Progressive Grocer Product

Fall 2014

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SnackS 30 Progressive Grocer Products Showcase / Fall 2014 hough still beloved, after-school and midnight snacking don't hold the keys to the snacking kingdom any longer. Kids and adults alike have brought snacking to multiple dayparts, seeking mid-morning boosts, mini-meals, pre- and post-workout boosts and much more throughout the day. Further, the three-square-meals-a-day philosophy is one of the past for most people, with smaller, more frequent meals endorsed by health and wellness professionals and supported broadly by the consumer-packaged-goods industry. As snacking has extended its reach, so too have many food categories. Certainly salty snacks and bakery snacks maintain and strong position, but dairy, fresh produce, meats and proteins, and nearly every region of the store are cashing in on the snacking trend. Simply by repackaging some Snack Time Once defined by a few specific times of the day, snacking has extended its reach through dayparts and food categories. What's New and What's in 'Em Chicago-based Mintel tracks new product introductions and product attributes through the firm's Global New Products Database (GNPD). Analysis of product introductions and the important attributes those products deliver illustrates how shelf assortment is changing and what consumers seek in product assortment. In a search of new food and drink products launched in the U.S. from January 2014-October 1, 2014, Mintel reports: 4 Snacks accounted for 13.3 percent of launches. Source: Mintel gnpd In tracking product attributes/claims, Mintel reports that the top three claims in some key snack categories between January 2014 and October 1, 2014 were: Snacks 4 Kosher 4 Low/no/reduced allergen 4 Gluten-free Savory Biscuits/Cracker Products 4 Kosher 4 Ethical – Environmentally friendly packaging 4 No additives/preservatives Sweet Biscuits/Cookie Products 4 Kosher 4 Social Media 4 Ethical – Environmentally friendly packaging Source: Mintel gnpd

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