What is the Gen Z generation, their food preferences and why?
Gen Z, born between 1997 and 2012, is the first generation to grow up with social media and the internet. Many members of Gen Z came of age during the pandemic, at a time which they were more adjusted to ordering delivery than older generations. And having online resources which could readily teach them cooking techniques, it made them well aware of their investment in food, both in time and cost. Their knowledge of food preparation and storage is also advanced. As dining in person is once again gaining momentum, they’re enthusiastic about it. This is one of the many reasons why Gen Z individuals know a restaurant’s menu well, enjoy their favorites, and look forward to tasting the latest specials and then sharing such dishes on their social media feeds. Gen Z-ers are more concerned with health and the environment than older generations. Therefore, their preferences for menu options include:
Campus Lifestyle to Campus Dining
The average Gen Z-er is 10-25 years old, therefore attending some sort of educational program. Due to supply chain shortages, school districts or colleges must consider their role in providing food supply within their institutions. School districts are increasingly turning to local sources of proteins, fruits, and vegetables to fit the need and to also fit Gen Z demographic preferences. Many are finding those sources are more reliable than national vendors. But as with any investment, especially in food, it is good to control food costs and avoid spoilage.
Handgards has a part in accomplishing this with their reclosables storage bag product line. They pair up perfectly in a high volume kitchen such as those found on large campuses. Handgards’ Zipgards® Reclosable Bags products include:
All of these Handgards bags come with write-on blocks on which to write the contents of the bag and use by dates to ensure the freshest food goes out to Gen-Z patrons as well as all others.