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Snack Fact

Eating Habits are Changing

Times have changed. Gone are the days of 3 set meals. Thanks to our on-the-go culture, snacks are no longer dedicated to just bites between meals, leaving the market open to new possibilities for transformational snacks.

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$347

Billion Annual Global Snack Sales

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2%

increase in snack sales year-over-year

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45%

of people choose meal-replacement snacks

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76%

of people snack between meals

Invent the Solutions

Transformational snacks are food products that deliver a new multi-sensory eating experience through novel packaging combined with a unique food.

  • Multi-textured foods – crunchy & chewy, crispy shell & soft inside
  • Distinct aroma and flavor change through preparation
  • Sounds – popping, crackle, whistle
  • Shapes – squares, triangles, puffs
  • Shape changes – expanding, melting
  • Colors – toasted, intensify, speckles
  • Personalization – new flavors, toppings

Transformational snacks deliver robust eating experiences by combining all snack elements.

  • Unique Food – distinct taste, texture, color, or flavor
  • Novel Packaging – convenience, design, use of functionalized materials
  • Preparation – becomes part of snack experience, quick heating

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Transformational Snacks Today

Few snacks qualify as “transformational”, but these once-in-a-generation snack inventions captured our imaginations and became billion dollar brands.

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Jiffy Pop®

Invented in the 1950s, successfully combined popcorn kernels, flavorings and oil into a shelf-stable aluminum foil expandable pan.

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Onigiri

A traditional triangle snack containing rice and a filling wrapped in seaweed becomes a snack experience. The package has a step-by-step opening procedure that keeps the seaweed dry and away from the rice until it’s opened.

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Hot Pockets®

Invented in the 1970s, uses a susceptor sleeve to crisp a frozen pastry product stuffed with cheese, meat and sauce while the microwave heats the frozen center.

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Push-Ups®

Invented in the 1920s, this interactive design offers consumers a unique packaging and ice cream eating experience.

Revolutionary Snacks are Needed

Xinova is seeking new Snack Food and Packaging Innovations.

Food Innovation Considerations

  • Texture – crunchy, chewy, creamy, viscosity, elasticity
  • Preparation – unwrapping, opening, mixing, cooling, heating
  • Consumer Interaction – transformational implies the product will change as the consumer prepares it
  • Convenience – steps, time, clean-up, utensils, ease of use

Packaging and Product Labeling

  • Active packaging – functionalize or improve food quality during storage or preparation
  • Susceptors – useful in cooking or browning foods
  • Absorbers – manage oxygen and gas exchange to preserve food
  • Labeling – GRAS – Generally Recognized as Safe, Clean Labels
I started inventing with Xinova about 5 years ago and it’s allowed me to build my company. I started inventing alone on nights and weekends, but now, because of the work we do with Xinova, it’s allowed me to hire inventors, train people on inventing and build a lab where we can basically prototype anything we want to. Xinova has enabled me to become a full time inventor. It’s really a boyhood dream come true.

Dr. Michael Manion
Full-time Inventor and
CEO of Keon Research
Seattle, USA

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