DALLAS — Snacking is bigger than ever, accounting for nearly half (48%) of all eating occasions in the U.S., according to the Hartman Group. “Snacking has become as culturally relevant to consumers as mealtime,” Harvey Hartman, the Bellevue, Wash., research firm’s founder and chief executive officer, said Monday in a session at FMI2012 here. “In many cases, snacking is a meal.” Snacking frequency has nearly doubled since 1977, so much so that it ...

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