Emotional Connection to Food by Scripps, Food Network #TMRE #MRX


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Market Research Event by IIR in Orlando, Florida, November 2011. It was posted mere minutes after completion of the talk. Any

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10:00 – Our Increasing Emotional Connection to Food and the Influence of Food Media
Gabe Gordon, VP, Brand Research, Food Category, Scripps Networks
(Food Network, Cooking Channel)

  • Harnessing the Power of Food [Buzzword Bingo!]
  • n=4500, 100 ethnographic sessions, all to understand how people interact with food; national rep sample and food connectors study [with age cut-off at 65, why do we ignore older people?]
  • Food is the ultimate social media [Hm. i highly doubt that. food means nothing to me.]
  • Food and cooking then was home-ec class and food behind the counter; now it’s social, men and women, learning about food, expanding your range
  • one third of country leads the food conversation; “foodie” is shallow and status oriented
  • Who are the food connectors? like sports, travel, entertainment, it’s part of their identity, 41% of 18-34 year olds, 36% of 35-49 year olds, 29% of 50-64 year olds
  • They are demographically diverse – 50% of african americans are food connected, 45% more likely than white or asian people
  • Food connectors like experimenting with recipes, learning facts about food, look for new ways to make meal time interesting
  • There are modes of being a food connector and people gravitate between modes all day long; social eaters, passionate chefs, green enthusiasts, food travelers, healthy thinkers
  • Cooking is more of an expressive opportunity than a chore. You can tell a lot about people by what they bring to a potluck.
  • People want to get closer to food now, In mid century, women liberated from cooking with processed and frozen food. Younger people feel like cooking skipped a generation and they want to recall gramma’s recipes
  • Now, convenience matters, but people want more meaning, simplicity, history, authenticity
  • People want to eat healthier, grow their own food
  • You CAN be health conscious and want fast food [sounds familiar…]
  • Healthy needs to become “cool”
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