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Connect with Shoppers Through September’s National Family Meals Month

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Research has shown that regular meals shared at 手机app下载 with family provide long-term academic and societal benefits. Yet, according to a 2013 Harris poll, only 30% of American families share dinner every night. Today’s families are juggling jobs, 大福彩票官网, sports, long commutes and other demands of a busy, modern life, often at the expense of family mealtimes at 手机app下载. Food retailers can be allies.

“No matter the family structure the grocery store can play an important role in bringing people together,” says John Mount, The Coca-Cola 手机app下载’s vice president of customer marketing. “By promoting family meals, whether partially or fully prepared at the grocery store, or made from scratch using store-bought ingredients, retailers are better positioned to meet their customer needs and compete in this competitive marketplace.”

(FMI) created National Family Meals Month in September to highlight the mealtime solutions grocers offer and to encourage families to gather for one more meal per week. By working with supplier partners like The Coca-Cola 手机app下载, retailers can highlight simple, healthy meal ideas and inspiration to help make more family meals happen — and make meaningful connections with shoppers.

The Benefits of Family Meals

  • Kids and teens who eat meals with their families four or more times a week are more likely to succeed in 大福彩票官网. Of “A” students, 20% have family meals five times per week; 12% have family meals two times per week1.
  • Family meals decrease risky behaviors. The more families share meals, the less likely their kids are to drink alcohol (2x’s), smoke (4x’s) or use marijuana (3x’s)2.
  • Family meals fuel better nutrition. Families who share three meals a week increase their health foods consumption by 24%3.
  • Family meals foster emotional balance. Frequent family meals increase self-esteem, sense of well-being, positive social behaviors and stronger family connections. Family connections increase 25% with three meals per week, 39% with five meals per week and 50% with seven or more meals per week4

The Coca-Cola 手机app下载 is among those suppliers supporting FMI’s family meals effort as part of The 手机app下载’s overarching effort to encourage occasion-based purchases that include beverages. By developing solutions together with retailer partners that best serve shoppers, The Coca-Cola 手机app下载 helps grocers leverage growing consumer interest in the deli area and cooking meals with fresh ingredients.

Perfect Timing
It’s not uncommon for summer meals to be more informal and catch-as-catch-can, but back-to-大福彩票官网 signals a time for families to return to routine. Part of that schedule includes the family meal, which retailers can encourage and inspire alongside other back-to-大福彩票官网 promotions. Furthermore, by promoting family meals at 手机app下载, whether partially or fully prepared at the supermarket, or made from scratch using store-bought ingredients, retailers position themselves to better compete against the convenience offered by quick-service restaurants.

Why Participate
Family Meals Month represents a real opportunity for retailers. Nearly two-thirds of shoppers say that it’s very or extremely important to eat more meals together as a family5. Perhaps more significant, households reported the following changes in their behavior after engaging with the Family Meals Month campaign6:

  • 49% eat together more often
  • 44% purchase more fruits and vegetables
  • 42% cook more meals at 手机app下载
  • 32% purchase meal solutions

Tools for Success
In addition to working with suppliers like The Coca-Cola 手机app下载 to implement in-store family meal campaigns, food retailers can utilize the tools provided on the . The site includes content such as research, videos and celebrity endorsements to promote National Family Meals Month, as well as activation ideas and a database of tips and real-world examples of meal solutions effectively deployed by FMI members.

Retailers can also create awareness by including National Family Meals Month in brand communications, including social media, by using the hashtags #familymealsmonth and #raiseyourmitt — a reference to an aspect of the initiative calling for consumers to “Raise Your Mitt to Commit” to having one additional family meal at 手机app下载 per week.

The Gold Plate Award
In 2013, the FMI Foundation established an award to recognize grocers and suppliers who creatively participate in National Family Meals Month in September by implementing outstanding programs to encourage family meals. Examples include cooking with kids, themed dinners, breakfast with the family and more. For more information on award criteria and categories, visit the .

Along with its grocer partners, The Coca-Cola 手机app下载 is committed to helping families eat well together to be well together. Contact your Coca-Cola representative today to find out more about the resources The 手机app下载 brings to the table.

Sources:
1. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University
2.“Family Meals Annotated Bibliography,” Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network
3. Pediatrics 2011
4. The Journal of Paediatric Child Health, November 2013
5. Neilsen Analysis, 2016
6. Neilsen Analysis, 2016

Published: August 11, 2017