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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

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

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

Taste Tempests Ahead: 2018 Snack and Foodservice Trends Forecast

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Apr 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Foodservice may be in flux, what with shifting demographics, economic unpredictability and technological advances. But while foodservice operators can sometimes feel like their plates are piled high with uncertainty, there’s one thing they can count on: Flavor is always in favor, and 2018 is poised to be no exception. In fact, it seems on course to serve up a flavor fest.

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Topics: Millennials, Global, Gen Z, Baby Boomers, Foodservice Industry, Flavors & Ingredients

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: Millennials, Mobile, Dessert, CHIPS AHOY!, NILLA Wafers, NUTTER BUTTER, SOUR PATCH KIDS, Social Media, HONEY MAID, RITZ, Flavors & Ingredients, Menu Strategy

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