Snacks play bigger role as food culture changes
Snacking is no longer limited to between-meal munching. “The food culture is changing, and snacking occasions are much broader,” said Blaine Becker, a representative for The Hartman Group. Becker said consumers are snacking more frequently during the day and often are reaching for more substantial, healthier snacks.
Research from The Hartman Group indicated that for millennial consumers, the lines between meals have blurred, and “three squares” a day are being replaced by smaller, more frequent meals.
Yogurt, snack and granola bars, chips and nuts hold 4-of-the-top-5 spots in a list of food items that have seen the most growth over the last decade, according to NPD Group’s Harry Balzer. He said these snacks are being used as a meal component or eaten alone as a mini-meal.
Yogurt is one of the fastest-growing food segments. PepsiCo recently entered the category with its Müller brand. The premium snack segment also is experiencing solid growth and is outpacing overall category growth. All-natural and organic snacks also are seeing strong growth.
Innovation in the premium end of the market traditionally has come from smaller companies, such as Pirate Brands’ Veggie Booty and Stacy’s Pita Chips, companies that pioneered new product categories. Smaller companies now are being joined by the category leaders as larger companies see growth opportunity in the segment. Increasingly, big players, such as Pepsi, are concentrating on the premium, as well as value, segments of the market.
Category growth will be fueled by minimally processed snacks, as well as snacks that provide the innovative flavor profiles consumers continue to prefer.
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Winn-Dixie launches ‘Shield Yourself’ flu vaccination campaign
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie Stores on Monday kicked off its “Shield Yourself” flu vaccination campaign offering consumers three options in getting this year’s influenza vaccine.
Guests at any of the grocer’s in-store pharmacies can choose from the standard vaccination, a high-dose vaccine recommended for those 65 years and older or an Intradermal flu vaccination administered with a microneedle that is 90% smaller than traditional needles, Winn-Dixie stated.
“We have the flu vaccine now and offer guests quick and easy options to receive it while they do their grocery shopping," stated John Fegan, Winn-Dixie VP pharmacy. "With the start of school, now is the perfect time to shield your health with a flu shot.”
Fegan noted that Winn-Dixie pharmacists will be recommending that patients wash hands frequently and wipe down telephones, remote controls and door knobs with disinfectant to help stop any spread of cold and flu viruses.
Winn-Dixie patients receiving a flu vaccination will receive a coupon book with $15 in savings on products like hand sanitizer, disenfectants and tissues, while supplies last.
Crain’s: Klaff Realty eyeing Supervalu’s Jewel-Osco business
CHICAGO — Suitors are lining up to carve out divisions of Supervalu following the company’s announcement last month that strategic divestitures were on the table as the Eden Prairie, Minn.-based grocer seeks to turn around its business performance. A Crain’s report published Monday identified Klaff Realty as one of the first companies to express an interest, in this case the Jewel-Osco piece of the business.
According to the report, Jewel-Osco competitor Dominick’s is also a likely suitor for that piece of Supervalu’s portfolio. The report also noted that Kroger could benefit from acquiring parts of Supervalu.
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