Snack Industry Information  Category


We’re one month into the year, and predicted food trends are already taking shape in actual menu items and new product introductions.

Make sure you’re products stay on point with consumer cravings by checking out this quick chart from Food Business News, which was based on a survey from National Restaurant Association’s annual What’s Hot culinary trends forecast.

Regardless of if your products are “Heating Up,” Cooling Off” or “Over,” honey is an exceptional ingredient to make any product stand out. The all-natural sweetener is the 2015 Flavor of the Year and helps enhance any product.

What's Hot (and not) in 2015

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Some snacks have passed the test of time, and the cheese and cracker combo is one of those tasty treats that have been loved throughout the ages.

And, as the holidays approach, what better time to celebrate this wonderful snack then by highlighting some Made With Honey options to provide a sweet flavor perfect to spread on any chosen cracker.

Trader Joe’s Honey Walnut Fig Cream Cheese is a unique blend of whipped cream cheese and honey. Chopped walnuts and figs are added for a bit of crunch.

Beehive Cheese Co. hit the market with SeaHive, a cheese hand-rubbed with local wildflower honey and Redmond RealSalt. The cheese comes straight from the milk of Jersey cows in Northern Utah.

Hand-crafted from fresh, high-quality goat milk, Publix’s mild, tangy Honey Goat Cheese is the perfect cheese to spread on cracker. This cheese is proof that endless varieties of cheese, honey and crackers provide consumers with a snack that will live on for centuries to come.

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Quinoa Rides the Superfood Trend Wave Tuesday, October 7th, 2014


Sowing wild oats may be a familiar thing to do; however quinoa is the grain that consumers are talking about lately. And what are they talking about? Quinoa’s protein content and its use as a gluten-free grain.

Innova Market Insights took a look at global launches of new products containing quinoa, and they rose 50% in 2013. Quinoa-included foods increased more than five-fold from 2008-2013.

In addition, Datamonitor reports that quinoa “leads the field by miles” when it comes to product launches with ancient grains and seeds. Grouped together with chia, quinoa accounted for 81.9% of new food launches including ancient grains in the United States last year.

U.S. imports of quinoa, which is grown mainly in South America, hit 68.9 million pounds last year. While quinoa is not native to the United States, more than 300 varieties of honey are. Foods including both honey and quinoa provide a perfect pairing for breads and snacks.

One example is Chabaso Bakery’s Ancient Demi Ciabatta. The demi ciabatta is a mix of quinoa flour, honey and rolled oats. The product has more than 16 grams of whole grains per serving.

CredibleCravings Snack Bars have three varieties of bars all containing organic honey and organic sprouted quinoa. Oatmeal Cranberry, Chocolate and Lemon Ginger Greens are the first organic snack bars formulated by obstetricians, nutritionists and midwives to support the nutritional needs of pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Organic quinoa is a main ingredient in Zing Nutrition Bars, which are sweetened with honey. These bars are wheat-, gluten-, soy- and dairy-free.

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