Mintel: Salt intake on minds of dieting U.S. adults
CHICAGO — While more than half of U.S. adults currently are "watching" their diet, a fraction of them are doing so because they are concerned about their "salt intake," according to Mintel research.
While about 15% of those surveyed said they mind their salt intake, more than 4-in-10 (44%) of U.S. consumers claimed that they "always" or "usually" consult the Nutrition Facts Panel and/or ingredient list to assess sodium levels when considering a food purchase. What’s more, nearly two-thirds of Americans said they believe that manufacturers are responsible for disclosing how much sodium is in their products, while 35% feel the government should be responsible for such disclosures and 18% said retailers should be held responsible.
"The relatively high incidence of dieting in the U.S. is one key factor driving demand for low-sodium products," Mintel senior health-and-wellness analyst Molly Maier said. "Our findings indicate that fat and calorie counts are more likely than sodium to influence purchase. Thus, companies may be able to maximize the appeal of low-sodium foods by also showing, where appropriate, that they are low in fat and calories."
Natural Snacks expands Michael Season’s brand
ADDISON, Ill. — Michael Season’s, a Natural Snacks brand, has introduced a new line of snacks made with black beans.
The new Michael Season’s Popped black bean crisps line, the company said, features nutritional benefits of protein and fiber, is wheat-free and gluten-free and touts reduced fat and low sodium. The crisps also are free of preservatives, artificial coloring and flavors.
Michael Season’s Popped black bean crisps are available in sea salt, nacho and roasted red pepper flavors and carry a suggested retail price of $2.99 per 3-oz. bag.
Sprout Foods introduces organic toddler meals
ATLANTA — Sprout Foods is broadening its current pouched baby food portfolio with the launch of a line of organic toddler meals.
The company said the toddler entrées offer a variety of nutritious, organic ingredients, including meats, whole grains, beans and fruits and vegetables, but are free from preservatives and additives. The lineup includes eight varieties, including:
Pasta, zucchini and tomato sauce with beef;
Vegetable and potato stew with beef;
Sweet potato and apple risotto with turkey;
Vegetable and white bean stew with turkey;
Vegetable and potato chowder with chicken;
Vegetable and barley stew with chicken;
Macaroni and cheese with butternut squash; and
Vegetable risotto with quinoa and parmesan.
Sprout organic toddler meals are packaged in a 6.5-oz., microwaveable, BPA-free and recyclable containers and are available at grocery, mass and online retailers nationwide.