Tracking Trends in the Food and Beverage Industry

Updated: June 13, 2022 | By Emily Moquin

The food & beverage industry is navigating a complex landscape as consumers’ eating and drinking patterns continue to fluctuate amid the pandemic. In 2022, constantly evolving macro forces — from concerns about the broader economy to the future of work — will play an even bigger role in shaping daily choices around eating and drinking. Leaders in food & beverage must stay informed on consumers’ changing attitudes and behaviors around grocery shopping, cooking and dining out. 

Morning Consult is tracking consumer trends in the food & beverage industry through a monthly survey of U.S. adults. We’ll be updating this page with new and essential data and analyses every month. Sign up for alerts below. 

The methodology for the monthly tracker is included at the bottom of this page.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Amid ongoing inflation in grocery prices, a larger share of consumers said their monthly grocery bill went up: 38% of U.S. consumers said they spent more on groceries in May, up 5 percentage points month over month. Among higher-income households and those with children at home, 45% said they spent more on groceries in May, which is up 7 and 9 points, respectively, since April.

Cost concerns continue to climb in grocery. The share of consumers who said they are very concerned about costs reached its highest level in each grocery category since Morning Consult started tracking.

Food insecurity is on the rise. The share of U.S. adults who said they often or sometimes did not have enough food to eat in the past month increased from 11% in April to 14% in May. Food insecurity is even more pronounced this month among those with annual household income below $50,000 (18%) and those with children living at home (17%).

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Trends in grocery shopping

How Consumers Get Groceries

Share of respondents who said they got groceries the following ways in the past month:

Online Grocery Shopping Trends

Shares of respondents who said they ordered groceries online at least once a week in the past month

Perceived Change in Grocery Spending

Respondents were asked how spending on groceries changed this month compared with the previous month
"Don't know/No opinion" responses not shown

Consumer Concerns About the Cost of Groceries

Share of respondents who said they are very concerned about cost of the following categories

Measuring Food Insecurity

Shares of respondents who said they often or sometimes did not have enough food to eat in past month

Cooking Behaviors

Home Cooking Trends

Share who said they did the following at least once a week in the past month:

Consumers Who Tried New Recipes This Month

Shares who said they tried a new recipe for the first time in the past month

Meal Kit Trends

Shares who said they cooked using a meal kit in the past month

Restaurant Trends

Dining, Takeout and Food Delivery Trends

Share who said they did the following at least once a week in the past month:

Frequency of Using Restaurant Types

Respondents were asked how often they purchased food or beverages from the following types of restaurants in the past month:
Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding

Alcohol Consumption Trends

Trends in Alcohol Consumption Frequency

Share of U.S. adults ages 21 and older who said they drank the following at least once a week in the past month:

Trends in Alcohol Consumption Frequency by Gender

Share of U.S. adults ages 21 and older who said they drank the following at least once a week in the past month:

Health and Wellness Trends in Food & Beverage

Healthy Eating Trends

Respondents were asked if they do any of the following:

Consumers’ Healthy Eating and Drinking Habits

Shares who said they plan to choose healthier foods and drinks next month

Consumer Diet Preferences

Respondents were asked if each of the following describes their diet:

Sustainability in Food & Beverage

Shares of respondents who said food sustainability is very important to them

METHODOLOGY

The Morning Consult Food & Beverage Monthly Trend Tracker relies on Morning Consult’s proprietary survey research capabilities. The interviews are conducted online, and the data are weighted to approximate a representative sample of U.S. adults based on gender, educational attainment, age, race and region. Results from the full survey have a monthly sample size of 2,200 U.S. adults and an unweighted margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

About Morning Consult

Morning Consult is a global decision intelligence company changing how modern leaders make smarter, faster, better decisions. The company pairs its proprietary high-frequency data with applied artificial intelligence to better inform decisions on what people think and how they will act. Learn more at morningconsult.com

About the Author

Emily Moquin is the food and beverage analyst at global intelligence company Morning Consult, where she conducts research, authors analyst notes, and advises leaders in the food and beverage industry on how to apply insights to make better business decisions.

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