Snack Food Production in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

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Producers will adapt to changing diets and food preferences to boost growth. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Snack Food Production industry in its growing industry report collection.

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Produced introduced healthier snacks to lure health-conscious consumers.

The Snack Food Production industry benefited from increased demand for snacks over the past five years despite lower demand during the recession, which caused industry revenue to stagnate in 2009. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Hester Jeon, “As the economy returned to growth in the years following the recession, renewed consumer spending boosted demand for potato chips, tortilla chips, nuts and seeds.” Also, as the price of corn and wheat increased, which are major ingredients used in most snack foods, many larger producers were able to boost revenue by passing on higher costs to consumers in the form of higher prices.

Consequently, Snack Food Production industry revenue is anticipated to increase an annualized 3.4% to $33.1 billion over the five years to 2013, including expected growth of 2.4% in 2013.

Shifting food consumption trends have also impacted the performance of snack food producers in the past five years. Specifically, growing health concerns and awareness of the health consequences of eating foods high in sodium, fat and sugar have made consumers wary of consuming regular potato chips, tortilla chips and other snacks. However, the demand for nuts and seeds has grown as Americans have become more aware of these snacks' health benefits. “In response to growing health concerns, producers have introduced healthier varieties of existing products, including reduced-fat and reduced-sodium brand extensions, as well as 100-calorie packs to appeal to consumers who want to limit their portions,” says Jeon. These products, which are priced at a premium, have boosted industry profit in the five years to 2013.

The industry's future looks promising, with an improving global economy expected to boost both domestic and foreign demand for snacks produced in the United States. Projected increases in per capita disposable income will allow some consumers to trade up to premium brands and product segments like nuts, helping boost industry revenue growth. Additionally, as consumers demand healthier versions of existing products, producers are expected to continue introducing a wider variety of healthy snacks. As input prices stabilize, the industry's profitability will improve, enticing new companies to enter the industry. Furthermore, most of these new enterprises are anticipated to be niche, small-batch producers of premium snacks. Overall, industry revenue is anticipated to grow over the five years to 2018.

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This industry includes manufacturers that produce snack foods, including potato and corn chips, pretzels, popcorn and other similar snacks. Industry operators do not produce cookies and crackers (IBISWorld report 31182), bakery products (31181) or cereal and granola bars (31123).

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