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FuturistU > Lifestyle > Modern Foodies > Module 1 / 4

Intro to the Modern Foodie Movement

Instructor: Blaine Aberdeen
Modern Foodies
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In this course, Senior Trend Hunter Account Executive Blaine Aberdeen will introduce you to the Modern Foodie and the Megatrends impacting their lives. Food is something that all of us have in common. It’s something deeply connected to tradition, nostalgia, and culture, but the way consumers are thinking about food today is very different. As a global community, the world has become increasingly connected through the internet and social media, and because of this, more interesting, Instagram-worthy food is being demanded. The virality of content is possible in ways that were never previously possible and today, almost anyone can be a foodie.


Throughout this course, we will be exploring the Modern Foodie through the lens of Trend Hunter's Megatrends; Prosumerism, Experience, and Authenticity.
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

B2B Sustainability
Businesses are using platforms and services to adopt sustainable practices
Trend - Businesses and organizations are launching eco-platforms and services to help companies practice sustainability throughout their manufacturing and service-delivering processes. These tools offer personalized solutions to encourage organization and reduce wastefulness.
Workshop Question - What eco-initiatives can your company implement to become more sustainable?
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Sustainable Pets
Pet food is now being used to reduce brands' environmental impact
Trend - Pet food brands are now offering environmentally friendly food options for cats and dogs. These sustainable options include everything from insect-based foods, to foods made from invasive carp species.
Workshop Question - How is your brand helping customers prioritize sustainability?
5.4
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Waste Reduced
Food waste-reduction apps help individuals reduce their environmental impact
Trend - As consumers look to reduce their environmental impact, brands are empowering them with apps that help them reduce food waste. Examples include everything from ordering from stores that offer unsold inventory at a discount, to apps that help users cook in a way that reduces waste.
Workshop Question - How is your brand helping its customers live sustainably?
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Reduced Cooking
Popular chefs create and collaborate with brands to prioritize waste-reduction
Trend - Celebrity and well-known chefs are becoming more eco-friendly with products and initiatives that aim to reduce food waste. With food waste contributing significantly to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, its reduction is becoming more of a priority among consumers and businesses alike.
Workshop Question - How is your brand targeting the eco-conscious consumer?
5.9
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Low-Waste Cooking
Consumers prioritize waste-reduction while cooking at home
Trend - Brands are helping consumers who are trying to limit the amount of food and packaging waste they use with products and services that empower them to reduce waste while they're cooking at home. Everything from cooking shows to cooking planner apps are helping consumers do this.
Workshop Question - How is your brand empowering its customers to be more eco-friendly?
5.8
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Leftover App
Restaurants and businesses are posting their surplus menu items on meal pick-up apps
Trend - Tech developers are launching meal pick-up apps that curb food waste and offer more accessible price points. These mobile applications allow restaurants and cafes to post their excess menu items with a discount and time windows for pick-up during off-peak hours and before closing.
Workshop Question - How can your brand help consumers build a more ethical lifestyle?
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Edible Exploration
Food subscription boxes curated for discovering new foods gain popularity
Trend - The demand for ways to try new foods and flavors from home has increased steadily, with a spike during this past quarantine. During this time, Social distancing rules limited the foodie consumer's ability to explore new tastes. As a result, more subscriptions and kits dedicated to edible exploration can be seen to provide the sense of adventure that drives many food-loving consumers.
Workshop Question - How can your product or service provide consumers with an opportunity for exploration?
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Restaurant Truck
The food truck model is helping restaurants and communities survive COVID-19
Trend - Thanks to their flexibility, food trucks are alleviating the economic stress for consumers and businesses during the pandemic. While designers are envisioning how mobile concepts can help restaurants struggling during COVID-19, charitable food trucks are supporting local communities.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize a mobile concept that will fit your brand's needs.
5.7
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Affordable Foodie
Brands are offering creative and cost-effective menu options, targeted at Gen Z
Trend - Food companies are attempting to cater to younger demographics by building menus that boast interesting experiences in affordable ways. Pertaining to cuisine, aesthetics, or both, the emphasis is placed on fresh, healthy, and local food, as well as on sharable plates.
Workshop Question - How can you revamp your product/service to be more affordable to Gen Z consumers?
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High-Tech Frozen
Brands are tapping tech to elevate user experience in the frozen food sector
Trend - Food brands are launching frozen goods in packaging with enhanced functionality. Either geared toward measuring possible food spoilage or elevating the cooking process, these innovations work toward producing more convenience-focused solutions for the modern consumer.
Workshop Question - How might your brand enhance the convenience aspect of your product/service to accommodate the needs of consumers with busy lifestyles?
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