US Snacking in Foodservice market report
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The purpose of this report is to analyze consumer behaviors and attitudes towards MTO (made-to-order) snacks in foodservice that includes both traditional restaurants and specialty snack shops. Snacking frequency and habits from a retail perspective will also be discussed and highlighted.
Mintel has used the following restaurant definitions:
QSRs (quick-service restaurants) – Used interchangeably with “fast food,” QSRs specialize in inexpensive, convenient meals that are less expensive than those available at fast casuals. There is typically no waiter service and no alcoholic beverages. 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, and emphasize customization. Fast casuals may or may not offer limited table service or alcohol. Examples include: Chipotle, Panera Bread and Shake Shack.
LSRs (limited-service restaurants) – These establishments provide foodservices 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.
FSRs (full-service restaurants) – 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 gasoline.
Frequent Snacker – An individual who purchases MTO snacks four or more times a week (See Foodservice Snacking Frequency).
Infrequent Snacker– An individual who purchases MTO snacks once a week.
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Written by Hannah Spencer, a leading analyst in the Foodservice sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
Americans love to snack, with increased usage being driven consumers’ busy schedules, interest in health, and eating on-the-go. This represents a robust opportunity for operators to cater to this eating occasion by offering craveable, affordable, and portable options. LSR (limited-service restaurant) operators are in an excellent position to capitalize on consumer interest in better-for-you options that have functional benefits and are meal replacements. FSR (full-service restaurant) operators should capitalize on interest in bar menus/specials and shareable items to boost incremental sales outside of traditional mealtimes.
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