Snack Sales Are Up with Pandemic: Highlighting America’s Historic Love for Snacks

One in three people says they’re snacking more this year. It’s an increase for sure, but our appetite for snacks is nothing new. Correspondent Nancy Giles talks to food experts about how America developed this decades-long craving for snacks (Nancy Giles/CBS Sunday Morning).

According to SNAC International, snack sales were up $190. SNAC is the international trade association of the snack food industry representing snack manufacturers and suppliers.

36% percent of people say they’ve been snacking more since the pandemic began, according to the International Food Information Council. Food Insight is the information hub created and curated by nutrition and food safety experts at the International Food Information Council (IFIC). IFIC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization with a mission to effectively communicate science-based information about health, nutrition, food safety and agriculture.

Chattanooga Bakery, maker of Moon Pies, saw an increase of sales that more than doubled Spring 2020.


Nadia Barenstein said peanuts became popular during the Civil War and became a staple in northern cities in the early 1900s. The early makings of peanuts and popcorn or Cracker Jack are on record with advertisements as early as 1867. The first lot of Cracker Jack was produced in 186. Crackerjack is a colloquialism meaning “of excellent quality or ability, fine.” See “Crackerjack” American Heritage Dictionary online.

Snacks began as food eaten by the public in crowds, but technology for snack food production allowed the ability to bring snacks home. Then huge increases in processed food began after World War II.



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