But Wait, There’s More
Almonds really have it going on. They’ve got the taste consumers are begging for. They’re that certain kind of crunchy you can’t find in any other nut or ingredient. They have a healthful halo that shines with protein (6g), fiber (4g), vitamin E (35% DV), heart-healthy benefits and more. And for these reasons among others, now they’re exploding in some of the latest innovative categories.
This delicious alternative to traditional nut butters is enticingly creamy and makes a great match with all kinds of flavors, including chocolate, honey, vanilla and more. Consumers are happily spreading it on thick, with rich nutrition as a delicious bonus.
- Almond product volume grew 40% in the nut and seed butter category from 2011 to 2012—vs. an overall category decline of -0.5%.1
- Almond butter has a positive price premium and is less likely to be purchased on promotion vs. other nut and seed butters.4
With lactose intolerance and other dairy-related health issues on the rise, increasingly more consumers are looking for dairy-free options that keep the flavor at full power. Almond milk is the darling of the milk alternatives category with its subtle, slightly sweet taste and 13 essential nutrients, including protein and fiber.
- Almond milk has grown at a 66% CAGR since 2010 (vs. the category at a 12.1% CAGR), now accounting for a strong 46.4% of the milk alternatives category.1
Desserts and Almond Ice Cream
Almonds have long been a staple ingredient in desserts and ice cream, but now they’re inspiring a whole new generation of sweet treats. Innovative brands and product creators are looking to almonds to add toasty flavor and exciting texture to their dessert formulations, and almond milk and butter are making names for themselves in some of today’s hottest ice creams and novelties.
* Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving of almonds (28g) has 13g of unsaturated fat and only 1g of saturated fat.
1. AC Nielsen New Product Tracking Report, Sterling-Rice Group, 2013