Report: better-for-you snacks consumption up 14%11 Jun 2015
Whether salty, savoury, or sweet; high, low, or no calories, consumers are looking for snacks that have a perceived health benefit, reports The NPD Group, an information company. Protein, natural, and no or less sugar are the health call-outs that consumers are most looking for when they eat a snack, it finds, which now may be […]
Whether salty, savoury, or sweet; high, low, or no calories, consumers are looking for snacks that have a perceived health benefit, reports The NPD Group, an information company. Protein, natural, and no or less sugar are the health call-outs that consumers are most looking for when they eat a snack, it finds, which now may be in-between meals, at meals, or as a meal, based on NPD Group’s ongoing food consumption research.
This move towards snacking with a health benefit is being driven by the youngest generations — Generation Z, ages 0-23, Millennials, ages 24-37, and Generation X, ages 38-48, which together amount to the bulk of the population. Their positive attitudes about snacking, desire to eat more healthfully, and need for convenience are among the reasons for the growth in snacks with a perceived health benefit. Boomers, a large number of whom have health conditions, tend to watch for sodium and sugar content in snacks.
The three mega snack categories are better-for-you, savoury, and sweet. Consumption of better-for-you snack foods, like fresh fruit, breakfast/sports bars, and yogurt, is up 14% since 2006, and is forecast to grow the fastest out of the three snack categories, according to NPD’s The Future of Eating: Who’s Eating What in 2018? report. Savoury snacks, which includes salty snacks and dips, increased consumption by 4% since 2006, and is also forecast to grow. Consumers have lost their sweet tooth when it comes to snacking, but with more sweet snacks offering health benefits, the forecast shows consumption to stabilize over the next few years.
“Snacking today is a prevalent behaviour and there is an opportunity in every snack category for manufacturers to call out the specific health benefits — from desirable ingredients to clean labelling,” said Darren Seifer, food and beverage industry analyst. “There is also a generational slant to take into account for each category when positioning and marketing snack foods.”
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