Biena unveils Baked Chickpea Puffs


Biena is expanding its offering of chickpea snacks.

The Boston-based brand announced the launch of its new Baked Chickpea Puffs, which will be available in three flavors.

“Taste is the real reason we created this line. I have two growing kids who love cheese puffs and I found that other options don’t taste great or don’t offer real nutrition,” Poorvi Patodia, the founder and CEO of Biena Snacks said. “So I made it my mission to remake cheese puffs the Biena way — putting taste at the forefront and using only clean, nutritious ingredients. The end result is delicious and offers so much more in terms of nourishment for the body. And snackers of all ages love them!”

Using such ingredients as chickpeas and lentils, the puffs also contain 7 g of plant protein, offer 40% less carbs than other puffed snacks, and also will launch in a 90-calorie single-serving that is keto-friendly with 6 g of net carbs, the company said.

Baked Chickpea Puffs’ three flavors include:

  • Aged-white cheddar, which is made with real cheddar cheese;
  • Vegan ranch, which has ranch flavors alongside hints of garlic and onion; and
  • Blazin’ hot, which features a bright red color provided by beets, black currants and tomatoes.

“We’re always listening to our customers and considering the entire snacking experience as we create new product innovations,” Patodia said. “We hold ourselves to what we call the 3 Standards of Goodness — delicious, nutritious and clean ingredients. It’s very hard to create snacks that meet all three, but that’s how food should be! Snackers are going to eat these puffs for the taste alone, but get so much more nutritional value in the process.”

Biena Chickpea Puffs, which come in 3.2-oz. packaging that retails for $3.99 and .6-oz. size for $1.79, will be available in April on Amazon and select retailers including Wegmans. In September the snack will launch nationally at Whole Foods.


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