According to the “Snacking in America” NDP Group report, more than half of Americans are snacking 2-3 times per day. This presents the food industry with an ideal opportunity to develop new and different products in the healthy, easy to consume snack market resulting in an explosion of the healthy snack market. Consumers are seeking more and more all-natural, whole grains, gluten-free and overall healthier snack options. Satisfying that need has made “alternative chips” mainstream fare in the snack food world.
Beanfields is one of the newer players in the alternative chip market. These chips are made from beans and rice. They are farmed and made in the USA and contain no preservatives, no artificial colors or flavors, no trans fats and no cholesterol.
Beanfields makes its chips without eight of the most common food allergens. These chips have twice as much protein and fiber as most tortilla, corn and potato chips and are about 30% less fat. They are all natural and non-GMO verified.
Beanfields chips come in seven different flavors: unsalted, sea salt, pico de gallo, salt n’ pepper, nacho, ranch and barbecue. They come in snack-sized and 6 oz bags. They look similar to a Dorito-chip, with a lighter taste. I received an ample sized sampling of Beanfields chips – enough to have many try them in addition to myself. Whether it was friends, family, co-workers or college kids, unanimously everyone loved them. Personally, I liked the barbecue and pico de gallo flavors best.
Right now, Beanfields chips are offered mostly in specialty and health food retail stores. You can purchase them online through their website. Full-sized bags suggested retail price is $2.99 – $3.99. Snack-sized bags are $1.19 – $1.49, which is priced in line with similar products. Consumers should look for the Beanfields snack chips to start hitting retail grocery stores shelves in May 2015. I look forward to finding them at my local grocery store soon!
Have you ever tried Beanfields chips?
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Disclaimer: While I was provided with a complimentary sample of Beanfields chips, the opinions and views expressed above are my own and describe my personal experience.