Snack All Day!
Keeping up with the latest trends can be a challenge, but the increase in snacking is no longer a trend. Snacking continues to grow and no slowdown is in sight.
Snacking has evolved from an infrequent treat to displacing meals. The Hartman Group on the Culture of Snacking: The Evolution of Snack Foods & Beverages states that “snacks [are] increasingly fluid undefined and ubiquitous.” The Hartman Group’s recent infographic on the evolution of snack foods and beverages highlights how significantly the perception of snacking has changed over the years.
With so many options - unique flavors and improved ingredients, snacking is no longer empty calories to sustain you between meals. Knowing that people love to snack, the trend to watch is what flavors, format, and texture will come next!
Wheat-based ingredients pack a range of benefits to lead the snacking industry and eliminate the need to source multiple types of ingredients.
Wheat starch provides a bright white color and neutral flavor. In snacks it can provide a unique crisp to your product or help to provide adhesion, allowing you to “stick” flavors for particulates to the surface of the snack.
The “year of added protein” has lingered on to nearly a decade. The desire for protein is not fading and snacks are a great way to add extra protein throughout the day. Wheat proteins meet the goals for increasing protein while also enhancing texture. With GemPro proteins you can have both – added protein and the perfect texture. No need to sacrifice one for the other.
But does GemPro make sense for my snack?
Whether you are making a sheeted snack, an extruded piece, a particulate cluster, or more, Gem Pro protein can help. If you are trying to carve out something new for your next high protein snack, here are a few ideas to get you started:
- GemPro Prime-E to improve expansion in an extruded piece
- GemPro Prime-W to get that crispy snap
- GemPro 4400 when you want to hear the crunch
- GemPro Extend to reduce breakage in crackers and other sheeted products
- GemPro Tack to reduce sugar in a granola or cluster