April, 2013

Favorite Three Products for April Friday, April 26th, 2013

 

The spring of 2013 has brought a bevy of new products and trends to the honey product world. Gluten-free products and nuts, even though they represent both ends of the allergy spectrum, are largely in demand with consumers. Three of our favorite products of April serve as tasty representations.

1. KIND Bars

Making a showing at both Expo West and the Dr. Oz show, where nutrition expert Heidi Skolnik recommended the bars, the entire KIND line includes honey, whole nuts, spices and fruits. A new Yale study showed that snacking on two KIND bars a day helps to suppress your appetite and reduce overeating—sounds like an ideal snack to us.

2. Barenjager Honey & Bourbon Liqueur

Our office taste test won us over, making this product No. 2 on our list. The taste of whiskey married with the smooth sweetness of honey made for a great drink for any occasion.

3. Kinnikinnick Foods S’Moreables Graham Style Crackers

Not only are these gluten-free, they are wheat-free, dairy-free and casein-free—a great comfort to know America’s favorite campfire snack can be enjoyed by all.

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Snack food addicts worldwide can rejoice—there are more snacking options now than ever. With “snacking” no longer being a negative word and more a substitution for larger meals, consumers are seeking healthier and quicker choices to fill up with throughout the day.

According to Global Industry Analysts Inc., world snack food sales will top a third of a trillion dollars by 2015. Consumer demand equals more choices than ever before, with manufacturers working to meet increasing need.

FoodProcessing.com says that both health and indulgence are key needs of the snacking consumer, therefore different ingredients are battling for attention. The magazine lists cheese, bacon and spice as top ingredients on the indulgence side and chocolate on the sweet side. However, it’s a whole different came for ingredients once a healthy choice demand is called into play.

Nuts cover all ingredient needs, according to the magazine. They are high-energy, contain essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, phytochemicals, vitamin E, and are an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron and zinc.

Three examples of snacks with both nuts and honey are KIND Bars, which are made with honey, whole nuts, fruits and spices; Quaker’s True Delights Honey Roasted Cashew Mixed Berry Granola Bar, which contains zero grams of trans fat and is a great source of fiber, calcium and iron; and Kellogg’s Special K Cereal Bar Honey Nut, which is designed for the on-the-go snacker who needs a quick breakfast or meal replacement.

Salty and sweet flavors combined in one snack also is on the rise, and honey lovers can get the two for one deal with these great snacks:

thinkThin Mixed Nuts Crunch Bar combines the sweet flavor of honey with the saltiness of peanuts, almonds and cashews. LARABAR’s Uber Roasted Nut Roll Bar marries sweet and salty with honey, almonds, cashews and sea salt headlining the top flavors. Varieties include Apple Turnover, Bananas Foster and Cherry Cobbler.

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S'moreablesThese gluten-free S’moreables by Kinnikinnick Foods are made with honey, pea starch and non-hydrogenated shortening. Each serving (about three cookies) provide nine grams of carbohydrates. These are the perfect snack for the consumer whose dietary needs consist of gluten-free, wheat free, dairy free and casein free.

Kinnikinnick Foods Inc.’s founder Ted Wolff Von Selzam was looking for a new career in the late 1980s. He began making bakery products for the Farmer’s Market in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and was asked to make gluten-free items. As his own store grew, U.S. food distributors began calling and the Internet made it possible for more people to buy the products. Now Kinnikinnick’s gluten-free products are sold throughout North America.

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