Snacking Opportunity: Nuts

Product appeals to health-conscious and those on the go

Published in CSP Daily News

CHICAGO -- A new Harvard study on the health benefits of eating nuts confirmed what health-conscious consumers already know, that nuts are good for you, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company. NPD’s food market research finds that nuts rank among the top 10 snack-oriented convenience foods for U.S. consumers motivated by health and weight needs.

Nuts are a popular snack for breakfast and morning snack but are eaten throughout the day by health- and weight-conscious consumers who want a nutritious, natural, better-for-you snack, according to NPD’s Snacking in America report, which examines long-term attitudes and behaviors about snacking, as well as snack selection drivers.

Consumers who are motivated to choose nuts and other better-for-you snacks based on health and weight needs tend to be seniors and empty nesters, adult females and higher income households.

The consumption of nuts is not limited to the health and weight conscious. Seventy-seven percent of U.S. households have nuts or seeds on-hand, and 19% of individuals eat nuts at least once in a two-week period, NPD found. Nuts are consumed primarily as an in-home snack but are often incorporated into morning, lunch and dinner meals.

In addition to its choice as a healthier snack, nuts are also popular among consumers looking for a filling or a quick, convenient snack.

“Whether to meet the needs of the health and weight conscious or as an easy grab-and-go snack, nuts are a popular choice among snackers,” said Darren Seifer, food and beverage industry analyst. “Food manufacturers and retailers have a variety of options and audiences for marketing nuts.”

The NPD Group, Chicago, provides global information and advisory services to drive better business decisions. By combining unique data assets with unmatched industry expertise, NPD helps its clients track their markets, understand consumers and drive profitable growth.