Written by Caitlin McCoy, Corporate Content Writer

Natural and specialty foods are a booming industry. Specialty food sales are at an all-time high, with $127 billion in sales last year, as consumers continually seek more nutritious cuisine.

Here are three things you need to know to expand your business into this industry:

1. Sustainability is Huge

The natural foods industry supports products with responsibly sourced ingredients, easy-to-understand labels, better-for-consumers items, and health benefits. But new products with sustainability claims exceeded all other new product platform territories, including taste or flavor, per a 2017 Berkley study.

2. Savory Snacks Help

The U.S. savory snacks market was valued at $33 billion in 2017. Changing preferences and health-conscious consumers are leading the charge, with natural and specialty savory snacks (especially on-the-go, individually wrapped one) especially big here.

3. Plant-based is Still Booming

Twenty-two percent of consumers are limiting their meat and poultry consumption---and natural, plant-based options are a large driver of what consumers expect to see when they go to a restaurant.

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Dot Foods can help you answer these trends, with the sourcing you need. Be in the know, with Natural and Specialty at Dot.

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Article source: Datassential 2017 Pulse Topic Report