Packaged snacks sold within the convenience channel experienced sweeping success again in 2022 across dollar and units, with the latter measurement depending on the specific snack segment.
Thriving packaged snack flavors included sweet, salty, traditional and exotic. Formats ranged from bags, bars and sticks to canisters. All snack sizes performed well, too, including single-serve, mid-size, shareable, premium and value options.
Zeroing in on salty snacks across all U.S. convenience stores, the sector rose 16.9% for a 52-week period ending October 30, 2022, while units rose 3.7%, according to data from Chicago-based IRI. Pacesetters included rice/popcorn cakes (32% dollar sales growth), tortilla/tostada (23.7%), cheese snacks (17.9%), potato chips (15.3%) and pretzels (15.7%)
Both retailers and industry consultants had a chance to weigh in about various packaged snack trends taking shape in 2022. Click through for insights from retailers, suppliers and industry consultants about the current state of five packaged snack segments.