Trends at Expo West 2016

Vegetables reimagined

Vegetables are cropping up in a variety of snack formats, from freeze-dried beets to vegetable-infused jerky. A new exhibitor at the show, Wild Zora Foods, L.L.C., Fort Collins, Colo., makes meat- and vegetable-based savory snack bars in such varieties as chili beef with kale, apricot and cayenne pepper; Mediterranean lamb with spinach and turmeric; and curry masala turkey with spinach, dates and cardamom.

The latest launches from Lake Success, N.Y.-based Hain Celestial Group’s Terra brand are celery root chips and pickled beets chips, featuring red and golden beets with a hint of dill. Beets star in the form of a freeze-dried snack from Crunchies Natural Food Co., Westlake, Calif., and in a new Beet Chips line from Rhythm Superfoods, Austin, Texas. The latter product features thinly sliced, dehydrated beets in three flavors: original, sea salt and cinnamon with coconut sugar.

Additionally, Dang Foods, L.L.C., Berkeley, Calif., is featuring its new line of Onion Chips, made from crispy, caramelized whole onions.

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