erence for not only spicy foods, but also ones
that can deliver a flavorful experience along
with the heat,” Walsh says.
An Ethical Issue
Across the board, shoppers are demanding more
from companies that make snacks and sweets—
but it’s the younger generations that are in the
driver’s seat where today’s snacks and sweets
trends are concerned. According to Ethics On
the Go, a new report from Culinary Visions
Panel’s Mindful Dining Initiative, millennials in
particular hold their snacks to a higher standard
compared to other consumer groups.
Sixty-four percent of consumers under the age of 35
(compared to 57% overall) said there are not enough ethically produced snacks available, and 67% of consumers
under the age of 35 (compared to 55% overall) said they
are willing to pay extra to eat more ethically while on the
go, the report shows.
“Whether it’s rewarding a company’s fair-trade labor
practices or their zero-waste policies, we found that millennials are the most serious about ethically sourced
grab-and-go foods,” says Sharon Olson, executive director of Culinary Visions Panel.
Like their millennial counterparts, members of Gen
Z—now a larger group than millennials—also prefer food
and beverages with transparent labeling and an absence
of artificial ingredients, according to industry experts,
who say the demographic is also skeptical of big brands
and too many label claims.
“The desire for clean, less processed and organic products is especially relevant to millennial consumers, which
may be driven by the fact that we have more information
than ever before about the food we consume and its
impact on our bodies and the planet,” Gilbride says.
It’s not only about what younger consumers are snacking on—it’s about how they’re consuming those snacks
“We do see some generational differences in how con-
Pantry Staples Center Store
7 in 10
Amount of U.S. and U.K.
consumers who want to know
and understand ingredient lists.
Source: Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten
Trends for 2018
From a merchandising perspective,
we believe a retailer’s assortment
should reflect the way the consumer
approaches the category.” —Randy Gilbride, Thanasi Foods
Thanasi Foods’ Duke’s meat snacks. Each serving of
these snacks—made in small batches with real, whole
ingredients—has 7 to 10 grams of protein with up to
2 grams of sugar, depending on the flavor. Newest
in the line: single-serve Duke’s “Tall Boy” Shorty
Smoked Sausage in Original Recipe, Hot & Spicy,
Hickory Peach BBQ and Hatch Green Chile, and the
new Shorty + Cheese o;ering packed with protein,
which is completely shelf-stable.
Enjoy Life “free-from” snacks. The
company’s lineup includes more than 70 foods
free from 14 allergens (wheat, peanuts, tree
nuts, dairy, casein, soy, egg, sesame, sulfites,
lupin, mustard, fish, shellfish and crustaceans).
In 2018, Enjoy Life unveiled new plant-based
Protein Bites; in 2017, it launched Grain &
Seed Bars, the first line of bars that combine
three types of ancient grain sorghum, which plays into consumer
demand for clean, plant-based options.
Truco Enterprises’ On The Border Taste of Tajin
Clasico flavored tortilla chips. Made with six
simple ingredients including Tajin (the No. 1 spice
in Mexico and the leader in chili-lime seasoning),
these chips are the newest o;ering from Truco.
Coming later this year: Taste of Tajin Chipotle &
Lime and Habanero & Lime tortilla chips.
Sabra Dipping Company Mediterranean
Bean Dips. These new plant-based dips come
in three flavors: White Bean with Spinach
& Roasted Garlic, Red Bean with Sundried
Tomato & Basil, and Black Bean with Roasted
Tomato & Smoked Paprika. Each flavor
is made with beans, real vegetables, and
Mediterranean herbs and spices, and has 2 grams of protein per
serving. All are gluten-free, dairy-free and kosher, and are made
without genetically engineered ingredients.
Peatos Classic Cheese snacks. Made with
real cheese and nutritionally dense pulses
(sustainable peas and lentils), this pu;ed snack
has 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.
Peatos boasts clean ingredients with no artificial
colors, flavors or MSG; the snacks come in flavors
including Classic Cheese and Chili Cheese, and
vegan-friendly flavors Masala and Fiery Hot.