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Mondelēz International Releases Fifth Annual State of Snacking Report: Global Consumers Continue to Prioritize Snacking

March 14, 2024 at 9:16 AM EDT
  • Snacking preferred over traditional mealtime for the fifth consecutive year
  • Despite global economic challenges, consumers continue budgeting for their
    favorite snacks
  • Consumers report a greater emphasis on snacking for perceived health and
    well-being benefits
  • Consumers are choosing brands that align with their values, increasingly focused
    on snacks with sustainability credentials

CHICAGO, March 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mondelēz International, Inc. (Nasdaq: MDLZ) today announced the launch of the fifth annual State of Snacking™ report, a global consumer trends study examining annual insights on how consumers make snacking decisions. This year’s report reveals that amidst ongoing global economic uncertainty, consumers continue to prioritize, purchase and prefer snacks.

Developed in partnership with The Harris Poll, this report was initially launched five years ago in support of Mondelēz International’s mission to lead the future of snacking. The past half-decade of tracking attitudes and behaviors among thousands of consumers across 12 countries has shown a consistent trendline of consumers demonstrating a preference for snacks over meals.

This year, Mondelēz is also rolling out a standalone, complementary State of Snacking: Future Trends report showcasing longer-term consumer macro trends shaping the future of snacking. These macro trends include: shifting demographic landscape, increasingly fluid lifestyles, people and planet impact imperative, health and well-being ubiquity, and resurgence of experience economy. These macro trends provide additional context on changing behaviors from a big-picture perspective, further exploring how the snacking world may evolve in the future.

This year’s State of Snacking findings reveal that snacking behaviors continue to grow, including notable growth in mindful snacking, with the chocolate category in particular closely associated with joy. Consumers are snacking:

  • Consistently: snack spending remains unchanged with two-thirds (66%) of consumers agreeing they have not made significant changes to their spend on snacks, despite being more conscious of price.
  • Mindfully: 85% of consumers report they regularly savor a snack’s taste, flavor, and texture while eating; 78% say they appreciate snacks more when consumed mindfully.
  • Adventurously: consumers surveyed are leveraging social media (62%) and searching for novelty, with six in 10 considering themselves “snack adventurers” who like to try new snacks.
  • Purposefully: over two-thirds of global consumers agree they often choose brands that align with their values, fueling a rising appetite for snacks with sustainability benefits.

“The trend lines of the past half-decade of our State of Snacking report reinforce that despite a continued dynamic environment and changing preferences, snacking remains an integral pillar in the lives of global consumers,” said Dirk Van de Put, Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International. “As a more intentional consumer evolves, embracing mindful snacking, we continue to help empower them with choices across our brands as we aim to become a global snack leader.”

The survey demonstrates the growing consumer desire for snacks that offer both satisfaction and alignment with personal and environmental values. Consumers rely on snacks for perceived benefits such as to boost energy (75%), improve mood (74%), and align with fitness goals (70%). Additionally, 63% of consumers surveyed seek snacks that work to minimize their environmental impact.

Mondelēz International continues to lead the snacking industry in adapting to these evolving consumer preferences and working to ensure that every snack provides an opportunity for connection and mindfulness while prioritizing consumer desires.

Additional findings from the 2023 State of Snacking report and State of Snacking: Future Trends report, available for download at, include:

  • The Evolving Snacking Mindset
    • Snacking remains a preferred eating habit, with 88% of consumers reporting that they indulge in snacks daily.
    • Six in 10 agree that they prefer many small meals throughout the day, as opposed to a few large ones.
  • Mindful Snacking
    • Portion control is increasingly important, with 67% of consumers saying they seek portion-controlled snacks.
    • Seven in 10 agree they would rather have a smaller portion of an indulgent snack than a bigger portion of a low fat/sugar alternative version.
    • 72% surveyed fear a “world without chocolate would be a world without joy,” a feeling that is consistent across generation and region.
  • Snack Curation
    • Social media plays a crucial role in snack discovery, with over half of the consumers surveyed expressing interest in an “instant buy” option for snacks found online.
    • 74% report that the novelty of the flavor and texture combination are important to them when choosing a snack.
    • 56% discover new snacks on social media, and these numbers are even higher among young generations.
  • Snacking with Purpose
    • 63% of consumers surveyed seek snacks that work to minimize their environmental impact with actions such as using carbon offsets, prioritizing local ingredients, and optimizing supply chains to promote sustainability.
    • 74% report that they often recycle their snack packaging – up three percentage points from last year – a statistically significant increase.
    • Millennials are most likely to say they prioritize snacks that have less plastic packaging to begin with (71%).

“We have seen that snacking has helped consumers navigate the last five years,” said Martin Renaud, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Mondelēz International. “At Mondelēz International, we continue to work towards meeting the rising demand for more sustainable snacking options and mindful snacking, as the category remains a consistent daily ritual.”

About Mondelēz International
Mondelēz International, Inc. (Nasdaq: MDLZ) empowers people to snack right in over 150 countries around the world. With 2023 net revenues of approximately $36 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as Oreo, Ritz, LU, Clif Bar and Tate's Bake Shop biscuits and baked snacks, as well as Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit or follow the company on Twitter at

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