Monday, August 14, 2023

Fresh Fruit Snacks Drive Frequency


Getting fresh hot French fries at a drive-thru is convenient enjoyable and a treat.  More and more consumers are looking for a treat that is “better-for-you” according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®

One of the hallmarks of the Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food grocerant niche is the addition of consumer-focused snacks and meal complements that have the ‘halo’ of ‘better-4-you.  In fact regular readers if the blog know that the ‘halo’ of ‘better-4-you’ is a Grocerant Guru® success clue.

Once again let’s look at a new survey from Del Monte Foods Inc. and see just what it revealed.

The new Del Monte Foods survey, which tracked snacking attitudes and behaviors for U.S. consumers, found that more than two-thirds of adults are reaching for fruit when they want to feel their best. They are also seeking to relive the joy of their childhood snacks, with fruit cups and fruit snacks topping the list of snacks they wish were more geared toward adults. Now let’s did a bit deeper. 

So, the findings show “a majority of general consumers regularly replace meals with snacks, with parents especially likely to "snackstitute." Additionally, while taste, nutritional content and convenience top the list of what people are looking for in snacks, fruit, in particular, is a key component of what snackers are missing.

·         As the act of "joy snacking" has gained popularity in recent months, fueling up with fruit is one of the best pick-me-ups. More than two-thirds of adults reach for fruit-based snacks when they want to feel their best — which is significantly higher than any other snack options.

·         Adults are missing their favorite childhood snacks like fruit cups, and parents intentionally seek out snacks that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults. More than a quarter of adults, and almost half of parents, wish fruit cups were more geared toward adults.

·         Nearly all adults crave more refreshing snacks in the summer.

·         Parents are especially in need of snacks on-the-go, both for their kids and themselves. More than three-quarters of adults (85 percent parents vs. 70 percent nonparents) say convenience and portability are qualities they consider when purchasing snacks.

·         Snacks remain a universally enjoyed, consistent activity for all, but parents are more likely to replace meals with snacks. A majority of adults regularly replace meals with snacks, with parents much more likely to do so (eight in 10 parents vs. two-thirds of nonparents).

·         Fruit is a key component of what is currently missing from snacks. Taste and nutritional content top the list of what people are looking for in snacks, with more than a quarter of adults saying snacks are lacking in fruits.

Just in case you thought that the survey was completely objective it was timed with the release of two new flavors of Del Monte's Fruit Refreshers, adult portable fruit snack cups which meet the need for nutritious, delicious and convenient snacks, and give consumers a grown-up version of the fruit cups they've been missing, according to the maker.

Del Monte Foods Brand Manager Chris Kocur, stated, "We're thrilled to learn a bit more about the snacking attitudes of our consumer base and to be able to meet their desires with our Fruit Refreshers product line," … "The new flavors, Pineapple & Mango in Prickly Pear Flavored Fruit Water and Peaches in Honeysuckle Flavored Fruit Water, provide a delicious, convenient and refreshing snack for busy parents and adults in need of a mid-afternoon pick me up, or those who are looking for a grown-up version of the fruit cups they loved as children."

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