As a contract food services management company in business for decades, we know that certain generations eat differently than others. For millennials, sometimes eating isn’t so much about hunger or getting full as it as about experimenting with diverse flavors, a menu that varies widely, and sharing their experiences with friends and family via social media. Essentially it’s as much about the experience as it is about the food!
It seems that millennials are hungry, and willing to spend more on food than other generations. Whether it’s for a craft brew, vegan meal, or local organic foods, they have an insatiable appetite not only for exotic flavors, but for sharing their experience and thoughts with others. For millennials, getting nutrition and satisfying hunger is more of an adventure than a necessary part of life – and this adventure is often shared with friends. Where to find the next dining experience, recommendations on new trends in food, dishes that are inspired by other countries, diverse flavors; it’s often more about the social value than the actual food.
What’s truly unique about food trends and millennials is their enjoyment of the social setting, and sharing a wide array of diverse flavors among friends. It’s not unusual to see a group of friends sharing food with others in a dining environment, as each tries a taste of the foods their friends find interesting and enjoyable, or even perhaps not so tasty. Where are the ingredients in the dish grown, where does the food originate from, and how was it prepared? This generation does share a huge appetite for information regarding the foods they eat, going beyond the opinions and reviews of their friends and family and taking it to online social levels.
Grass-fed bresaola, imported sardines, plant-based milk, foods high in heat and spice, these are the items you’ll likely find in a millennial’s refrigerator, and many of the foods they buy don’t come cheap. While this generation does enjoy eating healthier foods and ingredient transparency, it’s often about sharing the quality and source of the food with others. The dining experience is a story that evolves, inspiring interest among others who are looking to entertain their palates.
At Gourmet Services, Inc. we stay on top of current food trends and what all generations are interested in, whether millennials, boomers, or generation Xers. Regardless of age – quality, nutrition, and taste are always important in any setting, whether in schools, corporations, or the healthcare environment. Learn more about why we’re one of the most reputable contract food services companies today, bringing decades of experience to the table.