Savory snacks are not a new trend in the snack space. Consumers enjoy a break from sugary snacks – but how are savory snacks evolving? With more consumers working from home over the past year, snacks were easier to grab. This takes the form of meal replacement snacks, or smaller, more frequent meals. It also means potential for more savory snack innovation, as demand for more versatility and healthier options increases.

Many savory snack trends point to increased heat levels and specific pepper flavors as the top trend for the snack category, next to healthier options. We are also seeing an increase in allium and botanical flavors, as well as functional snacking with snacks that promote gut health, fiber and probiotics. See what the experts have to say below about savory snack trends.

What we are reading:

 
SALT, FAT AND MSG REFORMULATION COMES TO THE FORE IN SAVORY SNACKING, SAYS INTERSNACK EXEC
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Elizabeth Green, Food Ingredients First [Published March 11, 2021]

Taste is still the key driver for snack purchases, but with more consumers snacking throughout the day as a result of working from home during the pandemic, they are also looking for less salt, no artificial flavors and a higher nutritional value.

 
GO EAST, YOUNG MAN: SNACKING TRENDS SURGE IN ASIA
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Mondelez International

Asia is becoming the land of opportunity for snack manufacturers, with a heightened focus on nuts, seeds, and breakfast bars. In China, consumers are increasingly focused on wellness, creating an opportunity for savory snack innovation in the healthy snacking space.

 
THE EVOLUTION OF SNACK TRENDS IN ASIA-PACIFIC
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Asia Pacific Food Industry [Published March 17, 2020]

As more Asia-Pacific consumers seek the balance of wellness and sensory in their snacks, manufacturers face the challenge of formulating savory snacks with natural and nutrient-rich ingredients. Consumers want less artificial additives without compromising their taste and sensory experience.

 
SNACKING TRENDS FOR 2021 AND BEYOND

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Food Navigator [Published April 20, 2021]

This downloadable report discusses how snacks are replacing meals in 2021, with a new focus on health, new ingredients and an opportunity for flavor exploration.

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