Snack Food Nutrition Trends: Pulses, Vegetables, and Grains in Salty Snacks and Crackers

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Published Jan 20, 2017 | 83 Pages | Pub ID: LA15167573
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Snack Food Nutrition Trends: Pulses, Vegetables, and Grains in Salty Snacks and Crackers

Families with children and the younger generational cohorts are driving the market for healthy snack alternatives in lieu of more traditional snack foods. Sales of these alternative ingredients snacks within the salty snacks and crackers market segment were robust in 2016, growing 5.2% in the year and outpacing overall sales growth in these two snack segments. Vegetable-based snacks (not including potato) has been the fastest growing category, followed by pulse-based snacks. Sales of alternative grain formulation snacks were flat, despite whole grain and multigrain snack formulations being the most popular types of alternative ingredients snacks with consumers. Ingredient substitutions such as the use of specific vegetables in formulations and marketing such as sweet potato and spinach are popular, but are still far outnumbered by the amount of popular snack foods that simply call out the use of vegetables (or “veggies”) to promote a better-for-you snacking product. Generic “bean” formulations are also popular, but chickpea-based snacks are the fastest growing subcategory for pulse-based snacks.

Growth of the alternative ingredients snack market will remain moderate to strong over the next three years through 2019, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2% to reach sales of $1,700 million. The increase in number of snackers looking for healthy snack alternatives will be a strong driver for the market, as will the continued interest in snacks offering flavor and texture variety, which alternative ingredients snacks offer.

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Food Formulation Trends: Ancient Grains and Sprouted Ingredients, Snack Food Nutrition Trends: Pulses, Vegetables, and Grains in Salty Snacks and Crackers provides an in depth analysis of alternative ingredients snack products and sales through all channels in the U.S. market, focusing on the key categories of snacks driving the market and highlighting sales trends. The report covers sales of salty snacks and crackers containing pulses such as beans, chickpeas, lentils, and peas, vegetables such as sweet potato, spinach, and kale, and notable grain ingredient formulations such as whole grain, multigrain, and ancient grains. All information and analyses in the report is highly accessible, presented in concise text and easy-to-read and practical charts, tables, and graphs.

Report Methodology

The information in Snack Food Nutrition Trends: Pulses, Vegetables, and Grains in Salty Snacks and Crackers was obtained from primary datasets including IRI’s Infoscan from its multi-outlet (MULO)-tracked point of sale data, consumer survey data compiled by Packaged Facts’ own National Consumer Survey and from Simmons’ National Consumer Survey. Other primary research includes interviews with snack experts, on-site examination of retail and service provider venues, and Internet canvassing including websites and blogs. Secondary research includes information- and data-gathering from consumer business and trade publications, company profiles, and Packaged Facts’ own extensive food & beverage research database and report collection.
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