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Snack pellets are semi-finished expandable snack that are manufactured using extrusion process. These are available in multiple forms, shapes, flavors, and textures. Hot air expansion and hot oil frying are two of the most commonly used methods for the conversion of snack pellets into finished ready-to-eat form. Conversion of snack pellets using hot air is considered to be healthy as it avoids the use of excessive oil and the formation of acryl amide, a common cause for heart diseases and some specific cancers.

Globally, snack pellets are preferred due to their longer shelf life, and high density that simplifies storage, and eases and economizes the cost of transportation. The rising living standards of the consumers and the globalization of the savory snacks industry has led to the rise in the demand for healthy and tasty savory snacks. The snack pellets fortified with nutrients are relatively more expensive than ordinary snack pellets.

Over the past few years, the growing awareness regarding healthy snack foods has resulted in healthier options by the snack manufacturers. Increasing consumption of indirect extruded snacks in all classes of people is increasing the global snack pellets market as well.

By using varied snack pellets, snacks manufacturers are improvising on the snacks recipes, enhancing the nutritional qualities and hence, are increasing the palatability. The rising demand for traditional potato-based pellets with enhanced flavor and added protein content has increased the demand for potato snack pellets.

The snack pellets are available in wide range of types such as potato, rice, and corn; shapes such as round, oval, and ring; and forms such as 2-D and 3-D. Different types of snack pellets have respectively unique flavors due to their distinguished combination of ingredients and variations in shapes and sizes. Europe is the largest consumer and producer of snack pellets. On the other hand, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East are the largest importers of the snack pellets.

The increasing marketing schemes such as discounts, promotions, etc. and information exchange programs, by snacks pellets manufacturers, related to snack pellets raw materials, assembly line, distribution, etc. are driving factors of the market. The increasing health awareness regarding consumption of food is also increasing the preference for healthy ingredient-based snack pellets among consumers. Potato snack pellets are one of the widely utilized varieties in the European nations.

The report analyzes various types of snack pellets and the various regions where their market has recorded trends. The types segment studies the size, in terms of value and volume, of the snack pellets market in each region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa and Rest of the World (ROW)). The market is further segmented on the basis of the key countries in these regions.

The report further provides qualitative analysis of the leading players, with a clear insight on the development strategies preferred. The report also includes a chronology of the developments, with respect to new products and their applications. The key players, such as Grupo Industrial Michel (Mexico), Limagrain (France), and Intersnack Knabbergebäck GmbH (Germany), have been profiled in this report.

The size of the snack pellets market, in terms of value, is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.9% from 2014 to 2019. In 2013, the market was dominated by Europe and is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the period of study. The production and consumption of snack pellets such as potato, corn, and mixed grains are mainly observed in the European countries such as Germany and the U.K. The Asia-Pacific region is projected to be the second-fastest-growing region by 2019.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Introduction
1.1 Objectives Of the Study
1.2 Report Description
1.3 Markets Covered
1.4 Stakeholders
1.5 Research Methodology

2 Executive Summary

3 Premium Insights

4 Industry Analysis
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Type Of Snack Pellets
4.3 Snack Market Evolution
4.4 Supply Chain Analysis
4.5 Regulating Safety Of Snack Pellets

5 Market Overview
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Market Insights
5.3 Markets Addressed
5.4 Market Share Analysis

6 Market Analysis
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Winning Imperatives
6.3 Burning Issues
6.4 Market Dynamics
6.5 Porter's Five forces Analysis

7 Snack Pellets Market, By Type
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Potato-Based Snack Pellets
7.3 Corn-Based Snack Pellets
7.4 Rice-Based Snack Pellets
7.5 Tapioca-Based Snack Pellets
7.6 Mixed Grains-Based Snack Pellets
7.7 Other Snack Pellets

8 Snack Pellets Market, By Geography
8.1 Introduction
8.2 North America
8.3 Europe
8.4 Asia-Pacific
8.5 Latin America
8.6 Africa
8.7 Rest Of the World (ROW)

9 Competitive Landscape
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Competitive Market
9.3 Market Developments
9.4 Strategic Approaches
9.5 Acquisition, 2014
9.6 Agreements, Partnerships & Collaborations, 2012-2014
9.7 New Product Launch, 2011-2013
9.8 Investments & Expansions, 2010-2014

10 Company Profiles

Companies Mentioned:

  • Akkel Group
  • Classic Foods Inc.
  • Dalmaza Food Industries Co. (DAFICO)
  • Groupe Limagrain Holdings S.A.
  • Grupo Industrial Michel
  • Intersnack Group Gmbh & Co. Kg
  • J.R. Short Milling Company
  • Leng D'or S. A.
  • Liven S.A.
  • Quality Pellets A/S

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