Written By: Progressive Grocer Magazine
The new year has brought good news galore about America's growing appetite for fresh produce.
Now, with spring around the corner, grocers from coast to coast are preparing to deliver the season's bounty with better-than-ever merchandising, in-store education and social media outreach.
"Fresh and seasonal is here to stay," say market researchers at The Hartman Group, whose newly released Ideas in Food 2013 offers a cultural take on what we'll be eating this year. While we'll always be a nation of meat eaters, assures the Bellevue, Wash.-based company, consumers are "letting plant-based products take center stage" on their plates.
Produce has not only begun to play a more significant role at mealtime, it's also fueling the nation's insatiable snack habit. The NPD Group's recent Snacking in America report finds that fresh fruit is more than just the top snack food consumed in America, it's also one of the fastest-growing, outpacing both chocolate and potato chips as the most popular snack.