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Plant-Based Snack Trend Sprouts Better-for-You Business

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Jun 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Rooted in the better-for-you foodservice trend, consumer appetite for plant-based products is continuing its growth spurt. Given the prevalence of a more mindful approach to food consumption, especially among wellness-oriented millennials, plants seem to have found ample fertile ground for market growth.

With 76% of U.S. adults surveyed in agreement that plant-based foods are healthy, many consumers find them an important asset that helps them maintain or improve their well-being, according to the market intelligence firm Mintel.1 Consumers surveyed find plant-based protein an advantage that helps them achieve wellness goals like weight management (31%).1

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Topics: Millennials, Global, Appetizers/Snacks, Snack, Better-for-You, Plant-Forward, Flavors & Ingredients, Menu Strategy, Operations

Millennial Snack Trends Take a Bite Out Of Mealtime Business

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Jun 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

As the grab-and-go foodservice trend continues to take hold of busy millennials, the definition of snacking seems to shift further from between-meal treat to convenient meal replacement. Recent survey results show that 92% of millennials eat snacks as meals at least once a week, 50% four times a week and 26% a minimum of seven times a week.1

With close to 40% of millennial survey participants saying a sit-down meal is too time-consuming and 17% “can’t be bothered to cook a meal,” speed and convenience are key reasons for the snack-as-meal-substitute phenomenon.1 Snacks present a low-cost, smaller portioned food solution that fits their active lifestyles. Nearly half rank convenience as the most important factor in choosing a snack.2

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Topics: Millennials, Appetizers/Snacks, Lunch, Dinner, Snack, Better-for-You, Menu

The Feel Deal: Texture Hits the Sweet Spot as a Snacking Trend

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on May 29, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Mintel has a strong feeling that texture will take hold as a major snack trend in 2018. Based on input from 60 expert analysts in more than a dozen countries,1 the global market and research firm has identified a wave of “new sensations”—the sensory experiences consumers enjoy from the mouthfeel of foods and beverages with distinctive textures—as a projected sales catalyst with a worldwide impact, according to Mintel’s Global Food & Drink Trends 2018.2

Color has made a splash as a sensory experience, as shown by the popularity of unicorn-colored foods and beverages. Like colorful concepts, texture can provide share-worthy experiences for social media feeds. It can even take the connection deeper, touching off a tactile reaction in a youth market hungry for bold flavor adventures.

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Topics: Desserts, Millennials, Appetizers/Snacks, Snack, Better-for-You, Flavors & Ingredients

Going with the Grain: Whole Grains Help Grow Foodservice Sales

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on May 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 It’s all good when it comes to whole grains, which seem to be on the front lines of the feeding frenzy for better-for-you fare. According to the International Food Information Council’s 2017 Food and Health Survey, 84% of consumers recognize whole grains as good for you, placing the foodservice staple among the top three wellness-promoting components (only vitamin D and fiber edged higher).1

What’s more, 65% of survey participants reported that they are eating more whole grain foods compared to years past. And while millennials are known as a driving force of the better-for-you foodservice trend, results showed that adults between the ages of 50 and 80 (70%) are even more likely to step up their whole grain consumption than 18-49 year olds (62%).1

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Topics: Millennials, Appetizers/Snacks, Better-for-You, Non-GMO

Jams, Jellies and Preserves Make Sales Stick for Foodservice Operators

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Apr 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM

In a jam when it comes to boosting sales? Chances are jelly can spread them thick and sweet. Expected to reach $8.7 billion by 2021, the global jam, jelly and preserves market is projected to grow at a 3.2% compound annual growth during a six-year forecast period.1

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Topics: Millennials, Snacking, Trends, Global, Appetizers/Snacks, Snack, Non-GMO, Flavors & Ingredients

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