The Open Food Science Journal


ISSN: 1874-2564 ― Volume 13, 2021

What Grabs Our Attention Most to Consume A Snack Bar In Brazil? Following Trends In Choice of Snack Bars To Boost Market For Healthier Options

Vinícius Rodrigues Arruda Pinto1, Tamara Beatriz de Oliveira Freitas1, Laura Fernandes Melo1, Letícia Soares de Freitas2, Lucas Guimarães de Souza Araújo2, Valéria Paula Rodrigues Minim1, Thiago Duarte de Souza3, Josefina Bressan2, *
1 Departamento de Tecnologia de Alimentos, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Campus Universitário, s/n, CEP 36570-000, Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
2 Departamento de Nutrição e Saúde, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Campus Universitário, s/n, CEP 36570-000, Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
3 Departamento de Ciência da Computação, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Campus Universitário, s/n, CEP 36570-000, Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil



Health can be a key factor in the choice of foods. Aligned with health trend, literature concerning the snack bars shows that improvements have been made in the snack foods’ nutritional values by modifying their nutritive composition, making them healthy, natural and safe.

Scope and Approach:

This pilot study aimed to discuss the trends for snack bars in Brazil, focusing on the insights to improve this food category’s competitiveness.


A self-administered survey was made on different days and times, in the city of Viçosa, Brazil, during the winter of 2016, to assess how 408 consumers perceive snack bars and from this perspective link industry, consumers and other stakeholders, considering their attitudes and health perceptions on these foods.


Consumers consider the body concern, health benefits, health concerns, convenience and habits to guide their purchase decisions. Cereal and fruit bars were mentioned as the most consumed, while nut and protein bars should be more affordable, maintaining prices that are more attractive for all. Overall, the results showed that more information on sensory aspects, health and ingredient content leads to higher purchase intentions. However, consumers also demand larger portion size and lower price. The expected results corroborated world consumer trends, proposing more healthy, diverse and accessible snack bars to low-income people. It would be interesting to provide older consumers with the background knowledge needed in order to choose healthier varieties of these foods.

Keywords: Snack bars, Portion size, Health, Older consumers, Body concern, Trends in snacking, Cereal and fruit bars.

Article Information

Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2018
Volume: 10
First Page: 62
Last Page: 78
Publisher Id: TOFSJ-10-62
DOI: 10.2174/1874256401810010062

Article History:

Received Date: 01/09/2018
Revision Received Date: 08/11/2018
Acceptance Date: 20/11/2018
Electronic publication date: 31/12/2018
Collection year: 2018

© 2018 Pinto et al.

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* Address correspondence to this author at the Departamento de Nutrição e Saúde, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Campus Universitário, s/n, CEP 36570-000, Viçosa, MG, Brazil; Tel:+55 3138992545 / +55 3138991275; E-mails:,

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