Today we will look at six major trends currently evident in the Confectionary and Snack industry, each accompanied by a distinct countertrend. Both trends and their countertrends are a result of consumers wanting to eat healthier choices, yet believing that their snack choices should also represent a culinary indulgence. Research has uncovered an “80/20″ rule at play when it comes to snack and candy choices. 80% of those who consider themselves healthy eaters opt to indulge in less-healthy choices 20% of the time, while 80% of people who regularly indulge will opt for a healthy snack and candy option 20% of the time. (more…)
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Everywhere you turn this month, there are boxes of chocolates, conversation hearts and other sweet confections.
For those looking for a healthier solution, alternative Valentine’s Day treats are a great solution. Sugar-free candy, dried fruits, and especially nuts can be just as festive and delicious this Valentine’s Day. Though this holiday is often associated with rich, decadent foods, you can find plenty of delicious treats to devour without putting your health at risk. The following are some alternatives from Tropical Foods:
Unlike sugary treats,nuts are one of the most satisfying snack options and they are also a great, flavorful treat to share with your loved one on Valentine’s Day. Nuts are a healthy snack packed with proteins that you don’t have to feel guilty about. Choose from some of our favorite snack mixes or make your own mix of nuts and seeds.
The Year of the Snack
Bold flavors, interactive packaging, and an increase in snacking lead the food trends for 2014. Consumers are now beginning to associate snacking with better health with nearly 60 percent of all snack foods being positioned as healthy. Retailers will be capitalizing on the healthier snacking trend, replacing traditional high-sugar, high-fat snacks with healthier on-the-go offerings.
Grab-and-go snacking continues to grow. Food created to enjoy while multi-tasking, such as nuts, snack mixes, and candy will continue to increase in sales. Be sure to check out Tropical’s Grabeez line of grab-and-go products in a variety of flavors.
Love it or hate it, everyone knows the day after Halloween is the official countdown start to the holiday season. Snacks are an integral part of holiday celebrations, accounting for a large percentage of sales for the year. Half of U.S. adults who celebrate Christmas buy candy for the holiday, with 54% of these consumers buying it for themselves or families and 44% buying candy for gifting, according to an NPD Group survey.
The top-selling seasonal candy is:
The survey finds chips ranking as the second most commonly purchased Christmas snack (bought by 38% of adults), followed by fruit (36%) and crackers and nuts (each at 31%).
It’s important to uncover opportunities to boost sales during the key holiday season…. (more…)
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Smarties: A Childhood Favorite
Indulge your sweet tooth with the Smarties candy wafer roll loved by generations. Each Smarties package contains an assortment of pastel colors, including white, yellow, pink, green, purple, and orange. The flavor of the colors include: cream, pineapple, cherry, strawberry, grape and orange. One of the most popular candies for holidays, they travel anywhere and will never melt. Contact your Tropical Foods sales rep to add Smarties to your product line.