Specialty food continues to rise in popularity with each passing year, with the sales of indulgent snacks having increased by 3.4 percent in 2017. Most of these snacks have begun combining the market’s health-conscious attitude with exotic ethnic flavors, and the best ingredients available.
While consumers who prefer snacking on products high in sugar or sodium still exist within the market, the SFA says 65 percent of snackers are most interested in health-oriented snacks. Portable is also popular (page 14), with 36 percent indicating they eat on the go, with 30 percent doing so while driving. Snacks can also effectively replace meals, with 29 percent of substituting a snack for lunch or dinner.
As most snackers would agree, taste rules. More than two thirds say they would eat more snacks if there were interesting flavors to try. Most of this derives from the 18-to-24-year-old age group, often the driving force behind trends. Peaking the interest of all consumers begins with ensuring your products are on the nutritious side, possess a unique flair and offer an undeniable burst of flavor. Working toward providing snacks with mobility is also a plus, with today’s market being primarily on the move. With the ever-changing definition of the word “snack,” providing better choices for consumers for a modernized version of daily snacking is always encouraged.
Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Protein Snack Packs are the first shelf stable meat and cheese snack cup. In flavors Teriyaki & Pepper Jack Cheese and Original Recipe & Cheddar Cheese, these snacks combine delicious and tender jerky with all-natural cheese.
855/456-2275 or ChefsCutRealJerky.com
La Brea Bakery’s Demi-Baguettes are available in French and Sourdough, and made with single origin Fortuna Wheat. This heirloom cultivar adds an undeniable level of quality and taste.
855/427-9982 or www.LaBreaBakery.com
Xochitl Sprouted Red Corn Chips are made with sprouted red corn, seeds and grains, captured at peak vitality. While most sprouted chips are thick and heavy, these corn chips display a thin and crispy taste, while increasing vitamin and antioxidant levels.
214/800-3551 or www.SalsaXochitl.com
Snack Factory Dessert Thins are a light, crispy snack with the delectable flavor of classic desserts. Available in three mouthwatering flavors: Chocolate Chip, Brownie and Lemon Tart.
609/683-5400 or SnackFactory.com
Sahale’s Tangerine Vanilla Cashew-Macadamia Glazed Mix all started with an orange and vanilla frozen ice pop. In this mix, crunchy cashews and buttery macadamia nuts combine with bright tangerine and pure ground Madagascar vanilla bean.
206/624-7244 or SahaleSnacks.com
Country Archer Meat Sticks are crafted with premium cuts of grass-fed USDA inspected beef and tender turkey, and are free of sugar, antibiotics, hormones, nitrites, MSG and gluten. Perfect for snacking on-the-go morning, noon and night.
909/370-0155 or www.Shop.CountryArcher.com
Partners Rustic Artisan Deli Crackers are crafted with wholesome honest ingredients and slow baked for that signature crispy texture. Available in Olive Oil & Sea Salt, Roasted Garlic & Rosemary, and Everything and more.
800/632-7477 or PartnersCrackers.com
The Peanut Shop’s Smithfield Indian Curry Nuts, our famous handcooked Virginia Peanuts are generously seasoned with pungent Indian curry spices – intense with deep earthy flavor and a hint of sweetness. Super extra-large grade, 10.5 oz. cans.
800/831-1828 or ThePeanutShop.com
Culinary Collective’s Paul and Pippa Artisan Crackers are designed to pair with your favorite cheeses. Made with natural ingredients and extra virgin olive oil, try Basil & Quinoa, Hot Paprika, Truffle, Black Salt, Jamaica Pepper, Mustard, Smoked Salt, Pink Peppercorn.
425/398-6761 or CulinaryCollective.com
Nunes Farms’ introduces Jake’s Fire Roasted Hatch Chile Almonds, a classic spin on the Hatch Chile flavor with the perfect blend of heat and spice. Made with premium almonds, this flavor is roasted in small batches to deliver exceptional quality.
800/255-1641 or JakesNutRoasters.com
The Real Coconut Tortilla Chips are non-GMO, and come in flavors Himalayan Pink Salt, Beach BBQ, Sea Salt and Vinegar, Golden Curry and Lime Chili. Each flavor bears the hallmark characteristics of the perfect chip: addictive crunch and ideal dipping shape.
Sun-dried Tomato & Olive Tapenade Grab and Go from Sutter Buttes Natural & Artisan Foods includes slow-dried tomatoes and pureed kalamata olives, creating an intensely deep flavor. Comes with tapenade, crackers and a spoon.
530/763-7921 or SutterButtesOliveOil.com
Dewey’s Bakery classic lemon bars have been a favorite for generations. Combing cold-pressed Meyer Lemon oil, lemon zest and brown sugar for a sublimely tart soft baked cookie bursting with citrus flavor.
336-748-0230 or Deweys.com
Fusion Gourmet Dolcetto Tuscan Crisps are a thin, savory and healthy blend of rice and wheat flour, and other authentic Italian ingredients. Available in four flavors: Olive Oil & Sea Salt, Chia Seed & Sea Salt, Rosemary & Olive Oil, and Italian Cheese Blend.
310/898-2180 or FusionGourmet.com
Quinn’s Real Butter Tastes Better microwave popcorn is the first to use grass-fed, clarified butter. All ingredients are natural with non-GMO kernels, expeller pressed sunflower oil, and sea salt.
303/927-6655 or QuinnSnacks.com
Kakookies are deliciously flavorful snacks made with clean, superfood ingredients. Ideal for travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, busy overscheduled families, & anyone interested in leading a healthy lifestyle.
Tuscanini’s hand-crafted Parchment Crackers from Kayco are a baked, ideal swap for flatbread, chips, or calorie-heavy snack crackers. All three varieties – olive oil, olive oil with rosemary, and olive oil with oregano, are perfect with antipasto or served alongside a cheese plate.
718/369-4600 or TuscaniniFoods.com
RW Garcia 3-Seed Artisan Crackers are a gluten-free alternative to traditional crackers. Available in four flavors: Sweet Potato, Sweet Beet, Kale and Harvest, each combines healthful ingredients into a better-for-you cracker.
707/939-9176 or RWGarcia.com
The Salted Caramel Redd bar is a deliciously revolutionary on-the-go meal delivering a delicious, slightly caffeinated experience with a nutritional punch. Certified Gluten Free and non-GMO. Every ingredient has been chosen because it’s the best at what it does.
207/370-4433 or ReddBar.com
JicaChips, are the first chips made from jícama, a nutrient dense root vegetable native to Mexico. That’s why one bag is only 100 calories and 5 grams of prebiotic fiber.
561/725-5422 or JicaChips.com
Made from chipotle, this jerky brings together a sensation of moderate heat and a hint of honey to create the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. Tender slices of beef are marinated and then baked, resulting in an extraordinarily moist, soft and chewable jerky.
707/939-9176 or KraveJerky.com