Snacking Healthier: The Rise of the Natural Snack Options

October 16, 2014

The natural food revolution of the past few decades has changed a lot about what we eat, where we buy and how we think about our food.  In case you weren’t sure what constitutes a natural food, they are free of preservatives, artificial flavors, colors, and chemicals. Consumers are seeking out healthier snack foods and it’s imperative that you offer more of what the market wants. Stores are seeing growth by replacing the traditional chocolate snacks by the register with healthier nuts and snack mixes. Retailers are also seeing the creation of healthy snack displays within the produce section and other fresh food items. Customers are seeking healthy items in the outside aisles of the grocery store versus being lost in the snack aisle. Consider these retail tips when displaying Tropical’s all-natural snack mixes in your store.

As important as natural is to the customer, they don’t their snacks to taste like cardboard. They are looking for snacks to be “permissible indulgences”. This is a term in the industry that refers to snacks that taste like they are indulgent, but are actually low calorie or healthier. Tropical’s natural snack mixes are the perfect example of this. There are 13 anatural snack mixes to choose from, with each offering a unique and bold flavor:

Berry Natural: A fruity taste that adds just enough sweetness to the saltiness of the nuts. Made with pineapple, raisins, walnuts, blueberries, cranberries, almonds, cherries.
California Natural : The classic Southern California mix with raisins, brazil nuts, papaya, pineapple, dates, apricots, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, and hazelnuts.
Capitol Mix II: A flavorful mix that evokes the tastes of Fall with raisins, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and cashews.
Diet Delight: A healthy snack that’s the perfect mix of nutrients. Includes raisins, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, and pumpkin seeds.
French Quarter Blend: As smooth as your favorite jazz tune, this mix is a blend of butter toasted peanuts, sesame sticks, and nuts.
Mexicali Fire: Spicy snack mix with Cajun corn sticks, jalapeño cheddar sticks, poppy onion straws, nuts, and seeds.
Perfectly Fit: Grab after your next workout, this mix includes raw nuts, seeds, cranberries and blueberries.
Sesame Nut Mix: A great source of protein and fiber, this is a great mix of nuts with a burst of flavor from oat bran sesame sticks.
Sienna Cream Crunch: A salty and sweet treat with a mix of nuts, raisins and chocolate.
Student Food: A snack made for a late night study sessions. Mix of nuts and seeds to keep you going.
Sweet Caroline: A mix of fruity and salty with peanuts, almonds, sesame seeds, and banana chips.
Trail Mix: Take this classic mix of nuts, seeds, and apples along on your next hiking adventure.

For more information on Tropical’s natural snack offerings, contact your sales rep.

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