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Snack Trends Key trends unveiled at Sweets & Snacks 2016 Ethnic flavors, portion control and premium positioning all highlight recent product development trends mong some of the new flavors hitting the snack aisle are toasted coconut, smoked Gouda and Saigon cinnamon. Products featuring the flavors, and many more, were on display at the Sweets & Snacks Expo, held May 24-26 in Chicago, and appeal to the adventurous palate of many consumers. "A lot of the flavors this year are very big and very bold," said Susan Whiteside, vice-president of public relations and marketing communications for the Washingtonbased National Confectioners Association, which hosts the annual event. Before the expo, Ms. Whiteside spoke about a few trends to watch in the latest launches from confectionery and snack manufacturers. "We're also seeing a lot of innovative ingredients that are part of the product but aren't necessarily part of the flavor for that product," she said, citing caramels made with coconut milk and coconut palm sugar, and products featuring chia seeds or pumpkin seeds as examples. Another leading trend is chocolate and fruit combinations, sales of which have increased 116% in the last three years, Ms. Whiteside said. "We're seeing a large num- A June 28, 2016 ber of innovative fruit and nut products and unusual pairings," she added. "It's not just chocolate-covered blueberries anymore, though that's certainly very popular, but (product developers are) really thinking about flavor combinations that pair really well together." World of flavor Globally inspired and culinary forward flavors are driving product development in the snacks and confectionery categories, Ms. Whiteside said, citing such examples as sriracha, chimichurri and Saigon cinnamon featured in products exhibited at the show. A new line of flavored almonds from Spice Foods, Chicago, includes Thai green coconut, Levantine za'atar, Ethiopian berbere and Argentine chimichurri varieties. SunRidge Farms, Royal Oaks, Calif., introduced ghost pepper dark chocolate almonds, which combine Fair Trade dark chocolate-covered roasted almonds with a touch of ghost pepper and sea salt. More unique flavor combinations included a cinnamon horchata chocolate bar from Hammond's Candies, Denver; peach habanero tortilla chips from Deep River Snacks, Deep River, Conn. Thin remains in A number of snack trends were prevalent at the show, most notably a focus on slimmer snacks. Thinner, crispier cookies and crackers, brittles and barks abounded among recent innovation showcased at the expo. "These are small products in a sense that they are usually quite thin, if you think about candy cane bark or something you might make at home, but using high quality, fine ingredients," Ms. Whiteside said. "They are certainly not skimping on the ingredients or quality but are delivering a high-impact taste in a product that's really easy to snack on." Examples showcased at Sweets & Snacks included Brittle Me This Popcorn Thins from Hello Delicious! Brands, Northbrook, Ill. The new product FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® 49

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Food Business News - June 28, 2016