Global snack sales totalled $374 billion annually ending March 2014 an increase of 2 percent year-on-year. That’s because more consumers are snacking today than ever before and snacking more frequently. In fact, it’s estimated that on average, 24 percent of our daily calorie intake comes from snacks. With nearly one in four calories consumed outside a meal, the snack is no longer just a treat; it’s become a fourth meal.
As public scrutiny of food manufacturers continues to escalate and consumers increasingly turn to social media to voice complaints, snack processors have become more reliant on food inspection equipment to protect consumers and reduce the risk of brand-damaging product recalls in order to stay ahead of their rivals.
However, many snack applications can prove challenging for traditional product inspection equipment.