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Gender roles shift in grocery segment - USA
Gender roles shift in grocery segment - USA

Gender roles shift in grocery segment - USA

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Jul 27th 2015, 08:49

Maryland - Shifting household dynamics are changing the way Americans shop for groceries, with moms no longer always assuming this role exclusively. 

According to market research publisher Packaged Facts, the percentage of men who are now the primary shoppers in their households has more than doubled in the past two decades.

Research also shows that men clearly shop differently than women. Overall, men tend to shop with greater weekly frequency and spend less time in the store. In addition, men tend to spend more, yet purchase fewer items, making their average cost per item higher. This suggests that women may still do the "big" grocery shopping trips for their household, while men are tasked with the interment grocery store trips to pick up staples or food for immediate use.

Shifts in gender household responsibility are evident in grocery shopping behaviour by both age and generation. Younger males are the most likely to be involved in frequent shopping trips as those aged 18-34 (i.e., millennials) are 161% more likely than average to shop four or more times per week. In contrast, men aged 55 and older significantly under-index in shopping as often. At best, older men will shop once a week for items.

Millennial dads in particular are proving to be a unique group, with behaviours that are a significant departure from previous generations. This set had a different upbringing and do not subscribe to traditional gender norms. Because of this, millennial dads are redefining fatherhood by spending more time with their kids, doing a larger portion of the household shopping, and spending lots of money.

This shift is evident in grocery shopping trip behaviour. While younger men are certainly shopping more than their older counterparts, being a parent is a key driver in their likelihood to grocery shop. Millennial dads are significantly more likely to shop four or more times a week when compared to the average shopper.

Notably, these dads are not just making the quick shopping trips as they over-index in shopping for more than an hour. The value of this demographic is elevated when considering their higher average spending ($170 compared to $108 for overall men) and increased cost per item.From 

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