Ranch hummus. Greek yogurt dips. Plant-based spreads. Bold flavors and a marriage of untraditional textures combined with portable packaging make the dips and spreads category one to watch.

Examples include:

Pure Mediterranean Foods, Elk Grove Village, Ill., expanded its Hummus Plus line to include 4-ounce snack packs, which feature a built-in utensil and napkin for easy on-the-go consumption.

Sabra Dipping Co., Chesterfield County, Va., launched Veggie Fusions, a new concept in packaged guacamole, made with Haas avocados blended with a variety of fresh cut, crisp and chunky vegetables.

Sabra also introduced Pizza Hummus Singles, which are blended with fresh pizza-inspired flavors such as fresh basil and oregano, and sold in 2-ounce, single-serve containers.

Chobani, LLC, Norwich, N.Y., expanded beyond the yogurt aisle with new Chobani Meze dips, which feature real veggies, herbs and spices blended with creamy Greek yogurt, perfect for dipping vegetables, chips or pretzels.

Good Foods, Pleasant Prairie, Wis., announced a new line of Grab & Go snack cups, made with simple, real ingredients (like fresh hand-scooped Hass avocados) and are high-pressure processed (HPP) to capture the flavors and maintain freshness.

Tribe, Boston, Mass., launched Ranch Hummus, a blend of Ranch dressing and traditional hummus to create a smooth, dairy-free dip.

Tribe put another unique spin on the look and taste of hummus with Tribe Swirl, which takes toppings that are traditionally placed atop hummus and instead layers them throughout the product, thus eliminating the need to mix the hummus before eating.

Galaxy Nutritional Foods Inc., North Kingstown, R.I., introduced GO VEGGIE Vegan Spread & Dip Minis, what are said to be the only vegan, plant-based substitute for traditional spreads and dips for on-the-go consumers, available in 5.2-ounce pack that contains four 1.3-ounce minis.

Whichever way consumers dip and spread, this growing category continues to bring innovation, flavor and portability to every party.

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