While there will always be a place for snacks in the diet, there is a lot of attention and a lot of research to improve nutrition — lower sodium and fat — while maintaining taste and texture. Ingredient innovations and equipment designs bring answers to these challenges.

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Starch The secret weapon

- Take another look at resistant starch when working to boost the dietary fiber content of baked foods and snacks.

Americans still sweet on sweet goods

- The US love affair with indulgence remains strong as ever when simple treats provide rewards for everyday feats.

Tools for texture in snacks

- Starches play a role in snacks, be they baked or fried, crispy or crunchy.

Slideshow Clif Bar & Company aspires to new heights

- Clif Bar & Company transports a unique culture to its facility in Twin Falls, ID.

Snackers, not slackers Packaging for millenials

- Millennials snack often, seek healthy snacks in convenient, eye-catching packaging.