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The Evolution of Snacks

Whether indulgent, healthy or somewhere in between, creative new formulations and technologies are keeping snacks close at hand.

October 31, 2014

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The Evolution of Snacks

Summary

Nutritionally speaking, few foods are more maligned than snacks. They are a source of extra calories, and sometimes even a source of empty calories. But dismissing snacks as nothing but junk food would be a mistake. Healthful choices serve as a nutritional bridge to carry us from one meal to the next. They offer a respite in the midst of a busy day. Even the most decadent snacks have their place in the diet because they can satisfy cravings.

Editor's Take

With annual sales of approximately $124 billion in North America and $374 billion globally, snacks continue to captivate consumer attention. Whether indulgent, healthy or somewhere in between, creative new formulations and technologies are keeping snacks close at hand.

Takeaways for Your Business

  • Americans prefer snacks with chocolate, or salty options such as tortilla chips and potato chips.

  • One-third of global consumers surveyed seek beneficial ingredients such as fiber and protein.

  • Technology is advancing the creative possibilities of flavorful 3-D and pellet-shaped snacks.

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