Snack Industry Information  Category

Cracking a New Trend Thursday, June 25th, 2015

 

Market research from Packaged Facts’ “Crackers: U.S. Market Trends” report reveals that the cracker movement is gaining steam. Brands are trying to overhaul old cracker products with new flavors and healthier ingredients to encourage consumers to snack on them.

Although the cracker market is being transformed, the traditional cracker brands still have a significant foothold. About 40% of households still use saltines, and 23% continue to use graham crackers, according to Packaged Facts.

As marketers are transforming crackers into snacks, the boundaries between crackers, crisps and chips are blurring, according to the Packaged Facts report. Breakfast biscuits are one of the newest innovations taking off in the cracker industry.

Check out these delicious cracker products that use honey.

Post’s Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits are made with 100% whole grain and wildflower honey to mimic the taste of the classic breakfast cereal.

Ritz Crackers Originals Honey Wheat are just like the original flaky crackers, but are baked with whole wheat and honey.

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Honey Bee Fun Facts Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

 

Honey bees are amazing insects, responsible for not only pollinating so many crops we rely on for food, but also for making delicious honey!

Did you also know…

There are 10,000 species of bees. Only one species produces honey.

15 mph is the top speed of some honey bees.

Honey bees can flap their wings 12,000 times per minute.

A worker bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.

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Honey Showcased at The Natural Products Expo West

The 35th annual Natural Products Expo West took place March 4-8, 2015
in Anaheim, CA.

This is the largest natural, organic and healthy products event in the world with 71,000 industry members in attendance and more than 2,700 exhibiting companies. With the trends toward Paleo and minimally processed, nutrient-dense products, honey made a strong showing in many new product launches.  Here are just a few of the delicious honey-infused creations exhibited at the expo.

Bare Show Me the Honey Coconut Chips

Bare’s Show Me the Honey Coconut Chips are made with honey and make for a great snack. The company started 12 years ago in Washington by creating baked apple chips. Each product, including these chips, are made with seven ingredients or less and contain no added sugar, no GMOs, and are gluten, dairy, and nut free. This delectable baked coconut snack gets the stamp of approval from just about every diet.

Dave’s Killer Bread Seeded Honey Wheat

This organic bread not only comes with great taste, but it also comes with a great story. Dave Dahl, an ex-felon, started Dave’s Killer Bread in 2005 with help from his brother and nephew in Portland, Oregon. The company has grown quickly and began to ship internationally last year. Dave’s Killer Bread continues to have a focus on second chances with 1 out of 3 employees hired having a criminal background. At 5g of protein per slice and almost four tablespoons of pure organic honey in each loaf, this Seeded Honey Wheat doesn’t get much better than this.

Lifeway Lowfat Honey Fig Kefir

Lifeway began in 1986 in Skokie, Ill. when Russian immigrant Michael Smolyansky decided to share kefir, a popular dairy drink in Eastern Europe, with his new home. Lowfat Honey Fig Kefir is a tangy and tart cultured milk smoothie with 12 active probiotic cultures. It’s an all-natural, protein and calcium-rich drink that you can enjoy any time of the day.

Blue Isle Honey Mediterranean Yogurt Spread

Karoun Dairies recently introduced Blue Isle’s Honey Mediterranean Yogurt Spread. The Sun Valley, Calif.-based company uses only fresh, growth hormone-free California milk and has done so since its founding in 1990. This subtly sweet spread has the consistency of cream cheese but comes in at almost half the fat and with probiotics. Use it as a spread, as part of a dip or in a recipe for a tasty treat.

Bonk Breaker Almond Cherry Chunk

Candy or protein bar? Your mouth won’t be able to tell with Bonk Breaker’s Almond Cherry Chunk.  Created by two elite athletes in 2005, Bonk Breaker has been named the Official Energy Bar of the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series and the Official Bar of USA Cycling. This gluten-free bar pairs almonds, cherries and chocolate before sweetening it with some honey. With 13g of protein in each bar, this is a treat without having to cheat on your diet.

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