Pocket Foods: The Ultimate Portable Taste Adventure

Do you ever wish you could indulge in delicious and authentic cuisine while you’re out and about?

Look no further than pocket foods!

These handheld delights offer the perfect solution for busy professionals and individuals who crave convenience without sacrificing flavor. This year’s FlavorIQ® Food & Flavor Outlook Program: The Perfect Bite explores the delight and emotion of culinary experiences that activate the senses through themes, culinary platforms, ideas, and themes including Pocket Food Perfection.

Pocket foods come in various shapes and sizes, from the small and savory Japanese inarizushi to the hearty and satisfying Israeli sabich. With a crispy exterior that hints at the delectable filling inside, these little ambassadors of culture are a feast for the senses.

In a recent Mintel Global Consumer Data report, 62% of Mexican consumers claim to eat on the move occasionally. It’s no wonder that pocket foods are fast becoming a worldwide favorite.

Whether running between meetings or exploring a new city, pocket foods provide the perfect solution for your busy lifestyle.

Small Bites, Big Delights: The Pocket Food Revolution!

Pocket foods are taking the world by storm, offering a convenient and delicious way to enjoy a variety of global flavors. From samosas to empanadas, dumplings to trapizzinos, pocket foods are a testament to human creativity and our love for good food.

But what do consumers think about this culinary sensation? Here are some statistics from Mintel & Datassential related to the popularity of pocket foods and their convenience:

  • Breakfast sliders have seen a 23% increase in US menu appearance.
  • Burritos have seen a 7% US menu growth.
  • Over the past three months, 38% of Canadian consumers have indulged in single-serve frozen meals, highlighting an increasing preference for convenient, globally-inspired prepared dishes.
  • Crab Rangoon, Buns, Dumplings, and Samosas have all seen significant increases on Canadian menus, suggesting plenty of room for innovation in the pocket food space.
  • 31% of Mexican consumers enjoy “breaking the rules” regarding what they eat/drink, indicating an openness to new foods in a pocket format.
  • 37% of Mexican consumers plan to eat from street food vendors more often in the next six months. 

These statistics demonstrate the growing appeal of pocket foods in North America, as consumers increasingly seek out convenient and tasty options for on-the-go eating.

Street Food Inspiration

Street food is a cultural phenomenon that has been inspiring foodies for decades.

Hand held Pocket Foods - wrap in hand

From tacos to kebabs, dumplings to empanadas, street food is a great way to experience a region’s cuisine—Many street food dishes are served as pocket foods, which are portable, easy to eat, and perfect for on-the-go snacking

Pocket foods are becoming increasingly popular in other regions, and we can expect new interpretations and fusions that cater to local tastes and provide fresh culinary experiences.

Exploring the Latest Pocket Food Trends

With the world becoming increasingly fast-paced, pocket foods have become popular. The trend has become more evident in North America, with Canadians and Americans embracing pocket foods as a convenient and tasty meal option.

Pocket Foods: The Tasty Treats You Can Take Anywhere

Did you know that frozen snack consumption has been on the rise? In the US, parents with children tend to buy and consume frozen snacks significantly more than non-parents, indicating a potential market for wholesome and nutritious family-friendly pocket food options.

Pocket Foods - Deep fried and frozen pizza bites

Here are some interesting Mintel Reports statistics to give you a better idea:

  • In the last three months, 54% of US consumers purchased frozen pizza bites or rolls.
  • Other popular frozen snacks that US consumers have recently purchased include mozzarella sticks (41%), frozen burritos (41%), frozen sandwiches (37%), corn dogs (36%), Asian-inspired snacks like potstickers (34%), Latin-inspired snacks like taquitos (29%).

It’s exciting to see the variety of appetizers that are becoming more popular. Plenty of delicious options exist, whether you prefer frozen snacks or freshly cooked ones.

The Future of Pocket Food: A Cultural Taste Adventure

Pocket foods are a convenient and delicious option that can be both nutritious and delicious for people on the go. From empanadas to bao buns, they offer a diverse culinary adventure. You can explore various cultures’ cuisines in one bite, including fusion pocket foods like Korean BBQ tacos or sushi burritos.

To keep up with the trends, pocket foods are evolving to meet the demand for healthier options like veggie-packed wraps and plant-based burgers.

Healthy pocket foods - wraps

FlavorIQ® Food & Flavor Outlook Program

At Griffith Foods, we turn insights and culinary creativity into new opportunities with our FlavorIQ® Food & Flavor Outlook Program. Through our annual culinary theme program, we curated a list of key culinary themes that reflect the food industry’s current state and our prediction for what’s next. Learn more about our program and themes here.

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