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What Are Your Favorite On-the-Road Snacks?

Submitted by on July 1, 2018 – 5:27 pmNo Comment

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Millions of Americans hit the road over the summer, but before they can enjoy beaches and bonfires, parents are bracing themselves for the No. 1 source of stress on family road trips: where to stop to eat.

Pilot Flying J, the largest network of travel centers in North America, has rounded up surprising popular food and beverage items by state.

To see how travelers’ tastes differ across the U.S., Pilot Flying J analyzed the top 20 most popular food and beverage items from its 2017 sales data by state and identified interesting best sellers. Here are a few states’ favorite flavors:

  • People love Pilot Coffee – it ranked among the top five food and beverage sellers in every state
  • 37 states are going bananas for bananas –Florida, Texas, Georgia and Indiana each sold over 300,000 in the last year
  • States’ favorite PJ Fresh pizza flavor? Pepperoni, which made the top 20 list in 36 states
  • Minnesotans love their egg rolls – they bought more than any other state
  • Sides rule in Massachusetts – favorite PJ Fresh sides are green beans, corn, mashed potatoes and mac and cheese
  • Hot dogs are a top pick in six states, including Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Maryland and West Virginia

“It’s clear our guests have diverse tastes across the country,” said Whitney Haslam Johnson, chief experience officer for Pilot Flying J. “As a mother of three, I understand the need for variety and choice, especially on the road. Fortunately for summer travelers, Pilot Flying J’s large assortment of food and beverage offerings provide solutions for their road trip cravings, no matter what their tastes.”

(The results are from a road trip survey by Zeno Research & Insights; July 2017)

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has more than 750 retail locations in 44 states.

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