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Healthy snacking

Healthy snacking

Snacking has evolved past a between-meals indulgence into a full-on lifestyle for many time-strapped US consumers. And the trend doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon, as Hartman Group estimates that nearly half of all eating occasions are now snacks or mini meals. But as the lines continue to blur between meals and snacks, marketers will have to answer with offerings that pack a flavor and nutrition punch in a convenient, portable pack.

Muuna hits 4,000 stores, urges US consumers to rethink cottage cheese

Cottage cheese brand Muuna has rolled out to 4,000 retail locations nine months after its US launch, and is supporting its rapid growth with a multimedia marketing campaign and influencer...

GALLERY: Trendspotting at CHFA West, from barley couscous to seaweed pesto

From turmeric paste, barley couscous and konjac rice to cashew nut spreads, coffee leaf tea and adaptogen-laced juice drinks, CHFA West - Western Canada’s largest natural health and organics trade event...

C-store sales hit record high, partial credit goes to healthier food and beverage options

It was a record-breaking year for in-store convenience store sales, which hit $233bn in calendar year 2016, data from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) 2016 indicated. Among the...

US researchers develop vending machine technology to help improve snack habits

Scientists discovered that delaying access to high-calorie snacks in vending machines can potentially shift people’s choices to purchase healthier options – and developed a technology to do just that.

Nielsen: Protein-craze boosts meat snack sales, dampens diminished meat prices for retailers

Meat snacks have graduated from its road trip ‘gas station snack’ image, sales data imply. The $2.8 billion category had a compound annual sales growth of more than 7% over...

Higher consumption slashes risk by 35%

Legumes linked to lower diabetes risk

A higher total intake of legumes is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes by more than a third, the long-term PREDIMED trial had concluded.

Snackworthy wants to make better-for-you snacks affordable and approachable

Snack brand Snackworthy is the result of a comprehensive survey of 300 Millennial-aged consumers. “That data validated that we were on the right track, it resonates with the Millennial consumer,”...

Millennials are ‘the most health-conscious generation ever,’ says report by The Halo Group

From certification seals to romance text to website blog posts, many packaged food and beverage brands put a lot of thought (and resources) into creating convincing nutrition-related arguments to persuade...

Meat snack segment shows ‘no signs of stopping,’ says Chops Snacks cofounder

Despite increasing competition in the meat snacks category, startup and recent graduate of the Chobani incubator Chops Snacks sees significant potential for its soft-chew jerky and future products, according to...

Protein bar brand PowerBar jumps on plant-protein bandwagon

Iconic energy bar brand PowerBar launched a new line of plant-derived protein bars, debuting at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA, earlier this month.

video dispatches from Expo West 2017

Crunchies targets Millennial moms as fruit & veggie snacking gathers pace

If freeze-dried fruit conjures up images of space food, or brightly colored soggy bits floating in your breakfast cereal, you should buy a bag of Crunchies, and reassess, says CEO...

GALLERY: Trendspotting at Expo West 2017: From plant protein to probiotics

It's impossible to distill a show this size into a handful of slides, but we did see some consistent themes from a macronutrient perspective (protein is hot, sugar is not and fats are...

Video dispatches from Expo West 2017

Barnana CMO: 'We tested banana brittle for eight months before we took it to market'

Barnana carved out virgin territory in the healthy snacks segment with its chewy banana bites, but will its new banana brittle prove equally groundbreaking? FoodNavigator-USA caught up with chief marketing...

ConAgra Brands snaps up Duke's and BIGS Seeds: 'We're reshaping our portfolio to be more premium and modern'

ConAgra Brands has struck a deal to buy protein-fueled snacks business Thanasi Foods, maker of Duke's meat snacks and BIGS seeds, for an undisclosed sum.

Natural Products Expo West

Nature’s Bakery overhauls branding, launches new SKUs to become the ‘Little Debbie of the natural snack industry’

With a goal to become “the Little Debbie of the natural snacks industry,” Nature’s Bakery is expanding its portfolio beyond its flagship Fig Bar line, and overhauling its branding to...

Natural Products Expo West

KIND Snacks wants to ‘change the script’ in the fruit snacks segment with new Fruit Bites

KIND Snacks expands into the children’s food segment for the first time with a riff on fruit snacks that directly tackles many parents’ complaints about the category. 

Aloha rebrands, expands portfolio to support shift from online-only to brick-and-mortar stores

To better support its transition from online-only sales to distribution at brick and mortar stores, wellness brand Aloha is unveiling at Expo West a massive rebranding along with new, reformulated...

Union Kitchen spotlights global flavors, functional beverages & upscale classics

Food and beverage entrepreneurs make global flavors approachable for hesitant Americans, offer functional beverages and put modern, unique twists on classic favorites at the Washington, DC-based incubator Union Kitchen’s Meet...

News in brief

Barnana unveils its latest innovation: banana brittle

Banana-fueled brand Barnana has broken new ground in the snack category for a second time with the launch of organic Banana Brittle, a new snack made from ‘upcycled’ bananas (that...

Sonoma Brands hails 'explosive' growth trajectory at SmashMallow

It’s early days, but SmashMallow snackable marshmallows – launched by food & beverage brand incubator Sonoma Brands in August 2016 – are already in 2,000 stores and growing at an...

Millennials replace meals with snacks, survey finds

Most Americans between the ages of 18 and 35 eat a ‘wholesome’ snack in place of a standard meal at least once a week.

Terrafertil Nature’s Heart enters US natural channel through acquisition of Essential Living Foods

Ecuador-based snack company Terrafertil Nature’s Heart has acquired California-based organic and vegan ‘superfood’ firm Essential Living Foods, marking the global company’s first step into the US market.

An apple, or five, a day could help keep COPD away in men who smoke, research suggests

New research suggests there could be something to the old adage an apple a day helps keep the doctor away – at least with regards to chronic lung disease in...

From moon cheese to crunchy yogurt: REV technology paves way for new-to-the-world snacks, says EnWave

Moon Cheese – a shelf-stable, clean-label 100% cheese snack developed using 'radiant energy vacuum’ (REV) dehydration technology - is now in 20,000+ stores three years after launch, and will soon be...

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: Fat is back, protein is (still) hot and sugar is out…

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves, where we see plant-based protein creeping into everything from hot cereal to shakes, bars, chips and bites; coupled with...

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