From grab-and-go, bite-size salami packs to flavored chocolate to traditional potato chips, consumers around the country are seeking both the familiar and unusual in salty snacks. 

Rich Proctor, Hart’s Local Grocers, Rochester, NY

  • Cape Cod Potato Chips

  • Chocolove Salted Almond Butter in Dark Chocolate Bar

  • Jackson’s Honest Blue Corn Sea Salt Tortilla Chips

  • The Original Saratoga Chips

  • Suckerpunch Gourmet Pickles 

Steven Rosenberg, Liberty Heights Fresh, Salt Lake City, UT

  • Freddy Guys Zesty Hazelnuts 

  • Pop Art Snacks White Pepper Parmesan Popped Corn 

  • Route 11 Lightly Salted Potato Chips 

  • Santa Barbara Hot Onion & Garlic Organic In-Shell Pistachios 

  • Stony Brook WholeHeartedFoods Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


“Guests are always searching for healthy, tasty, non-GMO, and organic on-the-go snacks made with high-integrity ingredients.” 
—Steven Rosenberg, Liberty Heights Fresh, Salt Lake City, UT


Lindy Lenz, NOFO Retail Market, Raleigh, NC

  • Bertie County Blister Fried Peanuts
  • Escazu Artisan Chocolates Sea Salt Bar
  • Julia’s Southern Foods Pork Puffies
  • Mamasita’s Chips 
  • Videri Chocolate Factory Dark Chocolate–Sea Salt 70%

Angie Voiles, People’s Food Co-Op, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Barsy’s Smokies Almonds 
  • Kettle Sea Salt & Vinegar Chips
  • Kind Snacks Strong & Kind Hickory Smoked Bar
  • Late July Snacks Clásico Jalapeño Lime Tortilla Chips 
  • Pop Daddy Popcorn

Erin Haefele, The Green Scene, Walker, MN

  • Epic Venison Sea Salt Pepper Bar
  • Gaea Olives 
  • Good Health Kettle Style Avocado Oil Potato Chips
  • Green Scene Deli Hard Boiled Eggs 
  • Native American Natural Foods Tanka Buffalo Sticks
  • Oh Snap! Pickling Co. Dilly Bites

Caitlin Pearson, Malt & Mold, New York City 

  • Bacon’s Heir Pork Clouds 
  • BQ Farms BjornQorn 
  • Olli Salamini Mini Salami 
  • Zapp’s Voodoo Potato Chips 

Jim McCarren, Daily Groceries Co-op, Athens, GA

  • The Good Bean Roasted Sea Salt Chickpeas 
  • Good Health Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels
  • Kind Snacks Strong & Kind Honey Mustard Bars
  • Late July Organic Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers 
  • Organic Prairie Beef Jerky 

“Salty-sour is taking over salty-sweet. Tortilla chips are sparking greater interest, but potato chips are still the most popular grab-and-go.” 
—Rich Proctor, Hart’s Local Grocers, Rochester, NY


Karen Brown, Lone Star Taste, Port Aransas, TX 

  • 2 Gringos Chupacabra Chips
  • Dale’s Wild West Kangaroo Jerky
  • Hope Springs Salty Dill Crackers 
  • Oliver Pecan Co. Crème Brûlée Pecans
  • Oliver Pecan Co. Roasted & Salted Pecans 

Nicole Potenza Denis is a contributing editor to Specialty Food Magazine.