, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Coca-Cola’s Restructuring Aims To Streamline Operations Globally

September 4, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
As part of the comprehensive reorganization initiative announced last week, Coca-Cola is pruning its Africa business unit from the previous Europe, Africa & Middle East division and making it a distinct operation led by Bruno Pietracci, current Africa & Middle East business unit president. Europe will also stand on its own, led by Nikos Koumettis. The Middle East operations will be combined with Eurasia. Vamsi Mohan Thati, head of the South Pacific business unit, was appointed president of the Greater China business comprising mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Mongolia. South Korea will be paired with Japan as a single unit. Latin America, Europe, and North America will also have new operational leaders. Lastly, T. Krishnakumar, president of the India and Southwest Asia business unit, was named chairman of Coca-Cola India, and Sanket Ray, COO of the Mainland China business, was named president of India and Southwest Asia.[Image Credit: © The Coca-Cola Company]
Andy Morton, "The Coca-Cola Co splits off Africa in structural overhaul", just-drinks, September 04, 2020, © just-drinks.com
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Impact Snacks Says Its Products Are Healthful For People, And For The Planet

September 3, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Boston-based food company says its plant-based pocket-sized snacks are made with 100 percent whole foods that are healthful for the environment and for our bodies. The “superfood” bars, available in Iced Caramel Latte and Double Chocolate Brownie flavors, are made with pea protein, kale, maca, Lion’s Mane mushrooms, and monk fruit, and contain six grams of prebiotic fiber to promote overall digestive health. The company, launched on Kickstarter in late August, also promotes sustainability by using home-compostable, certified marine-biodegradable wrappers that actually cost less than petroleum-based plastics. Customers also earn carbon credits with each purchase. [Image Credit: © Impact Snacks]
"Snack For A Cause With Impact Snacks’ Plant-Based Bars", LIVEKINDLY, September 03, 2020, © LIVEKINDLY
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Vintage Italia Launches Penne Straw Snacks

September 3, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Florida-based snack company’s Pasta Snacks brand has introduced plant-based Penne Straws in five flavors, including mac ‘n cheese and marinara. The straws, made with lentils and white beans, are available on the Pasta Snacks website as individual, six-ounce bags for about $4, in six-packs for $24 or 12-packs for $48, also on Amazon for the same price. Vintage Italia also sells Pasta Chips and Pasta Bow-Ties in a variety of flavors.[Image Credit: © Vintage Italia, Inc.]
Kelly Allen, "If You Love Pasta, You Need These Penne Straw Snacks In Your Life", Delish.com, September 03, 2020, © Hearst Digital Media
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Sunsweet Growers Debuts New Sunsweet Ones Varieties

September 3, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The new Sunsweet Ones Individually Wrapped Prunes from the Yuba City, Calif.-based prune growers cooperative are now available in Cocoa-Dusted and Berry Essence varieties. The Berry Essence version is infused with berry flavors, while the Cocoa Dusted Prunes are dusted in premium cocoa without any added sugar. A serving of Ones prune snacks is a good source of fiber and only 100 calories. Sunsweet says that, compared to other dried fruits, prunes are lower in naturally-occurring sugar and have a low glycemic index of only 29. [Image Credit: © PRNewsfoto/Sunsweet Growers Inc.]
"Meet Your Snacking Soulmate: Sunsweet Growers Inc. Launches New Ones Flavors; NEW ", PR Newswire, September 03, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Market Researchers Reveal Snacking Trends For 2020

September 3, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The major trend uncovered by recent snack market research data is the pervasive impact of the coronavirus pandemic – and associated stay-at-home behaviors. Because of the pandemic, and ensuing panic buying, consumers bought indulgent treats like salty snacks in larger quantities. Salty snacks – potato chips, tortilla chips, cheese snacks, etc. – have been the No. 2 food item contributing to dollar growth at retailers since early March, according to IRI, and tallied $21 billion in sales for the 52 weeks ending June 14. As the country reopens, Industry observers expect continued: demand for large package sizes and multipacks; reliance on ecommerce; strong emphasis on flavor, especially bold flavors, international and regional; and reliance on good quality, cheaper private label snacks. Lastly, “In the long-term, pent-up demand will reignite consumer preference for the new and different, the unusual.”[Image Credit: © Thomas B. from Pixabay]
Beth Day, "The state of the snack industry in 2020", Baking Business, September 03, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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