A new study conducted by market research company Packaged Facts found that sales of chickpea-based snacks grew by 150 percent in 2016. Overall sales of bean-based products—including those made from lentils, peas, and chickpeas—grew by eight percent. Within the salty snack market, those made from alternative vegetables make up the majority of sales, closely followed by grain- and bean-based snacks. The study also highlighted breakout bean products from vegan companies such as Brami’s Snacking Lupini Beans and Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs as examples of what consumers are reaching for on store shelves. Vegan snacks have seen a huge increase in sales in recent years, as well as a growth in available products on the market—proving that consumers are increasingly looking for healthier and more sustainable food options.
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