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OK! First tour around the floor here and what jumps out at me?

Natural Snacks: Black bean from Michael Seasons, hummus from Plockey's and Simply 7, veggies from Inventure Foods, Lentil from Mediterranean Snack Food CO., nuts from Blue Diamond, and flax/pinto bean from Beanitos..... Each of these are the main ingredient in snack chips. A whole galaxy of healthy new ingredients are updating the chip category like never before.

Spices: Premium mixes in cork-topped test tube-like containers, frozen cubes in pop-put trays, finishing blends (including sugar) and portable sprinkle-able mini containers are all catching attention as a way to add flavor to any food or beverage. Almost all are organic and many are fair-trade certified.

Veggie Burgers: I was never a fan of these (not being a vegetarian), but the flavors and mouthfeel keep improving. New varieties are toaster-friendly , or contain raw or vegan ingredients... something that is a step beyond earlier generations of the veggie burger category. What's more, pack sizes are smaller, which makes them easier to trial. One brand made with quinoa comes in a frozen two-pack, while a vegan brand is sold refrigerated (due to the raw componants) with an 18-day shelf life.

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David Orgel

David Orgel is executive director, content & user engagement, of Supermarket News (SN) and its website, SupermarketNews.com. Orgel delivers his opinions on industry trends through a bi-weekly...

Jon Springer

Jon Springer has been writing about food, food retailers and food retailing for more than 10 years, and is in his second tour of duty with Supermarket News. His prior experience includes covering the...
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