Archive for millennials SmartBlogs

What comes to mind when you imagine the eating habits of the average college student? Is it the stereotypically cash-strapped millennial stocking up on packets of ramen and macaroni and cheese, or is it the more modern foodie looking for new and exciting options at dining halls and at the hottest restaurants in town? The correct answer is both and everything in between – among other insights, Datassential’s newest Topical Keynote Report on Colleges & Universities found that while money is a concern for students, with expense being the top reason cited for not being on a meal plan (40%), most students would spend a gift of money on food over other items like clothes or electronics.[…] Continue Reading »

A story about how to manage millennials in the workplace was the most popular read among SmartBrief subscribers this week, followed by an announcement that the FDA has yet again delayed the enforcement of menu labeling rules for food retailers and restaurant chains.

News about mergers and acquisitions in food retail was prolific this week. A story about what Roundy’s Supermarkets stands to gain from new owner Kroger made this week’s top five.[…] Continue Reading »

Millennials have certainly garnered their fair share of the cultural spotlight, and yet the next generation in the wings — Generation Z — is poised to make significant impacts in terms of their likes, dislikes, how they live and in their views on health and wellness. Children age 18 and younger are already 74 million strong (according to U.S.[…] Continue Reading »

This past year was all about clean labels and free from claims in the food and beverage industry. 2016 will be all about drinking for health. Consumers will be focused on transparency, the brand story and function from natural sources. The brands that are able to deliver those attributes along with a great tasting product will triumph in the marketplace.[…] Continue Reading »

Restaurants, consumer package goods brands and food retailers alike were making changes and developing strategies that trended toward innovation this week, a topic that drew the attention of SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers. In a move to strengthen its appeal among millennial consumers, McDonald’s revamped its packaging to feature a bold yet simple design. Meanwhile, Chick-fil-A announced the introduction of a trendy superfood salad featuring kale and broccolini, which will replace the chain’s classic coleslaw.[…] Continue Reading »