The 11th Key Global Food & Beverage Trend is The Importance of Breakfast
Mega Trend Description
Breakfast continues to be the most popular meal of the day among Millennials and Gen Z – and least of all in the morning. More and more all-day breakfasts and brunch establishments are popping up across the globe. But it’s a far cry from the full English. Think eggs pimped with truffle oil or hollandaise, brightly coloured porridge laden with superfoods, or exotic versions of the meal from around the world. Good looking, packed with nutrients, and capable of reaching the ultimate heights of deliciousness, it’s no wonder we can’t get enough of the most important meal of the day.
How this Resonates with the Younger Generation?
- More than half (54%) of Canadian consumers aged 18-34 eat breakfast while commuting and 3 in 5 (60%) consumers under 45 report that they eat breakfast while at work or school (Mintel, Sept 2016)
- Under 45’s show greater interest in breakfast foods high in protein (52%), with added vitamins (27%), infused with omega-3 (25%), and all-natural food options (43%). Canadian Millennials (aged 18-34), in particular, tend to look for breakfast foods that fuel physical activity or brain power for studying as they show a higher interest in specialised breakfast meals (27%) and in fortified breakfast foods with nutritional benefits (34%) (Mintel, Sept 2016)
- Only 25% of Millennials and Gen Z eat three square meals an day and 75% are eating some kind of snack in a typical week day. On the weekend, consumption of night time snacks dessert and brunch increase (YPulse, 2017)
- Breakfast 24/7
- Premium Porridge
- Breakfast World Fare
Read the full Global Food & Beverage Trends Report here.
Probably due to the strong cultural influence through the entertainment industry, be it in drinks, sweet or savour, the American flavour profile is a favourite that we never seem to tire of. Continually we are seeing a borrowed nostalgia come through in American food, as we embrace the childhood delights of mac ‘n cheese and pop tarts. This trend has moved beyond maple and bacon, to peanut butter and jelly, key lime pie, s’mores, bourbon and even chicory coffee. American cuisine really lends itself to decadent desserts, thanks to sugar, spice and plenty of indulgent ingredients. But consumers also continue their love affair with American barbecue, fried chicken and the classic, simple All-American burger.
Relevance for TUCO Members
- Consider which elements of borrowed American nostalgia you could incorporate into your menu, with a focus on s’mores, peanut butter & jelly, and mac ‘n cheese
- Which kind of burger do you offer students? Consider stripping it back to the ‘All-American’ essentials
For more information on the Global Larder food and beverage trend read our research Global Food & Beverage Trends Report 2017 from page 215.