Sunday 29 May 2022

Mondelēz International issues annual State of Snacking report

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CHICAGO, USA — Mondelēz International today announced the launch of the third annual State of Snacking report, a global consumer trends study examining year-over-year insights on how consumers make snacking decisions. This year’s report shows mindfulness and well-being considerations are increasingly important in snacking.

The report also confirms that consumers prefer snacking as a regular eating behavior over traditional mealtime for the third consecutive year (64 percent today, up 5 percent since inaugural findings reported in 2019)1. This trending preference for snacking spikes among younger generations, with 75 percent of Gen Z replacing at least one meal each day with a snack.

The 2021 State of Snacking report, developed in partnership with The Harris Poll, complements Mondelēz International’s robust, proprietary snacking insights knowledge estate – including macro trends informing the future of snacking – with new polling research conducted among thousands of consumers across 12 countries. The findings demonstrate the expanded meaning of snacking in consumers’ lives – reinforcing the company’s ongoing strategy to become the global leader in snacking by offering the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way. Key findings include:

Expanded definition – nearly 80 percent of consumers globally say their definition of a snack has evolved over the last 3 years to include more or different types of foods, occasions for eating, or other elements.

Beyond nutrition – 85 percent of consumers eat at least one snack per day for indulgence, 88 percent say a balanced diet can include a little indulgence, and 74 percent say they can’t imagine a world without chocolate.

Integrating purchasing decisions with values – 85 percent of consumers worldwide want to buy snacks from companies offsetting their environmental footprint.

Expanding snacking experiences through social connectivity – more than half of people globally say social media has inspired them to try a new snack over the past year.

Furthermore, consumers are seeking snacks that deliver a range of benefits beyond physical well-being and nutrition needs. Consumers’ habits indicate both sustenance and indulgence are part of a balanced lifestyle, with 85 percent of consumers now eating at least one snack for sustenance and one snack for indulgence each day. Additionally, snacking continues to serve as a vehicle for emotional well-being, with nearly eight in 10 global consumers agreeing that some snacks should be just for enjoyment or satisfaction, without worrying too much about nutrition (79 percent). Mindfulness and values-centric consumption also are increasingly top of mind, as 86 percent of consumers believe in the importance of control over their snacking choices through portion size options and ingredient transparency.

“Our State of Snacking report found that the definition of snacking is evolving among consumers globally, which is reshaping the meaning of snacking within people’s lives,” said Dirk Van de Put, Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International. “Snacking is much more than a source of nutrition and indulgence; it also is a source of social connection and inspiration for broadened experiences. Notably, consumers continue to prefer snacking occasions throughout the day over traditional mealtime – as this growing behavior, accelerated by the ongoing pandemic, increasingly becomes part of daily life. That’s why we are proud to continue offering the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way.”

The 2021 State of Snacking report is available for download at

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