2What Exactly is Snack Food? Definition: a small quantity of food; light meal or refreshment taken between regular meals.To be defined as a snack, the food generally has 300 calories or less per serving, anything more is considered a meal.Examples: pretzels, tortilla chips, cookies, cheese snacks, crackers etc.
3The Snack Food Association International trade association of the snack food industry.Represents snack manufacturers and suppliersRepresents over 400 companies worldwide
4Snack Food Association (cont.) Founded in 1937Mission Statement: “To provide value for SFA members by offering services and relationship building forums that strengthen the performance of member companies and support industry growth.”The voice of the snack food industry before governmentProvides technical support to its membersResearches and compiles annual snack industry sales and consumer data.
5National Snack Food Month Takes place in FebuarySponsered by SFAInvented to increase consumption of snack food productsBegins with Super Bowl Sunday so that it is easier promoted
6Top Snack Food Companies The Hershey CompanyJ & J Snack Foods Corp.Kellogg CompanyKraft Foods Inc.Newman's Own, Inc.The Peanut Roaster, Inc.PepsiCo, Inc. (Owns Frito-Lay)The Procter & Gamble Company
7Unhealthy Snack Foods and Why Icecream=high in fat, additives, and preservativesFried chips=depending on the oil, can have high amounts of saturated and trans-fatsPopcorn (depends)=depending on the amount of salt and butter, popcorn can either be an unhealthy or acceptable snack.Store-bought party mixes= the often have an excess amount of sodium (salt), and flavored ones have excess calories.
8Healthy Snack Alternatives Fruits/VegetablesLow-Fat YogurtPretzels with low amounts of saltPopcorn with low amounts of butter or saltWhole-wheat crackers
10ConclusionThe Snack Food Industry is growing at a substantial rate and provides many people with much needed jobs. Although the industry is often shown in a bad light for its production and manufacturing of unhealthy snack foods like chips and cheese snacks, it is also taking great strides in attempting to make the snacks healthier by placing guidelines for the fast food companies. Companies like frito-lay are starting to embrace the baked chip and low-calorie, low-fat, and low-sodium snacks are being provided by other such companies