A Beloved Israeli Snack Prepares to Take Bigger Bite Out of American Market
Generations of Israeli kids grew up eating peanut butter flavored snack Bamba. Now, manufacturer Osem is negotiating a distribution agreement that could make the snack as wildly popular with American kids
Bamba, a peanut butter-flavored puffed corn snack, is synonymous with Israeli childhood. Generations of Israeli kids grew up eating Bamba—which is considered highly nutritious and is often credited with lowering peanut allergy rates in the country—since it was introduced in the 1960s.
A spokeswoman for Osem told Calcalist Thursday that while Osem is working vigorously to market Bamba in North America through its U.S. subsidiary, it is not negotiating with Nestlé over Bamba's distribution.Osem is one of Israel’s largest food manufacturers. Founded in 1942, the company built its reputation manufacturing snacks and dry pantry staples, eventually venturing into pickles, ice creams, frozen foods, and prepared middle eastern salads. Osem already exports a variety of foods to Europe and the U.S. through subsidiaries Osem U.K. Ltd. and Osem USA Inc., focusing primarily on the kosher food market. In addition to specialty kosher food stores, Bamba is sold in the U.S. in stores such as Costco and Trader Joe’s.