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NPD study: Kids, teens heaviest snackers; Women outpace men

BY Jason Owen

CHICAGO — The typical American eats more than 1,000 snack-oriented convenience foods throughout the year, and kids and teens are the heaviest users of this assortment of snacks, which includes fresh fruit, sweets and savory snacks, according to a recent study by The NPD Group, a global information company.

The study also found women eat on average 3.1 snack-oriented convenience foods a day compared to the 2.7 snacks men eat a day.

About eight of every ten in-home snack food eatings are considered to be a snack-oriented convenience food versus other foods, regardless of time of day, finds NPD’s SnackTrack, which continually monitors the consumption of snack-oriented foods both in-home and away. During a typical year, there are over 356 billion eatings of snack-oriented convenience foods.

Among the top ten motivators for selecting a particular snack are: “like the taste,” “was hungry,” “had a craving,” “favorite snack,” and “was simple and easy to eat,” according to SnackTrack. While taste is the leading motivator across all age groups, women are more likely to select snack foods to satisfy specific expectations (i.e. chocolate, sweet, crunchy, healthy) while kids’ favorite snacks are simply fun to eat. Fresh fruit, chocolate, potato chips, cookies, and yogurt are, in rank order, the top five snack-oriented convenience foods consumed annually.

“An individual’s mood and situation has a strong effect on what will be snacked on,” says Darren Seifer, NPD food and beverage industry analyst. “Connecting your marketing messages to the emotional nature of snacking — think taste, cravings and indulgence — will help drive your product’s selection.”


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SC Johnson introduces compostable Ziploc bags

BY Jason Owen

RACINE, Wis. — SC Johnson announced last week in conjunction with the company’s continued sustainability efforts a new line of Ziploc compostable sandwich bags.

"At SC Johnson, part of our sustainability efforts include making innovative, effective household products that are better for the environment and future generations," says Kelly M. Semrau, senior vice president of Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability at SC Johnson. "The introduction of our new Ziploc Brand Compostable Bags is an extension of that commitment and we are proud to make products that have a positive impact, without compromising the quality that our consumers expect."

Ziploc Compostable Bags are available in three sizes:

  • Ziploc Brand Compostable Sandwich Bags: $5.27 each (includes 20 sandwich bags);
  • Ziploc Brand Compostable Food Storage Bags: $5.27 each (includes 15 quart-sized storage bags);
  • Ziploc Brand Compostable Food Scrap Bags: $9.00 each (includes 20 2.6-gallon food scrap bags).

All three bag types are certified compostable under ASTM D6400 by the Biodegradable Products Institute. They can be composted in commercial composting facilities that accept food scraps and compostable bags. Check locally to see if such a facility exists in your community as these facilities do not exist in many areas, by visiting FindaComposter.com. Ziploc Brand Compostable Bags are not suitable for backyard composting because they are less efficient than commercial composting facilities, which are designed to ensure proper conditions for the ideal compost, the company stated.


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Dollar General looks to hire 10,000 new employees in May

BY Alaric DeArment

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General is sponsoring career fairs at 170 of its stores as part of an effort to hire 10,000 new employees this month, the company said Tuesday.

The company said it would have representatives to discuss opportunities, receive resumes and talk about long-term opportunities.

"With the long-term career opportunities Dollar General provides its employees, we take great pride in being an employer of choice for external candidates," Dollar General chief people officer and EVP Bob Ravener said. "Exceptional talent and internal promotions continue to fuel Dollar General’s growth, and we look forward to the skills these 10,000 new hires will bring the company."

 

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