Nutcrackers throughout America are working overtime as an array of flavorful nut varieties are making their way to shelves like never before. Even though the peanut has been around for centuries, leading manufacturers are revamping this popular nut with flavor.

Market research company Mintel reports that sales of nuts and trail mixes grew by 53% from 2008 to 2013, reaching $6.3 billion in sales. The report published on Adage.com states that nut popularity is driven by “nutritional benefits” including high fiber and protein.

New flavors like honey dijon, blueberry and strawberry aim to make the peanut more appealing to consumers. Bolder blended flavors such as barbecue and several spice varieties also are piquing buyer interest.

Planters is one of the leading peanut manufacturers in the United States, and its Dry Roasted Honey BBQ Cocktail Peanuts satisfy the urge for both sweet and salty tastes. These peanuts contain honey, maple syrup, dried molasses and sea salt. The company’s Nut-trition mix stays on trend with peanuts and honey mixed in its Sustaining Energy Blueberry Nut variety.

For those who love a little spice in their lives, Fire Dancer has released Honey Roasted Jalapeno Peanuts. Taste sweet and heat with a flavor combination that includes honey and no preservatives. They are gluten-free.

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One of Old Home Foods’ newest products is the 100% all-natural peanut butter.

OldHomePeanutButter Old Home Foods Honey Peanut Butter

Made from fresh peanuts and sea salt, this peanut butter contains no preservatives. It comes in creamy, crunchy and honey varieties.

Old Home Foods has been a favorite Minnesota dairy brand since 1925 when Francis A. Davies founded the company around manufacturing and distributing his legendary cottage cheese. Over the last 80 years, Old Home has prided itself on its products like dips, cottage cheese, sour cream and more.

 

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The grab-and-go lifestyle in the snacking world has reached the apex of popularity, so much so that products coined “snack bars” aren’t even exclusively used for snacking.

Bars have been around the U.S. market for more than 50 years, but according to BakingBusiness.com, the category has more than doubled to almost $6 billion over the past decade. This is due largely in part to today’s consumers being busier than ever, clamoring for the next convenient food product. Gone are the days of sitting down at the table for long shared meals, especially during peak, rushed daytime hours.

Candy Industry reports that Americans are snacking three or more times a day, up 12% from 2010 to 2013. More than half of those snacks are consumed after noon. Smartblogs.com says that 73% of Americans surveyed in a Hartman Group report state that their snacking is physically driven. They want to abate hunger, nutritional support and a quick, convenient energy pickup.

However, convenience doesn’t equal a lack of a need for nutrition. Snack bar lovers are looking to their bars to offer more—more protein, more fiber and more all-natural ingredients overall. Bar lovers are asking for a lot of punch to be packed into a small, wrapped item, looking for them to take the place of larger meals in both taste and effectiveness.

Fiber One Oats & Strawberry bars are a great combination of honey, strawberry, oats, barley flakes and nuts. Each bar contains 35% of fiber’s daily value—nine grams— and two grams of protein.

Honey, lightly toasted rice and dry roasted almonds combine to provide 10 grams of protein and five grams of fiber in Special K’s Honey Almond Protein Meal Bars. The addition of honey makes the bar a sweet treat, and protein helps to keep hunger satisfied throughout the day.

PowerBar’s energy line of bars includes Harvest Energy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. With honey, nine grams of protein and five grams of fiber, these bars are perfect for someone looking to power up before a big day or workout.

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