The State of Snacking in 2017

The State of Snacking in 2017

Snacking has evolved to be a more frequent occasion, with an increase in consumers snacking 5 times or more per day. The driving factor behind this is both for the sake of indulgence, and consciously seeking out health benefits. Both areas are growing, but indulgent snacks are still in the lead. Though the choices are becoming increasingly abundant and descriptors for categories are blurred, there are some growing categories of note. PROTEIN POWER Greek yogurt is a high protein option, and Chobani Flip combines it with other diverse ingredient mix-ins.   FARM TO YOU Quinn Snacks “Farm to Bag” model appeals to consumers looking for authenticity in food sourcing.   SNACK BOXES Lunchables aren’t just for kids anymore – there’s a surge in snack boxes that offer sweet and savory bites to tide an appetite over.   RESEALABLE PACKAGING Eat some now, save some for later – these multi serving packs are easy for on-the-go snacking   FRUIT & NUT MEDLEYS  Getting your daily servings of fruit in is now possible in a multitude of ways, going beyond the traditional bar. TAKE A DIP Dipping options both sweet and savory are popping up in convenient packages. Credit: Sweets and Snacks: 2017 State of the Snack Food...
Beyond The Shoreline Reimagines Seaweed Snacking

Beyond The Shoreline Reimagines Seaweed Snacking

At the mention of eating seaweed, the strips of nori which cradle our sushi rolls immediately come to mind. As do those strangely textured, crunchy yet melt in your mouth roasted seaweed sheets. As a the main ingredient of a gourmet dish, or a go-to protein rich snack? Hardly. Seaweed has long been overlooked as a viable food source in America, but is now fighting its way into superfood status. The Future of Farming is in the Ocean Industrialized fishing has taken a toll on ecosystems of the ocean, chasing fish away and leaving fisherman jobless. That’s what led Bren Smith to found Greenwave, an initiative which works to train unemployed fisherman into sea farmers who grow different kinds of seaweed and shellfish. These restorative species provide a highly sustainable form of food production, and positively impact ocean conditions by soaking up carbon and nitrogen that threaten aquatic ecosystems. Inspired by this, Beyond the Shoreline has begun creating innovative kelp based snacks that step outside the nori sheet box. Their first product, kelp jerky, has yet to be released but promises to sidestep the issue of appetite appeal. The American palate may not yet be prepared to embrace the slimy, fish flavored plant at face value, so moving forward with a familiar form of snack is a huge step in the right direction. But what’s spurring the movement to bring this abundant crop from ocean to table in the first place? Good for You Kelp, the unlikely hero of the sea, has more to offer than expected. “Nori contains more vitamin C than orange juice, more calcium than milk, and more protein than soybeans. And it might surprise those of us on the hunt for...
Meat Snacks: Positioning and Perspective

Meat Snacks: Positioning and Perspective

Dried meats are the quintessential protein packed, travel friendly go-to. Jerky gained a bad rap for being loaded with processed ingredients, but remained a popular and somewhat healthier option in the snack world. With the resurgence of paleolithic diets and “clean” eating, the demand for high quality meat snacks is at an all time high; and it’s being supplied in a big way. The concept of jerky has extended far beyond beef and the flavors we’ve come to know and love have taken a turn for the wild. Join us for a look at how meat snacks have evolved.   The Classics (Source) Many of us who tuned into television throughout the nineties can vividly recall “Snap Into a Slim Jim!” being screamed at them through the screen. The bizarre advertisements were jarring, yet somehow made the product appetizing. The thin rods of mechanically separated meat were a treat to look forward to on road trips and gas station runs. Slim Jim’s remain the poster child for nostalgia in the meat snack space.   (Source) Jack Links took on the similarly humorous tone as Slim Jim’s by bridging the missing link with folklore favorite Sasquatch as a mascot. However, this jerky promised real pieces of beef, packaged in gusset bags for easy snacking and optimal freshness. They’ve since extended their line of protein snacks to include bite sized pieces, beef sticks and sausages.   Adventures in Flavor (Source) The flavors that one would typically associate with jerky generally lie in the realm of traditional meat seasonings – black pepper, teriyaki, barbecue sauce. Lawless Jerky has cast all of those expectations away with truly unexpected flavors like Japanese Curry and Pho.     (Source) The founder of...