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Food for Forethought: Setting the Table for a Successful Future

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Dec 12, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The future of foodservice seems poised to serve up a feast of profits. In the restaurant industry, sales this year are expected to grow 4.3% over the previous year to hit a record high of $799 billion.1 Size matters, and when it comes to market reach and sales volume, the restaurant business is a powerhouse of prodigious proportions, with nearly $1 out of every $2 spent on food allocated to restaurant operations.1

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Topics: Millennials, Restaurant Operations, Trends

No Kidding: Children Have Serious Impact on Snack Trends

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Dec 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Once upon a time, before snacking became a daily activity for 94% of Americans surveyed1 and a convenient meal replacement for on-the-go millennials,2 the snacking landscape seemed populated predominantly by little kids with big appetites for tide-you-over treats. With so much attention focused on millennials and their transformative impact on the foodservice industry, we can lose sight of the fact that kids still help drive snack sales and foodservice trends.

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Topics: Millennials, Snacking, Trends

Mom Knows Best: Millennial Mom Snack Trends Set the Table for Sales

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

Millennial mania is typically associated with the trend-setting youth market, but now millennial moms, all grown-up and responsible, are taking a star turn on the snacking scene. Having given birth to a feast of foodservice trends, from the better-for-you, clean label and farm-to-table movements to the grab-and-go craze and eclectic flavor fusions, millennials are now having kids and shaping the next generation of snackers.

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Topics: Millennials, Snacking, Trends

Fresh Perspective: C-Stores Strive for an “A” in Fresh Grab-and-Go Options

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Oct 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM


Convenience stores seem made to order for the age of grab-and-go. Having nearly doubled in size over the last three decades, with 154,535 stores in the U.S. at the end of 2016, the industry is a juggernaut of sales revenue and opportunity.1

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Topics: Millennials, Snacking, Trends

Snack Subscription Boxes Satisfy Millennial Appetite for Convenience

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Oct 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As consumer demand for speed and convenience continues to drive such snack trends as grab-and-go and takeout and delivery, the destination seems to become increasingly clear: more snacks, less fuss. Consumers are snacking more and more, but want to do less and less. Nearly half of Americans snack two to three times a day,1 and 94% snack at least once daily.2 The millennial need for speed compels foodservice operators to pick up the pace when it comes to satisfying snack yearnings that cross dayparts.

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Topics: Millennials, Snacking, Trends

Sis-Boom-Snack: Cheering On the Consumer Segments Driving Snack Sales

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Oct 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

America is the land of the free and the home of the snackers, where snacking has undergone such explosive growth that nearly half the country consumes two to three snacks daily.1 According to research from NPD Group, millennials and baby boomers snacked a combined total of 173.5 billion times in 2015 alone.1

With such a spectacular, ooh-and-ahh-worthy display of consumption, it makes sense for foodservice operators to explore the consumer segments that have made snacking so prevalent it has started to replace traditional meals, as shown by the steady rise of on-the-go breakfast bars.1 SmartBrief reports that snack bar sales skyrocketed nearly 50% between 2014 and 2016, helping to give rise to the trend of high-protein meat- or seed-based snack sticks—part of the larger trend of portable foods with better-for-you appeal.2

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Topics: Millennials, 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

Brand Slam: Covering the Bases of Branded Snack Trends

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Sep 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Challenges and opportunities loom large for big food sellers. While the 25 largest players feasted on 63% of $495 billion in U.S. food and beverage sales in 2016, their share declined from 66% in 2012.1 Private label products, meanwhile, have seen a 3.5% year-over-year expansion of shelf space since 2012.1 Increasing price pressure from upstart store brands and retailers insisting on lower prices are turning up the competitive heat.1

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Topics: Millennials, Snacking, Trends

For the Amor of Sabor: Hispanic Snack Trends Are a Hit

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Sep 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Say hola to the Hispanic snack surge. A richly diverse population expected to reach 106 million by the year 2050 (a 57% increase from 2015) according to the U.S. Census Bureau,1 Hispanic consumers constitute a large, coveted segment of purchasing power for the foodservice industry. The Selig Center for Economic Growth projects that their purchasing power will hit nearly $1.7 trillion by 2019.1

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Topics: Millennials, Snacking, Trends

Indian Flavors on a Hot Streak with American Snackers

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Aug 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Indian cuisine is hot, spicing up the U.S. foodservice industry with its plentiful flavor profiles and huge sales potential. Currently America’s largest pool of new immigrants with the highest income level of any demographic group, Indian consumers represent a coveted, affluent market.1

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Topics: Millennials, Snacking, Trends