A Japanese snack food company has expanded its Australian range to include a new type of crisp made from black beans.

Calbee International, a $2.27 billion global business founded more 65 years ago in Japan, is known for gluten-free snack foods such as Harvest Snaps, a pea crisp brand that is marketed as a healthier alternative to regular potato chips.

Calbee expanded into Australia in 2017 with its brands Harvest Snaps, Snow Pea Crisps and Shrimp Chips, all made from non-GMO pulses such peas, beans, and lentils.

Seven flavours of its Harvest Snaps baked pea crisps are already stocked in over 3500 outlets in Australia, and its presence is now boosted with four flavours of the new black bean range.

Black beans have been a staple of South American cuisine for over 7000 years, and Calbee believes the black bean crisps will become a popular healthy Aussie snack.

“This innovative new black bean snack breaks ground again – because of their incredible taste and texture, customers are going to keep coming back for more, just like they have with Harvest Snaps Pea Crisps,” Calbee Australia managing director Tim Maughan said.

The range of flavours for the new Harvest Snaps Black Bean Baked crisps include Original Salted, Sour Cream & Chives, Paprika and Chilli & Lime and are available at Woolworths and Coles in 85g bags for RRP $3.

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