PowerBar Brand Adds Plant-Based Snack Bars

PowerBar, a snack bar company, based in California decided to meet the demands of vegans, vegetarians, and anyone who is into clean eating by producing their line of plant-based snack bars as part of their Clean Start campaign. This campaign involves the use of cleaner ingredients and labeling to create transparent, nutritious, and better-tasting products.

According to Doug Cornille, Vice President of Marketing, the plant-based snacks are made from plant proteins and are designed primarily for sports players. Research and marketing have developed the snack bars for athletes who have health restrictions, but these snack bars are perfect for people from all walks of life. The company also produced this line of plant-based snacks to diversify their portfolio and have a wider reach in the market.

PowerBar’s Plant-Based Protein Sources

Most people who are not aware of the plant-based movement are confused about plant-based protein sources. Protein, contrary to what most people think, is not restrictively sourced from animal products. They can be obtained from nuts, seeds, grains, and even green leafy vegetables. The company can make snack bars from peanuts, almonds, and cashew nuts.

The snack bars also contain ample amount of fiber to aid in proper digestion. The company also made sure that the snack bar is ideal for people with other food restrictions. In fact, it is gluten, soy, and dairy free. This makes it a perfect snack bar for individuals who suffer from celiac disease.

The Future of Plant-Based Snack Bars

As part of the Clean Start campaign, the company makes sure that all ingredients used are organic and GMO-free.  They also use natural sweeteners to make the snack bars more appealing without using sugar. Healthy nut fats and butter are also used not only to enhance the flavor profile of the product but also to boost its nutritional value.

While food scientists have only tapped a few ingredients to make the protein snack bars, it is expected in the future that they will also try other ingredients like vegetables, fruits, root crops, and even leafy greens to make better versions of the popular snack bars. The future of this particular niche is to produce snack bars that are not only delicious and nutritious but also less calorie dense and more fiber content.

The future of plant-based snack bars is auspicious. Market studies have shown that the plant-based niche of the snack industry is still new and since many people are adopting the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle, brands can expect an increase in the demand for healthy and high-performing snacks bars in the future.

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Healthy Snack Bars Driving Category Sales

The healthy snack bar category grew by 2.08% from 2016 to 2017. This equated to $6 billion of sales in all snack bar categories. The growth of the snack bar industry is attributed to manufacturers offering a broad range of products to cater to the needs of different consumers.

According to culinary scientist Kyle Stuart, snack bars that feature all-natural ingredients are becoming too generic, and they fail to differentiate with customers these days. Consumers no longer want labels saying “all-natural” on their products. They want more specifications, so niche differentiation is a dominating trend in the snack bar market right now. This is the reason why snack bars are categorized depending on their purpose – energy provision, weight loss, meal replacement, snack, and so on.

Niche Differentiation Is Evident In The Snack Bar Industry

Niche differentiation of snack bars has resulted in category differentiation. There are now snack bars intended for daytime and evening consumption as well as those formulated with diet restrictions such as gluten-free, vegan, paleo, sugar-free, and much more.

The reason for niche differentiation is attributed to the growing needs of different consumers. For instance, some consumers buy a particular brand of snack bar because they opt for clean-label offerings while others buy because the ingredients used are simple and better for them.

Clean labeling is an important trend in the snack bar industry as many consumers value transparency. According to Carol Lowry, a senior food scientist at Cargill, product transparency is one of the biggest challenges food manufacturers, in general, are facing today. How can companies innovate while still using simple ingredients? It is something that’s hard to do especially if companies are after mass producing products that have longer shelf-lives.

Food Companies Are Starting To Innovate

Although challenging, this has presented an avenue for food manufacturers to explore and discover interesting combinations. For instance, the National Honey Board is now using natural sweeteners such as honey to make their breakfast biscuits and other products. Lowry and Cargill are looking into the use of vegetables and spices to provide savory flavors on their products instead of using artificial ingredients.

Food manufacturers are also looking into fortifying their products by using plant-based proteins sourced from beans, lentils, soy, nuts and many others. Food manufacturers see the need to incorporate such ingredients to their products to improve the nutrition profile and value of their snack bars.

And since it has been a long-standing issue that using clean ingredients produces products with lower shelf-life, food manufacturers are now using natural antioxidants like tocopherols instead of artificial preservatives to extend the shelf life of their products.

The Future Of The Snack Bar Category

The production of different kinds of snack bars has led to increased category innovation. While innovation involving the nutrition profile is the primary trend today, food scientists explain that there will be more changes in the future to improve the selling point of snack bars. Such innovations will tackle the texture and calorie count of products. Until then, consumers have a lot of things to look forward to when it comes to the snack bar industry.

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