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The Middle Years: More Than Just Food. Meabh Quoirin, Future Foundation. Contents. Defining Middle Years How tomorrow’s middle aged will differ from today’s Food trends: Return to Maximising Occasion, experiences and cultural capital Ethics, environment and local sourcing

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The middle years more than just food

The Middle Years: More Than Just Food

Meabh Quoirin, Future Foundation


Contents

Contents

  • Defining Middle Years

  • How tomorrow’s middle aged will differ from today’s

  • Food trends:

    • Return to Maximising

    • Occasion, experiences and cultural capital

    • Ethics, environment and local sourcing

    • Assault on Pleasure and managing anxieties


1 defining middle years

1. Defining Middle Years


Middle age perceived to be 43 to 65 in the uk average perceived middle age

Middle age: perceived to be 43 to 65 in the UKAverage perceived ‘middle age’

Source: European Social Survey/nVision

Base: 2,000 per country aged 15+, 2007


Lifestage children leaving home and retirement can mark the transition into old age

Lifestage: children leaving home and retirement can mark the transition into old age

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2009


Paying off the mortgage during middle age

Paying off the mortgage during middle age

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2009


University degree generational differences

University degree: generational differences

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2009


The middle years more than just food

"Tradition is important to him/her. He/she tries to follow the customs handed down by his/her religion or his/her family”

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2009


Old people should not wear fashions designed for young people

“Old people should not wear fashions designed for young people”

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2007


2 how tomorrow s middle aged will differ from today s

2. How tomorrow’s middle aged will differ from today’s


Past 6 months internet usage

Past 6 months internet usage

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB


The middle years more than just food

Social networking% who have communicated with someone via a social networking website in the past 6 months

Source: nVision Research

Base: 895 internet users aged 15+, GB


People who need to own more things strong or moderate need

People who need to own more thingsStrong or moderate need

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB


It s more important to fit in than to be different from other people who agree or agree strongly

“It’s more important to fit in than to be different from other people”% who agree or agree strongly

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB


Men who claim to take responsibility for preparing most of the evening meals in your house

Men who claim to take responsibility for preparing most of the evening meals in your house

Source: Future Foundation / Kellogg’s

Base: 1,023 respondents 16+, 2008

27251:


Middle years in 10 years

Middle years in 10 years

  • People born mid-fifties to mid-seventies

  • Technologically savvy

  • Adaptable to change

  • Non-materialistic, into experiences

  • Individualistic

  • Gender equal


3 food trends

3. Food trends


3 food trends return to maximising

3. Food trends:Return to Maximising


The middle aged are now the most concerned about the recession s effect on their finances

The middle aged are now the most concerned about the recession’s effect on their finances

“How concerned are you about the effect the economic downturn is having on your personal financial situation?” (% who are quite or very concerned)

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 16+, UK, 2009


The 30 44 group are cutting back the most on out of home leisure

The 30-44 group are cutting back the most on out-of-home leisure

“Which of the following are you ALREADY DOING as a direct result of the economic downturn?”

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2009


The recession driving maximising

The recession driving ‘Maximising’

"How concerned are you about the effect the economic downturn is having on your personal financial situation?"

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2009


The middle years more than just food

89% of 55-54s are increasingly aware of prices"I am increasingly aware of the price of goods/services" (% who agree strongly/agree)

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2009


I shop around extensively to get the best deals more than i did 6 months ago

“I shop around extensively to get the best deals more than I did 6 months ago”

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2009


The middle aged are changing their supermarket shopping habits though not as much as the 30 44s

The middle aged are changing their supermarket shopping habits, though not as much as the 30-44s

“Which of the following are you ALREADY DOING as a direct result of the economic downturn?”

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2009


Whereas the middle aged are adopting a waste not want not attitude

Whereas the middle aged are adopting a ‘Waste Not Want Not’ attitude

“Which of the following are you ALREADY DOING as a direct result of the economic downturn?”

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2009


Scratch cooking and meal planning

Scratch cooking and meal planning

“Thinking of the food you have eaten in the last 6 months, please indicate if you have done more or less of the following…”

Source: Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD)/nVision

Base: 1,002 respondents aged 18+, GB, 2008


3 food trends occasions experiences and cultural capital

3. Food trends:Occasions, experiences and cultural capital


Gastro holidaying most popular with 45 54s

Gastro-holidaying: most popular with 45-54s

“Which of the following factors are important to you for a short break (1-3 nights)/ a longer holiday (4+ nights)? Consuming locally produced food or drink”

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2008


Interest in foreign cuisines declines after 65

Interest in foreign cuisines declines after 65

“I regularly eat food from other countries and cultures” – % who agree or agree strongly

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2009


Sociable food cooking for friends

Sociable food: cooking for friends

“How often do you cook for each of the following people/groups of people? Friends (other than people you live with)”

Source: Masterfoods/The Future Foundation/nVision

Base: 1,005 respondents aged 18+, UK, 2008


3 food trends ethics environment and local sourcing

3. Food trends:Ethics, environment and local sourcing


The middle years more than just food

Environmental concerns are resilient“I am concerned about what I personally can do to help protect the environment” (% who agree or agree strongly)

Middle years77%

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB


The middle years more than just food

55-64s are the most likely to buy Fairtrade“Which, if any, of the following have you done in the last 12 months… bought Fairtrade products?”

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2009


However willingness to pay a green premium has softened since 2007

However, willingness to pay a ‘green premium’ has softened since 2007

“I would be willing to pay as much as 10% more for grocery items if I could be sure that they would not harm the environment” – % who agree or agree strongly

Middle years29%

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2009


3 food trends assault on pleasure and managing anxieties

3. Food trends:Assault on Pleasure and managing anxieties


The middle years more than just food

The Assault on Pleasure"Head teachers should not allow pupils to eat sweets or drink carbonated drinks on school premises“ (% who agree or agree strongly)

Source: nVision Research

Base: 1,200 respondents aged 15+, GB, 2009


Children s say in choosing food by age of parent

Children’s say in choosing food, by age of parent

“Thinking about your eldest child who is aged under 16, how much say do they have in choosing the following things? The food they eat in the evening”

Source: nVision Research

Base: 350 parents with eldest child under 16, GB


Summary

Summary

  • Middle years = 45 to 65

  • Very different to 65+

  • But not that different to younger age groups

  • No drastic change in middle years over the 10 years

  • Return to maximising – considered approach to finance for the middle aged

  • New food experiences remain vital

  • Middle years consumers are green aware

  • Assault on pleasure is here to stay. But middle years parents remain more democratic about food


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