menu mayhem: The Snackification of Dayparts

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Apr 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As the foodservice trend of snacks as meal replacements whets consumers’ appetites for grab-and-go options that complement their busy lifestyles, dayparts are becoming increasingly snackified.

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Topics: Restaurant Operations, Snacking, Trends

Digging Into the Millennial Snacker Mindset, part 1

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Apr 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Now that snacking is no longer an occasional rendezvous but more like a daily love fest, with more than 50% of all eating occasions considered snacking, 1 it's more important than ever to understand the mindset and motivations of America's largest demographic group. The fact that 94% of Americans snack at least once a day is an impressive measure of the national love affair with snacking. 1 But millennials in particular are head over heels as the generation more likely than any other to snack, with one in four considered “Super Snackers” who feed their hankering four or more times in a single day. 1
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Topics: Millennials, Snacking, Trends

Focus Pocus: The Magic of Millennial Foodservice Photos on Social Media

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Apr 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Millennials are social beasts with a ravenous appetite for interaction – online, on their phones and in-person. That can be a heady recipe for success for foodservice and restaurant operations, provided they tap into the power of social media to leverage millennial snack trends and their taste for social sharing.

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Topics: Millennials, Snacking, Marketing

Free-From Snack Trends Not Allergic to Success

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Apr 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The better-for-you snack segment is a booster shot for business, surpassing the sales growth of the entire food and beverage market, according to a report from Packaged Facts, a market intelligence firm.1 A convergence of factors, including portability, higher nutritional value and clean labeling, has spurred sales over the past decade for wellness-oriented snacks, resulting in a compound growth rate (CAGR) of 4.7%,and surpassing overall food and beverage growth.1

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Topics: Millennials, Snacking, Trends

Hot Foodservice Trend: Ice Cream Sales Heat Up

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Mar 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A perennial favorite, ice cream has a long history as the cold snack that consumers stay hot for. It's no wonder that when New York’s Museum of Ice Cream debuted last year, fans of the creamy favorite scooped up all 30,000 tickets in five days.1 The joy of ice cream continues to captivate imaginations and tantalize taste buds.

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Topics: Desserts, Millennials, Snacking, Trends

Decadent Snacks defy Better-for-You Foodservice Trends

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Mar 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

No flash in the pan, the better-for-you movement has boiled over into the mainstream, turning up the heat on foodservice operators to blaze a clean label trail of menu innovation. But while the millennial snack market may demand more natural and nutritious options, many consumers still hanker for traditional favorites with rich and satisfying flavor profiles.

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Topics: Millennials, Snacking, Trends

Foodies for Thought: The Impact of Millennial Foodie Culture

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Mar 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Millennial foodies are serving big changes to the foodservice industry. With 50% of U.S. millennials—one-eighth of the entire U.S. population—claiming to be foodies, foodservice entrepreneurs and restaurant operators are feeling the heat throughout the supply chain to cater to this coveted demographic, as millennial foodies drive menu innovation and transform the food economy.1

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Topics: Millennials, Restaurant Operations, Snacking, Trends

Thin Wins: Thin Snack Trends, Fat Profits

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Mar 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM
Thin is in when it comes to millennial snack preferences, and snack manufacturers are enjoying sweet success as they position products as thin to ride the wave of wellness foodservice trends. Driven by growing demand for snacks that combine on-the-go convenience, low-calorie nutrition and satisfying flavor, the rebranding of staples and classics as thin encompasses everything from cookies to crackers to chocolate bars.
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Topics: Millennials, Snacking, Trends

Online Snack Trends: Tapping the Millennial Market

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Feb 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When it comes to snack sales, the Internet and consumers are starting to click. According to NPD Group, a leading market research firm, snack manufacturers are biting off bigger chunks of market share by tapping the consumer’s appetite for online shopping.

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Topics: Millennials, Snacking, Trends

Foodservice Trends 2017: Change Tops the Menu

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Feb 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

2016 was a whirlwind of on-the-go snacking, clean label watching, better-for-you branding and millennial menu-innovation mania. No surprise, then, that those in the know forecast flux for the new year.  

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Topics: Technology, Millennials, Trends