Food Business News - June 17, 2014 - (Page 57)

Health and Wellness Have your cake and quinoa, too Ancient grains, kale, chickpeas starring in new candy and snack products top trend identified at the Sweets & Snacks Expo this year suggests consumers may be seeking treats with nutritional benefits. Quinoa, kale, chia seeds, chickpeas, seaweed and other ingredients perceived as healthy were featured in many new products on display at the show, held May 20-22 in Chicago. A more subtle nod toward health and wellness was evident from the largest companies in the industry, with innovation focused on approaches like portion control. For many smaller companies, though, esoteric ingredients were fearlessly introduced. A June 17, 2014 "Chia was an ingredient that I really can't remember seeing in new products before this year," said Susan Whiteside, vicepresident of communications for the National Confectioners Association, which hosts the annual trade show. "That caught my attention because I felt like it was a totally new ingredient for our category and also one that has a health halo surrounding it." Forty-five per cent of consumers seek snacks that offer benefits beyond basic nutrition, according to I.R.I. Worldwide, a market research company, and product developers are responding with such items as snack chips flecked with flax seed, popcorn cooked in coconut oil, and chocolate studded with quinoa. Associated with heart health and nutrient density, ancient grains appeared in several new snack products at the show, including Inventure Foods' Boulder Canyon Ancient Grains snack chips, which contain quinoa, millet, chia and amaranth; and Gourmet Basics' Slim Chips popcorn chips, a popped snack that combines quinoa, flax, chia and sunflower seeds. In sweet applications, quinoa is featured in a new variety of BarkThins dark chocolate snacks from Ripple Brand Collective and EatKeenwa Krunch coconut cranberry cashew bites. Protein-rich snacks were also prominent at the show, seen in a spate of jerky products, nut butters, pumpkin seeds and chickpea snacks. The Good Bean, Berkeley, Calif., marked its show debut, displaying roasted chickpeas in such flavors as smoky chili and lime, Thai coconut lemongrass, mesquite barbecue, and chocolate. "I was pleasantly surprised to see how many natural and FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® 57

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Food Business News - June 17, 2014
Tyson building a prepared foods powerhouse
Sodium reduction: Aiming at the target
Mid-year markets spotlight
Web Contents
Editorial - Preventing food fraud must be a priority
Peanut butter innovaton propels Smucker
Pinnacle opens pilot plant at Rutgers
Consumer interest in protein remains high
Trashing trillions of calories
Health science at the center of Nestle’s strategy
Nestle sees emerging markets as an e-commerce opportunity
McDonald’s U.S. sales still slipping
Innovation popping at Diamond Foods
Emerging natural and organic food and beverage trends
B&G Foods goes clubbing
C-suite focus shifting toward greater effi ciencies
Krispy Kreme looks to create buzz with licensed coff ee
Private label, sustainability shaping Hain Celestial’s strategy
Quality Egg executives plead guilty to selling adulterated products
Redefining food allergens
Have your cake and quinoa, too
Three snack makers to watch
Flavor mining
Ancient grains for modern trends
Ancient grains in America
All systems go on sustainability strategies
Targeting sodium reduction
General Mills launches Cheerios Protein
Wonka introduces Peel-a-Pops
Ready Pac expands on-the-go meals
Pacifi c Foods adds to hummus offerings
Big chicken fi llet sandwiches debut
Breyers off ers gluten-free ice cream
oCrunch and Kellogg’s partner to create cereal bowl
Stoneridge Orchards launches new dried whole fruit products
GoOrganic debuts fruit chews
popchips rolls out veggie chip line
On the Border debuts smart menu selections
Annie’s announces snack and mini meal kits
Gold’n Plump upgrades frozen chicken patties
Ingredient Market Trends - U.S.D.A. raises U.S. and world wheat ending stocks forecasts
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
Ad Index
Food Business in the News

Food Business News - June 17, 2014