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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

Social Community
New social media platforms are launching with an emphasis on personal connections
Trend - Companies are opening new social media services with the intention of fostering more intimate connections between users. In a rebellion against social medias built around endless feeds, these platforms connect users with similar interests and have convenient public and private group chat systems.
Workshop Question - How could your brand ensure its products or services are meeting the needs of its more niche consumer demographics?
6.2
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Imperfect Produce
Brands are selling discounted fruits and vegetables with minor imperfections
Trend - Grocery brands are offering subscriptions that deliver fruits and vegetables with minor imperfections, often discarded by traditional markets. These items, which are perfectly good for consumption, provide consumers with a mindful way to support local farms and save money on groceries.
Workshop Question - How can your brand tap into the growing demand for sustainable, waste-reducing solutions?
4.9
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Informed Restaurant
Restaurants are using AI forecasting tools to determine future menu items
Trend - Restaurants are using artificial intelligence (AI) analytics and forecasting tools to determine demand for each menu item. These tools use restaurant-specific and market-wide data to determine future-facing consumer interests, helping determine menu item creation and sales numbers.
Workshop Question - How could your company leverage its data with AI to improve its existing and upcoming services?
7.5
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Waste-Reduction Stay
Hotel chains collaborate with suppliers to reduce their waste
Trend - The hospitality industry is facing more pressure from both consumers and institutions to reduce its impact on the environment. One of the resulting changes has been hotel brands cutting down on food and plastic waste with refillable toiletries, recycled materials and food waste-monitoring.
Workshop Question - In what areas could your brand better showcase its commitment to sustainability?
6.3
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Cheddar Dessert
The use of cheddar in desserts is on the rise
Trend - Cheddar is becoming a popular ingredient in desserts--combining sweet and savory flavors for consumers with relatively adventurous palettes. Brands are offering novelty products like cheese-flavored ice cream, or they're creating cheddar dessert snacks that would appeal to more consumers.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better appeal to consumers' desire for novelty?
6
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Probiotic Desserts
Ice creams and other dairy-based desserts are focusing on probiotics
Trend - Ice cream and similar desserts like gelato and frozen yogurt are now being made with an emphasis on their probiotic and prebiotic content. By incorporating live cultures into these desserts, brands are able to appeal to health-conscious consumers.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better cater to consumers' desire for balanced indulgence?
5.3
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Food Lockers
Restaurants are using locker-like technology to offer contact-free food pickups
Trend - Fast food chains, restaurants, and ghost kitchens have begun using smart locker devices to store customers' takeout orders, streamlining the pick-up process while ensuring ordered food items remain at optimal temperatures.
Workshop Question - How could your brand create more efficient consumer experiences?
5.8
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App Catering
App-based catering platforms help users remain organized
Trend - Some brands are making the process of catering food easier for both businesses and end users through the use of virtual platforms. App-based ordering systems help users plan and organize catered meals with minimal communication.
Workshop Question - How could your brand help streamline its customers' purchase journeys?
4.4
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QSR Metaverse
Fast food chains are creating experiences within the metaverse
Trend - As brands across a range of industries experiment with products, services and marketing in the metaverse, QSRs are also getting involved. Fast food restaurant brands are now creating virtual experiences and NFTs in order to stay up-to-date with Web3 innovations.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better engage its customers virtually?
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