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Wake-Up Call: Breakfast-Inspired Menu Innovation Creates a Stir

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Aug 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Breakfast and morning snacks are on a roll, serving up the sunny side of the foodservice business. In fact, according to the research firm NPD Group, it’s the only daypart that’s growing.1 With a one percent rise in restaurant traffic for the year ended February 18, breakfast seems to be hatching fresh opportunities at a time when lunch has been flat and dinner down a percentage point.1

If a one-percent rise in traffic seems like a slim slice of success, consider that breakfast is expanding rapidly beyond the morning daypart. Thirty-percent of consumers surveyed are purchasing breakfast items during later dayparts more often than they did two years earlier, according Technomic, a foodservice research and planning firm.2

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Topics: Desserts, Millennials, Snacking, Trends

Sweet Talk: Consumers Love Sweet Snack Trends

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Jul 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Americans are sweet on snacks—so much so, according to the market research firm Nielsen, they consumed over 92 billion dollars’ worth last year across the top seven categories.1 While salty snacks have the most sales to savor at $27.72 billion, candy came in second ($20.96 billion), cookies fourth ($7.36 billion) and ice cream fifth ($6.64 billion).1

Technomic, a foodservice-focused research and consulting firm, attributes the popularity of savory flavors to the tendency of American consumers to favor meat, grains, vegetables and cheeses.2 Technomic data indicates that they may view these as better-for-you profiles with lower sugar content.2

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Topics: Desserts, Millennials, Snacking, Trends

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: Desserts, Millennials, Restaurant Operations, Snacking

Smart Bites: Limited-Time Offers, Limitless Opportunities

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Apr 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Limited-time offers have gone a long way for a long time, and foodservice operators continue to get a lot of mileage out of them as go-to business boosters.

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Topics: Desserts, Millennials, Snacking, Trends, Marketing

Donuts, Dollars, Diversification: How a Foodservice Classic Keeps Sales Sweet

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Jan 23, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Donuts are on the rise. Though a longtime traditional staple of the breakfast daypart, they’re sweetening sales numbers at later hours too with endless varieties and flavor combinations. Innovative donut shops and donut-driven foodservice operations are baking big business across the country, and U.S. retail sales are soaring.1

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Topics: Desserts, Snacking, Trends

Making Dough: Cashing In on the In-Store Bakery Foodservice Trend

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

In-store bakery sales are on the rise—so much so, sales exceeded $13.54 billion in 2015 and the market is expected to reach $18.4 billion in sales by 2020, a 45% jump over the course of a decade.1 Confidence among retailers is high, with 56% of those surveyed reporting that they consider in-store bakeries a leading driver of traffic and an important point of differentiation for their stores and the way they market to consumers.2  

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Topics: Desserts, Snacking, Trends

Cool New Asian-Inspired Ice Cream Snack Trend is on a Roll

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Nov 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Given the insatiable millennial appetite for exciting new flavor experiences and interesting twists on traditional favorites, a fresh idea in ice cream should be milked for all it’s worth—and it could be worth a lot. According to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), about 1.54 billion gallons of ice cream and related frozen desserts were produced in 2015 alone, and the average American consumes more than 23 pounds of ice cream yearly.1

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Topics: Desserts, Snacking, Trends

Spotlight Interview #6: Patty Mitchell, CRC, CMB, Senior Executive Chef, Mondelez International:  Shareable Ultimate Dessert and Snack Trends

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Oct 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

"Consumers today, especially millennials, are eager to spread the word about new dessert experiences."

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Topics: Desserts, Snacking, Trends

Spotlight Interview #5: Glenn Garcia, Business manager, Dessert Ingredient Marketing: Change Your Menu with Innovative Applications

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Sep 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

"Today's consumers are willing to experiment with new dessert flavors and ingredients, but foodservice operators should optimize their assortments with trusted brand names and familiar products."

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Topics: Desserts, Millennials, Trends

Just Desserts: Why Taste is Tops for Your Bottom Line

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Aug 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Let’s face it: Snack trends may come and go, but there’s one constant foodservice operators can rely on, and that’s the pivotal importance of taste and flavor in driving the consumer’s snack choices. 

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Topics: Desserts, Restaurant Operations, Snacking

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