Vegan snack attack
Vegan foods appear to be booming and the snack category is no exception. From vegan jerky to crunchy bean chips, here are just a few trendy vegan snacks filling grocery shelves:
Hippie Snacks—a B.C.-based brand that’s found success with snack lines like Coconut Clusters, Veggie Clusters and Grain-free Granola—has now launched a new Organic Sesame Snack. Boasting signi cantly less sugar than other similar snacks on the market, Hippie Snacks’ version is made with crunchy white and black organic sesame seeds and is sweetened with coconut sugar.
LOUISVILLE VEGAN JERKY CO.
With flavours and packaging inspired by the Kentucky city where it’s made, Louisville Vegan Jerky offers a tasty snack for jerky lovers who don’t want to eat meat. And to add an element of hipster coolness, each flavour is named for a well-known Louisville historical figure: Pete’s Smoked Black Pepper is named for 1880s Louisville baseball legend Pete Browning, while Enid’s Sriracha Maple was named for renowned Louisville sculptor Enid Yandell.
Known for its wide array of innovative vegan snack foods, from Jackfruit Puffs to Asparagus Chips, New York-based Vegan Rob’s has now introduced Kombuchabars to its product lineup. Kombuchabars bring the soaring popularity of kombucha beverages to the snack food world, in flavours such as Cranberry, Banana, Blueberry and Dark Cacao. And just like the beverage, Kombuchabars provide a probiotic boost.
Touted by its makers as “an organic raw superfood bar,” this hip Bulgarian brand is sold on four continents and counting. Roobar’s fun and functional flavours include Chia & Coconut, Goji Berry, Maca & Cranberry, and Baobab & Ginger; and each Roobar is made with only four or five ingredients including superfoods, dried fruits and nuts. These bars are also organic and vegan, and contain no added sugar or gluten.
Move aside, potato chips— Beanfields Bean Chips offer that flavourful chip crunch but with an added bean- powered boost of fibre and protein. These bean chips are all gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified, kosher, allergy friendly and, of course, vegan. And while there’s a wide array of flavours available, the California-based company notes that its three top sellers are Nacho, Pico do Gallo and Sea Salt.
This article appeared in Canadian Grocer’s May 2018 issue.