Snacking as a trend is only getting stronger as more busy Americans find that today’s “convenience products” now offer healthy ingredients, fun flavor profiles, portion control and innovative twists on the classics. And the product category is expanding as snack manufacturers expand their product offerings.
In fact, once driven by demand from Millennials, snacks are now purchases seen on every generation’s shopping list. However, each generation looks for different criteria in their snacks.
Millennials are looking for indulgences, such as ice cream and other frozen desserts, brownies, cakes and pies. But they’re still craving those salty snacks, including nuts, dried fruit, salsas and dips. Gen Xers, meanwhile, are increasingly seeking those healthy and nutritious snacks, such as nutrientpacked snack bars and energy bars. Baby Boomers are looking for those same nutritious snacks, including those that fall in the cheese and cheese alternatives category, as well as luxurious treats that boast premium ingredients.
Xochitl Salted Tortilla Chips are crispy tortilla chips with a touch of salt. They can be enjoyed straight out of the bag or dipped into one of Xochitl’s accompanying fresh salsas for an authentic Mexican taste.
214/800-3551 or salsaxochitl.com
Western’s Smokehouse introduced a new line of meat snack sticks that target the trend for healthier products. The lineup features: Original Grass Fed Beef, Sriracha Turkey, Buffalo Wing Chicken, and BBQ Pineapple Pork. They’re made with high-quality tender cuts of meat and an award-winning blend of herbs and spices before being hickory smoked.
816/308-9206 or westerns-smokehouse.com
Fusion Gourmet has obtained the license to manufacture and distribute its gourmet Wafer Rolls under the Harry & David brand. Available in Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Hazelnut, Chocolate Mocha and Toasted Coconut, they pair with ice cream, hot cocoa, coffee or tea. Six 10-ounce canisters ship in a case.
310/898-2180 or fusiongourmet.com
Salty, sweet and packed with flavor, 88 Acres Seed Butters feature three bold flavors: Pumpkin Seed Butter, Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter, and Vanilla Spice Sunflower Butter. Using just a few simple ingredients, they’re a safe alternative to peanut butter for those with nut allergies.
716/472-0842 or 88acres.com
Frontier Snacks has introduced two flavors to its line of Crunchy Frontier Bites: Cashew Cranberry Orange and Pumpkin Seed Apple Vanilla Bean, which is an allergy-free and kid-friendly option. Each package highlights its eight all-natural ingredients with a unique taste that can be seen and tasted.
Gourmet Olives for snacking—housed in resealable, liquid-free pouches—are the newest innovation from Gaea. The olives are marinated in Gaea Extra Virgin Olive Oil and are offered in green (marinated with garlic, orange peel, red bell pepper, basil, coriander, lemon) and Kalamata (marinated with oregano, thyme, Florina pepper, orange peel) varieties.
954/923-7723 or gaeaus.com
Daelmans, the leading stroopwafel brand worldwide, released a duo pack of two soft, jumbo toasted waffles filled with caramel, cinnamon and real Bourbon vanilla. They’re already served on all United Airlines domestic morning flights, generating awareness among millions of U.S. travelers. Stroopwafels are the most popular pastry in the Netherlands.
Little Red Dot Kitchen’s Singapore street-style Bak Kwa (a 2016 sofi Award winner) is now offered in Spicy Chipotle Beef; and free-range Turkey; and Lemongrass Beef. The protein is sourced from animals raised humanely and without antibiotics or hormones.
888/516-7262 or italianfoods.com
Plocky’s “Protato” Crisps is a nutritional snack that blends potatoes and 7 grams of organic plant protein per serving. Flavors include Original with Himalayan Pink Salt; Spicy Honey BBQ; and Peppercorn Ranch.
630/323-8888 or plockys.com
Ips Snacks recently launched Ips Pop, a healthy popcorn snack that has 5 grams of whey protein in each serving and is made with non-GMO corn. It’s available in two flavors (White Cheddar and Classic Salted) and it’s only 150 calories per serving.
Arare Rice Crackers are a beloved Japanese snack reinvented with new flavors and organic brown and heirloom black rice from Southeast Asia. The baked snack offers zesty spices and a satisfying crunch in three flavors: Shoyu, with gluten-free soy sauce; Sweet and Savory Thai; and Sriracha.
510/525-3137 or lotusfoods.com
Jane Bakes cookies are high in fiber, 100 percent whole grain and most have less than 1 gram of sugar. They use only real ingredients, organic cage-free eggs and hormone-free butter with seven varieties, including Lemon Poppy, Coconut & Caramel and Whiskey & Rye Chocolate Chips. They’re packaged with no preservatives in vacuum-sealed mason jars.