Ancient grains, root vegetables and seaweed continue to bring health to the salty-snack category. Seaweed, popular with some consumers since the 1980s, is a real presence on national grocery-chain shelves in a variety of palate-pleasing flavors such as onion, Sriracha and barbecue, FONA International reported. The research firm also said clean label is growing in salty snacks, with 56% of consumers concerned about the ingredients in salty snacks.
In its 2017 Culinary Trends report, Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) also noted that canned sardines are making a comeback, noted for being low in calories and high in omega-3s and proteins. Other ingredients showing up in snacks are chickpeas, legumes and turmeric, Boulder, Colo.-based SRG said.
Technomic reported that 48% of consumers purchase healthy snacks from a c-store at least occasionally, with trends in grab-and-go yogurt, fruit cups, hummus and veggie cups.