The Snack, Nut and Crisp Manufacturers Association (SNACMA), estimates the total value of the UK’s savoury snack industry for the coming year at £3.2 billion. This is a significant increase on last year’s figure of £2.5 billion.
There are now more than 170 different businesses operating within the UK snacks sector, 75 per cent of which are located outside London and the South East, with the sector being a major employer in both the East Midlands and the North East of England.
With more than 95 per cent of all potato crisps being made from home grown potatoes, it is claimed that the snack sector is a major supporter of farming jobs. According to hortnews.com, in 2018/2019 SNACMA members purchased some 575,000 tonnes of fresh potatoes, equivalent to 12,800 hectares worth, or 10 per cent of UK’s total potato production.
In 2018 UK snack producers exported more than £145 million worth of products, representing five per cent year-on-year growth, with most UK crisps consumed as multi-packs.