This article summarizes a strategic foresight process performed in 2015 to imagine the future of food in 2030.
Climate change, purchasing power of the aging boomer generation, and the hyper-connected generation Z cooking for themselves and starting families are only some of the factors impacting what’s on the table in the future.
We asked, “How might food trends of today shape consumers’ purchasing decisions in the future? How can we help a grocer prepare for the changing needs of their customers?”
Scanned trends fit into categories of society, technology, economics, environment, politics, and values. Some were at the individual level, some were institutional changes and some were both individual and institutional.
We generated rich contextual information by conducting trend scanning research.
This led to the generation of four different future scenarios using foresight methodology.
From the scenarios, specific informed statements were drawn to create an immersive experience referred to as a “time machine”. This experiential future helped us glean the impact an extreme future situation would have on future customers.
A shortlist of strategies were chosen based on their potential robustness or risk in each scenario, and which aligned best with its culture and capabilities.
We presented the grocer with a number of strategic opportunities to consider in order to remain successful in 2030.
We compiled all of our research, insights, scenarios, and strategies into this document.
Role: Team Member
Team Size: 4 graduate students
Time Frame: 5 months
Client: Master of Design Project/ Loblaws
Signal, trend and driver analysis
Visual design by Roxanne Nicolussi and Janice DeJong