7 New Packaged-Snack Innovations

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Packaged-snack sales could use a lift in convenience stores. In 2020, salty snacks lost 6.1% in dollar sales with a $5.3 billion market and were off 10.5% in units.

Where did those sales go? Data shows consumers migrated to other channels. In grocery stores, salty snack sales grew 15.1%, while multi-outlet channels were up 13.4%, according to IRI.  

Click though for a snapshot of seven new snack products that just might bring those customers back.

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Pretzel snack

Flipz bites

Launching in March, Flipz Stuff’D and Flipz Bites join the Flipz collection of chocolate-covered pretzel snacks. The bite-sized pretzel nuggets are stuffed with creamy peanut butter and coated in sweet milk chocolate. Flipz Stuff’D are available in a 3.5-ounce peg bag for an SRP of $2.79 and 6-ounce standup pouch  for $3.49. Flipz Bites come packed in 1.52-ounce bags for an SRP of $1.09. Carlos Canals, general manager for brand parent company pladis North America, commented: “Our new products aim to break up basic snack routines and add a little fun and delight throughout the day.”

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Cheese snack

Laughing cow cheese to go cups

The Laughing Cow from Bel Brands USA introduced two innovations in January: Laughing Cow Blends cheese spreads and Laughing Cow & Go portable cups. The cheese spreads contain eight pre-portioned wedges per container and come in three flavors: Chickpea & Cheese with Herb, Lentil & Cheese with Curry and Red Bean & Cheese with Paprika. The portable cups pair Laughing Cow’s original dippable cheese with breadsticks. Three varieties are available: Creamy Original with whole wheat breadsticks, Creamy White Cheddar with pretzel breadsticks and Creamy Herbs with multigrain breadsticks. 

Photograph courtesy of Bel Brands USA

Dairy

spinach artichoke parmesan dip

Good Foods LLC rebranded its dairy dip line with a new packaging design that follows on a refresh of its guacamole and plant-based dip lines. The new packaging is more on-trend and cohesive with the brand image, the supplier said. Good Foods’ dairy dip line consists of three flavors: Feta Cucumber, Creamy Ranch and Spinach Artichoke Parmesan, the newest addition that’s sourced from third-generation Wisconsin cheesemakers.

Photograph courtesy of Good Foods LLC

Animal protein

Pro2go grilled chicken breast

Pro2Go is launching its high-protein convenience-focused product line that marries traditional whole breast chicken skewers with on-the-go convenience. The skewers’ single-serve package touts 21 grams of protein in a 4-ounce serving, available in Sweet Sriracha Style, Chipotle Style and Rotisserie Style. The skewers are designed with a microwaveable container for easy heat-access as well as a detachable sauce tray. Grilled chicken breast packs contain 15 grams of protein per 2.46-ounce package in Spicy BBQ, Lightly Seasoned and Buffalo-Style. SRP of $3.99 for the skewers and $2.99 for the grilled chicken breasts.

Photograph courtesy of Pro2Go

Nuts

Daily Crunch Snacks

Daily Crunch Snacks’ new sprouted nut snack is keto-friendly, non-GMO certified, vegan-certified and paleo. A multi-step “soak, sprout, dehydrate” process turns ordinary nuts into a crunchy snack without sacrificing enzymes that make nuts easier to digest, the supplier said. Five flavors include Golden Goodness Sprouted Almonds (turmeric and sea salt), Keto Cacao + Sea Salt Sprouted Almonds, Coffee Soaked Sprouted Almonds, Cherry Berry Sprouted Nut Mix and Regular Sprouted Almonds.

Photograph courtesy of Daily Crunch Snacks

Plant-based

Harvest Snaps

Harvest Snaps recently introduced Crunchions, a plant-based snack featuring nutrition-packed red lentils as the first ingredient. The baked crisp offers a lineup that includes Kick’n BBQ, Sour Cream Onion and Tangy Sweet Chili flavors. SRP range for a 2.5-ounce bag is $2.29 to $2.49.

Photograph courtesy of Harvest Snaps

Potato chips

Thin & Crispy potato chips

Boulder Canyon in October debuted Thin & Crispy potato chips that are thin-cut and cooked in avocado oil for a buttery flavor and an extra-crispy bite in Classic Sea Salt and Cheddar Sour Cream, according to the company. Boulder Canyon also offers Boulder Canyon Avocado Oil Sea Salt Potato Chips, all cooked in specialty oils such as avocado, olive, sunflower and safflower oils.

Photograph courtesy of Boulder Canyon