What Are You Snacking On?

It’s late in the afternoon as I write this, and boy could I use a snack! Who doesn’t like a good snack?

According to The Nielsen Company, “the total salty snack category accounted for more than $27.5 billion in sales across Nielsen-measured U.S. retail stores for the year ended Feb. 25, 2017.”

That’s a lot of snacks!

According to Nielsen, despite the fact that consumers want to eat better, snacking trends appear to be shifting away from snack bars, cereal snacks and dried fruits.

In addition, the potato chip category, which has more than $7.2 billion in annual sales, had a sales increase of just 1.7% for the recent year. Pretzels, meanwhile, lost 0.5% in sales in the last year, pulling in just under $1.5 billion.

Any meat snack fans out there? While potato chips and popcorn still lead the way, meat snacks are a growing snack category. Nielsen said the meat snack category – made up of jerky and sticks – has posted annual sales growth of more than 7% over the past four years. During that time, sales totaled $2.8 billion.

To be specific, American households spend an average of $25.81 per year on meat snacks. Other growing areas are pork and seafood snack products. (Yes, seafood snacks!)

What types of snacks do you like best? Are you in to meat (or seafood) snacks? Let me know!

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11 thoughts on “What Are You Snacking On?”

  1. Although I enjoy almost all types of meats, unfortunately, I haven’t been snacking on them as of late. I have a few snacks that I am into to share with you. I am a Dental Assistant and so I need a snack that I can eat quickly between surgery patients. I like the Belvita Breakfast Biscuits. Specifically, I enjoy the peanut butter sandwich biscuits and chocolate flavor breakfast biscuits. Also, I snack on Avocado quite frequently. Sometimes by itself or with a Saltine cracker. Lastly, my favorite snack are cherries.

  2. We are not big meat eaters. I always have fresh fruit washed and cut if needed, ready in the refrigerator to snack on.

  3. We snack on nuts, fruit, chips, dips, veggies, cheeses, popcorn, h’orderves such as home made potato skins with onion and bacon bits…we drink kombuchia, alkaline water.

    Trying to promote healthy lifestyles…!!!

  4. We snack on peanut butter filled pretzels, peppered beef & turkey jerky, cheddar cheese & crackers ~yummy ☺

  5. Strawberries, blueberries, golden delicious apples the size of a softball,
    Cherry tomatoes and red juicy seedless watermelons are at the top of my list of snacks. Yellow squash, Shelly green beans and cucumbers also fit my plate! Love the lean beef dropping juice onto the sizzling coals and bunches of hotdogs being turned to brown makes our mouths water! There is nothing like summer fun and summer foods! God bless our farmers for the wonderful feasts they supply!

  6. I am on a new food program, so am doing the Mediterranean And eating more Fish and Nuts and Hummus..trying to stay away from the simple sugar and eat more fruits & veggies

  7. When I want a salty snack I go to Tostitos with a mix of salsa & cheese sauce mixed or Guacamole. If I want a sweet snack I usually have cookies on hand. Sometimes I have ice cream on hand & I go to that.

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