According to the “Top 10 Trend Predictions for 2019” from SPINS, Chicago, internationally inspired innovation in nuts and seeds is gaining ground. SPINS says that nuts and seeds are watch-worthy because they’re not only protein-rich and easy to eat, but they deliver antioxidants and long-lasting energy. Add to this millennials’ penchant for travel and exotic foods, and it’s clear that the snack mix and nuts product categories are poised for innovation and growth.
“Consumers continue to show a preference for clean label and all-natural snack options that offer functional and nutritional benefits,” says Jeff Smith, director of marketing at Blue Diamond Almonds Global Ingredients Division, Sacramento, CA. “These trends are contributing to new growth and innovation in the snack and nut mix category, which is defined by whole, natural and often plant-based ingredients such as nuts, seeds and dried fruits.”