Specialty Business Trend Watch
Specialty Yogurt and Cottage Cheese
Greek yogurt was all the rage a few years ago, but new items
such as Icelandic, French and oat milk-based varieties are
starting to gain on their predecessor. Surprisingly, according to
Purcell, cottage cheese is regaining its popularity; milk quality
has been the major focus of the category, with innovations
such as new flavors and mix-ins yet to hit the market.
Combo Snack Packs
With protein continuing to be a top consumer snack choice,
packs that include several di;erent munchable items are
a perfect fit. Snack packs that o;er combinations such as
cured meat and cheese alongside crackers, fruit, chicken,
nuts or hard-boiled eggs have become the elevated
Lunchables of today, appealing to adults and children alike.
Pickled and Brined to Go
Consumers who love to snack on items such as pickles and
olives have recently been gifted with packaging that allows
a single-serving nosh. Now instead of wrapping a dripping
pickle in tinfoil to put in their lunchbox or bringing an entire
jar of olives to work, consumers can grab a conveniently
packaged lunch-sized portion and be on their way.
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and convenience when showcasing specialty
snacks to help justify the price di;erence and
highlight the quality that comes with the price
To be sure, cheese is at the forefront of
growth in refrigerated snacks and is the No.
; selling category in specialty, Purcell says,
although she points out that it is a “mature
category,” with much of the growth appear-
ing in new innovations.
In addition to treating items such as portable cheese products as snacks, consumers