The number of Americans who snack three or more times a day rose to 56% in 2010, according to government data, and that rise has greatly affected food sales. Annual growth in retail sales of snack foods such as chips, snack bars and nuts rose sharply between 2008 and 2013 compared to the modest rise of more traditional mealtime items such as soup and pasta. Companies are responding by repackaging items in smaller portions and marketing nutritional/calorie content.

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