At one time, snacks may have been considered small bites to tide people over between meals. But nowadays, snacks are biting into an ever-bigger chunk of market share.
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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Driven by a need for nourishment, distraction and other factors,1 in recent years, snacking has become somewhat of a national pastime.
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Snacks continue to evolve far beyond the occasional treat—and sales have been sweet. In fact, over the past two years, the snackification of consumers’ eating behavior has become so widespread, snacking now accounts for 48% of all eating and drinking occasions, according to the market research firm The Hartman Group.1
Over the past year and a half, operators have addressed emerging pandemic-related consumer preference, safety and other needs by introducing innovative menu and operational changes—and a number have shown some staying power.
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