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Press release – ‘Snackification’ of mealtimes is now widespread among Millennials, researchers find

Press Release   •   Feb 23, 2017 13:00 GMT

92% of US Millennial snackers eat a snack in place of a full meal at least once a week, new research shows [To download this photo, scroll down to 'Related Materials' and click on the thumbnail image]

New survey reveals behaviors and preferences of Millennials who snack regularly

Most American Millennial snackers eat a snack in place of a standard meal at least once a week, a new survey reveals[1].

Researchers in the US questioned snackers between the ages of 18 and 35 about their snacking habits and preferences. When asked how often they eat a snack instead of having breakfast, lunch or dinner, 92% of them said they do so a minimum of once a week. Furthermore, half of the respondents said they replace a meal with a snack at least four times a week, while more than a quarter (26%) said they do so at least seven times a week.

The online survey of 300 male and female American Millennials who snack regularly was commissioned by Welch’s Global Ingredients Group, the supplier of FruitWorx real fruit pieces and powders, and was conducted in January 2017 by independent market research company Surveygoo. The findings shed light on the true scale of the ‘snackification’ of mealtimes among Millennial snackers, an often-reported but rarely measured phenomenon.

This trend could be a reflection of American Millennial snackers’ busy lives. They are snacking both at home and on the go, with 48% of Millennial snackers consuming snacks at work and 34% in the car. When asked why they snack, 39% of Millennial snackers said they do so when they are too busy to eat a proper sit-down meal, while 17% admitted to doing so when they ‘can’t be bothered to cook a meal’.

When respondents were asked which factors are important in guiding their choice of snack, the three most important were taste (80%), nutrition and health (52%) and convenience (49%). They also said they are looking for whole food ingredients, such as wholegrains (43%), real fruit (42%) and nuts (39%). Besides valuing real fruit, American Millennials who snack also prefer to know the origin of the fruit in their snacks. In total, 68% of survey respondents said it was important for them to know where the ingredients in their snacks, including the fruit, had come from.

Wayne Lutomski, Vice President International & Welch’s Global Ingredients Group, said: “The survey quantifies and expands on what we already suspected: the replacement of mealtime with snacktime among Millennial snackers is widespread. These consumers need their snacks to be convenient for their busy lives and contribute to their daily nutrition needs. Our survey findings tell us that there is an opportunity for snack products that can check all of the boxes – taste, convenience and natural nutrition.”

True American superfruit
The findings from the survey highlight the importance of using specific ingredients when creating snack products. Key learnings point towards demand for those that deliver excellent taste, convenience and authentic nutrition, with a preference for whole food ingredients that offer a strong story around provenance.

FruitWorx inclusions by Welch’s Global Ingredients Group are real fruit pieces for snacking and baking products that satisfy all of these criteria. They are made from the Concord grape, a distinctive, dark purple grape variety with a sweet, bold flavor grown in North America by Welch’s nearly 1,000 family farmers. In combination with an exceptional flavor profile, it delivers natural plant nutrients called polyphenols.It is a true American superfruit.

Concord FruitWorx pieces provide the same bold flavor and polyphenols as the fresh fruit from which they were made. In fact, Concord FruitWorx delivers more than twice the polyphenols as the leading brand of sweetened dried cranberries, and three times as many polyphenols as the leading brand of raisins.

Now available to food manufacturers throughout the USA, FruitWorx real fruit pieces are made using a unique technology called ultra-rapid concentration (URC®), which was developed by Taura Natural Ingredients.

Wayne Lutomski concluded: “With URC®, Welch’s Global Ingredients Group is able to deliver the goodness of the Concord grape in a format that’s perfect for a multitude of snack applications, and which taps into the trends highlighted by our survey. As we have found, American Millennial snackers are looking for their snacks to deliver great taste and authentic nutrition benefits. With FruitWorx pieces, snack manufacturers have an opportunity to meet the exact needs of this consumer and bring winning products to the marketplace.”

[1] Survey of 300 male and female snackers in the US aged 18-35, commissioned by Welch’s Global Ingredients Group and conducted independently by Surveygoo in January 2017

For more information, contact Richard Clarke, Ingredient Communications
Tel: +44 1293 886291 (office) / +44 7766 256176 (cellphone)
Email: richard@ingredientcommunications.com

About Welch’s Global Ingredients Group
Established in 2014 as a division of Welch Foods, Inc. (Welch’s), Welch’s Global Ingredients Group offers grape juice expertise and solutions to companies across the globe. Our primary ingredients include Concord and Niagara grape single-strength juices, juice concentrates and purées made in the USA, as well as a range of powders and fruit bites.Our sales territories are North, Central and South America; Asia, with special emphasis in Japan, Korea and China; and EMEA. In EMEA and China we operate through our distribution partner, WILD. Welch’s is the processing and marketing subsidiary of the National Grape Cooperative. Located across America and in Ontario, Canada, the cooperative’s approximately 1,000 family farmers own the company and grow the delicious and inherently healthy Concord Grape used in Welch’s juices and other grape-based products. Welch’s is committed to research and development that will meet the growing demand for products that address consumers’ health and nutrition needs. Welch’s products are sold throughout the United States and in approximately 40 countries around the globe. Welch’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Female/Disabled/Veterans. For more information, visit www.welchs.com.