Men’s Health Releases Fourth Iteration of “How Men Shop for Food” Study

JULY 21, 2017 – NEW YORK – According to the latest research from Men’s Health, men are taking more control over grocery shopping and cooking than ever before, with 84% of them saying they’re the primary grocery shoppers in their households (a 19 percentage point increase over the past decade). The Rodale Inc. brand today released the fourth iteration of “How Men Shop for Food,” a study it has conducted online with Harris Poll among U.S. adult men to measure their attitudes and behaviors regarding shopping for groceries, eating healthy, preparing meals for themselves and others, and influence over purchasing decisions.

“The study’s results continue to challenge many gender stereotypes related to food shopping and cooking,” says Men’s Health V.P./Publisher Chris Peel. “Men have an active role in each stage of the food purchasing process –before getting to the store, while there, and when cooking the food they’ve bought. Food retailers are uniquely positioned to appeal to men throughout this cycle and to evolve their marketing plans based on this compelling data.”

Results of the study reveal that men are not only taking more ownership of food shopping, but two-thirds (66%) of them are also deciding what to buy before they get to the store. 35% of men have been influenced by an online ad to try a new food or beverage, and 13% put specific brands of items on their shopping lists (up 9 percentage points from 2010). Two-thirds (66%) of men who are married or living with a partner use grocery lists often or all the time (up 15 percentage points from 2010), and almost all of them (98%) have input into the list.

Compared to a decade ago, more men are buying large groups of items at once, and alone. 70% are primary shoppers for big food trips (16+ items) and 43% are making those trips by themselves. They are taking responsibility for pet food shopping, too; 71% of male dog owners and 73% of male cat owners purchase pet food at least once a month.

An increasing number of men are turning up in the kitchen, as well, with 93% of them preparing meals for themselves and 77% preparing meals for others. Male consumption of online cooking videos is up considerably since 2010; almost half (48%) watched cooking videos in the last 12 months, and 46% of those men watched on social media (up 39 percentage points from 2010). Men are experimenting with additional food brands, too, with 86% having tried a new brand in the past 12 months.

Survey Methodology:

The most recent survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Men’s Health from March 10-21, 2017 among 1,021 male adults ages 18 and older. The survey was previously conducted in 2013, 2010, and 2007 using similar online methodology and sample size.  Qualified respondents were weighted to demographic targets for education, age, race, region and income for the U.S. male 18+ population. In addition to demographics, the weighting algorithm included a propensity score that reduces the self-selection bias that may be present in online panel samples.  This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

Associate Director, Public Relations Jourdann Lubliner Jourdann.Lubliner@rodale.com 212-808-1750
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