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    Snack spending remains unchanged despite consumers being more price conscious: Mondelēz

    Consumers continue to prioritise, purchase and prefer snacks amidst ongoing global economic uncertainty, a new report from Mondelēz International has found.

    The fifth annual State of Snacking report by the global snacking giant, reveals that snacking behaviours continue to grow, including notable growth in mindful snacking, with the chocolate category in particular closely associated with joy.

    Consumers are snacking:

    • Consistently: snack spending remains unchanged with two-thirds (66%) of consumers agreeing they have not made significant changes to their spend on snacks, despite being more conscious of price.
    • Mindfully: 85 per cent of consumers report they regularly savoor a snack’s taste, flavor, and texture while eating; 78 per cent say they appreciate snacks more when consumed mindfully.
    • Adventurously: consumers surveyed are leveraging social media (62%) and searching for novelty, with six in 10 considering themselves “snack adventurers” who like to try new snacks.
    • Purposefully: over two-thirds of global consumers agree they often choose brands that align with their values, fueling a rising appetite for snacks with sustainability benefits.

    Developed in partnership with The Harris Poll, the global consumer trends study examines annual insights on how consumers make snacking decisions.

    The past half-decade of tracking attitudes and behaviours among thousands of consumers across 12 countries has shown a consistent trendline of consumers demonstrating a preference for snacks over meals, Mondelēz said.

    “The trend lines of the past half-decade of our State of Snacking report reinforce that despite a continued dynamic environment and changing preferences, snacking remains an integral pillar in the lives of global consumers,” said Dirk Van de Put, chairman and chief executive of Mondelēz International.

    “As a more intentional consumer evolves, embracing mindful snacking, we continue to help empower them with choices across our brands as we aim to become a global snack leader.”

    The survey demonstrates the growing consumer desire for snacks that offer both satisfaction and alignment with personal and environmental values. Consumers rely on snacks for perceived benefits such as to boost energy (75%), improve mood (74%), and align with fitness goals (70%). Additionally, 63% of consumers surveyed seek snacks that work to minimise their environmental impact.

    This year, Mondelēz has also rolled out a standalone, complementary State of Snacking: Future Trends report showcasing longer-term consumer macro trends shaping the future of snacking.

    These macro trends include: shifting demographic landscape, increasingly fluid lifestyles, people and planet impact imperative, health and well-being ubiquity, and resurgence of experience economy. These macro trends provide additional context on changing behaviours from a big-picture perspective, further exploring how the snacking world may evolve in the future.

    Additional findings from the 2023 State of Snacking report and State of Snacking: Future Trends report, include:

    • Snacking remains a preferred eating habit, with 88% of consumers reporting that they indulge in snacks daily.
    • Six in 10 agree that they prefer many small meals throughout the day, as opposed to a few large ones.
    • Portion control is increasingly important, with 67% of consumers saying they seek portion-controlled snacks.
    • Seven in 10 agree they would rather have a smaller portion of an indulgent snack than a bigger portion of a low fat/sugar alternative version.
    • 72% surveyed fear a “world without chocolate would be a world without joy,” a feeling that is consistent across generation and region.
    • Social media plays a crucial role in snack discovery, with over half of the consumers surveyed expressing interest in an “instant buy” option for snacks found online.
    • 74% report that the novelty of the flavor and texture combination are important to them when choosing a snack.
    • 56% discover new snacks on social media, and these numbers are even higher among young generations.
    • 63% of consumers surveyed seek snacks that work to minimise their environmental impact with actions such as using carbon offsets, prioritizing local ingredients, and optimizing supply chains to promote sustainability.
    • 74% report that they often recycle their snack packaging – up three percentage points from last year – a statistically significant increase.
    • Millennials are most likely to say they prioritize snacks that have less plastic packaging to begin with (71%).

    “We have seen that snacking has helped consumers navigate the last five years,” said Martin Renaud, chief marketing and sales officer at Mondelēz International. “At Mondelēz International, we continue to work towards meeting the rising demand for more sustainable snacking options and mindful snacking, as the category remains a consistent daily ritual.”

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