Snack Industry Information  Category

 

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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It’s no secret that gluten-free products are all the rage, however the actual numbers are astounding.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is that gluten-free snacking and baking products haven’t yet reached the saturation point and continue to rise in popularity.

In the snack aisle, gluten-free products are surging. FoodNavigator-usa.com reports that overall gluten-free sales grew 47% last year, with a major portion coming from snacking items. The top-selling gluten-free snacking category was crackers ($156 million). Mintel reports that the overall gluten-free market reached $10 billion last year.

Kinnikinnick Foods offers the perfect graham cracker for the honey-loving consumer whose dietary needs include gluten-free. S’moreables are made with honey, pea starch and non-hydrogenated shortening.

Gluten-free baking mixes also are rising in popularity with 14% of new baking mix launches coming from the category between 2011-2013, according to BakeryandSnacks.com. Consumers who love honey and who love to bake are in luck. Pamela’s makes a delicious bread mix that creates a soft loaf of gluten-free bread sweetened with honey. The versatile mix also contains rice bran and sea salt.

Marrying gluten-free, snacking and baking at home, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread Mix makes a memorable and satisfying loaf loaded with honey, plump raisins and cinnamon. The mix makes it easy to make a loaf by bread machine or hand.

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