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FuturistU > Lifestyle > Modern Foodies > Module 2 / 4

The Modern Foodie and Prosumerism

Instructor: Blaine Aberdeen
Millennial Lifestyle
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Today, it’s easier than ever for consumers to create their own content. Anyone can become an expert and because of this, "Instagrammable" food is no longer enough. Brands are adapting to the rituals of Millennials and Gen Z with store designs that mimic the social media-friendly visuals that are so popular today. Consumers are craving Insta-worthy aesthetics on and off their plates - as brands look to speak to the changing values of consumers their spaces must cater specifically to their consumers' desire for shareable experiences.


In this module, you will explore the Modern Foodie through the lens of Trend Hunter’s Megatrend Prosumerism. You will look at how consumers’ preferences have changed when it comes to sharing on social media and what brands are doing to keep up. We will highlight the importance of shareability when it comes to the food we consume and the environment in which we consume it.
Related Trend Report: Millennial Lifestyle
Workshop Questions:
1. What relationship does your brand have with visual indulgence?
2. Which social media site should your brand lean into and why?
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Social Setting
Cafes and restaurants are designed around "Instagrammable" aesthetics
Trend - Restaurant and cafe brands are adapting to the rituals of Millennials and Gen Z with highly "sharable" store designs. Mimicking the social media-friendly visuals that are so popular today, this focus on design has become absolutely central to the experience these places provide.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize a social media-friendly space that your brand could offer its customers.
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Aesthetic Eating
Beautiful presentation elevates the dining experience through visuals
Implications - Restaurant menus are catering to those interested in Instagram-friendly dining experiences by producing brightly colored, aesthetically pleasing dishes that lend themselves to image-based social sharing. This shift speaks to the interest in creating social media-friendly experiences that offer rare elements of joy and delight, while it also highlights the innate interest in curation as a means of having specific control over something tangible in a time of great cultural and social stress.
Workshop Question - How can your product or service lend itself to the desire for up-leveled aesthetics?
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

Upscale Meal Kit
Brands release gourmet at-home meal kits
Trend - Meal kits typically offer convenience for time-strapped consumers, but some brands are changing the primary function of these products from being convenience-based, to a way to experiment with upscale flavors and ingredients.
Workshop Question - How is your brand catering to the more experimental consumer?
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Restaurant Shops
Restaurant-store hybrids merge dining and retail industries
Trend - While it's not uncommon for retail stores to contain restaurants, the reverse--dining establishments that also operate as stores--are becoming more popular. These intimate spaces create more modern versions of the one-stop experiences that large retailers have made so popular.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize customers' in-store experiences?
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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?
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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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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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Automated Kitchen
Automated restaurant kitchens help limit the spread of COVID-19
Trend - Automated restaurant kitchens and bars are increasingly common as brands look for ways around excessive contact between people in restaurants. These automated systems allow for limited contact and therefore limited spread of COVID-19 amidst the ongoing pandemic.
Workshop Question - How could your brand prioritize customer safety in the long term?
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Grocery Pop-Up
Pop-up grocery stores are offering people convenience and specialty items
Trend - Pop-up grocers are more common as people seek out experimental or specialty food items, and as people's need for convenient grocery options expands. These stores are in a variety of settings, including everything from hospitals to communities.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing convenience and experience simultaneously for its customers?
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Experiential Addition
Retail brands make the store a destination post-Pandemic
Trend - Still betting on the experience economy, brands are launching retail initiatives that are seemingly unrelated to their products or services. These are solely designed to provide such a high level of surprise and delight to override concern for visiting public spaces. These activations are created with COVID-19 safety and hygiene guidelines in mind, yet also draw over-the-top inspiration from adjacent industries.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize an experience that will fit into the COVID-19 climate.
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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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