Snack nuts market in the United States
Snack nuts are a popular part of the snack food repertoire of the United States. Common nut types are almonds, pistachios, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts and pecans. They can either be packaged as single nut specialty or as an assortment of different nut types. Snack nut standards such as detailed weight percentages or product labeling are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Consumers often look for snack nuts as a healthy snacking alternative as clinical studies revealed that they contain ‘heart-healthy’ fats. On the other hand, nuts are rated among the most widespread food allergens worldwide.
Key players in the U.S. snack nut market include Kraft Foods, Paramount Farms and Blue Diamond Growers as well as various private label manufacturers. Planters, a signature Kraft Foods brand, was ranked as the second leading snack nut brand in the United States, based on retail sales of about 845.4 million U.S. dollars in 2012.