Small bites have become a very big deal—and the consumer appetite for them appears insatiable.
Foodservice is in the midst of a feeding frenzy of interest in wellness and sustainability, and younger consumers are occupying a large place at the table. In a shift toward food choices that are better for the planet as well as people, 36% of Gen Zers can be considered meat limiters, and Gen Z has a higher proportion of vegans, vegetarians and pescatarians, according to survey results from the market research firm Datassential.1
Given such interest, it makes that investors have served up another heaping helping of funding for True Food Kitchen, “The only restaurant fundamentally based on science which ensures all of its craveable dishes and drinks work to increase the longevity of our people and planet,” as the brand’s website states.2
Nine in 10 adults now snack more often than before the COVID-19 pandemic1—and due to efforts to limit close contact to reduce the virus’ spread, prepackaged items have become a popular choice.
Foodservice provider Morrison Healthcare, which works with more than 800 hospitals and healthcare systems, has seen a notable uptick in prepackaged snack interest during the past 18 months—although Jeffrey Quasha, Morrison’s director of retail culinary innovation, says customers have actually been drawn to prepackaged options for several years.
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