From simple salad bars to extravagant sushi stations, many natural locations are widening their grab-and-go sections to better serve convenience-minded consumers popping in for a snack or a quick meal rather than those stocking up on a week’s worth of groceries.
At the Winter Fancy Food Show 2017 in San Francisco, Food Editor Jenna Blumenfeld got up and personal with 15 brands that consumers can look to as grab-and-go, ready-to-eat food and beverages.
Pre-diced cheese to add taste, protein and calcium to a ho-hum salad.
Cucina & Amore branches out from its existing quinoa line with this cooked farro and sauce meal. Eat it cold or heat it up. Shelf stable, the farro container is flushed with nitrogen to prevent spoilage.
Very similar to Cucina & Amore's quinoa product (as in, almost identical). A quintessential grab-and-go item with a long shelf life.
An individually packaged Belgian waffle that you may see stocked at your local natural store. But where's the maple syrup?
A fully contained snack pack shoppers can throw in their bag for a later nosh.
Macaccino, a coffee substitute made with—you guessed it—maca, will be delving into the ready-to-drink category come spring.
Newsflash: Even the freezer case is transitioning to grab-in-go items. This adorable hand pie is ideal for those living alone or small families who don't need an entire pie hanging around their house.
Previously available only in a pint, this frozen lassi is packaged in single-serve push-pop to help attract new fans.
Nona Lim's perfectly crafted savory bone and veggie broths now available in a takeaway cup. We swoon with delight!
Cheese dip and pretzels, a signature pairing previously only available in bars, is now an option for the train, plane, game or while binge-watching Netflix.
Buttery spiced nuts now in a snack pack. A good placement for this item would be at checkout.
This bar is notable because it's from a company that originally started off making salad dressings in unique flavors (such as Citrus Splash). The bar format allows consumers to recognize the brand in both the nutrition bar and salad dressing section—two points of shopper contact.
Ultra-popular hummus and flatbread, packaged in one refrigerated entity.
A decadent, teensy dessert made with traditional ingredients, including coffee-soaked ladyfingers and mascarpone cream.
Until now, I've only seen fruit shrubs as cocktail mixers or bitters. Soaked fruit in vinegar with spices tastes surprisingly good with bourbon, vodka or other spirits. This brand takes such flavors and adds bubbly water for effervescence. The result: A lip-smacking sipper you can take anywhere.
15 new and healthy grab-and-go snacks from @deliciousliving #healthysnacks
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