Snack Foods Manufacturing
Companies in this industry make snack foods such as nuts, chips, and popcorn, as well as peanut butter. Major companies include Clif Bar & Company, Frito-Lay, Mondelez International, Utz Brands, Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds, and the snack divisions of diversified food manufacturers such as Campbell Soup Company and Kellogg's (all based in the US); other leading firms include Calbee (Japan), Nongshim (South Korea), and United Biscuits and Walkers Crisps (both based in the UK).
The global savory snacks market is forecast to reach about $170 billion by 2021, at a 7.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during the 2021-2027 forecast period, according to KBV Research. Asia Pacific and North America holds the highest revenue share of the market.
The US snack foods manufacturing industry includes about 670 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $40 billion.
The industry does not include makers of cookies and candy, which are covered in separate industry profiles.
Demand is driven by consumer tastes and health considerations. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations, effective marketing, and a strong sales force. Large companies have advantages in raw material purchasing, manufacturing efficiencies, distribution, and marketing budgets. Small operations can compete effectively by self-distributing products, selling online, or marketing snacks as gift items. The US industry is highly concentrated: the top 50 companies account for about 90% of industry revenue.
Snack foods compete for consumer dollars against other impulse food items, including cookies and crackers, baked goods, fruits and vegetables, and fast food.
Products, Operations & Technology
Major products are nuts and seeds, potato chips, corn chips, and tortilla chips. Other products include peanut butter, popcorn, hard pretzels, and other
Sales & Marketing
Finance & Regulation
Regional & International Issues
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Quarterly Industry Update
Trends and Opportunities
Call Preparation Questions
Glossary of Acronyms