America's love for sugary and salty snacks is undeniable. According to the Snack Food Association, in a single day last year (Super Bowl Sunday '09), Americans consumed an estimated 30.4 million pounds of chips, dips, pretzels, popcorn and other treats. With this kind of appetite, experts are confident the snack-food industry is one that will continue to hold up fairly well even amid difficult economic conditions. Here's a closer look at the facts and companies behind your favorite guilty pleasures.
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