Bonji Hot Takes Volume 19
Welcome back to another edition of Bonji Hot Takes! Happy Thursday, we hope your week is going well and you are excited for another fast-approaching weekend. Snacking has changed. No longer are Oreos and Pop-Tarts the go-to snack. Snacking, in general, has been altered over the past decade or so. Between health-conscious individuals and complete lifestyle changes, snacks have been trending in a completely different fashion.
How Snacking Has Changed Snacking for Millennials and Gen Z is nothing like it once was before 2010. We are all aware of the health trends that have skyrocketed in the past decade, which have directly influenced what people snack on. For the most part, say goodbye to that bag of chips or pack of cookies. Yogurt, acai, nuts, protein bars, and so many innovative products have entered the market branded as a go-to snack option. One article on Bon Appétit's website discusses how snacks have been re-branded. Some with functionality, some with no purpose other than tasting good. The major change here is ingredients and potential health benefits compared to old snacks. Although the health craze has entered yet another market and it appears that it's only expanding, there's still plenty of space for the traditional bag of Cheetos.
In addition to healthier snacks, Millennials and Gen Z have been doing something else different compared to the past: snacks are replacing meals. In fact, about 70% of Millennials prefer snacks over meals and around 90% of all Americans have replaced at least one meal a week with snacks. To take it a step further, 7% of Americans don't eat a formal meal at all, just snacks! Global flavors, such as acai, and plant-based snacks seem to be leading the charge in this growing industry. It is truly fascinating to see people replace full meals with snacks throughout the day, but we have a few ideas how you can incorporate this trend into your restaurant:
Snack menus are exploding (over 170%)
Offer smaller portion to-go/delivery dishes
57% say portability is an important factor