According to the website, ideafinder.com, we consume more than 4.3 billion lb. of snack food a year, which could be why snacks may soon end up becoming America’s favorite meal. What an interesting time for Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery to celebrate its centennial anniversary. Coincidentally, the Snack Food Association (SFA), Arlington, Va., an international association that has manufacturing members, including snack manufacturers and suppliers to the snack industry in more than 50 countries around the world, is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2012. We congratulate the SFA on an incredible job. The association has provided us with myriad details about the past of snacks. With the amount of space available here, we can only briefly describe a few of the numerous events, milestones, breakthroughs and other happenings in snacks, that have experienced an incredible ride through the last 100 years and beyond.
We can’t really describe what has taken place over the last 100 years in snacks without going back a bit farther in time. A global industry today, the snack food business, with all its pop, flavor, chewiness and of course, crunch, has billions of fans who might not have ever paid attention had fate not intervened nearly 160 years ago in the resort area of Saratoga Springs, New York, and 75 years ago in Cleveland.