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 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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