From ‘real fruit’ and ‘gently dried’ to ‘no artificial preservatives,’ these natural call-outs permeated the floor at the annual packaged foods exposition in Chicago, sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.
We talked with Euromonitor analyst Jared Koerten at the National Confectioners Association’s annual expo in Chicago about the rise of premium snacks, textured candies, functional ingredients and consumption occasions. Here’s what he had to say.*
Sandwich chain Pret a Manger plans to give its Veggie Pret spin-off a turbo boost with new outlets, following the acquisition of smaller rival Eat in Veggie in response to the growing demand for vegetarian and vegan grab-and-go options.
Biscuit consumption is soaring in China, on the back that these intrinsic snacks offer pleasure and convenience, a boost of energy as well as satisfying hunger. They are also regarded as a well-heeled gift.
The Oreo maker’s 2018 Impact Progress Report, entitled 'Snacking Made Right', highlights its use of less energy, water and waste across the group, as well as its move to paper-based packaging and its focus on mindful consumption.