Growing consumer demand for more wholesome and nutritious snack options has led to a vast buffet of buzzwords for better-for-you offerings. As foodservice operators scan the smorgasbord in search of trustworthy morsels of information, it makes sense to demystify better-for-you snack-speak and read between the lines of the buzzwords.
When it comes to snack trends that stick around, chewy candy is high on the list. Chewy candy not only satisfies the American consumer’s sweet tooth; it also helps satisfy foodservice operators’ appetite for sales. Though chocolate maintains the lead as a sales generator, chewy candy ate up nearly $3.3 billion in sales in the 52 weeks ending March 20, 2016, and saw a 6.5% increase in dollar sales from 2015.1
For many foodservice operations and manufacturers, clean label is a way of wiping the slate clean–no more questionable ingredients or unhealthy additives that could raise the eyebrows of increasingly health-conscious consumers.