Unboxed: 15 nourishing, savory snacks for summertime

Snacking is booming, particularly in the U.S. However, healthy snacks can improve consumers’ diets. Here are 15 nutritious, savory snacks to satisfy shoppers’ cravings.

Heather Carter, Associate Editor

June 26, 2024

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Though inflation has significantly affected the snack category, consumers aren’t phased. In fact, recent research from the National Institutes of Health shows that people are snacking more than ever—with more than 90% of U.S. adults eating one to three snacks each day. What’s more, snacks are a staple of the American diet, accounting for nearly a quarter (22%) of total energy intake among adults.

As if that isn't enough proof that snacks are dominating the food landscape, consumers are prioritizing snacks over actual meals. According to Mondelēz International’s 5th Annual Global Consumer Trends Study, more than 60% of global consumers surveyed said they prefer to eat several small meals throughout the day as opposed to a few large ones.

Snacking is also a way to fulfill consumers’ emotional needs, according to Mintel. The market research firm found that 70% of U.S. consumers snack to relax and two in five millennials snack to relieve stress and boredom.

As a result, brands are placing a large focus on their snack offerings—from indulgent treats to better-for-you options. Whether consumers are looking for a sweet treat or a healthier snack to nosh on, there are seemingly endless options available on the market.

Check out this curated list of 15 salty, savory and flavorful snacks that can help your shoppers satisfy any hunger pangs.

About the Author(s)

Heather Carter

Associate Editor, Food & Beverage Insider

Heather Carter is the associate editor of Food & Beverage Insider at Informa Markets. She has worked in trade publishing for nearly a decade, covering a variety of topics, from tile to bedding. Reach her at [email protected].

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