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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.

Soup-to-Nuts podcast: The opportunities & challenges of consumers' return to home kitchens

Despite continued pressure from the on-the-go lifestyles that dominate today’s culture and have fueled the rise of convenience foods, packaged snacks and quick service restaurants, new research shows many consumers...

Kwik Trip illustrates how c-stores are an emerging go-to channel for better-for-you products

Manufacturers of healthy and better-for-you snacks looking to enter the convenience store channel might find an in with Kwik Trip, which, according to the Partnership for a Healthier America, is...

RXBAR extends minimalist philosophy to school lunchboxes with new kids line

Chicago-based RXBAR’s new kid’s line is now available in 3,000 stores nationwide, providing a smaller version of the fastest growing bar by dollar growth in the natural and conventional channels,...

Barnana rolls out to 8,000 Starbucks stores

Banana-fueled snack Barnana is rolling out to 8,000 Starbucks stores nationwide in chocolate, and chocolate and peanut butter flavors in single serve bags with customized brown and gold packaging.

$16.8 million in government grants aim to encourage SNAP spending on more produce

After efforts earlier this year to use a stick to discourage SNAP beneficiaries from buying unhealthy products was met with resistance and doubt, the government is trying another approach –...

NuturMe CEO shares what it takes to secure accounts with ‘top tier’ retailers

After years of knocking on the doors of top tier retailers and hearing no, baby and toddler food company NuturMe is finally hearing yes from major players including Target, Kroger...

Ancient grain freekeh offers solutions to modern day consumer problems

With its “chameleon-like” versatility, nutrient-density and strong structural integrity, the ancient grain freekeh is a triple threat to many modern day eating woes that plague time-crunched consumers seeking something healthy...

The Chaat Co lands more than money with Jain Farm Fresh investment

For US-based Indian street snack maker The Chaat Co, $1 million in seed funding including investment from India’s Jain Farm Fresh Foods is about more than just the money --...

Veggie Go’s brings “healthy innovation” to the fruit snack aisle with launch of Bites

New parents who remember enjoying classic fruit snacks growing up but who struggle to justify giving them to their children in the current era of clean eating and better-for-you foods...

An attractive produce section can give retailers a competitive edge, FMI study suggests

Looks may not be everything, but they matter a lot – especially in the produce section, which can be a pivotal driver for foot traffic and subsequent sales throughout the...

Exo rebrands to play up the power of cricket in its snack bars, better connect with active consumers

As an early mover in the edible insect space, Exo initially downplayed the presence of crickets in its snack bars to help drive trial, but as the idea of eating...

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: Fat roars back in the yogurt aisle, switchel adds bubbles ...

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves, spanning everything from whole milk launches in the yogurt aisle to kombucha with adaptogens, lightly carbonated apple cider vinegar...

Ethical Naturals uses extraction expertise on new monk fruit sweetener

Seeing a looming opportunity, dietary ingredients supplier Ethical Naturals has brought a new monk fruit sweetener ingredient to market that it says uses the same technology that it applies to...

Country Archer Jerky Co eyes the conventional & convenience channels following second capital raise

With another infusion of investor funds, Country Archer Jerky Co. is set to make the leap from the natural channel where it is thriving into the conventional and convenience channels,...

UrthBox shopping spree continues consolidation in subscription snack segment

With the acquisition of three competitors, healthy snack subscription box company UrthBox hopes to better shine a light on organic and natural brands that otherwise may be caught in the...

Guiding Stars could give retailers competitive edge as more shoppers look for healthy options

Using a novel nutrition rating system, such as Guiding Stars, could give retailers and food service chains a competitive edge by creating the perception they offer more of the healthy,...

Consumer demands placing more pressure on flavor, texture of sports nutrition products

Flavor innovation is usually seen as a key component of food product development and of less concern for supplements.  But as sports nutrition brands seek competitive advantages and to bring...

General Mills wins fight to label Nature Valley granola bars as ‘natural’

General Mills has won a lawsuit alleging its Nature Valley granola bars cannot be labelled “100% natural” as they purportedly contain traces of herbicide.

Bonafide Provisions expands the reach and appeal of bone broth with Drinkable Veggies

As recently as two years ago, bone broth was virtually unheard of by the masses, but now it is seemingly everywhere with newcomers crowding the category and pushing early players...

Researchers answer whether a low-fat or low-carb diet is more successful for weight loss

The long-raging debate over whether cutting carbs or cutting fat is a better way lose weight is a false dichotomy, according to new research published in the American Journal of...

Food industry veteran Paul Smucker Wagstaff takes Eagle Foods to next phase with acquisition of snack brands

In the food and beverage industry, 100-year-old companies are adapting with the times. Eagle Foods’ acquisition of ready-to-eat popcorn brand G.H. Cretors is one prime example.

Lebby Snacks introduces a softer, sweeter chickpea snack to US market

Competition in the roasted chickpea snack segment is heating up as more players enter the field, including newcomer Lebby Snacks, which stands apart from the others by offering a soft...

Natural channel still accounts for bulk of Paleo product sales, but sales in conventional channels are growing faster, says SPINS

The natural channel may have the largest share of Paleo-positioned products, with US retail sales up 123.4% to $76.8m in the year to May 21, but the conventional channel experienced...

Five trends driving shopping patterns in Mexico including convenience & desire for authenticity

Convenience is a dominating factor influencing which foods and beverages shoppers in Mexico buy – even beating out innovation and authenticity, which also weigh heavily in the decision-making process, according...

ZÜPA NOMA refreshes branding, teams with Whole30 to stand out in drinkable soup category

As the nascent drinkable soup category starts to take shape, newcomer ZÜPA NOMA is looking to carve out its own niche with refreshed packaging that will help its bottles pop on store...

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