Update 19 Popcorn Goes International

Update 19  Popcorn in Britain

Update 19 includes the information that the fastest-growing grocery product in Britain is also one of America’s most popular snack—popcorn!

Map of BritainBritain loves popcorn, too.

Britain has now become the leading popcorn consumer in Europe. The UK is second only to the US in popcorn sales.

Popcorn sales in Britain has double since 2013. One of the reasons is that popcorn is a healthier snack than potato chips.

snacking on popcornSnacking on popcorn

Popcorn sales are expected to continue to increase in the UK as they have in the US.

From the Guardian by Rob Walker

Update 19 UK Company in the Popcorn Market

Kettle Foods, a UK company, purchased Metcalf’s skinny popcorn last year. Recently, Kettle Foods has purchased Cornpoppers. 

Kettle Foods PopcornKettle Foods is a British food company

Cornpoppers was a family business founded in 1979. It produced branded and private-label popcorn products that were sold in the West Midlands in the UK.

Why is Kettle Foods buying these popcorn companies? The UK popcorn market is one of the fastest-growing markets in the UK. The popcorn market grew by 10% during the last year. UK citizens are developing a taste for popcorn because it is a lighter, healthier snack.

sales are increasingPopcorn sales in the UK are increasing

One goal of Kettle Foods is to make the company a dynamic snack food business in Europe.

Popcorn is gaining in popularity internationally.

From Eastern Daily Press

More International Purchases

Conagra Brands, Inc. is purchasing Angie’s Artisan Treats. 

Conagra FoodsConagra Foods headquarters

Angie’s is located in North Mankato, Minnesota. It is known for making a dozen different ready-to-eat popcorn flavors known as the Boomchickapop brand.

Minnesota signMinnesota is home to Angie's
Angie's makes BoomchickapopAngie's makes Boomchickapop

Conagra sells its snack food in North America, South Korea, and Peru.

Their plan is to modernize their portfolio and accelerate growth in the snack business.

Snacking on popcorn is not just an American tradition anymore.

From Mergers & Acquisitions by Demitri Diakantonis

Popcorn Continues to be a Popular American Snack

Movies can bomb at the box office (and they do!). But there is one aspect of movie going that remains constant—popcorn. The snack is still the most popular food item for moviegoers. 

Ready-to-eat popcorn and caramel popcorn are two favorites. Their consumption rose 16.9% between February 2016 and February 2017. A result has been spin-off s such as popcorn chips and cakes.

ready-to-eat caramel popcornReady-to-eat caramel popcorn is a favorite

That 16.9% increase translates to 160 million pounds of popcorn sold. The revenue from that increase equals $1.05 billion. Most of the snack—about ¾--is eaten at home. Other places where popcorn is popular is in theaters, stadiums, and schools. 

Popcorn remains affordable—part of the reason it is so popular.

From the guardian by Rory Carroll

Popcorn in Wisconsin

Popcorn sales have been around for a long time in Wisconsin.

In 1892 restaurants in Menasha, Wisconsin, sold popcorn in booths on the main streets. Their profits were very good. Popcorn was very popular back then, as it is now.

map of WisconsinPeople in Wisconsin love their popcorn

From USA Today Network-Wisconsin by Mara Wegner

Popcorn and Pregnancy

Pregnant and craving something but want to be a good mother to your unborn child?

Well about some popcorn? Pop it in an air-popper and popcorn is not only good, but good for you and your child. Watch the salt and butter, though.

Healthy babyEat right for a healthy baby

From Daily Mail.com