That's the title of a new working paper co-authored with Ph.D. student Kelsey Conley. There is a lot of talk about how millennial's food preference may differ from previous generations, but much less is available in terms of hard evidence. Here's what we write as the challenge with a lot of the previous research in this area (this criticism is also be true of previous blog posts I've written on the subject, such as this one and this one):
Some summary statistics and preliminary analysis:
Our main findings are likely to be somewhat unexpected. We find that the "millennial effect" is positive on food expenditure shares for three meat categories (beef, pork, and poultry), eggs, cereal, and fresh fruit. A statistically significant negative ‘millennial’ effect is found for non-alcoholic beverages and food away from home. This doesn't mean millennials are spending less of their food budget eating out (or spending more of their food budget on meat) than young people from the 1980s, only that they're spending less of their food budget eating out (and spending more of their budget on meat) compared to older folks today than in the past.