Healthy snacks on the rise – Legumes as trend ingredient for coming years
Healthy legumes such as chickpeas and lentils have enormous growth opportunities in the near future. Especially in vegetarian and vegan diets, the gluten-free "nutritional boosters" play an important role.
A development that is also making producers take notice. Legumes are used worldwide as a source of protein, while being relatively inexpensive. No wonder, that soybeans were already included in 3.4% of new snack products in 2019. Protein from peas and chickpeas is also showing steady growth in product use cases.
The snack market is moving strongly towards high-protein diets with plant-based ingredients. Especially in Generation Z (16-25 years), 46% of consumers are interested in snacks with healthy legumes.
Legumes thus definitely deserve a place as a trend ingredient.
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