The Millennial Meal Plan

Today's post comes from Ypulse team member Gwen Radsch.

The Millennial Meal Plan

Food ArticleAs the US Census has frequently reported, the Millennial generation is extremely diverse. With this diversity comes an exposure to many different cultures, including traditional, and not-so-traditional, cuisine. International is becoming local and the flavors of every country have never been so easy to find as they are today. For example, in our Lifeline Report on Food and Beverage habits among Millennials conducted earlier this year, we found that 33% consume rice, almond, or soy milk at least occasionally. These types of milks were pretty rare not too long ago, but now a full third of Millennials consider them a standard part of their diet.

Millennials are approaching food and meals in a very different way; it is less about just grabbing a bite and more about creating a memory. A quick look at Instagram, Pinterest, or the many Tumblrs devoted to food will show you that this generation doesn’t just expect a meal at the dinner table, but rather to have an influential experience. Fully 1 in 5 (21%) Millennials report that they have attended a food festival which shows how food has evolved into more than just calories, but instead evokes a communal experience that was once reserved for music and Star Trek.

Recently, much has been made of the fact that Millennials are less brand loyal than Boomers when it comes to food purchases. It is possible that the economy is impacting whether this generation is willing to pay extra for a brand name, but given that they are in a highly experimental time in their lives, many of them cooking for themselves for the first time, it is more likely they haven’t figured out which aisle in the supermarket fits them best. The critical question, however, is do they even…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: "My favorite show is New Girl  because it makes me feel like I'm hanging out with my friends. It's so funny, relatable, and relaxed. It's also convenient to watch for free on the Fox website.”—Female, 20, IL

Millennials would rather lose their ability to make phone calls than delete their Snapchat—according to a new study from live chat provider LivePerson. When asked about the one app they would not want to lose on their phones, 35% of 18-24-year-olds chose text, 17% chose Snapchat, and 14% chose phone. According to a 2013 Wall Street Journal article, picking up the phone is seen more as “an interruption” by the generation, and our Talk the Talk trend revealed that 38% of 13-33-year-olds prefer to communicate with friends and family with text messages and chat apps. (Business Insider)  

Today’s young females are facing the same obstacles at work their mothers did. A McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.Org study found that 23% of employed Millennial women believe “their gender has prevented them from getting ahead at work”—only 3% less than older females. And while younger female workers are more ambitious than older women, “the difference between the share of men and women saying they want to be a top executive” is almost the same among Millennials and older employees. Many Millennial females are taking non-traditional employment paths like to take control of their career paths and advance quicker. (The Wall Street Journal

What are Millennials spending their money on? Coffee, kale, fantasy football, and strippers. An analysis of mobile payments made on Venmo found the top spending categories among users—many 18-34-years-old—are food, rent, alcohol, “fun,” and coffee. Pizza was the most-used emoji and food was the most-used term, followed by Uber, rent, "fantasy" and bills. Kale ranked at 21 on the top 100 list, and strippers were number 91. Venmo processed around $4 billion in peer-to-peer payments in the second quarter of this year, up 141% from 2015. (CNBC

Samsung is the most respected brand among Millennials in the U.S., and they’re aiming to continually “[raise] the bar for technology innovation.” Focused on creating an experience, the brand is leading the way in virtual reality technology, with plans to “to incorporate gesture and motion tracking enabling users to interact in virtual environments without having to use a controller.” They’ve worked on VR projects with VICE, and recently staged an interactive VR experience at Lollapolooza, which allowed festival attendees to livestream performances and try out 4D surfing, skateboarding, hot air ballooning, and riding a roller coaster. (brandchannel

Immensely popular collectibles Shopkins toys will soon be on the small screen with their first ever movie. Moose Toys has teamed up with Universal Pictures for Shopkins: Chef Club, a direct-to-video movie that will be out next month. The story will feature fan-favorite characters, as well as new ones that will be added to the Shoppies Dolls collection to coincide with the movie’s release. Shopkins currently has 140 different collectable toy characters and an animated webisode series that has generated almost 100 million views on YouTube. (Kidscreen

Quote of the Day: “Master of None represents my generation because it takes the little things (going to a taco place) and expands on how the choices are debilitating.”—Female, 33, MN

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