11 Healthier Snacks Hitting Shelves

A new report from the Chicago-based American Egg Board spells out its conclusion with a broad statement: “Consumers want more than guilty pleasure.”

The report, Snacks-pectations, goes on to say that “snacking is now defined as a definitive occasion,” sparking 10% annual growth in global food and beverage launches with a snacking claim over the past five years, according to white paper data citing market research group Innova.

The report cites various market research firms throughout the report, including Chicago-based IRI data from its 2018 Snacking Survey that finds 75% of consumers want snacks that are guaranteed fresh, while 58% want ones with vitamins and mineral. “With both savory snacking on the rise and health on the minds of consumers, an ideal ingredient to fit this scenario might be the hard-boiled egg,” the white paper offers.

It adds that egg snacks are a niche segment with much potential as they are popular across consumer demographics and dayparts—and all year long. A full 82% of consumers believe eggs to be a healthier breakfast than cereal, the report says.

While 79% of respondents surveyed eat eggs as a breakfast item, consumers also eat eggs at lunch, dinner and as a snack, the white paper states. Thirty-four percent report relying on eggs for an afternoon snack, and 35% eat them as a weekend snack, according to a Russell Report issued in March 2018.

Other notable trends that the white paper spotlighted included the performance of several niche segments of snack foods, shining a particularly bright light on savory snacks, which are expected to reach global sales figures of $175.85 billion by 2021 for a compounded annualized growth rate of 5%.

Click through for a sampling of 11 recently released varieties that are part of the snacking movement.

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1. Almark Foods' Deviled Egg Kit

Almark Foods, Gainesville, Ga., offers a Deviled Egg Kit that can be prepared in 5 minutes. It features 12 or 24 presliced egg-white halves and a premeasured bag of gourmet-flavored yolk mix.

Photograph courtesy of Almark Foods

2. Antunes' Egg Station Mini

Carol Stream, Ill.-based Antunes in May unveiled the Egg Station Mini (ESM-600), the latest addition to its grilling equipment category. With a small footprint, the ventless unit allows operators to move eggs off the grill, while requiring very little space in the kitchen. Additionally, the 120V/15A cord plugs into basic electrical outlets for easy movement to any kitchen countertop. The unit makes it easy for operators to quickly serve fresh, made-to-order eggs for menu items across any daypart.

Photograph courtesy of Antunes

3. Sabra's Breakfast Hummus Toast

The American Egg Board survey said refrigerated snacks saw 20% year-over-year growth due to protein combination snack packs that included savory options. Sabra Dipping Co. LLC, New York, recently launched a conveniently packaged Hummus Toast in Everything and Lemon Poppy Seed flavors. Both contain 7 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 13 grams of whole grains.

Photograph courtesy of Sabra

4. Oscar Mayer Natural Meat and Cheese Snack Sticks

Also leveraging the refrigerated snack opportunity is the Kraft Heinz Co. with its Oscar Mayer Natural Meat and Cheese Snack Sticks. Two initial flavors are Cracked Black Pepper Uncured Hard Salami With White Cheddar Cheese, and Uncured Hard Salami With Monterey Jack Cheese.

Photograph courtesy of Oscar Mayer

5. Borden Cheese Snack Bars

Playing to the amped-up protein demand within snack varieties, Borden Cheese expanded its portfolio with Borden Cheese Snack Bars in Habanero Cheddar and Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese flavors. Each bar of cheese is individually wrapped and contains 5 grams of protein. The bars come in 6-ounce packages.

Photograph courtesy of Borden

6. Naturipe Snacks' fruit cups

Naturipe Snacks’ fresh-fruit cups, rolling out now, come in five varieties: strawberries; strawberries and blueberries; apples, grapes and blueberries; grapes and blueberries; and apples and blueberries. With 5 ounces of fruit and a spork, the cups are designed for on-the-go consumption, the company said. The cups are also designed to fit a car cupholder.

Photograph courtesy of Naturipe

7. Gardein's Single Serve Bowls

Single Serve Bowls from Gardein are frozen plant-based meal options that can be prepared in minutes. Available in Italian Saus’age & Pasta, Chick’n Fajita, Orange Beefless and Teriyaki Chick’n, each variety is vegan, made with 100% non-GMO ingredients and contains 14 to 17 grams of protein per serving.

Photograph courtesy of Gardein

8. Van Holten's Tapatio Pickle-in-a-Pouch

Van Holten’s and hot sauce brand Tapatio teamed up on the launch of Tapatio Pickle-in-a-Pouch, which combines Van Holten’s pickles with Tapatio hot sauce. It will be available through DOT Foods and other convenience and grocery distributors in the U.S. Other Van Holten’s varieties include Hearty Dill Pickle-in-a-Pouch, Hot and Spicy Pickle-in-a-Pouch, Sour Pickle-in-a-Pouch, Kosher Garlic Pickle-in-a-Pouch and Chamoy Pickle-in-a-Pouch.

 Photograph courtesy of Van Holten's

9. Golden West's Jack Link’s Snack Bowls

The American Egg Board survey cites microwavable foods that are also high in quality as being on consumers’ snacking wish list. From Golden West Food Group, Jack Link’s Snack Bowls are grab-and-go, heat-and-eat entrees that are high in protein. They are ready to eat after 1 minute in a microwave oven and come in six flavors: Teriyaki Chicken; Cheeseburger; Nacho Chicken; Pork With BBQ Sauce; Eggs, Potatoes & Cheesy Sausage Sauce; and Eggs, Potatoes & Cheesy Bacon Sauce.

Photograph courtesy of Golden West

10. Barnana Tropical Banana Bites

Barnana Tropical Banana Bites are made with organic bananas, mangoes and goldenberries. The chewy bites are loaded with potassium and also contain banana powder, sunflower oil and pineapple extract. Barnana’s snack portfolio also includes Plantain Chips and Banana Brittle.

Photograph courtesy of Banana

11. Giorgio Foods' Savory Wild Portabella Jerky

Savory Wild Portabella Jerky from Giorgio Foods uses portabella mushrooms grown on the manufacturer’s family farms. The 100% plant-based snacks are vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO. They come in three flavors: Sweet Balsamic & Golden Fig, Roasted Garlic & Black Pepper Jerky and Sesame, Ginger & Korean Chili Jerky.

Photograph courtesy of Giorgio Foods