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Time of day dictates sweet & savory snack consumption.

Consumers' tastes for savory and sweet snacks is determined by the time of day, and better-for-you snack consumption is predicated more by place, according to a recent study by The NPD Group, Port Washington, NY.

When looking at the snack-oriented food groups, the day typically starts healthy with better-for-you snacks, which are typically consumed throughout the day depending on location, savory picks up mid-day, and in the evening there's a desire for sweet, according to NPD's "Snacking in America" report.

A third of snack/appetizer items consumed for or instead of lunch or dinner are from the savory snack category, according to the report, which covers current and long-term snacking trends and attitudes and behaviors of specific consumer demographic groups. More than a third of snacks consumed after dinner are sweet, and more than 40% of snacks carried from home and eaten at school, work, in the car, or at other locations are better-for-you.

Not only does time of day and place dictate snack food preferences, but seasons do as well. Sweet snack consumption spikes in November--eating Halloween treats. Better-for-you snacking decreases in November and December, and savory snacking hits its peak in December and January, NPD reported.

"All snack foods are not treated equally by consumers depending on the time of day," said Darren Seifer, NPD's food and beverage industry analyst. "Marketers of snack food products need to communicate with consumers based on day part, while better-for-you snack marketers need to be more focused on location, as in-home versus away from home."

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Title Annotation:Industry News
Publication:Nutraceuticals World
Date:May 1, 2016
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