Global Flavors Entering C-Stores

[Posted CSP Daily News]

Van's Kitchen reports that global flavors, particularly Asian flavors such as rice bowls, hot soups, and salad bars, continue to trend upwards and are "almost mainstream" in the c-store foodservice industry.

According to its State of the Snack Food report, sushi has seen incredible growth in the c-store arena, with a 13.1% dollar sales growth over other over other snack food items such as jerky (12.6%), bakery snacks (11.6%), breakfast wraps (10.3%), and even pastry items and doughnuts (5.6%).

Snacking is also up, especially later in the day, with the portability of snack items playing a role in that category's increase. 

According to IRI’s report, snacking occasions have increased in the afternoon (69%) and evening (55%) compared to other times of day, making lunch and dinner-food options, including savory appetizers, more enticing to consumers.
Portability plays a role in the snacking growth. According to Technomic, three-fifths of consumers (60%) cite portability as an important or extremely important reason for choosing a snack.