Introduction

Family and the way we dine together has changed drastically in America. Sitting down together every night to enjoy a home-cooked meal is as outdated as the rotary dial.

From solo dinners to multigenerational meals, the way Americans eat dinner at home – and the behaviors, flavors and needs impacting their meal choices – continue to shift and become more complex.

Retailers, pork producers and packers are at the mercy of this ever-shifting landscape and must get out in front of understanding the root needs and wants of the consumers who drive it all to succeed.

9 Dining Occasion Opportunities

In conducting the research for this report – which focuses on the in-home dining experience – nine common dining occasions were identified to be currently happening in American homes. Each occasion identifies demographics, insights, consumer profiles and ideas for innovation.

Familiar Family Dinners

Familiar Family Dinners

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Quick, Healthy Adult Meals

Quick, Healthy Adult Meals

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Family, Flavor, Fun

Family, Flavor, Fun

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Elevated Fridge Surfing

Elevated Fridge Surfing

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Healthy Family Favorite

Healthy Family Favorite

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Feeding Families in a Hurry

Feeding Families in a Hurry

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Convenient Eating for One

Convenient Eating for One

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Solo Cravings

Solo Cravings

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Exploring New Flavors

Exploring New Flavors

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