In this video recap, BevNET and NOSH editors Martin Caballero, Carol Ortenberg and Jeff Klineman discuss the latest news and trends that emerged from the recent Expo East Trade Show, including the evolution of keto-friendly products, the impact and influence of alternative retail channels, how supply chain challenges are shaping innovation and the factors driving the fast-expanding natural snack set.
Snack maker Barnana’s latest upcycled product furthers the company’s commitment to regenerative agriculture, while its recent acquisition of farming and supply partner Agroapoyo has solidified its ability to execute that mission as it looks toward future growth and expansion.
Barnana is expanding its savory snack line and rebranding as it seeks to build its presence in the salty snack set in conventional retailers. The brand’s newest product, Plantain Tortilla Chips, will debut online and in select Southern California-based retailers, with plans to enter 5,600 doors this year.
Food industry members want identifying upcycled products to be easier, starting with creating a clear definition and labeling standard for ‘upcycled food’ — an early goal for the recently-launched industry organization Upcycled Food Association (UFA).
Upcycled banana and plantain snack brand Barnana has transitioned from being founder-led with the hiring of Al Multari as its CEO. Multari joined the Barnana team last month. Barnana co-founder Caue Suplicy told NOSH Multari brings clarity and focus to the brand as it works to expand its sustainability efforts and widen its portfolio in the coming year.
When it comes to snacks, consumers want meats, sweets and salt — preferably with a better-for-you label. In a presentation last week at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago, SPINS and UNFI reviewed trends driving natural and specialty candy and snacks, segments that comprise a 19% share of dollar volume and 42.8% share of dollar gains in the overall snacking industry.
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