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Almond Bars: The Path to Healthier Snacking Innovations

In today’s fast-paced world, consumers are increasingly seeking foods that offer health benefits while also being convenient to consume, store, and handle. Nutritious, ready-to-eat snack bars have surged in popularity due to their convenience. These versatile products, often made with cereals, fruits, and nuts, provide an ideal format for delivering essential nutrients, bioactive compounds, and dietary fibre. 

Therefore, they are widely consumed globally as meal replacements or instant snacks. However, manufacturers face various challenges in meeting consumer expectations and market demands. This article aims to highlight some of these problems and explore potential solutions.

Market Size

Experts project the global snack bars market to reach USD 31.1 billion by 2024. It is projected to surpass around USD 41.7 billion by 2032, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8% from 2023 to 2032. Almond bars, depending on their ingredients and marketing, can generally be categorized as either granola bars or nut bars. 

Based on the statistics provided below, it’s evident that while the revenue of almond bar markets is currently lower compared to other snack bar categories, there has been a notable and significant increase.

Key Factors Driving the Market

  1. Health Benefits2

Almonds are tree nuts considered to have the highest content of protein, fibre, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin, and niacin on an ounce-for-ounce basis. Besides, they are also a top food source of magnesium. Providing 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fibre per serving, almonds deliver the “fuller-for-longer” sensation that is increasingly sought after by consumers.

  1. Innovative Strategies3

Almonds are highly regarded by many consumers as a preferred ingredient, enhancing a bar’s texture with their crunchiness while also enriching its nutritional value and taste. Moreover, food companies are innovatively launching almond bars in diverse flavors and combinations, including mixes with other nuts and fruits, aiming to attract a broader customer base eager to explore new products.

  1. Raising Demand for Plant-Based Foods3,4

The global shift towards plant-based diets is gaining momentum, driven by health awareness, environmental concerns, and ethical considerations for animal welfare. Almonds, inherently plant-based, align perfectly with this trend. Moreover, these snacks cater to a broader consumer base by offering gluten- and allergen-free options, meeting the needs of individuals with dietary restrictions due to allergies.

Challenges Faced by Almond Bar Food Industries

Despite being marketed as healthy options, numerous almond snack bars contain high levels of added sugars, calories, and other artificial ingredients, potentially increasing the risk of chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Additionally, to reduce sugar content, some food companies use sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners. 

However, these alternatives can also lead to health issues, including digestive problems in individuals sensitive to sugar alcohols like xylitol and sorbitol.

In some cases, almond bars can serve as a good source of fibre and protein, aiding in satisfying cravings between meals. However, their nutritional value can differ significantly based on the brand and ingredients. Consequently, some bars might contain considerably lower levels of fibre, protein, and other essential micronutrients.

The Potential Solutions for Almond Bars

To address these challenges, we propose solutions like Isomalt LMPF and Orafti® HSI (Inulin) from Beneo, offering natural, low-GI sweetening and dietary fiber benefits.

Solutions

Brand

Description

Isomalt LMPF

Beneo

  • A naturally sourced, tooth-friendly sugar replacer made from pure beet sugar.
  • Features a low glycemic index (GI) property, ensuring a slow and balanced glucose release.
  • Offers a sweetness profile nearly identical to sucrose, yet with half the calories.
  • Utilized to enhance the flavour and texture of various food products.

Orafti® HSI (Inulin)

Beneo

  • A dietary fibre enriched with prebiotic properties.
  • Plays a crucial role in boosting digestive health, assisting in weight management, and enhancing calcium absorption for consumers.

 

Marketing the Benefits to Buyers

DPO International leads the way in innovative almond bar solutions, emphasizing high fiber, protein, and guilt-free indulgence. We have created a concept product: FIBROFUEL Almond Bar!

At the intersection of enhancing daily nutrient intake, this almond bar presents the advantage of a fast, convenient, and well-rounded diet. It is formulated with high fibre and protein content, which aids in digestion, and building and repairing body tissues. Additionally, this product is crafted with reinverted sweetness. 

Packed with a spectrum of nutrients and health benefits, each bite is designed to satisfy your daily needs, making every indulgence a guilt-free pleasure.

At DPO International, a full-suite market enabler for food businesses, we work in tandem with specialized food ingredient producers such as Beneo to help you transform these trends into innovative product concepts. We are with you from ideation to the manufacturing stage, providing solutions and support throughout each phase.

References

  1. biz. (2023, July 11). Snack bars market to surge at 3.8% CAGR, US$ 41.7 Bn by 2032: North America to stay dominant. GlobeNewswire News Room. https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2023/07/11/2702591/0/en/Snack-Bars-Market-to-Surge-at-3-8-CAGR-US-41-7-Bn-by-2032-North-America-to-Stay-Dominant.html  
  2. The most desired ingredient in snack bars. Almonds. (n.d.). https://www.almonds.com/why-almonds/almond-living-magazine/snack-bars
  3. Almond ingredients market by type, application, region – global forecast to 2025. ReportLinker. (2024, January). https://www.reportlinker.com/p05781856/Almond-Ingredients-Market-by-Type-Application-And-Region-Global-Forecast-to.html?utm_source=GNW
  4. Market Research Future, https://www. marketresearchfuture. com/. (2023, October). Plant-based bars market size, share, trends, growth, 2032. Plant-based Bars Market Size, Share, Trends, Growth, 2032.
  5. Ajmera, R. (2023, July 11). Healthy Granola bars: Fact or fiction?. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/are-granola-bars-healthy#selection
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