A. Elizabeth Sloan

Current economic conditions in the United States have caused consumers of all ages and incomes to reevaluate, re-prioritize, and experiment with their food spending, eating preferences, and dining habits. But while the elements of America's recessionary food behaviors are still in flux, it's clear that they will bring about dramatic change - and that spells new and diverse opportunities for food and beverage marketers. what, when, and where AmericaEats

For the year ending (Y/E) in February 2009, Americans prepared and consumed n…

Figure 1. Types of specialty foods purchased. From Specialty Foods Assn. (2009).

Figure 2. What chefs consider hot for 2010. From National Restaurant Assn. (2009).

Figure 3. Percentage of consumers who consider an attribute ‘very important’ when looking at the nutrition label or ingredients of the foods they purchase. From Food Marketing Institute (2009).

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