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Godrej Yummiez unveils The India Snacking Report

By IANSlife

November 22, 2022 (IANSlife) Snacking habits in India are always changing. Snacks and main course meals both serve important functions, but they are beginning to overlap. With the aim of understanding the (evolving) attitudes and views of Indian customers with regard to snacks & snacking, Godrej Yummiez, a brand of ready-to-cook products from Godrej Tyson Foods Ltd (GTFL), conducted a consumer survey at the ideal time. The India Snacking Report (Volume I) by Godrej Yummiez is titled "STTEM - Safety, Technology, Taste, Ease & Mood Uplifter" and largely focuses on attitudes and perceptions of frozen.

The study illustrates the subtle differences in likes and preferences across geographic regions, age groups, gender, and other factors in addition to bringing forth the nation of India's consumer dynamics.

Commenting on the report, Abhay Parnerkar, Chief Executive Officer, Godrej Tyson Foods Limited (GTFL), said, “What comes out clearly is that going forward, the dynamics that will shape India’s snacking habits will be based on the acronym STTEM – Safety, Technology, Taste, Ease & Mood Uplifter – the five pillars. While taste and ease/convenience have long been the key drivers, safety (hygienic during preparation, storage & delivery, use of preservatives, etc.), technology and as a mood uplifter are turning out to be the three new drivers for snacks.”

How often do Indians eat snacks each day? What factors affect the consumption of snacks? What events come to mind when Americans think of snacking? What types of foods are most popular? How do people perceive the dynamics of snack food safety? Do individuals have serious concerns about preservatives? There are a tonne of options that are devoid of preservatives.

The key highlights across five pillars (STTEM) are as below:

SAFETY - Hygienic Preparation and Use of Preservatives

  • 62% Indians actually limit their snacking consumption because they believe there is presence of preservatives
  • 51% Indians feel less guilty to consume preservative-free frozen snacks
  • 55% parents feel guilty as they feel frozen snacks contain preservatives
  • 52% women will consume more frozen snacks if they are preservative-free
  • 52% Indians prefer frozen snacks as they feel it is more hygienic

TECHNOLOGY - Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) Technology

  • 53% Indians could recall they have heard of IQF technology (Delhi and Kolkata ranked amongst the top two cities)
  • 17% could further manage to explain what IQF stands for
  • 60% women recalled IQF technology better as compared to 46% men

TASTE - India’s Preference for Potato/Vegetarian Frozen Snacks 

  • 73% Indians feel taste is the biggest reason for snacking
  • 62% Indians feel potato-based snacks is an omnipresent part of their snacking platter
  • 65% Indians prefer vegetarian frozen snacks (North India being the leading region)
  • 65% Indians prefer potato-based snacks (potato bites, samosa, cheese bites, etc)
  • 41% consume vegetarian frozen snacks daily
  • 39% East and 38% South India prefer non-vegetarian frozen snacks
  • 61% prefer Indian snacks over other options
  • 43% parents believe children like frozen snacks

EASE - Convenience of Access, Storage, and Preparation

  • 51% believe that frozen snacks are easily available and hence make it easier for consumption
  • 50% Indians believe frozen snacks are convenient to cook
  • 44% Indians believe that frozen snacks is easier to prepare by households without house help
  • 55% Indians prefer frozen snacks on special occasions (parties, weekends, etc)
  • 83% mothers feel frozen snacks are quick-fix hunger solutions for kids
  • 65% Indians confessed to indulging in anytime snacking
  • 76% women snack more often than men
  • 54% working women find snacking convenient for hunger management
  • 52% fathers cook frozen snacks more than mothers

MOOD UPLIFTER - Correlation of Emotions to Snacking 

  • 55% Indians binge on frozen foods as a mood uplifter on various occasions
  • 72% Indians confessed to snacking when they are happy
  • 74% women snack when they are happy
  • 70% men snack when they are happy
  • 60% women snack when they are sad
  • 52% men snack when they are sad

Speaking on the report, Pritee Chaudhary, IRS, Regional Director, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), West Region said “FSSAI is the nodal regulatory authority which takes note of safety parameters of the Food articles in India. Snacking is one such area where Safety parameters are checked, be it a domestic production or import. Storage conditions for frozen snacks and transfat control in the final product is of the paramount importance.  It’s gaining turf in the busy lifestyle and as it satiats pallets. However, responsible snacking is equally important. More emphasis on product development and industry innovation is needed where high fibre, low fat, low salt, low sugar snacks can be provided as an option. And finally a trade off between the health, taste and ease is possible”

Chef Ajay Chopra who was present at the launch of the report, said,  “Snacking is an intrinsic part of India’s entity, existence, and future growth story. Especially in the frozen food & snacking category, the importance of standardization and safety is paramount. The potential  growth of this sector is exponential due to various changes across social, cultural & economical parameters. The pivotal matrix of STTEM – Safety, Technology, Taste, Ease & Mood Uplifter – will play a key role in a consumer’s decision to consume snacks”

Abhay Parnerkar, Chief Executive Officer, Godrej Tyson Foods Limited (GTFL) further added, “As the role of snacking broadens, India’s demand for judicious purchase choices certainly means good news for the industry. At the same time, the frozen food market is pegged at INR 3500 crores. I am bullish about frozen food category seeing over 10% growth in the coming years. The definition of what the best-suited snack is for an individual or a household has changed. Palates have changed. Consumers have become more conscious now. Hereon, it will be interesting to watch India’s snacking industry growth story and how.”


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