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Labor Challenges and the Impact They’re Having on the Road to Recovery

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Sep 22, 2021 12:28:07 PM

In 2020, the foodservice industry experienced its sharpest sales decline in history, due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Signs indicate sales are on the rise within the sector. However, ongoing labor shortages may be preventing some operators from reaching their pre-pandemic volume level.

Turnover rates have reached 144% at limited-service establishments and 106% at full-service restaurants—which are operating with six fewer employees in the back of the house and roughly three less front-of-house workers than in 2019.

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Topics: Technology, Noncommercial, Promotions, Family Restaurant, Business & Industry, Healthcare, Commercial, Casual Dining Restaurant, Grab-and-Go, Labor, Foodservice Industry, Menu, Customer Experience, Menu Strategy, Retail, Sales & Profitability, Recruitment & Retention, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Off-Premises, Limited Time Offers (LTOs), Prepackaged, Digital/Online Ordering, Touchless, On-Premises, Foodservice, Workplace, Contactless Payments

Snacking Comes of Age: Understand Generational Preferences to Position Your Menu for Success

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Feb 25, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Snacking has become increasingly popular in recent years—and shows no signs of slowing down. 

In 2018, 80% of consumers snacked at least once a day.1 Two years later, 88% of adults surveyed for Mondelēz International’s 2020 State of Snacking™ report said they were noshing between meals just as much as—or more than—they did in 2019.2

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Topics: Millennials, Trends, Promotions, Marketing & Communications, Side Dishes, Quick Service Restaurant, Appetizers/Snacks, Snack, Gen Z, Gen X, Baby Boomers, Gum & Candy, Single-Serve, OREO, Dessert Ingredients, Foodservice Industry, Menu, Consumer, Demographic, Flavors & Ingredients, Menu Strategy, Retail, Operations, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Fast-Casual Restaurant, Branded Ingredients, Mashups, Flavor Profiles, Personalization, Consumer Behavior, Value, Indulgence, Customization, Limited Time Offers (LTOs)

Foodservice Wake-Up Call: Cereal Struggles to Bowl over Consumers

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Feb 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Soggy sales are putting a damper on the cereal market, sinking business for some major brands. The popularity of this once-perennial staple has been declining for years as consumer preferences have shifted to better-for-you and grab-and-go breakfast options.

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Topics: Breakfast, Better-for-You, Breakfast Biscuits, Bars, belVita Breakfast Biscuits, OREO, Foodservice Industry, Retail

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, Mobile, Gen Z, Better-for-You, Social Media, Retail, Packaging

Raising the Bar: Breakfast Bars as a Better-For-You Snack Trend

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Dec 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Diversified, delicious and nutritious, breakfast bars and snack bar varieties are a dream-come-true for foodservice operators who want to offer snack options that cater to their customers’ busy lifestyles. As a go-to snack source for on-the-go consumers who gravitate toward quick treats with enough nutritional value to replace a sit-down meal, the bar category is booming.

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Topics: Millennials, Mobile, Breakfast, Better-for-You, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Menu Strategy, Retail, Food & Beverage, Operations

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