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RIDING THE WAVE
This consumer demand has continued
in 2021 as consumers drive growth in
the total snack category and especially
protein snacks, Lear said.
" Products with longer shelf life are
seemingly rebounding more quickly
than other products, since many B&I
locations do not have all their employees
back and operators want to control
their stale outs, " Lear observed. " So
some operators offer Oberto Fresh
Refrigerated Chicken Skewers, with
a 45-day shelf life once slacked out,
instead of, for example, salads with
much less shelf life. "
Not surprisingly, where B&I
locations are having their employees
return to their offices, Oberto has seen
encouraging consumer demand in the
convenience services sector. " So, the
Southeast and Southwest are leading;
although, operators throughout
America have select locations doing
very well, " Lear was pleased to report.
Like many manufacturers,
Oberto has been forced to raise its
prices due to the dramatic increase
in beef, lean hog and chicken input
costs, which consumers are also seeing
in grocery stores for household
staples like ground beef, pork chops,
steak and chicken.
Lear observed that when operators
increase prices on protein products,
unit demand dips for a short time,
then returns closely to where it was.
" Consumers are experiencing and getting
accustomed to widespread price
increases for not only food products
but also services, " Lear observed.
PANINO POWER
Fiorucci Foods of Colonial Heights,
VA, has been in the specialty meat
business since the 1850s. It introduced
its Paninos, Italian deli meat enrobed
around cheese, in the early 2000s,
creating a whole new specialty meat
category that is taking off for micro
market and vending operators.
The growing vegan market is craving healthier options. So give them
an all-natural treat they could feel good about. Fat Badger cookies
are delivered fresh in single-serve packages and come in eight
flavors that are certified vegan and non-gmo verified.
Try us alongside craft coffees and
plant-based creamers.
There are five varieties in 1.5-oz.
see-through packages that showcase
the two Paninos inside. The newest
edition is Genoa Salami and Mozzarella,
which is especially popular on
the East Coast, according to Fiorucci
Foods' Stephen Docherty. Prosciutto
and Mozzarella is the No. 1 Panino,
followed by Hard Salami
and Mozzarella, Pepperoni
and Mozzarella and Hard
Salami and Pepper Jack
Cheese, respectively.
Paninos are packed in
an 8-ct. box (two boxes to
a case), which doubles as
Fiorucci Foods
THE PLANT-BASED
MARKET HAS A NEW
SWEET SPOT.
For sales, call Karim Dossa at (267)362-5326 Ext. 150
or email kdossa@fatbadgerbakery.com
fatbadgerbakery.com
September 2021 * VendingMarketWatch.com 31
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