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"Consumers’ definition of snacking is one that is blurred, encompassing a variety of food and beverage categories. The treat yourself mentality is driving the indulgent side of specialty snacking, but consumers also desire healthful options they can feel good about. Convenience and variety are important for specialty snack shops to set themselves apart, especially since retail remains a stronger competitor."

- Diana Kelter, Foodservice Analyst

The report looks at the following areas:

  • Snack shop visitation low among 55+
  • Healthful snacks a key purchase driver, but consumers still crave indulgence

The purpose of this Report is to analyze consumers’ attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions surrounding specialty snack shops. It will also explain what types of snack shops are innovating as well as profiling some of the trends happening in retail.

For the purposes of this Report, Mintel has used the following restaurant definitions:

  • Quick service restaurants (QSRs) – Used interchangeably with “fast food,” QSRs specialize in inexpensive, convenient meals. There is no waiter service, no alcoholic beverages, and low price point. Examples include: McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, and Pizza Hut.
  • Fast casual restaurants – These establishments are characterized by a higher price point than QSRs though not as high as full service restaurants. Fast casuals do not offer waiter service and may or may not serve alcohol. Examples include: Chipotle, Panera Bread, Shake Shack, and Blaze Pizza.
  • Limited service restaurants (LSRs) – These establishments provide food services where customers usually select and order items and pay before dining. Food/drink may be consumed on the premises, offered as carryout, or delivered to the customer’s location. These may also sell alcoholic beverages. LSRs include both QSRs and fast casual restaurants.
  • Full service restaurants (FSRs) – These establishments have waiter/waitress service in which customers order and are served while seated. These may also sell alcoholic beverages and offer carryout services and include the restaurant segments: midscale, casual dining, and fine dining.
  • Convenience stores (C-stores) - Convenience stores are establishments that retail a limited line of goods, primarily groceries and ready-to-consume beverages and snacks, in easily accessible locations. The majority of convenience stores also sell motor fuel.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
      • Definition
      • Executive Summary

        • The issues
          • Snack shop visitation low among 55+
            • Figure 1: Type of specialty snack shop visited by generation, April 2016
          • Healthful snacks a key purchase driver, but consumers still crave indulgence
            • Figure 2: Snack purchase motivators, April 2016
          • The opportunities
            • The treat yourself mentality remains
              • The “hangry” impact
                • Figure 3: Snack statement agreement – Any agree, April 2016
              • On-the-go snacks, transportable food
                • Figure 4: Snack statement agreement – Any agree, April 2016
              • Hispanics value snack variety
                • Figure 5: Snack restaurant visitation, Hispanic vs non-Hispanic, April 2016
              • What it means
              • The Market – What You Need to Know

                • US economic factors
                  • Snack and meal occasions blurring
                    • Availability of prepared snack options is expanding
                    • Market Factors

                      • Out-of-home food consumption trending up
                        • Figure 6: Food sales at home and away from home, January 2008-December 2015
                        • Figure 7: Unemployment and underemployment rates in the US, January 2007-January 2016
                      • Growing number of grazers
                        • Figure 8: Daily snacking frequency, by generation January 2015
                    • Market Perspective

                      • Competition from retailers and restaurants
                        • Figure 9: Reasons for visiting QSRs, February 2016
                      • QSR snack innovation
                      • Key Players – What You Need to Know

                        • Social media driving buzz
                          • Specialized health chains and food trucks
                            • Upgraded food courts
                            • What’s Working?

                              • International flavors and ingredients
                                • Vending machines 2.0
                                  • Heartier beverages
                                  • Snack shop Innovators

                                    • Snack shops focus on variety
                                    • What’s Next?

                                      • Retail in foodservice
                                        • Partnerships/brand extensions
                                          • Healthful
                                            • Nostalgia
                                            • The Consumer – What You Need to Know

                                              • iGens and Millennials: The snacking generations
                                                • Kid influence snack shop habits
                                                  • Snack preferences vary by daypart and occasion
                                                    • Coupons remain valuable
                                                    • Attitudes and Behaviors across Demographics

                                                      • iGens and Millennials driving snacking in foodservice
                                                        • Figure 10: Snack restaurant visitation in the past three months, any visitation, April 2016
                                                        • Figure 11: Snack restaurant visitation, by age and gender, April 2016
                                                        • Figure 12: Snack purchase motivators, by age, April 2016
                                                        • Figure 13: Snack statement agreement – Any agree, by age, April 2016
                                                        • Figure 14: Snack purchase motivators, by age, April 2016
                                                      • Hispanics snack more than non-Hispanics
                                                        • Figure 15: Snack restaurant visitation, Hispanics vs non-Hispanics, April 2016
                                                        • Figure 16: Reasons for purchasing snacks, Hispanics vs non-Hispanics, April 2016
                                                      • Parents more likely to visit snack shops
                                                          • Figure 17: Snack purchase motivators, by parental status, April 2016
                                                        • High-income households represent a key demographic
                                                          • Figure 18: Snack statement agreement, by income – Any agree, April 2016
                                                      • Snacking Occasions

                                                        • Snacks as a meal
                                                          • Figure 19: Snacking occasions, April 2016
                                                        • Snacks between meals
                                                          • Figure 20: Snack descriptor interest, by occasion, April 2016
                                                          • Figure 21: Interest in snack attributes, by occasion, April 2016
                                                        • Morning snacks
                                                          • Evening snacks
                                                          • Correspondence Analysis

                                                            • Methodology
                                                              • Snacking occasion by snack type
                                                                • Figure 22: Correspondence analysis interest in snack attributes, by snack occasion, April 2016
                                                            • Snack Shop Deals and Value Offers

                                                              • Snackers motivated by deals
                                                                • Figure 23: Snack shop value offers, April 2016
                                                                • Figure 24: Snack shop coupon offers, April 2016
                                                              • Happy hour appeals to Millennials
                                                                • Figure 25: Snack shop value offer, by generation, April 2016
                                                              • Value deals by gender
                                                                • Figure 26: Snack value offers, by male, April 2016
                                                                • Figure 27: Snack value offers, by female, April 2016
                                                              • Dads want deals
                                                                • Figure 28: Snack shop value offers, by presence of kids in the household, April 2016
                                                            • TURF Analysis

                                                              • Appeal of deals vary across demographics and regions
                                                                • Figure 29: TURF analysis – Snack shop value offers, April 2016
                                                            • Appendix: Data Sources and Abbreviations

                                                              • Data sources
                                                                • Consumer survey data
                                                                  • Abbreviations and terms
                                                                    • Abbreviations
                                                                      • Terms
                                                                      • Appendix: TURF Analysis

                                                                        • Methodology
                                                                          • TURF analysis
                                                                            • Figure 30: Table – TURF analysis – Snack shop value offers, April 2016
                                                                        • Appendix: Correspondence Analysis

                                                                          • Methodology
                                                                            • Correspondence analysis
                                                                              • Figure 31: Snack descriptor interest, April 2016

                                                                          About the report

                                                                          This report will give you a complete 360-degree view of your market. Not only is it rooted in robust proprietary and high-quality third-party data, but our industry experts put that data into context and you’ll quickly understand:

                                                                          • The Consumer

                                                                            What They Want. Why They Want It.

                                                                          • The Competitors

                                                                            Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

                                                                          • The Market

                                                                            Size, Segments, Shares And Forecasts: How It All Adds Up.

                                                                          • The Innovations

                                                                            New Ideas. New Products. New Potential.

                                                                          • The Opportunities

                                                                            Where The White Space Is. How To Make It Yours.

                                                                          • The Trends

                                                                            What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

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