Almonds number one ingredient nut for second consecutive year

22 July 2010 –  Almonds were the leading nut used in new food products worldwide for the second year in a row, according to the 2009 Mintel Global New Products Database.

The growth of new almond products from 2008 to 2009 (up 18%) outpaced both new food product introductions in general (up 15%) and new nut product introductions (up 12%). There were 347 more almond product introductions than peanuts and 531 more new almond products than hazelnuts, the second and third nuts respectively.

“Food manufacturers seem increasingly aware of almonds’ value and versatility as an ingredient and the fact that almonds are in demand by consumers all over the globe, as evidenced by all this new product activity,” says Stacey Humble, director, North America Marketing and Global Strategic Initiatives for Almond Board of California (ABC). 

Historically, almonds have shown the strongest numbers in the bakery, snacks and confectionery categories and continued to perform well in those segments this year. In Europe, confectionery remains the top category for almond introductions with 28% of new almond products appearing in this category. Bakery is the second leading category in Europe with 24% of all new almond products appearing in this group.

Confectionery also continues to be the leading category for almond introductions in Asia-Pacific (34%, followed by snack products (20%). Snacking remained North America’s leading category, with the region accounting for nearly a third of global almond snack introductions in 2009.

“According to Mintel’s Global New Products Database, product introductions containing almonds continue to increase,” says Lynn Dornblaser, Mintel’s leading new products expert. 

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