Health & convenience: A Millennial merger

Consumers are increasingly on the lookout for healthy foods, especially healthy foods that also happen to be convenient. So, why are arguably the most convenient locations to grab food – convenience stores themselves – typically associated with junk food? Well, convenience store owners have been asking the same question and have concluded there’s no reason that trend should continue, which is great news for everyone! Food Navigator recently reported on the results of new market research from Technomic in an article titled, “Convenience stores emerge as health food destination”. These results are quite eye-opening, and Technomic explains that “a lot
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Popcorn reborn: More convenience = greater consumption

Every January, a plethora of articles on the biggest food trends of the past year are published; last week one in particular caught our eye – the exploding demand for ready-to-eat popcorn. “The ‘astounding’ reinvention of popcorn as “Millennial friendly, cool and healthy””, a Jan 15th article from Food Navigator, quotes a recent Rabobank report that found sales of bagged, pre-popped popcorn are up 60% since 2012 – a substantial increase in just a couple years! As the article explains, “it is never too late for a category to reinvent itself” and the popcorn industry has done just that. According
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Millennials desire healthy, convenient food…and Arctic® apples deliver!

The Millennial generation, aka Generation Y, is made up of those born between 1980-2000 (give or take a few years depending on who you ask), and as the biggest generation of consumers, their preferences will be driving food trends for a long time. They’re larger than the Baby Boom generation and account for $1.3 trillion in annual consumer spending in the US, an amount expected to rise even further. As a result, there’s been a great deal of research examining Millennials’ values and motivations when it comes to food. There are a couple of identified trends that stand out to
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Can’t beat ready-to-eat!

Stop me if this sounds familiar: You’ve just finished a long day of work and have nothing planned for dinner – all you know is you’re hungry, you don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking and you definitely don’t feel like shopping! All too often this story tragically ends in later-regretted fast food for you and your family and unkept promises that you’ll all eat healthier tomorrow. To be fair, fast food chains are responding to increasingly health-conscious consumers by adding low-calorie menu items and promoting salads or even fruit sides. Even so, fastfoodnutrition.org estimates the average U.S.
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Arctic® Apples: Good for Foodservice

People love apples! The food that keeps the doctor away is currently the second most consumed fruit in the U.S., even though apple consumption has been declining since the ‘80s. With apples being so popular and consumers increasingly eating food away from home, you might expect apples to be prevalent in the foodservice industry, but this simply isn’t the case. We often use baby carrots as a comparable to Arctic® apples, since they both offer consumers convenience and “snackability”. Convenience is the number one driver for many consumers when purchasing foods. And, the same is often true in foodservice.  Around 20%
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Arctic® Apples: Good for the Retailer

We have recently explored the benefits Arctic® apples can offer to growers and packers – but what about retailers? Generating consumer excitement, reducing shrink and increasing eye-appeal are just a few of the things that will deliver value to the retailer. Consumers, now more than ever, are interested in nutrition and convenience – just what Arctic® apples provide! Shoppers will be attracted by this exciting new product because it offers them tangible benefits such as the ability to add apple slices to salads or kids’ lunches without the browning; giving them more of that fresh, tasty “first-bite” eating experience the whole way
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Arctic® apples provide foodservice market opportunities

A recent report from USDA’s Economic Research Service found that food prepared and consumed away from home “accounted for 42 percent of American household’s food budgets and 32 percent of calorie intake during 2005-08.” Convenience foods are more often associated with high-calorie snacks and fast food products than fruits and vegetables. However, as obesity rates continue to rise, this trend is changing. Healthy, ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables are a big part of the solution and foodservice applications for produce items such as avocadoes have proven incredibly successful. By “extending fresh…avocado awareness and generating new menu applications” national and regional promotions
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