Progressive Grocer

Grocerant February 2017

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...from start to fi nish. Call 1-800-4-Robbie or visit Fresh made meals... Portable packaging solutions designed for your customer's favorite foods. servings of fruits or vegetables in snacks, while 48 percent look for high-fiber snacks. Other industry research shows that snacks made with plants or plant-based protein are on the radar of more consumers. IRI points to growth in snacks made with plant-based proteins, like quinoa chips and lentil chips. Taste treats Even with demand for healthy snacks, however, more than 3 in 5 consumers agree that taste is more important than how healthy a snack is for them, according to Mintel research. And for some consumers, eating better can also mean eating foods that are considered "treats" on a smaller scale as snacks, rather than cutting them out entirely. "I think there is a lot of growth and buzz in the area of indulgent snacking. With things like brownie bites, you have portion control," Hertel points out. Ultimately, grocerants are in a position to provide solutions that meet a variety of needs for snack-seeking shoppers. "You can offer an appealing slice of pizza, but even more than that, how do you integrate that for shoppers who are more on the go or those with mobile lifestyles?" says Her- tel. "So, part of it is 'What is quality?' and part of it is 'How accessible is it on the go?'" G The ongoing success of quick service breakfast programs is a testament to the growing importance of morning as a snacking daypart. Early evening snacking has slowed while morning snacking has increased, according to IRI snack industry reports, fueled in part by younger shoppers: Six- ty-nine percent of consumers ages 25 to 35, and 52 percent of those ages 18 to 24, snack in the early morning, compared with 31 percent for the rest of the total U.S. population. And Technomic has called out all-day breakfast as a continuing trend, noting that traditional morning foods are well-suited to snacking because of the relatively small portion sizes and price points. Breakfast snacking wakes up

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