Grab-and-Go Beverages Satisfy Snackers

Monday, March 30, 2020

Beverages are popular snack items—especially at midmorning and midafternoon. Try adding specialty coffees, juices, iced coffees, and chai to your grab-and-go snack program for extra sales.

Hand holding grab and go iced coffee

Today’s beverages are more than just refreshments. Many specialty beverages—coffee and espresso, tea, juices, smoothies, hot cocoa—do double duty as snacks and between-meal pick-me-ups. And that makes them ideal for a grab-and-go program.

Take coffee, for example. According to Datassential, more than 20% of consumers who drink coffee consume brewed coffee or a specialty coffee (such as cappuccino or espresso) during the midmorning, and more than 15% enjoy it in the afternoon.

For more information on beverages as snacks, see below.

Defining snacks as anything eaten or drunk outside of a full meal, Datassential reveals some other significant patterns in its consumer research.

  • 91% of respondents had a snack beverage the day prior to taking the survey
  • The average number of snack beverages consumed in that day was 3-4

More substantial beverage offerings such as smoothies, juices, lemonade, and milkshakes, specialty coffee beverages, and hot cocoa—in addition to iced and hot brewed coffee, and tea—can be positioned as grab-and-go snacks, with or without companion food items. Because they are less expensive than traditional snacks or appetizers, says Technomic, beverages are extra appealing as snacks.

Consider merchandising these beverage options for grab-and-go:

  • Iced and cold brew coffee
  • Customizable brewed coffee (DIY with flavor shots or flavored creamers)
  • Specialty coffee (cappuccino, latte, espresso)
  • Chai, hot or iced
  • Lemonade, including flavored varieties
  • Flavored ice tea, or 50/50 iced tea and lemonade
  • Hot cocoa
  • Shakes and other blended iced specialty coffee beverages
  • Smoothies
  • Juices and juice blends

Sources: Datassential Keynote Report, Non-Alcoholic Beverages (May 2015); Technomic Snacking Occasions Consumer Trend Report, 2016

The information provided is based on a general industry overview, and is not specific to your business operation. Each business is unique and decisions related to your business should be made after consultation with appropriate experts.