Professionally formulated sports snack bars

Set The Bar has re-launched their range of professionally formulated sports food products, enerGi Bio Bars, with two additional flavours and new packaging.

The improved formulations are university certified low GI, with protein, antioxidants, probiotics and prebiotics to support energy production, gut health and the immune system.

Brother-sister duo, Adam and Sascha Jones, originally established enerGi Bio Bars to combat and address the “diabesity” epidemic that’s increasing at an alarming rate across the globe. According to recent statistics released by Diabetes Australia, approximately 1.2 million Australians are registered diabetics, with the numbers increasing steadily each year*. The snack bars also provide unique health benefits for athletes, health conscious-consumers and busy mums.

“We wanted to create a trusted healthy snack option for sportspeople, health conscious consumers and those that are pre-diabetic or have Type 2 Diabetes, created with their optimum health in mind. Each bar has research-backed health benefits and is university certified so consumers can be confident that our product will support them along their wellness journey,” said co-founder Sascha Jones.

Releasing their flagship product in April 2017 (under the brand name enrGIsustain), the pair has expanded their product line with new flavours that offer a convenient, tasty and healthy snack alternative for consumers of all ages. In addition to keeping blood sugar levels steady, helping to maintain a healthy weight and providing sustained energy, the new snack bars assist with digestion and promote good gut bacteria.

enerGi Bio Bars are made from specially selected low GI ingredients, are high in fibre and protein, gluten- free and contain no artificial sugars, perfectly suited for health-conscious consumers and those looking to manage their weight. Named after its ability to provide sustained energy for on-the-go consumers, enerGi Bio Bars are also the ideal sports food for athletes or people who lead active lifestyles as they provide a steady release of glucose into the blood stream.

*National Diabetes Services Scheme, 2017


Iconic Violet Crumble returns to Australian hands

Nestlé Australia  has entered into an agreement with Adelaide-based family business Robern Menz to sell the Violet Crumble brand for an undisclosed sum. Under the sale, Robern Menz will acquire the brand and its associated intellectual property, plant and equipment.

Nestlé General Manager Confectionery, Martin Brown said: “The sale of the Violet Crumble brand to Robern Menz recognises that they are well positioned to combine their existing honeycomb manufacturing with that of Violet Crumble and continue to invest behind this well-loved brand.

“We are delighted that the history and tradition of this iconic Australia brand will continue under the ownership of a strong, Australian owned business.

Robern Menz CEO, Phil Sims said the company is excited to have partnered with Nestlé and reached an agreement to acquire what is undoubtedly one of Australia’s great brands.

“As the new gatekeeper of Violet Crumble, we are aware of the responsibility that comes along with owning a brand so highly regarded in the Australian market place,” he said.

“We are fiercely passionate about Australian brands and with a significant honeycomb business of our own, the opportunity was too good to pass on. With our expertise, we can ensure that Violet Crumble is produced with no change to the recipe, and with the same passion and affinity Australians have had towards the brand since 1913.”

Manufacture will transfer to the Robern Menz factory in Adelaide, South Australia in the coming months. The product has been manufactured at the Nestlé factory in Campbellfield, Melbourne since 1983. There will be no changes to staffing at the Nestlé factory. Nestlé invested $8m in the factory in 2017 to grow key locally manufactured chocolate brands and support growing KitKat exports.

Dip and cracker snack packs

Chris’ have launched a range of Dip and Cracker Snack Packs, now available in Woolworths nation-wide.

Customers can now enjoy their favourite Chris’ homestyle flavours in an individual 65g portion, conveniently packed together with five tasty crackers for fuss-free snacking on the go. The new Dip and Cracker Snack Packs are available in three classic homestyle flavours; Hommus, French Onion and Corn Relish.

Whether it’s the kid’s lunchboxes that needs filling, an afternoon craving that needs taming or a convenient snack for eating on the go, Chris’ Dip and Cracker Snack Packs are an easy solution for busy lifestyles. Individual portions of Chris’ homestyle classics and crispy crackers in a convenient pack are ideal for an after-school snack, for throwing in a handbag or satchel when on-the-go, or even as a quick and easy snack for road trips.

“Australian’s lead a busy lifestyle – whether it’s juggling kids schedules or calendars full of work and social commitments, we recognised the need for an all-in-one product ideal for kid’s lunchboxes or for eating on-the-run;” said Amanda Habben, Chief Marketing Officer for Chris’ Foods. “We’ve developed a fresh, easy to eat snack using some of our customers favourite dip flavours they already know and love.”

Available from Woolworths in the chilled section for $3.00, Chris’ Dip and Cracker Snack Packs are an excellent addition for any lunch box or bag for people on the go.

Each Chris’ Dip and Cracker Snack Pack includes 65g of dip and five crackers, and is available in three classic flavours:

Corn Relish – a smooth in texture dip with flecks of corn and red capsicum that’s packed full of delicious flavour.

French Onion – Paying homage to the traditional French Onion soup, this brings all the flavours of French onion, cheese, garlic and oil together to reinvent this household classic.

Hommus – This homestyle Hommus recipe made the traditional way, has been with the company since its inception in Prahran Market in 1982. An essential in any fridge or lunch box.

Gourmet Pommies bringing back chip sangers for summer

Tyrrells have launched their latest chip flavour sensation – a spirited fusion of tangy sundried tomatoes with England’s finest export – the universally admired Worcestershire sauce.

Following the huge success of the launch of Tyrrells vegetable root chips in April of this year, Tyrrells are back to launch their newest creation, a combination of truly classic English favours – Worcestershire Sauce and Sun-Dried Tomato chips.

To celebrate the launch, Tyrrells have bought on The Gourmet Pommies, Will and Steve as the official ambassadors. They’ve created a range of ultimate chip sangers, perfect for any summer occasion. These include freshly baked ciabatta with wagyu striploin and goats cheese stuffed with Tyrrells Worcestershire sauce and sun-dried tomato crisps and garlic aioli; a beer battered fish and tartare sauce bap with Tyrrells sea salt and vinegar chip and; a cheese and piccalilli melt on sourdough with mature cheddar and chive crisps and a punchy pesto.

Made in the heart of the Yarra Valley with only the finest Australian potatoes, complete with jackets – (it’s only proper), Tyrrells chips are hand-cooked in the smallest of batches in a quintessentially English manner to achieve their signature curl and crunch. Made with the traditional artisan methods of hand pulling and hand seasoning, the chips are made from organic potatoes, grown in traditional methods and free from pesticides. Tyrrells really are the perfect accompaniment to any summer bash.


Australia’s first gazpacho has arrived

Australia’s largest chilli company and makers of AvoFresh have launched Muchas Gazpacho,  Australia’s first range of gazpachos. Gazpacho, pronounced guh-spah-choh is a Spanish soup made of raw blended vegetables and served cold.

Made with whole vegetables (from seed to skin), Muchas Gazpacho isn’t filtered like juice, so it’s chunky and dense, more like a smoothie than a soup, making it the perfect guilt free on the go snack or no fuss nutritious meal.

Trent De Paoli, creator of Muchas Gazpacho found inspiration for the range when travelling throughout Spain several years ago. “Gazpacho is the perfect summer meal or snack – refreshing and delicious. It’s a bonus that it’s full of veggies and really good for you,” he said.

“There’s nothing like gazpacho in Australia and there are plenty of health-conscious people looking for simple, healthy, on the go food.”

Muchas Gazpacho is made in Bundaberg, Queensland, using fresh local produce and authentic Spanish recipes. The range has four refreshing flavours – Clasico (Tomato & Cucumber), Verde (Avocado), Rosa (Beetroot) and Naranja (Tomato, Cucumber with Chilli, Garlic & Basil).

Muchas Gazpacho has three serves of veggies in every bottle, which is more than half the recommended daily vegetable intake.

The range is available in 250ml bottles and will be available in Queensland at Woolworths, selected Coles stores and Independent supermarkets from 1st November 2017.

Kettle Fried Potato Chips recalled

Snack Brands Australia has recalled Kettle Rosemary and Sea Salt and Kettle Sea Salt from Woolworths and Coles stores in the ACT, NSW and VIC because they could contain foreign materials.

The NSW Food Authority issued a warning saying the products may contain white rubber pieces.

Specifically, the recalled products are:

  • Kettle Sea Salt (175g) at Woolworths in NSW, ACT & Vic.
  • Kettle Sea Salt (300g) at Woolworths in NSW & ACT
  • Rosemary & Sea Salt (175g) at Coles in NSW & ACT

Snack Brands Australia’s statement reads: “Consumers should not eat this product as they represent a possible choking hazard. Consumers should return the affected product to the place of purchase for a full cash refund. We apologise for any inconvenience.”


Millennials and their snacking preference

Millennials love to snack. In fact, many millennials see snacking as a necessity and snack foods make up the dominant meal of the day for many in this generation. They are more likely to snack four times or more a day, according to Mintel research[1]. In addition, they are expected to have a major impact on global consumer market as their average income will more than double from USD5,900 in 2014 to USD13,000 in 2024.

The Asia Pacific region especially, with its comparatively younger population and burgeoning middle income group, is poised to be the fastest growing snack market in the world[2]. It is no wonder that food and beverage businesses across the globe are scrambling to cater to this target market. For example, fast food chain McDonald’s had introduced snack items like twisty pasta soup in Hong Kong, cheese and egg served in a Filipino-style bread roll in the Philippines and wholegrain muffins in various markets including Singapore.

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What do millennials want?

So, millennials want easily accessible, simple to consume convenient food — also known as snack food. However, that is not all. Millennial consumers want their snacks to be flavourful, and they want them to be healthy and nutritious. Why is this so?

That is because this group of consumers grew up in the information age and most of them have participated in school nutrition programmes. This makes them aware of the importance of eating healthy and subsequently, cultivate a preference to go for snacks that offer lower calories or are high in nutritional value. For example, global confectionary company Mondelez is enjoying huge success after they introduced Oreo Thins[3], a slimmer version of their classic cookie product with less cream filling and fewer calories per cookie.

At the same time, millennials are a well-travelled group, compared to the generations that came before them. Many millennial consumers are looking for exotic foreign experiences. A recent survey[4] revealed that millennial travellers want to fully immerse themselves into new cultures, and feast on local cuisine. This trend is also driving a strong influence on the food industry as manufacturers strive to offer creative products with international flavours. Snacks that come in flavours like Indian tandoori, French truffle, Japanese teriyaki, Korean kimchi, Mexican Salsa, Thai tomyum, etc. are not uncommon now.

Simply put, snacks that offers exciting flavours and good nutritional value would do well with this group of consumers.

The market makes its move

 Food industry players who understand their millennial customers are offering healthier snack products with exciting flavours. One way they have been going about this is through the application of functional ingredients.

Slow release carbohydrates are popular with manufacturers looking to offer snacks with lower glycaemic profiles. There are two ways in which manufacturers tap on functional ingredients to offer products that solicit lower blood glucose responses:

  • Modifying the glucose supply with fully available, yet low glycaemic carbohydrates, such as Palatinose (isomaltulose)
  • Replacing sugar with partially available carbohydrates such as the sugar replacer isomalt

Palatinose is an innovative, next generation sugar derived from pure beet sugar. It is the only low glycaemic carbohydrate that is fully digestible, while still providing sustained energy. It is hydrolysed four to five times more slowly by the enzymes in the small intestine as compared to common sugars like glucose or sucrose. This allows it to guarantee a balanced energy supply without sharp peaks and dips in the blood glucose response curve. As a result, snacks such as cereal bars, donuts and muffins that contain Palatinose help consumers get through a busy day without feelings of tiredness or cravings shortly after eating.

On the other hand, manufacturers may take the approach of replacing fully available carbohydrates with partially available or non-available ones in their snack products. Numerous studies have demonstrated that blood glucose and insulin levels rise only minimally after the consumption of isomalt due to its low glycaemic index of 2. It has a very similar organoleptical profile to sugar with only half the calories (2.4kcal/g). As a bulk sweetener, isomalt allows for a 1:1 replacement of sugar in snacks and with its low hygroscopicity, it helps to enhance the storage stability of various snacks such as candies, biscuits and cookies.

Other than carbohydrates, manufacturers are also using functional fibres such BENEO’s prebiotic dietary fibres Orafti Inulin and Orafti Oligofructose to create a ‘sugar out, fibre in’ approach in their snack products. Inulin and oligofructose are naturally extracted from chicory root and not digested by stomach enzymes, allowing them to have minimal impact on blood glucose levels.These chicory root fibres have a prebiotic effect on our digestive system, which means that they can positively influence our gut micro flora by supporting ‘good bacteria’. This results in a healthy intestinal environment with improved stool frequency.

Food and lifestyle choices

Like most consumers, millennials want to get the most out of life, whether it is about caring for the family, building a successful career or aiming for personal achievements — like climbing a mountain or running a marathon. Modern day life for millennials is often fast paced and many naturally turn to snacking to keep their energy levels up throughout the day.

Innovative food manufacturers can cater to the demands of their millennial customers by coming up with creative and nutritionally balanced snacks through the use of functional ingredients such as Palatinose, isomalt and prebiotic dietary fibres. These healthier snacks are able to support consumers in their efforts to stay on a low glycaemic and high- fibre diet while providing sugar and fat replacement benefits.

Professionally formulated snack product

This month, professionally formulated low GI (Glycemic Index) snack bar, enrGIsustain provides consumers a healthy go-to snack.

The product is designed to keep consumers’ blood sugar steady, maintain a healthy weight and ensure sustained energy, the in-between meals bar is the perfect snack for the health conscious, pre-diabetics and those with Type 2 Diabetes.

Brother – sister duo, Adam and Sascha Jones, established enrGIsustain to combat and the obesity epidemic. The product provides a convenient low GI snack option for consumers.

“The enrGIsustain bar has been specially designed and formulated by professionals to ensure that it packs a nutritional punch and still tastes delicious. We wanted to bring to light the health benefits of living a low GI life and keeping blood sugar levels balanced. As a result, we crafted a product that can keep you feeling full for longer, keep your cravings at bay and will also provide sustained energy and concentration throughout the day,” said co-founder Adam Jones.

A tastier low GI alternative, enrGIsustain Dark Chocolate Coconut Cashew bar is sweetened with low GI bee honey and all natural Xylitol (to help reduce cavities).

Cobs Popcorn releases new flavour

Cobs Popcorn has released a new flavour to pay homage to the bustling metropolis and legends of the famous American city, Chicago.

Featuring a blend of sweet, buttery caramel and extra tasty cheddar cheese popcorn, this eclectic mix of popcorn delivers on a big city taste.

The caramel popcorn is created with raw and brown sugar together with brown rice syrup and fresh butter. A splash of pure vanilla adds a sweet, creamy taste.

The cheddar cheese flavour is seasoned with a cheddar cheese recipe, providing a big cheese taste for the serious cheese lover.

This new flavour was introduced to satisfy people looking for a unique flavor combination, and reflects Australia’s changing palette.

Cobs Chicago Mix is gluten free and made with natural ingredients, and joins Cobs favourites like Lightly Salted, Slightly Sweet, Sea Salt, and Aged White Cheddar.


Cob’ Hip Chips range

From the company behind Cobs Popcorn, comes a new range for those who give a chip about great taste, Cobs Hip Chips.

Set to introduce their take on a classic potato chip with a completely new twist, Cobs’ range of Hip Chips are made from potato, rice and corn, and have just landed at 7-Eleven stores nationally.

Hip Chips are produced using a unique, heat expansion process: Cobs has added just the right amount of sunflower oil, and premium seasonings made from the finest natural ingredients. The result is a tasty, top quality chip that provides a satisfying, high-crunch snacking experience.

7-Eleven stores have picked up two of the delicious flavours, including:

Tomato, Cheese And Olive: With the tang of tomato and olive, mixed with the richness of cheese, this flavour will make you feel as if your sailing away on the Mediterranean!

Sweet Chili And Sour Cream: The creaminess of sour cream combined with the sweetness of chilli, and just a hint of spice, will leave your tastebuds tingling!

Two additional flavours, Smokey Chipotle And Beetroot, and Salt of the Sea are also available from independent grocers.

The new range of Hip Chips pack an intense flavor, and with a light but crunch texture, they’re simply not like regular chips. They’re healthy and light, but offer an absolute taste explosion.

One of the key features of the Cobs range is that there are no secrets when it comes to the ingredients used to create their unique flavours.

Sunbites releases new Grainy Funbites range

Sunbites is kicking off 2017 with the launch of its new Grainy Funbites range, a baked, not fried, treat made with 65 per cent wholegrain and no artificial colours or flavours.

Sunbites is always looking to craft new flavour sensations for Australians. The Grainy Funbites range delivers this right in time for the ‘back-to-school’ season, providing a great tasting better-for-you savoury snack, full of wholegrain, for the lunchbox.

Tami Cunningham, Marketing Director, PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand said, “Sunbites Grainy Funbites reflect PepsiCo ANZ’s commitment to developing innovative products that make lunchbox shopping easy for mums.”

Sunbites Grainy Funbites are available in three exciting flavours: Cheese; Pizza and Sour Cream and Chives.

The new range of snacks will be available nationally in Woolworths’ stores and independent grocery outlets from the 23rd of January 2017.

The Grainy Funbites’ launch marks the first phase in an exciting year of growth for Sunbites, with other initiatives set to be announced in the coming months.

Kellogg launches healthier LCMs

LCMs has just launched the new 3.5 health star Oaty Bubble Bars that have 25 per cent less sugar per 100g than LCMs Original bars, as families prepare to get back into the school routine and the inevitable lunchbox packing.

Across the school year in 2017, over 500 million school lunches will be packed in Australia’s 2 million plus households (with children aged 0-17).

That’s a lot of lunchbox inspiration parents need as they endeavour to make sure that snacks and meals don’t come home uneaten, but instead open the school backpack to find an empty lunchbox.

The new bars were tested with Aussie kids who liked them as much as LCMs Original Bars.

The bars come in Original Oats and Strawberry & Apple flavours and contain 37 per cent and 33 per cent whole grain oats respectively. Together with their 3.5 health star rating, a source of fibre and no artificial colours or flavours and no preservatives, it’s a ‘treat’ you don’t have to hide.

Not only do kids love the great LCMs taste, but more than eight out of 10 mums surveyed by Kellogg said they would buy LCMs Oaty Bubble Bars for their children.

Cobs Hip Chips

From the company behind Australia’s favourite, popcorn brand, Cobs Popcorn, comes a new chip range, Cobs Hip Chips. Made from 100 per cent Australian whole grain corn, potato and rice, Hip Chips are made without using vegetable oil, which often masks the flavour.

Manufacturer: Cobs Fine Foods

Ingredients: Potato Flakes, Rice Flour, Corn Flour, Sugar, Salt, Sunflower Oil – High Oleic, Seasoning (Sugar, Corn starch), Vegetable powders (Tomato, Onion, Garlic), Yeast extracts, Potassium chloride, Natural flavours, Salt, Sour cream powder, Food acids natural

Country of Origin: Australia

Launch Date: 25/11/16

Shelf Life: 9 month

Packaging: Foil Pack


Traditional Muesli Bars

Popular wholesome snack brand Mother Earth is introducing a range of traditional Muesli Bars.

Exclusive to Woolworths stores from October 31st, the muesli bar range has three delicious varieties: strawberry and yoghurt, honeycomb and yogurt, and chocolate chip. Packed full of tasty goodness, the muesli bars are a perfect anytime snack and an ideal addition to any lunchbox.

“Mother Earth’s muesli bars are everything a traditional muesli bar should be,” Mother Earth marketing manager Caroline Potter said. “They’re chewy and tasty and filling, a great and nutritious snack for any time of the day.”


New Bounce Ball: Maple Pecan

Bounce has introduced the latest ball to join the scrumptious Bounce Natural Energy Balls range, Maple Pecan, combining a mix of pecans, almonds and cashews with the natural sweetness of maple.

Bounce Australia’s nutritionist, Teresa Boyce, says, “It’s always great to see a new flavour added to the much loved Bounce Natural Energy Balls range. The Maple Pecan ball gives you a subtle flick of sweetness without the guilt of empty calories. Plus, knowing that the ball is 100% natural, contains 19% protein and a massive 40% nuts and seeds makes it a nutritious choice when you’re squeezed for time. Pecan nuts are a rich source of energy and contain beneficial nutrients, minerals and antioxidants.”

The Maple Pecan Natural Energy Ball is gluten free, contains 19% protein per ball and has no refined sugar, no artificial colours, flavours, additives or preservatives. Not only will Bounce Maple Pecan keep you feeling fuller for longer, you’ll also receive added health benefits:

Pecans are very high in energy, fibre, and are rich in essential monounsaturated fatty acids to help stabilise cholesterol levels, and assist in losing weight

Maple is rich in antioxidants, and minerals like zinc and manganese

Bounce Natural Energy Balls are available in eight additional flavours including Almond, Apple Cinnamon, Cacao Mint, Coconut Macadamia, Hazelnut Cacao, Peanut, Spirulina Ginseng and Superberry.

The Bounce philosophy focuses on the belief that good physical health and nutrition are the cornerstones of a full and vibrant life. Grab Life with Bounce Natural Energy Balls.


Organic Arjuna Ginger Bar

The Arjuna Ginger Bar is a better-for-you indulgence made with fresh organic ginger and sweetened with low-GI organic coconut sugar.

Handcrafted in East Java from organic ‘sparrow’ ginger, grown on the slopes of the Arjuna volcano (hence its name!), the Bar is a rich and deeply satisfying treat.

It also actively supports the small cooperative of farmers who sustainably farm the organic ginger used to make it. The profit-share program, known as Arjuna Share, guarantees a minimum price of 15% over commercial value, in line with Fairtrade guidelines for fresh organic ginger, and additionally pays 0.5% of worldwide sales revenue from Arjuna Ginger Bars to the organic ginger farmers’ cooperative in East Java.

Tiger Buck beef jerky targets beer & liquor aficionados

Tiger Buck’s progressive branding and iconic packaging has been influenced by saloon bar games of the American frontier, and traditional playing card design.  These elements combine to create a brand that complements a premium drinking experience and delivers unmatched brand-in-hand exposure.

Tiger Buck is a medium-soft, approachable beef jerky. The signature flavour is its smokey bbq notes, and the more you chew, the more it shines through.  Tiger Buck uses no artificial flavours or colours, and is made from 100 per cent raw, unprocessed Australian Beef. It’s low in fat, it’s a great source of protein, and has also been endorsed by Coeliac Australia as a certified Gluten Free product.

This beef jerky was born of the idea that premium pre-packaged bar-snack options are almost non-existent.  Venues and retailers focus endlessly on constructing wine-lists, beer-lists, and back-bars, with snack options almost always forgotten.  A premium bar-snack can be an important addition to a customer offering, often leading to an increased spend-per-head on drinks.

The beef jerky will be available at bars and retailers across Australia in November 2016- Melbourne stockists include: The Beaufort, Stomping Ground, The Local Taphouse, Boilermaker House and Less Than Zero.

Creator, Benjamin Cairns has worked across local and global liquor brands for over 15 years.  He is currently also part of the Melbourne-based East 9th Brewing Co.  The lack of quality ‘drinking snacks’ at bars and liquor retailers drove him to create the Tiger Buck brand.

‘Snackification’ to see global savoury snacks market hit $138bn

The global savoury snacks market will rise from US$94.5 billion in 2015 to US$138.2.billion by 2020, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9 per cent, according to consumer insight firm Canadean.

The company’s latest report states that such growth is expected to come mainly from developing countries in the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European regions, with CAGRs of 13.7 per cent and 7.3 per cent, respectively, while the Latin American region is expected to register a more moderate CAGR of 3.2 per cent.

According to Rashmi Mahajan, Analyst for Canadean: “Rising urbanization levels and busier lifestyles are impacting the eating habits of consumers, who are increasingly replacing main meals with more flexible, light, and convenient snacking options. Changing consumer preferences and the growing trend of ‘snackification’, which represents a significant portion of everyday eating routines, is driving the demand for portable and on-the-go formats.”

Big opportunities exist in large, populous developing countries with low per capita consumption levels, such as China (0.8 kg of savoury snacks per person in 2015) and India (1 kg), compared to the high levels of consumption in developed countries such as the US (9.5 kg) and the UK (7 kg).

Canadean’s analysis reveals that the health and wellness trend has impacted the eating habits of consumers in developed markets, who tend to base their snacking choices on nutritional value and quality. In this way, consumers are trading up and spending more on premium varieties of snacks. Consumers in emerging countries including Brazil, China and India, on the other hand, mostly base their snack choices on value and experimentation.

Mahajan continues: “Despite the regional differences in snacks consumption, innovation in flavors remains an important differentiating factor globally, as consumers across all ages opt for products offering new and unusual consumption experiences. Examples include nacho chips in papdi chaat flavor in India, maize snacks in a tangy fruit chutney flavor in South Africa, popcorn in strawberry and cream flavor in the UK, and potato chips in chocolate chilli flavor in France.”

According to Canadean, the global savoury snacks market is highly fragmented, with the top five brands holding less than 16 per cent market share. Lay’s, Doritos, Pringles, Cheetos, and Ruffles were the leading brands with the highest market share in 2015.

Summer snacking made easy

Funch’s range of premixes has done to healthy snacks what the cake mix did to baking cakes.

The company is now offering their Funch Staples which include all the additional, individual ingredients required to make their protein balls, bars and slices, packaged in convenient, pre-weighed pouches.

Maintaining the focus on quality was critical when sourcing the ingredients, all of which are premium grade, and free of additives and preservatives.

The new products include organic Rice Malt Syrup, raw organic cold-pressed Coconut Oil and fresh, premium-grade Medjool Dates.

The range includes:

  • Protein Balls: Salted Caramel, Vanilla & Coconut (gluten free), Cacao & Chia, Matcha & Cacao, Almond & Cacao (gluten free), Turmeric, Ginger & Lemon Paleo Ball (gluten free)
  • No Bake Superfood Slice; Almond, Coconut & Cacao (gluten free)
  • Superfood Muesli Bar; Coconut, Cacao & Chia
  • Staple Ingredients; Rice Malt Syrup, Coconut Oil, Medjool Dates

Millennials shunning ‘Three Regular Meals a Day’, says report

Over a third of consumers globally say they snack regularly, with the figure rising to just over 40 per cent for young people aged 18-34, as the practice of modular eating becomes more accepted as an alternative to eating three main meals a day, according to consumer insight firm Canadean.

The company’s latest report finds that consumers snack for a variety of reasons such as the functional need for an energy or nutritional boost, the psychological need to de-stress or indulge, and needs dictated by occasion, such as watching a movie, attending a sporting event, or socializing with friends.

As more consumers turn to snacks to fulfill a wide range of needs and occasions every day, the potential opportunities for snacking brands are enormous right across the health-indulgence and sweet-savoury spectrums.

Katrina Diamonon, Principal Consumer Insight at Canadean, explains: “While it is important for brands to acknowledge and address the snacking needs of all consumers, it is particularly crucial to understand the motivations of younger consumers. Not only are they more frequent snackers, but their purchase behaviours and preferences will strongly influence other current consumers and also subsequent generations as they pass on these traits to their children.”


Canadean finds that a range of rational and emotional needs beside hunger can be addressed through snacking, and these reasons differ according to age. As millennials tend to prioritize meat in their diets more highly than their older counterparts due to its perceived health benefits, manufacturers should capitalize on the meat snack segment and explore new opportunities.

Diamonon continues: “Manufacturers are increasingly experimenting with a range of proteins, formats, and gourmet flavors to elevate consumption from convenience-store snacks to an exciting taste experience and even credible meal replacement. Improved sourcing transparency and ethical production of such offerings is also enhancing premium credentials.”