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Main Findings From The 2022 IFIC Food & Health Survey

May 18, 2022: 12:00 AM EST
The 2022 Annual Food & Health Survey conducted by the International Food Information Council has revealed major changes in Americans’ food attitudes and behaviors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and generational shifts. An oversample found that Gen Z takes a more holistic approach to health than older generations and is the only generation with emotional/mental health surfacing in the top three health benefits sought from foods, beverages or nutrients. Younger consumers are also driving a big shift toward online food shopping, with 35 percent of Gen Z and 37 percent of Millennials respectively shopping online for food at least once a week.

Snacking has increased. 73 percent of adults said they snack at least once a day, up from 58 percent in 2021. This may be due to stress as most Americans report feeling ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ stressed over the past six months and 24 percent of adults said they always or often eat when feeling stressed. People reporting feeling very stressed in last six months are more likely to snack three or more times a day than those feeling somewhat stressed (29 percent vs 10 percent). 

Nearly 40 percent said environmental sustainability has an impact on their purchase decisions, up from 27 percent in 2019, and 57 percent are concerned about food waste. Inflation rates are also affecting consumption habits, with 83 percent noticing food and beverage price rises in the past year, of which 29 percent said they purchased less than they otherwise would have. 
"Diets, Food Prices, Stress and the Power of Gen Z", Globe Newswire, May 18, 2022, © GlobeNewswire, Inc.
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