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Protein Power! The Future of Protein Alternatives in Foodservice

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Apr 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Given the heightened awareness of the importance of better-for-you and functional food options, it makes sense that demand for protein alternatives would grow exponentially during the pandemic.

As we reported in our 2021 Foodservice Trends: A Look at the Road Ahead report, 78% of consumers would like restaurants to menu more food and beverages with functional benefits.1 The consumer appetite for functional foods is robust, with 61% of those surveyed saying they're either extremely or very interested in them.1

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Topics: Trends, Better-for-You, Vegan, Vegetarian, Flexitarian, Plant-Forward, Foodservice Industry, Sustainability, Health & Wellness, COVID-19, Coronavirus

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

Mindful Eating Snack Trend Gives Foodservice Operators Food for Thought

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Mar 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Consumer interest in traditional approaches to diet and nutrition seems to be thinning out. While the focus for many weight-conscious consumers tended to be concentrated almost entirely on calorie intake, attention is shifting to a more holistic approach to wellness-oriented food consumption.

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Topics: Better-for-You, Plant-Forward, Health & Wellness

Foodservice Operators Feast on Well-Being Snack Launches

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on May 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As the better-for-you movement goes from the margins of the foodservice industry to the mainstream, consumers are showing a growing appetite for well-being food and beverage products. With all the emphasis on wellness and transparency, the upward arc of the well-being foodservice trend seems a natural progression.

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Topics: Millennials, Snacking, Snack, Better-for-You, Non-GMO, Vegan, Vegetarian, Flexitarian, Plant-Forward, Sales & Profitability, Operations

A Clean Sweep: 2017 Snack Trends

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Jan 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As a $6.2 billion behemoth that continues to grow,1 the snacking industry has a lot to look forward to in 2017. The Hartman Group reported that 90% of consumers snack multiple times during the day1, powering snacks to eat up ever-greater market share in the food industry. The consumer research firm estimates that snacking accounts for nearly 50% of all eating occasions.1

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Topics: Appetizers/Snacks, Breakfast, Lunch, Better-for-You, Vegetarian, Plant-Forward, Foodservice Industry

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