Monday, August 7, 2023

Grocerant Niche Staple Lunchables New Point of Distribution Will Drive Sales


Not just for Kids meals or Kids snacks Lunchables has expanded its top-of-mind presence adding fresh fruit edifying its customer focused halo of ‘better-4-you’ in the mind of consumer both young and old. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® with the addition of fresh fruit Lunchables are fast becoming a staple grocerant niche meal, snack, or treat that can be taken to the office, on a road trip, or at home providing a simple fresh fast meal replacement or solution.

Gen Z and Millennials and their parents have adopted and drove the success of Lunchables. Thirty-four years after debuting in deli cases, Lunchables are expanding their visibility and adding customer relevance over to the produce department for the first time.

Kraft Heinz the brand parent of Lunchables has partnered with Fresh Del Monte Produce on an initial product rollout that features pineapple, clementines, grapes and apples with the deli meat, crackers and cheese assortment Lunchables are known for, the companies announced Tuesday.

So, the product placement launch, is timed to coincide with back-to-school season, comes after the food producers noted a 500% increase in social media searches for “Lunchables with fruits and vegetables” in the past year, they noted.

Check out the new Lunchables line that consists of Ham & Cheddar Cracker Stackers with Fresh Apples, Turkey & Cheddar Cracker Stackers with Fresh Grapes, Ham & Cheddar Cracker Stackers with Fresh Pineapple and Turkey & Cheddar Cracker Stackers with Fresh Clementines.

They will initially be available in the produce section of select grocery retailers in the south-central U.S., the companies said.

Good companies work at getting better, Kraft Heinz said it has been working to improve the nutrition profile of its Lunchables line. Earlier this year, the food manufacturer announced two new products that meet National School Lunch Program guidelines, complementing its recent focus on reducing sodium, sugar and saturated fat in its products. The crackers contained in the packages now include less salt and oil, the company said.

Fresh Del Monte VP of Marketing Melissa Mackay, stated, “We see the partnership to introduce this evolution of Lunchables as a true game changer for children’s nutrition,”…. “By bringing together the freshness and quality that Fresh Del Monte fruits are known for with the convenience and fun of Lunchables, we have a real opportunity to change kids’ perspective around fruits, ideally helping to make fruit consumption second nature to younger generations.”

A Grocerant niche staple ever since their national launch in 1989, Lunchables’ compartment-based product line has expanded to include a variety of protein-and-carbohydrate combinations, including Chicken Dunks (breaded white-meat chicken with a juice pouch and candy), a build-your-own Turkey and Cheddar Sub Sandwich (with water, drink mix powder, chips and chocolates), and Extra Cheesy Pizza (shredded cheese blend, whole-grain crusts and pizza sauce).

The combinations are peppered with products from other CPG brands, including Capri Sun, and Kraft Heinz brands, such as Oscar Mayer.

Naor Danieli, director of marketing for Lunchables, stated, “At Kraft Heinz, we are transforming through innovation by making bigger bets to fuel growth and create new products for our fans,”… “Lunchables with Fresh Fruit is a ripe example of how we are quickly moving to introduce new offerings rooted in real consumer needs. Teaming up with Fresh Del Monte helps accelerate the innovation our brand strives for, lending its expertise in fresh produce to expand the delicious, buildable and real food experience we provide for kids.”

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