Food Trends 2013
Prunes have never been the most tantalising of snacks – due in part, no doubt, to their use as a natural constipation remedy. But they're making a massive comeback, thanks to celebrity chef endorsement, and as science shows they're excellent for bone health, full of vitamins, and that laxative effect was a myth all along.
Chocolate bags are a massively successful candy category, in the UK and elsewhere: bite-size versions of the choc bar treats people know and love, for example, Bitsa Wispa, Galaxy Bits and Aero Bubbles. They may be very good for chocolate sales, but others aren't as happy, saying they create portion confusion and encourage over-consumption.
With snacking the predominant consumption trend in the US, there was an ebullient mood at last week's annual National Confectioners Association's Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago. Marketers showed off more than 2 000 new offerings in a trade show that covers three acres and attracted some 14 000 manufacturers and many thousands of candy buyers and other visitors.
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