People’s perceptions of snacking are shifting. It’s no longer considered a bad thing to snack. Ninety-one percent of people say they snack daily, according to Nielsen. In fact, it seems as if snacks are being viewed as a way to eat sensibly. Healthy snacks seem to be the cause of the shift. The snack market expects continued growth (projected increase of 5% by 2018). Where is the growth coming from? Snacks are now seen as a way to get healthy ingredients into our diet. Treats with nutritional benefits are being promoted more and consumers are responding. Protein-rich snacks like jerky and nuts continue to see growth. Health conscious consumers that are active and into exercise like these kinds of snacks. Also three meals a day may be a thing of the past. The new way to eat involves a “grazing” approach. Busy lifestyles force people to eat on the go and snacks seem to be benefiting from the convenience factor. People want to grab and go, so snacks like nuts, dried fruits and bars that are easily portable are more popular. High protein nutrition bars and snacks made with Greek yogurt also appeal to the health conscious consumer. Convenience is
The lightweight and durable Kangabox Tower was a hit at CaterSource 2015! Catersource 2015 brought together industry professionals who learned about the latest developments in the catering and events industry. We were one of the exhibitors at the conference and tradeshow, which took place from March 8-11 in Las Vegas. We had a great time at the show, meeting with customers and talking about our latest addition to the Kangabox line – the Black Kangabox 8350 Tower. The Black Kangabox 8350 Tower caught attendees’ eyes. This isn’t your basic boring black! Not only did the design and style of the Kangabox grab attention, its features also impressed. High temperature resistance for hot or cold food Lightweight material for easy lifting and transport Slide-in grooves for containers and hot or cold packs Locking features for stacking Produced from a single piece of plastic, so it’s seamless for easy cleaning Dishwasher safe Other colors available The Kangabox line of food carriers improve food storage and make food transport easy and effortless. Now that CaterSource 2015 is over, we are already planning for next year’s show. Thanks to all who stopped by the booth to talk with us.
Millennial food choices are getting attention and for good reason. According to a recent Forbes article, there are 80 million millennials in America today (about a quarter of the population) who represent about $200 billion in buying power. This eye-catching statistic makes you take notice and corporations are starting to pay attention. In particular, corporations are interested in millennial food choices. Just take a look at McDonald’s recent woes and you can see how this generation is a major influence and factor in food today. To begin with, about half of the 80 million identify themselves as “foodies.” Food and beverage is not just for sustenance – it’s a form of expression. Social media drives that expression so, in order to build a successful food brand and stay relevant, companies will need to actively engage this generation on multiple platforms. One area that continues to dominate the food industry is the growth of the fast-casual restaurant concept. Millennials are choosing restaurants like Panera, Five Guys, Chipotle, and now Shake Shack, over traditional fast-food outlets. The fast-casual meal offers a better dining experience, and natural and hormone-free ingredients. In many cases, these restaurants use sustainable materials in both their design and packaging. Traditional fast
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