At the recent FDIN conference Anneke Ammerlaan outlined a new consumer – The Cultural Creative. These consumers believe in a blend of the old and the new – old knowledge combined with the latest science and technology. They value authenticity, much as the TNS “new consumer” does, are personally demanding, value honesty and relationships and are concerned about the ecology of the world. The attitudes of these consumers are playing out in 5 trend areas:
The taste of honest products from honest producers. They emphasise origin and traditional production and see beauty in imperfection. They place more emphasis on the preparation method as a means of creating flavour
Cultural Creatives see healthy food as real food and see the two words “Natural” and “Healthy” as very closely linked.
They believe in the personal touch and a re more inclined to prepare at leaste some of their food from scratch. The belive that if they put love into their food, it will taste better and will be healthier.
For Cultural Creatives, convenience is not just about time saving but is about simplicity and ways to deliver care with fresh, natural ingredients.
They look for bands and retailers they can trust and expect them to pay a fair price for a fair product. They are interested in exploring local foods and are keen to support local producers.
A must read book to learn more about Cultural Creatives is In Defence of Food by Michael Pollen.
A lot of what Anneke shared matches my experience of modern food consumers (and not just continentalÂ European ones) and gives weight to some key emerging food trends. I’ll try to get some more from Anneke over the next couple of weeks.